Sioux Falls S. - Santa Cruz W. 99-83 The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Santa Cruz Warriors 99-83 Tuesday night. Sioux Falls shot 57.1 percent from the field (24-of-42) in the first half to take a 52-34 halftime lead and withstood a second-half rally to snap a four-game losing streak. Sioux Falls (11-10) shot 56.0 percent from the field (14-of-25) in the opening quarter to take a 28-16 lead. The hot shooting continued in the second quarter and Sioux Falls led 52-34 at halftime. Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 12 first-half points on a perfect 6-of-6 field goals. Santa Cruz (11-7) trailed by as many as 25 points (65-40) with just under seven minutes to go in the third quarter but went on a 24-7 run to cut the deficit to 72-64 heading into the final stanza. Justin Johnson made a jump shot to get the visitors within three points (74-71) but Nichols scored 11 points down the stretch to help Sioux Falls pick up their first-ever win against Santa Cruz. Nichols scored a season-high 26 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists. Miami HEAT assignee Dexter Pittman (6'10''-C-88, college: Texas) posted 15 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks while Mychel Thompson scored 13 points in his first start since being acquired from Erie. Daniel Nwaelele (6'5''-G-84, college: Air Force) scored a season-high 21 points behind 4-of-6 3-pointers off the bench. Maurice Baker (6'1''-PG-79, college: Oklahoma St.) tallied a season-high 20 points while Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona) added 10. Courtesy of: keloland.com
Iowa E. - Santa Cruz W. 106-109 One night removed from a dismal offensive performance against the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Santa Cruz Warriors returned to the hardwood and quickly rid themselves of that disappointing taste. Cameron Jones scored a season-high 21 points, Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU) and Taylor Griffin added 15 points apiece, and the Warriors returned to the win column with a narrow 109-106 victory against the host Iowa Energy on Wednesday night. Daniel Nwaelele and Mickell Gladness scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench. Santa Cruz shot 48.3 percent from the field. On Tuesday, the D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors was limited to 38.2 percent shooting in a 99-83 loss to the Skyforce. Wednesday's win against Iowa snaps a five-game road losing streak for Santa Cruz (12-7), which sits just a half-game behind the Bakersfield Jam (13-7) for first place in the West Division. The Warriors host the Jam on Monday at 7 p.m. First, though, the Warriors return to Kaiser Permanente Arena for a three-game homestand beginning Friday against the Los Angeles D-Fenders at 7 p.m. The game is already sold out. Iowa (6-13), which has now lost two straight, had six players score in double figures, including Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice), who had a game-high 24 points. Darius Miller (6'8''-G-90, college: Kentucky), on assignment from the New Orleans Hornets, contributed 14 points, while Quincy Miller recorded the only double-double of the night with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Santa Cruz led by as much as 16 with 1:04 left in the first half, but Iowa chipped away at the deficit throughout the second half. The Energy came within one point on two occasions within the last 2:07 to play, but each time Moe Baker hit two free throws to extend the Warriors' lead. The Energy had possession at the end of the game, but Darington Hobson blocked a Paul Harris three-pointer to put the Warriors in the win column. Hobson dished out a game-high six assists and added eight points. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com
Idaho S. - Erie Bay H. 91-84 The Erie BayHawks lost to the Idaho Stampede 91-84 late Wednesday night despite a game-high 26 points from Erie's D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's). Idaho's Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) turned in a big all-around performance with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots before a crowd of 1,829 at CenturyLink Arena. The BayHawks (10-8) were ahead 30-19 after the first quarter and led by as many as 13 points before the Stampede (6-15) slowly closed the lead. Henry Sims (6'10''-C-90, college: Georgetown) added 11 points and a game-high 18 rebounds for Erie. The BayHawks' Tirrell Baines (11 points), Mike Singletary (10) and Demetri DeCamey (10) also scored in double figures. The BayHawks played without center Keith Benson, who left the team for personal reasons this week. Cory Higgins joined with the team Wednesday and scored four points on 1-for-8 shooting from the field in 20 minutes of action. The BayHawks will play a second straight game at Idaho today at 9 p.m. Courtesy of: goerie.com
Los Angeles D. - Ft.Wayne MA 102-104 Ron Howard hit a finger-roll layup with 0.6 seconds left to beat the Los Angeles D-Fenders and give the Mad Ants their eighth-straight win. The Ants trailed by 20 points early and were down five going into the fourth quarter, but beat the D-Fenders 104-102 on Wednesday at the Toyota Sports Center. The win improved Fort Wayne's record to 11-10. The Ants return to action at Bakersfield on Friday night. Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) led the Ants with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Darryl Partin scored 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, hitting three three-pointers. Milwaukee Bucks assignee, Doron Lamb contributed 12 points and Sadiel Rojas chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. Howard dished out seven assists. Indiana Pacers assignee Miles Plumlee scored nine points with seven rebounds and three blocks. Harangody and Rojas hit back-to-back three-point shots late in the fourth quarter to lead the comeback. Los Angeles (6-11) was led by Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) with 24 points and 12 rebounds, Courtney Fortson with 23 points and 12 assists and Gary Flowers with 22 points. Courtesy of: news-sentinel.com
Idaho S. - Erie Bay H. 89-104 Carlon Brown (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado) had 21 points and six rebounds and Sean Evans collected another double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, but the Idaho Stampede lost to the Erie BayHawks 104-89. Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boise St.) had 18 points, four assists and four rebounds for Idaho (6-16). The Stampede bench was outscored 50-21 and the home team shot just 38.6 percent from the floor, getting outscored 33-22 in the fourth quarter. Mike Singletary led the way for Erie with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tirrell Baines and Erik Daniels each added 17 points, six rebounds off the bench. Erie (11-8) made 9-of-19 three-pointers and 21-of-26 free throws, while they turned it over just 11 times. Idaho committed 18 turnovers, which led to 25 points for the BayHawks. Justin Holiday had nine points, five rebounds and three blocks and Justin Harper added six points and eight rebounds off the bench. There were 15 lead changes and 12 times tied in the game, all of which came in the first three quarters - after three, the Stampede trailed just 71-67. Idaho allowed Erie to make 12-of-20 shots in the final quarter, including 3-of-5 from three-point land, while they made just six field goals in the last 12 minutes. Idaho travels to play the Austin Toros on Friday, Jan. 25 and the Texas Legends on Saturday, Jan. 26. Courtesy of: kboi2.com
Rio Grande VV - Reno B. 134-105 Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92, college: Kentucky) hauled a loose ball from the opening tip - his tip - and romped in for a dunk. Jones then had a steal on the following possession that led to a basket, and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers took off from there, rolling to a 134-105 victory over the Reno Bighorns on Thursday at State Farm Arena. The Vipers (11-9) won for the fourth time in their last five games and improved to 5-1 at home. The Vipers scored a season-high in points, and Jones, on assignment from the Houston Rockets, equaled his season-high with 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting. 'We just came out real aggressive,' Jones said. 'Everybody was real focused in. We've been having a lot of guys come in that haven't been with us. The chemistry has been real tough. We just wanted to come out and get a nice win.' It's true the Vipers' roster has undergone massive changes in the last two weeks. If chemistry has been an issue for the Vipers, it didn't appear that way Thursday. 'I thought it was the smoothest game we've had, and we never really took our foot off the gas,' Vipers coach Nick Nurse said. 'We didn't have any dry spells.' Terrel Harris had 24 points and 11 rebounds. After missing his first four shots from the 3-point arc, Harris finished with 4-of-9 shooting threes. Playing point guard for the first time with the Vipers, Andrew Goudelock had 23 points. 'We're trying to figure out what position to play him,' Nurse said of Goudelock. 'He's good with the ball. He lets the game come to him. He doesn't come out of the gates trying to gun too much. He feels his way through a little bit and then has some explosive spurts through the game.' Other high scorers for the Vipers were Chris Johnson with 19 points. He was 5 of 6 from the arc. Tim Ohlbrecht (6'11''-F/C-88) had 11 points and 10 rebounds. 'We came out with a lot of energy and fed off each other,' Johnson said. Save for a brief tie at 5 just a little more than two minutes in, the Vipers steadily built their momentum sparked by Jones' opening sequence. The Vipers led 29-22 after one quarter. The Bighorns (8-10) got as close as 29-26 with 11:01 remaining in the second quarter, but the Vipers responded with an 8-2 run. The Bighorns tried to keep it close in the second quarter behind the efforts of Texas A&M-product Antoine Wright, who scored nine-straight points to pull Reno to within 54-43 with 3:07 remaining. But, the Vipers carried a 61-51 lead into the half. Wright finished with a team-high 25 points. The Vipers delivered the knockout blow when they scored 10 of the first 12 points of the third quarter to take a 71-53 lead at the 9:34 mark. The Bighorns never got closer than 11 after that. The Vipers held a decisive 46-31 advantage in rebounds. They also scored 70 points in the paint, many of which came as a result of the 27 turnovers they forced. 'We wanted to have some active hands,' Nurse said. 'I thought we created a ton of turnovers just by harassing the passer and staying with the pass the whole way and tipping a bunch of free. Obviously, it fueled a lot of fast break points. We had 70 points in the paint, and a lot of that wasn't because of post-ups. It was off transitions and taking it to the rim.' Courtesy of: themonitor.com
The Grand Rapids Drive have obtained the returning player rights to shooting guard Jordan Crawford(6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In return, the Drive will send the Mad Ants the No. 6 overall pick in the upcoming D-League draft. Crawford, 27, has spent time with the Washington Wizards (2011-2013), Boston Celtics (2013-2014), Golden State Warriors (2014) and Mad Ants (2015). In just 14 games with Fort Wayne last season, he averaged 24.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.9... [read more]
The Grand Rapids Drive have obtained the returning player rights to shooting guard Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In return, the Drive will send the Mad Ants the No. 6 overall pick in the upcoming D-League draft. Crawford, 27, has spent time with the Washington Wizards (2011-2013), Boston Celtics (2013-2014), Golden State Warriors (2014) and Mad Ants (2015). In just 14 games with Fort Wayne last season, he averaged 24.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.2 steals. The D-League draft is scheduled for Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.
The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings today announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League's Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. 'With today's purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate - an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,' said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. 'I'm t... [read more]
The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings today announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League's Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. 'With today's purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate - an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,' said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. 'I'm thrilled to welcome Vivek Ranadive and the Sacramento Kings' ownership group to the NBA D-League family and want to thank Herb Santos for his integral role in Bighorns basketball.' Longstanding partners, the Bighorns and Kings have been affiliated since the 2008-09 season, Reno's inaugural NBA D-League campaign. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the teams entered into a single-affiliation partnership, with the NBA franchise managing basketball operations for the NBA D-League club. With today's purchase, the Kings will now assume all business operations of the Bighorns. 'We're excited to deepen our relationship with the Bighorns and the Reno/Tahoe community,' said Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadive. 'This is an incredible opportunity to develop players, front-office staff and future business executives for the Sacramento Kings, while simultaneously contributing meaningfully to the Reno entertainment, commercial and non-profit ecosystem.' Five current Kings have NBA D-League experience. Additionally, head coach Dave Joerger and assistant coaches Bryan Gates and Duane Ticknor all made the jump to the NBA coaching ranks following stints on NBA D-League benches. Since the team's inception, more than 10 Bighorns have earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA, including San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina). Additionally, 16 NBA players have spent time on assignment in Reno, including current NBA players Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) and Hassan Whiteside (7'0''-C-89, college: Marshall). 'It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to grow basketball and provide family-friendly entertainment in the Reno community over the past five years,' said Bighorns minority owner Herb Santos. 'I cannot thank everyone enough for the years of support and look forward to continuing to cheer for the Bighorns alongside each of you.' On Nov. 2, the Kings will join the Bighorns for a Celebration Day featuring Kings talent in order to give fans in Reno an opportunity to connect directly with the Sacramento organization. Those interested in purchasing a season-ticket membership can sign up on the priority list at RenoBighorns.com/membership or by calling 888-91-KINGS to have first shot at securing seats before they go on sale to the public on Nov. 2. Launched in 2001, the NBA D-League has expanded from an eight-team league to a record 22 teams for the 2016-17 season, all of which will be singly affiliated with an NBA parent club. The NBA D-League will tip off its 16th season on Nov. 11. Courtesy of: insidehoops.com
Former NBA lottery pick Robert Swift(7'0''-F/C-85) (Bakersfield High School) is getting a long look from the Santa Cruz Warriors. Swift was among the 18 players to work out for the D-League affiliate of the Western Conference champions this past weekend and is believed to have a shot to make the team. The 7-foot-1 center was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the No. 12 pick in the 2004 draft. He spent five years in the NBA with the Sonics/Oklahoma City Thunder franchise, and has se... [read more]
Former NBA lottery pick Robert Swift (7'0''-F/C-85) (Bakersfield High School) is getting a long look from the Santa Cruz Warriors. Swift was among the 18 players to work out for the D-League affiliate of the Western Conference champions this past weekend and is believed to have a shot to make the team. The 7-foot-1 center was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the No. 12 pick in the 2004 draft. He spent five years in the NBA with the Sonics/Oklahoma City Thunder franchise, and has served a previous stint in the D-League with the Bakersfield Jam (2009), as well as in Japan with the Tokyo Apache (2010). Swift, 30, has not played professional basketball since 2011.
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