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
DeJuan Blair (ex Jiangsu TX) agreed terms with Texas Legends - 1 day ago
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Texas Legends inked 28-year old power forward DeJuan Blair (201-120kg-89, college: Pittsburgh). He started the season at Jiangsu Tongxi in Chinese CBA league. In 10 games he recorded very impressive stats: 24.1ppg, 13.6rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg this season. Blair ended the last season at the Suns. But the most of that year he spent at the Wizards where in 28 NBA games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 2.0rpg. In 2009 Blair was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (37th overall). The... [read more]
Texas Legends inked 28-year old power forward DeJuan Blair (201-120kg-89, college: Pittsburgh). He started the season at Jiangsu Tongxi in Chinese CBA league. In 10 games he recorded very impressive stats: 24.1ppg, 13.6rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg this season. Blair ended the last season at the Suns. But the most of that year he spent at the Wizards where in 28 NBA games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 2.0rpg. In 2009 Blair was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (37th overall). The former University of Pittsburgh staris in his eighth season in pro basketball. Blair was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Sophmore Team back in 2011. He has played previously professionally in Russia (Krasnie Krilya) and other NBA team (Dallas Mavericks). Blair's game is described as:
(by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Powerful post player with tremendous rebounding ability … Uses his wide base, long arms and soft hands to inhale every rebound in his area … Has a true NBA skill, rebounding.
Doesn't have great explosiveness either which makes creating shots against bigger and more athletic players a challenge … … At times showed his inexperience late in the year making careless mental errors in key moments.
Fort Wayne Mad Ants welcome back Bentil - 1 day ago
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Fort Wayne Mad Ants tabbed 22-year old naturalized Ghanian forward Ben Bentil (206-104kg-95, college: Providence). It is actually his comeback to Fort Wayne Mad Ants as he has played here before. Bentil played recently at Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Chinese CBA league. In 11 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.0spg this season. Bentil also played earlier that season for another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in only one CBA game he had very impressive stats: 27 points, 10 rebounds, 1 st... [read more]
Fort Wayne Mad Ants tabbed 22-year old naturalized Ghanian forward Ben Bentil (206-104kg-95, college: Providence). It is actually his comeback to Fort Wayne Mad Ants as he has played here before. Bentil played recently at Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Chinese CBA league. In 11 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.0spg this season. Bentil also played earlier that season for another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in only one CBA game he had very impressive stats: 27 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Last year Bentil was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in second round (51st overall). The former Providence College staris in his first season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Bentil's team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He received also All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year award and NABC All-District 5 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time. Bentil has played also professionally in NBA (Indiana Pacers).
Marcus Simmons (ex Phoenix) signs at Drive - 1 day ago
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Grand Rapids Drive landed 29-year old forward Marcus Simmons (198-98kg-88, college: USC, agency: Interperformances). He played in the summer at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In three games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. Simmons ended the last season at the Bulls. But the most of that year he spent at another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in 49 games he had 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg. In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Simmons was drafted by Frisco Te... [read more]
Grand Rapids Drive landed 29-year old forward Marcus Simmons (198-98kg-88, college: USC, agency: Interperformances). He played in the summer at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In three games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. Simmons ended the last season at the Bulls. But the most of that year he spent at another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in 49 games he had 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg. In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Simmons was drafted by Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) in sixth round (88th overall). The former University of Southern California standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Simmons played in the final of D-League in 2015. He received also All-Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time. Simmons has played previously professionally in Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs) and D-League (Canton Charge).
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