Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J. 101-107 he Bakersfield Jam defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders 107-101 Wednesday night at the Toyota Sports Center. Damion James (6'7''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) led the Jam with 25 points and nine rebounds. Bakersfield outscored Los Angeles by six points in each of the first two quarters, building a 12 point lead at halftime (58-46). In that first half, the Jam shot 44% to D-Fenders 34% and made 8-of-20 three-pointers to Los Angeles' 0-of-7. Bakersfield continued to display good effort, energy and ball movement in the second half and ultimately earned a road victory against their division rival. The Jam have now won five straight games and improve to a 16-7 record, while the D-Fenders fall to 7-14. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) had 20 points while James Nunnally scored 16 points off the bench. Diante Garrett tallied 14 points and had a team-high seven assists. Renaldo Major finished with 10 points off the bench. The D-Fenders were paced by Elijah Millsap who scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) had 23 points while Gary Flowers scored 22 points. Courtney Fortson recorded a double-double of 18 points and 12 assists. Bakersfield will head back home for a pair of home games against the Reno Bighorns on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26. Both game set to tip-off at 7 p.m. PT. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Iowa E. - Tulsa 66ers 106-111 Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) posted 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Tulsa 66ers held off the Iowa Energy, 111-106, on Tuesday night inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Fellow Thunder assignee Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky) scored 19 points with 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. NBA veteran Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle) totaled 26 points with four rebounds and four blocks. As a team, the 66ers recorded 14 blocked shots - a franchise record. The previous franchise-best was 13 against the Austin Toros in 2010. The 66ers tied a season-high as they brought down 50 rebounds, including 17 on offense. Tulsa shot 47 percent from the field, led by Lamb's 12-for-18 shooting. The rookie out of Connecticut made five 3-point baskets on six attempts. Tulsa (11-11) got off to a strong start, outscoring Iowa (6-16) 23-13 in the opening quarter. Coming out of a 53-39 66ers lead at halftime, the Energy fought back into the game by outscoring Tulsa, 40-22, in the third period. Iowa led the 66ers, 82-75, early in the fourth before a 12-4 run put Tulsa back in the game. With just over two minutes remaining and the game tied 99-99, Tulsa took a one-point lead on a free throw from Dominique Sutton. The 66ers forced an Iowa shot clock violation on the next possession and capitalized with a banked-in 3-pointer by Lamb on the other end with 1:21 left. The Energy forced the 66ers to earn the victory from the free throw stripe, where Tulsa went 6-for-8 in the game's final 32 seconds. Courtesy of: ktul.com
Rio Grande VV - Texas L. 126-109 The focused Rio Grande Valley Vipers team that came out blazing against the Texas Legends was nowhere to be found when the second half started Wednesday at State Farm Arena. Luckily, for the Vipers, they regained their focus and saved themselves from the indignity of blowing a 28-point lead by using a fourth-quarter run to fuel a 126-109 victory at State Farm Arena. 'We got lackadaisical after the first half,' Vipers guard Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) said. 'They came out and really punched us in the mouth the first five minutes (of the third quarter). We just have to do a better job of staying focused for the whole 48 minutes.' The Vipers (14-8) won their sixth-straight game (tying their franchise best winning streak) and their eighth in the last nine games. They also improved to 8-1 at home. The Vipers were in cruise control in the first half as they led 70-49 at halftime. The Legends came out with a half-court press in the second half, and that's when the problems started for the Vipers. After committing just six turnovers in the first half, the Vipers had nine in the first seven minutes of the third quarter. The Legends pulled to within 95-90 entering the final quarter. 'They came out and attacked us and had us on our heels,' Vipers guard-forward Terrel Harris said. 'That team has a lot of scorers, and they can fill it up real quick. Once they got us on our heels, they had a hit-first mentality, and they caught us.' Well, almost. The Legends pulled to within 95-92 in the first minute of the fourth quarter. The Vipers then went on a 20-3 run over the next 5:20 to take a 115-95 lead. In that time, Legends coach Eduardo Najera was assessed two technical fouls after Vernon Macklin had a dunk on a follow-up. 'They got into our passing lanes and sped us up,' Goudelock said. 'We just had to adjust to it, regroup and figure out a way to beat it.' Vipers coach Nick Nurse said they were able to beat it by going Donatas Motiejunas (7'0''-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances), who was assigned from the Houston Rockets to the Vipers on Tuesday, on a pick-and-roll. It worked. Motiejunas sparked the run with three-straight baskets followed by another by Goudelock. That 8-point spurt was enough to send the Vipers on their way to victory. It also sent the crowd home happy. Because the Vipers scored more than 120 points, each person in attendance can cash their ticket in for a free taco at a local restaurant. It was a fact that was not lost on Motiejunas, who had 19 points and nine rebounds. 'The team is playing good,' Motiejunas said. 'I didn't want to disrupt the chemistry. The most important thing is we won. We scored 120 points, and everyone got tacos. Everyone is happy.' Harris led the Vipers with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Goudelock had 21 points. Guard Maalik Wayns (6'2''-PG-91, college: Villanova) had 24 points. The Legends (11-12), who lost for the seventh-straight time, were led by Darius Rice (6'10''-F-82, college: Miami, FL)'s 30 points. Rice was 10 of 29 from the field, including 7 of 21 from the 3-point arc. Justin Dentmon had 26 points and 10 assists. The Vipers increased the lead to 1 1/2 games over Sioux Falls in the NBA Development League Central Division standings. The Vipers welcome Sioux Falls Saturday at home. Courtesy of: themonitor.com
Springfield A. - Maine RC 123-115 The Springfield Armor would like to have Tornike Shengelia (6'8''-PF-91) for the whole season. The last time the Brooklyn Nets assigned Shengelia to Springfield he had a triple-double. Thursday the 6-foot-8 forward tied a franchise record with 39 points to lead the Armor to a 123-115 win over the Maine Red Claws at the MassMutual Center. Shengelia tied the mark set by Morris Almond in the second month of the team's existence. He shot 17 for 21 from the floor, had seven dunks and added 18 rebounds andf six assists. "He's a very very complete player and you see what happens when you play with a guy like that you get better shots," Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. "We shot 56 percent because we got better shots and I think he's the reason why." Considering he had no points and three fouls after the first six minutes of play, Shengelia's performance was even more impressive. It was the most points scored agianst the Red Claws this season and led to the end of their six-game win streak. The Armor's bid to snap a four-game losing streak to the Red Claws got off to a very shaky start. It seemed as if the Armor trailed by double figures before the National Anthem was over. Maine came out gunning and Springfield was in a giving mood, dishing out nine turnovers before the first quarter was done. The Armor dug themselves a 17-point hole before the light came on and they got into the game. The two Brooklyn Nets assignees started the run that eventually led to the Armor going into the half with a 60-58 lead. It all started with a 9-0 run to end the first quarter as Shengelia went coast-to-coast for a one-handed jam. Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90, college: Kansas) (21 points, 10 assists) followed with a basket at the rim then Ben Uzoh scored on a drive.Carleton Scott cleaned up the run with a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to eight. A 13-0 run in the second quarter led to the Armor pulling ahead of the first-place Red Claws, Willie Reed and Shengelia scoring all but two of the points in the run that kept the Armor from trailing the rest of the half. DaJuan Summers (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgetown) (34 points) kept Maine from falling too far behind, scoring 10 of his team-high 18 first-half points in the second quarter. Besides cutting down on the turnovers, the Armor sharpened their aim, hitting 14 of 20 field goals in the second quarter. Of course, when the shots come in the paint, and 42 of their 60 did, the percentages usually go up. Maine stayed in the game on second-chance points, pulling down 21 offensive rebounds. It was still a tight game in the fourth quarter when Shengelia went on a 6-0 run that gave Springfield a 97-92 lead with 7:43 to play. After a Summer basket, the Armor went on another 6-0 run then never let the Red Claws back in the game. "We started out really slow but we ended up putting the pieces together," Armor forward James Mays ( (21 points) said. "We got a little chemistry going and Toko went off and everybody basically fed off that." Courtesy of: masslive.com
Canton charges past Red Claws, 110-99 - 4 hours ago
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If Thursday night's game turns out to be a preview of the upcoming NBA D-League playoffs, fans in Portland are in for a show. The Canton Charge - who swept Maine in two games last spring - had their way with the Red Claws Thursday night, leading from start to finish and even rubbing salt in the wound at the end of a 110-99 victory before a crowd of 2,287. Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland), a 5-foot-9 rookie guard on assignment from the parent Cleveland Cavaliers, drove in a for a... [read more]
If Thursday night's game turns out to be a preview of the upcoming NBA D-League playoffs, fans in Portland are in for a show. The Canton Charge - who swept Maine in two games last spring - had their way with the Red Claws Thursday night, leading from start to finish and even rubbing salt in the wound at the end of a 110-99 victory before a crowd of 2,287. Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland), a 5-foot-9 rookie guard on assignment from the parent Cleveland Cavaliers, drove in a for a dunk that didn't quite beat the final buzzer but certainly will be remembered should the teams meet again in April. Felder finished with 26 points on 12-of-33 shooting that included flushes of two alley-oop passes. He also had nine assists. 'We talked about him a fair bit this week,' Red Claws Coach Scott Morrison said. 'I didn't think his scoring was the end of us (Thursday). I thought our transition defense was the reason we lost the game, but Felder also hurt us passing the ball. We've got to be able to contest his shots without taking three guys to do it.' The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Red Claws (28-18), whose magic number remains two for clinching a third straight Atlantic Division title. They have four games left, including a regular-season home finale Sunday afternoon against Reno. Canton (29-18) stands in second place in the Central Division. 'We're not clinched in the playoffs,' Canton Coach Nate Reinking said. 'So for us, we're trying to get the mentality like every game is a playoff game. Tonight we came out, we played extremely well but we knew Maine, they've got firepower, too.' Canton jumped to leads of 10-2 and 27-13 before the Claws cut it to eight after one quarter. They came as close as four (44-40) midway through the second on a 3-pointer by Coron Williams (6'1''-PG-89, college: Wake Forest) before Canton went on a 12-0 run and entered halftime with a 63-44 lead. Eric Moreland (6'10''-F-91, college: Oregon St.) (14 points, 16 rebounds) took a Felder pass and dunked early in the third for a 79-51 advantage, Canton's largest of the night. With help from two Celtics assigned to Maine, Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU, agency: Babcock Sports) and Demetrius Jackson, the Claws cut the margin to single digits in the fourth and with two minutes left had two open looks from deep to make it a five-point game, but attempts from both Marcus Georges-Hunt and Jackson rimmed out. 'It was important for us to show that fight,' said Mickey, who led Maine in points (20) and rebounds (11). 'We battled back. We didn't quit.' John Holland led Canton with 28 points on 16 fewer shots (11 of 17) than Felder. Williams had 18 for Maine, Jackson 16 and Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) 14. After Jackson made two free throws with 6.4 seconds left, both teams relaxed, assuming Canton would dribble out the clock. Instead, Felder brought the ball up court and dunked, with Mickey coming over to contest it. 'No NBA team I know of would do that,' Mickey said. 'I know the Celtics wouldn't do it for sure and I doubt the Cavaliers would so something like that. Guys know better than to do stuff like that.' He paused. 'I'll keep that in the back of my mind,' he said, 'if we happen to play these guys again.' Courtesy of: pressherald.com
Stokes comes back to Sioux Falls Skyforce - 21 hours ago
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Sioux Falls Skyforce strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old forward Jarnell Stokes (201-113kg-94, college: Tennessee). It is actually his comeback to Sioux Falls Skyforce as he has played here before. Stokes played atDenver Nuggets in the NBA, but was released by the team in Nov.'16. But in two games he recorded just 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg this season. The last season Stokes played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce where in 35 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 9.... [read more]
Sioux Falls Skyforce strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old forward Jarnell Stokes (201-113kg-94, college: Tennessee). It is actually his comeback to Sioux Falls Skyforce as he has played here before. Stokes played at Denver Nuggets in the NBA, but was released by the team in Nov.'16. But in two games he recorded just 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg this season. The last season Stokes played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce where in 35 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg. Great season indeed as he was selected USBasket.com All-D-League Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Three years ago he was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (35th overall). Stokes attended University of Tennessee until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball. He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. Stokes' team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 55.0%. Stokes has played previously professionally in other NBA team (New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Iowa Energy).
The Reno Bighorns (17-28) fell 120-109 to the Delaware 87ers (24-21) Wednesday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Sports Center in Newark, Del. Will Davis II (6'8''-F-92, college: Cal-Irvine) led the Bighorns with 28 points and ten rebounds while Kendall Marshall (6'5''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina) logged his tenth double-double of the season with 18 points, five rebounds and 11 assists. Isaiah Cousins notched 19 points and seven rebounds during the Wednesday matinee. Russ Smith (6'0''-PG-91,... [read more]
The Reno Bighorns (17-28) fell 120-109 to the Delaware 87ers (24-21) Wednesday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Sports Center in Newark, Del. Will Davis II (6'8''-F-92, college: Cal-Irvine) led the Bighorns with 28 points and ten rebounds while Kendall Marshall (6'5''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina) logged his tenth double-double of the season with 18 points, five rebounds and 11 assists. Isaiah Cousins notched 19 points and seven rebounds during the Wednesday matinee. Russ Smith (6'0''-PG-91, college: Louisville) paced the 87ers with 24 points, four rebounds and four assists while Roscoe Smith (6'9''-F-91, college: UNLV) had 23 points and six rebounds. The 87ers opened up the first quarter separating themselves from the Bighorns having a 13 point lead at the mid-way point of the frame. Delaware held the edge over the Bighorns through the entirety of the quarter. David Stockton (5'11''-PG-91, college: Gonzaga) and Reggie Hearn (6'4''-G-91, college: Northwestern) opened up the second quarter hitting triples to make it a six-point game before the 87ers pulled away to hold a double-digit lead. Delaware held the advantage over the Bighorns the remainder of the frame having a 14-point cushion heading into the locker room. Davis ended the first half with 14 points. Coming out of the break, the 87ers opened their lead to as many as 17 points. Delaware held the advantage over the Bighorns the remainder of the quarter, having a 14 point lead entering the final frame The Bighorns chipped away at the 87ers lead, coming within nine points twice by the 6:00 mark. The Bighorns rallied behind Davis' 10 points making it a seven-point game with 1:54 left in play. Delaware would keep the Bighorns at bay the remainder of the period, resulting in an 87ers victory. The Bighorns will next travel to Westchester to face the Knicks on Friday, Mar. 24 at 4 p.m. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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