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
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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