Bakersfield J. - Reno B. 105-111 The Reno Bighorns (9-12) snapped a four-game losing streak and defeated the Bakersfield Jam (17-8) 111-105 Saturday night in Bakersfield. The Bighorns used a balanced attack to beat the Jam, with seven players in double digits. Walker Russell (6'0''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.), Jr. led the Bighorns with 24 points and 11 assists. Dar Tucker (6'4''-SF-88, college: De Paul), in his first start of the year, had a season-high 20 points, while Samardo Samuels had 16 points. Patrick O'Bryant added 12 points off the bench. Jerome Jordan and Marcus Landry each had 11 points, and Antoine Wright chipped in 10 points. The Jam were led by Damion James (6'7''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas)' 27 points and 12 rebounds. Brian Butch recorded another double-double, with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Bighorns led the entire game, leading by 20 points at one time. The Jam cut Reno's lead to two points with 13 seconds left, but the Bighorns were able to hang on for the win. Reno shot 44 free throws, making 31, compared to the Jam's 21 free throws. Reno hits the road again next weekend for a two-game set against the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Courtesy of: ktvn.com
Texas L. - Idaho S. 88-104 Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boise St.) had 25 points and eight assists and the Idaho Stampede beat the Texas Legends 104-88. Karl shot 7-of-8 from the field, while Josh Owens (6'8''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Sean Evans (16 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles for Idaho (7-17). Durrell Summers led the Stampede's bench effort with 21 points, nine rebounds and three assists. The Legends (11-14) lost their ninth game in a row, as they were held to just 41.0 percent shooting by the Stampede defense. Luther Head (6'3''-G-82, college: Illinois) led Texas with 20 points, while Justin Dentmon and Rashad McCants both had 19. Courtesy of: idahopress.com
Rio Grande VV - Sioux Falls S. 123-104 The Rio Grande Valley Vipers set a franchise record of seven-straight wins with Saturday's 123-104 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce at State Farm Arena. The bench led the Vipers as Toure Murry (6'5''-G-89, college: Wichita St.) scored 22 points and Vernon Macklin (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Tim Ohlbrecht had 17 points, and Maalik Wayns and Terrel Harris each added 13 points. Donatas Motiejunas scored 12 points, and Andrew Goudelock posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. The Skyforce were led by Damian Saunders (6'7''-F-88, college: Duquesne) with 26 points. Donald Sloan contributed 23 points, followed by Mark Tyndale with 17 points. Mike Davis tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Mychel Thompson scored 11 points. The Skyforce held the lead throughout the first quarter and built their largest lead at 25-15 on a shot from behind the arc by Saunders with 3:20 on the clock. A dunk from Murry early in the second quarter tied the score at 30-30. Harris followed with a layup to take the 32-30 advantage. From that point, the Vipers never let go of the lead and entered the half up 55-48. Throughout the second half, the Vipers held control. By the end of the third quarter, RGV built its lead to 91-75. Sioux Falls opened the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run to make the score 91-84 on a layup from Tyndale. Murry responded with a 3-pointer and the Vipers never looked back. Courtesy of: kdlt.com
Tulsa 66ers - Los Angeles D. 100-109 The Tulsa 66ers fell to the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Saturday night, 109-100 inside the SpiritBank Event Center. Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Daniel Orton scored eight points with 11 rebounds, four steals, three blocks and three assists. The 66ers were led by Andrew Rautins (6'4''-G-86, college: Syracuse)' career-high 27 points. Andrew Rautins tied a career best for 3-point field goals by making seven shots on 11 attempts. Chris Quinn (6'2''-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) scored 19 points with four rebounds and three assists and Rasual Butler posted 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. As a team, Tulsa (12-12) outrebounded Los Angeles (8-15), 48-37. After a back-and-forth first half that resulted in a 53-51 Tulsa halftime lead, the D-Fenders outscored the 66ers, 31-18 in the third quarter to take an 11-point lead into the fourth. LA's Gary Flowers (6'8''-F-86, college: S.Mississippi) led the squad with 25 points and seven rebounds. Tulsa hits the road for a pair of mid-week games on the East Coast against the Erie BayHawks on Monday and the Springfield Armor on Wednesday. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Canton C. - Iowa E. 107-101 The Canton Charge (17-10) defeated the Iowa Energy (6-18) 107-101 Friday Night at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Canton has won four out of the five meetings with Iowa this season; Canton also defeated Iowa 103-83 on the road Friday Night. The Charge have won eleven of their last thirteenth games overall and four straight. Canton got off to a sluggish start to this game; as Iowa began the game on a 10-2 run. The Energy would then take a 26-21 lead after the first quarter. Iowa would hit 12 of 19 shots in the first quarter. Canton would open the second quarter with a 15-3 run of its own. Canton would take a 36-29 lead midway through the second frame. For the rest of the half the game was back and fourth. The Charge would lead 51-47 at halftime. Canton increased is advantage in the third by utilizing fast break opportunities. The Charge outscored the Energy 27-22 in the third stanza. Canton made 11 of 16 shots in the third quarter to take a 78-69 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Iowa responded with a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter to cut the Charge's advantage to 80-78. Canton then responded by hitting six out of their next seven shots to increase the Canton lead to 10. Charge Head Coach Alex Jensen said, after the game, 'I have to give Iowa a lot of credit because they lost a couple guys the last day or so, but they came out and played. It's always hard for both teams after back-to-back nights. They played really hard and a lot harder than us at times' JaJuan Johnson (6'10''-F-89, college: Purdue) lead the Charge with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. JaJuan Johnson spoke to the importance of holding off Iowa's late run, after the game, 'It's important, especially coming off of a back-to-back. Obviously, the (other) team knows what you want to do and everybody pretty much knows each other. With the traveling and everything like that, it's mental and our guys held on and we got the win.' Jorge Gutierrez (6'3''-G-88, college: California) added 17 points, 10 assists and 3 rebounds for Canton. Kyle Gibson poured in 14 points for Canton. Newly acquired guard Josh Selby added 9 points and 7 rebounds for Canton. All five Iowa starters scored in double figures. Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse) led all scores in the game with 25 points,12 rebounds and 5 assists. Morris Almond added 20 points for Iowa. Othyus Jeffers added 18 points for the Energy. Qunicy Miller poured in 13 points. Chris Wright added 12 points and 10 assists for Iowa. Courtesy of: akronsportsnow.com
Springfield A. - Santa Cruz W. 111-100 It hasn't happened since the third and fourth games of the season, but the Springfield Armor finally have their second two-game win streak. Tornike Shengelia (6'8''-PF-91) and Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90, college: Kansas) combined for 50 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Armor to a 111-100 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors before 4,359 Saturday night at the MassMutual Center. The wins over Santa Cruz (15-9) and Maine were not just positives for a Springfield team struggling for wins, but they were victories over two of the top teams in the D-League. 'It's nice to take care of home and obviously (Santa Cruz) had a tough deal, they played a heck of game last night in Maine then had to come here right after the game,' Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. 'We have to do the same thing, turn around and play at 3 p.m. tomorrow (at Maine), but hopefully we have enough in the tank to get it done.' Shengelia, coming off a 39-point performance against Maine that tied the D-League mark for the most points in a game this season, was efficient on offense with 8-for-12 shooting for 24 points, and strong on the glass with 13 rebounds. Over the last two games Shengelia is 25 for 33 from the field for 63 points and 31 rebounds. 'As a team I'm really glad we won both games, especially against Maine when we had won none against them,' Shengelia said. 'We came as a group and won the game.' Taylor scored 20 of his game-high 26 in the first half when the Armor went up by as many as 24 points and settled for a 69-52 halftime lead. The first halves of Saturday's game and Thursday's contest could not have been much different for the Armor (8-15). Thursday the Armor fell behind by as many as 17 points in the first quarter and spent the rest of the half playing catch-up against Maine. On Saturday it was all Springfield from the tip to the closing horn of the half, the Armor scoring a season-high 69 points to take a 17-point lead on Santa Cruz at the intermission. Springfield shot 57 percent from the floor, hit 5-of-8 3-pointers and outrebounded the Warriors 23-14, including 10 offensive boards. Willie Reed (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Louis) (16 points, 13 rebounds) led the way on the glass, the 6-foot-10 forward recording a double-double in the first half with 11 points and 10 rebounds, five on the offensive end. Courtesy of: masslive.com
Brady Heslip (6'3''-SG-90, college: Baylor) came off the bench to hit six 3-pointers and the D-League's stingiest defense again gave the Maine Red Claws fits as the Raptors 905 completed a two-game sweep of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. The Raptors beat Maine 103-88 before a crowd announced as 1,967 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. It was the 12th straight victory for Raptors 905, Toronto's second-year D-League affiliate. They advance to the D-League champio... [read more]
Brady Heslip (6'3''-SG-90, college: Baylor) came off the bench to hit six 3-pointers and the D-League's stingiest defense again gave the Maine Red Claws fits as the Raptors 905 completed a two-game sweep of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. The Raptors beat Maine 103-88 before a crowd announced as 1,967 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. It was the 12th straight victory for Raptors 905, Toronto's second-year D-League affiliate. They advance to the D-League championship series and will play Oklahoma City or Rio Grande. The Red Claws lost Game 1 at the Portland Expo on Sunday night 109-84 after defeating Fort Wayne two games to one in the conference semifinals. On Wednesday night, Cameron Ayers opened the game with a 3-pointer that gave the Red Claws their first lead of the series. Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93, college: Texas A&M) made it 5-0 on a baseline jumper but Raptors 905 responded with an 18-4 run to take the lead for good. The Red Claws fell behind by a dozen after one quarter but pulled within 35-34 on a driving dunk by Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame), who finished the game with a team-high 21 points. In the final four minutes of the half, however, Heslip hit five 3-pointers as the Raptors outscored Maine 21-2 to reach intermission with a 56-36 advantage. Jackson helped the Red Claws cut the deficit to 83-73 early in the fourth quarter but they came no closer. Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) finished with 15 points and made only one of his nine 3-point attempts. Jalen Jones contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordan Mickey, like Jackson on assignment from the Boston Celtics, contributed 13 points and nine rebounds. Guerschon Yabusele (6'7''-PF-95), a first-round Celtics draft pick who joined Maine at the end of March, was 1 of 7 from the field and finished the game with five points and three rebounds. Heslip, one of the six Raptors who scored in double figures, finished with 21 points. E.J. Singler (6'6''-F-90, college: Oregon) added 18 and Bruno Caboclo, on assignment from Toronto, had 16. Pascal Siakam (6'9''-F-94, college: N.Mexico St.), another NBA player from Toronto, had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Yanick Moreira (6'11''-C-91, college: SMU) added 16 points and 12 rebounds. In five previous meetings between the teams, the visitors had never lost. Raptors 905 won 39 games in the regular season, best in the league and 10 more than Maine, and were the only team to hold opponents below 100 points per game. The Red Claws ended their most successful season in franchise history, a year that included a third straight Atlantic Division title, Rookie of the Year honors for Nader and a first-ever playoff series victory. Courtesy of: pressherald.com
Oklahoma City couldn't match Rio Grande Valley's hot shooting night in Game 2 of the NBA D-League Western Conference Finals on Sunday. Rio Grande Valley forced a series-deciding Game 3 with a 118-105 win over the Blue at the Cox Convention Center. The Vipers never trailed, leading by as many as 18 points. Rio Grande Valley shot 52 percent from the floor to OKC's 38 percent. The Blue started cold before shooting 50 percent from the floor in the second. Despite the offensive boost, Rio Gran... [read more]
Oklahoma City couldn't match Rio Grande Valley's hot shooting night in Game 2 of the NBA D-League Western Conference Finals on Sunday. Rio Grande Valley forced a series-deciding Game 3 with a 118-105 win over the Blue at the Cox Convention Center. The Vipers never trailed, leading by as many as 18 points. Rio Grande Valley shot 52 percent from the floor to OKC's 38 percent. The Blue started cold before shooting 50 percent from the floor in the second. Despite the offensive boost, Rio Grande Valley extended its lead to 56-47 by halftime. The Vipers continued to push the pace in the second half, tying the series 1-1 with the double-digit win. Vipers forward Kyle Wiltjer (6'10''-F-92, college: Gonzaga) had a game-high 25 points, knocking down 5-of-8 from three. Guard Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) poured in 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting. The Blue were led by guard Reggie Williams (6'6''-G/F-86, college: VMI) and forward Josh Huestis (6'7''-F-91, college: Stanford). Williams scored a team-high 20 points, while Huestis added 19. Both Alex Caruso (6'5''-G-94, college: Texas A&M) and Dakari Johnson (7'0''-C/F-95, college: Kentucky) posted double-doubles for Oklahoma City. Caruso had 16 points and a game-high 10 assists. Johnson finished with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Courtesy of: newsok.com
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, NBA D-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets, could not pull of the win at home and lost 108-112 to the Oklahoma City Blue in the first game of the Western Conference Finals. Kyle Wiltjer (6'10''-F-92, college: Gonzaga) scored 27 points in the game. Three Rio Grande Valley players collected double-doubles. Chris Johnson(6'6''-SF-90, college: Dayton) had 12 rebounds and 20 points. Isaiah Taylor finished the night with 12 assists and 13 points while Darius Mor... [read more]
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, NBA D-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets, could not pull of the win at home and lost 108-112 to the Oklahoma City Blue in the first game of the Western Conference Finals. Kyle Wiltjer (6'10''-F-92, college: Gonzaga) scored 27 points in the game. Three Rio Grande Valley players collected double-doubles. Chris Johnson (6'6''-SF-90, college: Dayton) had 12 rebounds and 20 points. Isaiah Taylor finished the night with 12 assists and 13 points while Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) had 10 assists and 24 points. Dakari Johnson (7'0''-C/F-95, college: Kentucky) led the Blue in scoring with 27 points. Rio Grande Valley started the game with a three-point streak. Three-pointers from Kyle Wiltjer and Darius Morris gave the Vipers an initial nine-point lead over Oklahoma City. Reggie Williams (6'6''-G/F-86, college: VMI)' 12 points were enough to lead the Blue back into the game and finish the opening quarter with a 29-35 lead. Rio Grande Valley Vipers tried to close the gap between both teams, but Dakari Johnson's 10 points in the second quarter helped extend Oklahoma City's lead to nine points as the first half came to an end. Isaiah Taylor, who had been held scoreless in the first two quarters, lit up in the third and scored 11 points. The Vipers defense contained Oklahoma City to just 20 points in the third quarter and sent both teams tied to the final quarter with a 80-80 score. Kyle Wiltjer's fade-away shot put the Vipers ahead 96-95 with 4:09 left in the game. After Dakari Johnson's layup with 3:45 left, the Vipers were not able to steal the lead back and dropped the first game 108-112. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers will play game two of the best of three series on Sunday, April 16 at Oklahoma City. The game will tip-off at 6:30p.m. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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