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
Well-traveled Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette) has signed a contract with the D-League and is likely to play with the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Blue played with the Guangxi Rhinos of China last season. He went undrafted by the NBA in 2013 but did spent some time with the Boston Celtics. Blue has also served numerous stints in the D-League with the Delaware 87ers, Maine Red Claws, and D-Fenders. His pro career began in Israel with Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. [read more]
Former NBA swingman Carrick Felix (6'6''-G/F-90, college: Arizona St.) will return to the D-League after signing a contract for the 2016-17 season. Felix's rights are held by the Long Island Nets. Felix was a second-round NBA draft pick in 2013 and has spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs traded him to the Utah Jazz in the summer of 2014. He was waived by the Jazz prior to the season. He has also played for the Canton Charge and Santa Cruz Warriors. The Warriors waived him a... [read more]
Felix was a second-round NBA draft pick in 2013 and has spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs traded him to the Utah Jazz in the summer of 2014. He was waived by the Jazz prior to the season. He has also played for the Canton Charge and Santa Cruz Warriors. The Warriors waived him after one month after Felix suffered a serious knee injury.
Former University of Connecticut forward Roscoe Smith has signed to play in the D-League. Smith's rights belong to the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Smith is 6-foot-8 and last played for Greek club Nea Kifissia. He won an NCAA title with the Huskies in 2011, and went undrafted by the NBA in 2014. He was named a D-League All-Star in 2015 and was selected to the All-Rookie third team. He has also spent time with Ironi Nes Ziona B.C.of the Israel Super League. [read more]
Former University of Connecticut forward Roscoe Smith has signed to play in the D-League. Smith's rights belong to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Smith is 6-foot-8 and last played for Greek club Nea Kifissia. He won an NCAA title with the Huskies in 2011, and went undrafted by the NBA in 2014. He was named a D-League All-Star in 2015 and was selected to the All-Rookie third team. He has also spent time with Ironi Nes Ziona B.C.of the Israel Super League.
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