As expected, the presence of Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) made the Mad Ants' inside game grittier and more successful. There was even a fourth-quarter incident in which the Westchester Knicks' Courtney Fells shoved Hansbrough after they had gotten tangled up and fallen to the court, leading to technical fouls on both. But it was Jordan Loyd (6'4''-G-93, college: Indianapolis, agency: Three Eye Sports) and Jarrod Uthoff (6'8''-F-93, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) who most stood out - again - as the Mad Ants defeated the Knicks 106-94 at Memorial Coliseum. Loyd totaled 17 points and nine assists with only two turnovers, running the point effectively for the Mad Ants (22-15), who have won three in a row on the heels of their season-worst five-game losing streak. Uthoff had 23 points and 20 rebounds. Hansbrough had eight points and seven rebounds in 17:16 off the bench, as the Mad Ants out-rebounded the Knicks 60-43. The Mad Ants retired the No. 19 of Ron Howard, who starred for the team for seven seasons, at halftime. Howard, who led the Mad Ants to the 2014 D-League championship and was Co-MVP of the league, is the first player to be bestowed the honor. The Mad Ants play Saturday at Canton, Ohio. Peter Dinwidde, the Pacers' vice-president of basketball operations, was at the game, undoubtedly taking a good look at the Mad Ants' newest player - Hansbrough, the former Pacers player who was signed Wednesday. Hansbrough, who has seven years of NBA experience, hadn't played since last season with the Charlotte Hornets. The Mad Ants were coming off a season high for points in their 136-105 victory Wednesday at Grand Rapids, Michigan, in which rookie point guard Loyd had career highs in points (30) and assists (11) in his first game atop the depth chart after Julyan Stone left Monday to play in Europe. Loyd started off strong again, his steal and pass setting up Trey McKinney-Jones (6'6''-G-90, college: Miami, FL) for a lay-up and a 6-0 lead that would soon grow to 16-6 on a Stephan Hicks (6'6''-G-92, college: CS Northridge) 3-pointer. The Knicks went on a 24-14 run, culminating with a Jaylen Bond put-back to tie it at 30 with 1:20 remaining in the first quarter, though Hansbrough immediately answered by driving from the 3-point line to a lay-up on the way to his seven first-half points off the bench. The Mad Ants, who a week ago were reeling and in a season-worst five-game losing streak, recaptured the momentum and went up 60-42 on McKinney Jones' 3-pointer with 3:58 left in the second quarter. Uthoff led the game in points (16) and rebounds (12) as the Mad Ants held a 64-51 halftime lead. The Mad Ants scored 25 of the third quarter's 44 points, led by six apiece from Loyd and Stephan Hicks, to take an 89-70 lead. A baseline basket, plus the foul, by Uthoff with 9 minutes left put the Mad Ants up 96-80. The Knicks (16-22) made a run, though, and Keith Wright (6'8''-F-89, college: Harvard, agency: Aspire Sports)'s dunk with 6:11 left cut the Fort Wayne lead to 98-91. After Uthoff drew an offensive foul on Travis Trice II, McKinney Jones' 3 with 4:15 left made it 101-91 and then Uthoff made a jumper of his own for 12-point lead. Courtesy of: journalgazette.net
Skyforce top Energy 132-99 in home finale - 21 hours ago
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The Sioux Falls Skyforce (28-20) put on one, final show for their home crowd this season, scoring more than 30 points in every quarter on their way to defeating the Iowa Energy (11-37) at the Sanford Pentagon on Tuesday night. The Energy's largest lead was one point on multiple occasions early in the first quarter, but the Skyforce built a four-point lead heading into the second quarter and never looked back, leading by as many as 35 points down the stretch in the fourth quarter. Sioux Fa... [read more]
The Sioux Falls Skyforce (28-20) put on one, final show for their home crowd this season, scoring more than 30 points in every quarter on their way to defeating the Iowa Energy (11-37) at the Sanford Pentagon on Tuesday night. The Energy's largest lead was one point on multiple occasions early in the first quarter, but the Skyforce built a four-point lead heading into the second quarter and never looked back, leading by as many as 35 points down the stretch in the fourth quarter. Sioux Falls didn't look like a team that had just been eliminated from playoff contention a night ago. The team played with energy and enthusiasm from whistle to whistle, and pitched in one of it's best shooting performances of the season. The Skyforce shot 50.5 percent from the field, including a blistering 54.3 percent from beyond the three-point line, making 19 of 35 attempts from long range. Henry Walker (6'6''-G/F-87, college: Kansas St.) came off the bench to lead the offensive attack for Sioux Falls, scoring 17 of his game-high 22 points in the first half alone. Walker also collected a team-high 12 rebounds in a game that saw three different Skyforce players record double-doubles. Malik Beasley (6'5''-G-96, college: Florida St.) (22 points and 10 rebounds) matched Walker's game-high point total while recording his third career double-double while finishing with a +/- stat of plus-32 in the contest. Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88, college: Oakland) (14 points and 11 rebounds) continued his dominance over Iowa, managing to tally double-doubles in all four matchups with the Energy this season. Benson now has a league-leading 31 double-doubles on the season. Larry Drew II (6'2''-PG-90, college: UCLA) II (16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds) quietly approached triple-double numbers in just 25 minutes off the bench, while Patrick Miller (6'1''-PG-92, college: Tennessee St.) (16 points), Greg Whittington (14 points) and Jabril Trawick (11 points) rounded out those scoring in double figures in the win for Sioux Falls. All 10 players to enter the game for the Skyforce finished with a +/- stat line of plus-10 or higher in the well-rounded victory. Sioux Falls held the Energy to just 99 points on the night, marking the first time they have held opponents under 100 since defeating the Northern Arizona Suns 96-94 in double-overtime on Christmas Day. Jarell Martin (6'10''-F-94, college: LSU) (19 points) led Iowa in scoring as six players scored in double figures, while Matt Costello (6'9''-F-93, college: Michigan St.) (13 points and 11 rebounds) and Wes Washpun (6'1''-PG-93, college: N.Iowa) (11 points and 10 assists) both tallied double-doubles in the loss. The win tonight marks the first winning season the Skyforce have had against the Iowa Energy since the team came into existence, finishing the season series with a record of 3-1 against their Midwest rivals. In previous years, the best Sioux Falls has done is tie the season series, including last season when the Energy accounted for three of the Skyforce's 10 losses. Now with 28 wins, the Skyforce have won more games than any other non-playoff team in NBA D-League history, as multiple teams have finished with a record of 27-23 and have missed the playoffs. Sioux Falls will now finish their season on the road, traveling to Oklahoma City to take on the Blue on Thursday, March 30 and then traveling to Austin to take on the Spurs in their 2016-17-season finale on Saturday, April 1. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Maine Red Claws land Guerschon Yabusele - 1 day ago
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Maine Red Claws landed 22-year old French power forward Guerschon Yabusele (201-95). He started the season at Shanghai Sharks in Chinese CBA league. In 43 games he averaged impressive 20.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Yabusele played at SPO Rouen in French ProA where in 34 games he had 11.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. Last year Yabu... [read more]
Maine Red Claws landed 22-year old French power forward Guerschon Yabusele (201-95). He started the season at Shanghai Sharks in Chinese CBA league. In 43 games he averaged impressive 20.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Yabusele played at SPO Rouen in French ProA where in 34 games he had 11.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. Last year Yabusele was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in first round (16th overall). He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Yabusele's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 9.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.0spg, Blocks-5 (1.3bpg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 63.3%. Yabusele has played also professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne).
Warriors clinch playoff birth with win over Stars - 2 days ago
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The Santa Cruz Warriors (30-19) defeated the Salt Lake City Stars (14-34) 128-123 on Monday night at Lifetime Activities Center. With tonight's victory, the Warriors clinch their fourth playoff birth in the last five seasons. Jabari Brown (6'4''-G/F-92, college: Missouri) who was named "NBA D-League Performer of the Week" earlier today came off the bench to lead all scorers with 29 points for the Warriors. Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt), on assignment from the Golden State... [read more]
The Santa Cruz Warriors (30-19) defeated the Salt Lake City Stars (14-34) 128-123 on Monday night at Lifetime Activities Center. With tonight's victory, the Warriors clinch their fourth playoff birth in the last five seasons. Jabari Brown (6'4''-G/F-92, college: Missouri) who was named "NBA D-League Performer of the Week" earlier today came off the bench to lead all scorers with 29 points for the Warriors. Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt), on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, contributed 20 points and 6 rebounds, while James Southerland notched a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Alex Hamilton (6'4''-G-93, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) came off the bench to add 15 points and 7 assists for Santa Cruz. The Stars were paced by Quincy Ford who finished with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Brice Johnson came off-the-bench to contribute 18 points, while JJ O'Brien and Henry Sims added 15 points apiece. Jermaine Taylor (6'5''-G-86, college: Cent.Florida) and Tyrone Wallace (6'5''-G-94, college: California) both scored 12 points apiece for Salt Lake City. The Warriors took a quick seven-point advantage to open the game, though Salt Lake City would respond by outscoring the visitors 15-4 to secure a four-point surplus with 5:04 remaining in the period. Back-and-forth scoring ensued through the remainder of the frame, with the Warriors holding a 33-29 lead at the end of the quarter. Santa Cruz opened the second frame on a 10-4 run to reclaim the advantage early, and would lead by as many as 12 points in the quarter. The Warriors would outscore the Stars by 5 points in the period to hold a 68-59 lead at the half. Salt Lake City came out of the break with high-energy play, outscoring the Warriors 20-9 to take back the lead with 5:58 remaining in the period. The Stars would lead by as many as 8 points, shooting 65.2% from the field and 60% from beyond-the-arc, en route to outscoring the Warriors 38-26 in the frame. The hosts' gritty play would earn them a three-point advantage heading into the final period. The fourth quarter consisted 6 lead changes and 2 ties, with neither team leading by more than two possessions. A driving layup from Alex Hamilton with 6:22 left in regulation gave the Warriors a lead that they would not relinquish, despite the Stars coming within one possession with 7.0 seconds remaining. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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