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    Ryan Wittman Signed by Fort Wayne Mad Ants - Feb 2, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)
    Not ones to lick their wounds at the loss of star guard Oliver Lafayette (6'2''-G-84, college: Houston) to an overseas contract in Turkey, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants have signed one of the darlings of last years NCAA Tournament, Ryan Wittman (6'6''-F-88, college: Cornell). Currently 13-16, sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference, the addition of Wittman will add size and perimeter scoring to the squad which is shooting only 32.8% from three-point range on the season. Wittman, the son of NBA assistant coach Randy Witttman and all-time leading scorer in Cornell basketball history (2,02, comes to the D-league from Italy where he began his pro career this season after going undrafted out of Cornell. In 14 games with MarcoPoloShop.it Forli of Italys second division (the same division Scottie Reynolds began the year in) he averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals while shooting 50.9% from the field. Wittman, 6-7, was an integral member of Cornells Cinderella story last season as the 12th seeded Ivy-League school upended Wisconsin 87-69 to advance to the sweet 16 where they eventually fell to top-ranked Kentucky. As a senior he appeared in 34 games, and averaged 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 42.6% from three. Wittman went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft and participated in both the Orlando Summer League (Boston and NBA Summer League (new York) before heading to Europe.

    Thunder recall Cole Aldrich from D-League - Feb 3, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled center Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

    During his two assignments this season with the 66ers, Aldrich has appeared in 19 games (19 starts) and averaged 10.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots in 29.2 minutes. Aldrich has recorded three consecutive double-doubles with Tulsa and the 66ers own a 15-4 mark this season with him in the lineup. Aldrich has joined the Thunder in Oklahoma City for tonights 7:00 PM game against the New Orleans Hornets at the Oklahoma City Arena.

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    Wednesday: Legends, Bighorns and Energy celebrate - Feb 3, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Reno Bighorns - Springfield A. 113-72
    The Bighorns jumped out of the gates on an 8-0 run and never looked back Wednesday night, cruising to a 113-72 victory over the Springfield Armor in the Reno Events Center. The Bighorns (18-12) set new franchise records in margin of victory (41), turnovers committed (5) and points allowed (72). The win marked Reno's third straight, on the heels of a weekend sweep over the Bakersfield Jam. 'That was our best defensive effort of the year,' said Bighorns Head Coach Eric Musselman. 'I thought our guys did a really good job of staying focused throughout the entire 48 minutes. Guys did a great job of playing their role tonight.' In the Reno backcourt, Donald Sloan finished with five assists and no turnovers, while Golden State Warriors assignment player Jeremy Lin led the Bighorns with 20 points, six assists and zero turnovers. 'The job that our team has done collectively of taking care of the ball has been excellent,' Musselman said. 'We were worried when Aaron Miles went down with an injury, but Sloan continues to get better and better, and our point guard play has been phenomenal.' On a night that featured another balanced effort from the Bighorns, Patrick O'Bryant recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards, while Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina) added 19 points and six assists. All 10 Bighorns registered in the scoring column Wednesday, and the team combined to shoot 84 percent (21-of-25) from the free-throw line. Reno led by 18 after one and took a 27-point advantage into halftime. The lead continued to grow in the second half, as the Bighorns finished the third period on a 12-2 run, and the edge was never seriously threatened. Philadelphia 76ers assignee Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) led the way for the Armor (9-19), finishing with a game-high 29 points and 12 rebounds. Jerry Smith (6'2''-G-84, college: Samford) added 12 points for Springfield, and Gavin Edwards chipped-in 11 points and nine boards. Reno now hits the road for a Friday-Saturday series in Idaho. Tip-time for the opener is set for 6 p.m. PST in Qwest Arena. 'This one is over. We have two very difficult games coming up against a much-improved Idaho team,' Musselman said. 'Right now our whole focus is on how we can beat the Stampede.' *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

    Rio Grande - Iowa E. 127-136
    The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers fell to the Iowa Energy 136-127 on Wednesday at State Farm Arena in front of a crowd of 4,664. The Energy (21-9) opened the game on a 12-0 run, hitting 5 of 6 shots. The Vipers (19-9) got on the board for the first time at the 8:18 mark when Houston Rockets-assignee Ish Smith drove the lane for a layup. The Vipers opened the second quarter on a 16-5 run, during which Mouhammad Faye (6'9''-F-85, college: SMU) hit a 3-pointer at the 8:56 mark of the to give the Vipers their first lead at 42-41. Smith followed by converting a three-point play to give the Vipers a 45-41 lead. The Energy outscored the Vipers 23-12 over the rest of the quarter to take 64-57 halftime lead. The Vipers opened the third quarter on an 11-4 run, capped by a Jerel McNeal basket to take the lead back at 77-76 with 8:47 remaining. Two minutes later, the game was tied at 83 after Terrel Harris hit a jumper, at which point the Energy went on a 13-1 run to take a 96-84 lead that they did not relinquish. Harris scored a career-high 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting, including 4 of 9 from behind the arc to go with five rebounds, two assists and a career-high tying four steals. Jeff Adrien recorded his 14th double-double in 19 games with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Smith picked up his second double-double with 12 points and 12 assists. The Vipers shot 17 of 46 (37 percent) from behind the arc, setting new franchise records in both makes and attempts. The Vipers also attempted a franchise-record 111 field goals, hitting 49 of them (44.1 percent). The Energy were led by Chicago Bulls-assignee James Johnson (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest), who scored a game-high 31 points with 14 rebounds and six blocks. Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists, Courtney Sims had a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds while Marqus Blakely also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Vipers hit the road for 10 days to play five games in three states, starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday against the New Mexico Thunderbirds in Rio Rancho, N.M. *Courtesy of www.brownsvilleherald.com

    New Mexico - Texas L. 108-110
    Dominique Johnson (6'3''-G-87, college: Azusa Pacific) hit a buzzer beater for the Texas Legends (15-14) to help them to a 110-108 victory over the New Mexico Thunderbirds (14-16) on Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center. After combining to score over 250 points the night before, the Thunderbirds and Legends played another high scoring first half with the Thunderbirds holding a slim 61-59 lead at the half. Josh Bostic (6'5''-F-87, college: Findlay (OH)) led all scorers with 14 points including two 3-pointers for the Thunderbirds. On the other side Joe Alexander (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Virginia) led the Legends with 13 points and did the majority of his damage at the free throw line, hitting seven free throws. In the third quarter, with the Thunderbirds holding a 75-74 lead, they went on a 12-3 run to take a 10 point lead, their largest of the game. The Legends answered with a 9-1 lead and would trail by just four points heading into the fourth quarter. The Legends started the fourth quarter by scoring the first seven points to take a 93-90 lead. The Thunderbirds responded with a quick 6-0 run capped by an alley oop from Dar Tucker to Jamine Peterson. With 2:44 to go and the Legends trailing by three points, Booker Woodfox hit a three pointer to tie up the game, 106-106. After the teams traded baskets, Johnson hit a fadeaway as time expired to win the game. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Thunder sent Byron Mullens to Tulsa 66ers - Feb 4, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has assigned center Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. In his first stint in Tulsa, Mullens appeared in one game, recording 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 33 minutes.

    This season, the center is averaging 1.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 4.7 minutes in 12 games for Oklahoma City. Mullens will be in uniform tomorrow night when the 66ers take on the Utah Flash at the Tulsa Convention Center. Courtesy of www.sportando.net
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    Clippers assign Willie Warren to NBA D-League affiliate Bakersfield Jam - Feb 4, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Los Angeles Clippers guard Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) was assigned to the Bakersfield Jam, the Clippers' NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 37th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Warren, a rookie out of Oklahoma.

    Warren (6-4, 203) has appeared in 14 games this season with the Clippers, averaging 2.2 points and 1.4 assists in 7.8 minutes. Warren also averaged 7.0 points and 1.4 rebounds in five games for the Clippers' 2010 NBA Summer League team.

    The Clippers selected Warren, an early-entry candidate, in the second round (54th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft. In two seasons at Oklahoma, Warren averaged 15.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 57 games. As a freshman, Warren was an All-Big 12 Second Team selection, and was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. As a sophomore, Warren's 16.3 points per game led the Sooners, and he was named an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention player.

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    Mad Ants top Toros 103-100 - Feb 4, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Ft.Wayne MA - Austin T. 103-100
    In a game that came down to the final minute of play and saw 21 lead changes, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants outlasted the Austin Toros to give them the 103-100 victory. The first period of play was a sew-saw battle with the Mad Ants leading 24-22 heading into the second. The second was more of the same with 11 lead changes. The Toros went on a 10-4 run to close out the period and lead 55-51 at the half. Leo Lyons (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) had 14 first half points for the Toros. The Toros jumped out to a quick 8 point lead to start the second half but the Ants went on an 11-0 run to close the third period and steal back the lead. The back and forth trend continued through the fourth period and came down to the final minute of play. The two teams were locked in at 100 apiece with 56 seconds left on the clock, Mad Ants Darnell Lazare hit one of two free throws followed by an offensive rebound by Marvin Phillips which ultimately led to two made free throws by Walker Russell (6'0''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) to give the Mad Ants the 3 point victory. The Toros had three players finish with a double-doubles. Lyons led the Toros with 25 points and 10 rebounds, Carldell Johnson (5'10''-G-83, college: UAB) finished with 15 points and 10 assists, and Marcus Cousins added 10 points and 10 rebound. Chris Kramer (6'3''-G-88, college: Purdue) scored 26 points off of the bench for the Mad Ants to lead all scorers. Russell Jr. finished with 21 points and 11 assists and Lazare added 16 points. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

    BayHawks win 5th straight - Feb 7, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Texas L. - Erie Bay H. 106-111
    The Erie BayHawks continue to roll with a 111-106 win at Texas against the Legends (16-15) on Sunday afternoon. Winners of its last five games, Erie (20-9) became the fifth team in the D-League this season to reach 20 wins. Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.) lead the BayHawks with 31 points Sunday, but a key guy in this stretch has been Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU). In Erie's last three wins, Mitchell has averaged 26.3 points. He matched his career high of 28 points in Sunday's win. Because Ivan Johnson has gotten into his share of foul trouble in recent games, Mitchell has gotten more minutes and taken advantage of that. Erie returns to action Thursday with a three-game home stint against the New Mexico Thunderbirds, a team that beat the BayHawks twice at their place earlier this season. The Thunderbirds (14-1 aren't the same team they were earlier in the season as they've lost three straight. *Courtesy of www.goerieblogs.com
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    Spurs assign James Anderson to D-League - Feb 8, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The San Antonio Spurs announced that they have assigned rookie James Anderson (6'6''-G-89, college: Oklahoma St.) to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. This is Andersons second assignment to the Toros this season while rehabbing from a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot which he was diagnosed with on November 11.

    Anderson, a 6-6, 215-pound guard, was originally assigned to Austin on January 26. He appeared in two games for the Toros, averaging 14.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 14.0 minutes. He shot .556 (10-1 from the field, .444 (4-9) from three-point territory and .714 (5-7) from the free throw line. Anderson was recalled by the Spurs on January 29 and saw limited action in three games.

    Before the injury, Anderson appeared in six games for the Spurs, averaging 7.0 points and 1.5 assists in 17.7 minutes.

    For the season he has appeared in nine games, averaging 5.2 points and 1.1 assists in 13.0 minutes. He is shooting .432 (16-37) from the field and .500 (11-22) from three-point land.

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    Rockets recall Ish Smith - Feb 8, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced Monday their parent club, the Houston Rockets, have recalled point guard Ishmael Smith (6'0''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) and that the Vipers have acquired center Connor Atchley (6'10''-F/C-85, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas) from the Iowa Energy for power forward Stanley Robinson (6'9''-F-88, college: Connecticut), who was reacquired earlier in the day.

    The Vipers have also waived center Mickell Gladness (6'11''-F/C-86).

    Assigned Jan. 17, Smith played in four games (one start) with the Vipers, averaging 12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 31.8 minutes per game. He shot 43.1 percent (22 for 51) from the field, 30 percent (3 for 10) from behind the arc and 50 percent (4 for from the foul line.

    He scored a career-high 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting against the Maine Red Claws on Jan. 19 and finished by dishing out a career-high 10 assists to go with a career-high three steals against the Dakota Wizards on Jan. 22.

    Ishmael had an effective stay with the Vipers as he was able to continue his development in games, sais Vipers general manager Gersson Rosas, who is also the Rockets' vice president of player personnel. There is nothing like a game setting for a young point guard to continue to work on his craft, especially in terms of running a team and being an initiator on defense. We were able to take advantage of a key stretch of Vipers games for him to participate in and look forward to the next period where he can come back down and continue his work with our Vipers coaches.'

    Smith is averaging 3.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 12.9 minutes in 24 games (three starts) for the Rockets.

    Atchley is averaging 5.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 17.1 minutes in 19 games (13 starts). He is shooting 43.6 percent (34 for 7 from the field and 87.1 percent (27 for 31) from the free-throw line.

    He scored a season-high 19 points on 7 of 9 shooting in 27 minutes vs. Sioux Falls on Dec. 1. Atchley is in his second year in the NBA Development League. He split last season between Dakota and Iowa, averaging 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 41 games (13 starts). For his career, Atchley is averaging 6.1 points 3.7 rebounds and 16.5 minutes in 60 games (26 starts).

    Atchleys best play came in the playoffs with the Energy last year, when he averaged 10.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in six games and starts.

    Connor is a versatile big that fits our style of play with his shooting and size, which help address some of our team needs, Rosas said. 'He is a guy we would like to get a closer look at in our environment and we are glad to add him to our team. We feel like he has an opportunity to come in and get better by working with our coaches in order to help our team.'

    Atchley played for the Sacramento Kings during NBA training camp, scoring two points, while hitting 1 of 3 shots, with three rebounds (two offensive) in eight minutes over the course of three games. Atchley played for the Kings during the NBA Summer Leauge in Las Vegas, averaging 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

    He also played for the New Jersey Nets during the Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 22.2 minutes per game. Atchley also played for the Golden State Warriors during the 2009 NBA Summer League and then in Turkey before joining the NBA Development League.

    Atchleys best season with the Longhorns came as a junior during the 2007-08 season, when he averaged 9.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and a Big 12-best 2.1 blocks per game. He was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team, the Big 12 All-Improved team and the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

    The 23-year old was born in Houston and grew up in Clear Lake.

    Robinson averaged 9.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 10.3 minutes in three games off the bench before getting waived due to a right leg injury Dec. 16.

    Gladness averaged 3.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 19 games (six starts).

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    Sixers recall F Brackins - Feb 8, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have recalled rookie forward Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Springfield Armor. Brackins was assigned to the Armor on January 15. His first assignment was from November 30 through December 12.

    In 14 games for Springfield, Brackins averaged 19.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.00 blocks in 37.2 minutes per game. Over his final three games with the Armor, Brackins averaged 24.7 points and 11.3 rebounds. He leaves the D-League tied for the seventh-highest scoring average of any player this season.

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    Utah Flash fall to Rio Grande Valley Vipers - Feb 8, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Utah F. - Rio Grande 99-109
    The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers hit 23 more free throws in 21 more attempts to win the only meeting of the season against the Utah Flash, 109-99, on Monday at the UCCU Center. The Vipers (22-9) are now winners of three-straight and 15-of-17. They are also within one game of the first place Tulsa 66ers (23-. The Vipers shot 28-for-35 (80%) from the foul line while the Flash (14-15), losers of three-straight, were 5-for-14. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) led the Vipers with 26 points and seven assists while Richard Roby (6'6''-G-85) scored with 22 points to go with a career-high 11 rebounds. Kevin Kruger (6'1''-G-83, college: UNLV) led the Flash with 14 points. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com

    daho Stampede win after game delayed; Skyforce top Maine, win second straight - Feb 9, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Dakota W. - Idaho S. 108-121
    Travel woes delayed Idaho's game against the Dakota Wizards by about 3 hours. But once the teams took the floor, the Stampede showed no signs of travel fatigue. Idaho defeated Dakota 121-108 late Tuesday night in Bismarck, N.D. Armon Johnson (6'3''-G-89, college: Nevada), on assignment from the Portland Trail Blazers, led the Stampede with 22 points. Sean Banks (6'8''-F-85, college: Memphis), with 21 points, was one of six other Stampede players in double figures. It was the most points Idaho (11-19) has scored this season, and the win snapped a two-game losing streak. Jermareo Davidson had a team-high eight rebounds in the win, and Antoine Walker led Idaho with seven assists. *Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com

    Sioux Falls S. - Maine RC 107-98
    The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Maine Red Claws 107-98 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Tuesday night. Six players scored in double figures for Sioux Falls as they won two straight games for the first time this season. After an even first quarter Sioux Falls (5-22) outscored Maine 29-24 in the second quarter to take a 58-53 lead into the locker room. Raymond Sykes (6'9''-F/C-86, college: Clemson) had a strong first half with 16 points on 7-of-9 field goals. The first half saw 12 lead changes and eight ties. Sioux Falls never trailed in the second half and led by as many as 14 points (95-81) with 8:24 to go in the contest. Maine (12-20) made one last push and got to within six points (101-95) with just over two minutes to go in the game but six straight points from Miami HEAT assignee Dexter Pittman (6'10''-C-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) down the stretch sent Maine to their third straight loss in the Dakotas. David Bailey (14 points, 12 assists), Pittman (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Patrick Ewing, Jr. (14 points, 11 rebounds) all finished with double-doubles for the Skyforce. Sykes scored a team-high 18 points to continue his strong play off the bench. Jamar Smith (6'3''-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) posted a team-high 23 points on 9-of-16 field goals (3-of-3 3-pointers). Mario West scored 16 points while Champ Oguchi added 12 points in a reserve role. Maine visits Springfield on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Sioux Falls hosts Idaho in back-to-back meetings on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com

    Red Claws acquire Fall and Clinch, waive center James Cripe - Feb 9, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that they have acquired center Bamba Fall (7'1''-C-86, college: SMU) from the Reno Bighorns. Reno will receive Maine's 7th round selection in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft. In a separate transaction, the Red Claws have acquired Lewis Clinch (6'3''-G-87, college: Georgia Tech) from the Available Player Pool. Both players are expected to join the team in Springfield for the Red Claws' Thursday night game against the Armor.

    Bamba Fall, 24, is 7-1 center out of Southern Methodist University. He played in Israel last season before being drafted in the 7th round of the 2010 NBA D-League Draft by the Bighorns. Due to visa issues, which have since been resolved, Fall has not played this season. A graduate of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, which has produced numerous NBA players and prospects including the Celtics' Rajon Rondo and the Red Claws' Tiny Gallon, Fall spent four seasons at SMU, starting his final two years, and was named to the C-USA All Defensive Team in 2007 and 2009. He was a member of the Senegalese National Team in 2007 and participated in the African Championships in Angola.

    Lewis Clinch, 23, is a 6-3 guard out of Georgia Tech where he was a teammate of Red Claws veteran guard Mario West. Drafted by the Austin in the 3rd round of the 2009 NBA Development League Draft, Clinch has spent the past two seasons with the Toros before being waived this past weekend. In 29 games this season, he averaged 8.5 ppg and 2.2 rbg. Last season, he played in 52 games with Austin, including two playoff appearances, averaging 9.0 ppg and 1.6 rpg. To make room for Clinch on the roster, the Red Claws have waived center James Cripe (7'0''-C-84, college: N.Kentucky).

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    BayHawks acquire guard Reggie Holmes - Feb 9, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Erie BayHawks on Monday plucked guard Reginald Holmes (6'4''-G-87, college: Morgan St.) from the D-League player pool.

    The BayHawks' roster had been at nine players after guard Garrett Temple (6'6''-G-86, college: LSU) signed a second 10-day contract with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

    Holmes, 6 feet 4 inches and 180 pounds, was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the year and an Associated Press honorable mention All-American as a senior at Morgan State in 2010. He averaged 21.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in his final college season. Holmes recently returned from playing in Morocco.

    Erie hosts to the New Mexico Thunderbirds Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., all at Tullio Arena.

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    J.R. Giddens to play for Thunderbirds - Feb 10, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    It's been three and a half seasons since J.R. Giddens (6'5''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) last played for the New Mexico Lobos after transferring there following two rather tumultuous seasons as a Kansas Jayhawk, but he'll likely be donning a 'New Mexico' jersey again sometime soon.

    No, Giddens isn't going back to college but rather will be joining the state's professional basketball team.

    Giddens, a 6-foot-5 wing and the first-round pick of Boston in the 2008 NBA Draft, signed an NBA Development League contract on Tuesday and was officially claimed by the D-League's New Mexico Thunderbirds on Thursday afternoon. Giddens arrived in New Mexico on Sunday, but was unable to sign with the D-League until the league could get FIBA clearance.

    It's unclear what exactly caused the holdup, but Giddens told a fan on Twitter '[E]urope was nice but if [you] don't pay me for my services [I] can't play, still waiting on money from teams over there no bueno,' presumably meaning that the issue stemmed from Giddens probably still being under contract -- despite not being paid -- from one of the European teams he's played for in the past.

    Since Giddens was unable to make an impact in the NBA, appearing in just 38 games total over the past two seasons between the Celtics and New York Knicks and then failing to make good on a training camp invite from the Sacramento Kings this fall, he decided to take his talents to Europe this season.

    His European vacation probably didn't work out quite as planned, however.

    Giddens first signed to play with Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Poland where he'd average 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 10 games of Euroleague action while playing alongside former NBA players Mike Wilks and Daniel Ewing. When the team failed to reach the Euroleague Top 16 competition, however, Giddens was released. He wasn't a free agent for long, however, as he was quickly picked up by Power Electronics Valencia in Spain.

    With Spain, the Giddens-Europe saga got more interesting. Prior to even playing a game for the ACB league team, Giddens was reprimanded by his coach because the player posted pictures of every meal that he ate. Five days later, the team decided to release the former first-round NBA pick despite the fact that he never actually appeared in a game for Valencia.

    Now that Giddens is back in America, hopefully the random issues that caused both of his European stints to end prematurely won't occur again because he's shown to be a very capable player in the D-League. During stints with the Utah Flash and Maine Red Claws while on assignment from Boston -- the NBA team switched affiliates when Maine joined the league -- he averaged 17.3 points while shooting 59 percent from the field. His 6.0 rebounds and solid defense only helped to make him a more interesting NBA prospect.

    Giddens will make his debut with the team against the Erie BayHawks Thursday night in Pennsylvania. The Thunderbirds, coached by former NBA player Darvin Ham, don't play again in New Mexico until March 2 against the Bakersfield Jam.

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    RGV Vipers Waive Stanley Asumnu - Feb 11, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)
    Stanley Asumnu (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Tennessee), the Rio Grande Valley Vipers' all-time leader in games played (141), was waived on Thursday. This season, Asumnu was averaging 4.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 9.6 minutes in 17 games off the bench. He had missed the last six games with a high left ankle sprain. Because he was waived with an injury, the Vipers will retain his rights and may sign him aheaed of any other team once he is fully recovered. Asumnu, a 6-5 guard/forward out of Tennessee owns career averages with the Vipers of 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 20.6 minutes while making 33 starts.

    Mullens making quick impact with 66ers - Feb 11, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    When Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) returned to the Tulsa 66ers roster last week, it was as if he had never left.

    Since being reassigned by the Oklahoma City Thunder to its D-League affiliate, Mullens has started both of the team's games. Against Utah on Friday, he scored five of the team's first nine points and hit the winning shot. He also had a team-high 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in a loss to Texas on Saturday.

    'A lot of times when guys are at the NBA level and they're not playing many minutes, when they get sent down, it's a change of pace just because it's game action,' Tulsa coach Nate Tibbetts said. 'Byron's had a good week of practice, and he's going to continue to get better in every game.'

    Mullens and the 66ers play Utah again Friday and Saturday at the Tulsa Convention Center. Tulsa leads the Western Conference and has a league-best 23-8 record.

    A 7-foot center who turns 22 on Monday, Mullens is tied for 10th in D-League scoring with an average of 19.3 points in three games, including one in December when he was briefly with Tulsa. His coach said Mullens improved during his time in Oklahoma City.

    'He's playing with more physicality,' Tibbetts said. 'He's around the rim a lot more. His confidence is going to continue to grow with his experience, and I think you're seeing that.'

    In the 12 games he played for the Thunder this season, Mullens was used sparingly. He spent most of last season in Tulsa, averaging 15.1 points. Because of the relationship between the teams, the transition was nearly seamless.

    'It really helps that we have so many guys that are familiar with the Thunder,' Tibbetts said. 'We've probably got five or six guys that spent time in Oklahoma City this summer and got to know Byron personally, and also the guys we had here last year know Byron.'

    Friday will feel like an Oklahoma City game for Mullens as the 66ers host the annual Thunder affiliate night. Rumble the Bison, the Thunder Girls and Thunder Drummers will be in attendance.

    The 66ers will try to shut down the Flash after needing a late run to secure a 100-96 victory last week.

    'They played a good game, and we had a good finish,' Tibbetts said. 'They probably wanted to finish a little better down the stretch. They're going to be ready to play, and we need to be ready to match their energy.'

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    Thursday's games - Feb 11, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Austin T. - Rio Grande 97-117
    The Austin Toros got off to a bad start on Thursday against Rio Grande Valley and could never fully recover, losing their fourth straight game, 117-97. In the first quarter, the Toros shot 21 percent while the Vipers were red-hot (65 percent). ' We just can't seem to get consistency as a group,' Toros coach Brad Jones said. ' I'm continually putting guys in the game to see who can be consistent and that's not a good thing.' Rio Grande Valley only had eight players travel with the team, and seven scored in double figures, led by Terrell Harris (6'5''-G-87, college: Oklahoma St.) with 19. Austin fell behind 45-32 midway through the second quarter before going on a 15-6 run to get back into the game. Kevin Palmer's three-pointer with 1:30 left in the first half brought the Toros within four points at 51-47. Rio Grande Valley started the second half on a 5-0 run and took control, keeping a double-digit lead the rest of the way. The Vipers shot 53 percent and outrebounded Austin 50-38. 'We've got to figure out how to put together stops, like two and three possessions at a time,' Austin's Squeaky Johnson said. Johnson had 15 points and six assists. Eric Boateng replaced leading scorer Marcus Cousin, who was out with mononucleosis. Boateng had four points and seven rebounds. Ex-Longhorn Connor Atchley (6'10''-F/C-85, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas), returning to the Austin area as a member of the Vipers, had 16 points and four rebounds. His three-pointer with three minutes left in the third quarter gave his team its biggest lead to that point, 82-64. ' I had a pretty good game, I hit some open shots and moved the ball a lot, the kind of stuff I like to do,' Atchley said. These teams play again on Saturday at noon at the Cedar Park Center. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com

    Erie Bay H. - New Mexico 125-100
    It doesn't look as if they're going to slow down anytime soon. The Erie BayHawks won a season-high sixth consecutive game in beating New Mexico 125-100 Thursday night before 3,286 fans at Tullio Arena. 'We're in our mode right now,' Erie rookie forward Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU) said. 'We're in our zone.' Ivan Johnson scored a game-high 37 in 31 minutes of play as Erie led by as many as 30 points en route to crushing the Thunderbirds (14-19). In his past 10 games, the 2011 D-League All-Star selection is averaging 26.6 points. 'You already know what it is,' Johnson said. 'I just play, man. I'm just glad I had another good night. Just feeling good.' Gannon graduate Kyle Goldcamp (6'10''-F-86, college: Gannon) added a career-high 19 points and six blocks for the BayHawks (21-9), who improved to 10-1 at Tullio Arena. Erie already has matched its win total from last season when it finished 21-29. 'It's a great feeling to have a winning record again,' Goldcamp said. 'It was a tough one last year. I think it was the first time I had a losing record since the third grade.' In early December, New Mexico swept Erie in a two-game series at home. With Orlando Magic rookie center Daniel Orton and 28-year-old Alan Anderson, the Thunderbirds were 4-1 and Erie was 4-3. The Thunderbirds have gone 10-18 since then. They no longer have Orton, who's back with Orlando, or Anderson, who went overseas to play in Europe, but the majority of Erie's team is still intact, with the main cog being Johnson. 'Ivan Johnson is a beast,' Erie guard Kyle Spain said. 'He's a beast.' The 6-foot 8-inch, 230-pound power forward had 22 points in the first half Thursday night. For the game, Johnson grabbed nine rebounds and had four assists. 'He's one of the best players in the league,' Erie first-year coach Jay Larranaga said. 'Maybe the best player in the league.' As well as he played, Johnson found excitement in watching Goldcamp have a career night. After a Goldcamp follow-up dunk that led New Mexico coach Darvin Ham to call a timeout with 9:34 left in the first half, Johnson gave the former Gannon star power forward a chest bump on the court. 'He plays with a lot of heart,' Johnson said. 'That's what I like to see.' In the first half, Goldcamp had 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, four rebounds and three blocks in 16:04. 'I was getting some lucky buckets,' a grinning Goldcamp said. 'Couple of rolls went my way. Easy transition buckets.' Forward J.R. Giddens, a former first-round draft pick of the Boston Celtics in 2008, had 12 points in his debut game with the Thunderbirds. Jamine Peterson led New Mexico with 22 points off the bench. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

    Springfield A. - Maine RC 96-86
    The Maine Red Claws flexed their collective muscle out of halftime, but the Springfield Armor would not back down. Scottie Reynolds (6'2''-G-87, college: Villanova) wouldn't let them. Scottie Reynolds owned the second half with his disruptive defense, but still found time to add 20 points, seven assists and five rebounds to go with his seven steals. On his back, Springfield erased an early second-half deficit to rally for a 96-86 win Thursday night at the MassMutual Center, snapping a six-game losing streak. 'I told (Reynolds) this was the best game management second half he's ever had,' Armor coach Dee Brown said. 'Even the game where he had 18 assists, even the game where he had 30 points and eight assists, today's game management was his best. He had everybody where they were supposed to be, he got the ball to the right people, and when he felt he had to take the ball to the basket, he did. That's the balance that Scottie's figuring out.' With Jarvis Gunter, a long yet thin center, earning his first start of the season, Springfield lacked their opponent's girth. Tiny Gallon, a behemoth whose name belies his bulk, looked twice as wide as Gunter. Maine's DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan), a D-League All-Star, looked like he could bench press Springfield's Gavin Edwards. Yet Gunter, Edwards and their teammates still owned the paint, helping Springfield to a 51-31 rebounding advantage. Gunter finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Edwards finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds of his own. Together, they counteracted Sims' 19 points and 13 rebounds and Gallon's 16 points and seven rebounds. 'We have keys we want to accomplish each night, and tonight (interior play) was our key. They're two of the best front court players (in the league),' said Brown. 'We tried to get the ball out of Tiny's hands. We got the ball out of DeShawn's hands.' He added, 'The key was, as much as we wanted to defend them, we wanted them to have to defend Gavin and Jarvis.' Jerry Smith ended a largely uneventful first quarter the right way, with two quick layups and a free throw during the final two minutes. His five points helped the Armor turn a 20-19 deficit into a 26-22 lead by intermission. JamesOn Curry led Springfield with six points during the period, hitting three contested, long-range jump shots. Gunter was active on both ends, pitching in four points and five rebounds. The Armor did not trail once during the second quarter, ending the frame with a 50-48 lead. But they missed an opportunity to enter halftime with a larger cushion. A Gerard Anderson three-pointer gave Springfield a 50-44 lead with one minute left in the half, and the Armor threatened to break the game open. But a defensive breakdown allowed Maine to answer with an easy bucket. When Reynolds missed an open layup with four seconds left in the half, Maine pushed the ball to the other end, closing the half with an Antonio Anderson slam dunk. Maine opened the second half with a bang. Gallon asserted himself in the paint and Maine quickly erased the two-point half-time deficit with a 14-4 run. The Red Claws fought to a 65-58 lead, and it looked like Springfield was in trouble. But Reynolds wouldn't let his crew go down easily. 'I gave us a little bit of a lift,' Reynolds said. 'It's easy for me to take the credit. But it was a full team effort.' *Courtesy of www.masslive.com
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    Friday's games - Feb 12, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Bakersfield J. - Texas L. 138-134
    Stephen Davis (6'4''-F) scored 29 points and Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) added 23 as the Bakersfield Jam outlasted the Texas Legends 138-134 on Friday night at the Jam Events Center. Derrick Byars added 19 points, including four of Bakersfield's 17 3-pointers. The Jam finished 17 of 28 from beyond the arc. Bakersfield led 37-23 after the first quarter and 74-64 at halfime before Texas pulled to within 98-97 entering the fourth. The teams meet again at 7 p.m. today. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

    Reno Bighorns - Ft.Wayne MA 102-91
    Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina) had a game-high 28 points as the Reno Bighorns defeated the Mad Ants 102-91 Friday before 2,564 fans at the Reno Events Center. In a game with 10 lead changes and four ties, the Mad Ants closed to within 82-79 with 7:55 remaining, but the Bighorns slowly pulled away from there. Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) and D-League All-Star Walker Russell Jr. led Fort Wayne (14-1 with 21 points each. Huntington North and Purdue product Chris Kramer had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and 3 steals. Marvin Phillips had 9 points and 11 rebounds. The Bighorns (21-12) shot 46.3 percent (38 of 82) from the field and 37.5 percent (6 of 16) on three-pointers. The Mad Ants shot 34.7 from the field (33 of 95) and 16 from behind the arc (4 of 25). It was second straight loss for Fort Wayne which is 2-11 in its last 13 games. The teams play again at 10 p.m. today. *Courtesy of www.journalgazette.com

    Sioux Falls S. - Idaho S. 115-125
    The Idaho Stampede defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 125-115 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Friday night. Sioux Falls trailed by just one point (87-86) heading into the final quarter but surrendered a season-high 38 fourth-quarter points to end a modest two-game winning streak. Sioux Falls (5-23) led 28-23 after the first quarter behind 16 points from NBA D-League All-Star Patrick Ewing, Jr. Idaho (12-19) outscored Sioux Falls 36-26 in the second quarter to take a 59-54 halftime lead. Former Skyforce forward Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) had a strong first half for the Stampede with 14 points on 7-of-11 field goals. Idaho pushed the lead to double digits (66-56) early in the second half but Sioux Falls would not go away and only trailed by two points (76-74) following a dunk by Ewing, Jr. that brought the crowd to their feet. There were eight lead changes in the first five minutes of the final stanza but Idaho controlled the final seven minutes to pick up their second straight road win. Davidson finished with 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field to go along with eight rebounds. Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) scored 23 points while Portland Trail Blazers assignee Armon Johnson added 22 points and six assists off the bench. Ewing, Jr. recorded season-highs in points (29) and rebounds (16) to lead the Skyforce. David Bailey contributed 25 points and seven assists while Raymond Sykes posted 16 points off the bench. The same two teams tangle tomorrow night at the Sioux Falls Arena at 7 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of D-League

    Iowa E. - Dakota W. 125-123
    Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) exploded for 34 points as the Iowa Energy held off a late rally to defeat the Dakota Wizards 125-123 Friday night. Iowa jumped out to a 66-49 halftime lead and appeared to be in control of the game. Dakota cut the lead to 92-78 heading into the 4th, setting up their improbably comeback. Dakota, who was led by reserve Chris Ayer's 20 point effort, cut the Energy lead to two points several times late in the game. With 2.0 seconds left, and the Energy clinging to a 124-123 lead, Iowa forward Michael Haynes went to the free throw line for two shots. Haynes' first shot fell short. He made the second to put the Energy up two. After a Dakota timeout, the Wizards found big man Chris Johnson open near the top of the key. The 6'11' center, who recently returned from a stint with the Portland Trailblazers, missed an 18-footer. Neither team could corral the rebound, and the buzzer sounded giving the Energy the win. Iowa has now been in 1st place in their division for 133 consecutive games. Chicago Bulls assignee James Johnson and point guard Curtis Stinson each scored 26 points for Iowa, which improves to 24-9 on the year. Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan) added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Javaris Crittenton registered a double-double (13 points, 10 assists) for the Wizards, who fall to 11-22 on the season. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Maine RC - Springfield A. 90-80
    It should have been a night the Springfield Armor could savor. And it would have been, too, if they had been able to hang on to an 11-point lead. Not just one of them, but a pair. As it was, the Armor fell to the Maine Red Claws, 90-80, before a sellout crowd of 3,045 at the Portland Expo. Springfield is 0-9 in two seasons worth of trips here, although it will have another opportunity on Sunday to finally taste victory here. Leading by one point after three quarters, the Armor fell hard in the fourth quarter beneath the weight of a 13-2 Red Claw run. Maine's DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan) led all scores with 25 points, and helped send the Armor to their seventh loss in their last eight tries, the exception being their 96-86 win over Maine on Thursday at the MassMutual Center. This one started far differently that it began. The Armor enjoyed a strong first half, and led 29-24 after the first quarter, then took a 51-41 advantage into halftime. After trailing in the early moments, Springfield seized the lead with an 11-0 run that put the Armor up 18-10 with 4:59 left in the first quarter. Newly signed small forward Tony Bobbitt, a former Red Claw, helped fuel the run with a long three-pointer after taking a no-look feed from JamesOn Curry (team high 18 points). Maine cut the margin to two points, 32-20, early in the second quarter, but the Armor promptly ran off a 13-4 skein that featured points contributions from five different players. Springfield fell apart in the third quarter, losing the lead altogether in the face of an 18-4 Red Claw run. The Armor managed to stop the bleeding, and by the end of the quarter, had eased back in front, 66-65. For the Armor, however, was as good as it would get. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

    Tulsa 66ers - Utah F. 88-96
    A week ago, Tulsa needed a strong finish to hold off the Utah Flash. On Friday night at the Convention Center, it was the Flash who finished strong. Utah outscored Tulsa 28-19 in the final period, including a 10-2 run to open the quarter, on its way to a 96-88 victory over the 66ers in NBA Development League action. The loss was Tulsa's first at home since Dec. 17. After winning a team-record 14 consecutive games in December and January, the 66ers have now dropped three of their last four outings, including two of three February contests, to fall to 23-9 on the season. With Tulsa clinging to a one-point lead entering the final quarter, Utah's Tony Gaffney (6'9''-F-84, college: Massachusetts) began controlling the middle. The center scored four of the Flash's first six points in the quarter to set the tone and finished by hitting six of his 12 points in the quarter to lead Utah (15-15). The 66ers started slow, hitting just one of their first 11 shots. When Byron Mullens hit a turnaround jumper in the lane to pull Tulsa within 13-9 at the 3:00 mark, it was the 66ers' second field goal in the game's first nine minutes. Mullens would add a dunk near the end of the quarter to knot the game at 17 before Utah's Pape Sy, on assignment from the Atlanta Hawks, drained a 3-pointer to give the Flash the edge after one period. Tulsa would grab the lead early in the second quarter on a driving basket by Garrett Williamson before Utah went on a 13-2 to wrestle back control of the game. Thanks to a late 5-0 run by the 66ers, including a tip-in just before the buzzer by Marcus Lewis, Tulsa trailed Utah 47-42 at intermission. After trailing by as many as 10 points midway through the third quarter, Tulsa took a 69-68 edge heading into the fourth quarter thanks in part to an 8-1 run to end the period. Lewis led the charge, scoring eight of his 14 points in the quarter. Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB) paced Tulsa with 21 points while Mullens added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Tulsa and Utah return to action on Saturday at the Convention Center with a rematch at 7 p.m. *Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com
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    Saturday's games - Feb 13, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Iowa E. - Dakota W. 111-103
    The Iowa Energy defeated the Dakota Wizards 111-103 Monday night to 'sweep' the three-game series. Center Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan), named NBA D-League Player of the Week earlier in the day, had another big game for the winners as he finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Iowa jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the 1st quarter as Sims scored seven points in the first 4:30 of the game. Dakota responded as a Brandon Johnson 3-pointer closed the quarter to cut the Energy lead to 26-23. The Energy outscored the visitors 27-14 in the 2nd quarter to take a commanding 53-37 lead at the halftime break. Iowa remained in control throughout the second half. Dakota cut the lead to six with 0:44 left in the game, but a Shyron Ely 3-pointer from the corner put the game away for Iowa. Guard Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) added 20 points and 13 assists for Iowa, while guard Kyle Weaver scored 22 points on the night. Renaldo Major scored 28 points for Dakota while Chris Johnson added 23 points and 9 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Bakersfield J. - Texas L. 129-90
    Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) scored a game-high 25 points to lead seven Bakersfield players in double figures scoring in the Jam's 129-90 victory Saturday over the Texas Legends at the Jam Events Center. Warren was 7-for-12 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and also dished out six assists. Derrick Byars (6'8''-G/F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) also had a big night with 21 points, while Drew Naymick and Stephen Dennis each had a double-double for Bakersfield. Naymick had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Dennnis added 12 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. The Jam (20-12) hosts Texas again Monday at 7 p.m. before playing at Idaho on Wednesday. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

    Reno Bighorns - Ft.Wayne MA 109-106
    The Mad Ants pulled within a point of the lead in the final seconds Saturday night, but they couldn't get over the hump in their second loss in as many nights to the Reno Bighorns. Reno iced its 109-106 victory with a pair of free throws by Danny Green with 1.5 seconds to play in Reno, Nevada. Corey Allmond (6'2''-G-88, college: Howard Col. (TX)) hit a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds to play to cut the Bighorns lead to 107-106, but the Ants were forced to foul to put Green on the line. Walker Russell Jr., the Ants' lone D-League All-Star, scored 20, and Allmond finished with 18 for Fort Wayne (14-19), which fell 102-91 to Reno on Friday. Salim Stoudamire (6'1''-G-82, college: Arizona) scored 25 for the Bighorns (22-12), and Green added 24. *Courtesy of www.journalgazette.com

    Tulsa 66ers - Utah F. 95-113
    Center Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) notched 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots for the Tulsa 66ers (23-10) and guard Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB) added 12 points but the 66ers fell to the Utah Flash (16-15) Saturday evening, 113-95, inside the Tulsa Convention Center. Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Jerome Dyson with 10 points. Brandon Brooks led the team with five assists. 'I think we have to get back to the basics and learn from this weekend,' 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. 'We're a young team that has to continue to improve. We need to bounce back from a tough stretch. I thought our effort was good tonight but we need to work on our execution.' Leading the Flash was guard Kevin Kruger with a game-high 21 points. Nkem Ojougboh notched the only double-double of the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Offensively, Tulsa held a 56-38 advantage in points in the paint. The 66ers also recorded a 23-15 advantage in second chance points. The 66ers will return to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 16, when they travel to South Dakota to take on the Sioux Falls Skyforce at 7 p.m. CT. The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 11 but was postponed due to inclement weather. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Sioux Falls S. - Idaho S. 104-118
    The Idaho Stampede defeated the Skyforce for the second day in a row Saturday at the Arena, 118-104. Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) led Idaho (13-19) with 21 points. Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) had 19. For Sioux Falls (5-24), Patrick Ewing Jr. scored 23 points and had 11 rebounds. Maureece Rice scored 19 points, Anthony Harris 15 and Keaton Grant 13. Idaho trailed 60-55 at halftime but outscored the Skyforce 28-18 in the third quarter. *Courtesy of www.argusleader.com

    Erie Bay H. - New Mexico 123-105
    Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) led the BayHawks to another victory over the New Mexico Thunderbirds with his eighth double-double of the season scoring 29 points and pulling down 12 boards, as Erie extended their win streak to seven games and improved to 22-9. The BayHawks' first quarter proved to be a rocky one and the Thunderbirds kept the game close through the first frame. After 13 lead changes in the game's first 15 minutes the BayHawks grabbed the reigns and outscored the Thunderbirds 31-21 in the second and never looked back. Johnson scored 14 third quarter points as Erie held a six-point margin heading in to the final frame. But Erie's lead only grew as the final margin of 18 points was their largest lead of the game. Seven BayHawks scored in double-figures. In addition to Johnson, Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU) finished with 28, Blake Ahearn added 19, Derek Raivio had 14, and Kyle Goldcamp and Tasheed Carr notched 10 apiece. Ahearn snapped his consecutive free throw mark at 57 straight when his fifth attempt of the game rolled out in the third quarter. He is now 60-of-61 from the stripe on the season. The Thunderbirds, who dropped to 14-20, were led by Jamine Peterson who had 22, Abdulai Jalloh added 20, Walter Sharpe chipped in 18, Marcus Hubbard had 16, and J.R. Giddens notched 12. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Austin T. - Rio Grande 105-99
    The Rio Grande Valley Vipers saw their four-game winning streak come to a close in a 105-99 loss to Austin Toros on Saturday at Cedar Park Center. The Vipers (23-10) were led by Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette), who had a game-high 28 points with eight rebounds and six assists. Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) recorded his 18th double-double in 24 games with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The Toros (13-1 were led by Lance Thomas, who scored 17 points. James Anderson also finished with 17 while Kevin Palmer and Aubrey Coleman each scored 15 points. The Vipers and Toros meet again at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com
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    D-League Round: 76 (Regular Season) - Feb 14, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Maine RC - Springfield A. 97-96
    Mario West (6'5''-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) slammed in a rebound with 15.1 seconds to play, knocked out a handspring in celebration and the Maine Red Claws hung on to best rival Springfield 97-96 Sunday afternoon. The Claws, now 14-21, head into the All-Star break off one of the team's most dramatic wins of the season. 'We made a couple of big plays down the stretch when we needed to,' said Maine coach Austin Ainge. 'To end on a win going into this break saves me some gray hairs and ulcers.' West's acrobatic feat came with 1.4 seconds on the clock in front of the Springfield bench and drew a technical foul. James Curry hit the free throw, but Maine got the ball on the next possession and time expired. 'Mario apologized to me. It's disrespectful,' said Springfield coach Dee Brown, an NBA veteran. 'This ain't rec league. . .' Just seconds earlier the winning basket developed off a drive to the basket by Tiny Gallon that bounced off the rim. West came up for the put-back and slammed it in with two hands to make it 97-95. Maine had been in the lead for much of the game until Springfield went on a 10-2 run to open the fourth quarter and pull ahead. Gallon went on a six-point spree in the last three minutes to keep pace, scoring twice inside, drawing fouls, and turning both into three point plays. Maine regained the lead with just 1:16 to play, 95-94. Former Red Claw Tony Bobbitt missed a jumper on the Armor's next possession, Maine took the ball over but hit one off the rim. Springfield drove back and Jerry Smith (6'2''-G-84, college: Samford) drew a foul. He hit just one of the two free throws, making it a tie game leading into the winning score. The win wrapped up a three-game series against the Armor, with Maine going 2-1. Maine had 23 turnovers and hit just 26-of-43 free throws. 'It was sloppy. I think we all know how each other plays,' said Ainge. 'We had way too many turnovers out there. But we made enough to win and come through when it mattered.' The game was back and forth out of the gate before West went on a 6-0 run to make it 20-16 Maine with 2:56 to go in the first quarter. He dunked the first, hit 2-of-2 at the free throw line, then stole the ball at half court to drive for a one-armed dunk. Maine held the lead to end the quarter 28-22. A couple of back and forth runs cut Maine's lead to as few as one point before ending the half up by 10. Smith finished with 20 points, Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85, college: Memphis) with 14, DeShawn Sims with 13, West with 12. Maine now has a week off for the All-Star break, and returns home for a 1 p.m. Feb. 24 game against Rio Grande. *Courtesy of www.kjonline.com

    Erie Bay H. - New Mexico 120-115
    Despite a big third quarter, in which the New Mexico Thunderbirds (14-21) outscored the Erie Bayhawks (23-9) 36-21, the T-Birds dropped their sixth consecutive game, 120-115. Led by Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.), who scored the first five points of the game, the Bayhawks jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead. The Thunderbirds would cut the lead to one point with 8:25 to go in the quarter, but then Erie went on 13-2 run to take a 24-12 lead. They would hold a 14 point advantage after one quarter. In the second quarter, the Thunderbirds cut the lead to eight on a Nik Raivio 3-pointer. The Bayhawks would respond with a 16-8 run to take their largest lead of the game, 60-44. Ivan Johnson had another big half for the Bayhawks leading all scorers with 19 points and Erie led 65-50 at the break. The Bayhawks still led by 12 points with 8:20 to go in the third quarter, but then the Thunderbirds went on a 24-7 run to take their first lead of the game, 86-81. The Bayhawks closed the quarter by scoring five straight points and the teams were tied at 86 heading into the fourth. The two teams traded baskets to start the fourth quarter, but after a Raivio 3-pointer gave the T-Birds a one point lead, the Bayhawks went on an 8-0 run to take a 99-92 lead. With 2:40 to go in the game, Abdulai Jalloh hit three straight free throws that cut the lead to just one point. With the T-Birds still trailing by one point Tasmin Mitchell hit a jumper with 1:01 to go in the game to push the lead back to three points. Marcus Hubbard answered with a layup that once again put the T-Birds within one point. Ahearn would then hit four straight free throws in the final seconds for the Bayhawks that would clinch the victory. Ahearn finished with a game high 39 points that included a perfect 18-for-18 from the free throw line. Shane Edwards (6'7''-F-87, college: UALR) led the T-Birds in scoring with 20 points, all of which came in the second half. The Thunderbirds will be off until Feb. 24 when they visit the Austin Toros at 6:30 p.m. The T-Birds will return home for March Giveaway Madness beginning on March 2 for Defined Fitness Night with a T-Bird Magnet giveaway. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Armor trade with rival Red Claws - Feb 14, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Springfield Armor announced today that they have acquired forward Eugene Spates (6'8''-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) from the Maine Red Claws in exchange for Vernon Goodridge (6'9''-F-84, college: La Salle).

    Spates was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NBA D-League Draft after playing for BC Mess in Luxembourg.

    With Maine, Spates was the only player on the roster to appear in all 35 games, starting five. Spates has averaged 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game and has scored in double figures nine times during the 2010-11 season. Spates exploded for a season-high 21 points in a Dec. 30th victory over Erie.

    Spates, a native of Dallas, TX, began his collegiate career at Dallas Collin County CC and transferred to Northeastern to complete his final three years of eligibility (2006-09). While at Northeastern, Spates averaged 7.5 points per game in 95 games played.

    'We are excited to add Eugene to our roster,' Armor head coach Dee Brown said. ' (Spates) is a great locker room guy and gives us flexibility at the 4 and 5 positions because of his ability to score and shoot the basketball.'

    Goodridge, whom the Armor traded to the Red Claws, played in 33 games for the Armor this season, starting 28.

    Goodridge averaged 9.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 23.2 minutes per game.

    'We appreciate the contributions Vernon brought to the team during the first half of the season,' Brown said. 'Going into the second half of the season, we needed to make a roster change to evaluate and develop more talent at the post position. We wish (Vernon) luck.'

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    Iowa's Courtney Sims captures MVP honors in 2011 NBA D-League All-Star Game - Feb 20, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan) of the Iowa Energy, who previously captured Co-MVP honors in the 2009 NBA Development League All-Star Game in Phoenix, doubled his pleasure in Los Angeles, scoring 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting on his way to hoisting his second NBA D-League All-Star MVP Trophy at the 2011 NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by SonoSite.

    Maine's DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan) added 20 points for the East All-Stars, who used a late run in the second half to post a 115-108 victory over the West All-Stars in front of a packed house on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas.

    'I like competing against the best competition, and this league has a ton of good players, many who could or should be in the NBA,' said Sims, who's appeared in five NBA games with the Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks since graduating from Michigan in 2007. 'Everyone says I'm very close to making it, and some people feel that I'm an NBA player. Not everyone gets the chance, and you just have to make the most of the opportunity if and when it comes.'

    Sims had company in Los Angeles, with Iowa teammates Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) and Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) joining him the East starting lineup. Jeffers finished with 14 points, while Stinson dished out seven assists. Fort Wayne's Walker Russell had a game-high 10 assists for the East squad, which used a 23-11 run with under 10 minutes left in the second half to take a commanding lead it never relinquished.

    Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86, college: Boston Coll.) of the Texas legends, the 17th overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft, led the West with 21 points. Austin's Marcus Cousin (6'11''-C-86, college: Houston) added 19 points, while Reno's Marcus Landry, who spent the 2009-10 season with the Knicks and Boston Celtics, finished with 18 points. Tulsa's Larry Owens, who earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the San Antonio Spurs this season, had a solid all-around game with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. Texas' Joe Alexander, the eighth overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists.

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    Larry Sanders Assigned to NBA D-League - Feb 21, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)
    The Milwaukee Bucks have assigned rookie center Larry Sanders (6'11''-F-88, college: Va Commonwealth) to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League. Sanders, the 15th overall selection of the 2010 NBA Draft out of Virginia Commonwealth has appeared in 36 games for the Bucks this season, making eight starts and averaging 4.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 13.5 minutes. Sanders had earned steady playing time the first few months of the season when the team was thin up front due to injuries, however has seen only sporadic plying time since January. The 6-11, 235 pound Sanders averaged 14.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game as a senior, earning All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team Honors as well as Defensive Player of the Year.

    Clippers Willie Warren recalled from D-League - Feb 21, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Clippers announced today that rookie guard Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) would rejoin the club after a stint with the Bakersfield Jam in the D-League. Here's the release from the Clippers:

    The Los Angeles Clippers today announced that they have recalled rookie guard Willie Warren from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

    Warren, 21, was assigned to Bakersfield on Feb. 2 and appeared in six games with the Jam, averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 assists 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point land. The Jam went 5-1 with Warren in the lineup from Feb. 4 - 16.

    Warren has appeared in 14 games with the Clippers this season and is averaging 2.2 points and 1.4 assists in 7.8 minutes per game. The former Oklahoma University standout was selected by the Clippers in the second round (54th overall pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft.

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    Vipers Head Coach Chris Finch suspended - Feb 22, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Rio Grande Valley Vipers head coach Chris Finch has been suspended for two games without pay and fined $1000 for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection and for verbal abuse of officials following the Vipers' 111-99 loss to the Austin Toros on Feb. 16. The suspension will begin immediately and cover Rio Grande Valley's games at Texas tonight and at Maine on Thursday, Feb. 24.

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    Mad Ants - Armor game rescheduled - Feb 22, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Due to travel complications the Mad Ants game tonight scheduled for 7:00pm against the Springfield Armor has been rescheduled for tomorrow night, Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00pm. All tickets for tonights game will be honored at the game tomorrow night at the Memorial Coliseum at 7:00pm. The Mad Ants will take on the Armor on back-to-back days, as the two teams will meet again on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

    Vipers record 100th franchise victory - Feb 23, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Texas L. - Rio Grande 112-122
    The Vipers recorded their 100th franchise victory Tuesday night and their first win at Dr. Pepper Arena by beating the Texas Legends 122-112. Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) led the Vipers (24-12) with 24 points and 15 rebounds to record his NBA Development League-leading 20th double-double of the season. Richard Roby (6'6''-G-85) added 22 points in the victory while Mouhammad Faye (6'9''-F-85, college: SMU) netted a career-high 20. The Vipers were playing without coach Chris Finch, who was suspended Tuesday by the NBA Development League for two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection and for verbal abuse of officials following a Feb. 16 game against Austin. RGV opened the game on a 7-0 run and led by as many as 14 when Jerel McNeal hit a 3-pointer to make it 28-14 Vipers at the 4:06 mark of the first quarter. The Legends (17-19), however, outscored the Vipers 23-8 over the next 7:19 to take their first lead at 37-36 when Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G-85, college: Washington) hit a three-pointer. Jon Scheyer followed with his first basket as a Viper 11 seconds later to bring the Vipers back within one. The Vipers trailed by as many as eight at 54-46 with 3:24 remaining in the second quarter after Antonio Daniels hit a technical free throw and again at 58-50 after Kelvin Lewis hit a lay-up. The Vipers closed the quarter on a 6-0 run to pull within 58-56. Faye gave the Vipers the lead back twice in the third quarter, with a three-pointer to make it 68-67 at the 8:09 mark, and a three-point play to make it 80-79 at the 3:43 mark. Both times the Legends took the lead right back, but Patrick Sullivan connected on a transition slam dunk and Terrel Harris hit a driving lay-up as the Vipers took an 84-81 lead with 2:43 remaining in the third quarter. The Legends tied the game at 91-91 after a Lewis jumper early in the fourth, but the Vipers went on a 13-5 run capped by a Terrel Harris dunk to take a 104-96 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The Legends scored the next six points to get back within two, but that was as close as they got. The Legends were led by Dominique Johnson (6'3''-G-87, college: Azusa Pacific), who scored 24 points with a season-high 10 rebounds. The Vipers outrebounded the Legends 53-to-30 and 23-to-10 on the offensive glass. The Vipers return to action at noon on Thursday when they face the Maine Red Claws at the Portland Exposition Center. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com
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    Spurs recall James Anderson from Austin Toros - Feb 23, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled rookie James Anderson (6'6''-G-89, college: Oklahoma St.) from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. He will be available to play in San Antonio's game tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Anderson, a 6-6, 215-pound guard, was originally assigned to the Toros on January 26 for a rehab assignment after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot on November 11. He was recalled by the Spurs on January 29 and appeared in three games before being re-assigned to the Toros on February 7. Anderson played in seven games with Austin, averaging 14.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25.1 minutes per game. He shot .447 (42-94) from the field, .346 (9-26) from three-point territory and .714 (10-14) from the free throw line.

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    Dakota Wizards waive Lawrence Westbrook - Feb 23, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Dakota Wizards announced today that they have waived guard Lawrence Westbrook (6'0''-G-88, agency: Edge Sports, college: Minnesota) due to injury and have re-acquired guard Brandon Johnson (6'0''-G-86, agency: Impact Basketball, college: San Diego). Johnson will be in uniform this weekend as the Wizards play host to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Saturday and Sunday.

    Johnson was the second round pick, 24th overall, of the Wizards in the 2010 NBA Development League Draft. He appeared in 10 games (2 starts) and averaged 10.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He scored a season high 26 points against the Iowa Energy on November 20, 2010.

    Westbrook was acquired on January 19, 2011 and appeared in 8 games with Dakota averaging 9.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

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    Former D-League All-Star's Season Over in Australia - Feb 24, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)
    Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso), a 2010 NBA D-League All-Star with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, was released by the Adelaide 36ers of Australia's NBL (National Basketball League). Howard, 28, sprained his ankle in a game on Friday night and the team could not wait for his expected three-week recovery time as he would miss four of the remaining six games of the season. In 11 games for Adelaide, the former Valparaiso guard/forward averaged 8.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 38.5% from two (30-7 and 33.3% (10-30) from behind the arc. The 36ers are currently 8-13, good for eighth-place in the nine team National Basketball League. Howard moved to Australia in December after beginning the season in Israel with Elitzur Netanya. There he appeared in three games averaging 8.7 points. Howard participated this past summer in the NBA Summer League with the New York Knicks before heading overseas.
    Australia's NBL is home to many former D-League stars, as Gary Ervin (6'1''-G-83, college: Arkansas), Kirk Penney (6'5''-G-80, college: Wisconsin) and Corey Williams (6'3''-G-77, college: Alabama St.) are the first, second and fifth leading scorers in the league.

    Chris Johnson Signs with Boston - Feb 25, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Boston Celtics signed center Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU) of the Dakota Wizards for the ninth Call-Up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season. Johnson's call-up - his second this year - increases the number of current NBA players with NBA D-League experience, including players currently on assignment to their NBA D-League affiliates, to 83.
    In 33 games (32 starts) with Dakota this season, Johnson averaged 16.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks, which ranks second in the league. Johnson is the only player this season to record eight blocks on three separate occasions, and he's scored in double figures in all but four of his NBA D-League games.

    Johnson, the first NBA D-League player to earn two GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA this season, was first called up by the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 24. He appeared in two games with Portland, averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.0 minutes. Johnson also was in the Celtics' training camp in October.

    Johnson (6-11, 210) is a second-year pro out of LSU, where he averaged 7.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 88 games over a four-year career. As a senior in 2008-09, Johnson's 2.7 blocks per game ranked second in the SEC and eighth in the nation, earning him All-SEC Honorable Mention honors. Johnson is expected to join the Celtics tonight for the team's game at Denver at 10:30 p.m. ET.

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    Thunder recall Byron Mullens from D-League - Feb 25, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled center Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

    During his two assignments this season with Tulsa, Mullens has appeared in six games (six starts) and averaged 16.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots in 31.7 minutes per game.

    Mullens will join the Thunder for tonights 7:00 PM contest against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.

    Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com

    Golden State signs Vipers forward/center Adrien - Feb 25, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Rio Grande Valley Vipers power forward-center Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) has agreed to a contract with the Golden State Warriors. Adrien confirmed the move via his Twitter account on Thursday night. Adrien began the season with the Warriors before he was waived in December. He played for the Erie Bayhawks for five games before he was traded to the Vipers for guard Garrett Temple.

    Adrien averaged 19.6 points and 12.3 rebounds for the Vipers. Adrien had 27 points for the Vipers in their 107-101 victory at Maine earlier Thursday.

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    BayHawks acquire guard in three team deal - Mar 1, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Erie BayHawks today acquired guard Jermaine Beal (6'3''-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) from the Austin Toros as part of a three-team deal. Erie sent guard Derek Raivio (6'3''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, and Fort Wayne dealt Austin their third round pick in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft.

    'Derek is a great kid and I thoroughly enjoyed having him on our team,' said BayHawks head coach Jay Larranaga. 'I believe the trade provides a good situation for Derek and wish him all the best.'

    Beal (6-3, 205) is a 23-year-old rookie from Vanderbilt University who was acquired by the Toros via the available player pool on December 1. He appeared in 29 games this season with Austin and averaged 6.9 points and 2.2 assists in 18.7 minutes per game.

    As a senior at Vanderbilt, Beal lead the Commodores in scoring (14.6 points), assists (3.1) three-point field goals (72), and minutes played (32.5 per game), and was voted the school's 2009-2010 Male Athlete of the Year by school officials. Beal finished his college career with 91 victories in his four seasons, making him the winningest player in the history of Vanderbilt men's basketball.

    Beal is expected to be in uniform for the BayHawks when they face conference rival Iowa on Tuesday at 7:00pm ET at Tullio Arena.

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    All-Star Walker Russell leaves Mad Ants - Mar 1, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Fighting to get into the NBA Development League playoffs for the first time in their four-year history, the Mad Ants just took a body shot that could have an effect on that goal.

    Point guard Walker Russell (6'0''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.)., the teams only representative in last weeks D-League All-Star game in Los Angeles, has left the Mad Ants to play in China.

    To fill the roster vacancy, the Ants completed a three-way deal with Austin and Erie.

    The Ants picked up 6-foot-2 guard Derek Raivio (6'3''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) from the Erie BayHawks and traded next seasons third-round draft pick to Austin, which sent 6-3 guard Jermaine Beal to Erie.

    Raivio, who played at Gonzaga, averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 assists in 25 games with Erie.

    The loss of Russell is the latest case of misfortune to hit the Ants this season.

    The team lost 6-foot-11 center Chris Hunter for the season to a torn Achilles tendon on Christmas night.

    Guard Oliver Lafayette, whose exceptional play last season with the Ants warranted a late-season call-up to the NBA Boston Celtics, left the Mad Ants a month ago to play in Turkey.

    And even Larry Sanders, a 6-11 center sent to the Ants from the Milwaukee Bucks as recently as a week ago, was recalled by Milwaukee.

    Now comes the news that the teams best player is gone.

    Russell, a 6-foot guard, led the Ants in nearly every offensive category this season.

    In 37 starts, he averaged 17.7 points, 7.9 assists and 34.7 minutes all team highs.

    Obviously, Walks an All-Star point guard; one of the best point guards in the league, and I think is ready for a call-up (by the NBA), Ants coach Joey Meyer said. Theres no doubt well miss him. He was an integral part of our team.

    The Ants (17-20) have won three of their last four games and own the eighth-best record in the league, which is the final possible playoff berth.

    The team plays two home games against Reno (22-14) Thursday (7 p.m.) and Friday (7:30 p.m.).

    Now Derek and Carlos (English) are going to have to step up, Meyer said. Thats what the D-Leagues about. You lose a guy, you step up.

    English has been the teams backup point guard this season. He averages 13.6 minutes, 3.7 points and 2.3 assists per game.

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    tampede acquire Bobbitt - Mar 1, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Idaho Stampede announced today they have acquired guard Tony Bobbitt (6'4''-G-79, college: Cincinnati) from the Springfield Armor in a trade for Lance Hurdle (6'2''-G-87, college: Miami (FL)).

    In nine games (8 starts) Bobbitt averaged 13.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the Armor. Bobbitt scored a season-high 28 points (8-16 3FG) against the Bakersfield Jam on Feb. 4.

    Bobbitt has played two games in the NBA as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers - he scored five points, grabbed three rebounds and played 12 minutes in the 2004-05 season.

    The Daytona Beach, Fla. native spent two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho from 2000-02, where he averaged 14.1 points (.441 FG%, .404 3FG%, .802 FT%) before transferring to the University of Cincinnati. While at Cincinnati, Bobbitt, born Oct. 22, 1979, averaged 10.9 points in two seasons. As a senior, Bobbitt was named the Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year (2003-04) and earned Third Team All-Conference USA honors.

    Bobbitt will wear jersey No. 15.

    Idaho plays the Sioux Falls Skyforce tomorrow at 6 p.m. (MST) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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    Tuesday: Energy and Skyforce win - Mar 2, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Sioux Falls S. - Idaho S. 93-85
    A five-point possession helped the Skyforce overcome a 21-point deficit and beat Idaho 93-85 on Tuesday night at the Arena just two days after blowing an 11-point lead in the final five minutes at first-place Tulsa. Yes, Sioux Falls continues to be interesting even at 7-28. 'If you'd have told me any time during that game that we were going to win, I'd have laughed at you,' said Skyforce coach Mo McHone, whose club had lost four in a row. 'But we gutted it out. Every once in a while you've got to do that.' Actually, this was the second time in two weeks that Sioux Falls rallied from 15 or more down at home to beat a team with more talent. Idaho (15-22) had five former NBA players on the floor at the same time Tuesday. One of them, three-time NBA All-Star Antoine Walker, left the floor early, earning two technical fouls and an ejection for arguing with an official with two-tenths of a second left. An ending like that seemed all but impossible when the Force trailed 44-23 midway through the second quarter. What made that score worse was that Sioux Falls started hot and led by eight early. But the Skyforce responded to giving up a 22-2 run by putting together a 19-4 run to end the first half. They followed that with an 18-2 spurt between the end of the third and start of the fourth to turn the game into a tossup. The decisive turn was a run of seven straight points to break a 79-all tie with 3 minutes left. Five of those came on a single possession: David Bailey absorbed a flagrant foul and hit both free throws, Sean Marshall (6'6''-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) - who finished with a game-high 26 points off the bench - hit a jumper on the ensuing possession and Patrick Ewing (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown) Jr. was fouled while positioning for a possible rebound and hit the resulting free throw. Just like that Sioux Falls was up seven with 2:22 to play. The Force outscored the Stampede 32-15 in the fourth and the 85 points allowed marked its best defensive showing since Dec. 4. 'We haven't got that all season,' Marshall said of the five-point possession, 'so to see something like that go our way, you can't do anything but smile.' Idaho coach Randy Livingston, a former Skyforce star, had a different take, but didn't put the blame on the officials. 'It never should have come down to some tough calls at the end of the game if we take care of business,' he said. 'We're a good team. We just have to find a way to bound back on Thursday.' The Stampede had five players in double figures, but nobody had more than 17 and Walker was limited to eight - half his average. (He did, however, squeeze in one of his trademark shimmies.) Meanwhile, Ewing Jr. backed up Marshall with 22 points and 11 rebounds, forward Raymond Sykes (6'9''-F/C-86, college: Clemson) had 18 and 12 and Bailey chipped in with 14 points and 10 assists. The teams meet again Thursday with the possibility of more shimmies, ejections and resiliency. 'As long as we're out there wearing a jersey, we're going to fight,' Marshall said, 'and that's the biggest thing for us right now.' *Courtesy of www.argusleader.com

    Erie Bay H. - Iowa E. 93-115
    The Erie BayHawks dropped a second consecutive game to the Iowa Energy, 115-93, Tuesday night before an announced crowd of 2,349 at Tullio Arena. The BayHawks (24-12) are 1-3 since the All-Star break. They have lost their past two home games after winning 12 of their first 13 games at Tullio Arena, including an 11-game home win streak. Erie starting point guard Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.) injured his left hip during the first half and didn't return against the Energy (29-10), who are atop the East Conference and up 3 1/2 games on the BayHawks. Along with Ahearn going down, Erie All-Star power forward Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) was ejected from the game after picking up a second technical foul early in the second half. Ahearn and Johnson each scored 11 points. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

    Earl Barron Signed to 10-Day Contract by Milwaukee Bucks - Mar 2, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)
    Veteran D-League center Earl Barron (7'0''-C-81, college: Memphis) has been signed to a 10-day contract by the Milwaukee Bucks. Barron, 29, played in 12 games (3.0ppg, 3.3rpg, and 14.8mpg) for the Phoenix Suns this season after being signed by them on November 16. After being released a little more than a month later, Milwaukee will now be Barron's fourth NBA team spread across five seasons. He owns career NBA averages of 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds over 101 games. In his Bucks debut last night against the Detroit Pistons, the former Memphis Tiger came off the bench to score four points and grab nine rebounds in nearly 16 minutes of action. The 7-0 Barron, who is a very good pick-and-pop big man due to his shooting touch, has been well-traveled throughout his D-League career, appearing in 121 games over parts of five seasons in Huntsville, Florida, Los Angeles and Iowa. Last season was his best in the D-League, as he started all 47 games he appeared in for the Energy, averaging 16.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 48.9% from the field, earning All-NBA D-League 3rd Team Honors.

    Hawks recall Pape Sy from Utah Flash - Mar 3, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Atlanta Hawks today recalled Pape Sy (6'6''-G-8 from the teams NBA Development League affiliate Utah Flash according to Hawks Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund. Originally drafted by Atlanta in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, Sy was assigned to the Flash on December 27. He saw action in 23 games (11 starting assignments) with Utah averaging 8.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.3 apg in 22.1 mpg (.424 FG%, .737 FT%).

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    Wednesday: Johnson, Byars lead Jam in rout; Legends prevail in double overtime thriller - Mar 3, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    New Mexico - Bakersfield J. 106-127
    Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) scored 33 points and Derrick Byars (6'8''-G/F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) added 32 as the Bakersfield Jam beat the New Mexico Thunderbirds 127-106 Wednesday at the Santa Ana Star Center. The Jam (23-14) shot 71 percent on its way to a 36-16 lead in the first quarter. J.R. Giddens scored 17 in the quarter for the T-Birds (15-23), but the Jam closed the half on a 21-11 run to take a 66-48 halftime lead. Drew Naymick added nine points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots for the Jam. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

    Austin T. - Texas L. 136-138 OT
    Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G-85, college: Washington) hit a driving lay up as time expired in the second overtime to propel the Texas Legends to a 138-136 victory over the Austin Toros on Wednesday night at the Cedar Park Center. With the game tied at 136 and 2.8 seconds remaining the double overtime, Dentmon took the inbound at the top of the key. He drove to the hoop, tossed the ball up and it fell through the cylinder as the buzzer sounded sending the Legends to the win. After a slow start (neither team scored in the first two minutes of the game), the Legends and Toros exchanged the lead nine times and were tied six times in the first quarter. Austin dominated the second quarter, going on a 27-8 run and taking a 15-point lead just over six minutes into the period. However, the Legends outscored the Toros 20-14 to finish the half and go into the break trailing 68-59. Texas' Joe Alexander (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Virginia) and Sean Williams poured in ten points each in the first half, while Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) dropped in 20 points (six three-pointers) off the bench for the Toros in the opening half. The Legends turned the tables in the third quarter. With Austin leading 78-71 four minutes into the third, Texas outscored the Toros 25-16 to end the quarter with a two-point lead, 96-94, going into the fourth quarter. The two teams fighting for the final playoff spot fought back-and-forth in the final quarter. With the game knotted up at 123, the Legends had the ball on the final possession of regulation. Justin Dentmon missed a jumper from the free throw line, but he got his own rebound and dished it to Antonio Daniels. The veteran guard had an open shot from the left baseline for the win, but his shot fell short sending the game to overtime. After Carldell Johnson nailed a three-pointer with 38.9 seconds to go in the extra session, Alexander answered with a spinning lay up to tie it up at 129. He drew the foul as well, but with a chance to give the Legends the lead his free throw rimmed out. Austin had a chance to win the game in the first OT, but Johnson's driving lay up fell short and for the first time in franchise history Texas went into double overtime. Down by two, Daniels redeemed himself from the late fourth quarter miss, by knocking down a three-pointer with 40.9 seconds left to give the Legends a one-point lead. On the defensive end Williams came up huge by drawing a charge and giving Texas the basketball back. After Alexander hit two free throws to extend the Legends lead to three, Leo Lyons was fouled while shooting from beyond the arc and rattled home all three free throws to tie the game back up at 136. Then came the heroics of Dentmon sending Texas to the victory. Alexander led seven double-digit scorers for Texas with a season-high 34 points, while Williams (22 points, 12 rebounds), Daniels (23 points, 11 assists) and Matt Rogers (10 points, 11 rebounds) completed double-doubles. Ehambe scored a season-high 37 points (9-11 three-pointers), as Lyons added a season-high 34 points. Texas netted a franchise-high 138 points, while dropping in a franchise-best 53 field goals as a team. The Legends improved to 18-21 on the year, as the Toros fell to 15-22. The win pulled Texas even with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the eighth and final playoff spot in the 2011 NBA D-League playoff race. Texas will look to complete the sweep of Austin in the second of back-to-back games against the Austin Toros tomorrow night in Cedar Park. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Austin Toros make roster changes - Mar 4, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Austin Toros today announced that they acquired and then subsequently waived Kelley Tre (6'0''-G-85, college: S.Carolina) due to personal reasons. As a result, the Toros have acquired 6-0, 180-pound guard Stephen McDowell (5'11''-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Chattanooga) from the available player pool.

    McDowell recently played with the New Mexico Thunderbirds averaging eight points, one rebound and two assists this season. McDowell will make his Toros debut tonight as the Austin Toros take on the Texas Legends at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center.

    McDowell played with the Geneva Devils in Switzerland where he averaged 12 points in 17 games. He also spent time with the Bakersfield Jam in 2009 after his senior year at Tennessee Chattanooga where he averaged 18 points and three rebounds.

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    Skyforce acquire Ogunoye - Mar 4, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that the team has acquired forward Yemi Ogunoye (6'9''-G/F-85, college: ORU) from the available player pool. To make room for him on the roster the team waived guard Maureece Rice. He is expected to join the team in Austin for their matchup with the Toros on Saturday at 12 p.m. CT. The active roster now stands at 10 players.

    Ogunoye averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 39 games (three starts) with the Idaho Stampede last season after beginning the season with the Tulsa 66ers. He averaged 5.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in one-plus season with Tulsa. The 6-9, 210-pound forward was named The Summit League Defensive Player following his senior season at Oral Roberts University.

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    hursday's games - Mar 4, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Austin T. - Texas L. 132-122
    Leo Lyons (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) had 32 points and six rebounds as the Austin Toros defeated the Texas Legends 132-122 Thursday night, splitting this week's series between the two. Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) added 21 points and Kevin Palmer recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Legends' Justin Dentmon led all scorers with 35 points and five assists. The Toros' next game is against Sioux Falls at noon Saturday at the Cedar Park Center. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com

    Ft.Wayne MA - Reno Bighorns 91-96
    The Reno Bighorns climbed out of an 18-point first-half deficit and used a clutch fourth-quarter effort to defeat the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 96-91, Thursday night in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Fort Wayne (17-21) led by nine through the first period of play, and the Mad Ants augmented their lead to 18 with just fewer than nine minutes remaining in the second quarter. The Bighorns (23-14) cut the lead to 10 at intermission, before taking the lead in the fourth quarter and pulling away in the closing seconds. The win snaps a brief two-game losing skid for Reno, and the Bighorns have now won eight of their last 10 games. All five Bighorns starters finished in double figures Thursday, with Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) leading the way with a game-high 23 points. Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.) (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Donald Sloan (16 points, 11 rebounds) each chipped-in a double-double for Reno. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

    Maine RC - Dakota W. 103-104
    The Maine Red Claws (14-24) let one slip away as the Dakota Wizards (13-25) stormed back late to take the one-point victory, 104-103. The loss overshadowed a team-high 35-point effort by Red Claws rookie DeShawn Sims and the successful return of Magnum Rolle (6'11''-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech) who picked up 20 points in his first 24 minutes of action since November 20. *Courtesy of D-League

    Springfield A. - Iowa E. 99-111
    The Springfield Armor battled the league-best Iowa Energy down to the wire tonight, but came up just shy in a 111-99 defeat. The Energy (30-10) and Armor (10-27) were tied 31-31 after one quarter and Iowa held a narrow 58-53 lead at halftime in the teams' only meeting of the season. Although the Armor managed to trim the lead on numerous occasions, the Energy forced 21 turnovers and shot nearly 52% from the field to hold the Armor at bay. University of Vermont product, Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont), led the Energy with a game-high 23 points (10-11 shooting) and 10 rebounds. Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.), the NBA D-League's Co-Performer of the Month in February, played all 48 minutes and contributed 22 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds. Six of the Energy's eight players scored in double figures on the evening. The Armor were led by Gavin Edwards, who scored 20 points (17 in the first half) and pulled down 6 rebounds. JamesOn Curry added 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, and Scottie Reynolds finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Sioux Falls S. - Idaho S. 93-123
    The Idaho Stampede defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 123-93 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Thursday night. Idaho shot a sizzling 60.9 percent (14-of-23) in the second quarter to break open a close game and hand Sioux Falls their largest margin of defeat this season. Idaho (16-22) held a slim 34-33 lead after the first quarter but outscored the home team 38-17 in the second quarter to take a convincing 72-50 halftime lead. Sioux Falls (7-29) continued to struggle from the field in the second half and trailed by as many as 35 points (108-73) in the fourth quarter before settling for a 30-point loss. Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) posted a team-high 18 points on 7-of-11 field goals (4-of-6 3-pointers). Portland Trail Blazers assignee Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) and Seth Tarver both posted 17 points while Cedric Jackson just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine assists. Patrick Ewing, Jr. posted game-highs in points (20) and rebounds (10) to lead the Skyforce. David Bailey scored 14 points and Sean Marshall added 13 off the bench. *Courtesy of D-League

    Spurs keep Novak, add Jeffers on 10-day contract - Mar 4, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Spurs have signed forward Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Marquette) for the rest of the season and added guard/forward Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) on a 10-day contract.

    The deal announced Friday came after Neal signed a pair of 10-day contracts, the most allowed before a player must be added to the roster permanently if the team wants to keep him.

    Novak is averaging 2.5 points and 6.1 minutes in eight games for the Spurs since signing out of Reno of the NBA Development League on Feb. 8. He started the season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    Jeffers averaged 21.2 points and 9.0 rebounds in 37 games with Iowa in the NBDL.

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    Jazz send Jeremy Evans to D-League - Mar 4, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans (6'9''-F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: W.Kentucky) was assigned to the Utah Flash, Utahs NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 43rd time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Evans, a rookie out of Western Kentucky University.

    Evans has appeared in 32 games for the Jazz this season, averaging 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in just under 7 minutes. Evans is also noted for his athleticism and his highlight dunks, even in limited minutes of play as a rookie.

    Utah drafted Evans in the second around out of Western Kentucky University. The Jazz forwarded averaged 10 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his senior season at WKU. Evans was also the MVP of the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Tournament and received the Danny Rumph Outstanding Teammate Award. Evans is WKUs all-time field goal percentage leader.

    Evans joins the Flash, who are on a seven game win streak, and in anticipation of the teams game weekend series at home with the New Mexico Thunderbirds.

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    Luke Babbitt send down to D-League - Mar 4, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Portland Trail Blazers forward Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) was reassigned to the Idaho Stampede, Portlands NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 41st time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the second assignment for Babbitt, a rookie out of Nevada-Reno.

    Babbitt (6-9, 225) was first assigned on Dec. 8. He averaged 18.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 27.3 minutes over four games with Idaho before being recalled. Babbitt has appeared in 21 games for the Trail Blazers this season, averaging 1.1 points in 4.8 minutes.

    Portland acquired Babbitt in a draft-night deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected him as an early-entry candidate in the first round (16th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft. In two seasons at Nevada, Babbitt averaged 19.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in 68 games. As a sophomore, Babbitt averaged 21.9 points and 8.9 rebounds, was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors.

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    Clippers assign Willie Warren to Jam - Mar 4, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Los Angeles Clippers announced that they have re-assigned rookie guard Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

    Warren, 21, has appeared in 19 games with the Clippers this season and is averaging 1.9 points and 1.4 assists in 7.1 minutes per game.

    The former Oklahoma University standout was originally assigned to Bakersfield on Feb. 2 and appeared in six games with the Jam, averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 assists 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point land. The Jam went 5-1 with Warren in the lineup from Feb. 4 16.

    Warren was selected by the Clippers in the second round (54th overall pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft.

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    Energy make pair of trade-deadline deals - Mar 4, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Iowa Energy announced the acquisition of two players today via trades made just hours before the NBA D-League trade deadline.

    The league-leading Energy acquired Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) from the Austin Toros in exchange for guard Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, college: Washington St.). A 6'6' guard out of Oral Roberts University, Ehambe is averaging 10.2 points per game with Austin since his return from Spain early this year. Ehambe is a career 44.1% shooter from 3-point range during his three seasons in the D-League, which included two seasons with the Tulsa 66ers. The sharp-shooter made a D-League high nine 3-pointers in a game vs. Texas on March 2nd, and has made 14 of his last 16 3-point attempts.

    In a separate trade, the Energy sent a 3rd round pick in the 2011 NBA D-League Draft to the Bakersfield Jam for guard Kenny Taylor (6'4''-G-82, college: Texas). Taylor, a University of Texas alumni, is averaging 8.3 points per game on the season, and is shooting 37.2% from 3-point range.

    The 3rd round pick sent to Bakersfield for Taylor was originally obtained by Iowa from the Jam in a pre-season trade.

    Both players are expected to be in uniform for the Energy during Sunday's Faith & Family Night in Des Moines. That game features a 4pm start vs. Idaho and includes a post-game concert with Aaron Shust.

    The Energy have the league's best record at 30-10 and have been in 1st place in their division for 140 consecutive games heading into tonight's game at Maine.

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    Friday's games - Mar 5, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Utah F. - New Mexico 106-88
    Utah improved upon its franchise-best win streak tonight as the Flash beat the Thunderbirds 106-88. The streak was extended to eight games in front of Gordon Hayward, Ty Corbin of the Utah Jazz, and several members of the Sacramento Kings, including Flash guard Ryan Thompson's brother. The Flash trailed early in the first quarter 16-7, but a mid-quarter run 14-point-run gave them the lead. The T-Birds bounced back in the last half of the quarter with 10 points, closing the gap, but were still unable to regain the lead. The Flash had seven steals in the first quarter. The Flash maintained a 10-point lead at the end of the first half [60-50]. Tony Gaffney (6'9''-F-84, college: Massachusetts) remained the game's high scorer with 13 points. Dar Tucker had 12 points for the T-Birds. The Flash took advantage of the T-Bird's offensive mishaps during the first half with 13 points made off of 11 T-Bird turnovers. Ryan Thompson led the Flash with his season-best 21 points. Kevin Kruger (6'1''-G-83, college: UNLV) had an impressive 12 assists, the highest this season for any Flash player. Kruger also had 10 points and six steals. Jazz assignee Jeremy Evans had 10 points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes for the Flash Tucker led the T-Birds with 20 points and nine rebounds. Former Flash-man J.R. Giddens scored 19 for New Mexico. Once again the Flash played unselfishly, serving up 30 assists on the night. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Bakersfield J. - Rio Grande 104-99
    The Rio Grande Valley Vipers' four-game winning streak came to a close with a 104-99 loss to the Bakersfield Jam on Friday at the Jam Events Center. With the game tied at 24-24 after 11 minutes, the Jam (24-14) scored the final four baskets of the first quarter and the first three of the second while going on a 15-0 run to take a 39-24 lead. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) hit a driving layup at the 10:07 mark of the second quarter to break the run and start a 18-3 run by the Vipers (27-12) to tie the game at 42-42 on a jumper by Matt Janning (6'4''-G/F-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) at the 4:21 mark. The Vipers took the lead back for the first time since the first quarter at 47-45 when Janning nailed a three-pointer at the 3:10 mark. McNeal led all scorers with 27 points to go with seven assists and a career-high five steals while Richard Roby scored 23 points. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

    Erie Bay H. - Tulsa 66ers 97-103
    The Tulsa 66ers (28-10) recorded their fifth consecutive victory with a 103-97 road win over the Erie BayHawks (24-13) Friday evening inside Tullio Arena. Guard Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB) led the 66ers in scoring with 20 points and forward Ryan Reid (6'8''-F-86, college: Florida St.) paced Tulsa with nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Tulsa, who currently leads the Western Conference, improved to 15-5 on road this season. Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Elijah Millsap and Larry Owens with 19 and Jerome Dyson with 16. Offensively, Tulsa shot 36-73 (.493) from the floor, including 5-11 (.455) from beyond the arc. The 66ers defense forced 24 turnovers, including 11 steals. Leading the BayHawks was Ivan Johnson, Tasmin Mitchell and Kyle Spain each with 17 points. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com
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    Maine RC - Iowa E. 90-99
    The Maine Red Claws (14-25) faced off against the league's best, the Iowa Energy (31-10), tonight at the Portland Expo Building. The East's top dog, Iowa outmanned the Red Claws throughout the game, taking home the 99-90 win. Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) led the Energy in scoring with 20 points while Courtney Sims provided a quiet double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Six of eight players scored in double figures for Iowa. Iowa guard Curtis Stinson continued to close in on the all-time assists mark in the NBA D-League. Stinson, who entered the night needing nine assists to overtake Will Conroy's (Rio Grande Valley, Tulsa, Albuquerque 2005/06 - 2009/10) 1557 all-time assists, finished the night with 6 and will likely set the new league mark Sunday night in front of the home crowd when Iowa hosts Idaho. Magnum Rolle (6'11''-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech), making his second appearance for the Red Claws after returning from a knee injury, again provided a solid spark off the bench with 11 points and 7 rebounds. DeShawn Sims got off to a slow start but still ended with 14 points and 7 of his own rebounds. Mario West paced the Red Claws , earning adidas Player of the Game honors with 23 points. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Springfield A. - Dakota W. 79-114
    The Springfield Armor had a franchise record crowd of 5,136 on hand at the MassMutual Center tonight, shattering the team's previous high of 4,491 in last year's season finale, but trailed from start to finish in a 114-79 loss to the Dakota Wizards. Dakota burst out of the gate in the first half to the tune of a 10-0 run to start the game. The Wizards played a strong all-round game in the first half, shooting the ball well from the field at 51 percent (22-43), while holding the Armor to just 33 percent from the field (14-42). After leading by 15 at halftime, 55-40, the Wizards added to their lead in the second half. In the third quarter, the Wizards broke the game open even further and led by as many as 35 points. It wasn't just the shooting woes that troubled Springfield. The Armor committed 23 turnovers in the game, which led to 21 fastbreak points for Dakota. The Wizards were led by Javaris Crittenton (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) 's 21-point, 12-assist effort. Anthony Goods (6'3''-G-87, college: Stanford) contributed 19 points, and Renaldo Major and former Armor player Chris Ayer each added 17. Springfield received solid contributions from Jerry Smith (21 points) and the newly acquired Lance Hurdle (17 points). Smith started his fifth game of the season tonight and has played in 37 of the Armor's 38 games. *Courtesy of D-League

    Ft.Wayne MA - Reno Bighorns 98-118
    Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina) had a big offensive night to lead the Reno Bighorns to a season sweep of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants with a 118-98 win Friday at Ft. Wayne, Ind. Green scored a season-high 29 points paired with 10 rebounds. He also knocked down six 3-pointers. For the second straight game, all five Bighorns (24-14) starters scored in double digits. Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas A&M) had 20 points, including 16 in the second half, followed by Marcus Landry (1, Patrick O'Bryant (17) and Anthony Richardson (12). Salim Stoudamire kicked in 16 off the bench. The Bighorns shot 52.8 percent from the field (43-of-80) and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line (22-of-2. The Mad Ants (17-22) only shot 41 percent from the field. Fort Wayne kept the game close and trailed by eight points with less than 3 minutes in the game. Reno closed the game with a 16-4 run to seal the victory. Chris Kramer scored 25 points for the Mad Ants, and Marvin Phillips added his second straight double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.rgj.com

    Rashad McCants set to rejoin Legends - Mar 6, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    After three months away from the game, Rashad McCants (6'4''-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) is planning to come back to Texas to try to revive his NBA career.

    McCants reconnected this week with the D-League's Texas Legends and has been invited to rejoin the team after leaving the Legends in December to sign a more lucrative contract in China.

    The Chinese deal with Lionang Panpan, however, collapsed almost immediately after McCants left Frisco. The former 2005 lottery pick appeared in only three games with the Legends before his departure and hasn't played organized ball since.

    But McCants, who likewise hasn't played in the NBA since the 2008-09 season, asked to rejoin the Legends after receiving an offer to join the recent flurry of NBA veterans -- headlined by Allen Iverson -- to sign in Turkey this season. The 26-year-old apparently convinced Legends co-owner and Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson that he's ready to commit to a D-League stint as opposed to signing somewhere in Europe where he can make more money.

    'Providing opportunities and second chances is what the D-League is all about,' Nelson said. 'And that's exactly what Rashad needs right now.'

    McCants has made arrangements to rejoin the Legends on Monday. He doesn't have much time left this season to impress NBA scouts -- with only nine games left on the Legends' regular-season schedule after his arrival and less than five weeks to go in the NBA's regular season -- but would figure to have a better opportunity to feature in the Legends' offense now that Mavs rookie Dominique Jones is no longer with Dallas' D-League affiliate after foot surgery in February.

    McCants left the Legends in December partly because he sought and did not receive any assurances from the Mavericks about eventually landing a roster spot with them. Chances are a 10-day contract offer would have surfaced by now from Dallas or another NBA team had McCants stayed, based on talent alone, but McCants has to start over yet again in terms of convincing NBA general managers that his attitude and willingness to fit into a team structure have improved.

    McCants flashed undeniable potential as a scorer in his four seasons with Minnesota and Sacramento, averaging 10.0 points in 249 career games, but admitted in a recent interview with the Lost Lettermen blog that he knows NBA teams want him to play in the D-League 'to show humility to get back.'

    The Legends acquired McCants' D-League rights through a new allocation rule in the NBA this season that allowed D-League teams to claim the rights to three players released by parent clubs in training camp. The shooting guard signed with the Mavs late in training camp and was then quickly released by Dallas in a move essentially aimed at ensuring that the Legends, coached by Nancy Lieberman, would have McCants' rights as opposed to merely hoping they could land him in the D-League draft.

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban admitted earlier this season that he and Nelson originally wanted McCants on the Legends' roster to evaluate him as a potential in-season signee. It would appear now that any of chance of earning an NBA recall with Dallas has been extinguished by the Mavs' recent acquisitions of Peja Stojakovic and Corey Brewer and the return of young guard Roddy Beaubois, but the Legends retained McCants' D-League rights when he left.

    The former North Carolina star, selected by Minnesota with the 14th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft after helping the Tar Heels win the 2005 national championship, averaged 12.3 points in just 18 minutes in his three Legends appearances. Upon signing with the Legends, McCants pledged to donate his entire D-League salary of $25,000 to the Urban Born youth and teen charity foundation.

    Any foreign team that wants to buy McCants out of his D-League contract must pay $45,000, but that money would go to the league as opposed to the Legends.

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    Saturday's games - Mar 6, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Austin T. - Sioux Falls S. 115-96
    Austin's Leo Lyons (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) scored a game-high 29 points Saturday afternoon at Cedar Park Center as the Toros beat the Sioux Falls Skyforce 115-96. The Toros captured the lead in the first half by going on a 16-4 run. Austin led by 15 points at halftime and by as many as 20 in the second half. Aubrey Coleman (6'4''-G-87, college: Houston) scored 16 points for Austin, Marcus Cousin had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Kevin Palmer contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds. David Bailey led Sioux Falls with 18 points. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com

    Erie Bay H. - Tulsa 66ers 98-96 OT
    Tasmin Mitchell is right. His baseline jumper at the buzzer might have had a chance of going in Saturday night. 'You never know,' a sly Mitchell said. 'Maybe. Maybe not.' Slim chance. 'No comment,' Erie forward Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) said with a grin. Whether it did or didn't doesn't matter to Erie because the final outcome ended in its favor. The BayHawks pulled out an 98-96 overtime win against Tulsa on a goaltending call of Mitchell's shot at Tullio Arena. 'Tough call against us, but it was probably the right call,' Tulsa coach Nate Tibbetts said. Johnson scored a game-high 39 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the BayHawks (25-13) snapped a three-game losing skid before a season-high home crowd of 5,236. Erie is 1-2 versus the West Conference leading 66ers (28-11). 'We needed this big time,' Mitchell said. Johnson scored 24 of Erie's 47 points after halftime to keep the BayHawks in a game that ended in anti-climatic fashion. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

    Utah F. - New Mexico 105-89
    The Utah Flash (23-15) used a big third quarter run to top the New Mexico Thunderbirds (15-25) 106-88 on Saturday night. The Flash's franchise long win-streak was increased to nine games with tonight's victory. In the first quarter, the Flash jumped out to a 13-5 lead led by Ryan Thompson (6'6''-G-89, college: Rider) who had a couple of early 3-pointers. The T-Birds would answer with an 8-0 to tie up the game at 13 and ended up trailing by just two points, 25-23 at the end of one quarter. After a back and forth start to the second quarter, the Flash used a 9-0 run to equal their largest lead of the game at 53-45. Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina St.) led the Flash with 15 points at the half and Utah led by that eight point margin, 59-51. Walter Sharpe led the T-Birds with 15 points of his own at the break. With 7:53 to go in the third quarter, Shane Edwards (6'7''-F-87, college: UALR) hit a turnaround jumper to cut the lead down to seven points. Utah would then take control of the game with a 19-1 run to take an 85-60 lead. They would hold a 20 point advantage after three quarters and go on to win by 18. Utah had seven players score in double figures led by Costner who had 21 points. Jazz assignee Jeremy Evans had 11 points, nine rebounds, and a team-high five blocks in under 30 minutes of play. Andre Ingram added 19, and Ryan Thompson had 17 points in his first start of the year. The Flash have six days off before they head to Reno for a weekend double-header with the Bighorns. *Courtesy of D-League

    Bakersfield J. - Rio Grande 111-126
    The Rio Grande Valley Vipers lowered their magic number to clinch a second consecutive playoff berth to one with a 126-111 win over the Bakersfield Jam on Saturday at the Jam Events Center. The Vipers (28-12) will clinch a playoff berth with a win or if both the Austin Toros (17-22) and Idaho Stampede (16-22) lose one game each. The Vipers hit 10 of their first 16 shots, including 4-of-6 by Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) who scored nine quick points while the Vipers jumped out to a 25-13 lead in the opening eight minutes. McNeal led all scorers with 31 points to go with five rebounds, six assists and four steals. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

    Exciting Sunday - Mar 7, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Iowa E. - Idaho S. 112-144
    Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) scored 23 points and collected 12 rebounds as the Idaho Stampede took a 144-112 victory over the Iowa Energy on Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa. Seven players scored in double digits for the Stampede (17-22), who have won two in a row and beat an Iowa (31-11) team that has the best record in the NBADL and is the only team in the league that has clinched a playoff spot. Idaho set a new season high with its point total and recorded a season-high 60 rebounds. The Stampede led by as many as 40 during the game. *Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com

    Maine RC - Springfield A. 97-100
    The new-look Maine Red Claws remain as enigmatic as ever, equally capable of dominating an opponent and looking lost in the same game. Sunday was a perfect example. The Red Claws ran out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter, squandered it in the middle two periods, fought back from an eight-point deficit to tie the game, then lost it in the final second. JamesOn Curry banked in a straight-on 3-pointer to lift the Springfield Armor to a 100-97 victory over the Red Claws before an announced crowd of 3,045 at the Portland Expo. It was Springfield's first win at the Expo in 10 games over two seasons. (box-score) *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

    Dakota W. - Reno Bighorns 103-105
    Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) sank two free throws with five seconds remaining to give the Reno Bighorns (25-14) a 105-103 come from behind victory over the Dakota Wizards (14-26) Sunday afternoon at the Bismarck Civic Center. Reno (25-14) jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter but relinquished the lead late as Dakota went on an 18-8 run and led 33-24 at the end of the first. Dakota led by 16 after an Anthony Goods three-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in the half but Donald Sloan countered with a three-pointer of his own as the horn sounded giving Dakota a 62-49 lead at the break. Reno trailed the entire second half until Salim Stoudamire hit a three with 50.9 seconds left to tie the game at 103-103. The Bighorns came up with a big defensive stop and would call timeout with 7.9 seconds left. Landry got fouled on a drive to the basket with 5.2 seconds left and calmly sank both free-throws. Darren Cooper's last second three-pointer rattled out securing the Bighorns 105-103 win and third straight road victory. Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley) led the way for Reno with a season high 25 points and 17 rebounds and Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina) contributed a double-double of his own with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Marcus Landry finished with 21 points and Salim Stoudamire chipped in 17 off the bench going 3-of-4 from behind the arc. Javaris Crittenton came off the bench to lead Dakota with 26 points and Anthony Goods added 22 points shooting a season best 5-of-7 from behind the arc. The same two teams meet for the last time this season Monday night at 7 p.m. CT at the Bismarck Civic Center. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com
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    Daniels returns to BayHawks, Temple heads to Charlotte - Mar 7, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Erie BayHawks have welcomed back their star forward from 2008-09, Erik Daniels (6'9''-G/F-82, college: Kentucky), who averaged 21.1 points and 10 rebounds per game during the team's inaugural season. Daniels, added to the team's ten-man roster today, is taking the roster spot vacated by guard Garrett Temple (6'6''-G-86, college: LSU) who was signed by the Charlotte Bobcats.

    Daniels (6-8, 215) did it all for the BayHawks two seasons ago. He led the team in scoring, rebounding, assists (4.5) and minutes played (40.5). Daniels was named to the 2008-09 NBA Development League All-Star team and had the team's only double-double in the franchise's first-ever playoff game (15 pts, 11 assts) in a loss to the eventual champion Colorado 14ers.

    Daniels, a University of Kentucky graduate, was most recently playing overseas and is returning to Erie by way of league rules that allow teams to retain the rights of former players for up to two years. Daniels will be in uniform when Erie faces the Springfield Armor on Tuesday morning at 11 am for the team's third annual School Kids Jam game.

    Temple (6-5, 180) heads to Charlotte coming off a 20-point performance in Saturday's win over Tulsa. In 24 total games this season with Erie and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Temple, an NBA D-League All-Star, averaged 14.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists. After spending three games with the San Antonio Spurs to start the season, Temple was called up by the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 25. He appeared in nine games with the Bucks, averaging 1.9 points in 9.2 minutes.

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    Monday: Dakota beats Reno - Mar 8, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Dakota W. - Reno Bighorns 114-94
    After letting Sunday's game against the Reno Bighorns slip away in the final seconds, the Dakota Wizards came out with something to prove in Monday's rematch - and they did in a 114-94 victory. Even Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Fresno St.), perhaps the most mild-mannered player to ever don a Wizard uniform, had a chip on his shoulder - if only for a moment. Shortly after getting a dunk attempt blocked by Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.), Major swatted away a Richardson attempt with authority. As he ran back up the floor, Major stared down at the vanquished Bighorn. 'That was just competitive nature,' Major said with a smile. 'He's a good guy. Even after the game we hugged and greeted each other. It was just a passionate game. He blocked one of my dunks, and I blocked one of his shots. 'The ref came up to me and said, Renaldo, I almost called you for taunting, but I know you're not a bad guy.' ' Definitely not, though on this night, Major certainly was a bad dude. He scored 28 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished off six assists. He also had three steals and blocked two shots. Basically, he did anything and everything to make sure the Wizards would pick up the victory. Major said he and the rest of the Wizards were motivated by Sunday's loss, when they blew a 16-point lead despite leading virtually the entire game. 'We felt like we beat them (Sunday) night, even though they won the game,' Major said. 'To give up that lead and lose, it weighed on the guys a lot. We wanted to come out and show that we could beat them.' To do that, the Wizards used their defense to create offense. Dakota scored 28 points off turnovers, compared to just six for Reno. Although they once again got hammered on the boards, the Wizards were able to neutralize Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley),, thanks largely to the work of backup center Chris Ayer. On Sunday, O'Bryant had 25 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks, all season-highs. But on Monday, O'Bryant - who got in early foul trouble and missed much of the first half - was held scoreless and grabbed seven rebounds. Meanwhile Ayer, who didn't even get in the game until the third quarter, scored 14 points. 'Chris Ayer stepped up against O'Bryant and played him well,' Wizards coach Rory White said. 'I challenged him this morning in practice in our film session that, when (O'Bryant) was in the game, I was going to put him in against him.' The Wizards grabbed the lead (16-10) midway through the first quarter when Mike Anderson scored seven consecutive points, and never surrendered it. Anderson turned in another solid performance with 22 points and eight rebounds. By early in the second, the Wizards had pushed the lead to 37-24. Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina), who finished with a team-high 22 points, shot Reno back into it by hitting 3-pointers from three different spots on the floor in a span of 82 seconds. The Bighorns got as close as 53-52 late in the first half and kept it close into the third quarter. But Anthony Goods (6'3''-G-87, college: Stanford) helped the Wizards take control when he scored seven unanswered. Five of them came on free throws - two following Reno technicals and three when he was fouled attempting a 3-pointer. The other two points came on a transition layup when Javaris Crittenton (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) threaded a beautiful bounce pass through the Reno defense to Goods. 'We were able to get some of the loose balls, get deflections and get out on the break,' White said. The Wizards have won three out of four and four of their last six as they try to make a late push for a playoff spot. 'Our guys came back and fought hard,' White said. 'It could have went the other way tonight, when you lose a game like that at the buzzer. But we responded, and I'm proud of that.' *Courtesy of www.bismarcktribune.com
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    Tuesday: BayHawks hold off Armor - Mar 9, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Erie Bay H. - Springfield A. 101-92
    The Erie BayHawks sure made things interesting for the thousands of children who watched Tuesday morning's 101-92 victory against the Springfield Armor at Tullio Arena. Ahead by as many as 32 points, the BayHawks (26-13) found themselves in a tussle late against the Armor (11-29) before 5,203 fans. 'We should have blown them out earlier,' Erie forward Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) said. Johnson scored a game-high 27 points to lead Erie in its Kids School Jams game, attended by throngs of cheering students from schools throughout the area. Rookie forward Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU) scored 20 points while rookie point guard Jermaine Beal (6'3''-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) added a career-high 19 points. 'It was good,' Mitchell said about the kids' presence. 'They brought their energy. We wanted to win for them.' Erie is one victory away from tying a franchise record for wins in a season. The BayHawks won 27 games and made the D-League playoffs in 2008-09. 'We're happy to get a win and move on to the next one,' Erie coach Jay Larranaga said. With just 11 wins, Springfield is not in playoff contention, but it made things difficult for Erie in the fourth quarter. The Armor scored 48 fourth-quarter points and had cut Erie's big lead to nine, 99-90, with 25.9 seconds left in the game. 'We got relaxed,' Mitchell said. 'We relaxed a little bit.' The BayHawks struggled to handle full-court pressure defense for a third consecutive game. Tulsa's full-court trap gave the BayHawks problems in its two games it split against Erie. On Tuesday, Erie had nine of its 21 turnovers in the fourth quarter. The Armor attempted 13 more shots from the field than Erie in the final quarter, going 20-of-27 from the field. ' (The trap) sped them up and we got extra possessions,' Armor guard JamesOn Curry said. Erie has been without its starting point guard, Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.), who has missed three straight games since hurting his right hip against Iowa. Ahearn is hopeful he'll play in Thursday night's game against Maine at Tullio Arena. 'I want to play,' Ahearn said. 'If I can, I will. Hopefully the workout (today) doesn't spring anything new on me.' Erik Daniels, who had 10 points in his return to Erie, is looking to help the BayHawks if teams continue to press them. Daniels was a first-team all-D-League pick for the franchise in 2009. 'We have to work on that in practice,' the veteran forward said. 'Hopefully I can hurry up and get in shape so I can help the guys in the fourth quarter.' For the first three quarters, Erie dominated Springfield. The BayHawks limited the Armor to 28 first-half points and posted their biggest lead, 66-34, with 4 minutes, 37 seconds left in the third quarter. 'Our offense really struggled and that kind of really dictated our defense a little bit,' said Armor forward Jarvis Gunter, who scored nine points in his return to Erie. Gunter was waived by the BayHawks in December. In the first half, Springfield shot just 23.5 percent and its top scorers, Curry and rookie point guard Scottie Reynolds, combined for just one point. Curry, who leads the team in scoring at 16.9 points a game, had the one point. Reynolds came in averaging 13.2 points, but like Curry was 0-of-3 from the field. 'We were just flat,' Curry said. 'We weren't ready to play at all.' Curry ended the game with just three points while Reynolds scored all 18 of his points in the second half. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

    Raptors send Alabi back to development league - Mar 9, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Toronto Raptors assigned rookie centre Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88, college: Florida St.) to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

    This marks Alabis third assignment to Erie this season. He has appeared in 11 contests for the BayHawks, averaging 8.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 22.1 minutes per game.

    The seven-foot-one Alabi has appeared in 10 games with Toronto, registering four points and nine rebounds in 40 minutes.

    The Dallas Mavericks selected Alabi in the second round, 50th overall, out of Florida State in the 2010 NBA draft before dealing his rights to Toronto.

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    Wednesday: Legends drop heartbreaker in overtime - Mar 10, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Texas L. - Sioux Falls S. 96-99 OT
    Despite a strong performance from Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86, college: Boston Coll.), the Texas Legends fell 99-96 to the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Wednesday night at HP Court inside Dr Pepper Arena. After the Legends jumped out to a 7-2 lead, the Skyforce responded with a 13-1 run to take a seven-point lead. Texas was able to crawl back and went into the second quarter trailing by one, 23-22. Despite trailing by as many as nine points in the second, the Legends went into the break down 50-46. Sean Williams had a dominant first half with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Joe Alexander (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Virginia) had a 12-point opening half for Texas. Raymond Sykes (6'9''-F/C-86, college: Clemson) led the Skyforce in the first half with 13 points. The Legends came out strong in the second half and turned the game around in the third quarter outscoring Sioux Falls 32-16 in the period. Texas went on a 16-4 run to start the third and regain an eight-point lead. The Legends then ended the period on a 9-2 sprint to stretch their lead to 12, going into the final quarter on top 78-66. However, the Skyforce came roaring back at the end of the fourth quarter. With Texas leading 90-81, Sioux Falls went on a 12-3 run over the final three minutes led by newcomer Stephen McDowell. After knocking down a three-pointer to tie the game at 91, his rainbow floater in the lane with 5.3 seconds left gave the Skyforce a 93-91 lead. On the ensuing possession though, following a Sean Williams missed hook shot, Chris Roberts, in his first game with the Legends, gathered the rebound and nailed a fade away jumper at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. Trailing by two in the extra session, Joe Alexander dropped in a driving lay up while drawing a foul. He hit the free throw to put Texas up by one. Then Sioux Falls' Chris McCray (6'5''-G-84, college: Maryland) dropped in a put-back lay up to give the Skyforce the lead back. An Alexander turnover on the offensive end gave Sioux Falls the ball back. McCray hit two clutch free throws to extend the Skyforce lead to three with 3.4 seconds left. With a chance to send the game to double overtime, Alexander's three-point attempt fell short sealing just the Skyforce's eighth win all season. Williams finished with a game-high 27 points and 11 boards, while Alexander delivered his 20th double-double of the year with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Sykes and Keaton Grant (6'4''-G-86, college: Purdue) led Sioux Falls with 19 points each. The Legends fell to 18-22 on the season, while the Skyforce improved to 8-31. Texas will be back in action on Friday night for the first of back-to-back games with the Austin Toros. The tip-off at HP Court inside Dr Pepper Arena is set for 7:00 PM. The Legends will also host the Toros on Saturday night at 7:00 PM. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Thunder assigns Byron Mullens to D-League Tulsa - Mar 11, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    For the third time this season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have assigned reserve center Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

    Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced the move Thursday. Mullens is expected to be in uniform Friday for Tulsa's home game against the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

    In his two previous stints with Tulsa, the 7-foot Mullens has started in all six of his appearances and averaged 16.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game.

    He's played in 12 games this season for Oklahoma City, averaging 1.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

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    Skyforce acquires McDowell - Mar 11, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced that the team has acquired guard Stephen McDowell (5'11''-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Chattanooga) from the available player pool. To make room for him on the roster the team waived guard Anthony Harris due to injury. He is expected to be in uniform for tonight's road game against the Texas Legends at 7 p.m. CT. The active roster now stands at 10 players.

    McDowell holds NBA Development League career averages of 7.4 points and 2.3 assists in 38 games (eight starts) with the Bakersfield Jam (3), New Mexico Thunderbirds (32) and Austin Toros (3). He scored a season-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals for New Mexico on Jan. 10. The 6-0, 180-pound guard was named All-Southern Conference First Team after averaging 18.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 35 games (all starts) as a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2008-09.

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    Stephane Lasme returns to Red Claws - Mar 11, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that forward Stephane Lasme (6'8''-F-82, college: Massachusetts) will make his Red Claws regular season debut tonight at Erie. Expected to be an integral part of the Red Claws plans this season and an NBA call-up candidate, Lasme, who joined the Red Claws in training camp out of the Boston Celtics camp as one of three Affiliated Players, fractured his foot just 2 minutes into the teams lone preseason game and was not expected to return this season.

    Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 2nd round (46th overall) in the 2007 NBA Draft, Lasme played one game for the Warriors during his rookie season before joining the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League. He earned a GATORADE call-up when he signed with the Miami Heat in March of that season, appearing in 15 games in which he averaged 5.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg. Lasme took his game overseas for the next two seasons, playing for teams in Serbia and Israel before earning an invite to the Boston Celtics 2011 training camp. A four-year standout at the University of Massachusetts, Lasme is the schools all-time leader in career blocks (399) and second all-time in field-goal percentage (.595). As a senior, he became just the third player in NCAA history to record four triple-doubles in a single season.

    With the return of 2011 1st round draft pick (3rd overall) Magnum Rolle, also felled by an early season injury just two games into the season, and now Lasme, the Red Claws more closely resemble the roster expected when the season began.

    To make room on the roster, the Red Claws have waived Lewis Clinch.

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    NBA veteran Bobby Simmons signs with Reno Bighorns - Mar 11, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Reno Bighorns have signed nine-year NBA veteran Bobby Simmons (6'7''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida St.), who has played over 400 NBA games with the Wizards, Clippers, Bucks, Nets and Spurs.

    Simmons, a 6-6, 235-pound shooting guard out of DePaul, has averaged 9.4 points per game over his 438-game NBA career. He enjoyed his best season during the 2004-05 campaign, when he averaged 16.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. That season, he shot 43.5% from beyond the arc.

    Simmons takes the roster spot of Thomas Gardner, who was waived due to injury earlier today. Reno will retain Gardner's rights and expects to re-sign him when he becomes healthy.

    Simmons previously played in the NBA Development League during the 2002-03 season, when he averaged 17.1 points per game in 14 games with the now-defunct Mobile Revelers.

    He is expected to wear number 32 and be active for this weekend's back-to-back contests against the Utah Flash.

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    Friday's games - Mar 12, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Reno Bighorns - Utah F. 109-101
    After trailing most of the second half, the Reno Bighorns used a 22-8 run over the game's final six minutes Friday night to clip the Utah Flash, 109-101, in the Reno Events Center. Reno (26-15) trailed by six points with 6:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Bighorns would go on a 10-0 run over the next three-and-a-half minutes to take a lead they would not relinquish. The Bighorns have now won four of their last five and 11 of their last 14 as the postseason approaches. 'Our ballclub over the last two weeks has been a very good fourth-quarter team,' said Bighorns Head Coach Eric Musselman. 'We got down, but the guys didn't hang their heads.' Danny Green buried five three pointers on his way to a game-high 36 points, setting a new Bighorns team-season high. Green hit 10-of-15 tries from the field and converted 11-of-14 attempts from the charity stripe. Bobby Simmons, playing his first game with Reno, notched eight points, seven boards and two assists in 34 minutes off the bench. 'We rode the hot hand of Danny Green,' Musselman said. 'And it was good to get Bobby Simmons in the flow for us.' Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.) collected a double-double for the Horns with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Salim Stoudamire (6'1''-G-82, college: Arizona) scored 15. Utah (23-16) featured a balanced scoring attack Friday, with six Flash players finishing in double figures. Brandon Costner and Tony Gaffney scored 16 points apiece, and Ronald Dupree added 15. Reno won the rebounding battle 45-38 and held the Flash to 20 percent shooting from beyond the arc. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

    Texas L. - Austin T. 97-93
    In a game with huge playoff implications, Booker Woodfox (6'1''-G-86, college: Creighton) drained a baseline jumper to break a tied game with 6.4 seconds left to help defeat the Austin Toros 97-93 on Friday night at HP Court inside Dr Pepper Arena. The win evened the Legends up with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the eighth and final playoff spot, while giving them a one-game lead over the Toros heading into the second of the back-to-back games tomorrow night in Frisco. Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G-85, college: Washington) started the game on fire scoring 13 points in the opening quarter. The Legends led by as many as nine points in the first and took a six-point lead into the second quarter. With Texas on top 41-33 early in the second, Austin scored nine unanswered points to take a one-point lead of their own. The Legends though finished the half on a 6-0 run over the final 1:47 to take a 57-48 lead into the break. Dentmon finished the half with 18 points, while Matt Rogers added 11 for Texas. In his first game since being acquired by Austin, Tre Kelley led the way for the Toros in the opening half with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. After Texas scored the first three points of the second half to take a 12-point lead, Austin went on a 14-3 sprint to cut the deficit to one and went into the final period down 73-71. The Toros scored the first six points in the fourth quarter to take a 77-73 lead, their first lead since the middle of the second quarter. However, Texas came right back to tie the game at 82 with under seven minutes to go. With the game tied at 93, Kelly drove strong to the hoop, but had his lay up attempt swatted away by Legends newcomer Chris Roberts with 13.6 seconds left in the fourth. On the offensive end, Woodfox came up huge, nailing a baseline jumper with 6.4 seconds left to give Texas the 95-93 lead. With a chance for Austin to tie or win the game, Roberts came up with another huge defensive play. As Leo Lyons (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) drove to the hoop, Roberts stepped in front, set his feet and drew the offensive foul on Lyons preserving the Legends victory. Dentmon led the way for Texas with 25 points, as Rogers finished with 16 on the night. Kelly was the leading scorer for Austin in a losing cause with 16 points. The win improved the Legends to 19-23 on the season, while the Toros fell to 17-23. *Courtesy of D-League
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    Sunday: Energy and Red Claws win - Mar 14, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Iowa E. - Erie Bay H. 133-126
    The Erie BayHawks lost Sunday, but it wasn't all bad news. Erie clinched a playoff berth despite a 133-126 loss to the Iowa Energy -- the third time the BayHawks have lost to the Energy in a little more than two weeks. However, Erie also qualified for the postseason thanks to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants' 117-94 loss to the Maine Red Claws. The Energy (32-11), owners of D-League's top record, pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Erie. The BayHawks (27-14) led 100-99 heading into the fourth, but lost all momentum when Ivan Johnson was ejected after picking up his second technical foul of the game. Iowa then went on a 7-2 run to take the lead for good. Each team had five players in double figures. Erie's Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU) led all scorers with a career-high 39 points, while Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.) scored 26 and Johnson chipped in 20. Nate Linhart added 17 and Jermaine Beal scored 12. Michael Haynes (6'8''-G/F-81, college: Fordham) led the Energy with 36 points, while Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) scored 19. Marqus Blakely and Curtis Stinson helped pace the offense with 18 points apiece and Othyus Jeffers finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

    Maine RC - Ft.Wayne MA 117-94
    Veteran guard Mario West (6'5''-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) picked up the first triple-double (27 pts., 10 assists, 10 rebounds) in Red Claws history and the first of his career to lead Maine to a 117-94 win over the visiting Fort Wayne Mad Ants (19-23). Despite getting the overtime win last night in Springfield to move into the eighth and final playoff spot, the Mad Ants could not carry the momentum up to Maine. Despite the loss, Fort Wayne maintained their slim game hold on their postseason bid. With the win, Maine continues to cling to hope of making the postseason for the first time in the team's two-year history, trailing the 8th place Ants by 4 games. The Red Claws had a phenomenal night shooting the ball, shooting 55% from 3-point land and 64% from the floor but still struggling from the line at 58.8%. Fort Wayne kept it close until half time with a score of 57-52 only to see Maine end the third quarter on an 11-5 run to up the score to 84-75. The Red Claws never looked back, outscoring Fort Wayne 60-42 in the second half. Red Claws rookie forward DeShawn Sims, who entered the night as the league's 6th leading scorer, continues to make a strong bid for Rookie of the Year honors, leading all scorers tonight with 29 points. Center Bamba Fall picked up his first Red Claws double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while rookie guard Jamar Smith just missed with 10 points and 9 assists on the night. In all, seven Red Claws players ended in double figures. Adidas player of the game honors went to Mario West for the third straight game. Six Fort Wayne players finished with double digits, with Roderick Wilmont (6'4''-G-83, college: Indiana) leading the Mad Ants with 19 points and Marvin Phillips adding 16 off the bench. Derek Raivio, still trying to get his feet wet playing in a new offense since being traded on February 27, added 10 points, shooting 50% from the floor. Fort Wayne will host the Springfield Armor for a pair next Thursday and Saturday to close out their season series with the Armor while Maine returns to action next Friday with the first game of a two-game home set with the Texas Legends, the first-ever visit to Maine by the expansion franchise led by Head Coach Nancy Lieberman. The game will be 'Larry Bird Bobblehead Night' with the first 1,000 fans through the turnstiles receiving the collectible. It was also be '80's Night' with fans receiving $5 entry to see the popular 80's cover band Orange Crush at Asylum following the game when they show their ticket stub. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

    Tuesday: Vipers beat Skyforce - Mar 16, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Rio Grande - Sioux Falls S. 106-97
    The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers are now tied with the Tulsa 66ers at the top of the Western Conference standings after a 106-97 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Tuesday at State Farm Arena in front of a sellout crowd of 5,653. The Skyforce (10-32) opened the game on a 6-0 run powered by a basket, a, steal and an assist by Patrick Ewing (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown) Jr. Richard Roby (6'6''-G-85) broke that run for the Vipers (29-13) by hitting back-to-back baskets. Mouhammad Faye followed with a pair of free throws and Roby banked in a lay-up to give the Vipers an 8-6 lead. The Vipers extended the run into a 21-6 run, taking a 32-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. Roby hit all six of his shot attempts for 12 of his team-high 27 points. Roby hit 12-of-20 shots while also recording eight rebounds, two assists and three steals. The Skyforce got as close as 47-38 after a pair of free throws from Stephen McDowell at the 4:45 mark, but Jon Scheyer (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke) responded with a three-pointer and the Vipers maintained their lead, going up by as many as 19 points in the third quarter, until late in the fourth quarter. After Scheyer hit a floater to give the Vipers a 100-87 lead with 4:44 remaining, Ewing hit a pair of free throws, McDowell hit a jumper and then Ewing hit another pair of free throws to bring the Skyforce within 100-93 with 3:01 remaining. Roby responded with a driving lay-up, but Sean Marshall (6'6''-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) hit a basket and Ewing hit two more free throws to make it 102-97 with 1:06 remaining. Roby missed a shot but grabbed the rebound and put the ball back in with 40.6 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach. Ewing finished 14-for-14 from the foul line while scoring a game-high 35 points to go with five rebounds. Scheyer scored a career-high 24 points on a career-best 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-for-6 from behind the arc, to go with a career-high eight assists and a career-high two blocked shots. Faye recorded his second-straight double-double and fifth of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Connor Atchley (6'10''-F/C-85, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas) scored 15 points with six rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots. *Courtesy of D-League

    Nets assign Ben Uzoh to Springfield Armor - Mar 16, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    New Jersey Nets guard Ben Uzoh (6'3''-G-88, college: Tulsa) was assigned to the Springfield Armor, the Nets NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 46th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Uzoh, a rookie out of Tulsa.

    Uzoh is the 33rd NBA player to be assigned this season, marking a new all-time high. The previous record for individual NBA players to be assigned to the NBA D-League in a season was 32 set in 2008-09.

    Uzoh (6-3, 205) has appeared in 32 games with the Nets this season, averaging 3.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 9.1 minutes. He has scored in double figures twice this season, and scored 18 points in 22 minutes against the Houston Rockets on Feb. 26.

    New Jersey signed Uzoh as an undrafted free agent in July. He appeared in five NBA Summer League games for the Nets, averaging 7.0 points in 24.8 minutes. In a four-year career at Tulsa, Uzoh carried averages of 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists over 141 games. Uzoh was named to the All-Conference USA First Team as a senior and Second Team as a junior and sophomore, and ranks among Tulsas all-time top 10 in 11 categories, including points, assists, rebounds, steals and blocks.

    Uzoh is expected to join the Armor for the teams game at Fort Wayne on Thursday. Nets fans can keep track of Uzoh and the Armor by logging onto NBA.com/dleague to watch every game live, online, for free.

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    Wednesday's games review - Mar 17, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Reno Bighorns - Erie Bay H. 100-89
    The Reno Bighorns punched their ticket to the postseason Wednesday night with a 100-89 victory over the Erie BayHawks in the Reno Events Center. Reno (27-16) is headed to the playoffs for the second-straight season and the second time overall in the three-year history of the franchise. An evening-long battle came to a head in the fourth quarter Wednesday night when Erie's Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) drilled a three-pointer to give Erie (27-15) a 76-75 lead with 8:57 remaining in the ballgame. But the Bighorns answered with a 14-0 run on 6-for-6 shooting from the field over the next three-plus minutes to take a lead they would not relinquish. Marcus Landry led five Bighorns in double figures with a game-high 27 points on the night, finishing with 10 boards and five assists. Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley) notched a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Donald Sloan chipped-in 13 points and seven assists. Reno shot 50 percent from the floor and outrebounded the BayHawks, 47-39. Johnson paced Erie with 24 points on a 10-of-18 night from the field, including three three-pointers. Erik Daniels scored 15 points off the bench, and Blake Ahearn added 17 points, six boards and five assists. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

    Idaho S. - Tulsa 66ers 94-85
    Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) had 30 points and 14 rebounds, Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) had 17 points and 13 rebounds and the Idaho Stampede (18-24) overcame a dismal first quarter (15 points, 5-of-18 shooting) and first half (34 points, 8-18 FT) to beat the Tulsa 66ers 94-85 (29-14) at Qwest Arena on Wednesday night. Babbitt's 30 points were the second most by a Stampeder this year. The Portland assignee scored 22 in the second half and grabbed 10 of his rebounds in the final two quarters. Davidson also grabbed 10 rebounds in the third and fourth quarters. Carlos Wheeler finished as a third Stampeder with 10+ rebounds, grabbing 12, as the Stampede grabbed 56 rebounds as a team. Trailing for most of the game, the Stampede took the lead for good with a Cedric Jackson layup with 1:35 left off of an Antoine Walker feed. Jackson finished with 16 points and Walker had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Idaho finished the game on a 10-1 run. Tulsa was led by Latvious Williams (15 points, nine rebounds) Byron Mullens (13 points, three blocks) and Elijah Millsap (12 points). Tulsa was 0-for-7 from behind the three-point line in the first half, finishing 4-of-16 (25.0 percent). Idaho plays the Dakota Wizards on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Qwest Arena. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Thursday: Springfield Armor shift from cruise control to 106-105 loss to Fort Wayne Mad Ants - Mar 18, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Ft.Wayne MA - Springfield A. 106-105
    With five minutes to go in their NBA D-League game Thursday night, the Springfield Armor were cruising. Or so it appeared. Two 3-pointers by Lance Hurdle and a basket by New Jersey Net prospect Ben Uzoh (6'3''-G-88, college: Tulsa) had sparked the Armor to an eight-point run and given them a 94-87 lead. The crowd of 2,377 at Allen County Memorial Coliseum was silenced. Mad Ants coach Joey Meyer was mad enough, shaking his head and calling for a timeout. Then, as it has happened so many times this season for the Armor, their lead evaporated, this time into a 106-105 loss on a night when rookie Jerry Smith (6'2''-G-84, college: Samford) scored a career-high and game-high 33 points. 'We don't know how to have that killer blow. We don't have that knockout punch,' said Armor head coach Dee Brown. 'All we needed was a couple of stops.' In addition to Smith's 33 points on 11-of-14 shooting, Hurdle scored 28, the most for him as an Armor player since being acquired in a Feb. 28 trade with Idaho. Uzoh, a point guard who was assigned to the Armor from the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday, scored seven points and had a team-high six assists in 24 minutes. 'It was definitely a winnable game,' Uzoh said. 'We've got to get stops and we've got to take care of the ball.' Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU), whose two free throws with 2:14 left gave Fort Wayne the lead for good, led the Mad Ants with 28 points. The Armor (11-32) will play the Mad Ants (20-23) again Saturday night at Fort Wayne in a 7:30 p.m. game that will be televised by Versus on a tape delay at 11 p.m. After falling behind by seven points, the Mad Ants emerged from the timeout and scored seven consecutive points in less than two minutes, tying the score at 94 with 3:24 left on a three-point play by Chris Kramer (6'3''-G-88, college: Purdue) (20 points, game-high eight assists). Ten of Kramer's points came from the free-throw line, where the Mad Ants had 38 tries on 29 Springfield fouls. The Armor's loss, which was their seventh straight this season to Fort Wayne, ruined a highlight reel-type night for Smith. He scored 22 points in the second quarter alone, his only miss in 10 shots coming on a desperation 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to end the first half. He hit 3-pointers to end the third quarter and the game. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

    Warriors reassign Lin to Reno Bighorns - Mar 19, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Golden State Warriors have reassigned guard Jeremy Lin (6'3''-G-89, college: Harvard) to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League, the team announced today.

    Lin has previously appeared in 16 games over two stints with the Bighorns this season, averaging 17.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.19 steals in 32.0 minutes per contest.

    With the Warriors this season, Lin has appeared in 23 games, averaging 1.9 points, 1.1 assists and 1.13 steals in 8.7 minutes per contest.

    Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com

    Washington Wizards: Othyus Jeffers signed to 10-day contract - Mar 19, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    The Wizards have signed swingman Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) of the NBA Development Leagues Iowa Energy to a 10-day contract:

    From the news release:

    Jeffers (6-5, 200), a two-time D-League All-Star (2009, 2011) and the 2009 D-League Rookie of the Year, has averaged 21.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists this season through 38 games (18 double-doubles) with Iowa.

    Jeffers has also appeared in 15 NBA games over two seasons after being called up by the Utah Jazz in 2009-10 and the San Antonio Spurs this season. He will wear uniform #12.

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    Friday's games - Mar 19, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Bakersfield J. - Erie Bay H. 121-123 OT
    Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) had perhaps his finest all-around game of his All-Star season Friday night. And Johnson's triple-double carried the Erie BayHawks to perhaps their most memorable win of the 2010-11 season. Johnson had 34 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and his two free throws with 3.4 seconds left in the second overtime lifted the BayHawks to a 123-121 victory over the Bakersfield Jam. Erie improved to 28-15 and remained in the No. 4 playoff position with seven regular-season games remaining. Its 28th victory set a team record for the most wins in the 3-year-old franchise's history. The BayHawks overcame a 48-point performance by Bakersfield's Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.), a 6-foot 5-inch guard who is averaging 25.2 points per game. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

    Idaho S. - Dakota W. 112-107
    The Idaho Stampede defeated the Dakota Wizards 112-107 on Friday night at Qwest Arena. It was Idaho's fourth win in its past six games as the Stampede try to chase down the eighth and final spot in the NBA Development League playoffs. Guard Cedric Jackson (6'3''-G-86, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cleveland St.) led the Stampede with 22 points. Desean Hadley (6'4''-G-77, college: E.Michigan) and backup center Joe Dabbert combined to go 21-for-21 from the free-throw line as Dabbert scored a season-high 19 points. Tony Bobbitt added 17 points for the Stampede, who led by as many as 27 points. Idaho, which started the season 2-13, improved to 19-24. The two teams play again at 7 tonight at Qwest Arena. *Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com

    Utah F. - Reno Bighorns 103-107
    Jeremy Lin (6'3''-G-89, college: Harvard)-assigned to Reno earlier this week from the Golden State Warriors-scored a game-high 27 points Friday night, lifting the Bighorns to a 107-103 victory over the Utah Flash in the UCCU Events Center. Lin's big night off the bench pushed Reno to its 28th win of the 2010-11 campaign, matching a franchise high for victories in the regular season. Reno led by five through the first period of play, but the Flash tied the score at the break and took a two-point lead over the Bighorns into the fourth period of play. But Reno would go on to outscore Utah 32-26 in the final quarter to earn the victory in the first half of a back-to-back weekend series. Lin's 27-point effort marked a season-high for the Harvard product. He buried both of his attempts from three-point range and knocked-down 13-of-14 tries from the charity stripe. Lin added five rebounds and an assist for the Bighorns. Bobby Simmons (6'7''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida St.) nabbed 17 rebounds and poured in 23 points on the night for Reno, while Anthony Richardson registered 16 points and four blocked shots. The Bighorns shot 45.3 percent from the field and 76.7 percent from the line. Utah was led by 25 points from Brandon Costner. Ronald Dupree added 21, and Tony Gaffney finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and six blocks. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    New Mexico - Tulsa 66ers 91-107
    Forward Latavious Williams (6'8''-F-91) posted 17 points, 13 rebounds and four steals to collect his 11th double-double of the season, Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB) poured in 25 points and Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) added five points as the Tulsa 66ers (30-14) cruised to a 107-91 road win at New Mexico (16-27) Friday night inside the Santa Ana Star Center. Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Jerome Dyson with 17, Larry Owens with 16 and Robert Vaden with 14. Offensively, the 66ers shot 40-71 (.563) from the floor against the Thunderbirds. As a team, Tulsa recorded 20 assists, led by Vaden with four dishes. Tulsa, who improved to 2-0 against New Mexico this season, forced 20 turnovers and collected nine steals on the defensive end. Leading the Thunderbirds was Dar Tucker with 22 points and Shane Edwards with a team-high eight rebounds. The 66ers and Thunderbirds will square off again tomorrow night, March 19, to complete the back-to-back set at 8:30 p.m. CT in Rio Rancho. The contest will mark Tulsa's final regular season road game of the season. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Maine RC - Texas L. 95-114
    The Texas Legends (20-24) kept their playoff hopes alive, moving a half game behind the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the 8th and final playoff spot with a 114-95 win at Maine tonight. The loss set back the Maine Red Claws' (15-2 hopes at a late run for the postseason. Maine is currently five wins out of the final slot with just 7 games remaining. The two teams remained close early in the game, with the Legends opening up a 4-point lead at the end of the first quarter and widening their lead to 8 by the half. Texas took control in the second half, capitalizing on 22 Red Claws turnovers on the night and shooting 26 for 27 from the line (96.3%) to close the door on any late Maine run. Maine Red Claws rookie DeShawn Sims, who entered the night 1st in rookie scoring and 5th overall, continued to make his bid for Rookie of the Year, picking up 18 points for his 35th game in double figures. Magnum Rolle put forth his most impressive effort since returning from a knee injury earning adidas Player of the Game honors for his 17 points while guard Jamar Smith added 13 to round out the Red Claws' leading scorers.. Texas center Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86, college: Boston Coll.) picked up a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while guard Dominique Johnson (6'3''-G-87, college: Azusa Pacific) led all scorers with 23 points. Forward Joe Alexander made his presence known, contributing 17 points in the winning effort. The Red Claws and Legends are both idle tomorrow, spending the day in Portland before squaring off again on Sunday at 1 PM during 'The Red Claws Go Country Night.' Maine will then head west for a pair at Utah Tuesday and Thursday before closing out the week at Bakersfield with a weekend set. Texas will travel to Tulsa to take on the 66ers on Friday. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

    Rio Grande - Austin T. 95-107
    The first half belonged to the Vipers. The second half belonged to the Austin Toros. The Valley's pro basketball team saw an 11-point halftime lead vanish as Austin outscored the locals 61-38 after the break to record a 107-95 victory Friday night. Leo Lyons (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) led the Toros' second half surge with a game-high 31 points and seven rebounds while Squeaky Johnson added 14 points. The Vipers (29-14) and Toros (19-23) complete their regular season series Saturday night in Hidalgo. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm. *Courtesy of www.krgv.com

    Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S. 109-103
    Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) scored 39 points and Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) added 31 as the Iowa Energy defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 109-103 Friday night. The two Eastern Conference rivals played a tight first half as the Energy took a 56-52 lead into the break. Stinson (17 points) and Blakely (1 led Iowa's charge. The win moves the Energy to 33-11 on the season, and was the 144th consecutive game the franchise has been in 1st place. Stefhon Hannah added 14 points and 7 rebounds for Iowa, while Taylor finished with 10 points on the night. Sioux Falls drops to 10-33 on the season with the loss. David Bailey led the team with 23 points while Marshall finished with 22. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com
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    Saturday's games review - Mar 20, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
    Bakersfield J. - Erie Bay H. 126-98
    Drew Naymick (6'11''-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead a balanced attack for the Bakersfield Jam in a 126-98 rout of the Erie (Pa.) Bayhawks on Saturday night at the Jam Events Center. Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) added 21 points and 10 assists one night after a 48-point effort for the Jam in Friday's 123-121 loss to the Bayhawks in double overtime. Stephen Dennis chipped 22 points and eight assists, and Derrick Byars scored 19 for Bakersfield (27-16), which shot 56.5 percent from the field. Ivan Johnson scored 25 points to lead Erie (28-16). The Jam will play Tuesday and Wednesday nights in Albuquerque, N.M., against the New Mexico Thunderbirds. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

    Ft.Wayne MA - Springfield A. 119-110
    In a nationally televised game on the Versus network and in front of 6,659 fans, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants defeated the Springfield Armor 119-110 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. With four players contributing 20 points or more, Fort Wayne maintained control throughout the game to earn their 21st win of the season and keep a hold on the 8th spot in the playoffs. The Mad Ants were led by Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) and Chris Kramer (6'3''-G-88, college: Purdue), who each scored 22 points. Rod Wilmont and Ryan Wittman provided hot shooting from outside by each hitting 5 three pointers, and each player scored 21 points. The Armor were led by Scottie Reynolds' 25 points, and Gavin Edwards chipped in 18 points off the bench for the visiting team. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

    Rio Grande - Austin T. 118-103
    Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) picked up where he left off, helping the Vipers take down the Austin Toros 118-103 Saturday night. Fresh off a 10-day stint with the New Orleans Hornets, McNeal dropped in 18 points in his first game back with Rio Grande Valley. Jon Scheyer (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke) led the Vipers with a career-high 27 points in 36 minutes while Richard Roby and Patrick Sullivan each added 20. The Vipers (30-14) next welcome Idaho (19-25) on Monday at 7:00 pm. *Courtesy of www.krgv.com

    Idaho S. - Dakota W. 108-112
    Three Stampede players finished with double-doubles, but it wasn't enough as the Dakota Wizards defeated Idaho 112-108 on Saturday night at Qwest Arena. Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Cedric Jackson finished with 15 points and 12 assists. But Dakota countered with a 30-point effort from Anthony Goods. Sean Banks had 17 points and Tony Bobbitt added 16 for Idaho, but the Stampede were hurt by 16 turnovers that led to 20 Dakota points. Idaho, which had a two-game winning streak snapped, dropped to 19-25. It plays its next four games on the road. *Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com

    Utah F. - Reno Bighorns 81-91
    Double-doubles from Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley) and Bobby Simmons (6'7''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida St.) coupled with a strong defensive effort by Reno led the Bighorns to a 91-81 win over the Utah Flash on Saturday night in the UCCU Events Center. O'Bryant finished with 16 points and season-high-tying 17 rebounds, while Simmons chipped in with his second double-double in as many nights, scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 boards. The win gave Reno (29-16) a new franchise record for wins in a season and a weekend sweep over the Flash (25-1. It also gave the Horns the season series over Utah, six games to four. The Flash trailed by just four points entering the fourth quarter, but Reno opened the final period on a 13-2 run to stretch the lead to 15. Utah fought back late, cutting the lead to seven points with three minutes remaining, but the Bighorns held on for their 14th win in their last 18 games. Marcus Landry led the Bighorns in scoring with 18 points, while Jeremy Lin added 16 points and six rebounds. Reno held Utah to just 31.5 percent shooting on the night, the lowest field goal percentage by a Bighorns' opponent in franchise history. Andre Ingram led five Flash players in double figures, finishing with 19 points off the bench. Ronald Dupree added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. With just five regular season games remaining, Reno has clinched a playoff berth for the second-consecutive season. The Horns travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. next Friday and Saturday to take on the Sioux Falls Skyforce, with both games set to tip-off at 5 p.m. PT. The Bighorns return home on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. against the Austin Toros. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

    New Mexico - Tulsa 66ers 99-86
    The New Mexico Thunderbirds (17-27) used a big second quarter in which they outscored the Tulsa 66ers (30-15) by 20 points to key a 99-86 victory. The Tulsa 66ers jumped out to an early 7-0 in the first quarter, keyed by a couple of early 3-pointers from Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU). It took the T-Birds nearly three minutes to score their first points of the game. The T-Birds got within one point a couple of different times in the quarter, but then as time expired in the first quarter Matt Bouldin hit a 3-pointer and was fouled for a four point play that gave the 66ers a 23-18 lead. The T-Birds used a big second quarter in which they outscored the 66ers 29-9 to take a 15 point half time lead. With 5:36 to go in the second quarter, Tulsa led 30-28. The Thunderbirds then closed the half on a 19-2 run to take a 47-32 lead. Dar Tucker (6'4''-F-88, college: De Paul) led all scorers with 10 points in the half including two late 3-pointers during the T-Birds run. In the third quarter, the 66ers were able to cut the T-Birds lead to 13 with on a Ryan Reid layup with 6:37 to go in the quarter. The Thunderbirds then finished the quarter on a 17-8 run capped by a J.R. Giddens tip in with one second to go in the quarter to give them their largest lead of the game 76-54. The T-Birds would hold off a late run by the 66ers in the fourth quarter and go on to win by 0 points. For the second straight night Dar Tucker led a balanced T-Birds scoring attack with 26 points. Four other T-Birds also scored double digit points. *Courtesy of D-League
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