As the NBA D-League wraps up it’s first week of competition, four clubs remain undefeated, the Los Angeles D-Fenders (2-0) and The Santa Cruz Warriors (1-0) in the West Division; the Tulsa 66ers (3-0) and the Sioux Falls Skyforce (2-0) of the Central Division. The East Division has to squads at 2-1, the Maine Red Claws (2-1) and the Erie Bayhawks (2-1).
Jeremy Lamb of Tulsa leads the scoring chart with 33.0ppg (only 1 game), while Chris Douglas-Roberts of Texas is burning the cords with a 28.0ppg average over the first four games of the season.
As of this week, three D-Leaguers have been called up to the NBA: Kevin Jones of Canton was called up to the Cleveland Caveliers; James Anderson of Rio Grande Valley got the call from the San Antonio Spurs; Daniel Orton was sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder from the Tulsa 66ers. 100 current NBA players have D-League Experience.
Friday, November 30th Games:
Maine Red Claws – Los Angeles D-Fenders, 94:97
The Los Angeles D-Fenders completed a come-from-behind 94:97 victory over the Maine Red Claws on Friday night at the Portland Expo Building. Trailing by five points with 2:12 remaining, the D-Fenders scored the final eight points of the game to snatch the win and move to 2-0 on the season.
Maine: M. Downs 22; C. Wright 19; S. Mack 16; X. Silas 16.
Los Angeles: D. Johnson-Odom 24; C. Fortson 21; O. Greene 17; R. Sacre 13; G. Flowers 13.
Springfield Armor – Sioux Falls Skyforce, 111:118
The Springfield Armor, presented by MGM Springfield, fell 111:118 Friday night to the Sioux Falls Skyforce before 4,755 at the MassMutual Center in the Armor’s opening night game. The Skyforce improves to 2-0 with the victory, while the Armor fall to 1-1. Sioux Falls got off to a strong start tonight, connecting on 18-of-24 shots (.750) to establish a 42-29 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Andrew Goudelock’s 13 points fueled the Skyforce’s early offensive success.
Springfield: C. Polk 21; B. Uzoh 17; J. Mays 16; C. Scott 15; W. Reed 14.
Sioux Falls: A. Goudelock 24; J. Varnado 21; T. Hudson 20; M. Davis 16; D. Nichols 15; W. Foster 10.
Erie Bayhawks – Canton Charge, 80:91
The Canton Charge held off the Erie BayHawks, 80:91, in front of 2,364 at the Memorial Civic Center on Friday night for their first victory of the season. Canton improved to 1-3 on the young 2012-13 campaign, while Erie evened their mark at 1-1.
Canton: K. Jones 27; A. Onuaku 14; K. Gibson 12; K. Anderson 11; J. Gutlerrez 10.
Erie: D. Kennedy 21; H. Sims 16; N. COvington 14.
Fort Wayne Mad Ants vs Iowa Energy, 108:101
In a terrific back-and-forth ball game, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants were able to pull away in the end from a tenacious Iowa Energy team 108-101 Friday evening at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne: R. Howard 21; J. Johnson 16; S. Rojas 16; D. Partin 16; W. Russell 14; M. Anderson 11.
Iowa: C. Wright 18; D. Morrison 17; M. Farrakhan 17; N. Murphy 12; J. Hurtt 11.
Tulsa 66ers – Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 97:94
The Tulsa 66ers held off Rio Grande Valley Vipers for a 97-94 win at the SpiritBank Event Center behind 33 points and 10 rebounds from Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Jeremy Lamb.
Tulsa: J. Lamb 22; T. Taylor 15; D. Sutton 12; D. Liggins 12; B. Morningstar 10.
Rio Grande Valley: T. Jones 27 (16 rebounds); S. Machado 16.
Reno Bighorns – Santa Cruz Warriors, 95:101
The Santa Cruz Warriors got their first win of the season on the road in Reno, holding off a late charge by the Bighorns to come up with a 95:101 victory. The Warriors used a big second quarter, outscoring their hosts 24:36, to give themselves enough of a cushion to finish out the day on top, despite losing the second half 52:45. The game was the first of the season for both clubs, Reno drops to 0-1 with the loss.
Reno: G. Temple 23; A. Richardson 22; M. Landry 16; K. Murphy 12.
Santa Cruz: K. Bazemore 27; T. Griffin 12; L. Goulbourne 12; S. Hannah 11; C. Jones 10; T. Leslie 10.
Saturday, December 1st Games:
Erie Bayhawks – Canton Charge, 82:80
Erik Daniels’ hit a three-point shot from the top of the key with 26.3 seconds left to propel the Erie BayHawks past the Canton Charge, 82-80, at Erie Insurance Arena on Saturday Night. The loss dropped the Charge to 1-4 on the season with the loss, while Erie’s home-opener victory improved them to 2-1.
Erie: H. Simes 19; K. Benson 13; D. Kenndey 12; O. Bellfield 12.
Canton: K. Gibson 28; M. Eric 12; A. Agudio 11; K. Jones 10.
Iowa Energy – Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 102:88
Point guard Chris Wright scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out nine assists to lead the Iowa Energy to a 102-88 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants Saturday night. The Energy dominated the glass, outrebounding Fort Wayne by a 61-41 margin.
Iowa: C. Wright 19; Q. Miller 17; D. Morrison 11; J. Hurtt 11; K. Lawson 10; N. Murphy 10.
Fort Wayne: D. Partin 17; R. Howard 13; T. Mitchell 12; W. Russell 10.
Texas Legends – Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 102:95
Despite an 18 point, 19 rebound performance by Terrence Jones, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers dropped to 1-3 on the season when they fell to the Texas Legends 102:95. Texas got 27 points and 8 assists from Chris Douglas-Roberts, and 18 points and 6 assists from Sean Singletary in the win at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.
Texas: C. Douglas-Roberts 27 (8 assists); S. Singletary 18 (6 assists); C. Eyenga 16; C. Roberts 15; D. Rice 11 (10 rebounds); F. House 10.
Rio Grande Valley: T. Murry 19; T. Jones 18 (19 rebounds); W. Witherspoon 14; X. Machado 12; J. Adrien 10.
Austin Toros – Idaho Stampede, 99:81
The Idaho Stampede made just 32-of-92 shots (34.8 percent) and fell to the Austin Toros as the home team celebrated pre-game with their 2012 D-League Championship ring presentation. Idaho (0-3) was led by Durrell Summers, who had 19 points on 8-of-19 shooting. The wing from Michigan State has led the team in scoring in each of the Stampede’s first three games.
Austin: T. Wilkerson 14 (12 rebounds); J. Dentmon 14 (8 assists); L. Head 14; J. Sanders 12; J. Cowan 11; T. Kelley 10.
Idaho: D. Summers 19; J. Harper 16 (13 rebounds); J. Lucas 14; S. Evans 12 (15 rebounds).
Portions courtesy NBA D-League