D-League Week 1 in Review

Welcome to the start of the D-League season. We’re off to an exciting start, here are some of the high points:

Thursday: Vipers 123 – Legends 115

Coach Lieberman’s debut in the D-league was upset by the defending champions, lead by Richard Roby’s 31 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. This was a ball game pretty much throughout. Texas enjoyed an 8 points led about halfway through the 2nd quarter, but the Vipers came back to take a 2 point lead heading into the half. The Legends very much stayed in the game through the second half, but eventually fell victim to a Viper push late in the game. They found themselves down 11 points with 1:15 remaining, and slightly worked it back to the 115-123 final score.

The Vipers shot 46.1% from the field, which was slightly down from the Legends’ 48%, but Rio Grande Valley lead in 3FG%, FT% Offensive rebounds and points in the paint.

Friday: Toros 103 – Red Claws 97

The story here was turnovers, as the Red Claws gave up the ball 26 times. The Red Claws actually played well for the most part, and at one point enjoyed a 13-point lead late in the 1st. The Toros came back about with just under 8 minutes to go in the half and it was pretty well a duke-it-out affair after that. The Red Claws shot better than the Toros in FG%, 3P% and FT%, but those turnovers were costly.

Marcus Cousin enjoyed a double-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds along with 3 blocks. In addition, Kevin Palmer and Squeaky Johnson played well with 19 and 15 points respectively.

Saturday: Armor 98 – BayHawks 94

The Armor came into this game having lost to the BayHawks by 38 points the night before, but bounced back in an impressed way in what proved to be slugfest. The largest lead of the night was 10. The Armor shot well from the field (46.6 from the field, 37.5 from the three point line and 77.4% from the free throw line). Springfield provided a lot of their points on the perimeter, as only 34 of their 98 points came in the paint.

JamesOn Curry led all scorers with 23, while Scottie Reynolds provided 21 more for the Armor. Reynolds also put up 21 against the Bayhawks the previous night. Ivan Johnson scored 18 for the Bayhawks in the losing effort.

Sunday: Reno Bighorns 110 – Utah Flash 105

This was kind of a wild match up, one that featured seven technical fouls, 77 personal fouls and 111 free throws. While the Futurecast broadcast of said game was down, I did get to enjoy the match up via the folks at UtahFlashDaily, who provided a game chat for the evening and a well written recap yesterday. Without rehashing too much of said recap (and it’s worth the read), this game could well have been a blowout based on the early minutes of the game. The Flash battled back to make it into a ball game, then suffered another Bighorns run, then came back again. Unfortunately, some key missed opportunities cost the big down the stretch, and afforded the Bighorns a sweep of their weekend series.

Kevin Kruger led the Flash with 27 points, including 4-10 from the field and 16-18 from the line, while Patrick Ewing Jr. scored a game high 28 points for the Bighorns, while grabbing 11 rebounds and serving up 6 assists.

Monday: Iowa Energy 111 – Dakota Wizards 103

The Energy extended to a league best 3-0 on Monday, after shooting 52.1% against a Wizards team that fell into a hole in the 2nd quarter; one that they never found their way out of. The Energy looked good across the board, with five players scoring in double digits, while scoring 48 of their 111 in the paint. Renaldo Major, Darren Cooper, and Crhis Johnson combined for 74 of the Wizards 103, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to get past the Energy.

Courtney Sims led the way for Iowa with 26 points, 11 rebounds, while former Jazzman Othyus Jeffers scored 12 points and stole the ball four times.

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~ by djepperson on November 23, 2010.

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