Sorry if these recaps aren't very thorough folks, but Scott's recovering while I went to a party where singlets were brought up more than once. And no, I'm not the one who broached the topic.
Maine Red Claws 111, Rio Grande Valley Vipers 106 (Highlights) (Box Score)
- Seven of Maine's nine players scored in double figures, and Anthony Terrell has the excuse of only playing four minutes. What's your deal, Darnell Lazare?
- Billy Thomas was hurt for awhile, but it looks like he's back in form as he led the Red Claws with 19 points on 10 shots, including being perfect from outside and the free-throw line.
- Trey Gilder had 17 points on seven shots, seven rebounds, seven assists and three blocks off the bench. I still can't decide whether my liking him is irrational, but I'm leaning towards "not."
- Rio Grande Valley shot just nine percent from outside. No, that's not a typo. Okay, technically it was 9.1. That's also your game, right there.
- Will Conroy had a triple double with 11 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists. When your starting point guard has 15 rebounds and your starting center (Mickell Gladness) has zero...yeah, you probably signed Kevin Rogers just in time.
- Mike Harris had 30 points on 18 shots and nine boards. I know I've personally ranked Reggie Williams first in the last two or three call-up rankings, but it really is pretty much a toss-up between Williams, Harris and Carlos Powell.
- This was your Versus game of the night, but the Skyforce really needed their bench to pull it out. Starters David Bailey, Chris McCray and Raymond Sykes were a combined 7-22 for Sioux Falls. McCray in particular has looked rough the last week and a half or so, despite showing flashes of potential throughout the season.
- Meanwhile, Alexander Johnson was outstanding off the bench, with 22 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, and went 11-12 from the free throw line. Fellow reserve Leemire Goldwire was an incredible 24 points off of nine shots, thanks to 4-5 shooting from outside. Jared Newson, for his part, had 10 points on four shots along with eight boards and eight assists in 27 minutes.
- Connor Atchley, for his part, was limited to three points on 1-7 shooting and played just 18 and a half minutes due to foul trouble. Dare I say that Sioux Falls just isn't a good matchup for him.
- OKay, so Romel Beck didn't pick up a lot of assists as I had predicted (just one in 31 and a half minutes), but he did have a team-high 22 points, so that's something.
- I'm guessing that Cory Underwood had another solid game, given that he had 16 points in 19 and a half minutes off the bench and Nate Jawai played about the same amount while scoring six points on five shots, grabbing three rebounds but also turning the ball over three times and picking up four fouls. Conditioning what?
Reno Bighorns 112, Springfield Armor 99 (Highlights) (Box Score)
- Since I've harped on it for, let's say, other Bighorns players, D.J. Strawberry should not be taking more shots than anyone else on his team. He's improved offensively over the past season for sure, but not to that extent. 20 points and eight assists for him, but still.
- If you had told me before the season that a JamesOn Curry/Kyle McAlarney backcourt would work, I probably would've slapped you. Not really, because I'm not that kind of guy (I probably would've just stared in disbelief, then slowly backed away), but still. McAlarney had nine assists along with 12 points, while Curry racked up 22 points, six rebounds and five assists with just one turnover in 46 minutes. I don't get it either
- I only caught the first few minutes of this game, but Desmon Farmer was passing into the post with some frequency. Rod Benson only had eight field goal attempts, so I'm assuming that tapered off as the game went on, but Farmer had seven assists along with 25 points on 13 shots (and yes, six turnovers).
- Cezary Trybanski had 15 points on seven shots and four blocks in 19 and a half minutes. It's been awhile (over a month) since he had one of these types of games, but there it is.
- Noel Felix hurt his right ankle about a minute into the game. It's a shame for Springfield, because he was playing solid defense for that one minute.
Idaho Stampede 106, Los Angeles D-Fenders 103 (Box Score)
- Idaho rebounded from their last loss not by shooting the ball better, necessarily (they were 35 percent from outside as a team), but by not turning the ball over. Just 11 total turnovers, and Donell Taylor was the only Stampede...r? with more than two. He also had 26 points despite making just one of his seven three-point attempts.
- Lance Allred and Joe Dabbert were again a bit rough offensively (nine points on eight shots for the former, 12 on 12 for the latter), but they combined for 17 boards. If they can do that night in-night out, Idaho has enough weapons to make up for them.
- Half of Ryan Forehan-Kelly's 19 shots came from outside, but he made just three of them. I agree that he should be in the starting lineup, but he should be an all-around contributor, not just a shooter. The D-Fenders have plenty of those.
- Then again, Joe Crawford was the only other D-Fender to make even one three-pointer. Seven Los Angeles players reached double figures, but it doesn't look like they got there in any aesthetically pleasing way.
- Dar Tucker got another DNP. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2010 D-League dunk champion!
Iowa Energy 126, Utah Flash 112 (Highlights) (Box Score)
- 15 players scored in double figures between the two teams. Other than Utah's 20 point second quarter, this looks like it was a fun game.
- Curtis Stinson collected his league-leading 17th, or maybe 18th double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 assists, even though it took him 13 shots to get there. He's second in the league (trailing Dwayne Jones who has 27), and the next highest non-big men on the list are Carlos Wheeler with eight and Mustafa Shakur with seven. Of course, I could pick up 10 assists per game if I was passing to guys like Courtney Sims, Cartier Martin and Pat Carroll (and I'm more of an undersized power forward).
- Look, I get it that's it's hard to pick between Carroll, Martin and Othyus Jeffers to come off the bench, but Courtney Sims had 18 points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes in reserve. He'd be starting pretty much anywhere else.
- Andre Ingram had 18 points on nine shots, including 4-5 shooting from outside. Who correctly picked him to win the three-point shooting contest again?
- And speaking of guys who should start, I don't expect a trade to happen or anything, but both Carlos Wheeler and Bennet Davis should start, and only one of them has all season long. First Wheeler had the honors, but now he's coming off the bench in favor of a Davis-Orien Greene-Luke Nevill frontcourt. Utah's in a tough position because Greene, Ingram and Dontell Jefferson all should start as well. Scott will hate this, but maybe move Nevill to the bench and go with a small but feisty Jefferson-Ingram-Greene-Wheeler-Davis lineup?
Fort Wayne Mad Ants 105, Erie BayHawks 84 (Box Score)
- I know, I know, I'm an Erie hater. 34 points at halftime is still pretty pathetic.
- Cedric Jackson is back for the BayHawks, and picked up pretty much where he left off with 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
- The opposing point guard in this game, Dan Dickau, seems to be settling in; while he shot 1-5 from outside and had six turnovers, he also scored a team-high 17 points and picked up 11 assists.
- Rob Kurz shot the third-fewest FGAs on the team, going 4-6 for 10 points. I don't know if he was busy guarding Alade Aminu or what, but that's a bit surprising to me.
- I know I've called Austin's bench rough, but that's almost nothing compared to Erie's bench. Ivan Harris had 19 points, but Cliff Clinkscales, Frank Tolbert, Jarvis Gunter and Tyc Snow combined for about 39 minutes and zero points. But remember, I'm an Erie hater.