A recap of yesterday's D-League game between the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the Springfield Armor.
# Greg Stiemsma broke the D-League's, and more specifically Keith Closs', single-season block record last night. Stiemsma blocked five shots to bring his total to 137 through 38 games - that's an astonishing average 3.6 blocks per game! Stiemsma also added 16 points and nine rebounds with just one turnover in 41 minutes of action. I wonder what it would take for him to get an NBA look?
# Joe Krabbenhoft is back for the Skyforce after leaving the team in Decvember to play in Korea. I really didn't like the decision at the time because he was filling in admirably for an ailing Reggie Williams (28, 23 and 20 point games when his previous season high was 12). Now, well, I guess it worked. In his first game back, Krabbenhoft scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds off of the bench.
Instead, I stole the highlights from last night's VERSUS game - Tulsa at Rio Grande Valley - featuring the two most NBA-ready point guards in the D-League, Mustafa Shakur and Will Conroy. I'll let the soothing narrations of THE Alex Del Barrio explain the rest.
That said, I've provided you with the Erie BayHawks versus Albuquerque Thunderbirds highlights, featuring zero dunks from Mike Gansey but an amazing assist to him from Blake Ahearn. I told you - they're as exciting as the Rockers! Also, Albuquerque's trade of Kurt Looby for Trey Gilder showed to be a bad idea in this game - John Bryant had 28 points and 13 rebounds. Albuquerque's starting center? Marcus Hubbard. Ridiculous.
I have some inside sources that tell me that Gale Mazzella was courtside at the game, celebrating her birthday. The last time I know Mazzella was at a BayHawks game, Erie also won. I'm fairly certain this isn't a coincidence and that she's a good luck charm.
A recap of the March 8 D-League game between the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the Tulsa 66ers, who featured three players on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder.