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2011 NBA D-League Showcase: Day 3 Recap

Day 3 of the 2010-11 NBA Development League Showcase was capped off with a game televised live nationally on Versus between the defending champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Erie BayHawks. Both teams won their Showcase openers. RGV defeated the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Monday, and the BayHawks beat the Idaho Stampede on Tuesday night. Both teams also entered the game riding five game winning streaks, and second in their respective conference in the standings.

But this night belonged to the Vipers. Playing in South Padre Island, Texas, the Vipers had a de facto home crowd cheering them on, and they came out of the gates strong, leading by as many as 14 late in the first quarter before Erie made a run behind the strength of its bench, including Nate Linhart and Kyle Goldcamp, to get back into the game in the second quarter. Foul trouble plagued the BayHawks throughout the first half, though, and RGV took a 57-49 lead into halftime.

The third quarter played out like a replay of the first with the Vipers winning the period by 11 points and extending the lead to as big as 21. Erie tried to battle back with Ivan Johnson leading the way (he finished with 25 points), but RGV held firm and never permitted Erie to get the deficit under double-digits the rest of the way. Jeff Adrien was a thorn in the side of his former team—he was traded away from Erie after playing just five games for the BayHawks—all night long. Adrien finished with 20 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks in what was arguably the best individual performance of the Showcase so far.

Meanwhile, the man that was traded for Adrien, Garret Temple never got it going offensively against his former team. Temple shot just 2-11 from the field (0-3 from 3), though he did have 8 rebounds and 6 assists. As bad as Temple was from the field, Blake Ahearn was even worse, hitting just 2-13 from the field (0-8 from 3) with 4 rebounds and 5 assists.

Richard Roby and Jerel McNeal each had 27 for the Vipers, who tied a franchise record with their sixth straight victory. McNeal and Roby combined to hit 6 of the Vipers’ 9 makes from 3-point range. RGV was +21 in points off of 3s and +9 from the free throw line. Click here for the box score from RGV’s 124-106 win over Erie.

Click through the jump for notes from the other three games from Day 3 of the D-League Showcase:Bakersfield Jam 105, Fort Wayne Mad Ants 93 | Box Score

  • Walker Russell was impressive in defeat for Fort Wayne, scoring a game-high 25 points and dishing out 8 assists.
  • Bakersfield had six players in double figures, including Trey Johnson, who scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Maine Red Claws 102, Reno Bighorns 111 | Box Score

  • Reno recently released Aaron Miles and Nick Fazekas due to injury. They retain the rights to both players, but they looked good without them.
  • Golden State Warriors assignee Jeremy Lin was very impressive. He finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals in 38+ minutes.
  • Marcus Landry hit 5-11 from 3 en route to 29 points for the Bighorns.
  • Patrick Ewing Jr. added 16 points on 6-9 shooting (3-3 from 3-point range), 5 rebounds, and 7 assists.
  • Paul Harris recorded a double-double in defeat for the Red Claws with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Tulsa 66ers 96, Dakota Wizards 92 | Box Score

  • What looked like a blowout after Tulsa raced out to a 31-12 lead at the end of the first quarter wasn’t decided until the final minute.
  • Tweety Carter hit a desperation 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining to put Tulsa up 4 and effectively ice the game. Carter had 18 points and 6 assists for the game.
  • Cole Aldrich has had double figures rebounding just three times in 12 games in the D-League. Although he had only 5 rebounds in this one, he had his best offensive performance, scoring 19 points on 9-13 shooting. His previous high in the D-League was 12—set last game against Sioux Falls. He also had 7 blocked shots, making his presence felt defensively as well.
  • Chris Johnson and Walter Sharpe both had double-doubles for the Wizards in a losing effort.

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