News and Notes from Opening Night
- Canton’s Kevin Jones had the best line of the night, scoring 26 points on 11-19 shooting with 14 boards (7 offensive), 4 steals, 1 block, and only 1 turnover. Jones was the only member of the Charge to record a positive plus/minus (+2). It still wasn’t good enough for a win, with Maine coming out on top, 123-115.
- Bakersfield and RGV went down to the wire, with the Jam coming out on top 115-113. Houston assignment Donatas Motiejunas was called for a defensive three-second violation with 45 seconds left. Renaldo Major sunk the technical free throw to put the Jam up for good.
- Oklahoma City assignment DeAndre Liggins recorded the season’s first triple-double with 15 points, 10 assists, and 11 rebounds, leading Tulsa in each category. His efforts were good enough to lead the 66ers over Texas, 83-76.
- JaJuan Johnson, the number 1 overall pick in the 2012 D-League Draft, was hampered by foul trouble and couldn’t get into a rhythm on his way to a 13 point night on 33% shooting. He failed to record a block, but did scoop up 9 rebounds as his Fort Wayne Mad Ants lost to Erie, 109-100.
- Erie’s Mychel Thompson put in 44 minutes of work last night, more than any other player. He made the most of them, posting a full line of 16 points on 50% shooting, 3 threes, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. His outside shot is definitely his best asset, but he’s made it clear that there’s a lot more to his game.
- Scott Machado posted big numbers for RGV, albeit fairly inefficiently. The Houston assignment recorded 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 20 points, but also turned it over 7 times and shot only 43.8% from the field.
- Out of Canton’s 49 rebounds, 20 were offensive – by far the best percentage of any team who played last night.
- Though RGV likes to push the ball at a blistering pace, Bakersfield actually led them in shot attempts, 106-92. Turning the ball over 27 times and allowing Bakersfield to put up a +8 in offensive rebound margin probably had something to do with that.