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Marcus Lewis: 1st Team Selection

| January 13th, 2012 | No Comments »

        All 16 NBA D-League teams gathered in Reno, Nevada this week for the annual Showcase. Over the course of four days, each team played two games and players had the opportunity to showcase their abilities in front of scouts and executives from the NBA, as well as representatives from Europe.  Marcus Lewis' first game was mediocre compared to how he has been playing this seson – 9 points and 11 rebounds. However, his second game was much stronger. Lewis had 23 points, missing only one shot from the field (11 of 12). He also pulled down 12 rebounds and had 3 assists & 3 steals. At the end of the showcase, Marcus Lewis (along with 4 other players), was selected to the NBA D-League All-Showcase 1st Team.    

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Preston Knowles: Game-winning shot!

| January 12th, 2012 | No Comments »

    By KYLE LEATH RENO, Nev. – Preston Knowles’ 3-pointer from the right corner with 5.6 seconds left capped a wild finish as the Springfield Armor closed out play in the NBA D-League Showcase in Reno with a thrilling 100-99 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Thursday night at the Reno Events Center. The Armor controlled the game for the first 46:16, but a 3-pointer by Rio Grande Valley’s Kelvin Lewis (15 points) gave the Vipers their first lead at 97-95 with 1:14 to play. “Wow, not the way I drew it up, but we will take it,” Armor coach Bob Mackinnon said. Springfield led by as many as 15 points and withstood a couple of earlier Rio Grande Valley charges before the Lewis three. The key play of the game also involved Lewis. With 15.9 left and the Vipers up 99-96, Springfield attempted to inbound the

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Justin Johnson: 12 pts, 2 ast, 2 stls

| January 8th, 2012 | No Comments »

  The Dakota Wizards have lost stand-out guard, Anthony Goods to a team in Italy. Since then, rookie Justin Johnson has seen an increase in playing time. Last night in a close loss to the Rio Grande Vipers, Johnson played 27 minutes and had an un-characteristic shooting night, hitting only 3 of 11 from the field. However, Johnson was still a key contributor on both ends of the floor, with 12 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals.   Johnson is currently averaging 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game, while shooting 56% from the field, 31% from 3-point and 74% from the free-throw line.  

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Marcus Lewis: 25 pts, 15 reb, 8 ast

| December 24th, 2011 | No Comments »

      Marcus Lewis has just returned from two weeks at the Milwaukee Bucks training camp looking like a PRO. Lewis neared a triple-double in his first game back, playing the Erie Bayhawks.   Lewis was unguardable in the first half and it appeared that the entire offense ran through him. He had outstanding court vision, which led to his 8 assists, but also put up a season-high 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, to help his team in the close victory last night. Lewis is currently the leading rebounder in the NBA D-league and with the D-league Showcase approaching right around the corner, and Lewis' hunger to make it to the League…look for a 10-day call up in his near future.

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Justin Johnson: 15 points, 6 rebounds

| December 24th, 2011 | No Comments »

  Justin Johnson continues to impress. In the first of two back-to-back games against the Springfield Armor, Johnson put up 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting, including 1 of 2 from the 3-point line. He also grabbed 6 rebounds and had 1 assist. Johnson followed up the next night with 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the field. As Dakota Wizards players return from NBA training camps, look for Johnson's scoring role to slow down, but his play-maker role to increase, as he will likely be moving to the back-up PG spot.  

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Eugene Spates: 16 points, 10 rebounds

| December 24th, 2011 | No Comments »

    Eugene Spates was the most efficient player in last night's game against the Dakota Wizards. Spates played only 17 minute for the Springfield Armor, but in that time was able to put up 16 points. He shot a very effective 6 of 11 from the floor, including 2 of 4 from the 3-point line. Spates also led all players in rebounding, grabbing 10 boards. He also had 1 assist and 1 block.

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Will Pratt: 14 points, 3 rebounds

| December 24th, 2011 | No Comments »

    With many Sioux Falls players returning from NBA training camps questions arose as to whether Pratt would see as many minutes in Coach McHone's lineup as he has the last couple of weeks. The Sioux Falls Skyforce played two games this week and Pratt did not get off the bench in the first game. However, last night Pratt was able to knock down 5 of 8 shooting (and 4 of 4 from the free throw line) to give him 14 points in 25 minutes of action. He also contributed with 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal against the Canton Charge.  

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Denzel Bowles: 27 pts, 8 reb, 7 ast

| December 24th, 2011 | No Comments »

  Two days before Christmas and Denzel Bowles remains as focused as ever. Last night, in a double-overtime game against Rudupis, Bowles helped carry his team to a 110-104 victory. Siauliai was ahead nearly 20 points going into halftime and all was looking good. Rudupis started the second half very strong, and by the 4th quarter and made it a close game again. Bowles finished the game with 27 points, while shooting a perfect 7 of 7 from the free-throw line. He also added 8 rebounds and 7 assists to give him a very well rounded performance.

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Will Pratt: 18 points, gets the win

| December 13th, 2011 | No Comments »

      Pratt is really adjusting to the bigger, more athletic players of the NBA D-league and is showing that a scorer is a scorer – regardless of where he is playing.   Tonight, Pratt stepped up and contributed 18 points, coming off the bench against the Canton Charge (Cleveland Cavaliers affiliate). He did this on 7 of 12 shooting, while also contributing 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Charge 93-74.   

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Denzel Bowles: 25 points, 13 rebounds

| December 12th, 2011 | No Comments »

        Denzel Bowles (JMU), has received Lithuania Player of the Week award twice as a rookie, as well as winning the VTB League Player of the week award. This week he had another stellar performance. Against Tartu and December 9th, he put up 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block, in a very good win, 109-94.   The very next day, Bowles had a monster game against Kalev, dropping 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Bowles continues to grow, but his understanding of the European professional game is beyond his years. He is doing things that very few rookies have been able to accomplish.  

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