BASN D-League Notebook: Week #1

By Wesley Chism Jr., BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: December 13, 2009

SEATTLE (BASN) — It was a tough shooting night for Donell Taylor of the NBA D League Erie BayHawks who was three for 18 field goal attempts as they lost their home opener against the Maine Red Claws 116 – 90.

The home crowd of 5,150 at the Tullio Arena watched the visiting Red Claws put on a shooting expedition as the team shot a blistering 59% (16-27) from outside the three point arc, while the BayHawks were a dismal 16% (1-6) from three-point range.

The Red Claws guard Bill Walker, who’s currently on assignment from the Boston Celtics, is making the most of his playing opportunity as he chipped in 19 points and added 11 rebounds.

His teammate, guard Billy Thomas led all scores with 26 points including six three pointers and Tony Bobbitt hit five from downtown for a total of 17 points.

Jackie Manuel paced the BayHawks with a team high 19 points and rookie guard was one point and one assist short of a double double as he finished with 9 points and 9 assists.

Veterans Jarvis Gunter and Ivan Harris added 14 points respectively.

I’m sure that Taylor isn’t pleased with his performance and is looking forward to facing the Red Claws again when they meet on Wednesday at 7pm in the Tullio Arena.

VIPERS MAKE IT SIX STRAIGHT

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers defeated the Albuquerque Thunderbirds 127-110 on Saturday night at Dodge Arena in front of a crowd of 5,342 cheering fans to extend their winning streak to six.

Mike Harris led the 6-1 Vipers in scoring for the fourth time this season with 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Now may be a good time to add him to my fantasy team.

Joey Dorsey recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and a career-high 18 rebounds while Antonio Anderson picked up his second-straight double-double with 17 points and a career-high 13 assists.

The Vipers came out hot in the first quarter jumping to a 31-19 lead.

They finished the game with six players in double figures while shooting a scorching 56.8% from the floor including 11-24 from behind the arc and a most impressive 82.8% (24-29) from the foul line.

Carlos Powell led Albuquerque with 23 points. Keith McLeod had 18 points and five assists while Yaroslav Korolev had 18 points, 15 of those points came in the first half. Korolev also had five rebounds.

The Vipers travel to Tulsa for the first of two games against the 66ers on Friday at 8:00 p.m. at the Tulsa Convention Center.