Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Williams, Owens selected for D-League challenges

Will post more soon as we head into the All-Star break, but here's some news on two of Tulsa's All-Star participants...

Tulsa 66ers forward Latavious Williams has been selected to participate in the slam dunk competition and forward Larry Owens has been chosen for the NBA D-League Haier Shooting Stars Competition during the NBA Development League Dream Factory Friday Night presented by Haier on February 18. The competitions will begin at 10:00 p.m. CT at Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by Adidas inside the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Williams and three other participants will attempt to complete two dunks in Round 1, with five judges each awarding between six and 10 points for every made dunk. The two players with the highest composite scores after Round 1 move on to Round 2, and the player with the highest composite score of the possible two dunks in Round 2 wins.

Returning for its second year is the Haier NBA D-League Shooting Stars competition, which features 12 NBA D-League stars competing in four teams of three in a two-round timed shooting event. The contest features six numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time.

Each team will select a specific player rotation to follow throughout the competition. Each shot must be made before the next player begins shooting in succession. Teams have up to two minutes to complete the entire shooting course. In the case of a tie, a shoot-off will be used to determine the champion.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Dyson earns D-League honor

Jerome Dyson of the Tulsa 66ers was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played during the week of Jan. 24.

Dyson, a 6-3, 180-pound guard out of Connecticut, led the 66ers to a 2-1 record on the week, averaging 28.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals.

After scoring 21 points in Tulsa’s 107-101 win at Springfield on Jan. 27, Dyson shot 6-of-9 from three-point range, scoring a game-high 37 points to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the 66ers 118-98 victory over the Armor the next day. Dyson also scored a team-high 27 points in Tulsa’s 109-106 loss to Maine on Sunday.

You can read my Tulsa World interview and feature on Jerome Dyson by clicking here.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tulsa win streak stops at 14

Maine topped the Tulsa 66ers, 109-106, in Portland on Sunday, marking the end of Tulsa's 14-game winning streak and the first time that Tulsa had been defeated in 2011. The 14-game streak will go down as the third-longest in D-League history.

The 66ers look to start a new streak on Friday when the Utah Flash pay a visit to the Tulsa Convention Center at 7 p.m. Friday’s game will mark the 66ers annual Thunder affiliate night which will feature an appearance by Rumble the Bison, performances by the Thunder Girls and Thunder Drummers.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tulsa wins 14th consecutive game...

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Jan. 28, 2011—The Tulsa 66ers (22-6) rolled to their 14th consecutive victory Friday night against the Springfield Armor (9-18) on the road 118-98 behind a game-high 37 points from guard Jerome Dyson and double-doubles from Cole Aldrich and Latavious Williams inside the MassMutual Center. 
Aldrich posted 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds and Williams notched 20 points and 10 boards.  It marked the third and eighth double-doubles for Aldrich and Williams this season, respectively.
Dyson’s 37 points is the most scored by a Tulsa player this season.  He shot 12-20 (.600) from the field, including 6-9 (.667) from beyond the arc. 
Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Robert Vaden with 15, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, and Garrett Williamson with 10. 
Tre Whitted led the Armor in scoring with 21 and Craig Brackins picked up a team-high nine rebounds.
Tulsa, who led by as many as 25 in the game, used a big first half to jump out to a 69-53 halftime lead.  That point total marked a season-high for most points in a half for the 66ers.
Defensively, Tulsa forced 18 Springfield turnovers and picked up seven steals.  The 66ers outrebounded the Armor by a 46-41 margin.
Offensively, the 66ers recorded 25 assists and shot 14-27 (.519) from 3-point range.
Tulsa will continue its road trip this Sunday, Jan. 30, by traveling to Portland to take on the Maine Red Claws at 4 p.m. CT.
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Make that 10 in a row

Tulsa defeats New Mexico 100-95 for its 10th straight win. Big night on defense by Cole Aldrich and some big shots from Latavious Williams.

Tulsa wins ninth straight, holds D-League's best record

Elijah Millsap posted 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and Cole Aldrich and Marcus Lewis added 18 points each to lead the Tulsa 66ers (17-6) to a 113-107 road victory over the New Mexico Thunderbirds (11-11) Friday night, marking the team’s ninth consecutive win.

Tulsa has not lost since Dec. 28 at Reno.

Inside Santa Ana Star Center, the 66ers never trailed in the contest that earned them their sixth consecutive road win dating back to Dec. 30. Tulsa currently stands in first place in the West Conference.

In addition to scoring 18, Aldrich posted five rebounds and two blocked shots. Also scoring in double-figures for Tulsa was Jerome Dyson with 17, Tweety Carter with 15, Latavious Williams with 13, and Robert Vaden with 10.

Offensively, Tulsa went 39-72 (.542) from the floor and dished out 28 assists compared to New Mexico’s 20. The 66ers improved to 14-1 this season when recording more assists than their opponent. The 66ers also forced 19 Thunderbird turnovers and recorded seven steals.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Larry Owens heading to San Antonio?

The rumor mill is swirling this morning that Larry Owens will be offered a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs. You can read more about it by clicking here, which includes my thoughts on the possible call-up.

If it happens, it would be the second 66ers player signed to an NBA contract in a 10-day span. No other team has had a player signed by an NBA team, which is yet another signal of Tulsa's strength this season.