AUSTIN, TX., April 19, 2008 – The Idaho Stampede and the Austin Toros will play for the 2008 NBA Development League Championship presented by Delta in a best-of-three Finals series beginning on Monday, April 21 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. ET.
The regular season West Division champions, the Stampede advanced to the Finals with a 97-90 victory over Los Angeles D-Fenders on Friday. The Toros, the Southwest Division Champion advanced by defeating the Sioux Falls Skyforce , 99-93, tonight in Austin.
By virtue of their league-leading regular season record, the Stampede secured home court advantage and will host games two and three of the Finals. Game two will take place at Qwest Arena in Boise, ID on Thursday, April 24, at 9:30 p.m. ET, game three will be played at 9:30 p.m. ET also at Qwest Arena if necessary.
Austin and Idaho met twice during the regular season, with Austin taking both games. Austin is led by Andre Barrett and Ian Mahinmi, on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs. Barrett averaged 17.2 points this season for the Toros, while Mahinmi averaged 16.8 during the regular season. In tonight’s game against Sioux Falls, Mahinmi finished with game-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Barrett chipped in with 21 points and five assists. Idaho is led by D-League and NBA veteran Randy Livingston who averaged 16.5 points and 10.5 assists during the regular season and finished with 10 points and eight assists in the Stampede’s second-round playoff victory over the D-Fenders.
D-LEAGUE FINALS - IDAHO STAMPEDE/AUSTIN TOROS
Game 1 - Austin 95, Idaho 89
Game 2 - Idaho 90, Austin 89
Game 3* - Austin @ Idaho, Friday, April 25, 7:30 pm MT (Qwest Arena)
* = if necessary