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NBA D-League Power Rankings: February, 23, 2012

February 23, 2012: The Los Angeles D-Fenders secured their spot atop the Power Rankings for the third straight week after sweeping their closest rival, the Austin Toros, in a two-game series at the Toyota Center in El Segunda, California last weekend. The catalyst for the two-game sweep was Top Prospect and former NBA slam dunk champion Gerald Green who, along with teammates Brandon Costner and Elijah Millsap, will feature in the D-League All-Star Game, Presented by 26 Seconds, on Saturday, Feb. 25 (2pm ET on NBA TV). You can also check out the action on Futurecast, beginning at 2:30 (30-minute delay).


TEAM REC. BREAKDOWN
-----1st last week
26-10
After sweeping Austin over the weekend, L.A. ran their winning streak to nine straight games on Feb. 22, beating Idaho 121-102. Guard Courtney Fortson, another Top Prospect with the D-Fenders, scored 22 points and dished out a game-high 15 assists in the win, while teammate Devin Ebanks, who has seen time with the Lakers this season, had a game-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
3rd last week
21-11
Guard Mike Efevberha exploded for 52 points, 22 rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots in two Iowa wins over Fort Wayne this week as the Energy held onto first place in the Eastern Conference and claimed second place in the Power Rankings. Curtis Stinson added 29 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in the sweep of the Mad Ants.
2nd last week
22-12
Austin snapped a three-game losing skid with a 114-87 victory over Tulsa on Feb. 22. High-scoring guard Justin Dentmon poured in 32 points and dished out eight assists to get the Toros back on the winning track after their tough weekend in Los Angeles. Leo Lyons added 19 points and eight rebounds against the 66ers.
5th last week
21-13
Springfield went 3-0 for the week, moving up a spot in the Power Rankings and keeping the pressure on Iowa in the East. Guard Jerry Smith scored a team-high 24 points in the Armor's 114-102 win over Bakersfield on Feb. 20, while JamesOn Curry (16 points, 10 assists), Jeff Foote (21 points, 14 rebounds) and Dennis Horner (21 points, 12 rebounds), each posted double-doubles in the victory.
6th last week
21-16
Rio Grande Valley snapped a four-game losing streak with a 130-120 win over Maine on Feb. 22. Former NBA player Ben Uzoh and forward Tyren Johnson each scored 21 points in the victory over the Red Claws, while guard Lee Humphrey came off the bench to score 22 points for the Vipers, who slipped one spot in the Power Rankings.
8th last week
17-14
Dakota went 3-0 for the week and jumped two spots in the Power Rankings. Top Prospect Edwin Ubiles scored 44 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out nine assists in the three-game swing, while teammate Stefhon Hannah poured in 61 points for the Wizards over the same span of games.
------ 7th last week
18-15
Bakersfield held onto the seventh spot in the Power Rankings after a successful 3-1 week, highlighted by thrilling come-from-behind 109-102 victory over Canton on Feb. 22. Vanderbilt product Derrick Byers poured in a team-high 27 points while guard Jeremy Wise posted a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double, in addition to doling out six assists for the Jam.
9th last week
17-17
Despite the loss to Bakersfield on Feb. 22, Canton had a big week, sparked by a two-game sweep of Rio Grande Valley, which pushed the Charge up a spot in the Power Rankings. Manny Harris went off for 82 points, 18 rebounds, 12 assists and seven steals in the pair of wins over the Vipers, earning him a call-up to the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.
6th last week
17-18
Reno, on the other hand, went 1-2 for the week, slipping below the .500 mark and three spots in the Power Rankings. The Bighorns did get back on the winning track with a 126-116 win over Idaho on Feb. 21, led by another stellar performance from point guard Blake Ahearn, who poured in a team-high 33 points, dished out six assists, grabbed five rebounds and made two steals against the Stampede.
12th last week
17-18
Deuces were wild for Texas as two wins equaled jumping two spots in the Power Rankings. Sharp-shooting Booker Woodfox went 6-for-7 from beyond the arc in a 130-97 win over Rio Grande Valley, warming up for his defense of the 3-Point Crown at the NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Haier on Sat., Feb. 25.
10th last week
15-17
Erie split a pair of games this week and and slipped one spot in the Power Rankings. Swingman D.J. Kennedy, out of St. John's, paced the BayHawks in a 113-106 victory over Fort Wayne on Feb. 16, scoring a team-high 28 points, including 7-of-8 shooting from three-point land.
11th last week
16-21
Tulsa had a tough 1-3 week, resulting in a one-slot drop in the Power Rankings. Not suprisingly, forward Marcus Lewis was a bright spot for the 66ers in their lone win, 119-114 over Sioux Falls. Lewis posted his 23rd double-double of the season with 22 points and 16 boards.
-----13th last week
14-20
Idaho maintained it's hold on 13th place in the Rankings after a 2-2 week, with both wins coming in home games against Reno. Guard Tony Bobbitt scored a combined 38 points in both victories for the Stampede, who host the top-ranked D-Fenders for a pair of games after All-Star Weekend.
-----14th last week
13-22
Guard Kenny Hayes drained a clutch, game-winning bucket at the buzzer to lead Maine to a thrilling 86-84 road win over Tulsa on Feb. 21. Former NBA player Morris Almond led the Red Claws with 17 points and Craig Brackins posted a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double in the victory, the lone win for Maine in a 1-3 week.
-----15th last week
10-25
Fort Wayne was winless in four games last week, including two losses at defending D-Leauge champion Iowa on Feb. 19 and Feb 21. Forward Darnell Lazare scored 36 points in the two games against the Energy while swingman Ron Howard chipped in with 35 points in the same two-game span.
-----16th last week
9-25
Sioux Falls went 1-2 for the week, posting a 100-96 win over Tulsa on Feb. 19, sparked by the play of forward Trey Gilder, who scored 27 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out seven assists against the 66ers while teammate Anthony Mason, Jr. chipped in with 18 points and six boards for the Skyforce.