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NBA D-League Power Rankings: March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012: The Los Angeles D-Fenders continue their reign atop the NBA D-League Power Rankings this week as the penultimate compilation of the D-League squads can be found below. The final regular season D-League Power Rankings for the 2011-12 campaign will be appearing on Monday, April 9 as we then turn our attention to the D-League Playoff Picture.


TEAM REC. BREAKDOWN
-----1st last week
34-11
This isn't complicated. In addition to sporting a league-best 34-11 record, Los Angeles has won 17-of-18 games. They haven't lost a game since March 1 and went undefeated in February. Last week they posted a sterling 3-0 record and clinched the D-League Western Conference regular season crown for the first time in franchise history. Simply put, the D-Fenders are the team to beat.
-----2nd last week
29-16
Austin's six-game winning streak has kept the squad within striking distance of Los Angeles and its 2-0 week keeps the Toros securely in second place in the Power Rankings. Guard Cory Joseph, on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs, garnered Performer of the Week honors for his efforts, including a triple-double performance against Maine on March 23.
-----3rd last week
26-18
Bakersfield is peaking at the right time, having won 8-of-10, including a 108-102 victory over Tulsa on March 27. Trey Johnson came off the bench to score a team-high 20 points in the win, while Jeremy Wise and Brian Butch both chipped in with 19 points for the Jam, who have a big two-game series with Los Angeles this weekend.
-----4th last week
26-19
Canton leads Springfield by the slimmest of margins atop the Eastern Conference and the Power Rankings after a 1-1 week. The Charge's seven-game winning streak was snapped by the Armor on March 24, despite Alan Anderson's game-high 30 points for Canton. Anderson was promptly called up to the NBA's Toronto Raptors after the game.
------5th last week
25-19
Springfield has reeled off three straight wins, including the big victory over Canton on March 24 which puts the Armor right behind Canton in the East. Guard L.D. Williams scored a team-high 23 points in the win over the Charge, while former New Jersey Net Dennis Horner posted his ninth double-double (21 points, 11 rebounds) of the season for Springfield.
9th last week
25-20
Edwin Ubiles returned from a stint with the NBA's Washington Wizards and picked up right where he left off with Dakota, sparking the Wizards to a big 147-126 win over Texas on March 28, which pushed Dakota up three spots in the Power Rankings as positions 3-thru-9 are very tight. Ubiles scored a game-high 28 points in just over 32 minutes of action in his first game back with the Wizards.
-----7th last week
24-21
Erie went 2-2 in a busy week, maintaining its hold on seventh place in the Power Rankings thanks to a 109-87 win over Iowa on March 27. Forward Joey Graham scored a team-high 25 points in the victory over the Stampede while Kyle Spain and Mychel Thompson each chipped in with 16 points for the BayHawks.
------8th last week
24-21
Texas went 2-1 for the week and solidified it's hold on eighth place in the Power Rankings, but was edged by Dakota on March 28. Former NBA player Antonio Daniels posted a 10-point, 14-assist double-double in the loss to the Wizards, while guard Alando Tucker poured in a team-high 23 points for the Legends, who get another shot at Dakota this week.
6th last week
23-21
Iowa dropped three spots in the Power Rankings this week after posting a 1-2 record, highlighted by a 101-95 win over Tulsa on March 23. Guard Mike Efevberha led the way for the Energy with 27 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of action while center Ben Strong posted a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double against the 66ers.
-----10th last week
22-24
The schedule wasn't kind to Rio Grande Valley this week as the Vipers dropped a pair of games to red-hot Los Angeles. RGV forward Marshall Brown played only six minutes in a 96-89 loss on March 22, but took advantage of the 38 minutes he had on the court on March 23 to pour in 25 points and grab 11 rebounds in a 105-95 loss to the D-Fenders.
-----11th last week
22-24
Tulsa dropped two games and recorded a victory -- 100-87 over Iowa on March 24 -- for the week. Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Reggie Jackson scored 22 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds for the 66ers, while Larry Owens chipped in with 24 points in the victory over the Stampede.
----12th last week
19-26
Reno had a tough 0-3 for the week, including a 117-89 loss to top-ranked Los Angeles on March 28. Eric Devendorf and guard Josh Selby, who was re-assigned to the Bighorns by the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, each scored 18 points apiece for Reno.
14th last week
18-28
Idaho split a pair of games with Fort Wayne for the week, taking a 96-82 decision on March 23 and falling 109-100 the following night. Guard Marcus Banks scored a combined 31 points and dished out 18 assists over the course of both games for the Stampede, who play a pair of games at Reno this weekend.
13th last week
18-29
Maine went 0-3 for the week despite the continued stellar offensive output by former NBA guard Morris Almond. Almond scored a combined 74 points and 25 rebounds over the course of the three games for the Red Claws, who are looking to get back on the winning track when they host Springfield on Sun, April 1.
-----15th last week
14-31
Sioux Falls split a pair of games against Bakersfield last week, posting a tight 94-92 victory on March 23, as Keith Benson iced the game with two free-throws with just 2.4 seconds left in the game. Forward Trey Gilder scored 31 points for the Skyforce in the win, while Benson contributed a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double for Sioux Falls.
------16th last week
12-33
Fort Wayne also went 1-1 for the week, splitting a two-game series with Idaho. Center Vernon Macklin, a recent assignee from the NBA's Detroit Pistons, had a big 24-point, 20-rebound effort in the Mad Ants' 109-100 win over the Stampede on March 24, while guard Stephen Graham chipped in with 20 points for Fort Wayne.