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NBA D-League Power Rankings: January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012: The Austin Toros have pushed their tenure atop the D-League Power Rankings to four straight weeks, with the L.A. D-Fenders and Iowa Energy keeping pace and pushing for advancement. With star guard Justin Dentmon directing the offense, the Toros have scored over 100 points for four consecutive games. Circle the date Friday, Jan. 27 on your calendar when the Toros travel to face the defending D-League champion and currently Eastern Conference-leading Iowa Energy.

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The Toros continue to ramble along atop the Power Rankings with D-League Performer of the Week Justin Dentmon firmly holding the reins. Austin went 2-1 for the week, including a 114-97 win over Canton on Jan 18, where Dentmon and forward Da'Sean Butler each scored a team-high 21 points while forward Leo Lyons chipped in with a 15-point, 14-rebound double-double for Austin. The Toros travel to Idaho for a pair of games this weekend.
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The defending NBA D-League champion Iowa Energy kept the heat on Austin with a 2-0 week, including a 110-106 victory over the Dakota Wizards on Jan 19. Forward Andrew Drevo paced Iowa with 18 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in 35 minutes, while swingman Nick Murphy added 18 points. The Energy host Tulsa and Springfield this weekend.
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The D-Fenders maintained their hold on third place in the Rankings after splitting a pair of games against the Stampede. Guard Courtney Fortson had 15 points, three assists and three steals in the win over Idaho and was promptly called up to the NBA's L.A. Clippers. Backcourt mate Elijah Millsap, the younger brother of Utah's Paul, put up 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the win. L.A. next plays an away-home-away series against local rival Bakersfield.
6th last week
The Vipers had a big week, winning two games and welcoming the arrival of forward Marcus Morris from the team's NBA affiliate, the Houston Rockets. Rio Grande Valley jumped two spots in the Rankings thanks to their victories at Canton and Sioux Falls. Big man Greg Smith made his presence felt in both games, posting a combined 40 points and 27 rebounds. RGV travels to Reno for a pair of games this weekend.
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Bakersfield held steady in the fifth slot of the Rankings with a 1-1 week, including a big 102-100 win over the top-ranked Austin Toros on Jan. 13. Five different players scored in doube-figures for the Jam against the Toros, with veteran forward Renaldo Major posting a game-high 18 points. Bakersfield has a crucial home-away-home series against the local rival and third-ranked D-Fenders this week.
4th last week
Tulsa had a rough week, going 0-4 and dropping two spots in the Power Rankings. Former UConn guard Jerome Dyson continues to impress for the 66ers, scoring 59 points, dishing 22 assists, grabbing 13 rebounds and making seven steals in the past three games. Tulsa looks to get back on the winning track at Iowa (Jan. 21) and home against the Wizards (Jan. 22) this weekend.
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Reno stayed put in seventh place in a light week of action with a single game, and loss, to the top-ranked Austin Toros on Jan. 15. Point guard Blake Ahearn's torrid play showed no signs of cooling off as he poured in a team-high 24 points in the loss to Austin. Former UCLA product Tyler Honeycutt added 23 points, seven rounds and three steals for the Bighorns, who host Rio Grande Valley for a pair of games this weekend.
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Springfield split a pair of games against Maine for the week, blowing out the Red Claws 120-94 on Jan. 15. Forward Damian Johnson went off for the Armor in the win, posting a 23-point, 10-rebound double-double, in addition to blocking three shots. The Armor also welcomed the arrival of rookie forward Jordan Williams from their NBA affiliate the New Jersey Nets. Springfield travels to Dakota and Iowa this weekend.
------9th last week
Canton posted a 110-103 win over the Tulsa 66ers in between losses to Rio Grande Valley and the top-rankd Austin Toros this week, holding ninth place in the Rankings. Former NBA guard Keith McCleod led the Charge against Tulsa, scoring 32 points, dishing out six assists, makeing six steals and grabbing five rebounds. Canton has two games at Texas this weekend.
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The Wizards split a pair of games with Fort Wayne, defeated Tulsa and fell to East-leading Iowa in a busy four-game week. Edwin Ubiles was solid during the four-game stretch with a combined 91 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists and six three-pointers for Dakota. The Wizards face Springfield and Tulsa this weekend.
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Erie's 1-1 record for the week was relatively uneventful, but the big news was the arrival of two players -- guard Jeremy Lin and center Jerome Jordan -- from the team's NBA affiliate, the New York Knicks. Both players are slated to hit the court this weekend when the BayHawks travel to Maine for a pair of games against the Red Claws.
13th last week
Texas' star and Power Ranking is rising as the Legends went 2-1 for the week, including a 108-103 win over the 66ers on Jan. 18. There was good news off the court as well, as former NBA standout Antonio Daniels has rejoined the team. Big man Sean Williams scored 28 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots in the victory over Tulsa. Texas opens a five-game homestand against the Charge on Jan. 20.
12th last week
The Stampede slipped one spot in the Rankings after splitting a pair of games against the D-Fenders. Former Cincinnati guard Tony Bobbitt led the way in the 113-107 victory over L.A., scoring a team-high 21 points. Idaho has two big games against the No. 1 ranked Austin Toros this weekend.
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Fort Wayne also split a pair of games for the week, against the Wizards. Forward Darnell Lazare scored a team-high 24 points in the 119-116 win over Dakota, while guard Walker Russell had a 13-point, 11-assist double-double for the Mad Ants. Fort Wayne starts a five-game road trip at Sioux Falls on Jan. 20.
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Keeping the streak going, Maine also went 1-1 for the week, splitting a pair of games with Springfield as guards Kenny Hayes and Courtney Pigram each scored 22 points in the 104-97 win. The Red Claws also welcomed the return of forward Morris Almond, who rejoined the team this week after playing overseas last year. Maine hosts Erie and and Idaho this weekend.
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The pattern held for Sioux Falls, as the Skyforce also went 1-1 for the week, including a 114-107 victory over the Bakersfield Jam, sparked by forward Trey Gilder's 26-point, 11-rebound double-double. Sioux Falls also had some good off-the-court news, acquiring guard Darion "Jake" Anderson from the available player pool this week. The Skyforce host Fort Wayne in a pair of games this weekend.