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D-League Update: Iowa Energy snap a 5-game losing streak to close out 2014 on a high note

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Things were not looking great for the Iowa Energy, with 1 win and 4 losses during these past two weeks. Adams and Stokes had good performances in the first game before being recalled by the Grizzlies. Wilkins, Lucas, Garrett, and Famous kept leading the Energy, but most of the time that just wasn't good enough.

1) December 19th

Wells Fargo Arena. Des Moines, IA.

Home game against the Grand Rapids Drive.

Starting five for the Energy:

K. Lucas | D. Garrett | J. Adams | D. Wilkins | J. Famous

The Energy weren't playing to their identity during the first quarter of the match as only the newly acquired Jarrid Famous was working and putting forth good effort. Something in the air was telling everybody that it wasn't going to be the greatest day for the Energy.

The matchup between Stokes and Thabeet was not pretty to watch (hey Jarnell, maybe he's not better than you, but he's still way bigger). And the game for Jordan Adams didn't start very smoothly either (0-5 shooting).

The funniest thing of the game was a crazy three by the bench player Malik Smith, beating the buzzer (almost) at the end of the first quarter. Nice assist (almost) Stokes! Too bad finally it didn't count.

At the end of the third quarter, the Drive were dominating 76-61, so the game was almost out of reach. The Energy recovered a bit during the last quarter, even getting down to a 1-point deficit with 4 minutes remaining (87-86). But these days before Christmas aren't the best ones for the Grizzlies & Energy basketball players, and Jordan, Stokes, and company couldn't culminate the comeback for the win.

Top players for the Drive: Willie Reed with a 10 & 10 double-double (and getting clutch rebounds at the end of the game), and Brandon Fields with 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.

For the Energy: Jarrid Famous and Jarnell Stokes both with a double-double too (15 & 18 and 16 & 12, respectively), and Jordan Adams with 15 points and 7 rebounds (0-5 shooting from long distance, though).

2) December 20.

Erie Insurance Arena. Erie, PA.

Back-to-back game, on the road and against the Erie BayHawks.

Starting five for the Energy:

K. Lucas | D. Garrett | D. Wilkins | J. Stokes | J. Famous

Jordan Adams didn't play in this one.

The star of the match was a familiar face for the Grizzlies: Seth Curry, who destroyed the Iowa Energy with 38 points (14-19 on shooting and 5-6 from the 3-point line), 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals. Kalin Lucas tried his best to emulate Curry's performance, but he came up short with 24 points (10-22 shooting), and just 2 assists. Jarrid Famous kept rebounding well (20 for him), and Stokes only got 8 points and 2 rebounds in 23 minutes of action.

With this loss, the Iowa Energy will carry a 3-game losing streak before matching up against the Vipers. Thankfully, the Vipers are in an even worse situation (5-game losing streak).

So it's time to win again, Energy.

3) December 23.

Wells Fargo Arena. Des Moines, IA.

Home game against the Rio Grande Vipers.

Starting five for the Energy:

K. Lucas | M. Smith | D. Garrett | D. Wilkins  | J. Famous

No Stokes and no Adams in this game (they're helping out the Memphis Grizzlies). Also, don't forget about Whiteside (Miami Heat), Hamilton (Reno Bighorns), and Christopher (Utah Jazz) who were all scooped up by other teams.

New guys were supposed to step up for the Energy. Famous kept proving his rebounding abilities in the game as he got 19, and Smith got his first start and showed Iowa fans his long range shooting touch as he scored 18 points with six 3-pointers.

Wilkins with 29 points and 7 rebounds, Garrett with 23 points and 7 assists, and Lucas with 22 points kept carrying the heavy load of the game, but they came up short against Rio Grande Valley. The Energy bench in this game just consisted on Henderson-Niles, Hall, and McCall who couldn't help much, and the deep Rio Grande team managed to overcome the first quarter (31-21 advantage for the Iowa Energy) and get the win in Des Moines.

For the Vipers, Chris Johnson had a really good game with 23 points (4-7 on 3-point shooting) and 6 rebounds, and also Akeem Richmond with 22 points.

The Iowa Energy are now 5-7, carrying a four-game losing streak, and they will return to action on Friday, December 26 against the Maine Red Claws.

4) December 26.

Wells Fargo Arena. Des Moines, IA.

Home game against the Maine Red Claws.

Starting five for the Energy:

K. Lucas | M. Smith | D. Garrett | D. Wilkins  | J. Famous

A new Energy player made his debut in this game.

Former @CycloneMBB Chris Allen checks in for the Energy. pic.twitter.com/b9kvPF14QB

It has not been a very good second part of December for the Energy, and the good momentum is non-existent. This game gave Energy fans good things to believe, but even if Famous kept collecting rebounds (he has 20 points and 20 rebounds), and Lucas and Wilkins kept playing well (23 and 27 points, respectively), the Energy couldn't get the victory at home. Tim Frazier was the best one for the Red Claws with 21 points and 10 assists.

Famous' highlights here:

5) December 27.

Wells Fargo Arena. Des Moines, IA.

Home game against the central division opponent, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, and finally, the Iowa Energy got the win!!!

Starting five for the Energy:

K. Lucas | D. Garrett | C. Allen | D. Wilkins  | J. Famous

Best performers for the Energy: Lucas with 27 points (9-18 shooting), Garrett with 24 points (5 threes) and 8 assists, Famous with another +20 rebounds game (14 points and 22 catches), and Wilkins with 29 points (9-16 shooting).

Great game overall to recover after the five-game losing streak, and it was also cheerful game for the Iowa fans who watched a team seemingly find themselves, a team getting ready for some victories more in the 2015 year.

Next game, January 3, on the road, against the Westchester Knicks.