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Hot and Cold Start for the Iowa Energy in the New Year

After losing against the Knicks, new addition Larry Owens and Energy’s leading scorer Damien Wilkins shined and got the win against the best team of their division, the Grand Rapids Drive.

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* UPDATE. Des Moines, Iowa.

The Iowa Energy acquired Larry Owens via Returning Player Rights.

Owens (forward, 6-7, 210) averaged 21.7 minutes, 9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 39 games (3 starts) for the Energy last season.

He also played in the NBA (Spurs, Wizards and Nets) averaging 11.5 minutes, 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 19 games.

With this move, the Iowa team also released Chris Hines and designated Josh "the beard 2.0" Warren to the inactive list.

*January 3, 2015. Westchester County Center, N.Y.

Famous, Wilkins, Allen, Garrett and Lucas were the starters for the Energy.

Energy began the new year losing 108-104 against the Knicks.

Knicks’ victory was really a team effort, scoring seven of their players in double figures.

Langston Galloway led with 17 points, Orlando Sanchez had a double-double with 14 points 12, and the Greek brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo scored 12 points.

For the Energy, Jarrid Famous got another double-double with 16 and 16, Damien Wilkins scored 27 points (10-19 shooting), and Diante Garrett added 17 points and 5 assists.

*January 7, 2015. DeltaPlex Arena, Michigan.

Hall, Wilkins, Owens, Garrett and Lucas were the starters for the Energy.

Energy got the win against the Grand Rapids, team that had only lost once at home before this contest, in a game where the tall opponents were Thabeet and Reed, and the leading rebounder of the Energy Famous didn’t play.

13 of 20 from the long distance for the Iowa team doesn’t sound very Memphian at all, but since the new addition Owens and Smith were on fire (6 threes combined and no miss), the Energy took the precious win and started getting ready for the next one.

For the Drive, Lorenzo Brown was impressive, scoring 29 with 5 of 7 threes. Dinwiddie, the 38th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft on assignment from the Pistons, had 20 points, and Willie Reed got a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

For the Energy, Damien Wilkins had a huge offensive game, scoring 22 points in the first half alone and finishing with 32 total. Larry Owens played well while adding 17 points and 7 rebounds, and Diante Garrett was the facilitator his team needed, dishing 7 assists.

The Energy (7-9) will stay on the road for the next game, on January 9, against the Oklahoma City Blue (9-10).