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Iowa Energy update: D-League Slam Dunk Contest might have been as good as the NBA's

Energy lost against the Skyforce in the last possession, and then the D-League All-Star happened with both Wilkins and Garrett proudly representing Iowa team in Brooklin


Starters for the Energy: Kalin Lucas, Diante Garrett, Damien Wilkins, Larry Owens and Ferrakohn Hall.

The Iowa Energy (16-14) lost the game at home against the Sioux Falls Skyforce (18-12) in the last possession of the game.

The first quarter started with Larry Owens leading the Energy with 8 points and 22-22 going into the second quarter.

At some point of the second quarter the Skyforce increased their intensity and got a nine-point lead as Shawn Jones was torching the Energy with 14 points in the period. 58-52 for the road team leading into the halftime.

The third was great for the Energy (34-29) with Lucas scoring at ease (11 points for him in the period). All was still to decide with the last quarter to play and the game couldn't be more interesting: 87-86 for the Skyforce.

In the fourth there were eight more lead changes, but then everything came to the last eight seconds of the game: 109-109. People were excited at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. They were chanting "DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE" while Fuquan Edwin received the ball and shot a contested three. And it went through. It was a beautiful and terrible-for-Iowa shot. So 112 points logged and there were only 0.2 seconds to play. It was the perfect ending for the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Best player for Maine was Shawn Jones with 29 points (14 of 17 shooting) and 7 rebounds.

And best Energy players: Damien Wilkins with 26 points and 6 assists, Kalin Lucas with 20 points and 5 rebounds, and Russ Smith with 14 points and 7 rebounds coming off the bench.


Memphis Grizzlies recalled Jarnell Stokes and Russ Smith from the Iowa Energy -both players had been re-assigned to Iowa on January 20.

In this last assignment Stokes averaged an almost-but-still-encouraging double-double of 12.3 points (0.633 shooting) and 9.9 rebounds in 26.9 minutes in seven games. And his total D-League stats are 12.5 points (0.616 shooting) and 9.1 rebounds (including 5 double-doubles and 1 start) in 10 games played with the Energy.

Russ Smith averaged 18.2 points (0.500 shooting), 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 29.4 minutes in nine games (three starts) in what it was his first stint in Iowa.


Diante Garrett was named to NBA Development League All-Star Roster. The former Iowa State Cyclone became the second Energy 2015 D-League All-Star (joining teammate Damien Wilkins on the Eastern Conference roster).

Garrett has averaged 14.8 points and 4.3 assists in 28 games (27 starts) for the Energy this season, and he ranks fourth in the league in minutes played per game (37.3).

Four players were announced as replacements for the All-Star game: Diante Garrett (Iowa Energy) replacing Lorenzo Brown (Grant Rapids Drive / *Minnesota Timberwolves), Vander Blue (Los Angeles D-Fenders) replacing Jordan Hamilton (Reno Bighorns / *personal reasons), Roscoe Smith (Los Angeles D-Fenders) replacing James Michael McAdoo (Santa Cruz / *Golden State Warriors) and Talib Zanna (Oklahoma City Blue) replacing JaMychal Green (Austin Spurs / *Memphis Grizzlies).


1) The Shooting

Yep, it happened. The Curry family's hopes for a Three-Point Contest sweep at NBA All-Star 2015 got ruined as Austin's Jarell Eddie scored 24 and 25 points in the two rounds of the three-point contest. This is Jarell, by the way:

2) The Dunking

Rio Grande Valley's Jarvis Threatt won and finish his dunking performance with a through-the-legs windmill dunk that earned him a perfect 50.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo came up short in the finals, but he did some damage too.

And Canton's Kevin Olekaibe and Texas' Eric Griffin also jumped a bit, but well, I think we have watched enough dunks these last couple days.

3) The Game

Futures (Western) against Prospects (Eastern) sounds pretty good, I think. The Futures team (where both Energy All-Star players played) won. These were the best plays of the game:

Damien Wilkins (35 years old -see what I'm doing here) started the game for the Futures. And as always he played good basketball: 13 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 20 minutes.

And Diante Garrett (26 years old and well deserved All-Star after a not very flashy but hard worked season) came in off the bench recording 9 points, 8 assists, 3 steals and 2 rebounds in 20 minutes of action too.

The best player for the Prospects was Quincy Miller (22 years old -that's more reasonable) with 28 points and 9 rebounds in 24 minutes.

And for the Futures, Andre Emmett (32 years old) scored 28 points (10 of 14 shooting) and won the MVP trophy of the game.


February 19, on the road against the Bakersfield Jam. GO ENERGY!