Here is the always fun Iowa recap of the last ten games mixed with some awesome Energy moments every basketball fan on earth should watch:
➭ March 4, on the road. Energy won 120-118 against the Grand Rapids Drive. Iowa's friend Diante Garrett showed some nastiness to his former teammates with 34 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists. But the Big Three of the Energy (Russ with 38 f*cking points, Stokes being super solid with 22 and 17, and the general Lucas adding 28) said "are you kidding us, D?" as they still got the win.
➭ First awesome dose of Energy is just RussDiculous. Who else, right?
➭ March 8, at home. Energy won 115-117 against the Reno Bighorns. David Stockton drank some Space Jam juice and performed crazy well for the Bighorns with 35 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists, but the real Stockton and alone of the game were Lucas and Stokes, who lead the Iowa team to victory with 40 points and 24 rebounds between them.
➭ March 10, on the road. Energy won 117-107 against the Delaware 87ers. Sean Kilpatrick (24 points), Victor Rudd (21), and Maalik Wayns (20) didn't give up easy, but again the happy basketball couple featuring the huge Stokes and the tiny Lucas got the best of the game (Stokes with a great double-double of 27 and 15, and Lucas scoring 26 points and dishing 7 assists).
➭ Second awesome dose of Energy is called "Iowa will miss you, Kalin." It was not official until the 19th of March, but this win against Delaware was Lucas' last game playing for the Energy this season. He signed with Ronesans TED Kolejliler Ankara of the Turkish Basketball League (which sounds complicated, but Ankara is really a cool city, according to my Turkish friend MK).
Lucas (6-1, 186) averaged 19.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 37.1 minutes in 35 games (all starts) for the Energy this D-League season, and had his moments, but it was definitely not the season he was expecting in terms of his hopes and dreams.
Best of luck, Kalin!
➭ March 12, on the road. Energy lost 101-104 against the Westchester Knicks. No Whiteside. No Famous. No Christopher. No Lucas. No Adams. No Stokes. No Russ. The eight survivors for this game were Henderson-Niles, Reed, Owens, Allen, McCall, Wilkins, Thomas, and Hall. They did the best they could, but the Knicks, even being far from excellent, were too much to handle. The Energy were slaughtered by Doron Lamb (40 points), despite the good effort made by Allen (coming off the bench with 24 points), and Reed (double-double of 21 and 13).
➭ March 13, on the road. Energy lost 93-124 (ouchhh) against the Maine Red Claws. Who are Romero Osby and Omari Johnson? Well, I have no idea, but they were the ones responsible for this devastating Energy loss. 28 points for Romero and 26 for Omari, and that was just too much to handle for the new Energy point guard McCall, despite his good game, having a 17 and 10 double-double.
➭ March 17, on the road. Energy lost 88-101 (ouchhh again) against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Stokes was back with the Energy, and that was the only good thing about this game. Because the bad ones were plenty. Stokes and Reed's perennial double-doubles (16 and 13, and 20 and 22 respectively) were not enough to get the win against Jordan Crawford and his 29 points, and the loss was the third in a row for the Iowa team.
➭ March 20, at home. Energy won 77-101 (sweet) against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Did you hear that, Mad Ants? This was just Iowa-ly beautiful to watch. Again, Stokes and Reed, the Iowa Twin Towers, turned ON their beast mode (44 points and 29 rebounds between them) and got the needed win for the Energy.
➭ March 21, on the road. Energy won 85-84 against the Canton Charge. Super competitive game where mostly the history was that the new Energy guy Marcus Hall (his second game with the Iowa team) drained the killer three-pointer to get the victory.
➭ Third awesome dose of Energy: "Welcome, Marcus!"
➭ March 23, at home. Energy won 98-117 against the Delaware 87ers. 33-23 in the first quarter and there was no more fight after that. Iowa played really good basketball with both Wilkins and Stokes dominating the game with 25 points each.
➭ Fourth awesome dose of Energy is just about the young bear Stokes and his monster double-double.
And these are Stokes' numbers during the last ten games playing with the Energy, in case you haven't heard about them: more than 19 points and 16 rebounds -which sounds very Whiteside-like to me, but anyway, never stop improving, Jarnell.
➭ March 25, on the road. Energy lost 95-107 against the Grand Rapids Drive. Quincy Miller (impressive double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds) and Kevin Murphy (21) punched harder than the Iowa Energy, where Stokes (another double-double of 20 and 15) and Wilkins (23 points) tried but they came up short to get the win. After so many games on the road in this 10-game stretch, the balanced 6-4 seems good, and with only 5 regular season games more to play, the Energy find themselves in a good position to do some damage in the upcoming D-League Playoffs. Stay tuned!