Rio Grande Valley Vipers (15-6) at Erie BayHawks (10-13)
Today, 7 p.m.; at Tullio Arena
On the air: WJET-AM/1400, www.nba.com/dleague (live stream)
Players to watch: Fort Wayne — SG Oliver Lafayette (averaging 13.6 points for Erie last season as a starter. Had 16 points in his first game against the BayHawks in last week’s 89-87 win in Erie; PF Rob Kurz (Missed two games at Erie last week with a back injured. Kurz was on Erie’s allocation list before getting traded to Fort Wayne for power forward Alade Aminu on the day of the D-League Draft on Nov. 5. He’s second on the team in scoring (17.9 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg). SG Ron Howard (averaing a team-high 22.5 points a game). Erie — G Mike Gansey (BayHawks are 3-1 with Gansey on the team. Gansey came to Erie in a trade with Idaho for Donell Taylor). SF Frank Tolbert (Will play his first game for the BayHawks after joining the team last week. Avg 13.4 points and 5.2 rebounds as a senior at Auburn in 2007-08). SF Jackie Manuel (Avg. 41.1 minutes a game. He’s the only BayHawk to start all of Erie’s 19 games this season).
Fast facts: Fort Wayne – Won its last game at home against Maine, 103-93, Tuesday night. … Lafayette had 19 points, 11 assists and five steals in the win Tuesday. … This will be the seventh time Maine has played back-to-back games on consecutive days. Erie – Has won three of its last four games as it beat Fort Wayne, 100-70, Sunday in Erie. … Erie center John Bryant is second in the D-League in double-doubles with 10. … The BayHawks are 2-2 against the Mad Ants this season.
Up next: at Tulsa (Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.); at Austin (Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.)
– Duane Rankin
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Players to watch: Rio Grande Valley — SF Michael Harris (averaging 27.1 points, which is fourth in the D-League, and 8.9 rebounds; SG Garrett Temple (averaging 16 points, but had only made 3 of his last 11 shots from 3-point range. G Antonio Anderson (averaging 15.7 points and 6.4 assists, which ranks eighth in the D-League). SF Frank Tolbert (Has started the last three games and averaged 18.6 points as a starter. This will be his fifth game with the BayHawks). PG Cedric Jackson (Avg 27 points and 8.8 assists in his last five games. In his last game, Jackson scored a career-high 34 points and matched his career high in assists with 13.). PF Alade Aminu (Avg. 13.7 ppg. and 7.4 rebounds).
Fast facts: Rio Grande Valley – The Vipers average 19 turnovers a game. … Harris was named D-League player of the week after averaging 34.3 points, 14 rebounds while shooting 58.7 percent from the field. He had a league-high 48 points and 24 rebounds in a win at Dakota. … The Vipers have the best record in the West Conference. Erie – Had its four-game winning streak snapped in Tuesday’s 118-111 loss at Austin. … The BayHawks will likely be without guard Mike Gansey, who has missed the last three games with a bruised calf. … Forward Jackie Manuel is expected to play today after missing the Austin game with a bruised wrist on his non-shooting hand.
Up next: vs. Rio Grande Valley (Saturday, 7 p.m.); vs. Springfield (Wednesday, 7 p.m.)
– Duane Rankin