Despite a lighter slate of games overseas, we still saw two WVU Pros helping to guide their teams to victories here in the States over Thanksgiving weekend.
Devin Ebanks, Grand Rapids Drive (NBA D-League) – Ebanks and the Grand Rapids Drive hosted the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Thanksgiving Eve. The WVU star had 19 points at halftime and went on to score a game-high 24 points to go along with three 3-pointers. However, the Drive lost the game 103-93.
On Saturday night, the Drive played at home against the undefeated Iowa Energy. The Energy did not leave Michigan unscathed as they were dealt their first loss. Ebanks and the Drive controlled most of the game until Iowa came back to push the game into overtime. Behind Ebanks’ 19 points and 10 rebounds, the Drive prevailed 106-104.
Juwan Staten, Santa Cruz Warriors (NBA D-League) – Staten and the Warriors played the Austin Spurs in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s contest was close throughout. There were nine lead changes and five ties in the second half. With 6.2 seconds left in the game, the game was knotted at 92-92. Santa Cruz’s Darington Hobson inbounded the ball to Staten. He dished the ball to Chris Udofia who hit the game-winning 12-foot jumper.
Staten finished that game with 10 points, seven assists and three steals.
It was a different story on Saturday night. The Spurs controlled the game from the tip and cruised to a 97-The rookie from WVU started and played 32 minutes, turning in a solid 10 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Alex Ruoff, Bilbao Baskets (Spain) – On Wednesday, a hot Ruoff made all seven shots from the field, scoring 15 points in a 95-80 Eurocup win over Germany’s Telekom Baskets.
D’or Fischer, Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel) – The WVU big man held it down inside for Jerusalem in an 81-79 win over Tel-Aviv. He scored 16 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the field and pulled down nine rebounds.