Colorado Takes Season Series With Win Over Austin
DENVER - April 8, 2008 - The Colorado 14ers moved one step closer to securing a berth in the D-League post-season with a 109-87 win over the Austin Toros at the Broomfield Event Center on Tuesday night. Colorado's fourth straight victory gives them a two game lead over Tulsa for the sixth and final playoff berth, and it pulls them to within two games of the Toros for the Southwest Division lead with two games to play. The 14ers also claim the season series over Austin, five games to three.
Colorado expanded its three point half time lead to double digits by outscoring Austin 30-23 in the third quarter behind 10 points from Denver Nuggets assigned player Taurean Green in the period. The 14ers then held the Toros to just 5 of 19 shooting and 11 points in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.
"Our guys are really keying in on defense and taking away looks that the other team could be comfortable with," said 14ers head coach Joe Wolf. "We need to keep playing defense and getting good shots on the offensive end, and for the most part that's what we've done in the last two games."
John Thomas led six Colorado players in double figures with 25 points to go along with his seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Green put up 23 off the bench in 27 minutes, and Roderick Riley added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the 14ers.
Austin was led by Justin Bowen's 21 points in the loss. Ian Mahinmi and Andre Barrett added 15 points apiece for the Toros.
The 14ers will play the final home game of the regular season Friday night when they host the Sioux Falls Skyforce in Broomfield. Austin returns home Friday to take on the Albuquerque Thunderbirds.
About the 14ers: The 14ers are in their second season after winning the D-League Western Division Post-Season Championship in 2007. Colorado set very high standards in its first season in the NBA Development League with a long list of honors. In 2006-2007 the 14ers became only the second team in D-League history to have three players named as All D-League First Team Performers when Louis Amundson, Elton Brown, and Von Wafer were recognized by the league's coaches. Amundson also took home Rookie of the Year Honors, while Brown led the D-League in rebounding and double-double performances on the season. Colorado also placed a league high five players in the first ever NBA Development League All-Star Game in 2007, with Amundson, Brown, and Wafer all being selected along with Pooh Jeter and Rick Rickert. Head Coach Joe Wolf was also chosen as the first ever Western Division All-Star Coach for the game in Las Vegas. Jeter also went on to be named as an Honorable Mention All D-League Performer in 2007. To date the 14ers have had eight GATORADE NBA Call-Ups in team history, with Louis Amundson now playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, and Von Wafer for the Portland Trail Blazers. Eddie Gill and Billy Thomas both received two call-ups this season, and Kaniel Dickens also received a call-up this year. Gill, Thomas, Brown, and Dickens were also named D-League All-Stars this season. In addition Gill was named as a First Team All D-League Performer, Dickens to the Second Team, and Thomas to the Third Team.
Mile High Sports Radio KCKK AM 1510 and The Sports Extra KSXT AM 1570 are the radio homes of the Colorado 14ers for all regular season and post-season game broadcasts. Every 14ers game broadcast can also be found online at www.14ershoops.com or www.nba.com/dleague with live video streaming now available for the 2007-2008 season. 14ers Head Coach Joe Wolf also appears on Mile High Sports Radio 1510's "Drive Time Sports" every Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 throughout the season.
For more information on the 14ers schedule and team, log on to www.14ershoops.com. Tickets for all 14ers home games at the Broomfield Event Center are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, 303-830-TIXS, and at www.ticketmaster.com.
About the NBA Development League: The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Now in its seventh season the D-League's goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 16 teams, as well as continue to develop players, coaches, referees and front-office personnel for the NBA. As the single source for in-season player "call-ups" to the NBA, fans of the D-League enjoy the highest caliber of basketball played outside the NBA. In fact, former D-League players represented 10 percent of NBA players on 2007-08 opening day rosters, numbering 44 in total. In addition, the D-League has produced 25 percent of current NBA referees and 17 current NBA coaches, including head coach Sam Vincent with the Charlotte Bobcats. The D-League is an innovative and rapidly growing sports property that also serves as an experimental testing ground for new initiatives like NBA Futurecast, which is the live web-streaming of all games available free to fans at d-league.com. The League also provides continuing education and professional development resources for its players, and is committed to serving its local communities through D-LEAGUE CARES and grassroots efforts.
About the Broomfield Event Center: Located on the south side of U.S. Highway 36, between 112th and 120th Streets, the Broomfield Event Center is a state of the art 180,000 square foot multi-purpose event center with 6,000 seats, including 25 suites, 900 club seats, a sit-down restaurant, two themed bars and a separate basketball practice facility. The Broomfield Event Center is set to host concerts, trade shows, rodeos and sporting events. It is the home of the Rocky Mountain Rage Professional Hockey Club (Central Hockey League) and the Colorado 14ers Professional Basketball Club (NBA Development League, Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors affiliate team).
About Arista: Arista is a thoughtful blend of urban living destined to be the energy epicenter of Denver's northwest corridor. Dining, shopping, parks, entertainment, professional sports teams and even a dog park are all within walking distance. The development offers incredible views of the front ranges pristine mountain peaks.
The cornerstone of Arista is the Broomfield Event Center, one of the only town center developments in the nation anchored by a major entertainment venue. The BEC is host to concerts and sporting events and is home to the Central Hockey League's Rocky Mountain Rage and the NBA Development League's Colorado 14ers basketball team.
Arista Place is the town center of Arista featuring a fun, eclectic, retail pedestrian mall with a boutique hotel, office space and residential units. All of the buildings are 3-6 stories and feature a unique, contemporary urban design.
The options for living at Arista include live/work lofts, condominiums for purchase as well as apartment homes for lease. Commuting is easy at Arista with the RTD park-n-ride located on-site, with Boulder or Denver just minutes away.
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