View Full Version : Big week for Cory & JP

04-20-2008, 08:16 PM
Cory had 14 points and 13 rebounds Friday in the Stampede's 97-90 victory (http://www.nba.com/dleague/games/20080418/LADIDA/recap.html) over the L.A. D-Fenders. The win sends Idaho to the best-of-3 D-League Finals, where they'll take on the Austin Toros. (As far as I know, none of the games are on NBA TV, but they should be available on the league's webcast site (http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/dleague_webcasts.html).):

Game 1 Mon. Apr.21 @ 5:00pm Pacific
Game 2 Thu. Apr.24 @ 6:30pm Pacific
Game 3 Fri. Apr.25 @ 6:30pm Pacific (if nec.)

Great season for Cory. Played in all 50 games for the team with the best record in the league (36-14). Averages: 28.9 min, 13.4 pts, 7.1 rbs, 1.8 ast, 50.9% fg, 72.1% ft. Season highlights included a selection to play in the D-League All Star Game and also winning a regular season game on a tip-in with 1.9 on the clock (http://www.nba.com/dleague/games/20080313/IDAUTA/recap.html).

Against the Toros, Cory might go head-to-head with Ian Mahinmi. The almost-a-Zag had an excellent season himself (17.1 pts, 8.2 rbs, 61.5% fg). But apparently he aggravated an injury the other night, and it's not certain how well he'll be for the finals.

Here's hoping Cory finishes his season with a championship.


And speaking of championships......

Congrats to JP and Barons LMT. Earlier today they won the 2008 EuroCup title game (http://www.fibaeurope.com/cid_KNce8jInH7Qj1EsyH5rjn2.compID_BYg5Rb55Jw-G5I3MZ6JB01.coid_eMcP3nCoIMo6rIUsc3LkX2.articleMod e_on.html), holding on by 1-point over a team from Belgium. The EuroCup (field of 38 teams) is a continent-wide competition similar to the Euroleague and the ULEB Cup, though a notch or two down in level of competition. JP joined Barons late in the season and played in just 5 EuroCup games, averaging 8.2 pts and 4.0 rbs in 16.2 min. He's the backup for Demetrius Alexander (Alabama), who was Barons' leading scorer in the competition. In the 2 games I saw, they weren't on the court at the same time (except for maybe a minute or two). But JP made good with the run he got. And his money jump hook looks as sweet as ever.

A pic from the title game. The gent contesting the shot is Ben Ebong, who hooped at Davidson.


This Friday, Barons plays in the Baltic League semis against Lietuvos Rytas, the team that released JP earlier this year. I think the BBL website will have video up and running for that one. At least I hope so. Go J P !

04-20-2008, 08:39 PM
BBskorer, first-rate job, as usual! Neat to have you back checking in! Thanks.

04-20-2008, 08:43 PM
Only appropriate that 'Native responds, as this is a first-rate 'Native-quality post. Thanks BBSkorer

04-21-2008, 01:50 PM
JP looks like he's getting a lot slimmer

04-21-2008, 06:25 PM
Stampede lose Game 1 at Austin 95-89. Cory put up some big numbers: 20 pts & 14 rbs.

fwiw, this game was shown live on NBA TV. For Thursday, looks like coverage of the NBA playoffs instead.

Back to Boise for 1, & hopefully 2 more.

04-24-2008, 06:19 AM
Today's IdahoStatesman.com story (http://www.idahostatesman.com/sports/story/360700.html):

Stampede need another big effort from Violette
Switching to center hasn't slowed the Bishop Kelly grad, who has had double-doubles in Idaho's two playoff games.

Idaho Stampede coach Bryan Gates has been asking Cory Violette to come up big for some time now - literally.

With the Stampede facing elimination in the NBA Development League Finals, Violette's importance to the Stampede looms even larger.

The Austin Toros won Game 1 of the best-of-three series 95-89 on Monday in Texas. The Stampede need to win Game 2, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Qwest Arena, to force a Game 3. That game would be played at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Qwest Arena.

Violette has been a rock in Idaho's two playoff games, including last week's semifinal victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders. The Bishop Kelly High and Gonzaga graduate registered double-doubles in each game, averaging 17 points and 13.5 rebounds.

"He's just been a complete warrior for us," Gates said.

Oh, and by the way, Violette isn't playing his natural position in the postseason - and he hasn't been for some time.

Violette began the season playing power forward. But center Lance Allred joined the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 13 and has been in the NBA since. Idaho's No. 2 option in the middle was Mouhamed Sene, but the Seattle SuperSonics' center was lost for the season after injuring his knee April 4.

"With Lance being gone and after Mouhamed got hurt (Violette) had to turn into a full-fledged banger," Gates said.

Suddenly, Violette, who is listed at 6-feet-8 and 265 pounds, was matching up against the likes of Utah Flash center Kyrylo Fesenko (7-1) and Tulsa 66ers center Keith Closs (7-2).

Austin's inside presence includes Ian Mahinmi, a 6-9, 230-pound forward who is property of the San Antonio Spurs. He had 13 points and four rebounds against Idaho on Monday.

Last week against Los Angeles, Violette battled against 6-10, 245-pound beast Jelani McCoy, who had 23 points and 8 rebounds.

"It's been a little different," Violette said. "I went from having a bit of a size advantage in this league to a pretty big disadvantage. But you have to be a basketball player and make it work with what you've got."

Teammate Roberto Bergersen said Violette's savvy and athleticism have served him well.

"He's done a great job of going against bigger guys," Bergersen said. "Cory's a gamer. He's a competitor and he's smart."Go Cory!

Read the rest of the story here (http://www.idahostatesman.com/sports/story/360700.html).

04-24-2008, 07:06 AM
Found this on ESPN...kind of surprising who the coach of the Toros


It is an interesting read and you have to wonder what it would take to fall that hard and what/where Quin Synder is expecting to go eventually. He has alot of coaching years left....

04-24-2008, 07:35 AM
I just wish Cory were 6-10. If he were, he wouldn't be playing for the Idaho Stampede...

That being said, with the way he has been playing in the D-League, I have to wonder if it's just a matter of time until he gets called up to the big show....

Austin's inside presence includes Ian Mahinmi, a 6-9, 230-pound forward who is property of the San Antonio Spurs. He had 13 points and four rebounds against Idaho on Monday.

Imagine how good Gonzaga would be next year if Ian were on the roster.