Seagers named IBL's Player of the Week
Guard David Seagers is off to an impressive start for the Jersey G-Force in their first season as a branding team in the International Basketball League, and he has now been rewarded for his efforts by being named as the league’s Player of the Week for the fifth week of the regular season.
A Bronx native, Seagers played a key role in helping the G-Force earn a split against the Orlando Venom in two home games played at Bergen Community College last weekend. On Friday, Seagers was among the game’s leading scorers with 31 points in a 126-121 loss to the Venom, and then helped his team rebound with a 127-105 victory on Saturday. He finished with 23 points in the win on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor on a variety of mid-range shots and driving lay-ins.
Seagers’ big weekend came on the heels of a couple solid outings in Edmonton two weeks ago as the G-Force traveled north and came away with a split on the Energy’s home court at the Saville Centre.
Seagers came to the G-Force from Dowling College, where he was a four-year starter and led the Golden Lions in scoring each year of his collegiate career. He was an all-conference player as a sophomore, junior and senior in the NCAA Division-II’s East Coast Conference.
Seagers will look to keep up his notable play as the G-Force conclude their branding season schedule this weekend with a pair of road games in Winter Park, Florida against the Orlando Venom.
For more information on Seagers and the Jersey G-Force, visit www.jerseygforce.com .
IBL Weekend Recap
The Orlando Venom spoiled the Jersey G-Force’s home opener with a 126-121 victory Friday night. The win was the first for the new Orlando franchise and were able to hold off the G-Force who were down nine near the beginning of the fourth, but battled back to cut it to just a one-point lead. Jersey got two 30+ point performances from Devon Young and David Seagers but it wasn’t enough as they fell to 1-2 with the loss.
On Saturday, The G-Force bounced back with a wire-to-wire win against Orlando, 127-105. Jersey took the lead early and, for the most part, never looked back. Orlando cut the lead to six midway through the third, but couldn’t get any closer than that. The G-Force shot over 60% from the field and got 23 points from guard David Seagers. Aggressive defense, led by Delroy James and Cody Boone, helped the G-Force get back to .500 for the season (2-2) while Orlando, led by the 31 points of guard D.J. Ferguson, fell to 1-5.
In the Northwest, the Olympia Reign played an overtime thriller against the Salem Soldiers, pulling out the 121-118 win on Friday. Guard Gio Woods hit two free throws with 37 seconds left in OT to extend the Reign’s lead to three and that ended up being the final. Woods finished with 28 points to lead the Reign, while Chehales Tapscott had 23 points and 17 rebounds for Salem. Tapscott, the IBL’s leading scorer and rebounder, had a chance to win it in regulation but his shot with 2.9 seconds was no good. Salem had an impressive 26 offensive rebounds but fell to 1-2 on the season.
In Bellingham on Friday, the Slam handed the Vancouver Volcanoes their first loss of the season and improved their record to 5-1 with a 127-120 victory despite 40 points from Vancouver guard Andre Murray. The Slam used a balanced scoring attack (5 players with 15+ points) and made 37-51 free throws to take down the defending champs. The Volcanoes were up 12 after the first quarter but the Slam made it close through the third quarter before outscoring Vancouver by eight in the fourth to take the lead for good. Guard Paul Hafford led the Slam with 26 points while center Blake Poole had 12 rebounds.
Vancouver endured another tough loss on Saturday, as Portland’s Jared Cunningham had 34 points and Kevin Ford had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Chinooks 122-119 over the Volcanoes. The Volcanoes had a commanding lead before giving up 38 points to Portland in the fourth quarter. Vancouver’s Dominique Watson led them off the bench with 28 points but it wasn’t enough to out-duel Cunningham, who is now averaging over 22 points per game. Vancouver now falls to 4-2 on the season while Portland’s win was their second of the year (2-3) and they look to get back to .500 next week versus Olympia.
Also on Saturday, the Slam improved their IBL best record (6-1) with a blowout over the Olympia Reign 130-101. Every Bellingham player who saw the floor scored, led by forward Jeremy Green who had 28 points and 11 rebounds. Olympia couldn’t overcome 36% shooting and fell behind early, down 13 at half. By the end of the third the Slam had extended that lead to 30 with hot shooting and suffocating defense. The Reign did have six players in double figures, but none scored over 17. Bellingham has now won five in a row, after losing to Salem on April 21, and has established themselves as the top team early in this 2012 season.
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