There were four (maybe five) Mountaineers that had games over the weekend. I say there were maybe five Mountaineers in action because details of Kevin Pittsnogle’s Winchester Storm teams are scant. As I told you this past week, Pittsnogle may have played his last game with that team.
John Flowers continues to make a name for himself in Japan. Da’Sean Butler is finding his way with the Austin Toros. Devin Ebanks is finding his way somewhere no player wants to go. Lionel Armstead found his way from Charleston to Scranton in his second game with the Steamers. We lead off our recaps with Flowers and his headband.
Flowers and the Saitama Broncos had a two-game set against Miyazaki Shining Suns at home over the weekend. The Broncos were without the leading assist man in the BJ League in Kenny Satterfield. Yes, that Kenny Satterfield. The game on Saturday was tied at halftime before Miyazaki pulled away from the Broncos to win 91-72. Flowers had a team-high 25 points to go along with 4 rebounds. Flowers was 2-of-9 from beyond the arc. He is now shooting 27% (31 for 115) on three-pointers on the season.
Like his former teammate, Butler had a two-game series against the same team. For Butler, he and his Austin Toros’ teammates played on the road against the RGV Vipers. Also like Flowers, the Toros split the two games. I recapped Friday’s loss to RGV here where Butler scored 19 points.
On Saturday, the Toros flipped the script to beat the Vipers 109-101. Butler got in foul trouble in the game, and only played 23 minutes. He scored 4 points on 1-9 shooting, but managed 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists.
Armstead played his second game with the Scranton Steamers after his old team, the Charleston Gunners folded. He led the Steamers with 14 points in the 110-88 win over Rochester on Saturday.
Ebanks slide from starter to the end of the Lakers bench continues. He lost his starting job to Matt Barnes five games into the regular season, and his minutes have slipped considerably. The Lakers had games against the Knicks and Raptors over the weekend. Ebanks did not play in either of those games and has not set foot on the floor in the month of February. With the trade deadline looming, the Lakers have come out and said that they want to improve their team through possible trades. Ebanks figures to be a small trade chip with the Lakers’ glut at SF.