HIDALGO — The Rio Grande Valley Flash presented their new logo and uniforms and also announced signings for the team during a news conference Wednesday.
"We have important reveals today, first of all is our new logo and jersey, also for this new campaign, the RGV Flash will be willing to have soccer stars from Mexico for our home games," team president Gerardo Guerra said.
The Flash presented goalkeeper Juan Gamboa as their latest signing. Gamboa played for Pace and in college at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.
The first guest star joining the team will be Claudio 'Diablo' Nuñez, who along with the Flash will face the Texas Strikers on Jan. 27. Nuñez played for the Tigres UANL in Mexico from 1997 to 2003, when he scored more than 40 goals.
The next game for the Flash will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, when they will play host to the Dallas Sidekicks.
Vipers Notes: Harris returns to Vipers
If Terrel Harris was harboring any bitterness about being waived by the Miami Heat over the weekend, he wasn’t showing it.
Harris was back in a Rio Grande Valley Vipers uniform Wednesday, scoring nine points and grabbing seven rebounds in a 116-97 loss to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at the NBA Development League Showcase in Reno, Nev.
“Being in the D-League is fine,” Harris said after the game. “It didn’t work out for me in Miami, but everything happens for a reason. I know I’m in a good situation here.”
Harris, who was waived by the Heat on Saturday, had played in just seven games with Miami this season. Harris had been with the Heat since the beginning of last season and earned a NBA championship ring in Miami.
Harris was with the Vipers the past three seasons. He played 50 games in 2010-11, mostly as a sixth man, as the Vipers advanced to the NBADL finals. Harris played in seven games with the ViperS last season before the Heat invited him to training camp after the NBA lockout.
Now that he’s returned to the Vipers, Harris is ready to give the NBA another go, and he said the best way for him to do that is in the D-League.
“I am just going to continue to work hard,” Harris said. “You never know when your number is going to be called.”
Harris, whose signing with the Vipers became official Wednesday, came off the bench and played 26 minutes.
“I felt a little rusty,” Harris said. “I hadn’t played in a full game in a while. It felt good to be back in there.”
HE’S NO DIRK: When you are a tall German basketball player, the comparisons to Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki are inevitable. But the Vipers’ 6-11 center Tim Ohlbrecht will tell you there is no comparison.
“It’s such an honor to be compared to Dirk Nowitzki,” said Olhbrecht, who led the Vipers with 22 points and nine rebounds on Wednesday. “He’s an MVP and one of the best to ever play. We’re both German and we’re very tall, but I still have a long way to go.”
Ohlbrecht said he and Nowitzki play different styles. Ohlbrecht is used in the low post and is a physical player. Nowitzki is a tall shooting forward with an inside game that relies on finesse.
“When he shoots, he’s falling away,” Ohlbrecht said. “I’m more of a banger inside.”
But Ohlbrecht does have an outside game. He had one when he played previously overseas in Germany. He is in his first season playing professionally in the United States. He said he doesn’t quite have the confidence to shoot from the outside yet. He’s 0 for 9 in 3-point shots this season.
ON THE MOVE: Despite falling to 8-8 on Wednesday, the Vipers' loss to the Mad Ants was on their second in their last seven games.
The Vipers have been able to play well lately despite massive changes to their roster. During the current road swing, the Vipers have made five roster moves (which includes the signing of Harris). Two of those have been NBA assignments in forward Terrence Jones and Patrick Beverley, who was signed by the Rockets earlier this week and shipped to the Vipers.
Guard Andrew Goudelock and center Hassan Whiteside were acquired last week via trade from Sioux Falls. Goudelock scored 18 points for the Vipers on Wednesday and is averaging 20.6 points in three games since the trade. Whiteside played just six minutes on Wednesday, scoring three points. Against the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Monday, Whiteside had 19 points and 17 rebounds.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Vipers conclude their seven-game road swing with a back-to-back series at Sioux Falls beginning Friday. The Vipers return home next Thursday for a five-game homestand. They opened the stand with a back-to-back series against Reno. … Forward Jeff Adrien signed a guaranteed contract with the Charlotte Bobcats earlier this week. Adrien began the season with the Vipers and played in five games before he was called up to the Bobcats last month. Because Adrien’s contract is guaranteed, he can not return to the Vipers this season. If he plays in the NBADL, it will be on assignment to Fort Wayne.
David Hinojosa covers the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for The Monitor. You can reach him at (956) 683-4442 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mad Ants beat Vipers at Showcase
RENO, Nev. – Two big men from completely different backgrounds led their teams into battle at the 2013 NBA D-League Showcase.
On Wednesday, Luke Harangody and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants got the best of Tim Ohlbrecht and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, as they took control in the fourth quarter to lock down a 116-97 win.
Harangody is trying to work his way back to the NBA after he was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers in November. He was always considered a promising prospect, even as an underclassman at Notre Dame, but since he just hasn’t been able to stick on a roster since entering the league.
Harangody finished Tuesday with a season-high 27 points on 11 of 25 shooting and notched a double-double by grabbing 18 rebounds, which matches his season high from a win Dec. 28 over Texas.
Ohlbrecht, the Vipers’ center playing his first season in the United States after playing as a professional in Germany since 2005, turned in perhaps his finest performance of the season recording a team-high 22 points and nine rebounds.
He was passed over in the 2010 NBA draft, the same draft Harangody was selected in the second round with the 52nd overall pick by the Boston Celtics. He has an NBA body at 6-11, 225 pounds and had no issues scoring on Harangody and the Mad Ants defense.
He came into the game with an average of 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds on the season. His game continues to develop as he has scored in double-figures now in 10 of his last 12 games.
Like many international players when they first play in the NBA or in the NBADL, he is still working on staying out of foul trouble and improving his defensive skills. During the loss to the Mad Ants, he committed five personal fouls, which limited him in the second-half.
Fort Wayne’s offense took it up a notch in the fourth quarter, tallying 39 points. Tony Mitchell collected 20 points and nine rebounds and Ron Howard recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists.
Fort Wayne next takes on Tulsa at noon Thursday. Rio Grande Valley has completed its Showcase slate, going 1-1.
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