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STOCKTON KINGS DROP GAME TO RIO GRANDE VALLEY VIPERS 132-114

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Kings (13-9), the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (7-18), the NBA G League affiliate of the Houston Rockets 132-114, to start off their four-game home stand. Rio Grande guard Michael Frazier scored a game-high 32 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Stockton guard Isaiah Canaan led the team with 24 points, shooting 60% from three-point range.

The Vipers started the game hot with a five-point lead and would keep it for the rest of the game. By the seven-minute mark, they outscored the Kings 14-2. In the first quarter, Rio Grande shot 58.3% from the field to help them finish the quarter ahead 34-21. In the second quarter, Rio Grande would go on a 14-0 run to extend their lead to as much as 26 points over Stockton. The first half would end with a score of 72-52, with the Vipers in the lead.

In the first half, Frazier scored 11 of his 32 points. Center Ray Spalding and guard Sindaruis Thornwell each added 10 points a piece for Rio Grande Valley. Stockton center Eric Mika posted 12 points and seven rebounds in the first half. 

In the third quarter, Rio Grande Valley saw their biggest lead of the game, leading Stockton by 32 points, with the score 96-64 at the five-minute mark. Also in the third quarter, Frazier scored 16 points for Rio Grande Valley. Forward Cody Demps added 11 points for Stockton.

In the fourth quarter, Canaan scored 11 of his 26 points. Stockton would fight to trail by 14 points, with the score at 113-99 with eight minutes remaining in regulation. The Vipers would keep hold of the lead to take home the 132-114 victory. 

Canaan led Stockton with 24 points shooting 6-of-10 from three-point range, seven assists, and three rebounds. Mika contributed a double-double in his first game back with Stockton with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Demps added 23 points, seven rebounds, and two steals. 

For Rio Grande, Spalding posted a double-double ending the game with 14 points, and 12 rebounds – 11 from the defensive end. Forward William Howard added 17 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. 

Stockton will play their next three games at Stockton Arena starting on Saturday, January 11 to host the Iowa Wolves at 7 p.m. They will then host the Austin Spurs on Tuesday, January 14 and Oklahoma City on Friday, January 17  with both games tipping off at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at StocktonKings.com/Tickets

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

STOCKTON KINGS ACQUIRE FORWARD ERIC MIKA

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Kings, the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, announced today they have acquired forward Eric Mika

Mika was acquired by Stockton at the start of the season before taking his talents to the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. While with Xinjiang Guanghui Mika played in seven games (three starts) and averaged 19.9 points (.561 FG%), 11.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. 

While with the Stockton Kings the 6-10 forward appeared in six games and averaged 19.0 points (.562 FG%), 15.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. 

Jalen Reynolds has left the team to pursue other opportunities.

Press Release Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

Stockton HEAT OFFENSE COOLED IN SATURDAY SETBACK

STOCKTON, Calif. – For the first time this season the Stockton Heat were held to fewer than a pair of goals, only Alan Quine finding the back of the net in the first period as the Heat fell 2-1 Saturday night to the Ontario Reign.

Stockton peppered Matthew Villalta with 31 shots, including 12 in the final frame, but were unable to beat the netminder over the game’s final 46 minutes. The teams played to a stalemate on special teams, each side going scoreless on the man-advantage, and the Reign were able to take advantage of a pair of goals in the second as Mikey Eyssimont and Brett Sutter lit the lamp for the decisive 2-1 edge. The result ends Stockton’s five-game home point streak, the club’s longest since the 2016-17 season.

GOALIES

W: Matthew Villalta (31 shots, 30 saves)

L: Artyom Zagidulin (21 shots, 19 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Brett Sutter (1g, gwg), Second – Mikey Eyssimont (1g), Third – Alan Quine (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 31, ONT – 21

Power Plays: STK – 0-3, ONT – 0-2

– The game was the first time all season that Stockton scored fewer than two goals.

– The loss snapped Stockton’s five-game home point streak, coming exactly a month after the Heat’s last home loss December 4, also against Ontario.

Alan Quine notched his seventh goal of the season and has a point in three straight games (1g,2a). 

– With an assist on Quine’s goal, Buddy Robinson has a three-game point streak (2g,1a) and has six points (3g,3a) in Stockton’s last five games.

Austin Czarnik’s six-game goal-scoring streak, which had been the longest in the AHL, has come to a close.

UP NEXT

Stockton will conclude its four-game home stand Wednesday against Bakersfield, a 7 p.m. puck drop.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

Stockton HEAT PULL AWAY FROM REIGN IN 6-3 WIN

STOCKTON, Calif. – Four Heat players notched multi-point efforts as the Stockton Heat rattled off three unanswered goals to seize a 6-3 win Friday night over the Ontario Reign. Led by Luke Philp and Byron Froese with a goal and assist each, the Heat pulled away from a 3-3 tie in the second period to extend the club’s point streak to five games at Stockton Arena.

Austin Czarnik opened the scoring 4:43 into the game, running his goal-scoring streak up to an AHL-best six games, before Ontario countered midway through the frame to draw even through 20 minutes. A six-goal second period saw the Heat and Reign punch and counter-punch, Rinat Valiev lighting the lamp before a Jaret Anderson-Dolan answer, then Buddy Robinson score before Sean Durzi found the back of the net. It was all Heat from there with three consecutive strikes, from Froese, Philp and Adam Ruzicka, for the Friday night win.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (30 shots, 27 saves)

L: Cal Petersen (37 shots, 31 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Luke Philp (1g,1a), Second – Byron Froese (1g,1a), Third – Glenn Gawdin (2a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 37, ONT – 30

Power Plays: STK – 2-4, ONT – 0-3

Austin Czarnik’s power play goal in the first period extended his goal-scoring streak to six games, the longest active run in the AHL and longest goal streak of the season for Stockton.

Rinat Valiev recorded his first goal of the season, his last goal coming April 7 of the 2018-19 campaign at Manitoba.

Buddy Robinson’s goal gives him a marker in back-to-back games, and he’s found the net in three of Stockton’s last four.

Byron Froese reached double-digit goals for the season with his second period finish.

Luke Philp added to his impressive run since November 11th, depositing his 14th goal over Stockton’s last 19 games – most in the AHL in that span.

– With a pair of assists in the game, Glenn Gawdin extended his point streak to five games (3g,7a).

Corey Schueneman recorded his second multi-point effort of the season, each coming in the team’s last four games.

– The Heat have recorded at least a point in five consecutive home games, the longest such streak for Stockton since Feb. 26 through March 12, 2017. 

UP NEXT

The Heat and Reign will close out their weekend set Saturday at 6 p.m. at Stockton Arena.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

Stockton Heat GILLIES, HEAT BLANK BARRACUDA IN NEW YEAR’S EVE WIN

STOCKTON, Calif. – Behind a 29-save shutout from Jon Gillies and a three-goal third period, the Stockton Heat closed out 2019 in style with a 4-0 win over San Jose Tuesday at Stockton Arena. The sixth win of the season over the Barracuda, Stockton got on top early as Glenn Gawdin took a lengthy feed from Rob Hamilton and found the back of the net to break a stalemate just shy of the halfway point of the opening frame. After a scoreless second that saw Stockton kill three penalties, a Buddy Robinson shorthanded goal just 31 seconds into the third opened the floodgates, the first of three tallies for the home side in a span of just 4:43 to seize complete control of the game at 4-0. The Heat finished the night a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill en route to Gillies’ shutout, the first for the Heat since January 17, 2018, also against San Jose. The Heat will return to action this weekend with a pair of divisional games against the Ontario Reign.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (29 shots, 29 saves)

L: Josef Korenar (26 shots, 22 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Jon Gillies (29 svs), Second – Glenn Gawdin (1g,1a), Third – Buddy Robinson (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 26, SJ – 29

Power Plays: STK – 0-3, SJ – 0-7

Jon Gillies recorded his eighth-career shutout, Stockton’s first shutout since January 17, 2018, which also came against San Jose. Gillies was also in net that night for the Heat and stopped 32 shots.

Glenn Gawdin’s first-period goal extended his scoring streak to four games (3g,5a), and his two-point night (1g,1a) brought his season total to nine points (2g,7a) in six games against San Jose.

Buddy Robinson’s shorthanded goal 31 seconds into the third extended Stockton’s lead to two. It was his second SHG of the season, his first since opening night on October 4.

Austin Czarnik extended his goal-scoring streak to five games, longest in the AHL, with his third period marker. He has at least a point in six consecutive games played, now at five goals and four assists in that span.

Eetu Tuulola’s marker was his first since November 27 and snapped a seven-game scoreless skid.

– The Heat are now 6-0 on the year against San Jose.

– The win was head coach Cail MacLean’s 50th with the Heat.

UP NEXT

Stockton will host the Ontario Reign in a pair of Pacific Division bouts this weekend at Stockton Arena, Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

TEXAS LEGENDS SNAP STOCKTON KINGS HOME GAME WINNING STREAK WITH 125-115 VICTORY

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Kings (12-6), the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, fell to the Texas Legends (11-8), the NBA G League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks, by a score of 125-115, ending their home-game winning streak. Texas guard Brandon Fields had a game-high 26 points and 14 assists to give Stockton their first home loss of the season. Stockton was led by returning guards Cody Demps and Gabe Vincent who scored 25 points apiece.

Texas started the game with a 5-0 lead over Stockton. Demps answered with two back-to-back three-pointers. In the first half, Stockton shot 53% (10-of-19) from three-point range with Vincent shooting 4-of-9 from beyond the arch. Texas scored 46 of their 69 first-half points from inside the paint and led Stockton 69-59 at the half. 

Texas’s lead was by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, when they led 83-65 at the eight-minute mark. A three-pointer by Stockton guard Isaiah Canaan brought the score to 123-115 with 53.1 seconds remaining in regulation, but the Stockton Kings could not catch up.

Demps led Stockton with 25 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Vincent also scored 25 points, shooting 6-of-12 from three-point range, adding six rebounds and two steals. 

Texas saw seven players in double figures with Texas guard Dakota Mathias and center Moses Brown each scoring 22 points. Legends forward Antonius Cleveland added 13 points, 10 rebounds including nine on the defensive end, and three steals.

On Saturday, December 28, the Stockton Kings will celebrate Star Wars Night as they take on the Santa Cruz Warriors at 7 p.m. at the Stockton Arena. Stockton will host a toy drive to benefit the Table Community Foundation, and fans who donate a new unwrapped toy at the arena will receive a free ticket to the game.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

Stockton Heat QUINE TALLIES SIX POINTS IN OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT OVER SAN JOSE

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Alan Quine’s hat trick and six-point outburst highlighted Stockton’s 8-1 thrashing of the San Jose Barracuda in the team’s first game back from the holiday break Friday afternoon at the SAP Center. The forward was one of seven Heat skaters to register a multi-point game, including Glenn Gawdin’s career-best four-point (1g,3a) performance and Zac Leslie’s four-assist effort, among others. The Heat led 1-0 after a tight first period, but a five-goal onslaught in the second allowed Stockton to seize complete control heading into the final frame.

A total of six Stockton players lit the lamp in the contest, including Quine, Matthew Phillips, Gawdin, Austin Czarnik, Corey Schueneman and Buddy Robinson. With the win, the Heat are now 5-0 on the year against San Jose and have matched the most victories over the Barracuda for a season in team history. The Heat will look to push their point streak to eight games as they close out the current three-game road sprint Saturday evening at Bakersfield.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (26 shots, 25 saves)

L: Josef Korenar (12 shots, 8 saves)

ND: Andrew Shortridge (7 shots, 3 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Alan Quine (3g,3a), Second – Glenn Gawdin (1g,3a), Third – Zac Leslie (4a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 19, SJ – 26

Power Plays: STK – 0-0, SJ – 1-3

Alan Quine recorded his fourth hat trick since the start of the 2018-19 season and first of the campaign as he doubled his season goal total Friday with three in the game. It was Stockton’s second hat trick of the season, and first since Oliver Kylington netted three at Tucson on November 9. Quine’s six-point night was the first by a player in the AHL this season.

– The Heat notched eight even-strength goals in the game, the most in team history.

– Stockton’s five-goal second period matched its best offensive output in a frame this season, tying the first period of November 27’s 8-5 win over Ontario. 

– Seven Heat players recorded multi-point efforts in the game.

Glenn Gawdin notched a career-best four points (1g,3a).

Zac Leslie’s four assists were the most by a Heat player this season.

Austin Czarnik has a four-game point streak, totaling seven points (3g,4a) in that time.

– The Heat are now 5-0 on the year against San Jose and have matched their most-ever wins in a season against the Barracuda.

Corey Schueneman’s goal was his first of the season and second of his career.

UP NEXT

The Heat will close out their three-game road sprint at Bakersfield Saturday before returning home for a New Year’s Eve contest.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relatons

Sacramento KINGS RECALL WENYEN GABRIEL AND CALEB SWANIGAN FROM STOCKTON KINGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —- The Sacramento Kings today announced the team has recalled forwards Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan from the team’s NBA G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings.   

During the 2019 MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase in Las Vegas from Dec. 19-22, Gabriel recorded totals of 36 points on 13-of-24 shooting, 3-of-9 from three and 5-of-5 at the free throw line, to go along with 23 rebounds and five blocked shots in two victories for the Stockton Kings.

In Las Vegas, Swanigan totaled 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 2-of-3 from the free throw line in a 127-120 victory vs. Delaware Blue Coats on Dec. 19 while adding 13 rebounds.

Press Release Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

Stockton HEAT EXTEND POINT STREAK SATURDAY AT SAN DIEGO

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Behind multi-point nights from Austin Czarnik and Zac Leslie and goals from Glenn Gawdin and Matthew Phillips, the Stockton Heat were able to overcome an early 2-0 deficit to salvage a point in a 4-3 shootout loss Saturday night at San Diego.

With Saturday’s result, the Heat head into the holiday break on a six-game point streak, 4-0-1-1 in that span. The Gulls jumped out to a 2-0 edge in the game’s first 13 minutes, but a Gawdin goal late in the second put Stockton on the board and turned momentum heading into the final frame. The Heat then claimed the next two goals, Phillips and Czarnik finding the back of the net, but Jack Kopacka, who earned first star honors with two goals and an assist, lit the lamp with just 5:04 left in regulation to force the game to overtime and an eventual shootout, where the Gulls netted a pair and held Stockton scoreless to secure the win. The game snapped a six-game win streak for the Heat at Pechanga Arena as well as six-straight wins for Stockton over San Diego. The Heat will return to action on Friday with a matinee contest against San Jose at the SAP Center.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

KIRKLAND GOAL HELPS Stockton HEAT EARN POINT IN WEDNESDAY TILT

STOCKTON, Calif. – Justin Kirkland found the back of the next with 3.7 seconds remaining in regulation, helping the Stockton Heat steal a point in a 4-3 overtime setback Wednesday night at Stockton Arena.

Luke Philp led the offensive attack for Stockton, netting a pair in the tight struggle to push his torrid run to 13 goals in the Heat’s last 14 contests. The rookie put the Heat ahead early but Iowa responded just 54 seconds later, Dmitry Sokolov’s first of two scores in the second frame to give the Wild the edge heading into the third. After Philp tied the game at two apiece, Sam Anas put the Wild ahead 3-2 until Kirkland’s late marker. Kyle Bauman then played hero 2:08 into overtime, giving the Wild their first win at Stockton Arena. The Heat have now recorded a point in five-straight games and six of their last seven overall.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations