Stockton Kings’ Cody Demps and Eric Mika Named to USA Men’s AmeriCup Qualifying Team

— Two Stockton Kings players chosen for USA Men’s AmeriCup Qualifying Team —

Stockton, Calif. – USA Basketball announced its official 12-man roster for the February 2020 USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team, including Stockton Kings guard Cody Demps and center Eric Mika. Demps has been part of the Sacramento Kings G League affiliate team for the past three seasons. In 32 games played (all starts), the Sacramento State product is currently averaging 14 points (.419 FG%, .360 3P%), six rebounds and three assists. 

Mika is in his first season with the Stockton Kings after spending the previous two seasons overseas. In 14 games played (13 starts), Mika is averaging 20 points (.586 FG%, .681 FT%), 14 rebounds, and two assists for Stockton. The BYU product signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings earlier this month, before returning to the Stockton Kings.  

Stockton is one of three NBA G League teams with multiple players named to the roster. Eleven of the players are currently active in the NBA G League including eight players owning NBA regular season experience.

The USA team will train Feb. 14-17 at the University of Miami, Feb. 18 at the Orlando Magic practice facility, Feb. 19 in San Juan Puerto Rico, and the team will continue its training Feb. 21-22 in Washington, D.C. The USA will play a pair of games in the February FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying window, including a game versus Puerto Rico in San Juan on Feb. 20 (7 p.m. EST) and a home game on Sunday, Feb. 23 (3 p.m. EST) versus Puerto Rico at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. The full AmeriCup Qualifying schedule is available at https://www.usab.com/mens/americup/game-schedule.aspx

February 2020 USA Men’s AmeriCup Qualifying Team Roster

NAME                      POS  HGT       WGT      AGE         CURRENT TEAM / COLLEGE / HOMETOWN

Jaylen Adams     G             6-2          190         23           Wisconsin Herd / St. Bonaventure / Baltimore, MD

Justin Anderson F              6-6          230         26           Long Island Nets / Virginia / Montross, VA            

Cody Demps       G             6-4          195         26           Stockton Kings / Sacramento State / Elk Grove, CA

Kyle Fogg             G             6-3          188         30           Beijing Royal Fighters / Arizona / Brea, CA          

Abdul Gaddy      G             6-3          195         28           Oklahoma City Blue / Washington / Tacoma, WA

Devon Hall          G             6-2          215         24           Oklahoma City Blue / Virginia / Virginia Beach, VA

Jalen Jones         F              6-7          220         26           Capital City Go-Go / Texas A&M / Dallas, TX          

J.P. Macura         G             6-5          203         24           Canton Charge / Xavier / Lakeville, MN

Eric Mika              C             6-10       230         25           Stockton Kings / Brigham Young / Highland, UT   

Ivan Rabb            F              610         220         23           Westchester Knicks / California / Sacramento, CA

Levi Randolph    G/F        6-6          210         27           Canton Charge / Alabama / Madison, AL

James Webb       F              6-9          202         26           Iowa Wolves / Boise State / Augusta, GA               

Head Coach:  Mike Fratello

Assistant Coach:  Andy Greer

Assistant Coach:  Othella Harrington

Athletic Trainer:  Ed Lacerte, ProSports Therapy, Inc. (Waltham and Westford, MA)

Team Physician:  Stephen Foley, Sanford Health (Sioux Falls, SD)

NOTE:  Age reflects player’s age as of completion of the February 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers (Feb. 23, 2020).

Press Release Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

PHILP FINISHES COMEBACK BID AS STOCKTON HEAT EARN OT WIN WEDNESDAY

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Stockton Heat erased a two-goal, third-period deficit in a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory Wednesday night to improve to 9-0-0-0 on the year against San Jose. Byron Froese scored twice in the win while Alan Quine claimed the game-tying goal with 1:25 remaining and then Luke Philp lit the lamp 1:25 into overtime to steal the win.

The Heat jumped out to the early lead with Froese notching his first score of the contest just 9:09 into game action, but San Jose rattled off three unanswered over a 12-minute span from late in the first through the middle of the second. More than 21 minutes elapsed before Froese’s second strike got the comeback bid started, then Quine and Philp were able to finish it off. Stockton was outshot by a 41-18 margin in the contest, but netminder Jon Gillies came up big with 38 saves in the win.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (41 shots, 38 saves)

OTL: Josef Korenar (18 shots, 14 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Luke Philp (1g), Second – Byron Froese (2g), Third – Lean Bergmann (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 18, SJ – 41

Power Plays: STK – 1-4, SJ – 0-5

Byron Froese’s pair of goals extended his scoring streak to seven games (6g,6a) and gives him a team-leading 18 goals on the season.

Austin Czarnik pushed his scoring streak to four games with an assist on Froese’s second goal.

Alan Quine extended his scoring streak to seven games (4g,7a) with the game-tying goal late in the third.

– San Jose hit the three-goal mark against Stockton for the first time this season.

Luke Philp’s game-winner was his fourth of the season, tops for the Heat.

– Stockton improves to 9-0-0-0 on the year against the Barracuda and have limited San Jose to just 2-for-45 on the power play in the season series.

UP NEXT

The Heat return home for a three-games-in-four-days sprint starting Friday at 7 p.m. against the Ontario Reign.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT TOPPED BY WILD SUNDAY, 7-4

DES MOINES, Iowa – In a game of runs, the Stockton Heat could not overcome a three-goal hole as the Iowa Wild hung on for a 7-4 win Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena. The Heat jumped out to a 2-0 run as Byron Froese and Alan Quine each lit the lamp, but Iowa rattled off five unanswered over the next nine minutes for a commanding 5-2 lead early in the second.

The Heat showed their mettle with a pair of goals from Rinat Valiev and Luke Philp over a span of just 49 seconds later in the middle frame, but a shorthanded tally from Iowa’s J.T. Brown, his third point of the evening, put a halt to the visitors’ run before the second intermission. Brown (1g,2a) was joined by Gerald Mayhew (2g,2a), whose empty-netter was the lone goal of the third, to lead the attack for Iowa, while Froese, Quine and Austin Czarnik all posted two points in the game for Stockton.

GOALIES

W: Mat Robson (29 shots, 25 saves)

L: Artyom Zagidulin (15 shots, 11 saves)

ND: Jon Gillies (17 shots, 15 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – J.T. Brown (1g,2a), Second – Gerald Mayhew (2g,2a), Third – Brennan Menell (1g,1a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 29, IA – 33

Power Plays: STK – 1-5, IA – 2-3

Byron Froese (4g,6a) and Alan Quine (3g,7a) extended their respective scoring streaks to six games with a goal and assist each in the first period.

Austin Czarnik recorded a pair of assists in the game’s opening frame, giving him points in three straight (4g,2a).

Luke Philp and Froese each netted their 16th goal of the season, respectively, tying them with Buddy Robinson for Stockton’s team lead.

Rinat Valiev’s goal was his second of the season, last lighting the lamp on January 3.

– The Heat dropped both games despite scoring first on the weekend after entering with a record of 16-1-2-2 in such games.

UP NEXT

The Heat will head to San Jose for a Wednesday tilt against the Barracuda before returning home for a three-games-in-four-days sprint at Stockton Arena starting Friday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT DROP WEEKEND OPENER AT IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa – Austin Czarnik and Byron Froese each maintained their hot hands on the offensive end, but the Heat could not contain the Iowa Wild as Stockton fell 5-2 Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. The visiting team jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as a Czarnik slap shot found the back of the net, but a three-goal rally in the second around Froese’s 15th goal of the season gave Iowa a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes.

The Wild then seized control of the contest with a marker early in the third as Sam Anas, who finished the night with five points (2g,3a), provided the insurance goal and empty netter in the final frame. The AHL’s leading goal-scorer Gerald Mayhew (2g,1a) and netminder Kaapo Kahkonen (36 saves) also made strong contributions for Iowa en route to the win. The teams will face off once again on Sunday, a 1 p.m. PST puck drop in Des Moines.

GOALIES

W: Kaapo Kahkonen (38 shots, 36 saves)

L: Jon Gillies (31 shots, 27 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Sam Anas (2g,3a), Second – Gerald Mayhew (2g,1a), Third – Kaapo Kahkonen (36 svs)

Shots On Goal: STK – 38, IA – 32

Power Plays: STK – 1-3, IA – 2-4

Austin Czarnik pushed his goal total to four over the last two games with his first period marker.

Byron Froese netted his 15th of the season to tie the game in the second period. With Froese’s tally, Stockton became the first team in the AHL this season to have four skaters hit the 15-goal mark.

– Froese’s scoring streak is now at six games (3g,5a). Alan Quine (2g,6a) also hit the six-game mark for his scoring streak with an assist.

Gerald Mayhew’s power play goal at the end of the second period snapped a streak of 31-straight kills for Stockton.

– The Heat are now 16-2-2-2 when scoring first on the year.

– The game was the first time in the all-time series that Stockton was held without a point, now 5-1-2-0 in eight meetings.

UP NEXT

Stockton and Iowa wrap up their weekend set Sunday, a 1 p.m. PST puck drop. The Heat will then head to San Jose for a Wednesday tilt against the Barracuda.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

LAS VEGAS Raiders Sign Quentin Poling

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Las Vegas Raiders have signed free agent LB Quentin Poling, the team announced Thursday.

Poling, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker, returns to the Raiders having spent the majority of the 2019 campaign on the club’s practice squad and appearing in one contest on special teams. He spent the entirety of his rookie campaign on the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad after originally being selected by the club in the seventh round (227th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Gomer, Ohio, native played four seasons at Ohio before entering the NFL, starting in 50 contests and making 374 tackles (217), 18.5 sacks, seven interceptions, 21 passes defensed and seven forced fumbles, while also collecting a program-record 44 tackles for loss. As a senior in 2017, Poling started all 13 games and earned first-team All-MAC honors after leading the program with 107 tackles, adding 5.5 sacks, four passes defensed and three forced fumbles.

Press Release Courtesy of the Las Vegas Raiders Media Relations

Las Vegas Raiders Sign Jalen Richard To Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Las Vegas Raiders have signed RB Jalen Richard to a two-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

Richard originally signed with the Raiders after participating on a tryout basis at the team’s rookie mini-camp as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Silver and Black, Richard has appeared in 64 contests and made two starts, logging 233 rushing attempts for 1,170 yards and three touchdowns, adding 160 receptions and an additional 1,380 yards and three scores. Richard has also played a large role on special teams, tallying 34 kickoff returns for 680 yards and 68 punt returns for 485 yards.

In 2019, Richard appeared in all 16 contests for the fourth consecutive year. He tallied 39 carries for 145 yards, adding 36 receptions and 323 yards. His 36 receptions were tied for fourth-most on the squad in 2019. 

In 2018, Richard was a major offensive contributor, as he tallied a career-high 68 receptions, tied for most on the club and also tied with Marcus Allen for the fourth-most receptions in a single season by a Raiders running back. Richard’s 104 receptions since 2018 rank eighth-most among all running backs in the league. During his 2017 campaign, he totaled 531 yards from scrimmage and scored two times on offense. 

As a rookie in 2016, Richard made the initial 53-man active roster out of training camp. In his NFL debut and on his first career carry, Richard scored his first career touchdown on a 75-yard rush midway through the fourth quarter and became just the fourth player ever to score on a 75-or-more yard run in his NFL debut, joining the likes of Oran Pape (1930), Alan Ameche (1955) and Ottis Anderson (1979). Additionally, his average of 5.9 yards per carry ranked first in the NFL among players with at least 80 rushing attempts that season. He was also recognized as a Pro Bowl alternate as a return specialist after posting 17 kickoff returns for 402 yards (23.6 avg.) and 34 punt returns for 306 yards (9.0 avg.).

A native of Alexandria, La., Richard played four years for Southern Miss, appearing in 41 games and making 29 starts. As a Golden Eagle, he totaled 2,082 career rushing yards on 397 carries and logged 19 touchdowns, while also hauling in 83 passes for 675 yards and an additional five scores.

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Las Vegas Raiders Announce Rod Marinelli as Defensive Line Coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Rod Marinelli has been named the defensive line coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, the club announced Wednesday. Marinelli is entering his 25th season as an NFL coach, having spent the previous seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, including the last six as defensive coordinator/defensive line coach. Marinelli brings 44 years of coaching experience to the Raiders, including 24 in the NFL.

In his seven seasons with the Cowboys, Marinelli helped the club capture three NFC East titles (2014, 2016 and 2018), having advanced to the divisional round in each of those three seasons. Marinelli’s defense finished in the top-10 three times (2017-19) in total yards allowed during those seasons, while leading the league in rush defense in 2016 with the fifth-best rushing average allowed (83.5 avg.) in franchise history.

Last season, the Cowboys ranked ninth in the NFL and third in the NFC in opponent yards per game (327.0 avg.), as the team improved its pass defense ranking from 13th in 2018 to 10th in 2019, allowing just 223.5 yards per game. The unit also finished 11th in the league in points allowed per game, ending with an average of 20.1, marking the fourth consecutive season averaging less than 21 points allowed per game. Under Marinelli, DE Robert Quinn led the defensive unit with 11.5 sacks on the year, tying for ninth-most in the NFL. LB Jaylon Smith finished sixth in the NFL with a career-high 142 tackles. 

For five consecutive seasons (2014-18), Marinelli’s defense improved its total ranking from the year prior, finishing seventh in 2018 after ranking eighth in 2017. The defensive unit also forced 20 turnovers on opposing offenses for the third consecutive season in 2018, en route to landing three Cowboy defenders’ Pro Bowl honors including two second-team All-Pro selections. 

Prior to joining the Cowboys in 2013, Marinelli spent four seasons with the Chicago Bears, serving as the team’s assistant head coach/defensive line coach in 2009 before spending the next three seasons (2010-12) as the club’s assistant head coach/defensive coordinator. Over his three years leading the defensive unit, the team forced a league-best 59 fumbles and recorded 65 interceptions, third-most in the NFL over that span, while returning a league-high 13 interceptions for touchdowns. His defense also allowed just 904 points during that same time frame, the fourth-fewest in the NFL.

Before his tenure with the Bears, Marinelli spent three seasons within the division with the Detroit Lions as the team’s head coach from 2006-08. Ahead of his arrival in Detroit, Marinelli spent the first 10 years (1996-2005) of his NFL coaching career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his first five seasons, he was the club’s defensive line coach, spending the last four (2002-05) with the added title of assistant head coach alongside former Buccaneers and current Las Vegas Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden.

Over his 10 seasons with the Buccaneers, the defensive line tallied an NFL-best 328.5 sacks. His tenure in Tampa Bay was highlighted by a 2002 campaign that saw the team capture a Super Bowl XXXVII victory led by the NFL’s best defense, as the Buccaneers held opposing offenses to a league-low 252.8 yards and 12.3 points per game. Prior to 2019, the team’s top-five single-season sack totals all came under Marinelli’s tenure (1997, 1999-2000, 2002 and 2004), with a franchise-best 55 sacks recorded in 2000 that still holds today. From 1999-2003, the team logged a sack in 69 consecutive games, marking a new NFL record.

Before making the move to professional football, Marinelli coached for 20 years at the collegiate level, serving as the defensive line coach at USC (1995), the assistant head coach/defensive line coach at Arizona State (1992-94), the defensive line coach at the University of California for seven seasons (1983-89), while also adding the title of assistant head coach during his final two years (1990-91) with the program. Prior to Cal, Marinelli started in the collegiate ranks with Utah State in 1976, where he spent six seasons (1976-81) as the defensive line coach before transitioning to the offensive line and special teams in 1982.

Prior to his coaching career, Marinelli played offensive tackle in college, beginning at Utah in 1968 and finishing at California-Lutheran from 1970-72 after having his playing days split by a tour of duty in Vietnam. As a senior in 1972, Marinelli earned All-American honors for Cal-Lutheran on the offensive line.

A native of Rosemead, Calif., Marinelli’s first coaching job came as an assistant at his alma mater at Rosemead High School (1973-75). 

Rod Marinelli’s Coaching Background

Years                     College/Pro Team                           Position Coached

1976-81                Utah State                                           Defensive Line Coach

1982                       Utah State                                           Special Teams Coach/Offensive Line Coach

1983-89                California                                             Defensive Line Coach

1990-91                California                                             Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach

1992-94                Arizona State                                     Head Coach

1995                       USC                                                        Defensive Line Coach

1996-2001            Tampa Bay Buccaneers                  Defensive Line Coach

2002-05                Tampa Bay Buccaneers                  Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach

2006-08                Detroit Lions                                      Head Coach

2009                       Chicago Bears                                    Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach

2010-12                Chicago Bears                                    Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

2013                       Dallas Cowboys                                Defensive Line Coach

2014-19                Dallas Cowboys                                Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach

Press Release Courtesy of the Las Vegas Raiders Media Relations

Las Vegas Raiders Hire Austin King as Offensive Quality Control Coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Austin King has been named the offensive quality control coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, the club announced Wednesday. King brings eight years of collegiate coaching experience to the post including the last five years with the University of Dayton.

In 2019, King completed his fifth year with the Flyers’ and his third as the program’s offensive coordinator. Prior to joining the Flyers, King spent one season with Syracuse as an offensive quality control coach with a focus on the offensive line.

King began his coaching career at the University of Toledo in 2012, where he spent two seasons as the program’s offensive quality control coach. While tutoring the offensive line, King helped guide the team to an average of 240 rushing yards and 33 points per game. Additionally, the squad surrendered just six sacks in 361 pass attempts.

Before entering the coaching ranks, King was selected as an offensive lineman in the fourth round (133rd overall) by current Raiders and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Jon Gruden in the 2003 NFL Draft. King went on to play 34 games and make one start over his four-year career (2003-06) with the Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, King earned his B.A. in secondary education from Northwestern in 2004. He was a three-sport captain and first-team All-Ohio football player at Purcell Marian High School before graduating and playing four years for the Wildcats as a starter and earning an honorable mention All-Big 10 selection three times.

Austin King’s Coaching Background

Years                     College/Pro Team                           Position Coached

2012-13                University of Toledo                        Offensive Quality Control Coach

2014                       Syracuse                                              Offensive Quality Control Coach

2015-16                University of Dayton                       Assistant Coach

2017-19                University of Dayton                       Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator

Press Release Courtesy of the Las Vegas Raiders Media Relations

​​KANSAS CITY CHIEFS QB PATRICK MAHOMES WINS PETE ROZELLE TROPHY AS SUPER BOWL LIV MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES was voted the winner of the Pete Rozelle Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl LIV Most Valuable Player

Mahomes led Kansas City back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, tied for the second-largest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Chiefs became the first team to record three comebacks of at least 10 points in a single postseason in NFL history.

This is the 30th time that a quarterback has won the award and at 24 years and 138 days old, Mahomes is the youngest quarterback and third-youngest player to win the Super Bowl MVP award. 

The youngest players to win Super Bowl MVP:

PLAYERTEAMSUPER BOWLAGE
Marcus AllenHOFL.A. RaidersXVIII23 years, 302 days
Lynn SwannHOFPittsburghX23 years, 317 days
Patrick MahomesKansas CityLIV24 years, 138 days


Mahomes completed 26 of 42 passes for 286 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown.

The award is chosen by a panel comprised of 16 media members and by fans interactively through the National Football League’s official website, NFL.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

CZARNIK LEADS STOCKTON HEAT TO 4-1 WIN OVER CONDORS

STOCKTON, Calif. – Led by a pair of goals from Austin Czarnik, the Stockton Heat used a big second period to overcome an early hole and win the club’s first game back from the All-Star break by a 4-1 final over Bakersfield.

Both of Czarnik’s markers came in the second period as Stockton turned a 1-0 deficit into a two-goal advantage through 40 minutes, with Alex Gallant punctuating the frame with an insurance goal just 13 seconds after Czarnik’s second score of the frame. Luke Philp then pushed Stockton’s lead to three with his 16th goal of the season late in the third, pulling the rookie into a tie with Buddy Robinson for the Heat team lead for the campaign. Stockton will hit the road for the next three games before returning home on Friday, February 14 against the Ontario Reign.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (33 shots, 32 saves)

L: Shane Starrett (37 shots, 33 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Austin Czarnik (2g), Second – Jon Gillies (32 svs), Third – Alex Gallant (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 37, BAK – 33

Power Plays: STK – 1-3, BAK – 0-2

Austin Czarnik registered his 10th and 11th goals of the season, coming in his 18th game. The game was his second multi-goal effort of the season (last on January 12).

Byron Froese’s helper on Czarnik’s first strike extended his scoring streak to four games, with two goals and four assists in that span.

–  Alex Gallant’s goal to put Stockton ahead 3-1 came just 13 seconds after Czarnik’s second strike. It was his first point against Bakersfield in his six games played against the Condors this season.

Luke Philp pulled into a tie with Buddy Robinson for Stockton’s team lead with 16 goals on the season after lighting the lamp in the third.

– The Condors have scored first in four of Stockton’s six wins over Bakersfield.

UP NEXT

The Heat hit the road for three-straight games before returning home on Friday, February 14 to play host to the Ontario Reign at 7 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations