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Iowa Energy open home play at the Well on Saturday, Dec. 1.

11/28/2012

Iowa Energy fans will fill the Wells Fargo Arena at the Energy home opener on Saturday, Dec., 1. Game starts at 7 p.m.

After a disappointing loss to the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the first round of the playoffs last season, the Iowa Energy retooled over the summer with hopes of getting back to its championship ways of two years ago. 

“In 2011-12, the Energy went from top in the league to almost losing their way out of a playoff berth, to playing up to par with the D-league top seed,” said Energy spokesperson Matt Bierl. “You can count on the 2012-2013 season being Energy-packed.”                 

The Energy will begin the season with a solid core of players from last year’s team. Returning to the lineup is 6’11” center Ben Strong and 6’4” guard Nick Murphy. Othyus Jeffers, a 6’4” guard, is recovering from a knee injury but is expected to make an immediate impact upon his return.                 

Strong closed last season against the D-Fenders with a double-double, scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. His season bests came during three games in March in which he scored 25 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and had nine blocks in one game. His consistency and leadership experience will be called upon to lead this team through the season, said Bierl.                 

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Murphy averaged more than 10 points per game from the guard position in the 2011-2012 season, including five double-doubles.                 

But while the on-court action is the main attraction, Iowa Energy games include much more than that.               

Randi Burrell, Director of Game Operations, is in charge of bringing pizzazz and entertainment to the crowd during the games. She promises to make this season as exciting as ever.                

“I love working with the performers we bring for halftime shows,” said Burrell. “They’re all such amazing, talented individuals and groups that travel the world, and I love that we can bring their shows to our fans here in Des Moines.”                 

For the season home opener, the first 2,000 fans will receive free T-shirts, and the Jesse White Tumbling Team will entertain all during halftime. The internationally-known squad has been thrilling audiences since 1959 with an array of jumps, flips, throws and pyramids.             

During the game, the High Voltage Dance team and the Spark Plug Dance Team — a group of dancers who are 50 years old and older — will also entertain and jolt some “energy” into the crowd. CV

 

Sidebar:

Season and individual ticket are available at the Wells Fargo Arena ticket office or online at www.iowanba.com. Group and multi-game packages are also available. Call the ticket office at (515) 564-8550 for details. 

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