Montreal J. - Moncton M. 74-89 The Moncton Miracles took down the Montreal Jazz with a final score of 89-74. Sylvania Watkins and Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: St.Francis, PA) came out strong for the Miracles in the first quarter showing that they would not be given up a game on the road with ease. The first quarter ended with the Miracles leading 21-14 over the Jazz. The second quarter began with Montreal picking up their game, and Moncton struggling to get back on the scoreboard. Finally 4 minutes into the quarter they began to come alive but the Jazz had tightened the lead to 23-20. With 5:39 on the clock the game was tied up at 25-25. Moncton pulled it together before the end of the half and regained a 38-32 lead. Second half remained close until Moncton took control of the game in the last 12 minutes and outscored Montreal 32-25. Despite Moncton shooting 58.97% from the free throw line they were able to pull out the win on the road. With this win the Miracles regain first place in the Atlantic Division. Devin Sweetney led the way for the Miracles in a big way with 32 points. Darrell Wonge (6'7''-F-86, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Winston Salem) followed with 15 points. Sylvania Watkins pulled off a double double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Manix Auriantal (6'2''-G-80, college: NYIT) was the top scorer for the Jazz with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Juan Mendez and Sani Ibrahim both had 11 points. The Miracles play their next game at home against the Summerside Storm on Tuesday, November 27th. Tip-off is 7pm at the Moncton Coliseum. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Halifax R. - Summerside S. 117-110 The Halifax Rainmen rode a strong first half to a 117-110 victory over the Summerside Storm in National Basketball League of Canada action here on Sunday afternoon. The Rainmen, who outscored the Storm by 13 points in the second quarter, took a 61-47 advantage into halftime. Nineteen of those first-half points came via free throws as the Rainmen shot 19-for-22. The Storm started the third quarter on a 15-4 run, but new Rainmen head coach Robert Spon and his team responded with an 11-2 run and led by seven points, 88-81, at the end of three quarters. Each team scored 29 points in the final 12 minutes. The loss dropped the Storm record to 5-4 (won-lost), and the Rainmen reached the .500 mark at 4-4. Before 1,796 fans at the Halifax Metro Centre, Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) had 21 points and five rebounds to lead the Rainmen. Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina) (17) and Joey Haywood (14) were Halifax's other top scorers. Antonio Ballard (6'4''-G/F, college: Miami, OH), who had his third double-double of the season, had the second-biggest game in Storm history scoring 35 points to go along with 15 boards. Troy Jackson, who had 39 points against the Saint John Mill Rats on Feb. 10, 2012, holds the record. Greg Plummer added 25 points and four steals, and Al Stewart was credited with 18. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com
London L. - Oshawa P. 126-107 It's time for some fresh meat. At least that's what London Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson is saying. The Lightning remain undefeated in the 2012-13 National Basketball League of Canada season, going 7-0 with a 126-107 win over the Oshawa Power on Sunday a Budweiser Gardens in front of 2,019 fans. In seven games, the Lightning have played the Power three times, the Montreal Jazz three times and the Halifax Rainmen in the opening game of the season. 'It's difficult to play the same team over and over and over,' Richardson said. 'You can't keep beating a team by 30, 40, 50 points, it becomes mental to them. Every time you see them, you have that in your mind. 'We finally get some new meat. It's good to see somebody else now . . . now we get to see the other side and see what they have.' The Lightning play the Saint John Mill Rats on Thursday at the Gardens. The Atlantic Conference is supposedly a little stronger overall than the Central. But it's going to take someone good to knock off the Lightning. Even though they were a little sloppy and at times unfocused, they won again. The record for consecutive wins in the NBL is nine, by the Rainmen. What's tough about this Lightning team is even if some of their top producers are having an off day, they always seem to have someone able to step up and take over. On Sunday, the flash was provided by Jeremy Williams (6'7''-SF-87, college: UTEP). For the first time, he was able to show some of the high-flying ability he is known for. The 6-foot-7 forward from Texas-El Paso hit for 21 points, at least four on serious throwdown jams, and added eight rebounds. He had plenty of help from old reliable Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.), who finished with 23 points and eight boards. Ellis and Williams kept the Lightning in the game in the first quarter when everyone else struggled and the Power were able to build a seven-point lead. 'I found work today,' Williams said with a laugh. 'The last two games, I felt a little pain in my knee. The doctor diagnosed me with a (micro-tear) of my MCL. I talked to my mom and she said Go out there and don't worry about it.' I went out to play on it, but at the same time I'm cautious. So I was a little worried. I came out today and had a different mindset. Just don't worry about it.' The doctor said Williams was moving well enough to play on it. There was no evidence of any issue Sunday. He was a force inside and got on the end of a lot of passes from DeAthony Bowden for those high percentage jams. 'I got a chance to loosen my winds a little bit,' Williams said. 'I feel comfortable. I did what the older guys told me. (Elvin) Mims is a great mentor. He just told me to run the floor.' 'He got easy baskets. Anytime you get easy baskets, it gives you confidence,' Richardson said. 'He was grabbing rebounds. He had a great game.' The Power did play tough for a half. They were only down by nine at the break. But Bowden came out and hit two three-pointers on the first two possessions of the second half and then found Williams for a layup. It broke open the game. It was typical Bowden. He had 18 points, 12 assists and was all over the floor. 'He made his open shots. He passed the ball. He ran the team like the quarterback. He made the right decisions,' Richardson said. Jermaine Blackburn also gave the Lightning some big minutes, hitting for 15 points. The Power got 24 from Nick Okorie (6'1''-G-88, college: Texas Tech), 23 from Bo Harris and 21 from Amani Daanish. But it wasn't all nice and rosy for the Lightning. When up by almost 30, Richardson went to his bench. He let them play for five minutes but was displeased by how they played and yanked them off. 'You have to keep playing the game,' he said. 'You can't worry about the score. They were letting them come down scoring easily, layup after layup. That's not what we're about. We want to get better every game so you play for 48 minutes. You don't play for 30 minutes.' It sounds like a change is needed by everyone to alleviate some of the frustration, so the Mill Rats are just what the doctor ordered. Courtesy of: lfpress.com
Halifax R. - Windsor Exp. 103-85 The Windsor Express picked the wrong time to come to town. The Halifax Rainmen, still smarting from an embarrassing loss at home a week ago, thrashed the expansion Express 103-85 at the Metro Centre on Saturday night to make new coach Rob Spons debut a successful one. In front of 2,460 fans, Brandon Robinson and Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) netted 15 points each to pace the Rainmen. They halted a two-game slide at home and hiked their record to 3-4, tying them with the Saint John Mill Rats for third spot in the NBLs Atlantic Division. Weve been beating up on each other all week so its good to get out on the court and get on some other guys, Duncan said after the game, glancing down at the empty Windsor bench. They were just in a bad place at a bad time. Everyones been on edge, everyones pissed about our losing streak, but we just wanted to change it today. Spon took over the team Wednesday, eight days after Cliff Levingston was handed his walking papers and four days after the Moncton Miracles blasted the Rainmen 109-87, exposing many of the shortcomings that have plagued the team. The Rainmen had struggled with their consistency on both ends of the court and led the NBL in turnover margin going into Saturdays contest. But they shot a respectable 43 per cent from the field, had 18 steals, made 12 fewer turnovers than the Express and scored 36 points off Windsor giveaways. Coach is a defensive coach, said centre Antoine Tisby, one of the beneficiaries of Spons arrival. His first thing is defence. We came out and practised hard on it. We did a lot of work in practice and it showed tonight. The Rainmen sported a new look, with Spon inserting Tisby, guard Josiah Turner and forward Quinnel Brown into the starting lineup along with Robinson and Joey Haywood. The new coach also proved a man of his word, having the team get the ball in to Tisby on the low post on three of the teams first four possessions. After his first practice, Spon vowed to go inside early to the six-foot-eight, 240-pound centre, sticking to a formula hes worn out over his 29 years of coaching. I dont mind that at all, Tisby quipped with a wry grin, referring to the strategy. It gives me a couple of touches and lets me know where the defence is at and what I need to do better offensively in order to help my team out. Tisby scored the first two hoops of the game and drew an assist on the third, feeding a pass out of the post to a streaking Brown, who converted the layup for a quick 6-0 lead. Turner added 14 points for Halifax, Tisby finished with 13 and Brown had 12. Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland) topped Windsor with 17 before he drew a pair of technical fouls and was ejected in the third quarter. Brown beat the buzzer with a trey to put Halifax up 26-19 after one quarter. The new forward, who spent parts of the past two seasons with Spon in Quebec, topped Halifax with nine points in the period while Tisby had eight. Halifax extended its lead in the second, with Robinson and Turner scoring eight each as the Rainmen went up 55-41. In the third quarter, the Rainmen used a 16-2 run to open up an 82-52 cushion and the rout was on. Halifax scored nine straight points on free throws, five of them after Helms was whistled for a foul and then got tossed. The Rainmen will look to get back to .500 today when they host the Summerside Storm at 2 p.m. to wrap up a five-game homestand. The Storm lead the Atlantic Division with a 5-3 record, but have lost three of their last four. We just have to play our game, come play tough and aggressive defence and let our offence fuel off our defence, Duncan said. Our defence is gonna be key; our identity has to be defence first. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) cut 25-year old naturalized Nigerian guard Rotimi Osuntola (196-92, college: Windsor). But in four NBL Canada games he averaged just 1.8ppg and 1.8rpg this season. Osuntola also spent pre-season at Agustinos-Leclerc (LEB Silver) in Spanish league earlier that year. Among other achievements his team won OUA West Division Regular Season in 2013 and 2015. Osuntola received also All-OUA 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time. Osuntola graduated from Univer... [read more]
Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) cut 25-year old naturalized Nigerian guard Rotimi Osuntola (196-92, college: Windsor). But in four NBL Canada games he averaged just 1.8ppg and 1.8rpg this season. Osuntola also spent pre-season at Agustinos-Leclerc (LEB Silver) in Spanish league earlier that year. Among other achievements his team won OUA West Division Regular Season in 2013 and 2015. Osuntola received also All-OUA 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time. Osuntola graduated from University of Windsor in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Island Storm (NBL Canada) agreed terms with 30-year old American forward Da'Quan Cook (205-100kg-87, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Aspire Sports) from Niagara River Lions. In 36 NBL Canada games in Canada he had 13.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.3apg last season. The previous (2015) summer Cook played at Cafeteros in Colombian Liga DirecTV where in 19 games he recorded 13.1ppg and 6.8rpg in 2015 season. He won Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2012. Cook is quite experienced player. His career allowed him... [read more]
Island Storm (NBL Canada) agreed terms with 30-year old American forward Da'Quan Cook (205-100kg-87, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Aspire Sports) from Niagara River Lions. In 36 NBL Canada games in Canada he had 13.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.3apg last season. The previous (2015) summer Cook played at Cafeteros in Colombian Liga DirecTV where in 19 games he recorded 13.1ppg and 6.8rpg in 2015 season. He won Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2012. Cook is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in five different countries. Cook tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America, Africa and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Yambol), France (Hyeres-Toulon), Morocco (FAR Rabat), United Kingdom (Sheffield Sharks) and D-League (Maine Red Claws). Cook attended St.Bonaventure University until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player. On Cook:
Da'Quan is a triple threat in the paint. He can score with back to bucket, Face and Shoot, or face and drive and finish at the rim. Great shooter anywhere on the floor including the 3 point shot.Good rebounder and shot blocker. Very fast in transition. Can Pick and Roll and Pick and Pop. Has 7' 3" wing span that creates steals in passing lanes. Good character on and off the floor.
Island Storm (NBL Canada) cut 26-year old American center Leon Gibson (206-111kg-91, college: Houston). In 8 NBL Canada games he averaged 8.9ppg and 7.4rpg this season. Gibson also played earlier that season for Hebraica in Uruguayan LUB where in three NBL Canada games he had 11.0ppg and 6.3rpg. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Gibson has played previously... [read more]
Island Storm (NBL Canada) cut 26-year old American center Leon Gibson (206-111kg-91, college: Houston). In 8 NBL Canada games he averaged 8.9ppg and 7.4rpg this season. Gibson also played earlier that season for Hebraica in Uruguayan LUB where in three NBL Canada games he had 11.0ppg and 6.3rpg. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Gibson has played previously professionally in France (Aubenas), Mexico (Pioneros Los Mochis) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers). He attended University of Houston until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into Gibson's outlook:
Athletic post player who brings size and athleticism.. Talented scorer who can hit shots from the inside and the outside... Runs the floor well... Has tremendous potential... Hails from an award-winning junior college program. NBA body with a knack for rebounds and finishing strong.
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