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
Pro basketball for Brampton - May 3, 2013
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The Brampton Powerade Centre will be a busy place this fall and beyond. There were concerns raised over the use of the facility after the Ontario Hockey Leagues Brampton Battalion announced theyd be leaving for North Bay this summer. But the facility wont become the white elephant, that some thought it might be. The City of Brampton helped land the Brampton Beast a Central Hockey League team shortly after the Troops announced their departure [read more]
The Brampton Powerade Centre will be a busy place this fall and beyond. There were concerns raised over the use of the facility after the Ontario Hockey Leagues Brampton Battalion announced theyd be leaving for North Bay this summer. But the facility wont become the white elephant, that some thought it might be. The City of Brampton helped land the Brampton Beast a Central Hockey League team shortly after the Troops announced their departure. And it was made official on Wednesday that a new National Basketball League of Canada franchise known as the Brampton As will begin play this fall in the facility. Basketball is an international sport, said As GM/head coach David Magley as the team introduced its president Jesse Tipping and owner James Tipping. We chose Brampton because of if its diversity. And if Wednesdays event is any indication, the basketball team could be a resounding success. Theres a sense of excitement, admitted James Tipping, who also owns the Athletic Institute in Orangeville. How can there not be in an environment like this, but we know weve got a lot of work ahead of us. About 150 filled the RealStars Restaurant for the official announcement. I know there is a love and passion for basketball in this community, said NBL Canada president Andre Levingston. And there will be an instant rivalry with Mississauga. NBL Canada announced last week that the Oshawa Power would be re-locating to the Hershey Centre for the upcoming season. That will bring the number teams in the league to 10 five in the Atlantic division and five in the Central, where the As will reside. The Powerade Centre will be powered by two professional teams, said Mayor Susan Fennell, after receiving the first-ever Brampton As jersey. I dont get disappointed, I get busy. The As will begin play in early-November. Courtesy of: bramptonguardian.com
The National Basketball League of Canada announced the protected lists for each team for the upcoming 2013-14 season on Thursday. Teams were allowed to protect five players in which they are able to conduct contract negotiations with exclusively. The Summerside Storm protected the following players: Antonio Ballard (6'4''-G/F, college: Miami, OH), Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.), Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89, college: Oregon St.), Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St [read more]
The National Basketball League of Canada announced the protected lists for each team for the upcoming 2013-14 season on Thursday. Teams were allowed to protect five players in which they are able to conduct contract negotiations with exclusively. The Summerside Storm protected the following players: Antonio Ballard (6'4''-G/F, college: Miami, OH), Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.), Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89, college: Oregon St.), Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St.Michael's) and Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina). Teams will have until Monday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m., to have their protected players signed to a player contract. Players who are not signed will become eligible to be contacted by all league teams. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com
The Ottaway Skyhawks got their first head coach. The newest NBLC team has announced the hiring of Kevin Keathley to the position. The US specialist worked with the Souk Valley Predators in PBL lately. He was selected as NBA D-League Pre-Draft Coach in 2012. Previously Kevin Keathley had stints with the East Kentucky Miners, Kentucky Colonels, Southeast Texas Mavericks. He also worked as coach assistant with the Louisville Eagles, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Bakersfield Jam [read more]
The Ottaway Skyhawks got their first head coach. The newest NBLC team has announced the hiring of Kevin Keathley to the position. The US specialist worked with the Souk Valley Predators in PBL lately. He was selected as NBA D-League Pre-Draft Coach in 2012. Previously Kevin Keathley had stints with the East Kentucky Miners, Kentucky Colonels, Southeast Texas Mavericks. He also worked as coach assistant with the Louisville Eagles, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Bakersfield Jam. Kevin Keathley earned Pro Basketball News Top Ten Minor League Coaches Award in 2006 and 2009. In 2010 the specialist was named the ABA Assistant Coach of the Year. The Ottawa Skyhawks will start their debut pre-season at the end of October. They are scheduled for a number of exhibition encounters.
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