The Windsor Express acquired an all-star floor general Monday. The expansion Express picked up guard Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack), who was a National Basketball League of Canada all-star last season, from the Halifax Rainmen for a third-round draft pick in 2013. "We're going to start him right away," said Express head coach Bill Jones, whose team plays the Moncton Miracles on the road Thursday (live stream at nblcanada.com). "He played in the league last year and we brought him in to be our starting point guard. "He was an all-star, he's a leader and he's got experience in the league and can bring that veteran point guard play we're looking for." The 24-year-old Duncan, who is from Long Island, N.Y., signed in October with Halifax after playing last season with the Saint John Mill Rats. However, the Rainmen replaced former Detroit Piston Cliff Livingston as head coach last week with Rob Spon, who opted to move Duncan to the bench. "He's put up some good games this year, but Halifax was looking for something else," Express general manager Chris Mendes said. The five-foot-11, 170-pound Duncan is 17th in league scoring averaging 13.5 points per game and gives Windsor three of the league's top 20 scorers along with Mike Helms, who is ninth averaging 18.43 points a game, and Greg Surmacz, who is 12th averaging 17 points a game. Duncan, who is a Merrimack College grad, is also fifth in the league in assists at 5.63, tied for 12th in steals averaging 1.5 per game and 18th in the league in free-throw percentage at 81.8 per cent. "It was a big shock, but it's part of the business and you just have to move on with it," Duncan said. "I guess (the Rainmen) were making a lot of changes, with a new coach, new systems and the owner wanted to make some changes and that included me, but I'm looking forward to the future. I think I'll fit right in with these guys." To make room on the roster for Duncan, the Express re-leased guard Darrell Lampley (5'10''-G-88, college: E.Michigan), who was signed last week. "The rookie (Lampley) came in and did what was asked of him," Jones said. "It was a situation that, with our team not playing well, we needed to upgrade. It wasn't on him." Sitting 2-5 on the season, the Express want to win now and Duncan is confident he can help accomplish that goal. "I talked to coach Jones a bit," Duncan said. "From our conversation, this is not a building year. It's a win now. "I'm pretty confident we can do that and win now with some of pieces we've got. These guys are capable of winning in this league. Sometimes, it takes guidance, direction and leadership and hopefully I can bring that." Jones was impressed that even though Duncan played Saturday and Sunday before the trade, he showed up at the team's practice Monday at St. Mary's University and jumped right in. "The kid is tough," Jones said. "I just wanted him to stretch out and watch and he went out and competed. "That says a lot about him and him as a player and his character. He had two tough games without rest and he went through a two-hour practice." Duncan will replace guard Victor Morris in the starting lineup Thursday when the Express play in Moncton. " (Morris) is a good player, but we need someone a little quicker and a little better defender," Jones said. " (Duncan) changes our mindset. He's a guy who wants to win. He's all about winning and we're happy to have him on board." Courtesy of: canada.com
The Niagara River Lions finally showed what many prognosticators predicted in the pre-season. When they play a full 48 minutes, and play unselfish basketball, they will be hard to beat. Seven players scored in double figures as the River Lions (3-5) walloped the Windsor Express (3-5) 117-99 in front of 2,081 fans at Meridian Centre Monday night [read more]
The Niagara River Lions finally showed what many prognosticators predicted in the pre-season. When they play a full 48 minutes, and play unselfish basketball, they will be hard to beat. Seven players scored in double figures as the River Lions (3-5) walloped the Windsor Express (3-5) 117-99 in front of 2,081 fans at Meridian Centre Monday night. Reigning NBL Canada MVP Logan Stutz played easily his best game of the season draining a team-high 20 points, while pulling down a game-high nine rebounds. Stutz credited a lot of his play to the return of starting point guard Sammy Zeglinski. 'I felt great, it was good having Sammy back - that helps me a lot,' said Stutz, who knows he has to take on more of vocal role with the club. 'The coaches and owners met, and gave everybody roles, and I needed to lead more. 'I'm a natural leader from last year, and I've been quiet, and I had to step up. They called me out on it, and I accepted it, and the team came right behind after I led this week. It was a group, team, effort.' Zeglinski had the game's only double-double with 11 points and 11 assists, while Marcus Lewis and Richard Amardi dazzled the crowd with some monster dunks and both scored in double-digits. Tyshawn Patterson, Bilal Benn and Kirk Williams Jr. also all scored in double figures. Head coach Grace Lokole perhaps summed things up best. 'It wasn't a different team, it was just different attitudes,' he said. 'Guys were happy either to be on the court or on the bench, guys were just happy to be part of the team. 'We needed a team victory. We've won other games (this season) but this one was special because of everything around it, and it was a team victory.' Stutz said the game 'was definitely the best team effort of the season.' 'We've had some good team practices, some good team chemistry events and it showed on the court, and that's what we like to see. 'We have to develop a trust. We have to have each other's backs.' Added Lokole, 'We're starting to figure out what kind of team we're going to be.' The Lions welcome the (4-4) P.E.I. Island Storm Friday. Game time is 7 p.m. Courtesy of: niagarafallsreview.ca
Hurricanes extend win streak to 7-0 after home win against Storm - 1 day ago
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Not even a flu bug can stop the Halifax Hurricanes. The NBL Canada's top team took down the Island Storm 110-104 at home to improve their franchise-record winning streak to seven games and remain unbeaten on the season. The duo of Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) and Cj Washington (6'7''-F) carried the club with a combined 49 points and 11 rebounds on the night. The Island Storm fall to 3-4 with the loss. Things didn't come easy Thursday, however. Head coach Mike Leslie said th... [read more]
Not even a flu bug can stop the Halifax Hurricanes. The NBL Canada's top team took down the Island Storm 110-104 at home to improve their franchise-record winning streak to seven games and remain unbeaten on the season. The duo of Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) and Cj Washington (6'7''-F) carried the club with a combined 49 points and 11 rebounds on the night. The Island Storm fall to 3-4 with the loss. Things didn't come easy Thursday, however. Head coach Mike Leslie said the flu has been going through the dressing room all week and Mason was one of the hardest-hit players. 'We've got about five guys hit by the flu,' he said. 'We were pretty sluggish out of the gates.' 'It seems we're just clicking at the right time and doing the right things.' Despite going just one of six from beyond the arc, the Hurricanes made it to the end of the first quarter down just four points, 30-26. But they turned the tide in the second quarter and made it to the break with a 55-52 lead. Billy White and Washington - both more than six-foot-seven - combined for 28 points in the opening half, with White scoring a game-high 15. 'We came out a little slow, but started to pick it up in second quarter and started playing our game,' said Washington. Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91) scored a team-high 11 for the Storm. Thomas, largely considered the Storm's best player, suffered an apparent head injury early in the third quarter and did not return. The Hurricanes continued to roll in the third quarter and extended their lead to 14 points, 88-74. For the second straight game, the Hurricanes were able to play a stress-free final frame en route to a 110-104 final score. Washington (25), Antoine Mason (24), Billy White (19) and Tu'Quan Zimmerman (10) led the Hurricanes in scoring. Clifford Clinkscales (6'1''-PG-84, college: De Paul) finished with a game-high 13 assists. On the Storm, Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) finished with a team-high 21 points. Al Stewart ended the game not far behind with 17. Halifax's two new additions, Kareem Canty (6'1''-G-93, college: Auburn) and Joey Haywood, stayed relatively quiet on the night. The pair combined for just five points, five rebounds and three assists in 11 minutes of action. 'We didn't play (Haywood) a whole lot tonight because he's just getting his legs back from under him after a long flight,' said Leslie. Haywood flew to Halifax from Vancouver on Monday. 'We wanted to see how (Canty) would play when the lights are on and he's a very talented player,' said Leslie. 'He should be a great addition.' The Hurricanes have a week off before their next game. Halifax won't see action until Jan. 19 when they head to Moncton to face the 2-4 Miracles. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Horace Wormely (ex Aguilas) is a newcomer at Riptide - 4 days ago
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Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) added to their roster 33-year old American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard). He played last summer at Aguilas in Colombian Liga DirecTV. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wormely won Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 championship title in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 Import Player of the Year in 2015. Wormely is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to... [read more]
Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) added to their roster 33-year old American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard). He played last summer at Aguilas in Colombian Liga DirecTV. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wormely won Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 championship title in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 Import Player of the Year in 2015. Wormely is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Wormely has played previously professionally also in China (Leopards), Germany (Landshut), D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders), WCBL (Pasadena S.), JBL Pro-Am (Pasadena) and Colombia (Patriotas and Bucaros). He attended Vanguard University until 2006 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
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