Oshawa P. - Montreal J. 121-100 Durham's team the Oshawa Power defeat the expansion Montreal Jazz 121 - 100 putting together back-to-back wins for the first time this season. The Power jumped out to an early 26 - 6 lead in the first quarter leading to a quick Jazz time out. The Jazz fought back and reduced the lead to just three points, but that was as close as they would get. Local Durham region star Papa Oppong (6'4''-G-87, college: E.Kentucky) recorded his first double-double of the season recording 11 points and 10 rebounds. 'Tonight we came out with a lot of intensity from the beginning,' said Oppong after the game. ' We were able to buckle down on defense from the opening tip and that set the tempo.' The Power were able to get their hands in the passing lanes and created 17 Jazz turnovers. They also held the Jazz to 42% shooting from the floor. Durham's team also showed their unselfishness on the offensive end leading to 27 assits and seven different players in double figures scoring. Nick Okorie (6'1''-G-88, college: Texas Tech) had a game high 28 points continuing his strong play over the past couple of games. 'We're all clicking right now. I think the longer we're together the more we will learn how to play with each other. The chemistry is getting a lot better.' The Power now get set to try and make it three wins in a row as they host the Halifax Rainmen on Saturday December 1st at 2:00 p.m. Former Oshawa Power star and last year's league leading scorer Brandon Robinson will make his return to Oshawa for the first time this year. 'Robinson is a great scorer,' said Oppong following the win. 'It should be fun, I'd like to take on the challenge of guarding him.' Courtesy of: northumberlandview.ca
Moncton M. - Windsor Exp. 93-88 Guard Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) scored 29 points in his Express debut Thursday but Windsor lost 93-88 against the Moncton Miracles in the National Basketball League of Canada at the Moncton Coliseum. 'He definitely helped us,' said Express forward Greg Surmacz (6'8''-F-86, agency: Interperformances), who had 14 points. 'We battled for most of the game but we just dug ourselves into a hole.' Duncan, who made 8-of-14 shots from the field against the Miracles, was acquired from the Halifax Rainmen Monday for a third-round draft pick in 2013. After trailing 74-55 after three quarters, Windsor outscored Moncton 33-19 in the fourth quarter. 'I think we just have to transfer the scrappiness we had in the fourth quarter and bring that to the start of the game . . . simple as that,' Surmacz said. 'I don't think this team has yet to put together a solid 40 minutes of basketball.' Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland) added 14 points and Anthony Johnson had 12 points for the Express (2-6), who have lost three straight games on their eastern road trip. They'll be in Summerside to face the Storm tonight. Courtesy of: windsorstar.com
Oshawa P. - St.John M.R. 111-103 Durham's team the Oshawa Power defeat the Saint John Mill Rats 111 - 103 to once again move above the .500 mark on the season. The Power started off slowly once again finding themselves on the wrong end of a 10 - 3 run to start the game, but an energetic bench unit led by Larry Diamond came in and took control of the game leading to a comfortable victory for Durham's Team. Diamond broke the game open in the third quarter with his three point shooting nailing back-to-back threes. Diamond finished the game with 15 points off the bench. "It's all about executing," said Diamond after the victory. " We were able to execute the plays, and my teammates found me and I was able to knock down the shots today." Mark Gormillia started for the Power and finished with 18 points in a strong performance. Jushay Rockett (6'6''-F-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) led the team with 21 points and added 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Local Durham region star Courtney Small and Papa Oppong once again had a stand out effort. They continue to do the little things that don't show up on the stat sheet. The Power will play the second half of a back-to-back as they host the Montreal Jazz for the first time this season. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
London L. - St.John M.R. 113-82 The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, suffered a tough road loss on Thursday night at the Budweiser Gardens against the London Lightning with a final score of 113-82. The Mill Rats opened up the game strong, holding a lead over the undefeated Lightning at the end of the first, 21-25. Half way through the second the Lightning started to battle back with the help of Elvin Mims. With just under 5 minutes on the clock before half, the teams were neck and neck, but the Lightning pulled ahead, closing the half leading 50-42. The second half, the Mill Rats were not able to get their shots off. They were outscored by the Lightning bench who contributed 59 points. The Lightning rebounded aggressively, grabbing 59 to the Mill Rats 45. The Lightning won the game 113-82. Although it was a tough loss, it was a big game for Mill Rats Cavell Johnson (6'8''-F-85, college: UMBC) who posted a double double netting 15 points and 13 boards. This was answered by Lightning's Elvin Mims who played a big game, adding 14 points and 12 boards. Leading scorers for the Mill Rats were Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) with 21, while Jerice Crouch and Cavell Johnson each added 15. The Lightning were led by Adrian Moss who contributed 15 points, while Elvin Mims added 14. The Mill Rats fall to 3-6 while the Lightning rise to 8-0. The Mill Rats return home to host the Montreal Jazz at Harbour Station this Saturday, Dec .1st. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Moncton M. - Summerside S. 102-83 A first-place showdown in the Atlantic Division of the National Basketball League of Canada quickly turned into a lopsided affair as the Moncton Miracles cruised to a 102-83 victory. 'We got beat up and down the floor,'' Storm head coach Joe Salerno told the Moncton Times-Transcript after the game. 'We got outplayed, we got outhustled and we got out-executed. 'We couldn't throw the ball in the ocean from P.E.I. tonight (Tuesday). We couldn't make a shot. You can't play like that against good teams. 'That was our worst game of the season, no question about it. We couldn't make a layup. We couldn't make an open jump shot. This is the tail end of six games in 10 days for us, with five of those being on the road. 'But that's no excuse. We played very poorly and it's not acceptable.'' The 83 points scored is the lowest total ever by a Storm team. The previous low was 86 in Windsor on Nov. 16, 2012. The 19-point loss is the third greatest in the Storm's two-year history, behind a 22-point deficit against London on March 4, 2012, and a 21-point loss versus Saint John on Nov. 30, 2011. The win improved Moncton's record to 7-4 (won-lost) while the Storm fell to 5-5. After winning both pre-season games and starting the regular season 4-0 (won-lost), the Storm has lost five of their last six games, with all five losses coming away from home. The Storm has been faced with a demanding schedule the last 2 1/2 weeks as seven of their last eight games have been on the road after starting the regular season with back-to-back home matches. Before 1,442 fans at the Moncton Coliseum, the Miracles jumped out to an early 8-2 advantage, led 24-15 after the first quarter and never looked back en route to evening the season series against the Storm at two wins apiece. Moncton took a seven-point advantage, 44-37, into halftime. The Miracles took a 67-59 cushion into the fourth quarter, when they outscored the Storm 35-24. Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: St.Francis, PA) scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Miracles, who received 17 points from Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) and 15 from Darrell Wonge. Avery Smith (6'4''-G-86, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) was the Storm's top scorer with 17 points. Greg Plummer chipped in with 13 and four other players - Al Stewart, Willy Manigat, Louis Birdsong and Brandon Hassell - were the next top scorers with eight apiece. The Miracles shot 37-for-82 from the field and went 7-for-22 from three-point range. The Storm, meanwhile, shot 30-for-98 and had a 5-for-22 summary from downtown. Rebound-wise, Moncton held a 63-59 advantage. The Storm's 30.6-field-goal-shooting percentage was the second-lowest in team history, behind the 29.8 per cent against Moncton on Jan. 23, 2012. The Storm will look to get back on the winning track on Friday as they begin a four-game homestand at Eastlink Arena against the expansion Windsor Express at 7 p.m. The Miracles pay a return visit to Summerside for a rare Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com
Halifax Hurricanes drop Saint John Riptide - 5 hours ago
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The Halifax Hurricanes closed out their-three game homestand in style. In front of a season-high 2,501 fans, the Hurricanes pulled out a 113-102 win over their Atlantic division rivals - the Saint John Riptide - Sunday afternoon at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. 'We just wore them down a little bit,' said head coach Mike Leslie after the game. 'This was a very dangerous game for us and we had to make sure we did everything we needed to do to play.' With the win, the Hurricanes improved... [read more]
The Halifax Hurricanes closed out their-three game homestand in style. In front of a season-high 2,501 fans, the Hurricanes pulled out a 113-102 win over their Atlantic division rivals - the Saint John Riptide - Sunday afternoon at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. 'We just wore them down a little bit,' said head coach Mike Leslie after the game. 'This was a very dangerous game for us and we had to make sure we did everything we needed to do to play.' With the win, the Hurricanes improved to 18-5 on the season while Saint John falls to 12-8. Saint John played the game with just eight players following a slew of suspensions due to a brawl in an earlier game this week against the Kitchener Waterloo Titans. Among the suspended are the team's top-two scorers, Anthony Anderson and Gabe Freeman. 'We couldn't let that be a factor,' said Tyrone Watson (6'5''-F-90, college: N.Mexico St.), who scored 18 points in the win. ' (When the other team's short) we've got to focus in more. They've got eight guys so they don't have much to lose. 'Our bench has been solid throughout the whole year,' said Watson. 'Our bench could probably start on another team in the league.' Halifax also kept the league's best team from beyond the arc to just 6-for-30 from three-point range. The Hurricanes finished out the first quarter on a 7-0 run in the final minute to take a 31-24 lead. Halifax and Saint John each scored 25 points in the second as the Hurricanes made it to the break with a 56-49 lead. Mike Poole (6'6''-G/F-92, college: Iona) and Renaldo Dixon each scored eight points off the bench. Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) led the Hurricanes with nine in the half. Haakim Johnson (6'7''-G/F-87, college: Pikeville) (15) and Darin Mency (6'2''-G-89, college: Merrimack, agency: DTMones) (13) led the Riptide in scoring. The Hurricanes maintained their seven-point lead through three quarters as both teams scored 31 coming out of the half. Fatigue appeared to set in by the final frame and the Hurricanes began to pull away. Twenty-six points in the fourth quarter extended the Hurricanes' lead to double digits as they came away with the 113-102 win. Antoine Mason led the Hurricanes with 19 points and nine rebounds. Watson (18), Poole (14) and Dixon (12) rounded out Halifax's top scorers. Mency scored a game-high 34 for the Riptide while teammate Haakim Johnson added 24 of his own. The Hurricanes will begin a three-game Atlantic road trip Friday in Saint John. They don't play at the Scotiabank Centre again until March 16, as the AUS and U Sports basketball championships come to town. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Windsor Beats Niagara in Thriller 93-92 - 1 day ago
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For the second time in two games the Windsor Express played the Niagara River Lions at home. Windsor had not seen game action in almost a week. Their last game was a heart breaking loss to these same Niagara River Lions, snapping Windsor's four game win streak. Coming into the game, Niagara had only seven wins, four of which came against the Express. Before the game it was announced the team had parted ways with former Windsor Lancer Alex Campbell. The week off showed out of the gates, as... [read more]
For the second time in two games the Windsor Express played the Niagara River Lions at home. Windsor had not seen game action in almost a week. Their last game was a heart breaking loss to these same Niagara River Lions, snapping Windsor's four game win streak. Coming into the game, Niagara had only seven wins, four of which came against the Express. Before the game it was announced the team had parted ways with former Windsor Lancer Alex Campbell. The week off showed out of the gates, as Niagara went on a 12-4 run to begin the first quarter. Windsor had to use the three ball to get back into the game. Clinton Springer provided a spark off the bench and contributed five points in the first quarter. Darren Duncan (6'0''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) played the majority of the point guard minutes early, leading a 20-3 Windsor run early. Windsor allowed only one three, allowing them to maintain a 44-34 lead. Their leading scorer was Nick Evans who contributed eight points on 4-8 shooting in a team effort heavy first half. Juan Pattillo (6'7''-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) began heating up in the second half. Going against former Express forward and current River Lions star Chris Commons, Pattillo began finding success in the pick-and-roll game. There was a steady diet of three pointers throughout the second half. Darren Duncan went on his first scoring rampage of the season, nailing four shots from beyond the arch in the half. He would finish with a team high 20 points. With under one minutes to play, Windsor led by only one point. Kirk Williams (6'7''-PF-81, college: Bridgeport) Jr drove the lane and went up with the right hand, sinking the layup and taking the lead away from Windsor. Express forward Nick Evans answered back with an inside bucket of his own, giving Windsor the 93-92 lead. This gave Niagara enough time for one final possession to win it. Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90, college: Oregon) of the River Lions came up short on his final three point attempt of the game, sealing the victory for Windsor. For the first time this season Windsor defeated Niagara, 93-92. Darren Duncan was the player of the game, falling four rebounds short of a double-double. The star point guard had 20 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Juan Pattillo also scored 20 points to go along with his 9 rebounds. Niagara's leading scorer was Carl Hall (6'8''-F-89, college: Wichita St., agency: HMS), who put up a game high 21 points and 11 rebounds. Windsor's next game will be on the road in Orangeville on March 4th. The next home game for the Express will be against the league-leading London Lightning when they come to the WFCU Centre on Wednesday March 8th for a 7:00 pm start time. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
George Blakeney (ex CAB Madeira) signs at KW Titans - 6 days ago
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NBL Canada newcomer Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) landed 26-year old American power forward George Blakeney (206-116kg-91, college: UNC Pembroke). He played most recently at CAB Madeira in Portuguese LPB league. In 16 games he averaged 9.4ppg and 7.4rpg last season. The previous (2015) summer Blakeney played at Regatas in Peruvian league where in three Liga Sudamericana games he had 15.0ppg and 7.0rpg in 2015 season. Among other achievements he won Peruvian LNB championship title... [read more]
NBL Canada newcomer Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) landed 26-year old American power forward George Blakeney (206-116kg-91, college: UNC Pembroke). He played most recently at CAB Madeira in Portuguese LPB league. In 16 games he averaged 9.4ppg and 7.4rpg last season. The previous (2015) summer Blakeney played at Regatas in Peruvian league where in three Liga Sudamericana games he had 15.0ppg and 7.0rpg in 2015 season. Among other achievements he won Peruvian LNB championship title in 2015. Blakeney received also All-PeachBelt 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time. Blakeney has played also professionally in Argentina (Weber Bahia). He attended University of North Carolina at Pembroke until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
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