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
London Lightning tabs Kendall Williams, ex San German - 7 hours ago
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London Lightning (NBL Canada) inked 25-year old American guard Kendall Williams (193-84kg-91, college: N.Mexico). He played in the summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 7 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 2.1apg. Part of last season Williams spent at Nuernberg Falcons BC in ProA where in three games he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He also spent pre-season at Chorale de Roanne (ProA) in French league that year. Williams has tried to make it to the NBA a... [read more]
London Lightning (NBL Canada) inked 25-year old American guard Kendall Williams (193-84kg-91, college: N.Mexico). He played in the summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 7 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 2.1apg. Part of last season Williams spent at Nuernberg Falcons BC in ProA where in three games he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He also spent pre-season at Chorale de Roanne (ProA) in French league that year. Williams has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. Among other achievements his college team won MWC Tournament for three years in a row (between 2012 and 2014). Williams received also All-MWC 1st Team award in 2013 and 2014. He has played also professionally in Italy (VL Pesaro and Jesi). Williams attended University of New Mexico until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. His game is described as:
A true hard worker with great attitude, he's very quick, defends well and can play multiple positions, from 1 to 3. But he isn't a true PG, not at all.
Halifax Hurricanes appoint new head coach - 7 hours ago
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The Halifax Hurricanes Kevin Keathley will join the team as the head coach and general manager for the upcoming season. Keathley joins the team from the Bowling Green Bandits of the American Basketball Association, where he led the team to a 11-2 record last season. 'I couldn't be more excited to be given the opportunity to lead one of the cornerstone franchises of NBL Canada,' said Keathley in a news release. 'We will build a championship quality team on and off the court.' Keathley is k... [read more]
The Halifax Hurricanes Kevin Keathley will join the team as the head coach and general manager for the upcoming season. Keathley joins the team from the Bowling Green Bandits of the American Basketball Association, where he led the team to a 11-2 record last season. 'I couldn't be more excited to be given the opportunity to lead one of the cornerstone franchises of NBL Canada,' said Keathley in a news release. 'We will build a championship quality team on and off the court.' Keathley is known for his fast paced, up-tempo philosophy. His Bandits averaged 127 points in 13 regular season games last year. 'He's a coach who understands what's needed to build a competitive team and to be part of the community,' said Don Mills, chair of the Hurricanes board of directors. Keathley has never had a losing season in his 15-year coaching career, but will have big shoes to fill in Halifax. 'It's going to be an exciting season as we look to defend the title against some of the best coaches and players in professional basketball,' said Keathley. Former General manager Andre Levingston led Halifax franchises to back-to-back National Basketball League of Canada finals appearances. While former head coach Hugo Lopez won the NBL of Canada's coach of the year award last season and led the team to a league championship in its inaugural year. The team tried to negotiate a new contract with Lopez, but the two parties couldn't come to terms on an agreement. Keathley has previous experience coaching in Canada. He was behind the bench of the now-defunct Ottawa Skyhawks in 2013, but was fired after just seven games. He was named as one of the top-10 Coaches in the United States not in the NBA back in 2009. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Island Storm (NBL Canada) confirmed in their roster 30-year old American forward Tirrell Baines (198-100kg-86, college: Marshall, agency: Interperformances). He played there last season. In 28 NBL Canada games he had 12.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5apg. In 2011 Baines was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in fourth round (10th overall). He attended Marshall University and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball. Baines was voted C-USA All-Freshman Team back in 2008 at his college time. Bai... [read more]
Island Storm (NBL Canada) confirmed in their roster 30-year old American forward Tirrell Baines (198-100kg-86, college: Marshall, agency: Interperformances). He played there last season. In 28 NBL Canada games he had 12.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5apg. In 2011 Baines was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in fourth round (10th overall). He attended Marshall University and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball. Baines was voted C-USA All-Freshman Team back in 2008 at his college time. Baines has played also professionally in Uruguay (Stockolmo) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).
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