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
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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