Summerside S. - Moncton M. 107-86 The Summerside STORM decided to start Islander Doug McKinney (6'9''-F/C-84) to provide a spark for the team and fans and the move helped the STORM go out to a 28-10 first quarter lead enroute to a 107-86 win over the Moncton Miracles Sunday afternoon before 1,602 at Credit Union Place in Summerside. Gregory Plummer (6'3''-G-83, college: Eckerd) scored a team franchise record 40 points to go along with 7 assists and 8 three point shots to lead the STORM. Antonio Ballard (6'4''-G/F, college: Miami, OH) had another solid game with 22 points and 14 rebounds while Al Stewart had 10 assists and 9 points. Moncton was led by Darrell Wonge (6'7''-F-86, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Winston Salem) and Sylvania Watkins (6'9''-F-84, college: Victory) who both scored 18 points. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
St.John M.R. - Montreal J. 99-79 The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, turned up the heat and crushed the Montreal Jazz in fourth quarter action, ending the game with a final score of 99-79 in front of 1876 fans at Harbour Station Saturday night! The Mill Rats opened up the game with a three pointer from Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga), followed by a layup from leading scorer Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts). With 6 minutes left in the first, the Jazz were able to tie the game after Micah Brand fouled San Ibrahim. The Jazz closed the first leading 21-24. After 2 points from PJ Young and Cavell Johnson, the Mill Rats were able to pull ahead 32-31 with 7:45 on the clock before half. Both teams went basket for basket but close to the end of the half, the Jazz still lead 48-53. Anderson opened up the third strong, scoring the first basket. The Mill Rats pushed hard in the third chipping away at the Jazz's lead. Four minutes into the third, a great pass from Anderson to Young under the basket, gave the Mill Rats the lead they needed, 58-55 over the Jazz. Montreal fought back and maintained a 3 point lead closing the third 68-71. The last quarter the Mill Rats turned up the head, outscoring the Jazz 31-8. Some great baskets from Anthony Anderson, Melvin Council (6'3''-G-82, college: Robert Morris) and Steve Deluca helped maintain the team's momentum in the fourth and their 20 point lead. Final score for the Mill Rats was 99-79. Leading scorers for the Mill Rats were Anthony Anderson with 24 points while Jerice Crouch and Melvin Council each added 15. Crouch added 7 assists while PJ Young had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Jazz were led by Terance Licorish with 17 and former Mill Rat from last season, Sani Ibrahim who took home 15 points. The Mill Rats rise to 4-6 on the season while the Jazz fall to 0-8. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Summerside S. - Windsor Exp. 84-96 Newly acquired point guard Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) led the Windsor Express with 23 points and seven assists in a 96-84 victory over the Summerside Storm in NBL of Canada action Friday night in Summerside, P.E.I. Duncan found his touch at the three-point line, where he was 3-of-4 for the Express, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland) added 17 points, while Raymond Kraemer chipped in with 16 points and three rebounds. Former Lancer Greg Surmacz was 5-for-12 from field goal range and netted 12 points with eight rebounds and five assists. Forward Kevin Loiselle recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Express are off until next weekend when they take on the Storm again on the road. The professional basketball team is also giving youth programs in Windsor and Essex County the chance to play on the main court at the WFCU Centre prior to every Express home game starting in the new year. Royal Church of the Express said the idea is to generate more ticket sales and get more fans to attend the games. Courtesy of: The Windsor Star
Oshawa P. - Halifax R. 104-105 The Halifax Rainmen have their first three-game winning streak of the season. The Rainmen gutted out a tough 105-104 road victory over the Oshawa Power on Saturday afternoon, doggedly protecting a tenuous lead for the final 17 minutes and enduring a few anxious seconds at the end to improve to 5-4. Hillary Haley went 7-for-10 from the floor to top the Rainmen with 18 points. Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) and Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina) added 17 each, with 10 of Tisby's points coming in a nail-biting fourth quarter. 'He made the right plays at the end," Haley, 24, said of the six-foot-eight centre, five years his senior. 'I'm learning from these guys, veterans like Joey Haywood, Quinnel Quinnel Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Auburn), Tisby. Those guys, like Tisby today, they make plays down the stretch that win you ball games and Big Tis really played well today.' Haywood chipped in with 16 points for Halifax, Josiah Turner had 12 and Quinnel Brown 11 . William (Bo) Harris and former Rainmen guard Papa Oppong (6'4''-G-87, college: E.Kentucky) netted 19 each to pace Oshawa (6-5), with Oppong going 5-for-7 from three-point territory. The Power's long-range attack - and the Rainmen's inability to contain it - elevated Halifax coach Rob Spon's blood pressure for three quarters. Oshawa nailed 11 of 21 shots from behind the arc over that span, most of them on open looks at the basket. But the Rainmen battened down the hatches in the fourth, limiting the Power to just three attempts and one conversion from three-point land. 'We had to buckle down,' Haley said. 'We was letting them get into the lane too easy and we were letting 'em get kickout jump shots too easy.' Halifax shot 61 per cent from the field in the first quarter to jump out front 33-23, only to watch Oshawa turn the tables in the second, outscoring the visitors 33-21. The Power were up 56-54 at the half. In the third, the Rainmen trailed by as many as eight points. But Haywood's baseline jumper with five minutes left - near the tail end of a 13-2 Halifax run - gave the Rainmen a lead (72-70) they wouldn't surrender again. Tyler Richards' triple in the last minute, his first hoop of the season, helped the Rainmen carry an 85-84 edge into the fourth period. But Oshawa never went away. After Haywood's big third-quarter hoop, the Power clawed back to tie the score on two of their next three possessions. Seven other times over the last 17 minutes, they got to within a point. 'We had a big lead early but they made their run,' Haley said. 'But we stayed close, we stayed within reach and we battled and we gutted it out.' Tisby had two key buckets down the stretch - one on a medium-range bank shot and one out of a crowd below the rim - to keep the Power four points off the pace and Haywood buried two free throws with 23 seconds left in the game as Halifax went up 105-101. Oshawa kept its hopes alive when Harris sank a three-pointer off a broken play with five seconds left to draw within one point, then got the ball back with one last chance to score after Robinson missed a pair of foul shots. Halifax, which improved to 2-2 away from home, finishes off its mini road trip in London today against the Lightning, who are perfect after eight games. A Lightning victory would match the NBL record of nine straight wins, set last season by the Rainmen. 'We're on a three-game winning streak and I think that momentum going into London is really gonna help us and I'm looking forward to another battle,' Haley said. 'It's gonna definitely be a challenge for us but we're ready.' Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
London L. - Halifax R. 108-95 Don't let the 13-point spread at the end of the game fool you. The London Lightning had all they could handle from the Halifax Rainmen Sunday at the Budweiser Gardens. But as they have nine times this year, the Lightning emerged the winner, defeating the Rainmen 108-95 and tying the NBL record for most wins in succession. The Rainmen set the record last season. 'It's a good team. They have a new coach and he's been in the business a long time. They've added some good players,' Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson said. 'That's basketball. That was a good basketball game.' For a change, a game the Lightning were involved in was never out of reach for either team. It was decided only in the last few minutes when the Rainmen pressured to get back into it and they were punished by the Lightning. The man who had the biggest impact was the smallest guy on the court. Adrian Moss (5'9''-PG-88, college: Indianapolis) is called a lot of things by his team: peewee, Mighty Mouse and Mighty Moss. On Sunday he was Mighty Moss. Almost everyone on the Lightning was struggling to hit from the outside when Richardson went to Moss early. Moss made several key baskets and defensive plays that either kept the Lightning ahead or turned the momentum when it looked like the Rainmen were going to grab it. He finished the game with 21 points and four assists. The key moment in the game came when the Lightning were up by only five points early in the fourth quarter. Moss hit a deep three, forced a turnover on the Rainmen's next possession and found Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) for another three. Now the lead was 11. When the Rainmen made another run, Moss took a charge, hit a three and hit a pull-up three on a fast break. The Rainmen could never recover. 'That was the backbreaker,' Rainmen coach Robert Spon said. 'We came to within four, six, seven but just couldn't get it closer. They have an experienced team who knows how to win. We have a lot of young players.' The Rainmen will get better. Spon, who took over three weeks into the season and hasn't had the chance to implement his entire system, can coach. The Rainmen have also added solid players since their season opening loss to the Lightning. The Rainmen had won three games coming into Sunday. Quinnel Brown had 16 points for the Rainmen and 10 rebounds ,while Brandon Robinson had 15 and 15. It came down to the Lightning's depth. Along with Moss, Buford came off the bench and finished with 17 points. Jermaine Blackburn came off the bench and hit for 14. Starter Jeremy Williams had 14 points in only 16 minutes of work, while Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79, college: S.Mississippi) had 12 points and 16 rebounds. 'You have a guy like me that comes off the bench and gets it going and players look for me every time,' Moss said. 'That's the type of team we have. Coach says whoever has it going that night, you give him the ball. Tonight happened to be my night. Next night it might be somebody else. That's the great thing about our team, it's somebody different every night.' Moss was terrific at both ends of the court and for a little guy, he's tough as nails and has great confidence. 'That's why he's here,' Richardson said. 'He's tough mentally and he can play. Make no mistakes about it. He can shoot the three. When he was in college, he can score. He has a scoring mentality but he's also a playmaker. 'It's one of those games when the starters didn't shoot well. But that's why you have a bench.' It was one of the toughest games for the Lightning this year with Spon and Richardson making moves to play with a large or small lineup, forcing the other guy to make changes. It was like a chess game. 'In the end, I put him in checkmate,' Richardson said. The Lightning shoot for a record 10th win in succession Friday in Montreal against the Jazz. Courtesy of: lfpress.com
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.
Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) released 26-year old American forward Jamell Harris (206-91kg-91, college: E.Michigan). In 15 NBL Canada games he had 6.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5bpg this season. Harris also played earlier that season for Froya Basket in Norwegian BLNO where in 10 NBL Canada games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.6apg and 2.2bpg. His team won MAC West Division Regular Season in 2012. Harris is quite experienced player. He has played on four different... [read more]
Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) released 26-year old American forward Jamell Harris (206-91kg-91, college: E.Michigan). In 15 NBL Canada games he had 6.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5bpg this season. Harris also played earlier that season for Froya Basket in Norwegian BLNO where in 10 NBL Canada games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.6apg and 2.2bpg. His team won MAC West Division Regular Season in 2012. Harris is quite experienced player. He has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Harris has played previously professionally in Chile (Deportivo Valdivia), Iraq (Al Kahraba), Mexico (Tijuana Zonkeys) and Saudi Arabia (Al Wehda). He attended Eastern Michigan University until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
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