Montreal J. - London L. 97-116 The London Lightning continue to just roll on. The defending National Basketball League of Canada championship set an NBL record for most wins in succession, coming up with their 10th Friday, a 116-97 victory over the Montreal Jazz in Montreal. The Lightning broke the record of nine in a row set last season by the Halifax Rainmen. The Lightning are 10-0 on the season. 'We just want to keep it going,' coach Micheal Ray Richardson said. 'Records are made to be broken and we want to keep breaking them.' It was only the Lightning's third game on the road this season. Even though the Jazz (0-9) have yet to win a game, they gave the Lightning their toughest game of the season the last time the Bolts were in Montreal. It was all the Lightning could do to come away with a 79-76 win. The Lightning jumped out to a big lead early in the first half. Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) hit early and often, coming up with 16 points in the half, including four three-pointers. 'Rodney got it going all right,' Richardson said. 'But really, everyone played well. Whoever we put in did a job.' But the big lead seemed to lull the Lightning to sleep. They came out in the third quarter and played the Jazz's game, which is mostly shooting the ball from the outside. Neither team was particularly patient and the Lightning rarely tried to take the ball inside. The Jazz outscored the Lightning 30-21 in the third quarter to get back into the game. The Jazz have no inside game but they can shoot the ball from three-point range. But you have to make a lot of three-pointers when you only get one shot each time down the floor. 'In the third quarter, we played to the score instead of playing like it was 0-0,' Richardson said. 'But overall, we played well.' Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79, college: S.Mississippi) was the big man for the Lightning. He had 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Buford finished with 18. Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) had 16, with Jeremy Williams 15 and 10 rebounds. Adrian Moss and Tim Ellis added 13 each. The Lightning's depth is usually what does in the opposition. It was another night with multiple players in double figures. Manix Auriantal (6'2''-G-80, college: NYIT) had 36 for Montreal, including hitting 7-of-10 from three-point land. The Lightning's next game is Thursday at the Budweiser Gardens against the Atlantic Conference-leading Moncton Miracles. It won't take much for the Lightning to stay focused for that one. 'It's my job to keep them focused,' he said. 'It's my job to keep them motivated and I'm a hell of a good motivator. They are going to work like they are 0-10, not 10-0.' Courtesy of: lfpress.com
Summerside S. - Windsor Exp. 102-92 Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland) scored 23 points and Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) recorded a double-double as the Windsor Express dropped a 102-92 decision to the Summerside Storm in the National Basketball League of Canada Friday in Summerside, P.E.I. Helms was 4-of-6 from the three-point line for the Express, who fell to 3-7 on the season. Duncan, who was acquired last month, netted 22 points to go along with 12 assists. "He's (Duncan) definitely brought some leadership to this team," Express general manager Chris Mendes said. "I think he's adapted well to our system and he made some great decisions on the court." Three members of the Express made their debuts Friday. including forward Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken), who was 6-of-14 from field-goal range with 12 points and seven rebounds. Lester Prosper pulled down eight rebounds and scored five points, while guard Stefan Bonneau added five points off the bench. "Commons had a great game and he set up a lot of guys," Mendes said. "It's their first game together and it was on the road, so it was tough." The Express are back in action Sunday when they take on the Moncton Miracles. Courtesy of: canada.com
Halifax R. - Oshawa P. 90-87 CALL IT The Miracle at the Metro Centre. Joey Haywood nailed a game-tying three-pointer with three seconds left and Quinnel Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Auburn) sank an improbable trey from deep in his own end at the buzzer as the Halifax Rainmen stunned the Oshawa Power 90-87 on Friday night in a National Basketball League of Canada thriller. 'Never in my life, never in basketball history, that was amazing,' a jubilant Haywood exclaimed shortly after a video review confirmed the Rainmen had indeed snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. 'I just can't believe it. That was like God was on our side today.' The win was the fourth in five games for Halifax (6-5) since Rob Spon took over as head coach on Nov. 21. It was also the team's second nail-biter in a week with the Power, whom the Rainmen nipped 105-104 last Saturday. The outlook didn't look promising for Halifax when Oshawa forward William (Bo) Harris converted a pair of free throws with 9.8 seconds left, giving the Power an 87-84 lead. That's when Haywood and Brown - neither of whom had scored a basket in the fourth quarter - showed their flair for the dramatic. Coming out of a timeout, Haywood took the inbounds pass inside the Power zone, ran a little time off the clock and then, under pressure, drained a triple from the left wing with three seconds left to deadlock the game at 87-87 as the crowd of 2,025 erupted. 'I've been practising that shot all week with my man Reed (Baker) and it just comes from practising in the gym, that's about it,' said Haywood, who finished with 13 points. After another timeout, Oshawa inbounded the ball on Halifax's side of halfcourt. But Brown knocked the ball loose and launched a low-arcing desperation shot from a few feet inside the three-point line in Halifax's end. It slammed into the backboard just above the rim at the other end and caromed in for the game-winning shot. The Power protested briefly, asserting that the game clock had expired before Brown got the shot off. But replays showed he released the ball just before the red lights came on to signal that time had run out. Brown insisted after the game that the shot was far from a fluke, though he said he'd never done it before. 'We practise that every day,' he said. 'Coach Spon puts money on the ground and everybody shoots until somebody makes it. So it just paid off.' Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina) topped Halifax with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Brown added 14 points, Hillary Haley (6'6''-G-88, college: Md-E Shore) had 13 and Halifax native Tyler Richards had his most productive game as a Rainman, netting eight points, including a pair of treys. Amani Daanish (6'8''-F-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Indiana St.) paced Oshawa (6-6) with 20 points. Harris and Mark Gomillia (6'5''-F-87, college: SF Austin) chipped in with 16 each. Oshawa led 20-18 after the first quarter. The visitors were up by five before Richards banked in a three-pointer from high on the left wing in the final minute. In the second, Richards played straight through and made the most of his time. His tough hoop from the baseline with 6:25 remaining put Halifax in front 29-27 and a couple of minutes later, his triple from the top of the arc made it 34-29 for Halifax. The Rainmen were up 42-39 at halftime and, five lead changes later, carried a one-point edge (70-69) into the final period after Haywood nailed a step-back jumper from the foul line as the horn sounded to end the third quarter. In the fourth, there were five more lead changes before Brown's long shot provided the astonishing sixth. The six-foot-six forward said the Rainmen, who entertain the Saint John Mill Rats (4-6) tonight, still have plenty of work to do. 'We're still lacking little things like box-out rebounds, close out with the hand up and basically just giving your all,' he said. 'We've got some guys that's giving their all and some not. In order to win a championship, everybody's gotta give it their all. That's what we're lacking.' Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Hurricanes extend win streak to 7-0 after home win against Storm - 2 hours 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 - 3 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.
Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) cut 29-year old American forward Chris Early (200-107kg-88, college: Chattanooga). In 5 NBL Canada games he averaged just 2.0ppg and 1.0rpg this season. Part of last summer Early spent at Inmaculada (LBL) in Peruvian league where in 10 games he was second best scorer with impressive 21.8ppg and recorded 12.2rpg (leader !!!) and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Peruvian League Al... [read more]
Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) cut 29-year old American forward Chris Early (200-107kg-88, college: Chattanooga). In 5 NBL Canada games he averaged just 2.0ppg and 1.0rpg this season. Part of last summer Early spent at Inmaculada (LBL) in Peruvian league where in 10 games he was second best scorer with impressive 21.8ppg and recorded 12.2rpg (leader !!!) and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Peruvian League All-Star Game. Early also spent pre-season at Kentucky in U.S. semi-pro league UBA that year. Among other achievements his college team won SoCon Tournament in 2009. Early received also USbasket.com UBA All-Rookie 2nd Team award back in 2014. He has played also professionally in UBA (Texas Cyclones, Kentucky Kings and Ohio F.), ABL (Twin City U.) and PBL (W.Virginia M.). Early attended Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
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