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
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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