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
New Ownership Group Takes Over Saint John Mill Rats - 1 day ago
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The Saint John Mill Rats have a new ownership group and fans will have a chance to take part in choosing a new name for the team. The ownership group is made up of local residents and is headed by Scott VanWart, Mike Cormier and Paul Vaughan. Vaughan says "there's nothing but up side" to keeping provincial basketball here in Saint John when you consider how much of an impact is has on the community. He says financial issues led to the league taking the team and putting it up on the market [read more]
The Saint John Mill Rats have a new ownership group and fans will have a chance to take part in choosing a new name for the team. The ownership group is made up of local residents and is headed by Scott VanWart, Mike Cormier and Paul Vaughan. Vaughan says "there's nothing but up side" to keeping provincial basketball here in Saint John when you consider how much of an impact is has on the community. He says financial issues led to the league taking the team and putting it up on the market. Vaughan says with the new company and all the legalities associated with the transition, it means the team name will change with fans submitting their ideas on what the new team name should be. He says they have a new head coach in mind and they'll be making an announcement very soon. Courtesy of: country94.ca
London Lightning tabs Kendall Williams, ex San German - 3 days 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 - 3 days 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
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