Halifax R. - St.John M.R. 103-96 A LITTLE CONFIDENCE can go a long way. Taking advantage of a recent increase in playing time, Tyler Richards (6'2''-G-86) scored 11 points and had a pair of big hoops in the fourth quarter as the Halifax Rainmen downed the Saint John Mill Rats 103-96 on Saturday night at the Metro Centre. In front of 2,086 fans, the Halifax native nailed three of five attempts from beyond the three-point arc in 21 minutes of action. He played 20 minutes and netted eight points in Friday's win over Oshawa. 'He gave me confidence as soon as he came,' Richards said of head coach Rob Spon, who took over on the bench on Nov. 21. 'He told me that he feels that I belong in this league, he's confident in me and that I just have to believe in myself.' Richards, a former star at St. Francis Xavier University, returned to organized basketball this fall after an absence of more than three years. He'd played only 17 minutes in parts of four games over the first five weeks of the season. But with starter Brandon Robinson struggling for the second night in a row, Spon called on the 26-year-old guard to provide some long-range offence. When Saint John went on a 16-6 run to start the fourth and deployed a zone defence that was giving Halifax fits, the coach summoned Richards to help quell the rally. He responded by burying a triple and a deuce on consecutive possessions as the Rainmen restored an 11-point lead. 'I'm real happy that I'm getting the chance to get out here - it's been a long time,' Richards said. 'It's a big confidence booster, for him to have enough confidence in me to put me out there in a situation like that.' Joey Haywood made six of eight shots from the floor to top the Rainmen with 18 points. Improving to 7-5, Halifax moved to within a half-game of the first-place Moncton Miracles (8-5) in the Atlantic Division of the National Basketball League of Canada. Melvin Goins (5'11''-G-87, college: Tennessee), who joined the team on Nov. 26 when Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) was dealt to Windsor, netted 16 points and Hillary Haley (6'6''-G-88, college: Md-E Shore) added 15. Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina), Josiah Turner and Quinnel Brown all posted double-doubles, with Tisby scoring 14 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Turner had 13 points and 10 boards and Brown 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) dropped 27 and Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) 25 for the Mill Rats (4-7), whose last lead was at 10-9 about halfway through the first quarter. Saint John entered the game leading the league in three-pointers per contest while the Rainmen sported the NBL's worst defence against the trey. But they limited the Mill Rats to four triples over the first 3 quarters, containing the visitors until they drained three in the late going in a desperate bid to cut into a comfortable Halifax cushion. 'We knew that they have great guards so we wanted to try to run them off the line, make them put it on the bounce, just try to make it tough for them,' Goins said. The point guard said the Rainmen's defensive play was strong until the fourth, when they were outscored 39-28. 'I felt like our effort could have been better,' he said. 'We had a good defensive stretch throughout the game but they had a good run in the fourth quarter. Good ball teams, you can't allow those runs and we just gotta buckle down and play 48 minutes of solid defence. Halifax led 24-16 after the first quarter, 46-36 at the half and 75-57 at the end of the third period. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Moncton M. - Windsor Exp. 96-104 The little things got it done for Windsor as they surprised the first place Moncton Miracles 104-96. Windsor earned a win and a loss in their short trip to the east coast, boosting their record to 4-7 on the NBL season. Moncton falls to 8-6. Windsor turned the ball over only 10 times and did not allow a second-chance point to the Miracles the entire contest. Two nights after being outscored 52-28 by Summerside's bench, the Express benefited from 43 bench points, compared to Moncton's 34. On the score sheet, Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland) had a season high 29 points in the win, the sixth time this season he's eclipsed the 20 point mark. The Express were without Greg Surmacz, but got a boost off the bench from Stefan Bonneau (5'10''-PG, college: C.W. Post)'s team high 8 rebounds, while Kevin Loiselle chipped in with seven boards. Darren Duncan dropped 20 for the victorious Express, extending his 20+ point streak to four games. He also dished out eight assists. Windsor gets another shot at the Miracles on Friday, December 14th, when they return to the WFCU Centre for their first home game in 25 days. The Express also host the Montreal Jazz on Saturday, December 15th, which features "Girls Night Out" and dance camp. Both games tip off at 7:00pm. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Awards 2016 - 5 days ago
Finals MVP: Justin Johnson (6'2''-G-88) of Halifax H.; Player of the Year: Logan Stutz (6'9''-F-88) of Niagara RL; Guard of the Year: Justin Johnson (6'2''-G-88) of Halifax H.; Forward of the Year: Stephen Maxwell (6'7''-F-93) of London L.; Center of the Year: Nick Evans (6'11''-C-88) of London L.; Rookie of the Year: Stephen Maxwell (6'7''-F-93) of London L.; Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Stover (6'10''-C-90) of St.John M.R.; Domestic Player of the Year: [read more]
Hurricanes Win NBL Canada Championship - 10 days ago
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Halifax Hurricanes Basketball Club were in action Monday June 13th at the Scotiabank Centre for Game 7 of NBL Canada Finals against the London Lightning. The Hurricanes defeated the Lightning 125-117 in a hard fought battle. Lightning outscored the Hurricanes after the first quarter 23-24, and in the second quarter the Hurricanes outscored the Lightning 32-20 - at Halftime the Hurricanes led 55-44. In the third quarter the Lightning outscored the Hurricanes 27-43, and in the final quarter... [read more]
Halifax Hurricanes Basketball Club were in action Monday June 13th at the Scotiabank Centre for Game 7 of NBL Canada Finals against the London Lightning. The Hurricanes defeated the Lightning 125-117 in a hard fought battle. Lightning outscored the Hurricanes after the first quarter 23-24, and in the second quarter the Hurricanes outscored the Lightning 32-20 - at Halftime the Hurricanes led 55-44. In the third quarter the Lightning outscored the Hurricanes 27-43, and in the final quarter the Hurricanes outscored Lightning 43-30; the Hurricanes earned the 125-117 championship victory. Guard, Justin Johnson (6'2''-G-88, college: Concordia Irvine) led all scorers with 41 points. Forward, Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.) scored 19 points. Center, Kyle Hunt scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Forward, Renaldo Dixon came off the bench and chipped in with 13 points. Guard, Shane Gibson (6'2''-G-90, college: Sacred Heart) scored 11 points. Guard, Cameron Bennerman (6'4''-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 11 points in the win. Forward, Stephen Maxwell and Garrett Williamson (6'5''-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) scored 25 points. Forward, Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) scored 16 points. Guard, Akeem Scott scored 13 points. Guard, Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) scored 12 points. Forward, Marcus Capers scored 10 points in the loss. Halifax Hurricanes Basketball Club become only the second team in league history to win a championship in their inaugural season, and the first Atlantic Division team to win the title. Guard, Justin Johnson was named finals MVP after scoring 41 points. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Lightning Force Game 7 After Buzzer Beater Win in Halifax - 11 days ago
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Sunday afternoon at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, the London Lightning beat the Halifax Hurricanes 93-91 to force a Game 7 in the NBLC Finals. Akeem Scott (6'1''-G-83, college: High Point) finished with a team high 24 points and nine assists. Stephen Maxwell (6'7''-F-93, college: CS Northridge) added 21 points and nine rebounds while Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) contributed 14 points of his own. The game came down to the wire as London had the final possession, and co... [read more]
Sunday afternoon at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, the London Lightning beat the Halifax Hurricanes 93-91 to force a Game 7 in the NBLC Finals. Akeem Scott (6'1''-G-83, college: High Point) finished with a team high 24 points and nine assists. Stephen Maxwell (6'7''-F-93, college: CS Northridge) added 21 points and nine rebounds while Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) contributed 14 points of his own. The game came down to the wire as London had the final possession, and converted on a buzzer beating tip-in by Stephen Maxwell. "That was one of the absolute best fights I've ever seen. We just fought. I was really proud of the guys. They did it for each other," said coach Kyle Julius . "I expect more of the same (tomorrow). I expect even better. If we come out with the same energy and intensity as today, we'll see good results" The deciding Game 7 will be played Monday, June 13 at 6 p.m. EST. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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