Action continues with 6 games in Round 17 - Jan 2, 2013
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Halifax R. - St.John M.R. 97-70 The Halifax Rainmen started 2013 off on the right foot, as they were able to defeat the Mill rats 97-70 before a Metro Centre crowd of 1810. The Rainmen raced off to a 10-4, led by Quinnel Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Auburn)'s 8 points in the first 4 minutes. After the first quarter, the Rainmen led 23-16, powered by Brown with 12, and Hillary Haley with 4 off the bench. Sheray Thomas (6'8''-F-84, college: Kentucky) led the Mill Rats with 6. The Mill Rats won the second quarter 24-19, but still trailed the Rainmen 42-40 heading into half-time. The Rainmen were led by Brown with 14 and Brant Bailey with 8 in the first half, while Canadian Sheray Thomas led the Mill Rats with 13 & 7 rebounds. The Rainmen took control of the game early in the second half, as they started the third quarter on a 19-8 run, and went on to outscore the Mill Rats 55-30 in the Second Half. The final score was 97-70, as the Rainmen improved to 10-10 on the season and are now 3-1 in their last four games. The Rainmen were once again paced by a balanced effort, as they ha 6 players score in double figures- Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina) scored 12 of his game high 18 points in the second half and added 8 rebounds and 4 blocks, Joey Haywood had 16 points and 5 assists, Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) had 15 and 8 rebounds, Quinnel Brown had 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Hillary Haley and Brant Bailey chipped in off the bench with 12 and 11 points respectively. Point guard Melvin Goins had a season high 9 assists and scored all 7 of his points in the second half. The Mill Rats were led by Canadian forward Sheray Thomas who had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists but was held to 2-14 shooting from the field. The Rainmen played excellent defence on the Mill Rats, as Saint John shot only 26% from the field and 23% from 3 in the game, while the Rainmen shot 45% from the field and an impressive 26-28 (93%) from the free-throw line. The Rainmen also had a season high 10 blocks, with Tisby and Okolie combining for 7. The Rainmen travel to Moncton to take on the 10-11 Moncton Miracles this Friday, before returning to Halifax to host the 16-2 London Lightning in a rematch of last seasons NBL Canada Finals. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Windsor Exp. - London L. 66-86 One didn't have to get any closer than 20 feet from the London Lightning dressing room to know that coach Micheal Ray Richardson did not appreciate the entertainment value of the basketball game his club had just played. The walls might well have been scorching from the coach's sustained commentary on how his club played. Entertainment value aside, the reviews were viciously negative. It didn't matter that the Lightning managed to come back from a 26-point deficit late in the third quarter to almost win a game they had no business winning. All that mattered to Richardson was his Lightning lost their second game of the season a 108-102 defeat to the Windsor Express in National Basketball League of Canada play at the Gardens Sunday. The Lightning had beaten the Express 86-66 in Windsor Saturday. 'We came out going through the motions,' Richardson said. 'The guys, they didn't take it serious. We go down there, we beat them easy and we thought it was going to be easy. The games ain't easy here. When you are 16-1, everyone wants to come out and beat you. You just can't come in and have lapses like this.' The Lightning were awful over the first 20 minutes of the game. They lacked intensity, defence and over the length of the game allowed the Express 17 offensive rebounds, several on missed foul shots that the Express turned into points. The Express were full value for their 26-point lead and the Lightning full value for their 26-point deficit. The Express simply worked harder. But somewhere around the six-minute mark of the third quarter, the Lightning woke up and clawed back. From that point on, the 3,017 in the crowd were on their feet trying to carry the Lightning to an improbable comeback. The Lightning were down by only two with two minutes left in the game and had the ball. But Adrian Moss tried to find Jeremy Williams (6'7''-SF-87, college: UTEP) with a long pass that didn't connect and from then on, the Express managed to stick their finger in the dike. 'That play didn't lose us the game,' said Williams, who also said there was a lot of 'intensity' in the dressing room as Richardson tore his club a new opening in their anatomy. 'That's what happens when you start out lackadaisical and you come out and try to (comeback) in the final minutes but it doesn't always turn out your way,' Richardson said. 'We gave it 110 for the second half but we didn't give it 110 for the game. It was a plethora of things . . . All in all I say we learned a big lesson and that's to never get complacent.' The idea that the Lightning almost made it back from 26 down to win, made Richardson even angrier. 'It's a lack of effort,' Richardson said. 'It's a lack of effort, Bra'. That's what it is. It's a lack of effort. It's a lack of effort.' There was no lack of effort from the Express. Richardson is right when he says every team has targeted the Lightning. The Express' Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) had 25 points and while it pleased him that they had dumped the Lightning, it was more important for him to get the win. 'It's like every other win,' Duncan said. 'We got to win. We're down and not in the playoffs right now and we've got to win every game. We have to take every game like it's our last game. This is a big win versus one of the top teams but it's just a win.' Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken) added 26 for the Express while Mike Helms had 19. Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79, college: S.Mississippi) and Williams had 22 points each for the Lightning with Rodney Buford adding 20 and Adrian Moss 10. Tim Ellis had 12 rebounds. But it was rebounding and defence around the basket that hurt the Lightning. The 17 offensive rebounds is a horrendous amount to give up. 'I got to go find one (rebounder) and I will,' Richardson said. 'That's our weakness. If we have any weakness that's it, it's our rebounding.' With that he went back into the dressing mumbling 'lack of effort, man. It was a lack of effort.' Courtesy of: lfpress.com
Moncton M. - St.John M.R. 98-92 The Moncton Miracles, presented by Rogers, beat the Saint John Mill Rats with a final score of 98-92. The Miracles now sit with a 10-11 record. Miracles Darrell Wonge started the game off right with a 3, which would soon be answered back by Mil Rats Anthony Anderson. At the 7 minute mark the game was staying close and Moncton had a 12-11 lead. Saint John's Anthony Anderson would hit a 3 to give them a 14-16 advantage at the 6-minute mark. With just under 4 minutes on the clock Miracles Micah Brand would lay it in for 2 giving Moncton the lead back, 19-18. The first quarter ended with the Miracles leading 23-21. Saint John would soon catch up and have the game tied up at 25-25 before Miracles Kamar Burke hit a 3 to give them a 28-25 edge. The Miracles would lead by as many as 7 points late in the quarter but would not be able to sustain it for long. The game was once again tied up at 41-41 with 1:08 on the clock. At the end of the first half the Miracles had lost their lead and were behind 43-44. Moncton would come out stronger in the third quarter and would lead by as many as 10 points but were unable to maintain it for the whole 12 minutes with Saint John trying to shorten the spread. The Miracles worked well under new head coach Dennis Truax and held the lead all the way to the end breaking the Mill Rats 6 game win streak. Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: St.Francis, PA) led the way for the Miracles with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Micah Brand followed with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Sylvania Watkins with 13 points and 18 rebounds. Anthony Anderson was the top scorer for the Mill Rats with 28 points. Jerice Crouch was right behind him with 19 points and Sheray Thomas with 17. Mill Rats Cavell Johnson was fouled out of the game late in the fourth quarter as well as Miracles Sylvania Watkins. Courtesy of: oyetimes.com
Halifax R. - Montreal J. 122-77 The Halifax Rainmen did what you're supposed to do to bad teams on Sunday. They squashed them like a bug. The Rainmen added to a season of sorrows for the first-year Montreal Jazz, sending their overmatched and outgunned guests to a 122-77 NBL defeat at the Halifax Metro Centre. Montreal scored off the opening tip, but that's as good as it got on their way to 0-16. It was 32-14 for the Raimnen at the end of the first quarter, 58-28 at the half and 86-59 after three quarters. The Jazz were bad with the basketball, committing 18 turnovers in the first half and 31 for the game. They lacked much energy on defence either, allowing the Rainmen a boatload of uncontested mid-range and long shots. Quinnel Brown had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Rainmen, Joey Haywood and Tyrone Levett added 19 points each and Antoine Tisby 15 points and eight rebounds. Halifax is 9-10 in the tight Atlantic Division. The Rainmen knew that the Jazz are having their troubles and didn't want to allow them any level of comfort. 'We came out aggressive,' said Haywood. 'No matter if a team is bad or good, you've got to come out aggressive. 'They work hard and you've got to give them credit for that, but we came out strong.' It was a chance for Halifax to get everybody some minutes and spread the ball around. It also wiped away memories of Thursday's road loss in Saint John, part of a stretch of five losses in six outings. 'We've got to work on our weaknesses,' said Haywood. 'We've got to continue to move the ball and play as a team to win the championship.' It had a blowout feel early when Melvin Goins hit a three for an 11-4 lead. Quincy Okolie's dunk off a feed from Tyler Richards and a trey from Hillary Haley had the hosts up 30-12 in the last seconds of the opening quarter. Levett and Brown made treys a minute apart late in the second quarter for a 50-26 lead and Brown jammed one home at the buzzer for a 30-point lead at the half. Haywood's three in the third quarter had the Rainmen up 82-44, but the Jazz turned in some decent minutes, closing the period on a 15-4 burst. The good times didn't last with Richards making back-to-back triples and Haywood adding another three, his team's 10th, for a 116-77 spread in the final minutes. 'We're finally starting to click as a team,' said Okolie. 'Coach (Rob Spon) talked a lot in practice this week about running our plays right and rebounding and everybody playing their role. We've got a lot of vets now ... and everything is starting to come together now.' Former Rainmen point guard Chris Hagan, part of last year's team that went to the final, made his return to Metro Centre with the lowly Jazz. 'It wasn't much fun, man,' said Hagan. 'We've just got to try to bounce back and play better next game, but it's tough for us right now. We're always going to play hard, but we're just trying to get it together. 'It was good to see my people in Halifax,' he added. 'I miss this place.' J.R. Harrison (6'6''-F-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Rice) had 20, Louis-Patrick Levros 12 and Terance Licorish 11 for Montreal, who were coached by assistant Pascal Jobin. Head coach Alejandro Hasbani had another commitment. Halifax hosts Saint John on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
London L. - Windsor Exp. 102-108 There are a lot of positives the Windsor Express can take from Sunday's win. Bouncing back from the worst offensive showing in a game by the first-year club, the Express knocked off the defending National Basketball League of Canada champion London Lightning 108-102 at Budweiser Gardens. It came less than 24 hours after the Express fell 86-66 to the Lightning at the WFCU Centre. "That was great that we could just bounce back," Express centre Lester Prosper said. "It shows what type of team we are. "We just came out and played very hard and that's all it really is." Sunday's loss was just the second in 18 games this season for Lightning, who are running away with the Central Division. "This was a big win," Express head coach Bill Jones said. "Saturday, they came out and bullied us and beat us bad. "I told those guys (Saturday), we didn't shoot well or play well. I told them to take a shower, wash the loss off and come out fresh (Sunday) and that's what we did." The Express were far more aggressive and willing to dictate the pace Sunday rather than allow the Lightning to set the tone. "There was just more energy and more defensive stops," said the six-foot-10 Prosper, who had 11 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. "We came out with fire. Everyone was sick and tired of playing like (Saturday)." Windsor built an 11-point lead at the half and stretched it to 18 points heading into the final quarter when the Lightning made a run to make things interesting. "They're a championship team and going to make runs, but we held it together," said Prosper, whose team improved to 8-11 on the season. Chris Commons led the Express with 26 points and was one of six Windsor players to finish in double figures. Darren Duncan had 25 points and eight assists, Mike Helms 19 points, Kevin Loiselle 13 points and 12 rebounds and Anthony Johnson 10 points. "I just like the way they competed," Jones said. "They were aggressive. We had a meeting right before Christmas and wanted a burning desire to win. That's our motto now." Saturday at home, the Express shot just 22.9 per cent from the field and missed all 23 attempts from three-point range. "It was very frustrating (Saturday)," Prospeer said. London jumped to a 10-point lead after the first quarter and was never threatened. Duncan and Commons each had 16 points in Saturday's loss for the Express. Windsor now hits the road for three games in three nights against the Montreal Jazz, who are 0-16 on the season. Courtesy of: canada.com
Summerside S. - Montreal J. 114-101 2,517, the largest STORM crowd of the season, saw the Summerside STORM move back into first place in the Atlantic Division of the NBL of Canada with a 114-101 win over the Montreal Jazz New Years Eve in Summerside. Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) led the way for the STORM with 22 points while Gregory Plummer (6'3''-G-83, college: Eckerd) scored 17. J.R. Harrison was the top point getter for the Jazz with 20 points. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
George Blakeney (ex CAB Madeira) signs at KW Titans - 4 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.
River Lions roar to two straight road victories - 4 days ago
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There's an old adage - 'progress is impossible without change.' Look no further then the Niagara River Lions for proof of that. The River Lions added three new players and it led to two straight road victories, Sunday at Windsor against the Express and Monday at Orangeville. The wins were the Lions first on the road since the opening day of the season. After Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken) led the way in Sunday's win over Windsor, newly acquired Carl Hall (6'8''-F-89, colle... [read more]
There's an old adage - 'progress is impossible without change.' Look no further then the Niagara River Lions for proof of that. The River Lions added three new players and it led to two straight road victories, Sunday at Windsor against the Express and Monday at Orangeville. The wins were the Lions first on the road since the opening day of the season. After Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken) led the way in Sunday's win over Windsor, newly acquired Carl Hall (6'8''-F-89, college: Wichita St., agency: HMS) drained 24 points in Monday's victory over the A's. 'Carl played great today, and gave us an inside powerful presence at both ends of the floor,' said Niagara head coach Grace Lokole. 'The team did a great job getting him the ball in his hot spots.' Hall, who played his college ball for the Wichita State Shockers, joins former Syracuse point guard Scoop Jardine (6'2''-G-88, college: Syracuse) and Canadian Elliot Mason (6'6''-F, college: Langara) as the newest River Lions. 'We are excited to welcome three key additions to our roster,' president and general manager Jeff Sotiriou said. 'Carl Hall adds depth to our front court, and brings a wealth of international experience to our team. 'Antonio will be valuable at the point guard position. Scoop played at a well-respected Syracuse school where winning is a tradition, so we are confident that he will bring a winning attitude to Niagara. 'We also welcomed a talented Canadian player in Elliot Mason. He's a great shooter who will be eager to start his professional career on the right foot.' On Monday former Orangeville A Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90, college: Oregon) nailed a three-pointer with 0.5 seconds left on the clock to seal the River Lions' 117-116 win as Sammy Zeglinski (6'0''-PG-88, college: Virginia, agency: Interperformances) picked up his 15th assist of the game on the play. 'As a whole, this weekend was Richard's best as a River Lion,' said Lokole. 'The shot he hit today didn't do justice to how hard he is working on himself, as both a player and a person.' The River Lions (7-11) visit the same two teams next weekend. Saturday they're in Windsor, and Sunday it's a rematch against Orangeville. 'They're both good teams and we'll have to work even harder to get two more wins,' said Lokole. Added Sotiriou, 'The three new additions, along with our strong group of core players, will help as we enter the second half of the season and push towards the playoffs.' Courtesy of: niagarafallsreview.ca
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