St.John M.R. - Moncton M. 105-93 The Moncton Miracles, presented by Rogers, lost to the Saint John Mill Rats with a final score of 93-105. The Miracles now sit with a 10-12 record. These two New Brunswick teams matched up evenly for the first 8 minutes of the game until Saint John took off and ended the first quarter up 20-30 over Moncton. The Mill Rats would continue to push throughout the next 12 minutes and lead by as much as 18 points in the second quarter. The Miracles would continue to try and play catch up but would finish the half trailing 41-65. Saint John would lead for the remainder of the game. Late in the fourth quarter the Miracles were able to bring the game within 5 points but the Mill Rats were not letting this game slip away from them like they had but a week ago. The Miracles who normally shoot phenomenal from the behind the 3-point line struggled shooting 17.14% (6-35) while the Mill Rats shot 40.74% (11-27). Moncton managed to shoot better than Saint John from everywhere else on the court but were unable to come out on top in the end. Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: St.Francis, PA) led the way for the Miracles with 29 points shooting 14 for 14 from the free-throw line. Darrell Wonge (6'7''-F-86, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Winston Salem) followed with 19 points, now only 11 points away from hitting the 1,000 career points mark. Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) was the top scorer for the Mill Rats with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Antonio Burks was continued the scoring with 15 points. The Miracles bench was handed a technical foul as well as Oliver McNally. Courtesy of: oyetimes.com
Moncton M. - Halifax R. 105-93 The Moncton Miracles, presented by Rogers, beat the Halifax Rainmen with a final score of 105-93. The Miracles now sit with a 11-12 record. The Rainmen started the game with an early 1-5 lead over the Miracles. Micah Brand (6'11''-C-80, college: Massachusetts) would then take it to the net for Moncton, make the basket and get the call bringing the score to 4-5. At the 7 minute mark the game was tied up at 7-7 with both teams playing physical at both ends of the court with Halifax already in foul trouble. With just under 2 minutes on the clock the Miracles had began to build momentum and were building on a 19-14 lead. The first quarter ended with the Miracles leading 24-14. The Miracles defense would pick up in the second quarter forcing two shot clock violations in a row. Moncton shot 15.38% from the 3-point line in the first quarter and would continue to struggle from outside and work to get their points in the paint. At the end of the first half the Miracles were still holding on strong and still bringing the heat leading 48-31. Halifax came out hungry in the fourth quarter and within 90 seconds had scored 9 points making it a 5-point ball game, 79-74. Two minutes later the game was tied up but would only remain close for a short period before Moncton once again pulled ahead. Devin Sweetney led the way for the Miracles with 31 points. Micah Brand followed with 20 points and Sylvania Watkins dropped 15 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Joey Haywood (6'1''-PG-84) was the top scorer for the Rainmen with 19 points. Tyrone Levett was right behind him with 15 points and Quinnel Brown with 13. Halifax's Quinnel Brown was handed an unsportsmanlike foul and Tyrone Levett was fouled out of the game. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Montreal J. - Windsor Exp. 103-122 A huge third quarter bolted the Windsor Express to a 122-103 win over Montreal in the middle game of their three game series. Windsor (9-12) put up 37 points in the third, outscoring the Jazz (1-18) by 20 points and erasing Montreal's 55-54 lead at halftime. The Express jumped out to a 33-26 lead after the first quarter, but Montreal staged an early comeback, taking the second frame by a mark of 29-21. Lester Prosper (6'10''-F/C-88, college: Old Westbury) had his best game as a member of the Express, dropping a team-high 25 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds and swatting 5 blocks. As a team, Windsor shot 50% from 3-point range, helped by a 5-for-8 mark from Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland) and a 3-for-4 record for Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken). Helms had 21 points, one of six Express players to score in double digits. Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) battled through a flu bug to score 19 with 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Eric Frederick (6'8''-F-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) had a game-high 26 in a losing effort for the Jazz. The two teams settle their series tomorrow night at 7pm. Windsor will look to take their second game of the weekend before a long layoff, with their next away game on January 13th in London. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
St.John M.R. - Summerside S. 97-114 The Summerside Storm came up with a big 114-97 victory Friday at Harbour Station against the Saint John Mill Rats. It was Summerside's fifth game against the division rivals, winning two of the first four matchups. The Storm opened up the scoring, taking a 4-0 lead, before Saint John managed to tie the game up at 10, but that's as close as they got, the Storm quickly went on a 9-0 run to get a 19-10 first quarter lead. Summerside continued their stong play in the second quarter, breaking out to a double-digit lead. Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St.Michael's) ended the half on a high note and gave his team more momentum going into the locker room with a three-point bucket before the buzzer and gave his team a 55-35 lead. The Mill Rats came out of halftime strong and went on a run to pull within 13 points after a three-pointer by Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga). The two teams began trading baskets midway through the third until Saint John found a spark and managed to cut Summerside's lead to 11 going into the final quarter. The Mill Rats tried to shake Summerside's offence by applying pressure but the Storm was able to break down their defense and didn't look back from there, they ended the game on a run and improve to 12-9 (win-loss) on the season, dropping the Mill Rats to 11-10 and moving into first in the tough Atlantic Division. The Storm were led offensively by Antonio Ballard (6'4''-G/F, college: Miami, OH) and Chris Cayole, both with 23. Jerice Crouch had a big night but was unable to get a win with a 28-point effort. The Storm's next game is Sunday at 2 p.m.against the Miracles in Moncton. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com
Montreal J. - Windsor Exp. 104-98 Darren Duncan scored a game-high 24 points to go with seven assists as the Windsor Express fell 104-98 to the Montreal Jazz in NBL of Canada action Thursday. Chris Commons, who was named NBL of Canada player of the week, added 20 points and nine rebounds, while Kevin Loiselle had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Johnson chipped in with 16 points and six rebounds for the Express. J.R. Harrison (6'6''-F-84, college: Rice) carried the Jazz to their first win of the season by netting 17 points. Windsor came out firing in the opening quarter to take a 25-18 lead, but the Jazz rallied in the second and led 46-42 at the half. The Express were outscored 57-24 off the bench and made just six of 24 attempts from the three-point line. The Express (8-12), coming off a hard-fought 108-102 road win over the defending champion London Lightning last weekend, will look to rebound tonight when they take on the Jazz again at 7 p.m. Courtesy of: canada.com
Oshawa P. - London L. 87-100 It was a win for the ages . . . all ages. The London Lightning, smarting from their second loss of the season Sunday and still smarting from having the Oshawa Power come into The Gardens and hand them their first loss, exacted some revenge from the Power Thursday. They travelled to Oshawa and short-circuited the Power 100-87 in National Basketball League of Canada play before an appreciation night crowd of 2,200. It was also tougher because the Lightning are nursing some injuries. DeAnthony Bowden could only play for 10 minutes because of a groin injury. Morgan Lewis is still out with a knee injury. So when it came down to the short strokes, it took a team effort to get it done and it came from a combination of the young and the old for the Lightning. Adrian Moss filled in admirably for Bowden. Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) was terrific but in the end it came down to Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.), Elvin Mims and Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) who slammed the door on the determined Power. 'That's what we have to do as veterans. We have to take leadership of the team,' said Ellis, a forward. 'Some of the younger guys follow us as long as we keep doing our job. We don't expect them to come in and handle the game every night. Some night's they're going to lean on us just like we need them.' The Lightning led by as many as 15 but whenever it looked like they were going to break it open, they would either turn the ball over or make miss a key shot. Moss and Blackburn did a lot of the scoring to keep them on top. Until the fourth quarter that is. That's when the veterans took over. Mims hit key shots and made two big steals. Ellis contributed rebounds and steals and Buford came in with the lead at just five points and hit three shots in a row, including a three-pointer. 'Listen, our veterans all played well,' Richardson said. 'They especially played great defence in the fourth quarter when it was needed. The young players did a job as well.' Moss led the Lightning with 20 points and he is regaining the confidence in his shot he'd lost a little in recent games. He also added six assists and five steals. Blackburn had 17 points, three blocks, three steals and nine rebounds. Ellis and Buford had 13 each with Jeremy Williams hitting for 10. Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) threw down 24 for the Power. 'That's a good team,' said Richardson of the Power. 'They are probably the second or third best team in the league right now.' This game was just the latest in a series of tough games. 'Every game is tough,' Ellis said. 'We got a target on our back now. We lost two and it gives hope to every team to come in and give us their best shot. Last time we had a sour taste (when Oshawa won.) I remember them coming in and celebrating on our court which is not a good sight. It's not for us to come in here and say we want to celebrate on their court but we owed them.' Ellis said there's a reason why the Lightning didn't celebrate very much. 'We ain't won nothing yet,' he said. 'We're looking for a championship.' The Lightning now go on the road for a pair of games. They will play Halifax on Saturday and Saint John Mill Rats on Sunday. It's their first trip to the east coast. The Lightning are 17-2 but Thursday was only their seventh road game of the season. They are perfect on the road. The Lightning come back for a four-game home stretch between Jan. 10-20, then finish with 11 of their last 15 regular-season games on the road. Courtesy of: lfpress.com
The Niagara River Lions finally showed what many prognosticators predicted in the pre-season. When they play a full 48 minutes, and play unselfish basketball, they will be hard to beat. Seven players scored in double figures as the River Lions (3-5) walloped the Windsor Express (3-5) 117-99 in front of 2,081 fans at Meridian Centre Monday night [read more]
The Niagara River Lions finally showed what many prognosticators predicted in the pre-season. When they play a full 48 minutes, and play unselfish basketball, they will be hard to beat. Seven players scored in double figures as the River Lions (3-5) walloped the Windsor Express (3-5) 117-99 in front of 2,081 fans at Meridian Centre Monday night. Reigning NBL Canada MVP Logan Stutz played easily his best game of the season draining a team-high 20 points, while pulling down a game-high nine rebounds. Stutz credited a lot of his play to the return of starting point guard Sammy Zeglinski. 'I felt great, it was good having Sammy back - that helps me a lot,' said Stutz, who knows he has to take on more of vocal role with the club. 'The coaches and owners met, and gave everybody roles, and I needed to lead more. 'I'm a natural leader from last year, and I've been quiet, and I had to step up. They called me out on it, and I accepted it, and the team came right behind after I led this week. It was a group, team, effort.' Zeglinski had the game's only double-double with 11 points and 11 assists, while Marcus Lewis and Richard Amardi dazzled the crowd with some monster dunks and both scored in double-digits. Tyshawn Patterson, Bilal Benn and Kirk Williams Jr. also all scored in double figures. Head coach Grace Lokole perhaps summed things up best. 'It wasn't a different team, it was just different attitudes,' he said. 'Guys were happy either to be on the court or on the bench, guys were just happy to be part of the team. 'We needed a team victory. We've won other games (this season) but this one was special because of everything around it, and it was a team victory.' Stutz said the game 'was definitely the best team effort of the season.' 'We've had some good team practices, some good team chemistry events and it showed on the court, and that's what we like to see. 'We have to develop a trust. We have to have each other's backs.' Added Lokole, 'We're starting to figure out what kind of team we're going to be.' The Lions welcome the (4-4) P.E.I. Island Storm Friday. Game time is 7 p.m. Courtesy of: niagarafallsreview.ca
Hurricanes extend win streak to 7-0 after home win against Storm - 1 day 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 - 4 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.
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