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
Hurricanes Welcome New Head Coach and General Manager - 3 days ago
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The Halifax Hurricanes are pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Leslie as their new Head Coach and General Manager. Kevin Keathley has stepped down as the Hurricanes' bench boss for personal reasons. The Club would like to thank Coach Keathley for his pre-season work and wish him the very best in his future endeavors. Originally from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Leslie was a classroom and physical education teacher at the elementary, intermediate and high school levels in both Nova Scotia... [read more]
The Halifax Hurricanes are pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Leslie as their new Head Coach and General Manager. Kevin Keathley has stepped down as the Hurricanes' bench boss for personal reasons. The Club would like to thank Coach Keathley for his pre-season work and wish him the very best in his future endeavors. Originally from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Leslie was a classroom and physical education teacher at the elementary, intermediate and high school levels in both Nova Scotia and P.E.I. over the past 27 years. "I am very excited to welcome Coach Leslie to the Hurricanes organization; he is not only local which is fantastic; but he brings a lifetime passion of basketball excellence to our Club," remarked Jim Mills, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Hurricanes. Leslie has achieved coaching success at the local, provincial and national levels. He has represented two provinces at the Canada Games as an official and a coach, is a former president and director of elite development with Basketball PEI, Assistant Coach of the UPEI Men's team as well as an instructor with the Canada Basketball Atlantic High Performance Program. He has coached various provincial teams and high school programs in Nova Scotia and P.E.I., accumulating several provincial championships. He joined the pro ranks, as an Assistant Coach, in PEI with the Island Storm in 2012. Working alongside and learning from Joe Salerno the past four seasons and been rewarding for Leslie. "I would like to thank the Island Storm for providing me with a very comprehensive experience through all phases their organization to help prepare me for this opportunity in my home province of Nova Scotia," remarked Leslie. "I am very appreciative and look forward to joining the highly successful Halifax Hurricanes organization. Nova Scotia, and Halifax, has a long and storied tradition of excellence in basketball at all levels and I look forward to continuing to build on that legacy through our work in the community and with the Hurricanes." Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Cape Breton Highlanders (NBL Canada) signed 26-year old Canadian forward Chadrack Lufile (206-120kg-90, college: Wichita State). He already started the season at Nuernberg in German ProA. Two years ago Lufile was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in third round (46th overall). He attended Wichita State until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball. Lufile's college team won MVC Tournament in 2014. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in NBL Can... [read more]
Cape Breton Highlanders (NBL Canada) signed 26-year old Canadian forward Chadrack Lufile (206-120kg-90, college: Wichita State). He already started the season at Nuernberg in German ProA. Two years ago Lufile was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in third round (46th overall). He attended Wichita State until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball. Lufile's college team won MVC Tournament in 2014.
Storm Adds Vidito and Morrison to Coaching Staff - 7 days ago
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The Island Storm announced today the additions of Reagh Vidito and Jeff Morrison to Joe Salerno 's coaching staff for the upcoming season. 'We are excited about both the additions of Reagh and Jeff to our organization. It's great to add two local names and faces to our bench, both of whom bring a different skill set to the table,' said Salerno. Vidito officially joins the Storm bench after spending some time with the team as well as its Next Level Development program over the last two sea... [read more]
The Island Storm announced today the additions of Reagh Vidito and Jeff Morrison to Joe Salerno 's coaching staff for the upcoming season. 'We are excited about both the additions of Reagh and Jeff to our organization. It's great to add two local names and faces to our bench, both of whom bring a different skill set to the table,' said Salerno. Vidito officially joins the Storm bench after spending some time with the team as well as its Next Level Development program over the last two seasons. He has a lengthy coaching resume spanning over a decade at a variety of different levels on PEI, and was named Basketball PEI's Coach of the year in 2013. Vidito is currently the Head Coach of the Men's u17 Provincial Canada Games team, and has also spent time with the UPEI's Panther's Men's and Women's programs as both an assistant and a Head Coach. 'He has a great basketball mind, and is someone whose opinion I value when it comes to decision-making and on the fly adjustments. He is a coach I have been trying to get on our staff for some time now, so I am glad he was able to come on board for this season.' Vidito currently resides in Charlottetown with his wife Rachel, and their two children Will and Katie. Morrison, joins the Storm after spending the past two seasons with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Developmental League, were he served as a basketball operations assistant and assistant video coordinator. 'Basketball is in his blood and he is a young and ambitious coach. He has done some extensive work in game film breakdown, so we will also be serving as our teams video coordinator.' Morrison is a former Holland College basketball player and has spent the last two summers as an assistant coach for the PEI U15 and U17 provincial teams. Western P.E.I. native Mitch Rowley will be also be returning to the Storm coaching staff for his 5th season as the team's equipment manager. Courtesy of: stormbasketball.ca
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