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
River Lions waived Tyshawn Patterson - 11 hours ago
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Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) waived 26-year old American point guard Tyshawn Patterson (185-79kg-91, college: N.Greenville). In 28 NBL Canada games he recorded 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Patterson played at London Lightning where in 45 NBL Canada games he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg. He was voted to All-ConferenceCarolinas 2nd Team in 2013. Patterson has played also professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro). He attended North Green... [read more]
Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) waived 26-year old American point guard Tyshawn Patterson (185-79kg-91, college: N.Greenville). In 28 NBL Canada games he recorded 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Patterson played at London Lightning where in 45 NBL Canada games he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg. He was voted to All-ConferenceCarolinas 2nd Team in 2013. Patterson has played also professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro). He attended North Greenville University until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) waived 33-year old American forward Chris Commons (206-100kg-84, college: USC Aiken). In 25 NBL Canada games he recorded 12.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0bpg this season. Commons also played earlier that season for Riptide. Among other achievements he won NBL Canada Central Division championship title in 2015. Commons received also PeachBelt Player of the Year award back in 2009 at his college time. Commons is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled... [read more]
Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) waived 33-year old American forward Chris Commons (206-100kg-84, college: USC Aiken). In 25 NBL Canada games he recorded 12.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0bpg this season. Commons also played earlier that season for Riptide. Among other achievements he won NBL Canada Central Division championship title in 2015. Commons received also PeachBelt Player of the Year award back in 2009 at his college time. Commons is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Commons has played previously professionally also in Bahrain (Al Ittihad), Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat), Germany (BSV Wulfen), Brunei (Barracudas) and IBA-PBL (Scranton/W-B). He attended Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball. Commons' game is described as:
Chris has the ability to play both inside and out and is a 2-time consensus NCAA All-American. At 6-8 he has no problem taking a defender off the dribble and shooting over them or bringing them to the low block and posting up an opponent. An athletic player who can run the floor and can play anywhere on the basketball court, Chris has good shooting range out and can knockdown the 3-point shot. Chris is a good rebounder on both ends of the court and is a shot-blocker. Chris has a great work ethic and the hunger to improve. With his length and ability to create off the dribble and score, Chris will draw the attention of professional teams at all levels.
Chad Frazier (6'4''-G-92, college: UAB) made the first of two free throws with 0.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Cape Breton Highlanders a 100-99 victory over the Halifax Hurricanes at Scotiabank Centre on Sunday afternoon. It was the second time this season that Cape Breton has defeated their provincial rivals on Halifax's home court. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 30-23 advantage following the first quarter. Cape Breton stormed back in the second, to cut the deficit to... [read more]
Chad Frazier (6'4''-G-92, college: UAB) made the first of two free throws with 0.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Cape Breton Highlanders a 100-99 victory over the Halifax Hurricanes at Scotiabank Centre on Sunday afternoon. It was the second time this season that Cape Breton has defeated their provincial rivals on Halifax's home court. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 30-23 advantage following the first quarter. Cape Breton stormed back in the second, to cut the deficit to just 2 points as the teams headed to the locker rooms at halftime 49-47. The Hurricanes outscored the Highlanders 30-28 in the third quarter. Halifax held a 99-96 lead with 39 seconds left in the fourth, but Highlanders' Billy Rush hit a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game at 99. Michael Poole had 26 points and 7 rebounds to pace Halifax's offense. Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) chipped in with 20 points and 4 rebounds and Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.) had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Frazier led Cape Breton's attack with 20 points and 6 rebounds while Charles Mann (6'5''-G-94, college: Georgia) Jr. and Hank Thorns had 17 points each. The Hurricanes now have a two-week break before returning to action on Sunday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. for a home game against the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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