-year old swingman Antonio Ballard (193-G/F) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Summerside S. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18. He had a double-double of 23 points and 18 rebounds, while his team crushed St.John M.R. (#4, 11-10) with 17-point margin 114-97. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Summerside S. is placed at 2nd position in NBLCanada league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Summerside S. will need more victories to improve their 12-9 record. Ballard turned to be Summerside S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Miami University, Ohio graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ballard leads league in rebounds with 10.7rpg. Ballard Worth to mention Ballard played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
Second best performed player last round was Anthony Anderson (180-G-81) of St.John M.R.. He is American guard in his second season at St.John M.R.. In the last game Anderson recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Of course St.John M.R. cruised to a 105-93 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Moncton M. (#5, 11-12). St.John M.R.'s 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-10 record is not bad at all. Anderson is well-known at St.John M.R. and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.8ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 4.9rpg and 6.7apg.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Lester Prosper (208-F/C-88) of Windsor Exp. (#7). Prosper scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Windsor Exp., leading his team to a 122-103 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Montreal J. (#8, 1-17). The chances of Windsor Exp. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Prosper could help Windsor Exp. to bring them higher in the standings. Prosper has a very solid season. In 12 games in NBL he scored 9.8ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Brandon Robinson (198-F-89) of Summerside S. - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Sylvania Watkins (206-F-84) of Moncton M. - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Anthony Anderson (180-G-81) of St.John M.R. - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists 7. Juan Mendez (202-F-81) of Montreal J. - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Devin Sweetney (198-G/F-87) of Moncton M. - 31 points and 4 rebounds 9. Chris Commons (206-F-84) of Windsor Exp. - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists 10. Kevin Loiselle (198-F) of Windsor Exp. - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Highlanders edge Hurricanes 100-99 - 55 minutes ago
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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
Even the prospects of tying a franchise record win streak could not change a familiar pattern. Led by Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn)'s 24 points and Mike Poole (6'6''-G/F-92, college: Iona)'s 20 points, the Halifax Hurricanes halted the Moncton Miracles season-high five-game win streak - one away from tying its franchise record - with a 101-93 win Thursday night at Moncton Coliseum. Halifax (24-7) now leads the season series 6-0. Moncton (11-17) was paced by Malik Story's 22... [read more]
Even the prospects of tying a franchise record win streak could not change a familiar pattern. Led by Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn)'s 24 points and Mike Poole (6'6''-G/F-92, college: Iona)'s 20 points, the Halifax Hurricanes halted the Moncton Miracles season-high five-game win streak - one away from tying its franchise record - with a 101-93 win Thursday night at Moncton Coliseum. Halifax (24-7) now leads the season series 6-0. Moncton (11-17) was paced by Malik Story's 22 points. The Hurricanes used a series of second half short scoring spurts to consistently maintain a double-digit distance in the final two frames. Holding a 78-69 lead to begin the fourth quarter, Halifax's Ta'Quan Zimmerman (6'2''-G-91, college: Monroe CC) (13 points) connected on a pair of transition corner threes to ignite a 7-2 run to begin the final frame. The resulting 85-71 deficit was something Moncton never realistically challenged the rest of the way. A quarter earlier, play by Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.) and Antoine Mason sparked an 11-4 surge out of the halftime gates with an array of driving layups and long distance shots in the opening four minutes. Turnovers (24) and missed free throws (22-for-37) were a reoccurring problem for Halifax, keeping the Miracles afloat. The away team played well otherwise by connecting on 47 per cent from the floor and 13-of-26 on three-pointers. Despite riding high off its win streak entering the contest, the Miracles came out listless and looked more like its sub .500 record would suggest. The Hurricanes jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead - holding Moncton scoreless until the 8:09 mark. Following a few choice words in the timeout from interim head coach Martin Knezevic - who replaced Paul Mokeski for his one-game suspension - the home team responded resoundingly by going on a 26-15 scoring run the rest of the frame. The Miracles led 26-25 at the end of the first but conceded a 53-48 halftime deficit with the Hurricanes' shooting and ball movement turning the tide. Tyrone Watson and C.J. Washington did not dress for Halifax. The Atlantic-leaders head back home to face the Cape Breton Highlanders (7-17) at the Scotiabank Centre on Sunday. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Wild finish in Windsor, Orangeville falls short in double overtime - 4 days ago
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It was a rough shooting start for the A's despite moving the ball very well for open shots. With a struggling offense, they quickly found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-0 run while Windsor converted most of their opportunities inside the paint. The A's didn't find themselves behind for too long however, and they retaliated after a quick pause in action to tie the game back up at 16-16. Although they had no success from behind the 3-point line, their interior presence provided consist... [read more]
It was a rough shooting start for the A's despite moving the ball very well for open shots. With a struggling offense, they quickly found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-0 run while Windsor converted most of their opportunities inside the paint. The A's didn't find themselves behind for too long however, and they retaliated after a quick pause in action to tie the game back up at 16-16. Although they had no success from behind the 3-point line, their interior presence provided consistency on the offensive end. 20 of their 24 first quarter points came from the interior and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (6'6''-F-91, college: Temple) (6p, 3-4 FG) led the charge for the visitors. Their strong play translated to the other side of the floor as well and they limited Windsor's scoring to 37% on their way to a 24-23 lead to end the 1st. Stefan Nastic (6'11''-C-92, college: Stanford) lead the A's with 31, Anthony Harris (6'2''-G-85, agency: Interperformances) added a double double of 12 points, 10 assists Only a small margin separated the teams and the back and forth battle continued well into the 2nd quarter. Turnovers were an area of concern for the A's, having given up the ball 12 times, and Windsor converted 16 points as a result. Orangeville's lead only got as big as 4 points while Windsor countered with a 7 point lead shortly after. Warren Ward (6'5''-G-89, agency: Blacktop Management) was dominant for the Express, the guard poured in 14 points to lead his team. Larry Anderson had that responsibility for the A's and his 11 points were just as valuable for the visitors. Orangeville was able to stay close behind his scoring for a long stretch but towards the end of the quarter Windsor caught fire to grab an 8-point advantage. Starting the 2nd half trailing 43-51, Orangeville had some ground to make up against the home team. They looked to be on their way to closing the gap but they were unable to contain Windsor's Nick Evans (6'11''-C-88, college: S.Indiana) (8p, 4-8 FG) who was scoring with regularity. Orangeville was eventually able to respond once Evans stepped off the floor and they were able to get within 3 points. Unfortunately, they wouldn't get much closer and Windsor responded with a run of their own to reclaim their large lead. Ward (21p, 9-14 FG) was once again the highlight of the Windsor offense and his shooting from the outside was crucial to his team's run. Orangeville managed to get stops and convert on the other end towards the end of the frame but the back and forth exchange didn't bode well for gaining any ground down the stretch. Now facing a 68-77 deficit heading into the 4th quarter, Orangeville had to make a late push in order to give them any opportunity at a comeback. In the previous quarters they came out strong and the trend continued in the final frame. Stefan Nastic (22p, 7r) emerged as the primary option for the A's and they went on a run to get within 1 point. Nastic wasn't the only contributor in the offense, 4 other A's ended with double-digit scoring numbers in the comeback attempt. With 80-81 in favour of Windsor, they went on an 11-0 run which seemed to quickly put an end to Orangeville's hopes. However, Orangeville had other plans and they exploded to take a 95-94 lead within the final minute. In a strange series of plays, both sides had many opportunities to seal the game from the free throw line but after a series of missed free throws, nothing separated either side and they would end up going into overtime. Overtime was very slow offensively and both sides only managed to put up 2 points in the 6 minutes of play. As a result, the game led into another overtime quarter that was drastically different. Both the A's and the Express lit up the scoreboard but neither side could create enough distance to get a hold on the game. Orangeville took a 5-point lead and it seemed that it would be enough to hold through the stretch but to everyone's surprise the Express had a final run up their sleeve. The A's were up 110-108 and the Express had one opportunity to steal the victory for their home fans. They put the ball in the hands of their leading scorer, Warren Ward, who came through on the opportunity by draining a deep 3-pointer off the wing to give Windsor the 111-110 victory. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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