Montreal J. - Oshawa P. 114-106 Montreal Jazz gained just the second victory in the season as they toppled Oshawa Power. Eric Frederick (6'8''-F-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) was a usual contributor for the Jazz firing 35 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. J.R. Harrison (6'6''-F-84, college: Rice) added 22 points in a rare Jazz win. Montreal gained a 27:22 lead after the starting quarter. They managed to extend the lead to 10 points heading into the fourth stanza. Oshawa exploded with 40 points in the final period but it was not enough to celebrate win at the end. Courtland Bluford (6'2''-G-88, college: Assumption) notched 16 points for the winning side. Jushay Rockett (6'6''-F-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) answered with 22 points for the Power. William Harris (6'7''-F-87, college: Miami Dade CC) and Larry Diamond (6'2''-G-86, college: Morehouse) netted 15 points apiece as Oshawa slipped at 11-9 record.
Montreal J. - Windsor Exp. 121-124 It was a short stay in the record books for guard Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland) as he helped the Windsor Express set another new mark in the National Basketball League of Canada Saturday. Helms scored 40 points and the Express persevered for a 124-121 win in triple overtime in Montreal over the Jazz in the longest game in league history. The 40 points by Helms tied a league record for most points in a game, but was broken Sunday when Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) scored 42 points to help the Summerside Storm to a 93-88 win over Moncton Miracles. 'Records are made to be broken and Brandon Robinson had 42, but it's all good, we got the win,' said Helms, who is an Oakland University grad. 'We could have done without that (triple overtime), but it was a character builder. We got the win and that's the good thing.' It was the third game in three days in Montreal for the Express, who allowed the Jazz to notch their first win of the season in Thursday's opener. Windsor rebounded to win Friday and then rallied from a seven-point deficit at the half to grab Saturday's win. 'Our goal was to get all three and to get to .500,' said Express head coach Bill Jones, whose team is now 10-12 on the season. 'After the first night, it didn't happen and we saw the team they had. Now, the best was to take two of three in a tough environment. 'This was a hard-fought game. It was good to come down and play three and to be able to take two from a team that's getting better because this Montreal Jazz team is going to get some teams.' The Express had chances to win the game in the first overtime, but watched a five-point lead slip away. A seven-point advantage disappear in the second overtime as Montreal used a three-point shot in the dying seconds of the first two overtimes to force another session. 'They played with a lot of heart and they wouldn't fold,' said Helms, who watched a would-be tying three-pointer in the third overtime by the Jazz fall short. 'It was the way the game was going and it wouldn't have surprised me if went in and have a fourth overtime. 'Body wise, I was glad to see it over, but basketball fans enjoyed it. From a player perspective, it should have been over earlier.' Montreal had no answer for Helms, who drove the lane at will finishing with 40 points, seven rebounds and three assists. 'It was one of those nights, I was able to get rolling and able to step up and do what I had to do for the team,' Helms said. Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) added 25 points for Windsor, Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken) 21 points and eight rebounds and Kevin Loiselle 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Express have now played 14 of their 22 games on the road. After dropping the first four away, Windsor is now 6-4 in its last 10 road games. 'We've spent a lot of time on the road, but you have to win on the road,' said Helms, whose team is in London Sunday for a 2 p.m. game with the league-leading Lightning. 'It's great to play at home, but champions find a way to win on the road.' Courtesy of: windsorstar.com
Halifax R. - London L. 85-97 On Saturday the Halifax Rainmen hosted the London Lightning in a rematch of last years NBL Finals, falling to the Lightning 97-85. The Lightning took a 23-15 lead into the second quarter, led by Jeremy Williams (6'7''-SF-87, college: UTEP) with 7 in the opening frame, while the Rainmen were led by Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina) with 8. Lightning started the 2nd quarter on a 10-2 run and led 33-17 early in the 2nd. Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) had 11 points in the second quarter to help the Lightning outscore the Rainmen 26-23, and the Lightning took a 49-38 lead into the second half. The Rainmen shot only 28% in the first half, compared to the Lightning 53%. The Rainmen won the 3rd quarter 26-24 led by Haywood with 12 and Tisby with 7. Heading into the 4th quarter, the Rainmen trailed 73-64. Early in the 4th quarter the Lightning were able to pull away, thank to 8 points by Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79, college: S.Mississippi). Quinnel Brown hit a 3 with 4:05 to play cut the Lightning lead to 10, but the Lightning were able to hold down the stretch for the 97-85 win. The Lightning were led by forward Elvin Mims who had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks, and Rodney Buford, DeAndre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris) and Marvin Phillips, who came off the bench to record 17, 14 and 10 points respectively. The Rainmen were led by centre Antoine Tisby who had a massive double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Quinnel Brown who had 17 points and 8 rebounds. The Rainmen suffered from poor shooting, as they shot only 33% from the field, 19% from 3 and 63% from the free-throw line. The Rainmen did do an excellent job of pounding the offensive glass, reeling in 23 offensive rebounds, led by Tisby with 7. The Rainmen now fall to 10-12 on the season, and will look to bounce back next week as they travel to Saint John to take on the Mill Rats next Thursday. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Moncton M. - Summerside S. 88-93 It was another National Basketball League of Canada record-setting performance by Summerside Storm guard Brandon Robinson in a 93-88 win over the Moncton Miracles on Sunday afternoon. After becoming the first player in the two-year-old league to score over 1,000 points last week, Robinson broke the single-game points scoring record with 42, including some clutch shots when the Storm needed them the most en route to their fourth straight win. With the teams tied 80-80 and four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Robinson proceeded to score nine of the Storm's final 13 points. In the dying minutes, Robinson hit four consecutive foul shots, a three-pointer and two more clutch field goals. "It was a great win for our team, and everyone helped out," said Robinson, who led the league in scoring with the Oshawa Power last season. "My teammates were able to find me and get me the ball in good position. "It wasn't just me or two or three guys. It was everyone. We share this win with everyone on the team." In total, Robinson was 13-for-21 from the field and 12-for-13 from the foul line. The six-foot-five shooting guard was also second on the team with seven rebounds. "It was a good game," Robinson said. "Moncton's got a very good team, and they always play tough against us. It's always physical. "If that's the way they want to play, we can play that way too." Before 1,807 spectators at the Moncton Coliseum, the Storm came out of the gate hot, starting the game on a 9-2 run to force the Miracles to call an early timeout. Summerside continued to break down Moncton the remainder of the first quarter and took a 29-15 lead after the first 12 minutes, led by Willy Manigat (5'11''-PG-87)'s two three-point buckets in the final minutes of the period. Moncton's scoring troubles were gone in the second quarter, and Summerside couldn't find the net. The Storm was outscored 26-13 in the quarter and only up 42-41 at halftime. Summerside opened the third quarter strong, but fell behind on the scoreboard several times during the frame. They took a 68-64 lead into the fourth quarter. After 10 minutes of back-and-fourth basketball, the Storm took over the game in the final two minutes of regulation. Moncton lost control of the basketball several times in the clutch, and Summerside was able to capitalize on its mistakes with transition buckets. With 0:03 seconds left on the clock, Robinson stepped to the free-throw line to ice the game for his team, and by hitting his first shot broke the league points record for a single game. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com
St.John M.R. - London L. 106-109 OT London Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson used every cliche in the book. 'It's not how you start, it's how you finish,' he said. 'It's never over until it's over.' Cliche or not, the Mill Rats thought they had the Lightning all but strung up Sunday in Saint John, N.B. But the Rats learned an important lesson . . . a championship team knows how to win. The Lightning showed them that by beating the Mill Rats 109-106 in overtime after trailing by as many as 12 points in the third quarter and nine with five minutes left. 'You learn that when you are down nine with five minutes left in the game, the game isn't over,' Richardson said. It was a good win for the Lightning considering it was their second National Basketball League of Canada game in 24 hours. They defeated the Rainmen in Halifax 97-85 on Saturday. The Lightning are now 19-2 on the season. 'When you have veterans who know how to win, you are never out of a game,' Richardson said. 'But we played great defence and got a great game from Jeremy Williams. Williams and Elvin Mims had a big game against the Mill Rats. Mims had 25 points, while Williams hit for 22 and added 13 rebounds. Rod Buford had 18 and Tim Ellis 14. Adrian Moss added 12 assists for the Lightning. Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) had 28 for the Mill Rats. The Mill Rats looked home and dry, especially the way they were popping three-balls through the third quarter, but that dried up in the fourth. 'We just hung in there and then (the Mill Rats) legs just went,' Richardson said. On Saturday, the Lightning built a double digit lead and the Rainmen couldn't make it back. Mims led the Lightning on Saturday with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Buford added 17, De/Andrew Thomas 12, Jermaine Blackburn 12 and Phillips had 10 points and 15 rebounds. Antoine Tisby had 19 points and 16 boards. It's a tough grind for Ontario teams when they play Saturday and Sunday on the east coast. This was the first trip for the Lightning. With the change in the makeup of the schedule, they only play each east coast team four times. But the Atlantic Conference is a tight, tough conference and a couple of losses can drop you from first to last. 'What did I say before we left for the east?' Richardson said. 'With our team, we can play anywhere and we can win anywhere. That's what it's like to have a veteran team. The Lightning will have to make a player change sometime this week. Canadian guard Osvaldo Jeanty has gotten an offer to return to Germany to play and will be leaving this week. Richardson said they will be trying a couple of Canadians to see who is a better replacement for Jeanty. The Lightning have their last big home stand of the regular season beginning this week. They play Moncton at home Thursday and then play Sunday against the Windsor Express. Courtesy of: lfpress.com
New Ownership Group Takes Over Saint John Mill Rats - 1 day ago
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The Saint John Mill Rats have a new ownership group and fans will have a chance to take part in choosing a new name for the team. The ownership group is made up of local residents and is headed by Scott VanWart, Mike Cormier and Paul Vaughan. Vaughan says "there's nothing but up side" to keeping provincial basketball here in Saint John when you consider how much of an impact is has on the community. He says financial issues led to the league taking the team and putting it up on the market [read more]
The Saint John Mill Rats have a new ownership group and fans will have a chance to take part in choosing a new name for the team. The ownership group is made up of local residents and is headed by Scott VanWart, Mike Cormier and Paul Vaughan. Vaughan says "there's nothing but up side" to keeping provincial basketball here in Saint John when you consider how much of an impact is has on the community. He says financial issues led to the league taking the team and putting it up on the market. Vaughan says with the new company and all the legalities associated with the transition, it means the team name will change with fans submitting their ideas on what the new team name should be. He says they have a new head coach in mind and they'll be making an announcement very soon. Courtesy of: country94.ca
London Lightning tabs Kendall Williams, ex San German - 3 days ago
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London Lightning (NBL Canada) inked 25-year old American guard Kendall Williams (193-84kg-91, college: N.Mexico). He played in the summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 7 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 2.1apg. Part of last season Williams spent at Nuernberg Falcons BC in ProA where in three games he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He also spent pre-season at Chorale de Roanne (ProA) in French league that year. Williams has tried to make it to the NBA a... [read more]
London Lightning (NBL Canada) inked 25-year old American guard Kendall Williams (193-84kg-91, college: N.Mexico). He played in the summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 7 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 2.1apg. Part of last season Williams spent at Nuernberg Falcons BC in ProA where in three games he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He also spent pre-season at Chorale de Roanne (ProA) in French league that year. Williams has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. Among other achievements his college team won MWC Tournament for three years in a row (between 2012 and 2014). Williams received also All-MWC 1st Team award in 2013 and 2014. He has played also professionally in Italy (VL Pesaro and Jesi). Williams attended University of New Mexico until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. His game is described as:
A true hard worker with great attitude, he's very quick, defends well and can play multiple positions, from 1 to 3. But he isn't a true PG, not at all.
Halifax Hurricanes appoint new head coach - 3 days ago
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The Halifax Hurricanes Kevin Keathley will join the team as the head coach and general manager for the upcoming season. Keathley joins the team from the Bowling Green Bandits of the American Basketball Association, where he led the team to a 11-2 record last season. 'I couldn't be more excited to be given the opportunity to lead one of the cornerstone franchises of NBL Canada,' said Keathley in a news release. 'We will build a championship quality team on and off the court.' Keathley is k... [read more]
The Halifax Hurricanes Kevin Keathley will join the team as the head coach and general manager for the upcoming season. Keathley joins the team from the Bowling Green Bandits of the American Basketball Association, where he led the team to a 11-2 record last season. 'I couldn't be more excited to be given the opportunity to lead one of the cornerstone franchises of NBL Canada,' said Keathley in a news release. 'We will build a championship quality team on and off the court.' Keathley is known for his fast paced, up-tempo philosophy. His Bandits averaged 127 points in 13 regular season games last year. 'He's a coach who understands what's needed to build a competitive team and to be part of the community,' said Don Mills, chair of the Hurricanes board of directors. Keathley has never had a losing season in his 15-year coaching career, but will have big shoes to fill in Halifax. 'It's going to be an exciting season as we look to defend the title against some of the best coaches and players in professional basketball,' said Keathley. Former General manager Andre Levingston led Halifax franchises to back-to-back National Basketball League of Canada finals appearances. While former head coach Hugo Lopez won the NBL of Canada's coach of the year award last season and led the team to a league championship in its inaugural year. The team tried to negotiate a new contract with Lopez, but the two parties couldn't come to terms on an agreement. Keathley has previous experience coaching in Canada. He was behind the bench of the now-defunct Ottawa Skyhawks in 2013, but was fired after just seven games. He was named as one of the top-10 Coaches in the United States not in the NBA back in 2009. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
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