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
Lightning Defeat Windsor, Head to NBLC Finals - May 28, 2016
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Friday night at the WFCU Centre, the London Lightning beat the Windsor Express 107-88 in Game 6 of their best-of-seven playoff series. London wins the series 4-2 and will move on to the NBLC Finals. Akeem Scott (6'1''-G-83, college: High Point) led Lightning scorers with 25 points while Akeem Wright (6'7''-F/G-84, college: Kansas St.) had 21 points to go along with seven assists and eight rebounds. Ed Horton (6'1''-PG-85, college: Murray St.) also contributed 20 points in the win. London... [read more]
Friday night at the WFCU Centre, the London Lightning beat the Windsor Express 107-88 in Game 6 of their best-of-seven playoff series. London wins the series 4-2 and will move on to the NBLC Finals. Akeem Scott (6'1''-G-83, college: High Point) led Lightning scorers with 25 points while Akeem Wright (6'7''-F/G-84, college: Kansas St.) had 21 points to go along with seven assists and eight rebounds. Ed Horton (6'1''-PG-85, college: Murray St.) also contributed 20 points in the win. London led the majority of the game, taking a comfortable 15-point lead into the fourth quarter that was never in danger. "I'm really happy for the guys, they've worked very, very hard to get to this point. We've had a lot of ups and downs with a lot of challenges," said coach Kyle Julius . "Every last guy contributed to this win and I think this is special for the organization because there's so many people invested in this team. To be able to take a trip to the finals together, playing some of our best basketball of the year is exciting." London will take on the Halifax Hurricanes in the NBLC Finals. The best-of-seven series will be a 2-3-2 format, with the first and last two games being played in Halifax. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
After serving five seasons as General Manager and president of the Saint John Mill Rats, Ian McCarthy has made the decision to resign from his role with the organization citing family pressures as the reason. In a letter to the NBL Canada Board of Directors McCarthy said, "family pressures requires that I no longer live or commute back and forth to Saint John." He went on further to say, "My family lived in Saint John for 5 years until last June, when they relocated back to Cape Cod full... [read more]
After serving five seasons as General Manager and president of the Saint John Mill Rats, Ian McCarthy has made the decision to resign from his role with the organization citing family pressures as the reason. In a letter to the NBL Canada Board of Directors McCarthy said, "family pressures requires that I no longer live or commute back and forth to Saint John." He went on further to say, "My family lived in Saint John for 5 years until last June, when they relocated back to Cape Cod full time. As I was still obligated to run the Mill Rats, I made the 8.5 hour commute each way every week. Sometimes twice in a week, sometimes staying in Canada for up to 3-weeks at a time." Professional basketball started as an 11-year odyssey for McCarthy which began as a side hobby in Cape Cod, then to Manchester New Hampshire, and then finally to Saint John, and eventually became the National Basketball League of Canada in 2011 for which he was a co-founder. The Mill Rats organization will continue to be run by the 21 owners that comprise the 6th Man Inc Group who will work closely alongside Commissioner Magley who will assist the team with a succession plan that will carry the team forward for next season and beyond. "I wish to thank Ian for all he's done by helping form this great league & direct it in its infancy stages" said Commissioner Magley. He also added, "I personally appreciated working with you this year in my capacity as Commissioner your insight & knowledge of why we do what what we do was really helpful." Courtesy of: nblcanada.com
Hurricanes Defeat Mill Rats and Advance to Finals - May 22, 2016
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Halifax Hurricanes Basketball Club defeated the Saint John Mill Rats 109-80 in game four of the Atlantic Conference Championships, at the Harbour Station. Hurricanes sweep the Mill Rats in the 7 game series 4-0, and advance to the Finals. Hurricanes led the Mill Rats 26-19 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the Hurricanes outscored the Mill Rats 25-21, and the Hurricanes lead 51-40 at halftime. In the third quarter the Hurricanes outscored the Mill Rats 29-20. The Hurr... [read more]
Halifax Hurricanes Basketball Club defeated the Saint John Mill Rats 109-80 in game four of the Atlantic Conference Championships, at the Harbour Station. Hurricanes sweep the Mill Rats in the 7 game series 4-0, and advance to the Finals. Hurricanes led the Mill Rats 26-19 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the Hurricanes outscored the Mill Rats 25-21, and the Hurricanes lead 51-40 at halftime. In the third quarter the Hurricanes outscored the Mill Rats 29-20. The Hurricanes outscored the Mill Rats again 29-20 in the final quarter, defeating the Mill Rats by a margin of 29 points; The final score of the game was 109-80. Center, Kyle Hunt (6'10''-F/C-89, college: Oklahoma S&A) led the Hurricanes with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Forward, Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.) scored 17 points. Guard, Clifford Clinkscales (6'1''-PG-84, college: De Paul) scored 12 points. Guard, Joel Friesen (6'4''-G) scored 12 points. Forward, Mike Glover scored 12 points. Guard, Justin Johnson scored 11 points. Guard, Anthony Anderson (5'11''-PG-81, college: Massachusetts) scored 13 points for the Mill Rats. Forward, Gabe Freeman scored 13 points. Guard, Chris Smith (6'2''-G-87, college: Louisville) scored 13 points. Forward, Keith Gayden (6'8''-F-83, college: Duquesne) scored 12 points. Halifax Hurricanes have swept the Mill Rats in the Atlantic Conference Finals and will move on to face the winner of the Windsor Express vs. London Lightning series in the NBL Canada Finals. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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