Oshawa P. - Moncton M. 102-100 Durham's team the Oshawa Power held off a determined Moncton Miracles team 102 - 100 and put an end to their small losing skid. The Power got off to their best start of the season opening up a huge lead and finished the first quarter with a 31 - 17 lead. The Miracles fought back and even took the lead heading into the third quarter, but a 21 - 3 run for the Power to start the fourth period gave Durham's team the momentum they needed to get the victory. Local Durham Region star Papa Oppong (6'4''-G-87, college: E.Kentucky) led the way for the Power dropping a team-high 21 points and 7 rebounds. Mark Gomillia (6'5''-F-87, college: SF Austin) and Larry Diamond added 20 and 18 points respectively. Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: St.Francis, PA) led the way for the Miracles with a game-high 31 points. Oliver McNally added 19 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. The Power will now head on the road to London to take on their 401 rivals the London Lightning on Saturday January 12, 2013 with tip off set for 7:00 p.m. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
London L. - Moncton M. 115-93 There is always something to be learned from a basketball game, even one that's a blowout. Make no mistake about it. The London Lightning's 115-93 win over the Moncton Miracles was a blowout. Except for a small stretch in the first quarter, the Lightning were in complete control of the National Basketball League of Canada game Thursday in front of 2,437 at the Gardens. Unfortunately for the Miracles, they were playing their second game in two nights, didn't play very well and ran into a Lightning team that picked Thursday to have one of their most complete games in a month. The Lightning moved the ball, shot it well, played defence. The Miracles saw one player after the other score. All 11 players in the lineup scored for the Lightning, with eight players in double figures. Miracles' coach Dennis Truax tried just about everything, but his club didn't shoot well, missing a lot of easy shots. The Miracles lost a tough game against Oshawa Wednesday. He could only watch as the Lightning shot the lights out. 'What are they shooting, 80%?' he asked at one point. Not quite, but the Lightning finished at 54%. 'We had to win (Wednesday,)' he said. 'Then you come in here on a back-to-back and face the best team. Hey, this is the best organization in the league by far. This team is better than the team that won the championship last year. 'They have interchangeable parts. They are deeper. Guys know how to play and you have to remember that you have a first-time all-star, Morgan Lewis, that isn't here yet . . . They are just interchangeable. Tim Ellis comes off the floor and you got to get (Elvin) Mims. Mims comes off the floor and you get Marvin Phillips. They are all pros and they all know how to play.' No one could have summed it up any better. So what was important to learn from Thursday? Aside from the fact the Lightning proved they have incredible depth, their Canadian players got a chance to play a little. Tyler Murray and Dane Smith don't often see the floor for big chunks of time. Even though it was a blowout, they showed well - especially Murray, who got more than 15 minutes of time. He finished with 12 points, including dropping a couple of threes. 'Being a rookie, you have to pay your dues but coming in here I didn't expect to do what I did in my senior or junior year in college,' Murray said. 'That's about being a professional. You keep learning and listening to the older guys and when your time is called like today was, you have to be ready.' Murray and Smith work hard. They are usually first out on the floor before any game or practice and usually the last guys off the floor. Both played at the NCAA level in the States. 'It's less frustrating, because we are winning,' Murray said. 'The guys make it easy. We communicate well in practice and all the guys tell the younger guys to just stay ready. Today, it showed.' Richardson has no doubt his Canadians can play or 'they wouldn't be here.' 'It's hard to play 12 guys in 48 minutes. It's hard,' Richardson said. 'That's just the way basketball is. If you watch all the guys in the NBA, it's an eight, nine-man rotation. So it's good to get these guys in.' The leading scorer for the Lightning was Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79, college: S.Mississippi) with 16 and nine rebounds. Jeremy Williams (6'7''-SF-87, college: UTEP) had a double-double for the Bolts, hitting for 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Adrian Moss, who started ahead of DeAnthony Bowden, had 15, Jermaine Blackburn 12, Bowden 11 and Rodney Buford 10. The league's leading scorer, Devin Sweetney, led the Miracles with 19 points. It was the first game of a Lightning four-game home stretch. When they are done, they'll play most of their remaining games on the road. They play Oshawa on Saturday night and Windsor at 2 p.m. on Sunday. They play at home again a week Sunday. 'These home games for us are crucial,' Richardson said. 'We want to take these games then go on the road and take each game as it comes. We ain't got no pressure on us. We're 20-2. Where's the pressure at?' The way the Lightning played Thursday, obviously nowhere. Courtesy of: lfpress.com
St.John M.R. - Halifax R. 89-102 Cedric Moodie (6'2''-G-78, college: Indianapolis) didn't take long to get into his teammates' good books. The veteran sharpshooter netted 20 points in his Halifax debut and the Rainmen had two big third-quarter runs to dump the Saint John Mill Rats 102-89 on Thursday night in a National Basketball League of Canada contest at Harbour Station. The victory snapped the Rainmen's two-game losing streak and lifted them into a second-place tie with the Mill Rats in the Atlantic Division. Both teams have 11-12 marks. Halifax signed Moodie, a six-foot-one shooting guard, on Jan. 1 to help address its season-long struggles behind the three-point arc. But he wasn't activated until the move was cleared by FIBA on Thursday morning. He didn't show any discernible signs of rust. The 34-year-old scored eight points in the second quarter as the Rainmen clawed back from a nine-point deficit, then added nine more in the fourth. He ended up 4-for-7 from three-point territory and 8-for-15 overall. 'He came out shooting pretty well tonight,' centre Antoine Tisby said. 'We've been needing guys to knock down shots and his presence really helped us get some other guys open and do different things for us on offence.' Halifax entered the game shooting 29 per cent beyond the arc, seventh in the league, and was a distant eighth in three-pointers made (118) - nearly 100 behind the Mill Rats' league-best total of 214. But the Rainmen hit eight of 18 (44 per cent) on Thursday night, just the fifth time this season they've shot over 40 per cent from long distance. Joey Haywood, who finished with 14 points, went 3-for-3 to continue his torrid pace of late from three-point range. Quinnel Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Auburn) had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Rainmen, who never led until Haywood put them up 52-50 by sinking a pair of free throws two minutes into the third quarter. Hillary Haley (6'6''-G-88, college: Md-E Shore) added 15 and Tisby also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Rainmen played their first of three straight away from home. They're in Oshawa on Jan. 16 and Windsor on Jan. 18. 'We needed this one tonight,' Tisby said. 'Hopefully we get some momentum going into the two games we have next week on the road.' Guards Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts), Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) and Joe Posey (6'5''-G-85, college: JMU) all had 14 for Saint John. Halifax, which had lost seven of its previous 10, trailed 25-18 after the first quarter. Saint John was up 41-34 when Tisby dropped consecutive hoops, including a big putback dunk, and Haywood's triple drew Halifax even with under two minutes to go in the half. Moodie, who buried back-to-back treys early in the second, drained a contested jumper from above the foul line just before the buzzer, sending the clubs to their locker-rooms deadlocked at 48-48. A big third quarter turned the game in the Rainmen's favour. After Cavell Johnson scored the first hoop for Saint John, Halifax responded with a 13-0 run to forge ahead 61-50. The Mill Rats answered with a 10-2 spurt, only to watch Halifax fashion a 17-5 finish to a quarter in which they outscored their hosts 32-17, opening up a 15-point cushion. The Rainmen's win gives them a 4-2 edge in the season series. It was the first time this season either club had managed a victory on the other team's home court. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
The Storm adds Carson to their roster, ex Adanaspor - 5 days ago
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Island Storm (NBL Canada) added to their roster 24-year old American point guard Jahii Carson (178-82kg-92, college: Arizona State). He played last season at Adanaspor in Turkish TB2L. In 9 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg. Carson ended the previous (2014-15) season at Metalac in Serbian league. But in only one Adriatic League game he did not score anything. But the most of that year he spent at Illawarra Hawks in Australia NBL where in 27 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.... [read more]
Island Storm (NBL Canada) added to their roster 24-year old American point guard Jahii Carson (178-82kg-92, college: Arizona State). He played last season at Adanaspor in Turkish TB2L. In 9 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg. Carson ended the previous (2014-15) season at Metalac in Serbian league. But in only one Adriatic League game he did not score anything. But the most of that year he spent at Illawarra Hawks in Australia NBL where in 27 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention. Carson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. He was voted All-Pac-12 1st Team in 2014 at his college time. Carson represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Latvia five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.1ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.4apg. Carson attended Arizona State until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
Jermaine Dailey (ex Obregon) joins KW Titans - 6 days ago
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KW Titans (NBL Canada) added to their roster 30-year old American power forward Jermaine Dailey (203-95kg-86, college: Ill.-Chicago). He played last summer at Obregon in Mexican CIBACOPA, but left. In two games he had 5.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5spg and 1.5bpg. The last season Dailey played at Santos (LNBP) in Mexican league where in 19 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.4spg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup 2nd... [read more]
KW Titans (NBL Canada) added to their roster 30-year old American power forward Jermaine Dailey (203-95kg-86, college: Ill.-Chicago). He played last summer at Obregon in Mexican CIBACOPA, but left. In two games he had 5.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5spg and 1.5bpg. The last season Dailey played at Santos (LNBP) in Mexican league where in 19 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.4spg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup 2nd Team in 2014. Dailey is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in ten different countries. Dailey tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Yenicami), Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC II Weissenfels), Saudi Arabia (Al Fateh), Taiwan (Yulon Luxgen), UAE, Uruguay, Venezuela, United Arab Emirates (Al Sharjah), Canada (Halifax Rainmen, Saint John Mill Rats and Moncton Miracles) and UBA (GIE Maile Matrix). Dailey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. He attended University of Illinois-Chicago until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player. On Dailey:
Super athletic rebounder, shot blocker who can play tough individual and team defence, while contributing offensively at high level unselfishly. Great leaper, who is a rim to rim player and can out work any one and bring high energy with spectacular plays.
Julian Boyd (ex Porvoon Tarmo) signs at London Lightning - 7 days ago
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London Lightning (NBL Canada) landed 26-year old American forward Julian Boyd (201-104kg-90, college: LIU Brooklyn). He played most recently at Porvoon Tarmo in Finnish 1st Division. In 30 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2.0spg and 1.2bpg last season. Boyd helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to... [read more]
London Lightning (NBL Canada) landed 26-year old American forward Julian Boyd (201-104kg-90, college: LIU Brooklyn). He played most recently at Porvoon Tarmo in Finnish 1st Division. In 30 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2.0spg and 1.2bpg last season. Boyd helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Among other achievements Boyd's college team won NEC Tournament for three years in a row (between 2011 and 2013). He received also All-NEC Player of the Year award back in 2012. Boyd graduated from Long Island University in 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
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