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 Niagara River Lions finally showed what many prognosticators predicted in the pre-season. When they play a full 48 minutes, and play unselfish basketball, they will be hard to beat. Seven players scored in double figures as the River Lions (3-5) walloped the Windsor Express (3-5) 117-99 in front of 2,081 fans at Meridian Centre Monday night [read more]
The Niagara River Lions finally showed what many prognosticators predicted in the pre-season. When they play a full 48 minutes, and play unselfish basketball, they will be hard to beat. Seven players scored in double figures as the River Lions (3-5) walloped the Windsor Express (3-5) 117-99 in front of 2,081 fans at Meridian Centre Monday night. Reigning NBL Canada MVP Logan Stutz played easily his best game of the season draining a team-high 20 points, while pulling down a game-high nine rebounds. Stutz credited a lot of his play to the return of starting point guard Sammy Zeglinski. 'I felt great, it was good having Sammy back - that helps me a lot,' said Stutz, who knows he has to take on more of vocal role with the club. 'The coaches and owners met, and gave everybody roles, and I needed to lead more. 'I'm a natural leader from last year, and I've been quiet, and I had to step up. They called me out on it, and I accepted it, and the team came right behind after I led this week. It was a group, team, effort.' Zeglinski had the game's only double-double with 11 points and 11 assists, while Marcus Lewis and Richard Amardi dazzled the crowd with some monster dunks and both scored in double-digits. Tyshawn Patterson, Bilal Benn and Kirk Williams Jr. also all scored in double figures. Head coach Grace Lokole perhaps summed things up best. 'It wasn't a different team, it was just different attitudes,' he said. 'Guys were happy either to be on the court or on the bench, guys were just happy to be part of the team. 'We needed a team victory. We've won other games (this season) but this one was special because of everything around it, and it was a team victory.' Stutz said the game 'was definitely the best team effort of the season.' 'We've had some good team practices, some good team chemistry events and it showed on the court, and that's what we like to see. 'We have to develop a trust. We have to have each other's backs.' Added Lokole, 'We're starting to figure out what kind of team we're going to be.' The Lions welcome the (4-4) P.E.I. Island Storm Friday. Game time is 7 p.m. Courtesy of: niagarafallsreview.ca
Hurricanes extend win streak to 7-0 after home win against Storm - 1 day ago
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Not even a flu bug can stop the Halifax Hurricanes. The NBL Canada's top team took down the Island Storm 110-104 at home to improve their franchise-record winning streak to seven games and remain unbeaten on the season. The duo of Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) and Cj Washington (6'7''-F) carried the club with a combined 49 points and 11 rebounds on the night. The Island Storm fall to 3-4 with the loss. Things didn't come easy Thursday, however. Head coach Mike Leslie said th... [read more]
Not even a flu bug can stop the Halifax Hurricanes. The NBL Canada's top team took down the Island Storm 110-104 at home to improve their franchise-record winning streak to seven games and remain unbeaten on the season. The duo of Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) and Cj Washington (6'7''-F) carried the club with a combined 49 points and 11 rebounds on the night. The Island Storm fall to 3-4 with the loss. Things didn't come easy Thursday, however. Head coach Mike Leslie said the flu has been going through the dressing room all week and Mason was one of the hardest-hit players. 'We've got about five guys hit by the flu,' he said. 'We were pretty sluggish out of the gates.' 'It seems we're just clicking at the right time and doing the right things.' Despite going just one of six from beyond the arc, the Hurricanes made it to the end of the first quarter down just four points, 30-26. But they turned the tide in the second quarter and made it to the break with a 55-52 lead. Billy White and Washington - both more than six-foot-seven - combined for 28 points in the opening half, with White scoring a game-high 15. 'We came out a little slow, but started to pick it up in second quarter and started playing our game,' said Washington. Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91) scored a team-high 11 for the Storm. Thomas, largely considered the Storm's best player, suffered an apparent head injury early in the third quarter and did not return. The Hurricanes continued to roll in the third quarter and extended their lead to 14 points, 88-74. For the second straight game, the Hurricanes were able to play a stress-free final frame en route to a 110-104 final score. Washington (25), Antoine Mason (24), Billy White (19) and Tu'Quan Zimmerman (10) led the Hurricanes in scoring. Clifford Clinkscales (6'1''-PG-84, college: De Paul) finished with a game-high 13 assists. On the Storm, Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) finished with a team-high 21 points. Al Stewart ended the game not far behind with 17. Halifax's two new additions, Kareem Canty (6'1''-G-93, college: Auburn) and Joey Haywood, stayed relatively quiet on the night. The pair combined for just five points, five rebounds and three assists in 11 minutes of action. 'We didn't play (Haywood) a whole lot tonight because he's just getting his legs back from under him after a long flight,' said Leslie. Haywood flew to Halifax from Vancouver on Monday. 'We wanted to see how (Canty) would play when the lights are on and he's a very talented player,' said Leslie. 'He should be a great addition.' The Hurricanes have a week off before their next game. Halifax won't see action until Jan. 19 when they head to Moncton to face the 2-4 Miracles. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Horace Wormely (ex Aguilas) is a newcomer at Riptide - 4 days ago
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Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) added to their roster 33-year old American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard). He played last summer at Aguilas in Colombian Liga DirecTV. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wormely won Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 championship title in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 Import Player of the Year in 2015. Wormely is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to... [read more]
Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) added to their roster 33-year old American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard). He played last summer at Aguilas in Colombian Liga DirecTV. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wormely won Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 championship title in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 Import Player of the Year in 2015. Wormely is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Wormely has played previously professionally also in China (Leopards), Germany (Landshut), D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders), WCBL (Pasadena S.), JBL Pro-Am (Pasadena) and Colombia (Patriotas and Bucaros). He attended Vanguard University until 2006 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
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