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
A's fall on the road to Niagara River Lions, 121-106 - 1 day ago
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After losing a close one to the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans the night before, the Orangeville A's (15-22) headed to the Meridian Centre to take on the Niagara River Lions for a 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon game. Both teams started the game evenly matched offensively as an exchange of baskets ensued early. Anthony Harris continued his great play for the A's as he steadily hit shots and found his way to the basket for a 10-point opening quarter. Jameson Tipping (6'7''-G, college: W.Kentucky) was... [read more]
After losing a close one to the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans the night before, the Orangeville A's (15-22) headed to the Meridian Centre to take on the Niagara River Lions for a 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon game. Both teams started the game evenly matched offensively as an exchange of baskets ensued early. Anthony Harris continued his great play for the A's as he steadily hit shots and found his way to the basket for a 10-point opening quarter. Jameson Tipping (6'7''-G, college: W.Kentucky) was right there with him to contribute 6 points of his own. Although the A's shot 38% from the field (10-26) and 3-8 from three-point range (3-8), the River Lions put them at the line for plenty of extra opportunities and the A's capitalized shooting 6-7 (87% FT). Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) led the way for Niagara with 8 points. The quarter ended with a close score of 32-28 for the Lions. The Niagara River Lions looked to continue their steady offence as they came out quick in the second quarter on a 5-1 run to take a 37-29 lead over the A's. Tyshawn Patterson, however, had different plans and he was huge for the A's off the bench back-to-back three pointers as part of his 16-point explosion in the frame. The A's were within two possessions of the River Lions through 7 minutes of the 2nd when the River Lions went on a 9-0 run to separate themselves from the A's, 59-45. Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90, college: Oregon) scored 9 points while Samuel Murray contributed 8 points for the River Lions. The quarter ended with the Niagara River Lions up 67-54 over the Orangeville A's as they continued to battle. In the third quarter, the Niagara River Lions came out very polished as their fluent ball movement and aggressive rebounds allowed them to create separation from the A's. Richard Amardi continued his impressive play scoring 11 points by the mid mark of the frame. The A's Anthony Harris orchestrated the offence, passing and scoring to keep Orangeville in the game as he managed 7 points and 3 assists in the quarter. The offensive play for the Lions was very efficient as they finished the quarter with a score of 100-81. Even though the A's started the quarter down 100-81 they burst out into the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run courtesy of four points from Anthony Harris and another 6 from Alex Johnson as the A's cut the Lions lead to 11 points. The Lions adjusted and responded through Samuel Muldrow who scored 8 points in the frame. The A's tried to stay competitive through the play of Alex Johnson, Jameson Tippingg and Tyshawn Patterson but in the end the Lions walked away with the 121-106 win. Richard Amardi and Samuel Muldrow led Niagara scoring as both posted impressive double-doubles of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 23 points, 12 rebounds respectively. For the A's, Anthony Harris and Tyshawn Patterson led the way with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 24 points and 3 assists respectively. In the end four A's players finished in double-digits. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
The Niagara River Lions refuse to go down without a fight. With four games left in the regular season, the River Lions entered Friday night's game at Meridian Centre knowing they couldn't lose. And seven periods of basketball later - a franchise record - the Lions outlasted the Moncton Miracles 141-137 in triple overtime. The 141 points were also a franchise record. And it was only the second time in NBL Canada history a game went to a third overtime. 'I'm so proud of the guys,' said a sm... [read more]
The Niagara River Lions refuse to go down without a fight. With four games left in the regular season, the River Lions entered Friday night's game at Meridian Centre knowing they couldn't lose. And seven periods of basketball later - a franchise record - the Lions outlasted the Moncton Miracles 141-137 in triple overtime. The 141 points were also a franchise record. And it was only the second time in NBL Canada history a game went to a third overtime. 'I'm so proud of the guys,' said a smiling, and relieved, Niagara head coach Keith Vassell, who last coached a triple-overtime game in 2004 while in Iceland. 'We continue to fight. When it looks bleak - we continue to fight. They guys just gave everything, and didn't leave anything on the floor.' Kirk Williams (6'7''-PF-81, college: Bridgeport) Jr. led the River Lions with 29 points, including an emphatic dunk to put the game away as 1,392 fans roared in approval. In fact four Lions scored over twenty points as Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90, college: Oregon) drained a season-high 27 points. Carl Hall (6'8''-F-89, college: Wichita St., agency: HMS) added 24 including 10 crucial foul shots, and Sam Muldrow (6'9''-PF-88, college: S.Carolina) 20 after shooting 70-percent (7-for-10) from the field. Point-guard Nick Okorie recorded a triple-double for Niagara, 18 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. 'It was definitely a collective effort,' Vassell said. 'Nick with an injured back and neck, Sam (Muldrow) made big plays. Carl, I don't know how many free throws he made, and Kirk came in and does what Kirk does. We played with compete and composure to win a game where we've lost a few.' The River Lions (12-25) remain three games behind the Orangeville A's for the final playoff spot in the Central Division standings, but two of those games are against the A's including Sunday afternoon at Meridian Centre. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. 'Orangeville smacked these guys (Miracles) pretty good, so they're going to have to try and come here and smack us,' said Vassell. 'I like the fact we play them twice, so if we don't get it done we can only look at ourselves in the mirror. We're in control of our own destiny.' Courtesy of: niagarafallsreview.ca
Tyshawn Patterson signs at Orangeville A's - 4 days ago
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Orangeville A's (NBL Canada) landed 26-year old American point guard Tyshawn Patterson (185-79kg-91, college: N.Greenville) from Niagara River Lions. In 28 NBL Canada games in Canada he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Patterson played at London Lightning where in 45 NBL Canada games he had 12.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg. He was selected to All-ConferenceCarolinas 2nd Team in 2013. Patterson has played also professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Fut... [read more]
Orangeville A's (NBL Canada) landed 26-year old American point guard Tyshawn Patterson (185-79kg-91, college: N.Greenville) from Niagara River Lions. In 28 NBL Canada games in Canada he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Patterson played at London Lightning where in 45 NBL Canada games he had 12.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg. He was selected to All-ConferenceCarolinas 2nd Team in 2013. Patterson has played also professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro). He attended North Greenville University until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
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