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
Wild finish in Windsor, Orangeville falls short in double overtime - 4 hours ago
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It was a rough shooting start for the A's despite moving the ball very well for open shots. With a struggling offense, they quickly found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-0 run while Windsor converted most of their opportunities inside the paint. The A's didn't find themselves behind for too long however, and they retaliated after a quick pause in action to tie the game back up at 16-16. Although they had no success from behind the 3-point line, their interior presence provided consist... [read more]
It was a rough shooting start for the A's despite moving the ball very well for open shots. With a struggling offense, they quickly found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-0 run while Windsor converted most of their opportunities inside the paint. The A's didn't find themselves behind for too long however, and they retaliated after a quick pause in action to tie the game back up at 16-16. Although they had no success from behind the 3-point line, their interior presence provided consistency on the offensive end. 20 of their 24 first quarter points came from the interior and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (6'6''-F-91, college: Temple) (6p, 3-4 FG) led the charge for the visitors. Their strong play translated to the other side of the floor as well and they limited Windsor's scoring to 37% on their way to a 24-23 lead to end the 1st. Stefan Nastic (6'11''-C-92, college: Stanford) lead the A's with 31, Anthony Harris (6'2''-G-85, agency: Interperformances) added a double double of 12 points, 10 assists Only a small margin separated the teams and the back and forth battle continued well into the 2nd quarter. Turnovers were an area of concern for the A's, having given up the ball 12 times, and Windsor converted 16 points as a result. Orangeville's lead only got as big as 4 points while Windsor countered with a 7 point lead shortly after. Warren Ward (6'5''-G-89, agency: Blacktop Management) was dominant for the Express, the guard poured in 14 points to lead his team. Larry Anderson had that responsibility for the A's and his 11 points were just as valuable for the visitors. Orangeville was able to stay close behind his scoring for a long stretch but towards the end of the quarter Windsor caught fire to grab an 8-point advantage. Starting the 2nd half trailing 43-51, Orangeville had some ground to make up against the home team. They looked to be on their way to closing the gap but they were unable to contain Windsor's Nick Evans (6'11''-C-88, college: S.Indiana) (8p, 4-8 FG) who was scoring with regularity. Orangeville was eventually able to respond once Evans stepped off the floor and they were able to get within 3 points. Unfortunately, they wouldn't get much closer and Windsor responded with a run of their own to reclaim their large lead. Ward (21p, 9-14 FG) was once again the highlight of the Windsor offense and his shooting from the outside was crucial to his team's run. Orangeville managed to get stops and convert on the other end towards the end of the frame but the back and forth exchange didn't bode well for gaining any ground down the stretch. Now facing a 68-77 deficit heading into the 4th quarter, Orangeville had to make a late push in order to give them any opportunity at a comeback. In the previous quarters they came out strong and the trend continued in the final frame. Stefan Nastic (22p, 7r) emerged as the primary option for the A's and they went on a run to get within 1 point. Nastic wasn't the only contributor in the offense, 4 other A's ended with double-digit scoring numbers in the comeback attempt. With 80-81 in favour of Windsor, they went on an 11-0 run which seemed to quickly put an end to Orangeville's hopes. However, Orangeville had other plans and they exploded to take a 95-94 lead within the final minute. In a strange series of plays, both sides had many opportunities to seal the game from the free throw line but after a series of missed free throws, nothing separated either side and they would end up going into overtime. Overtime was very slow offensively and both sides only managed to put up 2 points in the 6 minutes of play. As a result, the game led into another overtime quarter that was drastically different. Both the A's and the Express lit up the scoreboard but neither side could create enough distance to get a hold on the game. Orangeville took a 5-point lead and it seemed that it would be enough to hold through the stretch but to everyone's surprise the Express had a final run up their sleeve. The A's were up 110-108 and the Express had one opportunity to steal the victory for their home fans. They put the ball in the hands of their leading scorer, Warren Ward, who came through on the opportunity by draining a deep 3-pointer off the wing to give Windsor the 111-110 victory. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) cut 29-year old American point guard Nick Okorie (185-88kg-88, college: Texas Tech). In two NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 18.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.0apg this season. Okorie also played earlier that season for The Storm where in 20 NBL Canada games he had very remarkable stats: 16.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.1apg. He is a very experienced player. Okorie has played also professionally in Austria (Raiffeisen Wels), Denmark (Aalborg), Finland (Salon Vilpas), Germ... [read more]
Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) cut 29-year old American point guard Nick Okorie (185-88kg-88, college: Texas Tech). In two NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 18.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.0apg this season. Okorie also played earlier that season for The Storm where in 20 NBL Canada games he had very remarkable stats: 16.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.1apg. He is a very experienced player. Okorie has played also professionally in Austria (Raiffeisen Wels), Denmark (Aalborg), Finland (Salon Vilpas), Germany (Saar Pfalz Braves) and Canada (Power and London Lightning). He attended Texas Tech University until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into Okorie's outlook:
Can play in both guard positions, thaks to solid body, good court vision an passing skils. He's a good scorer with outside and inside dimension, shoots well free throws. Also, he's a tough defender who can earn lots of steals.
Very quick. Can run on the basket against taller players.
Halifax weathers Island Storm in 105-100 victory - 1 day ago
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After falling to the Island Storm in their barn three days earlier, the Hurricanes returned the favour Wednesday night. Halifax pulled off a 105-100 win over the Storm at the Scotiabank Centre to improve its Atlantic Division-leading record to 23-7. The Storm (10-15) won the Sunday matchup between the two clubs 112-103. 'We were much better today, overall,' said head coach Mike Leslie. 'We made a few corrections and adjustments and gave ourselves a chance at the end.' With just 11.9 secon... [read more]
After falling to the Island Storm in their barn three days earlier, the Hurricanes returned the favour Wednesday night. Halifax pulled off a 105-100 win over the Storm at the Scotiabank Centre to improve its Atlantic Division-leading record to 23-7. The Storm (10-15) won the Sunday matchup between the two clubs 112-103. 'We were much better today, overall,' said head coach Mike Leslie. 'We made a few corrections and adjustments and gave ourselves a chance at the end.' With just 11.9 seconds remaining, Anthony Cox (6'9''-C-83, college: Farmingdale St.) grabbed the offensive rebound with a 102-100 lead and landed one of the foul shots to lock down the win. Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92, college: Arizona St.) could not land a three-point jump shot with less than a second remaining to give the Hurricanes the eventual 105-100 win. After a slow start from both teams, the Hurricanes finished up the first half with a 43-40 lead. The big men came to play in the opening half for the Hurricanes. Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.), Renaldo Dixon (6'9''-C-90, college: N.Mexico St.) and Cox - all of whom stand at least six-feet-eight inches tall - led the Hurricanes with eight points apiece in the opening 24 minutes. The trio combined for 52 points in the game, led by White's 24. 'We felt that we could score inside,' said Leslie. While play from the paint proved successful, the Hurricanes went cold from three-point range in the half, going 0 for 7. For the Storm, Carson led with a game-high 19 points in the half while Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91) added 11. Both teams picked up the scoring in the third quarter as the Hurricanes went to the fourth carrying a 78-72 lead. After just 18 combined fouls in the first half, the teams combined for 22 fouls in third quarter. The Storm quickly erased the Hurricanes' six-point lead in the fourth as the teams traded leads for most of the that frame. The Hurricanes gained a two-point lead with less than 15 seconds and were able to hold on for the win. White (24), Cox (15) and Ta'Quan Zimmerman (15) led the Hurricanes in scoring. Clifford Clinkscales (6'1''-PG-84, college: De Paul) added 10 assists. For the Storm, Carson (33) and Alex Richter (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Augustana, SD) (22) carried the load. In his second game with the team, newly-acquired Aaron Bowen (6'6''-F-91, college: Georgetown) scored 13 points in 23 minutes of play. 'He's very athletic,' said Leslie. 'He's also an intelligent player. He doesn't have to take a lot of shots.' The Hurricanes were once again without top scorers Tyrone Watson and CJ Washington who are both nursing foot injuries. Leslie said the pair are in 'wait-and-see' mode as the team has a two-week break after Sunday. The Hurricanes will have a quick turnaround as they square off with the Moncton Miracles Thursday night on the road. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
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