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
London Lightning tabs Kendall Williams, ex San German - 20 minutes ago
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London Lightning (NBL Canada) inked 25-year old American guard Kendall Williams (193-84kg-91, college: N.Mexico). He played in the summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 7 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 2.1apg. Part of last season Williams spent at Nuernberg Falcons BC in ProA where in three games he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He also spent pre-season at Chorale de Roanne (ProA) in French league that year. Williams has tried to make it to the NBA a... [read more]
London Lightning (NBL Canada) inked 25-year old American guard Kendall Williams (193-84kg-91, college: N.Mexico). He played in the summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 7 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 2.1apg. Part of last season Williams spent at Nuernberg Falcons BC in ProA where in three games he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He also spent pre-season at Chorale de Roanne (ProA) in French league that year. Williams has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. Among other achievements his college team won MWC Tournament for three years in a row (between 2012 and 2014). Williams received also All-MWC 1st Team award in 2013 and 2014. He has played also professionally in Italy (VL Pesaro and Jesi). Williams attended University of New Mexico until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. His game is described as:
A true hard worker with great attitude, he's very quick, defends well and can play multiple positions, from 1 to 3. But he isn't a true PG, not at all.
Halifax Hurricanes appoint new head coach - 51 minutes ago
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The Halifax Hurricanes Kevin Keathley will join the team as the head coach and general manager for the upcoming season. Keathley joins the team from the Bowling Green Bandits of the American Basketball Association, where he led the team to a 11-2 record last season. 'I couldn't be more excited to be given the opportunity to lead one of the cornerstone franchises of NBL Canada,' said Keathley in a news release. 'We will build a championship quality team on and off the court.' Keathley is k... [read more]
The Halifax Hurricanes Kevin Keathley will join the team as the head coach and general manager for the upcoming season. Keathley joins the team from the Bowling Green Bandits of the American Basketball Association, where he led the team to a 11-2 record last season. 'I couldn't be more excited to be given the opportunity to lead one of the cornerstone franchises of NBL Canada,' said Keathley in a news release. 'We will build a championship quality team on and off the court.' Keathley is known for his fast paced, up-tempo philosophy. His Bandits averaged 127 points in 13 regular season games last year. 'He's a coach who understands what's needed to build a competitive team and to be part of the community,' said Don Mills, chair of the Hurricanes board of directors. Keathley has never had a losing season in his 15-year coaching career, but will have big shoes to fill in Halifax. 'It's going to be an exciting season as we look to defend the title against some of the best coaches and players in professional basketball,' said Keathley. Former General manager Andre Levingston led Halifax franchises to back-to-back National Basketball League of Canada finals appearances. While former head coach Hugo Lopez won the NBL of Canada's coach of the year award last season and led the team to a league championship in its inaugural year. The team tried to negotiate a new contract with Lopez, but the two parties couldn't come to terms on an agreement. Keathley has previous experience coaching in Canada. He was behind the bench of the now-defunct Ottawa Skyhawks in 2013, but was fired after just seven games. He was named as one of the top-10 Coaches in the United States not in the NBA back in 2009. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Island Storm (NBL Canada) confirmed in their roster 30-year old American forward Tirrell Baines (198-100kg-86, college: Marshall, agency: Interperformances). He played there last season. In 28 NBL Canada games he had 12.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5apg. In 2011 Baines was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in fourth round (10th overall). He attended Marshall University and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball. Baines was voted C-USA All-Freshman Team back in 2008 at his college time. Bai... [read more]
Island Storm (NBL Canada) confirmed in their roster 30-year old American forward Tirrell Baines (198-100kg-86, college: Marshall, agency: Interperformances). He played there last season. In 28 NBL Canada games he had 12.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5apg. In 2011 Baines was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in fourth round (10th overall). He attended Marshall University and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball. Baines was voted C-USA All-Freshman Team back in 2008 at his college time. Baines has played also professionally in Uruguay (Stockolmo) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).
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