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
George Blakeney (ex CAB Madeira) signs at KW Titans - 4 days ago
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NBL Canada newcomer Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) landed 26-year old American power forward George Blakeney (206-116kg-91, college: UNC Pembroke). He played most recently at CAB Madeira in Portuguese LPB league. In 16 games he averaged 9.4ppg and 7.4rpg last season. The previous (2015) summer Blakeney played at Regatas in Peruvian league where in three Liga Sudamericana games he had 15.0ppg and 7.0rpg in 2015 season. Among other achievements he won Peruvian LNB championship title... [read more]
NBL Canada newcomer Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) landed 26-year old American power forward George Blakeney (206-116kg-91, college: UNC Pembroke). He played most recently at CAB Madeira in Portuguese LPB league. In 16 games he averaged 9.4ppg and 7.4rpg last season. The previous (2015) summer Blakeney played at Regatas in Peruvian league where in three Liga Sudamericana games he had 15.0ppg and 7.0rpg in 2015 season. Among other achievements he won Peruvian LNB championship title in 2015. Blakeney received also All-PeachBelt 1st Team award back in 2013 at his college time. Blakeney has played also professionally in Argentina (Weber Bahia). He attended University of North Carolina at Pembroke until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) released 26-year old American forward Jamell Harris (206-91kg-91, college: E.Michigan). In 15 NBL Canada games he had 6.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5bpg this season. Harris also played earlier that season for Froya Basket in Norwegian BLNO where in 10 NBL Canada games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.6apg and 2.2bpg. His team won MAC West Division Regular Season in 2012. Harris is quite experienced player. He has played on four different... [read more]
Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) released 26-year old American forward Jamell Harris (206-91kg-91, college: E.Michigan). In 15 NBL Canada games he had 6.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5bpg this season. Harris also played earlier that season for Froya Basket in Norwegian BLNO where in 10 NBL Canada games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.6apg and 2.2bpg. His team won MAC West Division Regular Season in 2012. Harris is quite experienced player. He has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Harris has played previously professionally in Chile (Deportivo Valdivia), Iraq (Al Kahraba), Mexico (Tijuana Zonkeys) and Saudi Arabia (Al Wehda). He attended Eastern Michigan University until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
River Lions roar to two straight road victories - 4 days ago
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There's an old adage - 'progress is impossible without change.' Look no further then the Niagara River Lions for proof of that. The River Lions added three new players and it led to two straight road victories, Sunday at Windsor against the Express and Monday at Orangeville. The wins were the Lions first on the road since the opening day of the season. After Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken) led the way in Sunday's win over Windsor, newly acquired Carl Hall (6'8''-F-89, colle... [read more]
There's an old adage - 'progress is impossible without change.' Look no further then the Niagara River Lions for proof of that. The River Lions added three new players and it led to two straight road victories, Sunday at Windsor against the Express and Monday at Orangeville. The wins were the Lions first on the road since the opening day of the season. After Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken) led the way in Sunday's win over Windsor, newly acquired Carl Hall (6'8''-F-89, college: Wichita St., agency: HMS) drained 24 points in Monday's victory over the A's. 'Carl played great today, and gave us an inside powerful presence at both ends of the floor,' said Niagara head coach Grace Lokole. 'The team did a great job getting him the ball in his hot spots.' Hall, who played his college ball for the Wichita State Shockers, joins former Syracuse point guard Scoop Jardine (6'2''-G-88, college: Syracuse) and Canadian Elliot Mason (6'6''-F, college: Langara) as the newest River Lions. 'We are excited to welcome three key additions to our roster,' president and general manager Jeff Sotiriou said. 'Carl Hall adds depth to our front court, and brings a wealth of international experience to our team. 'Antonio will be valuable at the point guard position. Scoop played at a well-respected Syracuse school where winning is a tradition, so we are confident that he will bring a winning attitude to Niagara. 'We also welcomed a talented Canadian player in Elliot Mason. He's a great shooter who will be eager to start his professional career on the right foot.' On Monday former Orangeville A Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90, college: Oregon) nailed a three-pointer with 0.5 seconds left on the clock to seal the River Lions' 117-116 win as Sammy Zeglinski (6'0''-PG-88, college: Virginia, agency: Interperformances) picked up his 15th assist of the game on the play. 'As a whole, this weekend was Richard's best as a River Lion,' said Lokole. 'The shot he hit today didn't do justice to how hard he is working on himself, as both a player and a person.' The River Lions (7-11) visit the same two teams next weekend. Saturday they're in Windsor, and Sunday it's a rematch against Orangeville. 'They're both good teams and we'll have to work even harder to get two more wins,' said Lokole. Added Sotiriou, 'The three new additions, along with our strong group of core players, will help as we enter the second half of the season and push towards the playoffs.' Courtesy of: niagarafallsreview.ca
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