Moncton M. - St.John M.R. 116-105 The Moncton Miracles, presented by Rogers, beat the Saint John Mill Rats with a final score of 116-105. The Miracles now sit with a 12-15 record. Mill Rats Sheray Thomas started the game off going hard to the net, making the basket and drawing the foul giving his team a 0-3 lead. Saint John would have an early 2-8 lead, which Moncton would continue to pick away at until Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: St.Francis, PA) tied the game up at the 7-minute mark, 8-8. The first quarter with Saint John going on a 4-11 run handing them a 18-23 lead. The Mill Rats came out shooting well in the second quarter and had strengthened their lead to 25-33 4 minutes in. Miracles Isaac Butts would score 4 consecutive baskets for the team getting them back in the game 33-38. The first half would end with Mill Rats Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) scoring 11 points giving his team a 48-65 lead. The Miracles came out shooting the lights out in the third quarter. Moncton would go from trailing by 17 points at the half to outscoring Saint John 36-12 in the following 12 minutes and take a 84-77 lead. The second half push gave the team what they needed to finish the game on top. Devin Sweetney led the way for the Miracles with 36 points and 8 rebounds. Darrell Wonge (6'7''-F-86, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Winston Salem) followed with 23 points and 8 rebounds while Isaac Butts dropped 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Anthony Anderson was the top scorer for the Mill Rats with 28 points. Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) continued the scoring with 27 points and Steve DeLuca with 14 points. The Miracles Sylvania Watkins was handed a technical foul and Micah Brand was ejected from the game with 2 technical fouls. Mill Rats Antonio Burks and Sheray Thomas were fouled out of the game as well as Head Coach David Cooper being handed a technical. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
London L. - Oshawa P. 115-109 DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-PG-80, college: Creighton) didn't start for the fourth game in succession but when he made it to the floor, he made his appearance felt. Bowden came off the bench in the second quarter, scoring all his nine points in that quarter, adding three assists, three steals and a block, allowing the London Lightning to open up a lead they never gave up on the way to a 116-109 win over the Oshawa Power in National Basketball League of Canada play Saturday in front of 3,373 fans at The Gardens. Bowden has started at guard for the London Lightning since Day 1 of the franchise but the last three games, coming off a groin injury Adrian Moss has started in Bowden's place. The game was back-and-forth through the first quarter but Bowden came in and gave the Lightning a spark helping them build a 12-point halftime lead that the Bolts never relinquished. No doubt that Bowden would like to start. 'But I'm good with it,' he said. 'I'll do whatever I can to help the team so I'm good with it.' Moss finished with 17 points hitting numerous key free throws at the end of the game when the Lightning almost let a big lead slip away. He added nine assists. 'We lost our focus and looked at the score a little bit,' Bowden said. The Power and Lightning have developed a disliking for each other and every time they play each other, the intensity seems to pick up. Saturday was the sixth meeting between the two teams with London winning five of the games. The one loss to the Power though came at the Gardens and it really bothered the Lightning. Despite having beaten the Power in Oshawa since, the Lightning were looking for some revenge for that home loss. The intensity was obvious from the start. In the first half the Lightning managed to gradually stretch it out to a nice lead but they weren't able to really open it up. For the Power, yet again they chose to live and die from three-point range. They only hit four-of-16 in the first half and finished seven-of-24 for 29 percent. Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson was asked whether the change in the starting lineup was permanent. 'We'll see how things go,' he said. 'Right now we haven't lost since he's started.' Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79, college: S.Mississippi) led the Lightning in scoring with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) also had 17 points while Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) and Jeremy Williams had 13 each. Jushay Rockett (6'6''-F-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) had 25 for Oshawa with Bo Harris and Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) hitting for 20 each. Courtesy of: lfpress.com
London L. - Windsor Exp. 101-96 It was wacky, weird and in the end - if you're a London Lightning fan - wonderful. It was another entertaining outing and another win for the Lightning. This time the Lightning hung on, needing every bit of veteran wiles to beat the Windsor Express 101-96 in front of 2,191 fans at Budweiser Gardens Sunday. It was their second win of the weekend. On Saturday, they defeated the Oshawa Power 115-109 in front of 3,337. The Lightning record is 22-2, but the longer into the season they go, the more competitive the games become. The Express have handed the Lightning one of their two losses and it happened at home. They weren't far away from scooting out of town with another win. In their first win, the Express almost blew a 26-point lead in the final 15 minutes. This time it was the Lightning that almost coughed up the game. Up by 10 in the fourth quarter, the Lightning watched the Express come back to take a one-point lead with five minutes left. From that point on, it was edge-of-your-seat stuff - quite different from some of the early games this season. 'That was good for us,' said Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson. 'We needed to play that kind of game, instead of winning by 20. It will do us good.' Only if your heart can take it. The list of lead changes and key plays is too long to itemize. Suffice to say the list of Lightning veterans who came through when the team was threatening to gag up the win is long: Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.) and Marvin Phillips on defence, Ellis and Jermaine Blackburn's scoring and key free-throw shooting and DeAnthony Bowden doing just about everything that needed doing were key down the stretch. Blackburn led the Lightning with 22 points and adding five assists. He hit four key throws at the end of the game. Ellis had 18 points and eight rebounds. Phillips had 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals, almost all of them in the final four minutes. Bowden had 12 points and four assists while Elvin Mims came up with yet another double-double on 10 points and 11 rebounds. Stefan Bonneau (5'10''-PG, college: C.W. Post) had 19 for the Express, with Isaac Kuon (6'4''-F/G-87) hitting for 15. When the Lightning brought in Phillips, they wanted a rebounder who can score. Sunday's was a game in which Phillips showed why he's here. 'I'm a hard-nosed player. I play hard,' he said. 'Regardless of whether they need me to rebound, play defence. I do the dirty work.' He did a lot of that and his steals changed the game. It was crazy, though. The final 30 seconds had more action and weird stuff happen than you'd usually see in a game. It started with two Blackburn free throws that gave the Lightning a 97-92 lead with less than a minute to go in the game. Windsor's Mike Helms then hit a three from somewhere near Byron to cut the lead to 97-95. Mims turned the ball over on a backcourt violation and Windsor was looking for a chance at the win with 21 seconds left. Helms held the ball just inside midcourt, waiting for the last shot with Ellis hanging over him. The referee hit Helms with a five-second call, stunning everybody. "It's part of the rules of the game," said Express coach Bill Jones. "My only (gripe) is that he didn't give us a count. That's what we are expecting in a situation like that. If he's going to call that in a situation like that, he's got to give us a count." The Express then fouled Blackburn again and he made both shots to make it 99-95 with eight seconds left and that should have been the game. Guess again. On the Express inbound, Bowden was assessed a rather strange deliberate foul. No time came off the clock, but Helms made only one of two. Still, the Express had possession with one more chance to tie it. Kevin Loiselle's three-point try was blocked by Blackburn and that was the game. Blackburn loved being in a situation where the game rested on his shoulders as he stood at the line. "I'll take it every time," he said. "I stepped up and accepted the challenge and my teammates have great confidence in me and I have great confidence in myself. We believe in ourselves and just get the job done." Even if at times getting it done scares the living bejesus out Lightning fans. Courtesy of: lfpress.com
Pro basketball for Brampton - May 3, 2013
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The Brampton Powerade Centre will be a busy place this fall and beyond. There were concerns raised over the use of the facility after the Ontario Hockey Leagues Brampton Battalion announced theyd be leaving for North Bay this summer. But the facility wont become the white elephant, that some thought it might be. The City of Brampton helped land the Brampton Beast a Central Hockey League team shortly after the Troops announced their departure [read more]
The Brampton Powerade Centre will be a busy place this fall and beyond. There were concerns raised over the use of the facility after the Ontario Hockey Leagues Brampton Battalion announced theyd be leaving for North Bay this summer. But the facility wont become the white elephant, that some thought it might be. The City of Brampton helped land the Brampton Beast a Central Hockey League team shortly after the Troops announced their departure. And it was made official on Wednesday that a new National Basketball League of Canada franchise known as the Brampton As will begin play this fall in the facility. Basketball is an international sport, said As GM/head coach David Magley as the team introduced its president Jesse Tipping and owner James Tipping. We chose Brampton because of if its diversity. And if Wednesdays event is any indication, the basketball team could be a resounding success. Theres a sense of excitement, admitted James Tipping, who also owns the Athletic Institute in Orangeville. How can there not be in an environment like this, but we know weve got a lot of work ahead of us. About 150 filled the RealStars Restaurant for the official announcement. I know there is a love and passion for basketball in this community, said NBL Canada president Andre Levingston. And there will be an instant rivalry with Mississauga. NBL Canada announced last week that the Oshawa Power would be re-locating to the Hershey Centre for the upcoming season. That will bring the number teams in the league to 10 five in the Atlantic division and five in the Central, where the As will reside. The Powerade Centre will be powered by two professional teams, said Mayor Susan Fennell, after receiving the first-ever Brampton As jersey. I dont get disappointed, I get busy. The As will begin play in early-November. Courtesy of: bramptonguardian.com
The National Basketball League of Canada announced the protected lists for each team for the upcoming 2013-14 season on Thursday. Teams were allowed to protect five players in which they are able to conduct contract negotiations with exclusively. The Summerside Storm protected the following players: Antonio Ballard (6'4''-G/F, college: Miami, OH), Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.), Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89, college: Oregon St.), Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St [read more]
The National Basketball League of Canada announced the protected lists for each team for the upcoming 2013-14 season on Thursday. Teams were allowed to protect five players in which they are able to conduct contract negotiations with exclusively. The Summerside Storm protected the following players: Antonio Ballard (6'4''-G/F, college: Miami, OH), Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.), Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89, college: Oregon St.), Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St.Michael's) and Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina). Teams will have until Monday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m., to have their protected players signed to a player contract. Players who are not signed will become eligible to be contacted by all league teams. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com
The Ottaway Skyhawks got their first head coach. The newest NBLC team has announced the hiring of Kevin Keathley to the position. The US specialist worked with the Souk Valley Predators in PBL lately. He was selected as NBA D-League Pre-Draft Coach in 2012. Previously Kevin Keathley had stints with the East Kentucky Miners, Kentucky Colonels, Southeast Texas Mavericks. He also worked as coach assistant with the Louisville Eagles, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Bakersfield Jam [read more]
The Ottaway Skyhawks got their first head coach. The newest NBLC team has announced the hiring of Kevin Keathley to the position. The US specialist worked with the Souk Valley Predators in PBL lately. He was selected as NBA D-League Pre-Draft Coach in 2012. Previously Kevin Keathley had stints with the East Kentucky Miners, Kentucky Colonels, Southeast Texas Mavericks. He also worked as coach assistant with the Louisville Eagles, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Bakersfield Jam. Kevin Keathley earned Pro Basketball News Top Ten Minor League Coaches Award in 2006 and 2009. In 2010 the specialist was named the ABA Assistant Coach of the Year. The Ottawa Skyhawks will start their debut pre-season at the end of October. They are scheduled for a number of exhibition encounters.
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