25-year old swingman Devin Sweetney (198-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Moncton M. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21. He had the game-high 36 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Moncton M. in his team's victory, helping them to beat St.John M.R. (#6, 11-13) 116-105. Moncton M. is placed at 4th position in NBLCanada league. Moncton M. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-15 record. In the team's last game Sweetney had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Moncton M.'s top player in his first season with the team. St.Francis College (PA) graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sweetney is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.3ppg. Sweetney
Second best performed player last round was Jushay Rockett (197-F-84) of Oshawa P.. He is American forward in his first season at Oshawa P.. In the last game Rockett recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Oshawa P. lost that game 109-115 to slightly higher-ranked London L. (#1, 21-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Oshawa P. still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-10 record is not bad at all. Rockett is a newcomer at Oshawa P. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Anthony Anderson (180-G-81) of St.John M.R. (#6). Anderson scored 28 points and passed ten assists (!!!). Despite Anderson's great performance St.John M.R. lost 105-116 to slightly higher-ranked Moncton M. (#4, 12-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of St.John M.R. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Anderson could help St.John M.R. to bring them higher in the standings. Anderson has a great season in NBL. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.6ppg (2nd best) and assists with 7.0apg (2nd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Isaac Butts (208-C) of Moncton M. - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Elvin Mims (196-F-79) of London L. - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Kevin Loiselle (198-F) of Windsor Exp. - 12 points and 14 rebounds 7. Jermaine Blackburn (200-G/F-83) of London L. - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Nick Okorie (185-PG-88) of Oshawa P. - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists 9. Tim Ellis (193-G-81) of London L. - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Marvin Phillips (201-F-83) of London L. - 16 points and 7 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Halifax Hurricanes drop Saint John Riptide - 6 hours ago
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The Halifax Hurricanes closed out their-three game homestand in style. In front of a season-high 2,501 fans, the Hurricanes pulled out a 113-102 win over their Atlantic division rivals - the Saint John Riptide - Sunday afternoon at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. 'We just wore them down a little bit,' said head coach Mike Leslie after the game. 'This was a very dangerous game for us and we had to make sure we did everything we needed to do to play.' With the win, the Hurricanes improved... [read more]
The Halifax Hurricanes closed out their-three game homestand in style. In front of a season-high 2,501 fans, the Hurricanes pulled out a 113-102 win over their Atlantic division rivals - the Saint John Riptide - Sunday afternoon at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. 'We just wore them down a little bit,' said head coach Mike Leslie after the game. 'This was a very dangerous game for us and we had to make sure we did everything we needed to do to play.' With the win, the Hurricanes improved to 18-5 on the season while Saint John falls to 12-8. Saint John played the game with just eight players following a slew of suspensions due to a brawl in an earlier game this week against the Kitchener Waterloo Titans. Among the suspended are the team's top-two scorers, Anthony Anderson and Gabe Freeman. 'We couldn't let that be a factor,' said Tyrone Watson (6'5''-F-90, college: N.Mexico St.), who scored 18 points in the win. ' (When the other team's short) we've got to focus in more. They've got eight guys so they don't have much to lose. 'Our bench has been solid throughout the whole year,' said Watson. 'Our bench could probably start on another team in the league.' Halifax also kept the league's best team from beyond the arc to just 6-for-30 from three-point range. The Hurricanes finished out the first quarter on a 7-0 run in the final minute to take a 31-24 lead. Halifax and Saint John each scored 25 points in the second as the Hurricanes made it to the break with a 56-49 lead. Mike Poole (6'6''-G/F-92, college: Iona) and Renaldo Dixon each scored eight points off the bench. Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) led the Hurricanes with nine in the half. Haakim Johnson (6'7''-G/F-87, college: Pikeville) (15) and Darin Mency (6'2''-G-89, college: Merrimack, agency: DTMones) (13) led the Riptide in scoring. The Hurricanes maintained their seven-point lead through three quarters as both teams scored 31 coming out of the half. Fatigue appeared to set in by the final frame and the Hurricanes began to pull away. Twenty-six points in the fourth quarter extended the Hurricanes' lead to double digits as they came away with the 113-102 win. Antoine Mason led the Hurricanes with 19 points and nine rebounds. Watson (18), Poole (14) and Dixon (12) rounded out Halifax's top scorers. Mency scored a game-high 34 for the Riptide while teammate Haakim Johnson added 24 of his own. The Hurricanes will begin a three-game Atlantic road trip Friday in Saint John. They don't play at the Scotiabank Centre again until March 16, as the AUS and U Sports basketball championships come to town. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Windsor Beats Niagara in Thriller 93-92 - 1 day ago
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For the second time in two games the Windsor Express played the Niagara River Lions at home. Windsor had not seen game action in almost a week. Their last game was a heart breaking loss to these same Niagara River Lions, snapping Windsor's four game win streak. Coming into the game, Niagara had only seven wins, four of which came against the Express. Before the game it was announced the team had parted ways with former Windsor Lancer Alex Campbell. The week off showed out of the gates, as... [read more]
For the second time in two games the Windsor Express played the Niagara River Lions at home. Windsor had not seen game action in almost a week. Their last game was a heart breaking loss to these same Niagara River Lions, snapping Windsor's four game win streak. Coming into the game, Niagara had only seven wins, four of which came against the Express. Before the game it was announced the team had parted ways with former Windsor Lancer Alex Campbell. The week off showed out of the gates, as Niagara went on a 12-4 run to begin the first quarter. Windsor had to use the three ball to get back into the game. Clinton Springer provided a spark off the bench and contributed five points in the first quarter. Darren Duncan (6'0''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) played the majority of the point guard minutes early, leading a 20-3 Windsor run early. Windsor allowed only one three, allowing them to maintain a 44-34 lead. Their leading scorer was Nick Evans who contributed eight points on 4-8 shooting in a team effort heavy first half. Juan Pattillo (6'7''-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) began heating up in the second half. Going against former Express forward and current River Lions star Chris Commons, Pattillo began finding success in the pick-and-roll game. There was a steady diet of three pointers throughout the second half. Darren Duncan went on his first scoring rampage of the season, nailing four shots from beyond the arch in the half. He would finish with a team high 20 points. With under one minutes to play, Windsor led by only one point. Kirk Williams (6'7''-PF-81, college: Bridgeport) Jr drove the lane and went up with the right hand, sinking the layup and taking the lead away from Windsor. Express forward Nick Evans answered back with an inside bucket of his own, giving Windsor the 93-92 lead. This gave Niagara enough time for one final possession to win it. Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90, college: Oregon) of the River Lions came up short on his final three point attempt of the game, sealing the victory for Windsor. For the first time this season Windsor defeated Niagara, 93-92. Darren Duncan was the player of the game, falling four rebounds short of a double-double. The star point guard had 20 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Juan Pattillo also scored 20 points to go along with his 9 rebounds. Niagara's leading scorer was Carl Hall (6'8''-F-89, college: Wichita St., agency: HMS), who put up a game high 21 points and 11 rebounds. Windsor's next game will be on the road in Orangeville on March 4th. The next home game for the Express will be against the league-leading London Lightning when they come to the WFCU Centre on Wednesday March 8th for a 7:00 pm start time. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
George Blakeney (ex CAB Madeira) signs at KW Titans - 6 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.
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