Moncton M. - Montreal J. 111-96 The Moncton Miracles, presented by Rogers, beat the Montreal Jazz with a final score of 111-96. The Miracles now sit with a 13-15 record. Miracles Isaac Butts (6'10''-C, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Appalachian St.) started the game off right going hard to the net, making the basket and drawing the foul giving his team a 3-0 lead. Jazz's Juan Mendez would hit a 3 effortlessly with 9 minutes left in the first quarter to tie the game up early at 7-7. Montreal would then get a hot hand and pull ahead 7-12. They would continue to drain 3's and go on another run and have a 14-21 advantage with 4 minutes remaining. Herman Favors would enter the game for the Miracles and the team would go on a run of their own and regain control of the scoreboard, 22-21. The first quarter ended with the game tied up at 29-29. Jazz's Eric Frederick (6'8''-F-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) would continue to hit outside shots, hitting 5 3-point shots early in the game and leading his team with 21 points. With just over 7 minutes on the clock in the second quarter Montreal was leading 39-42. Montreal would continue to make their outside shots and beat Moncton down the floor. The first half would end with the Montreal Jazz holding on to a 47-54 lead. Miracles would come out strong in the third quarter on a 10-0 run and take a 57-54 lead less than 2 minutes into the third quarter. Oliver McNally would go 2 for 2 from the line giving Moncton their first 10-point lead of the game, 68-58. They would lead by as many as 20-points in the second half and maintain control for the last 24 minutes of play. Isaac Butts led the way for the Miracles with 27 points and 20 rebounds. Devin Sweeney followed with 20 points and Darrell Wonge with 15. Eric Frederick was the force for the Jazz with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Hagan (5'9''-PG-89, college: Midwestern St.) was next with 24 points and Courtland with 21. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
St.John M.R. - Oshawa P. 117-123 The Saint John Mill Rats presented by Rogers, lost a close game to the visiting Oshawa Power on Friday night at Harbour Station in front of 2,169 fans with a final score of 117-123. The house was packed with rowdy school spirit fans for the Rogers game tonight as the Power played hard out of the gate and gained an early lead until halfway through the first. After a basket from Kevin Francis and 2 points from Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) off the steal and drive, the Mill Rats were able to gain a lead with 5:17 on the clock, 17-16. The Power fought back with the help of William Harris (6'7''-F-87, college: Miami Dade CC) dropping 14 points alone, but the Mill Rats kept their edge, closing the first, 31-28, after a dunk from Sheray Thomas. The second quarter, the Mill Rats hit the boards offensively and with 6:10 on the clock, a put back from Taneiko Robinson (6'7''-F-88) gave them a one point lead. Kevin Francis dropped 2 which was quickly answered by Power's Okorie giving the Power the lead again. The Mill Rats gained momentum and pulled ahead with 4:25 left on the clock before half after 2 baskets from Francis and Robinson and a three pointer from Jerice Crouch, 49-47. The Mill Rats closed the half leading 63-57. Two minutes into the third, the Mill Rats had as much as an 11 point lead over the Power but the Power did not give up. Four points from the line for Gomillia, and 2 dunks from Bo William Harris propelled the Power forward. Saint John still closed the third ahead of Oshawa, 90-88. The fourth quarter, both teams battled it out until just under 5 minutes left, when the Power gained an edge on the Mill Rats, going on a 7 point run, gaining the lead 101-110. The Power held the Mill Rats within 9 points until 36 seconds remained on the clock after a basket from Kevin Francis and a three off the fake from Taneiko Robinson, closing the gap 111-116. The stadium went wild as Jerice Crouch dropped a three with 12.6 seconds left in the game with the Power only leading by 2, 117-119. The Mill Rats attempted to regain possession but were forced to foul, giving the Power the game, 117-123. Leading scorers for the Mill Rats were Jerice Crouch with 27, Taneiko Robinson with 15 and 9 boards and "Fear the Beard" Kevin Francis with 13. Leading the Power were William Harris with 30 points, Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) with 27 and Papa Oppong with 20. The Mill Rats drop to 11-15 while the Power rise to 14-10. Catch the Mill Rats back in action next week for more double header action against the Moncton Miracles on Thursday, Jan. 24th and the Windsor Express on Friday, Jan. 25th. Both games are at 7pm. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
St.John M.R. - Summerside S. 104-112 The Saint John Mill Rats presented by Rogers, lost their first home game of a double header on Thursday night at Harbour Station against the Summerside Storm with a final score of 112-104. The Storm bolted out of the gate hard gaining a lead until just over midway into the first quarter. The Mill Rats were able to get their first lead after a basket from Sheray Thomas, 16-17. Their lead didn't last long as the Storm closed the first leading 29-22. The second quarter, the Mill Rats battled back hard as rowdy fans cheered the team on. They outscored the Storm, 24-21, closing the half just trailing behind, 50-46. The third quarter, both teams were neck and neck. The Storm was able to keep a three point lead, closing the third, 77-74. The last quarter, the Storm were able to pull ahead as the Mill Rats couldn't drop the shots they needed. With 5:53 on the clock, the Storm led 95-90 but they were able to spread the gap as the Mill Rats couldn't make their shots count from the line. The Storm's total free throw percentage was 88.9% while the Mill Rats were 63.3%. Tonight was a big game for Cavell Johnson (6'8''-F-85, college: UMBC) who posted a double double and was the top scorer of the game, with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Jerice Crouch was the team's second's leading scorer with 23 points. Leading the Storm were Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) with 24 and Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89, college: Oregon St.) who also posted a double double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Mill Rats fall to 11-14 on the season while the Storms rise to 14-9. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Oshawa P. - Halifax R. 127-124 OT Barnburners are becoming the norm when the Halifax Rainmen and Oshawa Power hook up on a basketball court. Rallying repeatedly, the resilient Power outlasted the Rainmen 127-124 in overtime on Wednesday night at General Motors Centre after their guests held double-digit leads in each quarter. Guard Nick Okorie, a training camp cut of the Rainmen, topped the Power with 37 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter and another eight in the extra period. Forward Jushay Rockett (6'6''-F-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) wasn't far behind, netting 35 for the National Basketball League of Canada's No. 2 offence. Joey Haywood (6'1''-PG-84) tied a Rainmen season high with 27 points and continued his red-hot shooting from long range by hitting five triples, the most this year by a Halifax player. Trayvon Lathan added 20 for the visitors, who had seven players in double figures. Cedric Moodie scored 19, Quinnel Brown 14, Malcolm White 13, Antoine Tisby 12 and Hillary Haley 10. Halifax led by as many as 16 in the second quarter and held a 13-point cushion (99-86) with 71/2 minutes to go in the game. But the Power didn't wilt in the dying seconds of regulation time, forcing overtime on Okorie's three-point play with 13 seconds left after Moodie missed a free throw that would have given Halifax a four-point bulge. 'We have to pull out games like that,' said Lathan, who fouled out after giving the Rainmen their last lead, 121-119 with two minutes to go in overtime. 'They're a young team and there's no quit in them and we knew that coming into this game. We just let one get away.' The meeting was the third of the season between the two clubs, and it produced the third straight thrilling finish. Halifax won the opener of the series, a 105-104 nail-biter on Dec. 1 in Oshawa, then escaped with a 90-87 victory six days later at the Metro Centre on Brown's miracle toss from the Power free-throw line at the buzzer. The Rainmen used a 13-0 run to lead 32-21 after the first quarter. But Oshawa buried six treys in the second and had a 21-6 spurt of their own to go into the locker-room at halftime down just 63-59. Haywood's three-pointer and seven straight points by White helped Halifax finish the third on a 10-0 run to go ahead 90-80 before the Power came back yet again. 'We have to close out, finish the deal,' Lathan lamented. 'If we want to win a championship, we can't allow that to happen.' Oshawa improved to 13-10, second in the Central Division, while the Rainmen slipped back into a second-place tie in the Atlantic Division with the Saint John Mill Rats at 11-13. Halifax topped its previous season high for points scored but also surrendered a season high. The team wraps up a three-game road swing Friday night in Windsor against the Express (10-13), then returns home Sunday afternoon to entertain the Moncton Miracles (12-15). Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Summerside S. - Montreal J. 123-106 The Summerside Storm extended their winning streak to six games in the National Basketball League of Canada on Friday night. The Storm, led by 18 points from each Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St.Michael's) and Omari Johnson, handed the Montreal Jazz a 123-106 setback at Eastlink Arena. Chris Hagan answered with 26 points for the Jazz. The win improved the Storm's record to 15-9 (won-lost) while the Jazz, who had only eight players dressed, fell to 2-21. The Storm hosts the Oshawa Power at Eastlink Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com
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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