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
The Storm adds Carson to their roster, ex Adanaspor - 2 days ago
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Island Storm (NBL Canada) added to their roster 24-year old American point guard Jahii Carson (178-82kg-92, college: Arizona State). He played last season at Adanaspor in Turkish TB2L. In 9 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg. Carson ended the previous (2014-15) season at Metalac in Serbian league. But in only one Adriatic League game he did not score anything. But the most of that year he spent at Illawarra Hawks in Australia NBL where in 27 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.... [read more]
Island Storm (NBL Canada) added to their roster 24-year old American point guard Jahii Carson (178-82kg-92, college: Arizona State). He played last season at Adanaspor in Turkish TB2L. In 9 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg. Carson ended the previous (2014-15) season at Metalac in Serbian league. But in only one Adriatic League game he did not score anything. But the most of that year he spent at Illawarra Hawks in Australia NBL where in 27 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention. Carson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014. He was voted All-Pac-12 1st Team in 2014 at his college time. Carson represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Latvia five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.1ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.4apg. Carson attended Arizona State until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
Jermaine Dailey (ex Obregon) joins KW Titans - 3 days ago
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KW Titans (NBL Canada) added to their roster 30-year old American power forward Jermaine Dailey (203-95kg-86, college: Ill.-Chicago). He played last summer at Obregon in Mexican CIBACOPA, but left. In two games he had 5.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5spg and 1.5bpg. The last season Dailey played at Santos (LNBP) in Mexican league where in 19 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.4spg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup 2nd... [read more]
KW Titans (NBL Canada) added to their roster 30-year old American power forward Jermaine Dailey (203-95kg-86, college: Ill.-Chicago). He played last summer at Obregon in Mexican CIBACOPA, but left. In two games he had 5.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5spg and 1.5bpg. The last season Dailey played at Santos (LNBP) in Mexican league where in 19 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.4spg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup 2nd Team in 2014. Dailey is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in ten different countries. Dailey tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Yenicami), Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC II Weissenfels), Saudi Arabia (Al Fateh), Taiwan (Yulon Luxgen), UAE, Uruguay, Venezuela, United Arab Emirates (Al Sharjah), Canada (Halifax Rainmen, Saint John Mill Rats and Moncton Miracles) and UBA (GIE Maile Matrix). Dailey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. He attended University of Illinois-Chicago until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player. On Dailey:
Super athletic rebounder, shot blocker who can play tough individual and team defence, while contributing offensively at high level unselfishly. Great leaper, who is a rim to rim player and can out work any one and bring high energy with spectacular plays.
Julian Boyd (ex Porvoon Tarmo) signs at London Lightning - 4 days ago
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London Lightning (NBL Canada) landed 26-year old American forward Julian Boyd (201-104kg-90, college: LIU Brooklyn). He played most recently at Porvoon Tarmo in Finnish 1st Division. In 30 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2.0spg and 1.2bpg last season. Boyd helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to... [read more]
London Lightning (NBL Canada) landed 26-year old American forward Julian Boyd (201-104kg-90, college: LIU Brooklyn). He played most recently at Porvoon Tarmo in Finnish 1st Division. In 30 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2.0spg and 1.2bpg last season. Boyd helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Among other achievements Boyd's college team won NEC Tournament for three years in a row (between 2011 and 2013). He received also All-NEC Player of the Year award back in 2012. Boyd graduated from Long Island University in 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
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