American center Isaac Butts (208-C, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Moncton M., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22. The -year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Montreal J. (#8, 2-20) 111-96. Moncton M. maintains the 4th position in NBLCanada NBL Canada. 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 13-15 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Butts as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former Appalachian State University star has very solid stats this year. Butts is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.8rpg) and averages impressive 55.9% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Nigerian Nick Okorie (185-PG-88) of Oshawa P.. Okorie had a very good evening with 37 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Oshawa P. to edge slightly lower-ranked Halifax R. (#5, 12-13) in overtime 127-124. Oshawa P.'s 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 14-10 record is not bad at all. Okorie is a newcomer at Oshawa P., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.8ppg (#4). He also recorded 4.3 assists per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was another Oshawa P.'s star - American forward William Harris (201-F-87). Harris got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . He was another key player of Oshawa P., helping his team with a 123-117 win against the lower-ranked St.John M.R. (#6, 11-15). Oshawa P. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 10 lost games. Harris has a great season in NBL. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (9th best). Harris attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Antoine Tisby (203-F/C-83) of Halifax R. - 23 points and 18 rebounds 5. Antonio Ballard (193-G/F) of Summerside S. - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Jushay Rockett (197-F-84) of Oshawa P. - 35 points and 8 rebounds 7. Cavell Johnson (203-F-85) of St.John M.R. - 25 points and 10 rebounds 8. Nick Okorie (185-PG-88) of Oshawa P. - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Jerice Crouch (182-G-84) of St.John M.R. - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 10. Courtland Bluford (187-G-88) of Montreal J. - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
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)
Wild finish in Windsor, Orangeville falls short in double overtime - 14 hours ago
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It was a rough shooting start for the A's despite moving the ball very well for open shots. With a struggling offense, they quickly found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-0 run while Windsor converted most of their opportunities inside the paint. The A's didn't find themselves behind for too long however, and they retaliated after a quick pause in action to tie the game back up at 16-16. Although they had no success from behind the 3-point line, their interior presence provided consist... [read more]
It was a rough shooting start for the A's despite moving the ball very well for open shots. With a struggling offense, they quickly found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-0 run while Windsor converted most of their opportunities inside the paint. The A's didn't find themselves behind for too long however, and they retaliated after a quick pause in action to tie the game back up at 16-16. Although they had no success from behind the 3-point line, their interior presence provided consistency on the offensive end. 20 of their 24 first quarter points came from the interior and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (6'6''-F-91, college: Temple) (6p, 3-4 FG) led the charge for the visitors. Their strong play translated to the other side of the floor as well and they limited Windsor's scoring to 37% on their way to a 24-23 lead to end the 1st. Stefan Nastic (6'11''-C-92, college: Stanford) lead the A's with 31, Anthony Harris (6'2''-G-85, agency: Interperformances) added a double double of 12 points, 10 assists Only a small margin separated the teams and the back and forth battle continued well into the 2nd quarter. Turnovers were an area of concern for the A's, having given up the ball 12 times, and Windsor converted 16 points as a result. Orangeville's lead only got as big as 4 points while Windsor countered with a 7 point lead shortly after. Warren Ward (6'5''-G-89, agency: Blacktop Management) was dominant for the Express, the guard poured in 14 points to lead his team. Larry Anderson had that responsibility for the A's and his 11 points were just as valuable for the visitors. Orangeville was able to stay close behind his scoring for a long stretch but towards the end of the quarter Windsor caught fire to grab an 8-point advantage. Starting the 2nd half trailing 43-51, Orangeville had some ground to make up against the home team. They looked to be on their way to closing the gap but they were unable to contain Windsor's Nick Evans (6'11''-C-88, college: S.Indiana) (8p, 4-8 FG) who was scoring with regularity. Orangeville was eventually able to respond once Evans stepped off the floor and they were able to get within 3 points. Unfortunately, they wouldn't get much closer and Windsor responded with a run of their own to reclaim their large lead. Ward (21p, 9-14 FG) was once again the highlight of the Windsor offense and his shooting from the outside was crucial to his team's run. Orangeville managed to get stops and convert on the other end towards the end of the frame but the back and forth exchange didn't bode well for gaining any ground down the stretch. Now facing a 68-77 deficit heading into the 4th quarter, Orangeville had to make a late push in order to give them any opportunity at a comeback. In the previous quarters they came out strong and the trend continued in the final frame. Stefan Nastic (22p, 7r) emerged as the primary option for the A's and they went on a run to get within 1 point. Nastic wasn't the only contributor in the offense, 4 other A's ended with double-digit scoring numbers in the comeback attempt. With 80-81 in favour of Windsor, they went on an 11-0 run which seemed to quickly put an end to Orangeville's hopes. However, Orangeville had other plans and they exploded to take a 95-94 lead within the final minute. In a strange series of plays, both sides had many opportunities to seal the game from the free throw line but after a series of missed free throws, nothing separated either side and they would end up going into overtime. Overtime was very slow offensively and both sides only managed to put up 2 points in the 6 minutes of play. As a result, the game led into another overtime quarter that was drastically different. Both the A's and the Express lit up the scoreboard but neither side could create enough distance to get a hold on the game. Orangeville took a 5-point lead and it seemed that it would be enough to hold through the stretch but to everyone's surprise the Express had a final run up their sleeve. The A's were up 110-108 and the Express had one opportunity to steal the victory for their home fans. They put the ball in the hands of their leading scorer, Warren Ward, who came through on the opportunity by draining a deep 3-pointer off the wing to give Windsor the 111-110 victory. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) cut 29-year old American point guard Nick Okorie (185-88kg-88, college: Texas Tech). In two NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 18.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.0apg this season. Okorie also played earlier that season for The Storm where in 20 NBL Canada games he had very remarkable stats: 16.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.1apg. He is a very experienced player. Okorie has played also professionally in Austria (Raiffeisen Wels), Denmark (Aalborg), Finland (Salon Vilpas), Germ... [read more]
Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) cut 29-year old American point guard Nick Okorie (185-88kg-88, college: Texas Tech). In two NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 18.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.0apg this season. Okorie also played earlier that season for The Storm where in 20 NBL Canada games he had very remarkable stats: 16.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.1apg. He is a very experienced player. Okorie has played also professionally in Austria (Raiffeisen Wels), Denmark (Aalborg), Finland (Salon Vilpas), Germany (Saar Pfalz Braves) and Canada (Power and London Lightning). He attended Texas Tech University until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into Okorie's outlook:
Can play in both guard positions, thaks to solid body, good court vision an passing skils. He's a good scorer with outside and inside dimension, shoots well free throws. Also, he's a tough defender who can earn lots of steals.
Very quick. Can run on the basket against taller players.
Halifax weathers Island Storm in 105-100 victory - 1 day ago
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After falling to the Island Storm in their barn three days earlier, the Hurricanes returned the favour Wednesday night. Halifax pulled off a 105-100 win over the Storm at the Scotiabank Centre to improve its Atlantic Division-leading record to 23-7. The Storm (10-15) won the Sunday matchup between the two clubs 112-103. 'We were much better today, overall,' said head coach Mike Leslie. 'We made a few corrections and adjustments and gave ourselves a chance at the end.' With just 11.9 secon... [read more]
After falling to the Island Storm in their barn three days earlier, the Hurricanes returned the favour Wednesday night. Halifax pulled off a 105-100 win over the Storm at the Scotiabank Centre to improve its Atlantic Division-leading record to 23-7. The Storm (10-15) won the Sunday matchup between the two clubs 112-103. 'We were much better today, overall,' said head coach Mike Leslie. 'We made a few corrections and adjustments and gave ourselves a chance at the end.' With just 11.9 seconds remaining, Anthony Cox (6'9''-C-83, college: Farmingdale St.) grabbed the offensive rebound with a 102-100 lead and landed one of the foul shots to lock down the win. Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92, college: Arizona St.) could not land a three-point jump shot with less than a second remaining to give the Hurricanes the eventual 105-100 win. After a slow start from both teams, the Hurricanes finished up the first half with a 43-40 lead. The big men came to play in the opening half for the Hurricanes. Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.), Renaldo Dixon (6'9''-C-90, college: N.Mexico St.) and Cox - all of whom stand at least six-feet-eight inches tall - led the Hurricanes with eight points apiece in the opening 24 minutes. The trio combined for 52 points in the game, led by White's 24. 'We felt that we could score inside,' said Leslie. While play from the paint proved successful, the Hurricanes went cold from three-point range in the half, going 0 for 7. For the Storm, Carson led with a game-high 19 points in the half while Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91) added 11. Both teams picked up the scoring in the third quarter as the Hurricanes went to the fourth carrying a 78-72 lead. After just 18 combined fouls in the first half, the teams combined for 22 fouls in third quarter. The Storm quickly erased the Hurricanes' six-point lead in the fourth as the teams traded leads for most of the that frame. The Hurricanes gained a two-point lead with less than 15 seconds and were able to hold on for the win. White (24), Cox (15) and Ta'Quan Zimmerman (15) led the Hurricanes in scoring. Clifford Clinkscales (6'1''-PG-84, college: De Paul) added 10 assists. For the Storm, Carson (33) and Alex Richter (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Augustana, SD) (22) carried the load. In his second game with the team, newly-acquired Aaron Bowen (6'6''-F-91, college: Georgetown) scored 13 points in 23 minutes of play. 'He's very athletic,' said Leslie. 'He's also an intelligent player. He doesn't have to take a lot of shots.' The Hurricanes were once again without top scorers Tyrone Watson and CJ Washington who are both nursing foot injuries. Leslie said the pair are in 'wait-and-see' mode as the team has a two-week break after Sunday. The Hurricanes will have a quick turnaround as they square off with the Moncton Miracles Thursday night on the road. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
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