Summerside S. - London L. 116-97 The Storm posted a 116-97 victory over the National Basketball League of Canada-leading London Lightning, who came into Summerside with an overall record of 23-2 (won-lost) and a 9-0 resume on the road. 'I'm very pleased,' said Storm head coach Joe Salerno. 'This was going to be a measuring stick for us, playing the best team in the league.' The Atlantic Division-leading Storm improved to 16-10 in what can be described as a bounce-back game before an announced crowd 1,353 fans. It was the Storm's first game since allowing a 20-point halftime lead to evaporate in a 117-114 home-court loss to the Oshawa Power on Sunday afternoon. 'We had 31 assists, we were moving the ball,' said Salerno in assessing his team's play against London. 'I thought Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) played one of the best games he's played for us all season. 'He had 36 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and just hit tough shots. We had a steady production out of our starting five, and we extended their minutes a little more tonight (Thursday). 'We didn't go to the bench quite as much tonight, but when we did I thought the bench came in and played well also. 'We wanted to push the tempo, and I thought we were very good in transition. I thought we made good decisions, and most of that started on the glass.' Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89, college: Oregon St.) (24), Greg Plummer (22) and Antonio Ballard (14) were the other leading scorers for the Storm. Johnson hauled in 10 rebounds to also notch a double-double. Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.) (25), Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) (14), Elvin Mims (13) and Jeremy Williams (13) were London's top point-getters. Josiah Turner made his Storm debut after signing with the team earlier this week. Turner shot 1-for-5 from the field, was 0-for-2 from beyond the arc, chipped in with eight assists and had one defensive rebound in approximately six minutes of playing time. Salerno liked what he saw in the 20-year-old, especially his vision on the court. After the Lightning jumped out to an early 6-2 lead, the Storm went on to build a 13-point lead, 33-20, late in the first quarter, which ended with the Storm in front 33-22. The Lightning scored the first six points of the second quarter, and although they closed to within 45-44 London never led in the period. Brandon Robinson banked a buzzer-beating three-pointer off the glass to send the Storm into halftime in front 54-47. The Storm came out of the locker room on fire, scoring the first 13 points of the third quarter to go up 67-47. After Buford scored the Lightning's first basket of the quarter to make it 67-49, Plummer hit from downtown to give Storm 70-49 advantage. However, the veteran Lightning did not panic and went on a 23-6 run to cut the Storm lead to 76-72. The Storm answered back with two clutch free throws by Robinson and a dunk by Johnson to take a 80-72 cushion into the final 12-minute period. The Lightning was within striking distance, down 94-87 with just under five minutes remaining, but Robinson continued to deliver key shots as he sank his first of two three-pointers down the stretch to make it a 10-point game. 'We said in the third quarter, Listen, this team is 23-2 for a reason, and they are going to make a run at us and we have to withstand that run,'' said Salerno. 'We knew they were going to make it, and we had to punch back. 'Last Sunday was a real tough loss for the guys, and they weren't going to let that happen. London threw a lot of punches at us, and we punched back.' The Storm had very little time to celebrate Thursday night's win. That's because the Storm is right back on the court at Eastlink Arena this evening (Friday), hosting the Halifax Rainmen in the opening game of a home-and-home series between the two Atlantic Division teams at 7 p.m. The teams meet again at the Halifax Metro Centre on Sunday. The Storm brings a 16-10 (won-lost) record into the game while Halifax, which is coming off a 110-82 win over the Windsor Express on Thursday night, is 13-14. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com
St.John M.R. - Moncton M. 133-122 OT The Saint John Mill Rats presented by Rogers, battled out for a huge overtime win over the Moncton Miracles at Harbour Station on Thursday night in front of 2, 875 fans with a final score of 133-122. The Miracles got an early lead in the first but the Mill Rats were able to tie it up, 17-17 with 5 minutes left. After some clutch baskets from Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Brandeis) and a great play from Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) out to Mike Anderson for a three, the Mill Rats jumped ahead of the Miracles, closing the first, 35-25. The Miracles battled back in the second quarter to close the spread but still were not able to edge out the Mill Rats before half. By half time, Mill Rats Deluca had already drained 17 points, contributing to the 54-50 lead for Saint John. The third quarter, the Miracles came out blazing, outscoring the Mill Rats 42-29. Just over 3 minutes into the third, the Miracles were able to take back the lead. The Miracles started the quarter down by 4 points but were able to widen their lead and close the third, 83-92. A few minutes into the fourth quarter, it looked as though the Mill Rats were going to lose the battle as the Miracles pulled into a double digit lead. With 5 minutes left in play, Taneiko Robinson pumped some life into the game, dropping a three pointer, closing the spread 98-106. After a three from Jerice Crouch and a basket from Cavell Johnson, the Mill Rats slowly chipped away at the Miracle's lead. With 2:16 to go, a lay-up from Johnson and three points from Kenny Jones (6'6''-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Kentucky St.)' And 1 play, made it a three point ball game, 110-113. With 10.5 seconds to go, Kenny Jones got the ball down low, pretended to make the play in towards the basket but passed off to Cavell at the top of the key for a basket that tied the game, 115-115, bringing it into overtime. In overtime play, the Mill Rats were able to drain their shots but hold the Miracles off from getting more than one shot off at the other end. They outscored the Miracles in overtime, 18-7. A dunk from Johnson at the end, solidified the win at home for Saint John, 133-122. For his debut game with the Mill Rats, Kenny Jones led the team in scoring with 25 points. Anthony Anderson played a huge game, getting a double double with 20 points and 14 assists while Steve DeLuca contributed 20 points. Leading the Miracles was Oliver McNally (6'3''-G, college: Harvard) with 28 while Devin Sweetney had 26. Head Coach David Cooper comments on the debut of Kenny Jones in tonight's game: "Kenny Jones brought a lot to us tonight. He can score down low and give us a low post presence. He opens up the floor which can make a lot of things happen for us." This win comes after a losing stretch for the Mill Rats and the pressure is on. Coach Cooper needs to make a couple of cuts this week. "I'm really proud with the effort they put in tonight - the guys have been working hard in practice. Taneiko Robinson came out to play and Kenny Jones - what can I say about him - he came here for one reason. That kid's a beast." The Mill Rats are back in action tomorrow night to host the Windsor Express at Harbour Station. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Halifax R. - Windsor Exp. 110-82 On Thursday night the Halifax Rainmen got back to their winning ways, beating the Express 110-82 in front of a crowd of 1737 at the Metro Centre. In the first quarter the Rainmen went on a 14-0 run to give them a 20-10 lead midway through the quarter and continued their torrid pace, as the finished the 1st leading 34-19 on 60% from the field and 80% from 3 in the quarter, led by Quinnel Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Auburn) with 11 points. The Express narrowed the score to 37-29 but the Rainmen went on a 25-13 run to finish the quarter, and led 62-42 at the half. The Rainmen won the 3rd quarter 27-19 and took a 89-61 lead into the fourth quarter led by Quinnel Brown with 24 points. In the fourth quarter the bench took care of business, as the Rainmen were able to secure the 110-82 win, and improve to 13-14 on the season. The Rainmen were paced by a balanced effort, as every player scored and they had 6 players score in double figures, led by Brown with 24 points, Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Chowan) with 15 and 10 rebounds, Antoine Tisby with 13 and 10 rebounds, Joey Haywood with 13, Cedric Moodie with 11, and Hillary Haley with 10. The Express were led by Kevin Loiselle (6'6''-F) with 15 points and 8 rebounds, Lester Prosper (6'10''-F/C-88, college: Old Westbury) with 14 points and 18 rebounds and Mike Helms finished with 14 points. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Oshawa P. - Montreal J. 127-102 The Oshawa Power went wire-to-wire for a win over the Montreal Jazz Wednesday night at the General Motors Centre. Oshawa built up a seven-point lead after one quarter and was ahead by 31 after three en route to cruising to a 127-102 victory over the visiting Jazz. Mark Gomillia (6'5''-F-87, college: SF Austin) led the offence for the Power, scoring a team-high 29 points, while five other players scored in double figures. William 'Bo' Harris has 19 points along with eight assists, while second-string point guard Larry Diamond shone with an 18-point, seven-assist and seven-rebound effort in the win. Reigning NBL Canada player of the week Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) added 14 points and five assists, while Oshawa native Courtney Small dropped in 12 points on an efficient six-for-eight shooting from the floor. Pickering's Papa Oppong chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds. On the glass, both Shamus Ferguson and Jushay Rockett were impressive, with Ferguson hauling down 12 rebounds and Rockett a game-high 14. As a team, the Power distributed the ball well, finishing with 31 assists. Montreal, as a team, had just eight. The two teams will meet again this weekend, but in Montreal as the 2-23 Jazz host the 16-11 Power Friday night. Following Friday's game the Power is off until Feb. 6 when they will pay a visit to the Windsor Express. Courtesy of: durhamregion.com
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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