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
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.
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.
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