Montreal J. - Oshawa P. 114-131 The Oshawa Power handed the second straight loss to the Montreal Jazz. The teams met again on Friday and the Power once again proved the strength unloading 131 points. Papa Oppong (6'4''-G-87, college: E.Kentucky) came up with 29 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Power to the 17th win in the season. Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) added 27 points and 9 assists for the winning side. Montreal led by a single point at halftime 56:55. But Oshawa stepped on the gas in the second half. They fired 76 points after the big break and raced to a comfortable win at the end. Eric Frederick (6'8''-F-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) was a usual topscorer for the Jazz with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Courtland Bluford contributed 28 points and 6 assists in the losing effort.
Moncton M. - London L. 76-77 The Moncton Miracles, presented by Rogers, lost to the London Lightning with a final score of 76-77 The Miracles now sit with a 15-17 record. The first basket of the game came from Miracles Isaac Butts in the inside of the key as he posted up Jeremy Williams. Butts would have the first 6 points for the Miracles followed by Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: St.Francis, PA) for the next 4 giving them an early 10-4 lead. The Miracles would continue to push strong and with another 3 from Sweetney would have a 16-4 lead. London's Rodney Buford would enter the game giving his team a spark late in the first quarter. Hitting 2 consecutive 3's he would bring it to a 5 point spread, 20-15. The first quarter ended with the Miracles edging the Lightning 24-15. Sweetney led the way with an impressive 13 points. The Lighting would start the second quarter on a 9-2 run to bring them within 2-points of the Miracles, 26-24. With 6:41 minutes left to play in the half Lightning's Jeremy Williams would tie the game up at 26-26. With less than 4 minutes to play Miracles Cordell Jeanty would get a lay-up to give his team back the lead, 31-30. The first half would end with London's Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83, college: Claflin) cashing in with the 3-point play giving them a 35-38 lead. Miracles would start the third quarter with a quick 5 points to give them back a 40-38 lead. London would then go on a run of their own and pulled ahead by 8 points with less than 6 minutes to play in the third quarter, 43-51. Marvin Phillips would end the third quarter with a dunk for the Lightning securing them with a 53-61 lead going into the last 12 minutes of play. Sweetney would hit a 3 with 8:19 left on the clock in the game to bring the game within 1 point, 62-63. This basket would put Devin with 764 points this season, surpassing Gabe Freeman's record from the 2011-2012 NBL Canada season with 761 points. Devin Sweetney led the way for the Miracles with 27 points. Oliver McNally followed with 13 points and Isaac Butts dropped 12 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. Marvin Phillips was the force for the Lightning with 22 points. Rodney Buford was next with 14 points and Elvin Mims with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
St.John M.R. - Windsor Exp. 135-127 The Saint John Mill Rats presented by Rogers, won their second set of double header action on Friday night at Harbour Station against the Windsor Express with a final score of 135-127 in front of 2,156 fans. The Mill Rats battled hard out of the gate but the Express gained an early lead, after 11 points from Mike Helms in the first, 25-32. The second quarter, the Mill Rats were on fire, dropping 34 points before half. The Express held their lead until just under 6 minutes before half time, when Jerice Crouch dropped a three, giving the Mill Rats a 3 point lead, 43-40. Windsor called a time out to stop Saint John's momentum but it proved unsuccessful. The Mill Rats closed the half leading 59-52 over the Windsor Express, playing a strong quarter, outscoring the Express 34-20. The third quarter proved to be the hottest for the Mill Rats as they were able to gain as much as a double digit lead over Windsor. They outscored the team, 42-32. Leading scorer for Saint John, Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) dropped 12 points alone in the third, contributing to the 101-84 lead. The fourth quarter had fans on the edge of their seats as the Windsor Express failed to give up. With 7:38 left in the game, a huge three from Jerice Crouch had the Mill Rats leading 115-88, bt the Express battled back from a 27 point deficit to come within 8 points of the Mill Rats. The Express outscored the Mill Rats in the fourth quarter, 34-43. The Mill Rats were able to hold onto their lead and close a second consecutive home win tonight in front of all their fans during their "Fan Appreciation" night. Prior to the game, the organization hosted the Uptown Saint John VIP Event for season ticket holders and sponsors. A special thank you to Urban Deli and East Coast Bistro for providing the catering. The event was a huge success! Leading the Mill Rats was Anthony Anderson who netted a double double, with 26 points, and 10 assists. Kenny Jones (6'6''-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Kentucky St.) was second in scoring, adding 22 points while Cavell Johnson had 14. Taking the helm for the Express was Mike Helms with 35 points, while former Mill Rat, Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) added 22 and 20 assists, also having a double double. The Mill Rats rise to 12-15 on the season while the Express drop to 10-15. The team heads to Montreal to take on the Jazz tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 26th. They then return to the East Coast to play in Moncton on Jan. 30th. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Summerside S. - Halifax R. 135-90 There was no letdown for the Summerside Storm on Friday night. In fact, the Storm turned it up a few notches en route to posting a 45-point victory - 135-90 - over the Halifax Rainmen at Eastlink Arena. That win came 24 hours after the Storm defeated the National Basketball League of Canada-leading London Lightning 116-97 on Thursday. The win improved the Atlantic Division-leading Storm's record to 17-10 (won-lost) while the Rainmen dropped to 13-15. The Storm, who led 32-25 after the first 12-minute period, started to pull away in the second quarter, outscoring the Rainmen 37-18 to take a 69-43 advantage into the half. The Storm proceeded to outscore the Rainmen 39-25 and 27-22 in the final two quarters. The Storm, who had six players scored in double figures, were led by Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89, college: Oregon St.)'s 24-point effort and 23 from Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.). Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina) was Halifax's top scorer with 16 points. The game was played before an announced crowd of 1,816 fans. The Storm will pay a return visit to Halifax on Sunday. Game time at the Metro Centre is 2 p.m. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com
USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Awards 2016 - 5 days ago
Finals MVP: Justin Johnson (6'2''-G-88) of Halifax H.; Player of the Year: Logan Stutz (6'9''-F-88) of Niagara RL; Guard of the Year: Justin Johnson (6'2''-G-88) of Halifax H.; Forward of the Year: Stephen Maxwell (6'7''-F-93) of London L.; Center of the Year: Nick Evans (6'11''-C-88) of London L.; Rookie of the Year: Stephen Maxwell (6'7''-F-93) of London L.; Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Stover (6'10''-C-90) of St.John M.R.; Domestic Player of the Year: [read more]
Hurricanes Win NBL Canada Championship - 10 days ago
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Halifax Hurricanes Basketball Club were in action Monday June 13th at the Scotiabank Centre for Game 7 of NBL Canada Finals against the London Lightning. The Hurricanes defeated the Lightning 125-117 in a hard fought battle. Lightning outscored the Hurricanes after the first quarter 23-24, and in the second quarter the Hurricanes outscored the Lightning 32-20 - at Halftime the Hurricanes led 55-44. In the third quarter the Lightning outscored the Hurricanes 27-43, and in the final quarter... [read more]
Halifax Hurricanes Basketball Club were in action Monday June 13th at the Scotiabank Centre for Game 7 of NBL Canada Finals against the London Lightning. The Hurricanes defeated the Lightning 125-117 in a hard fought battle. Lightning outscored the Hurricanes after the first quarter 23-24, and in the second quarter the Hurricanes outscored the Lightning 32-20 - at Halftime the Hurricanes led 55-44. In the third quarter the Lightning outscored the Hurricanes 27-43, and in the final quarter the Hurricanes outscored Lightning 43-30; the Hurricanes earned the 125-117 championship victory. Guard, Justin Johnson (6'2''-G-88, college: Concordia Irvine) led all scorers with 41 points. Forward, Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.) scored 19 points. Center, Kyle Hunt scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Forward, Renaldo Dixon came off the bench and chipped in with 13 points. Guard, Shane Gibson (6'2''-G-90, college: Sacred Heart) scored 11 points. Guard, Cameron Bennerman (6'4''-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 11 points in the win. Forward, Stephen Maxwell and Garrett Williamson (6'5''-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) scored 25 points. Forward, Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) scored 16 points. Guard, Akeem Scott scored 13 points. Guard, Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) scored 12 points. Forward, Marcus Capers scored 10 points in the loss. Halifax Hurricanes Basketball Club become only the second team in league history to win a championship in their inaugural season, and the first Atlantic Division team to win the title. Guard, Justin Johnson was named finals MVP after scoring 41 points. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Lightning Force Game 7 After Buzzer Beater Win in Halifax - 11 days ago
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Sunday afternoon at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, the London Lightning beat the Halifax Hurricanes 93-91 to force a Game 7 in the NBLC Finals. Akeem Scott (6'1''-G-83, college: High Point) finished with a team high 24 points and nine assists. Stephen Maxwell (6'7''-F-93, college: CS Northridge) added 21 points and nine rebounds while Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) contributed 14 points of his own. The game came down to the wire as London had the final possession, and co... [read more]
Sunday afternoon at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, the London Lightning beat the Halifax Hurricanes 93-91 to force a Game 7 in the NBLC Finals. Akeem Scott (6'1''-G-83, college: High Point) finished with a team high 24 points and nine assists. Stephen Maxwell (6'7''-F-93, college: CS Northridge) added 21 points and nine rebounds while Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) contributed 14 points of his own. The game came down to the wire as London had the final possession, and converted on a buzzer beating tip-in by Stephen Maxwell. "That was one of the absolute best fights I've ever seen. We just fought. I was really proud of the guys. They did it for each other," said coach Kyle Julius . "I expect more of the same (tomorrow). I expect even better. If we come out with the same energy and intensity as today, we'll see good results" The deciding Game 7 will be played Monday, June 13 at 6 p.m. EST. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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