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
NBL Canada newcomer Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) waived 28-year old Jamaican power forward Kevin Foster (203-104kg-89, college: Fresno State). In 9 NBL Canada games he recorded 10.2ppg and 4.9rpg this season. The last summer Foster played at Broncos (LNB) in Venezuelan league. He helped them to win the Venezuelan LNB title (twice) (also twice). Great season indeed as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB Imported Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team. In 2... [read more]
NBL Canada newcomer Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) waived 28-year old Jamaican power forward Kevin Foster (203-104kg-89, college: Fresno State). In 9 NBL Canada games he recorded 10.2ppg and 4.9rpg this season. The last summer Foster played at Broncos (LNB) in Venezuelan league. He helped them to win the Venezuelan LNB title (twice) (also twice). Great season indeed as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB Imported Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team. In 2013 Foster was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in second round (19th overall). He attended Fresno State and it is his fourth season in pro basketball. Foster received Runner award back in 2011 at his college time. Foster has played previously professionally in Argentina (Huracan) and ABA (Tampa Bay R., S.Florida Gold and Daytona B. S.).
Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) released point guard Tramique Sutherland (183-82kg, college: Texas-PB). In 20 NBL Canada games he had 3.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.1apg this season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sutherland won NJCAA D1 Region V championship title in 2014. He was also voted All-NTJCAC 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time. Sutherland graduated from University of Texas - Permian Basin in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional p... [read more]
Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) released point guard Tramique Sutherland (183-82kg, college: Texas-PB). In 20 NBL Canada games he had 3.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.1apg this season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sutherland won NJCAA D1 Region V championship title in 2014. He was also voted All-NTJCAC 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time. Sutherland graduated from University of Texas - Permian Basin in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.
Halifax Hurricanes drop Saint John Riptide - 2 days ago
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The Halifax Hurricanes closed out their-three game homestand in style. In front of a season-high 2,501 fans, the Hurricanes pulled out a 113-102 win over their Atlantic division rivals - the Saint John Riptide - Sunday afternoon at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. 'We just wore them down a little bit,' said head coach Mike Leslie after the game. 'This was a very dangerous game for us and we had to make sure we did everything we needed to do to play.' With the win, the Hurricanes improved... [read more]
The Halifax Hurricanes closed out their-three game homestand in style. In front of a season-high 2,501 fans, the Hurricanes pulled out a 113-102 win over their Atlantic division rivals - the Saint John Riptide - Sunday afternoon at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. 'We just wore them down a little bit,' said head coach Mike Leslie after the game. 'This was a very dangerous game for us and we had to make sure we did everything we needed to do to play.' With the win, the Hurricanes improved to 18-5 on the season while Saint John falls to 12-8. Saint John played the game with just eight players following a slew of suspensions due to a brawl in an earlier game this week against the Kitchener Waterloo Titans. Among the suspended are the team's top-two scorers, Anthony Anderson and Gabe Freeman. 'We couldn't let that be a factor,' said Tyrone Watson (6'5''-F-90, college: N.Mexico St.), who scored 18 points in the win. ' (When the other team's short) we've got to focus in more. They've got eight guys so they don't have much to lose. 'Our bench has been solid throughout the whole year,' said Watson. 'Our bench could probably start on another team in the league.' Halifax also kept the league's best team from beyond the arc to just 6-for-30 from three-point range. The Hurricanes finished out the first quarter on a 7-0 run in the final minute to take a 31-24 lead. Halifax and Saint John each scored 25 points in the second as the Hurricanes made it to the break with a 56-49 lead. Mike Poole (6'6''-G/F-92, college: Iona) and Renaldo Dixon each scored eight points off the bench. Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) led the Hurricanes with nine in the half. Haakim Johnson (6'7''-G/F-87, college: Pikeville) (15) and Darin Mency (6'2''-G-89, college: Merrimack, agency: DTMones) (13) led the Riptide in scoring. The Hurricanes maintained their seven-point lead through three quarters as both teams scored 31 coming out of the half. Fatigue appeared to set in by the final frame and the Hurricanes began to pull away. Twenty-six points in the fourth quarter extended the Hurricanes' lead to double digits as they came away with the 113-102 win. Antoine Mason led the Hurricanes with 19 points and nine rebounds. Watson (18), Poole (14) and Dixon (12) rounded out Halifax's top scorers. Mency scored a game-high 34 for the Riptide while teammate Haakim Johnson added 24 of his own. The Hurricanes will begin a three-game Atlantic road trip Friday in Saint John. They don't play at the Scotiabank Centre again until March 16, as the AUS and U Sports basketball championships come to town. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
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