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
Coulthard starts his pro career at KW Titans - 10 hours ago
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Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) agreed terms with guard William Coulthard (188-82kg). Coulthard just graduated from Laurier. He has played there for the last five years. In 21 games he had very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.8spg last season. NBL Canada will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Coulthard was voted All-OUA 2nd Team in 2015. As mentioned above he is just out of college, so it will be Coulthard's first season as a professiona... [read more]
Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) agreed terms with guard William Coulthard (188-82kg). Coulthard just graduated from Laurier. He has played there for the last five years. In 21 games he had very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.8spg last season. NBL Canada will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Coulthard was voted All-OUA 2nd Team in 2015. As mentioned above he is just out of college, so it will be Coulthard's first season as a professional player.
Royce White could agree terms with London Lightning - 11 hours ago
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London Lightning (NBL Canada) is close to land 25-year old American forward Royce White (203-122kg-91, college: Iowa State) who played last time at in NBA. White missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. In 2012 White was drafted by Houston Rockets (NBA) in first round (16th overall). The former Iowa State staris in his fifth season in pro basketball. White received All-Big 12 Newcomer of the Year award back in 2012 at his college time. White has played prev... [read more]
London Lightning (NBL Canada) is close to land 25-year old American forward Royce White (203-122kg-91, college: Iowa State) who played last time at in NBA. White missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. In 2012 White was drafted by Houston Rockets (NBA) in first round (16th overall). The former Iowa State staris in his fifth season in pro basketball. White received All-Big 12 Newcomer of the Year award back in 2012 at his college time. White has played previously professionally in NBA (Phi.76ers) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Reno Bighorns). Let's have closer look into His outlook:
(by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Aggressive athlete that likes to attack the rim ... Possesses great speed for someone his size ... Runs the court extremely well, especially with the ball in his hands ... Doesn't have a problem with pulling down a defensive rebound and then leading the fast-break himself.
Hurricanes Welcome New Head Coach and General Manager - 4 days ago
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The Halifax Hurricanes are pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Leslie as their new Head Coach and General Manager. Kevin Keathley has stepped down as the Hurricanes' bench boss for personal reasons. The Club would like to thank Coach Keathley for his pre-season work and wish him the very best in his future endeavors. Originally from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Leslie was a classroom and physical education teacher at the elementary, intermediate and high school levels in both Nova Scotia... [read more]
The Halifax Hurricanes are pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Leslie as their new Head Coach and General Manager. Kevin Keathley has stepped down as the Hurricanes' bench boss for personal reasons. The Club would like to thank Coach Keathley for his pre-season work and wish him the very best in his future endeavors. Originally from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Leslie was a classroom and physical education teacher at the elementary, intermediate and high school levels in both Nova Scotia and P.E.I. over the past 27 years. "I am very excited to welcome Coach Leslie to the Hurricanes organization; he is not only local which is fantastic; but he brings a lifetime passion of basketball excellence to our Club," remarked Jim Mills, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Hurricanes. Leslie has achieved coaching success at the local, provincial and national levels. He has represented two provinces at the Canada Games as an official and a coach, is a former president and director of elite development with Basketball PEI, Assistant Coach of the UPEI Men's team as well as an instructor with the Canada Basketball Atlantic High Performance Program. He has coached various provincial teams and high school programs in Nova Scotia and P.E.I., accumulating several provincial championships. He joined the pro ranks, as an Assistant Coach, in PEI with the Island Storm in 2012. Working alongside and learning from Joe Salerno the past four seasons and been rewarding for Leslie. "I would like to thank the Island Storm for providing me with a very comprehensive experience through all phases their organization to help prepare me for this opportunity in my home province of Nova Scotia," remarked Leslie. "I am very appreciative and look forward to joining the highly successful Halifax Hurricanes organization. Nova Scotia, and Halifax, has a long and storied tradition of excellence in basketball at all levels and I look forward to continuing to build on that legacy through our work in the community and with the Hurricanes." Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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