Windsor Exp. - Oshawa P. 88-85 The Windsor Express defeated the Oshawa Power, 88-85, on a last-second three-point shot made by Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) in front of the hometown fans at the WFCU Centre, March 2. Duncan, who finished the game with 20 points, 12 assists and four rebounds made the game-winner after the Power had tied the score with only 18 seconds left. The Express held a double-digit lead for most of the game but a well-placed timeout call by Bill Jones set the stage for the last-second theatrics that ensued. Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken) led all Express scorers with 21 points in the victory while newly signed forward DeAndre Thomas contributed five points, seven rebounds and four assists in his first game with Windsor while playing a significant role on the defensive side of the ball. Recently released forward, Lester Prosper (6'10''-F/C-88, college: Old Westbury) was signed on March 1 by Oshawa and played minimal minutes in his first game with the Power. Mark Gomillia (6'5''-F-87, college: SF Austin) led his team in scoring with 21 points while guard Nick Okorie chipped in 20 points to go along with nine assists. The Express now hold the fifth and final playoff spot in the National Basketball League of Canada with an 18-18 record, right behind the Power and Halifax Rainmen who both own 18-17 records. The Express will head to the General Motors Centre in Oshawa for a rematch on Wednesday, March 6 before heading back home for their final three games of the regular season. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Montreal J. - Moncton M. 87-135 The Moncton Miracles, presented by Rogers, defeated the Montreal Jazz with a final score of 135-87. The Miracles finish the 2012-13 NBL of Canada Regular Season with a 20-20 record and a 5 game win-streak. The Miracles began their final regular season game going point for point against the Jazz. They would only lead by one halfway through the first quarter, 13-12. Moncton would soon take hold of the scoreboard and push ahead by 9 points to finish the first twelve minutes of play, 30-21. Moncton would dominate the game from behind the arc and shoot 41.18% from the 3-point line while Montreal would struggle in a major way shooting 12.50%. The second quarter was a close one for the first 4 minutes with the Miracles lead being cut to 5-points. Moncton having the hot hand would then outscore their opponents 30-17 to finish the half with a convincing 60-38 lead. The Miracles showed no signs of slowing down in their final game and came out with their usual third quarter burst. They would score an outstanding 41 points compared to Montreal only putting up 21 points on the board. Moncton would break the 100-point mark by the end of the third quarter, 101-59. Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, college: St.Francis, PA) would break 4 records in the fourth quarter. He would score his 1,000th point and be the only player to ever get this achievement in one season. Sweetney would break the scoring record for one game dropping 56 points, which was previously held by Jazz's Eric Frederick (6'8''-F-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) with 47 points. He broke the record for most 3's in a game with 10 as well as most 3's in a season with 114. Devin Sweetney led the way for the Miracles with 56 points and 8 rebounds. Kamar Burke had his first double double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Damian Buckley (6'1''-G-84) was the force for the Jazz with 15 points. Manix Auriantal (6'2''-G-80, college: NYIT) and Farnold Degand were next with 13 points each. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Montreal J. - Halifax R. 104-112 Quinnel Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Auburn) poured in a franchise-record 40 points and the Halifax Rainmen survived a scare against the Montreal Jazz to pull out a 112-104 victory in a Friday NBL matinee. At the nearly empty Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, the Rainmen rallied from a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter to hold off the lowly Jazz, playing out the string in a nightmarish 2-35 campaign. Halifax led 17-11 after the first quarter and 51-42 at the half. But the Jazz battled back to tie the game at 73-73 after three periods and were leading 88-83 with about eight minutes to go. The Rainmen bounced back to deadlock the score at 96-96, then put together a 12-3 spurt over a 90-second span down the stretch to pull away. 'It's always hard coming in to play a team with like no fans, so you gotta kinda do your own thing to get yourself going,' said Brown. 'It just took us a little bit longer today to get going than most days.' Melvin Goins (5'11''-G-87, college: Tennessee) and Joey Haywood (6'1''-PG-84) added 14 points each for Halifax. Cedric Moodie and Tyrone Levett chipped in with 11 apiece while Malcolm White grabbed 15 rebounds. Manix Auriantal topped Montreal with 28 and J.R. Harrison had 21. Brown, a six-foot-six small forward, finished the afternoon with four triples and also hauled down 11 rebounds. His 40 points eclipsed the team-record 38 that power forward Josh Dollard produced against the Saint John Mill Rats on Feb. 25, 2011, when both clubs played in the Premier Basketball League. 'I was kinda up and down,' Brown said modestly when asked about his output, which matched the fifth-highest single-game total in National Basketball League of Canada history. 'I dunno. Somebody had to do it and today it was me.' The win gives the Rainmen (18-17) a one-game lead over three teams - the Saint John Mill Rats (17-18), Windsor Express (17-18) and Moncton Miracles (19-20) - in what has become an even more crowded race for the fourth and fifth playoff spots. The Express whipped the Mill Rats 104-74 in Windsor later Friday to elbow their way into the battle. Halifax is only a half-game behind the Oshawa Power (18-16) for third overall. Oshawa has lost four in a row. After riding a bus to Montreal, the Rainmen were headed to New Brunswick for a Sunday afternoon contest with the Mill Rats. Halifax leads the season series 4-3 and the Mill Rats have to beat the Rainmen by more than 31 points to grab the tiebreaker advantage that would come into play if the two teams finish the regular season with identical records. 'Especially from here on out, every game is important,' Brown said. 'We need to pick it up earlier in the game and not wait so late. We play against some better teams, we're probably not gonna be able to come back like we did today.' Halifax had split its previous four games while at times appearing to lack the intensity usually evident in a squad fighting for its playoff life. An early week shakeup resulted in the release of centre Antoine Tisby and the one-game suspension of forward Akeem Wright. Brown said he thought the Rainmen, after shaking off the rust of a long bus ride, held their own in the hustle department, though there was still room for improvement. 'I think our effort was there,' he said. 'I wouldn't say for most of the game, but at the times we needed it, I think the effort was there.' Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Windsor Exp. - St.John M.R. 104-74 Their teammate lost his mother, but even in his time of grief, Victor Morris made sure that the Windsor Express knew he was with them in spirit. Morris flew home to Louisiana after learning that his mother had died but Friday morning, he sent a text message to his teammates urging them not to lose focus toward their goal of making the National Basketball League of Canada playoffs. They didn't let him down. The Express drubbed the Saint John Mill Rats 104-74 Friday at the WFCU Centre, leaving both teams with 17-18 records and sixth in the league, one spot out of a playoff position. "One of our soldiers went down today, losing his mom," Express coach Bill Jones said. "That's something I can relate to. "I lost my mom when I was away playing basketball. "He sent our team a text message this morning and it was motivation, inspiration. I didn't say anything. I allowed the guys just to read it. "They went out there and they played hard and they did that for their teammate." Windsor plays host to the 18-16 Oshawa Power tonight at the WFCU Centre and will face the fourth-place Power, three times over the next two weeks. "We can catch them if we win those games,' said Express guard Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland), who led all scorers with 25 points. Windsor entered this week viewing its three games as must wins if the playoffs were to be a reality. Wednesday, the Express routed last-place Montreal 115-73 and kept the ball rolling Friday against Saint John. "Our main focus is to win out and put ourselves in position and not wait for other teams to drop out," Helms said. "We want to be in control of our own destiny. "We've knocked two down this week and we've got one more (today)." A good friend of Morris, Helms was moved by his teammate's loss. "I'm really close to Vic," Helms said. "He's not just our teammate, he's our brother. He's been here since Day 1, so it's tough to see him going through that. "He would give anything to be with us and do anything to get his mom back." Feeling helpless, his teammates knew that giving Morris a win was the least they could so. "We did that for him," Helms said. The Express will play four of their last five games at the WFCU Centre, where they are 6-1 in their last seven contests. "We've got to win," Jones said. "Every game is a playoff game for us. Every possession, offensively and defensively, is a must-win possession for us. "That's what we expressed to the team, and that's what they went out there to do. "We're on a mission." Friday's triumph was the latest solid performance from a team that's won seven of its last nine games and continues to look to improve. It was also the NBL transaction deadline and the Express made several moves, releasing former Windsor Lancers forward Isaac Kuon and forward Lester Prosper, while placing Morris on the bereavement list. Added were guard Richardo Dunkley, forward Erik Parker and post DeAndre Thomas. "We had a couple of guys who in my opinion were distractions to us, that weren't going in the same direction we were, so we removed them," Jones explained. "Our goal is to reach the playoffs and if you're not trying to reach that goal with us, then we will remove you and get some guys that want to reach it." "Our goal is to reach the playoffs, to give ourselves a chance to win a championship." The Express took another step toward that objective Friday, and will seek to keep the train rolling tonight. Courtesy of: canada.com
London L. - Summerside S. 105-109 The two division leaders in the National Basketball League of Canada went head-to-head at The Budweiser Gardens for the second time in eight days. After the Lightning won 118-114 in overtime on Feb. 23, Greg Plummer and Omari Johnson sank clutch three-point shots late in the fourth quarter to help the Storm to a 109-105 victory on Saturday night. The win improved the Atlantic Division-leading Storm's record to 21-14 (won-lost), and the Lightning dropped to 31-5 atop the Central Division. It was the second road win in three days for the Storm, who outscored the Oshawa Power 118-109 on Thursday night. Oshawa, second in the Central Division, is 18-17. Before 4,752 fans in London, Ont., both teams came out strong and remained within a few points of each other in the opening quarter. The Lightning scored 32 points in the second quarter to take a 54-45 lead at halftime. The third quarter belonged to Summerside, which dropped in 34 points to tie the score 79-79 going into the final 12 minutes. Both teams were hitting shots and getting defensive stops when needed, but it was the final 90 seconds of the game that would determine the outcome. Plummer found space for a three, and on the next possession Johnson was wide open for his three-pointer. London was forced to foul, but with the Storm making all of its last four attempts at the line, the Lightning ran out of time. Adrian Moss scored 21 and Rodney Buford added 20 points, including two big buckets in the clutch for London. Plummer hit six three-point attempts as part of his game high 32 points. Johnson and Brandon Robinson also had big games at the offensive end of the floor, each finishing with 23 points. Despite only scoring 14, Al Stewart nearly finished with a triple-double on the night with nine rebounds and nine assists. The Storm travelled back to P.E.I. on Sunday, and will close out the regular season with five straight games at Eastlink Arena. That stretch starts on Tuesday against the Saint John Mill Rats at 7 p.m. This game was originally scheduled for Islander Day on Feb. 18, but was postponed due to the weather. Another game Storm fans are anxiously anticipating, especially with the exciting finishes to the last two games in London, is the final regular-season meeting with the Lightning on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com
St.John M.R. - Halifax R. 121-111 The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, battled it out on the hardwood on Sunday afternoon for their Rogers Game Day in front of 3,265 fans at Harbour Station. The 121-111 win over the Halifax Rainmen was needed for the team to continue en route to playoffs. Saint John opened up the game going on a 7 point run early on, leading 9-2, but Halifax was able to battle back, tying the game a couple of minutes later, and closing the first, leading over the Mill Rats 25-28. Mill Rats' Antonio Burks (6'6''-F-82, college: SF Austin) and Jerice Crouch (6'0''-PG-84, college: Chattanooga) came alive in the second quarter dropping 13 points and 8 points respectively. With 8:26 before half, Rainmen's Hilary Haley dropped 2, giving Halifax a 12 point advantage, 25-37. Coming in off the bench, Antonio Burks was able to drop a three pointer, helping close the gap for the Mill Rats, 30-39. An assist from Jerice Crouch to Antonio Burks with just under a couple minutes to go, resulted in a 3 pointer, making it a 1 point game, 46-47. Halifax drained a couple more baskets from Joey Haywood and Tyrone Levett, while Burks was able to drain 2 more, closing the half with the Mill Rats still trailing the Rainmen, 48-51. Saint John kept their hustle into the third. With 3:48 left in third quarter play, a free throw from Crouch gave the Mill Rats a 1 point lead, 73-72. The Rainmen were able to get their lead back but only by 1 point, closing the half ahead of the Mill Rats 81-82. Fourth quarter, Saint John turned up the heat, gaining the lead and never looking back. With 6:11 on the clock, Crouch dropped a three giving the Mill Rats a 98-93 lead. Another 3 from Crouch and some free throws from Kenny Jones, gave Saint John an 11 point lead with 3:10 left in the game. A great play from Cavell Johnson to Kenny Jones on the inside for the slam dunk, made the crowd go wild with 1:28 left in the game. Saint John now had the double digit lead 113-104 over the Rainmen. Final score was 121-111 for the Mill Rats, who move up to 18-18 on the season while the Rainmen fall to 18-18. Leading scorers for the game were Jerice Crouch with 30, Antonio Burks with 29 and Kenny Jones with 26 points and 10 boards, getting a double double tonight. Leading the Rainmen were Melvin Goins with 30 points and Tyrone Levett with 20. A big thank you to all the sponsors for the 'For the Kids' event. Harbour Station was packed today with lots of smiling children. More info will be available on our website on the sponsors who donated and how to be involved next season. Today's win was critical for the Mill Rats playoff hopes because of an unsuccessful road trip in this past weekend in Ontario, where they dropped two games at London and Windsor. The Lightning narrowly edged out Saint John 100-95 on Thursday night and the weary Mill Rats were crushed in Windsor 104-74 on Friday night. The Mill Ras are on the road for their next four games as they battle to hold their playoff spot. Stay tuned for links to watch the team as they battle it out on away territory. The team plays Summerside on March 5th, Montreal on March 8th, Oshawa on March 13th and the Windsor Express on March 15th. The next few games will be nothing short of intense as 5 teams fight for only 3 playoff spots. The outcome of the next few games between Moncton, Oshawa, Saint John and Windsor will determine which teams move onto playoffs. With Halifax, Windsor and Saint John all sitting at 18-18, it will come down to who has the tie breaker. Moncton also sits at 20-20 on the season while Oshawa is sitting at 18-17. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Pro basketball for Brampton - May 3, 2013
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The Brampton Powerade Centre will be a busy place this fall and beyond. There were concerns raised over the use of the facility after the Ontario Hockey Leagues Brampton Battalion announced theyd be leaving for North Bay this summer. But the facility wont become the white elephant, that some thought it might be. The City of Brampton helped land the Brampton Beast a Central Hockey League team shortly after the Troops announced their departure [read more]
The Brampton Powerade Centre will be a busy place this fall and beyond. There were concerns raised over the use of the facility after the Ontario Hockey Leagues Brampton Battalion announced theyd be leaving for North Bay this summer. But the facility wont become the white elephant, that some thought it might be. The City of Brampton helped land the Brampton Beast a Central Hockey League team shortly after the Troops announced their departure. And it was made official on Wednesday that a new National Basketball League of Canada franchise known as the Brampton As will begin play this fall in the facility. Basketball is an international sport, said As GM/head coach David Magley as the team introduced its president Jesse Tipping and owner James Tipping. We chose Brampton because of if its diversity. And if Wednesdays event is any indication, the basketball team could be a resounding success. Theres a sense of excitement, admitted James Tipping, who also owns the Athletic Institute in Orangeville. How can there not be in an environment like this, but we know weve got a lot of work ahead of us. About 150 filled the RealStars Restaurant for the official announcement. I know there is a love and passion for basketball in this community, said NBL Canada president Andre Levingston. And there will be an instant rivalry with Mississauga. NBL Canada announced last week that the Oshawa Power would be re-locating to the Hershey Centre for the upcoming season. That will bring the number teams in the league to 10 five in the Atlantic division and five in the Central, where the As will reside. The Powerade Centre will be powered by two professional teams, said Mayor Susan Fennell, after receiving the first-ever Brampton As jersey. I dont get disappointed, I get busy. The As will begin play in early-November. Courtesy of: bramptonguardian.com
The National Basketball League of Canada announced the protected lists for each team for the upcoming 2013-14 season on Thursday. Teams were allowed to protect five players in which they are able to conduct contract negotiations with exclusively. The Summerside Storm protected the following players: Antonio Ballard (6'4''-G/F, college: Miami, OH), Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.), Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89, college: Oregon St.), Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St [read more]
The National Basketball League of Canada announced the protected lists for each team for the upcoming 2013-14 season on Thursday. Teams were allowed to protect five players in which they are able to conduct contract negotiations with exclusively. The Summerside Storm protected the following players: Antonio Ballard (6'4''-G/F, college: Miami, OH), Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.), Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89, college: Oregon St.), Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St.Michael's) and Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina). Teams will have until Monday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m., to have their protected players signed to a player contract. Players who are not signed will become eligible to be contacted by all league teams. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com
The Ottaway Skyhawks got their first head coach. The newest NBLC team has announced the hiring of Kevin Keathley to the position. The US specialist worked with the Souk Valley Predators in PBL lately. He was selected as NBA D-League Pre-Draft Coach in 2012. Previously Kevin Keathley had stints with the East Kentucky Miners, Kentucky Colonels, Southeast Texas Mavericks. He also worked as coach assistant with the Louisville Eagles, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Bakersfield Jam [read more]
The Ottaway Skyhawks got their first head coach. The newest NBLC team has announced the hiring of Kevin Keathley to the position. The US specialist worked with the Souk Valley Predators in PBL lately. He was selected as NBA D-League Pre-Draft Coach in 2012. Previously Kevin Keathley had stints with the East Kentucky Miners, Kentucky Colonels, Southeast Texas Mavericks. He also worked as coach assistant with the Louisville Eagles, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Bakersfield Jam. Kevin Keathley earned Pro Basketball News Top Ten Minor League Coaches Award in 2006 and 2009. In 2010 the specialist was named the ABA Assistant Coach of the Year. The Ottawa Skyhawks will start their debut pre-season at the end of October. They are scheduled for a number of exhibition encounters.
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