The London Lightning roster additions paid dividends immediately. Thursday's 105-97 win over the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans also proved yet again that this year's version may be the deepest of any previous Lightning teams. The win in Kitchener was their fourth in succession in the National Basketball League of Canada. They were without Frederick Edmonds and Garrett Williamson, starting guard Junior Cadougan injured a shoulder early in the game and leading scorer Julian Boyd (6'7''-F-90, college: LIU Brooklyn) spent a large part of the game on the bench because of foul trouble. Not only did newbies Doug Herring Jr. and Marvin Phillips step up despite their limited exposure to the Lightning, so did all the bench players. With this team it's getting harder to figure out whom the bench players are. A look down the statistics sheet showed eight of the nine who played put in 18 minutes or more, with all eight contributing nine points or more. Aside from Royce White, who is a regular starter, the other four top scorers in the game would normally come off the bench. If depth helps win championships, then the Lightning have all the depth you need. 'When Junior got hurt, we had to go even deeper than expected,' Lightning head coach Kyle Julius said. 'Now that we've added Marvin Phillips and Doug Herring Jr. we're very deep. I can start anybody, any night. I'm proud of that. I love that. It's fun to practise that way and it's fun to play that way.' After an indifferent first half, especially the second quarter, the Lightning took charge in the second half. They wore down the Titans. White was especially effective in that half. He finished as the leading scorer with 23 points but the Titans were so worried about him going inside it opened the passing lanes and White found his teammates for open shots. 'We didn't move the ball in the second quarter the way I wanted to. We only had seven assists and that's a little bit unusual for us,' Julius said. 'We talked at halftime about allowing our game plan to take over, to stay the course; wear them down.' Kyle Johnson (6'5''-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Two Points) and Joel Friesen (6'4''-G, college: Alberta) also had exceptional nights. Johnson hit for 21 points while Friesen helped the Lightning through their rough spot in the second quarter with some big shots. He finished with 14 points. Tony Criswell (6'9''-PF-91, college: Missouri) and Herring Jr. finished with 11 points. With Cadougan's injury Herring played more than 30 minutes, even though he hasn't been with the team long enough to learn the entire offence. But the good things he brings were evident. 'I thought he had a good game. The stat sheet wasn't explosive or amazing for him but I thought he did a really good job,' Julius said. 'We could only run limited stuff because Doug and Marvin are still getting used to things. 'I thought our defence was solid overall. We turned them over a lot; we got a bunch of deflections; we got some steals in the passing lane. I thought that's what allowed us to get so many baskets on transition.' The Titans turned the ball over 20 times. The final score wasn't indicative of how dominant the Lightning were in the second half. The Titans only closed the gap in the final three minutes, something Julius was pleased about. They were led in scoring by guard Adam Blazek (6'1''-PG-92, college: Gannon) with 16 points. Paul Cooper (6'8''-F, college: Arkansas Tech) had 13, while A. J. Davis and Londoner Greg Morrow added 12 each. As for Phillips, the Lightning's all-time leading scorer and rebounder hit a three with his first touch of the ball in the first half but looked tentative. With Julius trying to keep Boyd and White out of foul trouble, Phillips played a little more than expected, seeing the floor for 20 minutes. He looked a great deal more comfortable in the second half. The difference between Herring Jr. and Phillips is that Herring Jr. was playing in Uruguay before joining the Lightning, while Phillips hasn't played at all this season. Before the game the Lightning released Canadian forward Troy Gottselig, saying he left because of personal reasons. Johnson, Williamson, Cadougan and Friesen are the Canadians on the Lightning. Each NBL team needs four Canadians to be on their roster. Even though Williamson is hurt and on injured reserve, he counts as one of their Canadians but the Lightning will have to go with 11 players. The Lightning play a pair of games this weekend against the Niagara River Lions, Saturday night at Budweiser Gardens and Sunday afternoon in St. Catharines. Courtesy of: lfpress.com
A's fall on the road to Niagara River Lions, 121-106 - 1 day ago
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After losing a close one to the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans the night before, the Orangeville A's (15-22) headed to the Meridian Centre to take on the Niagara River Lions for a 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon game. Both teams started the game evenly matched offensively as an exchange of baskets ensued early. Anthony Harris continued his great play for the A's as he steadily hit shots and found his way to the basket for a 10-point opening quarter. Jameson Tipping (6'7''-G, college: W.Kentucky) was... [read more]
After losing a close one to the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans the night before, the Orangeville A's (15-22) headed to the Meridian Centre to take on the Niagara River Lions for a 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon game. Both teams started the game evenly matched offensively as an exchange of baskets ensued early. Anthony Harris continued his great play for the A's as he steadily hit shots and found his way to the basket for a 10-point opening quarter. Jameson Tipping (6'7''-G, college: W.Kentucky) was right there with him to contribute 6 points of his own. Although the A's shot 38% from the field (10-26) and 3-8 from three-point range (3-8), the River Lions put them at the line for plenty of extra opportunities and the A's capitalized shooting 6-7 (87% FT). Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) led the way for Niagara with 8 points. The quarter ended with a close score of 32-28 for the Lions. The Niagara River Lions looked to continue their steady offence as they came out quick in the second quarter on a 5-1 run to take a 37-29 lead over the A's. Tyshawn Patterson, however, had different plans and he was huge for the A's off the bench back-to-back three pointers as part of his 16-point explosion in the frame. The A's were within two possessions of the River Lions through 7 minutes of the 2nd when the River Lions went on a 9-0 run to separate themselves from the A's, 59-45. Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90, college: Oregon) scored 9 points while Samuel Murray contributed 8 points for the River Lions. The quarter ended with the Niagara River Lions up 67-54 over the Orangeville A's as they continued to battle. In the third quarter, the Niagara River Lions came out very polished as their fluent ball movement and aggressive rebounds allowed them to create separation from the A's. Richard Amardi continued his impressive play scoring 11 points by the mid mark of the frame. The A's Anthony Harris orchestrated the offence, passing and scoring to keep Orangeville in the game as he managed 7 points and 3 assists in the quarter. The offensive play for the Lions was very efficient as they finished the quarter with a score of 100-81. Even though the A's started the quarter down 100-81 they burst out into the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run courtesy of four points from Anthony Harris and another 6 from Alex Johnson as the A's cut the Lions lead to 11 points. The Lions adjusted and responded through Samuel Muldrow who scored 8 points in the frame. The A's tried to stay competitive through the play of Alex Johnson, Jameson Tippingg and Tyshawn Patterson but in the end the Lions walked away with the 121-106 win. Richard Amardi and Samuel Muldrow led Niagara scoring as both posted impressive double-doubles of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 23 points, 12 rebounds respectively. For the A's, Anthony Harris and Tyshawn Patterson led the way with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 24 points and 3 assists respectively. In the end four A's players finished in double-digits. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
The Niagara River Lions refuse to go down without a fight. With four games left in the regular season, the River Lions entered Friday night's game at Meridian Centre knowing they couldn't lose. And seven periods of basketball later - a franchise record - the Lions outlasted the Moncton Miracles 141-137 in triple overtime. The 141 points were also a franchise record. And it was only the second time in NBL Canada history a game went to a third overtime. 'I'm so proud of the guys,' said a sm... [read more]
The Niagara River Lions refuse to go down without a fight. With four games left in the regular season, the River Lions entered Friday night's game at Meridian Centre knowing they couldn't lose. And seven periods of basketball later - a franchise record - the Lions outlasted the Moncton Miracles 141-137 in triple overtime. The 141 points were also a franchise record. And it was only the second time in NBL Canada history a game went to a third overtime. 'I'm so proud of the guys,' said a smiling, and relieved, Niagara head coach Keith Vassell, who last coached a triple-overtime game in 2004 while in Iceland. 'We continue to fight. When it looks bleak - we continue to fight. They guys just gave everything, and didn't leave anything on the floor.' Kirk Williams (6'7''-PF-81, college: Bridgeport) Jr. led the River Lions with 29 points, including an emphatic dunk to put the game away as 1,392 fans roared in approval. In fact four Lions scored over twenty points as Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90, college: Oregon) drained a season-high 27 points. Carl Hall (6'8''-F-89, college: Wichita St., agency: HMS) added 24 including 10 crucial foul shots, and Sam Muldrow (6'9''-PF-88, college: S.Carolina) 20 after shooting 70-percent (7-for-10) from the field. Point-guard Nick Okorie recorded a triple-double for Niagara, 18 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. 'It was definitely a collective effort,' Vassell said. 'Nick with an injured back and neck, Sam (Muldrow) made big plays. Carl, I don't know how many free throws he made, and Kirk came in and does what Kirk does. We played with compete and composure to win a game where we've lost a few.' The River Lions (12-25) remain three games behind the Orangeville A's for the final playoff spot in the Central Division standings, but two of those games are against the A's including Sunday afternoon at Meridian Centre. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. 'Orangeville smacked these guys (Miracles) pretty good, so they're going to have to try and come here and smack us,' said Vassell. 'I like the fact we play them twice, so if we don't get it done we can only look at ourselves in the mirror. We're in control of our own destiny.' Courtesy of: niagarafallsreview.ca
Tyshawn Patterson signs at Orangeville A's - 4 days ago
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Orangeville A's (NBL Canada) landed 26-year old American point guard Tyshawn Patterson (185-79kg-91, college: N.Greenville) from Niagara River Lions. In 28 NBL Canada games in Canada he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Patterson played at London Lightning where in 45 NBL Canada games he had 12.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg. He was selected to All-ConferenceCarolinas 2nd Team in 2013. Patterson has played also professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Fut... [read more]
Orangeville A's (NBL Canada) landed 26-year old American point guard Tyshawn Patterson (185-79kg-91, college: N.Greenville) from Niagara River Lions. In 28 NBL Canada games in Canada he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Patterson played at London Lightning where in 45 NBL Canada games he had 12.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg. He was selected to All-ConferenceCarolinas 2nd Team in 2013. Patterson has played also professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro). He attended North Greenville University until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
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