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NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 33-7 
 2. Summerside S. 25-14 
 3. Windsor Exp. 21-18 
 4. St.John M.R. 20-20 
 5. Moncton M. 20-20 
 6. Halifax R. 19-20 
 7. Oshawa P. 18-21 
 8. Montreal J. 2-38 
Season 2012-2013
All Games
List of Players
List of Imports

London Lightning wins the NBLCanada title (Photo:
Points Per Game
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Frederick, Guasave25.7 
 2. Sweetney, Monct.25.0 
 3. Jones, Obregon22.6 
 4. Robinson, Summersi.20.7 
 5. Anderson, Al Jaysh20.4 
 6. Okorie, Oshawa P.19.0 
 7. Johnson, Summersi.18.8 
 8. Crouch, St.John18.1 
 9. Harrison, Montreal.17.6 
 10. Commons, Windsor17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isaac BUTTS
  Moncton M.
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Butts, Moncton M.11.1 
 2. Ballard, Summersi.10.4 
 3. Rockett, Oshawa P.9.6 
 4. Johnson, Summersi.9.0 
 5. Mims, London L.9.0 
 6. Surmacz, Windsor8.6 
 7. Frederick, Guasave8.4 
 8. Jones, Obregon8.4 
 9. Watkins, Monct.8.3 
 10. Loiselle, Windsor8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Darren DUNCAN
  Windsor .
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Duncan, Windsor8.4 
 2. Anderson, Al Jaysh6.9 
 3. Stewart, Summersi.6.5 
 4. McNally, Monct.6.5 
 5. Hagan, Montreal J.6.0 
 6. Turner, Summersi.5.1 
 7. Moss, London L.5.1 
 8. Crouch, St.John5.1 
 9. Bowden, London L.5.0 
 10. Goins, Halifax R.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris HAGAN
  Montreal J.
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hagan, Montreal J.2.6 
 2. Auriantal, Montrea.2.2 
 3. Plummer, Summersi.2.1 
 4. Frederick, Guasave2.0 
 5. Anderson, Al Jaysh1.9 
 6. Stewart, Summersi.1.9 
 7. Duncan, Windsor1.8 
 8. Rockett, Oshawa P.1.7 
 9. Mims, London L.1.7 
 10. Smith, Summersi.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Pierre, Montreal.2.6 
 2. Watkins, Monct.1.7 
 3. Butts, Moncton M.1.6 
 4. Licorish, Montreal1.6 
 5. Mims, London L.1.6 
 6. Johnson, St.John1.3 
 7. Tisby, Summersi.1.3 
 8. Commons, Windsor1.3 
 9. Johnson, Summersi.1.2 
 10. Okolie, Halifax R.1.1 
London Lightning 2012-13
Michael Ray Richardson Michael Ray Richardson Richardson
DeAnthony Bowden
Jermaine Blackburn
Jeremy Williams
Morgan Lewis
Tim Ellis
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
0  Bowden DeAnthony 186 (6'1'') PG 80 USA
15  Blackburn Jermaine 200 (6'7'') G/F 83 USA
35  Williams Jeremy 200 (6'7'') SF 87 USA
20  Lewis Morgan 193 (6'4'') F 87 USA
23  Ellis Tim 193 (6'4'') G 81 USA
4  Mims Elvin 196 (6'5'') F 79 USA
30  Buford Rodney 196 (6'5'') G 77 USA
55  Thomas DeAndre 203 (6'8'') C 86 USA
6  Moss Adrian 175 (5'9'') PG 88 USA
45  Phillips Marvin 201 (6'7'') F 83 USA
10  Jeanty Osvaldo 183 (6'0'') G 84 Haiti Canada
5  Murray Tyler 195 (6'5'') G 90 Canada
8  Smith Dane 190 (6'3'') G 89 Canada
Head Coach: Michael Ray Richardson All-NBL Canada Awards 2013 - Apr 18, 2013 All-NBL Canada 1st Team 2013
Darren Duncan
Devin Sweetney
Brandon Robinson
Omari Johnson
Elvin Mims

Player of the Year: Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87) of Moncton M.
Guard of the Year: Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87) of Moncton M.
Forward of the Year: Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89) of Summerside S.
Center of the Year: Isaac Butts (6'10''-C) of Moncton M.
Rookie of the Year: Isaac Butts (6'10''-C) of Moncton M.
Defensive Player of the Year: Al Stewart (5'10''-PG-83) of Summerside S.
Domestic Player of the Year: Joey Haywood (6'1''-PG-84) of Halifax R.
Sixt Man of the Year: Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77) of London L.
Newcomer of the Year: Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83) of London L.
Co-Coach of the Year: Michael Ray Richardson of London L.
Co-Coach of the Year: Joe Salerno of Summerside S.

1st Team
G: Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88) of Windsor Exp.
G: Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87) of Moncton M.
F: Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89) of Summerside S.
F: Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89) of Summerside S.
C: Isaac Butts (6'10''-C) of Moncton M.

2nd Team
G: Anthony Anderson (180-PG-81) St.John M.R.
G: Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81) of London L.
G/F: Antonio Ballard (6'4''-G/F) of Summerside S.
F: Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of St.John M.R.
F: Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79) of London L.

Honorable Mention
Gregory Plummer (6'3''-G-83) of Summerside S.
Al Stewart (5'10''-PG-83) of Summerside S.
Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84) of Windsor Exp.
Greg Surmacz (6'8''-F-86) of Windsor Exp.
Oliver McNally (6'3''-G) of Moncton M.
Jerice Crouch (6'0''-PG-84) of St.John M.R.
Quinnel Brown (6'6''-F-83) of Halifax R.
Jushay Rockett (6'6''-F-84) of Oshawa P.
Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88) of Oshawa P.

All-Defensive Team
PG: Chris Hagan (5'9''-PG-89) of Montreal J.
G: Gregory Plummer (6'3''-G-83) of Summerside S.
F: Sylvania Watkins (6'9''-F-84) of Moncton M.
C: Isaac Butts (6'10''-C) of Moncton M.
F: Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79) of London L.

London Lightning win second straight NBL of Canada championship title - Apr 12, 2013

Lightning can strike twice in the same place. Strike Twice was the catch phrase the London Lightning used to motivate themselves as they looked for their second National Basketball League of Canada championship. But championship No. 2 had nothing to do with phrases or motivation or great strategy. It had to do with the desire even when things looked beyond reach. The Lightning fought through a horrendous start to Game 4 and responded like champions, with determination and courage. They defeated the Summerside Storm 87-80 Friday in front of 3,019 to capture their second NBL title and silence critics who believed they were a little past the boiling point. They won the best-of-five series 3-1. Hey, I aint old. Im not old. Im wise, Tim Ellis shouted as the Lightning celebrated on the floor. Its all about willpower. I feel young. Im not old. It would have been nice to win it at home but Im not a gambling person when it comes to that. We wanted to win it tonight. Last year, the Lightning went up 2-0 on the Halifax Rainmen and had to come home to win a do-or-die Game 5. Ellis was part of that team. After the first quarter Friday, when the Lightning trailed by as many as 21 points, it looked as if that scenario would repeat itself. But we never gave up, Ellis said. I told them, Look, you dont have to give up. If you give up and lay down this year, were going to go back and we might lose. Leave it all here. I told them do what you need to do and cherish this moment. No one would have predicted the final five on the floor who swung the game in the Lightnings favour. Ellis played all 48 minutes and was sensational. Adrian Moss (5'9''-PG-88, college: Indianapolis), Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH), Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83, college: Claflin) and Elvin Mims were the other four. Mims only made it on late after Jeremy Williams (6'7''-SF-87, college: UTEP) fouled out. Williams gave the Lightning a huge game. But Moss, the rookie, and Lewis, the former Oshawa Power player, made the difference down the stretch. Moss hit two massive three-pointers. Lewis made some difficult shots with the clock winding down. When they couldnt do it, Phillips hit the big shots and free throws. He was selected most valuable player of the final. I dont even know what to say, an ecstatic Moss said. Words cant express what Im feeling. Being a young guy, the way the coach had faith in me leaving me out there, Im glad I came through for him. The game wont be mistaken as a classic. Both teams played some horrible basketball, but the atmosphere and intensity were ratcheted up to the classic level. The Storm gave the Lightning all they could handle. They lost Josiah Turner in the second quarter with back spasms. But in the end it was about making the big play and the Lightning made more of them. We expected it to be a little ugly. Both teams wanted it so badly, Storm coach Joe Salerno said. London made the shots again. Adrian Moss and Morgan Lewis down the stretch made some shots late in shot clocks. Phillips led the Lightning with 19 points. Moss added 14 with Ellis, Williams and Lewis getting 12 each. Ellis added 13 rebounds. Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) had 24 points for the Storm. As the final 30 seconds clicked down and the Lightning stretched their lead, Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson started his little dance down the sideline as the players on the bench, hugged and high-fived each other. We took their best blow but they couldnt take ours, Richardson said. Thats the bottom line. They were warriors. The game is not won in the first quarter its won in the fourth quarter. Ellis, Richardson and owner Vito Frijia gave the championship equal billing. For Richardson it was his fifth minor-league basketball title. The second one is just as special as the first, Frijia said. It would have been special to win in front of our home fans. But a win is a win and a championship is a championship. I cant believe how my guys came back. Richardson had one more thing to say before he left for the dressing room. Both the first two were equally special, he said. No. 3 is going to be even better.
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Central Division Takes All Star Game 150-145 - Apr 14, 2013

The National Basketball League of Canada All Star Game, presented by LiUNA, was played today in Saint John at Harbour Station in front of 2000 fans. The Central Division took the win over the Atlantic Division with a final score of 150-145. The Central Division took an early lead out of the gate but with 5:20 left in the first, the Atlantic Division were able to catch up to tie the game, 20-20. With just over 4 minutes left in the first, a slam dunk from Canadian Moncton Miracles' player Kamar Burke, helped give the Atlantic Division a 5 point lead. With 3 minutes left, Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) of the Central Division (former Mill Rat and Halifax Rainmen) lob passed to game MVP Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83, college: Claflin) for a dunk, closing the gap to 25-27, Atlantic Division still ahead. The Atlantic Division was able to keep their lead closing the first, 34-35. The Central Division ramped up their game in the second and third quarters, outscoring the Atlantic Division 41-34 (second) and 45-35 (third). Both teams battled back and forth in the second, but the Central Division closed the half leading 75-69. At the half, Devin Sweetney of the Miracles led the Atlantic Division with 18 points while Antonio Ballard of the Summerside Storm had 10. Marvin Phillips of the London Lightning led the Central Division with 15 points while Greg Surmacz (Canadian) from the Windsor Express had 12. The Central Division took the lead in the third and kept it for the remainder of the game. An alley oop from Nick Okorie off the steal from Canadian player, Antwi Atuahene (6'3''-G-84, college: Arizona St.), resulted in the Ford Drive of the Game with 7:10 left in the third, putting the Central Division up 96-81. They kept their lead, closing the third ahead 120-104. The fourth quarter, the Atlantic Division battled back outscoring the Central Division but they could not pull ahead. They were able to chip away and close the gap to within 5 points. A dunk from Devin Sweetney ended the game, 150-145. Marvin Phillips of the London Lightning was awarded MVP of the game, getting a double double with 37 points and 14 rebounds. Phillips was also named the "Newcomer of the Year" at the NBLCanada Awards breakfast this morning. Behind Phillips, the Central Division was supported by Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.) of the Lightning with 26 points, Papa Oppong (6'4''-G-87, college: E.Kentucky) with 21 and Antwi Atuahene who grabbed a double double with 16 points and 17 assists. Leading the Atlantic Division was Antonio Ballard and Devin Sweetney, each with 28 points. Ballard got a double double with 11 boards. Mill Rats' Jerice Crouch also had a double double, getting 15 points and 15 assists.
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NBL Canada All-Star Game rosters 2013 - Apr 2, 2013

NBL Canada Atlantic Division All-Star Team 2013
Jerice Crouch
Joey Haywood
Brandon Robinson
Devin Sweetney
Isaac Butts

Jerice Crouch
(6'0''-PG-84) of Saint John Mill Rats
Joey Haywood (6'1''-PG-84) of Halifax Rainmen
Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89) of Summerside Storm
Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87) of Moncton Miracles
Isaac Butts (6'10''-C) of Moncton Miracles
Al Stewart (5'10''-PG-83) of Summerside Storm
Kamar Burke (6'5''-F/G-86) of Moncton Miracles
Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85) of Summerside Storm
Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89) of Summerside Storm
Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F-86) of Saint John Mill Rats

Joe Salerno of the Summerside Storm

NBL Canada Atlantic Division All-Star Team 2013
Darren Duncan
Nick Okorie
Tim Ellis
Elvin Mims
Marvin Phillips

Darren Duncan
(5'11''-PG-88) of Windsor Express
Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88) of Oshawa Power
Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81) of London Lightning
Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79) of London Lightning
Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83) of London Lightning
Antwi Atuahene (6'3''-G-84) of London Lightning
Papa Oppong (6'4''-G-87) of Oshawa Power
J.R. Harrison (6'6''-F-84) of Montreal Jazz
Greg Surmacz (6'8''-F-86) of Windsor Express
Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84) of Windsor Express

Michael Ray Richardson of the London Lightning

by Simas
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