GAMES PLAYED - WEEK 9
Tue. Jan. 9
Windsor 111, St. John's 103
Wed. Jan. 10
St. John's 105, Windsor 103
Moncton 112, Niagara 104
London 129, Kitchener-Waterloo 98
Fri. Jan. 12
St. John's 120, Kitchener-Waterloo 113
Cape Breton 117, Island 115
Halifax 107, Niagara 89
Moncton 123, Windsor 108
Sat. Jan. 13
St. John's 109, Kitchener-Waterloo 99
Halifax 114, Island 94
London 147, Moncton 146 (2 OT)
Saint John 99, Cape Breton 90
Sun. Jan. 14
Saint John 107, Island 102 (OT)
Moncton 94, Niagara 97
Cape Breton Highlanders: At first glance, the Cape Breton Highlanders' 1-1 record this week might seem simple, but just between you and me, the Sydney crew are making their mid-season push. Kevin Loiselle led all Highlanders in scoring with 19.0 ppg, followed by Bruce Massey's 15 ppg. New acquisition Rick Bodiford came off the bench to average 12.5 ppg for Cape Breton.
Halifax Hurricanes: One fine morning when you wake up, you can see the Halifax hurricanes with another two victories and a solid hold on the NBL's Atlantic Division lead. Tyrone Watson was the top scorer for Halifax with 19.5 ppg and 5 assists per game; while Rhamel Brown averaged a double-double of 11 rebounds per game and 12 ppg.
Island Storm: The Island Storm went 0-for-3 this week, as their perch atop the NBL's Atlantic Division is gone, gone, gone, it's been gone so long. Despite the three defeats, Chris Johnson and Du'Vaughn Maxwell gave the Charlottetown crew 23.7 and 23.0 ppg, respectively, while Franklin Session scored 21.7 ppg and puled down 10 rebounds per game.
KW Titans: It's been one week since the KW Titans took a win, because this week they lost three straight on the road. The strongest efforts from the Titans came from Derek Hall with 22 points and 11 rebounds per game, with 19 ppg contributed by new acquisition Justin Hurtt.
London Lightning: If you think all the London Lightning did was win two games this week, then baby, you just ain't seen nothing yet – because among London's two wins was a 147-146 double-overtime home victory against Moncton. That allowed Royce White to average 35 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game this week, while Doug Herring's 13.5 assists per game included a league-record 21 assists in that double-overtime win.
Moncton Magic: Although the Moncton Magic started the week with two victories, nothing for them was working for the weekend, as the Magic lost twice on the road – including a double-overtime loss to London. Terry Thomas and Brent Jennings lit the scoreboard up for 18.5 and 15.3 ppg, respectively, while Al Stewart achieved the NBL's fourth triple-double (and third of his NBL career) with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a win over Niagara.
Niagara River Lions: Although the Niagara River Lions struggled with two losses to start the week, Sunday's game was a new world, man … as the St. Catharines crew pinched out a victory over Moncton to close out the week. Marvel Waithe averaged 18.0 ppg, while Jayuwan Hill crafted a 26-point onslaught off the bench in Niagara's Sunday afternoon victory.
Saint John Riptide: With two more victories, the Saint John Riptide can celebrate from Saints' Rest Beach all the way to Echo Beach. In their two wins this week, Gabe Freeman averaged a double-double of 21.5 ppg and 11.0 rebounds per game, tops among his team. Jeremiah Mondi put up 17.5 ppg, while Horace Wormley's 13.5 ponits per game was also augmented by 7.5 assists per game.
St. John's Edge: After an extended layoff, the Edge powered three victories in four matches this week at Mile One Centre, reminding the league to not forget hem when they're gone. Charles Hinkle and Desmond Lee were the high scorers for the Edge with 18.5 and 18.0 points per game, respectively, Alex Johnson's 14.0 ppg were augmented with an 8.75 assist per game run.
Windsor Express: One win out of three this week for the Express, as they hope to have their second half of the season cut like a knife, straight from the heart. Logan Stutz' 23 ppg andf 11 rpg led the Express in both categories, while veterans Maurice Jones and Chad Frazier followed up with 19.0 ppg and 18.0 ppg, respectively.
NBL CANADA ATLANTIC DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Gabe Freeman of the Saint John Riptide has been named NBL Canada Atlantic Division Player of the Week for the week ending January 14, 2018. This is the second time Freeman has won the Player of the Week honours this season. Freeman, a 6'6" forward from Costa Mesa Junior College, was instrumental in the Riptide's two victories, averaging a double-double of 21.5 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game; also put up eight assists and three steals during that stretch.
"Gabe has been, in this week and in the last four games, a rock for us," said Riptide head coach Nelson Tabbora. "He's our best rebounder, he's a two-way player, he can guard 1-5 through us, his voice on the defencive end, he's reminding our guys about defence and making sure that everyone knows their roles. Obviously he can score at a lot of different ways, but for our team, his leadership and his ability to be our defencive quarterback is particularly important."
• November 26, 2017: Gabe Freeman, Saint John Riptide.
• December 3, 2017: Franklin Session, Island Storm.
• December 10, 2017: CJ Washington, Halifax Hurricanes.
• December 17, 2017: Terry Thomas, Moncton Magic.
• December 24, 2017: Duke Mondy, Cape Breton Highlanders.
• December 31, 2017: Antoine Mason, Halifax Hurricanes.
• January 7, 2018: Malcolm Miller, Saint John Riptide.
• January 14, 2018: Gabe Freeman, Saint John Riptide.
NBL CANADA CENTRAL DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Royce White of the London Lightning has been named Central Division Player of the Week for the week ending January 14, 2018. This is White's second time as Central Division Player of the Week this season. White, a 6'8" power forward from Iowa State, was instrumental in London's unbeaten week, as he averaged 35.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in two Lightning victories this week. Even more impressive was his Saturday night performance in London's double-overtime victory over the Moncton Magic, in which he scored 46 points on 18-for-31 shooting from the floor and a 10-for-13 run from the free throw line.
"The main thing about having a player like Royce," said Lightning head coach Keith Vassell, "is he creates a possibility, regardless of what system you need to run. I felt that overall, we just went and gave the ball inside to Royce and he kept making plays. That's the brilliance of having Royce on your team, he's going to create an advantage some how, some way."
• November 26, 2017: Carl English, St. John's Edge
• December 3, 2017: Charles Hinkle, St. John's Edge
• December 10, 2017: Samuel Muldrow, Niagara River Lions.
• December 17, 2017: Charles Hinkle, St. John's Edge
• December 24, 2017: Ryan Anderson, London Lightning.
• December 31, 2017: Royce White, London Lightning
• January 7, 2018: Maurice Bolden, London Lightning.
• January 14, 2018: Royce White, London Lightning.
NBL CANADA 2017-18 TRIPLE DOUBLES
• Horace Wormley, Saint John v. Moncton, December 17, 2017, 13 pts, 11 rebs, 13 ast
• Ryan Anderson, London, v St. John's, December 17, 2017, 14 pts, 13 rebs, 13 ast
• Duke Mondy, Cape Breton v. Moncton, December 19, 2017, 22 pts, 10 rebs, 11 ast
• Al Stewart, Moncton v. Niagara, January 10, 2018, 23 pts, 10 rebs, 11 asst
"The National Basketball League of Canada Weekly Report" is edited by Chuck Miller.