Tue. Jan. 16
Kitchener-Waterloo 94, St. John's 86
Wed. Jan. 17
Moncton 110, Kitchener-Waterloo 99
London 121, St. John's 115
Thu. Jan. 18
Saint John 132, Halifax 125 (2 OT)
Fri. Jan. 19
London 112, Island 110
St. John's at Niagara, 7:00 pm
Sat. Jan. 20
Cape Breton 116, Moncton 104
Island 90, Saint John 84
St. John's 111, Windsor 89
Niagara 103, Kitchener-Waterloo 96
Sun. Jan. 21
Halifax 131, London 103
St. John's 122, Niagara 104
Cape Breton Highlanders: The Highlanders' only game this week was a dominating 116-104 victory over the Moncton Magic, a game that saw Cape Breton race out to a 26-12 first quarter and a 56-36 half. Five Highlanders scored in double figures, including 24 points from Bruce Massey, and 20 points apiece from Duke Mondy and Shane Osayande; Osayande also pulled down 14 rebounds.
Halifax Hurricanes: Halifax played two very strong games this week, taking London apart on Sunday afternoon 131-103, and holding the Saint John Riptide until losing in double-overtime. In the two matches, Antoine Mason was he hot scorer for the Nova Scotia Crew with 24 ppg, followed by CJ Washington 22.5 ppg. Billy White's 19 ppg were augmented with a nice 14.0 rebounds per game average.
Island Storm: The Island Storm split two games this week – a home loss against the London Lightning, only to rebound with a 90-84 win over the Saint John Riptide. Franklin Session averaged a double-double of 23.0 ppg and 11.5 rpg with the Storm, while Chris Johnson had a stellar week of 22.0 ppg, 7.0 apg and 7.5 rpg.
KW Titans: Although the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans only picked up one win in three contests this week, they were strengthened by some strong performances by Derek Hall (19.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg) and new acquisition Justin Hurtt, who scored 19 points in his KW debut.
London Lightning: London's winning streak – which included an overtime win over St. John's and a nail-biting win over the Storm – came to an end on Sunday with a stunning loss to Halifax, 131-103. Royce White was the top scorer for the Bolts with 23.7 ppg, with Garrett Williamson not far behind with 20.0 ppg; Doug Herring Jr.'s 18 ppg combines well with 5.0 assists per game.
Moncton Magic: While on the road this week, the Moncton Magic split two games – a win over Kitchener-Waterloo, followed by a blowout loss to Cape Breton. Veterans Anthony Anderson and Tirrell Baines scored 15.0 ppg apiece for the Magnetic Hill crew, with Terry Thomas scoring 14.0 ppg.
John Riptide: It took double overtime for the Riptide to defeat Halifax 132-125, but the riptide followed that up with a 90-84 loss to the Island Storm. Malcolm Miller garnered the most points for the Riptide, averaging 24.5 ppg, while Gabe Freeman set up a double-double of 19.0 ppg and 12.5 rpg.
St. John's Edge: Talk about an arduous road trip – the St. John's Edge played five road games this week, winning three of them. In those matches, Charles hinkle averaged a team-high 22.6 ppg in all five games.
Windsor Express: The Windsor Express tumbled 111-89 on Saturday night to the St. John's Edge, in the Express' only game of the week. In the loss, Chad Frazier put 20 points on the board ,followed by 17 from Damontre Harris and 16 from Maurice Jones. Anthony Ottley Jr. had 12 rebounds to go with his ten points for a double-double.
NBL CANADA ATLANTIC DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Bruce Massey of the Cape Breton Highlanders has been named Atlantic Division Player of the Week for the week ending January 21, 2018.
Massey, a 6'3" guard who played collegiately at Middle Tennessee State, was instrumental in the Highlanders. 116-104 victory this week over the Moncton Magic. In the game, Massey scored 24 points, including going 5-for-7 from the 3-point line; he also dished out eight assists.
"Bruce is another guy that can score at the guard spot," said Highlanders head coach Robert Spon. "He's a complimentary running mate to Duke Mondy. He knocks down open threes, plus his defense - great defender, locks down defense. He played in the Gatorade league, and that brings leadership to our young guys. Great young man."
• 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.
• January 21, 2018: Bruce Massey, Cape Breton Highlanders.
NBL CANADA CENTRAL DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Guillaume Boucard of the Niagara River Lions has been named Central Division Player of the Week for the week ending January 21, 2018.
Boucard, a 6'6" small forward who played collegiately at Carleton University, was the River Lions' leading scorer this week. In three games, Boucard averaged 25 points, nine rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocked shots.
"Guillaume has been our most consistent player all year," said River Lions head coach Joe Raso. "All season, he's had the toughest matchup on the court. He's been a pleasant surprise, and our mots consistent player and our most improved player. From what people knew of Guillaume to what he's doing now, it's a huge leap in his skills. I've had a benefit of watching him for a long time, so I knew he could bring this to the table."
• 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.
• January 21, 2018: Guillaume Boucard, Niagara River Lions.
NBL CANADA COACH OF THE MONTH
• December 2017: Jeff Dunlap, St. John's Edge
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.