Another fast pace and exciting week of the National Basketball League of Canada is in the books.
#1 London Lightning – (9-2) (LW: 1)
The Lightning survived two tough road contests and maintain the top spot for the fifth week in a row. The league’s best squad is currently battling injuries to key players as leading scorer DeAnthony Bowden (sprained ankle) and Rodney Buford (wrist) could miss key games against their 401 rivals.
#2 Quebec Kebs – (8-4) (LW: 3)
The Kebs racked-up three impressive victories on the road by holding their opponents under 100 points. Quebec is now on a four-game winning streak largely due to Ralphy Holmes, who’s excellent display of basketball earned him player of the week honours. The Philly native averaged 23.6 points and nine rebounds and was hot all week on 28-of-45 shooting for 62.2%.
#3 Saint John Mill Rats (6-5) (LW: 5)
The Mill Rats earned their first home victory of the season and missed a costly lay-up in traffic and got beat at the buzzer in their lone defeat this week. Newcomer Greg Plummer (Brooklyn, NY) canned seven three-pointers to cap off an impressive week as Saint John defeated their maritime rivals.
Previous: Summerside Storm W, 118-97, Oshawa Power L, 88-91, Halifax Rainmen W, 97-92
Upcoming Games: Quebec Kebs
#4 Halifax Rainmen – (4-4) (LW: 4)
The Rainmen continue to play .500% ball and stay put at the fourth position. Halifax is 0-3 on the road so far.
#5 Oshawa Power – (5-6) (LW: 6)
The Power needed another buzzer beater by Akeem Wright to get past the Mill Rats on the road. Yikes, three-straight games against the #1 London Lightning. Oshawa is one of only two teams to defeat the Lightning this year.
#6 Summerside Storm – (5-6) (LW: 2)
Tough week for the storm, dropping all three games and sliding all the way to the number #6 slot.
Previous: @Saint John Mill Rats L, 97-118, Quebec Kebs L, 98-109, London Lightning L, 105-115
Upcoming Games: Halifax Rainmen
#7 Moncton Miracles (0-10) (LW: 7)
New coach, same results. The defense has improved slightly.
Previous: Quebec Kebs L, 77-95, London Lightning L, 93-98, @Halifax Rainmen L, 95-104
Upcoming Games: Saint John Mill Rats
Carl English amazing 58-point effort sets NBL Canada scoring record
The return of long time fan favorite Carl English to Canada was definitely a moment not to be slept on.
English whose story is well chronicled has had an outstanding 15-year professional career across the top international leagues. A veteran member of Canada Senior Men’s National Team he decided to bring it full circle and concluded his storied career in his hometown province of St. Johns, Newfoundland.
When news broke that he was returning home it also meant that those same East Coast supporters who grew-up watching a young skinny grade ten kid would also get another opportunity to watch him once again showcase his game. English went from dropping 50-point games in high school to becoming only the third player from Newfoundland to play division one NCAA basketball.
On Saturday night, against the visiting Kitchen Waterloo Titans and with March Madness in full swing, the now 37 year-old English, delighted the fans once more with an incredible 58-point career-high performance to set the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) scoring record. English connected on 17-of-33 shots, 13/14 free-throws and nailed an incredible 11-of-20 three-point attempts in 127-117 win at Mile One Centre.
The previous record was held by Moncton’s Devin Sweetney in 2013 against the defunct Montreal Jazz.
English currently leads the NBLC in scoring in scoring at 25 points per game, shooting 44% from the floor and 38.5 from the outside, he also averages 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and has the St. John Edge eyeing a deep playoff run and potential championship.
River Lions Springer-Williams Jr. buries 10-of-12 triples, one shy of NBL Canada record
Niagara River Lions guard Clinton Springer-Williams Jr. buried a career-best 10-of 12 triples on his way to a 38-point night in a 108-93 win over the Windsor Express. Springer-Williams Jr. impressive performance came-up just short of Omar’ Strong’s NBL Canada record eleven three-pointers.
Springer-Williams Jr. shot 10-of-15 from the field, including for 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, he’s averaging 10.7 points per game and a scorching hot 46% from downtown for the up-start River Lions.
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