The first season of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) is well underway and BasketballBuzz is proud to release our inaugural Weekly NBL Canada Power Rankings.
#1 London Lightning – (3-0) (LW: NR)
A clean sweep of the Halifax Rainmen and a road victory against the Saint John Mill Rats. Positive start to the season but we already new this was going to happen. Quebec Kebs and a rematch with the Millrats is on deck this week.
#2 Oshawa Power – (2-1) (LW: NR)
The Oshawa Power behind consistent play from the #1 overall pick, Morgan Lewis, have won two-straight and are looking to stay at the top of the rankings with games against the St. John’s Millrats and the Quebec Kebs. Canadians Kevin Francis (Toronto, ON) leads the team in rebounds (8.6) and point guard Tut Ruach (Toronto, ON) is the top assist men (7.6) in the business through three-games.
#3 Summerside Storm- (2-0) (LW: NR)
The Summerside Storm kicked off the 1st NBL Canada campaign with an impressive victory over the Quebec Kebs by scoring a league-high 120 points. Games against the Millrats and a big match-up with the London Lightning should provide a better indication.
#4 Quebec Kebs – (2-2) (LW: NR)
They have lost two in a row after a hot start. The Kebs head to London, Ontario to take on the Lightning and will host the Moncton Miracles. One of the busiest teams to start the season.
#5 Halifax Rainmen – (0-2) (LW: NR)
Tough opening games against the London Lightning. Player suspensions already! Hopefully this doesn’t become a trend. Things should improve this week with games against winless Moncton Miracles and another stern test with the Summerside Storm.
#6 Saint John Mill Rats (0-2) (LW: NR)
Tough order to start the season, the 0-2 Mill Rats face the same two teams again. They will and could easily be looking at a 0-4 record if things don’t improve on the defensive end. They host the Summerside Storm and take trip to the John Labbatt Centre in London.
#7 Moncton Miracles (0-2) (LW: NR)
Young team still trying to find its identity, at this point its a case of, to many road games, not enough scoring in a league which requires you to hover around 100 points per game to stay relevant. A visit to Halifax and another visit to Quebec City is upcoming.
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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