|16-12-2016, 07:36 AM||#701|
The unstable nature of the ABA's numerous fallen teams also reflects on how many teams' logos over the years are so utterly ABYSMAL! Your eyes may bleed afterwards:
This upcoming NBL Canada season starting on Boxing Day, its 6th, has a new theme channeling all 10 active teams from Windsor, Ontario to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island "begin their individual journey towards glory, greatness and fulfillment of a championship dream" entitled The Pursuit. Each team will play 40 games (20 home, 20 away):
Windsor Express and the Windsor Lancers men's and women's basketball teams headline nearly seven hours tripleheader basketball action at Ceasars Windsor Casino on February 8 with the Express, in their 4th consecutive annual appearance, playing against the new Kitchener-Waterloo Titans and the Lancers playing their Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks counterparts:
Kitchener-Waterloo Titans coach Serge Langis made his first cuts with former Wilfrid Laurier University guard Will Coulthard as well as Americans forward Brandon Crompton (Southerland Sharks, Australia) and guard Kyle Wiggins (Washburn University) as his first victims among the 19 players invited to the franchise's inaugural training camp. Four more will not be spared today:
New look Orangeville A's squad started training camp this past weekend with an open house and intrasquad game:
First time in ABA history 4 teams top the ABA Power Rankings with Orlando Waves, Arizona Scorpions, Kentucky Enforcers, and the DMV Warriors accomplishing this:
Jusqui'ici tout va bien...
|22-12-2016, 09:00 AM||#702|
Ladies and gentlemen, the inaugural roster for the expansionist Kitchener-Waterloo Titans in NBL Canada boasting 8 Americans with the required 4 Canadians on the roster. First-ever game was against the Premier Basketball League's Chautauqua Hurricane this past Saturday:
London Lightning make a significant decision in bringing in a former 2012 can't-miss NBA prospect Royce White battling a mix of OCD, panic attacks, and generalized anxiety disorder. Still holding a love for the game and still hoping for another NBA chance:
As the defending NBL Canada champs Halifax Hurricanes get ready for the title defense, they will have many new faces--new players battling for 12 roster spots to go with the 3 vets, new head coach and GM (former Island Storm assistant Mike Leslie actually instead of Kevin Keathley who left early December for personal reasons):
Windsor Express training camp details earlier this month as presented by Boston Pizza:
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|28-12-2016, 12:32 PM||#703|
Boxing Day yesterday saw the 6th season of NBL Canada tip-off. Far and away the longest lasting Canadian pro basketball league ever. This may be the most unpredictable season yet. But don't mistake or interchange that for instability this season despite significant changes all around. It begin with a tripleheader of games: two in Ontario and one in Nova Scotia!
Hopes are high for the defending NBL Canada champs Halifax Hurricanes even without players Joel Friesen and Justin Johnson returning with a new coach/GM. Would like to see a boost in ticket sales at the Scotiabank Halifax Metro Centre with promises of a more attractive court play (read: more offense and structure). Plans are afoot for more off-court entertainment there. Team is more loaded now and got Canadian swingman Demitri Harris:
After the Hurricanes get their rings and trophy and raise their championship banner, they proceeded to pick up where they left off by edging the Moncton Miracles 98-93 in the season opener yesterday to almost 1780 fans at the Metro Centre:
London Lightning get reloaded with a new mix of players. Though Kyle Julius likes this season's Bolts makeup, he does harbo(u)r some concerns--and weather soem off-court issues:
With several years of intensity with the Windsor Express, the model franchise that's the Bolts apparently found a new rivalry with the Niagara River Lions. In front of 6848 fans at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, the London Lightning stunningly suffer to the River Lions in a 107-106 game that was so sloppy for the Bolts, who allowed Niagara return from a 18-point deficit after controlling early and couldn't steal the win:
History was made in Kitchener with the first regular season basketball game there after the CBL false start. Bad news was the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans couldn't provide the enthusiastic 2238 home fans a first win stumbling in a 110-105 loss to the Orangeville A's. But there was pre-game center court proposal as part of these new beginnings. Orangeville controlled the boards and fought back their own road deficit but need to improve their ballhandling in crashing the K-W basketball party:
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|30-12-2016, 05:36 AM||#704|
Pro basketball made its triumphant return to the Cape Breton Region after 23 years away since the original Canadian NBL's Cape Breton Breakers a couple nights ago, a region that loves basketball particularly the Cape Breton University Capers. There were a few people on social media displaying old Breakers gear in attendance. Just like with the Halifax Windjammers and the Breakers in the early 1990s, it's acknowledged that there wouldn't be any NBL Canada pro basketball in Sydney without Halifax.
You have to give props to Tyrone Levingston in believing that it will make it work here--and hopefully last and prosper. He kept tremendous faith in his vision. Also paid nod to the Canadian Forces Highlander Army infantry regiment pre-game with local Scottish dancers accompanying them. It's only right that the Highlanders' first regular season opponent in the inuagural 2016-17 season at Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia would be its Nova Scotian rivals the NBL Canada defending champions Halifax Hurricanes. The Highlanders also wore special Canadian Forces unis for the occasion. The Cape Breton-Halifax game was very competitive and memorable in Sydney's Centre 200, but the Highlanders couldn't give their 2500 newly-earned fans a nailbiting home opening win. Halifax escapes 104-102 right down to the wire. Game was even delayed due to the huge fan turnout:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M46_bEdlttg (full game)
Cape Breton tried very hard again to eke out its first win, this time in their first road game against Moncton. But couldn't 110-108 in another tight one:
Back in the ABA, the Cleveland AmPro'ers Todd Brown Jr. make a triple double of 10 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds, plus 2 steals. But his team couldn't produce a road win over Pittsburgh's Steel City Yellowjackets:
No changes at the top of the ABA Power Rankings with the top 8 staying undefeated. But the Jacksonville Giants, Laredo Swarm, Windy City Groove and West Texas Whirlwinds, and several other regularly ranked teams finally play two games earlier that month. Therefore changes were made the next week as the minimum number of games for ranking got reduced to four:
Greg Howard, a NBDL draftee, drops 39 for the Georgia Gwizzlies on the Birmingham Blitz 124-118 in Alabama's Steel City for a 1-1 weekend split:
Seattle Mountaineers' Anthony Golden and JB Pillard both sign pro contracts to Australian teams. Golden goes to the Darwin Eagles in February. Pillard heads to the Goldsfield Giants:
Now it's 9 teams unbeaten in the next ABA Power Rankings but it's the Orlando Waves retaking sole possession of the top spot in this case at 8-0 by beating the Jacksonville Giants:
Yuba City GoldMiners roster in embarking their debut season at 4-1. Tony McDaniels is head coach. Ruthie Bolton is no longer an assistant there. GM is Julie Steuber:
Atlanta Aliens, then unranked, stuns #24 Montgomery/Columbus Blackhawks 122-109:
Kevin Waters, a former Jacksonville coach, beats his old team as DMV Warriors coach/GM and that got them #1 in the next power rankings. Jacksonville loses again to DMV 104-102:
Jusqui'ici tout va bien...
|05-01-2017, 05:54 AM||#705|
The Premier Basketball League started its new 2016-17 season in Rochester on New Year's Eve with the 6x PBL champs Rochester RazorSharks (and current defending champs) took on the Chautauqua Hurricane at the Blue Cross Arena. Another display why there's the RazorSharks and everyone else: Rochester obliterates the outclassed Chautauqua 128-75 as the first game. Yeah, they also got their new set of rings and banner. All 8 PBL teams this season including Rochester and Chautauqua fully their play this coming weekend with 5 games (and got the full regular season schedule that goes onto April 2).
Once again like with past PBL seasons, we get new franchises that seemingly wind up as one-season playthings more towards to the RazorSharks that won't last in the tradition of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers, Lima Express, and Philadelphia Flight. Last time we mentioned about the Washington Warhawks. There's also now the Columbus-based Ohio Bootleggers playing at the Otterbein College's Pike Center and the Pennsylvania Dream playing in DuBois with home games at DuBois Catholic Central High. No more Indianapolis Diesel.
The Kentucky Mavericks had their training camp roster. Chautauqua signs former NBDL's Dakota Wizards Rookie of the Year and Puerto Rican national team member Edwin Ubiles out of Siena College, who got herself a 10-day contract with the Washington Wizards while eventually playing professionally in Japan, France, Puerto Rico, and Israel.
Kentucky Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker releases the 2016-17 Mavericks opening regular season roster. Season debut is on the road January 8 in Columbus against the Ohio Bootleggers with the two getting involved again in Kentucky's home opener January 14:
From coach/GM Chris Coley, he submits the currently 1-7 Northern Indiana Monarchs active roster to USBasket's ABA contributor Gianni Pascucci. The Monarchs play in the ABA Tri-States Division:
Things turned quiet in the ABA during the Christmas/New Year's break with not as many games scheduled then. Because of this, the DMV Warriors, Arizona Scorpions, and the Atlanta Wildcats were 1-2-3 respectively in top 25 ABA Power Rankings. Each at least 8-0:
Atlanta Aliens" Chris Hines joins the brand new Cape Breton Highlanders in NBL Canada:
Honolulu's latest attempt with the ABA announced it will play a limited schedule this year due to travel issues with the Hawaii Swish hosting the Yuba City Goldminers, the Tucson Buckets, Orange County Novastars, Arizona Scorpions and Las Vegas Jokers for a stretch this new year to prepare for the next season as a full fledged member. It wants to join but couldn't right away because of the inevitable travel costs. Unlike the Honolulu Pegasus, let's hope this ABA incarnation in the Swish lasts and prospers:
London Lightning's most disliked team in NBL Canada is no longer the physical Windsor Express, though they're still right in the conversation, but now the second-year Niagara River Lions, who have gotten even better and earned greater interest in Lightning players wanting to come there during the offseason. Even more so now with Niagara pushing the Bolts' buttons at the Meridian Centre 107-106 with that malevalonce. More sparks to come like on New Year's Day back in London:
Yet Niagara allowed the Lightning win days later for the first time this season in enemy territory at the Meridian Centre with a sound defeat 134-106:
Orangeville A's opened their home schedule season last weekend with a home and home set with a new-look and younger Windsor Express. In the first game, Windsor looked more out of sync offensively and defensively; whenever Windsor would stage a comeback rally, the A's would answer right back with their great shot selection to a 105-93 win. But Orangeville's unbeaten came to a stop in the next game less than 24 hours over in Windsor as the last NBL Canada franchise this season to host its first home game in a much closer, more exciting, and well-fought game with Windsor winning 95-94 at the WFCU Centre. Orangeville dominated the paint but turned sluggish in the fourth overall in scoring and its bench got outscored by Windsor's by 22:
Halifax Hurricanes had to come from behind to win against the Island Storm at the Scotiabank Halifax Metro Centre with a loud sub-2000 crowd 94-91 to stay undefeated. The Hurricanes take sole possession of the Atlantic Division:
Cape Breton's wish for 2017: start off the year right with its first franchise win following two defeats. And the Highlanders did it 117-113 in another competitive game at their Sydney-based Centre 200 home over the Island Storm--still wearing those camo unis on New Year's Day. Booker Woodfox led the Highlander with 27 points. Hank Thorns scored 23 points with 12 assists and 7 rebounds. Chadrack Lufile scored 20 points with 3 assists, and Shaquille Keith had 18 points:
Niagara River Lions limited the younger Windsor Express shooting to 37.5% in ratcheting up the D in the 94-86 home win for the second-year franchise. Motivated, former Express player Chris Commons no longer likes Windsor adding he's now embraced better in the Niagara Region. As was Kirk Williams Jr.
Saint John starts a new era of professional basketball in NBL Canada during the Christmas/Boxing Day/Hanaukkah/Kwanzaa weekend (will get to that next time). Led by two-time former NBL Canada MVP Gabe Freeman, the new Saint John Riptide win its first game at the Harbour Station weathering away the Island Storm:
Jusqui'ici tout va bien...
|12-01-2017, 10:14 AM||#706|
London Lightning dropped 120 points for two straight games. Now it was their own turn to take the 120 medicine in the form of the Orangeville A's exactly a week ago:
But they did return home and beat the increasingly hated Niagara River Lions 105-85 that had Tony Criswell, just now returning to basketball form in several years after playing in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, play a meaningful game. London even took numerous positives from this game on the eve of a home and home weekend series with expansion Kitchener-Waterloo:
London Lightning built a 22-point lead but ultimately had to squeak by from a very competitive Titans team at home that Royce White make only London's second ever triple double and Kyle Johnson make for 27 points:
He may not soar like his last name screams that he does or have flash. But Kitchener-Waterloo guard Adam Wing gets it done defensively as a glue guy:
Since we're talking about Kitchener-Waterloo, the Titans have been a success with attendance in their first few home games. Leon Martin and his fellow owners grant GM Stu Julius and coach Serge Lanois complete autonomy. The owners really want to listen to fans regarding their on-court product sent onto the world. Look for the honeymoon lasting for another year even as players move on to fatter paychecks in European leagues:
Just last night, ice cold shooting, 15 missed free throws, and a wilting defense undone Kitchener-Waterloo at the Kitchener Auditorium against the Windsor Express in their first ever meeting 114-108. The Titans fall to 2-3 in the Central Division. For Windsor's part, this first road win of the season stopped a 2-game losing streak:
Windsor before then couldn't defeat Niagara on the road that had them down in the Central cellar:
As for the defending champions Halifax Hurricanes, they remain undefeated at 5-0 as they're undoubtably the best team in NBL Canada. Halifax wins Chapter 2 in the Nova Scotia battle with newcomers Cape Breton with the first game of this held in Halifax and were convincing winners. The Orangeville A's were also no match for the Hurricanes when they too visited the Halifax Scotiabank Metro Centre, restricted to 82 points thanks to being the league’s top team in defense, steals, blocks and turnover margin.
Hurricanes sign former Halifax Rainmen Joey Haywood and former Auburn player Kareem Canty with both ready for the home game against the Island Storm while dumping Tyrel Edwards, now en route to Cape Breton, and Gideon Gamble:
El Cajon, California and Fairmount, West Virginia join the ABA for next season with the latter making a return in the form of the West Virginia Coalminerz:
10 ABA teams--Las Vegas Jokers, Arizona Scorpions, San Diego Surf, Orange County Novastars, California Golden Tigers, Nevada Senators, Tuscon Buckets, Oceanside A-Team, Yuba City Goldminers, and the Henderson Hawks--all played for 5 games daily in Las Vegas at the Dula Gym in what was a college/high school basketball-like tournament called the Desert Shootout this past weekend:
DMV Warriors, Arizona Scorpions, and Atlanta Wildcats are 1-2-3, respectively, and still unbeaten with DMV still tops in the ABA Power Rankings
Georgia Gwizzlies will return to China for the second time next summer with future dates in Shanghai and Beijing:
Isaiah Massey gets signed by the Atlanta Aliens will get activated for their upcoming game this weekend:
Chautauqua Hurricanes Tyquan Stroman, who previously played for PBL rivals Jamestown Jackals last season:
DuBois Dream opening day roster announced:
A recap of the second week of Premier Basketball league action from last weekend that saw the Providence Sky Chiefs-Rochester RazorSharks game in Providence postponed due to inclement weather, the Ohio Bootleggers winning over the Kentucky Mavericks, Rochester whipping the new Washington Warhawks 122-59, and the DuBois Dream losing both of its first two games badly on the road to Chautauqua and Jamestown:
But Rochester and Providence do get to play each other for the first time this season in Rochester tomorrow night with the Sky Chiefs having Avery Oliver, a member of Cape Verde's national basketball team and played in Germany, Ivory Coast:
Jusqui'ici tout va bien...
|13-01-2017, 08:22 AM||#707|
That Canadian Basketball League I talked about a while back? It's actually happening with 4 Ontario-based teams with names that are seemingly borrowed from soccer clubs (Durham United, Hamilton United, Scarborough, and Wellington in the Guelph area). No nicknames as of yet. Two are part of the Toronto in Scarborough and Durham United. The CBL's historic tip-off took place December 11 at the Durham Region's Mohawk College with Hamilton facing Durham United that was poorly attended. Durham United wins 91-84.
League operates fully under FIBA rules and the unis are short-sleeved jerseys. It will field players as young as 17 and old as 26 with a minimum of 4 Canadian players on the roster with home games played at Canadian college and university venues of the teams'. Season goes from December 11-April 1:
Guelph's Wellington team came to Scarborough for their first game on December 18 at the Toronto Pan American Sports Centre. Before that, Guelph and the CBL brass like Butch Carter were on hand for the local Wellington launch party on the eve of that game. Wellington won't play its first CBL home game at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre at Guelph University until this Sunday against Durham. Scarborough wins its first game against Wellington 79-75:
Durham United defeats Wellington in their home opener to keep them winless right now 113-86 when it was frigid outside:
If there is one thing it's got over the 6-year old NBL Canada, it's that the CBL actually just scored a 10-year national Canadian TV deal with Yes TV with Saturday Game of the Weeks and CBL In 30 game recaps. Not really a well-known Canadian TV network, though. Also indicates there will be 5 additional CBL teams slated out west that will also be in medium-sized cities too in the future:
Also, the MPBA announced it will move towards a summer 2017 following its second season instead of playing right now with hopes of improved overseas player signages. Plus, its November 20 winter player combine was cancelled because of low player turnout. This allows me time to catch up on it soon:
Jusqui'ici tout va bien...
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|20-01-2017, 04:38 AM||#708|
Looking into the new-look Windsor Express with its mix of new and younger players and familiar faces heading into the new season seeking to be a mainstay force in NBL Canada, especially in the Central Division:
Part of the reason why the Express has a new look certainly involves some of the players' characters and the nastiness whenever they and the London Lightning tangle with each other, teetering on the edge of tolerable and lawlessness despite being nice guys on both sides. Windsor Express players are still getting to know each other chemistry-wise as they get younger and some having never played in the NBL Canada:
Profile on Niagara River Lions head coach Grace Lokole who turned things around for the new team last season following original coach Ken Murray's departure. He's even younger than several of his players:
NBL Canada gets the Colorado-based Zephyr Headwear in a new exclusive headwear partnership effective this season:
Main water break near the Moncton Coliseum prompted the postponement of the Moncton Miracles-Orangeville A's game:
Halifax Hurricanes still keep winning undefeated at 7-0 with a 110-104 win at the Halifax Scotiabank Metro Centre over the Island Storm before taking the week off until going to play in Moncton tonight:
Another game between the London Lightning and the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario that ended a sequence of three consecutive games those two have played with the previous two going into a split. The Lightning even wore white alternate uniforms in their thumping on the Titans 117-92:
As long as Niagara plays selfless basketball season-long, the River Lions will be a very tough beat with reigning NBL Canada MVP Logan Stutz. Like derailing Windsor 117-99 at the Meridian Centre to go 4-4:
Expected when London and Windsor get together as alluded in this post: a game with intensity and grit. Lightning come out on top over the Express at home 106-99 making clear the Budweiser Gardens will not be the Express' place to win. Then those two hit Windsor and the London Lightning win last night 91-87 at the WFCU Centre too in another highly competitive battle to extend the win streak to 3:
Cape Breton Highlanders, now sporting royal blue jerseys, get their second win of the season beating the Moncton Miracles 96-88 this past weekend at Sydney's Centre 200:
Island Storm win a Sunday afternoon shootout at home in Charlottetown to remain undefeated at home. Not only that, the Storm put an end to the Saint John Riptide's 7-game win streak with the score 130-121. Saint John had Anthony Anderson goign for 39 points with 8 3-pointers. Island had Nick Okorie with 29 including 8-for-9 three pointers. Al Richter joined in on the show:
But Moncton finally gets its first win of the season beating New Brunswick provincial rivals Saint John Riptide at home 126-105 with Melvin Johnson, Scoop Jardine, and Tim Mitchell. Saint John, now on a 2-game losing streak after winning 7 in a row, had Anthony Anderson and Olumuyiwa Famutimi being the bright spots:
Jamestown Gazette gives the PBL's Jamestown Jackals the cover story this week as the region's latest professional sports team going into its second season. Has a female GM with Kayla Crosby:
Rochester RazorSharks Bob Wegner. All 7-8 of him made his pro debut Sunday afternoon after a foot injury against the Dubois Dream in a 138-68 blowout with four minutes left. failed to score but grabbed two rebounds. Ran well on the court despite his size and weight:
How the DuBois Dream became a reality through two brothers' long-serving passion toward basketball on the eve of its Saturday home opener in the Premier Basketball League at DuBois Central Catholic against Chautauqua Hurricanes. This weekend they welcome the Jamestown Jackals (Saturday) and then Providence Sky Chiefs on Sunday:
Week 3 in the Premier Basketball League witnessed Rochester being Rochester in defeating the Providence Sky Chiefs and DuBois Dream in contrastingly competitive games with the latter being the team scoring a PBL high this season. Puerto Rican NBAer Edwin Ubiles wasn't enough in his 31 points for Chautauqua to stop the Jamestown Jackals in the teams' second match with each other in a week. Kentucky Mavericks get revenge on the Ohio Bootleggers 100-91 in Owensboro before planning to face each other again Sunday in Westerville's Rike Center at Otterbein University. The Washington Warhawks-Providence Sky Chiefs match in DC is delayed due to freezing ice and snow concerns in the DMV area:
Chautauqua Hurricanes first power away from the DuBois Dream but later couldn't perform the same against the Jamestown Jackals, who pick up their second win, that was a reversal of fortunes of halves:
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|08-02-2017, 11:18 AM||#709|
Now, what has happened in NBL Canada since I lasted posted here a couple weeks ago? Well, to start off things, the expansionist Cape Breton Highlanders, owners of the worst record in the league, fired their first head coach Dan Murray and promoted former Canton Charge NBDL coach Ben Resner following the 112-108 overtime home loss to the seemingly unstoppable Halifax Hurricanes in the latest chapter in new Nova Scotia pro basketball rivalry. Cape Breton feels the need to jumpstart its worst in the NBL Canada team offense, although there's no official reason for the Murray firing made:
Cape Breton's Chadrack Lufile endured his share of his ups and downs in basketball career from Burlington, Ontario towards the ultimate hope of making the NBA:
Cape Breton got its second win of the season beating Windsor in a close one at the Centre 200 103-100 in fending off a late Express surge. Now they got a winning streak on their hands with 4th place in the Atlantic Division in their hands:
Cape Breton and the Island Storm conduct a trade involving the dealing of Keith Thomas who was at the time back in Mount Vernon, NY from Sydney, Nova Scotia on "personal business":
NBL Canada defending champs Halifax Hurricanes finally suffer its first loss of the season. Falling to the Saint John Riptide with the Riptide's running, shooting the ball well, and resting the vets effectively. Despite both having 9 wins, Halifax has a better winning percentage even with just one defeat:
Last wins for Halifax before Saint John came late last month over lowly Moncton and Cape Breton to go 8 and 9, respectively, in a row as they approached the league record of 11 wins to start the season:
But they came back to the win column as we all know they would in building a new winning streak over Windsor, Prince Edward Island, and Saint John again that ended up with a wire-to-wire split:
For the Niagara River Lions, things are mostly up and down for the franchise in only their second year of existence since I last wrote here. Niagara beats Island at home in back to back home games in the latter home game having a major comeback. Then London came and grounded them. They came to Kitchener and started strong but eventually fall short to the Titans to start February. Went back home and derailed Windsor. Only to lose in their first trip this season to Orangeville.
In the Premier Basketball League under a light schedule this past weekend, the Kentucky Mavericks with 6 of its players in double figures crush the never-giving-up Ohio Bootleggers 130-100. But Ohio rebounds in the next home game in Otterbein when the Jamestown Jackals visited. A capacity crowd unfortunately saw their Pennsylvania Dream getting a Chautauqua Hurricane beatdown. Providence welcomes Washington for a weekend series with both notted up at 1-3 each that Providence won one now at 2-3. Rochester racks up more accolades in its multiple year history with Chris Iverson named January Coach of the Month. Kentucky's Nick Waddell is PBL January Player of the Month:
In over a month's span, it's been the undefeated DMV Warriors that is staying on top the ABA Power Rankings during these weeks as one of the dwindling ranks of unbeaten ABA teams. Hasn't stopped at now 13-0:
ABA Mexico coming to the south of my border soon. Donald Trump's Administration wouldn't build a wall against this. Mind you, the ABA had some Mexican franchises over a decade ago with several coming from the top Mexican basketball pro league. So it's got that over the NBA right now in planting roots in the nation:
Jacksonville Giants scorches the Fayetteville Flight at the Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum by nearly 100 points 184-82 as the Giants continue their ABA Power Rankings climb:
Chicago Fury also climbs in the rankings knocking its regional neighbors the Libertyville Vipers and the Grand Rapids Danger one-upping at least temporarily the Windy City Groove:
SE Pro Elite Flyers coming straight outta Shelby County, Alabama next season:
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|21-04-2017, 01:03 PM||#710|
Been over two months since I last wrote because I ended up getting busy and started to look into the NBDL (soon to be the G-League) more so than I ever did and sacrificed the ABA/NBL Canada/PBL/CBL/MPBL/NBLA in this span. Back to it now!
NBL Canada still is at its regular season but winding down that with over a week ago. What I'll give is a sum of what went on. The ABA and PBL just completed their seasons like the NBA would decades ago with lesser teams. Top 4 teams in each NBL Canada division make the playoffs, and in the Central Division everything is wrapped up with the London Lightning (best team at 32-5), Windsor Express, the new Kitchener-Waterloo Titans, and the Orangeville A's all clinched playoff berths with Orangeville having done so last night in their final home game for the season at the Athletes Institute just crushing the Moncton Miracles. The Atlantic sees Halifax, Saint John, and Island in. But the real race is coming between Moncton and the Cape Breton Highlanders for the right to get that 4th and final Atlantic Division playoff spot and avoid being cellar dwellers (or wooden spooners) with both now 13-23.
Premier Basketball League, which I'll delve more into next week, already crowned their champ before Easter/Passover. But the 2017 PBL Playoffs had four teams in the mix with usual suspects Rochester RazorSharks and Kentucky Mavericks seeded 1-2, respectively. The Ohio Bootleggers were 3rd and the Jamestown Jackals had 4th and had to face Rochester with Ohio seeing Kentucky earlier this month.
The ABA saw the DMW Warriors still sitting pretty in the ABA Power Rankings right up to the end with ABA Final 8 held in Baltimore at the Woodlawn Gymnasium late March-early April, hosted by the Baltimore Hawks, with the ABA defending champs Jacksonville Giants involved. Yes, DMV Warriors were involved in the 8-team tournament as was the hosts Baltimore. We will also see an ABA Cinco de Mayo Tournament next month. The Richmond Elite also hosted the 2017 ABA All-Star Weekend this past weekend.
We'll get to much more next week.
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