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Old 16-12-2016, 07:36 AM   #701
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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:
http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/...-them-are-bad/

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):
http://www.nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/1...eason-schedule

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:
http://windsorstar.com/sports/basket...aesars-windsor

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:
http://www.therecord.com/sports-stor...-wave-of-cuts/

New look Orangeville A's squad started training camp this past weekend with an open house and intrasquad game:
http://www.oursportscentral.com/serv...nday/n-5220978

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/471...Power-Rankings
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Old 22-12-2016, 09:00 AM   #702
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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:
http://www.therecord.com/sports-stor...r-takes-shape/

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:
http://www.lfpress.com/2016/12/08/lo...d-love-of-game

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):
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...nt-office-spot
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...s-of-new-faces

Windsor Express training camp details earlier this month as presented by Boston Pizza:
http://www.oursportscentral.com/serv...nced/n-5221665
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Old 28-12-2016, 12:32 PM   #703
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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:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...-entertainment
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...end-nblc-title

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:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...-season-opener
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10128...in-home-opener

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:
http://www.lfpress.com/2016/12/23/lo...estions-linger

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:
http://www.lfpress.com/2016/12/26/lo...ra-river-lions
http://riverlions.ca/news/100342/nia...6-comeback-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:
http://www.therecord.com/sports-stor...gets-his-girl/
http://www.asbasketball.ca/p_newslet...5FEE217519C73A
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Old 30-12-2016, 05:36 AM   #704
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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:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10128...e-opening-game
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s...fans-1.3913845
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...fax-hurricanes
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:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...her-tight-game
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqCQgcPD_Ww

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/470...A-Season-Debut

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/471...Power-Rankings

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/471...1-over-weekend

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/472...t-in-Australia

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/472...Power-Rankings

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/472...iners-updating

Atlanta Aliens, then unranked, stuns #24 Montgomery/Columbus Blackhawks 122-109:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/473...ked-Blackhawks

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/473...Power-Rankings
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/473...o-DMV-Warriors
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Old 05-01-2017, 05:54 AM   #705
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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.
https://leagueathletics.com/News.asp...org=THEPBL.COM

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:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?
fbid=10211180452362607&set=a.4195800368745.2174337 .1096785835&type=3

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/473...s-ABA-updating

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/473...Power-Rankings

Atlanta Aliens" Chris Hines joins the brand new Cape Breton Highlanders in NBL Canada:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/474...ith-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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/474...es-this-season

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:
http://www.lfpress.com/2016/12/27/bo...new-top-target

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:
http://www.nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/1...ke-river-lions

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:
http://www.oursportscentral.com/serv...5-93/n-5224680
http://www.oursportscentral.com/serv...ener/n-5224710
http://www.orangeville.com/sports-st...a-win-at-home/
http://www.oursportscentral.com/serv...dsor/n-5224959

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:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...-remain-unbeat
http://www.nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/1...antic-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:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10128...rs-day-matchup

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.
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2...gainst-express

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:
http://www.nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/1...-weather-storm
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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:
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/01/04/or...ndon-lightning

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:
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/01/05/lo...ra-river-lions
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/01/06/lo...early-schedule

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:
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/01/08/lo...aterloo-titans

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:
http://www.therecord.com/sports-stor...-upstart-team/

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:
http://www.therecord.com/sports-stor...-on-off-court/

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:
http://www.therecord.com/sports-stor...ndsor-express/
http://www.oursportscentral.com/serv...ason/n-5227392

Windsor before then couldn't defeat Niagara on the road that had them down in the Central cellar:
http://windsorstar.com/sports/local-...s-to-lightning

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.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...of-nova-scotia
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...omfortable-win

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:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...s-sign-haywood
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...standout-canty

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:
http://abaliveaction.com/2017/01/04/...on-california/
http://abaliveaction.com/2017/01/07/2523/

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:
http://abaliveaction.com/2017/01/04/...h-7th-and-8th/

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/475...-to-China-2017

Isaiah Massey gets signed by the Atlanta Aliens will get activated for their upcoming game this weekend:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/475...Atlanta-Aliens

Chautauqua Hurricanes Tyquan Stroman, who previously played for PBL rivals Jamestown Jackals last season:
http://www.usbasket.com/PBL/news/474...qua-Hurricanes

DuBois Dream opening day roster announced:
http://www.usbasket.com/PBL/news/475...ster-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:
http://thepbl.com/News.asp?org=THEPBL.COM#666117

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:
http://razorsharks.com/News.asp?org=...RKS.COM#666789
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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:
https://www.facebook.com/canadianbas...type=3&theater
http://www.benzinga.com/pressrelease...16-2017-season

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:
http://www.guelphmercury.com/sports-...off-in-guelph/
http://www.guelphmercury.com/sports-...pener-on-road/

Durham United defeats Wellington in their home opener to keep them winless right now 113-86 when it was frigid outside:
http://app.simplycast.com/?q=e%2Fv%2F3vr5y

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:
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases...609768105.html


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:
http://www.usbasket.com/MPBA/news/47...-summer-league
http://www.usbasket.com/MPBA/news/47...Nov-20-combine
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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:
http://www.nblcnet.tk/2016/12/30/exp...ague-veterans/

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:
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/01/16/da...ated-by-nature

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:
http://www.nblcnet.tk/2016/03/29/coa...-grace-lokole/

NBL Canada gets the Colorado-based Zephyr Headwear in a new exclusive headwear partnership effective this season:
http://www.nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/1...dwear-provider

Main water break near the Moncton Coliseum prompted the postponement of the Moncton Miracles-Orangeville A's game:
http://www.nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/1...postpones-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:
http://www.nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/1...win-over-storm
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...-against-storm

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:
http://www.nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/1...-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:
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/201...derail-express

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:
http://www.nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/1...defeat-express
http://www.nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/1...-windsor-91-87

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:
http://www.nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/1...ncton-miracles

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:
http://www.islandstorm.ca/news/10021...unday-shootout

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:
http://www.nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/1...iptide-126-105

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:
http://jamestowngazette.com/wp-conte.../01/011617.pdf

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:
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/...ayer/96619794/

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:
http://www.thecourierexpress.com/tri...5f57913a6.html

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:
http://thepbl.com/News.asp?org=THEPBL.COM#667296

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:
http://content.observertoday.com/?p=671730/
http://www.post-journal.com/sports/l...ver-hurricane/
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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:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...on-highlanders
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...on-highlanders
http://www.capebretonpost.com/sports...ead-coach.html

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:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...ers-making-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:
http://www.capebretonpost.com/sports...ndsor-exp.html
http://blackburnnews.com/windsor/win...reton-103-100/

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":
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...homas-to-storm

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:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...fer-first-loss

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:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...winning-streak

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:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...n-over-windsor
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...d-island-storm
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...games-against-

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:
http://thepbl.com/News.asp?org=THEPBL.COM#669650
http://www.usbasket.com/PBL/news/478...t-Dubois-Dream

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/475...Power-Rankings
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/476...Power-Rankings
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/477...Power-Rankings
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/477...Power-Rankings
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/478...Power-Rankings

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/476...idge-to-Mexico

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/477...Power-Rankings

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:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/478...he-ABA-Ranking

SE Pro Elite Flyers coming straight outta Shelby County, Alabama next season:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/478...s-join-the-ABA
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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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NBL Canada just completed its 6th regular season last weekend. And the scene now shifts to the 2017 NBL Canada Playoffs. This season, instead of all the teams in, it will now be 8 teams with the top 4 teams each in the Central and Atlantic Division clinching playoff berths. Conference semifinals are best of five matches with the conference finals and NBL Canada Finals best of four.

Everything in the postseason kicks off tomorrow night over in Atlantic Canada when #2 Saint John Riptide visits Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island at the Eastlink Centre to face the #3 Island Storm in what surely be another chapter in an ongoing intense battle with those two Atlantic Division teams. Riptide, however, is a bit more Jekyll-and-Hyde and will the better one turn up:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10149...s-island-storm

#1 seed and defending NBL Canada Champs Halifax Hurricanes start their title defense as the #4 seed Moncton Miracles arrive at the Halifax Scotiabank Metro Centre. This past weekend, the Miracles clinched the fourth and final Atlantic playoff ticket when beating the expansionist Cape Breton Highlanders 101-99 at the Centre 300 in Sydney, Nova Scotia in a game that hung in the balance for both (never mind that Moncton had the edge with its experience). Moncton, which had its unstable ownership issues, aims for its first-ever playoff series win in franchise history. You will see a contrast in styles: Moncton has the offense but no defense with Halifax has some offense but a much better defense. I think once again the Moncton Miracles will fall victim to the uber-talented Hurricanes' continued dominance:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10148...ncton-miracles

Over in the all-Ontario Central Division, NBL Canada's model franchise, the #1 London Lightning, must be seen as the front-runner NBL Canada champions in seeking its first title since 2013 with those Michael Ray Richardson back-to-back titles. It set a new league record for most wins at 35 (and longest winning streak at 14) that will guarantee them home court advantage at the Budweiser Gardens all throughout this playoffs, starting Thursday night. The explosive Lightning, led by former NBA first-round draft pick Royce White displaying those NBA skills, look to carry on that momentum into the postseason. Even though it will be a tall order to defeat them in this stage, the #4 Orangeville A's were among the only 5 teams that beat them--and that was at the start of 2017 on January 4. But London has beaten the A's 6 straight times since, like during the last game both played this past weekend:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10149...orangeville-as

Both Windsor, the only other NBL Canada team besides London to win multiple titles, and the other newest kids on the block, the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans endured sluggish starts to start the season. Both managed to make it through the postseason like when the Express went young but yet still be defensive and physical under head coach Bill Jones. Thought I would see the Kitchener-Waterloo not make it in its first year like Cape Breton did. Windsor dominated during the season series with that trademark physical play. Yet both are close offensively and in scores, despite the reverse records. Series start Friday:
http://www.nblcanada.com/p/14578/nr/...s-vs-kw-titans

Conference Semifinals
Halifax over Moncton
Saint John over Island (though this may go either way)
London over Orangeville
Windsor over Kitchener-Waterloo

Atlantic Division Finals
Halifax over Saint John

Central Division Finals
London over Windsor

2017 NBL Canada Finals
London over Halifax

Halifax Hurricanes look forwards to its title defense from a season they just dominated with a repeat encounter with Moncton:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...l-canada-title

Looks one-sided on the surface when facing Orangeville. Yet London knows better that its best season record is no postseason ultimate success guarantee--playoffs are a different beast. Just ask Golden St. Contains its own NBL Canada Playoffs preview:
https://www.niagarathisweek.com/spor...angeville-a-s/

KW's excited for postseason play in its first season aims for an upset on Windsor:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitche...offs-1.4090968

No postseason action for the Niagara River Lions in its second season like the last one. Lost a heartbreaker to Orangeville 104-103 at the Meridian Centre as the A's clinched the final playoff spot and unenviably face London:
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2...tbreaking-loss
https://www.niagarathisweek.com/spor...angeville-a-s/

In the PBL's Round 6, the Rochester RazorSharks got handed its first loss of the season thanks to its chief nemesis the Kentucky Mavericks that snapped a 6-game winning streak as the Mavs extend its own 7-game winning streak in the biggest game of that round. Ohio Bootleggers defeat the Washington Warhawks despite their PG Dominic Philipps scoring 34 points. But later that weekend lose to Rochester. Then the Mavericks take care of business on the Dubois Dream at home in Owensboro. The Jamestown Jackals sweep the weekend home series on Chautauqua Hurricanes:
http://www.usbasket.com/PBL/news/479...e-to-Mavericks

Kentucky's Robert Crawford was the top PBL Player of the Week followed by Ohio's Brett McKnight and Washington's Dominic Philipps as part of the top three:
http://www.usbasket.com/PBL/news/479...BL-for-round-6

Ohio Bootleggers stun the Jamestown Jackals with an easy win headlining Round 7. Another exciting game in Rochester's Blue Cross Arena with Rochester and Kentucky facing each other again...the Mavs beat the RazorSharks once again--another equal headliner. Kentucky does the same to Jamestown, only more soundly. Rochester recovers from the Kentucky 2-game losing streak to blast Chautauqua. Winless Dubois Dream continue the nightmare season getting its 11th straight loss to Washington from its start:
http://www.usbasket.com/PBL/news/480...Regular-Season

Kentucky's Ben Vozzola gets the PBL's MVP Player of the Week for week 7:
http://www.usbasket.com/PBL/news/480...-award-for-PBL

Kentucky Mavs take care of winless Dubois Dream as expected 87-77:
http://www.usbasket.com/PBL/news/481...-the-Mavericks

Chautauqua Hurricanes add Tyquan Brown from Cal Poly Pomona and from the WCBL and IBL Santa Barbera:
http://www.usbasket.com/PBL/news/481...-at-Hurricanes
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At this stage in the NBL Canada conference semifinals, only the Island Storm-Saint John Riptide series tied at 2-2 is competitive; all the others 3 series are very much what I expected following two games. London, Halifax, and Windsor are all taking convincing control in their series on the verge of sweeping. The London Lightning under Kyle Julius especially is smashing the A's

Game 1 in Saint John's Harbour Station--Saint John 101 Island 96:
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/...ohn--n-b-.html
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10149...e-101-storm-96
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/...-comeback.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqwrvmKPXUM

Game 2 at Saint John's Harbour Station--Island 103 Saint John 79:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10149...103-riptide-79
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/...aint-john.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq4Wuv8G2_o

Game 3 at Charlottetown at Eastlink Centre--Island 130 Saint John 123 OT:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10150...30-riptide-123
http://www.journalpioneer.com/sports...votal-hom.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbYGOEZNlwU

Game 4 at Charlottetown at Eastlink Centre--Saint John 107 Island 97
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10150...e-107-storm-97
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/...to-clinch.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wfVyUTGeoE

Game 1 in Halifax's Scotiabank Metro Centre--Halifax Hurricanes 102 Moncton Miracles 92:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...unslinger-ways
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10149...02-miracles-91
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...ncton-miracles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtOpY96ymYc

Game 2 in Halifax's Scotiabank Metro Centre--Halifax Hurricanes 123 Moncton Miracles 103:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10150...3-miracles-103
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...playoff-series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf9FA0w8W8w

Game 1 at London's Budweiser Gardens-- London Lightning 117 Orangeville A's 87:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10149...ning-117-as-87
http://www.oursportscentral.com/serv...r-as/n-5254721
http://www.golightning.ca/game-1-pre...le-may-4-2017/
http://www.golightning.ca/game-recap...sh-win-game-1/
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/04/lo...f-as-in-game-1
http://blackburnnews.com/london/lond...-crush-game-1/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycYdJ-Er3lI

Game 2 at London's Budweiser Gardens--London Lightning 121 Orangeville A's 118:
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/06/lo...-for-tough-win
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10150...ing-121-as-118
http://www.golightning.ca/game-previ...vs-may-6-2017/
http://www.golightning.ca/lightning-...0-series-lead/
http://blackburnnews.com/london/lond...ame-2-121-118/
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/07/or...on-their-hands
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm85LFEmr4U

Game 1 at Windsor's Atlas Tube Centre Centre--Windsor Express 112 Kitchener-Waterloo Titans 105
http://windsorstar.com/sports/basket...as-tube-centre
https://www.waterloochronicle.ca/spo...ainst-express/
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10149...112-titans-105
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tWQEQD3O7Q

Game 2 at Windsor's Atlas Tube Centre--Windsor Express 132 Kitchener-Waterloo Titans 128 OT
http://windsorstar.com/sports/basket...in-over-titans
http://www.therecord.com/sports-stor...old-on-titans/
https://www.ourwindsor.ca/sports-sto...2-in-overtime/
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10150...-titans-128-ot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDoO4PX8LeY
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NBL Canada welcomes Sudbury, Ontario onto the fold that will come as soon as next season if not the 2018-19 season. Sudbury, which commissioner David Magley had his eyes on for a while, will be owned and operated by the Ontario Hockey League's Sudbury Wolves (or officially Sudbury Wolves Sports & Entertainment), which will no doubt have an edge when it comes to utilizing the top-notch marketing for basketball as it does for hockey. Actually, its owner Dario Zulich has a knowledge, an experience playing it up to Western Ontario, and lifelong passion for basketball very much like London Lightning owner Vito Frijia, even he also just now owns the Sudbury Spartans American football team too and is still learning about hockey as a neophyte. Zulio aims to get his new Sudbury NBL Canada team competitive right away. In fact, sports runs in his family with, in the case of basketball, his daughter Andrea plays for the Laurentian Voyaguers and his niece Sophia is a Toronto Varsity Blue who's also on the Canadian women's national team radar. Zulio loves the NBL Canada on-court product. Magley really it seems found the right man for this. For now, it's referred as 705 Basketball until it gets a name.

Greater Sudbury, aka The Nickel City, looks set to become the 6th team in the all-Ontario Central Division with the Sudbury Community Arena as home, which is nice since it has a very solid local basketball culture for at least 25 years with a recent resurgence with the Toronto Raptors' success and produced some NCAA, CIS, and a few NBA draft picks. Moves some things from Southern Ontario and close to the US border to Northern Ontario. But what city will be the 12th NBL Canada one? Gotta be an Atlantic Canada one to balance things out. Like to Quebec represented again. Not sure about Fredericton, New Brunswick these days after an initial look two years ago. Kingston, Ontario, the Limestone City, might get a look:
http://www.thesudburystar.com/2017/0...to-nickel-city
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbur...team-1.4106332
https://twitter.com/CBCMarina/status...team-1.4106332
https://www.sudbury.com/sports/sudbu...ll-team-610272
http://www.927rock.ca/2017/05/09/nbl...pands-sudbury/
http://www.kicx917.com/pro-basketball-coming-sudbury/
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/...nnel-a-sudbury

St. John's, Newfoundland and its Mile One Centre could make a great Atlantic Canada market for an expansion team, according to Dave Magley. It will be the most northernmost team in NBL Canada if chosen for next season. How will it impact the supposedly incoming junior hockey team? With Sudbury now in, Magley also says that Vancouver and Laval, Quebec are additional candidates. So far, no NBL Canada players haven't made the NBA but played in the NBDL and overseas. He likens his league as being something more like the 54 junior hockey markets across Canada eventually:
http://www.thetelegram.com/sports/20...mile-one-.html

London Lightning's Kyle Julius is NBL Canada's 2016-17 Coach of the Year. How could he not be with that 35-5 record? So easy a decision:
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/07/lo...ch-of-the-year

Esquire magazine has a very interesting and extensive piece on arguably the best player in NBL Canada right now in London's Royce White, the 2012 NBA first round draft pick by Houston who could very well win the league MVP. Says as much about the state of mental health issues in pro sports, which Canada has an edge on with mental health being high in its health care:
http://www.esquire.com/sports/a54756...fucking-weird/
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Now all the NBL Canada 2017 conference semifinals are done. Time to look into the anticipated conference finals starring way-too-familiar repeat rivals ready to reignite them. But first, we must take a look at the now-completed series.

Island Storm wins their challenging series 3-2 against the Saint John Riptide that went to the distance--and overtime--in Saint John, New Brunswick at the Harbour Station. The Storm wins 102-96 to advance into the second round. Attendance at the Harbour Station that night was disappointing as if the Riptide fans knew the end was near for their team:
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/...takes-all.html
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/...cond-roun.html
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10150...-riptide-96-ot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOYzmN9JgtA

First ever playoff home for the KW Titans at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium turned out to be the last game for the newest NBL Canada team though the well-experienced Windsor Express had to escape the Kitchener-Waterloo Region with 105-104 victory, breaking the hearts and hopes of the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans and Titans fans with a complete sweep. A very rugged, competitive, and challenging series. Nonetheless, it was a great first season for the Titans in making the postseason with the 3rd Central Division seed ahead of the Niagara River Lions, capped by Flen Whitfield's near-double double of 22 points and 8 rebounds. Windsor's Juan Pattillo almost had one himself:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10151...105-titans-104
http://www.therecord.com/sports-stor...t-what-a-ride/
https://www.ourwindsor.ca/sports-sto...-sweep-titans/
http://windsorstar.com/sports/basket...weep-of-titans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY3EYxFaT1I

Another Central Division sweep happened when the London Lightning blew out the Orangeville A's at the Orangeville Athletes Institute 121-102 in a game that was even worse in its margins than it ended. Royce White produced another dominant performance with 30 points. London, the overall #1 playoff seed, advances to renew its major postseason rivalry with Windsor once more starting tomorrow night for the Central title:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10150...ing-121-as-102
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/09/lo...sage-to-league
http://london.ctvnews.ca/lightning-c...ille-1.3406502
https://www.orangeville.com/sports-s...angeville-a-s/
http://asbasketball.ca/p/14513/nr/10...ndon-lightning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPJZe33wjXk

Halifax Hurricanes, the Atlantic's best team, also completed their 3-game sweep taking care of the Moncton Miracles 121-102 at the Moncton Coliseum. Island awaits in what surely will be a fierce series:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...sweep-miracles
http://nblcanada.ca/14743/atlantic-d...es-vs-miracles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_os-Bt086og
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Just another competitive chapter in the NBL Canada Central Division rivalry between the heavyweights and NBL Canada champs London Lightning and the Windsor Express. As I say, pick London, the best team in the league and may on its way being the greatest all time in NBL Canada's 6 seasons, to win over Windsor. But, knowing the history between the two, it won't be easy for both teams. No more secrets. First two games been very close. Just battle. Will go deep, I think. Think 6 games. Just like he was when disposing Orangeville, long-standing player Garrett Williamson is doing his part for London. Now with the scene in Windsor from London's Budweiser Gardens at the Atlas Tube Centre starting tonight (I'll explain why the Express' home games are played there just a bit), only that place is unfamiliar to the Lightning, can Windsor railroad the Lightning to even up the series and make it more combative?
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10151...indsor-express
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10151...09-express-107 (Game 1 at London)
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10151...06-express-105 (Game 2)
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/12/ex...t-almost-works
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/14/lo...division-final
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/17/lo...iliar-facility
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/16/lo...le-in-playoffs
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/11/lo...ing-by-express
http://windsorstar.com/sports/basket...-0-2-in-series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kdibzAEym4 (Game 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vyjZKPu2ho (Game 2)

Got competitive and action-packed pretty much right away in the Atlantic as the defending champs and Atlantic Division champs Halifax Hurricanes lost home court advantage in Game 1 with an 119-115 upset loss to the Island Storm as they display their strength on the Hurricanes. Physical too turning into a battle royale. This gritty series so far produced one of the best games of the season and playoffs with an 122-108 Hurricanes overtime win before heading some ways to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island at the Eastlink Centre. One major difference is that Halifax's star C.J. Washington, currently making a double double in points and rebounds in this series, won't play tonight, who had to be carried off late in the 4th. May not even play in Game 4:
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/...n-round-2.html
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10151...hurricanes-115
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10151...2-storm-108-ot
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...fax-hurricanes
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/...urricanes.html
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/...of-things.html
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/...and-storm.html
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/....e.i.-tied-1-1
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/...le-royale.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDiCL9phRE8 (Game 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmcae1JpSyA (Game 2, audio's muted until around the 38-40-minute mark)

Additional articles on NBL Canada's possibility to expand to St. John's, Newfoundland-Labrador at the Mile One Centre next season to play in the Atlantic with Halifax, Cape Breton, Saint John, Moncton, and Island. If selected, St. John's by far will be the northernmost NBL Canada franchise with Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island being the closest market. Newfoundland has its own time zone. Some of the St. John's IceCaps minor pro hockey team ownership are involved as prospective investors, but as of yet there's no formal bid on that but an ongoing process or replacement for ice hockey after 20 years as the parent team, the Montreal Canadiens, relocating them incidentally to Laval, Quebec, another place NBL Canada is interested in. If there's no hockey next season, NBL Canada can fill that void, but NBL Canada commissioner Dave Magley likes "ideal" partnerships with junior hockey teams and NBL Canada franchises in sharing resources like as sponsors, concession deals and parking contracts. Quebec's teams won't be involved though. A side note: turns out Kitchener-Waterloo had the highest average home attendance. I don't think St. John's won't impact the Memorial Sea-Hawks as much; teams will try their best not to conflict with each other schedule-wise. In fact, the NBL Canada season starts when CIS basketball goes on winter break. Maybe alternate weekends with home games. Since there's no history of pro basketball in the area, it must take the time to grow and bring forth awareness. Hope the popularity for basketball is there in Newfoundland:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfou...ntre-1.4106772
http://www.thetelegram.com/sports/ot...feathers-.html
http://www.thewesternstar.com/sports...o-basketb.html

Why are the Windsor Express playing at the Atlas Tube Centre instead of their normal place the WFCU Centre? This is because the arena is hosting the annual national junior ice hockey championships, the Memorial Cup, involving the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and the host team (in this case the Windsor Spitfires) starting tomorrow to May 28. If the Express manages to win this series against the Lightning (unlikely IMO) and advance to the NBL Canada Finals, they get to come back to the WFCU Centre for that. One annoying issue it has when playing there is the Express must pay rent and parking and even the Jumbotron rent to the Spitfires on top of the Express rent event usage.
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Sudbury, Ontario joins NBL Canada and the instant reaction from the local basketball community leaders is very positive:
http://www.thesudburystar.com/2017/0...ball-community

Island Storm support the new wave of expansion from Sudbury and St. John's:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince...eams-1.4108486

Everything off-court is an improvement from the Niagara River Lions like attendance, corporate sponsorship, and marketing. But there's some room for improvement in their play, shooting, and ball movement after they just fell short of the 2017 NBL Canada Playoffs as they look into the third season--and still having more Canadians on the roster than the others:
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2...o-third-season

St. John's native Noel Moffatt from the Windsor Express bided his time behind plenty of Americans who were all faster, bigger, and stronger during his rookie season until before being eased later with a roster overhaul while practicing hard with 13 games under his belt. Quite a far cry from the talent level and skill set he experienced with the Memorial Sea-Hawks. Perhaps he could join St. John's NBL franchise should it come to existence:
http://www.thetelegram.com/sports/20...-a-virtue.html

Well, just like what we are seeing with the NBA Playoffs, we're getting a no contest in one series with a dominant team against a rival team that really tried to put up a fight. Alas, we got a sweep here. Unlike the NBA right now, NBL Canada had some compelling and enduring series for fans to follow.

London sweeps Windsor in 4 games during the weekend with the last two at Windsor's temp home in Lakeshore, Ontario and move onto the 2017 NBL Canada Finals await how Halifax and Island shake up. Royce White led the way as usual. But tragedy struck for the Lightning when word came about Mo Bolden's 6-year old cousin being fatally shot in the back in Mississippi by car-thieving teens. By Games 3 and 4, Windsor meanwhile ran on fumes:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10152...122-express-97
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10152...12-express-110
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/19/lo...n-to-mo-bolden
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/20/lo...e-to-nbl-final
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/18/lo...press-pressure
http://windsorstar.com/sports/basket...-extend-series
http://blackburnnews.com/london/lond...oss-lightning/
http://blackburnnews.com/london/lond...ess-game-four/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By72gsNAe98 (Game 3)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDl5FMdKCAo (Game 4)

With the Windsor Express season now over, attention now will turn towards being more consistently competitive all season long, improved attendance, and getting better relief locally with its arena issues at the WFCU Centre with the city and arena administration before Year 6 with owner Dartis Willis. Still believing in the Express will return next season once they're seen as a vital part of the community:
http://windsorstar.com/sports/basket...rt-next-season

The other NBL Canada conference final, Halifax and Island, proves to be more compelling than what went on in the Central with Halifax now leading the series at 3-2 after Game 5 that was just completed a couple hours ago in a rare afternoon game. Really starting since it started. The Hurricanes could seal things up tomorrow night in Charlottetown:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10151...-hurricanes-96
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10152...s-105-storm-90
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/...nk-centre.html
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/...g-a-redux.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince...offs-1.4123055
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...ven-series-2-2
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince...ague-1.4125977
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...pivotal-game-5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSpRgKD4ZrA (Game 3)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAgvKqX3AR0 (Game 4)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQngGJO_L4U (Game 5)
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Halifax and London. It's the NBL Canada Finals lots of people were expected and we now got it. The defending champions versus one of the best NBL Canada teams of all time in the league's short 6-year history and a model franchise. Both division winners and conference champs. Both got titles though London has more (and aiming for sweet revenge). Both got, it's a first for the league, have Canadian coaches roaming the sidelines at this stage. Already started actually on the weekend. It's what I predicted. A rematch from the first season and last season. Wouldn't be stunned it'll go the distance in an epic way with London ultimately winning.

The 2017 NBL Canada Finals is, not surprisingly, currently tied 1-1 after the first two games in London's Budweiser Gardens this Memorial Day weekend

NBL Canada Finals preview:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10152...fax-hurricanes
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/24/lo...-stinging-loss
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/25/lo...f-canada-final
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/25/de...-underdog-role
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...with-lightning
http://globalnews.ca/news/3481275/lo...eries-preview/

Game 1 at London's Budweiser Gardens: London 105 Halifax 97:
http://nblcanada.com/p/14578/nr/1015...105-halifax-97
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/26/lo...r-of-nbl-final
http://london.ctvnews.ca/london-ligh...ifax-1.3431977
http://blackburnnews.com/london/lond...icanes-game-1/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qER5X7Dq4-Y
http://london.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1133954

Game 2 at London's Budweiser Gardens: Halifax 111 London 110:
http://nblcanada.com/p/14578/nr/1015...111-london-110
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...with-lightning
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/27/hu...htning-defence
http://london.ctvnews.ca/hurricanes-...ning-1.3432798
http://blackburnnews.com/london/lond...ame-2-111-110/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fNO_B3HKIw

Halifax's Antoine Mason is NBL Canada's 2016-17 Sixth Man of the Year and is playing very well at the right time:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...t-perfect-time

Scene shifts to Halifax in Atlantic Canada for Tuesday night's Game 3 and to maybe Game 5. NBL Canada Finals goes on a 2-3-2 format.

Over in the ABA, an old largely successful brand name from back in the day returns in the Utah Stars--with all due respect to the NBDL's Salt Lake City Stars and the WNBA foundation franchise Utah Starzz. But will it play in SLC? Could cause some public confusion:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/486...urn-to-the-ABA

Also part of that ABA westward expansion the Oakland Outlawz are coming next season from the East Bay along with the California Golden Tigers. Owned and coached by D'Undrae Perteete:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/488...m-to-expansion

Another Atlanta ABA team is coming in the huge expansion: the Atlanta Rappers!!!!!
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/489...huge-expansion

The Yuba City Gold Miners will now become the Modesto Super Kats next season as Modesto's first pro basketball franchise with ties to AAU and youth basketball sponsorship. Plans are looked into at playing at Modesto Junior College for home games:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/486...all-to-Modesto

Binghampton Bulldogs are coming next season:
http://abaliveaction.com/2017/04/22/...pansion-teams/

Oh, and get ready for the ABA to take a sniff at Australia to create 4-8 teams there with help from an American who lives in Sydney for 28 years now in sports marketing and coached in basketball following his Navy days:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/489...-ABA-Australia

More to follow in a few days...
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Looking at the ABA Power Rankings where the DMW Warriors were sitting pretty atop them all the way to the very end of the regular season ahead of the Mobile Bay Tornados, Chicago Fury, Windy City Groove, Richmond Elite, Austin Bats, Jacksonville Giants, Salina Saints, South Florida Gold, the Orlando Waves, Kentucky Enforcers, Atlantic Coast Cardinals, Grand Rapids Danger, Universal City Seraphim, Carolina Cougars, Yuba City Gold Miners, Springfield Steam, and the Baltimore Hawks:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/478...Power-Rankings
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/478...he-ABA-Ranking
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/480...Power-Rankings
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/481...Power-Rankings
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/482...Power-Rankings

Chicago Fury defeats the Grand Rapids Danger 109-107 in a more fierce battle rather than the previous 179-115 drubbing on the Libertyville Vipers as the Fury rose in the ranks:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/478...he-ABA-Ranking

The ABA announced the 2017 ABA Final Eight that was held at Baltimore Hawks' 2000-seat home gym the Woodlawn Gymnasium from March 29-April 2 with the host Hawks get the #8 and, as it turned out, the DMV Warriors winning the #1 seed by virtue of finishing atop the ABA Power Rankings. Things got tighter toward the end of the ABA season with the Jersey Express faced Baltimore and Richmond played Orlando for another playoff spot:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/480...he-Final-Eight
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/485...-on-March-29th

With ABA Final Eight spots at stake, Orlando Waves beats Richmond Elite 126-116. Baltimore holds on to its place in the Final Eight by knocking off Jersey by 4:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/485...-games-results

Spots finalized in Baltimore: #1 DMV Warriors battled #7 Chicago Steam. #2 Jacksonville Giants faced #8 Baltimore Hawks. #3 Orlando saw #6 Windy City. And #4 Austin took on #5 Mobile Bay. Winner of Jax/Baltimore played winner of Austin/Mobile Bay, and the winner of DMV/Chicago will play winner of Orlando/Windy City in the semifinal stage in this single-elimination tournament. Why Jacksonville got designated with #8 Baltimore instead of DMV is odd. Never mind the fact Baltimore's stay was bound to be brief:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/485...-Eight-Bracket

Jacksonville Giants won their 15th consecutive game and remain undefeated with its 149-107 win on the Daytona Beach Sharks to sweep the season series with them with 5 more Giants regular season games to go at the time. Jermaine Bell scored 35 points and 27 rebounds as Jacksonville scored 80 points in the first half:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/481...beaten-in-2017

Atlanta Aliens use tough defensive pressure on Lions Basketball and offensive along the whole game to win by 39:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/482...tame-the-Lions

Norwegian native Tom Ellingsen was named ABA European Marketing VP with hopes of creating sponsorship pipelines to ABA teams and the league's promotion in Europe. And he's even an ABA shareholder since 2005:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/483...P-of-Marketing

Four ABA teams participated in a Mexico-based Cinco De Mayo basketball tournament featuring several Mexican and Latin American basketball teams that was the Liga ABAMexico's debut:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/483...ayo-tournament

With ABA Final Eight spots at stake, Orlando Waves beats Richmond Elite 126-116. Baltimore holds on to its place in the Final Eight by knocking off Jersey by 4:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/485...-games-results

First night of the ABA Final Eight saw two tight matches defending champs Jacksonville prevail over hosts Baltimore 139-137 in a very tough one in a hometown and energy-inspiring match for the Hawks. DMV Warriors win by 4 over the Chicago Steam 114-110:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/485...-to-Final-FOur

Windy City eliminates Orlando. Mobile Bay takes care of Austin. Both head into the Final Four semifinals to face, respectively DMV and Jacksonville Saturday night:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/485...-to-Final-FOur

Jacksonville Giants and the Windy City Groove face each other again for a rematch of last year's ABA Championship Game in Laredo, Texas in what could another exciting one like the 93-90 Jax win from there as they won their respective semis. Ultimately, Jacksonville prevails with a less competitive final score of 120-102 though still battling back and forth to calm Windy City for a back-to-back ABA championship to take back home to Jax late in the evening:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/485...A-Final-remake
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/485...the-Title-Game
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/485...A-Championship

Richmond Elite April 29th's ABA All-Star Game at Biog Ben's Home Court between the ABA North and the ABA South. Complete with both teams' 2017 All Star Team rosters:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/486...Game-is-coming
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/487...e-2017-Rosters

Georgia Gwizllies ABA All-Star Greg Howard signs with a Mexican pro team. Power forward teammate Luke Joseph headed to a workout with a Chinese team based in Shanghai. And acquires Utah native Skyler Burgess who did play pro ball in Mexico and considered other overseas offers but wants to taste the NBDL as he more immediately goes to eventually play in a backcourt with Justin Zachary and Lance White:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/489...igns-in-Mexico
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/490...rseas-to-China
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/490...-the-Gwizzlies

Jimmy Evans, President/CEO of the Binghamton Premier Basketball League and a Division III NCAA All-American at Nazareth College before travelling two years with the famous Harlem Globetrotters as a member of the Washington Generals, spearheads the admission of the Binghampton Bulldogs as an ABA expansion team next season from Binghampton, NY. He's played professionally for three years in Sweden and Denmark and was a collegiate head coach for 4 years:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/490...xpansion-teams

Here comes Team Perseverance straight outta South Carolina, named for a non-profit program that reaches out to at-risk youth to provide a place of grace and a program that student athletes can learn about basketball while learning life skills:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/490...m-Perseverance
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It all ended for the NBL Canada's 6th season last night in London, Ontario. Game 6 at the Budweiser Gardens. London and Halifax. Both with Canadian coaches with either one of them on the verge of becoming the first Canadian coach to win this league's championship with a Spanish (Hugo Lopez) and nothing but Americans previously (Michael Ray Richardson, Bill Jones). Will Halifax come back with hopes to win that night and force a Game 7 Tuesday night in front of a loud and packed crowd with their championship hopes on the ropes? Or could the London Lightning, NBL Canada's model franchise, did it and rightfully take its place as the greatest team in the league's history with its 45th win, including the playoffs? All of Halifax's 3 consecutive home games for the 2017 NBL Canada Finals are done with, and we know it would end in London.
But first we must catch up with Games 3-5...

Game 3 at Halifax's Halifax Scotiabank Metro Centre: London Lightning 105 Halifax Hurricanes 92:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10153...105-halifax-92
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...me-for-3-games
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/30/lo...fax-hurricanes
http://london.ctvnews.ca/lightning-t...-win-1.3437369
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...nst-hurricanes
http://blackburnnews.com/london/lond...105-92-game-3/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N3pSIofWH4

Game 4 at Halifax's Halifax Scotiabank Metro Centre: Halifax 94 London 85:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...th-win-at-home
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/01/le...e-league-final
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10153...x-94-london-85
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/03/li...hird-nbl-title
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/01/lo...ull-out-game-4
http://blackburnnews.com/london/lond...ies-lightning/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmnevrZV56k (full game)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NcStM3HTXk (postgame recap)

After Game 4 London's Tony Criswell got a one-game suspension for Game 5 for going into the stands in an altercation with a fan in an already heated game. Nothing physical happened with the Halifax police later called but the league had to take fan safety and enjoyment seriously as a young league trying to earn national sports cred--and still haunted by what happened in Windsor in 2015. Royce White got suspended for this game with Game 3's kicking the basketball into the Halifax stands when called for an illegal pick and came out of that, later calling it "a joke":
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/02/lo...tre-in-halifax
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/05/31/nb...into-the-seats

The Final MVP race was very much between Royce White, Ryan Anderson, Billy White, and Antoine Mason heading into Game 4:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...for-finals-mvp

Game 5 at Halifax's Halifax Scotiabank Metro Centre: London 117 Halifax 95:
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10153...117-halifax-95
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/03/li...hird-nbl-title
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...e-5-in-halifax
http://blackburnnews.com/london/lond...game-5-117-95/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYJ5T5jjl3I (full game)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHMIllZmumk (post game recap)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgINq7DbxIk (celebrations)

So now we touch upon Game 6. London and its fans could just smell the NBL Canada trophy that it hopes to take for the third time in its 6 years of existence when returning to the Budweiser Gardens. But the Lightning players and Kyle Julius' coaching staff didn't want to talk about coming in Monday night, so as not to lose focus even with all the senses there. And they did get that trophy with a 129-116 home win to clinch the 2017 NBL Canada Finals over the Halifax Hurricanes 4-2, while the game wasn't a complete sellout attendance-wise at 3281 fans, it indeed cap an amazing season for its team and the league's model franchise to 46-7 including the postseason in a deluge of black and yellow confetti. Got their revenge from last season against the very same Hurricanes. London's Ryan Anderson is your MVP. Brit guard Toronto native Kyle Johnson who dons the Team GB jersey wins a league ring becoming the second British pro to do so following :
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/04/lo...re-the-obvious
http://thechronicleherald.ca/hurrica...ff-elimination
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10153...29-halifax-116
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/05/lo...anes-in-game-6
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...-come-up-short
http://globalnews.ca/news/3505231/lo...ada-champions/
http://blackburnnews.com/london/lond...-championship/
http://www.hoopsfix.com/2017/06/kyle...don-lightning/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jgMcJCEV-g
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When MacLean's magazine, that's the Canadian equivalent to Time, Der Spiegel, Elsveer, Newsweek, etc., visited NBL Canada to check out the action in that young Canadian basketball league, it was over a year ago right around the time when the behemoth NBA hosted its first NBA All-Star Weekend outside of the United States. So wanting to present its Canadian-ness here, Maclean's through writer Keith Doucette took a look at the predominately American pro basketball nomads who love the game plying their trade in medium-sized Canadian cities in Ontario and Atlantic Canada with the league still fighting for a Canadian sports foothold going through the survival of the fittest and startup's growing pains in a galaxy away from the Big Show. Why is Doucette keep calling it the CBL?
http://www.macleans.ca/sports/basket...up-pro-league/

Morris Della Costa says those lingering league issues must be addressed in professionalizing but look for NBL Canada to return sometime in mid-November in kicking off the season instead of Boxing Day; the required Canadian roster contingent will rise to 5 (is this a result of the actual CBL?) and must really get them on-court instead of just getting paid on the team; better professionalization of owners, refs (with more leeway), and players with the stat crew clearly ID'ed as NBL Canada; a required C$25,000 performance bond for every team. Della Costa also says with Sudbury now in and talks ongoing for St. John's, Newfoundland to hopefully getting ready, there's preliminary talk of having Kingston, Ontario, one of the original choices when NBL Canada came into being, with an interested party, though I have yet to find any articles about the Limestone City:
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/06/nb...sional-stripes

As for St. John's, time is getting incredibly tight in a apparent race against it to make the NBL Canada roster in time for the 2017-18 NBL Canada schedule released in July with Sudbury, while remaining optimistic. Interested parties trying to pull it all together, including some of the now-defunct St. John's IceCaps' ownership, would like to be the primary sports tenant at the Mile One Centre this upcoming fall/winter in brokering a deal or lease. But there's complications with the Mile One Centre arena management:
http://www.thetelegram.com/sports/ot...t--john-s.html
http://www.thetelegram.com/sports/ot...like-a-lo.html
http://www.thetelegram.com/sports/20...he-sahara.html
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Dave Magley's considering taking the extended option as NBL Canada commissioner for one more year. NBL Canada will require all teams to have add another Canadian player on its roster to 5. London Lightning owner Vito Frijia earns a two-year extension as league president. November 16 instead of Boxing Day December 26 will act as the start of the 2017-18 regular season to better take advantage of Canadian wishing to be outdoors. Its injured reserve rule gets a revision that allows teams to keep a 15-player roster that includes up to 3 IRs. Plus, the protected players list for teams gets delayed from June 15 to July 1, when supposedly we should get the 2017-18 NBL Canada schedule:
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/20/na...an-roster-spot

Oh yeah, the London Lightning, Island Storm, Kitchener-Waterloo Titans, Niagara River Lions, Saint John Riptide, and the Moncton Miracles--not to mention the new Sudbury and St. John's (if worked out there) franchises--are all seeking new coaches for next season. Essentially almost the entire Central Division.

Kyle Julius steps down from London after two seasons as head coach right as the team proudly sits atop NBL Canada with the greatest team ever. Its best run ever enjoyed, really. Demanding a coach as any. With an eye candy playing style. Denies any conflict with Frijia. Would've liked to stay on but his family must maintain its lifestyle. Big loss nonetheless. Amazingly big shoes to fill under a demanding, hands on, and competitive but successful owner:
http://globalnews.ca/news/3522933/a-...don-lightning/
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/14/lo...juliuss-shadow

Speculation abounds that goes along the not-returning rumours now proven true with Julius' resignation he may join his GM dad Stu to roam the Kitchener-Waterloo sidelines. That remains to be seen. His departure will definitely reverberate on the top players like MVP Royce White will stay on:
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/12/ju...ndon-lightning
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/01/lo...stellar-record

Actually the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans didn't renew contracts for not only GM Stu Julius and head coach Serge Lanois, but even its marketing/PR director Tara Krajewski after its first season, saying ownership needs "to head another direction". I share the concerns of letter-writer Peter Pfaff in the second link in that these poor treatment of employees-inspired moves could backfire badly on the ownership. New teams require patience, time, and hard work:
https://www.therecord.com/sports-sto...gm-stu-julius/
https://www.therecord.com/opinion-st...e-too-quickly/

Niagara River Lions score a new 3-year lease with the Meridian Centre. Some of its star players, through a fan vote could play in an upcoming summer basketball tournament:
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2...ree-year-lease

Like with Saint John Mill Rats and Halifax Hurricanes before them, the troubled and instable Moncton Miracles finds brand new and deep-pocketed ownership and rebrands into the Moncton Magic starting next season in the Hub City. But will the Orlando Magic cry "trademark brand infringement?" Is the name to be French-adaptable? Moncton had problems right from the start when it was a very late entry into NBL Canada back in 2011 just finalizing its investment group. Can only hope it gets far better local media coverage than the Miracles did because it was by far the worst of all NBL Canada teams. Keep the orange, grey, black, and white colo(u)rs too:
http://huddle.today/miracles-moncton...w-looks-magic/
http://nblcanada.ca/p/14578/nr/10153...ing-to-moncton

Meet some of the part-owners of the Saint John Riptide who plunked down C$10,000 minimum for the privilege of operating a community-run NBL Canada franchise:
https://huddle.today/meet-owners-saint-john-riptide/

Moncton Miracles/Magic's new home opening in September 2018 in the 9-10,000-seat Moncton Downtown Entertainment Centre (will have a different and company name upon opening). One thing it's got over the Moncton Coliseum in that it will have a much high ceiling as well as bigger area and capacity
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-br...tion-1.3960210
https://www.moncton.ca/Business/Downtown_Centre.htm
http://globalnews.ca/news/2853947/mo...-taking-shape/
http://www.bird.ca/Projects/project-...wn_centre.html

The current incarnation of the ABA returns to my hometown St. Louis. Previously, we had the St. Louis Flight, the Phoenix (since went to the PBL and died), the Rottweilers, and the Stunners (caught a couple Friday night games at the Forest Park Community College Gym several years ago). Like with many ABA teams before and since, they all bit the dust. Our latest venture is the St. Louis Spirits. No, this is certainly not to be confused with the Spirits of St. Louis from 1974-76 with its young and talented but wild players in the original and classic ABA that came from North Carolina as the Carolina Cougars:
http://abaliveaction.com/2017/06/15/...pansion-teams/

Days earlier the ABA announces its Missouri roots elsewhere outside St. Louis and Kansas City with the team called the St. Joseph Shields for next season. The Shields' owner there also has experience owning semipro football and basketball teams:
http://abaliveaction.com/2017/06/09/...seph-missouri/

Providence had the Sky Chiefs in the ABA before ditching that league for the Premier Basketball League. The ABA now places the Providence Pats to fill the ABA void in that city:
http://abaliveaction.com/2017/06/05/...-rhode-island/

Akron Aviators keep the tradition of Akron having sports teams with aviation names like Akron Aeros in minor league baseball as an expansion team:
http://abaliveaction.com/2017/06/05/...kron-aviators/

Plano, Texas enters the ABA with the Plano Mighty Kings and a bland, run-of-the-mill crown logo that's owned by a church pastor/planter (he's a pastor in two area churches), business coach, and entrepreneur. Getting to be so big all over Texas with numerous teams in that state:
http://abaliveaction.com/2017/06/07/...-mighty-kings/

Jersey Shore Strong ready to play against teams in both the ABA Northeast and Chesapeake Divisions next season:
http://abaliveaction.com/2017/06/15/...-shore-strong/
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