Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gameday -- November 30th, 2014

There are two games on the National Basketball League of Canada schedule Sunday, as Central and Atlantic Division rivals renew hostilities in a pair of matinees.

Saint John vs. Island

A week after the Island Storm battled to a big 113-99 win in Saint John, the Mill Rats are headed to Prince Edward Island for a match-up of two 4-4 teams.

After an uneasy start to the season, the Storm are now the hottest team in the league -- with a three game win-streak and lethal offence that has finally found its groove. Saturday's 109-97 win over Halifax was the third straight game Joe Salnero's men manged to rack up over 100 points. In their five games prior to that run, the .500 club averaged only 91.6 points per game. Saint John will be keeping an eye on Brandon Robinson, after notching 21 points and eight assists last night.

The Mill Rats are also coming off of a win last night -- a 98-91 decision over lowly Moncton -- to improve their record to 4-4. Kenny Jones lead the game with a massive 30 points and nine rebounds. Jabs Newbury is another guy who is surging for the Mill Rats, putting up a career-high 21 points last night. For the Mill Rats, and their head coach Julian King, this game could very well be decided by how they work behind the ball. King mentioned that they worked hard on their defensive rotations against Moncton, as they are allowing a league-worst 115 points per game.

UPDATE: According to this tweet from Island Storm play-by-play commentator Brett Poirier, Aquille Carr has been suspended indefinitely by the Mill Rats and will not play in Sunday's game.

Tip-off is at 2pm Atlantic. To watch the game, check out the player below.


Brampton vs. London

The Brampton A's will return to action on Sunday when they host the 6-3 London Lightning at the Powerade Centre.

David Magley manged to pull off two wins last weekend to get his A's to a record of 2-5. Over those two games, Brampton shot 47% from the field and 50% from inside the arc, grinding their opponents out with their athleticism. While London remain short-staffed due to injuries (and the fact Robert Broughton has not yet been approved to play), Brampton will be looking to push their opponents with a deep bench. All 12 players hit the floor in both Brampton wins last weekend, with only one player (Melvin Council) not getting over five minutes of playing time in either game. 

Meantime Carlos Knox comes into Brampton after an easy 126-97 win over Moncton at home on Thursday. Knox' team put the ball down low more than normal in that game, scoring 50 more points in the paint (78) then they did against Windsor (28) a couple days before. Some of their post players, like Jonathan Mills and Marvin Phillips, will have to be wary of Cavell Johnson. Brampton's lanky 6'7" big has 59 rebounds, 16 blocks and four steals through seven games so far this season.

Tip-off is at 1pm Eastern. To watch the game, check out the player below.