Lots of action in the NBL Canada Saturday night, as three games were on tap. One game in the Atlantic Division and two in the Central Division.
Halifax Rainmen vs. Saint John Mill Rats
The streak is over, as the Saint John Mill Rats broke a six game losing streak (four against Halifax), inside Harbour Station Saturday night. The Mill Rats hung on the last few seconds to secure a 105-104 win. The loss pushes the Rainmen to 7-6 on the season, while the Mill Rats improve to 5-10.
The Rainmen held leads through all three-quarters of play and capitalized on turnovers and fast breaks to put them ahead. The Mill Rats determined to not let the Rainmen clinch another victory,started raining three's in the second quarter, which shortened the led by two, 51-49 for the Rainmen.
The Mill Rats started to slip early in the third because of careless turnovers and the Rainmen went on a 7-2 run , finishing out the third quarter in the lead again, 82-75.
Jeremy William's lay-up late in the fourth pushed the Mill Rats within a three-point deficit, 99-96, and Raheem Singleton tied the game at 99-99.
The defense for the Mill Rats held strong enough to capture a victory over the Rainmen.
Anthony Anderson led the way in scoring for the Mill Rats with 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. Johnny Mayhane wasn't too far behind with 23 points on the night and Kenny Jones pitched in 19 points, to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Emmanuel Jones contributed 23 points, while Kevin Young added 19 on the night from the bench, and Seiya Ando pulled down 8 rebounds.
Saint John Mill Rats next game is on the road, New Year's Eve as they roll to the Island to take on the Storm. Tip-off time is 7 p.m.
Halifax has the rest of this year off and will take on the Mill Rats again on January 2nd at home. Tip-off time is 7 p.m.
Windsor vs. Mississauga
The Power couldn't bump the Express off the tracks to secure a win Saturday night at the WFCU Centre, as the Power fell 82-78. This loss puts the Power at 5-8 on the season, while the top place Express improve to 10-3.
Chris Commons was the player of the game with 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. DeAndre Thomas pitched in 17 points and Windsor native, Gary Gibson pulled down an impressive 10 rebounds.
Travis Releford had an impressive night with the Power, leading the pack in scoring with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Weidner notched 21 points from the bench.
Windsor's next game is January 1st against the Brampton A's at the WFCU Centre. Tip-off time is 7 p.m. Mississauga has a small break as they don't play again until January 3rd against the Brampton A's at the Powerade Centre. Tip-off time is 7 p.m.
London vs. Brampton
Lightning struck down at the Budweiser Gardens as the Lightning defeated the A's 118-109, improving to 10-6 on the season, while the A's fall to 6-8.
Al Stewart led the Lightning with 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. Emmanuel Little followed closely behind with 22 points, Adrian Moss and Jonathan Mills respectability added 13 points from the bench.
Brent Jennings led the way for the A's in scoring with 19 points, Akeem Scott added 18 from the bench, while Cavell Johnson notched 15 points and 6 rebounds.
London's next game is at home, January 3rd against the 401 rivals, Windsor Express, Tip-off time is 7 p.m. The A's will meet the Express, New Year's Day at the WFCU Centre. Tip-off time is 7 p.m.