Friday, December 19, 2014

Gameday - December 19, 2014

Moncton Miracles vs. Halifax Rainmen

In a game that was tight from start to finish, the Moncton Miracles held on to win 98-97 on the road. The Miracles showed no rust from their seven day rest, and the win makes it two in a row for a Miracles team that had been struggling thus far in this young NBLC season. Stanley Robinson posted a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Daryl Smith also accomplished the feat with 17 and 11. The win gives Moncton a record of 4-8. The Miracles will welcome the Island Storm into Moncton on Saturday.

On the other end, the Rainmen yet again failed to win at home, making it 4 straight home losses, as well as being their second loss overall in a row. Joey Haywood led the way with 18 points, while Emmanuel Jones chipped in with a double double of his own (17 points, 11 rebounds). The loss drops Halifax back to a .500 record, with 5 wins and 5 losses. The Rainmen will take on the Saint John Mill Rats on Saturday in Saint John.

Windsor Express vs. Brampton A's

The A's continued their resurgence with a narrow 109-104 over the league leading Windsor Express. The A's spent the majority of the game playing from behind, with Windsor leading the way from the start of the 2nd quarter, all the way until the final minutes of the game.  Windsor couldn't shake the A's however, as Richard Amardi made a huge slam dunk to give Brampton a lead with 3 minutes left, and the A's never looked back.

Brent Jennings led the way for Brampton, with 26 points on 66% shooting before fouling out. Amardi finished with 18, while Cavell Johnson posted 13 points and 11 Rebounds for a double double. Quinnel Brown showed up in a big way for Windsor with 32 points, while Chris Commons and Tony Bennett had 22 and 23 points respectively, but nobody else on Windsor could manage more than 7 points.

The game could have a large impact on the Central Conference with the mid-season mark looming, as Brampton has now caught the Mississauga Power in the standings with a record of 5-7, while Windsor slow drops back around the rest of the pack, with a 9-3 record.