Saturday, December 26, 2015

Gameday -- December 26th, 2015

Saint John 121 - 106 Island

The Saint John Mill Rats thumped the Island Storm to open the 2015-16 NBLC season on Saturday, securing a 121-106 win in Charlottetown.

After the Storm posted a 32-31 lead through the first quarter, the 1-0 Mill Rats went on a massive run ahead of halftime, taking a 73-54 lead after the first half.

Island Storm's Malcolm Grant and the Mill Rats' Anderson led the way in scoring, posting 24 points and 10 assists respectively.

The Storm will now move on to play Moncton on Sunday (2 p.m.). The Mill Rats will host their home-opener on Sunday (4 p.m.) against Halifax.

You can view a replay of the game below.

Halifax 129 - 113 Moncton

The Halifax Hurricanes notched their first-ever win in their first ever NBLC game on Saturday, blowing past Moncton 129-113 at home.

The Hurricanes went out to an early 36-22 lead through the first quarter on the back of a strong three-point percentage (52%).

Mike Glover, Halifax's first-ever signing, posted 30 points and 10 rebounds in the game's only double-double. Tydran Beaty impressed on the other side of the court, going 12-16 from the field, dropping 27 points.

Moncton is now set to host the Storm on Sunday (4 p.m.). Halifax will head to Saint John to take on the Mill Rats (2 p.m.).

You can view a replay of the game below. Stats can be found here.

London 122 - 109 Niagara

The London Lightning rained on the River Lions' parade on Saturday, cruising past the expansion side in a 122-109 win.

Niagara impressed early in their first game as a franchise, posting a 34-27 lead through the first quarter, fueled by a dominant performance from 6'9" forward Logan Stutz.

However, the Lightning used their deep bench to punch holes through the expansion side's squad through the next three-quarters, putting up an impressive 48 points off the bench.

London's Chad Posthumus put up an impressive game near the rim, dropping 14 points and bringing down 18 rebounds. Warren Ward led the game with 31 points. Niagara's Stutz ended the game with 29 points and 12 rebounds.

These two clubs will meet up in Niagara on Sunday (6 p.m.) in the River Lions' first ever game at home.

You can view a replay of the game below. Live stats can be found here.

Orangeville 98-97 Windsor

The defending champion Windsor Express didn't quite pick up where they left off on Saturday, dropping their first game of the season to the Orangeville A's 98-97 at the WFCU Centre.

On the night they were given their championship rings, the defending champion Express couldn't pull away from the brand-new Orangeville side, that took a commanding 27-16 lead in the first quarter.

The Express had a two-point lead with 14 seconds to go in the game before Bilal Benn nailed a go-ahead three-pointer with just eight seconds remaining.

Incredibly, the Benn's shot was one of only five 3-pt shots sunk by the A's in 17 attempts.

Chris Commons led the Express and the game with 27 points. Lewis Jackson led the A's with 23.

Windsor will now get set to take on London at Budweiser Gardens on Tuesday (7 p.m.). Orangeville will host Windsor on Friday (7 p.m.)

You can view a replay of the game below.  Stats can be found here.