Breaking down what happened in the National Basketball League of Canada last night; we have a Battle in New Brunswick, transactions and the league's first-ever suspension from its commissioner.
SAINT JOHN MILL RATS 102, MONCTON MIRACLES 99
Saint John Top Performers
Anthony Anderson - 24 pts (8-9), 3-4 3pt, 4 reb, 5 ast
Antoine Tisby - 22 pts, 8 reb
Boubacar Coly - 15 pts (7-11), 10 reb
Victor Morris - 18 pts (7-12), 4 3pt, 6 ast
Saint John's Steve DeLuca came up huge in the dying seconds of last night's New Brunswick matchup as the Mill Rats' guard hit a three to help the Saint John Mill Rats close out the Moncton Miracles in Moncton. Boubacar Coly tied the game up at 99-99 with ten seconds to play before DeLuca nailed the dagger, handing the Miracles their 11th loss of the season. Kevin Francis (Toronto) of the Mill Rats put up 15 points and 8 rebounds in the win.
The Miracles, who trailed at the end of the third quarter, put out a strong effort in the final quarter but came up just short in the closing seconds. Newly-acquired Moncton guard, Trayvon Lathan, had 10 pts and 8 rebounds in his Miracles debut.
Aaron Spears, C
1 game suspension, $1000 fine
The league suspended Quebec Kebs Centre, Aaron Spears, for one game as well as a $1000 fine for an incident that happened at the end of a Kebs-Rainmen matchup this past Saturday. The Kebs Centre lost his cool and threw a ball at a fan in the stands in Halifax. Spears will miss the game against the Oshawa Power on Friday.
“After reviewing the situation and giving due deliberation to the seriousness of this matter, we have decided to take these necessary actions,” said John Kennedy, Commissioner of NBL Canada in a press release. “We want to deal with this in a prompt and direct manner and send the message that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour from any player representing our league.”
C Troy Gottselig
2012 1st and 3rd Round Draft Picks
Halifax got the big man they were looking for. The Rainmen received 6'9" centre Troy Gottselig from the Summerside Storm in exchange for a couple of 2012 draft picks. Gottselig, a Saskatchewan native, was a CIS National champ and MVP with the University of Saskatchewan and also has previous pro experience with the Edmonton Energy of the IBL. Gottselig averaged 3.0 ppg and 3.0 rpg for the Summerside Storm.
“Troy is an athletic player who will help us on the boards and give us a great inside presence,” said Halifax Rainmen President and CEO, Andre Levingston in a Rainmen press release, “He will give us the added muscle we need on the defensive end of the court, and will also give us an offensive presence on the block.”
The Storm has also signed Xavier Hansbro, 6'10" Forward out of Georgia State.
The Miracles recently signed a few players including Trayvon Lathan, fomerly of the Utah Flash of the NBA D-League. Lathan is a familiar face to Moncton head coch, Mike Evans. Lathan played for Halifax Rainmen last season, where Evans was head coach. The Miracles remain winless with an 0-11 record in the NBL.
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