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Lopez named Coach of the Year, Glover named Sixth Man of the Year

May 6, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Halifax Hurricanes News Release

Halifax, (NS) - National Basketball League Canada has announced the winners and recipients of the postseason awards.

The NBL's Coach of the Year has been awarded to Hugo Lopez of the Halifax Hurricanes.

"We are proud of Hugo's contribution to our organization, for his overall professionalism and the new standard that he has established for coaching excellence in the NBL" states Don Mills, Chair of Board of Directors for the Club.

In his first season with the Hurricanes, Lopez guided the team to a 29-11 record, tying the record for most wins by a first-year franchise.

Andre Levingston, GM of Basketball Operations, adds "Coach Hugo works extremely hard to prepare his team. His commitment toward each practice and game is second-to-none. We are truly privileged to have a coach of his caliber."

The NBL's Sixth Man of the Year has been awarded to Mike Glover of the Halifax Hurricanes.

"Mike's talent level could easily make him a starter in this league. His sacrifice to come off the bench and do what he does shows his commitment to the team", remarks Levingston.

Despite starting only three of the forty games he played this season, Glover averaged 16.6 points per game with the Hurricanes, and was the leading scorer in eleven of those contests.

When asked about the accomplishments Mike Brien, CEO of the Halifax Hurricanes, had this to say, "We feel our entire team and coaching staff could be recognized this year for the way they have performed both on and off the court, however for the league to name Coach Lopez and Mike Glover for individual awards is very well deserved and appreciated".

Other NBL awards and recipients include:

Most Valuable Player - Logan Stutz (Niagara River Lions)

Canadian Player of the Year - Warren Ward (London Lightning)

Defensive Player of the Year - Anthony Stover (Saint John Mill Rats)

Rookie of the Year - Stephen Maxwell (London Lightning)

Newcomer of the Year - James Justice (Moncton Miracles)

Ian Fowler Executive of the Year - Dartis Willis Jr. (Windsor Express)

The Hurricanes take to the court for game two of the first round of the players versus the Island Storm. Game time is 7pm at the Scotiabank Centre.

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