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February 10, 2019 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) News Release


Mon. Feb. 4

St. John's 105, Cape Breton 100

Wed. Feb. 6

Saint John 90, Moncton 83 Windsor 121, London 88

Thu. Feb. 7

London 147, Windsor 144 (2 OT) St. John's 115, Island 113 (OT) Sudbury 116, Kitchener-Waterloo 115

Fri. Feb. 8

Saint John 90, Island 69

Sat. Feb. 9

Halifax 101, Island 83 Sudbury 109, Cape Breton 99 London 134, Kitchener-Waterloo 108

Sun. Feb. 10

Moncton 111, Saint John 76 Halifax 104, St. John's 98 Kitchener-Waterloo 101, Cape Breton 91 London 132, Windsor 109


Tue. Feb. 12

St. John's at Moncton, 7:00 pm

Wed. Feb. 13

St. John's at Saint John, 7:00 pm Sudbury at Windsor, 7:00 pm

Thu. Feb. 14

Island at Saint John, 7:00 pm Cape Breton at Moncton, 7:00 pm

Fri. Feb. 15

Windsor at St. John's, 7:00 pm

Sat. Feb. 16

Sudbury at London, 7:00 pm

Sun. Feb. 17

Windsor at St. John's, 2:00 pm Saint John at Halifax, 2:00 pm Kitchener-Waterloo at London, 2:00 pm

Cape Breton Highlanders

Head Coach: Bernardo Fitz-Gonzalez Home arena: Centre 200

Two weeks after leading the NBL, the Cape Breton Highlanders are slipping down the standings, and three losses this week didn't help their playoff outlook. Despite this, Bruce Massey remained the Highlanders' top scorer and rebounder, with 23.7 ppg and 8.0 rpg. In his first two games with the Highlanders, Charles Strowbridge averaged 13.5 ppg.

Halifax Hurricanes

Coach: Mike Leslie Home arena: Scotiabank Centre

With two victories this week, the Halifax Hurricanes are slowly rising to the top of the NBL standings, thanks to a strong 23.0 ppg effort by Mike Poole, as well as 12.5 ppg from Joel Kindred and 12.0 ppg off the bench from Chadrack Lufile.

Island Storm

Head Coach: Tim Kendrick Home Venue: Eastlink Centre

The Storm's struggles continued this week, with three more losses and the possibility of their postseason slipping away. Sampson Carter and Guillaume Boucard lead the team in scoring with 17.7 and 16.0 ppg, respectively, with Tyree White yanking down 9.0 rebounds per game.

KW Titans

Head Coach: Cavell Johnson Home arena: Kitchener Memorial Auditorium

Although the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans only took one win of three matches, they were still able to claim that one win and stay within fighting distance of the NBL's postseason. Ashton Smith led all Titans in scoring with 22.3 ppg, while Flenard Whitfield took a double- double for the week of 17.3 ppg and 10.0 rebounds per game.

London Lightning

Head Coach: Elliott Ethington Home arena: Budweiser Gardens

Four games in five days would wear out any team, but the Lightning picked up three wins in that span - including a double-overtime victory over the Windsor Express. Maurice Bolden led all Bolts in scoring with 20.0 ppg, with AJ Gaines not far behind with 18.5 ppg; Marcus Capers played three games this week and scored 17.3 ppg.

Moncton Magic

Head Coach: Joe Salerno Home arena: Centre Avenir

The Magic split two games with the Saint John Riptide, remaining atop the NBL standings as the season moves closer to the postseason. The Magic were paced by Billy White, who averaged 21.5 ppg for the week; Corey Allmond added 17.5 ppg. New acquisition Trey Kell scored 17 points in his first game with the Magic.

Saint John Riptide

Head Coach: Nelson Terroba Home Venue: Harbour Station

The Riptide took two victories in three games this week, hoping to crawl out of the NBL's basement and play meaningful April contests. Frank Bartley remained the Riptide's leading scorer with a 23.0 ppg average this week, while Bryce Washington led all NBL players with a 14.7 rebounds per game average.

St. John's Edge

Head Coach: Doug Plumb Home Arena: Mile One Stadium

Glen "Big Baby" Davis may be the best acquisition ever for the Edge, as the former NBA all-star averaged 25.7 points per game in St. John's' three contests, including two wins. Obinna Oleka remained atop the league's rebounding standings, averaging 11.0 rpg this week.

Sudbury Five

Head Coach: Logan Stutz Home Arena: Sudbury Community Arena

Two big wins for the Sudbury Five helped move the Nickel City crew to the higher half of the NBL's standings. Travis Releford and Braylon Rayson both averaged 20.0 points in the two wins, witih new acquisition Mamadou Gueye scoring 18.0 ppg. Jaylen Bland's 12.0 ppg combined with a 11.5 rebounds per game average for a double- double.

Windsor Express

Head Coach: Bill Jones Home Venue: WFCU Centre

In three games against the London Lightning this week, Windsor took the first game - but lost the second two, including one game in double overtime. Chris Jones dominated scoring for the Express with 28.0 ppg, followed by a 26.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg effort for Juan Pattillo.

Game reports compiled via team press releases, and from articles appearing in newspapers from the teams' home locations.


The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Mike Poole of the Halifax Hurricanes has been named Player of the Week for the week ending February 10, 2019.

Poole, a 6'5" forward who played collegiately at Iona (N.Y.), led the Hurricanes to two victories by averaging 23 points per game in the Halifax wins.

"This is the second time this season that Mike Poole has earned Player of the Week honours," said NBL Canada league statistician Chuck Miller. "His determination and drive have helped the Hurricanes move to within three games of the Moncton Magic for the top of the NBL standings."

- November 18, 2018: Jaylen Bland, Sudbury Five.

- November 25, 2018: Bruce Massey, Cape Breton Highlanders.

- December 2, 2018: Gabe Freeman, Halifax Hurricanes.

- December 9, 2018: Maurice Jones Sr., St. John's Edge.

- December 16, 2018: Doug Herring Jr., Moncton Magic.

- December 23, 2018: Joel Kindred, Halifax Hurricanes.

- December 30, 2018: Bruce Massey, Cape Breton Highlanders.

- January 6, 2019: Mike Poole, Halifax Hurricanes.

- January 13, 2019: Bruce Massey, Cape Breton Highlanders.

- January 20, 2019: Juan Patillo, Windsor Express.

- January 27, 2019: Cory Dixon, Sudbury Five.

- February 3, 2019: Glen Davis, St. John's Edge.

- February 10, 2019: Mike Poole, Halifax Hurricanes.


The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Mamadou Gueye of the Sudbury Five has been named Canadian Player of the Week for the week ending February 10, 2019.

Gueye, a 6'6" forward who from Quebec City who played collegiately at the University of Alberta, scored 18 points per game in two Sudbury victories this week.

"I played with this kid when we were teammates in Taiwan," said Sudbury head coach Logan Stutz, "and I wanted him from the start for our team, and once he came in the area, I said come join us. He's so versatile, he can guard and play many positions, and he can score in a ton of ways - and excel in defence as well."

- November 18, 2018: Gentrey Thomas, Moncton Magic.

- November 25, 2018: Jamal Reynolds, Cape Breton Highlanders.

- December 2, 2018: Tyler Scott, Island Storm.

- December 9, 2018: Joel Friesen, Kitchener-Waterloo Titans.

- December 16, 2018: Grandy Glaze, Sudbury Five.

- December 23, 2018: Aaron Redpath, Cape Breton Highlanders.

- December 30, 2018: Garrett Williamson, London Lightning.

- January 6, 2019: Junior Cadougan, St. John's Edge.

- January 13, 2019: Guillaume Boucard, Island Storm.

- January 20, 2019: Garrett Williamson, London Lightning.

- January 27, 2019: Tyrrel Tate, Windsor Express.

- February 3, 2019: Terry Thomas, Halifax Hurricanes.

- February 10, 2019: Mamadou Gueye, Sudbury Five.


- November 2018: Joe Salerno, Moncton Magic.

- December 2018: Bernardo Fitz-Gonzalez, Cape Breton Highlanders.

- January 2019: Bill Jones, Windsor Express.


- December 4, 2018: Maurice Jones Sr., St. John's Edge, 19 pts, 10 rebs, 11 ast.

- December 14, 2018, Doug Herring Jr., Moncton Magic, 12 pts, 10 rebs, 10 ast

- December 16, 2018, Doug Herring Jr., Moncton Magic, 18 pts, 10 rebs, 10 ast

- February 3, 2019, Tyree White, Island Storm, 15 pts, 11 rebs, 10 ast


The National Basketball League of Canada has confirmed the following playoff format for the 2018-19 NBL season.

Although teams play in a single division for the regular season, the playoff teams will be the top four teams from the Ontario / Newfoundland and Labrador areas, and the top four teams from the New Brunswick / Nova Scotia / Prince Edward Island regions.

The magic number listed will count down to clinching a postseason berth. When the magic number reaches zero, that team has mathematically guaranteed their postseason play.

In the NBL quarterfinals, teams #1-#4 and teams #2-#3 will play each other in a best-of-five series, with a 2-2-1 format. The higher seed will have home court for games 1, 2 and (if necessary) 5.

In the NBL semifinals, the divisional teams will face each other in a best-of-seven series, with a 2-2-1-1-1 format. The higher seed will host games 1, 2, and (if necessary) 5 and 7.

The remaining team in each division will play each other in the NBL Finals, which will be a best-of-seven series with a 2-3-2 format. The team with the higher regular season winning percentage will receive home court advantage for Games 1, 2 and (if necessary) 6 and 7. The winner of that series will be named National Basketball League of Canada Playoff Champion and receive a championship trophy commemorating their victory.

In the event that two or more teams are tied in terms of playoff seeding, the following tiebreakers will take place, in order of importance:

(1) head-to-head record shall determine the winner;

(2) if still a tie, head-to-head record against common opponents will determine the winner;

(3) if still a tie, points scored in head to head competition will determine the winner;

(4) if still a tie, average margin of victory against common opponents will determine the winner;

(5) if still a tie, the team correctly calling the flip of a coin will be seeded higher.

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