Category Archives: Canada

Canadian Forward Gabriel Gyamfi Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

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Brampton, Ontario native Gabriel Gyamfi (20) has committed to Maryland-Eastern Shore for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Colby C.C. Athletics) (Header: Maryland-Eastern Shore Athletics)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks have added some Canadian flare to their roster for the 2018-19 season.

Coming off a dismal 2017-18 season, one that saw the Hawks deal with injuries to their top three returning scorers from the season before, interim head coach Clifford Reed and the rest of the coaching staff are hoping for a big bounce back year in 2018-19. The trio of Ryan Andino, Dontae Caldwell, and Isaac Taylor are back healthy, and will look to lead the Hawks to a MEAC crown.

With key names leaving from last year’s team, the Hawks had some holes to fill. The Hawks have already added graduate transfer Kevin Larkin to the mix, but were still looking for others to come in and fill out their roster. On Wednesday, they added another piece to the puzzle from north of the border.

Canadian wing Gabriel Gyamfi has committed to the program for the 2018-19 season, bringing a Canadian contingent to the Hawks for the foreseeable future. Continue reading Canadian Forward Gabriel Gyamfi Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

Nova Scotia Native Nevell Provo Commits to Saint Mary’s University

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Canadian guard Nevell Provo will return to his home province for the 2018-19 season, committing to Saint Mary’s University after three years at Loyola (MD). (Source: Loyola (MD) Athletics)

HALIFAX, N.S. — Home is where the heart is.

Like most young basketball players in North America, Canadian guard Nevell Provo had the dream of playing collegiate basketball in the NCAA. In order to play at the top collegiate level, education is a priority. Thanks to his grades, Provo was able to realize his dream and play in the NCAA.

The native of North Preston, Nova Scotia received several offers from schools all over the NCAA, but opted to play for the Loyola (MD) Greyhounds in Baltimore. The business school at Loyola (MD) made the decision easier for Provo, as he wants to enter the field of finance upon the completion of his degree and open his own financial firm down the road.

After three years in the NCAA, Provo will complete his degree at another institution. This one is much, much closer to home for the Canadian.

Provo committed to the Saint Mary’s University Huskies for his senior season, returning to his home province of Nova Scotia in the process. Continue reading Nova Scotia Native Nevell Provo Commits to Saint Mary’s University

Five Figures From The London Lightning’s Current 10-Game Winning Streak

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Royce White and the London Lightning have won 10 straight games, and will go for #11 on Wednesday against the St. John’s Edge, whom they beat to start the steak back in December. (Source: The London Camera Club) (Header: The London Camera Club)

LONDON, Ont. — The London Lightning are proving once again why they are the best team in the NBL Canada.

Last season, they won their third league title in convincing fashion. They had a talented roster that was led by Royce WhiteGarrett Williamson, Ryan Anderson, and others. In the off-season, head coach Kyle Julius took a job overseas, and several key players went different routes. It left more questions than answers coming into this season.

Just when it looked as though they couldn’t get any better, they somehow did.

One could make the case that this year’s edition of the team has more talent and offensive weapons than the team that won it all a season ago. They are getting scoring from everyone on the roster, and they aren’t even at full health. Marcus Capers and Kyle Johnson are both nursing injuries, but are due back in the near future.

The balanced attack has propelled the Lightning on a 10-game winning streak, and to the top of the league standings after a 2-5 start to the season. Here are five figures from the Lightning’s current streak that stand out among the rest.
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Three Things We Learned From the 129-98 Win For The London Lightning Over the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans

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Garrett Williamson (15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) was one of six players to score in double-figures for the London Lightning as they cruised past Kitchener-Waterloo, 129-98. (Source: London Free Press) (Header: Matt Hiscox Photography)

LONDON, Ont. — Make it nine straight victories for the London Lightning, who started the season with five losses over their first seven games.

Six players scored in double figures on Wednesday night for the Lightning, as they extended their winning to nine games with a 129-98 win over the visiting Kitchener-Waterloo Titans.

On the contrary, the Titans lost their fourth straight contest, and fell to 2-9 on the season. In their second season as a member of the NBL Canada, they have talented pieces on the roster, but haven’t been able to turn that into wins on the court.

Inside the Budweiser Gardens on Wednesday night, we learned a lot about both teams moving forward in the 2017-18 season. Here are three things we noticed from the Lightning’s 31-point victory over the Titans: Continue reading Three Things We Learned From the 129-98 Win For The London Lightning Over the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans

Former BYU Guard to Play Professionally in Canada

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Former BYU guard Tyler Haws is the latest former NCAA star to head north of the border for the next chapter in his professional basketball career. (Source: CBS Sports)

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — The St. John’s Edge are in their inaugural season in the NBL Canada, but they have already assembled one of the league’s more talented rosters.

The expansion club boasts a list of former NCAA stars, one that includes the likes of Grandy Glaze, Wally Ellenson, Colton Ray-St. Cyr, and Jarryn Skeete. Then, when you add in the likes of Carl English, Alex Johnson, and others, it’s clear to see why the Edge have taken the NBL Canada by storm this season.

On Tuesday, ahead of the Edge’s home contest with the visiting Windsor Express, the team added a pair of players. One, in particular, comes from the West Coast Conference, where he played collegiate basketball with the BYU Cougars. Continue reading Former BYU Guard to Play Professionally in Canada

The Road to Recovery: Julian Boyd talks his injury history, basketball, and more

Julian Boyd (42) is currently recovering from his fourth ACL surgery, but it hasn’t stopped him on his basketball journey. The former LIU Brooklyn star sat down with Nico Wright to talk his recovery, life, and more. (Source: Stu Switzer – London Lightning)

LONDON, Ont. — Recently, I paid a visit to the London Lightning Head Office in London, Ontario, where I sat down with current Lightning player and former Long Island University (LIU) Blackbird star Julian Boyd.

We talked about many things: basketball, life, and something that has been a recurring theme in Boyd’s basketball career, and not for the better.

The anterior cruciate ligament, more commonly referred to as the ACL.  Continue reading The Road to Recovery: Julian Boyd talks his injury history, basketball, and more