Pascal Jobin, Montreal Royal President, announced today its 2007-2008 roster. Several players from Quebec have
been selected on the team. Denburk Reid (5'7''-G-79) (5'7''-G-79), a spectacular point guard, arrived in Quebec at the age of seven
and later played for Dawson and the McGill Redmen. Bobby Miller (5'10''-G-74, college: S.New Hampshire) was raised in Laval and played for the Nomades of Cegep Montmorency. He obtained a scholarship
from New Hampshire University and later played in Lebanon. Claude Delmas (6'6''-G, college: N.Michigan), a 6'5'' guard, played also for Universtè de Quebec Au Montreal, while Steve Jerome was
a point guard for Ahuntsic College, located in Montreal. The Montreal Royal inaugurates its 2007-2008 season against the Vermont
Frost Heaves, lasts year's ABA champions, on Friday November 9, at Centre Pierre-Charbonneau. Here down you can find the complete
# player pos hgt wgt dob college
22 Denburk Reid G 5'7'' 155 21-05-79 McGill
10 Bobby Miller G 5'10'' 245 24-06-74 New Hampshire
23 Marco Volcy F 6'8'' 170 03-03-79 Northern Michigan
25 Quilninious Randall F 6'5'' 205 12-07-78 Northeastern
4 Mohammed Camara C 6'11' 265 06-01-83 San Diego State
32 Chad Catterson F 6'4'' 220 08-06-80 Belmont
Cordell Jeanty F 6'6'' 220 01-10-79 John A. Logan C.C.
1 Claude Delmas G 6'11'' 210 07-07-81 UQAM
50 Jonas Pierre C 6'10' 240 30-05-80 Lincoln
Gavin Musgrave G 6'3'' 174 23-05-78 Concordia
3 Tommy Mitchell G 6'3'' 190 25-09-82 Siena
12 Shawn Corbin G 6'3'' 176 16-11-76 Brandon
5 Steve Jerome G 6'1'' 225 29-01-84 Ahuntsic
Assistant Coach: Paul Stephens
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Bobby Miller
Athletic Trainer: Sophie St-Jacques, Nadia DeSantis
JUNE 6 - Montreal, Canada. The ABA Montreal Royal and the Quebec Kebekwa have announced that they
will hold a joint trout camp on Labor Day Weekend (Sep 1 & 2). Coaches from both organizations will be present to evaluate
potential players. The tryout will be held at the Royal's venue (Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, 3000 Viau Street, Montreal, H1V
3J3). The tryout fee is $100 before August 26, 2007. Afterwards, the fee will be $130 to participate. For more information,
visit www.montrealroyalaba.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.abalive.com.
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The Royal website is under construction. In the meantime, they have announced that the team is in negotiations
with Bobby Miller, Denburk Reid and Shawn Browne. Also, tryouts for both the Royal and the Kebekwa will be held at the Centre
Pierre-Charbonneau September 1st and 2nd. Ticket prices for the upcoming 2007-2008 season will be made available July 1st.
lose season closer 72-86 to top-ranked Vermont Frostheaves. #50 Pascal Fleury played his final game with the Royal, #3 David
Noel had another spectacular game, leading the team with 18pts, and 13th man celebrity player Dave Stala - slot back for the
Alouettes - not only played but posted 2pts and a foul.
The Royal finish their rocky 2nd season 6-22, and will probably
not make the playoffs (final power rankings to be announced in the next few days)
see you all next season!
came back from a 20+ pt deficit... only to lose 99-102 to Buffalo Silverbacks in the worst-refereed game EVER. At around the
minute mark, a Buffalo player kicked the ball out-of-bounds, and Bobby Miller was called for taking the ball out, resulting
in a 3D play for Buffalo. At Buffalo's next possession, a player palmed the ball at half court without getting called.
David Noel played possibly his best game of the season, before being erroneously fouled out. He was attributed two fouls that
he didn't commit. For his final foul, he was held and the ref called him instead of the Buffalo player!
Join the Royal
tomorrow for their season closer vs Vermont Frostheaves @7pm!
The Royal (6-20) are now set to host the
Twin City Ballers (6-21) this Friday night, instead of the Toledo Ice. Tip-off is at 7pm. Actor/musician Luke Mervil (from
'Un dimanche à Kigali') will be the 13th man celebrity for Friday's game, and Alouettes slot back Dave Stala will be the 13th
man celebrity this Saturday against the Vermont Frostheaves(28-6). These are the Royal's last two games of the 2006-2007 regular
With only 7 players, Royal lose to Maryland Nighthawks, 108-128. Burky led the team with 34pts,
followed by Okafor with 20.
next game: March9 @7pm vs Toledo Ice
game @Richmond Ballerz canceled for
unannounced reasons. Instead, Montreal plays Strong Island Sound in Suffolk, losing 111-95.
next game: March4 @ Maryland
next home game: March9 @ 7pm vs Toledo Ice
Royal lose to Frostheaves in Vermont, 80-131.
game: Montreal @ Richmond, March 3@7pm
next home game: March9 @ 7pm vs Toledo
Royal lose to Frostheaves
79-93. Brownrigg out with injured knee.
next game: March1 in Vermont Frostheaves
next home game: March9 vs Toledo Ice
After trailing by 2 at the half, and by as many as 13 in the 3rd, the Montreal Royal rallied in the
4th to beat the Quebec City Kebekwa 85-82.
Olympic sprinter Bruny Surin to play as Royal 13th man celebrity
during the next home game, Feb23 @7pm vs. Quebec City
Royal beat Bellingham Slam 124-123. After a busy
weekend, and a tight game against the Slam, the Royal tied the Slam 112-112 to force OT. The Royal kept pace, and were down
120-123 with 2.5s left in OT. In a 3D play, Shawn Browne sank a buzzer trey for 4pts and the win.
Royal lose to Buffalo Silverbacks, 99-76.
next home game: Feb11 @4pm vs. Bellingham Slam
lose to Cape Cod Frenzy, 101-107.
next home game: tomorrow, Feb10 @7pm vs. Buffalo
game in Richmond has been postponed, for unannounced reasons.
Montreal loses in Vermont, 88-144, bringing
the season to 4-15.
Despite a season-high 30pts from Damon Jones, Montreal Royal lose to Strong Island
next game: Jan25 @ Vermont Frostheaves
next home game: Feb9 vs Cape Cod Frenzy, 7pm
wins in Quebec City, defeating the Kebs 105-101. This is Montreal's first win over the rival Kebs, and their 3rd straight
win, putting them 4-6 in the new year and 4-13 overall. This afternoon they try for a 4th straight win when they face Strong
Island at home, 4pm.
Montreal Royal win their first game as a "new" team, defeating Cape Cod 89-84. Montreal
went into halftime with a 20pt lead. They managed to recover from a less-than-impressive 3rd quarter, losing the lead only
briefly with around 2min left in the 4th and regaining a lead almost immediately. Center Uche Okafor secured the win with
his 2 freethrows at 6.3sec remaining.
Quarterback Anthony Calvillo of the Montreal Alouettes was tonight's 13th man
celebrity, standing in for JJ Brade. Unlike most 13th man celebrities, Cavillo actually played a few minutes, nearly receiving
an assist and nearly making a basket.
The Montreal Royal are now 3-13, and play their next game tomorrow night in Quebec
City beforing returning home Sunday to face the Strong Island Sound at 4pm.
Canada -- The Montreal Royal, playing in their final regular season game, fell to the league-leading Vermont Frost Heaves
by a score of 86-72.
Trailing 67-43 at the half, the Frost Heaves came into the third quarter and extended their lead
to 24 points. The Royal, once again saved their comeback for the last quarter as Montreal came within 10 points late in the
fourth quarter. With Vermont up 82-72, the Royal were unable to get any closer as Vermont closed the game with a convincing
win - and were set to head into the playoffs.
The Royal were led by guard Dave Noel who scored 18. Forward Antonio
Burks led the Frost Heaves with 22. This concludes Montreal's season which saw the team go through a change in ownership and
a new team name. The Royal will be back for 2007-2008 with a strong commitment to both the basketball community and to the
Montreal sports fans. We thank you for your support.
Montreal, Canada -- The Montreal Royal was unable to complete a spectacular comeback
against the Buffalo Silverbacks in front of a raucous crowd at the Pierre Charbonneau Center. Trailing by a score of 51-25
at the half, the Royal seemed down and out as Buffalo stretched its lead to 24 points with 6:49 left in the third quarter.
The Royal responded with 14 straight points at the end of the quarter to cut Buffalo's lead to 10 heading into the 4th and
The Royal came out firing on all cylinders and even took the lead with 4:30 left in the game. But Buffalo's
Lamar Castile took charge of the Silverbacks offense scoring the team's last five points to finish with a game high 34. Castile's
final two free throws sealed the game for Buffalo who came out on top, 102-99.
Forward Shawn Browne scored 21 for
the Royal; Eche Okafor chipped in with 20. NY- Brian Woodward led the Strong Island Sound with 25 points as they dominated
the Montreal Royal at Suffolk Community College on Saturday night, 111-95. Earning their second consecutive home victory,
the Sound improved to 17-12 and topped last season's win total with six games remaining on the schedule.
Playing at a disadvantage to the much taller visiting club, the
Sound took it right to them and were able to consistently score from inside the paint. Commenting on his team's success from
inside, Sound head coach Dytanya Mixson stated afterwards, "They got the height, but
our guys are more mobile. We have the better players on the low block."
Greg Plummer (16 points, 10 rebounds)
led the way in the early going with three three-point field goals and hitting three free throws when he was fouled in the
act of shooting another as the Sound led 26-17 with 2:40 left in the first quarter. The Royal went on a good run to close
out the quarter, and Bobby Miller's steal and lay-up at the buzzer made the score 30-27 Sound.
In the second quarter, the Sound
were able to get points in the paint with smart passing and took a 12-point lead at the 3:44 mark. Raphael Edwards (16 points,
7 assists, 4 rebounds) looked comfortable going strong to the hole on more than one occasion, and Aaron Williams was playing
tenacious defense, creating scoring opportunities for his team. Montreal once again was able to close the gap at the end of
the period and trailed at halftime, 54-45.
"We were practicing those plays
(this week) with that extra pass," said Mixson. "We had a lot of chemistry and were strong on defense. Especially by our leader,
Raphael (Edwards). Guys like Aaron (Williams), Brian (Woodward) and Chris (Grant) were all important tonight."
At the start of the second half,
Montreal (6-20) was able to go on a 10-2 run and take a 64-62 lead with a three-point field goal by Denbruck Reid. Strong
Island maintained their composure and were able to regain the lead with two rushes by Woodward, who led a fast break and scored
a lay-up and had a put back bucket on a miss by Edwards.
"We were much quicker with the smaller unit out there," Woodward
said. "They had to play guys like Tommie (Eddie) from 15 feet and it opened it up for us. We took too many jump shots in the
first half and we stopped doing that in the second half." The Sound were also getting to the free throw line more in the second
half (17 trips compared to seven) and shot 79 percent for the game from the
Quick passes in the paint led
to Sound baskets throughout the third quarter. Unselfish play was the key, as back-door passes to a streaking teammate was
instrumental in the 15-6 run the Sound had to close out the third, giving them a 79-70 advantage.
Edwards was able to hit from
either the outside or by driving to the hoop, and this led to him being able to find a running Williams for a slam and a 13-point
lead one minute into the fourth. The Sound opened up the fourth quarter with a 20-4 run, leading to a 99-74 lead with 6:50
left in the game. Montreal chipped away at the large lead, but was unable to get it down to single digits. The exclamation
point on the victory was Miguel 'Slim' Milliem feeding Williams (18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals), who grabbed
the pass and went up for the jam in one motion over the 7' Montreal center, Dominic Cambrion.
Edwards commented on the team's
halftime adjustments, "We were reminded of the Maryland game (on February 24) when we had a lead and came out lackadaisical.
We wanted to keep the pressuring them and go to the rack."
Montreal was led by Miller (30
points) and Shawn Browne (34 points).
The Sound will look
to make it three straight when they host the Quebec City Kebekwa at Suffolk Community College on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. "We have a tough
one tomorrow," Edwards said. "We'll try to go undefeated the rest of the season and if Wilmington can lose two, we can take
first place. One game at a time
The Vermont Frost Heaves gave their Burlington fans a 51-point thank you in the Memorial Auditorium regular-season finale
with Thursday's 131-80 win over the Montreal Royal.
"We played the same team on the road a week ago and it was a 14-point
game," Vermont coach Will Voigt said. "So obviously our fans really add to the equation in terms of getting us energy and
helping us stay aggressive."
Montreal, the other bookend in the Blue North Division (the Frost Heaves remain at the
top at 28-5 and the Royal stand at the bottom at 6-19), took its only lead with the first bucket of the game, a three-pointer
by Bobby Miller.
Vermont then went on a hit parade from beyond the arc, with Stowe's Dana Martin sealing a 10-point
lead, 31-21, with two consecutive threes to end the first quarter.
The Heaves took control for good in the second quarter
and outscored Montreal 43-15 for a 74-36 halftime lead.
Kelvin Parker and John Bryant each converted 3D-rule plays,
including an emphatic, bench-clearing dunk by Bryant that resulted in a four-point play.Vermont's tremendous defensive effort
created numerous offensive opportunities in addition to forcing the Royal into ill-advised shots and shot clock violations.
been the theme," Voigt said. "You never want to lose, but a good thing out of losing to Buffalo was that it was a wake-up
call on our man-to-man defense, and that's what we've been working on. This is three games in a row now where we've been pretty
solid. Fourth quarter we wanted to try some zone looks, because we haven't had a chance to use our zone in a while, but really,
for three quarters I thought we played great defense."
Montreal came back in the fourth and was outscored by just two,
29-27, but the damage was clearly done early. The Royal came into the game rumored in the program to be "much more formidable,"
but barely gave Vermont a problem.
"That team beat Quebec City a week ago, so I think it's a result of a lot of hard
work," Voigt said. "Our guys have put in a lot of time in the gym to work on our man-to-man defense, and it shows. When we
get stops, the offense flows from there. We had a stretch where we had a lot of dunks, and that all came out of our defense.
We were forcing steals, forcing misses, which lets us get out and run."
Aaron Cook led the six Frost Heaves in double
figures with 19 points. Parker added 17 points, Tyrone Barley and Antonio Burks each had 16, Bryant had 14, and Tyrone Levett
finished with 12 points. Parker handed out 12 assists while committing just one turnover, and guard Melvin Creddle grabbed
Damon Jones paced the Royal with 21 points and Miller added 18.
MONTREAL – Five
players reached double figures for the Vermont Frost Heaves Sunday, paving the way to a 93-79 victory over the Montreal Royal.
led 47-36 at halftime and opened the third quarter with a 12-3 run. The Royal never got closer than nine points after that
as Vermont coasted to its second straight victory.
Aaron Cook paced the Frost Heaves with 15 points, followed by Marcus
Austin (14 points), Issa Konare (10 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks), Antonio Burks (12 points) and Kelvin Parker (10 points).
Melvin Creddle added a balanced performance with six assists and three steals.
Bobby Miller scored a team-high 20 points
Vermont improves to 27-5 and will host Montreal on Thursday at Burlington's Memorial Auditorium.
Frost Heaves are currently ranked No. 1 in the American Basketball Association Power Rankings and have a good chance of hosting
a game in the upcoming playoffs. The top eight teams in the power rankings will receive byes in the first-round of the 26-team
MONTREAL ROYAL WINS THRILLER OVER QUEBEC
Montreal , 23 rd February 2007-. The Montreal Royal
capped off an amazing comeback to come out on top against the Quebec City Kebekwa`s in front of 1000 fans at the Pierre Charbonneau
Center. It was the Royal`s second win in a row.
Trailing 36-34 at the half, Montreal found themselves down by as many as 15
points in the 3 rd quarter as Quebec took advantage of many miscues by Royal players. Entering the 4 th quarter the Royal,
down 11 points battled back and took the lead for good when guard Burky Reid stole the ball at half court and converted a
running lay-up to put Montreal up 66-64. Quebec could not withstand the defensive pressure applied by the Royal as they committed
4 turnovers in the last 3 minutes of the game. Quebec was forced to foul in the last seconds of the game and guard J.J Brade
converted two free throws to make it 85-82 and seal the win. Reid and centre Eche Okafor were the Royal`s (6-17) high scorers
with 17 a piece. Forward Damon Jones chipped in with 14. Quebec (16-11) was led by all-star forward Cordell Jeanty who had
a game high 22 points. It was the 7 th and final meeting between the two teams this year with Quebec winning the first 5 meetings
and Montreal coming out on top in the last two.
The Royal will take part in a charity event for the heart foundation tomorrow night
at 7.p.m at the Pierre Charbonneau Centre, with Royal players facing off against the Global television staff. All proceeds
will be donated to the heart foundation. Montreal’s next home game will be held on Sunday February 25 th as the league
leading Vermont Frost Heaves will visit the Royal. Tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m. For more information please call 514-872-6644
or visit www.montrealroyalaba.com
Montreal, Canada. Former Canadian Olympiuc sprinter Bruny Surin has accepted an invitation
by the ABA Montreal Royal on Friday, February 23rd as the 13th Man celebrity player. The ABA allows its home teams to have
one art, media, political or sports personality inserted into their lineup at every game.
Montreal's opponent for this special night will be their cross town rivals,
the Quebec City Kebekwa's which were upset by the Royal in their last meeting on January 20th. Tip off is scheduled for 7pm.
For more information, call 514 872 6644 or visit www.montrealroyalaba.com or www.abalive.com.
ROYAL WIN OVERTIME THRILLER OVER BELLINGHAM
Montreal , 11 th February 2007- The Montreal Royal, playing their third
game in three days beat the Bellingham Slam in overtime by a score of 124-123.
The Royal took a 57-50 lead into halftime only to see it slip away late in the 3 rd quarter. The Slam,
then opened the 4 th quarter with an 8-0 run to make it 95-88. But the Royal, led once again by captain Bobby Miller (30 points)
came roaring back with key contributions from forwards Shawn Browne (22 points) and Damon Jones (22 points). After the Slam`s
Jacob Stevenson sank two free throws to make it 112-109 the Royal turned to Browne to provide the late game heroics. With
less than 2 seconds left Miller drove to the basket and passed to a wide open Browne who then sank the game winner from 18
feet securing the win.
Montreal’s next game is scheduled for Friday February 23 rd as their cross town rivals, the Québec
City Kebekwa`s will visit the Royal. Montreal, who won a controversial game last January 9 th in Québec City expects the game
to be a very physical one. The last meeting between the two teams was marred by physical play and technical fouls for unsportsmanlike
conduct. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. For more information please call 514-872-6644 or visit www.montrealroyalaba.com
Montreal, Canada -- The Montreal Royal, playing their second
game in as many nights, fell to the Buffalo Silverbacks by a score of 99-76.
Trailing 54-40 at the half, the Silverbacks
came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders, connecting on 64% of their shots in the second half. The Silverbacks
were led by former Syracuse University star Kueth Duany with 18 points and 7 rebounds. The Royals were led once again by captain
Bobby Miller who tallied a game high 24 points and 5 assists.
For more information, call (514) 872-6644 or visit www.montrealroyalaba.com.
FRENZY VICTORIOUS IN CORCORAN'S DEBUT OVER MONTREAL ROYAL
Montreal, Canada -- The Cape Cod Frenzy came from behind
to defeat the Montreal Royal, 107-101 in the debut of new Head Coach Gerry Corcoran. The Royal came out of the gate scorching
from the perimeter as Bobby Miller made four threes in the first quarter to help the home team build a 35-29 lead. But the
Frenzy dug in with Corcoran barking orders from the sidelines and regained the lead at the half 54-51.
lead evaporated in the third quarter as Montreal's press created turnovers that led to 3D baskets and transition points. With
5:02 left in the third, the Royal had extended to a 75-62 lead and ABA All Star forward Rob Sanders was whistled for a tech
- his 5th foul of the game.
The Frenzy rallied in the fourth behind the hard inside work of Raheim Lamb. With four
minutes left in the game, the Frenzy were within six points at 94-88. Two back-to-back threes by point guard Bilal Dawan-Abdullah
tied the game at 94. The Frenzy went up by two and then two monster lams in the final minute for the victory.
Lamb led all scorers with 35, Rob Sanders had 26. Bobby Miller led the Royal with 28 and Uche Okafor had 26.
information, visit www.capecodfrenzy.com or www.montrealroyal.com.
ROYAL GETTING READY FOR A BUSY WEEKEND
Montreal, Canada -- The Montreal Royal will be in action
this weekend with a three-game home stand at the Pierre Carbonnmeau Sports Center. The Cape Cod Frenzy will kick off the weekend
as the Royal will attempt to beat the Frenzy for the third time this season.
On Saturday, the Royal will entertain
the Buffalo Silverbacks. The two teams will be meeting for the first time this season. Both games will tip off at 7 pm.
Sunday, the Royal will entertain the Bellingham Slam who will also be making their first and only visit to Montreal. The Slam,
hailing from the state of Washington, leads the ABA's northwest division with an impressive 18-6 record. Tip off is slated
for 4 pm.
For more information, visit www.montrealroyalaba.com or call (514) 872-6644.
The Montreal Royal are an American Basketball Association team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The team's first season was in 2005-2006 and currently plays out of the Centre Pierre Charbonneau. The team was known as the Montreal Matrix before an ownership change in December of 2006
The Montreal Matrix are an American Basketball Association team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The team's first season was in 2005-2006 and currently plays out of the Centre Pierre Charbonneau.
Nevio Marzinatto is the current head coach. Tito Destin is the general manager.
The Matrix reached the playoffs in their first season of play. They won their first playoff game against
the Ohio Aviators. They reached the Round of 16 before losing to the Maryland Nighthawks
MLN Newswire - www.mlntherawfeed.com - Montreal, Canada- The Strong
Island Sound needed a win on Sunday afternoon in Montreal to salvage their three-game weekend set, and they came away with
an 88-77 victory. In the midst of a seven-game road trip spanning over four weeks, the Sound evened their mark at two wins
and two losses. Overall, the team is 13-9 on the season and lead the Blue Central Division by one half game over Wilmington.
Both Montreal and Strong Island came into the contest at the Pierre-Charbonneau Center playing their
third game in three days. The Sound led by nine at halftime, and controlled the game until late in the fourth quarter. The
newly renamed Royals attempted a come back and cut it to 82-77 with five minutes left. But the Sound were able to extend their
lead and won the game going away.
Montreal was led in scoring by forward Damon Jones with 30 points. On Saturday,
the Sound were defeated by the Vermont Frost Heaves by a score of 116-96 in Burlington , Vermont . With the win, the expansion
Frost Heaves improved to 18-4 and lead the Blue North Division. After an 8-4 start, the Sound are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
THE MONTREAL PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL CLUB TASTES VICTORY JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Montreal, Qc. – December 23rd, 2006 – The Montreal Professional Basketball Club was battling
the Newark Express for a second night in a row, this Saturday. Just before Christmas, the team’s hometown fans received
a precious gift: a first victory! The Montreal Professional Basketball Club came out on top, 113-94.
At the end of the 1st quarter, the Newark Express had the advantage on the game, 17-15. The Montrealers
managed to even the score during the 2nd quarter but were still behind at half time, 36-39. After playing 2 minutes in the
3rd quarter, the situation flipped. The score gradually went from 40-39 to 51-41 as Montreal took control of the game. With
4 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter, Montreal was heading to a first win, 61-42. At the 4th quarter, the board showed that
Montreal was leading the game. It went from 88-66 to 109-03, and finally ended in favour of Montreal, 113-94. The players
not only showed how devoted they really are, but also how well they know how to win. Shawn Browne led Montreal with 28 points;
Bobby Miller and Damon Jones both had 19.
The team’s new website is now available at www.montrealABA.com. Visit it to get all the information
regarding the team’s schedule and new developments. Also, the fans have the chance to vote there for their favourite
name between Montreal Flash, Montreal Renaissance, Montreal Royal, Montreal Lights and Montreal Phenix. The contest will go
until January 12th; the first 250 participants to enter will receive a free pair of tickets to the January 19th game.
Please take note that the next two games appearing on our calendar, scheduled to be held on December
29th and December 30th, have been cancelled. The Montreal Professional Basketball Club will be visiting his rival in Quebec
on Friday January 5th, 2007, before coming back home to battle the Keb’s, on Sunday January 7th, 2007, at 4pm, in front
of their hometown fans, at Pierre-Charbonneau Center. To get your tickets, please call the ticket booth at 514 255-4222 or
go online at www.myticket.ca.
THE MONTREAL PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL CLUB SHOWS UP IN NEW UNIFORMS
Montreal, Qc. – December 22nd, 2006 – After revealing, last weekend, that the club is about
to come to life again, the Montreal Professional Basketball Club was battling, this Friday, the Newark Express. Even though
the game was really tight, the Montrealers were defeated by the score of 105-97.
“We really wanted to win this one, and it actually came very close to a win! The score showed a
difference of two points only at many times during the game,” explained Bobby Miller, the team’s captain. The
Montrealers offered a great performance to their hometown fans. Shawn Browne led Montreal with 26 points followed by Bobby
The team showed a new energy tonight, and showed up in new uniforms too. Les Créations Ozzie worked very
hard so that the players could wear those blue uniforms at the game tonight. “The uniforms are only temporary. Later
on, the new name and the logo will be on there, but for now, it’s only written ''Montreal''. The public will be able
to discover the team’s real new uniforms at the January 19th, 2007, home game,” stated Luc Filiatrault, the team’s
Until then, don’t hesitate to visit our new website at www.montrealABA.com in order to acquire
all information with regards to the team’s schedule and developments. In the meantime, the public is asked to select
their preference between 5 pre-selected names: Montreal Flash, Montreal Renaissance, Montreal Royal, Montreal Lights and Montreal
Phenix. So far, people seem to have a little something for Montreal Royal and Montreal Flash. The contest will be held until
January 12th, 2007. The first 250 participants to enter the contest will receive a free pair of tickets to assist our January
19th 2007 home game.
The Montreal Professional Basketball Club will battle, for the second night in a row, the Newark Express,
at Pierre-Charbonneau Center, this Saturday, December 23rd at 7pm. The special promotion of the weekend is still available:
The first 500 fans who attend Saturday’s game will receive a bracelet that will allow them to gain access to the game
against the Newark Express. To get your tickets, please call the ticket booth at 514 255-4222 or go online at www.myticket.ca.
Matrix ball bounces in mysterious ways
Local ABA club hopes to end season of turmoil with new
ownership, team name and website
STEPHANIE MYLES, The Gazette
Published: Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Coles said he would be in Montreal yesterday, for the first time this season, to introduce a new, local, deep-pocketed owner
for the Montreal Matrix.
If Coles was here, he went incognito. And the promised saviour never appeared.
Montreal American Basketball Association franchise's new ownership team - which met for much of the day trying to figure out
how to bring the team back from rock bottom - didn't hear from him, according to Pascal Jobin, founding coach and general
manager of the Matrix who is the head coach of the ABA's Quebec City Kebekwa.
Jobin is acting as a consultant to the
new owners, who would surely accept Coles's call. Luc Filiatrault, a chiropractor who will head the new group, is only one
of the creditors whose cheques from the Matrix have bounced.
"We're going to try to do this right," Jobin said.
news conference is scheduled for today to announce some of the changes, starting with a new team name and a new website -
www.montrealABA.com - that should be up shortly.
"The Matrix may belong to Mr. Coles, but we have the franchise,"
Filiatrault said. "It's a name that doesn't mean anything, and owes a lot of money."
The team will be called the Flash,
the Renaissance, or the Royal. Voting will take place on the new website, and the first 250 people to vote will get a pair
of tickets to the Jan. 19 game.
The Brooklyn Wonders are scheduled that night. But the Wonders seem to have folded,
so the ABA opponent is TBA.
The new ownership also is offering a two-for-one special: buy a ticket for Friday night's
game against the Newark Express, and get a free ticket for the rematch the following night.
Coles contacted The Gazette
Monday morning after getting wind that the new group had announced Sunday that the league had revoked the franchise from Coles
and given it to them. He promised the mysterious new owner would make good with the players, some of whom, literally, are
wondering where their next meal will come from.
"The players don't want me involved, so I'm going to step aside," he
Coles blamed the financial woes on a deal gone bad, one related to Quebec City Kebekwa owner Real Bourassa.
deal with Bourassa was to bring in $150,000-$200,000 in sponsorships. He promised. They didn't do it," Coles said.
said the search for corporate sponsors had been the responsibility of Stephane Boivin. Boivin didn't deliver; he then committed
suicide in October.
"That money never came to Quebec, either," Jobin said. "Real (Bourassa) is digging into his own
pockets. And he never promised $150,000 to Melvin Coles."
League CEO Joe Newman and vice-president of team operations
Brad Hester did not respond to requests for comment.
The last few days have been a whirlwind of communications between
Newman and the various parties. Jobin said the deal should be completed this week. What remains to be seen is if the franchise,
which began with such promise a year ago, can survive.
Coles, who appeared to be Newman's favourite son a year ago,
has gone from having a stake in at least four teams - Montreal, Baltimore, Strong
Island (New York) and a Virginia-based
team that never really got off the ground) - to none.
Filiatrault said Coles turned down several offers to sell the
Tuesday November 21 2006
BY PAUL GODFREY
HARWICH - As long as you've got a picture-perfect shot, you can always go home again.
With a little help from a former Harwich High standout, the Cape Cod Frenzy - a member of the American
Basketball Association - raced to a 26-point first-half lead, then weathered a sloppy, ragged second half. In the end they
prevailed, 108-94, in their home opener last night at Harwich High School before approximately 150 fans.
Richmond Pittman led the way with 26 points, Rob Sanders scored 22 and Jermaine Watson added 21 as the
Frenzy improved to 3-1 on the young season. The Matrix, who dressed just eight players, dropped to 0-3.
The contest ran the full gamut as minor league games go, with several crowd pleasing dunks, fan interactive
contests and a DJ performing during timeouts. It also had a near fight in the second half, then a clock malfuction, but also
had a Kodak moment.
Chadd Kodak, who scored 1,000 points in his stellar Rough Rider career, came off the bench in the final
two minutes of the first quarter and drained a 3-pointer from the left wing on his only attempt as the Frenzy closed with
a 10-0 run to lead 36-17 after one period.
''Fifteen years later, at 33, it felt pretty good,'' said Kodak, who was added to the roster last night
as a 13th-man celebrity/guest. ''Shooters never lose their touch.''
The Frenzy upped their lead to 48-22 midway through the first half and settled for a 54-39 lead at the
With Montreal 6-11 center Ulche Okafor scoring 19 of his 33 points in the second half, the Matrix cut
the lead to 73-67 late in the third quarter, but some nifty drives by Watson kept the Frenzy in command in the fourth quarter.
Tuesday December 5, 2006
From McGill to the ABA
Monday November 13 2006
|Frost Heaves race past Matrix, 94-83|
November 13, 2006
MONTREAL – The Vermont Frost Heaves posted their first-ever victory with Sunday's 94-83 win over
the Montréal Matrix.
Five players reached double figures for the first-year franchise, which will play its home opener
against the Quebec City Kebekwa on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at the Barre Auditorium.
Tyrone Barley paced Vermont with
17 points, followed by Travarus Bennett (15 points), Antonio Burks (14 points), Kevin Harrington (13 points) and Kevin Mickens
"With our guys, it's probably going to be this balanced all year," Frost Heaves coach Will Voigt said.
"It's different guys at different times. We're fortunate enough to have decent depth, and different players got hot today.
We ride the hot hand for a little while and then move to the next guy."
Vermont established a 51-43 halftime lead and
never allowed Montreal to pull within six points during the second half. According to Voigt, his players bounced back admirably
after Friday's loss in which Quebec City rallied from a 23-point halftime deficit.
"Montreal tried to press, but we
handled it much, much better than we did in Quebec," Voigt said.
A key factor in Friday's loss was the American Basketball
Association's 3-D rule, which awards a team an extra point if a player steals the ball in the backcourt and then his team
"In this league every team is going to roll out athletes and they're going to press you, and everybody gets
sucked into the 3-D effect," Voigt said. "The crowd gets going, the officials buy into and no lead is safe. No question. You
have to be strong with the ball – you're not going to win games if you're not. And we improved a little bit in taking
care of the ball. We're good as long as we can get shots up, but if you turn the ball over, you can't get shots. I'm happy
with where we are defensively – we give up our points off turnovers and in transition."
Former Northwestern standout
Mohammed Hachad scored 27 points for Montreal in Sunday's loss.
On Thursday, the Frost Heaves will have a chance to
avenge their lone loss when the Kebekwa visit the Barre Auditorium.
"All of us are eager to get back on the floor with
those guys," Voigt said. "They had a sellout crowd at their game an there's no doubt that the crowd played a big role in them
coming back. I think Barre is going to be rocking on Thursday. It's going to be a great atmosphere."
Savings Bank 110 percent community All-Star for Thursday's game will be Barre mayor Thomas Lauzon, who will serve as the Frost
Heaves' 13th player
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The new-look and newly renamed Cape Cod Frenzy arrived at the Pierre Charbonneau Arena in Montreal fully rested
and raring to go. After two weeks of training camp and a week of regular practice, the young Frenzy unit
was ready to show the ABA what they can do.
However, the host team, the Montreal Matrix, was
less than hospitable on the court. A quick 6-1 start by Montreal had the Frenzy on their heels. How would
their young players respond? Dynamic 6-7 forward Rob Sanders (Providence College) responded for the Frenzy with several
acrobatic interior baskets. The older, more experienced Matrix squad pushed the lead back out to 19-10 with
4:28 left in the first quarter. Cape Cod refused to quit, closing the quarter strong and cutting the Montreal lead to
23-21 at the end of one. It would be the first of many such comebacks by the Frenzy in the game.
in the second, the Frenzy captured their first lead of the game 24-23 on a slam dunk by guard Jermaine Watson (Boston
College). The Matrix decided to try and capitalize on their height advantage rotating 3 seven footers in
and out of the game. Cape Cod briefly tried a zone defense and paid for it with two quick three pointers by Montreal.
The Matrix led 47-37. But again the Frenzy battled back. A three pointer by guard Dustin Hellenga
(Rhode Island) and a dunk by Rob Sanders brought the Frenzy all the way back to a 49-44 deficit at the half.
were feeling good about our chances at halftime," explained Frenzy coach Angel Robinson Jr., "because they were clicking
on all cylinders and we were clicking on just one, and we were still in the game."
the confidence turned to despair rather quickly and the Frenzy came out of halftime flat, and the Matrix jumped out
to a 63-50 lead at the 7:26 mark of the 3rd. Continually throughout the game, Frenzy layups seemed to bound around
and rim out, while the opponents shots bounced 3 or 4 times before settling in. The bounces just seem to keep
going Montreal's way. But, once again, the Frenzy players refused to die. Coach Robinson implemented a diamond
press which proved to be the key to a 12-0 run, capped off by a driving layup by Jermain Watson who also drew the foul.
The seesaw battle ended up all tied, 75-75 at the end of the third quarter.
keps the pressure on and a floating shot by Steve Hailey put Cape Cod up 108-105 with 18 seconds left. The Matrix, desperate
for a 3, heaved an errant toss from behind the ark that was caught shot of the rim by 6-11 Frenzy center Ifesinachi
Anosike. Astonishly, the refs called this "Hail Mary" shot goaltending - and called the game tied 108-108 wityh 5.4
"Ed the game NOW, we're going to finish this right now on this possession,"
hollered Frenzy players in the final huddle, desperate to begin their inaugural season 1-0. They took the court
focused on a mission. The ball came to Hellenga, who promptly took his man off the dribble left lane and
lofted an arching floater that kissed glass...and...bumped out. As the ball bounded up, a Matrix player tipped it in
an effort to grab it and Frenzy Rob Sanders got a fingernail on the ball. The result: the ball reversed
direction and kissed back off the glass and fell into the hoop. Frenzy victory! Hysteria ensued. Quite fitting
for all the near misses throughout the game that the last shot made was a fingernail tip in.
Frenzy were led by Rob Sanders with 27, Jermaine Watson and Dustin Hellenga with 24, Richmond Pittman 16 and Steve Hailey
with 10. The Matrix were led by Shawn Browne's 33.
Thursday September 21 2006
Wednesday August 30 2006
Sunday July 2 2006
Monday March 13 2006
Feb 27 2006
Friday Feb 17 2006
Sunday Feb 5 2006
Sunday Jan 29 2006
Saturday Jan 28 2006
Monday Jan 23 2006
(November 20, 2005) — The RazorSharks rebounded Saturday night.
They rebounded from their
first loss, off the glass and from a first-period deficit.
Rochester rallied to defeat the Montreal Matrix 101-79 at
the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial, improving their American Basketball Association record to 4-1.
The Matrix led the first 10 minutes of the first quarter, which was slowed by 12 foul calls in the first
Rochester, which played in front of an announced crowd of 3,891, took its first lead with 2:22 left, converting
two free throws on an intentional foul call under the basket.
"We spent the last two days (after the team's loss Wednesday) on defense," said coach Rod Baker. "If
we play better defensively, then everything will just open up."
Rochester outrebounded Montreal 49-35, 31 of which were on the defensive end.
"We made a concerted
effort to get our misses," Baker said about his team's rebounding effort.
The lead switched back and forth during the third quarter, with Montreal converting two 3-D plays in
But Rochester's steady offensive attack of passing around the 3-point arch to open up underneath the basket
started to earn a reward. The RazorSharks went on a 7-0 run in the final two minutes of the third.
The rally continued as Chris Carawell and James Reaves led the way, extending the RazorSharks' lead to
20 points in the final minutes. Carawell and Reaves combined for half of their team's points.
Carawell was named player of the game, scoring 22 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
who is announced as "Mook," a nickname his mother gave him, finished with a game-high 28 points and six rebounds. Reaves is
averaging 22 points per game in his first four games.
Demond Steward, a Greece Olympia graduate, pitched in with 15 points and seven rebounds.
hang our heads when they got back into the game," Carawell said. "In the first half, we didn't shoot that well. But we kept
attacking on the offensive glass and when our shots started falling in the second half, we played great 'D.'"
Rochester dropped to second place in the Connie Hawkins division with Wednesday's loss behind the Northeast
Pennsylvania Breakers, who are undefeated.
Rochester hosts Niagara, a divisional opponent, at 7:35 p.m. Thursday.
Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that it plans major expansion
into Canada for the 2006 season. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, "We have just accepted market reservations for both Quebec
City and Ottawa and earlier announced Vancouver, bringing to five the number of teams that will be playing in Canada next
season. And we're also working with four additional groups. We are very excited about all three cities and of course, we are
extremely proud of the way both the Montreal Matrix and Niagara DareDevils have started. Canada is very important to the ABA, the fans are fabulous, and we'll do everything we can
to justify the confidence and support we are receiving. We'll be announcing the ownership groups and their plans very shortly."
Ottawa is a beautiful city with a population of 1.2 in the region that makes it the fourth largest urban
area in Canada and is the home of such tech giants as Nortel Networks, Alcatel, Cisco and JDS Uniphase. It is also the home
of government organizations such as the Government of Canada, Parliament, the Senate and the Supreme Court of Canada. The
city is rich in culture and heritage with its many national institutions, parklands, waterways and historic arcitecture and
is home to a large number of foreign embassies. The city offers an open and welcoming environment to cultures from around
the world, providing service in English, French and a host of other languages.
Quebec City, where culture is capital, is a modern and dynamic city. At the crossroads between Europe
and North America, it is awake to the political and economic realities of the day. Producer Steven Spielberg chose Quebec
City as the setting for his movie "Catch Me if You Can." This was his first visit but will definitely not be the last. The city's architecture
and beauty are among the the finest in the world. Experience the St. Lawrence River, one of Quebec's greatest resources, one
of many, many great attractions there. Quebec City is the cradle of French civilization in North America and is proudly preparing
to celebrate its 400th anniversary in 2006. Once there, you fall under its spell.
Vancouver is located in the southwest corner of Canada in the province of British Columbia and is surrounded
by water on three sides and overlooked by the Coast Range, mountains that rise abruptly. The climate is one of the mildest
in Canada. With a present city population over 560,000, the region has more than 2,000,000 people. The Port of Vancouver is
Canada's largest and most diversified port and the city is a major tourist destination and will be host to The Olympic Winter games in 2010 as well aass the Paralympic Games that same year. With a large and diversified population
with a large Asian segment, the ABA plans to bring its Beijing team to Vancouver this season to introduce the ABA to the city.
For more information about the ABA in Canada, visit email email@example.com or visit www.abalive.com.
Nov 12: Rapids played the Montreal Matrix in Montreal tonight. Point Guard, Tim Winn is on the injured
list due to a slip on a puddle in the closing minutes of the Rochester Game. Final Score, Montreal 94, Rapids 74. Nani Ibrahim
on the Matrix scored 25 points with 15 rebounds. Kevin Ross stepped up for the Rapids scoring 22 points with 17 rebounds
and the Rapids as a whole shooting 38% from the field.Montreal, Canada. The ABA NE Penn Breakers defeated the Montreal Matrix
in a very exciting, hard fought ABA game last night 106-100. For the second game in a row, Manix Auriantal led Montreal with
26 points while Quilninious Randal scored 21.
"Our team could have won this game," explained coach Pascal Jobin. "The score was very close with the Matrix and the Breakers exchanging leads several times.
In the end, one of the Breakders dominated the boards with 24 rebounds and 10 blocks - that made the difference."
The Maxrix return to Montreal to play the Buffalo Rapids on Friday, November
11th at 7pm at Centre Pierre-Charbonneau. For more information, visit www.montrealmatrixbasketball.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 514 951 7516 or visit www.abalive.com. -
MONTREAL MATRIX HOME OPENER SOLD OUT
Montreal, Canada -- Tonight, the Montreal Matrix will
play before a sold out crowd of 2,200 basketball enthusiasts.
"Over the last few day," explains coach Pascal Jobin,
"our ticket office has been so busy that there are only a few single tickets left. This is very encouraging for our new team
and it says a lot about the popularity of basketball in Canada," explains Jobin. "No doubt our local players on the team will
benefit from the support of the crowd when they play tonight against the Buffalo Rapids," adds Jobin.
Matrix shows a record of one and one. In each of the first two games, Manix Auriantal, a local player from Villeray - Saint-Michel
- Parc Extension borough, has led the team with 26 and 25 points. Bobby Miller, another local player who played for cegep
Montmorency in Lavel, scored 13 points in the first game.
Basketball fans that could not get tickets for the opening
game are invited to encourage the Montreal Matrix when it plays against the Newark Express this Sunday, November 13th at 2
pm at Pierre-Charbonneau Center.
Montreal, Canada -- The NE Penn Breakers
defeated the Montreal Matrix
in a very exciting, hard fought ABA game last night 106-100. For the
second game in a row,
Manix Auriantal led Montreal with 26 points
while Quilninious Randal scored 21.
"Our team could have won this game,"
explained coach Pascal Jobin.
"The score was very close with the Matrix and the Breakers exchanging
leads several times.
In the end, one of the Breakers dominated the
boards with 24 rebounds and 10 blocks - that made the difference."
Maxrix return to Montreal to play the Buffalo Rapids on Friday,
November 11th at 7 pm at Centre Pierre-Charbonneau.
Willie Chandler scored 28 points as the NEPA Breakers
rolled to their
second victory, 106-100, over the Montreal Matrix in an American
Basketball Association game Tuesday
at Lackawanna College.
Montreal, Canada. Tickets for the Montreal Matrix basketball team are on sale as of now announced Pascal
Jobin, General Manager "Basketball fans will be pleased to know that we have kept our tickets at a very affordable price,"
said Jobin. Fans will pay as low as $10 to see our games. Other prices are $18 and a courtside seat will be $28. Our season
packages range from $144 to $428 for a courtside seat. This is for 18 games in Montreal."
Tickets are on sale at Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, 514 872 6644 and on the internet at www.monbillet.ca.
Coach Jobin invites Montreal basketball fans to attend the first home game of the season to be played November 11th at Centre-Pierre
Charbonneau. The Montreal Matrix will play the Buffalo Rapids.
For more information, contact Pascal Jobin at email@example.com or visit www.montrealmatrixbasketball.com
or call 514 951 7516 or visit www.abalive.com.
ABA's Montreal Matrix with a predominantly Canadian roster
headed by Philippe Langlois - Sep. 22, 2005 - by
American Basketball Association (ABA) only Quebec franchise,
the Montreal Matrix have decided on a preliminary list of players for consideration for the final roster of the team. This
preliminary list includes no less than nine Canadian-based players in addition to five international players, one each from
the United States, Senegal, Cameroon, Niger and Croatia. This is in line with what the Matrix management and its General Manager
/ Head Coach Pascal Jobin had pledged, of taking a predominantly Canadian roster. This is also in sharp contrast to the road
taken by the other Canadian ABA franchise in this year's league, namely the Niagara DareDevils who have announced signing
of nine American players already and without any Canadian names yet announced, though two may be added later this week after
the team conducts its tryouts.
The most prominent Canadian signing in list released by Matrix
head coach Pascal Jobin is the well-known 4-year Concordia University Stingers player Phillipe Langlois (188-G-80)
Canadian Players: Louis Patrick Levros 6'5'', Forward from Rhode Island
College. Denburk Reid
5'7'', Guard from McGill Redmen. Averaging in his senior year
17.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.4apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3Pt: 74.7% in 15 regular CIS season games
Phillipe Langlois 6'2'', Guard from Concordia Stingers. He was named All-Quebec University League Player of the Year in
2005. In his last year with the Stingers and in 16 games, he averaged 9.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 7.8apg, 3.4spg, with FGP: 43.3%, 3Pt:
90.0%. His team was champion of the CIS Quebec Division and finished as national runners up to CIS champions Carleton Ravens.
He had also played for one season 1999-2000 with the Eastern Kentucky University (NCAA). Originating from Varennes (Quebec),
this will be his first professional deal.
Derek Armstrong 6'4'', Forward, a McGill
Redman player. In his senior year, he averaged 18.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3Pt: 61.3% in 16 games. He has also played
professionally in the Irish Div 1 basketball league with the Sligo All Stars and made the all QSSF Quebec second team in 2005.
Manix Auriantal 6'2'', Guard who played with New York Tech (NCAA Division 2 team). Last season he played professionally
for Norway's Ulriken Eagles averaging 18,0ppg, 6,8rpg, 5,7apg, 3,0spg, 0,2bpg
Bobby Miller 5'10'', Guard, a Montreal who played in NCAA Div 2 New Hampshire team before moving to Lebanon for a professional
season with Al Jamhour / Blue Stars in 1st division Lebanese basketball league.
J.J. Brade 6'5'', Shooting Guard / Small Forward who has played both NCAA with George Washington University and CIAU
Canadian university conference with Bishop's. Also a former member of both Canada's national U22 team and the senior national
Shawne Brown 6'6'', Forward, a Montrealer who played in Virginia Tech (NCAA's ACC conference). He has played professionally
in French lower basketball leagues, in Nationale2's Ajjaccio Corse Sud and in Nationale1 AC Golfe Juan Vallauris for a brief
Korran Rivers 6'5'', Guard from Quebec City. He played in NCAA Div. 2's Merrimack College. Last year he played professionally
in Austria B Bundesliga finishing as runners up. He averaged 15.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 39.1%, 3FGP: 34.6% in
Quilninious Randall 6'6'',
USA, Forward. After brief appearance with George Mason University, he moved to Northeastern. Professionally, he played with
ABA's Boston Frenzy where he averaged 7.1ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 40%.
Muhammed Fall 6'9'', Senegal, Power Forward / Center. Played in University of the District of Columbia of NCAA's Div.
Charles Manga 6'11, Cameroun, Center with Seton Hall (NCAA 1998-2002). Played in teams in USBL league, were part of the
Athletes in Action team, 76ers summer camp and various teams in Uruguay and Kosovo. He played briefly in ABA's Jersey Squires
Muhammed Lasege 6'11', Niger, Center and part of the African Junior Champions team (1998 held in Egypt). part of the Nigerian
U18 world championship squad in 1999 (held in Portugal), and then the senior national team. He had been accepted to the Louisville
college basketball program for one year, but had to suspend his college basketball career after a decision of the Kentucky
Supreme Court regarding his college eligibility due to contracts with Russian Autodorozhnik Saratov and Khimik Engels teams.
He has played for brief periods in Belgium and Germany. He was also a soccer player and was part of the track and fields program.
www.monbillet.ca .The first home game of the season to be played November
11 at Centre Pierre-Charbonneau is against the Buffalo Rapids.
Stjepan Marinovic 6'5'', Croatia, Guard,
an illustrious 8 year career with KK Zagreb (1998-2003) reaching both Croatian league and Croatian Cup semi-finals. He averaged
8.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 5ast, 2.0spg in 6 games in the FIBA Champions Cup. Then in 2003-2004, he signed with Hermes Analitica Zagreb
averaging 9.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg in Stage 1 and 10.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg in Stage 2. He has also played in HKK Posusje,
Jazine Zadar and most notably KK Dubrava Sport Tip Zagreb where in 9 games in Stage 1 he averaged 14.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg,
1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.5%, 3FGP: 47.2% and in 12 playoff games averaged 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 41.4%
for the 18 Montreal Matrix home games that will be held in the 2700 spectators capacity Centre Pierre Charbonneau are on sale
already and cost $144 up to $428 for courtside seats. The Matrix have also kept the prices of the individual tickets affordable
starting at $10-$18 with courtside seats for $28. Tickets are on sale at Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, 514-872-6644, and on the
AUG 31 - HOOP DREAM COME TRUE - BY THE
Montreal, Canada -- Are you as excited about the Montreal
Matrix as I am? Can you believe it? Pro basketball in la belle province! That has got to be some sort of oxymoron. They haven't
even played a game yet but the Matrix is already my favorite hometown team. Add to the fact that former Knick Jerome Williams
is their owner and I really love this team already. (Williams getting waived is a whole other story for a different day. Basically
the Knicks continue to shock me in how poor they are in evaluating talent. Great managing Isiah. Get rid of the hardest worker
on the team - the only guy who was truly proud to wear the Orange and Blue. I can't believe the Knicks gave up on JYD and
decided to stick with a stiff like Maurice Taylor. Somebody shoot me now.)
The ABA. Now, don't get it twisted - this
isn't the NBA. It isn't the NCAA, the NBDL, the CBA or even the Euroleague. Hell, the current verson of the ABA is completely
different than it once was. Gone are the afro days. Gone are the days when players would choose to play in the ABA over the
NBA. If you aren't familiar with the original ABA and are familiar with the great "sport" of professional wrestling think
of it as ECW: A small-time promotion with a hardcore fan base that produced some of the greatest talents ever. Consider the
fact that Dr. J, George Gervin, Moses Malone, David Thompson, Connie Hawkins and so many more got their start in the ABA and
you will realize what this league was really about. It was the perfect league for the 1970's: A rebel organization not afraid
of expressing itself. It was also the league that is responsible for inventing the 3-point line and the first to use the tri-color
However, those days are long gone. Today, the ABA is a real minor league form of basketball that has teams in
such hotbeds as Tijuana, Mexico and Lake Erie. The closest most of, if not all, the players in the league will get to the
NBA is if they buy a ticket like all of us. That all being said, it doesn't really matter what form of ball it is because
some form of basketball has finally arrived in Montreal. (And in case you are thinking that I am overlooking the NBL's Montreal
Dragons, I am not. That team and that league were horribly mismanaged and shouldn't qualify in this discussion). When I first
found out that Montreal was getting an ABA team I was ecstatic. As a kid, I always dreamed of the day that my hometown would
also be one to an NBA franchise. When Toronto and Vancouver were awarded franchises I was certain we were next. When the Molsen
Center opened up I truly believed that all the chips were in line for that dream to be finally realized.
over time that dream faded faster than the fad on Kid 'n Play's head. When cities like Halifax and Hamilton were hosting preseason
games and we weren't, I knew that the writing was on the wall. The NBA didn't have any faith in the fan base. In retrospect
they were probably right. I mean, if Montreal supports A-level soccer and minor league football over Major League Baseball
they don't deserve a pro basketball team. Given that line of thinking they would probably choose to watch Putt Putt on RDS
than see Tim Duncan play in person. Nothing against the city of Montreal, I think it is one of the greatest in the world,
but their judge of talent and entertainment is completely out-of-whack. Claude-Robillard Stadium is as far away from downtown
Montreal as is the Big O. How could one choose to watch minor league soccer players over superstars such as Barry Bonds and
Vladmir Guerrero? By the way, this is coming from someone who love soccer. But I know talent when I see it. Montreal will
forever regret letting the Expos leave town. And don't let anyone tell you differently. Montrealers are the only ones responsible
for the death of the Expos. Not MLB or anyone else.
Perhaps that is why I was so surprised to hear that Montreal was
joining the ABA. I remember attending the Montreal Dragons games and being completely disappointed withe the fans. First off,
there were very few of them and secondly they seemed to care more about the mascot than the actual game. But as Bob Dylan
once said: "The times they are a changin'."
All you need to do is look at this Web site. It would have been an afterthought
10 years ago but today it is thriving beyond anyone's expectations. Walk through any neighborhood and you will find kids of
all ages playing basketball. It took some time, but Montreal seems to be finally warming up to the greatest sport in the world.
That is why I think the Montreal Matrix will succeed.
Like I said before, I don't know much about the team. I don't
know what their jerseys will look like no do I care. I don't know who their players are nor do I care. I am not even sure
I know what a Matrix is. All I know is that on any given night I can go with my friends to see a basketball game. Sure. Allen
Iverson and Dwayne Wade won't be out there but competitive ball is competive ball. If you love it like I do you will support
the team. In the meantime and in between time, I'm out like Mike Finley from Big D.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 24: Montreal, Canada. Pascal Jobin, GM/Head Coach of the ABA Montreal Matrix professional
basketball team that begins play in November today announced that the team will hold an Open House on Saturday, September
According to Jobin, "We are looking for people to join the Matrix staff including positions
for game staff, ushers, sales, marketing, community relations, interns. We want to build a great organization of talented
people with a love of business and sports."
The open house will be from 10am-2pm at Pierre Charbonneau Center, 3000 rue Viau, in
Montreal, HIV, 3J3.
For more information or details, contact Coach Jobin at email@example.com,
call 514 782 6644 or visit www.montrealmatrixbasketball.com or www.abalive.com.
The Big Dawgs
Pascal and Jerome...
Montreal, Canada. Serena Locker-Coles, owner of the ABA Montreal professional basketball
team starting play next season today named Pascal Jobin at Coach/General Manager. Coles, a native of LaSalle, stated, "Pascal
is a very knowledgable and experienced young man with an excellent understanding of our goal to provide an exciting brand
of professional basketball at affordable prices. We are very confident he'll put together a first class operation - on and
off the court." After being a member of the Quebec provincial team from 1984-1986 and playing one year at Vanier College,
Jobin became one of the first French Canadians to receive a full athletic scholarship. In 1986 he was recruited by Utica College
in the NCAA Division I, playing for famed coach Larry Costello. He then transferred to the University of Lowell when Utica
changed to Division III where he played for three years and helped the team win the Division II Championship in 1988. After
graduating in 1991 with a BA in history, he took his game to the French Pro League trying out for Levalois and Bondy before
pursuing his career as a coach. In 1993, he coached teams at the high school level in the Montreal Basketball League taking
his Lucien Page school team to the league championship in 1994. Picking up at the same time Coach of the Year, he also managed
to send his players to US colleges. Jobin became Head Coach at College Francais for two years winning back to back championships
and then coached the Montmorency College women's team in 1998 which went undefeated. He has been a sports and entertainment
advisor for the past 10 years and works with local celebrities and over 30 athletes in Canada and the US in contract negotiation,
marketing and personal training and has toured France with a pro team. He now lives in Anjou with his wife Paule and son Zerick.
Jobin stated, "I really am excited about this opportunity. The ABA is a very good professional league with some great teams
and players. We will have to work very hard to be competitive - but we have no doubt that we will be very strong. We'll be
announcing our tryout camps and other things very shortly.