NBL Atlantic Division Finals Now Best-Of-Seven, Commissioner Gives Update on St. John’s Expansion
The National Basketball League of Canada Atlantic Division championship finals is now tied up with two wins each for the Halifax Hurricanes and the Island Storm.
With a 105-90 victory for the Hurricanes over the Storm in Charlottetown on Saturday night, the Atlantic Division finals have boiled over into a best-of-seven series which rolls along with Game 5 this afternoon at 2PM at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, and then marathons into Game 6 at 7PM on Tuesday for a return to Charlottetown. If 6 games can’t crown an Atlantic Division champion, Thursday night will be the series finale back in Halifax.
“This series is NOW really just starting,” tweeted Island Storm coach Joseph Salerno on Sunday night. “All the faith in the world in my guys!”
— Joseph Salerno (@PEICoach1) May 21, 2017
The team crowned victorious in the Atlantic Divison finals will move on to play the London Lightning of the Central Division for the NBL championship.
NBL Commissioner Dave Magley Gives Secret East an Update on Potential St. John’s Expansion:
— Secret East (@TheSecretEast) May 21, 2017
— Coach Mags (@CoachMagley) May 21, 2017
With action heating up in the Atlantic Division, so are the rumblings about a potential NBL expansion into St. John’s, NL for the 2018 season. The NBL have been openly eager about the idea of introducing the first basketball franchise to call Mile One Centre home. Since the earliest meetings were reported on at the beginning of May, it has been expected that the St. John’s NBL team would be ran by the ownership group behind the St. John’s IceCaps, the short-lived AHL hockey team who just wrapped their final season.
“I have been to St. John’s, met with the right people who have great interest. The venue is perfect and the market is more than capable,” NBL Commissioner Dave Magley told Secret East last night. “Lastly, with the departure of the AHL team the timing simply couldn’t be better.”
Magley is confident that we could see a St. John’s franchise in the NBL Atlantic Division as soon as 2018, but the ball is now in the court of the impending ownership group as the league is still awaiting receipt of the formal application.
If the anticipated expansion were to occur, the St. John’s team would enter a division pool competing with clubs from Halifax, Charlottetown, Sydney, Moncton and Saint John.