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Robbie Sihota Re-Signs In Hungary

robbieTORONTO, September 14, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Robbie Sihota has signed a new one-year contract with MAFC Budapest of the Hungarian A Division.

Sihota, a 6’7’’ power forward, played 19 games for MAFC Budapest last season before moving to Bremerhaven in the German Basketball Bundesliga. In Hungary, he was the league’s third leading scorer with 18.5 points per game and fourth leading rebounder with 9.3 rebounds per game. He also averaged 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and made 2.4 three-pointers per contest. Sihota then played 12 games with Bremerhaven, averaging 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 44.9 percent from beyond the arc.

A Calgary, Alberta native, Sihota played his collegiate basketball at the University of Calgary. In his final season there, he was named to the All-Canada West Second Team, after averaging 18.7 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Dinos.

In 2010-2011, Sihota played his rookie professional season in the Dutch Eredivisie suiting up for the Rotterdam Challengers, where he averaged a league-leading 10.6 rebounds to accompany his 12.2 points per game.  The following year, he returned to Alberta to play for the Edmonton Energy in the International Basketball League before heading back to the Netherlands for two more seasons.

In 2012-2013, Sihota played his first of two consecutive seasons with Matrixx Magixx Wijchen. That year, he averaged 11.6 points and finished 6th in the league in rebounding with 8.3 per game. The next year, Sihota averaged 12.3 points while ranking third in the league with 8.0 rebounds per game. He was named a Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention.

Sihota then moved to Fribourg Olympic in the Swiss Ligue Nationale A (LNA) for the 2014-2015 season. He helped lead Fribourg to a fourth place regular season finish and a Semi Finals appearance in the LNA playoffs. Sihota ranked 8th best in the LNA with 8.5 rebounds per game, while adding 12.6 points.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to a great organization in Budapest,” said Sihota. “There will be a lot of returning pieces. I am hoping we can build on last year’s success and have a great season.”

MAFC finished the 2015-2016 season with a 10-22 record and missed the playoffs.

For more information and individual box scores for Robbie throughout the season, please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/robbie-sihota.

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Mike Allison Re-Signs With Niagara River Lions

TORONTO, September 12, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to12829534_1689850011285832_5402566798129216573_o announce that Mike Allison has re-signed with the Niagara River Lions in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) on a one-year deal.

Allison, a 6’9’’ power forward/center, is coming off of his third professional season, where he averaged 6.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game with Niagara. He also ranked 4th in the NBLC in blocks with 1.3 per game and shot 76.3% from the free-throw line. In their inaugural season, the River Lions were eliminated by the Windsor Express in the NBLC quarterfinals.

A Hamilton, Ontario native, Allison played high school basketball at the National Elite Development Academy (NEDA), a college preparatory program affiliated with Canada Basketball. During and after his time at NEDA, he played for both the Under 18 and Under 19 Canadian National Teams, winning bronze at the 2008 Under 18 FIBA Americas Championships.

After high school, Allison played four seasons at the University of Maine. In his senior season there, he averaged 6.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and a conference leading 1.7 blocks per game while shooting 50.0% from the field. Allison also led the American East Conference (AEC) in blocks in his junior season when he averaged 2.2 per game. He made the AEC All-Defensive Team his two final years. In 2012, Allison won College Sports Madness All-AEC Third Team honours and in 2013 he was named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-AEC Second Team.

In 2013, Allison began his professional career in the British Basketball League for the Durham Wildcats. There he averaged 10.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and a league-leading 2.3 blocks per game.

Allison spent his 2nd professional season in the NBLC with the Mississauga Power, where he averaged 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 22.0 minutes per game. An efficient player, Allison shot 55.1% from two-point range and 86.0% from the free-throw line.

“I am excited to start another season with the River Lions,” said Allison. “I’m positive we will be able to accomplish even more than our last season.”

Niagara finished the 2015-2016 regular season ranked 3rd in the Central Division with a 16-24 record.

“We’re excited to have Mike back for another season,” said Grace Lokole, Niagara River Lions’ Head Coach. “We think that that Mike’s best basketball is in front of him. We’re looking to anchor our defense around Mike’s defensive ability and versatility.”

For more information and individual box scores for Mike throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/mike-allison.

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Jill Stratton Signs One-Year Contract In Germany

TORONTO, September 9, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased tojill_stratton announce that Jill Stratton has signed a one-year contract with SG BBZ Opladen of the German 2.Bundesliga.

Stratton, a 5’11” guard, started her professional career last season in the same league with the Wolfenbuettel Wolfpack. Unfortunately, her season ended after just four games due to injury.

An Etobicoke, Ontario native, Stratton attended high school at the Etobicoke Collegiate Institute where she was recognized as the Most Valuable Player on the women’s basketball team for three consecutive seasons. Stratton then started her collegiate career in 2010 at the University of Toronto and, in her first year was named the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East Division Rookie of the Year. That season, she was also selected to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) All-Rookie Team, and was recognized by her school as the University of Toronto Female Rookie of the Year. By her fifth year, Stratton was averaging 16.1 points and 9.1 rebounds, which ranked 3rd in the province and 9th in the country. That season, she earned All-OUA First Team honours.

Over her five-year collegiate career, Stratton was also named twice to both the OUA East Division First Team and the All-Canadian Academic Team, and, in 2011, she led the University of Toronto to an OUA East Regular Season Championship. Stratton graduated as the University of Toronto’s all-time regular season scoring leader with 1,245 total points.

Stratton is healthy and looking forward to her second crack at professional basketball overseas.

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” said Stratton. “Opladen seems like a great organization and I’m so excited to be a part of it.”

SG BBZ Opladen finished the 2015-2016 season with a record of 12-8 and eventually lost in the 2.Bundesliga North Division Semi Finals.

For more information and individual box scores for Jill throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/jill-stratton.

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Jabril Durham Signs First Professional Contract In Sweden

TORONTO, September 2, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Jabril Durham has signed a one-year contract with Jamtland Basket of the Swedish Basketligan.

Jabril Durham ArkansasDurham, a 6’1” point guard, finished his senior season at the University of Arkansas 12th in the NCAA and 2nd in the South Eastern Conference (SEC) in assists with 6.4 per game. He also ranked 5th in the country with a 3.6 assists-to-turnover ratio. Durham added averages of 6.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.6 steals, while starting in all 32 games. During the 2015-16 campaign, Durham became the first Razorback in 20 years to register three straight games with 6-plus helpers and no turnovers, completing the feat against Auburn University (Feb 17th), University of Missouri (Feb 20th) and Louisiana State University (Feb 23rd). Durham was the only player in the NCAA with multiple games of 10 points, 10 assists and 5 steals. During the 18-game regular season, his 103 total assists ranks 2nd most in school history.

A DeSoto, Texas native, Durham attended DeSoto High School prior to committing to play collegiate basketball with Lubbock Christian University in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). In his freshman year, Durham led the Chaparrals in both assists with 4.8 per game and total steals with 41. Durham spent his sophomore season with Seminole State College of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) where he averaged 21.2 points while dishing out 6.7 assists, good for 16th and 9th respectively in Region II of the NJCAA.

Durham committed to the University of Arkansas for the 2014-15 season where he posted averages of 1.8 points and 1.4 assists in 10.0 minutes per game. Durham’s strongest performance of his junior year came against the University of Dayton on December 13th, 2014 where he registered 9 points and 2 assists in 25.0 minutes of court time.

“It feels great to get my foot in the door with my first professional contract and I’m excited to start this journey,” said Durham. “I can only thank God for allowing me to continue to play the game I love, to glorify him. Jamtland will be getting a hungry determined player coming in ready to win!”

Jamtland Basket finished the 2015-16 season with a record of 11-19. They look forward to welcoming Durham’s offensive vision and defensive awareness.

“We found Jabril through our extensive scouting of pass-first point guards who play tenacious defense,” said Torbjorn Gehrke, Jamtland Head Coach. “We feel very lucky to have signed Jabril and are expecting great things from him this coming season.”

For more information and individual box scores for Jabril throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/jabril-durham.

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