Sunday, March 25, 2018

Zimmerman makes NBLC history, is a favorite for sixth man award

Zimmerman (Halifax Hurricanes)
Former Holy Cross standout Ta'Quan Zimmerman is only in his second season in the National Basketball League of Canada, but he finds himself in the history books nonetheless.
Zimmerman became just the second player in NBLC history to make 100 3-pointers, grab 100 rebounds and dish out 100 assists off the bench. He is a favorite for the NBLC's Sixth Man of the Year Award and plays on a Halifax Hurricanes squad that looks like a big-time playoff threat.
"I just want to thank God for blessing me with the abilities that I have because without him I am nothing!" Zimmerman wrote in response to a question from Sports on CT-69. "I feel great. It's a blessing and an honor to make history at the pro level National Basketball League of Canada, which is a very good league, in only my second year. I'm grateful for achieving this milestone!"
Zimmerman needed one 3-pointer against the Saint John Riptide on Saturday to make history, and he went well beyond that. He hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Halifax won 90-82 and clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Division.
Zimmerman's play off the bench was a big key for the Hurricanes in their comeback victory. Halifax trailed by as much as 20 points. A NBLC story about Zimmerman earlier in the week alerted him in to the potential history.
"They mentioned me being close to making history and once I found that out I knew that that would be a personal goal that I wanted to achieve," Zimmerman wrote.
Zimmerman said the record-making 3-pointer felt amazing.
"Anywhere you go you wanna make sure you leave your mark in a positive way," Zimmerman wrote. "It makes me proud of myself because you can see all of the hard work, sweat, blood, prayers and tears that I put in daily pay off on the court! I have great teammates who always play hard and have my back whenever the shot isn't falling for me."
Zimmerman has played in all 36 games for the Hurricanes, 11 of which were starts. He is averaging 12.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 28.4 minutes per game. Zimmerman is shooting 42.4 percent from three-point range and 85.7 at the foul line.
Zimmerman is still chasing the dream of playing pro basketball in the NBA or Europe. A versatile player off the bench with the ability to create instant offense could prove to be very useful to some NBA or European team, and Zimmerman would love to get that chance.

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