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Halifax Rainmen's Josep “Pep” Claros Named NBL Canada Coach of the Month

National Basketball League of CanadaNational Basketball League of CanadaLondon Lightning's Gabe Freeman Named Player of the Week 

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Josep “Pep” Claros of the Halifax Rainmen has been named Coach of the Month for December 2011. 

In December, Claros guided his Rainmen to a 7-1 record, the best winning percentage of any NBL Canada team.  The 7-1 record included a 6-game winning streak. 

Claros continues to set the tone for the New Year with a 133-99 win last night over the Oshawa Power, bringing them to a 7-game winning streak and setting the NBL Canada record for most points scored in a single game. 

Hailing from Barcelona, Spain, Claros was the head coach of the El Salvador national team in 1994 and led his squad to the finals of the Central American Games that year. For the next two years, Claros coached at the American University of Puerto Rico and later led squads in Mexico, Venezuela and Portugal. Prior to joining the Rainmen, he coached the Mexican National Team for two seasons. 

NBL Canada is also pleased to announce that London Lightning forward Gabe Freeman has been named Player of the Week for the week ending January 1, 2012.  This is the second time that Freeman has earned the honour this season. 

Freeman, a 6'7", 215-pound small forward from Costa Mesa (Calif.) Jr. College, averaged a double-double of 21 points and 13.3 rebounds in three games, including two wins, for the first-place Lightning. 

His high scoring game came on January 1, 2012, when he scored 30 points in a 103-83 win over Moncton.  One game earlier, he pulled down 17 rebounds in a 104-93 London win over Saint John. 

Freeman was also recognized as NBL Canada’s first ever Player of the Week on November 6.

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