Scarborough grabs first CBL championship
GUELPH – The Scarborough Basketball Club became the first team to capture a Canadian Basketball League championship Saturday night when they rallied to beat Durham United 87-75 at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.
Scarborough had trailed by as many as six points in the first quarter before coming back for the win. Durham led 17-15 after the first quarter before Scarborough surged ahead 38-30 by halftime. The gap was narrowed to 61-57 by the end of the third quarter before Scarborough pulled away in the final quarter.
Scarborough had six players hit double figures in scoring – Malik Thomas with 16, Eric Jean-Guillaume, Anthony Winbush and Manny Washington with 14 apiece, Tyquane Goard with 13 and Willie Moore with 12. Washington had 11 rebounds while Winbush and Goard had eight apiece and Winbush had eight assists and Jean-Guillaume five steals.
Reed Buck had a game-high 20 points for Durham while Joseph Wani had 15 and Anthony Henderson 14. Buck grabbed 10 rebounds while David Tuckers had six assists and Kregg Jones had three blocks.
The teams battled fairly evenly throughout the game, Scarborough shooting 41 per cent to 39 for Durham.
After the final buzzer sounded, Scarborough players waited on the floor for almost 10 minutes before being presented with the championship trophy. By the time the ceremony began, the players had been swarmed by youngsters in attendance with their parents in tow to take photos of them with the winners.
Scarborough had finished the regular season with a 13-4 record, the only team with a record above .500. That gave them a bye into the final while Durham defeated Hamilton 86-76 in last weekend’s semifinal.
Standings on the league website had Durham second at 8-8, Hamilton third at 7-8 and Wellington fourth at 3-13.
Winbush was named the player of the game for the championship match.
Jean-Guillaume was awarded the league’s most valuable player plaque. He had finished third in league scoring with an average of 21.2 points per game. He also hit 41 per cent of his three-pointers and had 3.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
- Guelph Sports Journal