Despite late rally, Guelph Nighthawks fall to Edmonton
GUELPH – This sounds familiar.
The Guelph Nighthawks fell too far behind to recover, but turned in a late rally to make the score a little more respectable as they dropped a 99-89 decision to the Edmonton Stingers in Canadian Elite Basketball League play Saturday night at the Sleeman Centre.
The Nighthawks went on a 24-7 run in the final six minutes of the game to reduce a 27-point deficit to the final 10-point margin. And the rally could have been so much better if the hosts could have made the four field-goal attempts and four free throws they missed during that stretch.
The locals got off to a quick start, leading 14-7 after four and a half minutes until all went wrong. They trailed 27-20 at the end of the opening quarter, 52-42 at halftime and 78-61 after the third quarter.
Olu Famutimi came off the bench to lead the Nighthawks with 20 points while Joel Kindred had 14, Marcus Lewis 12 and Chadrack Lufile 11. Lufile grabbed nine rebounds and Jermel Kennedy had eight while Kennedy had five assists and two steals and Zeke Marshall had six blocks. Connor Wood hit for seven points and had two rebounds and four assists.
Xavier Moon had a game-high 21 points for Edmonton and was followed by Mamadou Gueye with 17, Travis Daniels and Grandy Glaze 15 apiece and Mathieu Kamba 10. Glaze hauled down 13 rebounds while Moon had six assists.
With eight games to go in their regular season, the Nighthawks and Fraser Valley Bandits are tied for fifth in the sixth-team league with 3-9 records. Fraser Valley scored its third consecutive win Saturday night with a 100-82 triumph over the Hamilton Honey Badgers at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre.
The Nighthawks and Fraser Valley are three wins behind the fourth-place Saskatchewan Rattlers and the top four qualify for the league’s championship tournament at Saskatoon Aug. 22 to 25.
The Niagara River Lions lead the league at 10-3 and are followed by Edmonton at 8-4 and Hamilton at 7-6.
The Nighthawks and Stingers are to meet again Thursday night at Edmonton’s Expo Centre.
Stingers 99 Nighthawks 89
- Guelph Sports Journal