Guelph Nighthawks again downed by Edmonton Stingers
GUELPH – The Guelph Nighthawks saw their playoff aspirations take another hit as they were downed 99-84 by the Edmonton Stingers in Canadian Elite Basketball League play Saturday night at the Sleeman Centre.
The win was the sixth in a row for Edmonton with three of those wins coming against the Nighthawks. The victory also locked up a spot in the league’s inaugural championship weekend next month in Saskatoon.
One berth remains for the Final Four tournament as the Niagara River Lions (12-3) and Edmonton (10-4) have played their way in and the Saskatchewan Rattlers (6-8) get a berth as hosts. That leaves the Hamilton Honey Badgers (8-7), Nighthawks (4-11) and Fraser Valley Bandits (4-11) battling for the final spot.
The Nighthawks have two games against Niagara, two against Hamilton and one against Saskatchewan left on their regular-season schedule.
Saturday, the Nighthawks held a slim 22-20 lead at the end of the first quarter, but fell behind in the second quarter to trail 45-38 at halftime. Edmonton was up 76-65 at the end of the third quarter.
Kimbal Mackenzie led the locals with a game-high 21 points while Olu Famutimi (18), Connor Wood (13), Myles Charvis (11) and Tyrell Corbin (11) also hit double digits in scoring. Michale Kyser grabbed seven rebounds while Mackenzie had five assists, Famutimi had three steals and Zeke Marshall had two blocks.
Edmonton had six players in double digits in scoring as Xavier Moon had 19, Travis Daniels 18, Akeem Ellis and Adika Peter-Mcneilly 16 apiece, Jordan Baker 11 and Grandy Glaze 10. Daniels hauled down 10 rebounds while Moon had 10 assists and Baker had four steals.
The teams had differing approaches to their scoring with Edmonton netting 52 points from in the paint and the Nighthawks getting 42 on three-point shots.
The Nighthawks are to host Niagara Saturday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.
Stingers 99 Nighthawks 84
- Guelph Sports Journal