Guelph Nighthawks first to lose at Fraser Valley
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A couple of weeks ago the Fraser Valley Bandits were just what the Guelph Nighthawks needed to snap a Canadian Elite Basketball League losing streak.
Thursday night, the Nighthawks were just what Fraser Valley needed to post its first ever home victory.
As has become their custom, the Nighthawks fell behind in the first half and they never recovered in losing 85-72 to the Bandits at the Abbotsford Centre.
Fraser Valley led 20-19 at the end of the first quarter, 43-32 at halftime and 63-54 at the end of the third quarter.
The game was the first for the Nighthawks since they parted ways with coach and general manager Tarry Upshaw on Canada Day.
Connor Wood collected 17 points for the Nighthawks while Jermel Kennedy had 12 and Olu Famutimi netted 10. Zeke Marshall and Kennedy each had six rebounds while Wood had three steals and Marshall had three blocks.
Jelan Kendrick led Fraser Valley with 18 points while Jamal Ray had 17, Marek Klassen 15 and Joel Friesen 10. Chris McLaughlin and Kendrick each grabbed 10 rebounds while Ray and Kendrick each had three steals.
The Nighthawks have one win in their last eight games and stand 3-8 overall. That’s good for fifth in the six-team league, ahead of only Fraser Valley at 2-9. They’re the only teams in the league with losing records.
After losing their first nine games, Fraser Valley has won two in a row.
Niagara River Lions lead at 9-3 and are followed by Edmonton Stingers (7-4), Hamilton Honey Badgers (7-5) and Saskatchewan Rattlers (6-5).
The Nighthawks are to host Edmonton Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.
Bandits 85 Nighthawks 72
Fraser Valley 20-23-20-22–85
- Guelph Sports Journal