Guelph Nighthawks put brakes on their losing skid
SASKATOON – The Guelph Nighthawks put an end to their four-game Canadian Elite Basketball League losing streak Thursday night with a 93-75 victory over the Saskatchewan Rattlers at the SaskTel Centre.
It was Guelph’s first win since defeating the Fraser Valley Bandits 92-86 at Abbotsford, B.C., on June 15.
The Nighthawks rode a quick start to claim the win. The locals never trailed in the game as they burst out of the gates to grab a 22-3 lead before the game was six minutes old. Guelph led 26-17 at the end of the first quarter, 44-34 at halftime and 63-54 at the end of the third quarter.
Connor Wood led his hometown squad with 29 points while Kimbal Mackenzie had 19, Olu Famutimi 14 and Meshack Lufile 10. Famutimi hauled down 11 rebounds and was one of eight Nighthawks who grabbed at least four rebounds. Myles Charvis had seven assists, Wood had two steals and Zeke Marshall had two blocks. For Marshall, the blocks were right on his league-leading average of two per game.
The Nighthawks claimed 51 of their points on shots from beyond the arc with Wood hitting nine three-pointers.
Negus Webster-Chan led Saskatchewan with 19 points while Tavrion Dawson had 15 and Chad Posthumus added 11. Posthumus had a game-high 13 rebounds while Mike Linklater had four assists and Gentrey Thomas had three steals.
The Nighthawks made a few player changes this week as they released Jevohn Sherpherd Tuesday, signed Mackenzie and Tyrell Corbin Wednesday and released Chris Johnson Thursday.
The Niagara River Lions lead the league and have secured a spot in the top four championship weekend with an 11-3 record. The Edmonton Stingers are second at 9-4 and are followed by the Hamilton Honey Badgers at 8-7, Saskatchewan at 6-8 and Guelph and the Fraser Valley Bandits both at 4-10.
The Nighthawks are to host Edmonton Saturday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7 p.m. It’ll be the third meeting between the teams in 15 days. Edmonton won the previous two as the Stingers prevailed 99-89 at the Sleeman Centre July 6 and 110-91 at Edmonton’s Expo Centre July 11.
Nighthawks 93 Rattlers 75
- Guelph Sports Journal