Guelph Nighthawks stung late by Edmonton

EDMONTON – The Guelph Nighthawks surrendered the winning basket with just under two minutes left in their Canadian Elite Basketball League game with the Edmonton Stingers to drop an 82-80 decision Friday night.

Grandy Glaze hit a jump shot with 1:54 to play to put the hosts ahead for good in front of a crowd of 1,400 at Edmonton’s Expo Centre. Jordan Baker of the Stingers sank a free throw with nine seconds to go for the only basket scored after Glaze’s winner. However, the Nighthawks missed to three-pointers and a two-pointer after Glaze’s bucket and Edmonton missed two two-pointers and a free throw.

The game was a close one throughout with neither team getting out of the other’s reach. Largest leads were nine (58-49) for Edmonton and seven (19-12) for Guelph, but the score was tight at the end of each quarter. The Nighthawks were up 21-20 at the end of the first quarter and Edmonton led 41-39 at halftime and 62-58 at the end of the third quarter.

The Nighthawks were hurt by their shooting from the floor as they missed 26 of 46 shots, hitting at a 43 per cent clip which was 10 per cent less than Edmonton. However, they hit 65 per cent of their free throws, a low number, but 30 per cent better than the Clippers.

Chadrack Lufile led Guelph with 18 points while Olu Famutimi had 15 and Mychal Kabongo added 13. Zeke Marshall grabbed 11 rebounds and had Guelph’s only block and Aaron Redpath and Myles Charvis each had two steals.

Baker, the only Stinger to drain free throws, had a game-high 23 points – he sank five foul shots – while Akeem Ellis and Glaze each had 12 points. Baker also hauled down 13 rebounds and had two blocks while Ashton Smith had six assists and Glaze had three steals.

After playing the league’s three western teams in their first four games of the CEBL’s inaugural season, the Nighthawks are to get their first game against an Ontario opponent June 1 when they’re to host the Niagara River Lions at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.

 

Standings
                                                 W-L
Niagara River Lions               3-1
Saskatchewan Rattlers         3-2
Edmonton Stingers                2-2
Guelph Nighthawks              2-2
Hamilton Honey Badgers     2-2
Fraser Valley Bandits            0-3
Stingers 82 Nighthawks 80
Guelph          21-18-19-22–80
Edmonton     20-21-21-20–82
TEAM STATS
Field-Goal Percentage: Guelph 40; Edmonton 40
Three-Point Percentage: Guelph 36; Edmonton 20
Free-Throw Percentage: Guelph 65; Edmonton 35
Points From Turnovers: Guelph 11; Edmonton 15
Points In The Paint: Guelph 34; Edmonton 52
Second-Chance Points: Guelph 8; Edmonton 19
Fast-Break Points: Guelph 15; Edmonton 9
Bench Points: Guelph 34; Edmonton 26
Biggest Lead: Guelph 7; Edmonton 9
Biggest Scoring Run: Guelph 10; Edmonton 10
Total Rebounds: Guelph 48; Edmonton 54
Offensive Rebounds: Guelph 9; Edmonton 19
Defensive Rebounds: Guelph 39; Edmonton 35
Assists: Guelph 15; Edmonton 25
Blocks: Guelph 1; Edmonton 3
Steals: Guelph 8; Edmonton 7
Turnovers: Guelph 14; Edmonton 12
Fouls: Guelph 17; Edmonton 19
INDIVIDUAL STATS
Points: Guelph — Chadrack Lufile 18, Olu Famutimi 15, Myck Kabongo 13, Jamal Reynolds 9, Zeke Marshall 8, Aaron Redpath 6, Myles Charvis 6, Chris Johnson 4, Robert Nortmann 1; Edmonton — Jordan Baker 23, Akeem Ellis 12, Grandy Glaze 12, Travis Daniels 8, Mamadou Gueye 7, Deondre Parks 7, Mathieu Kamba 7, Brody Clarke 4, Ashton Smith 2.
Rebounds: Guelph — Zeke Marshall 11, Myck Kabongo 6, Chadrack Lufile 6, Olu Famutimi 5, Jamal Reynolds 5, Robert Nortmann 3, Chris Johnson 3, Aaron Redpath 3, Myles Charvis 1; Edmonton — Jordan Baker 13, Travis Daniels 9, Grandy Glaze 6, Akeem Ellis 5, Ashton Smith 5, Brody Clarke 4, Mamadou Gueye 3, Deondre Parks 3.
Assists: Guelph — Myck Kabongo 3, Jamal Reynolds 3, Zeke Marshall 2, Robert Nortmann 2, Myles Charvis 2, Chadrack Lufile 2, Olu Famutimi 1; Edmonton — Ashton Smith 6, Akeem Ellis 3, Mamadou Gueye 3, Jordan Baker 3, Travis Daniels 3, Deondre Parks 3, Grandy Glaze 2, Mathieu Kamba 1, Brody Clarke 1.
Blocks: Guelph — Zeke Marshall 1; Edmonton — Jordan Baker 2, Brody Clarke 1.
Steals: Guelph — Aaron Redpath 2, Myles Charvis 2, Olu Famutimi 1, Robert Nortmann 1, Jamal Reynolds 1, Chadrack Lufile 1; Edmonton — Grandy Glaze 3, Ashton Smith 1, Travis Daniels 1, Deondre Parks 1, Mathieu Kamba 1.
Turnovers: Guelph — Myck Kabongo 5, Zeke Marshall 3, Robert Nortmann 3, Jamal Reynolds 1, Myles Charvis 1, Chadrack Lufile 1; Edmonton — Mamadou Gueye 4, Brody Clarke 3, Jordan Baker 2, Mathieu Kamba 2, Grandy Glaze 1.
Fouls: Guelph — Olu Famutimi 4, Zeke Marshall 4, Chadrack Lufile 3, Myck Kabongo 2, Chris Johnson 2, Robert Nortmann 1, Aaron Redpath 1; Edmonton — Jordan Baker 3, Ashton Smith 3, Travis Daniels 3, Mathieu Kamba 3, Mamadou Gueye 2, Brody Clarke 2, Akeem Ellis 1, Grandy Glaze 1, Deondre Parks 1.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal