Guelph Nighthawks top Rattlers to finish season.
SASKATOON – The Guelph Nighthawks wrapped up their inaugural Canadian Elite Basketball League season with a 125-115 victory over the Saskatchewan Rattlers Thursday night at SaskTel Centre.
The Nighthawks avoided their usual slow start and never trailed by more than three points while they did have a 27-point lead (73-46) late in the second quarter.
The Guelph squad was ahead 37-28 at the end of the first quarter, 75-52 at halftime and 103-84 at the end of the third quarter.
Olu Famutimi led the Nighthawks with 31 points while Kimbal Mackenzie had 27, Connor Wood 17 and Myles Charvis, Abednego Lufile and Tyrell Corbin 10 apiece. Michale Kyser grabbed eight rebounds while Charvis had eight assists and Wood had two steals.
Alex Campbell hit for 28 points for Saskatchewan while Marlon Johnson netted 20, Shaquille Keith 16, Ryan Ejim 15, Shane Osayande and Maurice Jones 14 each. Ejim hauled down 10 rebounds while Keith and Jones each had six assists, Johnson had three steals and Osayande had two blocks.
The Nighthawks finished fifth in the six-team league with a 6-14 record. Niagara River Lions finished first at 15-5 and were followed by the Edmonton Stingers at 14-6, Saskatchewan at 11-9, Hamilton Honey Badgers at 10-10, Guelph and Fraser Valley Bandits at 4-16.
Host Saskatchewan and top three of the other five teams qualify for next weekend’s championship tournament at Saskatoon.
- Guelph Sports Journal