New coach, same result for Guelph Nighthawks
EDMONTON – The playoff hopes of the Guelph Nighthawks took another hit Thursday night when they were downed 110-91 by the Edmonton Stingers in Canadian Elite Basketball League play at Edmonton’s Expo Centre.
The loss leaves the Nighthawks and Fraser Valley Bandits tied for fifth in the six-team league with 3-10 records. Edmonton improves to 9-4 while the Saskatchewan Rattlers are fourth at 6-6. Top four qualify for next month’s final four championship weekend at Saskatoon.
Thursday, the Stingers grabbed a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish as they ran off 10 consecutive points to shoot ahead 16-6 four minutes into the game.
The Nighthawks closed the gap a little as they trailed 28-22 at the end of the first quarter. Edmonton was up 52-42 at halftime and 81-64 at the end of the third quarter.
The game was the first for Charles Kissi after being named the new head coach and general manager of the Nighthawks earlier in the week.
Olu Famutimi and Zeke Marshall each had 15 points for the Nighthawks while Marcus Lewis collected 14, Chadrack Lufile 12 and Connor Wood 10. Famutimi hauled down eight rebounds while Lewis had seven assists and Famutimi and Wood each had two steals.
Grandy Glaze struck for 28 points for Edmonton while Travis Daniels netted 23, Xavier Moon 19 and Mathieu Kamba and Adika Peter-McNeill 14 apiece. Glaze also grabbed 15 rebounds while Daniels had 11. Moon had 10 assists and Kamba had two steals.
The loss was the fourth in a row for the Nighthawks and second in six days to Edmonton.
The Nighthawks are to play Saskatchewan at Saskatoon’s SaskTel Centre Thursday night.
Stingers 110 Nighthawks 91
- Guelph Sports Journal