Nighthawks drop another after another slow start
GUELPH – Another slow start and another loss for the Guelph Nighthawks.
The Saskatchewan Rattlers scored the first seven points of the game and led by as many as 12 points in the opening quarter on their way to a 98-86 victory over the Nighthawks in Canadian Elite Basketball play Saturday night at the Sleeman Centre.
Saskatchewan led 24-17 at the end of the first quarter, 57-42 at halftime and 81-64 after the third quarter.
The Nighthawks never led in the game and Saskatchewan’s biggest lead reached 19 points in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
Jamal Reynolds led the Nighthawks with 14 points, one of six players from the host team in double digits in scoring. Olu Famutimi and Joel Kindred had 13 apiece and Myck Kabongo, Chris Johnson and Aaron Redpath had 10 each. Kabongo grabbed eight rebounds while Reynolds and Kindred had seven apiece, Kabongo had 12 assists and Famutimi had two steals.
Marlon Johnson powered Saskatchewan with 21 points while Bruce Massey had 18, Gentrey Thomas 17, Tavrion Dawson 16 and Chad Posthumus 10.
The Nighthawks fall to 2-5 with their fourth consecutive loss while Saskatchewan ups its record to 5-3.
The Nighthawks are to play the Niagara River Lions (6-2) at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines Friday at 7 p.m.
Rattlers 98 Nighthawks 86
- Guelph Sports Journal