Nighthawks drop third consecutive match
HAMILTON – The Guelph Nighthawks suffered their third consecutive loss and fourth setback in five games Wednesday night when they were downed 102-96 by the Hamilton Honey Badgers in Canadian Elite Basketball League play at FirstOntario Centre.
The Nighthawks haven’t won since edging the Fraser Valley Bandits 95-94 May 18 at the Sleeman Centre.
Despite having a lengthy dressing room talk after Saturday’s loss to the Niagara River Lions at the Sleeman Centre when the Nighthawks fell behind by 23 points before battling back to close the gap to eight in the end, the Guelph side fell behind again against Hamilton.
The Honey Badgers led 32-20 at the end of the first quarter and 56-35 at halftime before the Nighthawks clawed back some of the difference to get it to 19 points (81-62) at the end of the third quarter and the final six-point gap.
Guelph led twice during the game, but never after the first 1:13. Chadrack Lufile of the Nighthawks sank the game’s first bucket 15 seconds into the game and Aaron Redpath hit a three-pointer 44 seconds later to give Guelph a 5-3 lead.
The Honey Badgers led by as much as 22 points.
Jamal Reynolds collected 20 points to lead the Nighthawks while Olu Famutimi, Redpath and Chadrack Lufile each had 17 and Chris Johnson chipped in with 10. Famutimi and Johnson each had five rebounds and Famutimi and Redpath each had six assists. Redpath also had four steals.
Demetrius Denzel-Dyson had a game-high 22 points for Hamilton while Justin Edwards had 20, Joe Rocca 16, Sampson Carter 14 and Ryan Ejim 10. Ejim grasped 12 rebounds while Edwards and Denzel-Dyson each had seven assists and Erik Nissen had two blocks.
The Nighthawks are to host the Saskatchewan Rattlers Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.
Niagara River Lions 5-1
Hamilton Honey Badgers 4-2
Edmonton Stingers 3-2
Saskatchewan Rattlers 3-3
Guelph Nighthawks 2-4
Fraser Valley Bandits 0-5
Honey Badgers 102 Nighthawks 96
- Guelph Sports Journal