Nighthawks fall too far behind Honey Badgers to recover
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Nighthawks fall too far behind Honey Badgers to recover

HAMILTON – The Guelph Nighthawks sank the first basket of their Canadian Elite Basketball League game against the Hamilton Honey Badgers Thursday night at the FirstOntario Centre.

However, that was Guelph’s only lead of the game as they suffered their third consecutive loss, this one by a 95-76 score.


Hamilton Honey Badgers 95 Guelph Nighthawks 76

After giving up the opening basket 22 seconds into the game the hosts struck for nine consecutive points to grab a lead they wouldn’t give up.

Despite outscoring the Honey Badgers by 12 points in the second half, the Nighthawks dug too deep a hole to climb out of in the opening half.

Hamilton held quarter leads of 27-14, 60-29 and 77-53.

The Honey Badgers sank 47 percent of their field-goal attempts including 32 percent of their three-pointers while the Nighthawks sank 41 percent of their field goals and 25 percent of their three-pointers.

The Nighthawks collected 16 points off fast breaks, three more than Hamilton. The Honey Badgers won all the other categories with a 47-36 advantage in rebounds, 20-16 in assists, 11-5 in steals, 2-1 in blocks, 40-32 in points in the paint, 16-8 in second-chance points, 22-11 on points from turnovers and 29-21 in bench points.

Cat Barber had a game-high 26 points for the Nighthawks while A.J. Lawson collected 13, Ahmen Hill 10 and newly-signed former Toronto Raptor Lucas Nogueira had six. Hill had six rebounds and the lone block for Guelph while Barber had six assists and four steals.

Christian Vital topped Hamilton’s scoring sheet with 22 points while Jeremiah Tilmon had 17, Caleb Agata 13 and Martin Krampelj 10. Five Honey Badgers each pulled down six rebounds while Vital had six assists and Agada had six steals.

The result drops the Nighthawks to the .500 level at 6-6 while Hamilton improves to 8-3.

Fraser Valley Bandits lead the league at 8-1 and are followed by Hamilton, Niagara River Lions at 7-3, Edmonton Stingers at 7-5, Saskatchewan Rattlers at 6-4, the Nighthawks, Scarborough Shooting Stars at 4-5, Ottawa BlackJacks at 3-7, Montreal Alliance at 3-8 and Newfoundland Growlers at 0-10.

The Nighthawks are to play Scarborough Thursday at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Game time is 8 p.m.

Next home game is July 13 when the Nighthawks are to host Montreal at 7 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal
CEBL Photo

Nighthawks fall too far behind Honey Badgers to recover

HAMILTON – The Guelph Nighthawks sank the first basket of their Canadian Elite Basketball League game against the Hamilton Honey Badgers Thursday night at the FirstOntario Centre.

However, that was Guelph’s only lead of the game as they suffered their third consecutive loss, this one by a 95-76 score.


Hamilton Honey Badgers 95
Guelph Nighthawks 76

After giving up the opening basket 22 seconds into the game the hosts struck for nine consecutive points to grab a lead they wouldn’t give up.

Despite outscoring the Honey Badgers by 12 points in the second half, the Nighthawks dug too deep a hole to climb out of in the opening half.

Hamilton held quarter leads of 27-14, 60-29 and 77-53.

The Honey Badgers sank 47 percent of their field-goal attempts including 32 percent of their three-pointers while the Nighthawks sank 41 percent of their field goals and 25 percent of their three-pointers.

The Nighthawks collected 16 points off fast breaks, three more than Hamilton. The Honey Badgers won all the other categories with a 47-36 advantage in rebounds, 20-16 in assists, 11-5 in steals, 2-1 in blocks, 40-32 in points in the paint, 16-8 in second-chance points, 22-11 on points from turnovers and 29-21 in bench points.

Cat Barber had a game-high 26 points for the Nighthawks while A.J. Lawson collected 13, Ahmen Hill 10 and newly-signed former Toronto Raptor Lucas Nogueira had six. Hill had six rebounds and the lone block for Guelph while Barber had six assists and four steals.

Christian Vital topped Hamilton’s scoring sheet with 22 points while Jeremiah Tilmon had 17, Caleb Agata 13 and Martin Krampelj 10. Five Honey Badgers each pulled down six rebounds while Vital had six assists and Agada had six steals.

The result drops the Nighthawks to the .500 level at 6-6 while Hamilton improves to 8-3.

Fraser Valley Bandits lead the league at 8-1 and are followed by Hamilton, Niagara River Lions at 7-3, Edmonton Stingers at 7-5, Saskatchewan Rattlers at 6-4, the Nighthawks, Scarborough Shooting Stars at 4-5, Ottawa BlackJacks at 3-7, Montreal Alliance at 3-8 and Newfoundland Growlers at 0-10.

The Nighthawks are to play Scarborough Thursday at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Game time is 8 p.m.

Next home game is July 13 when the Nighthawks are to host Montreal at 7 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal