Nighthawks finish home schedule with loss to Honey Badgers
GUELPH – The Guelph Nighthawks stuck to their familiar script as they wrapped up their home schedule of the Canadian Elite Basketball League’s inaugural season with a 131-115 loss to the Hamilton Honey Badgers Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
The hosts came out with their usual slow start to fall behind before rallying in the second half to get it close. Then they ran out of steam.
The Nighthawks never led in this one as Hamilton netted the first 10 points of the game, got its lead to 17 points and then saw Guelph close the gap a little to 37-23 at the end of the opening quarter. The visitors added a bit to their advantage in the second quarter to be up 68-51 at halftime.
The hosts rallied in the second half to get the gap down to 13 points (96-83) by the end of the third quarter. The gap shrank to seven points midway through the final quarter, but the Nighthawks wouldn’t get any closer.
Myles Charvis came off the bench to lead the Nighthawks with 29 points while Connor Wood had 18, Kimbal Mackenzie and Tyrell Corbin 15 apiece, Olu Famutimi 14 and Michale Kyser 10. Famutimi and Kyser hauled down six rebounds apiece while Charvis had 10 assists and Famutimi had three steals.
Hamilton had four players top 20 points in the match as Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 27 and Ricky Tarrant Jr., Demetrius Denzel-Dyson and Sampson Carter each netted 22. Murphy Bumatowski added 17. Denzel-Dyson also grabbed 16 rebounds while Tarrant Jr. had nine assists.
The Nighthawks tried to live by the long-range shot as they took 39 three-pointers and sank 17 of them. Hamilton tried 21 and was good on nine.
While Guelph lived on the outside, the Honey Badgers worked the inside as Hamilton collected 72 points in the paint. That was 28 more than the Nighthawks.
An incident with 47 seconds to go in the game was good for Guelph Gryphon Malcolm Glanville. He was waiting for a stoppage in play to be able to come in and get his usual end-of-game court time when the countdown clock above the Nighthawks’ basket tumbled to the floor on a Hamilton dunk.
Time was called for a quick cleanup and Glanville and Hamilton’s U Sports player Thomas Kennedy of the Windsor Lancers both entered the game. About 10 seconds later, Glanville grabbed a rebound then raced the length of the court to put in a lay up for his lone basket of the season.
The Nighthawks are fifth in the six-team league at 5-14 while Hamilton’s fourth at 10-9.
Hamilton, Niagara River Lions (14-5), Edmonton Stingers (13-6) and the host Saskatchewan Rattlers (11-8) are to compete in the league’s inaugural championship tournament at Saskatoon. Semifinals are set for Aug. 24 and the gold-medal match is to go Aug. 25.
The Nighthawks will also play at Saskatoon’s SaskTel Centre, but that will be next Thursday when they complete their season with a match against the hot Rattlers who have won five in a row. Game time is 9 p.m.
Honey Badgers 131 Nighthawks 115
- Guelph Sports Journal