Nighthawks ground Shooting Stars to open season

Nighthawks ground Shooting Stars to open season

GUELPH – When the Guelph Nighthawks certainly found their scoring touch when their Canadian Elite Basketball League season opener against the Scarborough Shooting Stars got into the Elam ending Thursday night at the Sleeman Centre.

In the first stoppage of play following the sixth minute of the fourth and final quarter, a target score is announced and the first team to reach that total is the winner.


Guelph Nighthawks 89 Scarborough Shooting Stars 80

The target score is always the leading team’s score at the stoppage plus nine points.

Thursday’s whistle came with 3:51 to go and the Nighthawks holding on to a slim 79-78 lead.

After that, they hit four of six shot attempts for the win, starting with a pair of three-pointers by 2021 team MVP Ahmed Hill. A.J. Lawson and Cat Barber, with the winner, followed with two-pointers for the win.

During the same time Scarborough players were cold Shooting Stars as they sank two of nine attempts, two of the misses coming on layups.

The game between the perennial fifth-place finishing Nighthawks and the expansion Shooting Stars was a close one throughout. Scarborough led 25-24 at the end of the first quarter while the hosts were up 43-42 at halftime. The Shooting Stars led 67-64 at the end of the third quarter.

The Nighthawks actually took the lead for good on a Hill steal and two points for his dunk with 4:23 to go.

The game attracted an announced crowd of 2,992, a franchise record home crowd. Many were there to see rapper J. Cole of the Shooting Stars. A guard, Cole sank one of four three-pointers he attempted and also had a rebound and an assist in 14:49 of floor time.

Previous largest home crowd for the Nighthawks was 1,785 that attended their very first home game in their inaugural 2019 season.

Barber led the Nighthawks with 20 points, one of four Guelph players to reach double digits in scoring. Hill and Lawson each had 18 while Madut Akec had 11. Julian Roche hauled down 15 rebounds while Barber had six assists.

Jalen Harris, a Toronto Raptors draft pick, and Kameron Chatman had 21 points apiece for Scarborough while Kalif Young had 12 and Olu Famutimi, the Nighthawks MVP of their inaugural 2019 season, had five. Kyle Alexander grabbed 14 rebounds and had two blocks while Harris had six assists.

The Nighthawks converted Scarborough turnovers into 26 points and they had 25 points on fast breaks. The Shooting Stars had five points off turnovers and six on fast breaks.

Next game for the Nighthawks is Tuesday when they’re to host the Niagara River Lions at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal

Nighthawks ground Shooting Stars to open season

GUELPH – When the Guelph Nighthawks certainly found their scoring touch when their Canadian Elite Basketball League season opener against the Scarborough Shooting Stars got into the Elam ending Thursday night at the Sleeman Centre.

In the first stoppage of play following the sixth minute of the fourth and final quarter, a target score is announced and the first team to reach that total is the winner.


Guelph Nighthawks 89
Scarborough Shooting Stars 80

The target score is always the leading team’s score at the stoppage plus nine points.

Thursday’s whistle came with 3:51 to go and the Nighthawks holding on to a slim 79-78 lead.

After that, they hit four of six shot attempts for the win, starting with a pair of three-pointers by 2021 team MVP Ahmed Hill. A.J. Lawson and Cat Barber, with the winner, followed with two-pointers for the win.

During the same time Scarborough players were cold Shooting Stars as they sank two of nine attempts, two of the misses coming on layups.

The game between the perennial fifth-place finishing Nighthawks and the expansion Shooting Stars was a close one throughout. Scarborough led 25-24 at the end of the first quarter while the hosts were up 43-42 at halftime. The Shooting Stars led 67-64 at the end of the third quarter.

The Nighthawks actually took the lead for good on a Hill steal and two points for his dunk with 4:23 to go.

The game attracted an announced crowd of 2,992, a franchise record home crowd. Many were there to see rapper J. Cole of the Shooting Stars. A guard, Cole sank one of four three-pointers he attempted and also had a rebound and an assist in 14:49 of floor time.

Previous largest home crowd for the Nighthawks was 1,785 that attended their very first home game in their inaugural 2019 season.

Barber led the Nighthawks with 20 points, one of four Guelph players to reach double digits in scoring. Hill and Lawson each had 18 while Madut Akec had 11. Julian Roche hauled down 15 rebounds while Barber had six assists.

Jalen Harris, a Toronto Raptors draft pick, and Kameron Chatman had 21 points apiece for Scarborough while Kalif Young had 12 and Olu Famutimi, the Nighthawks MVP of their inaugural 2019 season, had five. Kyle Alexander grabbed 14 rebounds and had two blocks while Harris had six assists.

The Nighthawks converted Scarborough turnovers into 26 points and they had 25 points on fast breaks. The Shooting Stars had five points off turnovers and six on fast breaks.

Next game for the Nighthawks is Tuesday when they’re to host the Niagara River Lions at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal