Nighthawks hold on for win over Montreal

Nighthawks hold on for win over Montreal

GUELPH – Just when it looked like the Guelph Nighthawks were going to easily wrap up their Canadian Elite Basketball League match with the Montreal Alliance Saturday at the Sleeman Centre, their shooting went cold.

The Nighthawks entered the Elam Ending portion of the game with an eight-point lead, meaning they needed to score nine points to reach the target score while Montreal required 17. Easy, right? No.


Guelph Nighthawks 86 Montreal Alliance 84

The hosts couldn’t sink a shot while the Alliance pulled even and briefly moved ahead. In the end, Cat Barber sank a pair of free throws to give the Nighthawks an 86-84 victory.

Exciting? Yes.

Necessary? No.

The Elam Ending becomes reality on the first stoppage of play in the final four minutes of the game. At that time nine points is added to the leading team’s score to come up with the target score. Saturday, the Nighthawks led 77-69 with 3:37 left on the clock making the target score 86. The time left is meaningless as the first to 86 wins.

Saturday, it took a lot longer than 3:37 for the Nighthawks to reach 86.

And all of the nine points scored by the Nighthawks during the Elam Ending came on free throws as they hit nine of 11 taken, but missed all six shots they attempted during game play including three lay-ups.

The same shooting woes afflicted the Alliance after the visitors had caught up. They hit their first three shots at the beginning of the Elam Ending, then sank four of 13 after that. Of the nine shots Montreal missed, five were layups.

The Nighthawks led most of the way. The Alliance actually scored the first four buckets of the match, but Guelph was up 20-14 at the end of the first quarter, 38-34 at halftime and 62-56 after the third quarter. The largest lead by the Nighthawks was 12 points (60-48) with 1:20 to go in the third quarter.

Ahmed Hill led Guelph with a game-high 28 points while A.J. Lawson had 18, T.J. Lall had 17 and Barber had 13 on an off night when he sank three of 14 field-goal attempts. Hill and Lall each had eight rebounds and Lawson had six assists and two steals.

Nathan Cayo had 23 points for Montreal while Ashley Hamilton had 21, Isiah Osborne had 12 and Dominic Green had 11. Kemy Osse had eight rebounds, Hernst Laroche had six assists and Cayo had two blocks.

Guelph’s speed was again a factor as the Nighthawks scored 27 points off fast breaks while Montreal had seven. The Alliance, though, had a bigger contribution from their bench with 26 points to eight for Guelph. The visitors also had 42 points in the pain, 12 more than their hosts.

Montreal prevailed in most of the statistical categories with a 50-38 advantage in rebounds, 25-20 in assists, 8-4 in steals and 13-5 in second-chance points. The Alliance also committed 15 turnovers, six more than the Nighthawks, but Guelph held a 12-10 edge in points from turnovers.

The winning baskets for the Nighthawks came on free throws as they hit 86 percent from the line while Montreal hit 63 percent. In all, the Nighthawks scored 11 more points than the Alliance on free throws.

The win evens Guelph’s record at 3-3 and leaves them fifth in the standings, the same position they’ve finished in all three previous CEBL seasons. The Alliance is sixth at 3-4.

Hamilton Honey Badgers lead at 5-1 and are followed by the Edmonton Stingers at 4-1, Niagara River Lions at 4-2, Fraser Valley Bandits at 3-2, the Nighthawks, the Alliance, Scarborough Shooting Stars and Saskatchewan Rattlers both at 2-3, Ottawa BlackJacks at 1-4 and Newfoundland Growlers at 0-4.

The Nighthawks are to complete their three-game homestand Tuesday when they host Newfoundland. Game time is 7 p.m.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal

Nighthawks hold on for win over Montreal

GUELPH – Just when it looked like the Guelph Nighthawks were going to easily wrap up their Canadian Elite Basketball League match with the Montreal Alliance Saturday at the Sleeman Centre, their shooting went cold.

The Nighthawks entered the Elam Ending portion of the game with an eight-point lead, meaning they needed to score nine points to reach the target score while Montreal required 17. Easy, right? No.


Guelph Nighthawks 86
Montreal Alliance 84

The hosts couldn’t sink a shot while the Alliance pulled even and briefly moved ahead. In the end, Cat Barber sank a pair of free throws to give the Nighthawks an 86-84 victory.

Exciting? Yes.

Necessary? No.

The Elam Ending becomes reality on the first stoppage of play in the final four minutes of the game. At that time nine points is added to the leading team’s score to come up with the target score. Saturday, the Nighthawks led 77-69 with 3:37 left on the clock making the target score 86. The time left is meaningless as the first to 86 wins.

Saturday, it took a lot longer than 3:37 for the Nighthawks to reach 86.

And all of the nine points scored by the Nighthawks during the Elam Ending came on free throws as they hit nine of 11 taken, but missed all six shots they attempted during game play including three lay-ups.

The same shooting woes afflicted the Alliance after the visitors had caught up. They hit their first three shots at the beginning of the Elam Ending, then sank four of 13 after that. Of the nine shots Montreal missed, five were layups.

The Nighthawks led most of the way. The Alliance actually scored the first four buckets of the match, but Guelph was up 20-14 at the end of the first quarter, 38-34 at halftime and 62-56 after the third quarter. The largest lead by the Nighthawks was 12 points (60-48) with 1:20 to go in the third quarter.

Ahmed Hill led Guelph with a game-high 28 points while A.J. Lawson had 18, T.J. Lall had 17 and Barber had 13 on an off night when he sank three of 14 field-goal attempts. Hill and Lall each had eight rebounds and Lawson had six assists and two steals.

Nathan Cayo had 23 points for Montreal while Ashley Hamilton had 21, Isiah Osborne had 12 and Dominic Green had 11. Kemy Osse had eight rebounds, Hernst Laroche had six assists and Cayo had two blocks.

Guelph’s speed was again a factor as the Nighthawks scored 27 points off fast breaks while Montreal had seven. The Alliance, though, had a bigger contribution from their bench with 26 points to eight for Guelph. The visitors also had 42 points in the pain, 12 more than their hosts.

Montreal prevailed in most of the statistical categories with a 50-38 advantage in rebounds, 25-20 in assists, 8-4 in steals and 13-5 in second-chance points. The Alliance also committed 15 turnovers, six more than the Nighthawks, but Guelph held a 12-10 edge in points from turnovers.

The winning baskets for the Nighthawks came on free throws as they hit 86 percent from the line while Montreal hit 63 percent. In all, the Nighthawks scored 11 more points than the Alliance on free throws.

The win evens Guelph’s record at 3-3 and leaves them fifth in the standings, the same position they’ve finished in all three previous CEBL seasons. The Alliance is sixth at 3-4.

Hamilton Honey Badgers lead at 5-1 and are followed by the Edmonton Stingers at 4-1, Niagara River Lions at 4-2, Fraser Valley Bandits at 3-2, the Nighthawks, the Alliance, Scarborough Shooting Stars and Saskatchewan Rattlers both at 2-3, Ottawa BlackJacks at 1-4 and Newfoundland Growlers at 0-4.

The Nighthawks are to complete their three-game homestand Tuesday when they host Newfoundland. Game time is 7 p.m.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal