Nighthawks hold tough to keep Growlers winless

Nighthawks hold tough to keep Growlers winless

GUELPH – The Guelph Nighthawks made it three consecutive Canadian Elite Basketball League victories, all at the Sleeman Centre, when they handed the expansion and winless Newfoundland Growlers an 89-82 setback Tuesday night.

There was no repeat of the Elam Ending woes of Saturday’s victory over the Montreal Alliance when the locals couldn’t sink any baskets other than free throws this time. They led by five (80-75) when the target score was decided, immediately yielded a jump shot to the visitors, missed a layup and a three-pointer, but then hit a pair of shots and eventually won on a jumper by Cat Barber.


Guelph Nighthawks 89 Newfoundland Growlers 82

However, Newfoundland’s efforts in the second half in general and fourth quarter in particular made the score closer than it looked like it was going to be. The Nighthawks led by 14 points at the start of the final quarter, but the Growlers managed to get the deficit down to three points in the first half of the final quarter.

The Nighthawks were limited to fewer points (32) in the entire second half than they had collected in the first quarter alone (33).

Guelph led 33-20 at the end of the opening quarter, 57-42 at halftime and 74-60 at the end of the third quarter.

Barber led the locals with 30 points while A.J. Lawson had 14, T.J. Lall 12 and Ahmed Hill 11. Lawson grabbed eight rebounds while Lall had four assists, two steals and a block.

Brandon Sampson had 20 points for Newfoundland while Terry Thomas and Shaquille Keith both came off the bench to get 19 and 18 points respectively. Four Growlers who started on the bench received more court time than four of the starters. Jermel Kennedy had seven rebounds while Jahvon Blair had four assists, Keith had four steals and Meshack Lufile had two blocks. Kennedy and Lufile were both members of the Nighthawks in the league’s inaugural season in 2019.

The Nighthawks took more shots than the Growlers which offset the fact that the visitors outshot them. Guelph shot 47 percent on 73 field-goal attempts and 68 percent on free throws while Newfoundland shot 49 percent on 61 field-goals attempts and 71 percent on free throws.

Guelph had 41 rebounds to 33 for Newfoundland, but the Growlers had 16 assists, 12 steals and five blocks to 13 assists, six assists and two blocks for the Nighthawks. Newfoundland’s bench outscored Guelph’s bench 43-22.

The Nighthawks hit for the first eight points of the game and never trailed in the match.

The win leaves the Nighthawks tied with the Niagara River Lions at 4-3. The Hamilton Honey Badgers lead at 6-1 while the Edmonton Stingers are at 4-2 and the Fraser Valley Bandits are at 3-2. Scarborough Shooting Stars and Saskatchewan Rattlers are both at 3-3 while Montreal’s at 3-4, the Ottawa BlackJacks are at 1-4 and Newfoundland has dropped all six of its games.

The Nighthawks are to play the BlackJacks at Ottawa’s TD Place Thursday at 7:30 p.m. before getting three more home games – Saturday against Hamilton at 2 p.m., Tuesday against Fraser Valley at 7 p.m. and June 25 against Edmonton at 2 p.m.

After the game against Edmonton, the Nighthawks are slated to play six of their next seven games on the road.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal

Nighthawks hold tough to keep Growlers winless

GUELPH – The Guelph Nighthawks made it three consecutive Canadian Elite Basketball League victories, all at the Sleeman Centre, when they handed the expansion and winless Newfoundland Growlers an 89-82 setback Tuesday night.

There was no repeat of the Elam Ending woes of Saturday’s victory over the Montreal Alliance when the locals couldn’t sink any baskets other than free throws this time. They led by five (80-75) when the target score was decided, immediately yielded a jump shot to the visitors, missed a layup and a three-pointer, but then hit a pair of shots and eventually won on a jumper by Cat Barber.


Guelph Nighthawks 89
Newfoundland Growlers 82

However, Newfoundland’s efforts in the second half in general and fourth quarter in particular made the score closer than it looked like it was going to be. The Nighthawks led by 14 points at the start of the final quarter, but the Growlers managed to get the deficit down to three points in the first half of the final quarter.

The Nighthawks were limited to fewer points (32) in the entire second half than they had collected in the first quarter alone (33).

Guelph led 33-20 at the end of the opening quarter, 57-42 at halftime and 74-60 at the end of the third quarter.

Barber led the locals with 30 points while A.J. Lawson had 14, T.J. Lall 12 and Ahmed Hill 11. Lawson grabbed eight rebounds while Lall had four assists, two steals and a block.

Brandon Sampson had 20 points for Newfoundland while Terry Thomas and Shaquille Keith both came off the bench to get 19 and 18 points respectively. Four Growlers who started on the bench received more court time than four of the starters. Jermel Kennedy had seven rebounds while Jahvon Blair had four assists, Keith had four steals and Meshack Lufile had two blocks. Kennedy and Lufile were both members of the Nighthawks in the league’s inaugural season in 2019.

The Nighthawks took more shots than the Growlers which offset the fact that the visitors outshot them. Guelph shot 47 percent on 73 field-goal attempts and 68 percent on free throws while Newfoundland shot 49 percent on 61 field-goals attempts and 71 percent on free throws.

Guelph had 41 rebounds to 33 for Newfoundland, but the Growlers had 16 assists, 12 steals and five blocks to 13 assists, six assists and two blocks for the Nighthawks. Newfoundland’s bench outscored Guelph’s bench 43-22.

The Nighthawks hit for the first eight points of the game and never trailed in the match.

The win leaves the Nighthawks tied with the Niagara River Lions at 4-3. The Hamilton Honey Badgers lead at 6-1 while the Edmonton Stingers are at 4-2 and the Fraser Valley Bandits are at 3-2. Scarborough Shooting Stars and Saskatchewan Rattlers are both at 3-3 while Montreal’s at 3-4, the Ottawa BlackJacks are at 1-4 and Newfoundland has dropped all six of its games.

The Nighthawks are to play the BlackJacks at Ottawa’s TD Place Thursday at 7:30 p.m. before getting three more home games – Saturday against Hamilton at 2 p.m., Tuesday against Fraser Valley at 7 p.m. and June 25 against Edmonton at 2 p.m.

After the game against Edmonton, the Nighthawks are slated to play six of their next seven games on the road.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal