Nighthawks win their first time out

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The Guelph Nighthawks rallied in the fourth quarter to win their first ever game in the Canadian Elite Basketball League Thursday night.

The Nighthawks came back from a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Fraser Valley Bandits 106-103 at the Abbotsford Centre.

While the game had been a back-and-forth affair, the Nighthawks went ahead for good following a block by Zeke Marshall and an ensuing layup by Jamal Reynolds with 11.7 seconds to go. Aaron Redpath of the Nighthawks added a bucket from the free-throw line about eight and a half seconds later to complete the scoring.

Fraser Valley led 19-18 at the end of the first quarter before the Nighthawks rebounded for a 53-50 lead at halftime. The Bandits came back to surge ahead 77-75 by the end of the third quarter.

Unfortunately, scoring totals from the game are not available.

Next up for the Nighthawks is their home opener Saturday against the Saskatchewan Rattlers.

Saskatchewan suffered a 99-97 loss to the Niagara River Lions in their season opener Thursday night at Saskatoon’s SaskTel Centre.

The Rattlers had four players hit double figures in scoring in that game – Tavrion Dawson with 29 points, Alex Campbell and Marlon Johnson with 19 apiece and Bruce Massey with 10.

Game time Saturday at the Sleeman Centre is 7 p.m.

 

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