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CEBL SUMMER SERIES – HAMILTON AND EDMONTON GET FIRST WINS

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Hamilton Honey Badgers vs. Guelph Nighthawks

The Hamilton Honey Badgers got their first win of the season, beating the Guelph Nighthawks 97-71. 

Duane Notice and Briante Weber were pivotal in Hamilton’s win. Notice had 14 points, seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and a block. Weber had 17 points and seven assists. Notice was awarded the distinction of Player of the Game. 

Notice also hit the game winning layup over Guelph’s Jamal Reynolds. 

This was also the first professional win for head coach Ryan Schmidt. He’s also an assistant coach for the Raptors 905.

For Guelph, this game should be forgotten quickly. The team shot 29 per cent from the field, and despite 16 points from Tyrell Green the rest of the team did not show up. 

Guelph will try and get back into the win column tomorrow against Niagara, while Hamilton plays Edmonton on Wednesday. 

Ottawa BlackJacks vs. Edmonton Stingers

Back to back buckets from Mathieu Kamba sealed the win for the Edmonton Stingers against the expansion Ottawa Blackjacks with a final score of 89-82. 

Coming from a Jordan Baker steal, Kamba made a layup to give the Stingers a seven point advantage. Almost immediately after, BlackJacks forward Phil Scrubb hit a contested three on the other end. Edmonton guard Adika Peter-McNielly caught the inbound pass at half court and passed it to Kamba, who hoisted up a three that found its way to the bottom of the net. 

So far, this was the most contested game of the CEBL Summer Series. Ottawa had the lead to begin the fourth quarter, and at one point had a seven point advantage against Edmonton. 

Both teams were looking for their first win, with Edmonton losing to Fraser Valley the previous day and Ottawa losing to Guelph on opening day. 

The Player of the Game was given to Jordan Baker for his 20 point, 14 rebound, and five assist, three steal performance. Xavier Moon also had 24 points, nine assists and four rebounds, and three steals. 

For Ottawa, Phil Scrubb had 20 points, while his brother Tom and Olivier Hanlan combined for 15. Shaq Keith had 14 off the bench. 

The Edmonton Stingers will get a short break and play the Hamilton Honey Badgers on Wednesday, while the Ottawa BlackJacks have two days off and will take on the Fraser Valley Bandits in the continued quest for their first win.

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