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CEBL SUMMER SERIES – GUELPH SHOCKS NIAGARA AND FORTE LEADS FRASER VALLEY TO ANOTHER WIN

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Guelph Nighthawks vs. Niagara River Lions 

The Guelph Nighthawks did not let fatigue get in their way, beating the Niagara River Lions 84-65. 

The Nighthawks played yesterday, losing to the Hamilton Honey Badgers 97-71. Instead of letting fatigue get the better of them, they played hard and got the win.  

Tre’Darius McCallum led the way for the Nighthawks with 18 points. Jamal Reynolds and Tyrell Green had 11 each off the bench. Even with those leaders, the entire team played and everyone except for Corey Johnson scored. 

Guelph limited Niagara’s second chance points to only three, and played excellent transition defence, only allowing four fast break points. They also had 12 steals. 

The Nighthawks now sit at 2-1 and second in the league while the River Lions are at 1-2 and are only above the BlackJacks in the standings.

Both teams will play on Friday. Niagara will take on the Edmonton Stingers in the first game of the day at 3 p.m. while Guelph faces the Saskatchewan Rattlers at 5:30 p.m.  

Fraser Valley Bandits vs. Saskatchewan Rattlers 

The Fraser Valley Bandits overcame a 14 point deficit to beat the Saskatchewan Rattlers 87-77.

From halfway in the first quarter to the beginning minutes of the fourth quarter, the Rattlers held some sort of advantage over the Bandits. But a 6-0 run from Cameron Forte gave the Bandits the lead. 

Forte had 30 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, which is a new CEBL record. 

Negus Webster-Chan briefly tied up the game at 69 a minute before Elam Time, but Tavarion Nix hit a three to give Fraser Valley the lead agan. Buckets from Forte, Marek Klassen and free throws from Malcolm Duvivier extended the lead to six going into Elam Time. 

Saskatchewan would get as close as four points, but Fraser Valley prevailed. 

Fraser Valley also demolished Saskatchewan in the fast break points category, getting into transition for 30 points compared to 13 points for the Rattlers. 

Fraser Valley remains the lone undefeated team while Saskatchewan is tied with Hamilton and Edmonton, who will play tomorrow. 

Fraser Valley gets a short break and will play the expansion Ottawa Blackjacks on Thursday at 7 p.m., while Saskatchewan gears up for the Guelph Nighthawks on Friday at 5:30 p.m. 

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