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CEBL SUMMER SERIES – OTTAWA MAKES THINGS INTERESTING IN THE PLAYOFF RACE WHILE FRASER VALLEY CLINCHES A SPOT

@DonaldHigney

Hamilton Honey Badgers vs. Ottawa Blackjacks

The Ottawa Blackjacks moved to 2-2 with a 85-69 victory over the Hamilton Honey Badgers. 

Thomas Scrubb had 17 points, eight rebounds and two steals in his Player of the Game performance. Johnny Berhanemeskel had 14 points and Carleton Raven’s Lloyd Pandi had 12 off the bench.  

The BlackJacks dominated the Honey Badgers in the paint, outscoring them 40 to 24. They also led them in fast break points (21-17) and points off of turnovers (17-13) 

For Hamilton, Jaylen Babb-Harrison had 18 points. Caleb Agada had 16 points off the bench. 

Ottawa moves into playoff position with a back-to-back against Niagara and Saskatchewan starting on Tuesday. 

Hamilton has one more game left against the 1-5 Saskatchewan Rattlers, who are just behind them in the league standings. 

Niagara River Lions vs. Fraser Valley Bandits

In a close game, the Fraser Valley Bandits clinched a playoff spot with their win against the Niagara River Lions 70-57. 

This win came without one of their key pieces. Earlier today it was announced that Cam Forte was released by the Bandits to pursue another playing opportunity. He averaged 21.8 points and nine rebounds in four games. 

The biggest key from this win from this win was Fraser Valley’s defence. They kept Niagara’s field goal percentage at 28 per cent for 57 points, the lowest amount scored so far in the regular season.   

Player of the Game was given to Junior Cadougan for his 16 points and five assists performance. Malcolm Duviver had 12 points off the bench. 

Niagara is now at 1-4, and still aren’t in a playoff position. That sets them up for an important potential win or go home game against the fifth place Ottawa BlackJacks on Tuesday. 

Along with Fraser Valley, the Edmonton Stingers and Guelph Nighthawks have qualified for the playoffs. They have one more game against the Nighthawks, which is important for seeding implications. 

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