Hamilton vs. Fraser Valley
A 26 point fourth quarter from the Fraser Valley Bandits helped them come back and beat the Hamilton Honey Badgers 76-75 to qualify for the finals.
At the beginning of the quarter Hamilton was up 14. Fraser Valley’s Junior Cadougan made two free throws, then a floater. Jahenns Manigat then made a technical free throw.
Kalif Young of the Honey Badgers then split a pair of free throws, pushing the lead to double digits.
Marek Klassen of the Bandits made a three and then a driving layup. Malcolm Duviver then made a layup, cutting the lead to three.
Hamilton’s Alex Johnson then threw an alley-oop to Kalif Young, but Cadougan hit a three right before Elam time, bringing Fraser Valley to within a basket.
Manigat drove to the hole to tie the game but Hamilton’s Briante Weber made two free throws. Alex Johnson then made a three, and Jean-Victor Mukama split a pair of free throws, giving the Honey Badgers a six point lead.
For Fraser Valley, Manigat made a three then Duviver made two free throws. Olu Ashalou then made a layup, giving Fraser Valley a one point lead. Hamilton’s Kalif Young got an easy dunk, bringing the lead back. Ashalou made another layup, winning the game for the Bandits.
Player of the Game was given to Duviver for his 18 points and eight rebounds. Manigat also had 13 points and six assists.
For the Honey Badgers, Mukama had 24 points and Weber almost had a double double with nine points and ten assists.
Fraser Valley has to wait for the winner of the Edmonton Stingers vs. Ottawa BlackJacks game to determine their opponent in the final.
Ottawa vs. Edmonton
The Edmonton Stingers will potentially get redemption as they move on to the finals with a 88-75 win against the Ottawa BlackJacks.
Edmonton was able to capitalize on points from turnovers. They caused 20 Ottawa turnovers, leading to 27 points for the Stingers.
They also dominated paint play with 42 points compared to 28 for the BlackJacks.
Player of the Game was given to Mathieu Kamba for his 26 points and three steals. Xavier Moon and Jordan Baker also had 13 points each for Edmonton.
Ottawa’s Olivier Hanlan had 17 points and Johnny Berhanemeskel had 16.
Edmonton lost to Saskatchean last year in the semifinals. This year both top seeds will play in the final game of the season.
Edmonton will face Fraser Valley in the final tomorrow afternoon at 12 p.m. Fraser Valley beat Edmonton in their first game, the Stingers only loss in the Summer Series.