The Guelph Nighthawks take on the Niagara River Lions at the Sleeman Center tonight
August 6, 2022 – Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) – Guelph Nighthawks Press Release
The Guelph Nighthawks will face the Niagara River Lions in the CEBL Quarter-Finals on August 6 at 7 p.m. ET for a chance to book a spot in the CEBL Championship Weekend Semi-Finals.
The match can be watched live on CEBL+, CBC Gem, CBC Sports and NXT Level Sports in the United States.
The second-seeded River Lions are the home team, but play the game at the Sleeman Center in Guelph, as the Meridian Center is used for the Canada Summer Games.
Niagara earned a bye to the quarterfinals with its 13-7 record. They ended the regular season with an 83-79 win over the Hamilton Honey Badgers on July 31.
In this game, the River Lions made a late run after falling behind early. They beat Hamilton 30-17 in the fourth quarter and Elam hour. Antonio Davis Jr (22 points, seven rebounds) and Khalil Ahmad (21 points, nine rebounds, seven assists) led the team in scoring while Elijah Mitrou-Long added 13 points and five rebounds off the bench.
How Niagara starts this game against Guelph could be a key factor. “We have a group of guys who are capable of being a very, very good basketball team and we practice a lot more than we should,” head coach Victor Raso said after the game against Hamilton. . Raso said the team attacked simple things, settled in and hit their game plan in the fourth quarter. Can they continue their strong second half play against Hamilton in this game?
The River Lions are first in average points (88.2), blocks (4.8), steals (9.4) and second in field goal percentage (46.0%). Meanwhile, the Nighthawks lead the league in field goal percentage (46.6%) in what should be a game between two effective offensive teams.
Guelph has won two straight to close out the regular season and clinch a playoff berth as the seventh seed. Then they beat the Fraser Valley Bandits on the road in the qualifying game.
It was a tight game all game long as Guelph shot the ball well (52% from the field, 60% from three). Guards Cat Barber hit three-for-four from deep while Ahmed Hill went six-for-eight from deep. Meanwhile, Giorgi Bezhanishvili had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Hot shots will be crucial for the Nighthawks to match Niagara’s offense. Barber and Hill will play an important role in launching the attack as well as guards Stef Smith and Sean Miller-Moore. Forwards Olu Ashaolu (who played for the River Lions earlier this season), Lucas Nogueira and Maurice Calloo will be pitted against Davis Jr. and EJ Onu, who leads the CEBL in average blocks (3.3).
Another key match is between Ahmad and Barber. Ahmad leads the league in average points (21.1) while Barber is fourth (19.9). Barber is also fourth in average interceptions (5.0). In Elam times, don’t be surprised to see the ball in the hands of these two players.
The Nighthawks have lost the previous two meetings against Niagara this season. However, although they have been designated as the visiting team, they will play in Guelph. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Scarborough Shooting Stars quarter-final game against the Saskatchewan Ratters in the semi-finals on August 12.
Fans will be able to stream all games, including the playoffs, live on CEBL’s OTT streaming service CEBL+, the official CEBL app, CEBL Mobile for iOS and Android devices, cbcsports.ca, the free streaming service CBC Gem, the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices and on NXT Level Sports in the US As part of its playoff coverage, CBC Sports will broadcast the quarterfinal matches on Sunday August 7, the semi-final matches on Friday August 12 and the championship match on Sunday August 14. broadcast and streaming schedule, click here. All schedules are subject to change.
CEBL’s fourth regular season began on May 25 and ended on August 1. A league created by Canadians for Canadians, the CEBL is the largest professional sports league in the country with 10 teams in six provinces. It has the highest percentage of Canadian players of any professional league in the country, with 71% of its current roster being Canadian. Players bring experience from the NBA, NBA G League, top international leagues, Canadian National Team program and top NCAA programs as well as U SPORTS. Canada Basketball’s only professional premier league partner, the CEBL season runs from May to August. Visit CEBL.ca for more information or follow us (@cebleague) on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, LinkedIn, Facebook & YouTube.
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