Xavier Moon scored a game-high 34 factors, along with selecting up an astounding eight steals within the Edmonton Stingers’ commanding 99-63 win over the Hamilton Honey Badgers in Hamilton, Ont., on Thursday evening.
Edmonton (7-0) got here into this much-anticipated matchup seeking to proceed its dominant begin to the season and defeat the Honey Badgers for the second time this season.
Alternatively, Hamilton (6-2) seemed to avenge its season-opening loss to the Stingers, push its successful streak to seven video games, and take over first-place within the CEBL.
Sadly for the Honey Badgers, this recreation went nothing of the kind.
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The primary quarter was comparatively shut, though in stretches, it felt as if Edmonton was up by greater than they have been.
Hamilton did not fall brief from an effectivity standpoint — the difficulty was the Stingers’ rebounding prowess and ball motion, profiting from second likelihood alternatives. Edmonton’s capacity to disrupt passing lanes additionally allowed them to manage the tempo and get out in transition.
Popping out of the primary quarter down 25-16, Hamilton managed to seek out its footing beginning the second quarter with a 7-Zero run and Edmonton being unable to attain till the 6:56 mark of the body.
Regardless of Moon’s offensive struggles, his facilitating and defence (seven steals within the first half alone) allowed the Stingers to fireside again with a 9-Zero run to go up 11 factors. Edmonton pushed its result in 12 shortly after, however was unable to carry off Hamilton from chopping into its lead, going into the half up 41-35.
The third quarter is the place Edmonton let the sparks fly and utterly takeover the sport. The Stingers went on a ridiculous 27-Zero run from the nine-minute mark to the three-minute mark of the third body, going up 70-43. Edmonton bumped the result in 30 not lengthy after, finally ending the third up 75-52, behind Moon’s 20-point quarter.
Marlon Johnson completed with a double-double for Edmonton scoring 16 factors and grabbing 10 rebounds, whereas Edmonton native Jordan Baker contributed 13 factors and four rebounds on the evening.
Regardless of his struggles (six turnovers for the sport), Wigginton led the Honey Badgers with 12 factors along with Thomas Kennedy’s 11 factors off the bench.
Edmonton will subsequent face the struggling Ottawa BlackJacks on Saturday, whereas Hamilton will subsequent play the Niagara River Lions on Saturday as nicely.