The Ottawa BlackJacks put an finish to Edmonton’s excellent run on Saturday.
In a good, defensive sport, the BlackJacks squeaked out a 79-74 victory, and, in doing so, managed what no different crew has been in a position to do all season—clip the wings on the high-flying Stingers.
Spurred by a vociferous house crowd, Ottawa placed on a defensive masterclass and held Xavier Moon, the two-time CEBL Participant of the 12 months to 17 factors earlier than he fouled out through the Elam Ending.
Heading into the sport, Edmonton’s margin of victory via its final 4 video games had been a whopping 32 factors.
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Ottawa, nonetheless, managed to grind the sport down, bringing the Stingers into the trenches with their bodily play—outrebounding their opponents 45-44, whereas irritating Edmonton’s efforts from the arc.
The Stingers shot simply 9-32 (28 per cent) from the three-point line, and solely 36 per cent from the sphere, whereas Ottawa managed 7-28 (25 per cent) from three-point land and 44 per cent from the sphere.
Trailing 34-32 heading into the half, Ottawa by no means relented.
“It is a matter of getting this group to play collectively, and I feel we have accomplished that,” stated BlackJacks’ head coach Charles Dubé-Brais after the sport, “Within the second half it felt like they needed to drag away with the sport, and we by no means give up. We simply stayed with it and couple of gamers made huge performs down the stretch which led us to the victory.”
Led by Nick Ward’s game-high 26 factors the BlackJacks stayed inside two factors as the sport shifted in its thrilling Elam Ending.
Junior Cadougan places exclamation on Ottawa’s win
And, whereas Ward could have led the scoring, Junior Cadougan was unquestionably the sport’s star.
With the rating 69-67 in Edmonton’s favour, and with a goal rating of 78 or extra wanted to win the sport, the six-foot-one Toronto native performed with the guts and keenness that encapsulated Ottawa’s late cost.
His feelings on full show as he scored the sport profitable shot—his fingers thumping his chest after his floater introduced an on the spot roar from each crowd and teammates because it swished into the web.
Ottawa’s victory levelled the collection between the 2 crew’s at 1-1, after Edmonton took their first assembly 104-87.
The loss was the Stingers’ first in 15 video games stretching again to final season. The defending champions have been the only undefeated crew remaining. The crew will now look to return to profitable methods as they put together to face the Guelph Nighthawks on Monday.
Whereas the BlackJacks will go for back-to-back wins for the primary time this season as they tackle the Hamilton Honey Badgers on Wednesday.
Each video games will be seen dwell on CBC Sports activities.