Crusaders remain unbeaten in NBBL play

NBBL- LogoIt was lights out for the Hamilton All-Stars who had few shining moments in falling 101-55 to the unbeaten Crusaders in one of four games played in North of the Border Basketball League action on Friday (June 7).

This game was all Crusaders from the opening tip as they came out on fire and didn’t slow down all game. The Crusaders pressured the ball and played outstanding defence for the entire 44 minutes of the game.

The victors had five players score in double digits and were led by Victor Raso’s 27 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block performance, earning Player of the Week and Player of the Game honours in the process.

The Crusaders set the tone defensively early and came up with 10 steals on the night. Zach Angus played a superb all-around game netting 15 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Benjamin Ibrahim recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

The Hamilton All-Stars looked out of sync and shot poorly from the field. Defensively, the All-Stars could do nothing to slow down the high powered offence of the Crusaders. Oliver McMayoni led the team in scoring with 16 points. Almar Knowles chipped in with 11.

The (4-0) Crusaders will look to continue their perfect season against the winless (0-4) Braves on Friday (June 14) at 6:45 p.m. The Hamilton All-Stars will play the Jayhawks in a match of two 0-4 teams.

The Jayhawks were denied their first win when the Knights knocked them down, 78-50. Knights The Jayhawks had no answer for the Knights hot shooting and simply couldn’t keep up with their offensive fire power. The Knights strong play of recent weeks has them in second place behind the Crusaders.

The same issues that have troubled the Jayhawks throughout the season were prevalent again: A lack of communication on defence and poor rotations left the Knights with countless open looks.

Arun Kumar led the Knights with 23 points, five of which came from behind the arc. Jermaine Decosta tallied 17 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Zach Angelini registered 17 points and 7 rebounds. Tyrell Vernon played a solid all-around game with 6 points, 10 assists (the week’s leader), 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

The Jayhawks were led by Cudjoe Masuka tallying 19 points and 10 rebounds and Xzennis Brererton with 17 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds.

Player of the Game was Kumar.

The (3-1) Knights go after the (3-0) Badgers, who had a bye, on Friday.

The Jaguars let an 11-point lead at the half slip away and fell 66-56 to Mohawk.

The Jaguars watched their lead shrink and simply had trouble scoring in the last five minutes as well as some costly turnovers. Mohawk started slow but was able to find its stride to pull out the victory.

The Jaguars simply couldn’t maintain their scoring rate throughout the entire game. Sam Hattin led the team with 14 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Jacque Kalonji was a beast on the glass and registered a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Daniel McAlonan shot the ball well and chipped in with 11 points.

Mohawk turned up the intensity in the second half and really heated up from the field. Manny Campbell had an excellent performance registering 22 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. He set the tone in the second half and propelled Mohawk to the victory, picking up game honours for his efforts.

Patrick Iavarone, after going scoreless in the first half, tallied 18 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Taylor Dowhaniuk and Andrew Cicuttini controlled the paint with 12 rebounds and 3 blocks, and 12 rebounds respectively. Arron Campbell chipped in with 11 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds.

The (1-3) Jaguars will have their hands full against a strong (3-0) Halton Region Stars team in their next game on Friday. Mohawk (2-1) will face the (3-1) Burlington Elite.

Gaels 54, Halton Region Stars 60

The Gaels took a page from the Jaguars book and let this one fall through their finger tips. With just 10 seconds left, the Gaels were up by three and the Halton Region Stars had possession. The Gaels elected to foul Halton in an effort to slow them down. Unfortunately, they fouled Sean Nickel in the act of shooting from behind the arc and he hit his free throws to tie the game and force overtime. Halton quickly got out to a five point led in the first minute of overtime and came out victorious, 60-54.

This is one the Gaels will wish they could have back. If not for poor late game management the Gaels would’ve came out victorious. Kwesi Fynn led the Gaels in scoring with 16 points to go along with 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Norman Darrell registered a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Malcolm Paul chipped in with 10 points.

The Halton Region Stars were able to remain undefeated after pulling out another nail-biter. Halton was led by Player of the Game Sean Nickel and his 15 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Teddy Tochev tallied 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Mike Zurakowski scored seven of his 14 points in overtime to help lead the Halton Region Stars to victory.

The (1-3) Gaels have the bye this week.

In the other game, the Burlington Elite was awarded a win in the in the five-card program when the Braves lost by forfeit.

All games are played at Redeemer University College beginning at 5:45 p.m.