Crusaders complete attack on record book

NBBL- LogoThe Crusaders went on a record run in one of five game played on June 21 in the North of the Border Basketball League. The Crusaders controlled this game from the opening tip and didn’t take their foot off the pedal for the entire contest, taking the affair, 109-50.

There were various NBBL league records set and broken by the Crusaders including most points scored, largest margin of victory, most assists, most three pointers made by a team and individual records set by Victor Raso and Michel Clark.

The Crusaders couldn’t seem to miss from beyond the arc and the Burlington Elite simply couldn’t match the fire power. Burlington was without Vadim Razenberg, Ostap Choliy and Christian Coldea. Their absences crippled Burlington.

Player of the game Raso put forth another superb performance scoring 37 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals and 1 block, effectively retaining his position atop the MVP race. Michel Clark was on fire from three and scored 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Zachary Angus nearly tallied a triple-double scoring 18 points and recording 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Benjamin Ibrahim tallied a double-double of 15 points and 12 assists, Paul Hart chipped in with 9 points, 11 assists and 4 rebounds.

Evan St. Hilaire led the way for Burlington with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Deon Scott chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds.

Raso and Clark set a NBBL record for most three-pointers made in a regular season game with 8 each; The Crusaders set a record for most points scored in a regular season game, 109 points; The Crusaders set a record for largest margin of victory in a regular season game, 59 points; the Crusaders set a record for most assists in a regular season game, 32 assists; and the Crusaders set a record for most three pointers made by a team in a game, 21.

The 5-0 Crusaders will have their hands full and will look to remain undefeated against 4-1 Mohawk. The Burlington Elite will look to rebound against the (3-2) Halton Stars.

Mohawk, 76, Hamilton All-Stars, 69

This was a tightly contested match which nearly saw the Hamilton All-Stars pull off the upset. Mohawk was able to control the tempo of the game and dictate a run-and-gun style of play. Mohawk played with a double digit lead for the majority of the game but saw that lead slowly fade in the final eight minutes when the Hamilton All-Stars made a late game push led by the strong play of Caleb Agada and hot shooting of Ali Askarov.

However, The Campbell Brothers – Manny and Aron – were at it again and were simply too much for the All-Stars. Manny Campbell (16 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds and 2 steals) nearly registered a triple-double and was electrifying and was named player of the game. He currently sits in third place in the MVP Race. Aron Campbell scored 17 points to go along with 4 assists and 3 rebounds.

Andrew Cicuttini was dominant down low in this game and recorded a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds.

Agada and Askarov carried the Hamilton All-Stars in this contest. Caleb nearly recorded a triple-double scoring 13 points to go along with 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Agada’s versatility to handle the basketball, shoot from long range and his athleticism make him an extremely difficult matchup each night. Askarov started off slow in this game but caught fire from long range and went on to score a season high 31 points while sending a major statement to everyone throughout the league.

The (1-4) Hamilton All-Stars will have another difficult game against the (4-1) Badgers.

Jayhawks, 56, Jaguars, 50

The previously winless Jayhawks were able to come out with the victory over the Jaguars. The Jayhawks came out with an energy that had been lacking in their previous games and jumped to a 40-25 lead by the half. The Jaguars quickly cut into that lead and eventually look a one point lead with five minutes remaining. The Jayhawks, however, kept their composure and played their best game of the season with a balanced attack.

Xzennis Brereton led the team in scoring with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Cudjoe Masuka, player of the game, registered 11 points, 6 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block. Tevon Edwards tallied 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists and 1 steal. Matt Brown chipped in with a double-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.

For the Jaguars, poor shot selection and mental mistakes ultimately did them in during this game. Jimmy Bilenga led the Jaguars in scoring with 14 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Sam Hattin chipped in with 10 points and 8 rebounds.

The 1-5 Jayhawks will look to build off their recent victory against the winless (0-5) Braves. The 1-4 Gaels will look to bounce back against the 2-4 Jaguars.

Knights, 81, Halton Region Stars, 60

The Knights got out to the early lead and didn’t take a second to look back. They had a commanding 36-21 lead over the Halton Region Stars at the half. Tyrell Vernon sent out a message with 22 points after the first half to finish with an incredible 40 points – a league record. He added 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and a steal to his game stats to stay in second place in the MVP Race

Tyrell Vernon- Week 6
Tyrell Vernon of the Knights scored 40 points in a win over the Halton Region Stars. (Photo: Randy Smith,

Jermaine DeCosta chipped in 16 points.

The Halton Region Stars were led by Sean Nickel’s double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds, to go along with 6 assists and 1 steal. Connor Wood registered 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. Teddy Tochev chipped in with 13 points. Halton relies on a balanced inside-out attack but simply struggled shooting from beyond the arc in this contest.

The 5-1 Knights have a bye this week.

Badgers, 59, Gaels, 51

The Badgers and the Gaels squared off in what was a very exciting contest. The Gaels took a 34-20 lead in the first half but saw that spread evaporate in the second half. The Badgers were able to battle back in the second half and come out on top. The Gaels had difficulty scoring at the same rate as they did in the first half and that eventually was their downfall.

Meshack Lufile (18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks) was a beast down low in this game and was too much for the Gaels to handle in the post and off the boards. Ante Raic (11 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists) provided a strong inside-out presence and recorded a double-double. Tshing Kasamba was riddled with foul trouble in the first half but came out strong in the second to finish with 11 points, 3 assists and 4 rebounds. Rashed Morley chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds.

The Gaels were led by Lakehead University star Dwayne Harvey, who made his summer league debut after returning home from school. But Harvey’s strong play of 17 points 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal wasn’t

Player of the Game was Meshack Lufile ( 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks).

All games are played at Redeemer University College beginning at 5:45 on Friday (June 28).