Shooting Stars bounce back convincingly to earn their first home win over the Growlers with a 99-81 win

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The first quarter of play in Tuesday's game was better than the entirety of the Shooting Stars' outing against the Honey Badgers in their home opener. Although they were without one of their star players in Xavier Rathan-Mayes, there was no lack in offensive firepower.

Jermaine Cole notched his career-high in just the first quarter with two three-pointers, igniting the Scarborough crowd, and giving the team a boost in energy. Jalen Harris had an efficient opening period with seven points on 50 percent shooting. Along with great defense holding Newfoundland to just 33 percent shooting from the field. A string of success which followed into the second quarter.

Kyle Alexander imposed his will and displayed how valuable of an asset he is for this Shooting Stars team. With Scarborough inbounding the ball under their basket, a great play call by head coach Chris Exilus resulted in an emphatic Alexander dunk. Just one of many instances that showed just how in sync this team was throughout this game, en route to a 49-36 lead going into the half.

Despite the dominance from the Shooting Stars, the Growlers were single-handily competitive due to the play of Shaquille Keith who finished with 36 points. Brandon Sampson who was fresh off of a CEBL record 42 points was held to just eight points on 25 percent shooting from the field.

Jalen Harris continued his stellar play in the second half capping off a 38 points performance. Kyle Alexander joined him with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, being a major contributor to the Shooting Stars outrebounding the Growlers 48-35.

With this win, Scarborough improves to 2-3 on the season while handing Newfoundland their third straight loss remaining winless. The Shooting Stars will turn their focus towards the Edmonton Stingers for their matchup on Sunday, June 12th.