Hamilton Honey Badgers spoil the Scarborough Shooting Stars' home opener

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer

@nickeemkhan

Sunday, June 5, 2022


The very first CEBL game in Scarborough didn't go the way it was anticipated as the Hamilton Honey Badgers dominated walking away with an 84-69 win over the Shooting Stars. Although Hamilton had control from the beginning, Scarborough attempted to close the gap but just couldn't get over the hump. Mostly in due part to the stellar defense from the Honey Badgers.

Coming into the game it was evident that one of the main contributors for Hamilton would be looking to have a big game, that being Caleb Agada. The seasoned guard finished with 14 points and an impressive nine rebounds. However, it was the play of Christian Vital that helped lift Hamilton to the win.

Vital finished with 27 points along with four steals, showing his value on both sides of the court. As a team, the Honey Badgers held the Shooting Stars to just 34 percent from the field. Not only did they limit the offensive possessions that Scarborough was able to have, but they also took advantage of their tenacious defense. 

Hamilton converted 29 points off of just turnovers alone. For a team like the Shooting Stars, that simply won't cut it. Nobody besides Xavier Rathan-Mayes gave them a lift. The Scarborough native finished with a game-high 28 points 53 percent shooting from the field. His backcourt mate, Jalen Harris, didn't have the same success.

The former Toronto Raptors player struggled heavily for nine points on just 1-9 shooting from the field. His performance summed up the night for the entire Shooting Stars roster on a night where the energy at atmosphere was electric.

Scarborough now drops to 1-3 on the season and will have an opportunity to get back in the win column on Tuesday against the Newfoundland Growlers at 7:30 PM ET.