Shooting Stars hold off charge from Montreal Alliance for second straight win

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Sunday, July 3, 2022

Jalen Harris led the way with 19 points to help Scarborough to a 78-68 win over Montreal

SCARBOROUGH–It’s hard to believe we’re already 12 games into the CEBL, and the idea of playoffs is no longer such a far-reaching concept. 


With the end of the season slowly beginning to make its way, it’s important wins like Sunday’s 78-68 defeat of the Montreal Alliance that are as meaningful as ever. 


The Shooting Stars jumped out to an early lead seemingly in command of this one from tip off. It was Šar┼źnas Vasiliauskas’ first game back and although it took him a few minutes to get back into the groove of things, he helped his teammates with two assists as Isiaha Mike led the way after the first quarter with nine points to give the Stars a 27-18 lead. 


Montreal made things closer than fans would have liked though outscoring Scarborough 36-33 in the second and third quarters. But as has been the theme of late, 23-year-old Jalen Harris continued to cement his role as a leader on the court as his 19-point effort helped the Shooting Stars hold off the Alliance for the late victory.


Harris’ 19 points were not far off from his average of 21.4 ppg and was just one off from making it 20+ points in seven of his last eight contests. 


Head coach Chris Exilus has nothing but praise for his guard postgame. 


“The big part with Jalen is his efficiency in those points, he’s been very efficient his last few games,” said Exilus. “It’s how he gets those points that is the key part…we’re just really proud of what he’s done from the beginning of the season all the way until now.” 


“A lot of it is just finding my spots and realizing how teams are guarding me,” said Harris. “Just being aggressive because I know I draw a lot of attention so I’m able to help find my teammates, and once I started doing that, it opened everything up for me.”


The Shooting Stars will have a few days off before they play host to a 6-6 Guelph Nighthawks team on Thursday here at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre