March 25th, 2021

(Peterborough, ON) On Point Basketball in association with LTD Sports, is proud to introduce the On Point National Hoops Showcase, also known as Show ‘N’ Prove taking place on Victoria Day Weekend from Friday May 21st to Monday May 24th.

The Covid-19 pandemic and halting of basketball gameplay has resulted in limited opportunities for players looking to compete against their peers. Show ‘N’ Prove is here to change that dynamic by providing a high level, exciting and entertaining platform for players to show out and gain exposure, while having fun at the same time. 

Show ‘N’ Prove is like nothing Ontario and Canada has seen before, ” said On Point Basketball founder and CEO & Show ‘N’ Prove Media, Content & Scouting Director , Drew Ebanks. 

“It gives ballers of all ages and skill levels a chance to see how they match up against their basketball peers with divisions for Elementary School, Middle School, Secondary School, as well as Prep, AAU, College /University and Professionals. Looking forward to bringing this exciting new concept of basketball competition to the masses along with LTD Sports.”

As part of the Show ‘N’ Prove movement, a portion of the proceeds from each event will be put back into the local community for initiatives such as gym access for underprivileged youth, underserved community groups and those with special needs. 

The events will continue to champion mentorship in health, wellness & nutrition as well as outdoor court and indoor basketball facility refurbishing.

“A platform now exists where players can not only test their current skill levels in a safe environment, but also have a positive impact on those who are underserved in their community”, states newly appointed Commissioner of Show ‘N’ Prove, Bill Crowdis. 

“This is a great starting point for our return to play initiatives and something that could potentially unite our basketball communities. Every player deserves the opportunity to showcase their skills on a neutralized platform, to see where they stack up against their peers.”

Show ‘N’ Prove is all about STACKING UP against your competition and showcasing your game with the difference makers in youth basketball in attendance.  

Each player will put their shooting, ball handling and passing skills on display in an All-Star Combine formatted competition including a dunkoff, 3 point shootout, free throw competition, skills challenge and more, with results recorded and ranked for players, coaches and scouts to see.

Players will participate in games with their assigned squad to showcase their skills and basketball IQ and see how they STACK UP against the top players in their age group! 

This event is NOT about drills and instruction. It is for players to SHOW OUT, gain exposure, compete, have fun and see where they STACK UP! 

Show ‘N’ Prove Director of Player Identification, Damon Browne reiterates, “This is truly an exciting way to kick off basketball for 2021. Giving the players the option to register as individuals and play in competitions with arbitrarily selected teams, is a unique concept in Canada and will certainly bring a player’s creativity and skills to the forefront! I can’t wait to see the players SHOW OUT and STACK UP!!!”

The first Show ‘N’ Prove session is on the Victoria Day long weekend from Friday May 21st to Sunday May 24th, 2021 at the Playground East in Peterborough, ON. Cost is $100/Player. We look forward to seeing you STACK UP! 

*STRICT COVID PROTOCOLS are in effect based on the guidelines set forth by local health departments as well our provincial and national sports governing bodies. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. 

For more information and to REGISTER TODAY go to www.shownprove.ca 

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On Point Basketball Inc. is a basketball media, content & lifestyle portal that features prominent basketball personalities from across Canada and around the world. Our mission is to uplift the basketball community both in Canada and abroad through our production of high quality video, written basketball content, social media and basketball circuits & events.

Long Term Development Sports Inc. is an  incorporated non-profit organization. Over the past decade LTD Sports has been actively developing initiatives to help improve the accessibility of quality community sports programs. Our mission is to motivate children and youth to participate in physical activity while promoting the importance of teamwork and healthy living.

It was an Elam ending that will be talked about for years to come as the Hamilton Honey Badgers took home the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) Championship in a hectic 90-88 victory over the Scarborough Shooting Stars. 

Hamilton started the game with Jeremiah Tilmon dominating both sides of the ball and putting up a quick 10 points to get the Honey Badgers established early. While the Shooting Stars ended the quarter down 26-25, their star player, Jalen Harris, was held scoreless throughout the first quarter with the combination of Aaron Best and Caleb Agada taking turns guarding him and forcing eight turnovers. 

The depth that Hamilton had been fostering all year began to show itself in the second quarter as they began to break the game open. The Honey Badgers had five players in double digits, with Best scoring 15 points, Tilmon scoring 14, Christian Vital scoring 17, Koby McEwen scoring 16, and Agada again doing it all with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks.  

With Harris struggling to find his shot, a number of Scarborough players stepped up, with five players of their own reaching double digits. Kassius Robertson put up 23 points on perfect four-for-four shooting from deep to go with six rebounds and five assists. Harris had 12 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while Kyle Alexander, Isiaha Mike, and Teddy Allen all had 10 points each. Kameron Chatman and Danilo Djuricic each had nine points off the bench. 

2022 CEBL Champions Hamilton Honey Badgers (Courtesy Faz Visions)

Hamilton came out of halftime and grew their lead to 17 points over the next quarters. It looked like they had the championship well in hand until Scarborough began a 21-8 run in Elam time behind some aggressive pressing defence and Robertson’s shot-making ability. Scarborough cut the lead to 89-88 before Agada was put on the line to secure the game with a free throw on a controversial call that even Drake chimed in on on a couple Instagram Story posts. 

The championship is the first for the Hamilton Honey Badgers, who also appeared in the first CEBL finals when they lost 94-83 to the Saskatchewan Rattlers and lost in the semi-finals in 2020 to the Ottawa BlackJacks during the bubble-season dubbed the Summer Series. It’s also the second big occasion this weekend for Honey Badger’s head coach Ryan Schmidt who flew to Toronto after his team won in the semi-finals to be with his wife, who had just delivered a baby girl. 

Rap Superstar J Cole was in attendance (Courtesy Faz Visions)

Notes: Former Scarborough Shooting Stars guard and rap superstar J Cole attended the game  and cheered on the team he suited up for earlier in the season from the Shooting Stars bench. 

Vital was named Championship MVP for his big shot making during the game, which carried over from a guard who also recently won an NBA G League title with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this past season. 

Former CEBL star and 2-time champion and MVP Xavier Moon was also in attendance. The Xavier Moon MVP trophy was recently named after the Goodwater, Alabama native who is under contract with the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. 

Scarborough Shooting Stars Vice President and Toronto Raptors Assistant Coach Jamaal Magloire was also in the building shouting encouragement to his squad as they battled for a championship in their first year of existence. 

The game marked the 250th in CEBL league history.

Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers boxscore click HERE.

 

Semifinal #1: Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Niagara River Lions

The Scarborough Shooting Stars overcame yet another slow start to solidify their place in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) Finals with a 93-81 victory over the number two-seeded Niagara River Lions. 

The game was the first of two to take place in Ottawa at TD Place on Friday night, and the Shooting Stars dug themselves a hole early as Niagara opened the game on a 14-4 run. Scarborough was also without key contributor Kalif Young pushing Kyle Alexander back into the starting lineup and Danilo Djurcic into a more prominent role off the bench. 

Niagara ended the first quarter up 26-16 while holding Scarborough to 12 per cent shooting from deep. Khalil Ahmad, who was named the CEBL’s most valuable player and clutch player of the year, earlier this week, once again led the River Lions early and ended up with 23 points, six assists, and six rebounds. EJ Onu would also contribute a game-high 26 points to the River Lions’ efforts. 

The Shooting Stars began to turn the game around in the second quarter and held the River Lions to just nine points. Djurcic hit his biggest shot of the year to bring it within one, as he had a season of 11 points for Scarborough. Niagara would end the half up 35-33, but the momentum had begun to build for the Shooting Stars heading into the third quarter. 

As they’ve done throughout the season, the Shooting Stars changed the game in the second half. Guarding the River Lions with more aggression and hitting a variety of shots. Jalen Harris led the Shooting Stars with 22 points, eight rebounds, and six points and changed his game by attacking the basket while shooting one for nine from deep. Kameron Chatman also scored 22 points and grabbed four rebounds while showcasing a series of post shots. 

Kassius Robertson led the Scarborough offence to a 17-point lead just before Elam time, hitting two key three-point bombs on his way to 19 points and five rebounds. The River Lions made one last run in the game to make it a nine-point game in Elam time and force a timeout by Shooting Stars’ head coach Chris Exlius. 

The Shooting Stars iced the game with a defensive stop, and a put-back layup from Chatman gave Scarborough a spot in the Finals in their inaugural season. 

Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Niagara River Lions boxscore click HERE.

Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Niagara River Lions livestream link below:

Semifinal #2 Ottawa BlackJacks vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers

The number one seed Hamilton Honey Badgers hung on to find a place in the CEBL Finals with a tightly contested 76-72 win over the Ottawa BlackJacks. 

The eighth seed Ottawa BlackJacks received an automatic bye to the semi-finals as the hosts of the CEBL Championship Weekend. Deng Adel opened the game with an uncontested three off an unusual uncontested drop ball. The game quickly became a defensive battle with the hometown BlackJacks taking a 20-12 lead with Hamilton’s offence struggling to deal with the physicality of Ottawa’s defence – a night and day difference from a BlackJacks team that started the season as one of the worst defensive teams in the league. 

Hamilton began to work back into the game in the second quarter with Jeremiah Tilmon consistently finding points in the paint and Caleb Agada leading the offence with pinpoint passing, but Ottawa continued to find answers from throughout their roster when they needed it until the final three minutes before half where Hamilton dug in behind Koby McEwen to cut the lead to 37-34. 

Christian Vital led all scorers with 16 points, Jeremiah Tilmon had 12 points and four rebounds on the game, and McEwen had 15 points and nine rebounds. Agada had another solid all-around game with seven points, six rebounds, and five assists while playing defence on some of the primary ball handlers throughout the game. 

McEwen, the CEBL’s sixth man of the year, tied the game at 41 in the third quarter off a deep three-pointer, but the BlackJacks answered each bucket with one of their own. At the three-minute mark of the quarter, the pace of the game reached a fevered pace with Hamilton launching shots from deep and Ottawa’s ball movement leading to highlight reel passing but Hamilton ended the quarter up 57-55. 

The BlackJacks had solid production from their entire lineup, but Zena Edosomwan stood out with 14 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Tyrrel Tate and Adel, who each had 13 points. 

The breakneck pace continued into the fourth quarter and into Elam time, where the Honey Badgers showed the poise that made them the number one seed during the regular season. Aaron Best hit a key three-point shot to bring Hamilton to within one point of the CEBL Finals. With the Ottawa fans on their feet cheering on the BlackJack’s defence, Agada drove to the basket and picked up the foul to sink the final point to set the date with a match against the surging Scarborough Shooting Stars.

Ottawa BlackJacks vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers boxscore click HERE.

 

(Toronto, ON) Raptors 905, the NBA G League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, announced Wednesday they will hold an open tryout for potential invitations to the team’s training camp in October. The tryout will be held on Saturday, September 10 starting at 8 a.m. at the University of Toronto – Goldring Centre.

Individuals interested in participating in the open tryout must be registered online at Raptors905.com and must be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 according to Ontario guidelines.

Participants that register and submit payment before August 31 will have access to early bird pricing of $225 plus applicable taxes. After August 31, and on the day of the tryout, the full registration fee of $275 plus applicable taxes will be applied.

Due to limited capacity, those interested are encouraged to register early to guarantee a tryout. Registrants should arrive prepared to participate in team drills, individual skills work, and scrimmages. Raptors 905 coaches and staff will be on hand for player evaluations. The tryout will be closed for public viewing and details on media availability will be announced at a later date.

The Scarborough Shooting Stars started the season as one of three new expansion teams to the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL), and with a 108-96 win over the Saskatchewan Rattlers in the quarterfinals, they’ll have a chance to prove they’re one of the league’s best. 

The win sees The Shooting Stars find a place in the semi-finals along with the Hamilton Honey Badgers, Niagara River Lions and Ottawa Black Jacks taking place in Ottawa, August 12-14. 

“This is a historical moment,” said Chris Exilus, head coach of the Shooting Stars. “Time has stopped, it started at three o’clock, and all these fans and all these kids will remember this day, as will our franchise.” 

Kalif Young and Cameron Chatman celebrate a big play (Courtesy Shaun McLeod)

The Shooting Stars came into the season as a patchwork team, with general manager Brady Heslip working on adding talent up nearly until the first game, with Isiaha Mike as a last-minute addition. The brief offseason was headlined by the addition of Jermaine Cole, who played five games with Scarborough before heading out on tour. While the Cole era was short-lived, the impact on the league was undeniable, with the Shooting Stars selling out five straight games, home and away, and drawing Drake out to sit courtside for the inaugural home games. 

Scarborough also represented the league’s first taste of the Greater Toronto Area market, and it gave a home to so many of the talented players who have come from the mecca of Canadian basketball. It started with Jamaal Magloire, former NBA All-Star who was named the first vice president and senior adviser, and the team would go on to add Kyle Alexander, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, and Mike, all the way to the team’s final additional, Kassius Robertson, who had 24 points, five rebounds and two assists in the team’s quarterfinal win. 

“I used to play for the Scarborough Blues way back in the day,” said Robertson, referencing the local rep team. “It’s a super humbling experience to be able to come back and play in the city, and I’m just privileged to be a part of the team.” 

Robertson’s performance was matched by Jalen Harris, who has been the team’s cornerstone throughout the season. Harris had 24 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. Kameron Chatman, another pillar for the Shooting Stars, had 16 points and four rebounds. 

“If he starts or he’s on the bench, it’s all about playing as a unit, and he’s been a really good player for us all this year,” said Exilus. “He’s stepped up as we expected him to.” 

Scarborough basketball legend and Shooting Stars Vice President Jamaal Magloire

The Rattlers played tough to open the game but fell behind after half as the depth and shooting of the Shooting Stars began to show. The Rattlers were led by Tony Carr, who had 21 points, while Scottie Lindsey and Jordy Tshimanga had 20 points apiece. 

Robertson said the team made an effort to keep the Rattlers, and Carr especially, off the three-point line, and they were able to hold them to 27 per cent from deep in the game while shooting 44 per cent themselves. 

From a patchwork team to the playoffs – the Shooting Stars will play their first game on Championship Weekend in Ottawa against the Niagara River Lions, who took down the Guelph Nighthawks 99-78 in their quarterfinal match-up. The River Lions are also a familiar team for Robertson, who played with them in 2019 and 2021, but Robertson says it’s anything but a revenge game for him. 

“I love all those guys over there. Those are my people for sure,” said Robertson. “It will be fun playing against them…it’s going to be heated though. They’re a really good team, so we have to come in focused and ready to play.” 

Notes: 

The Scarborough Shooting Stars honoured Scarborough native, former NBA All-Star, Toronto Raptors assistant coach and team Vice President with a team jersey before the game.  

Toronto Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse attended the game with his wife and 2 children.

Saskatchewan’s Tony Carr became the first player in league history to register a playoff triple-double.

Carr also set a new CEBL record for the most assists in a postseason game with 15 breaking the previous record of 11 held by Scarborough native Xavier Rathan-Mayes (August 24th, 2019 vs. the Niagara River Lions)

Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Saskatchewan Rattlers boxscore click HERE. 

Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Saskatchewan Rattlers livestream link below:

The Ottawa Gee-Gees lost their first NCAA exhibition of the season against American Division I school Northern Illinois, 75-71 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.  

Ottawa’s matchup with the NIU Huskies was their first of four preseason tune-ups against teams south of the border, and they’ll walk away with serious positives to takeaway despite the loss. 

Things started smoothly for the Gee-Gees, especially on the defensive end where they were able to lock in and force tough, contested looks early. The Huskies picked up the pace halfway through the first however, moving the basketball efficiently and getting the ball to Zarique Nutter who led both teams in scoring with 19 points. Ottawa trailed 26-15 after the first and were lucky to only be down 11, but the second was a completely different tale. The Gee-Gees got back into rhythm defensively and were able to take full advantage of the extra offensive opportunities with big-time three-point shooting. Ottawa cut the deficit all the way down to 1 as the Huskies led 38-37 going into the break. The third was complete domination by NIU, although the Gee-Gees were able to keep it competitive through a red-hot Sam Playter. Down 12 heading into the fourth, they brought it all the way back to a 1-point game with a few minutes to play, but missed free throws and sloppy turnovers ended up being their undoing. NIU kept their nerves down the stretch and held on for the 75-71 win, moving their preseason Canadian tour record to 2-0.  

The aforementioned Nutter was the X-factor for the Huskies, totalling 19 points on 7/13 shooting with four rebounds. Three players finished with 12 points as David Coit, Darweshi Hunter and Anthony Crump all had impressive outings. Crump in particular was a standout, patrolling the glass and grabbing 7 boards.  

Cole Newton was the main offensive threat for Ottawa in the loss, scoring 18 points with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Playter kept them in the game late in the third with back-to-back big threes, and put up an impressive statline of 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. Josh Inkumsah had some great moments as well, finishing with 13 points and 8 boards. Liban Abdalla was Ottawa’s leading scorer off of the bench with 8.   

The result may have been a loss, but things went well for the Gee-Gees in their opening game versus D1 opposition. Numerous times they could’ve folded down double digits, but they got back up and put together impressive runs each and every time.  

Ottawa will keep things going on Saturday August 6th, as they prepare for a big game against Florida State, while the NIU Huskies will continue their Canadian trip back at the Mattamy Athletic Centre against TMU on Friday evening.  

GAME STATS 

 Ottawa: 

Newton – 18 PTS 6 REB 5 AST 

Playter – 16 PTS 7 REB 2 AST 

Inkumsah – 13 PTS 8 REB 2 AST 

Northern Illinois: 

Nutter – 19 PTS 4 REB 0 AST 

Crump – 12 PTS 7 REB 1 AST 

Hunter – 12 PTS 4 REB 2 AST  

The Scarborough Shooting Stars closed out their inaugural regular season on the road with a 95-88 win over the Newfoundland Growlers and will be hosting a quarterfinal playoff game on Sunday August 7. 

Jalen Harris, the Shooting Stars offensive leader, was out for the final game of the season, but Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) veteran, Kassius Robertson, stepped up with 22 points, five rebounds and five assists and newcomer Teddy Allen added another 22 points of his own. 

The Shooting Stars dominated the second quarter defensively, holding the Growlers to just 16 points and they took a 51-36 lead into the half. Newfoundland came out of halftime on fire and put up 32 points in the third quarter to bring themselves back into the game. 

The Growlers were led by a pair of solid performances from Shaquelle Keith, who had 20 points and four rebounds, and Nysier Brooks, who had 18 points and seven rebounds. Jahvon Blair also chipped in 15 points, five rebounds and five assists.  

Newfoundland also keyed in on Isiaha Mike, who has been on fire from three-point range over the past five games and held him to shooting one-of-five from deep, limiting him to just seven points. 

Scarborough opened a 10-point lead once again in the fourth quarter with Kameron Chatman, who had 13 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Kalif Young, who had 16 points going to work, and Allen would secure the all-important victory with a lay-up in Elam time. 

The win allows Scarborough to bypass the play-in stage of the CEBL playoffs, and they will be hosting a quarter-final game against the higher play-in seed on August 7. The playoffs kick off on August 4 when the Saskatchewan Rattlers take on the Edmonton Stingers, and the Fraser Valley Bandits take on the Guelph Nighthawks. 

Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Newfoundland Growlers boxscore click HERE.

Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Newfoundland Growlers livestream broadcast below:

The Scarborough Shooting Stars capped their inaugural season at home in style with a dominant 101-86 win over the Fraser Valley Bandits. 

Scarborough (11-8) started the game on the receiving end of a nine-point run from the Bandits before Shooting Stars head coach Chris Exilus was forced to take a timeout to steady his team. Teddy Allen would eventually take the lid off the bucket for Scarborough to make it a 13-2 game, and the comeback was on. 

Fraser Valley (11-8) was fueled by another outstanding performance by Shane Gibson, who had 28 points, six rebounds, and six assists. The other usual suspects for the Bandits chipped in notable showings as well. Thomas Kennedy had a 15-point, 13 rebound double-double, Marek Klassen had 14 points, eight rebounds, and repeatedly got under the Shooting Stars’ skin. 

The Shooting Stars battled their way back into the game behind Jalen Harris’ game-high 31 points, where he shot 75 percent from three, and the return of Kyle Alexander, who had 10 points off the bench. A barrage of threes tied the game up 47-47 at halftime, and the Shooting Stars had momentum squarely on their side. 

Kalif Young throws down a big dunk for the Shooting Stars (Courtesy Shaun McLeod)

The second half opened with another Fraser Valley run but was answered with another streak of three-pointers from the Shooting Stars, who shot 50 percent from deep as a team. Isiaha Mike had 12 points, six rebounds, and five assists, Kalif Young had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Allen had nine points and six rebounds. 

Harris capped the game with a deep three-point bomb to reach 101 points in Elam time and took the time to bow to the crowd before being rushed by his teammates at center court. 

Kassius Robertson became the latest addition to a Shooting Stars team that has overhauled their guard rotation in the last two weeks. With Šarūnas Vasiliauskas out and Xavier Rathan-Mayes playing in The Basketball Tournament, the Shooting Stars now have multiple options for guards to slot in around Harris in the starting lineup. 

Jalen Harris takes a bow after clinching in Elam time (Courtesy Shaun McLeod)

The middle of the CEBL’s playoff standings is starting to take shape with the Edmonton Stingers and Saskatchewan Rattlers losing games earlier in the week, and the Shooting Stars have now slotted into third place – for now – with their victory over the fourth place Bandits. 

With the win, Scarborough has clinched a quarter-final home playoff game in it’s first year in the CEBL.

The Shooting Stars have one game left in their schedule and will head out on the road to take on the once-maligned Newfoundland Growlers, who have crawled out of the last place spot in league with a four-game winning streak.

Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Fraser Valley Bandits boxscore click HERE.

Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Fraser Valley Bandits livestream broadcast below:

The Toronto Raptors have found themselves trending in NBA circles on multiple occasions this offseason despite only making a few under the radar acquisitions.  

They were (and to a lesser extent still are) in play for Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant; originally listed as one of the most likely destinations for the future first-ballot hall of famer. The hysteria settled though when news broke that the Nets would only deal Durant to the Raptors if rookie of the year Scottie Barnes was included. Masai Ujiri has been adamant that Barnes’ services are not for sale and so it seemed as if the trade discussions halted indefinitely.  

It wasn’t long before new rumours surrounded the Raptors, as they were reported to have interest in the Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell. The 3-time all-star is obviously not at the same level as Durant, but he’s an impact player and one of the best scorers across the league. He’s a piece that would instantly turn the Raptors into a major threat in the Eastern Conference.  

The other teams reported to be active in the Mitchell sweepstakes are the Knicks, Hawks, Hornets, Kings, Heat and Wizards, with the Knicks looking like the early favourite to get a deal done. New York have a plethora of first round picks, and would likely be able to pull off a deal if they’re willing to part ways with a majority of them.  

With that said, the Raptors are not to be discounted in these negotiations. Much like in the Durant dealings, Toronto has a talented young core and lots of attractive pieces to dangle in Utah’s direction, and they would be able to field an offer that could complete with anyone in the association, including the Knicks.  

It’s likely that the Jazz are eyeing draft picks, and the Raptors have them in abundance. As well, OG Anunoby or Gary Trent Jr. would be great additions in a trade package, either separately with draft picks or bundled together. Anunoby and Trent Jr. are talented, young players that could help the Jazz navigate through rebuilding seasons, while Mitchell would make an immediate impact in Toronto.  

The Louisville product averaged 25.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 5.3 apg last season on 44.8% from the field and 35.5% from deep. He’s the type of bucket-getter the Raptors are sorely missing, and putting him in a backcourt with Fred VanVleet would lead to absolute fireworks.   

As well, pairing Mitchell with Barnes is almost guaranteed to produce positive results, as Mitchell could aid in Barnes’ development while spacing the floor for the rookie of the year to get increased touches in the paint.  

Mitchell hasn’t had the best history defensively, but the Raptors employ one of the best team defences in the league and could definitely help him improve on that side of the ball. It’s not as if he’s incapable, the defensive potential is there for Mitchell and Nick Nurse’s coaching staff would be well-equipped to bring it out of him. 

Most importantly perhaps is that you’re not selling the future with this deal like you would be in a Durant transaction. Mitchell will be turning 26 this season, and undoubtedly has many prime years still ahead of him.   

There’s lots of teams to compete with, but the immense talent of Mitchell makes it worth pitching an offer to Utah, even if it means possibly losing Anunoby and/or Trent. As long as Pascal Siakam and Barnes remain untouched, a trade would make a lot of sense and put the Raptors on a fast-track back to the elite of the Eastern Conference.   

For now, the headlines are rumours instead of fact, but you never know with Ujiri and Bobby Webster. Where there’s smoke there could be fire.  

The Scarborough Shooting Stars let go of a 17-point lead in an upset 91-85 loss to the Saskatchewan Rattlers on Sunday night as Jalen Harris returned to the team. 

Harris had been out for the past ten days after sustaining an injury in an 84-70 loss to the Hamilton Honey Badgers. His return comes just in time for him to get back into form for the playoffs with two games left. Harris struggled with shooting in his first game back, scoring 12 points, but contributed six rebounds and five assists. 

The Rattlers struggled shooting from three throughout the first quarter and the newest addition to the Scarborough Roster, New Mexico State guard Teddy Allen, took the time to show off his ability to get the basket on his way to 18 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. 

The lead grew to 17 points throughout the second quarter as the entire Scarborough roster got in on the fun. Isiaha Mike had another great shooting game scoring 20 points, and Kalif Young had 11 points. 

After the break, Devonte Bandoo and Tony Carr would go on a tear to bring the Rattlers back into the game. Bandoo had 25 points, including six made threes, and Carr poured in a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists after shaking off a tough start to the game where he battled with Marcus Anderson and Allen on the perimeter. 

Bandoo spurred the Rattlers into the fourth, and they took the lead for the first time since the first quarter, in Elam time, and Carr completed the comeback with a euro step drive to the rim and a free throw for the final point of the game. 

Harris took a bump late in the fourth quarter and was seen favouring his shoulder but finished the game. 

The win brings Saskatchewan right into the thick of the Canadian Elite Basketball League’s playoff standings, where three teams are currently tied with a 10-8 record for third place. The Shooting Stars will have a chance to carve out some separation in the standings in their next game at home on Thursday July 28 against the Fraser Valley Bandits –who sit just ahead of the three 10-8 teams with a 10-7 record– hence the game will be a key seeding match-up for the final standings. 

Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Saskatchewan Rattlers boxscore click HERE.

Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Saskatchewan Rattlers livestream below:

The Scarborough Shooting Stars have secured their first Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) playoff spot with an 86-75 upset win over the second place Niagara River Lions on the road. 

The Shooting Stars came into the game with confidence after finding their footing in the last game against the Edmonton Stingers on Tuesday. Isiaha Mike, a player who had barely got time to practice with the team before the first game, once again led all scorers with 20 points while showcasing his improved three-point shot, going five of eight from downtown. With the win, they improved to 10-7 on the season.

Khalil Ahmed, the league’s leading scorer, was also kept in check by the Scarborough defence, being held to just eight points on 22 per cent shooting. In his absence, Antonio Davis Jr.(Son of former Raptors forward Antonio Davis who was also in attendance) went off for 19 points while grabbing 10 rebounds and Elijah Mitrou-Long chipped in 18 points and six assists.  

New River Lions signing, Boise State alum Abu Kigab was fresh off a stint with the Toronto Raptors summer league and debuted with four points, three rebounds. 

Scarborough’s depth and tenacity continued to shine through despite the River Lions’ standout performances. Kameron Chatman scored 12 points and had seven rebounds, Kalif Young, Marcus Anderson and David Muenkat had 10 points each and Calvin Epistola continued to carve out a spot for himself in the rotation with seven points, eight assists and four rebounds. 

The loss comes as a huge blow to the Niagara River Lions’ chances of grabbing the top seed from the Hamilton Honey Badgers, as they will now need to win out to have any chance of catching Hamilton in the final two games of the season, and will likely need some help on top of that. 

For Scarborough, it secures their spot in the CEBL playoffs in the inaugural season. The seeding will likely not be set until the final games are finished with just one game separating the third seed and the sixth seed currently – the difference between being in the play-in games, vs hosting a quarterfinal game at home. 

Scarborough will now head home and play their final two home games on July 24 against the Saskatchewan Rattlers, and on July 28 against the Fraser Valley Bandits, which will be an important match up to watch with Fraser Valley currently in fourth place, just one spot behind the Shooting Stars. 

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