The Scarborough Shooting Stars are heading into the midway point of the CEBL season tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with a thrilling 91-89 road win over the Edmonton Stingers.
Edmonton jumped out to a 21-12 lead after one quarter and held Cat Barber to six points in the first half while showing the scoring depth that the Stingers have become known for. Scarborough stormed back into the game with a 33-point second quarter and found contributions from almost everyone who checked into the game as they took a 45-44 lead into the half.
Kyree Walker had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Kalif Young had 14 points and six rebounds. David Muenkat brought energy and hustle while scoring 11 points, and Gedi Juzopaitis and Thomas Kennedy each had eight points off the bench.
Edmonton was led by 21 points and eight rebounds from Brody Clarke, 17 points from Aher Uguak, and 16 points from Isiah Osborne. Nick Hornsby and Elijah Miller each had 10 points.
In the second half, Barber came to life, scoring 20 of his 26 points on the night. The game was tied heading into Elam time, and with both teams trading buckets, it was a pivotal foul on a Barber three-point shot that sent him to the line to clinch the game for the Shooting Stars.
Scarborough has now won six of their last seven games and looks to have finally settled their rotation without Jalen Harris in the line-up. With GLOBL JAM and NBA Summer League approaching, it’s expected Thomas Kennedy will miss the next three games to join the GLOBL JAM U23 Canadian team.
The win sees some separation finally start to form in the CEBL Eastern Conference, with the Ottawa BlackJacks and Scarborough Shooting Stars standing atop the conference with 7-5 records. Scarborough gets a week off after this win and will return to Ontario to face the Niagara River Lions on July 9. A marquee matchup with the BlackJacks awaits them on July 14 when they return to the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.