It’s always fitting when the home team wins the championship, though it never makes it any easier for the losing team. The Saskatchewan Rattlers capped off the inaugural Canadian Elite Basketball League season winning the championship in front of a home crowd 94-83, though at the expense of the Hamilton Honey Badgers.
Hamilton had the edge after the first quarter with a two point lead heading in to the second. It was the second quarter that the game started to get away from them as the Rattlers outscored the Honey Badgers 27-18 through the second.
Hamilton actually managed to come back and tie the game in the third quarter but the Rattlers regained their ten point lead before the end of the third quarter, a lead that they wouldn’t give up. By the end of the game the Honey Badgers trailed by nine which is how the game would end.
Hamilton suffered from a rebound drought through the whole game. The Rattlers on the other hand had nearly double the number of boards with 62 rebounds in the game. Saskatchewan had more defensive rebounds at 42 than the Honey Badgers had all game, with just 37 Hamilton rebounds all game. On the offensive side the Honey Badgers only 8 offensive rebounds all game.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 24 points for Hamilton in the game while Ricky Tarrant Jr. had 21 points. Murphy Burnatowski had 15 points and Denzel-Dyson had 9.
The season has come to an end but it’s great to see pro basketball in Hamilton. Can’t wait for 2020.