The Hamilton Honey Badgers were looking for a little bit of revenge on Wednesday night when they hosted the Niagara River Lions from the FirstOntario Centre. The two teams had met five days ago at the Meridan Centre in St. Catharines where the River Lions showed just why there are the top team in the league.
After being surprised in their last meeting where the River Lions ran the court in the first quarter, the Honey Badgers were able to control the pace and go toe to toe with Niagara. Hamilton was off the mark on Saturday but they were more consistent from beyond the arc with four three pointers to start off the game. Overall the Honey Badgers were better from deep and their three-pointer percentage for the game was 42% versus just 29% for the River Lions.
By the end of the first quarter the game was tied 25-25 but a big second quarter saw Hamilton begin to pull away and create a cushion by halftime with the Honey Badgers up by 13 at the halfway mark of the game.
The River Lions came back after half time and put on pressure, outpacing the Honey Badgers in the third quarter but couldn’t get back in the game. The Hamilton Honey Badgers took the second game in the home and home series 107-95.
Demetrius Denzel-Dyson had a big night for the Honey Badgers with 24 points in more than 34 minutes played. Denzel-Dyson was more than 50% in Fieldgoal, two-pointer, and three-point percentage. Justin Edwards netted 17 points, Joe Rocca had 11 points, and Justin Edwards had 13 points. Ricky Tarrant Jr. had 18 points off the bench.
The win improves Hamilton’s record to 5-2 and a tie for second place with the Saskatchewan Rattlers. Hamilton is 4-1 in their last five games. The loss drops Niagara’s record to 6-2 on the season.
Next up Hamilton will hit the road and try to swat the Edmonton Stingers when they visit the Expo Centre on Friday night. Tip off is scheduled for 9:00pm ET.