The Hamilton Honey Badgers squeaked by the Guelph Nighthawks at the Sleeman Centre on Saturday night. The black and gold edged the home team 104-103 in a game that came down to the wire, including the Nighthawks scoring four points in the last seconds of the game to nearly take the game.
The final plays of the game saw the Honey Badgers pull off a series of long passes to a waiting Denzel-Dyson under the basket who avoided the block for an easy layup. After getting a foul and dropping a pair of free throws the Honey Badgers were up by four points with 9 seconds left in the game. Guelph responded with a lay up from Reynolds and then quickly stealing an inbound pass from Ejim with one second left in the game, resulting in Lewis scoring another two for the home team.
Then, after an error on the arena scoreboard which incorrectly showed the score of the game, Guelph briefly celebrated what they thought was an amazing come from behind win before the confusion was cleared up and Hamilton was declared the winner.
Hamilton held the lead for much of the game and was up for the first half, leading the Nighthawks by as much as 12 points early in the game. Guelph had a stronger third quarter and outscored Hamilton by 8 points, taking the lead by one point after the quarter.
Sampson Carter had a strong game for the Honey Badgers with 25 points. Demetrius Denzel-Dyson also had 24 points including five three-pointers. Justin Edwards and Ricky Tarrant Jr. both had 14 points in the win.
The win was Hamilton’s third in a row and the Honey Badgers improve to 7-3 while the Nighthawks drop to 3-7.
Next up the Honey Badgers will continue on the road when they take a trip down the QEW to take on the first place Niagara River Lions on Wednesday night. Tip off from the Meridian Centre is set for 7:00pm ET.