Gibson outduels Harris as Bandits narrowly edge Shooting Stars

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Fraser Valley Bandits guard Shane Gibson (9) defends Scarborough Shooting Stars guard Jalen Harris during a 92-89 Bandits win on Saturday night. (@CEBLeague/Twitter - image credit)
Fraser Valley Bandits guard Shane Gibson (9) defends Scarborough Shooting Stars guard Jalen Harris during a 92-89 Bandits win on Saturday night. (@CEBLeague/Twitter - image credit)

The Fraser Valley Bandits defeated the Scarborough Shooting Stars in a 92-89 nail-biter on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

Shane Gibson put on a show for the Bandits, leading the team with 29 points and eight rebounds to help Fraser Valley (5-2) snap the Shooting Stars' three-game winning streak.

The Bandits jumped out to a 27-18 lead after the first quarter, but Scarborough (4-4) closed the gap in the second and third quarters to enter the final frame down just one.

After entering the Elam Ending knotted up at 83, it was Bandits guard Alex Campbell who stole the ball in the dying moments from Scarborough guard Jalen Harris, where he was sent to the free throw line and hit the game-sealing shot.

Harris, the league's second-leading scorer, put up a valiant effort in defeat, leading the Shooting Stars with 22 points and eight rebounds.

The Bandits will next travel to Guelph to take on the Nighthawks on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET, while the Shooting Stars will host the first place Hamilton Honey Badgers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Both games can be streamed live on CBCSports.ca, CBC Sports App, and CBC Gem.

Onu leads River Lions to victory over BlackJacks

EJ Onu recorded a season-high 15 points to go along with four blocks to help propel the Niagara River Lions to an 89-78 victory over the Ottawa BlackJacks on Saturday in St. Catharines, Ont.

The River Lions had five players score in double figures as they took possession of the second seed in league standings, only trailing the Hamilton Honey Badgers.

The BlackJacks (1-6) started strong on the road, going up 16-8 just seven minutes into the game.

Turning the tables, Niagara (6-3) quickly cut the deficit, taking a 22-21 lead into the second quarter and never surrendering the lead for the remainder of the game.

Ottawa's Deng Adel and Walt Lemon Jr. combined for 49 points in the loss as the BlackJacks have now dropped three games in a row.

Their lone win of the season came against the winless Newfoundland Growlers on June 5.

The BlackJacks and River Lions will meet again at TD Place in Ottawa on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game can be streamed live on CBCSports.ca, CBC Sports App, and CBC Gem.

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