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Agada leads Honey Badgers past Alliance to deny Montreal’s dream debut in CEBL opener

Agada leads Honey Badgers past Alliance to deny Montreal’s dream debut in CEBL opener

Agada leads Honey Badgers past Alliance to deny Montreal’s dream debut in CEBL opener

Caleb Agada posted a game-high 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead the Hamilton Honey Badgers past the visiting Montreal Alliance 80-72 on Wednesday in Canadian Elite Basketball League opening night action.

NBA G-league champion Christian Vital and Jeremiah Tilmon added 15 points each for Hamilton (1-0).

Isiah Osborne had 16 to lead Montreal (0-1), one of the three expansions franchises in the CEBL this season along with the Scarborough Shooting Stars and the Newfoundland Growlers.

A six-point run by the Honey Badgers to end of the second quarter gave Hamilton a 41-34 lead at halftime. The Alliance didn’t go down quietly in its first-ever CEBL contest, rallying to cut the deficit to one point mid-way through the final quarter at 65-64.

The 2022 CEBL regular season will run from May 25 to August 1. The league made its debut in 2019, with the Saskatchewan Rattlers taking the inaugural title. The Edmonton Stingers are the current back-to-back reigning champions.

Also on Wednesday, the Fraser Valley Bandits are visiting the Ottawa BlackJacks, while the Rattlers host the 2021 runner-up Niagara River Lions.

On Thursday, the Guelph Nighthawks will host the Shooting Stars.

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