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Newfoundland Growlers drop CEBL debut to defending champion Edmonton Stingers

Newfoundland Growlers drop CEBL debut to defending champion Edmonton Stingers

Newfoundland Growlers drop CEBL debut to defending champion Edmonton Stingers

The CEBL made its way to the East Coast for the first time on Friday as the Newfoundland Growlers were defeated 89-74 in their league debut by the back-to-back champion Edmonton Stingers.

Devon Bookert led the Stingers (2-1) victory with 17 points, which included the Elam Ending on a wide-open layup. Jordan Baker matched Bookert with 17 points for Edmonton on 7-8 shooting and went a 3-3 from three at the Memorial University Field House in St. John’s.

The Stingers bounced back after their season-opening loss to the Niagara River Lions with an 84-71 win over the Saskatchewan Rattlers 84-71 on Sunday in Edmonton.

The Growlers (0-1) offense was led by the game’s top scorer Jahvon Blair with 22 points and Brandon Sampson’s 20 points in just over 38 minutes of play.

Newfoundland will remain at home on Sunday with a matchup against the winless Ottawa BlackJacks (0-3) at 1:30 pm ET. Edmonton will attempt to avenge their season-opening defeat to the host River Lions on Monday at 7 pm ET.

WATCH | Edmonton spoils Newfoundland’s CEBL debut:

Growlers fall in home opener as Bookert leads the way for Stingers

Edmonton defeats Newfoundland 89-74, Devon Bookert hits the Elan Ending and scores 17 points.

River Lions defeat Alliance in home opener

The River Lions extended their win streak to three with an 87-62 victory over the Montreal Alliance on Friday at the Meridian Center in St. Catherines, Ont.

Niagara’s Khalil Ahmad had 14 points and secured the win with the game-winning layup in the Elam Ending. Antonio Davis Jr. led the River Lions (3-1) offense with 15 points on 6-10 shooting in just over 30 minutes of play.

The expansion Alliance (2-2) were coming off consecutive victories over fellow expansion club the Scarborough Shooting Stars and the BlackJacks.

Dominic Green and Isiah Osborne were the only players to reach double digits for Montreal with 15 points each. The Alliance return to the court on Sunday at home against the Guelph Nighthawks (4 pm ET).

All games will be streamed live on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.

WATCH | River Lions earn 3rd consecutive victory:

River Lions beat Alliance for 3rd consecutive victory

Niagara defeats Montreal 87-62 and improves to 3-1 in the regular season.

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