Edmonton Stingers win CEBL Summer Series

Edmonton Stingers (Wikimedia Commons)

The Edmonton Stingers won the 2020 Canadian Elite Basketball League Summer Series on Sunday from St. Catharines, Ontario. They defeated the Fraser Valley Bandits 90-73 in the championship game.

In an interesting twist throughout the entire tournament, the Elam Ending rule was put into effect. The rule occurs after the first stoppage with under four minutes left in the game. The shot clock is turned off and a target score is put into place. The target score is the number of points the leading team has plus nine. In this case, with the Stingers leading the Bandits 81-63, they only needed nine more points to win the game.

The Stingers were led by Xavier Moon, who had a team-high 31 points. Three other Stingers reached the double digits in scoring as Brody Clarke of Toronto, Ontario and Travis Daniels had 14 points each, while Kareem South of Toronto, Ontario had 13 points. Daniels led the Stingers with eight rebounds, while captain Jordan Baker of Edmonton, Alberta, and Adika Peter-McNeilly of Scarborough, Ontario each led the Stingers with four assists each.

The Bandits clearly missed Cameron Forte, who was released earlier in the series to explore other basketball options. This was the second season of the CEBL. The Saskatchewan Rattlers won the title in 2019.

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