Bandits forward Kevin Bercy drives to the hoop during CEBL action on Saturday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Fraser Valley Bandits lose ninth straight

Basketball team remains winless nearing mid-way part of season

The quest to win a game this season continues for the Fraser Valley Bandits, after the Canadian Elite Basketball League lost its ninth straight game on Saturday night.

The Bandits grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory against the Edmonton Stingers, falling 104-95 in overtime at the Abbotsford Centre.

Fraser Valley remains the only winless team in the CEBL, and the playoff potential for the team in its first season is fading fast with just 11 games remaining in the schedule.

The Bandits led 40-34 at the half, but Edmonton continued chipping away in the second half and eventually sent the game to overtime. The Stingers then took over completely in the extra frame, outscoring the home team 18-9.

Edmonton was fuelled by the backcourt combination of Deondre Parks and Adika Peter-Mcneilly, who combined for 55 points in the win.

Tyrrel Tate was the Bandits top performer, with 21 points and six rebounds, but he took 18 shots to get those points. Yale Secondary grad Marek Klassen collected 15 points, 11 assists and five rebounds, but also took 15 shots.

As a team, the Bandits shot 45 per cent compared to Edmonton’s 49. Fraser Valley also shot just 35 per cent from the three point line, while the Stingers made 45 per cent. The Bandits also missed eight free throws, while Edmonton only missed three.

The loss drops the Bandits to a perfect record of 0-9, while Edmonton moves to 5-4. The club next travels to Saskatoon to take on the Saskatchewan Rattlers on June 27. The next home game for the team occurs on July 4 when the Guelph Nighthawks return to the Abbotsford Centre.

For more on the team, visit thebandits.ca.

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