The Ottawa Blackjacks kicked off their inaugural 2020 season on Saturday vs the Guelph Nighthawks as the second game of the double header to start the 2020 Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) Summer Series with a disappointing effort in a 89-71 loss.
The Blackjacks offense was non-existent, shooting an abysmal 37% (24/64) from the field while only hitting on 35% (6/17) beyond the arc this afternoon. The offense finished the night with 14 assists, 12 fast break points, and the bench produced 29 points. Turnovers were one of the biggest problems offensively, giving the ball up 17 times and isn’t going to allow you to win many games.
Phil Scrubb was disappointing to watch in this game offensively, playing 28:25, he was 33% (3-9) from the field with 5 rebounds and 6 assists. He needs to shoot the ball more to help this team win games, single digit shot attempts will not be beneficial for success.
The offence hurt themselves in this game, from poor ball handling to bad shot selections to ball movement, they gave the Nighthawks every chance to stay in the game and they took full advantage. Only two players had double digit shot attempts, Thomas Scrubb (7/16) and Olivier Hanlan (3/14). This cannot continue for the rest of the tournament.
The Blackjacks interior defense was horrible this game, giving up 54% (21/39) from within the arc with 38 points coming from the paint. Perimeter defense was strong, holding them to just under 33% (11/34) from beyond the arc. Overall, the Nighthawks shot 44% (32/73) from the field. Blackjacks forced 16 turnovers which is what you’d like to see, but gave up 21 fast break points.
Both teams had 24 personal fouls but the Blackjacks shot 73% (17/23) while the Nighthawks shot 93% (14/15) from the charity stripe.
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Player of the game is Thomas Scrubb, who was the Blackjacks best player, game high in minutes at 30:00, 18 points, shooting a team high 43% (7/16) from the field while going 50% (3/6) from deep and grabbing a team high 8 rebounds.
Overall, this team as a lot of promise, would love to see this team in a full 20 game season but in a 2 week tournament where all 6 games matter, Osvaldo Jeanty & co. need to hit the court hard to find a way to use all their players to create space for better looks inside and from the arc along with playing a more focused and physical brand of defense before Monday night match-up vs Edmonton Stingers at 7:30.
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