Newfoundland plays second game in Montreal and looks to stay alive

July 24, 2022 – Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) – Newfoundland Growlers Press Release

The Newfoundland Growlers will play their second game in Montreal, in a three-game series between the Alliance and the Growlers, at 4 p.m. ET. Newfoundland and Montreal are tied at 4-12.

Newfoundland now comes in with straight road wins and plays one more before heading home for Game 3 against the Alliance. In their 94-71 win over the Alliance on July 22, Newfoundland won on rebounding and zone defense.


Newfoundland won the battle for rebounds 43-35 ahead of Nysier Brooks, Jermel Kennedy and Rowell Graham-Bell. Brooks caused problems for the Alliance who played much of the game without Ashley Hamilton, and he used his height to create space around the edge for himself and his teammates. Newfoundland shot 57% from inside the arch and the spacing provided by their presence inside the paint and the defense drawn in by that, made their offense sink.

The Alliance found success getting shots early in the shot clock. Passing twice and shooting about 8-10 seconds after the shot clock, Montreal quickly won and it came from Nathan Cayo and Hernst Laroche. They’ll try to do the same in their rematch and find more success with their three-point shot to punish the Growlers’ zone defense.

The Newfoundland shooters of Francis, Graham-Bell and Kennedy won the battle against Isiah Osborne, Kemy Osse and Laroche. Going into this matchup, it will be another key area to determine which offense sinks. Montreal found their footing but failed to knock down the punches. The Growlers defense holding the Alliance 5-21 shots from the perimeter has helped their transition offense and will help them if they are able to replicate the results in the rematch.

Cayo and Alain Louis were the Alliance’s top two scorers. Osborne’s drive to hit his points offensively and hit his shots has often been the x-factor for the Alliance, and they’ll need it to secure a victory over the Growlers and even the season series.

Neither team had many turnovers in their opener, the Alliance with 14 and the Growlers with 10, but the Growlers 29 points from those 14 turnovers showed the effectiveness of their quick offense. Newfoundland ranks third in steals per game with 8.6, and by recording five in its last game, that will be something the Alliance will work against when focusing on taking possession of the ball and on his passes to find open shots.

The Growlers and the Alliance are tied with this match and another clash to determine who will come out of the tie first.

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