River Lions frustrated by Bandits in final regular-season home game
Niagara (12-5) misses chance to put pressure on league-leading Honey Badgers (13-5)
Maxie Esho scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Fraser Valley Bandits past the host Niagara River Lions, 95-86, on Monday in Canadian Elite Basketball action.
Marek Klassen added a double-double for Fraser Valley (10-7) with 14 points and 11 assists. Starters Shane Gibson (14 points), Alex Campbell (13) and Thomas Kennedy (12) also chipped in with double-points.
Khalil Ahmad led the River Lions (12-5) with 22 points and seven assists. Antonio Davis Jr. added 17 points and six rebounds.
Niagara took a 23-14 lead at the end of the first quarter but failed to hold on to the early advantage, finding itself trailing by two points at halftime.
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The loss meant the hosts missed an opportunity to put pressure on the league-leading Hamilton Honey Badgers (13-5).
The team with the best regular season campaign will punch a ticket straight to the Championship Weekend in Ottawa in August.
Niagara will conclude its regular season on Sunday by taking on the Honey Badgers on the road at 2 p.m. ET.
Fraser Valley will visit the Scarborough Shooting Stars on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET before hosting the back-to-back champion Edmonton Stingers on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET to wrap up regular-season play.
All CEBL games are streamed live on CBCsports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.
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