CEBL commish says Hamilton Honey Badgers, Niagara River Lions close to having crowds


Published July 10, 2021 at 1:28 am


The renewal of the ‘QEW shootout’ could have fans in the stands next weekend.

Canadian Elite Basketball League commissioner Mike Morreale wrote a tweet on Friday that indicated that Ontario-based teams will be allowed to have 1,000 fans per game in the stands, starting on July 17. That would be one day after Ontario moves into Stage 3 of its reopening.

By coincidence, the Hamilton Honey Badgers and Niagara River Lions are slated to tip off at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines on Saturday, July 17. It would be the teams’ second matchup of the season, since Hamilton is hosting Niagara on Sunday (July 11) at 2 p.m. at FirstOntario Centre.

The first chances for Hamilton basketball fans to be present for a home game would come on July 21 (Ottawa BlackJacks) and July 23 (Fraser Valley Bandits).

The Honey Badgers are tied for second in the seven-team CEBL with a 5-1 record. Guard Lindell Wigginton is also second in scoring, averaging 24.8 points per game.

All CEBL games can be viewed through, the CBC Gem app, or the league’s Twitch channel. The league also has a Saturday game of the week on the main CBC network. 

(Cover photo via Twitter/Hamilton Honey Badgers.)

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