Edmonton Stingers Gameday, You Know, If We Had Gamedays

Tonight your Edmonton Stingers were scheduled to play their fifth game of the season, third at “the hive”. The scheduled opposition was the Canadian Elite Basketball League’s (CEBL) first ever expansion team the Ottawa BlackJacks.

This also would have been game five of the season for the BlackJacks. The neat factoid about this game for them is that it would have been their first outside the province of Ontario.

We have assembled a roster that combines youth and experience with a record of success. The players signed to the first BlackJacks roster in franchise history represent a group of men who have great pride in the City of Ottawa and will work hard to deliver a championship to our nation’s capital.” That is the quote on their website from Dave Smart their General Manager.

Due to international FIBA rules, the BlackJacks can only list 8 of the 12 players they have signed. Let’s see how they stack up versus the Stingers.

Here are the four guards Ottawa have listed. Any information on the players is taken directly from their website. The link to their respective stories is attached to their names:

Yasiin Joseph, 6′-1″ – “11.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 20.1 minutes in 77 games Carleton Ravens.”
Alain Louis, 6′-1″ – “7.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 13.5 minutes in 45 games throughout three seasons with the Ravens
Lloyd Pandi, 6′-4″ – “15.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists…and 22.5 minutes in 22 games for the Ravens
Munis Tutu, 6 ft, “7.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 19.8 minutes in 129 games split between Carleton University and Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

Niagara River Lions Alex Johnson (right) defends against Edmonton Stingers Xavier Moon (left) during Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) game action at the Edmonton Expo Centre on Friday May 10, 2019. (PHOTO BY LARRY WONG/POSTMEDIA)

Now let’s look at the top three returning Stingers guards from last season starting with the big off-season acquisition of Mambi Diawara. His stats totals are taken from the Calgary Dinos website while all other averaged stats are from last season only and collected from RealGM.

Mambi Diawara, 6’4” – 60 games played averaging 26.3 minutes per game, 17.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists.
Xavier Moon, 6’2” – 32.3 minutes, 19.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists.
Adika Peter-McNeilly, 6’3” – 24.5 minutes, 12 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists.
Mathieu Kamba, 6’5” – 25 minutes, 7.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists.

Let’s stay with the good guys and look at our top three returning forwards from last season plus the huge off-season signing of Marlon Johnson from the Saskatchewan Rattlers. Reminder, the numbers shown are averages from last season.

Picture from National Post

Marlon Johnson, 6’10” – 25.1 minutes, 9.5 points, 7 rebounds, 1.6 assists
Travis Daniels, 6’8” – 28.3 minutes, 17.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists
Jordan Baker, 6’8” – 30.5 minutes, 13.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists
Brody Clarke, 6’8” – 13.1 minutes, 5.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists

Let’s see what the BlackJacks have to offer. Again, the stats are taken from their website:

Eric Kibi, 6’6″ – “7.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 18.9 minutes in 188 games playing professionally around the world”
Tajinder Lall, 6’6″ – “7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 17.0 minutes in 92 games with Carleton
Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, 6’8″ – “5.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 23.2 minutes in 70 games as a pro
Christopher Ware, 6’8″ -“7.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 19.6 minutes..197 games as a pro


For the apples to oranges comparison of CEBL numbers to numbers posted outside the CEBL, the Stingers seem to have this one in the bag. Unless of course the four unnamed BlackJacks are superstars, Ottawa will try their hand to buck the typical expansion team blues. On this night, the Stingers could have and should have warmed up the band.

Editor’s note: The cover photo can be found here.

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