Edmonton Stingers begin 2021 season 6-0
EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Stingers of the CEBL have begun the 2021 season off on the right foot, winning their first 6 straight games and hold first place in the league. After winning the 2020 championship at the CEBL Summer Series in St Catharines, Ontario, the Stingers have brought live sports back to Edmonton. With the easing of public health and safety restrictions, fans have been able to cheer on the Stingers live at the Edmonton Expo Centre where home games are played.
So far, the Stingers have yet to lose a game, with their last three straight wins coming against the Saskatchewan Rattlers. While the Stingers handled the first two victories with ease, winning by an average of 36 points. The Rattlers battled back in Monday night's matchup, largely due to the return of in-person fan attendance at the SaskTel Centre, which sparked the Rattlers to a two-point halftime lead.
However, the Stingers stepped up big in the second half, winning the game 87-70. The turnaround was fueled by the play of reigning Canadian Player of the Year and Edmonton basketball legend Jordan Baker. Baker rejoins the team for his third year, along with six other players from the championship squad, including Xavier Moon, who is the two-time CEBL Player of the Year.
While the championship core remains intact, some key additions have pushed the Stingers to the next level. Marlon Johnson is one of these additions, whose stellar play has been a key reason for the Stingers success. Across his first 6 games, Johnson is averaging 14.5 points per game, including a 27-point outburst on opening night back on June 26th. Johnson also scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds July 10th in Saskatchewan. The game marked Johnson's return to Saskatchewan, where he played the inaugural 2019 season. The Rattlers won the first CEBL Championship that year before Johnson signed with the Stingers in 2020 but was unable to compete in the Summer Series due to the public health situation. Now, Johnson is helping the Stingers cruise past the competition. The team has won their first 6 games by an average of 19.5 points and will look to keep that momentum going against the second-seeded Hamilton Honey Badgers on July 15th. Fans can stream the game live on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Gem app, twitch.tv/CEBLeague, and CEBL+.
The Stingers have now played the first 2 games of their 5 straight away games, and will return to the Expo Centre Monday August 2nd, where they will face the Rattlers in their fourth and final meeting of the two teams. The Stingers will then play two more home games on August 4th and 6th, both against the Fraser Valley Bandits before the league kicks off its postseason. This year it will be held in Edmonton, as the city will play host to the 2021 CEBL Championship Weekend from August 18-22, where 4 teams, including the Stingers, will face off in a single elimination tournament to crown the champions of the CEBL's third season.
Tickets are available for the remainder of the team's home games as well as championship weekend. More information is available at www.thestingers.ca, the team's official website, and www.cebl.ca, the league's official website.
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