ABBOTSFORD, B.C., June 29, 2021 – Fraser Valley Bandits continue with their winning ways. Local boy Marek Klassen led the way with 21 points for the Fraser Valley Bandits who remain undefeated (2-0) in the 2021 CEBL season after a 104-81 win over the Niagara River Lions (1-1) on Tuesday night at the Abbotsford Centre.
Bandits started out strong and never looked back on the way to their 2nd win. The Bandits set the tone with their defensive play applying heavy on-ball pressure and forcing the River Lions into turnovers. Fraser Valley Bandits were able to get out in transition and make layups and three-pointers, opening up a 13-point lead after the first quarter, and a 20-point lead at the half. The Bandits shot an impressive 60 percent from three-point range through two quarters and totaled a CEBL season-high 60 first-half points.
Fraser Valley had seven players who finished in double digits and with double the games this year, coach Dave Singleton believes their depth will be a strong point this season. Despite only two returning players from last year in Klassen and fellow guard Malcolm Duvivier, the Bandits have been able to build chemistry quickly and have translated this full-team effort into two wins to open the season.
The Fraser Valley Bandits will take on the Saskatchewan Rattlers (0-2) at the Abbotsford Centre in a rematch of their opening night showdown on July 1 at 2:00 p.m. local time (PT). With the new PHO, hopefully, fans will be allowed back to see “Live” pro-basketball in action again.
Check with the Bandits website for more details.
All CEBL games will be available for live streaming on the CEBL’s new OTT streaming service, CEBL+, cbcsports.ca, the free CBC Gem streaming service, the CBC Sports App for iOS and Android devices, and on Twitch.
A league created by Canadians for Canadians, the CEBL has the highest percentage of Canadian players of any professional league in the country, with 75 percent of its current rosters being Canadians. Players bring experience from the NBA, NBA G League, top international leagues, the Canadian National team program, and top NCAA programs as well as U SPORTS. The only First Division Professional League Partner of Canada Basketball, the CEBL season typically runs from May through August.