VIDEO: McEwan Leads Vancouver Bandits Score Against Rattlers

VIDEO: McEwan Leads Vancouver Bandits Score Against Rattlers
VIDEO: McEwan Leads Vancouver Bandits Score Against Rattlers

Koby McEwen had a great game as the Vancouver Bandits defeated the Saskatchewan Rattlers 99-70 on Sunday afternoon, July 7, at the Langley Events Centre during the Canadian Elite Basketball League.

McEwen scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and Target Score Time, setting a new professional record.

The 6-foot-3 guard made half of his team’s 3-pointers — 6 of 14, compared to 6 of 20 for the rest of the squad — but McEwen passed the credit to his teammates.

“I forced a few bad ones. I’m not proud of that, but a lot of the shots I got were open. And that’s a compliment to my team because we have good players and everyone has to take everyone else into account,” he said.

Sunday’s game saw a close first quarter with the Bandits leading 23-20 after 10 minutes before the team bogged down defensively and held the Rattlers to 11 points in the period for a 49-31 lead and a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. Saskatchewan did pull within 10 points in the opening minute of the fourth quarter before Vancouver quickly regained a commanding lead.

Vancouver improved to 8-1 on their home floor with an average margin of victory of more than 21 points. It also marked the fifth time this season that a team failed to surpass 75 points against the Bandits, who allow a league-low 83.9 points per game.

McEwen was one of five Vancouver players to reach double figures, with Tazé Moore scoring 18, plus 13 rebounds and seven assists, Nick Ward had 15 and eight rebounds, while Duane Notice added 12 points, eight rebounds and five steals and Zach Copeland contributed 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.

This was the fifth time McEwen was the team’s leading scorer and this season his tally stands at 18.8 per game.

“He means everything to this team. He’s just an absolute force. His work ethic, his competitive nature, his fire, his personality, one of the best players I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching. He’s our heartbeat, a huge part of what we do,” Bandits head coach and general manager Kyle Julius said.

The Bandits now travel for two games: on July 11 they play the Surge in Calgary, followed by the Sea Bears in Winnipeg on July 13.

Vancouver’s next home game at Langley Events Centre is on July 18, when they complete their home-and-away series with Winnipeg. It’s also the Bandits’ final regular season game and will be a fan appreciation game with tip-off at 7 p.m.

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