The Winnipeg Sea Bears played a humbling game at home as they take their second loss of the season against the Edmonton Stingers, losing 97-68.
After being on the road for the last four games, the Sea Bears brought it home last night in front of a sold-out crowd.
Teddy Allen continued to be the leading scorer for Winnipeg, scoring 27 points, five rebounds and blocked two shots. Jelani Watson-Gayle contributed 16 points and E.J Anosike with 12.
Winnipeg’s offence faltered in their return home. They went 25-65 from the field, shot 20 per cent from long range, 63 per cent from the line and turned the ball over 20 times.
"We talked about making sure we stayed hungry, coming home and not relaxing—being uncomfortable, not being satisfied. Unfortunately, that's kind of the way we came out today," says head coach Mike Taylor. "We didn't have the same defensive intensity – we didn't impact the ball like we needed to against these guys. We were just a step late in transition and a step late in our rotations on defence."
The Edmonton Stingers were shooting 53 per cent as a team and held Winnipeg to 38 per cent from the field and 20 per cent from the three-point line.
"We were able to establish an early lead and set the tone for what we wanted to do for the rest of the game," says Edmonton head coach Jordan Baker. "Then, obviously, an 11-point fourth quarter was really going to set you up for success."
The Stingers gained the lead by the end of the first quarter and refused to give it up. Winnipeg battled back with scoring runs but Edmonton would respond with their own moment of consecutive scoring.
The Stingers came out in the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run, with the Sea Bears going scoreless for the first four minutes of the quarter. Allen ended the drought with a pair of free throws, but the Sea Bears trailed 86-62 heading into target score time.
On a lighter note, last night's game was also to celebrate Philippine Independence Day with an incredible half-time show that amazed the crowd.
Winnipeg hosts the Brampton Honey Badgers on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT. For tickets, visit seabears.ca/tickets.