The Fraser Valley Bandits suffered their first loss of the season, 86-77, to the Saskatchewan Rattlers on Wednesday night and are now gearing up for a rematch at home this weekend.

He dropped the winning team to 2-1 in his young season in the Canadian Basketball Elite League.

The Bandits will debut at the Langley Events Center (LEC) for their home opener in a rematch against the Rattlers on Saturday, June 4.

The Rattlers were punctuated by another solid performance from Philadelphia native and former New Orleans Pelicans draft pick Anthony Carr.

Carr scored a game-high 25 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals without returning the ball. In the Elam final, Carr scored or assisted on seven of the team’s last nine points.

Saskatchewan also saw contributions from the rest of its core, with Devonte Bandoo, Jordy Tshimanga and Scottie Lindsey each scoring 14 points. Tshimanga and Bandoo were also active on the glass, grabbing 13 and 8 rebounds respectively for the Rattlers.

Meanwhile, Shane Gibson led the Bandits offense with 17 points and four assists.

Alex Campbell struggled against his former team, finishing with 14 points on 3-9 shooting from the field and 6-10 from the free throw line.

Thomas Kennedy and Chris McLaughlin provided a strong inside presence by splitting time at the center position. Kennedy had 13 points, five rebounds and three blocks on 6-of-7 shooting while McLaughlin had 10 points and five rebounds on 4-of-5 shooting. Kadre Gray and Malcolm Duvivier both left the game early with injuries to the lower body.

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Saskatchewan continued to connect from three, shooting 40% on 13-32 team shots. However, the biggest difference for the Rattlers on Wednesday was their toughness on the glass. They outshot Fraser Valley 52-34, grabbing 18 offensive rebounds and outscoring the Bandits 20-3 on second-chance points.

“The main advantage of the game was their offensive rebound,” Bandits head coach Mike Taylor said. “We have to provide a physical response in Saturday’s game.”

“I prefer to prepare my offense to make the first shot,” Rattlers head coach Dean Demopoulos said. “I’m glad we got a lot of second-chance points, but we need to do better offensively.”

The first quarter saw the Rattlers come out firing.

They shot 61% from the field in the first frame and 62% from three. Saskatchewan launched a run to close the quarter, powered by Carr’s flat to D’andre Bernard for a dunk on an inbounds pass and a contested Carr three to beat the buzzer.

The Rattlers led the Bandits 29-20 after one quarter.

Fraser Valley was able to fight back early in the second quarter with the Rattlers cooling.

Both West Coast teams went back and forth throughout the quarter and entered the half tied 45-45.

After a blistering start to the first period, Saskatchewan finished the half with a 39 percent field goal percentage, shooting 53 percent from three. Fraser Valley shot 46% from the field in the first half, but was passed by the Rattlers 27-16.

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Carr led all scorers at halftime with 12 points to go along with five rebounds, while Lindsey had 11 points, including 9 from long range.

Meanwhile, Shane Gibson attacked the hoop and hit three open in the first half, leading the Bandits with 11 points going into the locker room.

Bandoo started to heat up in the third quarter for the Rattlers.

The teams traded punches with the Bandits getting in the paint with Kennedy and McLaughlin, who started the second half after picking up 2 early fouls in the first.

Tony Carr continued to play for Saskatchewan, scoring from the post and from outside. The teams remained tied at 63 heading into the final quarter.

Both teams opened the fourth quarter cold with just one bucket in the first three minutes.

However, the Rattlers picked up the pace coming out of a timeout with Tshimanga recovering two surrender buckets and one and one.

The Bandits played the first six minutes of the quarter with just one field goal and entered the Elam Ending trailing 77-71 with a target score of 86. The Rattlers were able to close out the game and equalize their all-time record against Fraser Valley for 5-5.

The Bandits and Rattlers won’t have to wait long for this rematch.

Saskatchewan travel to British Columbia for a game Saturday afternoon at the LEC at 2 p.m. in the return leg of a home-and-away with Fraser Valley.

Limited tickets remain and are available at THIS link.

The games are available at CEBL+ live internationally.

– Dillon White files

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The Saskatchewan Rattlers beat the Fraser Valley Bandits, 86-77, and are now looking for a rematch in Langley on Saturday afternoon. Bandit’s Kyle Adnam was among those on the field Wednesday in Saskatchewan. (Canadian Basketball Elite League/Special for Black Press Media)

Despite the Bandits' Maxie Esho layup, the Saskatchewan Rattlers defeated the Fraser Valley Bandits, 86-77, and are now looking for a rematch in Langley on Saturday afternoon.  (Canadian Basketball Elite League/Special for Black Press Media)

Despite the Bandits’ Maxie Esho layup, the Saskatchewan Rattlers defeated the Fraser Valley Bandits, 86-77, and are now looking for a rematch in Langley on Saturday afternoon. (Canadian Basketball Elite League/Special for Black Press Media)

Shane Gibson had a few three-pointers in the first half, but the Saskatchewan Rattlers still defeated the Fraser Valley Bandits, 86-77.  The Bandits are now looking for a rematch at Langley on Saturday afternoon.  (Canadian Basketball Elite League/Special for Black Press Media)

Shane Gibson had a few three-pointers in the first half, but the Saskatchewan Rattlers still defeated the Fraser Valley Bandits, 86-77. The Bandits are now looking for a rematch at Langley on Saturday afternoon. (Canadian Basketball Elite League/Special for Black Press Media)