Eritrean-Canadian Johnny Berhanemeskel signs with CBL’s Ottawa Blackjacks for the summer season & makes an impact.
It was just a few weeks ago the Eri-internationalsports wrote a feature on Johnny Berhanemeskel on his incredible season in the French Premiere league basketball where he was in the top 3 scorers for the season that ended in 2022. Johnny B as his team mates some time call him was called by his home town team in the Canadian capital of Ottawa to sign for the CBL’s (Canadian Basketball League) Ottawa Blackjacks for the reminder of the summer season which should end in August. The BlackJacks despite their losing record have already made it to the final four in this short season summer league. In a game against Montreal this past week Johnny sank in five 3 pointers to get a much needed win for his team.
Johnny B who is a six-foot-one guard, has averaged 13.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.7 steals and 25.6 minutes in 268 games, playing professionally in France, Greece, Spain, Germany, Estonia and in the CEBL. He is also the all time record holder for the University of Ottawa, where he played his college basketball, earning CIS Outstanding Player, First Team All-Canadian and OUA Player of the Year honors in his fifth year with the Gee Gees as they are known by their nickname. Appearing in a total of 105 games over the span of his five-year career at Ottawa, Johnny B averaged 19.0 points per contest. He was Ottawa’s all-time leader in points scored (2000 points), and first in career three-pointers made (299) when he graduated. Johnny will continue to lead his Team in the playoffs as the season is coming to an end.
For those fans in Canada who want to see Johnny B and the Ottawa Blacjacks in the playoffs, you will be able to live stream the playoffs on the CEBL’s OTT streaming service CEBL+, the CEBL’s official app, CEBL Mobile for iOS and Android devices, cbcsports.ca, the free CBC Gem streaming service, the CBC Sports App for iOS and Android devices and on NXT Level Sports in the U.S. As part of its playoff coverage, CBC Sports will broadcast the quarterfinal games Sunday, August 7, semifinal games Friday, August 12, and the Championship game on Sunday, August 14. All times are subject to change.