Kevaughn Wilson, Sports Reporter
The Humber women’s basketball team met the Fanshawe Falcons on Sunday. Both teams came into the game tied for first place, and both looking for the highest perch in the Western division of the OCAA.
The Hawks looked to continue its 11-game win streak while simultaneously avenging their only loss of the season, which came in the first game versus the Falcons.
The temperature outside the gym was a blistering -25 C, but the Hawks started the game with the burning zeal to win. Instead the women’s team got burned by the Falcons.
Hawks head coach Ajay Sharma said he wasn’t worried about the Hawk’s position.
“This was just another game to us, we still have a lot of games remaining and a lot of preparing to do,” he said.
After being down 10 points early in the second half, the Hawks battled back to end the first half trailing 31-30. But the Falcons came into their stride during the start of the second half and proved why they are also tied for first.
The Hawks and Falcons traded baskets until late into the fourth quarter when Humber couldn’t manage to keep Fanshawe off the defensive glass. Offensive rebounds and second chance points were the ultimate demise of the Hawks, who saw a 65-62 deficit increase to an 80-66 loss.
Hawks guard Jahnae Gyles said the Hawks did not play to their full potential.
“We didn’t execute in the fourth quarter. We can’t let go of the little things and forget our game plan,” she said.
Gyles finished with a game-high 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
This loss puts Humber in second place, only one game behind leaders Fanshawe Falcons.
Hawks guard Makeba Taylor said Humber has a lot to take away from this loss.
“We just have to stay disciplined down the stretch and learn to execute in certain situations, which we didn’t do,” she said. “This loss drives us to push even more when it comes to championship and OCAA games for the future.”
Humber’s next game will be against Conestoga Condors on Jan. 24.