Pirasanth Gunasekaram, Sports Reporter
The Humber Hawks men’s basketball team remain undefeated by blowing out the Conestoga Condors in a 118-77 victory.
“Humber always runs an excellent program,” said Condors coach Matthew Buckley. “They’re discipline, they move the ball side to side and they’re a tough team to beat when they get out in the transition.”
Humber has an advantage over Conestoga when they play at the Hawks gym. The Hawks has an 13-3 overall record versus the Condors, including winning the last 10 games at home.
Last time the Condors won at Humber was during 1982-83 season.
The 14-0 Hawks have kept their momentum from Sunday’s game against the Fanshawe Falcons to the Condors game.
In the first quarter both teams exchange buckets. It was close until Humber went on a 17-8 run in the last three minutes of the quarter. The Hawks scored three straight 3-pointers to start the run. The first quarter score was 33-22.
The Hawks brought their momentum from the first quarter to the second quarter. Their defense helped the team force multiple turnovers which led to fast break points. In the first six minutes of the quarter, the Hawks went on a 14-4 run that got them a 60-43 halftime lead.
They were struggling in the beginning of the third quarter. The Condors went on a little bit of a run in the first four minutes of the quarter.
“It’s hard to play with a lead of 20 points because the guys end up scoreboard watching and get away with what got us the lead,” said
head coach Samson Downey.
“It’s a constant reminder to the guys not to scoreboard watch and keep playing the way we been playing all year regardless of the score,” he said.
After taking a timeout at the 6:55 mark, Humber got out their slump and dominated the rest of the quarter mounting a 90-58 Hawks lead.
The Hawks kept their lead towards the end of the game. The final score was 118-77 blowout win.
“It was a good team win,” Downey said. “When you’re up by a sizable lead, it gives you a chance to play some guys that didn’t get to play a lot this season.”
Freshman guard Kevin Otoo, who finished the game with 16 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assists, said the Hawks could have been stronger at the outset.
“It was a shaky game at first, but in the end, we got the W and that what really matters,” he said.
The undefeated Hawks improved their record to 14-0 while the winless Condors are now 0-14.
The next two tilts are during a weekend road trip against the (as of this writing) 0-11 Sault Cougars on Feb. 2 and 3 in Sault Ste. Marie.