Paige McGowan, Sports Reporter
There are some great rivalries in sport, like the Argos and the Ticats, and Ohio State and the University of Michigan. And in that heady mix of sports animus lies the simmering rivalry of the Humber Hawks and the Sheridan Bruins.
They men for the final regular-season men’s basketball tilt in Oakville on Feb. 15. While the Bruins beat the Hawks 90-80, the game didn’t settle anything because rivalries never end.
“I’ve been coming to these games for the last six years and it’s a really big deal because it brings out a lot of fans and a lot of alumni,” said Humber fan Dylan Walters. “The rivalry is very historic.”
The loss however didn’t overshadow the personal bests reached for three players in the Sheridan game as they now prepare for the OCAA playoffs at Georgian College on Feb. 28. They returned to their winning ways by beating Kingston’s St. Lawrence Vikings 83-68 in a crossover playoff game Feb. 23.
The Bruins and the Hawks kept the score close throughout the entire game but with full court press defence, the Bruins managed to get a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and locking in the win.
Humber versus Sheridan is a match up that basketball fans look forward to every year.
The rivalry between these two teams is the most historic and fiercest in the OCAA.
As always, it was an exciting game to watch and the stands were filled with rowdy fans.
Captain DeQuon Cascart led the way for the Hawks, scoring a team-high 20 points and recording six rebounds. Three Humber guards finished with double digit points, Kevin Otoo with 14 points, Curwin Elvis had 13 points, and Fowzi Mohamoud finished with 12 points.
“Even though we didn’t come out with a win, the team still played really well,” Cascart said. “Sheridan gave us a really good fight in the fourth quarter.”
Despite the loss, it was a milestone game for the third-year guard.
Cascart needed 19 points to become the 31st player in team history to score more than 500 points in his career, and his 20 points put him over the top.
Elvis reached his ironman milestone, becoming the first player ever to play 90 games for the Humber Hawks men’s basketball team. And then Hawks’ forward Jaylan Morgan became the 15th player to join Humber’s 300-point club in his first season with the Hawks.
on But Morgan’s mind wasn’t so much on the achievement as the 18-2 record to finish the 2018-2019 season.
“Time to go to a new level, we’re all we got,” he said.