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HeadlinesNewsSportsHumber Hawks men’s team continues winning streak

ETC StaffJanuary 21, 2019498 min

Paige McGowan, Sports Reporter

Humber’s men’s basketball team dominated the province’s league in 2018 – and it appears that mastery of the other colleges will continue in 2019.

They reached another pinnacle in their first game at home this year against the University of Toronto-Mississauga with a final score of 120-97.

Humber’s Jimmy Rich drives to the net for a layup against UTM’s OCAA Rookie of the Year, Zamam Khan who finished with a game-high 40 points and eight rebounds. (Paige McGowan)

The Hawks had a good first half of their season in 2018, finishing the year with a 9-0 record.

Over the holiday break the Hawks were wildly successful in the holiday series tournament going 3-0, defeating number six George Brown Huskies along with Centennial Colts and defending national champs Seneca Sting.

Humber’s Kevin Otoo goes up for a big one handed dunk during a fast break initiated by power-forward Jaylan Morgan. (Paige McGowan)

They kept this momentum going into the new year with two big wins to start the 2019 season on the road against Lambton and St. Clair.

“We go hard in practice,” said power forward Jaylan Morgan. “Every day we compete hard and give a hundred per cent effort. We test each other in practice, we don’t take it light and that translates in the game.”

Coming into the UTM game with a 11-0 record, the Hawks maintained a significant lead over the Eagles throughout the entire game.

Humber guard Zach Marcelline picks up his dribble looks to pass after UTM traps him on the baseline. Paige McGowan.

The significance wasn’t so much that they won, but by how much they won by, a season high 120 points with 36 team assists.

Leading the way for Humber was Jordon Francis, clutching his first double-double finishing with a career-high of 24 points and 14 rebounds.

Zach Marcelline also continued his hot run with 16 points, while Morgan contributed 15 points.

Also finishing the game with double-digit points was Kevin Otoo, Fowzi Mohamoud, Trevor Mollison, and Jordan Rose.

Humber’s leading scorer of the game, Jordon Francis goes up for a big two-handed dunk. (Paige McGowan)

“We have a lot of versatile players, we have a lot of people that can score and a lot of people that can defend,” Francis said. “Whenever someone’s down it’s just the next guy up.”

Humber’s smart playmaking and solid defence allowed the Hawks to start the game with a big 21-3 run.

Impressive dunks from both Otoo and Francis got the crowd off their seats.

Dominating on both offence and defence, the Hawks went into halftime with a 64-35 lead over the Eagles.

Despite the 29-point lead, the Hawks did not maintain their intensity level on defence, allowing the Eagles to whittle away at the gap between them to 16 points in the second half.

Hawks power forward Jaylan Morgan goes up for a strong reverse layup. (Paige McGowan)

But after that lull, Francis went scoring 16 points, making up the majority of his 24 points.

“I think we did alright but they put up almost a hundred, they had 97, which is way too much,” Francis said. “We just have to make sure we stay locked in for the full game and not have lapses on defence.”

The Hawks chemistry on and off the court is undeniable.

With the win, Head Coach Samson Downey officially tied the program record for most victories to begin a season by a first year coach.

The team looked to continue their winning streak against Fanshawe to give their beloved coach the 13 straight they believe he deserves.