Francis Commey, Sports Reporter
The Humber Hawks men’s basketball team made it an even dozen last Thursday evening when they won their 12th straight victory, defeating the Niagara Knights at the North campus Athletic Centre.
The Hawks, who have been on a roll since the start of the second semester, extending its streak after losing its first four games of the season.
The turnaround is being led by fifth-year forward Jaylan Morgan’s 23.6 points a game average since the start of the second half of the season. He’s averaging 18.3 points a game since opening tip-off.
Morgan’s play Thursday also helped grab another win over Niagara, 105-97. He led the Hawks with 26 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block while recording his seventh game of at least 20 points this year.
Fourth-year guard DeQuon Cascart had a great game offensively and defensively, with 22 points and three steals in 17 minutes.
Shae Phillips said this is the kind of effort he likes to see from his teammates.
“We’re bringing it offensively and defensively with a lot of intensity,” the first-year guard said. “I feel like we’re a complete team that’s very dominant which will end up going all the way at Nationals.”
Humber took the season series 2-0 against Niagara this year by putting a class effort against Knights.
“Honestly, I’ve made it a personal goal to just be better from the start of the second half of the season, I don’t care about scoring, I care about winning,” said Morgan, who has been tearing up the OCAA of late and continuing to propel the Humber Hawks higher in the standings.
“We’re playing really well right now from top to bottom but it’s one game at a time,” he said.
Assistant coach Chad Bewley said that the Hawks still need to improve.
“We’re not a perfect team,” he said.
“We still have a long way to go before we get to where we want to be but this game keeps us on the right track to getting where we want,” Bewley said.
That poor start has become a motivator for the Hawks, who have become the hottest team in the West division. They finish January undefeated along with beating four of the five teams they faced in January by a minimum of 13 points a game.
The 12-4 men’s basketball team will be faced with a bigger task this Thursday against the Redeemer Royals (11-3) who have already beaten them earlier in the year.
Now the Hawks look for revenge at home.