Men’s basketball team hopes to win gold at home

by | Nov 1, 2019 | Sports, Varsity

Francis Commey
Sports Reporter

The Hawks are looking to win national gold at their home gym this year after capturing the CCAA bronze medal in Vancouver last season.

There should be no shortage of star power for the Humber Hawks in 2019-20 with the likes of forward Jaylan Morgan who was a named first-team all-star last year. Guard DeQuon Cascart and last year’s rookie extraordinaire guard Kevin Otoo are leaders on the team.

OCAA’s West Division Coach of the Year Samson Downey returns in his second year as head coach with assistant coaches Chad Bewley and Omar Miles rejoining him. That trio set After a first-year record that included a 17-game winning streak, the Hawks were undefeated at home and had an overall record of 24-4.

Bewley said it’s all about creating chemistry and building blocks throughout the entire season to get ready for nationals.

Hawks’ point guard Fowzi Mohamoud guarding Sheridan guard/forward Nick Campbell on Oct. 29. (Francis Commey)

However, the season hasn’t started off on a winning note, as the Hawks dropped their first two games against the Redeemer Royals and arch-rivals Sheridan Bruins. The team’s turn-around could begin this Saturday with a game in Hamilton against the Mohawk Mountaineers.

The Hawks’ home opener is on Nov. 6 against Fanshawe Falcons.

“End in [the] nationals for us one way or another,” Bewley said. “Everything now is about building to that point.”

There’s a lot of talent on this team. Potentially, this could be one of the best teams Humber constructed in years. They will rely on their veterans this season for their ability to organize the team’s offence and defence.

Newcomers will be put in bigger roles to succeed. Second-year guard Khalid Ismail is set to make the leap and become one of the more consistent contributors and a leader.

Guard Shevon Noēl said he and the other rookies have big chips on their shoulders and they’re ready to prove everyone wrong.         

“I came to play for Humber to win a national championship,” Noēl said.

He also said they have a lot to prove and they’ll be ready to prove any doubters wrong.

“We’re a group of unselfish guys and we’re hungry to win,” Noēl said.