Men’s basketball team wins four straight after early struggles

by | Dec 3, 2019 | Sports, Varsity

Pablo Balza, Sports Reporter

It was an impressive weekend for the Hawks men’s Basketball team. Two wins in southwestern Ontario leveled their record to .500 with a 4-4 record and sixth place in the Western Conference.

The Hawks beat the Lambton Lions 102-87 on Nov. 23 and the St. Clair Saints 107-89 on Nov. 24.

Guard Kevin Otoo about to take a layup against with the Lambton Lions guard Kam David failing to defend Otoo. (Pablo Balza)

“It was a good performance on the team, we played as one and achieved the win and there’s a long season ahead of us,” third-year point guard Fowzi Mohamoud said after the game against Lambton.

During the Lions game, the Hawk’s defense was impressive.

Humber build an 11-0 run early in the first quarter. They forced the Lions to take hard shots with Lamb- ton making only five of 17 shots.

The Hawks also forced six turnovers. The score was 21-11.

Throughout the second quarter, the Lions roared back to the board with 31 points, shooting 13 out of 23 shots.

Before entering half time, second-year guard Khalid Ismail nailed a buzzer-beating three allowing the Hawks to take the lead back 43-42.

Humber struck offensively by scoring 33 points within the third quarter, making 12 out of 19 shots. The Hawks finished the third quarter with a 76-68 lead.

Humber launched the fourth quarter with a 12-0 run to secure the game and take it out of reach for Lambton.

Fourth-year guard DeQuon Cascart contributed offensively and defensively, finishing the fourth quarter with seven points. His contribution to the win was with 23 points, six rebounds and an assist.

Second-year guard Kevin Otoo finished the game with 15 points, his second double-double of the season, and 11 rebounds, while Mohamoud scored 13 points.

Ismail tallied 20 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Fifth-year forward Jaylan Morgan also had his second double-double of the season with 21 points, 11 assists, plus nine rebounds and a steal.

Humber will go to Sault Ste. Marie to play against the 1-8 Sault College Cougers on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.