The Humber Hawks men’s basketball team took a tough loss against the Niagara Knights in their second game of the season Thursday night at the Welland Athletic Centre by a score of 71-66.
The Hawks began the game holding a strong lead over the Knights but eventually lost it following a series of missed shots, free throws and giving up offensive rebounds.
Ultimately, the turning point of the game took place during the fourth quarter.
Humber’s offense completely fell off track. With Niagara trailing by just eight points at the beginning of the quarter they quickly took advantage of Humber’s weakening offense allowing them to take their first lead of the game.
Hawks shooting guard C.J. Bennett attempted a three pointer to tie the game, but the shot did not drop.
“We competed and we battled but unfortunately in the fourth quarter we couldn’t come up together with some solutions to the problems Niagara was giving us,” said Hawks head coach Patrick Au.
Despite Humber’s efforts to bring home another win, Niagara took over the game.
Assistant coach James DePoe said that he knew from early on Niagara would be a tough team to play against.
“Every day is just about taking another step on our journey and we just need to be able to move forward and learn from this loss,” said Au
Humber is set to face off against Sheridan college Nov. 12, on home soil.
The Hawks plan to make a serious come back, using the loss against the knights as a lesson to prepare them for the Sheridan game.
“Niagara played a lot of zone and Sheridan presses harder than Niagara so we need to be able to handle that pressure,” said Au.
The Humber Vs. Sheridan game will be Humber’s first opportunity to bounce back from this loss. It is left to be seen the outcome but the Hawks are hopeful that they will come back better and stronger than ever.