Pirasanth Gunasekaram, Sports Reporter
Another game and another win. Humber men’s basketball team remains undefeated as the Hawks won its 13th game this season.
“It was a hard fought win” over Fanshawe Falcons on Jan. 20, said first year head coach Sampson Downey. “When your shots aren’t falling and your offence was kind of stagnant you have to defend and that helped us win the game.”
This win put Downey in the record books by breaking former head coach Shawn Collins’ record of 12 consecutive wins for a first-year head coach.
The first quarter of the record-setting game was neck and neck. The first five minutes of the game was tied 5-5. The Hawks ended the first quarter with a 16-15 lead.
Fanshawe went on an 18-5 run to dominate most of the second quarter, but the 10-point lead didn’t stop Humber from coming back from the game. A deep three-pointer from Fowzi Mohamoud at the 4:25 mark gave the team momentum. That three was one of many shots that helped the team for making the game a one-point game at halftime, Fanshawe leading at halftime, 31-30.
Downey said the team changed their mindset at half time so they can win in a dominate way.
“They know they weren’t doing good at the first half and they weren’t happy with their performance, so they made a conscious effort collectively to come out and just play together and stick to what made us successful and it was showed in the second half,” Downey said.
After struggling with hitting shots in the first half, the Hawks picked up the pace in the third quarter, whereat the 30-minute mark the Hawks led 54-48.
Humber started the fourth quarter with a 20-5 run over the next five minutes of game. The final score of the game was 82-70.
Cy Samuels, third year forward who finished the game with four rebounds, said that second half success was because of their defence.
“We just talked about defensive settings at the half and in the second half we just played defense,” Samuels said.
“It was a chippy first half but we got together and have fun and that got us a win,” said freshman guard Kevin Otoo, who dropped 17 points.
The Hawks are now 13-0 and while that is impressive, Otoo doesn’t care about the record.
“Thirteen-and-oh is just number,” he said. “We just want to win games until we get the championship.”
The Hawks next game is on Thursday, Jan. 24, against the Conestoga Condors.