Cambrian downed twice as Hawks soar

Tyrone Dickson wins the opening tip off in the first of back-to-back matches against the Cambrian Golden Shield at Humber’s Athletic Centre Nov.1 and 2. (Photo by Domenic Loschiavo)

Domenic Loschiavo
Sports Reporter

The Humber Hawks men’s basketball team shone at home, blowing out Cambrian Golden Shield by a total of 74 points in back-to-back games Nov. 1 and 2.

The Hawks won the weekend double header over the Golden Shields with convincing wins in both games, 93-67 in the first and 103-55 in game two.

In game one the Hawks got off to a relatively slow start. The team was only able to hit two out of their first 13 3-point attempts, while going slightly over 27 per cent from the field.

The Hawks picked up their game in the second half, bringing their shooting percentage to nearly 45 per cent. The Hawks brought the pressure to Cambrian, eventually having a game-high 28 points and winning by 26.

Hawks small forward Matthew Bukovec led the team with 15 points; point guard RJ Ramirez had 13.

Head coach Shawn Collins said the team fought a lot harder in the second half: “We competed better, and because we competed better we got some turnovers we were able to run out and get some baskets.”

Game two was a whole different story. The team followed up and came out shooting great, leading to a dominant 103-55 victory.

Unlike the night before, the team was able to hit their shots through the entire game, outscoring the Golden Shields in all four quarters, including a massive 21-point margin (31-10) in the fourth.

The team went over 54 per cent from the field, 36 per cent from behind the arc and hit 42 per cent from the charity stripe.

Bukovec, first-year, topped his performance from the night before with 16 points, while Gibson Eduful, third-year point guard, gathered 15 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.

Hawks power forward Chad Bewley said playing good defence led to the offensive blow out. “When we played at the right defensive mentality, that’s when the offence goes a lot easier,” said the fifth-year fitness and health promotion student.

Center Nerquaye Nettey said coach Collins was unhappy with the team play the night before and that they needed to perform better.

“We put it upon ourselves to go out and play more as a team so we could come out today and play a lot better,” said Nettey, first-year police foundation student. He also said that team chemistry has been good.

The Hawks take the court next on Nov. 8 against the St. Clair College Saints at 7 p.m. That’s followed by a game the next afternoon in Lambton, facing off against the Lions at 3 p.m.

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