The Humber men’s basketball team are on a last three-game winning streak and they want to stay in the win column when the season resumes.
The Hawks take on the red-hot Mohawk Mountaineers at home on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
The Mountaineers are undefeated this season with a 9-0 record, and own the top spot in the West Division. They face a Humber team with an undefeated record at home this season, winning all four games at the North campus.
“Playing at home, and knowing that we perform better at home gives us that edge,” said second-year power forward Kenny Ejim. “You’re more comfortable, and it allows us to be more relaxed to make more conscious decisions down the floor.”
Fans feel the same way.
“I love supporting the team, and making it a living hell for the visiting teams,” said third-year Humber culinary student Anthony Welcome.
The basketball team only has about a week off, despite the long academic break. During the academic break the team practices regularly. Humber is also playing some exhibition games including a tournament at Sheridan College on Dec. 29 and 30.
“In the Sheridan tournament we get to play some teams in the East Division,” said Ejim. “It will be good to get a taste of how the competition is in the East.”
Coming into this match-up, the Mountaineers have the highest scoring offense in the West Division with 842 points scored, but Humber has allowed the second fewest points in the division with 642 points against. Humber has allowed the fifth fewest points in the OCAA while Mohawk has scored the most points in the OCAA.
“We want to play a bit slower against a fast paced offense like Mohawk’s,” said head coach Shawn Collins. “We’ll try to lessen the possessions, and the better we execute then we’ll be able to control the tempo.”
Humber will play two games in four days at home when they take on Mohawk on Jan. 13 and Fanshawe on Jan. 16.