By Lawrence Dushenski
The Humber Hawks men’s basketball team escaped with a narrow victory once again, as they beat Mohawk College 82-79 to improve their regular season record to 16-1.
Despite having locked up first place in OCAA West with a 98-88 overtime win over Sheridan College last week, the Hawks managed to pull out a win over a tough Mohawk team.
“Down the stretch we locked them up and used our team defence well,” said first year guard Mark Perrin. “Even though we clinched the first seed, we still have lots to work on.”
Humber’s attack was led by fourth year guard Mike Dvorak, who poured in 22 points on the night, including six three-pointers.
“I just did what I do, shoot three’s, and they went in today,” said the sharpshooting Dvorak.
Despite almost letting the 11 point halftime lead slip away late in the game, the team stayed focused on at both ends of the court.
“At the end of the game we just had to pick up our intensity,” said Dvorak. “There was a five or six minute stretch where we let them back into the game.”
Third year guard Micheal Acheampong echoed the sentiment. “They were getting up the court and hitting three’s and we just weren’t executing our offence.”
The Hawks wrap up regular season play against the Redeemer Royals, and despite their 0-17 record on the season, Humber will be preparing like any other game.
“We are getting ready for that final game. We’re not going to take Redeemer lightly, regardless of what their record is,” said Acheampong.
Once the regular season wraps up, Humber will travel north to Sault Ste. Marie for the OCAA Championships from March 3-5, and they are looking forward to the games that lay ahead.
“Playoffs are not going to get any easier,” said Perrin, who had a thunderous two-handed dunk in the first half. “But games like this are going to help us be prepared.”