In a fast-paced affair, the Hawks were able to get momentum on their side early, thanks to small forward Baryden Gohn’s two-handed dunk, which gave the crowd at Humber North campus Athletic Centre an early rise.
“It’s always a live atmosphere when we play Sheridan,” said head coach Shawn Collins. “If you’re a player, I think it’s exciting. A live atmosphere definitely adds to the experience.”
The Bruins came out shooting strong in the final quarter, bringing the game within three points (62-59), nailing three-ball after three-ball. But the Hawks were able to settle down and go on a scoring run of their own, thanks to a pair of fast breaks by point guard RJ Ramirez, and key threes by power forward Chad Bewley to finish off the game.
Ramirez and center Vule Grujic led the team in points with 18 each, with Grujic grabbing 16 boards to go with it. The Hawk’s player of the game, Bewley, collected 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Collins said key contributing factors in the victory were getting timely defensive stops and Hawks’ ability to follow the game plan.
Point guard Gibson Eduful said games against Sheridan always bring up high emotions.
“Coaches tell you about the rivalry and some of us, like myself, have been playing the last two years and every single time the crowd has been crazy, so it’s a great atmosphere whenever we play them.”
Hawks power forward Tyrone Dickson said defense in the last few minutes of the game was important when the team was looking to close out the win.
“It’s really important because it’s a close game and obviously you want to play good defense and we finished strong,” he said. Dickson led the team with a total of 18 rebounds.
The Hawks now have an 8-0 record after blowing out the Niagara Knights 90-77 on Nov. 20.
The Hawks look to finished the first half of the 2014-15 season undefeated after starting 8-0, winning their last two games against rivals Sheridan Bruins and Niagara Knights.