OCAA basketball came to an end this year as the men’s All-Star game was held at Durham College on Saturday.
The best players in the league this season showed their skills in a more relaxed but still competitive environment.
Humber’s Gibson Eduful was delighted to represent the blue and gold in the NBA skills competition that was won by Lambton Lions’ Brandon Padgett.
“It was a great experience, I got to meet new people and see their players in a different light,” Eduful said.
The customary All-Star Game allows the players to combine their skills with the league’s top talent, an opportunity Hawks’ Chad Bewley relishes.
Bewley was quick to notice Fanshawe’s Chris Stanhope and Redeemer’s John Waldu during warmups.
“John’s IQ is so high, he sees things developing before they do. He got me the ball way before I realized I was open,” said Bewley.
“Stanhope is a younger guy with all the potential in the world. He’s a legit Mr. Versatility and the best part, he’s unselfish,” Bewley said.
The All-Star Game tipped-off in the afternoon and the West, to which Humber belongs, immediately began to put on an offensive show, pulling out an early 20-point lead.
The second half would help the East as the West finished strong and posted an NBA-like score, winning 120-91.
The high scoring game came as no surprise to most, especially with OCAA Defensive player of the year Tyrone Dickon absent from the games for personal reasons.
The Hawks’ star power forward finished the season with over 40 defensive blocks and said he would have normally jumped at the chance to play in the game.
“It would have been great. I’ve actually never been in it before,” Dickson said.
The Hawks enter the offseason as national champs and Eduful can’t wait for the next campaign to begin.
“I’m very excited to defend our title, it’ll be fun to play with my boys again,” said Eduful.