The Humber Hawks men’s and women’s basketball teams look formidable following an exhibition tournament early in the season, but they expect to be better.
Both varsity teams came off of a successful weekend in Quebec finishing first in the women’s competition and third in the men’s.
The women’s team took all three games in the Montmorency Invitational tournament as part of their pre-season game schedule during the weekend of Oct. 6. They defeated the Montmorency Nomades 64-50, Dawson Blues 65-56, and Holland Hurricanes 80-65, and earning themselves the championships. The women’s team rode that momentum to stomp the Seneca Sting 95-44 on Thursday night.
There are high expectations on the women’s team and they’ve so far been able to win in convincing fashion, but they still think there are many ways they can improve their game.
“There was a lot we still need to work on,” star player Ceejay Nofuente said after their game against Seneca.
“Our overall performance wasn’t that great but we still had a good game,” said Nofuente, who was named this past summer to the Development Women’s National Team.
Coach Ajay Sharma felt the team needed another real game despite sweeping the Montreal tournament to work out some issues.
“We’re still not executing at the level we need to be executing at, we’re not playing error-free basketball which is something we need to emphasize,” he said.
“I expect us to do what teams in the past have done and compete for an Ontario championship and then compete for a national championship,” Sharma said. “I think we are talented enough and we just have to be disciplined and clean up our mistakes.”
The men’s team took two of three games in Quebec during the Dawson College Tournament between Oct. 6 and 8 to kick off their regular season. They beat the John Abbott Islanders 100-67, and Brebeuf Dynamiques 79-60. They started with a 79-63 loss to the Montmorency Nomades, good enough to earn them third place.
The men’s team also placed high expectations on themselves as they try to improve on their OCAA bronze medal from last season. The men’s Hawks are confident they can do big things for this season, especially with the addition of new talent to this year’s team.
“We have one goal and that is to win the national championship,” rookie Terry Hill said. “We just got to take it one step at a time, we’re just thinking about the next game every day.”
Sophomore guard DeQuone Cascart described the men’s team as being up-tempo and moving the ball faster than expected this year.
“Everyone wants to see everyone succeed on the court this year,” Cascart said.
The men’s basketball team looks to improve on their 2-1 start to the season when they take on the Conestoga Condors on Sunday and the women continue their pre-season when they take on the Waterloo Warriors on Thursday.