Silver medal at OCAA lacks lustre

Dejected Humber Hawks stand together to receive silver medals at OCAA championships at Durham College on March 8. (Mathew Hartley) Dejected Humber Hawks stand together to receive silver medals at OCAA championships at Durham College on March 8. (Mathew Hartley)

Mathew Hartley
Sports Reporter

Silver doesn’t quite shine like gold.

Humber’s men’s basketball team looks to rebound at the CCAA Championships this weekend after winning silver in the provincials at Durham College on Saturday, March 7.

The Mohawk Mountaineers defeated the Hawks 84-74 to win the OCAA title.

The Hawks follow the Mountaineers into the national championships as the Number Four seed, despite losing in the final.

The Mountaineers get to stay home in Hamilton and host the national championships which head coach Brian Jonker believes is a huge advantage.

“We’re coming in with a lot of confidence and we’ve only lost twice in that building ever. We feel great about it,” Jonker said.

Mohawk’s only home loss this season was against Humber in February and the Hawks will be hoping to repeat the performance if they face the hosts during the tournament.

Humber point guard, Gibson Eduful, left Durham College with the silver medal around his neck, but took the honour mainly as added motivation for the CCAA Championships.

“It was extremely difficult to accept, especially when we know we are the better team,” Eduful said.

Humber’s biggest fan could be Athletic Director Ray Chateau, who often attends games, and he is still a believer in the Hawks’ postseason chances.

”They’re a good team with a lot of fight, they will bounce back,” Chateau said.

It’s also award season in the OCAA and the Hawks’ starting power forward Tyrone Dickson and Head Coach Shawn Collins have been recognized as the league’s best.

Humber owns the OCAA’S stingiest defense with Dickson playing a major part finishing in the top five for blocks and rebounds per game, earning him the defensive player of the year award.

The Hawks will also count on the strong leadership of coach Collins, the OCAA West Division’s Head Coach of the year.

Humber has not qualified for the National Championships in four years and hasn’t won gold since hosting the tournament in 2001.

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