The Humber Hawks men’s basketball team fell short, 72-64, to the visiting Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks in an exhibition tune-up game Tuesday night.
The Hawks managed to keep the game close – until the fourth quarter.
Humber only trailed by six points, until the Golden Hawks exploded in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 points and leading to victory in the exhibition showdown.
The Humber Hawks had difficulties hitting their shots, shooting under 30 per cent from the floor, and only drained four out of 19 three-point attempts.
Third-year Humber business administration student Vule Grujic led the Hawks with 16 points and six rebounds. Fifth-year fitness and health promotion student Chad Bewley was right behind Grujic with 12 points and seven boards.
Humber Hawks head coach, Shawn Collins, said the team had a lot to take away from the game.
“It’s another game that we grow together as a group, where the new guys and the old guys collectively come together,” said Collins. “I thought we saw progress…we just have to be able to sustain it for 40 minutes.”
Collins said the team is striving for consistency and a high level of focus in order to play together for a full 40 minutes as a team.
“We’re in the pre-season trying to get better. We open in two weeks here at home against a very tough Mohawk (Mountaineers) team. The west is very competitive and everyone has gotten better. It’s going to be a dog fight every night.”
Humber Hawks power forward, Tyrone Dickson, did not participate in Tuesday’s game due to an ankle injury he suffered against Algonquin last Saturday.
He said the team played well but needs to execute on their chances more and play more as a team.
“We got a lot of rookies this year, I just got to get all their heads focused on being number one and hopefully we can get to that level,” said Dickson.
First-year assistant coach Samson Downey said Dickson is receiving treatment and hopes to have him ready for the home opener on Oct. 23.
As for the game, Downey said the team did some really good things and some not-so-good things. “As the season goes on we just got to get better at playing team concept basketball,” he said.
The Humber Hawks will participate in the Dawson Tournament in Montreal this weekend and have one more pre-season game against the Centennial Colts on Oct. 15, before the season opener against the Mohawk Mountaineers on Oct. 23.