The Humber Hawks are the second ranked men’s college basketball team in Ontario and number three in Canada, but they got a real scare on their home court Thursday (Nov. 19) before they won their fourth consecutive game, 71-70, over the Mohawk Mountaineers.
The Hawks were flying high in the first half, leading 47-28. But after the break, the Mountaineers excelled on defence and mounted a comeback that just fell short. Mohawk had the final possession and Ricky Heath’s three point attempt from the corner hit the finger of a Humber defender en route and the Hawks got the rebound just as the buzzer sounded and the Mountaineers saw their record drop to 3-4.
Head coach Brian Jonker heaped heavy praise on his squad, still minus three players, including rookie star Alex Reis, through injury. “Humber’s the biggest team I’ve seen in the league. They are huge, said Jonker. “I am extremely proud of the team’s effort, playing the way they did and on Humber’s home court.”
Tanner Lane led Mohawk with 15 points, Ryan Carrafiello had 13, while Trevor Williams and Mike Soluk scored 12 apiece. Jonker said Soluk was outstanding, completing a double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds and he also added seven assists.
The Mountaineers now head to Windsor Saturday (Nov. 21) for a big game against the St. Clair Saints.