Basketballer Abdel-Gabar rises above OCAA field

TORONTO – The Sheridan Bruins Khalid Abdel-Gabar has been named the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s overall male athlete of the week for the period ending Sunday, Nov. 6.

Abdel-Gabar, a third-year guard from Mississauga, drained a pair of three pointers in the final 30 seconds to give Sheridan an 87-84 basketball victory over Humber in a rematch of last season’s OCAA gold medal game on Nov. 5. He also led all players with 22 points while contributing 13 rebounds for a double-double in a 88-79 home win over Fanshawe on Nov. 2.

Abdel-Gabar, who was also the male athlete of the week in basketball, totaled 37 points in both games.

And from Mohawk College, second-year guard Rachelle Abella from Hamilton was chosen the female athlete of the week in basketball.

Abella has helped Mohawk to a 2-0 start on the young OCAA regular season. She led the Mountaineers with 11 points in a 49-39 road victory at Humber on Nov. 1, and followed this up with a 26-point effort in a 73-69 home win against St. Clair on Nov. 4. She also contributed eight rebounds, five assists and five steals against St. Clair.

The overall female athlete award went to Cambrian’s volleyball player Kelsey Fielding.

The fourth-year athlete from Sudbury led Cambrian to a pair of road victories to open the 2011-12 regular season. Fielding had a 26-point effort, including 20 kills, five serving aces and one stuff block in a 3-1 (29-27, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16) win over Seneca on Nov. 4.

Fielding, who also took the weekly female volleyball honour, followed this up with 24 kills and three serving aces totaling 27 points in a 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12) victory at Georgian on Nov. 5.

Other weekly honours went to:


MALE: William Shaw, Algonquin

Flanker William Shaw (Ottawa) scored a pair of tries in a 24-11 road victory over St. Lawrence-Kingston in the OCAA Division II semi-final on Nov. 5. Shaw led Algonquin with five tries in four regular season matches. Algonquin is now guaranteed an OCAA medal in its first-ever men’s rugby season. Algonquin visits two-time OCAA champion Loyalist on Nov. 12 in the OCAA gold medal match.

FEMALE: Lindsey Bradbury, Humber

Lindsay Bradbury (Utopia, Ont.) scored three tries in Humber’s 41-5 OCAA semi-final win over Algonquin on Nov. 5. With the victory, Humber is one win away from a second straight perfect season, having won 13 straight matches dating back to last season. Humber hosts upstart Conestoga in the OCAA gold medal match on Nov. 13 as the Hawks bid for a repeat title.


MALE: Mike Hammond, Georgian

Fifth-year middle Mike Hammond (Barrie, Ont.) led Georgian to a 2-1 record to begin the 2011-12 regular season. Hammond had a team-high 13 points, including a dozen kills, in a 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 26-24) loss at Durham on Nov. 1. He added 21 points on 17 kills, two serving aces and two stuff blocks in a 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-18) win against Cambrian on Nov. 5, then another 23 points on 17 kills, four stuff blocks and two serving aces in a 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-22) win over Boreal on Nov. 6.