Bruins strike early to grab top spot in basketball

TORONTO – The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball regular season is open for business, with a rematch of last season’s OCAA gold medal game already in the books.

The Sheridan Bruins with a 2-0 record were handed the OCAA’s No. 1 provincial ranking. The Sheridan Bruins (2-0) didn’t waste anytime earning payback against the defending OCAA champions, defeating Humber at home 87-84 on Saturday in a rematch of last season’s title game. As a result, Sheridan soars to the top of the OCAA rankings.

Khalid Abdel-Gabar had two crucial three pointers in the final 30 seconds to give Sheridan the victory. He scored 15 points in total against the Hawks.

Sheridan began its season with an 88-79 home win over Fanshawe on Wednesday. Abdel-Gabar led all players with 22 points, while contributing 13 rebounds for a double-double.

Sheridan hits the road for three straight, beginning at No. 7 Mohawk on Friday.

2. Humber Hawks

Before losing to Sheridan, Humber (1-1) opened its season with a 96-68 win over No. 7 Mohawk. Mark Perrin earned a double-double for the Hawks with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Daviau Rodney scored a team-high 17 points against Sheridan.

Humber visits No. 5 Fanshawe on Wednesday before hosting Redeemer on Friday.

3. Algonquin Thunder

The Algonquin Thunder (1-0) defeated Seneca at home 64-38 on Saturday to begin their regular season. Derrek Mooney scored 16 points while grabbing eight rebounds to lead the Thunder to the win.

Algonquin hosts three games in four days beginning Wednesday. The Thunder entertains La Cite, St. Lawrence-Kingston and Cambrian.

4. Centennial Colts

Centennial (2-0) has jumped out with two wins to begin its regular season. The Colts defeated Durham 77-57 in Wednesday’s home opener, followed by a 102-41 road victory over Cambrian on Saturday.

Liban Hassan scored 22 points to lead the Colts past Durham. Theon Reefer scored 29 points in the win against Cambrian.

Centennial remains on the road with games at Seneca on Tuesday and Georgian on Saturday.

5. Fanshawe Falcons

Defending OCAA bronze medalist Fanshawe (1-1) began its season with a loss at Sheridan, but picked up a 102-43 road win at Lambton on Friday.

Mike Dubreuil led all players with a 21-point effort against Lambton. Teammate Jordan Dixon led the Falcons with 17 points against Sheridan.

Fanshawe hosts No. 2 Humber on Wednesday before traveling to No. 6 Niagara on Saturday.

6. Niagara Knights

The Niagara Knights (2-0) picked up two home wins to begin their OCAA regular season, including an 87-81 overtime victory against No. 8 Algoma on Sunday.

Rashad Morley was one rebound short of a double-double, scoring 26 points against Algoma.

Niagara opened its season with a 90-47 win over Sault. Alex Campbell led the Knights with 14 points.

Niagara visits No. 7 Mohawk on Wednesday before hosting No. 5 Fanshawe on Saturday.

7. Mohawk Mountaineers

Mohawk (1-1) dropped a 96-68 decision at Humber on Tuesday, but got one in the win column with a 98-66 home victory over St. Clair on Friday.

Aminu Bello was an offensive stud for Mohawk against St. Clair, draining 33 points. Alex Reis led Mohawk with 20 points in a losing effort against Humber.

Mohawk hosts No. 6 Niagara on Wednesday and No. 1 Sheridan on Friday.

8. Algoma Thunderbirds

Algoma (1-1) split a pair of games on the road, defeating Redeemer 87-33 on Saturday, followed by a 87-81 overtime loss at Niagara on Sunday.

Mark Wortham scored 18 points off the bench against Redeemer. Teammate Dele Oworu grabbed 26 rebounds and added 19 points for a double-double against Niagara.

Algoma plays its first home games of the regular season when it hosts St. Clair and Lambton this weekend.

9. George Brown Huskies

George Brown (1-0) opened its regular season with a 51-45 road win at St. Lawrence-Kingston on Friday.

Salissou Abdoulkader led the Huskies with 15 points, while George Brown teammate Quinlan Veira contributed 14.

George Brown hosts No. 10 Fleming in its home opener on Wednesday, followed by a trip to Loyalist on Friday.

10. Fleming Knights

Fleming (1-0) opened its season with a 78-64 home win against Loyalist on Wednesday.

Two Knights earned double-doubles in the victory. Max Clarkson contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Alex Holland scored 18 points while adding 11 boards.

Fleming visits No. 9 George Brown on Wednesday.