First year Mohawk player Jeff Hunt made two free-throws with only eight-tenths of a second remaining as the Mohawk men’s basketball team completed its regular season with a wild 87-86 victory over the first-place Humber Hawks in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play at the Fennell Gym on Wednesday (Feb. 22).
The Mountaineers, who squandered a nine-point lead with about four minutes remaining and fell behind 86-85 with only 5.9 seconds left, got the ball down the floor quickly and Hunt was fouled, giving him a chance to clinch the win.
The 6-5 forward from Dundas Parkside admitted he was nervous when he stepped to the line, but made two perfect free throws.
“I just wanted to win it for the seniors who were playing their last (regular season) home game,” said Hunt.
He saw the win against the high flying Hawks as a confidence booster for the team which will host a playoff qualifier Saturday at 2 p.m., with the winner going to the OCAA championship the following weekend.
Aminu Bello, the product of Hamilton’s Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School was the Mountaineers’ big gun again. Bello, who earlier in the day was named the OCAA Male Athlete of the Week in basketball, scored 32 points, while Andrew Cicuttini added 24. Both players had fouled out of the game moments before the exciting conclusion.
Daviau Rodney had 29 points for Humber, while teammate Akeem Sween added 22.
Mohawk finished the regular season with a 13-5 record to grab fourth place in the West Division while Humber fell to 15-3.