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GOLD MEDAL GAME:
The Humber Hawks completed the three peat. In a hard fought game against rival Sheridan College, Humber prevailed 66-59 to capture their third straight OCAA championship. They now move on to nationals at Durham College in two weeks.
OCAA All-Star Micheal Acheampong of the Hawks was named tournament MVP after the game, and big man Jeremy Alleyne was named to the tournament All-Star team. Both players were influential in Humber pulling out the close game.
Sheridan was down two players to suspension from last nights fight, and after the emotional and physical battle that they endured against Algonquin, the Bruins had a tough time showing up for the finals.
Humber built a double digit lead in the second half, but they allowed the Bruins to get back into the game. But the Hawks experience and athleticism was too much to handle down the stretch, and Sheridan was unable to maintain their momentum.
The last time these two teams faced each other was a spirited OCAA regular season battle. Humber managed to pull off a 98-88 win in overtime in front of an intense Sheridan crowd.
The trip north to Sault Ste. Marie was a great success this time for Humber, especially considering their other trip to the Soo on the year resulted in their only regular season loss at the hands of the hometown Algoma Thunder.
For Sheridan, their sharpshooting was a bit off on this night, and they were not able to overcome the early deficit.
Humber head coach Shawn Collins – “As meaningful as it is to have guys who have been here before, we have had guys who have had to change their roles.”
Sheridan forward Micheal Selkridge – “It has been a long weekend. We had an extra long game last night.”
Humber guard Mike Dvorak: “Both teams fought hard, and we almost let it slip away. Our defence tightened up at the end.”
NPH OCAA CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-STARS
Mike Acheampong (Humber)
Abdul Kosar (Algonquin)
Khalid Abdel-Gabar (Sheridan)
Andy Campbell (Fanshawe)
Jeremy Alleyne (Humber)
BRONZE MEDAL GAME:
After a wild night in semi-final action yesterday, Fanshawe knocked off tournament favourite Algonquin by a score of 66-56.
After an emotional game for Algonquin last night, they had a tough time getting up to play Fanshawe for third place in the OCAA. The Thunder were also without CCAA All-Star Njuguna Waiganjo, who was suspended for the game following the post-game skirmish last night.
Fanshawe came into the game trying to prove that they belong amongst the OCAA elite, and they game Algonquin a run for their money. Led by Jordan Dixon and Andy Campbell, who had 24 and 17 respectively, the Falcons were able to hold off the powerful Thunder team.
Algonquin was led by guard Abdul Kosar was dropped 28 for the game, and he seem to have regained his composure after missing a shot to send his team to the finals last night. He dropped 8 three-pointers for one of the more impressive individual performances of the tournament.
The score was 38-31 halftime, and it was a two man show in the first twenty minutes. Kosar had 18 points on 6 made from downtown, and Campbell had 14 for Fanshawe on 5 for 10 shooting.
Fanshawe guard Mike Dubreuil – “Bronze is still better than nothing.”
Algonquin assistant coach Jim Langis – “It is always tough to get emotionally back up for the Bronze medal game after all year your goal is to get to that Gold medal game.”
NPH PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Algonquin: Abdul Kosar – 28 points, 8 three pointers
Fanshawe: Jordan Dixon – 24 points, 9 rebounds