A night for the Underdogs; Georgian Upsets Sheridan Spearheaded by Shane Rowe, while Mohawk Slays Centennial
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- Shane Rowe- 27 points, 18 rebounds
- Khalid Abdel-Gabar- 19 points
OTTAWA,ON–The OCAA championships has seen its first upset and it only took the first game of the day to prove that this year’s championships is going to be one for the ages. The first game of the day saw the Sheridan Bruins playing the surprise Georgian Grizzlies.
If Georgian was indeed a surprise going into the tournament, they are surely now on everyone’s radar and teams better take notice. The Georgian Grizzlies defeated the Sheridan bruins 68-66, in an up and down game that was a treat to watch. Sheridan controlled the pace of the game for most of the first half using there pressure defense to their advantage highlighted by a 42-28 point lead at half time but Georgian came out in the second half like a team with something to prove and slowly chipped away into the lead, and was able to sustain their energy and pull the win out.
This game was a back and forth battle that saw both team’s holding big leads at some point in the game but neither team was able to hold on to that lead for long which ended up in making the game very close.
Georgian was able to solve the pressure defense of Sheridan in the second half which highlighted their comeback and eventual win; Georgian was able to make Sheridan take tough shots on defense and held the Bruins to 33% field goal shooting for the game.
The Grizzlies would slightly pull away in the second half holding on to an eight point lead late in the third, but Sheridan would claw back only to fall short in the end led by Klalid Abdel-Gabar who scored a team high 19 points.
Georgian was led by forward Shane Rowe who imposed his will on the offensive and defensive end leading his team to victor, registering a game-high 27 points and 18 rebounds. For Sheridan the loss is a large disappointment and will have to look to next year to regain its stride.
Mohawk vs Centennial
- Aminu Bello- 20 points
- Theon Reefer- 27 points
If the action could get any better than the first upset of the day, it did in the second contest as the Mohawk Mountaineers defeated the #1-ranked OCAA East Centennial colts in a game that was back and forth from the beginning.
Mohawk and Centennial played a closely contested affair that saw both teams come out in the first quarter and trade baskets, yet it was only in the second quarter where Mohawk was able to make a large push using their speed to their advantage and getting fast break layups taking a 42-27 lead into half time.
The Colts struggled for the first half with the quickness of the Mohawk guards and were unable to make shots.
The second half was a different story as Centennial came out very aggressive in a game that was very physical imposing their will in the paint, spearheaded by 6’8 forward Theon Reefer who showed his complete arsenal making shots from everywhere on the floor.
Reefer finished with 27 points for the Colts in the loss.
Centennial would chip away at the lead which then began a back and forth affair with teams trading baskets, with Centennial tieing the game momentarily with 1:30 left the game.
However, Mohawk’s leading scorer Amino Bello hit a corner three to seal the game for his team. Bello struggled in the first half but began to heat up in the second finishing the game with 20 points.
Mohawk was able to withstand the run of Centennial and pull out the victory which was a testament to their guards Amino Bello and Manny Campbell who controlled the tempo of the game when the team looked out of sorts.
Mohawk will now face Georgian in the semifinals the game will take place at tomorrow at 6:00.
Humber vs Fanshawe
- Akeem Sween- 15 points, 5 rebounds
- Boyd Vassell
This was a game where two teams that know each other very well had to dig down and find a way to win. The game opened up with both teams trading baskets, Humber held a four point lead at the end of the first and pushed it to six at the half.
The Hawks had a small run in the second quarter that was capped by a thunderous fast break dunk by Humber’s Mark Perrin, arguably one of the most athletic players in the country.
In the second half, Humber picked up their defensive intensity, making it hard for Fanshawe guards to get any type of penetration having to settle for perimeter jump shots.
Falcons leading scorer Boyd Vassell looked very frustrated at times with the Humber defense, as he was unable to get a quality shot for himself or his teammates. Humber grew the lead to 15 points at the end of the third quarter by a total team effort on the offensive end.
The Hawks also used great ball movement and solid decision making to grow their lead, the staples of Humber basketball, which they exemplified in this game.
In the fourth quarter, Humber maintained their lead and was poised to make a statement this game playing solid defense and never letting the Falcons breathe, showing their dominance and closing out this game with the 67-58 win.
Humber was led Akeem Sween who had 15 points and 5 rebounds for Humber and will move on to the semifinals facing the winner of the Algoma vs. Algonquin game.
Algonquin vs. Algoma
- Mark Wortham- 17 points
- Nehemiah Campbell- 20 points
The night cap of the OCAA men’s basketball championship had the host Algonquin Thunder matched up with the Algoma Thunderbirds.
Algonquin would start the game with a lot of energy and used their home court to their advantage to start the game with an early 16-9 to lead after the first quarter.
The Thunderbirds would quickly regain their wits and surge ahead using the inside game of Dele Oworu to build a lead of 10 points going into the break. Algonquin’s Nehemiah Campbell who finished with 20 points, carried the majority of the offensive load for his team but ran out gas as the game quickened.
The second half would test the Thunderbirds as they were pushed to the limit with a couple of Algonquin runs but were able to maintain there composure and withstand the surges.
Algoma would never lose the lead in the second half and fought out a tough win in a hostile environment by a score of 64-57. Algoma was led by Mark Wortham in the second half who seemingly answered Algonquin’s every run with a big shot or a key play. Wortham finished the game with 17 points off the bench.
The Thunderbirds were able to take advantage of their opportunities in this game and pull out their victory while showing a lot of grit in this win which bodes well for their game tomorrow vs. Humber College.
Games continue tomorrow at Algonquin College.
Bronze round Games
Game #5 – 1:00 pm Sheridan vs. Centennial
Game #6 – 3:00 pm Fanshawe vs. Algonquin
Game #7 – 6:00 pm Semi-Final #1 – Georgian vs. Mohawk
Game #8 – 8:00 pm Semi-Final #2 – Humber vs. Algoma
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