The 35th Humber Classic championship game had two familiar teams competing for the crown; a week prior it was Henry Carr who defeated Vaughan on home turf.
In round two, the result was the same as FHC’s depth took over in the second half, along with adjustments made on budding star PG Andrew Nembhard. Final score: 88-71 Crusaders.
Shae Linton-Brown was named MVP, leading Carr with 27 points while shooting with precision and making good decisions.
The Crusaders had contributors across the board, turning defense into offense. Shamar Bailey (13), Mychael Paulo (10), Carlo Dubria (10), John Akende, Dan Kazumba added 9 apiece.
The first half had Andrew Nembhard razzling and dazzling, using craft and feel to get defenders off balance and finishing at the rim. He created for himself and others–practically the entire offense ran through his hands.
Nembhard finished with 26 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds–18 points coming in the first half. The 2019 lead guard had the crowd buzzing.
In the second half, it was Carr’s double teams and ball denial on Nembhard that slowed him down, and as a result slowing the team down. Its no secret that Nembhard is the engine that makes the Voyageurs go, and FHC knew it.
Once the young lead guard begins attacking pressure defense and pursuing the basketball, it will be scary for the opposition. We have to remember…only a tenth grader. He is on the right track.
“Andrew is a great player, you can’t take that away from him, but we knew that he is the head of that team,” explained Linton-Brown.
Back-to-back tournament wins marks another strong start for the Crusaders in a long season ahead.
Kadre Gray Breaking Out
Kadre Gray of Oakwood averaged 20.5 PPG over 4 games at the Humber Classic and will lead the Barons throughout the season.
The 2016 combo guard is a two-way player, relentless attacking the rim–chances are he is finishing strong or drawing contact to get to the line.
A strong addition to the Barons squad, a transfer from Eastern Commerce.
Gray is currently being recruited by the University of Toronto, Ryerson and Brock University.
Shae Linton-Brown – MVP
- Andrew Nembhard (Vaughan)
- Nirosan Surenderan (Thornlea)
- John Akende (Henry Carr)
- Kadre Gray (Oakwood)