The Humber men’s varsity basketball team staved off a late rally by Redeemer University on Thursday, hanging on to win its last game before Christmas break.
At the start of the first quarter the Humber Hawks began to pull away but the Royals struggled to keep it close, ending it 25-18 for Humber.
Redeemer refused to let the Hawks pull away with the score and hung around until there were two minutes remaining in the quarter, when the Hawks pulled ahead ending at half time with the score 54-38.
After half-time, the Hawks played a rough game and pulled ahead of the Royals to end the third quarter 73-48.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Hawks didn’t score until five minutes in, while the Royals crept up on them. But thanks to the rallying efforts by one of Humber’s star players, Matthew Bukovec, the Hawks pulled ahead once again and finish the game at 89-71.
The crowd was on the edge of their seats the whole game, everyone cheering and screaming.
Shawn Collins, head coach of the men’s basketball team, was impressed with how the score came out.
“I thought we did some things very well, it’s the first time we’ve seen zone in about a month,” said Collins. “I thought we moved the ball really well, just sharing and moving it got us open shots, and because we got open shots we found a rhythm.
“I thought we were very good on offence and defensively I thought we were excellent,” he said.
Jamie Girolametto, head coach of the Royals, however, wasn’t so pleased with the final score.
“I thought Humber played very well, they always do, they work hard, they know what they want to get,” said Girolametto. “With our team, we just have a lot of work to do for next semester. All credit goes to Humber, they played a very good game.”
Collins said if the team hopes for an even better second half of the season after the holidays, they just have to work for it.
“Winning three in a row at the tail end of the semester is a good thing, it’s something we can hang our hat on and to build on for next semester,” said Collins. “Hopefully we get some healthy bodies back and our bench gets a little bit deeper but I’m very optimistic about moving forward.”
The Hawk’s season resumes Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. when the Hawks face off against the Mohawk Mountaineers.