The Humber women’s varsity basketball team squared off against Redeemer University for its last game of the semester on Thursday.
And they got an early Christmas present with a decisive win.
The Hawks started the first quarter strong, scoring a few seconds into the game, and they continued their strong play throughout the quarter, finishing 23-14.
At the start of the second quarter, the Hawks back slid a little but regrouped to come back and take control of the court, soaring past the Royals to finish the first half with 50-30.
In between quarters and during the game, the Humber College cheerleading squad kept the crowd pumped up and cheered them on.
At the start of the second half, the Hawks raced ahead of the Royals and finished the quarter, 71-45.
During the fourth quarter, Redeemer tried to rally to close Humber’s lead, but failed, allowing the Hawks to win the game, 86-63.
Ajay Sharma, the team’s head coach, was pleased with the outcome of the game but thought the team could have done better.
“I don’t think it was our best performance. I think we were a little flat for most of the game,” said Sharma.
“We had a little spurt in the third quarter, where we had some energy but I thought for the most part we were flat. You tend to get that around this time of year, going into exams, going into the holidays,” he said.
Robert Hooper, the head coach of the Redeemer Royals, said although they struggled throughout the game, he was happy with how the score turned out.
“We struggled in the first half, trying to get going,” Hooper said. “We turned the ball over too much, but we had a really good second half.
“When we came out of the locker room, we wanted to win the second half, didn’t quite do it but we won the fourth quarter,” said Hooper.
“Humber is one of the best teams in Canada, so over all we’re happy with how we played tonight,” he said.
Sharma is sure after the Christmas break, the team will be playing to its full potential.
“Once the exams are done, we’re going to practice, get the girls back on the court,” said Sharma. “We have a couple games in January that get us ready for the second half.”
The season will resume after the Christmas break, on Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. when the Humber Hawks face off against Mohawk College’s Mountaineers.