By Preeteesh Peetabh Singh
With three games already been played this season, the men’s and women’s varsity basketball team are just doing okay. The men’s team has two wins and women’s team one win and both are fighting hard in the early stages of the competition.
After a great pre-season finishing 7-2 the basket boys had it tough in the first varsity game against Centennial losing by a big margin 79-103. The Huskies degraded every quarter after being neck-in-neck in the first.
“We came out flat and played with no intensity or desire.” said Jonathan Smith, head coach.
Justin Jarrett starred for the Colts with 36 points.
The loss in the first game seemed to act like a wake-up call for the Huskies, who came back and won the next two games against Fleming and Seneca
The game between GBC and Fleming was close with a final score of 66-63 . “We showed a lot of heart and came back from a terrible first quarter, taking the lead with four minutes to go, and winning on a buzzer beater by Bruno Silvestrin”, said Smith. Silvestrin scored 15 points with Sal Abdoulkader scoring 19.
In the third game against Seneca Stings, the Huskies showed grit defeating them in overtime 89-84. Frankie Gyamfi led the team with 22 points while Silvestrin added 18.
The men’s basketball team is aiming to get one of the top two spots without having to play a crossover game. “The goal is to make it to the provincial tournament at Seneca, but it’s a long, long season”, said Smith.
The women’s basketball team on the other hand, after forfeiting their season opener to Centennial College, is currently seventh in the OCAA East standings with two points.
Two tight games against Fleming and Seneca saw the women’s team win one and lose one. The final score against Fleming turned out to be 57-52 for the Huskies with Aria Charles (17) and Melissa Vilar (11) being the highest scorers.
As a result of the superb performance, Charles also grabbed the honors of GBC’s female athlete of the week. She added 12 rebounds to go with her 17 points in the game against Fleming. Last year Charles led the team that won bronze at the OCAA provincial championships. She was the leading scorer of the team.
In the next game, the Huskies let go a close one against Seneca losing by just one point, with the final score being 51-50 in favour of Seneca. Shanica Wilson and Quichelle Barriffe scored for GBC with 12 points each.
The men’s team has 17 more games to go in the season whereas the women have 15 to play. The varsity season will run until Feb 20, 2013