Men's basketball team aiming for the nationals

The Huskies gave a hard time to the Centennial Colts throughout the game, beating them 92-74. Photo: Preeteesh Peetabh Singh/TheDialog

The Huskies gave a hard time to the Centennial Colts throughout the game, beating them 92-74.
Photo: Preeteesh Peetabh Singh/The Dialog

The Huskies men’s basketball team came back strongly after their loss to Durham in the last game to beat Centennial (92-74) in their league match on Jan. 15 at the Alex Barbier Gym.

Maintaining their lead in the first three quarters with scores of 26-13, 20-12 and 28-23, George Brown College (GBC) looked in prime form. A spring in the stride for the Colts who lead the last quarter 26-18 was not enough to tip the game.

The Colts missed easy scoring chances throughout the game which cost them the game.

Centennial Colts player Kendell Wilson expressed his disappointment on the loss “They were all over us. They knew exactly what they were doing and it was really hard for us to get back into the game.

The capacity crowd anticipated a tough game as two top-seeded teams met for the second time in their league matches. Last time they met, Centennial won 101-84.

“We didn’t do anything different for Centennial, we had the same game plan as last time,” said GBC men’s basketball coach Jonathan Smith.

“Our biggest problem for the whole year has been consistent effort for 40 minutes. Our practice session involves lot of running, taking charges, not being afraid to take charges, diving on the floor. We are very talented team but we still have to work hard to hopefully get to the provincials and the nationals,” said Smith.

Joseph Wani was the top scorer for the Colts with 33 points but Huskies’ Vadim Halimov stole the show with 40 points followed by Ted Johnson’s 11 and Akai Nettey’s eight.

“Right now every game is crucial. If we play hard, we are going to compete,” said Nettey.

The Huskies followed this game with another tight win against Canadore (91-87) on Jan 19. They stand second in the east division with 10 wins and three losses.

The women’s basketball team has a lot of catching up to do as they trail behind in sixth place following two back to back losses to Durham (64-47) and Centennial (60-49).

GBC men’s volleyball team faced a heartbreaking loss to Fleming (3-2) but followed up with two wins, thrashing Trent (3-0) and La Cite (3-1). Shaun Lassla impressed with 14 kills and 5 digs against Trent, whereas John Luu was the top scorer against La Cite with 12 kills and 14 digs.

With nine wins and three losses, the men’s volleyball team are  in  third place.

The women’s volleyball team secured a win against Fleming (3-2), lost the next one to Trent (3-0) but followed up with a win against La Cite (3-0). Patricia Niengue ended up as the top scorer in all three games with 12 kills and 14 digs against Fleming, 7 kills and 7 digs against Trent and 11 kills and 8 digs against La Cite.

The women’s volleyball squad is  in seventh place with six wins and six losses.

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Men's basketball team aiming for the nationals