Huskies cap off holiday break with tournament title after winless series against the West
George Brown men’s basketball team made a strong statement coming out of the holiday break by capturing the 40th Annual George Brown Men’s Basketball Tournament on the weekend.
The Huskies took home the title with a 77-66 win over the St. Clair Saints in the title game. Third-year guard Teshayn Gayle continued his impressive play of late, earning MVP honours. Gayle, Adam Costanzo, and Nick McDonald were named all-stars for George Brown.
The Huskies opened with a victory over Mohawk before knocking off Durham in the semifinals on the way to victory. The result was a nice bounce back for George Brown after going 0-3 against western division opponents in the East / West Holiday Series a week earlier.
“We played six great games full of intensity and we said it wasn’t really about the wins during this break, it was more about improving quarter by quarter,” said Huskies head coach Jonathan Smith. “I think we achieved that. We had three tough losses at the East / West but they were all close games.”
Both events served as a good measuring stick for GBC heading into the second half of the regular season. The opportunity to battle western division teams is not to be overlooked.
“To see from one to eight in that (west) division, anybody can beat anybody, so we all know that fighting for the best possible position for the cross-over game (in first round of playoffs) is immense,” said Smith.
The Huskies (9-1) resume their regular season on Jan. 12 at Fleming (2-8). A huge matchup against the OCAA’s only undefeated team, the Seneca Sting (10-0) looms large on Jan. 23. Let’s just say this team has not forgotten.
“We know Seneca’s coming up and that’s a big one and we’re ready for them. We’re waiting for them. We’re marking our calendar,” said Gayle. “That’s one game we’re definitely looking forward to, from the coaching staff all the way down to the 15th man, all the way down to the therapist, all the way down to the crowds.”