Men’s basketball wins third in row with a big performance against Durham
The men’s basketball team passed their first test of the second term with ease.
Led by another solid showing from Teshayn Gayle, the Huskies rolled over the Durham Lords 92-76 on Friday night. In doing so, George Brown (10-1) temporarily grabbed a share of the east division lead with Seneca.
The Huskies showcased their defensive ability, holding the Lords (7-5) to 28 per cent from the floor, and collecting 15 turnovers.
“They weren’t able to enter in the post very often,” said Huskies head coach Jonathan Smith.
Smith said that when the two teams last played at the George Brown tournament the Lords controlled a lot of the inside game, something that the Huskies wanted to change when they met again.
“We took that away,” Smith said. “We said we’re going to make the guards beat us and I think we did a fantastic job that way. I was very happy.”
The Huskies men’s team next plays the Seneca Sting, who handed the team their only loss this regular season.
On Friday, that the Sting were handed a retroactive loss in their season opener against St. Lawrence. The loss, according to Josh Bell-Webster from the Ontario College Athletic Association, was due to an “administrative error regarding its player eligibility form at the beginning of the season.”
Tuesday’s game at Seneca is set to be a massive east division showdown, and the Huskies will be looking to extend their perfect 5-0 road record.
“We’ve been waiting for them,” said Gayle, who posted a team-high 21 points against Durham. “I’m sure coach has a really good game plan that’s set out for them but it doesn’t mean anything. I mean, they can still win and then they’re still in first place so we just got to act like they’re still 10-0 and we’re still 9-1.”
Smith noted his team’s second-half run last season “was a great learning experience” but sees even more positives with this year’s edition.
“I think this year we’re a lot deeper from one to fourteen,” Smith said. “We were able to shave minutes off guys. They’re not as tired going into the playoff season. I think we’re in a good spot right now.”