Huskies basketball faced defeat in two crossover games on Saturday afternoon
George Brown College’s (GBC) basketball teams saw disappointing defeats after do-or-die games on Saturday.
Both teams, being in second place in the East Division, were set to play against lower-seeded teams from the west division.
After winning the majority of the games all season, both GBC teams were optimistic going into the day and had hoped to make the OCAA championships.
Both teams qualified last year.
The women started off the day, playing against Niagara College.
From the beginning, things were looking rocky for GBC. They finished the first quarter behind Niagara College 18 -13. From there Huskies were behind the following two quarters, 23-18 and 17-12.
Going into the final quarter, 58-43 GBC’s chance of coming back was looking dim. Tie the first quarter 16-16 wasn’t enough to help the Huskies out and they ended their season with a loss of 74-59.
“They played with more urgency than us it was really reflected on in their effort on the offensive glass. They just hammered us to every loose ball,” said head coach Warren Williams. “We just could not beat them to loose balls and as it turns out that really was the difference of the game.”
With GBC being the higher seed going into the crossover game, and as the qualifying game for the OCAA championships, the women were upset with the outcome.
The men’s game began more favourably, but halfway through the first quarter Lambton college edged ahead 24-19.
GBC fell behind a little bit more in the next two quarters (18-15, 20-19).
In the final quarter, the Huskies narrowed the score gap between the teams, (16-18) but it wasn’t enough to win the game.
GBC finished their final game of the season with a 78-71 loss.
After dominating all season and second place in the standings going into this game, this game was a surprising loss.
“To be honest we’ve been our own let down all season,” said Huskies’ assistant coach Dalmar Ali. “You expect that from a team that has new faces and new coaching staff and things usually don’t go the way you need them to go, but to be honest I’m proud of the guys.”