By: Ronny Musikitele
Humber Athletics Sports Information
ETOBICOKE, Ont -- No. 3 Humber men's basketball (9-0, 1st West) hit the century mark Saturday evening, concluding the first half with a win over the St Clair Saints (3-5, 7th West), 100-71.
Head coach Samson Downey's nine straight wins are the most for a first-year head coach since the 2010-11 season, and the entire program has bought into his system, with the results speaking for itself. The Hawks finished with a season-high 56 bench points, and four players off the bench finished with double-digit scoring.
"I think it's just buying in, believing in one another, and passing up a good shot for a great one," said Coach Downey. "We have players off the bench who could start for other teams in this league, but they chose Humber for a reason. We're successful and we'd just like to continue to build on that."
The Hawks ended the first quarter with a six-point lead before erupting with a 28-4 run in the second frame. Freshman Jimmy Rich was big coming off the bench for the Hawks; he got the crowd off their feet with back-to-back two-handed dunks. Micquelle Martin also filled up the stat sheet, finishing with seven points, six assists, 12 rebounds and had a big dunk to give the Hawks 100 points.
Jaylan Morgan led the way for the Hawks throughout the game. His efficiency has helped the big-man find tremendous success in his first year with Humber. Morgan finished with 19 points, shooting 85.7 percent (six-for-seven) from the field.
"Coach gave us a message in the change room; he told us that no matter what the score is, don't look up, just keep playing hard," said Jaylan Morgan. "I feel like we stuck with that and kept playing hard. We came together early in the summer and started training together. No matter who we see, we try and play our best and remember the Humber on our chest."
No. 3 Humber will return to OCAA action after the holiday break with its annual trip to southwest Ontario to play St. Clair (3-5, 7th West) on Jan. 12 and Lambton (5-4, 6th West) on Jan. 13.