By Alex Figliomeni
“Rings over banners; and we’re hungry right now” – Humber Hawks sophomore point guard Fowzi Mohamoud.
Hawks hope to fly home from Vancouver this weekend having secured the “rings,” and gold hanging from their necks.
The men’s basketball team tip off the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) tournament today vs. the Vanier Cheetahs. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m EST. The CCAA national championship tournament is hosted by Langara College in Vancouver B.C. and will run from March 14-16.
Hawks are in for a fierce battle tonight. The Cheetahs completed an 18-0 perfect season in Quebec, with a 73-71 victory over the Nomades de Montmorency in the RSEQ Championship final.
Hawks are looking for a different outcome, since the last time they hit the court. They were defeated 86-70 by their rival Sheridan Bruins in the OCAA championship final on March 2nd.
Hawks sophomore guard Jordon Francis says the focus is now on the task at hand; winning the CCAA tournament.
“It was a tough loss, but we still have a great opportunity here that we don’t want to waste,” says Francis. “We have the belief that our team is capable of getting it done this weekend.”
Eight teams are competing in the CCAA tournament.
Humber Hawks – Toronto, Ont.
Holland Hurricanes – P.E.I.
Langara Falcons – Vancouver B.C.
Sheridan Bruins – Brampton, Ont.
Nomades de Montmorency – Que.
SAIT Trojans – Calgary, AB.
VIU Mariners – Nanaimo, B.C.
Vanier Cheetahs – Montreal, Que.
Humber has quite the history in the CCAA tournament. They won gold in 2015, silver in 2016, and bronze in 2010.
Hawks head coach Samson Downey has a chance to become the first Humber head coach to win a national medal in their first season.
With a win today Humber would advance to the semi-final game tomorrow, playing the winner of VIU Mariners/SAIT Trojans.