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Mikael Israel (7) had a whopping 29 points against WLU Brantford in game three of the Centennial Invitational.
Mikael Israel at Centennial Invitational

George Brown's extramural men's basketball team faces its final tournament tomorrow at the Seneca Invitational, and is looking to prove it's saved the best for last.

The squad's extramural season got off to a promising start after a 3-1 record at the Humber North Invitational, falling only to the tournament hosts and eventual champions. Though that lone loss kept the Huskies from advancing, the foundation appeared laid for bigger and better things in the new year.

George Brown's talent and scoring prowess was again on display at the Centennial Invitational on Jan. 19. So too, however, was the need to play a complete game over four quarters.

In game one against Seneca Newnham, a nine-point lead at halftime turned into a run and gun second half, allowing George Brown's opponent back into the fray. Several defensive miscues in the dying seconds eventually allowed Seneca to beat the buzzer and take the W, 43-42. A similar second half surge saw Humber Lakeshore down the Huskies in game two, final score 48-45.

It was with renewed commitment that George Brown entered its final game of the day against Wilfred Laurier - Brantford, and they were justly rewarded. The Huskies played tight defence and didn't force shots before exploding in the final two quarters, turning a 23-15 halftime lead into a decisive 56-26 statement win.

"The first game we lost at the buzzer, the second game we missed the tying three-pointer, against two really good teams," head coach Akai Nettey said, citing the difference as a few key plays and execution. "But to end the tournament like this, where guys were talking on defence, guys were pushing the ball, it's a stepping stone for us to get ready for the next tournament."

Nettey spoke of liking the new additions to the team, and how they provided his side with a bit more size and quickness. One of those additions, Mikael Israel, remarked upon the significance of ending their tournament with a win.

"It's really important," said Israel, who had 49 points over three games, including 29 points in game three alone. "We have to go into our next tournament with momentum and we thought, if we won this game it would help us in practice, and help motivate us... to win the next tournament."

The Huskies now enter the Seneca Invitational with more than just a chance to avenge that aforementioned game one loss. Tested and battle-hardened by the previous two tournaments, George Brown will look to put it all together before the final curtain.

"I feel really confident going into the Seneca tournament," said Nettey. "We're going to be ready, more prepared and I'm telling you right now, if the guys come ready to play with the intensity they played in the last game, we're definitely going to win that tournament."


Follow @GBC_Huskies on Twitter tomorrow for updates throughout the Seneca Invitational.

For photos from the 2017-18 extramural men's basketball season, click here.