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HUSKIES FALL TO HUMBER DESPITE GREAT DEFENSIVE EFFORT IN OCAA CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINALS

Fifth-year guard and OCAA 2nd Team All-Star Dejazmatch James had 13 points in the loss.
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George Brown men’s basketball got a tough draw at the 2018 OCAA Championship, and despite a strong defensive effort fell 78-73 to Humber in the quarter-finals on Thursday afternoon.

The tone was set early as the Huskies didn’t allow Humber a basket until nearly the six-minute mark, but unfortunately George Brown was unable to find any offensive rhythm themselves. Outside of combo guard De-Shaun Williams going off for 26 points on 12-for-23 shooting from the field, Canada’s seventh-ranked team was anemic from the floor. The rest of the Huskies shot just 21-of-60 despite doing a great job of getting out in transition and often getting solid looks they normally finish.

Trailing 51-41 heading into the final ten minutes, the Huskies battled late to get within striking distance but couldn’t quite close the gap. Fifth-year guard and OCAA 2nd Team All-Star Dejazmatch James had 13 points in the loss, while East Division Rookie of the Year and OCAA 2nd Team All-Star Adam Costanzo had a team-high 12 boards to go along with six points.

The Huskies did win the battle inside, outscoring Humber 52-32 in the paint. Ultimately the loss came down to an inability to hit good looks - George Brown shot just 4-for-20 from beyond the arc despite many solid looks.

This was certainly a winnable game for a program that qualified for the National Championship last year, and despite the loss a promising signal that the Huskies can compete with the best on the biggest stage.

For full stats from the game please click here.

The Huskies will now face Lambton in the consolation semi-finals tomorrow at 1 p.m. Follow @GBC_Huskies on Twitter for updates throughout.