Humber 80, UQAM 68… 6’6″ tournament MVP Tyrone Dickson put his exclamation point on a fine weekend with 19 points and 11 rebounds including 8-12 shooting as the Hawks built leads of 15 points in the second half to defeat the Citadins and capture the championship of the Waterloo Naismith Classic. Hawks athleticism and strength inside was a dominant theme throughout the tournament and Dickson was the key. 6’2″ Greishe Clerjuste finished with 16 points for the Citadins while 6’0″ Charles Miller added 15 but was only 3-12 from downtown as UQAM shot 7 for 24 from 3 (29%). Hawks broke it open with a 27 point third quarter and shot 28 free throws to 13 for UQAM on the night, winning the battle on the glass 47-36 including 14 offensive rebounds.
In the other game, Waterloo won their first CIS game of the season, defeating Manitoba on a late game-winning shot by 6’2″ senior Jon Ravenhorst, who finished with 26 points. Warriors 6’5″ forward Nadim Hodzic contributed 21 points and 5 rebounds in 30 minutes while 6’2″ point guard of the future Simon Petrov went 7 of 8 from the field and had 16 points in 25 minutes. Head Coach Justin Gunter was elated with his team’s growth over the course of the weekend: “Great win for us…Simon rebounded from 2 poor games to play great (0 turnovers vs Ilarion Bonhomme‘s pressure in 25 minutes) and Nedim was very good and aggressive”. The second-year coach added: “Ravenhorst played excellent for us tonight; was aggressive without forcing. Ben Davis off the bench gave us a lift and we made 19-22 free throws which helped us win the game.” Gunter also praised the Bisons, “Manitoba is tough, Bonhomme (17 points) and Justus Alleyn (18 points) – combined to shoot 7 for 12 from 3 – are really really good; they miss Keith Omoerah. And (James) Wagner is a stud; him and Nedim have very bright futures in the CIS.”