EDMONTON - Revenge was an element for the Humber Hawks as they prepared to meet the NAIT Ooks Saturday with the CCAA Bronze Medal on the line.
CCAA Bronze Medal Game: Humber Hawks 72, NAIT Ooks 48
As reigning champions, they came to Edmonton as the top-seeded team with an unbeaten record but the Ooks served up a stunning 55-52 upset in the opening round of competition.
When the opportunity to repay came about, Humber was more than ready. Led by guard Ceejay Nofuente, repeat winner of CCAA Player of the Year honours, the Etobicoke, Ont., powerhouse turned on the jets for a 72-48 conquest.
Nofuente totaled 31 points, including five three-pointers and a perfect 8-of-8 sequence at the foul line. The only other Hawks in double figures offensively were Aleena Domingo, with 14 points, and Jill Semple, with 12, but plenty of others made key contributions. Chioma Oriuwa paced her team with 10 boards, a major element in the rout, because the Ooks were outrebounded 52-33.
Playing their last game as student-athletes, five-year veterans Shea-Lynn Noyes and Torey Hill were the best of the Ooks. Noyes collected 15 points. Hill was thoroughly frustrated by Oriuwa and Amber Bedchard but sprung loose for 10 points and led both teams in rebounds with 11.
Source: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology/CCAA Communications