DC basketball teams hoping for playoff success

Photo by Logan Caswell

Lindsay Panchan drives to the rim against the Seneca Sting.

 

The Durham College men’s and women’s basketball teams are wrapping up the regular season, making for an interesting race to the finish.

It’s been an up and down season for the men, who currently sit eighth and two points behind the Georgian Grizzles for the sixth playoff spot in their conference. Only the top six advance to the playoffs.

With a win-loss record of 6-7, the men started the season strong, going 3-1 out of the gate. However, second-year forward Joseph Douglas has been out with an undisclosed injury all year, which is a huge loss for the Lords as eight of the roster’s 13 players are in their first year.

The men have lost three of their last four games to teams such as George Brown, Loyalist and, most recently, Seneca.

Lords’ coach, Desmond Rowley, says he needs more out of his players, and knows they don’t have much time to get their game together.

“It’s been disappointing. We’re not doing what we should be and we aren’t where we should be. We still have seven games to figure it out, we need to change a lot of stuff,” says Rowley.

First year players such as Jeremy Hinckson Jr. and Brandon Haliburton have stepped up in Douglas’ absence. Haliburton leads the team’s scoring with 17.8 points per game. Meanwhile, Hinckson Jr. is right behind him, scoring just over eleven points per game.

With the men struggling to make the playoffs, the women have put themselves in a stronger position for playoff basketball.

Durham is chasing undefeated St. Lawrence by six points for first in their conference and has put together a strong season to date, sitting in second with an 8-4 record.

Through the final weeks, teams such as Seneca will be chasing Durham and St. Lawrence for the top two spots. Seneca sits two points behind the Lords.

Women’s second-year player, Kaydian Owusu, says her team is focused on getting to the playoffs and wants to have success for the fifth-year seniors.

“Were just focused on getting to the OCAA championships,” says Owusu. “Players like Lindsay Panchan and Kayla Marshall, it’s their last year so we want to leave them with a good impression. The most important thing is getting there.”

The women have an experienced team. Players such as Lindsay Panchan, Kayla Marshall, Brittany Walters and Charr Genadyne are all in their last season of eligibility only two players, Raquel Clayton and Victoria Brody, playing in their first-year of eligibility.

Women’s head coach, Heather Lafontaine, says she is happy when her team is on a roll, and hopes her players can bring the same play every night come playoffs.

“For us, it’s a matter of running our stuff. When we’re rolling, we look really good,” says Lafontaine. “It’s a matter of finding that and making sure we can do that every game. Come playoff time, hopefully we’re at the top end.”

The women have five games including after their next, a match up against the Algonquin Thunder on Feb. 3.  The men have seven games left after Saturday’s game against Canadore.

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Logan Caswell is a second-year journalism student at Durham College. When it comes to writing and reporting, he enjoys covering sports events. He likes to spend his spare time shooting photography and watching hockey. Logan hopes to become a sports photographer and or sports journalist following graduation.

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