The Durham College’s men’s basketball team wraps up their season as they fell short in their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) champion qualifier game in London against the Fanshawe Falcons. The Lords were defeated 68-65 on Feb. 25.
Durham was making what looked to be a comeback, with Funsho Dimeji making two clutch back-to-back jump shots in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter. Dimeji then hit two more freethrows with 14 seconds left in the game to tie the score at 65-65.
But after a Falcons’ timeout, Chris Parker of the Falcons, scored a last second three-pointer, leaving 0.3 second left on the court, not enough time for Durham to recover, bringing an end to the Lords’ season.
Lords’ coach, Desmond Rowley says, “we did the best we could – unfortunately it couldn’t work out for us. We [had] a young team and by the end we sort of grew together and hopefully we can take that forward as a group.”
The Lords finished their regular season with a record of 10 wins and 11 losses. Sheridan college won the OCAA championship, defeating George Brown 76-74 in the final.
With Aaron Bowyer and Juon Nicholson graduating and leaving the team, Rowley says a majority of this year’s group is returning to play next season, where they’ll be able to build off the chemistry formed this season.
Team point guard, Brandon Halliburton, says the team went through a transformation in the middle of the season which played a role on the team’s overall performance.
“Since we all were freshmen it took a while for us to [gel together]. Throughout the season we started to play [more like a team],” Halliburton says.
“I’m proud of us for making it to the crossover game. We had a great season.”
This is the third time in four seasons the Lords have qualified for the OCAA post-season.
“A lot of teams didn’t expect us to go as far as we did because of how the season was last year, so [I think our performance this year] puts us on the map. I think we’re going to be on the radar for next year,” Halliburton says.
“I’m only expecting good things from this point on. I’m really excited [for next season].”