The Durham College men’s and women’s basketball teams have witnessed their successful seasons come to an end.
The Lords now head into next season. The men’s team will have at least one player not returning. They will give their farewell to one of their most important players in Funsho Dimeji who finished his successful collegiate career with 1,303 points and also finished with three all-star awards. This season, he averaged 16.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
The Lords men’s basketball team lost to the Fanshawe Falcons in their first and only playoff game of the year. A second straight season that the Falcons ended the Lords’ season.
The team’s main point guard, Brandon Halliburton, said the team thought it would go further.
“We had a better record than last year but we kind of expected to go further but we didn’t which is kind of disappointing.”
Next season, he hopes to improve on several things.
“I hope to improve on my overall aspect of the game, to get better with my shots and dribbling and being more athletic.”
Halliburton had a great season himself, leading the team in scoring, averaging 23.1 points per game which also made him one of the top scorers in the league. He also earned an OCAA First-Team All-Star award.
Scott Dennis, the Sports Information and Marketing Officer at Durham College said the team had a lot of positives.
“The men’s basketball season was a little disappointing that they didn’t make it to the championships. They made it to the OCAA qualifying game but lost a close one to Fanshawe, but they’re still a team that contends every year and next year is looking bright for them,” he says.
He truly believes the men’s basketball team will make a big run next year.
Moving on to the women’s team, they also had a successful season. It came to a close after a pair of losses at the 2018 Belairdirect OCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, losing to the George Brown Huskies in an ugly fashion, 92 to 74.
Some members received awards for their dominance during the season. Maddie Dender was named an OCAA Second Team All-Star alongside Dekota Kirby and Emily Glendinning,who also received a spot on the OCAA All-Rookie team.
Dender finished 12th in scoring, averaging 15.8 points per game.
Kirby was the team’s playmaker, finishing with 85 assists, which is a career-high. For the first time since 2014, the women’s basketball team has had at least two OCAA All-Stars.
Glendinning had an impressive season herself, averaging 10.5 points per game, with 87 rebounds, 46 assists and 32 steals. She also finished top-10 in the league with a team-high 19 blocks.
“The women’s basketball team obviously had a successful year making it to the OCAA championships,” said Dennis. “It’s nice to see them making it that far with few graduating seniors, so the majority of the team will return next year and adding some new recruits they should be in contention for a medal.”
The women’s team matched the same record of last season with 10 wins and 10 losses. The men’s mightily improved this year finishing with 15 wins and only 6 losses compared to last season when they finished with a losing record of 10 wins and 11 losses.
The women’s and men’s basketball team hope to bring the championship back to Durham College next year.