Darryl G. Smart
Haldimand Huskies teams have been putting on a show as of late in club basketball action.
In U17 action, the Huskies (Holdsworth) swept a one-day tournament in Woodstock over the weekend.
In the opener, the Huskies were down by eight at the half and went on a 26-6 run in the third quarter to beat the Oxford Attack 56-49.
There were a number of great performances, but Elliot Blake earned his second Player of the Game honour in as many games, thanks to another outstanding defensive effort and even a few made layups to complete the trifecta of stop-steal-score. Jake Donohue was the offensive Player-of-the-Game thanks to his personal career high of 23 points.
Next up for the Huskies were the KW Vipers.
In this one, the Huskies defence was again fully on display, leading the way to a 54-49 win.
Hodo Martin was the Player of the Game for the Huskies. Martin is a problem for every Huskies opponent, as soon as they have the ball, with the pressure never stopping. Against the Vipers, Hodo showed grit and toughness, continuing to drive the paint and putting multiple Vipers in foul trouble and getting to the line again and again.
A special mention should be made to U16 call up Jack Smith who helped out in both games, and had no trouble rolling with his U17 club mates.
For the first time in two years, the Huskies U19 hit the court for game action, and they didn’t disappoint, beating the Guelph Gryphons 53-37.
The Huskies put all of their hard work into action, and showed that they really have been paying attention to their coach all of these years. It was an all-around team win, with every single player contributing in key areas.
Adam Fitzhenry was the Player of the Game thanks to his huge performance on defence, guarding one of the top Gryphons and also picking up eight rebounds.
And also, a special mention goes to U17 call ups Jake Donohue and Eric Wehlend, who had no trouble playing in this division.
The U14 Huskies take on the Hamilton’s Newman Youth Basketball Cardinals on Wednesday at 7pm, in the first of two games on the night.
In the second game at McKinnon Park Secondary School, the U19 Huskies play the Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets at 8:15pm.
Spectators are not allowed, but games will be streamed on YouTube.