George Brown basketball had a wildly successful 2018-19 regular season, going a combined 31-6 with both men and women finishing second in the east, but the year came to a disappointingly abrupt end on Saturday afternoon with a pair of crossover losses at home against Niagara and Lambton.
In the women's game, a 74-59 season-ending loss simply came down to the Huskies inability to hit shots. After jumping out to an early 10-0, the home side went ice cold from the field, shooting just 34.3% despite great interior looks all afternoon. The Huskies were also sloppy on the offensive end, turning the ball over twelve times.
Niagara's leading scorer Bridget Atkinson was nothing short of spectacular, leading all scorers with 29 points. After averaging 19.7 points a night in the regular season, Atkinson was methodical in her dissembling of George Brown's defense, slicing into the lane seemingly at will and both finishing and finding teammates for great looks. She went 11-for-27 from the field and grabbed eight boards. Alannah Yates finished with 13 points on three made three's.
Zae Sellers led George Brown with 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field and five assists. Tianna Sullivan finished with 13 points, 13 boards and two steals.
It marks the second consecutive season that the Huskies have been knocked out by Niagara.
The men's team's dropped a 78-71 decision to Lambton, and much like the women's game it was the Huskies inability to hit shots that ultimately cost them. Normally dangerous from beyond the arc, the Huskies shot just 28.1% despite so many great looks.
So many open attempts that normally go down just didn't, and that ultimately wound up being the difference. Kevon Guiseppi-Mascoe had 15 points and five boards to wrap up a great career at George Brown, while Kingslee D'Silva had 13 points and six boards.
For Lambton, it was a dangerous backcourt that wound up making the difference. Star guards Tyvell Peters and Kardon Edwards combined for 29 points and four steals, both making a big difference down the stretch in transition. Big man Jason Watts wreaked havoc down low and on the glass, leading the Lions with 22 points and six rebounds.
Lambton shot 49.3% from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arc.
George Brown did make it a one-possession game late, but were ultimately unable to get all the way over the hump.
The loss marks the first time in four seasons that George Brown has failed to qualify for the OCAA Championship.