TORONTO - The following have been recognized by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) for their accomplishments during the seven-day period ending Sunday, Mar. 4.
OCAA weekly awards are presented by belairdirect.
MEN'S BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Yusuf Ali, Seneca
Third-year guard Yusuf Ali (Toronto) floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee en route to being named Championship MVP at provincials. Ali averaged 27.3 points in three games, including a season-best 32 in the finale as Seneca defeated Humber 74-63 to win gold. Ali was also one rebound shy of a double-double in that game. Ali was named a First-Team All-Star for his play in the regular season.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Ceejay Nofuente, Humber
Three-time reigning OCAA Player of the Year Ceejay Nofuente (Toronto) is now a three-time Championship MVP. Nofuente led Humber to a fourth-straight provincial championship on home court, averaging 12.3 rebounds, 10.7 points, 7.7 assists, 5.7 steals and 2.3 blocks in three games. She also recorded double-doubles her final two games, including a 69-54 win over Fanshawe in the gold medal game.
TEAMS OF THE WEEK
Humber, Women's Basketball
The Humber Hawks won a record-tying fourth straight OCAA women's basketball championship. Taking a large lead in the first quarter, the Hawks rode their dominant offence to a 69-54 win over Fanshawe in the gold medal game, completing a third consecutive perfect OCAA season. Humber has won 81 straight OCAA games, and will look to earn its third national medal in as many seasons.
Seneca, Men's Basketball
For the first time since 1987, the Seneca Sting are the OCAA men's basketball gold medalists. The Sting secured the provincial title after defeating the Humber Hawks 74-63 in the belairdirect OCAA Men's Basketball Championship final on Mar. 3. One day earlier, Seneca needed overtime to dethrone defending champion Sheridan 89-81 in the semi-finals. The Sting have won 23 straight OCAA games heading into nationals.
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