TORONTO - The following have been recognized by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) for their accomplishments during the seven-day period ending Sunday, Dec. 3.
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MEN'S BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Daniel Smalling, Canadore
Second-year guard Daniel Smalling (Vaughan) scored 62 points in a pair of games in the nation's capital. In Canadore's 84-81 win at Algonquin on Dec. 1, Smalling drained a team-high 28 points while grabbing 17 rebounds, helping end a seven-game losing streak. His hot hand continued at La Cité on Dec. 2 as he scored a game-high 34 points while grabbing 15 boards for another double-double in a 106-89 win.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Ceejay Nofuente, Humber
If there is such thing as a perfect game in basketball, a quadruple-double could be it. Fifth-year point guard Ceejay Nofuente (Toronto) accomplished this feat on Nov. 29 in Humber's 94-54 win over UTM. Nofuente scored 15 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, helped out with a dozen assists, and made 11 steals. It was a milestone victory for Humber as well, having now won a record 68 consecutive games in OCAA play.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Xavier Demers, La Cité
First-year middle Xavier Demers (Wendover) capped off the first half of the regular season with a 19-point effort leading La Cité to a four-set victory over Canadore on Dec. 3. Demers tallied a match-high 17 kills and added a pair of service aces for good measure. Demers is among the OCAA leaders averaging 4.5 points per set in his rookie season. La Cité is currently in sixth place in the East Division with a mark of 4-5.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Jessica Heidbuurt, Mohawk
First-year middle Jessica Heidbuurt (Waterdown) had a 24-point effort in Mohawk's four-set win at Conestoga on Dec. 1. Heidbuurt recorded match and career highs in points, kills (19) and blocks (five). She is averaging 3.5 points per set over her first eight matches of the season. Mohawk has a chance to improve to 6-3 before the December break in a home match against Fanshawe on Dec. 7.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Redeemer, Men's Basketball
If a 7-1 record wasn't enough to convince people that Redeemer was a championship threat in OCAA men's basketball, knocking off the defending champion Sheridan Bruins at home 96-78 on Dec. 1 should serve as a wake-up call. The Royals ended Sheridan's 27-game win streak against OCAA opponents (regular and post-season). Reigning All-Canadian Rayvon Higdon (Rochester, N.Y.) scored 27 points in the contest.
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