As the USports most recent season got canceled due to COVID we thought it would be a cool idea to look back at the inaugural 2019-2020 Ontario Tech Men’s and Women’s basketball seasons.
On May 28th of 2018, it was officially announced that Ontario Tech would join the OUA for the sport of basketball starting for the 2019 season. We had the pleasure of attending the home opener for both the Men’s and Women’s games against the Queen’s Gaels on November 3rd, 2019.
The Men’s team finished last place within the OUA East Division with a record of 1-21 with its lone 67-64 win coming against Algoma on January 13th 2020.
Let’s look at the bright side of the season, the school got its first win which is always a morale booster for any new team who is going through their first season of play together. They also finished in the middle of the pack for quite a few metrics.
Out of the total 48 teams within USports the team also finished middle of the pack for FT made per game (27th at 13.5), FT attempt per game (20th at 20.0), OFF rebounds per game (24th at 11.7), and Blocks per game (27th at 2.5).
Individually wise the team leaned heavily on freshman Graddy Kanku who ended up finishing the season at 20.4 PPG which ranked 10th in the league. Along side Graddy, junior Ammar Hassan finished averaging 15.8 PPG which was good for 49th in the Nation.
Not only did Ammar finish 49th in scoring, he also logged 11.3 RPG which was good enough for 6th in the country. Graddy also provided more than just scoring with 3.3 APG (42nd), 0.8 BPG (31st), and 1.9 SPG (14th).
Similar to the Men’s team, the Women’s season finished with a record of 1-21 with its lone 77-70 win against Waterloo on February 1st 2020.
The team finished with 20.3 FT attempt per game (9th), 8.1 steals per game (27th), and 2.0 blocks per game (30th).
Individually wise the team scoring was spread out with none of the players finishing within the top 50 of the Nation. Freshman Dalyssa Fleurgin leads the team with 11.1 PPG, followed by sophomore Hadeza Ismaila (7.6 PPG), freshman Jolesha Allen-Brown (7.5 PPG), and freshman Bilan Khadar (7.4 PPG).
Looking at the other metrics outside of scoring, freshman Vanessa Budimunda finished with 6.8 RPG which was good enough for 46th in the country, and freshman Dalyssa Fleurgin logged 0.7 BPG (41st).
Overall the two programs both came out with their first inaugural wins along with solid hometown support with attendance ranking 28th for the Men and 27th for the Women. Looking forward both teams have some bright individuals and we are looking forward to not only attending more games in the upcoming season but seeing how these young players develop over their University careers (COVID 2021 season pending).