For the three-time defending men’s basketball champion Red River College Rebels, upsets and comebacks have always been part of the team DNA.
This season though, they’re taking it to a whole new level.
In their three wins so far this season, they’ve come back from double-digit deficits in each of the games. The second of those wins came in a road game against Assiniboine Community College. Leading the charge for the Rebels, who were down as much as 17 before winning 89-81, was forward Eyad Hamed, who led all scorers with a remarkable 27 points. Thanks to Hamed’s Friday performance and a Week 13 comeback win where they were down by as many as 12 the following afternoon, the Rebels are now just four points back of conference-leading University of Winnipeg and Canadian Mennonite University. They have one game remaining before holiday break, a game on the road against the winless Providence Freemen.
The 20-year-old, 6’4” Hamed, who is competing in his first year for the Rebels, is looking to major in business administration. He attended Sir Wilfrid Laurier High School in Ottawa and was born in Kuwait.
– John Gaudes