It takes a full team to win a basketball game, but every once in a while we see an individual performance that becomes the breaking point between a win and a loss. In Week 17, that performance came from Canadian Mennonite University’s Jon Hayter.
In a critical late-season matchup against the College Wesmen, Hayter dropped 35 points on 11/22 shooting to push the Blazers ahead for an 88-76 victory. Hayter, who also had six rebounds, five assists, and five steals, was dominant offensively, tying the largest single-game point total in the MCAC this season. When it comes to the rookie’s success, his coach points to a work ethic that has Hayter trending upwards.
“Jon has played all year with a very high motor,” says head coach Billy Isaac. “He has competed extremely hard every day in practice, and that hard work has begun to pay off during games.”
Hayter sits second in the league in points with 14.8 per game, and is fourth in blocks, fourth in average minutes, and eighth in the MCAC in assists.
The momentum Hayter’s game is carrying couldn’t have come at a more crucial time for the Blazers, who are just two wins out of the third-seed with three games left to play. At this point of the season, every game is a must win for CMU, and if they want to move themselves out of fourth place, they’re going to need everything that Hayter – and the whole lineup – has to offer.