SARNIA, Ontario — Chris Parker knows how to fill up the score sheet.
Earlier this season, Parker set a school record for the Fanshawe Falcons by dropping 48 points in a single game. This week, he put together another impressive performance for the Falcons’ home crowd against the visiting St. Clair Saints. Parker leads the OCAA in scoring, averaging more than 28.0 points per game across five games for Fanshawe.
Parker’s performance against the Saint was just one of the many story lines from around the conference over the past week. The new number one team in the league passed its first two tests as the top team, and they topped the 100-point mark over their two double-digit wins. The former CCAA #1 team bounced back after a two-game losing streak to get back into the win column. Then, one of the league’s most balanced offenses got back to their winning ways after a three-game slide.
There were several impressive performances from the past seven days, but five players in particular stood out above the rest. Those five players make up this week’s edition of the Starting Five.
Starting Five: Nov. 5 – 11, 2018
Chris Parker – Fanshawe Falcons
40 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block in 79-54 win vs. St. Clair
15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in 77-69 loss at Redeemer
Chris Parker is arguably the top scorer in the country, let alone the OCAA. He has played in five of six games for the Fanshawe Falcons this season, and he has at least 15 points in each of those contests. After the past week in which the Falcons went 1-1, he now has a pair of 40+ point performances to his name this season, and there’s likely a couple more to come before the year is out. Parker set a Fanshawe record with 48 points in a game earlier this season, and he continues to rack up the points as the year moves along.
To open the week, Fanshawe played host to the St. Clair Saints in London and Parker was at his best once again. In the Falcons’ 79-54 win, Parker went for 40 points on 16-of-28 shooting in just 31 minutes of floor time. He added four rebounds, four assists, and three steals for an all-round impressive performance. From there, Fanshawe went on the road to take on the Redeemer Royals, the team who knocked off the top-ranked Sheridan Bruins the week prior, also at home. Parker went for 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists, but the Falcons came up on the wrong end of the final decision, 77-69.
For the year, Parker is averaging 28.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game through five contests.
Anthony Meggo – Georgian Grizzlies
20 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals in 102-58 loss at George Brown
20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals in 90-85 win vs. Centennial
It was a tough week of games for Anthony Meggo and the Georgian Grizzlies. Not only did they have to take on the top team in the conference on the road, they also had to take on the #3 team in the league at home. The best-case scenario would have been for the Grizzlies to pick up wins on both occasions, but coming away with a split for the week is considered a win as well. A blowout loss on the road against the Huskies kicked off the week, but Meggo and company bounced back for an impressive home win to close out the week.
Against the top-ranked Huskies on the road, the Grizzlies were outmatched from the opening tip. George Brown rolled to the 102-58 win over the Grizzlies, but Meggo posted his first of two balanced stat lines for the week. Meggo recorded 20 points, four rebounds, five assists, and two steals in the loss. Then, against the Centennial Colts back on their home floor, Meggo posted a nearly identical stat line in Georgian’s 90-85. He went for another 20 points and four rebounds, but added three assists and four steals to guide the Grizzlies past the third-ranked Colts.
For the week, Meggo averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game.
Milos Mladian – Mohawk Mountaineers
26 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 blocks in 90-69 win vs. Conestoga
The 2018-19 season hasn’t started out as planned for the Mohawk Mountaineers, but the year is still young and there’s plenty of time to turn things around. Coming into the week, the Mountaineers had a 1-3 record, and they were riding a three-game losing streak after a win in their season opener. Milos Mladian is one of five players for Mohawk to average double-digit points per game this season, and he put forth an impressive effort in the Mountaineers’ lone game this past week on their home floor.
Mohawk welcomed the Conestoga Condors to town this week in the only game for the Mountaineers. They were looking to put an end to their losing streak and inch closer to the .500 mark for the year, and a double-double from Mladian ensured that they got back on the right track. The Mountaineers cruised to the 21-point win, ending their losing streak with a 90-69 win over the Condors. Mladian went for 26 points, 15 rebounds, four steals, and four blocks to help Mohawk improve to 2-3 on the year and end their losing streak.
Nick Campbell – Sheridan Bruins
30 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal in 81-78 loss at Humber
22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals in 110-89 win vs. U of T Mississauga
Coming into the week, Nick Campbell and the Sheridan Bruins were looking for a bounce-back week after dropping their first game of the season the week prior and falling from the top spot in both the CCAA and OCAA rankings. The road for the Bruins didn’t get any easier this week as they were on the road to take on the Humber Hawks in the CCAA’s top rivalry before returning home to close out the week. Sheridan earned a split in the week, dropping a close contest to the Hawks before getting back on the right track with a win on their home floor.
In the 120th edition of the Humber – Sheridan rivalry, it was the Hawks who came away with the win this time around, 81-78. It wasn’t due to a lack of offense from Campbell, as he posted 30 points on the night to go along with 10 rebounds and five assists in the loss. From there, Sheridan returned home to close the weekend against the U of T Mississauga Eagles. Thanks to another strong performance from Campbell, the Bruins were able to end their two-game losing streak with a 110-89 win over the Eagles. Campbell recorded 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and two steals on the night.
Campbell averaged 26.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game over the course of the week.
Adam Costanzo – George Brown Huskies
10 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 3 blocks in 102-58 win vs, Georgian
16 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in 112-67 win vs. St. Lawrence
After securing the top spot in the OCAA after a Sheridan loss, the George Brown Huskies were looking to put forth a pair of big performances this week to maintain their top ranking for another week. Coming into the week, the Huskies had been on a roll on offense, scoring at least 85 points in all four of their wins. Adam Costanzo and the rest of the Huskies kicked things up another notch this week to push their win streak to six games to start the season, and they have shown no signs of slowing down.
George Brown opened the week with a home contest against Georgian College, and the Huskies topped the 100-point mark for the first time in their 44-point victory, 102-58. Costanzo posted 10 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. From there, the Huskies welcomed the St. Lawrence Vikings to town to close out the week. George Brown put up a season-high 112 points in their 112-67 win over the Vikings. Costanzo capped off his strong week with 16 points and eight rebounds, narrowly missing a second double-double on the week.
Costanzo averaged 13.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game for the week.
– T. Bennett