Match One: Holland Hurricanes 95 vs. Nomades de Montmorency 78
The opening game of these 2015-2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championships (Presented by Aircon), featured the No. 3 seed Holland Hurricanes, winners of the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) against the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) champion Nomades de Montmorency coming in with a No. 6 seed.
The ACAA has been bridesmaids three times, winning silver in 2012-2013 when the Hurricanes fell to the Vancouver Island University Mariners 77-70; 2007-2008 Mount Saint Vincent University falling short to Douglas College Royals 70-62 and 2003-2004 with St. Thomas Tommies losing to University of the Fraser Valley Cascades 1988-81.
Well, the ACAA may be one dribble closer to the Quest for Gold as they defeated the Nomades de Montmorency 95-78 in front of more than 600 fans at the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre.
The Nomades cut off Holland's passing lanes, causing a couple of steals to take a 24-19 first quarter lead and then a 45-41 halftime lead.
Hurricanes Coach Josh Whitty, named CCAA Men's Basketball Coach of the Year Wednesday at the CCAA Banquet, regrouped his troops for the second half going down low to take advantage of their strength.
"That is the one thing that worries me," said Nomades coach Marc-Olivier Beauchamp prior to the game. "The Hurricanes out weigh us probably by a 1,000 pounds."
Hurricanes Player of the Game: Roosevelt Wiley 26 points 8 rebounds
Hurricanes Top Stats: Travis Adams 21 points 5 assists 10 rebounds
Nomades Player of the Game: Anthony Ross 17 points
Nomades Top Stats: Kevin Civil 17 points 10 assists
Match Two: Humber Hawks 83 vs. Camosun Chargers 51
The Cinderella Team of these 2015-2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championships (Presented by Aircon), the Camosun Chargers, lost their glass sneaker as the No. 2 seeded Humber Hawks of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) came away with a 83-51 in Game 2 of opening day action.
Chargers, seeded No. 7, had made it to Fort McMurray, Alberta despite a regular season performance of only 8 wins against 13 defeats in the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST). They had upset Quest Kermodes 84-64 on March 4, 2016 behind the hot shooting Evan Woodson who dropped in a game-high 26 points which included six three-pointers.
This time around Woodson’s hot shooting hand was cooled off as he was held to 8 points.
Hawks, defending CCAA Men’s Basketball Champion, led after the first quarter 16-11 with a 37-24 edge at the half.
In the third period the Hawks started to use their size down in the post to outscore the Charges 21.10.
Hawks Player of the Game; Baljyot Judge 11 points
Hawks Top stats: Tyrone Dickson 12 points 6 rebounds
Chargers Player of the Game; Rulon Schmidt 11 points
Chargers Top stats: Evan Woodson 8 points 6 rebounds
Match Three: NAIT Ooks 85 vs. Mohawk Mountaineers 84
On paper the most exciting and closest games in seeded eight-team tournaments is when No. 4 tips off against No. 5
Such was the case at the 2015-2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championships (Presented by Aircon) when the NAIT Ooks (No. 4) of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) met up with the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) No. 5 seed Mohawk Mountaineers.
Of the eight teams participating in the three-day, 13-game event, it was easy to see that these were the closest matched teams. It was anybody’s ball game.
One of the key elements that changed the game was when the Mountaineers went away from feeding the ball to their hot shooter Jeff Hunt.
When the final buzzer sounded it was the Ooks 85 Mountaineers 84.
Ooks Player of the Game; Adrian Curtis 22 points
Ooks Top stats: Jackson Jacob 18 points 5 steals
Mountaineers Player of the Game; Jeff Hunt 18 points 7 rebounds 4 blocks
Mountaineers Top stats: Ryan Doornick 15 points
Match Four: Vancouver Island University Mariners 90 vs. Keyano College Huskies 77
The four Js’, Jerod Dorby, Jason Fortin, Josh Ross and John Thompson of the No.1 seed Vancouver Island University Chargers lived up to their No. 1 billing as they defeated the host Keyano Huskies 90-77 tonight in front of an estimated 700 fans at the 2015-2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championships (Presented by Aircon).
The four starters bring a combined average of 60 points per game and 32 rebounds per game for the Victoria squad which came in with an unblemished record of 23 games.
Tonight they combined for 72 points and 30 boards.
The host Huskies came out fast in the opening minutes to take a 29-19 lead at the end of one period.
Despite being down as many as 20 points in that span, Mariners head coach Matt Kuzminski did not call timeout letting his team regroup on their own.
Foul trouble sent CCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Josh Ross of the Mariners to the bench.
Fellow guard John Thompson stepped up to fill the void, dropping in a confident game-high 27 points, including an impressive 7-for-9 from three point range.
Mariners Player of the Game; John Thompson 27 points
Mariners Top stats: Josh Ross 21 points 10 rebounds
Huskies Player of the Game; Kevin Dia 21 points 5 assists
Huskies Top stats: Demaine Nelson 15 points 7 rebounds