MBB National Championship: Day 2 Recap

MBB National Championship: Day 2 Recap
Match 5: Nomades de Montmorency 88 vs. Camosun Chargers 64
 
After losing their Glass Sneaker in the opening match of these 2015-2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championships Presented by Aircon yesterday to the defending 2015-2016 CCAA champs Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Humber Hawks 83-51,  the Camosun Chargers of the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) returned to the court this afternoon to try to recapture part of  their Cinderella campaign but came up short against a fast running Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) champion Nomades de Montmorency 88-64.
 
The reason the Chargers’ post season performance carries the moniker Cinderella is that they had come into CCAA showcase with a regular season record of only 8 wins against 13 losses and went on to become giant killers in the PACWEST championships a week ago.
 
The Nomades had opened the three-day, eight team, 13 game tournament yesterday with a 95-78 loss to the No. 3 seed Holland Hurricanes, winners of the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA).
 
Once again it was the quick hands protecting the passing lanes and reaching into the cookie jar that led the team from Laval to a 37-25 halftime lead.
 
Nomades Player of the Game: Misis Boye Jeanneau Mubiala 16 points 5 assists 
Nomades Top stats: Anthony Ross 13 points
Chargers Player of the Game; Eric Weatherby 17 points 7 rebounds 
Chargers Top stats: Ted Neilson 13 points 8 rebounds
 
Match 6: Keyano Huskies 102 vs. Mohawk Mountaineers 91
 
For the second day in a row the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) No. 5 seed Mohawk  Mountaineers  tipped off against an Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) team at these 2015-2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championships Presented by Aircon. Yesterday it was the NAIT Ooks with the ACAC side winning 85-84, this time their opponent was the host Keyano Huskies who were coming off a disheartening 90-77 loss to the No. 1 ranked Vancouver Island University Mariners of the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST).
 
The afternoon crowd was much smaller than the 700 plus the previous evening that came out to cheer on the Huskies but still for what was lacked in quantity they came up big in quality, with close to 300 faithful supporting the Huskies as they regained focus to come away as a 102-91 victor.
 
The Mountaineers shot a dismal 4 for 36 from three point territory but head coach Brian Jonker kept the Hamilton team focused and instead of giving up when they were down 75-53 after three periods had his team close the gap outscoring the Huskies 38-27 in the final 10 minutes.
 
Mountaineers Player of the Game: Kareem Collins 15 points 5 assists 
Mountaineers Top stats: Jeff Hunt 16 points 11 rebounds
Huskies Player of the Game; Collin Whitely 16 points 8 rebounds 
Huskies Top stats: Jacob Simmons 16 points 1 steal
 
Match 7: Humber Hawks 79 vs. Holland Hurricanes 78
In the first semi-final of the day the defending CCAA champion Humber Hawks Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) stopped the Camosun Chargers of the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) 83-51.
 
Hurricanes had opened the tournament with a 95-78 win against Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) champion Nomades de Montmorency. 
 
Were the Hurricanes ready to make history as the first Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) to win a gold medal in men’s basketball?
 
Well despite a brilliant effort they will have to wait another year as the Hawks won 79-78 to advance to the gold medal round where they hope to defend their title against the NAIT Ooks.
 
Hurricanes Player of the Game; Trevone Grant 25 points 5 rebounds
Hurricanes Top stats: Roosevelt Whyley 20 points 14 rebounds
Hawks Player of the Game; C.J. Bennett 17 points
Hawks Top stats: Ancil Martin 15 points Tyrone Dickson 12 points 10 rebounds 6 blocked shots
 
 

Match 8: NAIT Ooks 87 vs. VIU Mariners 82

An incredible opening 10 - minutes shooting 10-for-16 from the field and a 26-19 edge, set the pace as the NAIT Ooks defeated the No. 1 seed Vancouver University Island Mariners 87-82 in the second semi-final of the evening at the 2015-2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championships, presented by AirCon.
 
Connor Dolson held the early hot hand, draining several three pointers for the Ooks and would go on to play the entire 40 minutes while also providing some solid defence.
 
Teammate Jackson Jacob thrived in the open court but was held scoreless for a while due to the defensive pressure applied by Mariners’ Bryson Cox.
 
Mariners made a late run but failed to get the ball into the hands of CCAA Player of the Year Josh Ross.
 
 
Ooks Player of the Game; Jackson Jacob 29 points 
Ooks Top stats: Connor Dolson 26 points 6 rebounds
Mariners Player of the Game; Josh Ross 38 points 9 rebounds
Mariners Top stats: John Thompson 21 points 
 
 
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