CCAA Dreams Come True for the NAIT Ooks

CCAA Dreams Come True for the NAIT Ooks

National Championship Match: NAIT Ooks 79 vs. Humber Hawks 74

Defending Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Basketball Champion Humber Hawks (OCAA) met up with a team that was destined to win in the form of the NAIT Ooks (ACAC) last night.
 
Destined because a 25 year-old rookie by the name of Jackson Jacob had waited his entire life for such a moment.
 
When the final buzzer sounded and the score board read 79-74 in favour of the Ooks, the diminutive quicksilver guard fell to the court, exhausted, tears soon to be streaming down his face.
 
A native of the Bahamas, his dream was to come to North America to play basketball and get an education.

“When I graduated from high school (C.B. Walker High School, Nassau/Paradise Island) I did not have a passport because both of my parents were born in Haiti,” recalled Jacob. “It was a long process to get one (passport) to come to Canada.

"So, for a few years I worked as a mechanic at my stepfather’s garage and played in the local men’s league. It was frustrating, because my dream was to come to North America and play basketball and get an education.”
 
Currently enrolled in Academic Upgrading with a goal to enroll in a Heavy Equipment Technician course, Jacob finally arrived to Canada in 2014 and had to redshirt his first year with the Ooks.
 
“Yes it was frustrating, watching and not being able to play,” said Jacob. “But I was happy just to be on a team. I had to focus on my schooling, stay and shape and improve my game.
 
“I may be a bit older than most rookies, but this was my dream to play and go to school.
 
“It’s a dream come true. It is finally here. All the hard work paid off. Coach had us prepared for every game like he always does.”
 
Well thanks to his dream, another dream was answered as Ooks head coach Mike Connolly, one of Canada’s most well respected coaches with a long tenure,  earned his first CCAA gold medal. Jackson Jacob was named Most Valuable Player of the National Championship.
 
CCAA First Team All-Stars CCAA Second Team All-Stars
Tyrone Dickson of the Humber Hawks
Sebastian Cava of the NAIT Ooks
Roosevelt Whyley of the Holland Hurricanes
Anthony Ross of the Nomades de Montmorency
Josh Ross of the VIU Mariners
Kevin Dia of the Keyano Huskies
Trevon Grant  of the Holland Hurricanes
Jeff Hunt of the Mohawk Mountaineers
Ancil Martin of the Humber Hawks
Connor Dolson of the NAIT Ooks 
 
Ooks Player of the Game: Sebastian Cava 15 points
Ooks top stats: Connor Dolson 17 points 
Humber Player of the Game: Ancil Martin 20 points
Humber top stats: Tyrone Dickson 11 points 8 rebounds Kenny Ejim 11 points 7 rebounds
 
Bronze Medal Match: Holland Hurricanes 98 vs. Nomades de Montmorency 68
A second quarter 29-point explosion propelled the Holland Hurricanes (Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association) to a bronze medal 99-68 victory against the College Montmorency Nomades (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) at the 2015-2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Basketball Championships: Aircon.
 
Hurricanes, host of next year’s 2016-2017 CCAA Men's Basketball Championships in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, used their bulk and size advantage to out rebound the Nomades 49-40 while forcing 16 steals.
 
Hurricanes Player of the Game: Travis Adams 18 points 8 rebounds
Hurricanes Top stats: Trevone Grant 20 points 8 rebounds
Nomades Player of the Game: Alain Bernard 14 points 7 rebounds
Nomades Top stats: Kevin Civil 12 points 5 assists
 

Match 9: Holland Hurricanes 99 vs. Keyano Huskies 93

Keyano Huskies the host team lost it's last game a to the Hurricanes 99-93.
 
Huskies (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference) came out quick to take a 20 point lead before the Holland Hurricanes changed to a zone defence.
 
Huskies' Collin Whitley, held scoreless in the opening game of the tournament, a 90-77 loss to Vancouver Island University Mariners, showed his scoring prowess with 19 points including several dunks in the first 20 minutes.
 
Stephon Smith, a former NCAA basketball player at San Jose State, had some big time blocks and scored 13 points.
 
A buzzer three pointer by Hurricanes Roosevelt Whyley tied the game at 43-43 heading into the locker room.
 
Having played less than 90 seconds total in the previous two games, Hurricanes captain Ali Abdulaziz came off the bench to play a solid 22 minutes contributing 13 points.
 
Late back-to-back three pointers by Huskies Blake Gallatly (left) were not enough as the Huskies failed to advance to the bronze medal game.
 
Hurricanes Head coach Josh Whitty on the play of Abdulaziz: "Ali is a third year kid and is a leader on and off the floor and today he played an impressive game."
 
Hurricanes second year guard Jayden Nordin of the tournament to date: "I am kind of disappointed that we can't play for the gold medal game but I want to go back to Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island) at least with one medal...the bronze."
 
Huskies Player of the Game: Blake Gallalty 18 points 
Huskies Top Stats: Collin Whitley 29 points 13 rebounds
Hurricanes Player of the Game: Jayden Nordin 27 points 
Hurricanes top stats: Roosevelt Whyley 22 points 13 rebounds
 

Match 10: Nomades de Montmorency 96 vs. VIU Mariners 77

The No. 1 ranked Vancouver Island University Mariners (Pacific Western Athletic Association) could not regroup after last night’s 87-82 semi-final loss to the NAIT Ooks (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference) as the College Montmorency Nomades (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) claimed a 96-77 decision.
 
Mariners held a 21-13 first quarter lead but the speeds of the Nomades came to the forefront in the second quarter running to a 44-34 halftime lead.
 
"I was happy to see that the players bought into going for third place," said Nomades head coach Marc-Olivier Beauchamp. "It has been hard. The kids are a little younger and sometimes do not understand the importance of third place. We beat a very good VIU team today."
 
VIU Mariners had finished the regular PACWEST season 21-0.
 
Nomades third year 6-foot-5 forward Montreal Quebec native Samuel Bouchard had a game high 24 points: "I have good cardio and I like to run and I was fortunate enough to have my teammates find me on the break. I like to play hard on both ends. We knew we had to play hard on defence against such a great team."
 
Mariners Player of the Game: Jason Fortin 18 points 9 rebounds
Mariners Top Stats: Josh Ross 19 points 10 rebounds 4 steals
Nomades Player of the Game: Samuel Bouchard 24 points 8 rebounds
Nomades Top stats: Alix Lochard 17 points, Anthony Ross 17 points
 
 

Match 11: Mohawk Mountaineers 82 vs. Camsoun Chargers 65

Having hosted last year's CCAA Men's Basketball Championships the Mohawk Mountaineers (Ontario Colleges Athletic Association) know what it takes to put on a good showing on and off the hardwood.
 
This time though they could focus just on the game itself as they beat the Camosun Chargers (Pacific Western Athletic Association) 82-65.
 
With the Chargers taking a 19-14 first quarter lead the Mountaineers picked up their defence with a full court press to slow down the Chargers half-court game outscoring them 26-15 and 23-9 in the second and third quarters.
 
Brian Jonker head coach of the Mountaineers of the possibility of a team getting to play at the CCAA: "Getting here takes a lot of work. There is no guarantee that you are going to win three games against tough opponents but I am proud of the way we finished today."
 
Of the tournament Mountaineers O.J. Watson said: "it is an unbelievable experiment. Last year I was coming off the bench and this year I was a starter and felt more confident in my role as a leader."
 
Mountaineers Player of the Game: O.J. Watson 16 points
Mountaineers Top Stats: Kojo Afari 14 points 7 rebounds, Patrick Lavarone 14 points
Chargers Player of the Game: Quinn Yates 19 points 7 rebounds
Chargers Top stats: James Giuffre 10 points 10 rebounds
 
 

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