MBB National Championship: Day 1 Recap

MBB National Championship: Day 1 Recap

Match 1: VIU Mariners 98, George Brown Huskies 82  

The Vancouver Island University Mariners defeated the George Brown Huskies 98-92 in the first game of the CCAA Men's National Basketball Championship tournament.

Both teams were neck and neck for a majority of the game, with neither able to gain a large lead.

This was until CCAA Player of the Year Usama Zaid began to heat up in the third quarter, dropping 17 points in the frame. The Mariners gain momentum from the strong quarter and never looked back, leading by 21 at one point.

Zaid finished the game with 42 points and 12 rebounds, and was named player of the game for VIU. Dejazmatch (DJ) James had 21 points and four rebounds off the bench to earn the award for George Brown.

Match 2: Nomades de Montmorency 86, Lethbridge Kodiaks 84

The Nomades de Montmorency defeated the Lethbridge Kodiaks 86-84 to advance to the semi-finals of the CCAA Men's Basketball National Championship tournament.

The win didn't come easy though as both teams were trading baskets all game, until Montmorency was able to gain a lead in the fourth quarter.

The seven-ranked Kodiaks didn't back down though, cutting the lead from 10 late, down to just two. But the comeback was too little, too late, and fell just short.

CCAA All-Canadian Kevin Civil led Montmorency with 25 points and four assists to take home Player of the Game honours for the Nomades, while Robert Myles III got the nod for Lethbridge with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Match 3: Holland Hurricanes 113, SAIT Trojans 103

The Holland Hurricanes defend their home court, defeating the SAIT Trojans 113-103, and advance to the CCAA Men's Basketball National Championship semi-final.

The fourth ranked Hurricanes struggling on both ends of the court in the first half, and trailed by double digits for much of it.

But with the crowd behind them, the host Canes gained momentum in the second half after Roosevelt Whyley stole a pass from a Trojans defender, cut through the middle and attacked the rim with authority.

Once Holland College gained momentum, they never looked back, defeating the fifth ranked Trojans by 10.

Whyley was Holland College's player of the game with 24 points and 12 rebounds while John Smith, with a game-high 32 points, took the honours for the Trojans. 

Match 4: Sheridan Bruins 91, Mount Allison Mounties 61

The Sheridan Bruins advance to the CCAA Men's Basketball National Championship tournament after defeating the Mount Allison Mounties 91-61.

The top ranked Bruins got off to a hot start, which gave them an early lead. But the underdog Mounties weren't backing down, and stormed back in the second quarter to bring the game to within three.

The Bruins weren't phased by the comeback, and battled back to take a 15 point lead going into half. In the second half, the Bruins put their foot on the gas, and won the game 91-61.

Brian Owusu was the game's top scorer, finishing with 26 points to go along with seven rebounds, and was named the Bruins player of the game. For Mount Allison, it was Bradley Fuller taking home the honours, as he finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.