Seneca snags first ever CCAA Men’s Basketball title

Seneca snags first ever CCAA Men’s Basketball title

Gold Medal Game: Seneca Sting 86, Douglas Royals 73

For the first time in its history, the Seneca Sting are National Champions in CCAA Men's Basketball.

The 2018 CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship gold medal game featured New Westminster’s Douglas Royals and Toronto’s Seneca Sting. In a fast, hard-fought first quarter, both teams put together strong offensive runs, with Douglas taking the lead 22-19 after the first quarter. 

In the second, the Douglas Royals resisted the Sting’s repeated attacks led by Isaiah Ankra to take a 35-34 half-time lead.

Seneca had a 20-point third quarter to take the lead 64-57 heading into the fourth, led by Yusuf Ali’s 11 points.

The fourth quarter saw some fast breaks and high-quality plays as both teams were hungry for the win. Midway through the quarter, the gap was down to 2 points, 71-69 for Seneca. Seneca kept the pressure on in the second half of the quarter to open up the gap and secure the win 86-73. 

Yusuf Ali ended the game with 25 points and 5 rebounds and was named player of the game for the Sting. Reese Morris earned the award for the Douglas Royals with 20 points and 7 rebounds. 

Player of the Game: Yusuf Ali, Seneca
Player of the Game: Reese Morris, Douglas

Bronze Medal Game: Holland Hurricanes 91, Dynamiques de Brebeuf 87 (2OT)

The penultimate game of the day was a contest for the CCAA National Championship bronze medal. The Hurricanes started strong with a 24-point run that gave them a 24-14 lead by the end of the first quarter. 

A flurry of attacks came from both sides early in the second as the Dynamiques tried to make up the lost ground, but the Hurricanes maintained their composure and their lead. It’s 38-27 at half-time. 

In the third, a 10-point run by Guillaume Pépin brought the Dynamiques’ gap down to six.

Both teams fought for the lead throughout the final quarter. With a tremendous display of intensity, the Dynamiques took the lead for the first time halfway through the quarter. With a minute left in the game, the score was still tied, 77-77. Jace Colley led the Hurricanes with 7 points, while the Dynamiques William Boyer-Richard contributed 11 points. 

Two overtime periods were needed to determine the winner. The Hurricanes who ended up getting the win, 91-87, and with it the bronze medal in double overtime. For the Hurricanes, it's a third consecutive CCAA bronze medal.  

Jace Colley finished the game with 27 points and 7 rebounds and was named player of the game. William Boyer-Richard had 22 points and 6 rebounds to earn the award for the Dynamiques.

Player of the Game: William Boyer-Richard, Brebeuf
Player of the Game: Jace Colley, Holland

Game 11: Humber Hawks 100, Lakeland Rustlers 79

The Rustlers took the lead in the first minutes of the game, but the Hawks quickly made their presence felt to bring down the gap. The score was 16-13 Rustlers at the end of the opening quarter. 

In the second frame, the Hawks destabilized the Vermillon players with repeated attacks and built up a significant lead (48-29) by half-time. 

The Rustlers counter-attacked to temporarily bring down the gap in the third, but the Hawks held on to the lead.

The Hawks started the final quarter with a 12-point lead. Despite the gap, the players from Etobicoke didn’t let up and kept increasing their lead until the final score of 100-79. 

The Hawks player of the game was DeQuon Cascart with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Akeem Phillip earned the award for the Rustlers with 8 points and 3 rebounds. 

Player of the Game: DeQuon Cascart, Humber
Player of the Game: Akeem Phillip, Lakeland

Game 10: Dynamiques de Brebeuf 92, Nomades de Montmorency 73

In a rematch of the RSEQ final, the Nomades and the Dynamiques went head-to-head in Game 10 of the CCAA National Championship. The Nomades broke the ice with a 3-pointer and opened up a 21-14 lead in the first quarter. 

They continued to set the pace early in the second. The Dynamiques brought the gap down late in the quarter, but the Nomades were still ahead 43-35 at half-time. 

The turning in the game came midway through the third quarter, when the Dynamiques took the lead. Things got very heated with the scoring very close before Brébeuf widened the gap heading into the fourth. 

Trailing by 12 points at the beginning of the final quarter (67-55), the Nomades stepped up, but had trouble containing the Dynamiques’ offence. The Brébeuf team left their opponents behind by more than 20 points before the last minute of play to take the win 92-73. 

Unsurprisingly, the player of the game for the Dynamiques was Anthony Fisiru, who notched 29 points and 7 rebounds. On the Nomades side, Elie Karojo earned the award with 18 points and 2 rebounds.

Player of the Game: Anthony Fisiru, Brebeuf
Player of the Game: Elie Karojo, Montmorency

Game 9: Holland Hurricanes 83, SAIT Trojans 79 (OT)

The Trojans took the lead early on and protected it by repeatedly going on the attack. By the end of the first quarter, they were up 24-12. 

The Trojans didn’t give anything away in the second, led by sharp shooting by Charlie Connor, who had 16 points and 6 boards by the end of the first half. 

Trailing 45-26 at beginning of the third, the Hurricanes stepped up their game and started chipping away. Led by Jace Colley and Roosevelt Whyley, they came back within 6 points at the end of the third. 

With both teams neck-and-neck, things heated up in the final quarter. With 2:40 left to play, the Hurricanes took the lead, but by the time the buzzer rang, the score was tied 68-68, sending the game into overtime. The Hurricanes ended up taking the win 83-79. 

Whyley led the Hurricanes with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Charlie Conner led the Trojans with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Player of the Game: Roosevelt Whyley, Holland
Player of the Game: Charlie Conner, SAIT

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