For the third time in school history and first since 2006, the Nomades de Montmorency have won the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball National Championship, and they will defend it on home court as they will host next season.
Game 13: Championship
Nomades De Montmorency 68, Sheridan Bruins 64
The Nomades de Montmorency upset the top-ranked Sheridan Bruins to win the CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship, spoiling Sheridan’s bid for a perfect season.
Paul Williams was named player of the game for Sheridan, as he finished with a game-high 20 rebounds to go along with 14 points.
Forward Alix Lochard took home the award for the Nomades as he put up 19 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. Nomades’ guard Kevin Civil was named tournament MVP, and finished the championship game with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists.
The game was very defensive, with both teams struggling on offense early. The Nomades came away with a 18-15 lead going into the second quarter.
Sheridan came out strong in the second, leading by as much as seven at one point, and took a 34-33 lead going into halftime.
Both teams remained deadlocked in the third, with neither being able to get a lead over the other. The teams went into the final quarter tied 46-46.
In the final frame, the two teams remained close, but thanks to a personal 5-0 run by Civil, the Nomades were able to get a four point lead with under a minute to go.
A three-pointer from Dylan Periana brought the Bruins to within two, but the Nomades sealed the victory at the free throw line.
Game 12: Bronze Medal
Holland Hurricanes 108, VIU Mariners 95
The Holland Hurricanes earned their second consecutive national bronze medal, defeating the Vancouver Island University Mariners on home court.
Hurricanes all-time points leader Chase Bowden continued to get it done for Holland College, finishing the game with 24 points, on 10/13 shooting, 13 rebounds, seven assists and was named the team’s player of the game.
CCAA Player of the Year Usama Zaid didn’t make things easy for the Hurricanes, as he dropped a tournament-high 55 points, to go along with 11 rebounds in the loss. Zaid was named player of the game for the Mariners.
VIU got off to a hot start from three early in the first quarter, but the Hurricanes were able to weather the storm and tie the game, 31-31, going into the second.
Zaid, who had two personal fouls in the first, picked up his third foul with 8:10 left in the second quarter and spent the remainder of the frame on the bench.
With the CCAA’s Player of the Year on the bench, the Hurricanes took advantage, outscoring the Mariners 27-11 in the quarter, taking a 58-42 lead going into halftime.
Zaid picked up his game in the second half, but the Hurricanes as a team were too much.
Game 11: George Brown Huskies 95, Mount Allison Mounties 74
The George Brown Huskies ended their first national championship appearance since 1976 on a winning note, finishing in seventh while the Mounties settled for eighth.
George Brown got off to a hot start in the first quarter, and quickly found themselves with a nine point lead. The Huskies went on to take a 31-22 lead going in the second, thanks largely to Kevon Mascoe, who had 14 points in the quarter.
The Mounties struggled all half to get their offense going, only shooting 34 per cent in the half. Mount Allison also struggled to controlling the ball, as they committed eight turnovers in the half, leading to 16 George Brown points.
All that combined gave the Huskies a 48-38 lead going into halftime.
Coming out of half, the Huskies took control of the game and never looked back. Leading the whole way to a 95-74 win.
Mascoe was named player of the game for George Brown, as he finished with 16 points and six rebounds. Taking home the honour for the Mounties was Bradley Sanford, who had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Game 10: Holland Hurricanes 94, Lethbridge Kodiaks 89
CCAA All-Canadian Trenity Burdine was a force for the Hurricanes, finishing with 21 points on seven-of-13 shooting, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks to be named Holland College’s player of the game.
Chris Maughan received the award for the Kodiaks, finishing the game with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
The Hurricanes struggled early, finding themselves down 22-10 going into the second quarter.
The Kodiaks, behind a 21-point first half from Robert Myles III, led by as many as 15 in the second quarter. The host Canes battled back, and cut Lethbridge’s lead to 41-38 going into halftime.
The Hurricanes carried the momentum into the third quarter, and took a five point lead going into the final quarter.
In the fourth, the Canes hit their stride, and increased their lead to 16 in the quarter. The Kodiaks were able to bring the game to within two possessions, but it was too little, too late.
Game 9: VIU Mariners 91, SAIT Trojans 85
CCAA Player of the Year Usama Zaid led the way for the third-ranked Mariners. After struggling in the team’s semi-final game Friday against Montmorency, Zaid bounced back with a game-high 38 points to go along with 14 rebounds, and was named VIU’s player of the game.
For the Trojans, Taner Parrington took home the award, as he put up 23 points and nine rebounds.
The Mariners found themselves down 49-42 at halftime after the Trojans came out red-hot from three point range, connecting nine times on 17 attempts.
The Mariners went on a 9-2 to start the third and had an eight point lead going into the fourth. The Trojans attempted a late comeback, cutting the lead to just three late. But, the comeback fell short after SAIT turned the ball over on their next possession.
Second All-Tournament Team
John Smith, SAIT
Robert Myles III, Lethbridge College
Chase Bowden, Holland College
Brian Owusu, Sheridan College
Blondeau Tchoukuiegno, Collège Montmorency
First All-Tournament Team
Dylan Periana, Sheridan College
Trenity Burdine, Holland College
Alix Lochard, Collège Montmorency
Usama Zaid, Vancouver Island University
Paul Williams, Sheridan College
Most Valuable Player
Kevin Civil, Collège Montmorency
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