Game 1: Seneca Sting 77, Lakeland Rustlers 69
Close to 300 spectators came to watch the opening game of the CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship at Collège Montmorency in Laval, QC. Toronto’s Seneca College Sting beat Vermillion’s Lakeland College Rustlers 77-69.
A first quarter with several turnovers and little scoring (10-8 Seneca) gave way to a second quarter featuring spectacular plays, with Seneca taking the lead 27-26 into the second half. Seneca came out of the gate quick in the third, scoring 24 points. Trailing by up to 20 points at times, the Rustlers brought the gap down to 7 points by the buzzer.
Trevor Hutton finished the game with 15 points and 5 rebounds, and was named player of the game for Seneca. Artavis Holiday had 19 points and 13 rebounds to earn the award for Lakeland.
Player of the Game: Trevor Hutton, Seneca
Player of the Game: Artavis Holiday, Lakeland
Game 2: Holland Hurricanes 104, Dynamiques de Brebeuf 92
The Holland College Hurricanes got off to a hot start at the CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship at Collège Montmorency. The players from Charlottetown made one spectacular point after another early in the first quarter, carving out a big lead.
The Dynamiques settled in after a few minutes, but the Hurricanes finished the quarter strong, with a 27-20 lead into the second. The Dynamiques were on their heels throughout the second quarter, without quite managing to take the lead.
The Dynamiques finally got ahead on the scoreboard early in the third, but both teams continued trading points back and forth. The Dynamiques finished the third with a 72-69 lead.
The Hurricanes took back their lead during a hard-fought, physical fourth quarter, and held on to win 104-92.
Anthony Fisuru was named player of the game for Brébeuf with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Jace Colley took home the award for the Hurricanes as he put up 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Player of the Game: Jace Colley, Holland
Player of the Game: Anthony Fisiru, Brebeuf
Game 3: Nomades de Montmorency 92, Humber Hawks 89
CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship host Montmorency Nomades started the tournament with a 92-89 win against the Humber Hawks.
The game was a hard-fought back-and-forth affair from the start, with the Nomades taking an early lead off several three-pointers, including three from Blondeau Tchoukuiegno.
The Hawks stayed within range, and even overcame the home team in the second. In the third, the Hawks stepped it up as the Nomades struggled to find the net on several occasions against their strong defensive play.
The Hawks continued to make inroads in the fourth, but with the home crowd cheering them on, the Nomades battled back at the end of the quarter to take the lead in the last minute. Two successful free throws by Alix Lochard sealed the deal for the Nomades, who took the win 92-89. Blondeau Tchoukuiegno was named player of the game for the Nomades with 24 points and 6 rebounds, while Mohamoud Fowzi took the honours for the Hawks with 22 points and 1 rebound.
Player of the Game: Blondeau Tchoukuiegno, Montmorency
Player of the Game: Fowzi Mohamoud, Humber
Game 4: Douglas Royals 80, SAIT Trojans 76
The last game of the day featured the Douglas Royals and SAIT Trojans. The Royals set the pace from the whistle, taking the lead in the first minutes of play, but the Trojans fought back near the end of the quarter to make it 16-14 heading into the second.
The Royals were back in the lead by half-time, 36-28, and hung on to their lead throughout the third. The Trojans resisted repeated assaults from the Royals to keep the gap at a minimum.
At 51-57 at the beginning of the last quarter, the Trojans hopes were still alive. The game ended with an intense finale as the Trojans were still in the game until the dying moments. The Royals ultimately prevailed 80-76.
Player of the game for the Royals was Grant Campbell with 19 points and 6 rebounds, while the honours went to Gemie Muya for the Troyans, with 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Player of the Game: Gemie Muya, SAIT
Player of the Game: Grant Campbell, Douglas