Humber, Dawson advance to CCAA Final

Humber, Dawson advance to CCAA Final

Match 5: MSVU Mystics 83, St. Mary’s Lightning 66

A good-sized crowd greeted the Mystics and the Lightening as they met to open the second day of competition. St. Mary’s were energized from the opening whistle, and two ‘and 1’ plays plus a pair of Romeril three’s had the Lightening ahead  13-2 lead, forcing the Mystics to call an early time-out. Marika Williams immediately sunk a three that gave MSVU some life, and Kelsey Crocker’s three at the first quarter buzzer cut the Lightening’s lead to 2. At the end of one it was St. Mary’s 23, Mystics 21.

In the second, MSVU dialed up the tempo and backcourt pressure, which they were able to sustain by rolling through their depth chart. This created challenges for the Lightening, who nonetheless fought back with hard-earned points. Excellent shooting from beyond the arc by MSVU’s Williams, Arsenault, and Jennex, along with solid inside play, put them on top 46-34 at the half.

Marika Williams continued with the hot hand in the third, sinking 3 treys from long-range, making it difficult for the Lightening to gain any ground. By the end of the third, MSVU had opened up a 21-point lead. The Lightening opened the fourth with a mini-run that was snuffed out quickly by the Mystics, whose depth allowed them to continue to pressure the ball and control the pace of play through to the final buzzer, and an 83-66 victory.  The Mystics move on to a Bronze qualifier game tomorrow morning.

Marika Williams led the attack or the Mystics, with a game-high 24 points along with 7 rebounds. Kelsey McGrath added 11 points, and rookie Nikki Arsenault had 10. Kate Gallant nabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. St. Mary’s was led by Montana Romeril with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Megan Trisevic chipped in with 14 and 6.

Player of the Game: Marika Williams, MSVU Mystics
Player of the Game: Megan Trisevic, St. Mary's Lightning

Match 6: Capilano Blues 76, Medicine Hat Rattlers 64

This western matchup was a fast-paced, hard fought contest throughout. Courtney Henry’s early scoring was matched by the Blues’ Emma Cunningham’s long range jumpers. CCAA All- Canadian and ACAC Conference Player of the Year Kennedy Werre picked up two quick first quarter fouls, and played limited minutes in the half.

Capilano’s 5-point lead after one quarter was not safe, as Medicine Hat’s Jordan Kearley demonstrated with a three-pointer on the first shot of the second frame. Back and forth scoring was the order of the day until the half, which ended with Capilano’s lead cut to three, 38-35.

Reiko Ohama of the Blues broke out for 3 triples in the third, giving Capilano a bit of breathing room. Kennedy Werre returned and was effective inside. Emma Cunningham stretched the Blues’ lead to 11 with a circus drive ‘and 1’ late in the quarter. After three, it was the Blues 56, the Rattlers 45.

Carmelle M’bikata’s all-around game was especially evident in the final quarter, with contributions on the scoreboard, rebounds, and tough defence inside. Capilano’s lead was cut to 4 by Jordan Kearley on a three-ball, causing the Blues to call timeout with 5 minutes left. Unfortunately, that was as close the Rattlers would get, as the Blues tightened their defence for a 76-64 victory. Capilano earns a spot in a Bronze qualifier game on Saturday morning.

For Capilano, Carmelle M’bikata led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Reiko Ohama dropped 16, Sherri Errico 14 and Emma Cunningham 12, to go along with 9 rebounds. Top scorer for the Rattlers was Courtney Henry, with 15. Jordan Kearley notched 12, plus 7 boards.

Player of the Game: Carmelle M-bikata, Capilano Blues
Player of the Game: Jordan Kearley, Medicine Hat Rattlers

Match 7: Humber Hawks 83, Nomades de Montmorency 72

The first semi-final featured two powerhouse schools, OCAA champs Humber Hawks versus RSEQ runner-up Montmorency. Humber bolted out of the gate with a 9-0 run. A MoMo timeout created only a short pause in Humber’s attack; after the inbound the Hawks scored four more. Andrea Torres stopped the run and added two other baskets to stem the tide. But it still felt like ‘all Humber’— mid-quarter, the score was Humber 15, Torres 6.

Towards the end of the first, the game turned chippy, both sides feeling the pressure but not willing to give an inch. Montmorency continued to crawl back into the game, and at the end of one had gained a slight advantage, 22-21.

MoMo’s Jael Kabunda helped the Nomades build a double-digit lead in the second. Humber then charged back with several scores from beyond the arc; Nofuente’s three with a minute left in the third tied it up. Humber then made a late two-pointer to lead 39-37 at the break.

The tempo picked up in the third. Both teams went toe-to-toe—the Nomades opened with a 3, which was answered immediately by the Hawks; which in turn was answered by MoMo. Near the end of the third Nofuente dropped two threes in a row, helping Humber extend their lead to 61-54.

Humber kept the pressure on to open the fourth, and, like the first quarter, opened up a double-digit lead. Gauthier nailed a long three, followed by two threes from Kabunda, but Montmorency could come no closer than three. Humber controlled the ball down the stretch, using points from the foul line to earn a well-deserved 83-72 win.

Humber now moves onto the Gold medal game Saturday night, where they will take on Dawson. Montmorency will play in a Bronze qualifier against Capilano.

 Humber was led by Ceejay Nofuente and Aleena Domingo who each scored 24, Domingo adding 14 rebounds. Lopez and Campbell-Johnson contributed 15 and 14, respectively. The Nomades’ leading scorer was Juliette Gauthier, with 22. Andrea Torres notched 21. Jael Kabunda added 17 points and 11 boards.

Player of the Game: Leticia Lopez, Humber Hawks
Player of the Game: Andrea Torres, Nomades de Montmorency

Match 8: Dawson Blues 65, Mount Allison Mounties 53

ACAA champions Mount Allison Mounties took on RSEQ champs Dawson Blues, behind the support of a large, energetic home-town crowd.

Dawson showed their experience by jumping out quickly to a 10-0 lead after the first two and a half minutes. Lauren Chitty and Kiersten Mangold finally got the Mounties onto the scoresheet. Dawson’s height advantage allowed them to score easy hoops, giving Dawson a 20-11 lead after the first.

Unfazed, the Mounties answered with several quick baskets early in the second. On defence, their ‘bend but don’t break’ approach frustrated the Blues, who picked up a couple ill-advised fouls in response to gritty play by the Mounties. MtA continued to chip away, and trailed the Blues by a score of 33-27.

Dawson re-asserted control with five quick points to open the second half. Both teams tightened up their inside defense, but the Blues were able to find more opportunities than Mount Allison, outscoring the home side by 9 in the third, and building their lead to 55-40. Mount Allison continued to look for ways to penetrate the Dawson defense in the final quarter, ultimately falling 65-53 in a spirited, entertaining performance by both teams.

Dawson now moves onto the Gold medal match, where they will take on the Humber Hawks. Mount Allison will play ACAA rival MSVU in a Bronze qualifier.

Leading the way for Dawson was Nelly Owusu, 17 points and 9 boards, while Eleanore Marciszewski added 11 and 8. The Mounties got 16 points and 9 rebounds from Kiersten Mangold, and 15 points, 6 boards and 4 steals from Lauren MacEachern.

Player of the Game: Nelly Owusu, Dawson Blues
Player of the Game: Lauren MacEachern, Mount Allison Mounties

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