National Bronze

April 10th, 2011

The VIU won a bronze medal at the 2011 CCAA nationals. Witha first round win over home team Durham the Mariners could not hold onto a lead with Lethbrige in the semi-finals, placing them in the bronze medal game vs Mount Saint Vincent which they won in exciting fashion !!

Andrew Kaban was named to the Tournament 1st all-star team and Jacob Thom and Mike Wohlers were on the 2nd all-star team.


Here is a game summary

Box score

The Vancouver Island University Mariners won the bronze medal game at the CCAA men’s basketball national championship as they defeated the Mount Saint Vincent Mystics 73-71.

In what has been the most exciting game of the championship so far, MSVU had a long three point attempt to win the game, but the Todd Williams shot just rimmed out to give the No. 1 seed Mariners the win.

“We worked hard all year long and even though we didn’t get to play for gold, winning the bronze at nationals is great and I’m very proud of the tournament our team had.” said Head Coach Tony Bryce.

The bronze medal at the championship is VIU’s third men’s basketball national championship medal in school history, as they won bronze in 2005 and gold in 1994.

The Mystics made a late 8-0 charge to get within a single point of the Mariners (71-70), capped off by a Justin Hill three pointer which sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Down 73-71 with seconds left on the clock, MSVU’s Williams threw up a long range three point attempt for the win, but the ball just rimmed out giving VIU the win.

Andrew Kaban finished the night with a game high 20 points for the Mariners, while Jacob Thom added 17 in the bronze medal victory.

Sean Boulay led the Mystics with 19 points in the losing effort.

GAME RECAP – Tyler Weston

The show began with a slow start, and either team not wanting to make mistakes early.

Missed shots by both teams caused by tight zone defenses, made it hard for the offense to establish a post game inside.

The VIU Mariners jumped out to a 13-5 lead half way through the 1st quarter by getting to the free throw line and making simple lay ups out of the half court offense.

But the MSVU Mystics fought back with nothing but net shooting from forward Anthony Zinn helping his team to a 13-12 score in favour of the Mariners. The 1st quarter ended all tied up at 13.

An early put back and a slam-dunk quickly helped the Mariners regain the lead 17-13.

But a couple offensive rebounds and a 3-pointer from Zinn gave the advantage back to the Mystics by a score of 20-17. Another 3-pointer from the Mystics helped them pad the lead to 23-17 half way through the 2nd quarter.

The Mariners tightened up the defense and made their possessions count on offensive the next couple minutes of the quarter and battled out to a 25-23 lead.

Two 3-pointers near the end of the half by guard Mike Wohlers increased to advantage to 33-28.

The 3rd quarter started with the Mariners trying to push the tempo and by doing so, helped them to score on fast breaks to extend lead to 40-32.

Post play from forward Andrew Kaban padded the advantage to 11 and the biggest lead of the game so far for the Mariners, 47-36.

The Mystics attempted to run a smooth offense with excessive ball movement but the Mariners stayed hot from the field and took a lead of 51-39 with three minutes left in the 3rd quarter.

Both teams looked to shoot the 3-ball during the last minute of the quarter and the Mystics closed the gap with this strategy. End of the 3rd quarter the lead was now 58-49 for the Mariners.

The Mystics looked to drive to the basket at the beginning of the 4th quarter and it helped cut the lead down to 62-55.

Consistent pressure by both defenses forced tough possessions by each team and half way through the 4th quarter the Mariners were up eight, by a score of 65-57.

A clutch 3-pointer near the end of the shot clock by Mystics forward Sean Boulay helped chop the lead to 65-62 with less than three minutes to play in the game.

The Mariners were able to put together a few successful possessions in a row to widen the lead, while holding off the Mystic’s offense

The Mystics then applied the half court press with a minute remaining on the clock, and unintentionally drew fouls but the Mariners were able to hit a couple free throws to take their advantage to 71-62.

The defensive pressure of the Mystics helped them to catch up in score that was capped off with a 3-ball by Justin Hill.

In the last three seconds of the game, with the Mariners winning 73-71, the Mystics took a last shot at a 3-pointer to win the game but it barely missed and the Mariners celebrated a bronze medal.

Player of the game for the Mariners was forward Patrick McCarthy, who was a big part of the victory.