Men's Bball Alumni Game

October 10th, 2012

The final score was 89-68 and here are the  STATS  !!

This Friday at 7pm the Northwest Indian College from Bellingham WA will battle our Mariners ...

Should be a great match-up !!

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Mariners men's hoops hosting alumni game
 
Josh Aldrich
The Daily News

 

Before the Vancouver Island University Mariners men's basketball team can take on the rest of the Pacific Western Athletic Association, first they must beat themselves.

Or, at least, their former selves. The Mariners are hosting their annual alumni game on Saturday at 4 p.m. at VIU, and the game will be bringing back some of the best players to ever pull on a Mariners jersey, including Jacob Thom, Jason Hubbs, Chris McClean and Luke Robinson.

Head coach Matt Kuzminski is not taking the old-timers lightly, in fact they may be playing behind the eight-ball a little bit.

"You want to get the older guys with the young guys, connect the alumni with the newer team, but at the same time it is going to be a good game for us, maybe our toughest test . . . since we started in September," said Kuzminski.

"A lot of those guys were either players of the year or all-Canadians or went on to play at CIS schools or even pro basketball." In reality, the alumni for the most part aren't all that old all, most of them having starred with VIU over the past decade, while dominating the then B.C.

Colleges Athletic Conference. Hubbs is still the Mariners' all-time leading scorer at 23 points per game while leading the M's to the 2005 Canadian Colleges Athletic Association bronze medal.

Thom was just named an all-Canadian last season and played on the 2011 CCAA bronze medal team. McClean was an all-Canadian and a member of the 1994 CCAA national championship team, and although he may be the oldest player on the floor, Kuzminski says they cannot afford to over look him.

"He'll be one of the better guys," said Kuzminski.

Other alumni include Luke Robinson, Chris Marsh, Andrew Sturgeon, Carson Williams, Mike Wohlers, Dave Baines, Luke Letham, Andy Greig and Edgar Carlson.

The current Mariners are coming off a three-win weekend at the Capilano University Blues Tournament, beating host Blues 68-47, St. Clare College out of Ontario 87-57 and the Seattle Blue Angels 98-70.

Key for the Mariners was their spread out scoring with a number of players hitting double digits in scoring. Kuzminski says that is what he is hoping to see throughout the season.

"We're starting to play towards our identity and that's what I like most of all," he said. "We're going to have multiple guys contributing on different nights. Defensively we're going to play a high pressure style for the entire game, we're going to pick up people half court and play a real aggressive style of play."