National Men's Basketball Title

March 17th, 2013

Photos from Nationals (thanks to Thorsten Gohl from Langara)  added to the VIU Mariner Flickr site 


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Mariners end title drought
Beat Holland Hurricanes in final; Brandon Jones named tournament MVP
 
Josh Aldrich
Daily News

 

The Vancouver Island University Mariners ended a 19-year title drought on Saturday, beating the Holland Hurricanes 77-70 in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association men's basketball championship final at John Abbott College in Montreal.

Leading the way for the Mariners was all-Canadian guard Brandon Jones, who finished with 34 points and the tournament MVP award. Fifth-year forward Tyler Olsen added 17 points and was named to the second all-star team, while Ryan Davidson was also named to the second all-star team.

The last time the M's won the national championship was 1994, when the school was still known as Malaspina College, beating the Douglas College Royals in the final. The only other national medals they have were bronze in 2005 and 2011.

The Mariners surprised many by being in the gold-medal game, entering the tournament as the No. 6 team as a wildcard out of the Pacific Western Athletic Association.

They beat the No. 3 Red Deer Kings 87-75 in the first game of the tournament on Thursday and then advanced to the final with a 80-76 win over the No. 2 Sheridan College Bruins.

It was far from an easy ride in the final against the No. 5 Hurricanes, a wildcard team out of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association.

Jones scored 20 points in the first half to stake VIU to a 40-31 lead at the break. But Holland battled back to tie the game at 52-52 before Jones hit back-to-back three-pointers to give VIU a 58-54 lead after three.

It was a 73-70 game with less than a minute left when Davidson iced it with two free throws. The No. 1 Langara Falcons, who lost 87-86 to Holland in the semifinal, captured the bronze, beating Sheridan 99-92.

HOOP NOTES - The VIU women finished tied for fifth with Algonquin College in the CCAA basketball championship in Truro, N.S., losing 72-55 to the Olds College Broncos in Saturday's bronze qualifier . . . Shayna Worthington led the Mariners with 12 points and five rebounds while all-Canadian point guard Jocelyn Jones had 11 points.