Mountaineers, Cougars to meet in CCAA hoops final

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Alex Reis of the Mohawk Mountaineers drives past Joel Rybachuk of the UNBC Timberwolves during semifinal action at the CCAA men's basketball championship in Bible Hill. Joey Smith – Truro Daily News

BIBLE HILL - The Mohawk Mountaineers and Mount Royal Cougars will play for the gold medal tonight at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball championship.

Tip-off time at the Langille Athletic Centre gymnasium is 8 p.m.

The Hamilton-based Mountaineers punched their ticket to the final on Friday after a 78-71 victory over the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves in a semifinal game.

Meanwhile, the Calgary-based Cougars nipped Indiennes Ahuntsic 90-86 in the other semifinal.

Second-year forward Andrew Cicuttini led the Mountaineers on Friday with a game-high 21 points to go along with 13 rebounds, while fifth-year guard Aminu Bello poured in 15 points. Francis Rowe scored a team-high 17 points for the Timberwolves, including five three-pointers, while Sam Raphael added 15.

Mohawk led 37-34 at halftime and outscored UNBC 29-21 in the third quarter en route to victory.

The Cougars got a game-high 28 points from fifth-year guard Steve Trinidad in their victory over the Indiennes.

Josh White added 12 points for the winners and Nick Loewen dumped in 11.

Jonathan-Dave Tshibuy led the Indiennes with 26 points and Davidson Joseph had 23.


St. Thomas 60 Mount St. Vincent 57

Brent Kingston scored 17 points as the Tommies edged their ACAA counterparts from Halifax.

Nathan Mazurkiewicz added 15 points for St. Thomas, while Karl Frederick had 16 for the Mystics.


Red Deer 106, Vanier 103

Rob Pierce threw down a game-high 27 points as the Kings defeated the defending national champion Cheetahs.

Jacob Cusumano of the Kings canned seven three-pointers and had 24 points for player of the game honours. Benjamin Millaud-Meunier netted 25 points for Vanier.


Today's schedule

GM 9 - UNBC vs. St. Thomas, 10 a.m.

GM 10 - Red Deer vs. College Ahuntsic, noon

GM 11 - Vanier vs. Mount Saint Vincent, 2 p.m.

GM 12 - Winner Game 9 vs Winner Game 10 (bronze), 6 p.m.

GM 13 - Mohawk vs. Mount Royal (gold), 8 p.m.


Organizations: Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, Mohawk Mountaineers and Mount Royal Cougars, Langille Athletic Centre University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves Kings Timberwolves Winner Game 10

Geographic location: St. Thomas, Halifax, Red Deer Saint Vincent Mount Royal

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