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PREVIEW: 2017 ACAA Basketball Playoffs

PREVIEW: 2017 ACAA Basketball Playoffs

The teams are now set for the 2017 ACAA Basketball championship.  As Mount Allison proudly prepares to serve as host for the event, there’s no better time to preview the matchups for the weekend.  

Women’s quarterfinal #1 – UKC vs STU (Friday, March 3rd, 11AM)

The Saint Thomas University Lady Tommies and the University Kings College Lady Blue Devils open up the 2017 ACAA Basketball Championships. The Tommies took two of the three regular season meetings between the two teams, by scores of 63-46 and 72-59 at home, while UKC won their lone home game against STU 63-61. The Tommies come into the game as the four seed and UKC is the five seed. STU posted a 9-9 regular season record while UKC finished with a 6-12 record. Saint Thomas player Sara Banks averaged 13 points a game this year against UKC, while UKC star Candace Reynolds averaged 12.6 points a game this year against Saint Thomas.

Women’s quarterfinal #2 – UNBSJ vs MTA (Friday, March 3rd, 1PM)

Game two sees the host Mounties taking on the 6th place UNB Saint John Lady Seawolves and their 3-15 record. The Mounties come into the game as the CCAA 11th ranked team with an 11-7 regular season record. The Mounties swept their regular season matchups against UNBSJ 3-0.  Mounties top scorer is forward Kiersten Mangold with 14.2 points per game, followed by Erin Steeves with 10.9, and Sarah McGeachy with 8.5. UNBSJ’s top scorer this year is Allyson Mclaughlin at 11.5 points per game, while Kathryn Magee is averaging 7.8 per game and Kelsey Simon is averaging 7.1 per game.

Men’s quarterfinal #1 – Holland College vs DAL AC (Friday, March 3rd, 3PM)

The first men’s game features the CCAA number 10 ranked Holland College Hurricanes and their 13-7 league record against the 5th place 5-15 Dalhousie Agricultural College Rams. Holland has six players averaging 10 points a game or more. Top scorer is Trenity Burdine at 19.2 points a game, with Roosevelt Whyley averaging 17.4 a game, and Travis Adams averaging 13.7 a game. Dal AC’s top scorer is Robin Grouse at 15.9 a game, with Jonathan Aserdi at 13.8 a game and Johannes McEvoy at 10.3 a game.

Men’s quarterfinal #2 – Crandall vs STU (Friday, March 3rd, 5PM)

The second Men’s quarter final game features the 3rd place 13-7 Crandall Chargers and the 6th place 5-16 Saint Thomas Tommies. Thomarcus Nix is Crandall’s top scorer with an average of 19.3 points a game. He is followed by Hassan Maidal at 13.8 a game and Brandon Fields at 13.1 a game. STU’s top scorer this year is Travis Valanne at 12.4 a game, while Mitch Clayborn is averaging 12.3 a game and Dylan Gallant is averaging 11 points a game. Crandall is 3-0 against Saint Thomas this season.

Women’s Semi-final #1 – Lowest winning seed VS Holland College (Sat, March 4th, 1PM)

The first women’s team to earn a bye straight to the semi-finals is the first place and CCCA 4th ranked 17-1 Holland College Hurricanes. Holland’s top scorer this season is Jayla Verney at 18.9 a game, followed by Cassie Cooke at 13.3 a game and Darcy Zinck and Tyleigha Nelson at 9.4 a game. Holland College will face the lowest winning seed on the women’s side.

Women’s Semi-final #2 – Highest winning seed VS MSVU (Sat, March 4th, 3PM)

The second women’s team to earn the first round bye is the second place CCAA 6th ranked 15-3 Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics.  MSVU’s top scorers this year are Kate Gallant with 13.4, Breanna Buis with 10.6, and Maddy Hiscock with 9.6. MVSU will face off on Saturday against the highest winning seed from Friday’s quarterfinal matchups.

Men’s Semi-final #1 – Lowest winning seed VS MSVU (Sat, March 4th, 6PM)

Earning a first round bye on the Men’s side will be the  1st place CCAA 7th ranked 20-1 Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics. MSVU’s top scorers this year include Ashton Slawter with 17.1 points a game, Derek Norris with 11.7, and Ben Kidston with 10.5.  The Mystics will await the lowest winning seed from the quarterfinal games on Friday.

Men’s Semi-final #2 – Highest winning seed VS MTA (Sat, March 4th, 8PM)

The host Mount Allison Mounties will join the Mystics with a ticket straight to Saturday’s semi-finals. The Mounties finished the regular season in 2nd place with a 17-4 record. MTA’s top scorers this year include Freshman Thomas LeGallais with 17.6 a game, Bradley Fuller with 15.1 a game, and Alex Chisholm with 14.6 points a game.

Source: James Wilmot, Mout Allison Sports Information