Men's Basketball win ACAC Gold

by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips

03/07/2015...Fort McMurray, Alberta - The NAIT Ooks and Red Deer Kings, ranked No. 4 and No. 9 respectively in the country by the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association played their last game at the 2014-2015 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championships earlier today with 87 winning 79.

Mind you it was not for the gold medal but the 5th/6th place game.

That’s right. There was more than one  David vs. Goliath matchup during the opening games in this three-day 11 game tournament in Fort McMurray and hosted by the Keyano Huskies.

The gold medal match was won by the Lethbridge Kodiaks 87 Medicine Hat Rattlers 68.

Thursday the Ooks, coming in with an ACAC regular season record of 23-1, met up with the hot-shooting Broncos, winless  on the score sheet last year abet two forfeit victories, led by ACAC Rookie of the Year Kaleel Faiz.

Faiz went down with an ankle injury on a shot that went in, his 24 point, to leave the court his team up 46-41. Olds held on to a 51-44 halftime lead. With 3:51 to go, his team up 71-55, Faiz once again hurts his ankle on a layup basket scoring his 29th point. He heads to bench. 

Down to the wire it went with Broncos winning 104-97 with Faiz dropping 41 points while Ooks were led by ACAC North All Conference All Star Alvin Parker with a game high 44 points. Shaquille Bedminster had 16 points for the Broncos and ACAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year Donny Moss was held to 15 points for the Ooks.

In the other upset Keyano Huskies stop, pop and drop guard Christopher Alphonse-Joseph came off the bench  to score 20 points in the first half the host Huskies up 48-38. He would go on to earn  POG status with a game high 27 points 

Olds and Keyano would fall in the semi-finals to Lethbridge and Medicine Hat respectively 90-86 in double overtime and 85-64.

In the championship game two more CCAA ranked teams would square off with Kodiaks (No. 11) against the Rattlers (No. 15).

Kodiaks had an opening win against the Lakeland Rustlers 79-63 and Rattlers versus vs Concordia Thunder 84-74.

Rattlers had arrived at this destination primarily in part to the rebounding strength of Brazilian imports Pietro de Andrade and Guilherme Crabogiale Fuck (Foo-kee) who combined for 57 rebounds in the opening games.

To counter Kodiaks had the guard-centre combo of Chaz Johnson (left) and Chis Maughan with coast-to-coast driver Travis Butt tossed in for good measure.

In the first half it was Kodiaks up 42-29 behind the hot shooting of Chaz Johnson as the native of Spokane Washington had 17 points. Michael Farion had 14 for the Rattlers with Fuck held to 8 points and 7 rebounds.

In the second half the Rattlers made a run but were held in check down the stretch.

Johnson, named tournament MVP had a game high 26 points. Fuck had 21 for Rattlers.

“It’s big. I fell short with my college in Spokane...we placed third, so this was big. A championship is a championship and I will take it,” said Johnson.

Both teams are now off to CCAA Nationals to be held in Hamilton, Ontario March 19 – 21, 2015.

“First thing I said to (Danhue Lawrence) my assistant coach was “It was a lot of hard work,” said Kodiaks head coach Ryan Heggie. “Our transition gave us a good start and we did a good job on their posts. The players followed the scouting report and they played with passion...they really wanted it. We preach team basketball.”

Bronze Medal

Olds Broncos  94 Keyano Huskies 74

The Giant Killers of the 2014-2015 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championships, Olds Broncos and Keyano Huskies met up in the bronze medal match.

Broncos had won their opener 104-97 against NAIT Ooks before losing to Lethbridge Kodiaks 90-86 in Double OT while the Huskies upset Red Deer Kings 83-79 before falling to the Medicine Hat Rattlers 85-64.

Versus the Huskies, Olds went in at halftime up 49-36 with Broncos Philip Jalalpoor netting 10 and Mark Fernandes 14 points for the Huskies. Fernandes had received a nasty forehead cut in the opening match which received five or six stitches.

POG of the Game for the bronze medal winner was fan favourite and Fort McMurray native Jacob Simmons with 11 points. Lance Wesolowski playing his final game as a Husky was honoured with POG status. He had 12 points.

Top scorer for the Broncos was Jalalpoor with 19 points while Fernandes had 17 for Huskies.

5th/6th place

Red Deer  Kings  87  NAIT Ooks 79

Kings outrebounded the Ooks 50-32 with POG Justin Jarvis grabbing 14 while adding 17 points. Tyler Wise also had 19 points. Alvin Parker led the Ooks with 29 to finish a three game performance where he averaged 33 points per game.

Tournament All Stars

First Team

Chris Maughan Lethbridge

 Lance Wesolowski Keyano

 Guilherme Carabagiale Fuck  (Foo-Kee) Medicine Hat

 Chaz Johnson Lethbridge

 Shaquille Bedminster Olds

Second Team

Pietro Andrendes  Medicine Hat

Tyler Wise, Red Deer 

 Kaleel Faiz Olds

Travis Butt Lethbridge

Michael Farion Medicine Hat

Tournament MVP

Chaz Johnson,  Lethbridge