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Super Saturday: Kicks Off Canadian March Madness

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Super Saturday Kicks Off Canadian March Madness

March is here and the Canadian madness is set to kick-off with Super Saturday featuring an exciting slate of conference championship games, pitting some the best rivalries across the country. Below is a list of top games to keep watch in what is sure to be an exciting day of Canadian basketball at all levels.

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Ontario University Association (OUA) Men’s Championship

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Carleton Ravens (35-1, 22-1 OUA) vs. Ryerson Rams (29-5, 21-2 OUA)

Canada West Championship

Calgary Dinos (33-9, 20-0 CW) vs. UBC Thunderbirds (29-7, 17-3 CW)

RSEQ Championship Game

UQAM Citadins (16-13, 8-8 RSEQ) vs. Concordia Stingers (19-13, 11-5 RSEQ)

Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Championships Semi-finals

Saint Marys Huskies (28-3, 19-1 AUS) vs. Cape Breton Capers (12-17, 9-11 AUS)
UNB Reds (17-9, 13-7 AUS) vs. Dalhousie Tigers (26-8, 14-6 #AUS)

Ontario University Association (OUA) Women’s Championship

Ottawa Gee-Gees (31-7, 21-2 OUA) vs. McMaster Marauders (27-5, 21-3 OUA)

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Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) Championships

Humber Hawks (20-2 OCAA) vs. Sheridan Bruins (17-5 OCAA)

Alberta College Athletic Conference ACAC Championship Game

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology – SAIT (20-1) vs. Concordia University of Edmonton (20-4)

RSEQ Semi-Finals Game

Vanier Cheetahs (8-4) vs. Champlain St. Lambert Cavaliers (6-7)

 

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Kadre Gray wins second consecutive U Sports MVP

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Laurentian guard Kadre Gray took his game to another level this season.

That’s saying something.

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A year ago, Gray was the top Canadian university male athlete in any sport, the first Laurentian student to win the honour.

He led the country in assists, narrowly missed a scoring title, and — perhaps by default — also won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as men’s basketball player of the year.

“Kadre’s work ethic continues to shine bright,” said Laurentian head coach Shawn Swords in a statement.

“He is always looking for ways to improve and refine all aspects of the game.”

If there was any doubt, Gray stifled it in his junior season.

He averaged 31 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game en route to his second consecutive Moser trophy.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment to do it once,” said Swords.

“And now, to be named MVP twice, is truly a testament to his willingness to learn and improve.

“The Kadre effect has spread throughout our community as well. It is great to see him support our local youth and realize the positive impact he has on everyone.”

Gray received the 2019 Moser trophy Thursday at a gala in Halifax, N.S., ahead of the U Sports Men’s Final 8 tournament.

University of Calgary guard Mambi Diawara, Concordia guard Ricardo Monge and St. Mary’s University guard Kemar Alleyne were also finalists for the award.

Gray was simply a cut above. He posted gaudy stats with notable efficiency, shooting 48.8 per cent from the floor.

He was also a First Team All-Canadian and played with Canada’s national team in FIBA World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers against Venezuela and Brazil.

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Gray was the only U Sports player to participate in the qualifiers.

Other award winners:

Rookie of the Year (Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy): Alix Lochard, UQAM.

Ken Shields Award for Student-Athlete Community Service: Tanner Graham, Queen’s.

Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Anderson, Carleton.

Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year): Dan Vanhooren, Calgary.

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Haley McDonald 51 points breaks 43-year U Sports basketball record

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Acadia Axewomen Haley Mcdonald 51 Points Breaks U Sports Basketball Scoring Record

Acadia Axewomen Haley McDonald (Port Williams, N.S.) had a game for the history books, setting the U Sports basketball single game women’s scoring record with an incredible 51 point performance to break a 43 year-old record.

McDonald, a 5’5″ sharpshooting point guard drilled 18-of-33 shots, nailed 5-of-11 three-pointers and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line. The third year junior product of Nova Scotia’s Horton Griffins added four rebounds and two assists in 39 minutes to propel Acadia 88-84 past the No. 2 ranked UPEI Panthers in the semi-finals of the 2019 Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Championships.

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“I’m so happy, my team (reaction) says it all, they are the best. I had a blast, today was amazing, the crowd was amazing, there is nothing like this feeling.” a teary-eyed McDonald emotionally shared her feelings after the game.

Haley Mcdonald 51 Points Lifting AUS Championship Trophy

Haley Mcdonald 51 Points Lifting AUS Championship Trophy – Photo: @PeterOleskevich

McDonald was named AUS championship tournament MVP as she followed up her record breaking game with a 29-point, 10 assist as the Axewomen to capture back-to-back AUS titles.

A first-team conference All-Star, she finished third in the country in scoring with a 23.3 scoring average.

Lakehead Thunderwolves’ Guard Jylisa Williams (Atlanta, GA) and Saint Mary’s Huskies’ Carol Turney shared the previous record with 50 point outbursts.

Williams a Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) 2012-13 and U Sports/CIS 2014-15  player of the year tied Turney’s (December 3, 1976 vs. Mount Allison) AUS scoring record with a 50-point game against the Toronto Varsity Blues on February 6th 2015.

Calgary Dinos’ Meagan Koch currently holds the Canada West scoring record with her 49 point game versus the Saskatchewan Huskies in 1996.

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Bishop Gaiters’ Mara Lis Marchizotti (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 36 point outing on the road against the Concordia Stingers on January 18, 2018 stands as the current Réseau du Sport Etudiant du Québec (RSEQ) scoring record.

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