Mariners miss out on medals at nationals

The VIU men’s and women’s teams both won one game at their respective CCAA championship tournaments last week.

Vancouver Island University’s basketball teams played well in stretches at national championships, but weren’t in medal contention.

The VIU men’s and women’s teams both won one game at their respective Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship tournaments last week.

The Mariners men started their tournament in Fort McMurray, Alta., with a 90-77 win against the Keyano Huskies, but then lost 87-82 to the eventual champions, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks, and concluded play with a 96-77 loss to the Nomades de Montmorency.

Josh Ross, who scored 38 points in the loss to NAIT, was chosen a first-team all-star.

VIU’s women had a tough start to their tourney in Windsor, Ont., losing 74-36 to NAIT. The Mariners responded with a 75-44 win against the St. Mary’s Lightning, but then lost to the No. 1-seeded Dynamiques de Sainte Foy, 61-54, to end their medal hopes.

Lanae Adams was chosen a second-team all-star and the Mariners women received the tournament’s Fair Play Award.

Humber won the national championship on a last-second shot.