Vancouver Island University Mariners men’s team celebrates a win this week at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball championships in Langley. (CCAA photo)

VIU Mariners men’s team takes 2019 national basketball title

Vancouver Island University defeats Sheridan Bruins 85-82 in CCAA national championship

The Vancouver Island University Mariners men’s basketball team is king of the hoops hill.

The Mariners squeaked out an 85-82 win over the Sheridan Bruins at the Langley Events Centre Saturday night, taking home the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national title.

Guard Harry Fayle led the Mariners with 25 points, followed by guard Landon Radliff with 17.

Going into halftime, the Mariners held a 45-38 lead over the Ontario college.

The game went down to the wire, with VIU holding a slim 81-80 lead with 15.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but Radliff sank a pair of free throws to put the team up 83-80. However, the Mariners fouled Bruins’ guard Jemol Edwards with 3.2 seconds left, beyond the three-point line, leading to three free throws for Sheridan and Edwards made two of three.

The Bruins fouled the Mariners on the subsequent possession and Fayle made both free throws to clinch the title for VIU.

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