BRAMPTON, Ont. (March 1) – In what can only be described as an instant classic, the Sheridan Bruins men’s basketball team (30-5, 18-3 OCAA) defended their Ontario crown by knocking off previously unbeaten Algonquin 76-75 in the OCAA Championship Game, when a last second heave from Algonquin’s Derrek Mooney missed by no more than a couple of inches.
“We played really well and there’s nothing there to choose between the two teams — it came down to one shot with a win by one point,” Sheridan head coach Jim Flack said. “It’s a game of inches and the Algonquin Thunder is one of the most courageous teams we’ve faced all year. They wouldn’t go away, but I think we matched their courage and really it came down to who was going to make one play at the end. Mooney had it in his hands and that is one brave guy, took that shot, he didn’t hesitate and if it’s two inches in another direction, we’re the ones crying tears right now. Instead, we’re fortunate enough to lift a banner.”
The game had an incredible intensity and pace to start, as the opening quarter featured seven ties, with the Thunder holding a slim 26-23 advantage at the end of it.
Algonquin started to tilt the momentum in their favour in the opening moments of the second frame — taking the biggest lead of the game for either side at 41-31 — but the Bruins replied with a 15-0 run and led 48-44 at the break.
Sheridan pushed their lead as high as six in the third quarter, only to see the Thunder re-claim the lead at 63-61, before yet another lead change saw the hosts in front 66-65 heading into the final period.
With the pressure mounting as the game was approaching its apex, both sides began to employ a more methodical approach offensively and with the entire 10 minutes played within a three-point margin.
In the final minute with the Bruins trailing 75-74, Paul Williams got into the lane and though his initial attempt was off the mark, he corralled the rebound and put it home off the window to re-claim the lead with 15.9 seconds remaining.
The Sheridan defence held strong on the ensuing Algonquin possession, nearly forcing the turnover, but Trevor Williams couldn’t quite collect the loose ball before it went out of bounds.
The Thunder had a chance for one final play with 1.8 seconds left. Inbounding off the left wing, the ball went to Derrek Mooney on the right wing and his attempt narrowly missed.
Michael Selkridge scored 18 points to lead the Bruins — he would also be named tournament MVP — while Dylan Periana chipped in with 17.
Njuguna Waiganjo scored a game-high 33 points, cementing his status as a tournament All-Star, while Mooney posted 13 and Patrick Lumumba had 11.
Trevor Williams from Sheridan and Tyrelle Samuels from Algonquin rounded out the Championship All-Star team.
Blue notes: In the near 50-year history of the OCAA, this was just the fourth time the Championship Game had been decided by a single point. Sheridan has now the victor in three of them, adding to a resume that already included an 89-88 win over George Brown in 1990 and a 77-76 win over Humber in 1999. It also marks the fifth time that a Sheridan team has been successful in defending their crown.
BRAMPTON, Ont. (February 28) — There were points where it looked like they may have expended most of their energy during a high-energy first quarter when they netted 36 points, but when they stared at scoreboard late in the fourth quarter that saw them trailing for the first time, the Sheridan Bruins men’s basketball team (29-5, 17-3 OCAA) found another gear and held off Mohawk 86-80 to reach the OCAA Championship Game.
“We played very well, executed our game plan nicely and really when it comes down to it, it was just a few possessions that determined it,” head coach Jim Flack said. “Basically we just made a few more shots than Mohawk did, so there’s no real difference between the teams. Everybody talks about Matt Fennell, and he’s a great player, but they’re so much more than that. They’ve got (Andrew) Cicuttini, (Taylor) Dowhaniuk, (Alex) Reis, great guards and great coaches, so you can’t just concentrate on one guy or one area.
“They rebound so well and execute their zone so flawlessly, so in the end we made shots when we had to and that’s what basketball comes down to.”
The opening stages featured both sides fighting for control of the momentum, with the Bruins using a 14-3 run to spark a 36-point quarter, leading 36-19 after 10 minutes.
Undaunted, Mohawk began chipping away at the margin and when they closed the half on a 10-0 run had brought it all the way down to three, 50-47, at the break.
To start the second half, Sheridan began to re-build their advantage, pushing the lead back to seven, 69-62, heading into the final period.
An early free-throw make from the Bruins would push it to an eight-point game but after an 8-0 run by the Mountaineers levelled the game, Mohawk would take it’s first lead of the game when Matt Fennell drilled a three.
The Bruins battled to pull back in front and while leading 82-80, traded a pair of five-second violations.
Dylan Periana nailed a pair of free throws with 11.7 seconds left that served to ice the game.
Michael Selkridge led Sheridan with 18 points, while six others hit double figures — Trevor Williams (15 points), Paul Williams (13 points, 18 rebounds), Dylan Periana (13 points), Roshean Keen (10 points) and Denzil Abrams (10 points).
Matt Fennell scored a game-high 20 for Mohawk, while also chipping in with 12 boards.
Taylor Dowhaniuk also posted a double-double for the Mountaineers with 11 points, 10 boards and six blocks, with more scoring contributions from Zxennis Brereton (13), Patrick Iavarone (12) and Alex Reis (11).
Sheridan will move on to play Algonquin in the championship game, while Mohawk will play Durham in the second bronze semi final.
BRAMPTON, Ont. (February 27) -- The first day of the 2014 Belair Direct National Fitness OCAA Men's Basketball Championship closed with a thriller for the ages, as the Sheridan Bruins held off the George Brown Huskies 99-89 in overtime.
With a quick pace to start, the two sides were close throughout the entire first quarter, with the largest margin for either side being only four points.
Early in the second frame, the Bruins went on a 14-0 run to take a 15-point lead, on their way to a 43-31 halftime advantage.
The Huskies would begin the second half on a tear though, and thanks to a 17-2 run led 53-49 going into the fourth quarter.
They would push their lead as high as eight, before the Bruins began to chip away, finally pulling level at 75-75.
With Sheridan clinging to an 80-77 lead in the dying moments of the fourth quarter, OCAA player of the year Vadim Halimov nailed a three-pointer to send the game to overtime.
Slowly throughout the extra period, the Bruins wrestled control away and closed the game on a 14-2 run to make the margin far more lopsided than the game truly warranted.
Trevor Williams scored a game-high 34 points for Sheridan, with Michael Selkridge (14 points), Roshean Keen (13 points, 14 rebounds), Cory Cooper (12 points), and Dylan Periana (11 points) all hitting double figures.
For George Brown, Vadim Halimov scored 30 to go with 16 rebounds, while Curtis Baanee (15 points), Akai Nettey (14 points) and Dehazmatch James (12 points) all post double digit scoring totals.
The Bruins advance to the semi final, where they will meet Mohawk, while George Brown will play Fanshawe in the bronze medal quarter-final.
OAKVILLE, Ont. (February 25) – The Sheridan Athletic Department announced today that it will launch a varsity cross-country team in the fall of 2014, reviving a sport that had been dormant since the early 90s.
“The re-birth of cross-country will be an exciting adventure for us,” said Sheridan athletic director, Jim Flack. “It will be a while before we even consider any other additions to our varsity team lineup, and we felt as though cross-country finalized the stabilization of our programs from where it was 15 years ago.”
In the late 1990′s, budget restrictions brought the Double-Blue Varsity portfolio down to a paltry two teams, men’s basketball and women’s volleyball.
Since that time, Sheridan has meticulously grown to feature eight teams: men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer and rugby.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams will bring that number to 10, a size Flack feels is equally responsible and sustainable.
“We have to balance the need for varsity representation with the absolute responsibility of providing leading-edge exercise and recreational activities for the general student body,” he said. “We take both mandates very seriously, and want a healthy balance on all of our campuses.”
Sheridan Cross Country is not without its historical success. The men’s team has won three OCAA Championships — also possessing a second and third place finish in the trophy case — while the women’s team were crowned champions once and runners-up on another occasion.
“Our next move is to find a coach,” added Flack. “It needs to be someone who understands the balanced role of varsity sport in the development of the student-athlete, but who also has a background in training elite athletes. We have a way of doing things here that’s just a little different, and we are very proud of that.”
Interested candidates should contact Wayne Fish, Varsity Coordinator at (905)-459-7533 ext, 5261, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org