The Sheridan Bruins of Oakville have captured the gold medal at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship at Mohawk College. The Bruins defeated the Algoma Thunderbirds of Sault Ste. Marie 81-63 in the final on Saturday (March 1).
The Bruins pulled away in the second half after leading by only 34-33 after the first 20 minutes. Tournament most valuable player Shane Reese had 20 points and was named Sheridan’s player of the game in the final. Tab Donaldson also scored 20 for the Bruins and Sheldon Sinclair added 13.
Vyron Phillips led Algoma with 19 points while Robbie Green had 14 and was the player of the game for the Thunderbirds.
The triumph marked the ninth OCAA men’s basketball title for Sheridan and the fifth over the last 10 years for West Region Coach of the Year Jim Flack. The Bruins had not won the provincial crown since 2002.
Last year’s champions, Fanshawe of London, won the bronze medal this time around. The Falcons topped St. Lawrence College Vikings of Kingston 70-64. Fanshawe led 29-25 at the half.
Omar Sybbliss paced Fanshawe with 13 points and was his team’s player of the game. Andro McKenzie and Rustom Anary added 11 apiece.
Kwame Francis led St. Lawrence with 13 points. Milton Holness was player of the game for the Vikings.
Tournament All Stars
Mike King, Fanshawe College
Kern Lewis, St. Lawrence Kingston
Robbie Green, Algoma University
Patrick Murray, Algoma University
Tab Donaldson, Sheridan College