Sheridan Bruins sweep OCAA athlete honours

Sheridan Bruins grab the the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association athletes of the week spotlight, taking individual and team honours in both male and female categories.

Shane Reece, carried over his hot play from the OCAA basketball championship to the national level as he was named as a first team All-Tournament all-star at this past weekend’s Canadian Colleges Athletic Association national championship in St. Lambert, QC.

Reece led the Bruins to a fourth place finish with his dominate play in the paint and was named the Player of the Game in the Bruins first-round win over the host Champlain Cavaliers. He put up 22 points and grabbed 10 boards.

Reece did not slow down as he was again named Player of the Game in the Bruins second-round loss against Mount Saint Vincent with another double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds).

In the Bruins other two games, Reece put up 13 points and eight rebounds and 12 points and 16 rebounds to help lead them to a fourth place finish.

Taking female honours was Sheridan’s Nakia Arthur who helped the Bruins upset the number two seed Concordia UC of Alberta in the opening round of the CCAA women’s national basketball title hunt.

Arthur paced the Bruins with 21 points and four rebounds and was named the Player of the Game for her effort. The first-year guard’s play did not slow down as the tournament progressed. In the Bruins second-round loss to Mount Saint Vincent, she again put up impressive numbers, netting 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Arthur saved her best performance of the tournament for Sheridan’s game against UNBC where she scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help lead the Bruins into the bronze medal final.

Sheridan’s men’s and women’s cage teams then grabbed the OCAA teams of the week award.

The Bruins’ men’s team traveled to St. Lambert to compete in the CCAA National Championship and wasted little time in setting a tone, knocking off the host Champlain Cavaliers, 85-75. In the gold semi-final the Bruins were unable to hold off the balanced attack of Mount St. Vincent, dropping a 79-64 decision to the Mystics. The Bruins medal hopes were transformed to bronze as they defeated the Lakeland College Rustlers 99-71 to move into the bronze medal game.

In the final, the Bruins found themselves a familiar opponent, squaring off against their first round victim, Cavaliers. In front off a sold out crowd the Cavaliers got the better of the Bruins, handing them an 81-75 loss. The Bruins finished the tournament in fourth place.

The women Bruins entered the CCAA National Championship in Truro, Nova Scotia as the seventh seed, but it didn’t take them long to make themselves known as a threat in the tournament. In the opening game, the Bruins upset the second seeded Concordia, 78-67. In the gold semi-final the Bruins luck ran out as they fell to Mount Saint Vincent, 66-54, their first loss in 21 games. The Bruins returned to their winning ways in the bronze medal semi final, demoting the fifth ranked UNBC, 97-65.

The Bruins found themselves with another difficult task in the bronze medal final as they faced off against the top seeded and defending national champions from Vanier.

Although they led at the half, the Bruins were unable to hold the champs down and become only the third team from the OCAA to win a medal at the CCAA women’s basketball championship as they fell 80-75.