Call it mission accomplished for the McMaster Marauders men’s basketball team, as it went undefeated and captured the tournament championship at the 2016 BLIA Cup tournament in Taiwan.
The Marauders defeated Cal Poly Pomona University (NCAA DII) 69-58 in Sunday’s (Aug. 21) tournament final to complete a perfect week of competition with five wins and no losses.
McMaster guard David McCulloch was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while forward Connor Gilmore was selected a member of the All-Tournament team.
The tournament final was attended by 5,000 fans at the Kaohsiung Arena.
McMaster opened the tournament with a 65-62 win over University of Tsukuba (Japan); then won 94-53 over Hsing Wu University (Taiwan); added a 93-70 win over University of Santo Tomas (Philippines); and in the semi-finals romped 108-81 over Huaqiao University (China).
Organized by the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, the BLIA Cup is a sport cultural exchange intended to promote basketball among universities. The tournament featured eight male teams and eight female teams, with representation from the USA, France, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, the Philippines, and the People’s Republic of China.
On returning to Canada the Marauders will get back to work when the new school year gets underway in September and will host an early non-conference clash against Ontario Colleges Athletic Association member Niagara College Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7-pm.