Prairie Challenge Cup Has Unique Finish



Both Rebels squads tasted victory on Sunday

Many experienced great competition and exciting basketball action at the Prairie Cup Challenge exhibition basketball tournament this past weekend. The 2009 edition of the annual college and club-team showdown saw four men’s teams, and six women’s teams square off in a four day hoop-fest.

The concluding women’s match was a uniquely contrived race. The host Red River Rebels and Providence Freemen, both members of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, battled for two 20-minute halves in a lightning quick non-conference friendly that ended in a 32-20 victory for the home side.

The much anticipated 15th and final game of the tournament was a high-energy clash that saw the host Rebels conquer their MCAC rivals from Canadian Mennonite University. The Blazer men, who remain undefeated in conference play this season, trailed Red River for 60 minutes on their way to an 82-75 defeat. The top conference team has been battling injuries as of late, with two of their elite out of the lineup. The non-presence of key veterans, guard Alex Leaver (bruised foot), forward Dave Isbister (broken hand), as well as freshman forward Dane Cameron has resulted in a thinned-out version of the normally deep Blazer bench.

MCAC match ups will continue for one week before breaking until January 9.

By Darrin Bauming

Results

Men’s Pool – Record

Red River College (RRC) 3 – 0

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) 2 -1

Providence College (PC) 1 – 2

Collège Universitaire de Saint-Boniface (CUSB) 0 – 3

Women’s Pool Record

Swoosh (SW) 3 – 0

Winnipeg Internationals (WI) 2 – 1

Junior Thunderwolves (JT) 2 – 1

Red River College (RRC) 1 – 2

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) 1 -2

Providence College (PC) 0 – 3

Scores

Thursday Nov. 26 at Providence College:

6:30 pm – Women – PC vs. CMU  PC 52 – 63 CMU

8:00 pm – Men – PC vs. CMU  PC 62 – 81 CMU

Thursday Nov. 26 at Red River College:

6:30 pm – Women – RRC vs. SW  RRC 53 – 58 SW

8:00 pm – Men – RRC vs. CUSB  RRC 89 – 37 CUSB

Friday Nov. 27 at Red River College:

5:30 pm – Women – CMU vs. WI  CMU 58 – 77 WI

7:00 pm – Women – JT vs. SW  JT 50 – 51 SW

8:30 pm – Men – PC vs. CUSB  PC 61 – 52 CUSB

Saturday Nov. 28 at Red River College:

10:00 am – Women – PC vs. WI  PC 37 – 82 WI

11:30 am – Women – RRC vs. JT  RRC 48 – 61 JT

1:00 pm – Men – RRC vs. PC  RRC 73 – 62 PC

2:30 pm – Men – CMU vs. CUSB  CMU 75 – 45 CUSB

4:00 pm – Women – SW vs. WI  SW 63 – 54 WI

Sunday Nov. 29 at Red River College:

11:00 am – Women – CMU vs. JT CMU 39 – 63 JT

12:30 pm – Women – RRC vs. PC  RRC 32 – 20 PC

2:00 pm – Men – RRC vs. CMU RRC 82 – 75 CMU

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