Les Rouges TJ Paguirigan is the MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 27, 2022

The 2021-22 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) men’s basketball regular season ended as Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges notched a statement win prior to the start of the playoffs. First year guard TJ Paguirigan was a key to the squad’s home win and earned MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 27, 2022.

The Kenora, ON native made an impact on both sides of the ball as he scored eight points (2/5 from the three point line), three rebounds, two assists plus two steals while playing tough defence as USB defeated second place Providence University College (PUC) Pilots by a 77-70 margin on Sat., Feb. 29.

The Les Rouges victory was the second time in their last three meetings against the PUC Pilots and sets-up for an intriguing post-season encounter.

USB’s head coach Christian Mouné commented. “TJ has been working hard since the beginning of the season. After struggling with his shot early in the season, he started to expand his game. This was on full display this weekend; creating for his teammates, knocking down shots and working hard on defence. It’s a testament to his work ethic and will to learn.”

The Nursing student-athlete at USB prepares for the rematch in the MCAC playoffs as Les Rouges face the Pilots in the semi-final with tip-off scheduled at 8 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 3.

MCAC Athlete of the Week winners for 2021-22 season

Week 1 (ending Sept. 12, 2021)

WSOC: Kira Ireson – BU

MSOC: Franck Oumar N’Dia – USB

Week 2 (ending Sept. 19, 2021)

WSOC: Morgan Pierce – CMU

MSOC: Jai Virk – PUC

Week 3 (ending Sept. 26, 2021)

WSOC: Katie Moniot – USB

MSOC: Matheus Dos Anjos Aquino – CMU

Week 4 (ending Oct. 3, 2021)

WSOC: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MSOC: Garreth Rayner – PUC

Week 5 (ending Oct. 10, 2021)

WSOC: Paige Heide – PUC

MSOC: Jafet Sandoval – ACC

Week 6 (ending Oct. 17, 2021)

WSOC: Cassie Nazeravich – USB

MSOC: Ryder Anthony – BU

Week 7 (ending Oct. 24, 2021)

WSOC: Makayla Myer – PUC

MSOC: Joel Dueck – PUC

Week 8 (ending Oct. 31, 2021)

WSOC: Mylène Chabot – USB

MSOC: Diego Rodriguez – BU

Week 9 (ending Nov. 7, 2021)

WVB: Alex Buhler – PUC

MVB: Noah Barcellona – ACC

Week 10 (ending Nov. 14, 2021)

WVB: Halle Meisner – CMU

MBB: Nathan Ens – PUC

Week 11 (ending Nov. 21, 2021)

WVB: Brielle Grenier – USB

MVB: Tyler Klassen – PUC

Week 12 (ending Nov. 28, 2021)

WBB: Shirliz Apiyo – CMU

MVB: Austin Anderson – PUC

Week 13 (ending Dec. 5, 2021)

WBB: Julia Schatkowsky – CMU

MVB: Carter Beattie – ACC

Week 14 (ending Jan. 30, 2022)

WVB: Maddie Fehr – PUC

MVB: Nick Friesen – PUC

Week 15 (ending Feb. 6, 2022)

WFUT: Tiegan Kroeker – CMU

MBB: Joshua Armstrong – PUC

Week 16 (ending Feb. 13, 2022)

WVB: Valeria Gonzalez – USB

MVB: Timothy Juvonen – CMU

Week 17 (ending Feb. 20, 2022)

WVB: Samuelle Lemoine – USB

MBB: Seth McKenzie – CMU

Week 18 (ending Feb. 27, 2022)

WVB: Jenna Campbell – USB

MBB: TJ Paguirigan – USB