2022 MCAC Men’s Basketball Championship Preview

Two years ago, the last Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) men’s basketball championship was presented. This 2021-22 season has seen three teams battle throughout the year to earn the championship title in 2022. Providence University College (PUC) Pilots is the host of this year’s MCAC VB Championship on March 3-4 at Niverville Community Resource & Recreation Centre in Niverville, MB.

PUC’s Associate Director of Athletics, Partnerships, Cody Quiring commented about hosting the Championship: “Providence is excited to host the annual MCAC Basketball Championships in the brand new home game facility of Providence Athletics, The Niverville Community Resource and Recreation Centre. We look forward to welcoming fans from near and far to watch an outstanding level of basketball as these hardworking teams strive to capture this year’s title of being crowned MCAC Champions.”

#1 Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers to play in Championship final – 8 p.m. CT start on Friday, March 4

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers finished a 10-2 regular season this year. The squad is looking to win a conference championship for the first time since 2017.

In 2021-22, the Blazers averaged 80 points per game while holding teams to 69 points during the 12 regular season games. CMU has suffered their only two losses during the final four regular season games.

Two of the Top 4 MCAC scorers are Blazers. Second year guard Isaiah Cole tops the conference with 20.1 points per game along with fourth year guard Seth McKenzie in fourth at 17.7. Rookie forward Ezra Leano is fourth in conference rebounding with 8.82 per game. Cole also leads MCAC in assists with 5.92 per game.

Head coach Scott Martin, in his third year, will be scouting the semi-final match and have CMU ready for another championship game. With clinching the number one seed, the Blazers receive the bye into the Championship final on Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m. CT.

#2 Providence University College (PUC) Pilots vs. #3 USB Les Rouges – 8 p.m. CT start on Thursday, March 3

This should be an intriguing contest as both teams have had recent success in the second half. Both teams have also defeated the top seed Blazers in the month of February.

The Pilots notched a 5-6 record and won four of five meetings against Les Rouges in 2021-22. PUC won the last game by a 78-58 result on Feb. 12 on the road and will have their home side cheering them on during this encounter.

Second year center Riley Paul led PUC in scoring and third in MCAC with 17.8 ppg. while third year shooting guard Joshua Armstrong ended up sixth in MCAC at 12.7 ppg. In MCAC rebounds, Paul was first with 10.3 per game, third year power forward and captain Waedon Dueck in third with 9.0 per game while rookie small forward Nathan Ens was sixth at 7.09 per game.

Head coach Pierre Dubreuil, in his fourth season, has guided the team with a goal to get into the final and win PUC’s first MCAC men’s basketball championship since 2003 plus avenge the championship game loss in 2020.

USB finally made it back onto the court after announcing a return for both basketball teams for this upcoming season. This was the first time Les Rouges basketball programs played in MCAC since the 2008-09 season for the men’s program and 2005-06 for the women.  

In the first season, USB has steadily improved and completed the regular season with a 2-9 record and both wins came in the second half. Les Rouges won 72-70 on the road against PUC on Jan. 28 and completed the regular season will a flourish when they defeated CMU 78-70 on the road on Feb. 25.

Guard Daniel Conway led the team scoring and fifth in MCAC with 16.5 ppg. and forward Ade Orogun tied for seventh in MCAC at 11.8 per game. Orogun was also second in conference rebounds with 9.18 per game and guard Randy Gborie is fourth in conference assists at 3.27 per game.

Head coach Christian Mouné, in his first season, has built this team to make a push into the championship final and compete versus the host in a competitive semi-final game this season.

2022 MCAC Men’s Basketball Championship hosted by PUC in Niverville, MB

Thursday, March 3 (all times are Central Time) – live stream at: https://www.youtube.com/c/MCACAthletics

8 p.m.     Semi-Final: #3 USB Les Rouges vs. #2 PUC Pilots

Friday, March 4

8 p.m.     Men’s Basketball Championship Final – #1 CMU Blazers vs. Semi Final winner

2022 MCAC Women’s Basketball Championship Preview

Just over two years ago the last Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) women’s basketball championship was played. This season has seen three teams compete hard throughout the year to capture the championship title in 2022. Providence University College (PUC) Pilots is the host of this year’s MCAC VB Championship on March 3-4 at Niverville Community Resource & Recreation Centre in Niverville, MB.

PUC’s Associate Director of Athletics, Partnerships, Cody Quiring commented about hosting the Championship: “Providence is excited to host the annual MCAC Basketball Championships in the brand new home game facility of Providence Athletics, The Niverville Community Resource and Recreation Centre. We look forward to welcoming fans from near and far to watch an outstanding level of basketball as these hardworking teams strive to capture this year’s title of being crowned MCAC Champions.”

#1 Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers to play in Championship final – 6 p.m. CT start on Friday, March 4

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers completed a perfect 12-0 regular season this year. The squad is looking to defend the title they won in 2020 and extend the CMU championship dynasty as they have won the last three MCAC championships (2018-20).

In 2021-22, the Blazers averaged almost 90 points per game while holding teams to just under 39 points during the 12 regular season games.

Three of the Top 5 MCAC scorers are Blazers. Fourth year forward plus co-captain Julia Schatkowsky top the conference with 14.7 points per game along with fourth year guard and co-captain Shirliz Apiyo in second at 13.1 then rookie guard/forward Briana Ehrmantraut in fifth at 10.4. Apiyo also leads MCAC in assists with 6.30 per game.

Head coach Joe Di Curzio in his eighth year will be scouting the semi-final match and have CMU ready for another championship game. With being the number one seed, the Blazers receive the bye into the Championship final on Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m. CT.

#2 Providence University College (PUC) Pilots vs. #3 USB Les Rouges – 6 p.m. CT start on Thursday, March 3

A semi-final match will determine who advance to the championship game. Both teams have met five times this year with the Pilots coming away with a victory during all the match-ups. PUC finished with a 5-6 record and would like to continue their winning ways against USB.

First year guard Asha Donnelly led PUC in scoring and third in MCAC with 12.4 ppg. while second year guard Trinity Blair ended up sixth in MCAC at 9.09 ppg. In MCAC rebounds, Blair is fifth with 6.18 per game while third year guard Megan Wiebe was sixth at 6.0 per game.

Head coach Joel Coursey, in his tenth season, has guided the team with a goal to get into the final and win PUC’s first MCAC women’s basketball championship since 2006.

USB finally made it back onto the court after announcing a return for both basketball teams for this upcoming season. This was the first time Les Rouges basketball programs played in MCAC since the 2008-09 season for the men’s program and 2005-06 for the women.  

In the first season, USB has battled hard during this season as they still seek their first win and looking for the playoff upset. Their highest point output in 2021-22 was 38 points against the Pilots on Feb. 12 and they continue on building the program in their inaugural season back in MCAC.

Guard Catherine Marquez leads the team scoring with 6.25 ppg. and Olivia Courcelle second on team at 3.89 ppg. Marquez is seventh in MCAC assists with 2.5 per game while guard Jade Costa is tied for fifth in NCAC steals with 2.0 per game.

Head coach Christian Mouné, in his first season, has built this team to gain more experience and play the host in a spirited semi-final game this season.

2022 MCAC Women’s Basketball Championship hosted by PUC in Niverville, MB

Thursday, March 3 (all times are Central Time) – live stream at: https://www.youtube.com/c/MCACAthletics

6 p.m. Semi-Final: #3 USB Les Rouges vs. #2 PUC Pilots

Friday, March 4

6 p.m.    Women’s Basketball Championship Final – #1 CMU Blazers vs. Semi Final winner

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

Weekend Preview (Feb. 25-27) – 2021-22 MCAC Basketball, Volleyball

This is the final weekend in the regular season for the 2021-22 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) basketball and volleyball season before conference championship.

Women’s basketball:

Feb. 25: Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers host Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges – 6 pm CT start

In the last match-up before the playoffs, the Blazers seek to finish their perfect regular season as they are 11-0 so far this season. Les Rouges did not play last week due to weather conditions and would like to pull off the upset. USB’s Sydney Rudnicki leads MCAC in minutes played with a 30:30 average in ten games while CMU’s Julia Schatkowsky is top MCAC scorer with 15.4 point per game average.

Men’s basketball:

Feb. 25: CMU Blazers host USB Les Rouges– 8 pm CT start

This will be a good tune-up for both teams heading into the post-season. The Blazers have clinched first with a 10-1 record so far while Les Rouges have played hard throughout and captured their first win earlier in the second half of this season. CMU’s Isaiah Cole leads the conference in scoring with 19.8 ppg and Blazers fourth year guard Seth McKenzie earned MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 20, 2022. USB’s Daniel Conway is fourth in MCAC scoring at 17.1 ppg. plus first in minutes played at 36:22 average.

Women’s volleyball:

Feb. 26: CMU Blazers host Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars – 6 pm CT start

With one regular season game left, the Blazers are only one game back of second place and still have a chance to move up in the standings as they sit with a 8-7 record. The Cougars are looking for their first win of this season. The last meeting between the two teams had the Blazers finish with a 3-0 victory on the road on Feb. 5.

Feb. 26: USB Les Rouges host Providence University College (PUC) Pilots – 6 pm CT start

The first place Les Rouges lead MCAC with a 13-2 record, on a four game winning streak and hold number ten spot in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national ranking heading into this weekend play. USB’s third year setter Samuelle Lemoine was recognized as the MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 20, 2022. The Pilots are in second with a 9-6 mark and they would like to continue their winning ways as they hold a three game winning streak. The last meeting between the two teams had Les Rouges battle to a 3-1 victory on the road on Feb. 5.

Men’s volleyball:

Feb. 26: CMU Blazers host ACC Cougars – 7:30 pm CT start

There are still all the final standing positions to be decided on the last weekend of the men’s volleyball regular season. The Blazers are in a first place tie with PUC at 11-4 mark while the Cougars are tied for third with USB at 4-11 record. CMU is ranked number 14 in the latest CCAA national rankings. Both teams met earlier on Feb. 5 when the Blazers won a hard fought 3-1 match on the road.

Feb. 26: USB Les Rouges host PUC Pilots – 7:30 pm CT start

The Pilots are tied for first at 11-4 and seeking to complete the season with another win. Les Rouges would like to finish third as they are tied for that position at 4-11 heading into this match. Both teams met earlier on Feb. 5 when the Blazers took a tough 3-1 match win on the road.

Blazers Seth McKenzie is the MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 20, 2022

The top team in the 2021-22 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) men’s basketball standings is Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers. Over the weekend, fourth year guard Seth McKenzie led the squad to another victory and earned MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 20, 2022.

The Winnipeg native created many scoring chances and finished with a game-high 23 points in a tough 99-93 home win on Sat., Feb. 19 over second place Providence University College (PUC) Pilots. In 34 minutes of play, McKenzie went 7/14 (50%) from the 3-point arc and scored 12 of his 23 points in the third quarter when CMU pulled away. He also added four rebounds, four assists and three steals in the contest.

The win avenged the lone loss to the Pilots and improved the Blazers record to 10-1 during this season while now on a two game winning streak.

“Seth McKenzie is our most veteran player, and he certainly showed his experience and clutch shooting ability in our hard fought win on Saturday night,” stated CMU’s head coach Scott Martin. “Although in his final season with us, Seth continues to come to the gym everyday to work on his game in his quest to win a championship for this team and the Blazers program.

The Psychology student-athlete at CMU is ready for another big weekend as the Blazers face Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges at home with tip-off at 8 p.m. CT on Saturday, February 26.

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