The Rebels men’s basketball team finished the MCAC regular season strong, sweeping a weekend double header against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. On Saturday at home, the Rebels cruised to a 97-69 victory. Taylor Brown led all scorers with 25 points while guard Jonathan Wilner added 15 points. Ezy Lerner also had a strong game for the Rebels scoring 10 points along with 10 rebounds. On Sunday night, the Rebels followed up with a 90-35 thrashing of the Wesmen. Brown and Paul Luzige each had 22 points for the Rebels. The Rebels end the year in first place with a 11-1 record and will face the Wesmen in the MCAC Championship Semi-Final on Saturday at the UW, 6:00PM. The MCAC Championship Final will be held on Sunday in the Duckworth Centre at UW, 3:00PM start.
The Rebels women’s team had a light weekend, both of their games scheduled against the UW were forfeit wins. They finish in 2nd place with a 8-4 record. On Saturday at 2:00PM they face the Providence University Pilots in the MCAC championship semi, with the winner going on to the final at 1:00PM on Sunday, all games being held at the Duckworth Centre.
Coach Doug Lawrie’s women’s futsal team had a very successfully Saturday in Brandon, winning a game each against their MCAC rivals, ACC and BU. They first defeated the ACC Cougars 4-2, with Paige Proctor scoring 2 goals and strong play from defender Emeraude Nginda, who has also scored a goal in the win. The Rebels then followed up with a 4-2 victory over the BU Bobcats. The Rebels were lead by Nadine Reimer’s hat trick and strong goaltending from Brittany Derkacz. The Rebels currently sit in second place with a 4-1-1 record.
Unfortunately the Rebels men’s futsal team did not have the same success, losing to BU and ACC by identical 6-5 scores. The pair of losses drops their record to 3-3, where they sit in the 3rd place. Both Futsal teams head to USB on Friday to face the Les Rouge in a pair of games, women’s starting at 6:00PM.
Finally, the Rebels women’s volleyball team missed a glorious opportunity to secure the final MCAC playoff spot on Saturday losing to PUC in five sets, 3-2 (25-13, 19-25, 25-27, 25-21, 15-7). This comes after a strong 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-17) win over the UW on Wednesday. The women’s team currently sits in 4th place (final playoff spot) two games ahead of the ACC Cougars. They, along with the men’s team (who have been eliminated from playoff contention), finish the regular season this weekend in Brandon against ACC with games Friday or Saturday night. The women Rebels need to win one of the two games to clinch a playoff berth, for the first time in 4 years.