Cougars men’s team takes home title
Todd Colin Vaughn
What a weekend for the Cougars.
Faced with two tough playoff games in two days, the Cougars men’s basketball team pushed through to end their run in the ACAC with a championship.
On Mar. 2, the Cougars busted out to a 30-point third-quarter lead over the NAIT Ooks. The Ooks gave the Cougars a scare in fourth, chipping the lead down to 10, but solid defense and timely free throws gave Mount Royal a 88-74 victory.
On Saturday, the Cougars were up against their northern rival the Red Deer College Kings. After losing their last matchup to Red Deer, Mount Royal jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.
Steve Trinidad paced the Cougars with 33 points leading his team to an eventual 101-77 victory and claiming the ACAC division crown.
The Cougars will now join the Kings at nationals.
The Cougars will then look to the CIS Canada west division next year after finishing their time in the ACAC on top.
The new division will have better teams and longer travel times for the Cougars.