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CCAA Men's Basketball first-round matchups set

The following is a media release issued by the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association on March 10, 2015

Source: www.ccaa.ca

March 10, 2015 – The Mohawk Mountaineers punched their ticket to Nationals last year when they were awarded the 2015 CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship.

Regardless, the Mountaineers earned their way into the tournament by capturing the OCAA Championship with a victory over the Humber Hawks. In doing so, Mohawk was rewarded with the No. 3 seed for the tournament, which will be held March 18-21 in Hamilton, ON.

Meanwhile, the defending champion Langara Falcons are back once again – this time as a wildcard team after being defeated in the PACWEST Championship final by the VIU Mariners.

All matches will be webcast on CCAA.tv. For the complete schedule, latest results, news and photos, visit the tournament’sofficial website. Updates will also be available on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

The Championship Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, March 18 at the Sheraton Hotel, where the CCAA Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and All-Canadians will be honoured.

Here are the first-round matchups:

Holland Hurricanes (1) vs. Medicine Hat Rattlers (8)

Holland, led by All-Canadian D.J. Wright, needed overtime to defeat Crandall 96-91 for the ACAA Championship. The Hurricanes finished atop the ACAA with a perfect 18-0 record in the regular season. They’ll face the wildcard team from the ACAC, the Medicine Hat Rattlers and All-Canadian Guilherme Carabagiale Fuck. Medicine Hat, 16-8 in the regular season, were defeated by Lethbridge in the conference final.

VIU Mariners (2) vs. Lethbridge Kodiaks (7)

The VIU Mariners steamrolled through the PACWEST this season with a 20-1 record. All-Canadian Justin King and the Mariners outlasted the defending CCAA champion Langara 82-76 in the conference final. VIU will face Lethbridge, the ACAC champions. The Kodiaks finished second in the South Division with an 18-6 record and knocked off Medicine Hat in the conference final.

Mohawk Mountaineers (3) vs. Champlain Saint-Lambert Cavaliers (6)

All-Canadian Matthew Fennell and the not-your-average host Mountaineers earned the No. 3 seed by capturing the OCAA Championship. Mohawk, 15-3 in the regular season, defeated division rival Humber 84-74 in the conference final. They’ll face the Saint-Lambert Cavaliers, the RSEQ regular season (14-4) and playoff champions. Saint-Lambert, led by All-Canadian Kasheem Thomas, downed Vanier in the RSEQ final.

Humber Hawks (4) vs. Langara Falcons (5)

The Humber Hawks, defeated by Mohawk in the OCAA Championship final, will represent Ontario. Humber finished atop the OCAA’s West Division with a 17-1 record. They’ll face the defending National Champion Falcons, a wildcard team. Langara, defeated by VIU in the PACWEST Championship final, is led by All-Canadian Jitinder Lohcham. The Falcons were 18-3 in the regular season.