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Blazers Prove Themselves In Alberta

With eyes firmly fixed on an eventual place in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, the CMU men’s basketball team made a major statement last weekend in Edmonton when they took two of three games against CCAA colleges at the Dr. Robert Day Invitational at King’s University College.

The Blazers opened with a 78-72 win against the host Eagles on Thursday night. Trailing by as many as 15 points, CMU battled back on a 24-point performance by fifth-year forward Nick Miller. Miller returned to CMU after two seasons in the CIS with the Manitoba Bisons, and will be a counted on for more than just leadership this season.

In Friday evening’s second game CMU dropped a 63-61 nail-biter to Augustana University. The Blazers managed to make a game of it despite having both starting posts, Wyatt Anders and Sean Baergen in foul-trouble. Anders finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds and went 9 for 11 from the free-throw line in the narrow loss.

The Blazers rebounded from the loss with an first-half offensive explosion in their tournament finale against Grand Prairie Regional College that included a 39-point first quarter. Baergen finished with a team-high 21-point, 8 rebound performance in the 104-68 win. Fellow first-year Matej Juric chipped in 16-points and displayed his ability to score from outside and finish on the fast-break.

“It is exciting to see our team get these kind of performances and results against three competitive basketball programs in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference,” stated CMU Director of Athletics, Russell Willms. The Blazer men’s basketball team won their first game against a CCAA opponent last October when they travelled to Vancouver to compete in the Capilano University tournament. The Blazers played six games against CCAA opponents in 2010, winning just once against Columbia Bible College of Abbotsford, BC.

Come out and watch the high-flying Blazers on home court this Thursday night when they host Mount Royal University of Calgary at 8 pm at the Holiday Inn Airport-West Invitation. The CIS-bound Mount Royal Cougars will exit the CCAA next season and will be a very serious test for CMU.



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