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Ready For Manitoba’s March Madness

Riding a conference winning-steak that stretches back to November 12th and spans 11 games, the CMU men’s basketball team enters the 2012 MCAC Championships with their tails up, ready to bring home their first MCAC banner since 2008. In their way stand the defending champions and hosts from Red River College and the University College Wesmen who are deep with talent and hungry for their first title.

Before the Blazers can even think about Saturday’s championship opponent, they must first focus on Friday afternoon’s match-up with the four-seed Providence Freemen, who despite their lowly 1-12 record, boast two potent scorers and a mid-season upset of Rebels.

Third-year guard Chris Funk has been known to play his best offensive games when he faces CMU while second-year wing Jonathan Thompson’s ability to drive to the basket and lead the fast-break will be at the top of coach Darcy Coss’ areas of focus in Friday’s semi-final.

Comfortably in the shadow of the Blazers big-three are the young guns, Matej Juric and Matt Koenig who have quietly posted very impressive rookie campaigns for the first-place team. While Juric has been a consistent outside threat and knocked-down crucial shots down the stetch for the Blazers, Koenig has shown he can take the MCAC’s best perimeter defenders off the dribble and handle the physical challenges that come with college-level basketball.

The Blazers and Freemen tip-off at 4pm at Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus against the Freemen.The third-ranked CMU women will face the host Rebels in the 6 pm women’s semi-final. Saturday’s schedule boasts the bronze medal games at 2 and 4 pm with the women’s final at 6 pm and the men’s final at 8 pm.



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