By Quinn Allen.
The Douglas Men’s basketball team capped off their outstanding season with a silver medal at the CCAA Nationals in Laval, Quebec over the weekend.
After a long flight across to the east coast, the Royals got down to business immediately on Thursday evening in the quarterfinals, defeating Alberta’s SAIT Trojans by a score of 80 to 76. The Royals had four players in double digit scoring, led by Grant Campbell who had 19 points and six boards. Noah DeRappard-Yuswack was a monster inside the paint, collecting 15 rebounds while also adding 16 points. Reese Morris also had a big game for Douglas, dropping 17 points and registering 12 boards.
With the win, that set Douglas up with a semi-final tilt with the host team and defending national champions, The Nomades de Montmorency of Laval. Despite being down by nine points at half, The Royals fought hard for a 93-87 win. Kameron Johnson went off for the Royals, dropping an impressive 33 points while shooting 12 for 17 from the field and a perfect 3 for 3 from three-point range. Reese Morris had another productive game for Douglas, scoring 16 points while collecting seven boards. Douglas shot an outstanding 50.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from the three-point line.
For the first time in ten years, the Royals were back in a gold medal game at the CCAA Nationals. Their opponents, the Seneca Sting of Toronto, had never won a National title and were looking to make history. This game was full of high intensity offensive play from both teams. Seneca was able to edge out the Royals with an 86 to 73 victory. Both teams were going toe to toe all game, until Seneca ran away with the game midway through the fourth quarter to give them a 13-point win. The Royals were led by Reese Morris who had 20 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Kameron Johnson also added 18 for Douglas.
The Royals fought extremely hard all season to earn this silver medal. Considering they were a third seed heading into the PacWest Championships, it’s amazing to see what they have accomplished this year. Many of these seniors like Grant Campbell, Ethan McKean and Karun Samra, who have been a part of this program since their freshman years; it’s a great way to cap off their careers as Royals. Obviously a gold medal was the ultimate goal, but this team should be very proud of the way they played this season. The future looks bright for this Douglas College Men’s Basketball program.
Three Royals named All-Stars
Over the weekend at Nationals, three Royals were recognized for their impressive play this season. Kameron Johnson and Reese Morris were both named first team All-stars in the CCAA, while Noah DeRappard-Yuswack was named to the second team. Johnson led Douglas this year with 15.3 points per game, while Morris averaged 11.4 ppg and eight boards per game. DeRappard-Yuswack, a transfer from Quest University, averaged 14.1 ppg, and an impressive 11.2 rebounds per game.