Magic carpet ride continues as McGill cagers capture Brock tourney; Win eighth straight game
Aleksandar Mitrovicscored a game-high 24 points and pulled down six rebounds as the McGill men's basketball team out-gunned Regina 85-69 to capture the RBC-Brock Classic tournament on Sunday morning.
It was the eighth straight win for the Redmen who have won all seven games played this season against CIS opponents. Combined with last week's sweep at their own Redbird Classic, it is believed to be the first time in school history that the Redmen had claimed back-to-back tourney titles.
"We had a sluggish start but I think that it was probably due to the early morning start time (10;30 a.m.)," said Redmen head coachDavid DeAveiroof the Cougars who led 44-41 at halftime. "We bounced back in the second half and have become a real close-knit team as everybody understands their role and responsibilities. The guys are making each other accountable and that is a good sign."
Mitrovic, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound sophomore from Serbia, was one of five Redmen to hit double figures in scoring. Joining him at that plateau wasChristian McCuewith 18 points, MontrealerAdrian Hynes-Geary(16),Winn Clark(12) andVincent Dufort(10) of Smiths Fall, Ont.
McCue, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard from Hampden, Maine, was named tournament MVP, while Clark, who hails from Mission Hills, Kansas, made the all-tournament team.
"McCue has been a pleasant surprise for us and despite being grabbed and held, he found a way to be effective," said DeAveiro. "He's learning how to play without the ball, which is a big change for him because he was a point-guard in high-school and probably had the ball 85 per cent of the time."
The Redmen will play one more exhibition game before the regular season begins on Nov. 10. McGill, which is 1-2 against NCAA squads this season, is heading down to Orlando on Nov. 5 to play the University of Central Florida.