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Our AAA Men's Basketball Cheetahs overcame the odds against them and pulled out an incredible upset National title at the CCAA Nationals Championships which were played at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario from March 16-19.
In the finals, played on Saturday evening, the Cheetahs were losing 48-41 at the end of the first half, but they fought back and kept things close through the rest of the game. They then pulled out all the stops in the 4th quarter and emerged with a solid 102-85 victory. It was only the second time the team had played in the national finals. Their first time was a victory 24 years ago over Dawson in 1987, and consequently they are now officially 2 for 2 in the finals!
These factors, however, didn't appear to bother the team or their excellent coaching staff, led by their stalwart and longtime Head Coach Andy Hertzog.
"Only to the rest of the world (were we underdogs)," said Coach Hertzog, "We were the youngest team there, probably the smallest team there. It's always a challenge in the CCAA when you play at nationals because we're a different animal than the rest of the country and our kids, many of whom are 18 or 19 years old, are often playing against 25-year-old men who are in their third, fourth or fifth year in a community college after graduating from Grade 12. "It's a challenge, but you know that going in."
The entire team must find this incredible championship victory tremendously gratifying, as do we all! Congratulations to each and every one of you. Vanier is indeed very proud!
Official CCAA Championship Finals highlights video clip:
Fun clip of team members celebrating after the game at the hotel:
Selected highlights of all teams at the Nationals: