The 15-5, second place Mounties, will play their last home game of the season February 24 at 4pm against the visiting Mount Saint Vincent Mystics. The game is of special meaning to three graduating players: Brad Sanford, Kellan Duke and Rod Joseph, as well as manager Ben Wishart, who will make their final appearances in the friendly confines of the McCormack gymnasium before heading off to the ACAA championships, March 2-4, at Dal AC next weekend.
Sanford, Duke, Joseph and Wishart have made significant contributions to the Mounties basketball program during their years at Mount Allison including the teams first ever trip to the CCAA National Championships one year ago. Sanford, a former ACAA Rookie of the year in 2014-2015 is having perhaps his finest year as a Mountie as he is among the league leaders in minutes played, scoring, rebounding, free throw and FG percentage. Kellan Duke completes his four year career with the Mounties as well. Earning a captain and leadership role this year, Duke has been consistent over the past four years as a respected role player in both games and practice and as MtA coach, Steve Chapman, describes, "perhaps the best team guy I have ever coached". Joseph joined the Mounties last year after a stellar football career with the football Mounties. Amongst the team leaders in minutes played, scoring and rebounding, his continued improvement, physical presence and athleticism over the past two years has been a key to the Mounties success this season and last. Wishart also appears in his last season with the Mounties. A former basketball standout at Moncton High, Wishart has served in a pivotal role as the teams manager. Last year he won Mount Allison's Manager of the Year Award and this year has continued to excel in the day to day functions and activities of the team. On all the grads, Chapman commented " whenever you can surround yourself with good people, good things happen. I believe this to be true of these individuals and their time, effort and commitment to MtA basketball, I will be forever grateful. Mount Allison has been good to the guys, they too have been good for Mount Allison".