The Mount Allison Mounties men’s basketball team play their final home game of the year this Saturday vs St. Thomas Tommie’s at 4:00pm. This will also be the final regular season game for the 3rd place Mounties before heading into ACAA Championships March 1-3 at Crandall University in Moncton. The Mounties, 13-7, have been playing well of late and hope to keep their momentum going forward against the visiting Tommies and right into the playoff stretch. Two weeks ago the Mounties won an important road game at UNBSJ 83-72, followed by a 95-42 home victory over arch rival Crandall Chargers and then were impressive in a hard fought 84-77 loss at home to Holland College, the # 1 ranked team in the country. This past Sunday, the Mounties played their last road game of the regular season defeating the University of Kings College Blue Devils 96-80. Second year guard, Aram Currie, continued his hot hand with 32 points. Fredericton’s Seong Woo park added 16 points, James French provided 14 points and 9 rebounds while fourth year captain Jeshua Becker contributed 11 points, 3 assists and 3 steals.
This Saturday will see the final home performance of two key Mountie players, Jeshua Becker and Yanniv Perez who graduate this spring. Both players have been a key part of Mountie success during their years here and were both members of the Mountie's team who went to the CCAA National Championships for the first time in school history in 2017. Becker, a graduate of nearby Tantramar High School in Sackville, and Perez, a native of Montreal, both are known for their outside shooting touch while this year were both elevated to the role of captains for their final season. While similar roles, the two Mountie grads couldn’t be any more different. Becker is 6’4, lives in Maits Corner, NB and is quiet while Perez is 5’10, lives in Montreal and is the team’s most vocal guy in practice and games. But that’s where the differences end according to coach Steve Chapman. “Both Jesh and YP have been awesome young men to coach and I have great respect for their contribution to our basketball program and to Mount Allison in general as student athletes. I have known Jesh a little bit longer, I actually coached his Dad, Christoph, back in high school while YP called me three years ago and said he wanted to give our school a shot after attending university in Quebec. Both have been successful student athletes who have the respect of their teammates and coaches. While I feel Mount Allison has been very good for Jesh and YP, both have also been very good for Mount Allison. They are quality people, both will be outstanding ambassadors of MtA down the road, and all of the Mountie basketball family wishes them all the best in their future endeavours".
Both Becker and Perez will be recognized just prior to tip off of the MtA-STU game this Saturday. Also to be acknowledged will be two fourth year volunteer student athlete therapists, Haruka Kashiwai of Hantsport, NS and Katie Rubinger of Halifax. Both Katie and Ru have been with the team the past two years and have spent countless hours with the team in practices, travelling and at home games while maintaining high academic standing. This year both are completing an Honor’s program in Science. According to Chapman, “they are incredible, both have spoiled us with their time and expertise in taking care of everyone. They are the best”
Members of both the men’s and women’s team along with family members will be having a post-game reception immediately following the men’s game.