Mounties Prepare for 2018-2019 Season

Mounties Prepare for 2018-2019 Season

Mounties Prepare for 2018-2019 Season – Begin exhibition play Sept 26

After three weeks of tryouts and formal practices, the 2018-2019 Mount Allison men’s basketball team is on the verge of beginning their season with an aggressive exhibition schedule of controlled scrimmages and games against both CCAA and U SPORTS opponents before opening with their first game in ACAA league play on Oct 28 at Mount Saint Vincent in Halifax.

The Monuties will start things off with a controlled scrimmage vs ACAA rivals, the Crandall Chargers on September 26 at Mount Allison in a 7:15pm start time. The garnet and gold then head to their first ever appearance at the Eric Garland Tournament hosted by the UNB Varsity Reds, last years AUS league champions. Also competing in the four team tournament are the Holland College Hurricanes of the ACAA and University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals. The Mounties then play their final exhibition games of the pre-season with an Ontario swing Oct 19-21 where they will play CCAA counterparts Algonquin College of Ottawa, St. Lawrence College in Kingston as well as U SPORTS opponent Queens University.

Mount Allison alumnus Steve Chapman returns as bench boss this year. Entering his 35th year of coaching, Chapman previously coached the Mounties in 1992-2000 before returning 2 years ago to help guide the Mounties to 2 consecutive 2nd place finishes in the parity filled ACAA conference as well as the teams first ever appearance in the CCAA National Championships two years ago. Also returning will be assistant coaches Gerard Reinders of Moncton and Mike MacDougall of Riverview. They share a combined 30 years of coaching experience and have been an integral part of the Mounties success the past two seasons.

This years squad will be looking to build on the programs success of the past two years with 9 returning players and an impressive group of 5 newcomers to this years team. According to Chapman, “it is very early to predict what we will be like this year but we have tremendous potential to be right back in the thick of things despite only having five or six guys who have played more than one year at the CCAA or U SPORTS level. We have lost some key members of our program last year no question but the returning guys did their work over the off season and we really like the new recruits we have brought in. We will be lengthy for sure with 8 or 9 guys between 6’4 and 6’6 and many are able to play more than one spot on the floor. So we like our versatility and athleticism and our youth with 11 guys who can potentially return next year. Its simply too early to speculate now, we may have some growing pains early but the coaches really like this group and I think we have an opportunity to be right there this season”

Featured in the Mounties line up are key returning players including the teams only 3 graduates Jeshua Becker, Mack Chisholm and Yanniv Perez. At 6’4,  Becker, from Maits Corner in NB, has consistently been one of the teams best outside shooters and this year will see increased playing time in his final year. Mack Chisholm, from Fall River, NS, will look to repeat a stellar year from a season ago, where at only 6”1, he started every single Mounties game and was one of  the league’s best athletic and undersized small forwards leading the ACAA in FG% and was among the teams top rebounders. Shooting guard Yanniv Perez, of Montreal, returns for his final year. Placed in a starting role for much of last year, Perez will provide the Mounties with great energy and is one of the best deep scoring threats in the ACAA. With the departure of Thomas LeGallais, last years MVP, and 1st Team CCAA All Canadian to StFX, 3rd year player Seong Woo Park, of Fredericton, will be handling the point guard position for the Mounties. At 6’1 Park is an aggressive on ball defender, knows how to find the open man and is a great attacker of the rim. Park, along with Perez, Chisholm and Becker will serve as the teams captains this year. Other returnees include 6’4 Matthew Tanton from Summerside PEI. Entering his third season, Tanton has steadily improved each year and should provide valuable minutes as one of the teams most aggressive and physical defenders and rebounders. 6’5 James French, of Moncton, returns for his second season as does 6’0 combo guard Brett Curtis, of Harvey Station, NB and 6’2 Aram Currie, of Riverview, the teams Rookie of the Year last season. French saw valuable court time last year and should be pushing for a starting role this season being a good rebounder, athletic ability and an outside threat. Currie, especially with the loss of ACAA All Star Brad Sanford, will  be pushing for a starting role as he too saw great minutes last year, a solid beyond the arc shooter and was among the teams top 5 scorers last year. Curtis, a former NB  team U-15, U-17 member should see increased floor time with his scoring ability added year of experience. The last returning member from last year is 6’6 Zach Boudreau of Sackville. Plagued by injuries and a red shirt last year, Boudreau has come back to the Mounties this year, stronger and improved so the Mounties are looking forward to his physical play in the post and rebounding.

The new comers to the Mounties this year are freshman 6’6 Sam Pierson of Kingston, Ontario, 6’3 Ite Adekeye of Calgary, Alberta, 6’4 Matthew Baker of Rothesay NB, 6’5 Bryden MacDonald of Kentville NS, as well as 6’5 U SPORTS transfer Trevor Schulz of Richmond BC. All will provide the Mounties with greater length than they have had in recent years as well as add to the teams overall depth and versatility. Pierson, a product of Holy Cross High School in Kingston is a good scorer who can play many positions on the floor and will provide valuable minutes to the Mountie attack. Adekeye comes from the prestigious Orangeville Prep Basketball Academy and is a tremendous athlete who is exciting in open floor and is a very good defender and rebounder. Schulz comes to the Mounties after two years at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he played two years as well as a year at Algoma University of the Ontario Universities Athletic Conference. Schulz is expected to provide veteran  leadership, and should see lots of court time as a good mid range shooter, a good defender and rebounder. Baker is among an impressive list of NB talent to recently attend MTA. Last year a AA NB Player of the Year, Baker is well rounded in all aspects of the game, a hard worker with the ability to play more than one position with the Mounties this year. MacDonald hails from the perennial powerhouse Horton High School in NS. He is one the teams hardest workers, has a very good outside shot and along with the other newcomers this year, be part of the core on which the Mounties build around the next few years.