By Ali Lee, with files from CIS
(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – Regardless of the results from this week’s upcoming CIS National Championship University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball fifth-year forward Chris McLaughlin will go out a champ. The Oakville, Ont. native will exit his post-secondary career as a CIS First team All-Canadian, announced tonight, Mar. 11, at the CIS All-Canadian Banquet. Though other hardware is likely on the six-foot-ten Canada West MVP’s mind, this is still a fitting cap for his final season as a Vike.
McLaughlin helped the Vikes to a 15-5 regular season record, tied with Saskatchewan for the top of the standings. The conference first team all-star averaged 19.8 points per game and was second in the conference in scoring, while a season average of 10 rebounds per game sat the six-foot-ten forward at third in the conference for rebounding.
Averaging 33.2 minutes per game, McLaughlin’s contributions were pivotal to the Vikes’ success this season. The power forward posted nine double-doubles and was in double-digit scoring in 19 of 20 games including a 32-point game against Brandon and 31 points against UBC.
At the Canada West Final Four McLaughlin helped Victoria hoist the Canada West title for the first time since 2006. Victoria blew past Fraser Valley in the semifinals and came from behind to edge hosts Saskatchewan to be named Canada West champions.
Victoria enter this week’s CIS championship as the No. 4 seed and will face the No. 5 Dalhousie Tigers in their quarter-final match up set for Mar. 12 at 1:00 p.m. EST in Toronto.
Johnny Berhanemeskel, a fifth-year guard from the University of Ottawa, was named the CIS player of the year. A local product from Ottawa, Berhanemeskel became the first-ever Gee-Gee to claim the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy and the first player in school history to capture a national individual award in men’s basketball.
Other CIS award winners announced during the All-Canadian Awards Gala held at Uniun Nightclub in Toronto were Carleton wing-forward Thomas Scrubb, who was voted the defensive player of the year for a second straight season; Brock guard Johneil Simpson, who received the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy as rookie of the year; Ottawa’s James Derouin, who merited the Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy as the TIMEX coach of the year; as well as Memorial forward Noel Moffatt, who earned the Ken Shields Award in recognition of his excellence in basketball, academics and community involvement.
The ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS championship, hosted by Ryerson University, gets underway Thursday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre and culminates Sunday at 3 p.m. with the national final, live on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet ONE. Saturday’s semifinals are also live on Sportsnet 360 (6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.), while all other games from the eight-team tournament are set to air on Rogers TV, Rogers TV Sports + and Super Sports Pak. All 11 contests will also be webcast on www.CIS-SIC.tv.
2014-2015 CIS MEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS
Mike Moser Memorial Trophy (player of the year): Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa
Defensive player of the year: Thomas Scrubb, Carleton
Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (rookie of the year): Johneil Simpson, Brock
Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (TIMEX coach of the year): James Derouin, Ottawa
Ken Shields Award (basketball, academics & community service): Noel Moffatt, Memorial
Pos Athlete University Year Hometown Program
G Johnny Berhanemeskel Ottawa 5 Ottawa, Ont. Economics
F Thomas Scrubb Carleton 5 Richmond, B.C. MBA
F Chris McLaughlin Victoria 5 Oakville, Ont. Social Sciences
G Javon Masters UNB 2 Kitchener, Ont. Arts
G Philip Scrubb Carleton 5 Richmond, B.C. Commerce
G Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson Calgary 5 Winnipeg, Man. Arts
G Jahmal Jones Ryerson 5 Mississauga, Ont. Bus. Tech. Management
G Tyler Scott UPEI 3 Halifax, N.S. Business Admin.
F Tommy Nixon UBC 5 Vancouver, B.C. Kinesiology
F François Bourque McGill 2 Terrebonne, Que. Economics
G Johneil Simpson Brock 1 Toronto, Ont. Sport Management
G Ben Miller Acadia 1 Winnipeg, Man. Arts
G Lars Schlueter Calgary 1 Ulm, Germany Arts
W Alexandre Leclerc Laval 1 Saguenay, Que. Recreation
W Luke Allin Wilfrid Laurier 1 Chatham, Ont. Arts