On Sunday, March 13, 2011, the Trinity Western University Spartans battled perennial Canadian national champion Carleton University Ravens in the 2011 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Championship finals.
Kyle Coston, a fourth-year forward from Blaine, Wash., added 13 points and nine boards in the championship game.
Carleton won the national championship 82-59 over TWU.
It marked the seventh W.P. McGee Trophy triumph in nine years – and the seventh in history – for the Ravens, who had won the last five editions of the tournament in Halifax from 2003 to 2007, before adding another banner in 2009 in Ottawa. They extended their winning streak at the Metro Centre to 20 straight games dating back to a 78-77 quarter-final loss to McMaster in 2001.
The Spartans, who earned the wildcard and entered the tourney as the No. 5 seed after finishing third at the Canada West Final Four, were making their first appearance at the championship since joining CIS back in 1999-2000.
In the semi-final match up against the University of British Columbia, Coston finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds and made the winning shot, a three-pointer with 12 seconds left in the game. That stellar performance was highlighted by 20-points in the second half.
In a tournament interview, Coston said he couldn’t remember playing so well in such a big game: “Not on this big a stage, definitely not,” said Coston, in his first year at TWU. “I played Division I basketball for three years down in Portland, went to two March Madness tournaments, but performing like this, on this type of stage is great. The fans in Halifax, it’s amazing.”
The top-seeded University of British Columbia Thunderbirds rebounded from a heartbreaking semifinal loss with a 111-95 bronze medal win over the No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies at the CIS men’s basketball tournament.
In 2010, Trevor captained the University of Saskatchewan Men’s Basketball Team to the school’s first-ever Canadian University National Championship.
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