Rebels finish championship season 14-0 

By Nik Kowalski

Fourteen games played, 14 games won. 2019-20 has been a season of perfection for the Red River College men’s basketball team — their latest feat an MCAC title.

RRC clinched their third consecutive title Saturday afternoon, defeating the Providence University College Pilots 90-73 on RRC’s home court at the Notre Dame Campus.

It was going to take a major upset to keep RRC from ending their MCAC season without a championship banner. Providence had the best chance at doing so with some special scorers.

Earlier in the season Pilots’ star forward Jordan Lawson scored 52 points in a 20-point loss to the Rebels. Providence guard Joshua Armstrong scored 27 points in the MCAC semi-final against Canadian Mennonite University Thursday. 

Both gave it their all Saturday but RRC still prevailed with a double-digit win at the packed gym.

The Rebels won all 14 of their game by at least 10 points. NIK KOWALSKI.
Torrez McKoy finished with a game-high 29 points, earning playoff MVP honours. NIK KOWALSKI.
RRC’s Frankie Tocci (13) led the entire MCAC/NIAC in blocks, and swatted six shots away in the MCAC final. NIK KOWALSKI.
Providence’s Jordan Lawson still finished with a team-high 27 points in a losing effort. NIK KOWALSKI.
When he wasn’t drilling threes, Torrez McKoy found success driving the paint. NIK KOWALSKI.
Torrez McKoy (3) said RRC’s gameplan was to make Jordan Lawson (6) work for every bucket he wanted to make. NIK KOWALSKI.
Mark Ridd (11) fouled out of Saturday’s championship game. NIK KOWALSKI.
Fourth-year guard Steve Williamson brought excellent defence and timely scoring to RRC all season long. NIK KOWALSKI.
Mark Ridd (left) has now completed his fourth season with the Rebels, while rookie Keith Black (right) has yet to lose an MCAC/NIAC game. NIK KOWALSKI
Mark Ridd (left) and Frankie Tocci (right) were forces down low, giving RRC a huge advantage in size. NIK KOWALSKI.