This week we are flashing back to the 2004-05 men’s basketball team.
Back Row (L-R): John Campbell (Head Coach), Kirk Reid (Assistant Coach), Matt Brooks, Drew Stratton, Trystan James, Tim O’Conor, Ryan DeWinter, Chad Smith, Scott James (Assistant Coach)
Front Row (L-R): David Piers, Paul Cade, Mike Budreski, Jermayne Williams, Devon Norris, Dan Bustillo, Monte Francois, Joonha Hwang
Missing from this photo: Germain Bendegue
The Tigers had high expectations for the 2004-05 season with nine returning players to lead the four fresh faces added to the roster. Captains Dan Bustillo, Monte Francois and Tim O’Connor were hoping to lead the team to the AUS Championship tournament.
In pre-season action, the Tigers had the opportunity to play host to a NCAA Division 1 opponent in Harvard University. It was a tough played game for both sides, unfortunately the Tigers did not come out on top. The last exhibition tournament was the Eric Garland Tournament in Fredericton, N.B. where the Tigers won three games in three days to seize top spot in the event.
The first half of the regular season was tough on the Tigers, with close losses to Acadia, Saint Mary’s, UPEI, and UNB. The Tigers fell to last place in the AUS heading into the Holidays.
Before heading into the second half of the season, the Tigers hosted their annual Rod Shoveller Tournament at Dalplex. A winning battle against Royal Military College and a loss to Concordia placed the Tigers in the bronze medal game against StFX. Germain Bendegue made his Tiger debut during the tournament, helping them to a fourth-place finish.
The second half of the season started off well for the Tigers. With two crucial wins over Acadia and Saint Mary’s, they were back in playoff contention. With three four-point games coming up the Tigers needed to step up their game, but the bad luck from the first half of the season returned and the Tigers went 0-3. Five games out from the seasons end the Tigers put up a fight winning two home games against Memorial and Saint Mary’s but their playoff potential disappeared with a disappointing loss in a hard fought game against CBU.