by Duncan Forbes
People may have called this team too young, too small and too inexperienced at the beginning of the season. At the end of the season, they can only call them one thing: champions.
The Tigers men’s basketball team featured eight rookies on a roster that barely resembled last year’s squad. Despite some people’s doubts, head coach Rick Plato said there were no doubts inside the Tigers locker room.
“With an excellent recruiting class and a solid core of veterans returning, I knew that we were far better than people gave us credit for,” says Plato. “The veterans were ready to make amends for an underachieving previous season. Like I tell the boys, talk is cheap and we used it as motivation all year long.”
After dropping their first game of the season to UPEI, the Tigers went on a five-game winning streak that saw them jump out to a 5-1 record heading into the holiday break.They finished second at the Rod and Joan Shoveller Memorial Tournament over the holiday break, only losing to Ottawa in the final, who were ranked first in the CIS at the time.