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Saskatchewan captures first CIS hoops title

The Saskatchewan Huskies have their first Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s basketball title.

The Saskatchewan Huskies have their first Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s basketball title.

Fuelled by a phenomenal 29-point, 10-assist, seven-steal effort from all-Canadian guard Showron Glover, the underdog, fifth-seeded Huskies beat the No. 2-ranked British Columbia Thunderbirds 91-81 last night in the championship game of the Final 8 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

It was the T-Birds’ second straight loss in the national final.

“People doubted us ... Everybody doubted us,” Glover told TSN afterward after stripping his jersey off in celebration. “They had us seeded fifth ... Who No. 1 now?”

T-Birds point guard Josh Whyte, named CIS player of the year last week, was held to 18 points.

The Huskies knocked off the No. 1-ranked defending champion Carleton Ravens in Saturday’s semifinals.

Huskies head coach Greg Jockims was a head coach of the Cape Breton Capers from 1994 to 1998.

The Capers, meanwhile, finished fifth after losing 82-74 to the Calgary Dinos in Friday’s quarterfinals. They beat the Lakehead Thunderbirds 87-65 on Saturday and the Windsor Lancers 95-92 in overtime yesterday.

The Final 8, which has been held in Ottawa the past three years, returns to the Metro Centre in Halifax for 2011 and 2012.