A pair of siblings from Maple Creek helped the University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s basketball team win their first national championship in Ottawa on Sunday.
Clint and Chris Unsworth were both members of the fifth seeded Huskies, who defeated the third ranked British Columbia Thunderbirds 91-81 in the national final only two weeks after winning their first Canada West title.
The Huskies concluded the season with 13 straight wins and 17 wins in their final 18 games as they captured their first W.P. McGee Trophy.
On Saturday the Huskies upset the top ranked defending champion Carleton University Ravens 86-82 in the semi-finals to deny the Ravens their seventh national title in eight years.
In the quarter-finals, the Huskies knocked off the fourth ranked Windsor Lancers 71-68 to open their fifth appearance at the CIS championships.
Clint Unsworth appeared in all three games, including 12 minutes in the championship final with one offensive rebound and one steal.
In the semi-final, the 6’9, 222 pound forward played seven minutes with one point and one defensive rebound.
The fifth year agriculture student was two for three from the field and made three free throws in 13 minutes during the quarter-final win over Windsor with three rebounds.
Clint appeared in 14 games this season, averaging 4.9 points per game and 3.1 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game. He shot 59 percent from the field and 68 percent from the free throw line in his final season of eligibility, while adding nine assists, six steals, and seven blocked shots.
Chris Unsworth did not appear in the national championships but appeared in 22 games with three starts. He shot 51 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free throw line. The 6’8, 237 pound forward totaled 53 rebounds, 15 assists, 12 steals, and three blocks.
Chris is a third year agriculture student with two years of eligibility remaining after playing the previous two seasons with the University of Calgary Dinos before transferring to the University of Saskatchewan.