Feb 05, 2019
CALGARY – Two basketball standouts have been selected as the Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week. This time for the week of January 29 - February 5, 2019.
Both teams were away in Brandon this past weekend. On the women side of thing, both teams wanted to end their 2018-2019 season with wins, which resulted in two close games.
The Cougar's forward Charity Marlatt did all she could for her team, averaging a double-double on the weekend. She racked up an impressive 15.5 points and 11.5 rebounds, in the two games.
Friday Night, Marlatt led her team with 16 points and nine rebounds, forcing the game into overtime. Although the final result did not go their way, the Cougars relied heavily on their key forward. This was apparent on Saturday night when she finished the game with 14 rebounds. This was the highest amount from both teams.
Marlatt stepped up for Mount Royal, and will be a leader in the off-season as the team prepares for 2019-2020. The fourth year is studying a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education and hails from Calgary, Alberta.
The men's team rolled into Brandon needing at least a win to secure an elusive playoff spot. This was a familiar position for the Mount Royal as the past five seasons the Cougars had missed the playoffs by one game or less.
Thanks to Guinto's team-high 16 points, the Cougars were still in the hunt on Friday, but a cold third quarter resulted in a 94-74 loss.
In addition to co-leading the team in points, Guinto led the team in assists and steals, with four and three respectively. This came at a cost as he sprained his ankle and finger. His status would remain questionable going into Saturday's game.
Guinto started Saturday's game despite his injuries. He would put up 17 points including some crucial free throws down the stretch, which secured the 99-94 win for Mount Royal. He had one if his best performances in the most important game of the season.
After the game, he couldn't even stand on his foot but the jubilant third-year guard said in a post-game interview, "This is the first time we have ever made playoffs and it is history. There was a lot of motivation to play for each other."
Guinto is a third year Bachelor of Arts student that hails from Calgary, Alberta.
The men will travel to Regina this Friday, February 8, 2019, for their playoff game against the No.5 Cougars. Tipoff is at 7:00 PM CST and can be viewed live on CanadaWest.tv.