‘If Manny Dulay crosses centre, is he in shooting range ? ‘
Fraser Valley 78 at Winnipeg 71 – “Magic Manny’ Dulay has given us the 3 game series we suspected we would have with these 2 evenly- matched teams. In an extremely well-played game (only 14 total turnovers between the teams), it was the killer shooting
Precision shooting by UFV’s Manny Dulay takes the teams to game 3. photo – UFV Athletics
display by the 5th year guard from Surrey that fuelled the Cascades win in game 2.
In this virtuoso matinee performance, Dulay was an incredible 7 of 7 from way outside, as he scored 29 points/ 6 rebs/ 5 asst/ 3 steals. Mark Johnson stepped up for 14 points, as he was 2/3 from 3 pt range, as well as claiming 7 rebounds. The middle of the game saw the visitors tallying 49 points, and today they were able to limit Winnipeg in any small 4th quarter surge.
The Ws get 22 points from the highest scoring non-starter in Canada West, import guard Sean Tarver. Winnipeg’s Ryan Oirbans is effective again with 16 pts /10 rebs, but the difference was the 12/22 (55%) UFV shooting from beyond the arc. The Wesmen hit just 5 treys, and thats a 21 point spread ! 14/15 from the line helped Winnipeg, but that was not enough to have the home side threaten in the end. Box Score The 3rd and deciding game is Saturday at the same 3 pm Central time. This and the other play off games available On Canada West TV
Justus Alleyn leads Manitoba to a series sweep over Regina. photo- Jeff Miller – Bisons Sports
at Manitoba 88 Regina 80 – The Bisons claim a spot in the quarter-finals, with a strong opening half, where they open up a 13 point advantage, looking more relaxed and ready than on Friday. The Herd expand that lead in the 3rd quarter, then hold off a late Regina flurry for the sweep of this series.
Once again tonight, it’s guard Justus Alleyn leading the way for UM with 20 points/ 3 steals, while back-court mate A.J. Basi hits 18 points. There are 5 Bisons in double digits, as they shoot 48% from the floor, and 41% from 3 pt range ( Alleyn is 4/8 outside and Malik Irwin 2/2 and 10 pts) . Turnovers played a role, with Regina committing 19 and Manitoba 17, while the home side wins the rebound battle 45-36.
Brandon Tull leads the Cougars in their final game of the season, with 19 points/ 4 steals. UR got 13 points apiece from Johneil Johnson and Travis Sylvestre. Box Score Manitoba earns a date in the Q-finals with the UBC Thunderbirds out in Vancouver starting next Thursday.
Tyvon Cooper scores 30 as the ‘cats win game 1 over TRU. photo- BU sports
at Brandon 101 Thompson Rivers 95 – Break up the Bobcats ! Finding a new team confidence, the ‘Cats send their fans home smiling, as they hit 55% from the floor and join the visiting T’Wolves in a 53-55 track-meet in the final 20 minutes. No one blinked as both teams let it rip, with Brandon hitting 2 more treys (and 52% from 3 pt range) for the difference.
Tyvon Cooper had a slick 30 points/ 8 rebounds for the Bobcats, while Earl Thompson Jr ‘hit for the cycle’ with 20 pts/ 6 rebs/ 6 assts/ 3 steals. All 5 BU starters were in double figures, with big John Paul registering a double of 11 pts/ 10 boards, and Pookie Saunders posting 14 pts/ 5 rebs/ 7 assists/ 5 steals.
TRU responded to a 48-40 half-time deficit with a big offensive eruption in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Volodymyr Iegorov displayed his play-off mettle with 29 pts/ 5 rebs/ 3 steals, and Joe Davis had one of his finer nights, cashing 24 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Box Score Game 2 is at 7 pm Central on Saturday.
Mike Pierzchala has a big 31 pt night in the ‘Horns series opening win. photo – Levi Balan
at Lethbridge 97 Victoria 85 – The ‘Horns repel a spirited UVic comeback in the 3rd quarter, and finish strong to capture game 1 after putting up 29 in the 4th. The home side gets a scare, as Dejon Burdeaux, their powerhouse guard leaves with an awkward fall late in the 3rd.
Burdeaux gets some timely ‘corner work’ from his seconds, and, much to the collective relief, he’s back for a solid final 20 minutes. The big gun for UL on the night was Mike Pierzchala, with a sparkling 9/11 outside shooting display, leading to 31 points. Also aiding a team 52% from 3 pt range was Elliott Sentance with his 21 points on 5/9 from outside, plus 8 rebs/ 7 assists.
The Vikes spread their scoring pretty well, as they get 14 pts each from Grant Sitton (9 rebs), and Taylor Montgomery-Stinson (7 boards). UVic had 3 others in double figures, with a good team shooting night (44% FG, 41% 3 pt, and 17/19 from the line). Victoria could not match the Pronghorns energy in the final 10 minutes, and they will need a Saturday win to extend the series. Box Score Game time Saturday is 7 pm Mountain.
Winning is Tough for Canada West’s Newest Schools
Only 2 of the 6 ‘Explorer Division teams from last season made the play-offs this campaign. And these were not the latest entries to Canada West; both Fraser Valley (2006) and Thompson Rivers (2005) have been in the League for some time now. The Wolf Pack and the Cascades have both enjoyed some success in play-off competition over those years. Trinity Western joined Canada West in 1999, then, a year later, the 4 Great Plains schools were added – Brandon, Manitoba, Regina, and Winnipeg.
This season we see the newest of our 17 teams, Mt. Royal, MacEwan, UBC-O, and UNBC, all on the outside looking in at the post -season play-downs. The TWU Spartans, who are also out, have had a few brushes with championships with Jacob Doerkson and company, but have ‘fallen on harder times’ in recent seasons.
No team outside of Victoria (16), Alberta (11), UBC (9), Calgary (5), Brandon (1), Lethbridge (1), and Saskatchewan (1) have ever won the Canada West title. There were, of course, championships won in the GPAC by Brandon, Manitoba, and Winnipeg.
This season’s play-off slate prompts us to consider the old saw, “The more things change, the more they stay the same”, as we have Calgary, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and UBC the top 4 seeds, awaiting their opponents for the quarter-final series. We do believe the newer schools can become more competitive, and, on many nights, they have been already. It’s not easy, however, to build a consistently strong contender in the early years of participation in Canada West.
In the East – Friday
Atlantic – at #10 Dalhousie 88 Saint Marys 81 , at Acadia 88 St. FX 82, at UNB 99 Cape Breton 93 – a good effort by the Capers, but they remain O-for.
Quebec – at Laval 73 UQAM 62
Ontario – at #1 Carleton 82 #5 Ryerson 77- Good game. Makes the play-offs more interesting ! at #3 Ottawa 74 Toronto 54 , at Queens 70 York 60, Laurentian 87 at Algoma 64, at Lakehead 66 Waterloo 62
Nova Scotia star, Andrew Milner, signs with Calgary.
- Andrew Milner, a 6-3 guard from Antigonish, NS, has signed with the Calgary Dinos for the Fall of 2017. Milner, who was a member of 2 Nova Scotia Provincial teams which won Canadian Championships in 2015 and 2016, will graduate this June from Rothesay Netherwood School (NB) . Calgary Head Coach Dan Vanhooren says, “Andrew is very skilled and dedicated young player, and we look forward to his joining our program.”
- All 4 of Canada West’s 1st round play-off sites are on the Prairies … teams seeded 5 – 8. Manitoba, Lethbridge, Winnipeg, and Brandon are hoping home court will give them the edge, and they can move on to quarter-finals next week.
- Women’s Canada West 1st Round Play-offs – (Best of 3 series’) Thursday, Brandon 56 at Trinity Western 48, Friday , Calgary 67 at Fraser Valley 48, at UBC 74 UNBC 61, at Victoria 67 MacEwan 54 , at Trinity W 70 Brandon 57 – goes to a 3rd game Saturday . Interestingly, all 4 of these series are in B.C. The Women’s top 4 seeds are 1 Saskatchewan 2 Regina 3 Winnipeg 4 Alberta.