Tight Finishes For Top Teams



Calgary Catches Huskies to Win U of S Tournament 

Thomas Cooper leads Calgary to Saskatchewan Tournament

Thomas Cooper leads Calgary to Saskatchewan Tournament – photo –  David Moll, UC Athletics

in Saskatoon – Calgary 74 at Saskatchewan 69 –  Not for the faint of heart, this defensive struggle between old rivals.  Calgary trailed by 9 (36-27) at the half, but a big 27-15 final quarter earned the tourney win. Neither team got the breathing room to shoot it well, with the winning Dinos at 35%  and the Huskies 36%.  Calgary (5-0)  hit 7 treys to 6 for the Sled Dogs, and Calgary got to the foul line for 21/26 vs 15/18 for Saskatchewan.  Dinos’ Lars Schleuter’s last minute trey proved the winner, as he scored 15. Thomas Cooper displayed his big games creds, posting 28 points/9 rebounds/ 4 steals, and Mambi Diawara had 14/ 7 boards. “ We played exceptional defense”, says Calgary Assistant, Matt Skinn. “It was a tough game, and our guys really hung in there in the clutch.”

Saskatchewan (4-1) hurt themselves with 23 turnovers, negating their big 48-30 rebounding edge.  Shane Osayande earned a big double of 25 points/ 15 rebounds plus 3 blocked shots. Alex Unruh scored 14, including 4/8 from beyond the arc, and Jaylan Morgan hit 13 points/ 3 assists.    Box Score

 also  … Algoma  97 Red Deer Coll. 69


Wesmen Run Record to 5-0      

at Winnipeg – Winnipeg 71  Brandon 57 – 

late game …   Manitoba 93   Dakota College 67


in Edmonton –  UBC 83   Nipissing 59 – The T-Birds are now 4-0 …                            late game … Alberta 103 Western Ontario 73 –  The Bears (5-1) leave no doubt, as they race to a 93-53 lead after 3/4s, with 58% Field Goal shooting, including 12/26 from 3 point range.  Alberta murders the Mustangs on the boards … 44-20!  Mamadou Gueye weaves through the Western defense for 25 points on 10/11 shooting, while Brody Clarke hits 20 points and 8 rebounds, and Andre Kelly scores 15 off the bench.  A hot-shooting Jedson Tavernier nails 14 points in 15 minutes off the bench for the Mustangs, as he is 6/6 including 4/4 from outside the arc. Box Score   

>   at Lethbridge 77 Bishops 71 –  The ‘Horns overcome a very slow start with a 6-17 opening 10 minutes, and a 42-26 halftime spread for the visiting Gaiters.  But, the home team storms back with 53 points in the final 20 for the 2 game sweep.  Mike Piezchala is emerging as the scoring leader for this re-formed UL crew, as he throws in 23 points (6/9 from outside) and snares 10 rebounds.  Elliott Sentance has another strong effort, with 21 points/ 8 rebs/ 5 assts.  The Pronghorns shoot 42% to only 35% for Bishops, who get 18 points from veteran guard, Jona Bermillo. Box Score

>  at Thompson Rivers 92   Trinity Western  78  –  The Wolf Pack tear out to a 52-34 lead at the half, then coast to a comfortable home win behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from Luke Morris.  Noah Kaefer scores 13 off the bench, and Made McConnell and Volodymyr Iegorov post 11 points each. TRU is 50% from the floor, and 12/27 from 3 point range.  Trinity has 17 points from Vartan Tanielian and 16 pts/ 6 rebounds/ 4 assists by Tyus Allen.    Box Score

Mitch Goodwin fills it up for UBC-O in an OT loss against McMaster

Mitch Goodwin fills it up for UBC-O in an OT loss against McMaster

in Montreal –   McMaster 84   UBC-Okanagan 82 – On any given Saturday …. Thewinless UBC-O Heat (0-4) take the undefeated (8-0) Marauders to overtime!  The Heat were hot!  Shooting 51% from the floor, Okanagan were 12/19 from 3 point range, as Mitch Goodwin hit 5/6 from outside for 29 points/ 6 rebs.  Ryan Morck scored 15 plus 5 boards.  Mac hit 14 treys to squeeze out a win, despite shooting just 39% from the floor. Connor Gilmore led the Maroon with 24 points/ 9 boards.   Box Score                         also … McGill 74  Laurentian 62



in St. Catharines, ON –  Regina 74  UQAM 65 –  The Cougars  seem to have found their groove, with a 2nd straight win at the Brock Classic. , and their 3rd in a row, after starting 0-6.  21 points by Alex Iqual, and 10 pts from Brian Ofori.                                                            And, In a battle of two very strong teams, it’s Dalhousie 74 Brock 72 …  Ryerson 89 Niagara  52,      Windsor 93 York 85

in Sydney, NS –  St. FX 73 Acadia  66, St. Mary’s 96  Cape Breton  87, PEI  97 Thetford Prep 77 

Also – Laval 77  Queens  69 , Toronto 81  Guelph 70      




Dinos and Huskies Get Set



No Contest for Dinos in Saskatoon

> Graham Shootout – U. Saskatchewan

David Kapinga with 9 steals has the Dinos rolling on Friday

David Kapinga with 9 steals has the Dinos rolling on Friday  – photo David Moll, UC Athletics

Calgary Dinos  110  Red Deer Coll. Kings 62 –  the Dinos ran amok, behind the 9 steals from David Kapinga, who added 15 points and 4 assists.  Thomas Cooper led UC scorers with 24 pts/ 8 rebounds/ 3 assists, while Jhony Verrone was a perfect 3/3 from the floor and 4/4 FTs for his 11 points in 14 minutes. Mambi Diawara matched Kapinga’s 15 points, as the Montreal product grabbed 5 rebounds as well.  Red Deer got 13 pts apiece from Shayne Stumpf and Ian Tevis.  64 Calgary points in the opening 20 minutes put the game out of reach.  The Calgary defense gave up just 22 points in the 2nd half.

at Saskatchewan Huskies 83  Algoma T-Birds 52 –  The Huskies dominate with 51 in the final 20 minutes, shooting 14/29 from 3 pt range for the game.  4 ‘Dogs in double figures, with Alex Unruh 6/6 FG and 4/4 from 3 for 16 points/5 boards/4 assists.  Shane Osayande also counts 16 and adds 8 boards and 4 blocks.  It’s 46-30 for U of S off the glass. Algoma gets 10 points each from Jermaine Lyle and Nathan Riley.   Box Score 

Calgary and Saskatchewan meet on Saturday to decide the tournament championship.

>  Lea Marc Printing Tournament – at U. Winnipeg

Winnipeg 91  Dakota College – Bottineau 77  –  The unbeaten (5-0) Wesmen have 5 in double figures, led by big man, Ryan Oirbans with 19 points and 8 rebounds, while William Sesay hits 10 rebounds and 4 assists.  Rookie Nacisse Ambanza chalks up 10 points, 4 board, and 6 helpers.  The Ws control the boards by a wide 59-39 margin.   Box Score    

Brandon 73   Manitoba  63 – The Bobcats get another win and Manitoba continues to struggle.  Icy 33% shooting from the floor kills the Herd in this one.  BU gets a gem from Earl Thompson Jr., with 26 points, 9 boards, and 4 assists. The ‘Cats hit 7 treys to just 2 for Manitoba. The Bisons have 20 points from Amarjit Basi.   Box Score

Winnipeg hosts Manitoba on Saturday in the downtown showdown, part 1.

> Golden Bears Invitational – at U of A

at Alberta Golden Bears 84  Nipissing Lakers 67 –  The Bears out-shoot the Lakers 50% to 36% from the floor, and this decides the hard-fought game. Mamadou Gueye has another stellar game, with 19 points / 11 rebounds, and newcomer Austin Waddoups   has 14 plus 8 big assists.  Marcus Lewis scores 16 and grabs 9 rebounds for Nipissing.  Box Score 

 UBC Thunderbirds 94 Western Ontario Mustangs 70

> Also out West –    at Lethbridge Pronghorns 71  Bishops Gaiters 69 –  The ‘Horns new British import, Elliott Sentance, looks like a ‘keeper’, as he continues to pace their offense, with 23 points/ 6 rebounds/ 4 steals.  Lethbridge out-shoots the Gaiters just enough from both the floor (41%-39%) and from the stripe (15/20 to 11/21) to make up for a 42-33 rebound deficit.  Mike Pierzchala chips in 18 for the home side, who get a solid win against a good Bishops squad.  The Purple have David Belanger with a nice double of 18 points and 14 rebounds.   Box Score  


> At the McGill Redbird Tournament-mcgill-copy

McGill Redmen 79  UBC-Okanagan Heat 59 – The Redmen take care of business on home court, as the defense holds the Heat to 34% FG shooting .  Jenning Leung hits 5/9 from 3 point range for the Redmen, and leads all scorers with 24. McGill hits 15 from outside as a team.  Okanagan gets 13 from Aldrich Berrios off the bench, and David Manshrek contributes 12 pts/ 5 rebs.       Box Score  

McMaster Marauders 87 Laurentian Voyageurs 68

> RBC Brock Classic – 

Regina Cougars 83 Guelph Gryphons 74 – The Cougars get 17 points from Johneil Johnson, as they make a big run in the 2nd half in their opening game at the Brock Tournament in St. Catharines. Alex Igual scored 11, and had 7 big assists.  Regina hit 10 treys to just 3 for the Gryphs, which really was the decisive factor in a nice road win for U of R. .

 Brock Badgers 78  Ryerson Rams 68

Windsor Lancers 79  UQAM Citadins  76

Dalhousie Tigers  84  York Lions 59

Also in the East –  

Cape Breton ‘Capers Classic’ –  Acadia 90   St. Mary’s 88 ,       St. FX 104 Cape Breton 88  , UPEI 101 Holland Coll. 85

 and   Queens 84  U. New Brunswick  83  OT


Overtime –

  •   Errata … the Bears and UBC T-Birds are not meeting at the GB Invitational.  We are also reminded that St. Catharines has an ‘a’ and not an ‘e’ in the middle.  Thanks to ‘old Badger grad’, Allen Wright, for his keen eye!  York Lions (no Yeomen) …. Actually it’s the meeting of the Lions and Tigers tonight! 
  • McGill Redmen play in the Quebec League … strong team, great school tradition.  Why do we have a ‘Redbird Classic’ Basketball Tournament?  Who are the Redbirds?  Confused Western writer needing more information!



Prairie Schools Host Tournaments



 Canada West Games This Coming Weekend –

The Alberta Golden Bears, Saskatchewan Huskies, and the 2 Winnipeg schools play host to tournaments this week on their prairie campuses.  In the East we have Regina at Brock, and UBC-Oknagan at McGill.

An intriguing Canada West early season match-ups for traditional rivals,  with Saskatchewan looking ahead to Saturday’s game vs Calgary.

Matt Forbes and his Saskatchewan Huskies host the Graham Construction Shootout this week.

Matt Forbes and his Saskatchewan Huskies host the Graham Construction Shootout this week.

Thurs  , Oct 20 –

 At the Graham Construction Shootout – U. Saskatchewan

   Calgary Dinos 89  Algoma T-Birds 70

   Saskatchewan Huskies 91  Red Deer Coll. Kings 70 – The Huskies had 4 players in double figures, led by Matt Forbes with 17 points.  Mack Burns counted 14 pts/ 6 rebs in 18 minutes off the bench. Box Score


Bishops Gaiters 89   Mt. Royal  Cougars   69 –  the Purple made short work of the Cougars, with a smothering defense, which stifled the MRU attack.  Bishops controlled the boards, and got the ball inside to their more physical post players.  The Gaiters, who were apparently missing a couple of their top players, look like they could be ‘in the mix’ in a much stronger Quebec League this season.  Lead guard, Jona Bermillo, stands out, as does wing man, Abdul Kamane, with his strong moves to the hoop.  Post man, David Belanger gave the Cougars trouble down low.

Nipissing Lakers 78  at MacEwan Griffins 71

In the East – McMaster  74   Concordia  65, UNB 75  Laval  71,  St. Mary’s 81  UPEI 65, Acadia 108  Holland Coll. 87, St. FX 82  Thetford Prep  77, Cape Breton 81 Maine- Ft. Kent 77



Friday , Oct. 21-

The Golden Bear Invitational is at U of A this weekend

The Golden Bear Invitational is at U of A this weekend

> Golden Bears Invitational – at U of A

    at Alberta Golden Bears  Nipissing Lakers

    UBC Thunderbirds vs Western Ontario Mustangs

> Graham Shootout – U. Saskatchewan

    Calgary Dinos  vs Red Deer Coll. Kings

at Saskatchewan Huskies  Algoma T-Birds

> Lea Marc Printing Tournament – Winnipeg

    at Manitoba Bisons   Brandon  Bobcats

    Winnipeg Wesmen vs  TBA

 > At the McGill Redbird Tournament-

McGill Redbirds vs UBC-Okanagan Heat

McMaster Maruaders vs Laurentian Voyageurs

> RBC Brock Classic – 

     Regina Cougars vs Guelph Gryphons

Ryerson Rams vs Brock Badgers

Windsor Lancers vs UQAM Citadins

Dalhousie Tigers vs York Yoemen


Trinity Western visit Thompson Rivers on Saturday

Trinity Western visit Thompson Rivers on Saturday

Saturday, Oct. 22 –  

     at Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack   Trinity Western Spartans

     at Lethbridge Pronghorns  Bishops Gaiters

Tournaments continue …

in Edmonton –    at Alberta   Western Ont.  , UBC  vs Nipissing

in Saskatoon –    Calgary at Saskatchewan , Algoma  vs Red Deer Coll.

in Winnipeg     at Winnipeg   Brandon,   at Manitoba  TBA

in Montreal –      McMaster vs  UBC-Okanagan,    McGill vs Laurentian

in St. Catherines, ON –    Regina vs UQAM,  Dalhousie  Brock, Ryerson  Niagara , Windsor  York

Sunday Wins For Huskies, Bobcats, Bears, Vikes




Huskies Offense Clicks into Gear Sunday –


At the UBC-O  Heat Tournament –  Saskatchewan 89  MacEwan  70-  The Huskies find their offensive rhythm against a competitive Mac team, which had won 2 straight to start proceedings in Kelowna.  U of S returns home next week for their own Tournament (Calgary, Algoma, Red Deer College).

 at UBC 101  Lethbridge   73 –  The T-Birds record a 2nd thorough beating of the touring Pronghorns, as their offence rolls freely. The ‘Birds hit 49% from he floor vs 36% for the ‘Horns, and the home team claims 47 rebounds against 34 for U of L. 25 turnovers by the visitors gave UBC more offensive chances. Big Luka Zaharijevic counted 24 points/ 8 rebounds inside, while Conor Morgan scored 21 points / 8 boards.  Lethbridge got 19 points/ 8 rebounds from British import, Elliott Sentance.  Box Score


 Brandon    69  at Valley City St. (ND)  67 – In their 3rd game in 3 nights, with last 2 on the road, Coach Gil Cheung’s Bobcats get win #1 of their busy pre-season.

In the East –

at the Carleton Ravens Tournament in Ottawa –   Carleton 80 Western Ontario 59  –  The Ravens go 3-0 in their House Laughton Invitational.  We are always surprised when a team can come within 20 points!   Victoria  70  Laval  61 –  This is a good road in for the Vikes, who have found a bit of a groove  defensively.  Laval is considered a contender in the Quebec League this season, and UVic wins 2 straight to finish the Carleton Tournament.

at the Queen’s Golden Gaels Tournament in Kingston –  Alberta  90 Memorial  64 –  The Golden Bears win 2 straight in Kingston, with a big margin over an out-matched Sea Hawks team.  UBC transfer, Geoff Pippus scores 16 on 6/9 FG shooting, going 4/4 from 3 point range. Rookie, Andre Kelly continues to impress with 15 points/ 4 rebs off the bench.  Bears hit 15/32 from outside.   Ottawa 64 Queens  60 –  The Gaels use home court to push the visiting Gee-Gees to the brink.  Ottawa wins the Tournament with a 3-0 record.  Box Score

 Ottawa 64 Queens  60 –  The Gaels use home court to push the visiting Gee-Gees to the brink.  Ottawa wins the Tournament with a 3-0 record.

at the Mickey Place Tourn. in CharlottetownDalhousie 70 Concordia 69 –  The Tigers continue to look like a favourite in the Atlantic, as they edge a strong Concordia team.  The Stingers give notice that they will contend in the Q. also  UPEI 87  Maine – Ft. Kent 78

 In other games in Ontario –Toronto 82  Carrloll U. (Illinois) 74,  Ryerson 98  Ashland U.(Ohio)   76


Alberta and Victoria Win in East



Bears Beat Home Side at Naismith

Brody Clarke (L) and Mamadou Gueye (R) gave the Bears a big edge inside.

Brody Clarke (L) and Mamadou Gueye (R) gave the Bears a big edge inside, in a win at Queens.

at the Queen’s Golden Gaels Tournament in Kingston –   Alberta 73 Queens 65 – The Bears had a much steadier outing in turning aside the home team.  The forward combo of Mamadou Gueye (21 pts/ 9 rebounds) and Brody Clarke (19 pts/ 8 boards)  gave the Gaels more than they could handle in the paint.   Box Score ,   also Ottawa 84 Memorial 47

at the UBC-O  Heat Tournament – Saskatchewan  79 Thompson Rivers 71  OT – Two overtime losses in successive nights for the Wolf Pack.  “Same story as last night,” said  TRU Head Coach, Scott Clark. “We gave up too many offensive rebounds. We get the emotional high from making a stop but then don’t secure the loose ball. But it is early and we have lots to work on.”  No box score here.

Denzel james leads MacEwan to their 2nd straight in Kelowna.

Denzel james leads MacEwan to their 2nd straight in Kelowna.

  MacEwan 76  UBC Okanagan 62  –  The Griffs are getting our attention, with a pair of wins here, and their veteran-laced line-up appears to be clicking in the pre-season. 47% from the floor vs 37 for Okanagan, and Mac hits 10 treys against just 4 for the Heat. Denzel James scores 20 to lead MacEwan, with Thadius  Galvez adding 16 pts/6 boards/ 7 assists.  Off the bench, Aldrich Berrios scored  18 points for UBC-O.                 Box Score

> Saskatchewan faces MacEwan in a Sunday game in Kelowna


Lethbridge  91 at Fraser Valley 79  –  The ‘Horns came out firing in Abbotsford, as they hit 51% from the floor, as Mike Pierzchala had a game-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-6 from outside. U of L also got 19 from Zac Overwater, and 14 by DeAngelo Ashley. The UFV defense could not stop the ‘ Horns onslaught, but the Cascades were sharp on offense, shooting 48% from the floor, with Andrew Morris (Burnaby), a 6-5, 3rd year transfer from UVic going a perfect 7/7 on his way to 21 points.  Senior guard, Manny Dulay hit 17 pts/7 assists, while Navjot Bains tallied 14 rebounds plus 9 points.

Lethbridge completes their 3 game swing to the W. coast with a Sunday game at UBC.

at Valley City St. (ND)  85  Brandon   71     Despite a good shooting night, the Bobcats drop their 4th straight. 22 Brandon turnovers to only 11 for VC, and just 4 made free throws for BU against 15 for the Vikings.

In the East –

at the Carleton Ravens Tournament in Ottawa –  Victoria  68 Western Ontario 55 – The Vikes engaged their defense nicely vs the Mustangs, and showed some resiliency after a tough game 1 beating from Carleton. also Carleton 82 Laval 52 ,

at the Queen’s Golden Gaels Tournament in Kingston –

Alberta 73 Queens 65 – The Bears had a much steadier outing in turning aside the home team.  The forward combo of Mamadou Gueye (21 pts/ 9 rebounds) and Brody Clarke (19 pts/ 8 boards)  gave the Gaels more than they could handle in the paint.  also Ottawa 84 Memorial 47 

The Ontario Colleges powerhouse, the Humber Hawks ran the table to win the Waterloo Warriors ‘Naismith Classic’ , with an 80-68 win over the now struggling UQAM  Citadins.  In the 2nd game of the night at Waterloo  it was the Warriors 85 over Manitoba  82  .

at the UPEI, ‘Mickey Place’ Tournament –  Dalhousie 69 Maine- Ft. Kent 59  ,  Concordia 85 UPEI 69

Day 2 at the St. FX Tournament in Antigonish, NS –

In the  championship final St. Mary’s 83 St. FX  77 , and in the consolation, it was Holland College  94 Cape Breton  70.

Overtime –

  •   The Lethbridge Pronghorns will be disappointed that 2013 recruit, 6-7 Lincoln Anderson, a League MVP at Cardston (AB) HS, will be unable to play this season due to knees problems.  Considered a  possible ‘top 8’ rotation player for UL, he judged it was best to wait.

Bisons Rebound for Win Over UQAM


Manitoba Bounces Back for Big Win


The Manitoba Bisons, who dropped game 1 vs Holland College at the Naismith Classic at Waterloo, turned their fortunes around on Friday.  The Herd topped the previously unbeaten UQAM Citadins  85  – 78 . also   Humber College  76 Waterloo  74

(Many of these pre-season games are without box scores)

Other Friday Game Results – 

at the UBC-O  Heat Tournament – Saskatchewan 68  UBC-Okanagan 56 , MacEwan 80 Thompson Rivers 74 OT

Conor Morgan is red hot for UBC against the visiting Pronghorns.

Conor Morgan is red hot for UBC against the visiting Pronghorns.  Photo Rich Lam – UBC

at UBC  94  Lethbridge 71- The Birds, behind a big 32 point/ 8 rebound night for Conor Morgan, were too much for the visiting ‘Horns. UBC has a 44-33 rebounding edge, shoots 49% to 40% FG,  and hits 24/34 FTs vs 17/23 for U of L.  Lethbridge get 14 from Scott Mazutinec in 15 minutes off the bench, as he goes 5/6 from the floor.   Box Score 


 Regina 92  at Brandon 78 –  In a pretty wild affair, the Cougars force 31 Brandon turnovers and outshoot the ‘Cats 46% to 37% from the floor. 6 Regina players in double figures in a balanced team effort, with 13 points/ 10 rebounds from Brian Ofori, and 14 points/ 5 assists by Alex Igual.  Brandon gets 19 points from Tyvon Cooper and 15 bu Chris Stanhope.    Box Score 


In the East –

at the Carleton Ravens Tournament in Ottawa –  Carleton 106 Victoria  52 – Yikes ! No game … clinic ! No mercy from the Blackbirds, as they cash 13/27 attempts from outside, and Connor Wood scores 28, including 6 treys . 52% shooting for Carleton, while the shell-shocked Vikes are a cool 36%, and the home side grab 49 boards to UVic’s 26.  Victoria are led by 19 pts. from Grant Sitton, the only one in double figures.  Box Score  also Western Ontario 72 Laval  66

at the Queen’s Golden Gaels Tournament in Kingston –                                      Ottawa 73 Alberta 63 –  A slow start puts the Bears down 40-26 at the half, and the Gee-Gees are never threatened.  37% from the floor for Alberta vs 47% from Ottawa.  Caleb Agada scores 18 and has 8 boards for the ‘Ponies’.  Austin Waddoups with 13 pts and Andre Kelly with 12 are tops for U of A.  Box Score    also  Queens 87 Memorial  67

at the UPEI, ‘Mickey Place’ Tournament – Dalhousie 90  UPEI 78,  Concordia  73  Maine- Ft. Kent 70

at the St. FX Tournament in Antigonish, NS –   St. FX 83  Holland Coll. 76  ,  St. Mary’s  84  Cape Breton  74


Overtime –

  •  In CW League play,  each school has the option of home and home scheduling with their ‘traditional rivals’, who may be relatively close by, geographically.  It’s nice to see with the 3 Southern Alberta schools, that fans will see  Lethbridge, Mt. Royal, and Calgary.  The Dinos are also 1 game in Edmonton and the other in Calgary vs the Golden Bears.  We think it’s a shame when it could be done, but the schools decide not to give the home fans a look at more visitors, especially regional rivals.  Why not UBC -Trinity, Saskatchewan-Regina, Victoria-UFV , for example?
  • In  the pre-season there are many games which are broadcast by the host  school, either on Canada West TV, or, if the games are in the East, perhaps on OUA TV or AUS TV.   If you’re keen on catching CIS action in October, just check these links for scheduled games.  (Every Canada West , OUA, and AUS League game must be broadcast, but the pre-season is a bit unpredictable.)
  • Quinn Taylor, a 3rd year transfer from St. Mary’s (Calgary) U. of the ACAC, will not play for MRU this season.  Taylor a promising guard and Calgary HS grad, has ACL surgery last week in Banff, and will take the year to recover, and hope to play in the ’17-’18 season.

Canada West Teams – Busy Weekend



Big Tournament weekend for Canada West teams

Aldrich Berrios and his UBC- Okanagan Heat host an all-Canada West Tournament this weekend in Kelowna.

Aldrich Berrios and his UBC- Okanagan Heat host an all-Canada West Tournament this weekend in Kelowna.

This is the big opening pre-season  weekend for several Canada West squads, and others continue with more non – League fixtures.  Coaches, of course, get to determine just how many game they will play prior to the November 4/5 start of League action.  We will get a better sense of the way things might shape up in Canada West after this week’s action.  There are now 3 weeks of non-League play left prior to the games that ‘really count’.

This weekend – 

Manitoba's all-star wing man, Keith Omoerah will be missed this weekend.

Manitoba’s all-star wing man, Keith Omoerah will be missed this weekend.

Starting Thursday  –  Manitoba Bisons are in Waterloo , ON for the Naismith Classic . The Herd play the 3-0 UQAM Citadins on Friday, and finish with the  host Waterloo Warriors on Saturday.  Thursday Scores – Humber College, ON  82  Manitoba 71 –  Missing the injured Keith Omoerah, the Bisons suffer 23 turnovers and a 2nd quarter 23-4 blitz from Humber.  UQAM 99 Waterloo 71

Also Thursday –  Guelph 60  Laurier 52


The Victoria Vikes are making another trip to Carleton’s House-Laughton Tournament, where they will face the vaunted Ravens (Fri), the Western Ontario Mustangs (Sat), and the Laval Rouge et Or (Sun).

The Alberta Golden Bears are also down East,  in the Queens Golden Gaels ‘Tindall Invitational’ – vs Ottawa Gee-Gees on Friday, host Queens on Sat., and the Memorial Seahawks (Nfld) on Sunday.

Jordan Jensen-Whyte and the T-Birds host Lethbridge in a pair of games.

Jordan Jensen-Whyte and the T-Birds host Lethbridge in a pair of games.

Friday- Sunday – Lethbridge Pronghorns, have 2 wins under their belts vs Alberta Colleges squads, Lethbridge CC, and Medicine Hat College (83-75). The ‘Horns are in Vancouver area this weekend for 2 games at UBC (Fri and Sunday)  and 1 at Fraser Valley on Saturday.  Assistant, Alex Fletcher, will be the bench boss for Lethbridge, as Head Coach Mike Hansen is having hip surgery, and may be out for at least a couple of weeks.


Also Friday to Sunday In Kelowna, the UBC-Okanagan Heat welcome the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies, MacEwan Griffins, and Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack.  This will be the first CIS action for both the Heat and the Huskies.

Trinity Western meets the traditionally strong BC Colleges power,  Vancouver Island  University,  in Langley on both Friday and Saturday.

Brandon is busy as well, as the Bobcats host Regina Cougars on Friday, then the ‘Cats travel to North Dakota to meet Valley City State for a pair of contests on Saturday and Sunday.


Overtime – 


  •  TRU Coach, Scott Clark (right) … “We need to play some games. It gives us a chance to evaluate things against two pretty good basketball teams. MacEwan made it to the playoffs and went three with Alberta. They have most of their players back. They are good.  Saskatchewan had a good season last year. They had some unfortunate injuries which set them back but they are back healthy. They are a quality team as well.  Getting a chance to play two good teams this early in the season is great for us.”  (From Larry Read, TRU Athletics)



Bobcats Bring Fresh Hope



2016-17 Canada West Basketball Previews –

Brandon Bobcats

’15-‘16      No playoffs                  1 win  19 losses (Pioneer)

Returnees –   br-bobcats-copy-2

5th years – Denham Buchanan, 6-3 wing, Toronto.  Earl Thompson Jr., 6-5 fwd, Henderson, NV.  Chris Stanhope , 6-5 guard, Brampton, ON.   Esmat Atem, 6-9 fwd, Ottawa  … 4th year –  John Paul, 6-11 fwd, St. Lucia.  Baka Ngeleka, 6-1 guard, St. Hyacinthe, PQ … 2nd years –  Pookie Saunders, 6-1 guard, Calgary.  Mitch Marquis,  5-10 guard, Rockwood, ON.  Keneal James, 6-2 guard, Chateauguay, PQ.  Tyler Anderson, 6-7 fwd, Langley, BC.

New faces –

Josh Bell, 6-3 guard, 2nd year, Mississauga, ON (tsf Lakehead U.) .  Tyvon Cooper, 6-0 guard, 3rd year, Middletown, NY  (Orange County CC, NY).  Girece Kazumba, 6-3 guard, 3rd, Toronto (Vermillion College) . Kobyn Jopp, 6-8 fwd, 1st year, Calgary (Churchill HS).   Riley Schaus, 6-1 guard,  Red-shirt, Brandon (Crocus Plains)


Earl Thompson Jr. will be in the of the action for Brandon in his senior year.   photo – BU Athletics

 As a key player on Brandon championship teams, Gil Cheung would like nothing better than to return the Bobcats to a winning program.  But, in the last 5  seasons BU has a disheartening record of only 22 wins against 82 losses.  The roster loses veterans DJ Jordan (17 ppg) and Troy Grant (11 ppg), as new faces come in bringing fresh hope in the new season.

There are experienced returnees, including 6 players in their 4th or 5th years of eligibility. Earl  Thompson Jr. is a strong rebounder (8 rpg  ) and able scorer ( 16.5 ppg ), and big guard, Chris Stanhope,  is emerging as an offensivee threat  ( 9.2 ppg/ 4 rebounds)  .  2nd year guard, Pookie Saunders , has the quickness, and 6-11 post man, John Paul (5 ppg/ 6.2 rebs), the potential as an interior defender and rebounder.  Is there, however, the on-court leadership to give  the Blue and Gold the late – game confidence to win more close decisions?

Two Toronto – area guards, Josh Bell and Grieve Kazumba are recruits who may provide that catalyst.  Both have some success at the CIS and College level.   Multi-talented import , Tyvon Cooper, may be the lead guard so essential in coordinating an efficient attack.  Cooper was the 4th leading scorer (24 ppg) in the U.S. Jr. Colleges last year 1st year forward, Kobyn Jopp, has the size, but may have to be eased into the rotation as the year goes on.

“We are very optimistic for the upcoming season with a nice mix of new student athletes and returning some key parts as well, says Cheung. “ We have 7 pre-season games, and will use them to find rotations, build chemistry, and get some feedback.”

In the opening half of the season, Brandon faces 4 teams which have a recent history of  playoff success, and they face Okanagan, a squad which may be on it’s way up into competitive form.  Defense may be a big key for the ‘Cats in these first semester contests, at least until they get enough time to develop some offensive chemistry and flow.

Schedule –  

Nov-Dec … at Alberta, UBC-O, at Saskatchewan , h/h Winnipeg,  Fraser Valley

Jan-Feb … at Mt. Royal,  MacEwan,  Regina,  at UBC,  Manitoba

Prediction –  It looks lie an uphill climb for the ‘Cats


Overtime –


  •   The “Kelly Olynyk Basketball Academy”, a developmental basketball program for boys and girls from kindergarten to grade 7, started last week in Kamloops.  The South Kamloops Sr. Secondary grad and Boston Celtics star contributed financially to the new start-up, which is being run at the Tournament Capital Centre and the  old TRU Gym.  “It is an amazing feeling to be able to give back to the City of Kamloops and their youth,” says Olynyk.  TRU head coach Scott Clark said,   “ … house leagues and youth programs were a big part of my development as a basketball player and individual. I am excited for these kids to be able to grow; learn and develop their skills the same way I did, with a love for the game. ”          (From Larry Read, TRU Wolf Pack Athletics)
  • In a late result from The Ubyssey , last Friday, the T-Birds beat the Seattle Mountaineers 87-66. 5th year forward, Conor Morgan, was 10/17 from the floor plus 11 rebounds , while returnees, AJ Holloway, Phil Jalalapoor, and rookie Isaiah Familia  looked good in the back-court.  UBC hosts the Lethbridge Pronghorns in pre-season action  this Friday, the 14th, and Sunday, the 16th at War Memorial.
  • Scores from last Sunday in the CIS –   Laurier 101 at Brandon 76McMaster 76  Dalhousie 70,  Nipissing  87 Cape Breton 66, Brock 95  Concordia 78



Wesmen Undefeated in Early Going



Saturday …  Manitoba Bisons Tournament –   

 Winnipeg 90 Laurier 86 –

Don’t look now, but we have an undefeated team in Manitoba after 4 straight wins, as the

Denzel Lynch-Blair fires 29 to lead Winnipeg

Denzel Lynch-Blair fires 29 to lead Winnipeg   photo –     Kelly Morton

surprising Winnipeg Wesmen continue to impress in the pre-season Saturday vs the Hawks. This after 3 straight over Lakehead, one on Friday at UM, after winning both at Lakehead last weekend.

Denzel Lynch-Blair, a CW all-star last season,  hit for a huge double of 29 points/10 rebounds.  All-rookie team member, William Sesay, had 17, while Ryan Oirbans went 11 pts/ 8 boards.  Hot outside shooting by Laurier (14/30 ) was led by Tevaun Kokko who tallied 25 points in the loss.

Lakehead 77 Manitoba 72 –  The T-Wolves pull the big upset, with a 38-27 half-time lead, and able to hold off a Bisons charge late. 40% vs 32% shooting is a key, with Manitoba suffering a cool night from the floor.  Lakehead hits 12 team treys  against 8 for the Herd.   Quincy Johnson for the ‘Wolves with 15 points on 5 long bombs, while Andre Robichaud scores 14 on 4 from outside .  UM loses at home, as they get 9/9 free throw shooting from Ilarion Bonhomme, who leads with 14 points. Justus Allen scores 12 including 3/3 from 3 point range.  Box Score  

 Saturday’s games at the Calgary Cup  – 

 Calgary Dinos 88  at Mt. Royal  79   

Windsor 70 Regina 67  (at MRU)

…   More Canada West –   at Trinity Western 72   Seattle Blue Angels 62   


In Eastern Canada –  Dalhousie 58 Ryerson 54 – A big win for the AUS Tigers, as they are in Toronto against one of the OUA favourites.

Mc Master 80 St. FX 63  as the Marauders stay undefeated.  Mac hosts Dalhousie today in Hamilton.

 Concordia Stingers Classic  –  Concordia 75 Cape Breton 53,  Brock 85 Nipissing 54 ,


Overtime –

  •   Manitoba Bisons  rookie James Wagner will be a key factor this season, as he plays 33 minutes in the Saturday game after 20 in the Laurier game on Friday.  Saturday line 8 points, 8 boards, 3 blocks, 3 steals.
  • Sean Tarver, a 3rd year transfer from Baltimore, MD,  looks like a great pick-up for the Winnipeg Wesmen, with his outside shooting touch opening up opposing defenses.


Bisons and Dinos Look Strong



Canada West Powers May Be Looking Ahead

Two Canada West powers headed for a November showdown in Calgary

Two Canada West powers headed for a November showdown in Calgary

In less than a month the Calgary Dinos will host the Manitoba Bisons on the opening weekend of Canada West League play.  And judging by recent results, those November 4/5 games should be dandies.  Among the early contenders for ultimate CW honours, the Bisons and Dinos are both looking strong as they host tournaments this weekend.

 Calgary Dinos 89  Regina Cougars 72

Lars Schleuter's 3 point shooting leads the Dinos to their win over Regina.

Lars Schleuter’s 3 point shooting leads the Dinos to their win over Regina.

In their 2nd win at their Calgary Cup, the Dinos are up 50-35 at the break, and cruise in the 2nd.   Lars Schleuter rains down 6/11 treys for 21 points and snares a team-high 6 rebounds. Mambi Diawara makes his debut with 17 points on 50% shooting, and Thomas Cooper adds 15.

In a game full of turnovers (Regina 28 Calgary 21) more 3 pointers 10-6, and 7 more made free throws spells the difference for UC.  Regina are led by 12 pts from Brandon Tull, as Coach Burrows wheels out 11 players for 10 or more minutes. Both Brian Ofori and Johnell Johnson grab 8 boards for the Cougs.  Box Score 

In the cross-town game, Windsor Lancers show some scoring power, with a 95-83 victory at  Mt. Royal Cougars   no Box Score

Saturday’s games at the Calgary Cup feature  the Dinos at Mt. Royal   , and Windsor vs Regina at MRU.

Amarjit Basi is an offensive 'cool-hand' for the Bisons

Amarjit Basi is an offensive ‘cool-hand’ for the Bisons

At the Manitoba Bisons Tournament –  Manitoba Bisons 87 Laurier Golden Hawks  63  , as AJ Basi drops 20 points with 4 treys, and Keith Omoerah adds 15 pts/10 rebs.  The Herd use a 30-4 thrashing  in the 2nd quarter to end all drama, as their defense and rebounding stifle the Hawks efforts.

Winnipeg  Wesmen 65  Lakehead  Thunderwolves 59    no box score

Saturday games at the Bisons Tournament –  Winnipeg vs Laurier, Manitoba vs Lakehead


In Eastern Canada on Friday –  Ryerson 102 St. FX 61 ,  Dalhousie 89  York 65,          In Montreal at the Concordia Classic – Concordia 81 Nipissing 68, Brock 74  Cape Breton 53  …         also   UQAM  73  Coll. La Cite  55