Waddoups on fire for GBs in tight finish at Manitoba
#10 Alberta 88 at Manitoba 85 – The Bears (7-0) remain unbeaten with a road win, as they dodge multiple Manitoba attempts to tie it up in the final 30 seconds. Alberta are 53% from the floor and the Herd are right there at 52%. The visitors, however, cash 10 treys on 18 tries to just 5/18 for the Bisons, and that proves decisive. This is a tough blow for Manitoba, who drop to 2-5 despite having 5 players in double figures. The UM defense had no answer for Alberta’s Austin Waddoups , who led all scorers with 31 points, including 6/9 from the outside. Bears – Waddoups 31 pts/ 3 assists, Brody Clarke 18 pts/ 7 rebs Bisons Keith Omoerah 18 pts/ 10 rebs, Justus Alleyn 17 pts/ 6 rebs, James Wagner 16 pts/ 5 boards. Box Score
Winnipeg 87 at Brandon 81 – Winnipeg (6-2) roars back from a 10 point deficit after 3/4s, with a 27-11 final 10 minutes. The Bobcats were looking good on the home court, and shot 46% from the floor, led by strong games from both Tyvon Cooper and John Paul. The Ws took advantage of 25 free throws (making 18) to just 7/14 for Brandon, and the ‘Cats turned it over 18 times to only 12 for UW. Wesmen- Denzel Lynch- Blair 29 pts/ 10 rebs, William Sesay 21 pts/ 9 rebs Bobcats – Tyvon Cooper 20 pts/ 5 rebs/ 5 asst, John Paul 20 pts/ 13 boards. Box Score
MacEwan 93 at Mt. Royal 75 – Just 24 hours, but there’s a 42 point swing in favour of the visitors from Thursday’s MRU win. Mac (3-5) looked like the team with more zip, as their whole line-up worked hard for this road victory. Denzel James, Thadius Galvez, and Tyler Wise led the charge in a 55 point 2nd half for the Griffs. MRU cooled off tonight, shooting 42% FG, and were out-rebounded 49-36 by a more aggressive MacEwan squad. Griffins- Tyler Wise 27 pts/ 11 rebs, Denzel James 26 pts/ 5 rebs/ 6 asst, Thadius Galvez 16 pts/ 5 rebs Cougars – Josh Ross 26 pts/ 8 rebs, Brett Layton 12 pts/10 boards. Box Score
Regina 107 at Trinity Western 74 – It was 54-24 at the half. Turn out the lights at the Langley Events Centre … game! TWU did come back in the 2nd half with 50 points, but they also surrendered another 53 to the insatiable Cougars. 51% FG shooting including 15/33 from outside for the visitors. Regina, who had 7 players in double figures, moves up to 3-2, while Trinity drops to 2-5 on the season. Cougars – Johneil Johnson 16 pts, Alex Igual 15 pts, Ramiro Martinez 14 pts Spartans – Vartan Tanielien 23 pts/ 5 rebs/ 3 asst, Patrick Vandervelden 17 pts/ 8 rebs Box Score
at Thompson Rivers 78 UBC-O 75 – Playing at home, the ‘Pack are behind to their Okanagan rivals by as much as 12 points early in the final frame. Behind the timely scoring of Derek Rhodes and Michael Rouault, TRU (2-5) nips the Heat (1-6) at the wire, however. Wolf Pack – Derek Rhodes 25 pts/ 4 asst, Volodymyr Iegorov 20 pts/ 9 rebs/ 6 asst Heat – Aldrich Berrios 227 pts/ 9 rebs, Buzz Truss 16 pts. Box Score
UNBC 66 at Fraser Valley 63 – Trailing by 8 at the half, the T’Wolves (3-4) play a sharp 3rd quarter to snatch a 3 point lead then fight back in the last 2 minutes after UFV (2-3) takes a slim lead. In a break-out game, transfer guard James Agyeman (Laurier) is the game high scorer from his point spot for the Wolves. UNBC shoots only 31% from the floor, but hit more FTs and more 3 pt shots to take the W. Timberwolves – James Agyeman 22 pts/ 7 rebs/ 4 asst, Vaggelis Loukas 7 pts/ 8 rebs Cascades – Vijay Dhillon 13 pts Box Score
#2 UBC 82 at Victoria 69 – The T’Birds move on to 5-0 with a win in Victoria, as they establish their 13 point margin after 3/4s and hold steady from there. UBC wins with a rebounding (37-30) and a turnover (7-13) advantage over the Vikes. UVic (2-5) shot the same 49% as the Thunderbirds, but could not make any headway on the scoreboard. Thunderbirds – Conor Morgan 23 pts/ 6 rebs, Jordan Jensen-Whyte 20 pts/ 5 rebs Vikes – Wayne Tucker Jr. 21 pts/ 4 rebs, Grant Sitton 16 pts/ 111 rebs/ 3 blks Box Score
Friday scores from the East –
Quebec … Laval 80 at UQAM 71
Ontario … #1 Carleton 79 at Nipissing 59 , #4 Ottawa 74 at Laurentian 59 , #8 Ryerson 111 at Algoma 61 , Queens 76 at Lakehead 75
- Saskatchewan’s 3rd year wing man, Jaylan Morgan (Brampton, ON), on his experience in his 1st season with the Huskies. – “I believe everything happens for a reason. I’ve been put in this position for a reason and i’m going to take full advantage of it and help this team win as many games as possible,” Morgan said. From a Global News story by Ryan Flaherty.
- Before Friday’s game in Victoria, the Vikes had won 8 of the past 11 meetings between these long-time rivals. Before their Friday game in Winnipeg, the Bears had a 9-5 record over the Bisons since 2010.
- We are amazed and impressed by the timely ‘return to duty’ by both Lethbridge coach, Mike Hansen, after having had hip surgery only just about a month ago, and of MRU coach, Marc Dobell, who is back on the bench following a summer ‘heart episode’. We know their teams appreciate their coaches’ presence, and their passion for the game. We wish you both the best as you manage your recovery.
- Marquee rebounding combos … Both twosomes average 20+ rebounds/ game Saskatchewan’s Shane Osayande (12.3) and Matt Forbes (8.8) … Mt. Royal’s Josh Ross (10.6) and Brett Layton (9.4) .
- We’re impressed with the play of UC transfer, Adonis Monfort-Palomino, for the MacEwan Griffins. He brings solid defense, energy, and a dependable lead guard presence at his new school.