The Herd are full value for a sweep of #2 UBC
Manitoba 98 #2 UBC 96 OT – Kudos to Coach Kirby Schepp and his Bisons , as they go into War Memorial and out-play the #2 ranked team in the country on consecutive nights. The Herd have the Thunderbirds barely hanging on again Friday, and UBC are fortunate to tie it up and send it to extra time. A. J. Basi’s 3 point shot off an offensive rebound gave UM the lead with 6 seconds left, and the ‘Birds try at the buzzer bounced off the iron.
5th year transfer point man, Ilarion Bonhomme had a defining effort for the Bisons tonight, with his 28 points/ 10 rebounds/ 9 assists. Justus Alleyn scores 18, with 4 treys before he fouled out, while Keith Omoerah had a double of 14 pts/ 11 boards. UBC were led by team captain , Jordan Jensen-Whyte’s 33 point / 10 rebound effort in his final outing for the T’Birds. Patrick Simon scored 21 coming off the bench, and added 5 rebounds.
This was a shocking result to many, but a tribute to the depth of talent on Manitoba, and in all of Canada West, where we saw several visiting squads equit themselves very impressively. Box Score
#6 Calgary 76 Thompson Rivers 68 – For the 2nd night running, the Wolf Pack hold the Dinos feet to the fire, with timely shooting and a stifling zone defense. It’s tied at the half, then TRU get a lead midway through the 3rd quarter, which they don’t relinquish until the 3 minute mark of the 4th frame.
Dinos full court pressure finally wore down the ‘Pack. 6 points by Calgary’s 4th year post man, Mitch Ligertwood, in the last 1:40 were the crucial ones in this series winner. The UC defense limited Thompson Rivers to just 12 points in the last 10 minutes. Calgary won the rebounding 47-34, and hit 12/18 free throws to just 2 of 5 for the visitors. UC’s Thomas Cooper had another sparkling effort, with 26 points and 9 rebounds, and Jhony Verrone was solid with his 13 points/ 11 rebounds, and superb defensive effort. Mambi Diawara was sharp, especially late in the game, with defensive pressure, and he tallies 15 pts/ 7 rebs/ 5 steals.
Volodymyr Iegorov plays his final game for the Wolf Pack, hitting 20 points and claiming 11 rebounds. Derek Rhodes scored 11 and Mike Rouault 10 for TRU, who gave a very brave effort on both nights. Box Score
#9 Saskatchewan 88 Winnipeg 77 – The Huskies storm out of the gates early, and grab a huge 31-8 lead after 10 minutes. But the Wesmen win the middle frames 46-29, to get to within 6. Saskatchewan’s offense clicks for 28 points in the 4th, and they sweep the series.
Shane Osayande is strong again with a 21 point/ 19 rebound crusher, while Alex Unruh has a nice game for U of S, with 20 points on 8/10 FG shooting. Trevor Severinski cashes 4/8 from outside for the Dogs for 16 points and he doubles with 10 boards. Narcisse Ambanza scores 18 pts / 5 asst for the Ws, and Denzel Lynch-Blair returns for 14 pts/ 4 rebs/ 3 steals. Box Score
Lethbridge 112 #8 Alberta 111 OT – As much as the ‘Horns were limited by U of Adefense on Thursday, the U of L shooters responded with confidence on this night. The visitors shoot 49% from the floor, hit 15 treys, and convert 25/29 free throws. Alberta betters the Pronghorns with 51% shooting, the same 15 treys, but get fewer free throws (20/22) in a most efficient offensive display by both clubs .
Before fouling out with 10 seconds left in regulation, Dejon Burdeaux scored a team-high 31 points/ 8 rebs/ 5 assists for Lethbridge, who force a game 3, to be played at 7 pm Saturday night. Zac Overwater is big for the ‘Horns with 26 points/ 12 rebounds, and Elliott Sentance contribute’s 16 pts to the winning cause. Box Score
In the Atlantic – Friday Night – UNB 85 at St. FX 74, at #10 Dalhousie 90 UPEI 75, Saint Mary’s 94 at Cape Breton 78, at Acadia 97 Memorial 82
Sat. OUA Quarter Finals – at #1 Carleton McMaster , at #3 Ryerson Nipissing, at #4 Ottawa Laurentian, at #5 Brock Toronto (On OUA TV)
- CW Women’s 1/4 Finals – at #3 Regina 57 Trinity W 41 (Win series 2-0) , at #6 Victoria 74 Winnipeg 69 (series tied 1-1), Fraser V. 74 at # 8 Saskatchewan 62 (series tied 1-1), at Alberta 60 UBC 52 (wins series 2-0) … 3rd games on Saturday for Vikes – Wesmen, and Cascades – Huskies.
TRU forward, Luke Morris, is providing scoring and leadership to his young Wolf Pack team. Coach Scott Clark comments in this article from Morris’ hometown Mission City Record. “He’s a bigger guy [6-5] and can score in a variety of ways,” said Clark. “He can step out and hit a three, score in the post, score in the cut and offensive rebound.” “There has been increased expectations from our coaching staff and he’s shown more leadership and a lot of growth this season,” Clark said.
- We learn that Denzel Lynch-Blair of Winnipeg misses last night’s game at Saskatchewan due to accumulating 5 technical fouls over the course of the season. League Directors review reports on technical fouls, and may suspend players, depending on the details of the offense (s).