Canada 84 Japan 71
A solid team effort on Thursday for Canada, as they now look forward to a decisive game against the Germans, who sit atop the Group B standings at 4-0. Hitting 5/7 from 3 point range, Carleton’s Connor Wood leads the scoring, with his U-Sports teammate, Kaza Kajami-Keane checking in with 16 pts/ 6 asst/ 4 rebs/ 4 steals. Calgary Dinos guard, David Kapinga, was 2/3 from outside, as Canada hit 47% FG and 10/17 treys.
Coach Kevin Hanson and his staff have done a masterful job of doling out the minutes, as everyone played at least 11 minutes, including Jean- Emmanuel Pierre-Charles (Ottawa), who returned to action after being injured. Still resting a leg hurt vs Japan was UBC forward, and Canada West Player of the Year, Conor Morgan. Canada moves to 3-1, tied with Finland, to whom we lost earlier in the week. With a Canadian win against Germany, the 3 teams would be tied, and the 2 play-off spots come down to its for and against. Canada needs an 8+ points spread in this final group game. Box Score
Germany beat Finland 71-64, so the Canadians, to have any chance of a ‘play-off berth’ must defeat Germany on Friday. Thanks to our Hoops – zealot , Tyler, in Winnipeg, for the heads -up on a viewing opportunity from the FISU Livestreaming service … it will show the Canada vs Germany game live at 12 midnight Pacific on Thurs/Fri (1 am Mountain, etc). Obviously for the hard-core fanatics … like Tyler, who will be itching to see his Bison-buddy, Justus Alleyn, play in Red and White!
U-Sports vs NCAA Teams –
at Ottawa 85 Canisius (NY, Div 1) 74
at Carleton 87 New Hampshire (Div 1) 60
at Carleton 77 Canisius 65
Northeastern (Div 1 – Mass.) at Concordia 45
- Your high scoring lead guard wants to play football?! This proposal was put to UBC-O Coach Peter Guarasci this summer, when Aldrich Berrios, his 4th year star, came to his coach to ask about playing with the Okanagan Sun of the BC Junior Football League. Somewhat surprisingly, Guarasci was positive … “When I mentioned it to Pete, he loved the idea and I have to thank him for that,” said Berrios. To find out how Berrios plans to make this work, check out this story from Warren Henderson in Kelowna Capital News.
- If you fans have been paying close attention, you will note that the Carleton Ravens are once again showing their strength in recent games vs U.S. schools. Other Canadian teams may win some games, but it’s Carleton that, for the most part, really gets our attention with scores like 87-60 over New Hampshire, 81-74 and 61-56 over Vanderbilt, an SEC team. Then we have an 84 -71 trimming of Alabama, who were 19-14 overall last season. The consistent effort, adherence to their game plan, and 2 way excellence are the hallmarks of this amazing team Led by the preeminent U-Sports coach, Dave Smart.