Big Tournament weekend for Canada West teams
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 –
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.
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.
- 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)