First half scoring out-burst gives Calgary control
Calgary Dinos 91 Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack 84 – In 2008, as were reminding ourselves recently, the Calgary Dinos lost both games as the host of that year’s Final 4, and did not qualify for the CIS Nationals. It was a crusher, but, that was then, and this young, deep, and determined Dinos crew of 2015-16 didn’t carry that baggage into this weekend’s Canada West Championship Tournament.
Winning their 16th straight game and capturing their 6th Canada West crown was no simple task, however; once again spotting their worthy opponents, the TRU Wolf Pack, an early 10 point lead, Calgary played from behind.
But, as they had done last night, that turnaround was fairly quick, and UC led by a 25-21 count after 1st quarter. By that time, Coach Dan Vanhooren had employed 11 players, and he kept coming with fresh troops for much of the 30 minutes to follow. The ‘Pack, who were the 16-4 Explorer Division winners, closed the gap later in the game, and took it to the home team with 48% field goal shooting, including 10/16 (63%) from 3 points range.
Thomas Cooper wove some magic in the 2nd quarter to help put Calgary up 53-40 at the break, with a series of nifty mid-range jumpers, and some angled kisses off the glass in traffic; the CW Player of the Year totals 24 for the game and has 4 rebounds/ 5 assists/ 2 steals. Lars Schleuter did a lot of the heavy defensive work on Wolfram, and still shot it well, with 14 points including 4/7 from 3 point range, plus 6 rebounds. Mitch Ligertwood scored 12 points / 6 boards off the bench, and both Jasdeep Gill (3 steals) and Josh Owen-Thomas counted 11 points apiece. David Kapinga was clutch for Calgary once more with his 9 points/ 7 assists/ 5 rebs/ 3 steals.
Gerard Gore, a solid 6-6 forward worked his way into the interior of the Calgary defense for many of his 22 points for the Orange, and he claimed 10 rebounds. Volodymyr Iegorov hit for 17 points , with 3/5 from outside, and Reese Pribilsky was 4/5 on his long bombs to score 14 plus 6 rebounds. Josh Wolfram was somewhat held in check by some good Dinos defending, as the 6-11, 5th year all-star counted 15 points and had 8 rebounds.
Calgary forced 17 TRU turnovers to 13 of their own, and they shot 13/15 from the line, with 9/9 by Cooper.
This is the 3rd Canada West win for UC under Coach Vanhooren, and, in a post game interview, Cooper credited the coach for ” … having the confidence in me and my team. This win means everything. This is what we worked for, and we all played our part to get this done.” Box Score
In the ‘3rd place game …
UBC Thunderbirds 101 Manitoba Bisons 72 – The air was out of the Bisons’ tires as soon as they tipped this one off … 30-10 after 1 quarter. UBC shoots 50% for the game vs 32% for the Herd. It was a tough game to get the motivation meter beyond 3/10 for Manitoba, and UBC knew they were prepping for a big CIS Final 8 back home next week.
Conor Morgan scored 28 for the ‘Birds on a red-hot 7/8 from beyond the arc, while rookie guard, Taylor Browne kicked in 15, with 4/5 deep balls. 16/29 as a team from 3 point range will usually put you in good shape !
Keith Omoerah hit 13 points for Manitoba, and both A.J. Bas and Joseph Medrano tallied 12. Box Score
More CIS Play-off action, Saturday –
Quebec Final – McGill Redmen 78 UQAM Citadins 67
Ontario , Wilson Cup Final – Ryerson Rams 73 Carleton Ravens 68 … and in the 3rd place game there, it was the Ottawa Gee-Gees 90 Windsor Lancers 77.
- So we have our field of 8 teams for the CIS Nationals in Vancouver, March 17-20. It’s Calgary, Thompson Rivers, and UBC from Canada West … Ryerson, Carleton, and Ottawa representing Ontario … the Quebec champs, McGill, plus the Atlantic Tournament winners, Dalhousie.
- The CIS selection / seeding committee will make the wildcard selection (Ottawa) official on Sunday, and they will seed the field within a few prescribed guidelines –
- Conference champions (Calgary, Ryerson, McGill, Dalhousie) must be seeded in the top 6 spots.
- Trying not to match-up teams from the same conference on the 1st round.
- The team’s record against all other teams in the championship.
- Strength of schedule.
- Playoff performance.
- How about this, considering all those factors?
- 1. Ryerson vs 8. UBC
- 2. Carleton vs 7. Thompson Rivers
- 3. Calgary vs 6. Dalhousie
- 4. McGill vs 5. Ottawa