Huskies and ‘Horns go down to the wire in Saskatoon –
at Saskatchewan 90 Lethbridge 89 – The Huskies (4-8) catch Lethbridge (6-4) late in the 4th quarter, with some ‘Horns turnovers leading to hoops from Chan DeCiman and Shane Osayande, but the ‘Horns get it to OT with a last second 3 point shot from Rob Olsen. Shawn Lathan returned the favour at the end of OT, with a winning trey at the 20 second mark, then Shane Osayande blocks a shot to preserve the win for U of S. 5 Sask. players in double figures with 18 each from Lathan and Osayande, who also adds 8 rebounds. The Huskies get 26/35 free throws vs just 12/15 for the visitors, as Lethbridge shoots 50% from the floor to 35% for the Dogs, and still lose !. UL are led by 22 points from Rob Olsen, who is 4/6 from outside, 19 points/8 boards by Dejon Burdeaux, and 17 / 9 rebs by Brandon Brine. 21 Lethbridge turnovers hurt their cause, and they lose the rebound battle 41-34. Box Score
UBC 76 at Manitoba 66 – The 2nd game to UBC, and a split for the series (prophetic on Coach Hanson’s part ….) The T-Birds get off to a sprint start at 20-9 after 10 minutes, and their defense squeezes Manitoba enough that the Herd hit only 31% on the night. UBC (9-3) hits 8 treys vs 3 for UM, and the ‘Birds scoop 50 rebounds against 44 for the Bisons. Phil Jalalpoor leads the visitors with 19 points/ 5 rebs/4 assts, while Jordan Jensen-Whyte scores 18 / 5 assts, and Conor Morgan hits 14 and snares 10 boards. Manitoba (8-4 ) have 4 players in double digits, led by 18 from Justus Alleyn, 17 by A.J. Basi, and 10 points / 11 boards from Keith Omoerah. Box Score
Victoria 66 at Alberta 60 – Another split of competitive teams, as the Vikes (7-5) capitalize on a 48-36 rebounding margin and very careful ball-handling with just 4 turnovers. poor Cold shooting from the floor with good defensive efforts from both teams (35%-34%) , but, with no D at the free throw line, the Bears are 12/14 and UVic goes13/15. Victoria got 16 apiece from Grant Sitton and Jordan Charles, along with 15 points/ 8 rebounds by Mack Roth. Alberta (5-6) were led by 16 points and 9 boards from Mamadou Gueye, and 13 / 6 rebs by Brody Clarke. Box Score
Calgary 85 at Brandon 79 – The Dinos trail for much of the game, in fact through until the 5 minute mark of the 4th, as the ‘Cats, led by D.J. Jordan looked ready for the upset. Calgary (10-3) went on a 14-6 run to finish the game, with key defensive stops, and some clutch play by Jasdeep Gill, Josh Owen -Thomas, and Thomas Cooper. Cooper, who had only 11 on Friday, buried 28 tonight, and added 5 boards and 6 assists. Owen-Thomas and Lars Schleuter each scored 11, as UC hit 44% FG and 19/26 free throws. BU’s Jordan filled it up for 3/4s, and netted 29 for the night , while Troy Grant hit for 22/ 6 rebs/ 3 assts/ 5 steals, but Brandon loses their 10th straight. Box Score
TRU pulls out a tight win at MacEwan
Thompson Rivers 71 at MacEwan 69 – The Wolf Pack (12-2) have to overcome a 5 point deficit after 3/4s, and they get key hoops from both Volodymyr Iegorov and Reese Pribilsky to do just that. MacEwan (5-7) had their chances, but cooled off in the last 5 minutes to slide back to 5-9 on the season. Josh Wolfram was the high scorer for TRU with 21 points / 8 rebounds, while Iegorov counted 15 points / 10 boards, and Pribilsky hit 17 pts/ 7 assists. The Griffs got 16 points / 10 rebounds from Thadius Galvez, and 17 points / 7 boards / 3 steals by Denzel James. Box Score
at Mt Royal 79 UBC- Okanagan 57 – The home-standing Cougars go up 42-22 at the half, and that’s virtually the match, as MRU get a weekend sweep and a share of 3rd place in the Explorer with the Heat and MacEwan at 5-7. Okanagan hit a paltry 28% from the field, and commit 19 costly turnovers in the loss. Brett Layton scores 19 and rips 12 rebounds for MRU , and he gets help from his post partner, James Lefebvre, with 17 plus 5 boards. Mitch Goodwin was the game’s high scorer for UBC-O at 22 points, but no other Heat player approaches 10. Box Score
at Fraser Valley 62 UNBC 47 – Strong defensive play by the Cascades to win convincingly for the sweep, and move up to 8-4 for the season. UNBC is flirting with a non-playoff season at 3-9, having dropped 3 straight, as they shoot only 32% vs 46% for UFV. 16 points each from Kevon Parchment and Nate Brown, and 11 rebounds from Parchment for his 2nd double-double of the weekend. 10 points from Austin Chandler was the highlight for Timberwolves. Box Score
CIS Scores on Saturday –
Atlantic- at UPEI 92 Acadia 90 , UNB 86 Dalhousie 71, Memorial 109 at Saint Marys 105 , St. FX at Cape Breton ppd, weather
Quebec – Concordia 71 UQAM 66, Laval 73 McGill 52
Ontario – Ottawa 75 Carleton 73 , Ryerson 97 Queen’s 81, Windsor 87 Algoma 80, McMaster 105 Laurier 81, Brock 81 Waterloo 69 , Nipissing 84 Laurentian 73
- A.J Holloway, the T-Birds 4th year guard from Tacoma, WA (Bellevue C.Coll) is starting to live up to the promise he showed as a Jr. College star in Washington. “Over the holiday, on our California trip, A.J. really played well, and we see him as a bigger contributor in the 2nd half of the year”, said Coach Kevin Hanson.
- In a conversation prior to the weekend’s play, Coach Hanson suggested that
these double-header weekend series are not his favourite scheduling method. Says the 16 year Thunderbirds head man, “It’s tough for 2 teams who are fairly evenly matched to play a repeat game the next night. If you win the 1st game, you feel you’ve accomplished your goal, and it’s hard for the players to come back with the same intensity.” Hanson says he much prefers the ‘split-weekends’, for example, playing 1 vs Manitoba , then 1 against Winnipeg. Better for the fans and the teams. Coach Hanson points out, “We’re the only League in the CIS that does this consistently, and it hurts us, even in the National rankings.” He adds, “Do you think Carleton and Ottawa would want to play on back-to-back nights?” (More on CW scheduling later in the season).