Alberta makes it close, but the Huskies grind-out a big win
at # 9 Saskatchewan 68 # 7 Alberta 65 – Facing a 43-28 half-time deficit, Alberta charged back to tie it, then lead it several times in the 4th quarter. Saskatchewan (12-6) finally wins it on free throws in the last seconds, and get a crucial split. Defense over-shadows offense in this one, as both squads settle for 39% FG shooting. Shayne Osayande has another notable outing for the Huskies with 23 pts/ 11 rebounds , while Seniors, Matt Forbes (14 pts/ 7 rebs) and Trevor Severinski (12 pts/ 5 boards) are also difference-makers. Alberta are now 13-5, as they get 19 pts/ 6 rebs from Brody Clarke, and both Austin Waddoups and Mamadou Gueye scoring 17 each. Box Score
at Brandon 92 Manitoba 77 – This is a banner weekend for the Bobcats , as they clip their provincial rivals, Manitoba, twice, and on Saturday they fashion as good a game as they’ve had all season. The ‘Cats out-shoot (44%-38%), out-rebound (58-40) the Bisons, while beating UM to the ball on most chances. Earl Thompson Jr racks up 27 points/ 12 rebounds to lead the way, and Tyvon Cooper is good for 22 points, including 12/12 from the line. BU’s 6-11 post man, John Paul, is a force, with 18 points/ 15 boards and 4 blocks. Manitoba have Justus Alleyn with 26 points/ 6 rebs, but they never real threaten as the Bobcats build on their lead in the 4th quarter. Box Score
at Winnipeg 87 Regina 81 – Replicating their late surge for a Friday win, the Wesmen
come-from-behind for the sweep with a 26-19 4th quarter. The senior guard, Jamar Farley goes 6/10 from deep, and leads Winnipeg scorers with 22. Sean Tarver has a strong finish and tallies 20 points, as the Ws move up to 12-6, and in good shape to claim a home play-off start. Regina (7-11) may be on the outside after these 2 losses, as the Cougars just could not finish either game. They get 18 points each from Alex Igual (5 asst/ 5 steals) and Johneil Johnson (9 rebs) Box Score
Calgary 76 at Thompson Rivers 60 – The Dinos have control of this one with a dominating 24-10 spread in the 3rd quarter. Despite an unusually cold weekend for 3 point range, UC gets a valuable sweep, and move up to 14-4. Thomas Cooper has 19 pts/ 8 rebs to lead the way, with David Kapinga tacking on 17 points/ 5 rebs/ 6 assists/ 5 steals. Buzz-saw. Calgary is aided by an aggressive defense, forcing 24 TRU turnovers to only 11 for the Dinos. Volodymyr Iegorov notches 16 pts/ 8 boards in his final home game for the Orange, while rookie Trent Monkman pours in several late hoops to post 15 pts. The Wolf-Pack are now 8-10, and still having to scrap for a post-season next weekend. Box Score
at MacEwan 93 UBC-Okanagan 64 – A decisive win for MacEwan on their Senior Night, as they improve to 7-11, with a chance of a play-off berth still alive. 51 points in the 2nd half presses the issue, as GMU shoots 52% from the floor, getting 25 points/ 8 rebs from Thadius Galvez. 5th year wing, Denzel James, adds 22 pts/ 4 rebs/ 3 blks, and Keith Gerdes has 18 pts. UBC-O (2-16) are led by Aldrich Berrios’ 21 points, and 19 pts/ 8 boards by rookie Triston Matthews. Box Score
Trinity Western 71 at Mt. Royal 54 – It’s 48-18 TWU in the final 20 minutes, as the visitors grab a satisfying split after a dispiriting loss Friday. The Cougars, overall, seemed listless in this one, with 28 turnovers providing Trinity all the extra chances they needed. Max Vitala, scores 21 points/ 5 rebs/ 5 steals, while the Spartans also get 17 points and 10 big rebounds from Patrick Vandervelden. Pogos Trunyan looks steady at the point for TWU, and ge records 16 pts/ 5 rebs/5 steals, and his team gets to 3-15 in the standings. MRU (8-10) shoot just 37%, with Josh Ross grabbing 16 rebounds to go with 8 points, and the 2 graduating players, Derek Wolf and Brett Layton (9 boards) hit 11 and 10 points respectively. Box Score
at Fraser Valley 89 Victoria 79 – A sweep for the Cascades, raising their play-off chances , at 9-9, and dimming UVic’s with their drop to 7-11. UFV ring up 8 points in the final 20 minutes to pull away, as 5 Cascades go for double digits on the score-sheet. Denver Sparks-Guest has a good outing off the bench, with 19 pts/ 6 rebs, while 5th year guard, Vijay Dhillon, scores 17/ 6 rebs/ 4 assts, and Nav Bains records an 11 point/ 11 rebound double. The Vikes’ Justin Kinnear stands out with a 24 point/ 5 rebound game, and rookie Scott Kellum hits 17 pts/ 4 assts. Box Score
at UBC 109 UNBC 61 – It may have been a slow start for the Thunderbirds, but they got rolling to the tune of 72 points in the 2nd half ! UBC are now 17-1 heading into the final week of League play, while the T’ Wolves fall to 4-14. Jordan Jensen-Whyte scores 24/ 5 rebs for the ‘Birds, and Conor Morgan tosses in 20 pts/ 6 boards, as the whole line-up is utilized in this blow-out. Rhys Elliott has a good one for UNBC with 23 points, and Vaggelis Loukas adds 16 pts/ 9 rebounds. Box Score
Scores from the East –
Atlantic – at #10 Dalhousie 91 Memorial 69, UNB 107 at UPEI 92 , at Acadia 114 Cape Breton 99
Quebec – # 8 McGill 87 at Bishops 59 , Concordia 57 at Laval 55
In the OUA … at # 4 Brock 71 W. Laurier 58, Waterloo 83 at McMaster 62 , at Lakehead 68 Nipissing 57, Western 86 at Algoma 75, at Laurentian 79 Guelph 50 , at Toronto 85 Queens 77
- Why didn’t Manny Dulay and Nav Bains of UFV start vs UVic in Friday’s big game? Here’s the story from Dan Kinvig, Fraser Valley Communications Coordinator, ‘ With the Lower Mainland of B.C. buffeted by a rare snowstorm … Dulay and teammate Nav Bains, traveling from their hometown of Surrey to UFV’s Envision Athletic Centre, were stuck … and the clock ticked ever-closer to game time. We’ll let Dulay pick up the story from here.’ “We were in the left lane (headed eastbound), and the right lane opened up,” he began. “As we switched, Nav’s car started swerving and we actually did a 360 (degree spin) in both lanes. We ended up in the left lane, but now we’re facing these cars (going in the same direction). Luckily, no one was coming right behind us, and everyone went around us. We didn’t end up in the ditch, and no car hit us. We didn’t want to tell anyone (when we got to the gym), but we actually almost died.”
- Jamar Farlay, Winnipeg’s 5th year guard, knows how to celebrate Senior Night, as he buries 6 treys for the Wesmen, and breaks away for a buzzer-beating flush to finish the 3rd quarter. His efforts pace the W’s to a sweep, and well on the way to a good play-off seed. And how about the final home appearance for Brandon’s Earl Thompson Jr, who goes for 27 points/ 12 rebounds in the ‘Cats 2nd consecutive win over Manitoba.
- Not sure why it would be a violation for several players to leap up off the bench and cheer the efforts of teammates on the floor. Enthusiasm, joy, congratulations. If it’s not ‘excessive’ , why create an unnecessary rule conflict ?
- Fitting congratulations from Trinity Western Coach, Aaron Muhic, for his troops after their fine effort in a win at Mt. Royal, “It was a good win for our guys tonight,” said .. Muhic. “I’m very proud of our toughness and willingness to compete. We finally had a game where we put the little things together and we attacked for most of the game. It was a great overall team effort.” (From TWU’s Mark Janzen).