Saskatchewan shines in game 1 , handing UBC their 1st CW loss.
Saskatchewan 95 # 2 UBC 78 – Using the 3 point shot to great advantage, the home-standing Huskies win every quarter against the previously unbeaten T’Birds. U of S hits 12/23 (53%) from outside vs 6/25 (24%) for UBC, and thats a cool 18 points! The rest came at the foul line as Saskatchewan ate heartily with 29/30 while the Thunderbirds hit just 14/22 for another 15 points. Game !
Jaylan Morgan led 6 Huskies in double figures with his game-high 23 points, as he connects on 5/7 from outside and adds 6 boards. Matt Forbes scores 18 / 6 rebs, and Alex Unruh contributes 16 pts/ 5 assists. Import Lawrence Moore debuted with the ‘Dogs hitng 13 points / 6 asst. Conor Morgan scored 22 pts/ 5 rebs for UBC, and Will Ondrik had 14 pts/ 3 boards. U of S now up to 6-3, while UBC drops to 8-1. Box Score
at Winnipeg 111 Trinity Western 65 – Taking any suspense away early, the Wesmen (7-4) hang up 64 points in the 1st half, then put it on auto-pilot for the resounding win. Trinity falls with a thud to 2-9, as the Ws take charge in every facet, including 10 fewer turnovers and 13 more rebounds. The whole Winnipeg roster hits the scoresheet, with 7 players at 9 points or more, led by 16 from Marcello Kambola. Ryan Oirbans does the blue-collar work for UW, scoring 13 and grabbing 11 rebounds. TWU have 18 points from Pogos Trunyan, and 16 by Max Vitala. Box Score
at Mt. Royal 95 Brandon 86 OT – The Cougars (5-4) survive a scare, as Brandon storm back from a 12 point deficit after 3/4s to force overtime by scoring 31 in the 4th. In the extra frame, it’s the Cougars riding 9 points from Glen Yang, his whole total for the night. MRU’s Brett Layton, before fouling out late in the 4th Q, scores a game-high 24 points to go with 16 rebounds. The Cougs get 18 points apiece from both Derek Wolf (5 res/ 5 assists) and Josh Ross (12 rebs/ 5 asst/ 5 steals). The Bobcats (3-8) have Earl Thompson Jr. with 23 pts/ 12 boards for his double, and 21 points from Tyvon Cooper. Pookie Saunders, a Calgary (E. Manning) high school star, notched 16 to go with 6 boards. Box Score
Lethbridge 82 UNBC 71 – Leading by 10 at the half, the Pronghorns (7-4) saw the visiting Timberwolves get to within 2 points several times late in the 3rd Q. But the home team finished off nicely, spurred on by 8 points from Dejon Burdeaux, who counted 24 on the night. Lethbridge has Elliott Sentance firing 25 pts and claiming 11 rebounds, as they shoot 49% as a team. UNBC gets out-boarded 42-28, and have 21 turnovers to hurt their cause. Marcus Mackay has a big night for the T’Wolves (4-7) with 25 points on 5/6 from outside the arc. Rhys Elliott adds 17 points/ 5 rebs/ 3 steals. Box Score
Victoria 86 at Thompson Rivers 76 – The Vikes(3-5) do not look at all like the
struggling 2-6 team from the 1st half of the Canada West season. They go into Kamloops and play a very solid game, shooting 50% from the floor, led by a 30 point / 7 rebs game by Grant Sutton (7/8 from outside). There are 3 other Vikes in double digits, including rookie guard Scott Kellum with 18 points. TRU (5-6) trail the whole way, and are back by 19 after 3/4s, as they can’t match any of UVic’s key numbers … 14 treys vs 8, 38 rebs- 32. Michael Rouault scores 15 to lead the ‘Pack, and he has 3 other teammates in double figures, including 11 pts/ 9 rebs by Volodymyr Iegorov, who is largely kept in check by Vic defenders. Box Score
Regina 83 at UBC-Okanagan 79 – The Cougars (6-3) get a ‘must – win’ on the road, by shooting 49% FG, with a 52 point effort in the 2nd half. The game is a bit messy, with 24 turnovers from Regina and 22 by the Heat. UR enjoy a big margin at the foul line, as they hit 24/38 vs 14/20 for UBC-O. 24 points/ 5 asst from Alex Igual lead the way for the Cougars, and they also get 14 pts/ 6 rebs/ 4 steals from Brandon Tull. Aldrich Berrios has a game-high 29 points for the Heat, with his 7/13 from long range. Mitch Goodwin produces another 25 for Okanagan, who play well, but fall to 1-10 on the season. Box Score
at Fraser Valley 77 MacEwan 72 – The Cascades (4-5) win the 4th quarter and the game, as Navjot Bains leads 5 UFV players scoring in double figures. Bains has 16 pts/ 7 rebs, and Andrew Morris adds 14 points/ 8 rebs off the bench. UFV get a few extra shots with 11 extra rebounds over the visitors. Mac (3-8) has Keith Gerdes with 20 points, and 15 pts/ 7 rebs. Box Score
In the Atlantic – UNB 115 Cape Breton 75 , St. FX 86 Acadia 80 ,
In Quebec – #7 McGill 53 Laval 47
In Ontario – #4 Ottawa 83 Waterloo 48 , #5 Ryerson 88 Lakehead 64 , #6 Brock 86 Laurentian 82, #9 McMaster 90 Nipissing 75, #1 Carleton 109 Laurier 73 , Queens 75 Western Ont. 69, Windsor 83 York 78 , Toronto 77 Guelph 66,
Canada West slate for Saturday night –
Alberta at Calgary, TWU at Winnipeg, UBC at Saskatchewan, UNBC at Lethbridge, Brandon at Mt. Royal, Regina at UBC-O, Victoria at Thompson Rivers, MacEwan at Fraser Valley,
- The Dinos return home knowing that the U of A Bears do have a much better shooting team than they showed in Thursday’s 71-58 Calgary road win. In a late Calgary Herald article, UC Head Coach Dan Vanhooren says, “They shoot the ball, they’re a good three-point shooting team. They have a good level of balance on the floor and it makes them hard to guard, in past years they haven’t had the same level of shooting.”
- Women’s scores in Canada West – Winnipeg 90 TWU 65, Saskatchewan 68 UBC 46, Lethbridge 89 UNBC 70, Brandon 76 MRU 45, Victoria 79 Thompson R. 66, Regina 76 UBC-O 38, Fraser V. 73 MacEwan 70.
- Branching way out there, now … thanks to my former UC teammate out there in Victoria for sending this video clip along. This 23 year old Canadian phenom, Jordan Kilganon, has an incredible 50-inch vertical jump ! Take a look, as he performs for some NBA legends …