Top two teams pulling away from the field with wins in Calgary
at Calgary Dinos 82 Saskatchewan Huskies 69 – In a fairly scrappy game, the teams went to the line a total of 56 times, and there were ice packs and bandages on the bench and after the tussle. The Dinos defense limited Saskatchewan to just 37% from the floor vs 47 % for UC. Thomas Cooper played an inspired game for Calgary, with his 23 points/ 14 rebounds/ 7 assists, as he lays it all out at crunch time. Shane Osayande was top man for the Huskies with 23 pts/ 7 rebs, while Matt Forbes fought hard for his 18 pts/ 7 boards. Calgary climbs to 11-2, while the Dogs drop to 8-5. Box Score The 2nd game is 7 pm Saturday
UBC Thunderbirds 81 at Mt. Royal Cougars 60 – Up by 9 at the break, the T-Birds padded their lead by another 13 with a dominating 3rd quarter. UBC (12-1) shoots 49% to only 31% for the over-matched Cougars. Conor Morgan leads the ‘Birds with 24 points/ 7 rebs, and the rest of the team in in single digits. Brett Layton shines for the Cougars (7-6) with a double of 19 pts/ 10 boards, and Derek Wolf adds 13 points. Box Score It’s an early 6 pm tip on for the Saturday contest.
Fraser Valley 73 Alberta Golden Bears 71 – In the night’s only big upset, it’s he UFV version of the ‘Splash Bros.” , Manny Dulay and Vijay Dhillon with 9 treys between them, including Dhillon’s ‘dagger’ 3 with 45 seconds left. Dulay scores 20, and Dhillon cashes 14 as the Cascades gut out a road win to advance to 6-7. The Bears (11-4) shoot just 35% from the floor, one of their coldest games of the year, and they are in it late through their 16/22 from the foul line vs 5/6 for the visitors. Mamadou Gueye is the U of A leader with 24 points/ 7 rebounds, while Brody Clarke hits 18 pts/ 9 rebounds/ 4 assists. Box Score It’s 7 pm Sat. for game 2
Lethbridge Pronghorns 76 at Victoria Vikes 58 – Two hot quarters do the trick for
the visiting Pronghorns, as they go a combined 47-27 in the 1st and 3rd. The Vikes are as cold as they can be at 24% from the floor, while Lethbridge manages 43% , including 9/18 from 3 point range. Elliott Sentance plays the 6th man role to perfection for the ‘Horns, with 22 points in 18 minutes off the bench, going 4/5 from deep. Zac Overwater scores 15 in a similar role as a sub for the visitors as Coach Mike Hansen rolls his whole line-up at UVic. Grant Sitton’s 18 points and 12 rebounds pace the Vikes, and Scott Kellum scores 15, including 4/5 from 3 point territory. Box Score 7 pm Saturday
at Brandon Bobcats 95 Regina Cougars 91 – This was a very well played game by both teams, and a couple of extra finishes off turnovers salted it away for the ‘Cats. Brandon (6-9) scores 55 in a wild 2nd half, including the winning 5 points straight in the final minute. Regina (6-7) has several chances to close the gap, but gets nothing to drop at the end. 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists for a career effort by the Bobcats Tyvon Cooper, with Chris Stanhope pouring in 26 pts on 10/13 and 5/6 from outside. Both teams are over 40% from 3 point range. Regina has 5 starters in double digits , led by the 19 with 9 boards by Alex Igual, and a tidy 10 points/ 8 boards from Samuel Hillis. Box Score 7 pm Saturday for game 2.
Manitoba Bisons 108 at Trinity Western Spartans 76 – It was 57 – 29 Manitoba at the half, and the teams basically traded hoops for the 2nd half. The Bisons (7-6) destroy the Trinity defense, shooting 59% from the floor, led by 20 points from Justus Alleyn. Rookie forward James Wagner scores 18 for the Herd off the bench, and Joey Nitychoruk adds 16. TWU’s Pogos Trunyan tallied a game high 24 points on 6/8 from beyond the arc. Box Score Game 2 is 7 pm Saturday
In the East –
AUS – Thurs. – #9 Dalhousie 101 at Acadia 84 – The Tigers are the AUS leaders, and they go to Wolfeville and play one of their better offensive games. Dal plays at home vs UNB on Saturday. Friday – Saint Marys 101 Cape Breton 70
Quebec – On Thursday – at Concordia 66 #7 McGill 56 – Stingers avenge big 96-56 drubbing from the Redmen at McGill back in late November. ‘The Beehive’ proves to be a friendlier venue as this Quebec League seems less predictable / more competitive as we get deeper into the schedule. Fri – UQAM 70 Bishops 61
OUA – #1 Carleton 90 Guelph 54 , #2 Ottawa 89 Lakehead 60, #8 Brock 77 Queens 63, Windsor 89 Algoma 47, Nipissing 69 Laurentian 66, York 71 McMaster 68,
- Canada West Women’s scores … Regina 77 Brandon 40, Mt. Royal 80 UBC 75 !!! , Saskatchewan 62 Calgary 53 , Alberta 63 UFV 51, Trinity W 70 Manitoba 65, Victoria 84 Lethbridge 59