Carleton Dumps Dinos With the Deep Ball

 

The ‘Mighty Ravens’ still rule supreme in CIS basketball ! 

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  Carleton 101  Calgary 79   –   The Ravens bombed the Calgary Dinos defense with a barrage of treys, and ruled the boards at both ends to give themselves a nice 26-14 lead after a quarter. It never really got closer after that, and any brief Calgary threat was usually answered with another deflating 3 ball. A bit of simple math … 16 x 3 = 48 … 7 x 3 = 21  (do we see where this is going ? )  That’s a 27 point gap, and way too big a chasm to cross with what the Dinos had going on offense.Carleton R

This is not a new story at this time of the year.  Actually (in jest), Carleton is slipping; last March they beat their arch-rival, Ottawa, by a 93-46 count !  This does not make tonight’s result taste any better to Calgary, the Canada  West champions. This game snaps an 18 game Calgary win streak, and crushes a dream any school has of winning a National title.

We said the Ravens were champions until they lost in this event: they come back and do this for the 6th straight year, and for the 12th time in 14 years.  Astounding, brilliant, dynastic, and so frustrating for any team running into this powerhouse in the CIS Nationals. You are not happy unless you win your final game, and that, in a way, is lamentable.

Gavin Resch hits 6/12 treys, Connor Wood 5/12, Tajinder Lall 2/2, Cameron Smythe 2/4 … carpet bombing, and most discouraging for Calgary defenders. 49% from the floor is Carleton, and 44% from 3 point range … Calgary hits  39% from the floor, and 25 % from outside.

Resch totals 18 points, Wood has 22 / 4 rebs/ 4 asst, and the quick and powerful Kaza Kajami-Keane finishes with 15 points/ 10 big assists/ 3 steals.  Big men Guillaume Boucard (12 points/ 10 boards/ 2 blocks) and Ryan Ejim (12 points / 6 boards/ 4 blocks ) made the Dinos face a defensive wall they could not scale, and the two converted on inside sorties by the Blackbirds.

Calgary’s Thomas Cooper had a lot of floor time (in a fall-down/knock-down way), and seemed slower and slower getting back up in the late going. He finishes with 25 hard-earned points/ 7 rebounds/ 4 assists, but was hounded by white – jersied  defenders at every turn. David Kapinga scored 15, and Lars Schleuter scored 9 and added 9 boards.

Two championship teams played in the CIS Final on Sunday at the Mitchell Centre on the UBC campus. Carleton takes the National title once more, and with it the familiar crown of CIS domination.  Calgary holds the Canada West trophy, but will be asking questions of themselves until they get back to action next Fall.   Box Score 

 

Ryerson  85  Dalhousie 75  –  In this 3rd place game, the Rams looked like making short work of things, going out front 20-11 after 1, then 45-30 at the half. Led by their 2 most potent scorers, Aaron Best and Adika Peter-McNeilly, who went on a 2nd quarter run, Ryerson was threatening a runaway.
But , as they have done for many games this season, the Tigers came back with a vengeance, and closed the gap to 4 with a minute and a half left . Jarred Reid’s 3 point shot made it 78-81, but the Rams steadied themselves with 4 straight free throws to close it out.
The #1 OUA team got very even scoring, with 4 starters in double figures, led by 15 from Jean – Victor Mukama, who added 6 rebounds / 2 blocks.  Best was next with 14 to go with 6 rebounds, and 3 steals , and Peter-McNeilly scored 13 / 8 rebounds/ 3 assts.
Dalhousie, the AUS champions were led by the 19 points from their all-star, Kashrell Lawrence , and he had 8 rebounds and 2 steals. 5 other Tigers scored in double figures, with 13 each by Jordan Aquino-Serjue and Sven Stammberger.
Ryerson shot 49% from the floor to just 32.5% for Dalhousie, and that was really the difference in the end.      Box Score


 

Overtime –

  • Carleton’s interim Coach, Rob Smart, on the winning culture this program has developed,  ”We really try to foster a culture of healthy competitiveness where it’s OK to want to fight, it’s OK to want to battle every single day and prove yourself,” said Smart, Dave’s nephew. “It doesn’t mean you’re some kind of egomaniac it just means that for those two hours you compete and it’s the most fun thing to do.”  From CBC.ca Sports
  •  The announced attendance was 4300 approximately, and certainly this crowd and those for much of the week were disappointing to veteran observers, and, we would guess, to the UBC organizers.

CIS Final 8 Tips Off Thursday !

 

Connor Wood and the Carleton Ravens still have 'The Cup' until someone wrestles it away ! photo - Ravens Athletics

Connor Wood and the Carleton Ravens still have ‘The Cup’ until someone wrestles it away ! photo – Valerie Wutti, Ravens Athletics

1 pm (Pacific)  Quarter-final #1 –  Ravens on the way to another championship ?

#2 Carleton Ravens (OUA finalists) – The Ravens are  CIS champs for 11 of the past 15 years !  As such, there are many expert observers who suggest they are the team to beat again, here in Vancouver.  They lost a tight one to Ryerson, but that was at the Rams’ Carleton RMattamy Centre, and, if they were to see each other again in Sunday’s final this week, it’s on a neutral floor.
Meanwhile, they face another strong team in TRU, and it’s almost home turf for the ‘Pack, playing only a few hours drive from Kamloops.  With Interim Coach Rob Smart Jr. going 10 deep regularly, CU has experience, size, and the offensive pace and defensive intensity to take charge of a game very quickly.

Kaza Kajami-Keane is their floor leader at 6-1, and he’s a dynamic 2-way player, and a 1st team OUA all-star.
Guillaume Boucard, a 6-5 swing man, is  2nd team all-OUA, and 14.6 ppg / 5.5 rebs.
6-2 Gavin Resch, a senior leader, is a sharp-shooting guard,  with 10 ppg/ 45% from 3 pt range , while 4th year, Connor Wood is a big  6-4 guard, who has found  his shooting range of late, and can hit the open trey.
Carleton doesn’t figure to lose in the opening round, and should be considered a serious threat to ring up their 6th straight CIS title.

#7  Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack (Canada West finalists) – The Orange are breathing the rarified air this March, with their 1st appearance in a Canada West Final 4 and a trip to Nationals in their home province.  So, do they just ‘enjoy the trip’, or are they strong enough to stay with a team like the Ravens?

Coach Scott Clark had a veteran team, then added the muscular Ukrainian, Volodymyr TRU 'PackIegorov, to an already impressive set of forwards. Clark believes in this team, and has them playing extremely well, with a League record of 16-4, and win over UBC in  last week’s  CW Final 4. The Wolves are big, they shoot it well, and they have great court leadership from 5th year guard, Reese Pribilsky, and 6-11 ‘small-forward’ Josh Wolfram.

6-6 Gerard Gore has shown that he is ready to step up and fight it out inside with bigger opponents, and Iegorov has the size and strength to rebound and defend, but also the shooting touch from any range.
TRU will also need ‘best games’ from the likes of 6-5 Luke Morris and 6-2 rookie guard, Jeff Tubbs, if they are to keep it close.  Not an impossibility, but betting against the ‘Blackbirds’ is a ‘bum’s game’.


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Mike L’Africain, U. Ottawa’s OUA Player of the Year

3 pm (Pacific)  Quarter-final #2 –  Gee-Gees have the experience and the star-power

#3 Ottawa Gee-Gees (Wildcard team, 3rd in OUA) – The Gee-Gees have been vying with Carleton for Ottawa, OUA, and CIS honours for a few years now, and they’ve come up just short on many notable occasions. Coach James Derouin has one of the more experienced teams here, and will try and get the Ponies over that last hurdle with some outstanding seniors. Mike L’Africain was chosen the OUA player of the year,  can trigger a potent offense, and will hit the big shot.Ott G-Gs
Caleb Agada, the Gee-Gees’ all-Canadian forward,  missed 3-4 wks with an ankle injury, but has returned to form, and gives OU a cagey, tough, talented 2-way presence inside.  Agada is the top defender for Ottawa and the OUA defensive player of the year.
6-8, 4th year forward, Nathan McCarthy,  and 6-7, 2nd year, Brody Maracle   are ‘solid low post contributors’ (according to our Ottawa expert!) . Matt Plunkett is a 6-6 shooting wing man, who compliments L’Africain.

All three OUA teams are possible winners in this 2016 Final 8 Tourney, and they couldn’t be blamed for looking ahead to facing each other. Ottawa and Carleton, as they’ve done so many times recently, are on a collision course, with wins in the Q-finals, and we would flip a coin for that one.  But let’s give Dalhousie their due as AUS Champs, and don’t overlook them as a respectable opponent for the G-Gs.

Dalhousie Tigers (Atlantic Champions) – Dalhousie (according to our inside source in the Atlantic ) is a  … “tough,  quick, physical , and relentless squad. Nothing seems to phase them, and they seem to have been winning every close game in the AUS over the last season and a half .” Dal Tigers

Their Coach, Rick Plato, the AUS Coach of the Year, is in his 3rd season,  and took the Tigers to the Nationals  last year.  He was a CCAA Coach at Mount Saint Vincent for 25 years,  prior to joining Dal.

The Tigers change their defensive stripes throughout the game, with changeable alignments “ … including   3-2 and 2-3 zone,  full court 2-2-1 pressure , and a ‘kamakazie’ , denying, switching and trapping man defense they employ to disrupt and create turnovers in crunch -time.

Key players –  “ #22,  Kash Lawrence  is the  back to back AUS Tournament MVP , at 6’3”, he plays in the  paint with the shoulders of Dwight Howard ; he’s a great rebounder and finisher and tough as nails.”
“ #11 – Ritchie Kanza-Mata –  First Team AUS All Star,  and 2015 AUS Defensive Player of the Year; he  organizes his team and leads their pressure defense.”

“#7 – Sven Stammberger –  He is the most – improved player in the AUS this season, for sure;  had a 42 point game this year, and is their best 3 point threat from the ‘small-forward spot. “

“#12 – Jordan Acquino-Serjue, was the CEGEP MVP in 2015, and is AUS Rookie of the Year  this season. He is a solid defender and a  good pull- up jump shooter.”

The Tigers have had the ‘magic’ for the past 2 years in the Atlantic, but can they carry that into this tough match-up with an Ottawa team that was top-ranked going into the season last Fall, and who still look like contenders for the Championship here in March ?


 

Thomas Cooper, Calgary Dinos, Canada West's Most Outstanding Player photo- David Moll, UC

Thomas Cooper, Calgary Dinos, Canada West’s Most Outstanding Player photo- David Moll, UC

 

6 pm (Pacific)  Quarter-final #3 –  Two League champs with contrasting styles

#5 McGill Redmen  (Quebec League Champions) – Both Coach Dave Deaveiro, Cadet National Team Head Coach,  and RSEQ Coach of the Year, and some of his team have had experience in this Tournament. The Redmen played in the Final 8 in 2013 and 2014.
McGill is one of the best defensive teams in the country, employing a ‘grind- it- out’  style, McGill Redwith switching defences being a main weapon.  Our Eastern scout tells us , “ They’ll  do whatever they can to make opponents feel uncomfortable, including a 2-2-1 (full-court press) back to match-up 2-3 zone or man.”  Coach Deaveiro says, “It’s probably the deepest team I’ve had at McGill and probably the most athletic team, so we’re able to do a few things we haven’t done in the past.  It gives you some options for doing things, so you’re not as predictable.”
Key players –  #23, 6-4, 5th year, Vincent Dufort – RSEQ 1st Team All Star, “ … he’s their ‘point forward’, and can do everything.”  – 10ppg, 8rpg, 2nd on the team in assists – Team MVP !
#4 – Jenning Leung, 6-1, 3rd year – the point guard is the leading scorer , at 12 ppg, a solid 3pt. shooter.
#3 – Dele Ogundokun, 6-2, – RSEQ Defensive Player of the Year, he scores 10.5 ppg
#21 – Tychon Carter-Newman, a 6-3 guard, in his 5th year – A former Laurentian University stand out , he’s a strong presence on the wing.
#12 – Noah Daoust, 6-7, 230 – “Originally committed to the USA now a super-sub – 6’9″ and their best 3 point shooter – He finishes most games and is an X-factor for McGill.”

#4  Calgary Dinos  (Canada West Champions) –  Having won their last 16 CIS games, the Dinos have a lot  of momentum and confidence entering this Tournament.  Calgary has not played McGill, but had losses to Ottawa and UNB at Christmas, while the Redmen beat the Ponies and the Reds in October.

That lapse in time has seen Calgary Coach Dan Vanhooren solidify a substitution pattern Dinos14which has the Dinos going 10-11-12 deep in every game, with more players taking on significant roles week after week. UC has a ‘starting 5’  of  point, David Kapinga, combo guard, Josh Owen-Thomas, swing-man, Thomas Cooper, forward, Lars Schleuter, and post man Matt Letkeman.
From there, it’s a steady flow off the bench for, combo guard, Johnny Verrone,  guard/forward Jasdeep Gill, rookie guard, Torrez McKoy, forward, Dallas Karch, and post men, Mitch Ligertwood, Matt Ellis, and Connor Foreman.
Key players –  The 4th year import transfer, Cooper, leaps up, with his Canada West best scoring – 25.8 ppg, to go with 7.5 rebounds, and several timely assists each game. Schleuter , the Canada West Rookie of the Year in 2015, is a 3 point sniper (44.2%) who scores 12.5 ppg, and has become a solid defender inside, and an aggressive rebounder.   Kapinga, who grew up in Calgary then moved to Kentucky for part go high school, ‘walked-on’ last Fall, and has been a prime factor in the Dinos run, with his quickness and strength.
Calgary can score in bunches , and will test the vaunted McGill defense.  Two League champs teeing off, and we expect a very close, hard-fought quarter-final.


 

 

5th year wing man, Aaron Best, is a driving force for the OUA champion, Rams.

5th year wing man, Aaron Best, is a driving force for the OUA champion, Rams.                         photo – Ryerson Athletics

8 pm (Pacific)  Quarter-final #4 –  Can the host T-Birds knock off #1 Rams?

UBC Thunderbirds (Host, 16-4 in Canada West regular season) – The T-Birds last held this Tournament in 1972, when they won the Championship under Coach Peter Mullins, at War Memorial Gym.  In the 4 team event, the ‘Birds beat Acadia 87-80 in the final.  More recently, they have appeared in 2013, 2011, and lost in the Final in both 2010 (Saskatchewan), and 2009 (Carleton).  (You could say Coach Kevin Hanson is hungry for a title, after having knocked loudly on the door!)  UBC will be tough at home, although this is a ‘new arena’ setting, and not their cozy old War Memorial.UBC T-Bird
Key Players –  Jordan Jensen-Whyte is a 4th year wing man, who has ‘bulked-up’ from his days at the point. Leads ‘Birds scorers at 15 ppg (3.1 assts) with his attack -the -hoop style.
6-8, Conor Morgan, is a potential game breaker, who can score from anywhere … 14.8 ppg, he leads the rebounding at 7.3 rpg.
6-4 point man, Phil Jalalpoor, has stepped in this season and is the leading 3 point shooter (42.1%), and very efficient in running the offense.
6-8 post man, David Wagner, is a potent inside scorer, averaging 12.5 ppg / 5.5 rebs
The Thunderbirds key will be to make it a ‘ground game’ vs the speedier Rams, and to control the boards, allowing their attack to dictate the pace.

#1 Ryerson Rams (OUA Champions) –  In winning the Ontario Wilson Cup for the 1st time in their history, the Rams beat an extremely deep field of competitors, including the 5 -time defending CIS champs, Carleton, in the final . With their gaudy 89.3 ppg scoring average (tops in the OUA), the Rams will happily engage UBC in an offensive fireworks display!  The Rams have won 16 of 17 games (Guelph ?!) since the holiday break, and have played a very tough schedule in doing that. Unknown
Coach Patrick Tatham, the Ontario Coach of the Year,  goes 10-11 deep, with 5 players averaging in double figures, and they limit opposition teams to a 37% FG average at the defensive end.
Aaron Best leads the Rams’ scoring at 17.8 ppg plus 7.4 rebounds, and is an OUA 1st team all-star
Anika Peter-McNeilly is a 6-3 guard, who scores 15 ppg / 5.5 rebs, and is also a 1st team OUA all-star.
Ammanuel Diressa – a tough, 6-4  competitor at the guard spot, he’s a 2nd team All-OUA … averaging 14.9 ppg, 5.3 rebs, 3 assists.
Kadeem Green , at 6-8, is a defensive stopper in the middle … 7 rebs and 2 blocks a game
Their confidence is way up there, and they are primed to go deep in this year’s Final 8 Tournament.


Overtime –

 

  • UBC Thunderbirds’ Head Coach, Kevin Hanson, on the impact of hosting the CIS Nationals at UBC,  “When you think about it, it’s absolutely amazing that the last time the event was held at UBC was over four decades ago,” said Hanson, whose team sat at No. 6 in the national rankings this week. “That is a phenomonal amount of time to pass when you are trying to build a brand for CIS basketball in this country.  So we have to share our love of basketball … and the Final 8 is a tournament that needs to be shared.”  Nice story from Howard Tsumura in The Province. 
  • Ryerson Rams star, Aaron Best, after they win the OUA championship for the 1st time in school history.  ”It’s big for the university, it’s big for all of us, it’s big for the alumni, the players who’ve played here, it’s a testament to all the work that everybody’s put in,” said Best standing on the court post-game with the OUA banner draped around him. “Just to see this come to Ryerson and to win it this way
    Ryerson Coach, Patrick Tatham

    Ryerson Coach, Patrick Tatham

    is a really good feeling.”  From the ‘Eh Game’ – Yahoo Sports 

  • J-u-u-u-s-t in case there’s any confusion as to the goals / expectations of the #1 ranked Ryerson Rams going into this week’s CIS Championship, here’s Coach Patrick Tatham’s take on it, “I think the guys want a different colour medal, something other than the bronze medal we got last year at CIS finals,” said the interim head coach “The guys are hungry and they’re definitely ready to go.”  From The Star, Toronto
  • Torrez McKoy , Dinos rookie point guard, on the experience of playing in Nationals early in his career, “Just getting the opportunity to play as a rookie is really special and I don’t take it for granted either,” said McKoy. “It’s awesome how we have a group of guys where everyone can come off the bench and contribute. We don’t just have six or seven guys deep; we usually have 10, 11 guys. It’s hard not to feel the pressure because it’s everyone’s first time. But after that first couple of minutes from the first game, it’ll be easy from there.”  From Rita Mingo, The Calgary Herald

Ryerson and Ottawa To Semis

Ryerson took it to Windsor in the 3rd game of Thursday's Q-Finals.

Ryerson took it to Windsor in the 3rd game of Thursday’s Q-Finals.  Photo by Greg Campbell

 

Rams Outshoot Lancers For a Big Q-Final Win at Home

game 3   Ryerson 82  Windsor  68 –   A late rally by the visiting Lancers wasn’t nearly enough, as they had fallen back by a 65-44 count after 3/4s, as the Rams, playing on the ‘Home Court’ of the Mattamy Centre seemed to have all the extra zip.  Nothing fell for Windsor in a foul-plagued and sloppy opening 10 minutes, and Ryerson  had far more chances off the break. The 2nd seeded Lancers may have come in flat after their superb effort in the OUA playoffs, while Ryerson felt just that much more motivated by a boisterous home crowd.

Jahmal Jones led Rams scorers with 20 pts/ 5 assists, but he had lots of help from a sharp-shooting Adika Peter-McNeilly with a 19 point / 10 rebound double. Both Aaron Best and Bjorn Michaelsen notched 10 pts. Khalid Abdel-Gabar was the top Lancers shooter, with 20 pts/ 4 assists, and Alex Cambell scored 17, Rotimi Osuntola 14.

37% shooting sabotaged any hopes Windsor had of winning this one, with Ryerson hitting 46% along with winning the rebound battle 49-39. Ryerson plays in the 2nd semi-final on Saturday against Ottawa , while Windsor is relegated to a consolation match vs Bishop’s.    Box Score  

 

Ottawa Relies on Foul Shots to Stop a Gritty Gaiters Team

 game 4 –  Ottawa 86  Bishop’s 80  in OT– Who said this was going to be a walk-

Bishop's plays Ottawa tough in the 4th game Friday.

Bishop’s plays Ottawa tough into OT in the 4th game Friday.

over for Ottawa ?  (Well we did, for one !?)  No one told the obviously under-rated Bishop’s Gaiters, who were on the brink of pulling off a shocker against the 29-2 Ponies.  The Gaiters had established a 35-28 lead at the half, with Ottawa scoring just 9 points in the 2nd quarter.  The Gee-Gees came back quickly in the 3rd, taking the slim lead, but Bishop’s rallied again and were on top 71-64 with 4 minutes left in the game.

But for a pair of fateful turnovers in the last 30 seconds, the Purple would have beaten the very long odds.  A hairy 30-25 final quarter was punctuated by big shots, steals, unfortunate turnovers, and an ill-timed technical foul to the Gee-Gees.

Ottawa's Caleb Agada hits a pair of clutch free-throws to get his team to OT against Bishop's

Ottawa’s Caleb Agada hits a pair of clutch free-throws to get his team to OT against Bishop’s

At the end, after a bang-bang blocking call off a desperate Ottawa steal, it was Caleb Agada on the line for the Gee-Gees, who were down 2, with 1 second left in regulation … he rattles the 1st one home, then cooly strokes in the 2nd to send the game to OT. From there it was a deadly attack from an awakened Ottawa team, led by Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue, Agada, and Mike L’Africain. Bishop’s never quits, and came within 3 on a late trey, but couldn’t close.

Agada led the Ottawa scoring with 22 pts/ 9 rebs, with Johnny Berhanemeskel hitting 19, and L’Africain 17 plus 7 assists. Off the bench for Bishop’s, Jona Bermillio hit 6/10 from 3 pt range for 23 points, with Mike Andrews recording an impressive 17 pt/ 18 rebound double.

The Gee-Gees win it from the line, scoring on 25/40 attempts  vs  just  9/13  for the Gaiters.  Bishop’s out-rebounded Ottawa 53-34, but the Purple suffered with 28 huge turnovers, and that eventually did them in.   Box Score

 

Overtime –

Rams Coach,  Roy Rana

Rams Coach, Roy Rana

  •   Coach Roy Rana, Ryerson Rams, on his feelings about his team reaching the Nationals as the host, “ For myself, I have a vested interest in the tournament just as much as I have vested interest in our team performing. I want to see this be a real success for Toronto, it’s something I take great pride in. It’s a little taxing but I’m going to work hard on both ends. I’m not complaining. “  “This has been a very, very special season for this team. It’s a special, incredible group of young men that have matured nicely and I loved every minute of it. I’m glad that the vision I had, the possibilities, it’s finally come together.” From a story in North Pole Hoops by Ray Bala.
  •   Saskatchewan Coach, Barry Rawlyk, understandably disappointed after Thursday’s 1st round loss to Carleton,  “It’s very disappointing because I don’t think we put our best foot forward,” said Rawlyk. “Carleton’s a very strong team  … we didn’t do ourselves any favours.  Now we’ve got to reload and get prepared to play (Friday in the Consolation semi) and hopefully we play a little better.”

Visitors Sweep on the Prairies

 

Sweeps Are the Order of the Night in the Pioneer

The Bears' Ken Otieno is clutch in another close win over Winnipeg.

The Bears’ Ken Otieno is clutch in another close win over Winnipeg.

Alberta  63  at Winnipeg 62  –  So close, but no joy for the Wesmen, who get another late attempt by Mark McNee for a win, but this time it’s blocked, and Alberta gets a big sweep to move to 6-5.  Winnipeg slide to 5-5 with 2 frustrating home defeats, after they rally in the 3rd quarter for a 51-48 lead, but cool off in the 4th. . 4 starters in double figures for Alberta, led by 17 and 11 boards by Ken Otieno, and 18 points from Youssef Ouahrig including 4/6 treys. McNee’s 16 is tops for Winnipeg.   Box Score

Victoria 85  at Manitoba  55 –  We’re checking the Vikes-Bisons after finishing the Carleton-Ottawa game … 69-35  after 3 ?!  Grant Sitton hits 7 in a row?  Grant Sitton?  This is going to leave big skid-marks all over the Herd.  No prisoners by the dominating Vikes who sweep the series to go 8-2 for the season, and into 2nd spot in the Pioneer Division.  Chris McLaughlin leads UVic with 23 points / 9 rebounds, while Marcus Tibbs has a very impactful 15 pts/ 8 assists / 6 boards. The shell-shocked Bisons hit just 29% from the floor, and are more than 25 points under their scoring average. Andre Arruda has 11 and Wyatt Anders 10 for Manitoba. (8-4)   Box Score

# 10 Saskatchewan 90  at Brandon  82 –  The Huskies score 57 points in the 2nd half to earn the sweep, and are now 6-4, while the ‘Cats are deep in the cellar at 1-11. 23 points from Dadrian Collins,  22 from Mike Scott, 17 by Connor Burns , and 16 from Matt Forbes.  Kenonte Ramsay has a game-high 30 points for Brandon. 21 Saskatchewan turnovers hold the Bobcats in the game for 35 minutes. Box Score

UBC 91  at Lethbridge  69 –  The T-Birds are in in full flight, with 5 straight wins and counting, as they even their record at 5-5, while dropping the ‘Horns back to 5-7.  UBC hits 52% from the floor for the 2nd night running, as Tommy Nixon scores 21 and adds 9 rebounds.  He gets help from Tonner Jackson and Andrew McGuinness who notch 15 each.  Lethbridge cannot keep pace, with Jared Baker their best at 15 pts , but he has 6 turnovers. Box Score

Regina 96  at Trinity Western 81   –   A 56 point Regina bombing in the 2nd half buries TWU, who fall to 1-11. The Cougars, now 7-5, shoot 56% from the field, and are paced by 28 points from Jonathan Tull and 19 by Travis Sylvestre. The Spartans have a 7 point lead at the break, but can’t get control in a sloppy 2nd half for both squads. Kelvin Smith has 18 and Justin Bakuteka 16 for Trinity.  Box Score

 

Fraser Valley Still Unbeaten in the Explorer Division –

Big 30 point night from Dominique Brooks helps UFV past Mt. Royal on Saturday.

Big 30 point night from Dominique Brooks helps UFV past Mt. Royal on Saturday.

# 9 Fraser Valley  89  Mt. Royal 72  –  UFV  (10-0) produces one of their top offensive games of the season, hitting 50% from the floor, and winning their 24th straight League game. The Cascades get 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists from Dominique Brooks, plus 28 points from Nate Brown.  MRU (4-6) gets 13 each from James Lefebvre and Deng Awak. Box Score

at MacEwan  87  UNBC  89   –  After tying the opening 20 minutes, it’s an offensive explosion, with the visting T’Wolves seizing the win with a 52-50 edge in the 2nd half. Import guard, Rhys Elliot, scores 25 points to spark UNBC (4-6) , and  Devin McMurtry adds 14 pts / 10 rebounds.  29 pts from Lee Danderfer and 24 from Denzel James, plus team FG% of 53% isn’t enough for Mac (4-6). Box Score

 at Thompson Rivers  88    UBC-O  53  –  For the 2nd straight night, the ‘Pack (6-4)  feast on  their visitors, as they blitz UBC-O 33-7 in the 3rd frame. Brett Rouault again leads TRU with 18, and Brett Parker adds 16.  The Heat (2-8) commit 24 costly turnovers; Austin Penrose is their high man with 11.  Box Score

 

Top Teams Do Battle in the OUA

#2  Gee-Gees  68   # 1 Ravens 66 –    A floating, step-through 12 footer by Johnny  Berhanemeskel with 5 seconds left proved the winner, as Thomas Scrubb’s attempt to tie for the Ravens on a contested 6 footer rang off the front iron.  So we will have a new # 1 on Tuesday in the CIS Top 10.  Carleton made a big 4th quarter turnaround to put the game in  doubt, after Ottawa looked in control after 3. The Gee-Gees got 21 from Johnny Berhanemeskel and 17 pts / 10 rebs. by Caleb Agada.  The Ravens had Phil Scrubb lead the late come-back and tally 26 pts for the game.  Thomas Scrubb scored 15 and grabbed 13 boards for Carleton.  Box Score

# 3 Ryerson  98  # 4 McMaster  78 –  Because we know they’re going to play as the host of the CIS Final 8, and we see the way they finish off the #4 McMaster Marauders with 32 points in the final frame, we lift the Rams to the exclusive ‘Top 3’.  That’s 3 teams that have separated themselves from the trailing pack.  62% from 3 point range will increase your point spread, and Aaron Best’s 6/7 from deep gets him to 30 points.  The Rams shoot 52% from the floor to 43% for Mac.  Aaron Redpath is the high man for Mcmaster with 20.  Box Score

 

More CIS Scores Saturday – 

# 8 UNB 107  Saint Marys 76 , UPEI  94   Dalhousie  89,  Cape Breton  Memorial,         Acadia 77 St. FX 67

McGill 62  Bishops  59

Guelph 74  Laurier 56  ,  Laurentian  85 Queen’s  76  ,  York 76 Nipissing  47,

Waterloo 73   Algoma 70 ,  Lakehead  86  Brock 79

 

Overtime –

  • From our man in L.A., the redoubtable David Wells … the Pronghorns added 6-7 post, Alexi Frigon, who returns to the ‘Horns after time away.  He fills a spot in the rotation left open by the season-ending injury to 2nd year forward, Tyson McIntyre, who had knee surgery in mid-December. Lethbridge  ( 5-7) has now lost 5 straight in Canada West play. Also DW tells us, from a UBC source, Brylle Kamen has been out with an arm issue, but after a ‘clean-up procedure’ the 6-7 post man should be back for the T-Birds.
  • You know your basketball team is mired in the cellar, when the legendary Bobcats Coach (now Canada West TV colour man), Jerry Hemmings,  and the BU play-by-play guy start  discussing the relative win-loss records of the Brandon – UBC Women’s Volleyball Teams.  Guys ! Please !  Stay focused … do I remember you two talking about the Annual Western Manitoba Curling Playdowns during a game time-out last winter.  Stop yourselves.