Bears Shoot Their Way to Impressive Win
The Alberta Golden Bears made a ‘Summer statement’ with a decisive 97-72 win over the touring Montana State Bobcats in Calgary on Sunday afternoon. Bookend 26-12 opening and closing quarters sealed this win for the reigning Canada West champs, and handed the Bobcats (NCAA Div. 1 – Big Sky Conference) their only loss in 4 games in Canada.
The Bears shot the ball very well, and that improvement over their Friday night loss was a major factor … 49% from the floor vs 41% for MSU, and 74% (17/23) from the free throw line. The veteran – laden U of A line-up had 4 players in double figures, led by 3rd year post man, Brody Clarke, with 24 pts/9 rebs, and 18 points on 6/9 from 3 point range by wing man, Lyndon Annetts. 2 other starters, Mamadou Gueye and Austin Waddoups, tallied 14 apiece.
These Summer games may just be exhibition tilts, but they can reveal the potential for the upcoming season. MSU had played 4 games in 4 days, and chose to rest or limit a few of their top players, but let’s not discount a strong showing by an obviouly deep Alberta team. Coach Barnaby Craddock has another definite contender for League honours this season. Box Score
Scores from other Sunday games –
at Brock 85 Jacksonville (FL) 95
Binghamton (NY) 74 Toronto 61
Some upcoming games this week – McGill is in Costa Rica to play Kent State (OH), Lamar (TX) , and 2 games vs Texas – El Paso. Carleton travels to the U.S. Virgin Islands to face Vanderbilt (TN) of the SEC (2 games), N. Colorado (Big Sky), and James Madison (PA). Brock is also in the USVI to play those same 3 teams. Trinity Western is at home for a single game on Wednesday vs Saint Martins , a Div 2 NCAA school from Lacey, WA.
- The Manitoba Bisons announced the signing of Riki Zimbakov, a 6-1 guard from John Taylor Collegiate in Winnipeg.
- Marc Dobell, Head Coach at Mt. Royal, was disappointed earlier this summer upon learning that talented recruit Diew Moses (Calgary, Bishop McNally) failed to qualify academically, and will not be with the Cougars after all.
- The Calgary Dinos have reportedly signed 6-1 guard, Angelo Mbituyamana (Calgary – Bishop O’Byrne). ““We like Angelo’s quickness, pace of play, and ability to get defensive touches”, said Head Coach Dan Vanhooren.