Home Teams Post Big Comeback Wins


Wesmen wait for final quarter to launch big comeback

Denzel Lynch-Blair leads Winnipeg to a game 1 win.

at Winnipeg  82 Fraser Valley 76  –     The Cascades break clear in the 3rd quarter after a give and take opening half, and the visitors take a 12 point lead.  That got the Ws’ attention, and they came on strong in the 4th, to the tune of 24-7, for the comeback win in the opening game of their best of 3 play-in series.

Fraser Valley had been loose and shooting accurately in the opening 30 minutes, but cooled off completely in the 4th quarter, as they slowed down, and rarely got a high quality shot off in the late going.  Still up by 10 with 5:30 left, UFV scored nothing from there, allowing a 16-0 Winnipeg run.

The Wesmen got scoring leadership from Denzel Lynch-Blair, with his 23 points/ 9 rebs/ 4 assists, and post man, Ryan Oirbans, with 21 points/ 15 rebounds.  Sean Tarver added 18 pts for UW, who out-shot Fraser Valley 49% to 44% from the floor, and forced 20 UFV turnovers to 13 of their own.  UFV had 19 from Andrew Morris off the bench, and 4 more players with double digits, including Anthony Gilchrist’s 12 pts/ 10 rebounds. Box  Score

Amarjt Basi’s hot hand fires up the Herd in their comeback over Regina.                                          Photo – Jeff Miller, Bison Sports

at Manitoba 94  Regina  84 –  In cricket, one side goes to bat, scores their points, then may ‘declare’  their score enough for a win.  The other side comes to bat, and often, they are all-out for far fewer runs.  This game was a bit like that cricket match.  Except the 52-36 Cougars lead after their 20 minute at-bats didn’t hold up … not nearly.

The Herd thundered back with a 58-32 trampling of Regina in the final 20, and they didn’t even slow down to check the state of their victims.  This got ugly for UR in the 3rd quarter particularly, as they lost most of their lead, and saw the Bisons cresting the hill. 20 more field goal attempts for UM, from the effects of more Cougars turnovers, and more Manitoba rebounds. AJ Basi broke out for 26 points for the winners, and he had help from Justus Alleyn (16 pts) and Keith Omoerah (12 pts/ 11 boards).  Regina had 19 pts/ 12 rebs from Brian Ofori, and 16 points from Brandon Tull, but the hoop got decidedly smaller in the 2nd half, as their shots bounced away.  Box Score  


In the East –  Wednesday – OUA – Brock 80  Western 65, Windsor 91 McMaster 87 OT

Thursday – Quebec –    McGill  72  at Concordia  45  … McGill makes a statement in grabbing the regular season summit.


Overtime –

Johneil Johnson, Regina rookie guard. photo – Arthur Ward, U. Regina

  • Johneil Johnson the Regina rookie stand-out, on his 6th man role for the Cougars,  “I do what I need to do,” said Johnson, a 6-foot-1 guard from Lake Echo, N.S. “Being a first-year guy, getting the opportunity that I have, I’m just thankful for it. I’ve been able to play comfortably on the court and I’m learning from the older guys. I’m having fun.”   From Rob Vanstone in the Regina Leader-Post  

Calgary Hammers ‘Horns in 2nd half


Dinos Defense Stifles ‘Horns

Dallas Karch and his Calgary teammates had a 2nd half feast on Saturday.

Dallas Karch and his Calgary teammates had a 2nd half feast on Saturday.

 at #3 Calgary 91  Lethbridge 59  –  It was 35-33 in a halting opening 20 minutes, but Calgary came alive again in the 2nd half, scoring 56 points.  The Dinos defense  smothered UL offensive efforts in the 2nd half, as they count just 26. A home and home sweep for the 5-1  Dinos, while the ‘Horns fall to 4-4, as the visitors commit 24 turnovers and shoot just 31% from the floor.  Calgary are 52% FG including 8/20 from 3.    Dinos – Thomas Cooper 17 pts/ 6 rebs/ 4 steals, Mambi Diawara 15 pts/ 4 rebs/ 3 asst, Jhony Verrone 14 pts/ 2 asst/ 2 steals   Pronghorns – Dejon Burdeaux  11 pts/ r rebs/ 3 asst, Zac Overwater 9 pts/ 8 rebs  Box Score  


#10 Alberta 72  at Manitoba 64   –  In a defensive tussle, the Bears, now at 8-0 for the season, finish off the sweep in Manitoba with a solid 4th quarter. Alberta hold the host Bisons (2-6) to 34% field goal shooting, and win the rebounding   51-41.     Bears – Brody Clarke 15 pts/ 8 rebs, Mamadou Gueye 11 pts/ 8 rebs      Bisons – Justus Alleyn 17 pts, Keith Omoerah 10 pts/ 10 rebs/ 4 asst, AJ Basi 15 pts/ 3 steals.  Box Score  

Marcus MacKay rings up 26 pts in the T'Wolves win at UFV

Marcus MacKay rings up 26 pts in the T’Wolves win at UFV Saturday.

UNBC 76 at Fraser Valley 70 –  The T’Wolves (4-4) scoop a huge road win to complete the weekend sweep at UFV, as Marcus MacKay has a big night. UNBC out-shoots the Cascades 44% to 36% from the floor. The visitors score 42 points in the middle frames, then hold off a late run by UFV (2-4).     Timberwolves – Marcus MacKay 26 pts, Vaggelis Loukas with a double-double of 13 pts/ 14 rebounds.  Cascades – Manny Dulay 22 pts/ 2 steals, Anthony Gilchrist 11 pts/ 5 rebs/ 3 asst  Box Score  


at Thompson Rivers  68 UBC-O  53 –  The home sweep for the ‘Pack (3-5) as they hand the Heat their 7th loss. Cold shooting night for UBC-O at 29% to 38.5% for TRU;  the Wolves grab 53 rebounds to 39 for UBC-O.    Wolf Pack – Volodymyr Iegorov 22 pts/ 14 rebs, Joe Davis  19 pts/ 8 rebs     Heat – Mitch Goodwin 19 pts/ 6 rebs      Box Score   

  Regina 100  at Trinity Western  94  –   TWU is up 11-0 after 4 mins … 27-19 at the quarter … down 48-46 at the half.  There are 13 lead changes, as the Cougars (4-2)  score 52 points in the final 20 minutes for the win, and the sweep.  The Spartans (2-6) hit 10/23 from 3 pt range and lose.  Tyus Allen for Trinity is close to a triple double.  Regina’s prize rookie, Johneil Johnson, and 4 other Cougars reach double digits.  A free- scoring affair ….    Cougars – Johneil Johnson 22 pts/ 9 rebs/5 steals, Aaron McGowan 19 pts/ 7 rebs/5 asst        Spartans – Pogos Trunyan 26 points/ 6 of 12 from 3,  Tyus Allen 13 pts/ 8 rebs/11 assists, Vartan Tanielien 18 pts            Box Score 

Sunday afternoon game (2 pm)  –     at   #2  UBC at Victoria

Saturday scores from the East –

Atlantic …  at UNB 80 #7 Dalhousie 67,  Memorial 85  at UPEI 82 ,  at St FX 91           St. Mary’s  81

Quebec …  #9 McGill 81 at Bishops 73

Ontario …  #1 Carleton   at  Laurentian   , #4 Ottawa 79  at Nipissing 63  ,  at #5 Brock 76       #6 McMaster 73,  Toronto 83 at  Algoma 70  ,   at  Lakehead 79  York 75,  at Waterloo 82 Western Ont 81 , Laurier 67 at Windsor 66


Overtime –

Brian Ofori was a key addition for Regina after starting at PEI.

Brian Ofori was a key addition for Regina after starting at PEI.

  • There are  20 players ‘active’ in Canada West play this season, who have transferred from another CIS school at one time.  Most notably     Ilarion Bonhomme – Manitoba 5th, (Brandon, 3 yrs) ,  Vijay Dhillon – Fraser Valley 5th, (Victoria, 2 yrs), Aaron McGowan – Regina 5th, (UFV , 2 yrs),  Luke Morris – TRU  4th, (UFV, 1 yr),   Brian Ofori – Regina  4th (UPEI, 3 yrs), Will Ondrik – UBC 5th (TRU, 3 yrs), Geoff Pippus – Alberta 4th( UBC, 3 yrs),  Chris Stanhope – Brandon 3rd (Cape Breton 1 yr), Derek Wolfe  – Mt. Royal  5th ( TRU  1 yr),  Billy Yaworsky – Winnipeg  2nd ( Victoria  1 yr)
  • We count  (at least) 32 who’ve played at / transferred from U.S. schools , including   Alberta – Austin Waddoups …  Brandon – Tyvon Cooper, Earl Thompson Jr., John Paul … Calgary – Thomas Cooper, Mambi Diawara …  Fraser Valley – Mark Johnson, Anthony Gilchrist … Lethbridge – Dejon Burdeaux, Daniel Lybbert, Elliott Sentance, DeAngelo Ashley … MacEwan – Thadius Galvez …  Manitoba – Ilarion Bonhomme … Mt. Royal – Josh Ross  … UBC-O – Randy Jernidier  …  Regina – Alex Igual, Ramiro Martinez, Kornel Tokolyi … Saskatchewan – Jaylan Morgan … Thompson Rivers – Derek Rhodes, Maalik Azziez …  Trinity W. –  Pogos Trunyan, Tee Mayberry … UBC – AJ Holloway, Phil Jalalpoor …  UNBC – Rhys Elliot, Austin Chandler … Victoria – Grant Sitton, Jake Newman, Wayne Tucker Jr … Winnipeg – Sean Tarver

Bears are Perfect, Dinos Sweep Vikes



Bears maul the Timberwolves, and are perfect at 4-0

Mamadou Gueye and his Golden Bears take it to the T-Wolves Saturday.

Mamadou Gueye and his Golden Bears take it to the T-Wolves Saturday.

Alberta 110  at UNBC  56 –  No prisoners in this massacre in PG, as the Bears double-up on the ‘Wolves, pouring in 63 points in the 2nd half alone.  Mamadou Gueye leads Alberta (4-0) with 23 points/ 9 rebs/ 3 asst, and Dwan Williams adds 16 points /3 asst/ 3 steals. U of A subs freely, with all 12 players getting 11+ minutes, and no one more than 24.  UNBC (0-4) has 11 points from Austin Chandler.  Box Score  

4 – Calgary  97 at Victoria 72 – The script is slightly different , but the outcome is virtually the same from Friday’s big Dinos’ win at Vic. A usually tight UVic defense  is shredded by the deep and speedy Calgary (3-1) team.  On a good shooting night for both teams, the Dinos get 18 points off turnovers, while only committing 6 errors themselves. Wingmen, Mambi Diawara (24 pts/5 rebs/ 2 steals) and Thomas Cooper 23 pts/ 4 rebs/ 3 asst) lead the Calgary offense.  The Vikes had 17 pts/ 4 rebs from Grant Sitton, while Jake Newman scored 11 and snared 9 boards.   Box Score 

Winnipeg 96  at Saskatchewan  92 –  The Ws (3-1) snatch a big OT win on the road, as they storm back from a 10 point 1/2 time deficit to tie it on Sean Tarver’s trey with 20 seconds left.  Tarver scored 21 points, while William Sesay racked up 20 pts/ 12 rebounds for the Wesmen, who were 17/34 from 3 point range.  Saskatchewan got another stellar effort from Shane Osayande, who scored 23 pts/ 17 rebounds.  Alex Unruh tallied 20 points/ 3 steals , but U of S drops to 2-2.   Box Score  

at Brandon  67   UBC-O  54   –  Trailing by 4 after 3/4s, the Bobcats   finished strongly, as Tyvon Cooper scored 10 of his game-high 23 points down the stretch. In a ‘bit of a sloppy contest’, the teams almost evenly divided 54 turnovers.  Earl Thompson added 11 pts/ 6 rebs, as Brandon evened their record at 2-2.  UBC-O again had shooting woes, hitting just 33% FG and 4/17 from 3 point range. Aldrich Berrios had 17 points, 6 rebs/ 3 asst/ 3 steals.  Box Score   

 Thompson Rivers  77 at Manitoba  72 –   The big men come through in spades for the Wolf Pack (1-3), as they get their 1st win of the season.  Volodymyr Iegorov posts a prodigious 22 point / 17 rebound double, and Joe Davis scores a career high 22 points plus 5 boards, leading TRU to a 47-37 rebounding edge over a more experienced UM squad. The visitors outshot Manitoba 43% to 39%, and enjoyed a 17/21 -81% FT night vs  9/11 for the home team. Keith Omoerah had another solid game for the Herd (2-2), with 26 points5 rebs/ 2 asst.    Box Score      

 Regina 88  at MacEwan   85 – The visiting Cougars win the wide-open 2nd half 50-47 and prevent a Griffins (1-3) sweep. Lead guard, Aaron McGowan does it all, scoring 27 points, 5 rebs/ 4 asst before fouling out late in the game.  Guard partner Alex Igual adds 22 points/ 7 rebs/ 6 asst for Regina (2-2). Denzel James (21 pts/ 10 rebs/ 5 asst), and Thadius  Galvez (22 pts/ 6 rebs)  can’t quite lead Mac to the win. Box Score 

Fraser Valley 93  at Trinity Western   79 –   Fraser Valley returns the favour in spoiling the home opener for the Spartans, as the visitors from Abbotsford hit 13/27 from beyond the arc.  Manny Dulay is the chief Cascades architect with 18 points, including 4/8 from 3/ 7 rebs/ 3 assists/ 6 steals.  Anthony Gilchrist chips in with 17 points/ 7 rebs, and Vijay Dhillon 15 pts/ 6 rebs/ 3 asst for UFV. Trinity gets 21 points/ 7 rebounds from Vartan Tanielian, and he gets help from Patrick Vandervelden (15 pts/ 5 rebs/ 3 blocks).  Box Score      

 at Lethbridge 83 Mt. Royal 60 – Home sweet home for the ‘Horns, who get the split in the home and home weekend set. They reverse their fortunes  from a Thursday loss, as Zac Overwater has a big night with 24 points/ 5 rebs/ 3 asst/ 3 steals. Mike Pierzchala posts a 20 point game, with 14 rebounds, as the Pronghorns (3-1) out-shoot MRU 47% to 34% from the floor.  Derek Wolfe scores 15 pts, while Josh Ross has 11 pts/ 11 rebounds for the Cougars (1-1). . Box Score  

More CIS scores –

Atlantic – at St. FX  97 Memorial 75, 6 – Dalhousie 75  9- Saint Marys 47 ,  Acadia 95 Cape Breton  76,    UNB 93  UPEI  84

Quebec –  UQAM 76  Bishops 72

Ontario –  Queens 77 Guelph 74,  3- McMaster 62 Lakehead 56 , Nipissing 71 Western Ont. 52  ,   7- Brock 71  Toronto 69 ,  Laurentian 86  Windsor 82 ,  Algoma  78  Laurier  72

 at  2 – UBC 80  NW Christian 66  –  The ‘Birds turn the tables, with a nice 27 points/ 9 rebound game from Conor Morgan.   Box Score  


Busy Summer for CIS Hoops Players



‘Off-season’ is a Big Misnomer for Canada West Athletes

There was a day (in the previous century) when ‘CIAU’ players used to work summer jobs, or, if they were lucky, play golf, drop by the gym, or out-door court, and do some shooting or get in a pick-up game.  Today’s CIS athletes, for the most part, are more intensely engaged in training, teaching camps, playing summer games, and involved in full-on practice sessions.

David Kapinga , UC Dinos 3rd year point man.

David Kapinga , UC Dinos 3rd year point man.  photo- David Moll UC Athletics

In a conversation with Calgary Dinos point guard David Kapinga, we get a sense of the schedule many of today’s student athletes face in the ‘off-season’. “ It’s intense”, says the former Calgary high school star. “We’re here to start UC summer camps for junior high kids at around 8 am, and we go through 4:00 pm.  We’ll shoot at noon, and then shoot and scrimmage after 4.  We will do a physical training / weights session after that, and we’re not done until after 8 pm.  I’m bagged after a week of camps, and we have 3 weeks”,  says Kapinga.

The Dinos have chosen not to host NCAA teams in August, as they had done for many recent summers, however, several B.C schools will be geared up to play U.S. teams again this August.

Other teams will meet for a summer team camp, and, like UBC, may make an overseas trip for returning players.  The whole T-Birds squad will be facing NCAA  competition some time in August, and that means getting enough practice hours to be game-ready. No longer the standard 2nd week of September start;  it’s an 11 month team exercise for most very competitive programs.  These guys (and gals) earn their scholarships !

Mid-summer news briefs from Canada West –

  • Former Bears star, Jordan Baker, has signed a contract to play in Japan next season.  He moves from the Portuguese League, where he was the team’s leading scorer for Galitos -Tiey.  Details in this Edmonton Journal article.
  • The Winnipeg Wesmen add Winnipeg school stand-out , 6-4 guard, Josh Gandier of John Taylor Collegiate.  Coach Mike Raimbault also lands  a pair of  Junior College stars ; 6-5 wing, Sean Tarver (Baltimore, MD) UW news release     Home-grown forward,  6-7 Billy Yaworski,  returns home after 1 year in U.S.  Wesmen News
  • Thompson Rivers adds 6-9 import, Malik Hazziez, from Sacramento, CA.  A 12 point / 10 rebound performer at  American River College  (Sacramento) will be going into his 3rd year of eligibility this Fall.  More in this Kamloops This Week article.
  • Manitoba’s Coach Kirby Schepp coached the Team Canada  U-18s,
    Bison's Kirby Schepp with Canada Basketball Manager and NBA legend , Steve Nash - photo from The Winnipeg Sun

    Bison’s Kirby Schepp with Canada Basketball Manager and NBA legend , Steve Nash – photo from The Winnipeg Sun

    and a key Bisons’ recruit, James Wagner, was a member of that team, as they made it to the finals of the FIBA America’s tourney in Chile, but lost a 99-84 decision to the U.S.


  • Fraser Valley lands Anthony Gilchrist, a 6-4 guard from College of the Desert, CA
  • The Saskatchewan Huskies sign 6-4 wing, Jaylan Morgan, Brampton, ON, Unknownwho comes to the Huskies from Williston St College, ND
  • Okanagan Heat have added Tristan Matthews, a 6-4 guard from Sentinal Sr Sec., West Vancouver
  • UBC adds  Harry Liu, a 6-3 guard from Sir Winston Churchill, Vancouver
  • UNBC gets a local star in Tyrell Laing, a 5-10 guard from Prince George.
  • Victoria continues to sign members of the Charles family !  This summer, it’s Noah Charles, a 6-5 forward from Duncan’s Cowichan Sec. A more circuitous route brings 6-6 Jake Newman back to B.C. to play for the Vikes.  The White Rock Christian grad played 2 years at Lafayette College, PA, then red-shirting last year at Carleton.