Alberta Claims Big Win Over Montana State

 

 

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.

Lyndon Annetts is hot from the outside in Bears win over MSU.  photo – U of A Athletics

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.

 

Overtime –

  • 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.

 

 

Montana State Over Calgary

 

 

 

 Montana State 91  Calgary 71 –

The visiting Bobcats out-scored the Dinos 26-12 in the 4th quarter to pull away from a game, but out-manned Calgary team. The NCAA Big Sky squad from Bozeman, in SW Montana, got to the rim consistently in the final 15 minutes of play.  The Blue and Gold spread their scoring through the the line-up led by all-star guard, Tyler Hall with 15 points.

The Dinos went with 8 players, and noticably faded in the last 4-5 minutes;  down 5 points with 5 minutes left, but unable to match the deeper ‘Cats at the finish.  Lucas Mannes, a transfer guard from Chilliwack, BC (Trinity Western), led UC with 21 pts / 6 rebounds. Max Eisele looked sharp at the point, hitting 15 points / 6 assists, while red-shirt rookie Sasha Pojuzina worked hard for 7 boards and 12 points vs his bigger match-ups.  These teams meet again on Saturday at 3 pm.  MSU plays Alberta Friday at 7 pm and Sunday at 1 pm.

 

Dinos ‘Short’ in the Big Man Position

After graduating Mitch Ligertwood,  having Jeff Rodehutskors transfer to Lethbridge, and  losing Matt Ellis, the Calgary Dinos were left with Connor Foreman as their only returning post player.  The coaches were excited to sign Rhys Larry, a veteran rebounder from Acadia, but Larry changed his mind, and will not be moving West after all.

Connor Foreman, the lone Dinos big man, will not play this weekend due to injury.

“We were unexpectedly left scrambling after the disappointments with Rodehutskors and Larry”, said Coach Dan Vanhooren.  The coaches have tracked several possibilities, and may have found a B.C. high school grad to bolster the roster in the Fall.  There may also be an addition of an import big man, but the staff are showing caution before pulling the trigger there.

With Foreman rehabbing an injured knee , Calgary’s biggest player is 6-7 wing man, Lars Schleuter, who will be in the middle for some alignments vs Montana State this weekend.  9 players will dress for Lead Assistant Coach Matt Skinn, who will temporarily take the reins, with Coach Vanhooren down in Indiana with Team Canada preparing for the Universiade in Taipei.

Bears Bring Experience and Talent 

The 2017 Canada West Champion Alberta Golden Bears may well be the odds -on favourites to repeat in this coming season. The veteran line-up set to play Montana State in a pair of games this Friday 7 pm and Sunday 1 pm is highlighted by 5th year wing man, Mamadou Gueye (16 ppg/ 6 rebs), a 6-7 slasher who is sure to be on pre-season all-star lists.

Geoff Pippus is one of 3 Bears starters in their 5th year.

The Bears also have  rugged 3rd year forward, Brody Clarke  , and 5th year shooter Geoff Pippus, a dangerous outside threat. The U of A point guard, 6-2 Austin Waddoups goes into his 4th year, and triggers the Bears attack. We should see returnee guards Andre Kelly, Ivan Ikomey, and D’Wan Williams, all of whom saw significant playing time last season.  5th year, 6-6 guard, Lyndon Annetts, is another returning starter who can hit the outside shot.

5th year Alberta Head Coach, Barnaby Craddock, has added a transfer guard, Nolan Woodward, a 6-4, 4th year Montreal native, who played at 2 NCAA Div 2 schools, and will be expected to provide quality depth.

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Overtime –

  • The Canada Team for the FISU Games are now training at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  They are staying on campus at Purdue, and will play 2 games against the U.S. team, comprised totally  of Purdue players, and coached by Matt Painter.  Games are Friday night at Carmel (IN) HS and Saturday at Lafayette Jefferson HS and both will be streamed live on Facebook Live  .
  • Scores this past week from U-Sports teams vs NCAA schools –
  • U. California-Riverside 73  Laval 68, UC Riverside 79 UQAM 39
  • In Costa Rica … Laurentian VGs 76  U. Montana 67, Western kentucky 104  Laurentian 98
  • Towson, a   Div 1 school from the Baltimore area, beats UQAM 94-63, then it’s Towson 76 Carleton 64, and Towson 70  Laval 51
  • In Montreal, Alabama Crimson Tide crushed McGill 96-57, but Carleton bounced back from their loss earlier in the week to clip the Tide 84-71 in Ottawa.
  • McGill gave S. Methodist (Dallas, TX) a scare before falling to the Mustangs 86-83
  • Brock beat Binghamton (NY) 80-69 in St. Catharines.
  • Thursday games –  Alabama 81 at Ottawa 71,  W. Kentucky 118 Laurentian 63 (in Costa Rica), S. Methodist 98  at Ryerson 86,  Towson 84  at McGill 53,

Ryerson and Carleton Aiming for Rematch

 

Ryerson and Carleton favoured to meet in Championship Final

Can any other team de-rail the favoured Rams – Ravens ?

Final 8  – Round 1 Previews – Thursday games (Atlantic Time)

12 Noon …   #2 Carleton Ravens  vs #7 Calgary Dinos 

The Ravens are aiming at winning their 7th straight National title, and they beat Calgary 101-79 last March in that 6th consecutive triumph.  Coach Dave Smart is the master at preparing his team for this 4 day event, and the Ravens, who are 27-1 against U-Sports teams this season are a daunting foe.

Kaza Kajami-Keane is the catalyst for Carleton’s offense. photo – Ottawa Citizen

Carleton are led by the OUA Player of the Year, Connor Wood, a 6-4, 5th year shooting guard, who pulls the trigger on the long ball as well as anyone in this field.  His back-court partner, Kaza Kajami-Keane, is a powerful, quick play-maker, who scores nearly 15 ppg, but is really the floor leader. The Ravens power in the post will be a huge plus again this Final 8 Tournament, with Eddie Ekiyor, a 6-8 rookie, teaming up with 6-7 Ryan Ejim, a 5th year vet who was so strong in the paint in last year’s win. As back-up, CU has 6-11, Cameron Smyth, a 4th year from Charles Tupper in Vancouver.  They are big, and can overwhelm  most teams.

Calgary were 24-5 vs all Canadian universities, are the ‘wildcard’ pick, and the 3rd Canada West team in the 8 team draw. The Dinos are a fast-paced attacking team, with 5th year wing man Thomas Cooper their scoring leader at 23 ppg.  Cooper will hope to have better luck against the Ravens defenders  in this re-match with Carleton, after he and the Dinos were thwarted in the 2016 Final.

UC  have had a run of injuries late in the season, which has depleted their very deep roster.  Lars Schleuter, a 6-7 wing man with a dangerous 3 point shot, has been out with a high-ankle sprain.  Also on the shelf was Dallas Karch, a 5th year, 6-7 forward, whose size and athleticism has been a big boost for UC.  Jasdeep Gill, another 5th year wing with the ability to score, has had ankle / leg issues, and is a ‘possible’ for Thursday’s game.

David Kapinga, the speedy 3rd year UC point man, can shoot the 3, and put pressure on opposing ball-handlers.  Jhony Verrone, a muscular 6-0, 4th year combo guard from Montreal is proving his worth as a versatile defender.  Mitch Ligertwood is a 6-6, hard-nosed, 4th year  post man, who should be the key guy inside in this smaller Dinos line-up.

Anytime Carleton plays, they are the favourites.  Eastern experts suggest this could be their best team yet. That says a lot about anyone else’s chances, but their lone loss did take place last Saturday.  Calgary a distinct long-shot in this Tournament opener.     Watch on U-Sports TV 1     9 am Mountain

 

2:00 pm  … #3 McGill Redmen   vs  #6  Manitoba Bisons

The Redmen have been dominant in the 5 member RSEQ in recent seasons, as they return to the Nationals for the 5th straight time.  Coached by Quebec Coach of the Year, David DeAveiro, the Redmen are a solid defensive club, with an experienced line-up, even without any 5th year seniors. 

McGill’s  top scorers are guards Jenning Leung (14.5 ppg) , a 6-4, 4th year shooter, who is a native of the Philippines, and 6-2, 4th year, Dale Ogundokun (12.7 ppg/ 7 rebs/ 3.5 assists).  Ogundokun, a Hamilton, ON high school star, was honoured as the Quebec Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

Up front the Redmen have 3rd year, 6-8 Noah Daoust, and 6-6 Michael Peterkin, but may be missing their top big man, 4th year, Francois Bourque, a rugged rebounder/scorer/defender who has missed 3 games with an undisclosed injury.

Manitoba have reached this National Tournament for the 1st time in over 30 years, and their seniors are ‘jacked’ with the prospect of competing on this ‘big stage’. Says 4th year  shooting guard , A.J. Basi “Our goal was to get to Halifax at first.  This is like our last week together so we want to make the most of it and we’re all focused on that first game on Thursday against McGill.” (From Global News – Russ Hobson).

Manitoba’s high scoring guard, Justus Alleyn photo – UM Athletics

Basi (13.6 ppg) is one of their key scorers, with his 3 point acumen, and he can be a ball-hawk on defense.  The Herd has a powerful leader in 6-5, 4th year Keith Omoerah, who scores 13.2 ppg, grabs 8.7 rebs and can defend inside and out. Ilarion Bonhomme, a quick, 5-10 import (Washington, DC) point man triggers the Bisons break, and 6-3 Justus Alleyn, is their top scorer at 17.5 ppg, and shooting over 40% from 3 point range.

The Bisons and Redmen should make for a fascinating match-up … McGill with their defense, and Manitoba a quick-strike offense.  This may go down to the wire, if UM can get the hot shooting in a big arena .    (12 noon Central time) 

 

6:00 pm  …   #1  Ryerson Rams  vs  #8  Saint Marys Huskies –  On the surface, this 1-8 match-up suggests a Ryerson win, but the ‘home team’ Huskies will want to have a say before we fill in our semi-final bracket !

Adika Peter- McNeilly is a force for the OUA champion , Ryerson      photo – Rams Athletics

For the 2nd straight season, the Rams are champions of the OUA, having beaten Carleton (86-79) on the Ravens’ home court this time around.  Coach Roy Rana has a team ‘on a roll’, having won 7 of their last 8 and are 22-4 vs U-Sports teams this season.  Ryerson has a pressing, running, and 3 point shooting attack, paced by Adika Peter-McNeilly, a 6-3, 5th year guard, who is the high scorer, but also a quick and headsy defender.  His ‘right-hand man’ is 6-5, 4th year wing, Ammanuel Diressa, who is the #1 disruptor on the defensive end, but also scores in bunches.

The Rams are deep in talent, with 6-8 Adam Voll a big body inside, and 6-6 , Juwon Grannum, a 5th year rebounder, who contributes as well to the 40% + 3 point shooting for the team. Guards Myles Charvis, a former rookie sensation at Waterloo, and quick point man, Roshane Roberts, keep the pressure  coming on defense.

Saint Marys have a history in this National Tournament, having 4 titles to their credit, and have a knack for answering the bell at the Atlantic Tournament, making many Nationals Final 8s.  This year’s squad had a 23-10 U-Sports record, but had limited play outside the Maritimes.

Their core group are led by 5-9 point man, Marquis Clayton, one of 6 Huskies in their 5th year.  Clayton scores 19 ppg, and keys their defense. Theon Reefer, a 6-6, 5th year swing-man, has the quickness to make an impact at both ends, and Brian Rouse, a 6-4 guard, is a tough match-up with his size and scoring touch.  The Huskies have size and experience with 6-8, 5th year post, Achuil Lual, and 6-6, 3rd year, Kingston, ON product, Brent Martindale.

A close 2nd (60-63) to the AUS champs, Dalhousie, Saint Marys pose a threat to Ryerson if they can get their offense on track against the Rams’ press.  This game will be at a very high pace, and turnovers could kill that Huskies attack. Ryerson should prevail, but Saint Marys know this court very well.

 

8:00 pm …   #4 Alberta Golden Bears  vs #5 Dalhousie Tigers –  Two League champions tip-off in the feature game of the night on Thursday, and aggressive defense is a calling card for both teams.

Alberta’s Mamadou Gueye has been a play-off stand-out for the Bears this season.

The Bears are playing their best basketball of the season at just the right time, with an impressive weekend of play in capturing their 12th Canada West  title with convincing wins over Saskatchewan 83-70, and Manitoba 92-73.  They are among the League leaders in points allowed at 74 ppg, and they shoot a CW best 40.6% from 3 point range.

Their forward combo of 4th year Mamadou Gueye, a 6-6 Quebec native, and 2nd year Brody Clarke, a 6-7  Toronto product gives them inside scoring and leads a strong rebounding team effort.  Clarke, the son of former Canada national team star, Norm Clarke ,  will require extra attention from Dal defenders in the paint.  Gueye saved his best games for the Canada West Final 4, and he is a threat from anywhere with his offensive explosiveness.

Austin Waddoups, a 6-2 import guard (Utah)  has been a major addition, and he controls the pace as a point man, but also hits the timely trey on a regular basis. Coach Barnaby Craddock utilizes guards Dwan Williams (6-2, 2nd year, Toronto)   and  6-5 , 4th year, import shooter, Geoff Pippus as complimentary weapons, and both can score when needed.  7-1 Brett Roughead is in his 5th year, and can make things tough on the interior.

Dalhousie will have big local support, and count on their veteran core of senior vets Kashrell Lawrence, Richie Kanza Mata, and Sven Stammberger to lead the way.  The Tigers return to this Final 8 for the 2nd straight season, with a 25-10 record, and wins over Ryerson and Brock earlier this year.

Lawrence,  a 5th year, and only 6-2, is a muscular dynamo up front, and galvanizes teammates and Dal fans with his rugged play on the boards, and in scoring against bigger opponents. Kanza Mata was voted the AUS Defensive Player of the Year, but he can also score from an offense that led the Atlantic League in FG% at almost 47%.

Last season’s U-Sports Rookie of the Year, 6-0 Jordan Aquino-Serjue, is a valuable 6th man off the bench, and 5th year guard, 6-3 Jared Reid, is a solid wing man with a nice offensive game.  In reserve, the Tigers have a pair of big posts in 6-7 Ryall Stroud (tsf Queen’s), and 6-10 import, Sascha Kappos (Miami, FL) .

This promises to be an entertaining finale for Thursday’s card, and picking a winner here may be tough.  Both teams will aim to make life difficult with physical defense, and the ability of the scorers on both squads to break free will be paramount.   This is a 5 pm Mountain tip-off.

Remember, you can   Watch on U-Sports TV 1

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Overtime –

Dave Smart, Carleton, is Canada’s winningest coach

  • Coaching records (U-Sports overall) for the 8 Head coaches in this tournament –    Dave Smart, Carleton – 520-46 (.919) … Roy Rana, Ryerson – 139-69 (.668)  … Dave De Aveiro, Ottawa / McGill – 341-183 (.651) … Jonah Taussig, Saint Marys – 99-67 (.596) … Barnaby Craddock – Brandon, UFV, Alberta – 221-151 (.594) … Rick Plato, Dalhousie – 76-53 (.589) … Dan Vanhooren, Calgary – 304-213 (.588) … Kirby Schepp, Manitoba – 112-124 (.475)
  • This National Championship Final 8 Tournament returns to Halifax for the first time since 2012.  The event will have been played in this venue a total of 30 times in the 44 years since competition began back in 1963.

 

 

The 2 Hottest Teams in Canada West

 

 

 

Thunderbirds and Bisons both on a roll in League play 

5th year defensive stopper, Will Ondrik and his T’Birds teammates move to 15-1 on the season.   photo – Richard Lam  ,  UBC Athletics

The 2 hottest teams in Canada West continued to reel off the wins this past weekend. The UBC Thunderbirds, as expected, swept their 2 game set with the Brandon Bobcats in Vancouver, and the ‘Birds are now 7 wins in a row, 2nd only to the Manitoba Bisons in winning streaks, with the Herd up to 8.  Manitoba got a scare on Friday at home against the UNBC T’Wolves , but pulled it out, and won more easily on Saturday.

But, in this ‘Year of the RPI Monster’, both teams lost ground in the ‘order of finish’ race.  Last week the T’Birds stood at .6559 , but dropped .109, still in the top spot for the moment.  The Herd, after their 2 wins, fell 149 points from last week’s .5842.  (I guess you just play your best, and let the chips fall …. ).  UBC looks to be destined for the 3rd or 4th play-off seed, even at 19-1, while Manitoba are likely 5th in the RPI ordered seeding list.

Both these teams will be ‘tough outs’ in the post-season , and may be good picks for the Final Four.  Our best guess for the hosts may be either the Alberta Golden Bears or the Saskatchewan Huskies, who seem to rise to the top spot as we try various guesses for the results of remaining League games.  The Dogs and GBs meet in saskatoon this coming weekend to decide the issue.

Who else is going well?  The Lethbridge Pronghorns have won 4 straight, and locked up a play-off spot, and have a bye week to marshal their forces before their final week’s appointment vs the Bears in Edmonton.

 

15 League All-Stars will be tough to decide

Shane Osayande, Huskies          photo – Huskies Athletics

Coaches across Canada West are nominating top players for all-star consideration at season’s end.  They have 15 players to select, and we thought we’d look at an expanded number of possible candidates.

Keith Omoerah, Justus Alleyn of Manitoba  … Denzel Lynch-Blair- Winnipeg … Earl Thompson Jr – Brandon … Brandon Tull – Regina … Shane Osayande, Matt Forbes – Saskatchewan … Dejon Burdeaux, Elliott Sentance – Lethbridge … Brett Layton, Josh Ross – Mt. Royal  …  Thomas Cooper, David Kapinga – Calgary … Brody Clarke, Austin Waddoups, Mamadou Gueye, Alberta … Thadius Galvez – MacEwan … Rhys Elliott – UNBC … Volodymyr Iegorov – Thompson Rivers …  Aldrich Berrios – UBC-Okanagan … Patrick Vandervelden – Trinity Western … Manny Dulay – Fraser Valley … Conor Morgan , Jordan Jensen-Whyte – UBC … Grant Sitton – Victoria

So, there are 25 of the best.  We know we could form a play-off team with 10 who we left off this list, but this is a pretty good crop from which to select.

Top 10 Rookies –

Scott Kellum, UVic import guard

Narcisse Ambanza – Wesmen,   James Wagner – Bisons,  Johneil Johnson –  Reg. Cougars,  Max Eisle – Dinos, Scott Kellum –  Vikes,  Brett Warren  – Pronghorns, Craig Martin- MRU Cougars, Trent Monkman – Wolf Pack, Isaiah Familia – T’Birds, Matt Lafontaine – Heat

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92 Years of Refereeing Experience

Richard Schear (L) and Art Unsworth (R) team up at a recent high school tourney .

Richard Schear, who lives in Redcliff, AB, began officiating basketball (and, eventually, football) after he had completed his Education degree at University. The 72 year old has been active as a ref now for 48 years, while his taller, much younger side-kick, the irrepressible Art Unsworth, has been a ‘zebra’ for 44 years.  Schear explains why he enjoys officiating …  First, the camaraderie  with the other officials.  Second, it forces him to keep in good physical shape.  Third, being a referee in high school sports, gives Richard a chance to  interact with the youth of today.  “By and large those young people who play high school sports are great kids, they will be the leaders of tomorrow,” says Schear.  Unsworth, a farmer-rancher near Maple Creek, SK, has 2 sons,  Clint (6-10) and Chris (6-8) who both graduated from U. Saskatchewan, having won a Canada West and CIS Championship with the Huskies in 2010.

As well as cheering his boys through high school (Medicine Hat, AB)  and university ball, Art, has been a mentor for many young refs in the latter part of his career. We congratulate these two fine gentlemen on their amazing contribution to the game over the years.

Overtime –  

Coach Steve Burrows         photo –  Regina Leader-Post

  • Regina Cougars head coach Steve Burrows on his team’s effort in topping the Calgary Dinos on Saturday,  “I wish I could say it was something I said or did, but these guys stuck together and they kept on working at it and kept on going,” Burrows said. “A couple of things went our way and we made some shots. It was just that whole thing of believing and trying to stick with what we were doing.”  From a Regina Leader-Post article by Rob Vanstone 
  • Huskies Coach, Barry Rawlyk, celebrated his 100th and 101st Canada West conference wins as head  man for the U of S  team with a two-game sweep at home over the Mount Royal  Cougars. Rawlyk spent the majority of his long coaching career as a high school coach, before taking over at U. Saskatchewan in 2010.  The leading active coach, in his 17th year at UBC is Kevin Hanson with 270 wins in Canada West play.  2nd is Calgary’s Dan Vanhooren, who, over the same 17 years has 201.  3rd – UVic’s Craig Beaucamp with 191 in 13 seasons. 4th – TRU’s Scott Clark, in his 17th year has 179. 5th – Barnaby Craddock of Alberta has 153 in his 12 years at 3 different schools.
  • Derek Wolf plays his final home game at MRU on Saturday.         photo – MRU Athletics

     This , of course, is the time of year for ‘Senior Nights’, as senior players finish their eligibility, and most also finish a degree. The  MRU Cougars graduating players, Brett Layton and Derek Wolf, will be honoured on Saturday night between the 4 pm Women’s game and the 6 pm Men’s contest.  TRU’s big man, Volodymyr Iegorov, plays his last home game this Saturday for the Wolf Pack, and 6 other schools will recognize the accomplishments of their senior grads this weekend.  UFV –  Manny Dulay, and Vijay Dhillon, Winnipeg – Jamar Farley, Brandon – Earl Thompson Jr, Chris Stanhope, Denham Buchanan, and Esmat Atem, MacEwan-  Denzel James, Keith Gerdes, and Thomas Jereniuk,   Saskatchewan – Matt Forbes, and Trevor Severinski,  UBC – Jordan Jensen-Whyte, and Will Ondrik.

 

Calgary Surrenders Lead in Final Minutes

 

 

Hot 2nd half garners win for the Knights

team photo-Lars Schleuter

Lars Schleuter scores 18 , but UC drops a game to Warner-Pacific

 Warner-Pacific Knights 93  Calgary Dinos  86  – The Dinos 2nd game down in Chandler, AZ  was looking good at the half.  Calgary takes a 46-36 half-time lead as Lars Schleuter is hot from the outside.  The 2nd half is a different story, as the Knights charge back with 57 points, and the Dinos cool off with  40.

Most of the damage is done in mid-frame with a 12-1 run from W-P, then again with a 24-10 blitz as they approach 2 minutes.  Calgary get 23 points/ 5 rebs/ 6 assts from  Thomas Cooper, and 18 points  by Schleuter.  Jhony Verrone counted 13 points / 3 assists.   Warner-Pacific hit 28/40 free throws vs Calgary’s 13/19.  Box Score 

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Overtime –

Dave Smart, Carleton, (L), with an incredible winning record in U-Sports.                                           Kevin Hanson, UBC, (Rt) who tops Canada West coaches.

  •  The 15 winningest active coaches   (5 yrs +)  in U Sports (CIS) –  1.  Dave Smart, Carleton – 504 wins – 45 losses = .918  … in 17 years !   2. James Derouin, Ottawa – 173-52 = .769 … 7 yrs   3. Kevin Hanson, UBC – 390-141 = .734  in 17 years   4. Barry Rawlyk, Saskatchewan – 148-60 = .712  in 7 years   5. Amos Connelly, McMaster – 128-59 = .684  in 7 years   6. Steve Konchalski, St. FX – 628-308 = .670  in 42 years!   7. Roy Rana, Ryerson – 126-67 = .653 in 7 years  8. Dave DeAveiro, McGill  (Ottawa) – 329-181 = .645  in 16 years  9. Craig Beaucamp, Victoria – 266-156 = .630  in 14 years   10. Chris Oliver, Windsor (Queens) – 242-154 = .611 in 14 years    11. Adam Friesen, Fraser Valley – 77-49 = .611  in 5 years   12. Barnaby Craddock, Alberta (Brandon, UFV) – 211-143 = .596  in 12 years   13. Jonah Taussig, Saint Marys – 86-61 = .585  in 5 years   14. Dan Vanhooren, Calgary – 292-209 = .583  in 17 years     15. Mike Raimbault, Winnipeg (Brandon) – 126-105 = .545  in 8 years.

 

 

Bears Roster Sees Turnover

 

2016-17 Canada West Basketball Previews –

Alberta Golden Bears

’15-‘16    –   Lost to Calgary 1/4 Finals                    10 wins 10 losses (Pioneer)

Returnees –bears-3-copy-2

5th year – Brett Roughead, 7-1 fwd, Coleman, AB.  … 4th year – Mamadou Gueye, 6-6 fwd, Quebec City. Lyndon Annetts, 6-6 wing, Beaumont, AB …  3rd year – Sheldon Pittman, 6-5 wing, Calgary … 2nd years –  Brody Clarke, 6-8 fwd, Toronto. Ivan Ikomey, 6-1 guard, Calgary.  Jonah Weyessa, 6-0 guard, Calgary …  1st year (redshirts) – Joel Lutz, 6-7 fwd, 1st, Cardston, AB (Cardston HS). Cole Knudsen, 6-7 fwd, 1st, Barrhead, AB (Barrhead HS).

New faces –   Geoff Pippus, 6-5 wing, 4th, Vancouver (tsf UBC).  Austin Waddoups, 6-2 guard, 3rd year, American Fork , UT (Salt Lake CC). Andre Kelly, 6-2 guard, 1st, Mississauga, ON (The Rock School, FL).  Sam Newman, 6-3 guard, 1st, Ipswich, England .

Coach Barnaby Craddock, in his 5th year at the helm at U of A, is the only coach in CIS basketball history to lead three separate programs to the National Championship Tournament.  With Brandon, Fraser Valley, and Alberta for a total of 12 CIS seasons, the former UL Pronghorn star has never lost an opening round game at the Final 8.

Mamadou Gueye is still the big weapon for the Bear this year.

Mamadou Gueye is still the big weapon for the Bears  this year.                                  photo – U of A Athletics

Craddock’s credentials are impressive, and his coaching acumen will be tested this year, with a big roster turnover for the Bears. 5 veterans are gone, and 4 ‘true freshmen’ or ‘redshirt freshmen’  are now preparing for the new season. The Green and Gold do however, have their big ‘1-2 punch ‘ up front, with Canada West all-star, Mamadou Gueye (18.4 ppg/ 7.5 rebs)  and last year’s Rookie of the Year, Brody Clarke (12 ppg/ 6.3 rebs).  They add a pair of 6-7 redshirts from last year in Cole Knudsen and Joel Lutz, who are better prepared to give relief minutes for Gueye and Clarke.

Brett Roughead is the only 5th year, and the big man will again be counted on for rebounding and interior defense. Perimeter wing men, Lyndon Annetts and Sheldon Pittman will be expected to provide steadier performances with another year under their belts.

Austin Waddoups was a ‘6th man’ for the 2016 National Junior College champs at Salt Lake CC.  He averaged 8 ppg, and showed great ball handling skill, with a 2.63 assist /turnover ratio.  Andre Kelly, the son of Brandon Bobcats 2 time All-Canadian, Jude Kelly, went to a U.S. prep school, but chose to return to Canada.  He is a good shooter, who looks primed to break into the regular rotation.  Geoff Pippus, now a graduate student,  can be a ‘depth player, having averaged 7 ppg in his last full season at UBC.

Schedule –  Nov-Dec … Brandon, at UNBC,  TRU , at Manitoba, h-h with MacEwan              Jan-Feb …  h-h with Calgary, at UBC, Fraser Valley, bye, at Saskatchewan, Lethbridge

Prediction –  Must have depth behind all-stars.  Race for the play-offs.


 

Canada West pre-season games this week – 

Thursday – Calgary Cup –  Windsor at Calgary, Regina at Mt. Royal …                 Lakehead at Brandon

Friday – Manitoba Bisons Tournament –  Laurier vs Manitoba, Lakehead vs Winnipeg,   and  Regina at Calgary, Windsor at Mt. Royal

Saturday –  Seattle Blue Angels at Trinity Western ,  Calgary at Mt. Royal, Regina vs Windsor …  Lakehead at Manitoba, Winnipeg vs Laurier

Sunday – Laurier at Brandon

In Eastern Canada –  

Starting on Thursday, St. FX plays at Brock, Ryerson,  and  McMaster . Dalhousie has games at York, Ryerson, and McMaster.  On Saturday/Sunday  Concordia hosts Brock, Cape Breton and Nipissing in the Stingers Tournoi in Montreal.


 

Overtime –

  •   Mike Hansen, Lethbridge Head Coach, has waited for surgical relief for hip problems, and recently got the call to have the operation. ( It’s not like you’d tell them, “No, I’ll wait until next Spring, thanks.” )  So, not the best time, but Hansen felt he had to take the offered date. He expects to be absent from the ‘Horns pre-season activities for the next few weeks.  We wish him well, and hope he is able to return after a good recovery period.

 

Alberta and Lethbridge – Previews

 

 

Lethbridge Pronghorns, Coach Mike Hansen, 3rd year 

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It was a game changer for the ‘Horns when their 5th year import post, Brent Watkins, suffered what likely will be a career-ending set of injuries as a result of a summer car accident. Watkins’ recovery has been heartening, and the extended U of L community has extended great support to the family back in California.  Now, without the defense, rebounding, and 61% FG shooting of Watkins, and with Tyson McIntyre struggling with another knee injury, Coach Mike Hansen suggests, “We are a small team, and we’ll have to find new ways of getting the ball to the basket.”

The U of L roster has more returning players than almost any team in Canada West, and 5 of those are 5th years, including their superb guard combo of Jared Baker and Rob Olsen.

Rob Olsen is a hot-shooting 5th year guard for U of L.

Rob Olsen is a hot-shooting 5th year guard for U of L.

Forward Brandon Brine is a potential all-star at forward, and Coach Hansen is happy with the progress of 2nd year players Zac Overwater and Josh Sparkes, “They made a big jump over the summer, and are now stronger and more skilled.”   Also, the addition of (former UL star) Alex Fletcher as a full-time Assistant will be big for player development. Hansen cites a new push at Lethbridge to provide resources for Athletics, and Fletcher’s post is one example.

The late summer signing of import point guard Dejon Burdeaux will spark the guard corps, and ACAC College transfers Chris Maughan and Brian Preneslo give some help up front. Lethbridge may fly under the radar as they integrate the new talent, but they have enough experience and capable leadership in their veterans to contend.

Returnees-

Brandon Brine           F        6-6,    5th year, S.Australia

Lynden Nummi          G       5-9,    5th, Lethbridge

Spencer Lambert      G        6-1,    3rd, Lethbridge

Mike Pierzchala         F        6-4,   2nd, Lethbridge

Zac Overwater          W        6-7,   2nd, Didsbury, AB

Josh Sparkes            G        6-0,   2nd,  Medicine Hat

Jason Nysten            W        6-3 ,  4th, Carstairs, AB

Jared Baker               G        6-2,   5th,  Raymond, AB

Rob Olsen                  G       6-2,   5th,  Cardston, AB

*Brent Watkins            F       6-10,  5th –  injured in a car accident

*Tyson McIntyre –         F     6-7,    3rd –  knee injury

New ‘Horns –

Dejon Burdeaux   G      6-0  3rd, San Leandro, CA (tsf-Fresno City  Coll.)

Will Hickey          G      6-0, Golden, BC, (tsf-Lethbridge  Coll )

Brian Prenoslo    F       6-4, 4th  Sherwood Park, (tsf-Red Deer College)

Chris Maughan    F     6-9,  3rd,  Calgary, (tsf Lethbridge Coll.)


 

 

Alberta Golden Bears – Coach Barnaby Craddock, 5th year

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The Golden Bears will be in a re-building mode after losing mainstays Joel Friesen, Ken Otieno, and Youssef Ouahrig. Coach Barnaby Craddock, who has had success at Brandon, Fraser Valley, and Alberta as the head man, can see an effective forward line developing, especially with the often-spectacular play of 3rd year Canada West All-Star, Mamadou Gueye, and the physical ’14-’15 rookie star, Sebastian Denault. Add in the experienced Rav Dhaliwal, ‘BIG’ Brett Roughead, and red-shirt rookie, Brody Clark, and this should be a formidable group.

Mamadou Gueye will be a major force for the Bears.

Forward, Mamadou Gueye, will be a major force for the Bears.

Guard play will be ‘a work in progress’, according to Craddock.  “Losing a lead guard as good as Ouahrig will have us scrambling for the first part of the season”, he says. Both import Colby Jackson and Ontario star, D’Wan Williams come with impressive credentials, and veteran Ethan Dixon may get a chance to shine. Andriy Halushko and Lyndon Annetts are both capable outside shooters, and they may help U of A’s back-court step up as the season progresses.

Losing 4 of their 5 first pre-season games has to be concerning for Coach Craddock, but there is too much talent there to count out the perennial contenders this early in the ‘re-construction phase’. The GBs are home for their own Invitational on Oct. 23-24 vs UNBC and Queen’s.

Returnees-

Ethan Dixon                G     6-0,      3rd year,  Edmonton

Andriy Halushko          G     6-4,      2nd, Edmonton

Sheldon Pittman          G     6-5,     2nd,  Calgary

Lyndon Annetts            G     6-6,     3rd,  Beaumont, AB

Mamadou Gueye          F      6-6,     3rd,  Quebec City

Rav Dhaliwal                  F     6-7,     4th,   Surrey, BC

Brett Roughead             P      7-1,     4th,  Coleman, AB

Sebastien Denault         P       6-9,     2nd,    La Prairie, QC

New Bears –

Jonah Weyessa      G       6-0       1st,  Calgary -Fr. Lacombe

Colby Jackson        G       5-8,     1st,  Las Vegas, NV- Clark  HS

Joel Lutz                 F        6-7,     1st,  Cardston, AB

Cole Knudsen          F       6-7,     1st,  Barrhead, AB

Brody Clarke           F      6-8,     1st Toronto – Oakwood

Ivan Ikomey             G      6-1,    1st,  Calgary – McNally

D’Wan Williams       G      6-2,    1st, Toronto- Oakwood


 

Game Scores  – 

Thurs. Oct. 15 –  Windsor 94 vs Regina 80,  Concordia 80 at Saskatchewan  67

at McMaster 90 Cape Breton 68


 

Overtime – 

  •   Josh Mayorga (TRU) was on the Canada West All-Rookie team last March, but the young man informed Wolf Pack Coach Scott Clark that he did not want to continue with school and basketball this year.
  • In a similar vein, Adonis Monfort-Palomino, after a rookie year as back-up to Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson at Calgary, has recently chosen to leave the team, but UC still has 2nd year Cory Hauck, rookie Torrez McCoy, and transfer David Kapinga up to the challenge at that spot .

    Coach Craddock is the only coach in history to lead 3 different schools to the CIS National Tournament.

    Coach Craddock is the only coach in history to lead 3 different schools to the CIS National Tournament.

  •   Bears Coach Craddock, who was very busy himself this past summer as Head Coach of Canada’s Development Team, who played in the Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea, is very high on the future of Brody Clark, his red-shirt freshman forward. “Brody was the only CIS player on the Canada Junior (U-19) team, (which finished 6-1, 5th place in the FIBA Worlds in Heraklion, Greece in July) …”  Craddock suggests Clark has the physical talent and the work ethic to eventually become an All-Canadian for Alberta.

FISU Games Open in China

 

Canada Opens With a Win vs Sweden

U. Alberta's, Barnaby Craddock is the head man for the FISU team.

U. Alberta’s, Barnaby Craddock is the head man for the FISU team.

The 2015 FISU Games (World Universities) in Gwangju, China got underway this weekend, with Canada, featuring a CIS All-Star squad, topping Sweden  78-61 on July 4; next up is  Mexico on the 5th, Montenegro on the 6th, Mongolia on the 8th, and Russia on the 9th. “Placement Games “ and medal round games run from July 10-13.  More info and results at FISU web site.

Most of the players had double- digit minutes, as Coach Craddock rolled his line-up in this game 1 victory.  The following Canadian roster includes recent grads from CIS schools, with 6 players representing Canada West teams – Coaches – Head, Barnaby Craddock, Alberta, Assts. – John Campbell , Toronto, Shawn Swords, Laurentian. 

Caleb Agada, G, 6-4, Burlington, ON, University of Ottawa

Mikeal Andrews, C. 6-10, Oakville, ON, Bishop’s University

Johnny Berhanemeskel, G, 6-1, Ottawa, ON, University of Ottawa

Aaron Best, G, 6-4, Scarborough, ON, Ryerson University

Mamadou Gueye, F, 6-7, Quebec City, QC, University of Alberta

Jahmal Jones, G, 6-0, Mississauga, ON, Ryerson University

Chris McLaughlin, F, 6-9, Oakville, ON, University of Victoria

Tommy Nixon, F, 6-6, Vancouver, BC, University of British Columbia

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, PG, 5-9, Winnipeg, MB, University of Calgary

Adika Peter-McNeilly, G, 6-3, Toronto, ON, Ryerson University

Josh Wolfram, PF, 6-8, Kamloops, BC, Thompson Rivers University

Jordan Baker, G, 6-7, Edmonton, AB University of Alberta

 

Overtime –

 

  • Canada’s U-19 Team has been competing in the FIBA World Cup on Crete (Greece) … Coached by Ryerson’s Roy Rana, with Manitoba’s Kirby Schepp as an Assistant.  Canada were 3-0 in their Group, but lost to Croatia 84-71 in a quarter-final.  They beat Australia in a placement game, and will play Italy for 5th place on Sunday.  The U.S. and Croatia meet for the Gold that same day.
  • Canada West released the 2015-16 basketball schedules, with the same format as last season, before a major re-vamp for 2016-17.  20 League games in both the 11 team Pioneer Division (2 times 10 , either home or away, with some closer rivals playing a home and home; the 6 team Explorer Division has a 20 game slate as well.  More on these schedules later.
  •  Other recruits – 6-3 guard, Troy Grant, tsf. to Brandon from TRU; Calgary signs 5-9, Tim McMahon, guard, Magrath, AB ( he will first do a 2 year Mormon mission); Fraser Valley has a long list, including  6-6 F, Joseph Wani, a tsf from Centennial College, Toronto, 6-5 F, Mark Johnson, tsf from College of the Desert, Palm Springs, CA,  6-9,  post, Madison Cooley,   tsf Kwantlen, 6-5, F, Navdeep Brar tsf., Kwantlen,  6-2 guard, Sasha Otanga,   transfer from Columbia Bible College, 6-5 F, Devin Brar   transfer from Algoma U., and 5-9 point, Jasdeep Gill a high school star at Abbotsford’s Yale  Sr. Sec.  Trinity Western sign 6-3 wing, Fraser Curry, from Ottawa’s Athlete Institute.

Student Games Team Announced

 

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Five Canada West Players on National Development Team

Led by the U. Alberta’s Head Coach, Barnaby Craddock, the Canada Basketball Development Team of 12 CIS players, will include 5 from Canada West including UVic’s Chris McLaughlin, the 2015 League MVP.  The other 4 Western reps include 5-9 guard, Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (Calgary Dinos), 6-7 wing man, Mamadou Gueye (U of A Golden Bears) , 6-6 forward Tommy Nixon (UBC Thunderbirds), and 6-9 forward, Josh Wolfram (Thompson Rivers Wolfpack).

The team will represent Canada in the FISU Games tournament in Gwangju, South Korea, from July 4 – 13.  They will have a pre-tournament training camp at the University of Kansas from June 19-29.  More in this news release from Canada Basketball.

 

 

Sihota Continues Successful Pro Career

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Robbie Sihota in action this Spring for Fribourg, Switzerland.           photo – Ekalavyas

 

 From the Indian basketball website – Ekalavyas, writer Vishnu Ravi Shankar …

This is an excellent article on Robbie Sihota, the former Calgary Dinos forward, who has been playing in Europe for 5 years +. 

Sihota, who played for Coach Dan Vanhooren’s Dinos from 2006-2010, played his high school ‘ball at Lester Pearson HS, Calgary under Coach Bill Mitchell.  His pro career has seen him play  in The Netherlands, first with Rotterdam, where he was the Dutch League’s top rebounder, then in Nijmegen, and a year in Luxembourg. Robbie has just finished his 1st season in Fribourg, Switzerland, where he led the team in rebounding (8.5 rpg), and was 2nd in scoring (15.2 ppg).    (Thanks to our good friend, Art Unsworth, out there in Western Saskatchewan, who tipped us off to this story.)

 

Canada West Recruiting Update –

The latest signees in Canada West include 6-5 guard, Sebastian Eliasen ( Denmark) who  transfers to Trinity Western from Yuba Jr. College (California), and to UNBC  we have  Austin Chandler, a 6-7 transfer from Wenatchee, WA Jr. College.

Dinos at Bears on Friday

 

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5th year wing, Joel Friesen  of Alberta, will test Dallas Karch and other Calgary defenders.

5th year wing, Joel Friesen of Alberta, will test Dallas Karch and other Calgary defenders in Friday’s only game in Canada West.

After having just witnessed first-hand the cultural phenomenon that is the Grey Cup, we can ‘feel the love’ flowing across all manner of sports competitions between Edmonton and Calgary.  The dozens of Eskimos faithful in our section of B.C. Place Stadium on Sunday afternoon would have cheered heartily for the forces of Attila the Hun, or even the Russian Army as long as they were going to bring down the hated Stampeders. (Hate may be a strong word, but it fits in this Red vs Green ‘rivalry’).

The Dinos – Bears history has fewer participants, but the players, coaches, fans, and even some media (dwindling on a yearly basis, unfortunately), are energized by annual contests between the schools.  This season, the basketball teams have scheduled a home- and- home pair of games, starting with Friday’s tip-off at the Saville Centre in Edmonton.

The sub-text here –  Alberta has won 4 straight at home against the Dinos … however, Calgary beat the Bears in October in Calgary.  Alberta are the defending Canada West champs, and Calgary have missed the playoffs for the last 2 seasons.

This season thus far, Calgary is 8-2, with 2 wins over Winnipeg, Brandon, and Trinity W., plus splits with Manitoba and Regina.  Alberta has a  4-4 mark, arguably vs a slate of tougher opponents –  2 wins vs Trinity, then a split with Saskatchewan and with UBC, and 2 losses at UVic.

 

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Neither offense has consistently pleased their coaches, Dan Vanhooren of Calgary or Barnaby Craddock of Alberta.  The Bears spread their scoring around a bit more amongst starters, but Calgary has had an average of 28 ppg off the bench vs just 13.5 for Alberta.  Alberta will try and harass Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, and the Dinos will attempt to contain Joel Friesen, both of whom are  having sparkling 5th years.  ‘OJ’ seems able to respond to one on one challenges, and he has been involving his teammates in the offensive flow to a greater extent this season.

The Bears advantage is their 3 point shooting with both Friesen and point man Youssef Ouahrig lighting it up from long-range.  Calgary hasn’t been effective from beyond the arc, even though players like OJ, Phil Barndt, and rookie, Lars Schleuter,  have had success in the past. Defensive stability has been a calling card for Coach Craddock, and the Dinos will be looking to improve the consistency of their effort in that area.

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Home teams in Canada West have won 44 and lost 30 in the opening half of the schedule, and Alberta has been pretty good at defending the Saville Centre home court, so we’d have to establish the GBs as the favourites.  Both teams will be looking at this as a special game, not only the ‘Battle of Alberta’ over-tones, but also with all the focus on them as no one else in the whole CIS plays this week .

Who can come up big for either team ?  Of course, Friesen for Alberta and Ogungbemi-Jackson for Calgary, but let’s pick a couple of others:  the Bears have proven firepower in both Mamadou Gueye, a quick, slashing wing, and Ken Otieno, who has been a 20+ ppg scorer in the past;  for the Dinos, it might well be Phil Barndt, the 5th year post, who can hit the open jumper from any range, then take it to the hole, and 2nd year, LJ Hegwood, whose speed and quickness can create instant offense.

Game time –  8 pm Friday, Dec. 5  on Canada West TV  (this costs a ‘small fee’ for any Bears home game this season. Just a Canada West test run on pay-per-view possibilities).

 

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The ‘Famous 5 – Titans from the Heartland’, remain behind the giant moat separating the CIS Top 5 and the ‘also-rans’ from 6-10.  (We must be aware that all of the 5 ‘won tournaments’ in various parts of the country in the pre-season.  They are for real.)

If you’re in parts East or West, you might be excused, however, for a bit of cheering for teams like Western, Guelph, Lakehead, York, Laurier, or maybe even Laurentian to ambush one of the ‘Titans” in a future OUA league game.  Maybe at a Holiday tournament?

In the 6 -10 spots, we have Victoria moving up after taking 2 from Saskatchewan.  The Huskies are fortunate to stay ranked. Quite frankly, the continued exclusion of Manitoba, who are tied for the Pioneer Division lead in Canada West, is an ‘oversight’.

UNB loses a pair and drops from 6 to 8, and Calgary bumps up to 7 with 2 wins, while UFV are 9th as they remain unbeaten in the Explorer.  Because of the Canada West ‘split’, it is tough to see the Cascades getting much higher.