Canada West Spring News

 

Canada West Meetings This Week  – Changes On the Way

David Wells honoured by induction to Sports Hall of Fame.

David Wells honoured by induction to Sports Hall of Fame.

  •  U. Calgary will be looking for a new Athletic Director, as Ron Wuotila announced his decision to resign in the face of an ill-considered and poorly staged implementation of a new ‘administrative model’ for the Dinos Athletic Program.
  • David Wells, Lethbridge,  a champion of school sport, from junior high, high school, college, and university, was honoured with induction into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame this past weekend. Currently the Director of Sports programs for the Southern Alberta School Sports Assn., Wells has been a sports writer, athletic administrator, coach, and National Team Manager … and always the most knowledgeable fan of young athletes in his area for many years.
Impressive new facility at Victoria.  Photo - Times-Colonist, Adrian Lam

Impressive new facility for U.  Victoria.            Photo – Times-Colonist, Adrian Lam

  • Craig Beaucamp, UVic Head Coach, obviously pleased with the new Vikes home court which will be ready for play this summer, “This is probably the top university athletic facility in the country, and I’ve been in most of them,” said Beaucamp. “This is a great opportunity to help in recruiting players.”  From a Times-Colonist article by Cleve Dheensaw
  • Joe Scanlon, long-time journalism teacher, and the Ravens' biggest fan.

    Joe Scanlon, long-time journalism teacher, and the Ravens’ biggest fan. Photo – The Ottawa Citizen.

    We learned, sadly, of the passing of Joe Scanlon, who did so much to chronicle the feats of the Carleton Ravens basketball teams, and was a leading promoter of CIS basketball over so many years. His tireless efforts raised the profile of the sport, and provided rich commentary for all of us who cared about the game. Joe will be remembered for his exceptional, enthusiastic work, and by all of us who enjoyed corresponding with him, and learning so much from his experience and knowledge.

  • Graduates and ‘Undergraduates –  Canada West graduated some terrific student – athletes this Spring, including the Dinos classy guard, Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, who is now checking out opportunities to play pro. There will be others in the pro ranks (mostly in Europe), with the likes of  Joel Friesen, Ben Baker, Tommy Nixon, and MVP, Chris McLaughlin, finishing up impressive CIS careers.  Some notables did not finish, however … UVic’s flashy import guard, Marcus Tibbs, left campus shortly following the CIS Nationals, indicating he will pursue other basketball opportunities  … Calgary’s promising guard,  L.J. Hegwood, did not complete his academic year, and he will not be back for the Dinos …  Brandon’s Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak leaves after his 4th year, returning home to the Montreal area.
  • The Brandon Sun reported that former Bobcats star, Jordan Reaves, will follow in his father’s footsteps, as he moves onto the football field.  Reaves a 6-4, 225 lb wing -man at BU, signed a contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
  • The Canada West Governors will  continue to discuss and study different structures for League play at the upcoming annual general May meeting.  It’s obviously a big challenge to balance competition, tradition, and travel expenses; it is very difficult with a 17 team League ranging from 2000 student schools to some at 30,000 + .
  •   Latest Recruiting List (courtesy, Hoopstars Canada – Barry Hayes) …

    D'Wan Williams promises to add skill and flair to the Bears' roster.

    D’Wan Williams promises to add skill and flair to the Bears’ roster. Photo – North Pole Hoops

Alberta – 6’7″ pf Cole Knudsen (Barrhead, AB/Barrhead), 6’2″ sg D’Wan Williams (Toronto, ON/Oakwood), 6’1″ pg Jonah Weyessa (Edmonton, AB/Father Lacombe ’14)

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Calgary – 6’0″ pg Torrez McKoy (Grande Pointe, Manitoba/MBCI), Thomas Cooper – 6’5” (Chattanooga, TN) tsf from  C.C. San Francisco, U. Nebraska – Kearny.

Fraser Valley

Grant MacEwan – 6’3″ pg Chris Mooney (Ottawa, ON – transfer/NAIT; 10.3 ppg 2014-15) 6’7″ c Atlas St. Paul-Butler (Victoria, BC/Oak Bay), 6’6″ pf Michael Burnham (Winfield, BC/George Elliot)

Lethbridge – 6’9″ c Chris Maughan (Calgary, AB – transfer/Lethbridge College; 14.9 ppg, ’14-’15

Manitoba – 6’5″ pf Dharmjit Dhillon (Winnipeg, MB/Kildonan-East), 6’5″ sg Raj Sidhu (Winnipeg, MB/Kildonan-East), 6’2″ sg Saajan Arora (Cambridge, ON/St. John’s Kilmarnock)

Mount Royal – 6’6″ pf Nate Wall (Okotoks, AB/Holy Trinity), 6’4″ sg Tyis Yellowhorn (Piikani Nation, AB/Chestermere), 6’4″ sf Shay Foggo (Calgary, AB/Crescent Heights), 6’0″ pg Matt Gray (Victoria, BC/Oak Bay), 6’9″ c Brett Layton (Calgary, AB/Sir Winston Churchill ’09)

Regina – 6’7″ c Stephen Shields (Brandon, MB – transfer/Keyano volleyball ’11), 6’6″ pf Kolton Bellamy (Regina, SK/Balfour)

Saskatchewan – 6’6″ pf Devin Wittow (Leduc, AB/Leduc Composite)

Thompson Rivers – 6’2″ pg Jeff Tubbs (Kelowna, BC/Mount Boucherie), 6’4″ sf Evan Helgason (Kamloops, BC/Elev8 Sports Institute), 6’3″ sg Kaleel Faiz (Toronto, ON – transfer/Olds College; 22.5 ppg in 2014-15)

Trinity Western

Taylor Browne is a prized recruit for the T-Birds.

Taylor Browne is a prized recruit for the T-Birds.

UBC – 6’8″ c Roger Milne (Winnipeg, MB/Oak Park), 6’3″ sg Taylor Browne (Surrey, BC/Holy Cross), 6’8″ pf Patrick Simon (Port Coquitlam, BC – transfer/Simon Fraser; 10.6 ppg in 2014-15), 6’2″ pg Phil Jalalpoor (Shifferstadt, Germany – transfer/Olds College; 13.3 ppg in 2014-15)

UBC-Okanagan – 6’2″ sg Spencer Thomas (Pickering, ON/Pine Ridge)

UNBC – 6’4″ sf Anthony Hokanson (Vancouver, BC/Kitsilano)

Victoria – 6’5″ sf Jason Scully (Victoria, BC/St. Michael’s), 6’5″ sf Josh Charles (Duncan, BC/Cowichan), 6’5″ sf Tyus Barfoot (Nanaimo, BC/Nanaimo District), 6’1″ pg Graeme Hyde-Lay (Victoria, BC/St. Michael’s), 6’7″ pf Billy Yaworsky (Winnipeg, MB – transfer/Skagit Valley JuCo; 7.2 ppg in 2014-15)

Winnipeg – 6’3″ sg Kieran McGrath (Winnipeg, MB/Glenlawn), 6’3″ sg William Sesay (Winnipeg, MB/Oak Park), 6’6″ pf Frankie Tocci (Winnipeg, MB/Maples)

Ravens Crush Huskies, Vikes Survive

 

 Ravens Fly High in Burying Saskatchewan

Phil Scrubb shows his All-Canadian form, with 31 pts vs Saskatchewan

Phil Scrubb shows his All-Canadian form, with 31 pts vs Saskatchewan

 game 1-   Carleton Ravens  90  Saskatchewan Huskies 50 –  The Carleton Ravens engage their vaunted defense, and the Huskies play like ‘Sled Dogs in the headlights’.  48-18 at the half, and the earth is already scorched around the U of S bench.  It’s tough if you’re Saskatchewan, because you get tighter and more frustrated as you watch yet another Phil Scrubb trey splash through the twine (The 5th year all-star guard is  6/8  from the outside after 20 minutes for 29 points).  72-39 at 3/4s, and it’s over the boards with the subs for Carleton, although Connor Wood remains and shows why he’s so highly regarded.

Carleton keep raining 3s, as U of S defenders aren’t on the ball, and the Huskies’ younger players enter the game, as time winds down on the pummeling. Phil Scrubb finishes with 31 points, with few minutes played in the 2nd half. “Shots just started falling”, says the Vancouver native in a succinct post-game interview. The Ravens hit 55% from the floor and 56% from long range, as Thomas Scrubb  adds 18 pts / 9 rebounds

The Huskies are a paltry 29% from the floor and 20% from 3 pt. range in the face of a withering Carleton defense; Ben Baker, with 11 pts/ 7 rebounds / 6 assists and Matt Forbes with 14 points/ 7 boards  give the most resistance for Saskatchewan, but it was  an un-nerving experience for the Canada West finalists, who now move on to a 2 pm consolation semi on Thursday.  Box Score

 

Vikes Survive Nervous Start Against Dalhousie 

 game 2 –  Victoria Vikes  58   Dalhousie Tigers  57 –  It was an exasperating 2nd

3rd year import, Grant Sitton, scores 19 off the bench to save UVic.

3rd year import, Grant Sitton, scores 19 off the bench to save UVic.  photo- Vikes Athletics

game, with a very passive  effort by the Vikes in the opening 20 minutes, and Dalhousie having some similar offensive jitters. The Tigers got strong play from their big man, Kashrell Lawrence, although his shakey foul shooting limits their scoring.  A  28-24 Dal lead at the half, after lots of subbing for the Vikes, with Hadyn Lejuene and Grant Sitton logging extra minutes. The angular Sitton cuts loose with a trey at the 3rd quarter buzzer to give the Vikes a 48-42 edge, after they get the juices flowing after the break.

This one always looked like it was going down to the wire, and, despite grabbing a 6 point lead with 40 seconds left, UVic manages to trail by 1, off a put-back by Dal’s Lawrence, and the clock was running out.  The ball goes inside to Chris McLaughlin, who had missed much of the 4th quarter with a bleeding knee, and he tries to go up, but is wrestled (step-over-toe-hold) to the floor by the Tigers’ Sven Stammberger.  An obvious intentional foul, which should have led to 2 shots and the ball … but, no … so Mclaughlin has to hit free throws to tie, then go up 1.

Dal's Kashrell Lawrence is the game high scorer, with 21 in a close loss.

Dal’s Kashrell Lawrence is the game high scorer, with 21 in a close loss.

The Tigers get a contested shot off at the end, but it falls short.  Vikes win, and will face the machine that is Carleton in one of Saturday’s semi-finals.

UVic shoots 40% to Dalhousie’s 35%  from the floor, and Sitton’s 3 treys get him to 19 points, which gets the Vikes a white-knuckle win. Marcus Tibbs had 16 pts/ 6 assists and hit 2 huge buckets down the stretch in the tense finish. Mclaughlin was held to 10 points, but grabbed 11 boards.  Dal had 21 points / 8 rebounds from Lawrence, and 14 pts/ 9 rebs by their young post, Stammberger, and the Tigers claimed 13 offensive rebounds, which kept them close at the end.  Box Score

 

 

 CIS Awards Reflect OUA Power

Ottawa's Johnny Berhanemeskel is the CIS Top Player for 2015

Ottawa’s Johnny Berhanemeskel is the CIS Top Player for 2015

The Ontario schools dominate the list of CIS award winners and All-Canadians, announced on Wednesday, much like they’ve owned the upper reaches of the Top 10 rankings for the whole season.  Johnny Berhanemeskel of Ottawa breaks the stranglehold of  Carleton’s Phil Scrubb on the Player of the Year trophy, but Thomas Scrubb keeps the family in silverware by repeating as Top Defensive Player.

Top Rookie, Top Coach as well. Chris McLaughlin, UVic, and Javon Masters of UNB join 3 OUA stars on the 1st All-Canadian Team. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, Calgary and Tommy Nixon, UBC are 2 Canada West stars in their 5th year who get the 2nd Team honours.  Calgary’s Lars Schleuter, the CW Rookie of the Year, is a member of CIS All-Rookie team.

Here are the 2015 CIS AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS – 

Mike Moser Memorial Trophy (player of the year): Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa

Defensive player of the year: Thomas Scrubb, Carleton

Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (rookie of the year): Johneil Simpson, Brock

Stuart Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (TIMEX coach of the year): James Derouin, Ottawa

Ken Shields Award ( academics & community service): Noel Moffatt, Memorial

All – Canadians – First Team

G Johnny Berhanemeskel Ottawa 5 Ottawa, Ont.

F Thomas Scrubb Carleton 5 Richmond, B.C.

F Chris McLaughlin Victoria 5 Oakville, Ont.

G Javon Masters UNB 2 Kitchener, Ont.

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson is a 2nd Team All-Canadian

Dinos’ Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson is a 2nd Team All-Canadian

G Philip Scrubb Carleton 5 Richmond, B.C.

All – Canadians -Second Team

G Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson Calgary 5 Winnipeg, Man.

G Jahmal Jones Ryerson 5 Mississauga, Ont.

G Tyler Scott UPEI 3 Halifax, N.S.

F Tommy Nixon UBC 5 Vancouver, B.C.

F François Bourque McGill 2 Terrebonne, Que.

CIS All-Rookie Team – 

Lars Schleuter, Calgary, is on the CIS All-Rookie Team

Lars Schleuter, Calgary, is on the CIS All-Rookie Team

G Johneil Simpson Brock 1 Toronto, Ont.

G Ben Miller Acadia 1 Winnipeg, Man.

G Lars Schlueter Calgary 1 Ulm, Germany

W Alexandre Leclerc Laval 1 Saguenay, Que.

W Luke Allin Wilfrid Laurier 1 Chatham, Ont.

 

CIS Tourney – 1/4 Final Previews

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Carleton and Ottawa Look Like Odds-on Favourites

 

Thursday, March 12 – 
11 am  – game 1-   # 1 Carleton Ravens  vs # 8 Saskatchewan Huskies –

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The Ravens are, as has been the case for over 12 seasons, the team to beat.  They’ve won the CIS title for the past 4 years, and won 10 with Coach Smart since their 2003 win.  Carleton limits opponents to 56 ppg against, while scoring 91 ppg themselves.  Death !

They have the Scrubb brothers, Thomas, a 6-6 whirlwind, who has become their most

Huskies Ben Baker- Canada West Defensive Player of the Year

Huskies Ben Baker– Canada West Defensive Player of the Year

consistent offensive threat, and Philip, the 6-3 guard, who controls a fast paced attack, and, when on, can be a deadly outside shooter. Guard Connor Wood is a dangerous shooter as well, helping CU hit 50% from the floor and 46% from 3 point range, and they are +14 on their rebound margin.  This 26-2 team is battle – ready and more than prepared to take a very good run at their 5th straight McGee Trophy.

Saskatchewan is in tough here, to put it mildly.  The Huskies have size, with 6-6 Matt Forbes, 6-8 Conner Burns, and the multi-talented team catalyst, 6-4 Ben Baker at guard.  But they give up 20 points more per game than the Ravens, while scoring 8 points less. They rebound well as a team, but not like Carleton. Their pace can give them open court baskets in stretches, but, again, not nearly as relentless as the ‘Birds’. If their 3 point shooters, like Dadrian Collins, Evan Osterberg,  Baker, and Trevor Severinski can get ridiculously hot, maybe … but, they still suffer 7-8 more turnovers per game, and, clearly, Carleton are a runaway favourite.

 

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1 pm –   game 2 –  # 4 Victoria Vikes vs. # 5 Dalhousie Tigers –  Two League champions square off in this one, with the Vikes having more experience in this event by far, having played in the last 2 Nationals.  UVic were 23-8 vs CIS teams this season , while Dalhousie were 13-14.  The Vikes are a  notably stingy defensive team, giving up just over 70 ppg, which is 7 less than Dal.

Marcus Tibbs,  point guard for Victoria.

Marcus Tibbs, point guard for Victoria.

This game features Vic’s Canada West player of the year, Chris McLaughlin, who, at 6-10, scores 19.8 ppg / 10 rebounds; Dalhousie has ridden their 1st team AUS all-star, Kashrell Lawrence, who averaged 23 ppg / 12 rebounds  in the Tigers’ 3 game odyssey in winning the Atlantic title.  The point guard match-up will be fun to watch, with Victoria’s Marcus Tibbs  more of a scorer (17 ppg / 5 assists), and Dal’s Richie Kanza Mata  a set-up man (7 assists, 9 ppg), with both very adept at turning the other team over on the defensive end.

The supporting cast for UVic has ace defender, 6-4, Reiner Theil, who can also knock down the trey, and 6-6 Mack Roth, who has been a more prominent factor in recent games. Dalhousie has  strong  rebounding from Sven Stammberger (5.2 rebs/ 9 ppg) and Devon Stedman (5.2 rebs/ 8 ppg), and a smooth 2-way guard in James Reid (13.5 ppg / 2.5 assts/ 2 steals).

Unless they can control the inside presence of McLaughlin, and manage to score against the rugged UVic D, the Tigers playoff magic may disappear quickly.

 

Ryerson's Aaron Best will be a floor leader for the Rams.

Ryerson’s Aaron Best will be a floor leader for the Rams vs Windsor.

6 pm – game 3 –  # 7 Ryerson vs. # 2 Windsor –  Let’s try to put aside the seeding arguments, and, if you’re Ryerson, be very happy that you have home court against a potent Windsor team in the 1st round.  The Rams bounced the Lancers 98-78 in their league game on this Mattamy Centre court in November, and they will try and get momentum back after 2 losses (Carleton and Ottawa) in the OUA Final 4. Prior to last weekend the Rams had won 14 straight.

Windsor beat ‘mighty Carleton’ in the OUA regular season, and Ottawa in the Final 4, so they are ‘big game treacherous’, with a 24-6 CIS record, led by guards, Rotimi Osuntola Jr. (20 ppg/ 11.5 rebs ) and  Mitch Farrell (13 ppg )  This should be a fast-paced, high scoring affair, with the Lancers averaging 87 ppg and Ryerson over 89 ppg. The Rams shoot it better from 3 pt range (38% to 33%), and are + 12 in rebounds vs  + 7 for Windsor.

Ryerson has 4 players in double figure scoring, led by veteran guards, Jahmal Jones  (17 ppg/5.5 assts/ 4.3 rebs) , and Aaron Best (15 ppg/ 5.5 rebs/ 46% from 3).  They get strong rebounding through their line-up, with 6-9 Kadeem Green averaging 7 rpg plus 12 ppg on 58% FG shooting.  It won’t be a surprise or an upset if Ryerson beats the # 2 seed;  it might, however, be quite traumatic for the home folks if Windsor were to come up big, yet again.

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6-11 Majid Naji will try and control the paint for Bishop’s vs Ottawa.

 

8 pm – game 4 –  # 6 Bishop’s vs. # 3 Ottawa – In the last Q-final of the night, we may see ‘Ponies running wild in the streets’ .  The Gaiters can play defense (65.5 ppg against), but not necessarily vs ‘Johnny B’  and his ‘back-up singers’.  Bishops was just 10-15 vs CIS teams, and lost 80-66 to Ottawa early in the season. The Gee-Gees score  94.5 ppg and surrender only 69 ppg, and boast a 29-2 overall record.

Ottawa has J. Berhanemeskel , the OUA’s 5th year MVP,  at 23 ppg/ 56% FG/ 45% from 3/ 4.5 assts,  and wing man Caleb Agada (16 ppg/ 8 rebs), plus shooting and floor leadership from Mike L’Africain (46% from 3/ 12 ppg/ 5 assts).  They have 6 players 40% or better from beyond the arc, and are 51% from the floor as a team.

Bishop’s counters with far more conservative numbers … with a 69 ppg scoring average, the Gaiters shoot only 39% from the floor, and 28% from 3 pt range. They do have some solid veterans, and lots of size – Kyle Desmarais is a 5th year transfer guard (Concordia) (14.5 ppg / 3 assts ), Mike Andrews, a 6-10 forward (12 ppg /5.5 rebs.) , Majid Naji, a 6-11 post ( 10 ppg/ 8 rebs) , and Matt McLean, a 6-9 fwd ( 7 ppg / 6.3 rebs).

The Gaiters have a way of hanging in against tough opponents, but it’s doubtful they have the fire-power to get past as explosive a unit as Ottawa, who come at you with so many weapons.

 

Overtime –

  •   Correction … Waterloo has 1 CIS title (1975), and the other is Waterloo-Lutheran (1968) , which became Wilfred Laurier.  Our local Kitchener-Waterloo historian, Martin Timmerman, sets us straight !  Go to Martin’s cishoops.ca for stats, records, draws, results, team info, and much more .
  •   Saskatchewan Coach Barry Rawlyk, obviously disappointed, but understanding of the draw seeding for the Nationals, “Anyway you try and dice it and slice it, there’s going to be a tough first-round game at nationals,” said Rawlyk, adding there are some artificial rules in place that put conference champions in certain spots.  (The 4 League champs cannot be ranked lower than 6th.  So 7 is Ryerson, and 8 is Saskatchewan.)  From Darren Zary in the Star-Phoenix.

    John Traboulsi, Dalhousie

    John Traboulsi, Dalhousie

  • There are 2 Calgary high school grads playing for the Atlantic champions, the Dalhousie Tigers. John Traboulsi, a 4th year, 6-3  guard, played at Western Canada HS in Calgary for Coach Steve Wiebe. He is averaging about 10 minutes /game in the late season and playoffs.  Ross Crichton , a 6-7 rookie from E. Manning HS in Calgary, may be on the travel roster, but is unlikely to get any floor time at the Nationals.

 

 

  • Just in case we’re confused about the ‘pecking order’ in the Tournament, the
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    Dave Smart, Carleton

    Ravens’ Coach Dave Smart fills us in, “We’ve got a long way to go. It’s going to be tough. The team with the best record in the country, Ottawa, just came off a disappointing loss at home at the OUA Final Four, so they’re highly motivated. The second or third best team in the country is playing at home this week, so they’re going to be highly motivated as well. For us, we’ve got to keep going in the same direction we’ve been going and play the games. “ CIS press release.

Vikes Capture Canada West Title

 

Victoria find a way in Canada West Final  

Marcus Tibbs led the scoring for Victoria, as the Vikes win the Canada West crown.

Marcus Tibbs led the scoring for Victoria, as the Vikes win the Canada West crown.

Victoria Vikes 70  Saskatchewan Huskies 67 –  With both teams guaranteed a trip to Nationals, this Canada West championship may have seemed like icing on the cake, but the ferocity of play belied that notion, with several lead changes, some sharp-shooting from both teams, then a combative finish in the last minute.

Victoria captured their 15th League title, by reaching down and recovering from a V Vike copynasty 3rd quarter, which saw a 9 point half-time lead reversed to a 10 point deficit in the 7 minutes starting the 2nd.  The home-town Huskies went cold in the 4th, and Victoria got just enough offense to creep back in, as Chris McLaughlin and Marcus Tibbs scored key points down the stretch. Tibbs did most of his damage in the opening 20 minutes, and finished the game with 25 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds; McLaughlin had to work hard for his 12 points and 10 rebounds, but he was a big factor at both ends of the floor when it really counted.

The Huskies were on the brink of pulling away for the win, but stalled out in the last 4 minutes; they got another gem of a game from 5th year guard, Ben Baker, who scored 21 pts, grabbed 10 boards, and added 6 assists. Evan Ostertag came off the bench for U of S to hit 7/11 from the floor for 17 points, but their 39% FG shooting just wasn’t enough to get the job done.

Bragging rights in the West, a higher seed, and a better draw at Nationals go to the Vikes;  the CIS Final 8 draw comes out on Sunday, and both these teams will be on flights to Toronto by Tuesday in all likelihood.   Box Score

 

Cascades use the outside shot to win 3rd place game

Manny Dulay is hot from outside, and leads UFV to a 3rd place win over UBC.

Manny Dulay is hot from outside, and leads UFV to a 3rd place win over UBC.

 Fraser Valley Cascades 87  UBC Thunderbirds  71 –  After dropping their ‘win or else’ semi-final games on Friday, the ‘Birds and Cascades could be excused for a lack of fire in this ‘consolation’ tilt.  The Cascades were obviously the more motivated team, as they force  the Thunderbirds into 17 turnovers and beat them on the boards 33-30.  The big difference was a return of their 3 point shooting touch, as UFV hits 12/29 (41%)  vs 4/17 (24%) for UBC.

Very balanced scoring for the Cascades, as it has been most of the season, with 5 players in double figures, led by the 18 of Manny Dulay as he connects on 6/11 from beyond the arc; Nate Brown scores 17 and 7 rebounds, while Kadeem Willis adds 16, and both Kevon Parchment and Dom Brooks tally 15.  UBC has 19 from Kedar Wright and 18 from Tommy Nixon in his final CIS game for the T-Birds.  Box Score

 

Other CIS Playoff action on Saturday –

Quebec Final –

at Bishop’s  Gaiters 68  McGill Redmen 63 – home court proves valuable for the 2nd seeded Gaiters, who take the Cup and the lone Quebec berth at Nationals.

 Ontario Final 4 – at Ottawa U.

Final – Carleton Ravens 103 Windsor Lancers  59 –  The Ravens win the OUA championship in impressive fashion, as they avenge a loss in regular season play to the Lancers.

3rd place game –   Ottawa Gee-Gees  79  Ryerson Rams 66 – The Gee-Gees recover from their upset loss to Windsor, and should be highly seeded at the Nationals.

 

The Field for Nationals – ( draw to be announced on Sunday) 

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3 pt. Shot Serves Vikes and Huskies

Hot 3 point shooting leads to a UVic romp over UFV

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Mack Roth enjoys a return to his home-town with a 19 pt. game to lead UVic over Fraser Valley in their CW semi-final on Friday.

 

 Victoria Vikes  86  Fraser Valley Cascades  61 – No game … clinic.  27-12 after the quarter, as the Vikes come out hot and UFV definitely not. Live by the trey, but tonight the Cascades die by the 10/23 (43.5%) long-range shooting from UVic compared to their own 4/22 (18%). Manny Dulay, disappointingly, shoots just twice for UFV, missing both.  Game, set, match, with UVic defense stifling any come-back hopes by the Cascades.

Mack Roth takes advantage of extra space as a result of the attention paid to big Chris McLaughlin by Fraser Valley defenders, and the Saskatoon native leads the Vikes with 19 points. McLaughlin managed 17 pts/ 6 rebounds, while both Reiner Theil (9 rebs) and Marcus Tibbs (11 assts)  cashed 15 points for Victoria, who hit 52% from the floor.  Fraser Valley   got a strong effort from Kevon Parchment, with 17 points/ 7 rebounds/ 4 assists. So Victoria moves on to the Saturday Final, and has a berth in the CIS Final 8 in Toronto next weekend.  Box Score 

 

 Huskies Rain 3s on UBC, and play for championship Saturday

Saskatchewan's Ben Baker leads his team to a big 2nd half win over UBC.

Saskatchewan’s Ben Baker leads his team to a big 2nd half win over UBC in the 2nd semi-final.

 

 Saskatchewan Huskies 81  UBC Thunderbirds 75 – Despite shooting 50% from the floor, the T-Birds score well under their season average, and, as in the Vikes/Cascades game, the deep ball is decisive for Saskatchewan in this one.  The Dogs hit 11/28 (39%) vs 3/16 (19%) for UBC. a strong 40-32 2nd half turned the trick for the U of S, as they pull away with clutch shots from Trevor Severinski, Dadrian Collins, and Ben Baker.

Baker plays his typically tenacious game, with 20 pts/ 7 rebounds, and 8 assists, while Collins hits 20 pts and grabs 5 rebounds. The T-Birds just ran out of flow and went cold in the final 2 minutes, giving Saskatchewan a CIS Final 8 spot and a shot at a Canada West title in front of their home fans. (Much better crowd for the 2nd game ….)  UBC has 23 from Kedar Wright in a sharp shooting game for him, while Tommy Nixon and Tonner Jackson score 14 each, with Nixon also claiming 12 rebounds.  Box score

 

Other CIS Playoff action on Friday –

Quebec  –  at Bishop’s U., Lennoxville

Semi-Finals – Bishop’s Gaiters 76 vs Laval Rouge et Or 65 ,   McGill Redmen 74 vs Concordia Stingers 60

Ontario Final 4 – at Ottawa U.

Semi-Finals –

Carleton Ravens 84 Ryerson Rams 80 – the Ravens come from behind, with a 46-36 2nd half run, and are in the OUA Final yet again. 31 pts/ 12 boards by Thomas Scrubb, and 28 for the Rams by Jahmal Jones.

Windsor Lancers 85  Ottawa Gee-Gees  80  – the ‘giant killer’ Lancers take the air out of the Ponies’ party balloons right there at Monpetit Hall in the Nation’s Capital.  Saving themselves for the big show next week in Toronto?

 

March 12-15, CIS Final 8 – at Ryerson U. – Mattamy Centre, Toronto

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Overtime –

Ryerson Coach, Roy Rana

Ryerson Coach, Roy Rana                        photo – Tyler Anderson, National Post

  •  Toronto has and is producing more basketball talent than any other place in Canada, and Ryerson U. Coach Roy Rana wants to further boost his program with home-grown players. Are CIS schools able to capture a bigger share of this talent base? He and other top OUA coaches weigh in on the challenges of recruiting young players with big dreams.    More details in the National Post story by Eric Koreen
  • Where are the basketball fans in Saskatoon ?  Vikes-Cascades  ask the 15 spectators to introduce themselves to the players prior to tip-off.  It’s the Canada West championship tournament … can you work up just a bit of enthusiasm?  (The crowd arrives late, to see the Huskies game … but no real   keen appreciation for anyone else).  And, at the risk of appearing too curmudgeonly, could the U of S put a bit more thought, effort, and resources into the production on Canada West -TV ?  Two cameras, with one from the end, a static take, and the main camera panning horizontally from just over 50 yards away!   If this is the ‘showcase event‘, we’ve missed the mark by quite a ways; not a smart promotion of CIS Sport by any stretch.

Canada West Final 4 – Preview

 

The Final 4 coaches - Top left, Adam Friesen, UFV, right, UVic's Craig Beaucamp, bottom left UBC's Kevin Hanson, right Saskatchewan's Barry Rawlyk.

The Final 4 coaches – Top left, Adam Friesen, UFV, right, UVic’s Craig Beaucamp, bottom left UBC’s Kevin Hanson, right Saskatchewan’s Barry Rawlyk.

 

Top 4 Seeds Contest Canada West Championship in Saskatoon –

All four top seeds advanced to the Canada West Final 4 this past weekend, some with more drama than others;  UNBC lost 2 straight , but handled themselves very well in a tough match-up against the T-Birds.  Thompson Rivers ‘scared the chicken soup’ out of the # 1 Saskatchewan Huskies, before the ‘Dogs prevailed late in the 3rd game.  The other two series showed more domination by the home team, as both UVic (vs Alberta) and UFV (against Calgary) demonstrated a decided edge in 2 game sweeps.

The defending champs, Alberta, are out, but all four of the qualifiers have plenty of recent experience in this Tournament finale. The ‘Birds have 2 titles in the past 5 seasons, and Saskatchewan 1, while Fraser Valley has been knocking on the door the past 3 seasons, and UVic the last 2.  No advantage there, except the obvious ‘home court / home pressure’ for the Huskies.

Now, let’s take a quick look at several key players on each team, and the team statistics  –

Canada West Final 4 – Facts and Figures – at U. Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

Semi-Finals, Friday, March 6 –

UFV's Jasper Moedt, and the Vikes' Chris McLaughlin will have a critical match-up in the 1st  Semi-final

UFV’s Jasper Moedt, and the Vikes’ Chris McLaughlin will have a critical match-up in the 1st Semi-final on Friday.

 

# 3 seed – Victoria Vikes  vs # 2 seed – Fraser Valley Cascades   6 pm Central

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The Vikes – Cascades Match-up –

  • Victoria is 6-0 against Fraser Valley in the last 3 seasons, the last time was in pre-season play in October 2014 at Victoria.
  • The Vikes have played in the last 2 Canada West Finals, and gone on to the CIS Nationals. UFV played in Nationals in both 2012 and 2013.
  • Both teams are strong defensively, and both are among the best rebounding units in Canada West.
  • UVic has been the more consistent shooting team, but UVF has 6 players averaging double figures.
  • UVic’s McLaughlin, the CW Most Outstanding Player, has been dominant, but can he do that against Jasper Moedt ? 6-10 vs 6-7 ….
  • Is Marcus Tibb’s quickness negated by the defense of UFV’s Dom Brooks?

    Nate Brown can tip the scales in UFV's favour.

    Nate Brown can tip the scales in UFV’s favour.

  • Is Reiner Theil the defensive stopper that the Vikes need against Kevon Parchment?  Nate Brown? Maybe Mack Roth has the size / quickness? ‘Big Nate’ has both, and is tough to handle.
  • Who’s hot from outside ? Manny Dulay or Brooks for UFV ?  Tibbs or Theil for UVic?  Maybe the X-factor is the ‘Cades’ Vijay Dhillon!  The 2nd yr. guard from Richmond, B.C., transferred from Victoria to Fraser Valley, and he may be hitting his stride just in time for a key playoff role.
  • This should be the lower scoring Semi-Final, and it really is too hard to pick.

 

# 4 seed – UBC Thunderbirds  vs  # 1 seed – Saskatchewan Huskies 8 pm  “

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The Huskies – Thunderbirds  Match-up –

  • UBC has won 7 straight vs U of S, including a sweep in League play in Vancouver in November.
  • The T-Birds missed out on the Final 4  last season, while the Huskies beat UFV for 3rd, and went to Nationals.
  • This game will be high scoring, we would guess.  Lots of foul shooting. Physical. The paint will not be for the faint of heart ….
  • Saskatchewan has been better from 3 pt. range – Collins, Trevor Severinski, Evan Ostertag, Mike Scott.  UBC has Nixon,  and Conor Morgan, bur Andrew McGuinness isn’t shooting as many ….
  • UBC’s Tommy Nixon is the key to their fortunes – if he gets it rolling, gets it in the paint, and gets to the line, the T’Birds offense will fly high. He opens it up for everyone else.

    5th year post, Tonner Jackson, has been solid for the 'Birds.

    5th year post, Tonner Jackson, has been solid for the ‘Birds.

  • Saskatchewan will count on winning the rebound battle – Ben Baker, Connor Burns, Dadrian Collins, Matt Forbes, and crew need to beat UBC’s Nixon, Morgan, David Wagner, Tonner Jackson, and maybe even Brylle Kamen.
  •  Big test for UBC’s Jordan Jensen-Whyte; how will he respond to the ‘all-the-chips-on-the-table’ pressure against the Huskies’ import gunslinger, Scott.
  • Both teams in the 80s … 90s ?  Again, it’s too hard to pick, although many insiders (certainly not lowly outside observers like us) are leaning towards the Thunderbirds.

 

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  • For those basketball fans in the Calgary area, make sure you’re at the Fighting Tacos 15th Annual NCAA March Madness Party, in support of the Mt. Royal Cougars Team. The Tacos, a notable aggregation of ‘former greats‘ toil in the Calgary Sr. Men’s League. The team has 3 former Cougars, 2 former Dinos, a Huskie and even a Mount Allison guy!  There’s usually a great turn-out, and a lot of fun watching / betting games, eating, drinking, and visiting. All the basics ! Tickets at the door – Richmond Pub – 3919- Richmond Rd. SW  … Come as early as 11 am … evening festivities begin around 4 pm.
  • UNBC copy  Reflections from UNBC Coach, Todd Jordan, a few days after his T’Wolves were eliminated from the play-offs in 2 straight at UBC … “Looking at the season as a whole, the program took a pretty big step moving forward. It was the most successful season to date (in the CIS) and to make the playoffs and a quarterfinal is a pretty big accomplishment. UBC’s program, they were hot coming down the stretch. They have some very talented athletes and it was a good measuring stick for us. We gave them a good run and at the same time, going into War Memorial Gym, it was tough going in on their own turf. But we got the playoff experience.”

Huskies Win – To Host Final 4

 

Huskies Beat ‘Wolves in the 4th Quarter

Huskies post man, Matt Forbes, goes for 30 points in the 3rd game.

Huskies post man, Matt Forbes, goes for 30 points in the 3rd game.

at Saskatchewan Huskies 84 Thompson R. Wolf Pack 71  – The decisive game 3 was back at the PAC on the U of S campus, and, off the top the visiting Wolf Pack opened up their offense. TRU’s 5th year wing, Brett Rouault came out firing, hitting 5 treys and  tallying 19 after 20 minutes.   The Huskies crawled back into it at 43-42 at the half after the ‘Wolves had worked as much as a 10  pt lead in the middle of the 2nd quarter.

The Huskies made a big turnaround as the 3rd quarter closed out with the home team

Huskies will host the Final 4

Huskies will host the Final 4

finally up 61-57, and they owned the 4th by a 23-14 count.   Post man Matt Forbes led the way with a big 30 point effort, adding 7 rebounds, while Dadrian Collins had 17 pts/7 boards and Ben Baker hauled down 16 rebounds. U of S had a decisive 42-20 rebounding margin, and made 18/20 free throws to a mere 3/7 for the visitors.

Brett Rouault’s final CIS game for Thompson Rivers saw him score 33 points on 12/20, including 7/10 from outside. Reese Pribilsky scored 17 and had 6 assists and 5 steals, as TRU ends their season.  Saskatchewan will host the Canada West Final 4 next weekend, the only non-B.C. based team in the field.  Notes :  Weird ‘ fog shot ‘ from the end-line wasn’t  the best production decision … it was remarkable  how many charges were taken by TRU defenders over the course of the 3 game series … 22/55 (40%)  treys scored by the 2 teams tonight, as  both squads had willing and able shooters from outside the arc.  Box Score  

 

Dalhousie …  surprise winners in the AUS.

Dalhousie … surprise winners in the AUS.

Dalhousie Comes From # 5 seed  to the Atlantic Title-

Dalhousie  88  Saint Mary’s  78 – The Dalhousie Tigers, ride the 31 point gem by AUS All-star, Kashrell Lawrence, to an AUS Championship and a berth in the CIS Final 8 in Toronto in two weeks time. Lawrence hits 11/19 from the floor, and claims a double-double with 17 huge boards. 20 turnovers from Saint Mary’s, and a 55-46 rebound edge for Dal sealed the deal. Brian Rouse was the scoring leader for SMU, with 21.                 Box Score

 

Overtime –

  • In the Canada West Final 4 in Saskatoon next weekend  it will be Victoria playing Fraser Valley in one Semi on Friday, March 6, and UBC meets the top-seeded Huskies in the other.  The Final and 3rd place game go Saturday, with the Canada West finalists both going to Ottawa for the Final 8 CIS Championship.
  • Also on Friday, the OUA Final 4 goes in Monpetit Hall, at U. Ottawa, Windsor plays the home-team, the Ottawa Gee-Gees, while #1 seed, Carleton plays the red-hot #3 seed, the Ryerson Rams.  Because of CIS seeding, the OUA 3rd place game on Saturday between the Friday losers will be important. These 4 teams should all be in the CIS Final 8.
  • It’s the Final 4 (of 5) in Quebec next weekend as well, and our main info source from the East, Martin Timmerman (cishoops.ca)   in Waterloo tells us it will be McGill vs Concordia and  Laval taking on Bishop’s in Friday games.  The Gaiters get home floor out there in Lennoxville for Fri Semis and the Sat. Final.  One CIS Final 8 spot at stake here.

Wolves Force 3rd Game vs Huskies

 

TRU Leads Wire to Wire – Parker Paces Scoring

5th year guard, Brett Parker, scores 21 to lead the 'Pack to a 3rd game.

5th year guard, Brett Parker, scores 21 to lead the ‘Pack to a 3rd game against #1 seed, Saskatchewan.

Thompson R. Wolf Pack  81  at Saskatchewan Huskies  75 –  A spirited team bounce-back from the Wolf Pack to square the series and force a 3rd game on Sunday night.  TRU shoots 48% from the floor to 40% for the Huskies, and their 5th year guard, Brett Parker plays an inspired game, hitting 9/13 including 3/3 from outside for 21 points.  Josh Wolfram scores 17, grabs 9 boards, and hits 3 clutch free throws in the final minutes. Reese Pribilsky cashes 5/6 free throws down the stretch to ice the win.

Saskatchewan digs themselves a big hole at 40-25 at the half, but nibbles away to come to within 2 points with about 2:30 left, but TRU finished a pair of pick and roll opportunities and made the crucial free throws.  The ‘Dogs had  6 players in double figures, with 12 from each of Andrew Henry and Dadrian Collins, while Ben Baker had 11 plus 9 rebounds and 9 assists. The 3 pointer got the home team back in it, as they connect on 14/27 – 52%, but TRU plays them shot for shot in the 4th to force another game, this one back at the PAC on the U of S campus – Sunday at 7 pm Central.                  Box Score

 

Dulay Leads Cascades into Final 4 … 4th in 4 seasons for UFV

Manny Dulay strikes from outside for 21 points, as UFV sweeps Calgary.

Manny Dulay strikes from outside for 21 points, as UFV sweeps Calgary.

At Fraser Valley Cascades 72  Calgary Dinos  65 –  Surrendering a 10-24 1st quarter advantage, and 23-39 at the half, Calgary has too steep an uphill in the 2nd 20.  Fraser Valley makes their 4th straight trip to the Canada West Final 4 , joining UBC and Victoria in next week’s championship tournament, with Sunday’s  Huskies vs Wolf-Pack winner the 4th team.  The Cascades shoot just 35% to UC’s 38%, but enjoy 14 extra shots by winning the rebounding 43-39, and the turnover battle 12-16.

Manny Dulay is a stand-out for UFV, scoring 21 on 4/7  from 3 pt range plus 5 assists.  The Cascades two big men, Jasper Moedt (11 pts/13 boards) and Nate Brown (13 pts/7 rebs) do major damage inside.  Calgary gets 16 pts/ 8 rebs/ 3 assts from Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson in his last Canada West game, and Rookie of the Year, Lars Schleuter, scores 12.  Box Score

 

More CIS Scores, Saturday –

OUA Quarter-Finals –  #5  Windsor  85  #4 McMaster 70 ,  #1 Carleton 79  Lakehead 54,  #2  Ottawa 116   Laurentian 71,  #3  Ryerson 105 W. Laurier  59  (Final 4 next weekend)

Atlantic Tournament  Semis-   (Upsets in both games, as the 5-seed and 3-seed beat #1 and 2 … so much for our expert analysis of this championship !)

Dalhousie 85   #8  UNB 74  , Saint Mary’s 105  UPEI  92

Quebec – Bishop’s 85 UQAM  65  (Last Q-League games this week) – Final standings – (Top 4 to Tournament at Bishop’s next Friday and Saturday.)

  1. McGill  11-5
  2. Laval   9-7
  3. Concordia 8-8
  4. Bishop’s 8-8
  5. UQAM  4-12

Top Seeds Leap Out Front

#1 Saskatchewan and #2 Fraser Valley Grab Series’ Leads

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Vijay Dhillon kills Dinos with clutch treys in UFV game 1 win.

 

At Fraser Valley Cascades  78  Calgary Dinos 71  –  Tenuous control in the opening 20 minutes in Abbotsford, as Calgary starts fast, then Fraser Valley responds, but in the 2nd quarter, the Dinos finish with a 14-1 flurry to take a 38-35 edge at the break.  The 3 point shot got Calgary back in it, but their lead evaporates quickly in the 3rd, as UFV dominates 21-11.  Both teams are loose with the ball at times, with 20 turnovers from Fraser Valley and 14 by Calgary, but rebounding was the decisive factor as the home team almost doubles the Dinos 40-21, led by Jasper Moedt’s game-controlling 13.

Off their bench, UFV’s Vijay Dhillon tops team scoring with 20 including 4/5 from 3 pt. range.  He gets lots of help from Nate Brown (19 pts) and Moedt’s 15 for the double-double. Calgary has Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson with 20 pts/4 assts., Lars Schleuter counting 17 pts/ 4 rebs., and Josh Owen-Thomas with 16 pts/ 4 assts.   Box Score 

Matt Forbes is tough inside in leading U of S to a game 1 win.

Matt Forbes is tough inside in leading U of S to a game 1 win.

 

at Saskatchewan Huskies 96  Thompson R. Wolf Pack  82  – The Huskies had to shake some of the rust off in the early going, but 53 second half points bring Saskatchewan all the way back from an 11 point deficit midway in the 2nd quarter.  The Huskies are red hot, shooting 59% from the floor, led by 20 points from Matt Forbes, and  8 pts/12 rebounds by Ben Baker.

TRU look good early, but fade under more aggressive U of S defense, as the visitors scoring come harder in the final 20. Brett Rouault (22 pts) and Josh Wolfram (20 pts/4 rebs) pace the ‘Pack, who hit a respectable 48%.  Box Score

 

Vikes Give McKinnon Gym a Fitting Send-off 

  Chris McLaughlin is Vikes series leader in sweep of Alberta.

Chris McLaughlin is Vikes series leader in sweep of Alberta.

 

at Victoria Vikes 81   Alberta Golden Bears  67  –  Playing true to their form for the past several seasons under Coach Craig Beaucamp, UVic clamps down on the Bears offense in the 2nd half again on Friday, as they sweep Alberta 2-0 , qualifying for another Final 4.  Trailing 37-36 after a tight 1st half, Victoria hangs up 45 points to U of A’s 30  in the 2nd for a convincing win in the final game at McKinnon.

As he has in most games, Chris McLaughlin is the driving force for the Vikes offense, with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcus Tibbs shines at the guard spot with 19 points and 6 assists. Victoria hit 45% from the floor vs just 33% for Alberta, and UVic wins the rebounding  40-27.  Alberta gets a 21 point game from 5th year wing Ken Otieno, in his final CIS appearance.  Box Score

 

 Thunderbirds Reach Final 4 With 2nd Straight Over UNBC

at UBC Thunderbirds  88  UNBC  Timberwolves  78  –  The T-Birds repel the determined effort by UNBC, and they move on to the Canada West Final 4, looking to capture their 4th Canada West  title in 6 years. The T’Wolves trail 28-9 after a quarter, but hang in to creep as close as 5 points in the 4th, but run out of time. Conor Morgan is the highest flying ‘Bird with 19 points, Kedar Wright adds 17 / 4 assists, and Tommy Nixon 15 pts/ 5 rebs.   Rhys Elliott  hitting 19 points, Jeff Chu with 16, and Billy Chu 14   UBC wins the rebounding  43 to 35, and thrive on a full meal of 28/40 free throws against just 12/13 for the ‘Wolves.  No Box Score yet . 

 

More CIS Scores, Friday –

Atlantic Tournament – Dalhousie 62 Cape Breton 60 – Dal vs UNB in Semis

Saint Mary’s 99  Memorial 91 – SMU vs UPEI in Semis

Quebec – McGill 73 Laval 64   (Last Q-League games this week)

 

Overtime –

  • Does anyone else feel that, with a lead or a tie, you might feel that you just take the imagesball at the far end line, rather than move it up to 3/4 court (offensive zone) ?   We’ve noticed so many times where the offensive team has  trouble getting the ball in-bounds safely.  CBU turns it over tonight, with  23 secs. left and  the score tied at 60 … Dal gets the last shot, and buries it for the win.  That play happens so often, that you’d kill for a sure-fire entry pass under extreme pressure.
  • We’re calling UNB in the Atlantic Tournament this weekend.  ( Brilliant ! Bet the favourites). They’ve been the best all season, and should get the 2 wins necessary to win the Cup and get them to Toronto for the Final 8.

Preview- Calgary-UFV, TRU-Sask.

Can point man, Manny Dulay, guide his Cascades to another Canada West Final 4?

Can point man, Manny Dulay, guide his Cascades to another Canada West Final 4? Photo – UFV Cascades Athletics

 

Dinos at Cascades  –  2nd Seed  On Home Court

As Fraser Valley Coach Adam Friesen suggests, the Cascades “ … have been pretty good at protecting our home court.” His team is 11-2 vs CIS schools at Abbotsford this season, and the visiting Dinos will be hard-pressed to win twice this weekend.  But, the Dinos come of a 2 game sweep of Manitoba in Calgary last week, and, coincidently, the Cascades lost to Thompson Rivers in their final home League tilt.

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UFV has a veteran group, home court, a tenacious defense, and a handful of guys – Manny Dulay, Kevon Parchment, Jasper Moedt, Dominique Brooks – who can give decisive efforts.  Depth is a question, with big man Nate Brown getting only sparse action over the final 2 weeks of the schedule.  Calgary has a 9-10 deep rotation, with Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson their obvious court leader, aided by Phil Barndt, Dallas Karch, Josh Owen-Thomas, Lars Schleuter, and LJ Hegwood who all log consistent minutes each time out.

Prediction – Who hits the shots?  Who plays better defense?  Who controls the boards?  This may be a 3-game toss-up, although you have to give an edge to UFV for their 1st place finish and overall record.  ( 6 pm Pacific – Fri /Sat )

 

Dadrian Collins is a deadly outside threat for the #1 seeded Huskies.

Dadrian Collins is a deadly outside threat for the #1 seeded Huskies.

Huskies Heavy Favourites Despite Alternate Gym

The Saskatchewan Huskies are very tough to beat on their home court at the PAC (12-1 this season), and they’ve earned that advantage through the playoffs, if they beat Thompson Rivers this weekend.  But wait !  They’ve been bumped (by the CIS V-Ball Tournament … MT!) over to the cozier confines of St. Joseph’s HS gym for games 1 and 2.  Still, it’s Saskatoon (-30 C presently, just to greet the B.C. boys!), and the 15-5 Sled Dogs are anxious to make short work of the visiting Wolf Pack, and stay home for the Final 4. TRU comes in after a 2 game sweep of Winnipeg, and has built some confidence with their last 2 weeks of ‘playoff competition’.

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The Huskies get it inside, shoot more free throws, and have a big rebounding edge; they add quality depth with Mike Scott, Evan Ostertag, and Connor Burns.The ‘Pack can be 9-10 deep, but need exceptional offensive efforts from vets like Brett Parker, and Tallon Milne.  Prediction – TRU will not be over-run, with their defensive effort holding them in, but the Huskies just have more experience and depth.  A two game sweep seems likely.   ( 7 pm Central, Fri/Sat )

 

This Week’s Quarter-Finals Schedule for Canada West –

Thurs –  UNBC at UBC,  Alberta at UVic   both are 7 pm Pacific

Friday – TRU at Saskatchewan – 7pm Central,  Calgary at UFV – 6 pm Pacific

Alberta at UVic – 7 pm Pacific,  UNBC at UBC – 8 pm Pacific

Saturday –  TRU at Saskatchewan – 7pm Central, Calgary at UFV – 6 pm Pacific

If necessary … Alberta at UVic  and  UNBC at UBC – both at 7pm Pacific

Sunday –    if necessary … Calgary at UFV – 2 pm PST, TRU at Saskatchewan – 7pm  CST

 

VG's Ryan Bennett scores 30 on 9/18 from 3 pt range in win over

VG’s Ryan Bennett scores 30 on 9/18 from 3 pt range in win over York.

CIS Scores from the East –

OUA Playoffs – 

Lakehead 69  Guelph 48, W. Laurier 90  Western 82, Windsor 85 Toronto 71, Laurentian 87 York 84

Saturday Q-Finals –

#5 Windsor at #4 McMaster,

Lakehead at #1 Carleton,

Laurentian at #2 Ottawa,

W. Laurier at #3 Ryerson.

 

Overtime –

  • How does U of S’ Ben Baker get to be a 2-time winner of CW Defensive Player of the Year ?  Here’s how, as described by Huskies Coach Barry Rawlyk, “He plays all over the place,” said Rawlyk, “but the major thing with him is he’s been asked to guard every team’s most prolific scorer and he does remarkably well regardless of what position his opponent plays.”  Also, “His ability to rebound the ball, to end defensive possessions, has been key to our success all year,” stressed Rawlyk. From a Star-Phoenix article by Darren Zary.
  •  Canada West champions from the past 15 seasons:  UBC (5) – 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013;  Alberta (3) – 2005, 2012, 2014; Calgary (2) – 2004, 2009;  Victoria (2) – 2001, 2006; Saskatchewan (1) – 2010; Brandon (1) – 2002.  The Vikes lead all-time , with 14 titles, Alberta has 11, UBC 10, Calgary 4, and Lethbridge, Brandon and Saskatchewan 1 each. (Remember that schools like Brandon, Regina, Winnipeg, Manitoba have titles from the Great Plains Conference prior to joining Canada West).
  • Long, tall, and super-dedicated Western Saskatchewan veteran referee, Art
    Art, the cowboy, with sons Chris (L) and Clint ®.

    Art, the cowboy, with sons Chris (L) and Clint ®. Back in the day !

    Unsworth, on his ‘Junior Mentors’ program for encouraging young officials – “The biggest obstacle in development …  is the cities, (who) have enough …. (While)  Without support, development, and evaluation from the urban/provincial associations the rural continues (to struggle) in the bush.” This program has run  for 5 years, with mixed results, with 8 students in the Maple Creek area this season, but other towns might not get much going.  It’s a great cause, Art !  Hopefully others will work along with you.