Winnipeg Teams to Meet in Semi

 

Justus Alleyn will lead the Bisons in their semi-final vs Winnipeg.

Justus Alleyn will lead the Bisons in their semi-final vs Winnipeg.  photo  UM Athletics

Semi-Finals Set in Winnipeg –

Lakehead  72  Brandon  64 –  The Thunderwolves advance to the semi-finals of the Wesmen Classic as they beat Brandon, despite trailing by 2 at the half.  Kache Kopec led Lakehead with 17 points (5 treys).  Henry Tan and  Brandon Persad each had 15. The Bobcats’ Earl Thompson Jr put up a 23 point/13 rebound double. Lakehead meets Acadia in the one semi final.  Box Score

Acadia 84  MacEwan 82  –  Up 8 at the half, the Griffins MacEwan  were out-scored 50-40 by the Axemen in the second half. the Axemen’s Kyle Arsenault hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to crush Mac’s hopes. GMU out-rebounded Acadia 52-36, but scored just 5/10 free throws to 16/25 for the Axemen. AU’s Arsenault  had a game high 27 points, including 6 from beyond the arc, and Erik Nissen had 17 points/ 8 rebounds.
MacEwan had 5 players in double-digits led by Keith Gerdes’s 18 points/ 9 boards.      Box Score

Winnipeg  74  NAIT 63 – Jamar Farley led the Wesmen with 15 points , with William Sesay adding 13 points and nine rebounds. The Wesmen led 41-26 at the half, and held off a 3rd quarter NAIT run to secure their spot in the All-Winnipeg semi-final vs the Bisons.  Box Score
Manitoba  87 Lethbridge 77 –  The Herd got out front early on and stayed there for the full 40 minutes; Justus Alleyn led Manitoba with a game high 22 points, and Keith Omoerah had 21, while Wyatt Anders of the Bisons nabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. Rob Olsen led Lethbridge with 19 points, and Brandon Brine 15. Box Score  


Ranked teams Go Down at the  Laval Tourney –
 New Brunswick 87  #7 Calgary 85  –   Close, high-scoring affair, as the Dinos couldn’t quite match the Reds in the  final 2 minutes , as the the Laval Tournament tips – off.  12 UNB treys vs only 5 for Calgary, plus 20 Dinos turnovers to 14 by the Reds hurt the UC chances.  Javon Masters scored 24 to lead UNB, while  Thomas Cooper had a game-high 27 for Calgary.

Laval registers big upset over #1 Ottawa.

Laval registers big upset over #1 Ottawa.

Laval 87  #1 Ottawa  77 –  Shocker !  The Rouge et Or claim a big upset win, as a 21-10 2nd quarter dooms the cold-shooting  (33% FG) Gee-Gees.  Laval, in contrast, hits 49%, and scores 15/27 free throws vs 1/6 for UO. Karl Belanger leads Laval with  23 points, and Alexandre Leclerc adds 17 plus 8 rebs. Mike L’African is high man for Ottawa with 21 points. Not predicted by anyone, and this will get the ‘experts’’ attention!
 >>Calgary meets Ottawa and Laval plays UNB in Quebec City on Tuesday.


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Biola U. (CA)  55    Alberta  43 –  A cool shooting touch from both teams as the Eagles’ defense dominates . Brody Clark scores 17 points and claims 11 rebs. for the Bears, who were just 30% from the floor as a team. Box Score
‘ Future College’ 114  Regina   112 –  no stats … a ‘defensive struggle’ !


 

Overtime –

  • Fans on Vancouver Island can see the Victoria Vikes in 2 games this week at the Carsa Centre – Tuesday, the 29th at 2 pm vs Simon Fraser … then, Thursday, the 31st at 1 pm the Vs welcome Coach Peter Guarasci and his UBC-O Heat.  Admission to both games is by a donation  to the food bank.

Loads of Rookie Talent

Top 10 Rookies to Watch –

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Torrez McKoy, Dinos

We have these players listed in no particular order, but, their ability to stand out in the crowd of top 1st year talent this season is dependent on how much floor time they get. If you’re on a veteran-laden team, and have a coach who uses a ‘short bench’, then patience is the key. (Apologies to the rest of the rookie crop … there are others who could well be among the Top 10 … you have lots of time to show- off your game)

The top rookie class for one team is a pushover … the Mt. Royal Cougars have 5 good-looking young players, all of whom appear to be in Coach Dobell’s  playing rotation.

Top 10

  • Brody Clark, 6-8 fwd, Toronto, Oakwood Coll., Alberta Golden Bears
  • Torrez McKoy, 5-11 guard, Winnipeg, Mennonite BCI –  Calgary Dinos
Jauquin Bennett-Boire, Huskies

Jauquin Bennett-Boire, Huskies

  • Jauquin Bennet-Boire, 6-2 guard, Abbotsford, BC, Yale HS – Sask. Huskies
  • Taylor Browne, 6-2 guard, Holy Cross HS, Surrey, BC – UBC Thunderbirds
  • Joshua Charles, 6-6 guard, Brentwood (BC) College – Victoria Vikes
  • William Sesay, 6-3 guard, Oak Park HS, Winnipeg – Winnipeg Wesmen
  • Mike Rouault, 6-5 guard, Vernon, BC, Fulton HS, TRU Wolf Pack
  • Brett Layton, 6-8 fwd, Calgary, W. Churchill HS – Mt. Royal Cougars
  • Tyis Yellowhorn, 6-4 guard, Piikini Nation, Chestermere (AB) HS- MRU Cougars
  • Anthony Hokanson, 6-5 guard, Vancouver, Kitsilano HS, UNBC Timberwolves

 

Other Rookies 2015-16 –

Taylor Browne, T-Birds

Taylor Browne, T-Birds

Pioneer Division –

Victoria Vikes – Taylor Montgomery -Stinson, 6-3 guard, Claremont HS, Victoria

UBC T-Birds – Dominic Gilbert, 6-6 fwd, Copiah Academy, Sydney, Aus.

Trinity Western Spartans – Matt Hayashi, 7-1 post, Langley, BC, Churchill HS

Saskatchewan Huskies –  Chan DeCiman, 6-2 guard, Regina, LeBoldus HS

Regina Cougars – Gurkirat Kular, 6-4 wing, Surrey, BC

Manitoba Bisons – Joseph Medrano, 6-0 guard, Winnipeg, Sisler HS, Dharmjit Dhillon, 6-4 fwd, Winnipeg, Kildonan East HS

Lethbridge Pronghorns – no rookies on their roster

Brandon Bobcats – Aidan (Pookie) Saunders, 6-1 guard, Calgary, E. Manning HS

Alberta Golden Bears –  Colby Jackson, 5-8 guard, Las Vegas, Clark HS, D’Wan Williams, 6-2 guard, Toronto, Oakwood Coll

Anthony Hokanson, T'Wolves

Anthony Hokanson, T’Wolves

Explorer Division –

Fraser Valley Cascades – Marcus Morgan, 6-2 guard, Winnipeg, J. Taylor,  Antonio Jhuty, 6-2 guard, Richmond, Palmer

MacEwan Griffins –  no rookies on their roster

Mt. Royal Cougars – Tethloach Thokbuom, 6-9 fwd, Calgary, Western Canada HS, Matthew Gray, 6-0 guard, Victoria, Oak Bay HS, Neil Phillip, 6-5 guard, Calgary, Forest Lawn HS

Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack-  Jeff Tubbs, 6-2 guard, Kelowna, Mt. Boucherie HS, Evan

Mike Rouault, Wolf Pack

Mike Rouault, Wolf Pack

Helgason, 6-4 guard, Kamloops, Norkam HS

UBC-Okanagan Heat –  Spencer Thomas, 6-2 guard, Pickering, ON, Pine Ridge HS, Patrick Dujmovic, 6-5 guard, White Rock, BC, Semiahmoo HS

UNBC Timberwolves – Saje Gosal, 6-4 guard, Golden (BC) HS , Neal Rhandawa, 6-3 guard, Golden HS

 

 

 

 Tuesday  … T-Birds Dive-Bomb the Clan

at UBC 101  Simon Fraser 71 – The T-Birds toyed with the younger Clan team in this re-visit of the fabled Buchanan Cup, played at venerable War Memorial Gym. Details   in The Province by Howard Tsumura.

 

Games up coming –

Friday – at  Alberta   MacEwan , Evergreen St. (WA)  at Trinity W.,

Montana Western at Lethbridge, Mt. Royal at UBC, Victoria at College of Idaho

Saturday – Mt. Royal  at  Trinity W., Thompson R. at Northwest U. (WA), Montana W. at Lethbridge, Evergreen St. at UBC, Victoria at E. Oregon,

 

Overtime – 

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  •   OK, Simon Fraser, if you pay a hefty bond …  guaranteeing your fealty to Canada West for decades to come, and have your President, Board of Governors, and Athletic Director sing Oh Canada on the shores of English Bay in Stanley Park, we’ll let you back into the CIS.  You’re not raising your profile by playing in small-town Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, or Alaska, and you don’t appear to be headed for Div. 1.  Let sanity prevail ….
  •   From the Brandon Sun – Chris Jaster … “The biggest recruit of the off-season for the Brandon University Bobcats men’s basketball team has finally arrived in the Wheat City. John Paul, a six-foot-11, 265-pound forward, was delayed entry into Canada due to visa issues. He came to Brandon two weeks ago and now is busy playing catch up both academically and athletically. He’s not as far behind as he could have been with his studies, as he was able to work on his courses online (at his home) in the Caribbean nation of Saint Lucia before coming here.”

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.