Ravens Rebounders, McGill Defense Win Early games

 

 

Offensive boards and 30 point edge off 3s propel Ravens to win

Carleton’s  Connor Wood  makes it a tough shot for the Dinos’ David Kapinga         (photo: Trevor MacMillan)

#2  Carleton 85  #7  Calgary 69 –   The Ravens go up 10 at the half on a run and pitch trey byEmmanuel Owootoah  at the buzzer.  Calgary had played hard at the defensive end, causing 12 turnovers, and slowing-down the Carleton drive, kick, and hit the 3 offense.  Still, the Black Birds were on top having made 7 treys in the opening 20 minutes, and that is deadly for any defense.  With the big rebounding edge for Ravens, Calgary gives up too many extra chances.

Calgary hangs in for much of the 2nd half, and, brings the score within 5 points in both the 3rd and 4th frames.  But, with  about 6 minutes left, the Ravens go on an 11— 0 run to boost it to 16.  There are 5 Carleton players in double figures, as they shoot 47% as a team vs 42% for the Dinos.  The big difference  came from outside shooting, as the Ravens hit 14/35 for 42 pts against UC’s 4/14 for only 12. That’s a tough gap to fill ….

Rebounding by  Carleton did wear down the Dinos, with the final count 48-24, including 17 offensive boards for the defending champs. Carleton had 16 points each from guards Connor Wood, Emmannuel Owootoah, and Kaza Kajami-Keane, with Keane adding 9 assists .  Eddie Eyikor scored 10 plus 7 boards, while big Cameron Smyth cashed 10 and grabbed 9 off the glass.

Thomas Cooper scored 17 for Calgary, plus 6 rebs/ 4 assts, with Mambi Diawara close behind , scoring 15 pts/ 4 asst/ 3 steals.  A brave effort by the Dinos, but the size, rebounding, and shooting of Carleton wins the opener in the 2017 Nationals.   Box Score 

Carleton will play in one semi final vs McGill on Saturday, while Calgary goes Friday at 3 pm Mountain  in the consolation bracket against familiar foe, the Manitoba Bisons.

McGill’s Jenning Leung takes it to the rim against Manitoba      (photo credit: Trevor MacMillan)

#3 McGill  63  #6 Manitoba  53 –  McGill couldn’t have asked for more in terms of the run of play in this offensively-challenged contest .  The Bisons come out looking a little tight, as the McGill defense chokes down Manitoba’s early offensive thrusts.  McGill gets a bigger share of the ball, and convert free throws and a pair of late-on-the-clock treys for a 5 point margin after 20 minutes.

Manitoba picks up their game late in that 2nd quarter, and look more comfortable at the scoring end for a bit. However, the Bisons ball handlers / shooters are ‘off their game’ for the most part. The Redmen win while shooting just 37% from the floor, and 11 for 22 from the foul line!  Just too many sloppy decisions by the Herd.

Manitoba cannot get their break going, and take an uncharacteristically low 8 attempts from 3, and hit just 2.  McGill is only 6/28 from deep, but still come out ahead in that department. Veteran Redmen,  guard Jenning Leung (13 pts) and post work-horse Francois Bourque (13 pts/ 14 rebs/ 4 steals) provide the leadership needed to steer the Reds into the semi-finals.

The Bisons get 13 points apiece from Keith Omoerah (9 rebs/ 4 asst/ 3 steals) and A.J. Basi, who added 3 steals.  Usually productive efforts from other starters were absent, and we can only blame the big stage, and, of course, a rugged McGill defense. Box Score

McGill advance to Saturday’s semi-final against the Carleton Ravens, while Manitoba get to play their Canada West rivals, the Calgary Dinos on Friday at 6 pm Atlantic in the consolation round.

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Overtime –

  • Kirby Schepp, Manitoba Coach, in a wonderful story in the Winnipeg Sun on the Bisons Ilarion Bonhomme , “In my 25 years coaching, I don’t know if there’s anybody ahead of him in terms of the quality of kid and the person he is  …. He treats everyone from the kid wiping the floor, to the secretary, to his teammates with incredible respect. I see the way he is around kids, around my kids, he’s just awesome.”  
  • The All-Canadian Awards ‘Gala’  was night in Halifax, and Connor Wood, a  5th year guard from the Carleton Ravens, was named the 2017 U SPORTS Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.  He is the 8th Carleton player so honoured over the past 17 seasons.  Wood shot over 50% from the floor and from the 3 point line, averaging 19 ppg.
  • Other U SPORTS award winners –   Ottawa wing man, Caleb Agada, is the Defensive Player of the Year, while Laurentian guard, Kadre Gray, accepted the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy  as Rookie of the Year.  Carleton’s Dave Smart won his 8th Stu Aberdeen Memorial Trophy  as Coach of the Year, and Dalhousie forward Kashrell Lawrence, won the Ken Shields Award for Academics and Community Service. 
  • 2017  All-Canadians –   1st Team –

Connor Wood , Carleton , 5th year, Guelph, ON

Conor Morgan,  UBC,  4th , Victoria, B.C.

Adika Peter-McNeilly ,  Ryerson ,  5th , Scarborough, ON

Kevin Bercy ,  St Francis Xavier,   4th,  Kanata, ON

Thomas Cooper,  Calgary,  5th,  Chattanooga, TN

 2nd Team –

Kaza Kajami-Keane,   Carleton ,5th, Ajax, ON

Dele Ogundokun, McGill , 4th , Hamilton, ON

Javon Masters,  UNB , 4th, Kitchener, Ont.

Caleb Agada,  Ottawa ,  5th,  Burlington, ON

Shane Osayande,  Saskatchewan ,  4th ,  Toronto, ON

 All-Rookie Team         

Kadre Gray                Laurentian       Toronto, ON

Eddie Ekiyor              Carleton           Ottawa, ON

Scott Kellum              Victoria            Issaquah, WA

Jamaal Potopsingh    UNB               Brampton, ON

Kendrick Jolin            McGill              Pte. Claire, PQ

Weekend Sweeps Move Teams Up

 

 

Love the Sweep !   Teams on the rise …

The UBC Thunderbirds made the biggest ‘statement’ of the Canada West season with their 102-76 battering of the Alberta Golden Bears on Saturday in Vancouver.  Their 2 game sweep of the Bruins puts the ‘Birds at 11-1 with building confidence in the quality of their depth and determination as a potential CW champion. UBC is not just Conor Morgan, but have the gritty leader, Jordan Jensen-Whyte, and another 5th year stand-out in 6-7 Will Ondrik.  As their ‘supporting cast’ deliver performances like those of Luka Zaharajevic, Taylor Browne, and A.J. Holloway vs the ‘GBs’, we see the T-Birds as the favourites to host the Final 4 in early March.

The Saskatchewan Huskies (8-4) won 2 ‘bonus RPI’ games at Lethbridge this past weekend, and are looking more like a top 4 contender with their deeper playing roster. Since his arrival after semester 1, import guard Lawrence Moore (3rd yr, 6-3, Chicago) has averaged 14 ppg and 4.8 assists.  Jaylan Morgan (3rd, 6-5, Toronto) is stepping up his game, and, when he returns from injury, Chan De Ciman will add to the mix.  Then, of course, the Green and White have the formidable post pair of Shane Osayande (18.7 ppg/ 11 rebs) and Matt Forbes (13.3 ppg/ 8.3 rebs).

The Calgary Dinos (10-2) get a weekend home sweep over Fraser Valley, one a 106-68 blow-out, but the 2nd a somewhat shaky 92-87 last minute win.  UC will have to sort out the consistency of their effort as they welcome the aforementioned ‘Sled Dogs’ to town this Friday and Saturday. This is the feature match-up this week in Canada West. Can Thomas Cooper get back to his prolific scoring ways?  Can the Dinos defend the Huskies bigs?  Can Calgary use their vaunted depth to turn aside the advancing Prairie power?

Bisons guard, Justus Alleyn

The Manitoba Bisons (6-6) have started on their hopeful drive to 10-0 leap up the standings in this 2nd semester.  They brush aside the fading Regina Cougars (6-6) with 2 convincing road wins behind veterans Justus Alleyn and Keith Omoerah.  A trip this week to Trinity Western is unlikely to slow the rumbling Herd, who have plans to keep climbing the League table.

The Victoria Vikes (5-7) return home with fresh hope after 2 wins at UBC-O, the 1st Vikes sweep of the season.  Their challenge this week will be to defend home court against a tougher opponent, the Lethbridge Pronghorns (8-6). Can rookie Scott Kellum match the ‘Horn’s main man, Dejon Burdeaux?  UVic has little wriggle room as they vie for a playoff spot, but UL will be wanting to turn things around after 2 home losses.

Josh Ross has been a catalyst for the Cougars attack

The Mt. Royal Cougars get a pair of road victories at UNBC to move to 7-5, and their forward duo of Josh Ross and Brett Layton are giving the Cougs reason for optimism. Uo next for this under-rated former college power?  Oh,just  a home court visit from the mighty Thunderbirds !  MRU will step on Kenyon Court as decided underdogs, with UBC rolling more troops off their bench .Win one of these, and the Cougars will draw even more lavish praise.

 

 

5th Year players on a final tour  …

Many of these 5th year players across the 17-team Canada West will be very familiar to faithful fans.  Most with skills we’ve come to appreciate, some who’ve made a big play to beat our home team, and some who’ve captured accolades, trophies, and championships.  A tribute is in order to these 5th years, the great majority of whom will be finishing off a degree and moving on to a very different phase of their lives.

Here’s a list of these 5th year players … give them a hand as they play in your gym for what may well be the last time.

Alberta – Brett Roughead … Brandon –  Earl Thompson Jr, Denham Buchanan, Chris Stanhope, Esmat Atem … Calgary Dinos – Jasdeep Gill, Thomas Cooper, Dallas Karch … Fraser Valley – Manny Dulay, Vijay Dhillon … Lethbridge – Will Hickey … MacEwan – Denzel James, Keith Gerdes, Thomas Jereniuk, Cole Aikens … Mt. Royal – Derek Wolf … Regina – Aaron McGowan, Travis Sylvestre, Stephen Shields, Matthew Augustine … Saskatchewan –  Matthew Forbes, Trevor Severinski … Thompson Rivers – Volodymyr Iegorov … UBC – Jordan Jensen-Whyte , Will Ondrik … UBC-O – Mitch Goodwin …  UNBC – Rhys Elliot, Elliot Rowe, Sam Zhang … Victoria – Grant Sitton … Winnipeg – Jamar Farley

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Scores from the East  on Sunday –

Atlantic – at UNB 93 Memorial 79,  at Saint Marys 75 # 8 Dalhousie  71 …one more season in the AUS where we see the teams in the 6 team League run hot and cold from one weekend to the next.  Memorial Seahawks were flying high last week at 7-3 atop the standings, but lose 2 at UNB.  UPEI move from 2-7 to 4-7 with last second wins at St. FX and Cape Breton (the only predictable team left).   So, despite their loss to their  ‘down the street’ rival Saint Marys, the Dal Tigers lead at 7-3, with X and UNB 7-4, and Memorial now 4th at 7-5.  On any given night ….

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The big game in U-Sports this week is Tuesday’s first matchup of the season at U. Ottawa’s Montpetit Hall  between the twin 9-0 ‘Bytown Bullies’, the #1 Carleton Ravens and #2 Ottawa Gee-Gees.  The ‘Ponies’ swept this series last year, but, as they do, the Blackbirds came on at playoff time to claim yet another CIS Championship.  Many of the faces are the same, with Connor Wood and Kaza Kajami-Keane guiding the ravens, and Caleb Agada still powering Ottawa.  New faces include big Eddie Ekiyor for Carleton and Adam Presutti a key transfer from McMaster, now in Gee-Gees colours for his final season.   Fans can watch live on OUA-TV  (8 pm Eastern)  TUESDAY –  RAVENS vs GEE-GEES

Here are the Divisional standings in the 17 team OUA, where they also use RPI to seed their season -end Wilson Cup play-offs.

 

UBC boss Kevin Hanson

Overtime –

  • UBC Coach Kevin Hanson, after his T-Birds’ thrashing of Aberta on Saturday, “The way our three leaders (Morgan, Jensen-Whyte, Ondrik) started the game, they brought so much confidence,” began Hanson. “And they just seemed to transfer that energy to the rest of the team. It was free-flowing energy and when our bench came in, they just carried on with no fear of failure.” From Howard Tsumura, The Province
  • TRU’s rookie, Trent Monkman, on his more significant role in helping the Wolves to a home win on Saturday over Winnipeg, “It was a bit of a special one. It was a big game for us — we were coming off a loss — and it felt good to have a bit of an impact,” the native of Smithers said. “It feels good that the coaches are trusting me a little bit to get in there and show what I can do.” From an Adam Williams story in Kamloops the Week    

 

 

Gee Gees Capture Shoveller Title

 

 

  Ottawa win in Halifax … primed for OUA action

Caleb Agada is a the top player for Ottawa in their win at the Shoveller.

#4 Ottawa Gee Gees 78 Saint Marys  Huskies 69 –  Caleb Agada posts yet another double-double, as his 25 pts/ 12 boards lead the Gee Gees to the tournament title.  Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles has another strong game with a double of 12 points/ 10 rebs. Brian Rouse scored 19 to pace Saint Marys, while Theon Reefer scored 15 plus grabbing 14 rebounds.  Now 16-3 overall in U-Sport competition, UO are starting to look like prime contenders for an OUA and National crown.  With a line-up bolstered by 5th year McMaster transfer, Adam Presutti,  they win their 14th straight.  Resuming league play next week, Ottawa will be prepping for their mid-January showdown with the #1 Carleton Ravens.  Box Score   

  #10 Dalhousie   76  St. FX  71 – (  3rd place game) The Tigers take down AUS rival  X-Men, as Jarred Reid counts a game-high 25 points, while Kashrell Lawrence had 17 points, eight rebounds.  Cameron Walker led the St. FX scorers with 20. Box Score

 Acadia Axemen  89  Mt. Royal Cougars  75 –  (7th place game)  Not the deepest team in the country, MRU cannot be at top form without forward, Brett Layton, who sat this one out with an ankle sprain.  The Axemen out-shoot the Cougars 42% to 36% from the field, and use a big 20/29 to 9/15 free throw edge to distance themselves. Kyle Arsenault scores 29 pts and Erik Nissen 20 pts/ 9 rebs to lead Acadia.  Josh Ross responds with a double of 15 pts/ 11 boards for Mt. Royal, while guards Glen Yang and Craig Martin tally 12 pts each.  Box Score   

UPEI  Panthers  96  Queens Golden Gaels 86   – (5th place game)

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Classique Olga Hrycak at UQAM, Montreal –

Memorial Seahawks 79 UNBC  Timberwolves 70 –  Up 3 at the half, then tied after 30 minutes, the T’Wolves cannot hold back the Seahawks in the 4th.  Memorial scores 30 points to claim the tournament title at 3-0, while UNBC finishes 2nd at 2-1.  23 points for MUN from MVP, Vasilije Curcic, the 6-9 Serbian big man, and 19 by Davion Parnsalu.  The ‘Wolves  get 21 from tournamentt all-star , Rhys Elliott and 22 from wing man, Marcus MacKay.  Again without forward, Vaggelis Loukas, UNBC hang tough for most of the way, but fade in the final minutes.  (again, thanks to UNBC Coach Todd Jordan for texting us the stats )

 Guelph Gryphons 85  UQAM  Citadins  84

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 Vanguard U. (CA) 89  Saskatchewan 72 –  Shane Osayande tops the Huskies with 22 points.

Hope International (CA) 82  MacEwan   56 –  MacEwan is ‘not the same team’ that beat Vanguard last night.  Hope recovers from a loss to Saskatchewan.

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Overtime –

  • Happy New Year to you all !  Safe travels to all the teams still on the road back home.  And good luck as the League play starts up again this coming week .

Bisons 2nd Straight Classic Title

 

 

 

 Bisons rumble in the 4th quarter to win back to back titles

Manitoba’s Keith Omoerah is named MVP in the 50th Wesmen Classic

Manitoba  86  #8 Alberta 78 –  The defending champs take a 3 point lead at the half, and they continue to out-play Alberta through the 2nd half.  Shooting it better from the floor, the line, and from 3 point range, the Herd pull away.  Justus Alleyn leads UM scorers with 22, while Keith Omoerah, voted the tournament MVP,  posts a double of 10 pts/ 12 rebounds.  For Alberta, Brody Clarke has 21 points/ 9 rebs, and Austin Waddoups counts 16 points.  Box Score   

Winnipeg 64  Victoria  63  –  The Wesmen win the 2nd half and the game, with a 10-7 advantage in 3 point shots made.  The Vikes are just 34% from the floor, but Hassan Abdullahi hits 12 points on 5/7 and adds 6 rebs/ 2 steals.  Winnipeg get 21 points/ 8 rebs/ 3 assts from Denzel Lynch-Blair to capture 3rd place.  Box Score

Lakehead 89  Regina 56 –  Not much doubt here as the ‘Wolves go up 47-22 by half-time. 4 Lakehead players in double digits scoring, with Jack Bull cashing 10 pts/ 11 boards. Matthew Augustine scores 11 for the Cougars.  Box Score

Algoma 92   Brandon  83 –   Scott Clendenning hits 26 points for the Thunderbirds, and  Earl Thompson Jr (12 rebs)  and Tyler Anderson each score 15 for the ‘Cats.  Box Score  

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Shoveller Memorial in Halifax –

  Saint Marys  Huskies 79  #10 Dalhousie  Tigers  76  –  The home team goes down to the school just around the corner.  Dal falls back by 14 at the half, and the comeback is too little, too late.  The  Huskies are up against the #4 ranked Gee Gees in tomorrows final.  Box Score  

 #4 Ottawa Gee Gees 83 St. FX X-Men  65  –  Caleb Agaga with a double-double of 15 pts/ 12 boards, and there are 6 ‘Ponies’ in double digits.  Box Score  

Consolation games

 UPEI  Panthers  95  Acadia Axemen  92

Queens Golden Gaels 72  Mt. Royal Cougars  68 –   Mt. Royal comes fast out of the gate for a 25-18 lead after 10 minutes, but it goes South from there.  Without ace post man, Brett Layton, the Cougars fire blanks in the 2nd with just 7 points.  For the game they are 32%  from the floor.  Still they keep it close, with Nick Tancon having a good one, with a double of 16 points/ 11 rebounds.   Rookie guard, Craig Martin has 15 points, and Glen Yang 12.   Queens has Tanner Graham  as their top scorer with 16 pts/ 8 rebs/ 3 blocks.  Box Score     MRU plays Acadia on Saturday.

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Classique Olga Hrycak at UQAM, Montreal –

Two wins for the T’Wolves in Montreal.

UNBC  Timberwolves 76  Guelph Gryphons 71-  Another great team effort from the Timberwolves, as they shoot 50% from the field and hit 12/13 free throws. ’15-’16 Canada West all-star, Rhys Elliott , has another stellar effort, with 28 points/ 6 rebs.  James Agyeman deals out 8 assists and scores 8 pts, while Anthony Hokanson has 8 points/ 7 rebounds.  Ahmed Haroon scores 20 pts on 9/16 and adds 9 boards for the Gryphons. .   UNBC play  Memorial on Saturday. (Thanks to Coach Jordan for the box score by text )

  Memorial Seahawks  65   UQAM  Citadins 58

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#3 Calgary 82  Montana-Western Bulldogs  78 –  Down 5 at the break, the Dinos come back in the 2nd half with their defense slowing the Bulldogs scoring .  UC hits 52% in that final 20 minutes, led by the double of 29 points/ 12 rebs by 5th year wing Thomas Cooper.  Lars Schleuter added 16 pts, and David Kapinga 15 pts/ 4 assists.    (Another box score sent by text !)

Cochise College  85   #2 UBC  82 – Guard Jordan Jensen-Whyte paced the UBC offence with a 22-point performance while forwards Patrick Simon and Conor Morgan scored 15 and 14 points, respectively. The Thunderbirds were ahead for all but 12 seconds of regulation.  They held a 72-56 advantage with 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the 2nd half but Cochise mounted a furious rally – closing on a 22-6 run – to send the game into overtime. The Apaches outscored UBC 7-4 in the extra period to earn the comeback victory.  (From UBC Athletics)

 Thompson Rivers 79  Antelope Valley  78 – Two nice wins for the Wolf Pack this week.  Tight battles and the right result with good play down the stretch.

 MacEwan  76   Vanguard U. (CA)   68 –   Denzel James leads with 17 points/ 9 rebs, as the Griffins shoot 49% FG including 12/26 from outside.  Box Score 

Saskatchewan 67  Hope International (CA)  60

UBC-O  81 Camosun College 77

  Occidental College Tigers (CA)  77   Fraser Valley 59  –  The Cascades are up 33-32 at the half, but lose 26-45 in the final 20 minutes.  The Tigers are 50% from the floor to UFV’s 39%. The home team wins the rebounding 43-29 , and there are 19 Fraser Valley turnovers to 12 for ‘Oxy’.  Vijay Dhillon is 5/6 from 3 point range for 15 points to lead UFV.   Box Score

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also –  Rochester College (MI)  82  Waterloo 59  ,  UNB 73  Holland College 72 , at Toronto 78  Laval 61  ,  Johnson and Wales (FL)  80 Concordia 78

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Overtime –

  • UNBC’s Vaggelis Loukas, who was so good against UQAM on Thursday,  suffered a light ankle sprain early in the opening minutes of the win over Guelph on Friday. Coach Todd Jordan says, “He should be OK for our League play next week.  We’ve had so many of these injuries this season.  It’s been a struggle, but our guys are coming on, and we’re happy with their play this week, obviously.”
  • A closely kept secret … the UFV Cascades are in California to play 2 games.  They dropped an 84-70 decision on Thursday to the host, Westmont Warriors, the #9 ranked NAIA school in the U.S.  All 10 players are in the game with 11 + minutes for UFV tonight.

Bisons Rebound for Win Over UQAM

 

Manitoba Bounces Back for Big Win

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The Manitoba Bisons, who dropped game 1 vs Holland College at the Naismith Classic at Waterloo, turned their fortunes around on Friday.  The Herd topped the previously unbeaten UQAM Citadins  85  – 78 . also   Humber College  76 Waterloo  74

(Many of these pre-season games are without box scores)

Other Friday Game Results – 

at the UBC-O  Heat Tournament – Saskatchewan 68  UBC-Okanagan 56 , MacEwan 80 Thompson Rivers 74 OT

Conor Morgan is red hot for UBC against the visiting Pronghorns.

Conor Morgan is red hot for UBC against the visiting Pronghorns.  Photo Rich Lam – UBC

at UBC  94  Lethbridge 71- The Birds, behind a big 32 point/ 8 rebound night for Conor Morgan, were too much for the visiting ‘Horns. UBC has a 44-33 rebounding edge, shoots 49% to 40% FG,  and hits 24/34 FTs vs 17/23 for U of L.  Lethbridge get 14 from Scott Mazutinec in 15 minutes off the bench, as he goes 5/6 from the floor.   Box Score 

 

 Regina 92  at Brandon 78 –  In a pretty wild affair, the Cougars force 31 Brandon turnovers and outshoot the ‘Cats 46% to 37% from the floor. 6 Regina players in double figures in a balanced team effort, with 13 points/ 10 rebounds from Brian Ofori, and 14 points/ 5 assists by Alex Igual.  Brandon gets 19 points from Tyvon Cooper and 15 bu Chris Stanhope.    Box Score 

 

In the East –

at the Carleton Ravens Tournament in Ottawa –  Carleton 106 Victoria  52 – Yikes ! No game … clinic ! No mercy from the Blackbirds, as they cash 13/27 attempts from outside, and Connor Wood scores 28, including 6 treys . 52% shooting for Carleton, while the shell-shocked Vikes are a cool 36%, and the home side grab 49 boards to UVic’s 26.  Victoria are led by 19 pts. from Grant Sitton, the only one in double figures.  Box Score  also Western Ontario 72 Laval  66

at the Queen’s Golden Gaels Tournament in Kingston –                                      Ottawa 73 Alberta 63 –  A slow start puts the Bears down 40-26 at the half, and the Gee-Gees are never threatened.  37% from the floor for Alberta vs 47% from Ottawa.  Caleb Agada scores 18 and has 8 boards for the ‘Ponies’.  Austin Waddoups with 13 pts and Andre Kelly with 12 are tops for U of A.  Box Score    also  Queens 87 Memorial  67

at the UPEI, ‘Mickey Place’ Tournament – Dalhousie 90  UPEI 78,  Concordia  73  Maine- Ft. Kent 70

at the St. FX Tournament in Antigonish, NS –   St. FX 83  Holland Coll. 76  ,  St. Mary’s  84  Cape Breton  74


 

Overtime –

  •  In CW League play,  each school has the option of home and home scheduling with their ‘traditional rivals’, who may be relatively close by, geographically.  It’s nice to see with the 3 Southern Alberta schools, that fans will see  Lethbridge, Mt. Royal, and Calgary.  The Dinos are also 1 game in Edmonton and the other in Calgary vs the Golden Bears.  We think it’s a shame when it could be done, but the schools decide not to give the home fans a look at more visitors, especially regional rivals.  Why not UBC -Trinity, Saskatchewan-Regina, Victoria-UFV , for example?
  • In  the pre-season there are many games which are broadcast by the host  school, either on Canada West TV, or, if the games are in the East, perhaps on OUA TV or AUS TV.   If you’re keen on catching CIS action in October, just check these links for scheduled games.  (Every Canada West , OUA, and AUS League game must be broadcast, but the pre-season is a bit unpredictable.)
  • Quinn Taylor, a 3rd year transfer from St. Mary’s (Calgary) U. of the ACAC, will not play for MRU this season.  Taylor a promising guard and Calgary HS grad, has ACL surgery last week in Banff, and will take the year to recover, and hope to play in the ’17-’18 season.

Carleton vs Calgary for the CIS Title

 

Jasdeep Gill provides the clutch hoops as Calgary defeats #1 Ryerson

 photo - Rich Lam - UBC Athletics

Calgary’s Jasdeep Gill drives against Ryerson’s  Juwon Grannum in Saturday’s 2nd semi-final . photo – Rich Lam – UBC Athletics

 

 Calgary 98  Ryerson 87  – The Calgary Dinos have now beaten the Quebec and OUA Champions to earn their shot in the CIS Final against the Carleton Ravens, the 5 time defending champs (11 in 13 seasons). Not an easy path, but Calgary has found a way, and they ride a wave of momentum built up over 18 straight victories.
Up 47-38 at the break, the Dinos saw Ryerson fight back to within 5 in the 3rd quarter, then, up steps 4th year wing man, Jasdeep Gill, hitting a pair of treys 25 seconds apart to restore a double digit margin. Gill hits a 4th quarter 3 to halt another Rams rally, then converts a 3 point play off a layup near the 3 minute mark, to give Calgary the breathing room once more. Free throws from David Kapinga and Thomas Cooper finished off the Ontario champs, as the Dinos now look at getting past the Ravens for their first-ever National title.
Cooper has 30 points / 11 rebounds and Kapinga totals 26 points/ 6 boards/ 6 assists to drive the offense to the momentus win.  But it was Gill, cheered on by his personal 24 member ‘entourage’ / family, who seemed to come to the fore at those times when his team most needed him; 23 points , including 4/7 from outside/ 4 rebounds.
Ryerson get 22 points/ 8 rebs/ 4 asst from Adika Peter-McNeilly, 20 points by Ammanuel Diressa, and 15 points / 10 rebounds/ 3 blocks from big Kadeem Green.
Calgary hits 12/25 attempts from beyond the arc to just 6/39 by the Rams.  Ryerson stays in touch much of the way with 27/32 free throws vs 20/32 by Calgary.  UC plays Carleton in the 5:30 Championship final, while Ryerson are in the 3 pm bronze medal game against the Dalhousie Tigers.   Box Score

Carleton returns to final as Ejim leads the way

 Carleton's Mitchell Wood guards Dalhousie's Sven Stammberger in the 1st semi final at the CIS nationals in vancouver on Saturday. photo- Rich Lam - UBC Athletics

Carleton’s Mitchell Wood guards Dalhousie’s Sven Stammberger in the 1st semi final at the CIS Nationals in Vancouver on Saturday.              photo- Rich Lam – UBC Athletics

Carleton 76 Dalhousie  66 – The Ravens will try and defend their championship for a 6th straight title vs Calgary on Sunday night.  Dropping out of the #1 spot in the CIS Top 10 this season, and this year playing without the explosive offensive power of the Scrubb bothers, as in past seasons, CU has once more  shown their competitive edge on the CIS’ biggest stage.

Carleton out-played the smaller Dalhousie crew, with 46% shooting from the floor vs just 35% for the Tigers, and by grabbing 41 rebounds to 37 for Dal. Carleton defensive efforts thwarted Dalhousie efforts to close the gap, as shooters were denied, and drive lanes closed off.  The size of CU delivered 7 blocked shots, and made the Tigers settle for rushed or low percentage attempts.

Dalhousie did force 21 Carleton turnovers and 19 Tigers points, but never the run necessary to put a significant dent in the CU lead. The Ravens were led by the all-round play of Ryan Ejim, who had 20 points/ 5 rebs/ 3 asst/ 2 steals, and 18 points on 4/9 from outside by Conner Wood. Dal got 18 points / 5 rebs from Kashrell Lawrence, and 16 points by Aquino-Serjue Jordan.  Ritchie Kanza-Mata goes for 10 points/7 rebounds/  6 assists.   Box Score

 

UBC Takes 5th with win over Ottawa

UBC's Taylor Browne takes it to the hoop vs Ottawa in Saturday's 5th place game. photo - Rich Lam - UBC Athletics

UBC’s Taylor Browne takes it to the hoop vs Ottawa in Saturday’s 5th place game.            photo – Rich Lam – UBC Athletics

 UBC 93  Ottawa 76 –   The T-Birds capture the Consolation final by finishing strong in this free-scoring affair;  48 second half points allowed the home team to pull away, and dispense with the drama the ‘Birds had suffered in their first 2 tournament games. ‘Red-hot’ is the only description for the UBC attack, as they rip-it for 68% from the floor, and 20/23 free throws.

Ottawa, without their CIS Player of the Year, Mike L’Africain, (ill, injured?), played a solid game, but could not match the pace and sharp-shooting of the hosts.  In this battle of 3rd – place Conference teams, the Thunderbirds came with all guns blazing, and all 5 starters score in double figures.  The Gee-Gees subbed more frequently, and may have played with less urgency.

UBC gets 25 points from 6-9 Conor Morgan plus 8 rebounds; guard Phil Jalapoor , with 19 points / 6 assists, and wing man, Will Ondrik, with 16 on 6/7 plus 6 boards, were big factors in the win. The Gee-Gees have Caleb Agada and Matt Plunkett with 18 apiece, with Agada contributing 4 assists. Plunkett  cashed 6/10 from beyond the arc for all of his scoring.    Box Score


Overtime –

  •  Graduating 5th year all-star, Josh Wolfram on his feelings towards his TRU teammates ,    “ They have put in their best every single day. We go at it every day and every guy comes out of the dressing room with their head held high. It is a really great team. I will remember everything from going to the Final 8 to the little things that the guys who don’t play much to Reese, Vlad and myself who play 37 minutes a game. There is something special about each and every guy.” (Ed. Note – Well put, young man !) From Larry Read , TRU Athletics.
  • School Spirit !  5 members of the Dinos Women’s Basketball team leave school Friday, jump in a car, and make the 14 hour trip to Vancouver to support the Men in the Saturday semi-final  !  IMG_0250 (back) L-R  Anmol Mattu, Kristie Sheils, Emma Nieuwenhuizen ..                front – Freya Szmidt, Brianna Ghali, with UC Athletic Director Christine Stapleton.   

Consolation Semis are Both Close Affairs

Two consolation games see teams bounce back and play well

  Ottawa 78  Thompson Rivers  77 –  The first consolation semi on Friday had a strong effort from both teams despite the obvious disappointment  of 1st round losses they had suffered the night previous. Multiple lead changes, as both teams made good use of the outside shot, especially TRU, who went 13/21 from long range.
Ottawa also made 13 deep ones, but took 39 shots to get there. Caleb Agada, with his Ott G-Gspenetration down the lane, was the game’s high scorer with 24 points (7 rebs/ 4 assts) on 9/17 shooting, with MacKenzie Morrison hitting 4/8 attempts from 3 point range for 16 points.
TRU got a great game from big forward, Volodymyr Iegorov, who counted 21 points/ 6 rebounds, and hitting 4/6 from outside. Josh Wolfram scored 14 and added 12 rebounds, and Luke Morris scored 15 with 6 boards.
Ottawa advances to the Consolation final at 12 noon on Saturday vs UBC, while that’s the season for the ‘Pack, who see the final game for stars Reese Pribilsky and Josh Wolfram.   Box Score

 UBC 69   McGill 68 –  With another red-hot start, UBC led 43-27 at the break, and carried a double digit lead into the 4th quarter.  But, like Thursday’s game the ‘Birds saw this one slipping away in the final minutes;  the Redmen stormed back with a 22-11 last UBC T-Birdquarter, as Jenning Leung hit 3 treys within a minute’s play .
McGill would not let go, despite trailing for the whole game, until the final minute, when they caught and passed the hosts. With 25 seconds left, Jordan Jensen-Whyte hit 2 clutch free throws to get the win for the locals. David Wagner had 21 for UBC / 6 rebounds, while Conor  Morgan scored 16  points/ 4 rebs. The Thunderbirds shot 49% from the floor to McGill’s 36% , but the visitors cashed 9 long balls to only 4 for the home side.
Leung and Dele Ogundokun both scored 15 for McGill, with Ogundokun adding 5 rebs/ 5 steals. UBC’s 25 turnovers almost caused a complete reversal in this game, and the McGill rally was helped by their 37-34 rebounding advantage.
UBC goes on to the Consolation final on Saturday at 12 noon vs Ottawa, and the young McGill team are done for the season. Box Score


 

 

Saturday’s schedule –

12 noon – Consolation final : UBC vs Ottawa

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3:00 pm – Championship semi-final 1 –  Dalhousie vs Carleton

5:30  – Championship semi-final 2 –  Calgary vs Ryerson

>>> Carleton has 11 CIS titles in the last 13 seasons … UBC has 2 titles, in 1970 and 1972 … neither Calgary nor Dalhousie have ever won this National Champioship.

Both Championship semis will be shown on Sportsnet 360.

CIS Final 8 Tips Off Thursday !

 

Connor Wood and the Carleton Ravens still have 'The Cup' until someone wrestles it away ! photo - Ravens Athletics

Connor Wood and the Carleton Ravens still have ‘The Cup’ until someone wrestles it away ! photo – Valerie Wutti, Ravens Athletics

1 pm (Pacific)  Quarter-final #1 –  Ravens on the way to another championship ?

#2 Carleton Ravens (OUA finalists) – The Ravens are  CIS champs for 11 of the past 15 years !  As such, there are many expert observers who suggest they are the team to beat again, here in Vancouver.  They lost a tight one to Ryerson, but that was at the Rams’ Carleton RMattamy Centre, and, if they were to see each other again in Sunday’s final this week, it’s on a neutral floor.
Meanwhile, they face another strong team in TRU, and it’s almost home turf for the ‘Pack, playing only a few hours drive from Kamloops.  With Interim Coach Rob Smart Jr. going 10 deep regularly, CU has experience, size, and the offensive pace and defensive intensity to take charge of a game very quickly.

Kaza Kajami-Keane is their floor leader at 6-1, and he’s a dynamic 2-way player, and a 1st team OUA all-star.
Guillaume Boucard, a 6-5 swing man, is  2nd team all-OUA, and 14.6 ppg / 5.5 rebs.
6-2 Gavin Resch, a senior leader, is a sharp-shooting guard,  with 10 ppg/ 45% from 3 pt range , while 4th year, Connor Wood is a big  6-4 guard, who has found  his shooting range of late, and can hit the open trey.
Carleton doesn’t figure to lose in the opening round, and should be considered a serious threat to ring up their 6th straight CIS title.

#7  Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack (Canada West finalists) – The Orange are breathing the rarified air this March, with their 1st appearance in a Canada West Final 4 and a trip to Nationals in their home province.  So, do they just ‘enjoy the trip’, or are they strong enough to stay with a team like the Ravens?

Coach Scott Clark had a veteran team, then added the muscular Ukrainian, Volodymyr TRU 'PackIegorov, to an already impressive set of forwards. Clark believes in this team, and has them playing extremely well, with a League record of 16-4, and win over UBC in  last week’s  CW Final 4. The Wolves are big, they shoot it well, and they have great court leadership from 5th year guard, Reese Pribilsky, and 6-11 ‘small-forward’ Josh Wolfram.

6-6 Gerard Gore has shown that he is ready to step up and fight it out inside with bigger opponents, and Iegorov has the size and strength to rebound and defend, but also the shooting touch from any range.
TRU will also need ‘best games’ from the likes of 6-5 Luke Morris and 6-2 rookie guard, Jeff Tubbs, if they are to keep it close.  Not an impossibility, but betting against the ‘Blackbirds’ is a ‘bum’s game’.


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Mike L’Africain, U. Ottawa’s OUA Player of the Year

3 pm (Pacific)  Quarter-final #2 –  Gee-Gees have the experience and the star-power

#3 Ottawa Gee-Gees (Wildcard team, 3rd in OUA) – The Gee-Gees have been vying with Carleton for Ottawa, OUA, and CIS honours for a few years now, and they’ve come up just short on many notable occasions. Coach James Derouin has one of the more experienced teams here, and will try and get the Ponies over that last hurdle with some outstanding seniors. Mike L’Africain was chosen the OUA player of the year,  can trigger a potent offense, and will hit the big shot.Ott G-Gs
Caleb Agada, the Gee-Gees’ all-Canadian forward,  missed 3-4 wks with an ankle injury, but has returned to form, and gives OU a cagey, tough, talented 2-way presence inside.  Agada is the top defender for Ottawa and the OUA defensive player of the year.
6-8, 4th year forward, Nathan McCarthy,  and 6-7, 2nd year, Brody Maracle   are ‘solid low post contributors’ (according to our Ottawa expert!) . Matt Plunkett is a 6-6 shooting wing man, who compliments L’Africain.

All three OUA teams are possible winners in this 2016 Final 8 Tourney, and they couldn’t be blamed for looking ahead to facing each other. Ottawa and Carleton, as they’ve done so many times recently, are on a collision course, with wins in the Q-finals, and we would flip a coin for that one.  But let’s give Dalhousie their due as AUS Champs, and don’t overlook them as a respectable opponent for the G-Gs.

Dalhousie Tigers (Atlantic Champions) – Dalhousie (according to our inside source in the Atlantic ) is a  … “tough,  quick, physical , and relentless squad. Nothing seems to phase them, and they seem to have been winning every close game in the AUS over the last season and a half .” Dal Tigers

Their Coach, Rick Plato, the AUS Coach of the Year, is in his 3rd season,  and took the Tigers to the Nationals  last year.  He was a CCAA Coach at Mount Saint Vincent for 25 years,  prior to joining Dal.

The Tigers change their defensive stripes throughout the game, with changeable alignments “ … including   3-2 and 2-3 zone,  full court 2-2-1 pressure , and a ‘kamakazie’ , denying, switching and trapping man defense they employ to disrupt and create turnovers in crunch -time.

Key players –  “ #22,  Kash Lawrence  is the  back to back AUS Tournament MVP , at 6’3”, he plays in the  paint with the shoulders of Dwight Howard ; he’s a great rebounder and finisher and tough as nails.”
“ #11 – Ritchie Kanza-Mata –  First Team AUS All Star,  and 2015 AUS Defensive Player of the Year; he  organizes his team and leads their pressure defense.”

“#7 – Sven Stammberger –  He is the most – improved player in the AUS this season, for sure;  had a 42 point game this year, and is their best 3 point threat from the ‘small-forward spot. “

“#12 – Jordan Acquino-Serjue, was the CEGEP MVP in 2015, and is AUS Rookie of the Year  this season. He is a solid defender and a  good pull- up jump shooter.”

The Tigers have had the ‘magic’ for the past 2 years in the Atlantic, but can they carry that into this tough match-up with an Ottawa team that was top-ranked going into the season last Fall, and who still look like contenders for the Championship here in March ?


 

Thomas Cooper, Calgary Dinos, Canada West's Most Outstanding Player photo- David Moll, UC

Thomas Cooper, Calgary Dinos, Canada West’s Most Outstanding Player photo- David Moll, UC

 

6 pm (Pacific)  Quarter-final #3 –  Two League champs with contrasting styles

#5 McGill Redmen  (Quebec League Champions) – Both Coach Dave Deaveiro, Cadet National Team Head Coach,  and RSEQ Coach of the Year, and some of his team have had experience in this Tournament. The Redmen played in the Final 8 in 2013 and 2014.
McGill is one of the best defensive teams in the country, employing a ‘grind- it- out’  style, McGill Redwith switching defences being a main weapon.  Our Eastern scout tells us , “ They’ll  do whatever they can to make opponents feel uncomfortable, including a 2-2-1 (full-court press) back to match-up 2-3 zone or man.”  Coach Deaveiro says, “It’s probably the deepest team I’ve had at McGill and probably the most athletic team, so we’re able to do a few things we haven’t done in the past.  It gives you some options for doing things, so you’re not as predictable.”
Key players –  #23, 6-4, 5th year, Vincent Dufort – RSEQ 1st Team All Star, “ … he’s their ‘point forward’, and can do everything.”  – 10ppg, 8rpg, 2nd on the team in assists – Team MVP !
#4 – Jenning Leung, 6-1, 3rd year – the point guard is the leading scorer , at 12 ppg, a solid 3pt. shooter.
#3 – Dele Ogundokun, 6-2, – RSEQ Defensive Player of the Year, he scores 10.5 ppg
#21 – Tychon Carter-Newman, a 6-3 guard, in his 5th year – A former Laurentian University stand out , he’s a strong presence on the wing.
#12 – Noah Daoust, 6-7, 230 – “Originally committed to the USA now a super-sub – 6’9″ and their best 3 point shooter – He finishes most games and is an X-factor for McGill.”

#4  Calgary Dinos  (Canada West Champions) –  Having won their last 16 CIS games, the Dinos have a lot  of momentum and confidence entering this Tournament.  Calgary has not played McGill, but had losses to Ottawa and UNB at Christmas, while the Redmen beat the Ponies and the Reds in October.

That lapse in time has seen Calgary Coach Dan Vanhooren solidify a substitution pattern Dinos14which has the Dinos going 10-11-12 deep in every game, with more players taking on significant roles week after week. UC has a ‘starting 5’  of  point, David Kapinga, combo guard, Josh Owen-Thomas, swing-man, Thomas Cooper, forward, Lars Schleuter, and post man Matt Letkeman.
From there, it’s a steady flow off the bench for, combo guard, Johnny Verrone,  guard/forward Jasdeep Gill, rookie guard, Torrez McKoy, forward, Dallas Karch, and post men, Mitch Ligertwood, Matt Ellis, and Connor Foreman.
Key players –  The 4th year import transfer, Cooper, leaps up, with his Canada West best scoring – 25.8 ppg, to go with 7.5 rebounds, and several timely assists each game. Schleuter , the Canada West Rookie of the Year in 2015, is a 3 point sniper (44.2%) who scores 12.5 ppg, and has become a solid defender inside, and an aggressive rebounder.   Kapinga, who grew up in Calgary then moved to Kentucky for part go high school, ‘walked-on’ last Fall, and has been a prime factor in the Dinos run, with his quickness and strength.
Calgary can score in bunches , and will test the vaunted McGill defense.  Two League champs teeing off, and we expect a very close, hard-fought quarter-final.


 

 

5th year wing man, Aaron Best, is a driving force for the OUA champion, Rams.

5th year wing man, Aaron Best, is a driving force for the OUA champion, Rams.                         photo – Ryerson Athletics

8 pm (Pacific)  Quarter-final #4 –  Can the host T-Birds knock off #1 Rams?

UBC Thunderbirds (Host, 16-4 in Canada West regular season) – The T-Birds last held this Tournament in 1972, when they won the Championship under Coach Peter Mullins, at War Memorial Gym.  In the 4 team event, the ‘Birds beat Acadia 87-80 in the final.  More recently, they have appeared in 2013, 2011, and lost in the Final in both 2010 (Saskatchewan), and 2009 (Carleton).  (You could say Coach Kevin Hanson is hungry for a title, after having knocked loudly on the door!)  UBC will be tough at home, although this is a ‘new arena’ setting, and not their cozy old War Memorial.UBC T-Bird
Key Players –  Jordan Jensen-Whyte is a 4th year wing man, who has ‘bulked-up’ from his days at the point. Leads ‘Birds scorers at 15 ppg (3.1 assts) with his attack -the -hoop style.
6-8, Conor Morgan, is a potential game breaker, who can score from anywhere … 14.8 ppg, he leads the rebounding at 7.3 rpg.
6-4 point man, Phil Jalalpoor, has stepped in this season and is the leading 3 point shooter (42.1%), and very efficient in running the offense.
6-8 post man, David Wagner, is a potent inside scorer, averaging 12.5 ppg / 5.5 rebs
The Thunderbirds key will be to make it a ‘ground game’ vs the speedier Rams, and to control the boards, allowing their attack to dictate the pace.

#1 Ryerson Rams (OUA Champions) –  In winning the Ontario Wilson Cup for the 1st time in their history, the Rams beat an extremely deep field of competitors, including the 5 -time defending CIS champs, Carleton, in the final . With their gaudy 89.3 ppg scoring average (tops in the OUA), the Rams will happily engage UBC in an offensive fireworks display!  The Rams have won 16 of 17 games (Guelph ?!) since the holiday break, and have played a very tough schedule in doing that. Unknown
Coach Patrick Tatham, the Ontario Coach of the Year,  goes 10-11 deep, with 5 players averaging in double figures, and they limit opposition teams to a 37% FG average at the defensive end.
Aaron Best leads the Rams’ scoring at 17.8 ppg plus 7.4 rebounds, and is an OUA 1st team all-star
Anika Peter-McNeilly is a 6-3 guard, who scores 15 ppg / 5.5 rebs, and is also a 1st team OUA all-star.
Ammanuel Diressa – a tough, 6-4  competitor at the guard spot, he’s a 2nd team All-OUA … averaging 14.9 ppg, 5.3 rebs, 3 assists.
Kadeem Green , at 6-8, is a defensive stopper in the middle … 7 rebs and 2 blocks a game
Their confidence is way up there, and they are primed to go deep in this year’s Final 8 Tournament.


Overtime –

 

  • UBC Thunderbirds’ Head Coach, Kevin Hanson, on the impact of hosting the CIS Nationals at UBC,  “When you think about it, it’s absolutely amazing that the last time the event was held at UBC was over four decades ago,” said Hanson, whose team sat at No. 6 in the national rankings this week. “That is a phenomonal amount of time to pass when you are trying to build a brand for CIS basketball in this country.  So we have to share our love of basketball … and the Final 8 is a tournament that needs to be shared.”  Nice story from Howard Tsumura in The Province. 
  • Ryerson Rams star, Aaron Best, after they win the OUA championship for the 1st time in school history.  ”It’s big for the university, it’s big for all of us, it’s big for the alumni, the players who’ve played here, it’s a testament to all the work that everybody’s put in,” said Best standing on the court post-game with the OUA banner draped around him. “Just to see this come to Ryerson and to win it this way
    Ryerson Coach, Patrick Tatham

    Ryerson Coach, Patrick Tatham

    is a really good feeling.”  From the ‘Eh Game’ – Yahoo Sports 

  • J-u-u-u-s-t in case there’s any confusion as to the goals / expectations of the #1 ranked Ryerson Rams going into this week’s CIS Championship, here’s Coach Patrick Tatham’s take on it, “I think the guys want a different colour medal, something other than the bronze medal we got last year at CIS finals,” said the interim head coach “The guys are hungry and they’re definitely ready to go.”  From The Star, Toronto
  • Torrez McKoy , Dinos rookie point guard, on the experience of playing in Nationals early in his career, “Just getting the opportunity to play as a rookie is really special and I don’t take it for granted either,” said McKoy. “It’s awesome how we have a group of guys where everyone can come off the bench and contribute. We don’t just have six or seven guys deep; we usually have 10, 11 guys. It’s hard not to feel the pressure because it’s everyone’s first time. But after that first couple of minutes from the first game, it’ll be easy from there.”  From Rita Mingo, The Calgary Herald

Bisons – T’Wolves in Wesmen Final

 

 

 Lakehead Advances to Final vs Manitoba at UW Wesmen Tournament

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  Lakehead 89 Acadia  47 –   The T’Wolves ravage the Axemen, as Acadia has a night to forget from the floor, shooting only 24% for the game, and being out-rebounded 62-35. A solid team effort by Lakehead, with 5 players in double digits led by Brandon Persaud with 19 points and Bacarius Dinkins with 16Kyle Arsenault and Richard Tempro score 10 each for the out-matched Axemen.   Box Score

 

Manitoba copy Manitoba   76  Winnipeg  70 –  The Bisons control the game for 3/4s, then hold off a late charge by the Wesmen, and they will play Lakehead for the ‘Cup’ on Wednesday. Amanita Basi (19 pts), Keith Omoerah (18 points/ 14 rebs/ 4 assts), and Justus Alleyn (18 points/4 assts) are the keys to the Manitoba attack. Wesmen rookie, William Sesay, has a huge game with 15 points/ 13 rebounds, while Denzel Lynch-Blair score 24 and adds 9 boards.   Box Score

And, in Consolation play … Lethbridge  90  NAIT 51-   Mike Pierchala has 22 points, and Brandon Brine 16 plus 9 rebs for the ‘Horns.   Box Score
MacEwan  80  Brandon 54 –    Denzel James scores 18 for the Griffs.  Box Score


2nd Day at the U. Laval (Quebec) Tourney –

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 New Brunswick 98  Laval 78 –   The Reds surprise the home team with a sharp- shooting display, led by 29 points from Javon Masters, and 20 by Matthew Daley , who is 5/9 from beyond the arc. UNB is 53% from the floor vs just 35% from Laval. The Red and Gold get 13 from Vladimir Thomas and 12 by Jean Francois-Metayer.
 #1 Ottawa  94  Calgary  78 –   A 3 – point barrage by the #1 Gee-Gees carries them to a win over the Dinos; 15 treys from UO to only 5 for Calgary, and that’s the ball game!  Actually , both teams shoot it well on the night, with Calgary losing despite a 52% average from the floor and 23/28 from the line. Ottawa beat that with their 55% from the field and 17/25 free throws.  22 turnovers for the Dinos against just 13 for the ‘Ponies’ turns the tide as well.  Senior forward, Caleb Agada, scores 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead Ottawa, while Thomas Cooper is the Dinos top sniper with 26 points, 7 rebs, and 5 assists.  On day 3, Wednesday, Calgary meets Laval and Ottawa plays UNB to cap off the Rouge et Or Tournament.


Other Canada West Action –

at UVic – The SFU Clan, playing with a shorter 10 -man bench won 2 of 4 scrimmage quarters vs the UVic Vikes (1 tied, 1 to the Vikes).   We now have a ‘score’ of 79-72 , favour the Clan.  Neither team is particularly sharp; Victoria Coach, Craig Beaucamp, who had all 15 roster players get minutes in this afternoon scrimmage, says, “This is  a chance to see all our guys play; we are looking at every player getting a shot at some game minutes.”

In the U.S.-

Vanguard (CA) 81 UNBC  75
UBC 93  Antelope Valley (CA) 71 
Montana-Western 79   Thompson R. 55                                                                  Dordt College 64  Alberta  55                                                                              Phoenix College 69   Regina 49 – (Phoex. Coll. were the 2014 National Jr. College champions)

 


 

Overtime –

  • Long-time Edmonton high school coach, Rob Poole, is in attendance at the UVic – SFU game, and he tells us, “This is the first time in 40 years I haven’t coached a team.”  Poole, who won numerous Alberta championships at Harry Ainlay HS, retired as the Head Women’s Coach at MacEwan, and has moved to Victoria.
  • Saskatchewan is also playing in California, and, on Monday they beat NCAA Div. 3 , Occidental Coll. 67-44.  The Huskies play Concordia U. on Wednesday night in Irvine, CA.

CIS Standings – East to West

CIS Standings From the Atlantic to the Pacific-

We are finishing up semester 1 exams in schools across the country, and most teams have had somewhat limited work-out / practice schedules.  For action prior to that break, we take a  look at the league standings for the different conferences and divisions around the CIS.  They show a variety of scheduling, and an occasionally complicated (Atlantic – 4 point games ?) way of determining standings.

Jevon Masters and the UNB Reds are 'in the mix' as they chase an AUS title.

Jevon Masters and the UNB Reds are ‘in the mix’ as they chase an AUS title.                                       photo – UNB Athletics

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As per usual in the AUS, we have a mix of results, with the expectation that home court and injury status may be as important as any other factors. One of the oddities in the Maritimes is that they do not have as many ‘traveling refs’, and therefore, there is the perception of particular difficulty in winning as a visitor in some gyms. (PEI and Memorial seem to be the least ‘welcoming’ venues for the away squads.)  One team emerges in March … but who can pick a favourite at this stage?

 


Daniel Ogundokun and the McGill Redmen are the class of the 'Q' at the break.

Dele Ogundokun and the McGill Redmen are the class of the ‘Q’ at the break.                              photo – McGill Athletics

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The ‘Q’, our ’boutique league’ of the CIS,  has a 12 game regular season, and a tidy little play-off round of a one game 2 vs 3 semi, with the winner playing #1 for the Cup. Stranger things have happened, but this season looks to have the McGill Redmen as the dominant team. No one else has beaten Ottawa !  So we pencil McGill into the 1 RSEQ slot in the CIS Final 8 in Vancouver.


 

OUA Rules – Until They Don’t

Caleb Agada leads a powerful #1 ranked Ottawa team. Photo - UO Athleics

Caleb Agada leads a powerful #1 ranked Ottawa team.                       Photo – UO Athleics

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Ottawa and Carleton are favoured to play for the OUA title, and the CIS Championship in March. They may well do this, and it would surprise us if they weren’t ranked 1 and 2 entering the OUA playoffs. We’re not sure they’re as good as last year’s squads, however.

 

 

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The surprise team in the OUA may be the Queen’s Golden Gaels, who look like a  contender at this stage. But, Queen’s has yet to play some of the tougher teams, including  Ryerson, who will be there in the playoffs, with both York and Toronto scrambling for the last spot.

 

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Until they lost at Queen’s the Brock Badgers looked like one of the hot teams.  It would appear to be them or their close rivals, the McMaster Marauders, who should be on top at season’s end in this group. Lakehead and Guelph can fight it out for the 3rd playoff spot.

 

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The standings are a bit confusing in the West, with all 3 top teams having consistency issues.  There is also the tougher schedule played by Western (losses to both the Ravens and the Gee-Gees). Look for Western and Windsor to be 1 and 2, with Laurier beating their cross-area rivals, Waterloo, for the 3rd playoff spot.

 


Jordan Jensen-Whyte and his UBC teammates will be at home for the CIS Final 8.

Jordan Jensen-Whyte and his UBC teammates will be at home for the CIS Final 8.                           Photo – UBC Athletics

 

Canada West Playoffs a ‘Torture Test’ –

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Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 1.18.24 PMJust as a reminder, this is what’s ahead for the 17 school, 2 Division Canada West.  It’s the longest and most involved playoff structure in the country.  We are assuming that UBC, the CIS host in March, plus 2 other playoff ‘survivors’ will be in that Final 8 on March 17-20 in Vancouver.

7 Pioneer Division teams and 3 Explorer teams are in …
Week 1 Play in Series (Best 2 of 3) at higher seed, with Series 1: P6 (#9) @ E3 (#8)
Series 2 is  P7 (#10) @ P5 (#7).
Week 2  are the 1/4 Finals (best 2 of 3, of course)  … A) Winner of Series 1 @ P1 (#1)
B) Winner of Series 2 @ E1 (#2), C) P4 (#6) @ P2 (#3), D) E2 (#5) @ P3 (#4)
Week 3  we get the CW Final 4 at the home of the highest seed.

More on Canada West’s post- Christmas schedule and expectations later ….


Overtime –

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  • We have a pair of pre-Christmas games for Trinity Western, as they travel to Klamath Falls, Oregon to play a pair with the Oregon Tech Owls on Dec. 22 and 23. After the New Year , the Spartans host the NW Indian College (Bellingham, WA).

 

  • Recruiting is in full swing, with high school / club / college players in action across the country.  Of course, it’s also a pursuit of talented, dependable import players, who might vault a CIS school up into immediate contention. Since the move by the CIS to allow 3 imports in the line-up, Canada West, in particular, has seen an influx of foreign players. Quickly, who are the top 3 new import players in the League this season?  More in a future post on the import quota and it’s effect on ‘local’ recruiting.