East to West, West to East



Tournaments bring some intriguing inter-league play

Early returns as we head into October play ... For all of the other 46 U-Sports teams, it is ‘reassuring’ to see that the Carleton Ravens appear to be back to familiar territory. (13 of the last 15 National titles have been won by Carleton!)  The Ravens, despite a scare in their Friday opener with Concordia (82-79 last 2 minute win), did sweep 3 games in the Guy Vetrie Memorial in Victoria.

Javon Masters, UNB, ‘Fillin’ it up’! photo – UNB Athletics

There are challengers, of course, and we will have to let more games play out this month before we anoint the Blackbirds.  In thee AUS … UNB wins their own Eric Garland Tournament over Saint Marys, UQAM, and Cape Breton, with the highlight being Javon Masters’ 45 point outburst vs the Capers.  Atlantic observers suggest it may be St. FX taking a run this season, but it’s usually a free-for-all, so we hold fire for a few weeks.

Ryerson Rams ace, Ammanuel Diressa

In the OUA and other points East, for detailed analysis readers would be best served by referencing Mark Wacyck’s excellent coverage in his  CanHoops.ca      Ottawa looks good in an 85-70 road win over Bishops,  while both Ryerson and Brock are poised to show their strength, and Windsor has a fair string of wins going.  In the ‘Q’ , Laval may be right in the mix, as they start well in a pair of road wins in Ontario (at Laurier, McMaster).  The Stingers followed their tight loss to Carleton with strong wins over both Guelph and Victoria McGill plays in Calgary this week, and they must be regarded as the Q favourites until someone knocks them off.

Now for Canada WestLethbridge is a 101-71 winner at home vs UNBC,

Dejon Burdeaux, Lethbridge lead guard

and the ‘Horns are sporting a ‘post-free’ line-up with some fresh new talent to make them one of the teams to watch in Canada West.  The Timberwolves played 3 games on the weekend, with a split at Mt. Royal on Fri/Saturday.

One of the biggest stories in the West has to be the changing roster for the Saskatchewan Huskies.  The ‘Dogs hammer Briercrest College in their traditional warm-up last Thursday, but they do not have ‘All-League’ star Shane Osayande, guard Chan De Ciman, forward Mack Burns, nor swingman, Jaylan Morgan.  More to come … (we still await the release of team rosters for many of the 17 teams.)

4th year guard, Jordan Charles, is back for the Vikes.

UBC-O had a close one at McMaster, then not so much with Toronto and WesternWinnipeg lost 2 competitive games at Lakehead, but the Wesmen have a core of solid returnees.  The UVic Vikes have a number of new faces, but they are a ‘work in progress’, as are most Canada West teams over the next few weeks.  Too early to tell, but Alberta, UBC, Calgary, and Lethbridge appear to be the most obvious contenders.



The schedule this week-  What a great weekend  of inter-League play ! 

Calgary Dinos host Acadia, McGill, and McMaster this weekend in one of several inter-league tournaments.

Thursday, Oct 5  –    Calgary Cup starts at UC –  Dinos vs McGill, McMaster vs Acadia  … also Saskatchewan at Toronto, Bishops at Victoria, Laurentian at Brandon, NAIT at Thompson Rivers

Friday, Oct 6      –  Calgary Cup … Calgary Acadia,  McMaster  McGill

Lethbridge at Medicine Hat Coll, at U of M … Manitoba  Algoma, Winnipeg Laurentian,  at UBC Invitational …  UBC  Bishops, Alberta Waterloo

Concordia hosts in Montreal … Stingers vs Regina,  York Dalhousie

Cape Breton’s Fall Classic – Capers vs St. FX, UPEI   SAIT (Calgary)

Saturday  , Oct 7 –   at UC …  Calgary  McMaster, Acadia McGill , at UBC … T-Birds  Waterloo,  Alberta  Bishops, in Winnipeg … Wesmen  Algoma , Manitoba  Laurentian,  in Montreal … Concordia  Dalhousie, Regina  York. at Cape Breton … Capers  UPEI , St. FX  SAIT  ,   Also … Saskatchewan at Ryerson  ,  Lethbridge vs Medicine Hat,  Trinity Western and UBC-O

Sunday , Oct 8 –   Victoria vs Waterloo,   at CBU … Capers  SAIT, St. FX  UPEI,  at Concordia … Stingers  York,  Regina  Dalhousie

Spartans – Bobcats After a Win


D.J. Jordan and his Brandon Bobcats will be looking for win # 1 at TWU this weekend.

D.J. Jordan and his Brandon Bobcats will be looking for win # 1 at TWU this weekend.

Spartans or Bobcats to ‘spoil perfect record’ –

Feature Series –  Brandon  at Trinity Western –  Heartlessly we refer to this as ‘The Battle of the Titans’;  two teams who are having very disappointing and frustrating seasons.  Don’t forget that you have very talented players on both teams, and they dedicate a great deal of time and effort to their sport.  Let’s hope the games are well-played and competitive !  Lucas Mannes, Vartan Tanielian, and TWU? Go Spartans !  Or will it be D.J Jordan, Earl Thompson Jr. and Brandon? Go Bobcats !

Alberta (7-6) at Lethbridge  (7-5) –  Two teams in the heat of the playoff battle, who would both love to sweep, but know the odds are on a split.  If the Bears get Sebastian Denault back on the court, their size / power may be a big factor, with Brody Clarke starting to put his stamp on every game. Alberta could use 1 more perimeter shooter to hit shots (couldn’t we all) against the zone defensive schemes of U of L.  The ‘Horns have been leaning heavily on their 2 mainstays, Brandon Brine and Rob Olsen;  they may need wider contributions, should either star have an off-night.

Can Jordan Charles and UVic knock off the UBC T-Birds in Victoria this weekend?

Can Jordan Charles and UVic knock off the UBC T-Birds in Victoria this weekend?    photo- AP Shutter.com

UBC (10-4) at Victoria (7-7) –  This, in past seasons would have been the ‘big show’, but for the rival Thunderbirds’ first visit to the new CARSA Centre, it lacks that drama, with the Vikes floundering in the middle stages of this season.  UBC comes with the ‘eye of the hunters’, as they chase the UC Dinos for top spot in the Pioneer, while UVic are fighting for their playoff lives.  The Vikes want to set themselves back on course, after dropping 7 of 10 games in the last 5 League weekend series’.  Which headline is more likely? “Conor Morgan comes home to lead the ‘Birds to victory”?  Or  “Vikes Rally, and Upset T-Bird Rivals” ?

Regina (8-4) at Manitoba (9-5) – Two top teams coming off big wins last Saturday (Regina at UBC, Manitoba at Lethbridge), and the home court is a reassuring sight for the Herd.  The Bisons have won 10 of the past 11 games against the Cougars, and both teams may as strong as they’ve been for at least the past 5 – 6 seasons. Keith Omoerah, A.J. Basi, Wyatt Anders, and Justus Alleyn have been stellar for UM, but Regina’s Tull brothers, Alex Igual, Aaron McGowan, and Travis Sylvestre will try to use their momentum to get at least a split.

Saskatchewan (4-8)  at Winnipeg (7-5) – With rumours of some discord in the Huskies camp surrounding rookie guard, Jacquin Bennett-Boire, Saskatchewan faces the Wesmen in Winnipeg. U of S may have their role reduced to ‘spoilers’, just as UW appears to be solidifying their game, and seeking a playoff berth.  Jelane Pryce, Denzel Lynch-Blair, and big rebounder, Ryan Oirbans have been coming on strong, as the Wesmen play the first of 6 straight home games. The ‘Dogs will look to big man, Shane Osayande, and guards, Evan Ostertag and Chan DeCiman to lead them back on the winning track.

Calgary is on a bye week in the Pioneer, and the entire 6-team Explorer Division are taking a mid-winter break.

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 3.07.27 PMRyerson Rams- the New # 1

For the first time since November of 2012, a team other than Carleton or Ottawa is in the #1 slot of the Coaches Top 10 poll !  The Ryerson Rams, who beat both the Ravens and Gee-Gees last week in Toronto jumped ahead of their OUA rivals. McMaster jumps over Brock, while McGill loses 3 spots, with 2 losses, and Calgary climbs to # 6 with their 8th straight win.

> Note – the CIS Nationals wildcard spot will go to an OUA team – done!

CIS Scores –
Cape Breton  100  St. FX  86 – a sweep of the home and home series for the Capers, with this return match delayed by last week’s big storm.



Overtime –

  • MRU Coach , Marc Dobell, mirroring the thoughts of most Explorer
    MRU Coach Marc Dobell is happy to have time to rest his team.

    MRU Coach Marc Dobell is happy to have time to rest his team.

    teams getting this week off,  “It is good. We are banged up. We were playing without one player tonight (last Saturday at TRU). A fifth-year player (James Lefebvre, forward) who would have made a big difference for us. He is going to get a chance to recover along with another guy who played limited minutes tonight because he is sore. It is a good time for us to heal some of our nicks and wounds and start focusing in on the last three weekends.” From TRU Athletics – Larry Read.

  • Senior Nights honouring the ‘graduating’ 5th year players across the League are cropping as early as next weekend … Feb. 5/6/7, and through the last regular season games on Feb. 20.  Good reason to get to the gym and see the games live; if you’re alum, you can pay special attention to the young men who will be joining your elite group !

Topsy-Turvy Pioneer Division


Burdeaux Drives Pronghorns Along Winning Path

Deion Burdeaux is a one-man gang for the surging Pronghorns. photo - UL Athletics

Dejon Burdeaux is a one-man gang for the surging Pronghorns.    photo – UL Athletics


Hot and Not … This Past Weekend –

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Lethbridge Pronghorns get everyone’s undivided attention with 2 emphatic 'hornd copydismemberments of the visiting Victoria Vikes in L.A. last Friday and Saturday.   Their ‘combo-zone’ defense upset the Vikes rhythm, and the ‘Run With the ‘Horns offense’ ruined UVic’s defensive stat-line as well. The caution here, of course, is that U of L has 14 games in January and February, but for now, ‘Horns Nation’ is all fired up !

The Manitoba Bisons are tied on top with UBC after winning 2 at Brandon, their 4th straight;  the Herd are pumped up about the emergence of a deeper, more experienced, and more ‘ready for prime-time’ line-up.  Justus Alleyn and Keith Omoerah aren’t the headliners, but they, along with stars, AJ Basi and Wyatt Anders give U of M a real shot.  Their schedule in the 2nd half is very rugged, so nothing for granted yet!

The UBC T-Birds are the biggest team in Canada West, right through their playing roster, and they can intimidate with that size and their veteran play.  Their split in Calgary gave them reason to celebrate Friday’s solid win, then grimace on Saturday after Calgary ran away from them late. Jordan-Jensen Whyte has played with great intensity, and David Wagner is strong inside.  Can they find the chemistry to get as cohesive as they would want as the season wears on?

The Calgary Dinos are also a team showing signs of inconsistency, but, at their best, they are right there near the top rung.  Lars Schleuter, when’s aggressive on the boards and with his outside shot, can help UC grow into a championship contender.  The guards, Torrez McKoy, David Kapinga, and the redoubtable Thomas Cooper, can ratchet up the pressure and offensive pace.

The Alberta Golden Bears, getting some encouraging lead guard play from Colby Jackson, got 2 home wins to begin a hopeful crawl back ‘into the mix’.  The Saskatchewan Huskies bring in a ‘relief shooter’, Jonathan Karwacki, to ‘steal’ the 2nd win over the TWU Spartans, and may have saved their season with it.

The Victoria Vikes have to be asking themselves lots of questions after as discouraging a weekend as they’ve had in several seasons.  Lethbridge exposed some weaknesses on both ends, and UVic will need to have their vets pull everyone together.  The break may be exactly what they may need;  the Vikes are a long way from done, and are sure to respond.

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The Thompson Rivers WolfPack put themselves squarely in the role of  favourites in the Explorer, with as big a domination of the Fraser Valley Cascades as any team in recent memory.  The firepower increases, with Luke Morris asserting his role alongside Reese Pribilsky, Volodymyr Iegorov, and Josh Wolfram.  The ‘Pack look like a team headed for the Final 4 in Canada West , and maybe ….

The Fraser Valley Cascades will look forward to mid-February , when they get TRU in their own gym in Abbotsford.  They know they are not as bad as they may have felt after Saturday’s loss, and they’ll hope to get Nate Brown and Mark Johnson back for January games.

The 4 teams at .500 or below … Okanagan, Mac, Northern BC, and Mt. Royal … all had a ‘kiss your sister’ weekend.  Glass half- full or half-empty.  Let’s remember , third place is one definite playoff target, and 4th is nowhere.  Time left for everyone, but a couple of 2 -win weekends are a must for the Cougars, for example.

This week’s ‘Prime -Time Players’ –

Dejon Burdeaux has the 'Horns on the run !

Dejon Burdeaux has the ‘Horns on the run !

Dejon Burdeaux, Lethbridge –  is shooting 58.7 % from the floor, which would be solid for a post man, but it’s phenomenal, since he is a 6-0 guard !  He scores 15 ppg, as well as 3.8 assists and 3.8 steals; the  3rd year Oakland, CA import is a major ‘impact guy’ for this veteran ‘Horns team, at both ends of the court. Last weekend, in 2 home wins over Victoria, Burdeaux posted 44 points, 15 assists, 9 rebounds, and 9 steals … nicely done, young man!


Thomas Cooper, Calgary –  may be a permanent fixture on this weekly list of stand-outs, as he is consistently providing the Dinos with the scoring and rebounding he brings each night.How does 66 points and 17 rebounds sound for production from the 6-5 Chattanooga, TN native in Calgary’s split with UBC?  He continues to lead Canada West scorers – 27.5 ppg, and is 5th in rebounding at 8.8 rpg.

Mamadou Gueye, Alberta – this 6-7 wing man takes the Golden Bears on his back and carries them to a sweep over Regina, with his 57 points and 14 rebounds in the 2 game set.  There is lots of pressure on the Quebec native to give this young Bears team this type of leadership, and he appears to be up to the task!

James Lefebvre , Mt. Royal – the 5th year post man rallied his Cougars for a much-needled win over UNBC on Saturday, with his 24 point/10 rebound effort. He totals 37 points and 21 rebounds for the weekend, and MRU may still have life as he and fellow veteran, Derek Wolf, point them in the right direction.

Luke Morris, T. Rivers –  Yet another member leaps out from the ‘Pack !  Morris has his best career weekend, by far, as TRU whips up on rivals UFV to claim first in the Explorer. The 6-4 Mission, BC product totals 38 points and 25 rebounds, and gives the Wolves yet another weapon to take on the challengers.

And yet more notable performances –  Josh Wolfram, TRU, with 32 points and 27 rebounds against Fraser Valley … Rhys Elliott, UNBC,  just keeps on ticking along, with 2 more solid games (45 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) vs MRU … Kelvin Smith TWU, gets the Spartans tantalizingly close to their 1st win with his 29 point game on Saturday vs Saskatchewan … Thadius Galvez, MacEwan, is becoming the Griffs steadiest offensive threat, as he totals 37 points and 6 steals in a split vs UBC-O.


Sunday CIS Score   –

Atlantic –  Cape Breton 85 Memorial 65   …


Overtime –

Vijay Dhillon carries the scoring load for UFV.

Vijay Dhillon carries the scoring load for UFV.

  • UFV Coach, Adam Friesen,  after Friday’s game at TRU, with a ‘state of affairs’ and priorities for his Cascades, “We are really banged up,” said Friesen, alluding to injuries that have sidelined starters Nate Brown and Mark Johnson. “Vijay (Dhillon) is one of our few healthy bodies at the moment. He knew he had to come in here and be aggressive. He really stepped up and played well.” “We are going to have to find a way to clamp down on defence,” Friesen added. “Offensively things will always be tough for us currently. We need to find a way to get stops and limit rebounds.” From Dan Kinvig, UFV Athletics
  • Veteran Victoria Times-Colonist Sportswriter, Cleve Dheenshaw, on the Vikes’ latest sojourn to Lethbridge,  “As a host, Lethbridge has earned a reputation over the years as being the Canada West basketball equivalent of old-school junior hockey Flin Flon or the NFL Raiders’ Black Hole in Oakland. In good years or bad for the Pronghorns, it’s always a challenge going in there for opposing teams. “
  • U of L Coach, Mike Hansen, after his ‘Horns took those 2 games from the Vikes, “The league has beaten each other up,” said Hansen. “Everybody is backed up in the middle. I think two points separate first to ninth and it’s important that we win at home. That was my message to the guys, this game will define who we want to be this year. Do we want to be a team that’s happy to be in the playoffs or that team that pushes to be in the upper echelon? I’m really proud of the guys.” From an article in the Lethbridge Herald by Dale Woodard       
  •  There are still 3 games to be played in Canada West this coming weekend.  The Winnipeg Wesmen meet the  green Cougars  in Regina, Friday/Saturday, Dec 4/5, and the Calgary Dinos host the Alberta Golden Bears on Saturday in the first of their home and home series. The 2nd game for UC and U of A is February 20 in Edmonton.


Calgary Cages the Cougars


Final Day at the CBU Fall Classic, Sydney, NS –  

Dinos grab win behind the 23 pt. output by guard, Jhony Verrone.

Dinos grab win behind the 23 pt. output by guard, Jhony Verrone. – photo- David Moll, UC

Consolation side –  Calgary 100 Regina 88  – A 56 point 2nd half put the Dinos in the passing lane, as they shoot 50% FG, and score 26/33 from the line vs 11/21 for the Cougars. Jhony Verrone has a stellar game for Calgary, with 23 points/ 3 asst/ 3 reb, and Thomas Cooper adds 20 pts/6 rebs.  Matt Ellis is 15 pts/6 boards off the bench, and is a perfect 5/5 from the floor, and the same from the line.  Regina has 4 players in double figures, with Alex Igual cashing 24/ 5 boards/ 3 asst.   Box Score 

Acadia 69 Cape Breton 57 – Cold shooting hands both ways … Capers are 0-3 on home court this week; Meshack Lufile deserves more help, as he is one of the real warriors in the CIS .  Box Score 

Mustangs capture the Capers Fall Classic title.

Mustangs capture the Capers Fall Classic title with a solid win over Panthers.

The Final –   Western 95 UPEI 83 – Western is playing like a Top 10 (Top 5?) team, with  Greg Morrow filling it up in the paint with 32 pts/ 7 rebounds, plus 9 big assists. Judson Tavernier shoots from outside as well as anyone we’ve seen this season … 7/12 tonight, and 25 pts/7 rebs/ 4 assists. The Mustangs are an exceptional passing team … 32 assists in this game. The Panthers get 24 pts from Tyler Scott, and 19 pts/13 rebounds from Dut-Dut. Box Score

for 3rd,  St. FX 94 Nipissing 81- 20 pts each from Julius Antoine and Kevin Bercy, as X shoots 52% from the floor. Box Score  

In Ontario –      Victoria 71 at Guelph 65  –  the Vikes get a road win against the Gryphons  as Jordan Charles (3rd year, W) scores 19, Grant Sitton 15, and Mack Roth 14. Ahmed Haroon hits for 23 pts for Guelph. Box Score

At the  Golden Bear Invitational , Edmonton    –

Lethbridge  83  UNBC  56 – Import guard, Dejon Burdeaux sparks the UL attack with 23 pts on 8/9 FG shooting and adds 5 steals, while Brandon Brine scores 15.  (This box score is a bit goofy)  UNBC gets 19 from Elliot Rowe and 17 by Colin Plumb. Box Score

Queen’s 74 Alberta 68 – Better shooting by the Gaels  and a few costly turnovers by Alberta, as they take a home loss. Mamadou Gueye scores 22, but no one else hits double figures for the Bears.  Queen’s has Sukhpreet Sing leading with 20 points, and Tanner Graham scores 18 and has 5 steals  Box Score


The Lea Marc Printing Tourn. – U. Winnipeg –Unknown-2

 Fraser Valley 72  Manitoba 67 –  Vijay Dhillon scores 19 points, as the Cascades sweep the Winnipeg event.  (write-up by Dan Kinvig, UFV)  no Box Score

Winnipeg  73  Brandon  61–  Winnipeg gets the win as Jelane Pryce records a double of 24 pts/10 rebs. Ryan Oirbans claims 14 big boards for the Ws. Brandon has 13 pts from D.J. Jordan.  Box Score

More CIS Scores – Seattle Mountaineers 92 UBC 89 –  Conor Morgan scores 28 pts for UBC, Bishop’s 79 Laurentian 77, St. Mary’s 91 Laurier 87, Brock  92 Ryerson 83, UQAM 75 Waterloo 58, Windsor 84 Concordia 65, Lakehead 72 York 71, Toronto 76 Algoma 65



Overtime – 

  • Dejon Burdeaux is making an impact for Lethbridge; witness the elusive box score from Fridays ‘Horns-Gaels OT game we get from David Wells, our agent in ‘The South’. ‘The ‘Mustard Man’ (Dejon – Dijon … oh, never mind) drops 30 points, including 18/20 free throws. He touches the ball often, and he takes it to the defense.  We also admire Brandon Brine’s 23 pt/13 rebs. double.
  •   Alberta Coach Craddock has a good look at his whole den of Bears in a pasting of the UNBC T’Wolves on Friday, with everyone getting good minutes, and all score … Mamadou Gueye score 19, and Brody Clark has an 11 pt/10 reb double.
  • UBC Coach, Kevin Hanson, after his ‘Birds fell just short to Seattle on Saturday, “We didn’t play very good basketball, we didn’t run our systems very well, and we’ve got to go back to the drawing board,” said Hanson. “We need to play the way we practice – we practice with so much intensity, but for whatever reason, we were a bit tight today, with the first game on the home court here. It’s the first time that half of our guys have even played on this floor. Good experience though, it’s part of growth and part of what the season’s all about.” (From Aaron Martin, Sports Information Assistant, UBC)

Dinos and Cougars Get Wins



At the CBU Fall Classic, Sydney, NS –  

Cooper Continues To Impress in Dinos Win Over Capers –

(Consolation side) –  Calgary 68   Cape Breton 63 – Calgary takes charge in the middle frames with a 39-30 advantage, then the Capers get some quick scores at the end to make it closer.  Neither team really has the offensive flow tonight, and the shooting is cooler than the coaches might hope. 24 pts/ 9 rebounds for Thomas Cooper, who has sparked the Dinos in each outing of the pre-season. David Kapinga has a steady game at the point, with 13 points, and Calgary limits themselves to 11 turnovers vs 19 for CBU. Meshack Lufile scores 22 / 7 rebounds for the Capers.  Dinos play in the Consolation final at 2 pm   Atlantic vs Regina.  CBU vs Acadia at 12 noon in the 7/8 game  Box Score

Regina 107 Acadia 94 – Regina almost wins with a 4th quarter blitz, but Acadia gets it to OT;  cue the Cougars offense, which rains on the Axemen 19-6, as Jonathan Tull cashes 33 pts. against his former team.  Good team effort by the Cougs, with 19 from Brandon Tull, 18 by Alex Igual, and some good work off the bench by Brian Ofori and Aaron McGowan. Erik Nissen, the Acadia post, matches Tull’s 33 points, and adds 14 rebounds. Box Score

In the Championship Semi-finals – UPEI  96 Nipissing  74Box Score

 Western 83 St. FX 72 Box Score

The Final on Saturday is PEI vs Western at 8 pm Atlantic, Nipissing – St. FX for 3rd at 6 pm.

At the  Golden Bear Invitational  on Friday  –

Lethbridge  96 Queen’s 95   OT – Horns hang on to win in OT. Brandon Brine with two free throws with a second left to win.  (From the intrepid D. Wells in L.A.)

Alberta  99  UNBC  45


The Lea Marc Printing Tourn. – U. Winnipeg –

Manitoba 92 Brandon 74-  Manitoba shoots over 50% FG, led by AJ Basi’s 18, with 4 in double figures; Wyatt Anders has a double of 14 pts/10 boards.  DJ Jordan is high for the ‘Cats with 27 pts, while Earl Thompson scores 15 / 11 rebounds.  Box Score

Fraser Valley 71 Winnipeg  64 – Nate Brown leads the Cascades with 15 points, Mark Johnson 14 pts/9 boards. After trailing by 20 in the 3rd stanza, the Wesmen come back to 57-55 down; Denzel Lynch-Blair is tops for UW with 14 pts/ 9 rebs. 45% FG for UFV, 34% for the Ws.  Box Score


In Ontario –  at McMaster 95 Victoria 78  –    Vike lose their 2nd straight Leon Alexander, scored 20 pts. for Mac, while Victoria was led by Mac Roth, with  a game-high 24 pts. McMaster were 56% on FG% and UVIc was also sharp, with 51%.   no box score here.

Dalhousie 82 Algoma 53, Laurier 81 Bishop’s 72, St. Mary’s 85 Laurentian 76. Ryerson 83 UQAM 67, Windsor 76 Lakehead 59, York 93 Waterloo 78, Brock 74 Concordia 68


Overtime – 

  • The Dinos are without their rookie point man, Torrez McKoy, who stayed home in Calgary after suffering a practice injury.  He is expected back in time for League play.
  •   It has been ‘over the boards‘ with all players this Fall season for many teams … Calgary has 10 playing significant minutes in most games, as does Regina.  Some teams (Lethbridge, Saskatchewan) are getting good play from their supporting cast, with injuries keeping starters off the floor.  The coaches are looking for cohesion, and to give each roster player a taste of action before the bench is shortened for for League games.
  •  Not sure why information is so sketchy with pre-season games … we would expect schools/teams to get info, results out.  Not great marketing.  One guy who definitely gets it done is Dan Kinvig, the SID at Fraser Valley; every team, every time.

Rough Night for Canada West

xxx and the CBU Capers lose their round 1 game to the Western Mustangs.

Meshack Lufile and the CBU Capers lose their round 1 game to the Western Mustangs.            photo – CBU Athletics


X-Men Feed on Dinos’ Last- Second Turnovers 

St. FX 86  Calgary 84 – A pair of late turnovers doom the Dinos, as Tyrell Edwards hits the winner with 3 seconds left for the X-Men.  X were up  35-21 after an 18-0 run to end the 1st and start the 2nd quarter,  but Thomas Cooper provides an offensive boost when he gets back in the game, while  Mitch Ligertwood, and Matt Ellis are consistently getting to the ball on the boards.  Lars Schleuter finds his scoring touch, and Calgary storms back for a 44-44 tie at the half. It was back and forth in the final 20 minutes, but a series of inside misses prevented Calgary from pulling away. Cooper was the game-high scorer with 22, Schleuter has 15, and Ellis doubled with 11 pts/10 boards/ 3 blocks.  Edwards scored 21 for St. FX, who will play Western in the evening semi-finals, while Calgary goes to the consolation side against CBU on Friday at 3 pm Atlantic. Box Score

UPEI 84  Regina 79 – the Cougars fall just short, and might blame it on some loose play in the middle frames, where they are blasted 58-39 by the mercurial Panthers.  4 players in double figures for PEI, topped by 20 from Tyler Scott, and Dut Dut grabs 13 boards to go with 13 points. 30 points from Jonathan Tull for U of R, but the scoring isn’t there from his mates; Regina shoots just 35%. PEI shoots 22/26 from the line to only 12/14 for Regina.  On Friday the Panthers play in one semi-final against Nipissing, while Regina meets Acadia in a consolation game at 1 pm Atlantic. Box Score

Nipissing 94  Acadia  85Box Score        Western 71  Cape Breton 62 –   Box Score

+ Games in the CBU Tournament are televised on  AUS TV


Brock's xxx goes by the Vikes' bbb in the Badgers Thursday win.

Brock’s Matt Marshall goes by the Vikes’ Mack Roth in the Badgers Thursday win.           Photo – Brock  Athletics

In Ontario –   at Brock  99  Victoria   69 – To continue a rough Thursday evening for Canada West … the Badgers trounce the Vikes, who turn it over 25 times, and lose every quarter. 14 for Grant Sitton of UVic, but Brock get 32 from Dani Elgadi and 3 more in double figures. Box Score

In Edmonton Thursday – Lethbridge 85  MacEwan 67  – Brandon Brine scores 19 / 7 rebs and Dejon Burdeaux 22 pts for the ‘Horns. 14 points each for Keith Gerdes and Thomas Jereniuk of the Griffs.

Box Score


Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 9.33.28 AMThe Alberta Golden Bears are hosting the Golden Bear Invitational  – on Friday and Saturday- (with a modified 4-team draw).  Queen’s from the OUA join UNBC, Lethbridge and the hosts.  Lethbridge will be without shooting guard, Rob Olsen, who is away doing an interview for Dentistry School, and they still have the injury bug, so may be missing a couple of big men as well.



Overtime – 

  • Not sure why Alex Igual, Regina’s point man, played limited minutes (16) vs UPEI , but UFV transfer Aaron McGowan came in and did a good job at that spot in the Spaniard’s absence.

Thunderbirds and Vikes -Previews

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Conor Morgan gives the 'Birds a versatile scoring threat.

Conor Morgan gives the ‘Birds a versatile scoring threat.


UBC Thunderbirds – Coach Kevin Hanson, 16th year

This is a big year for T-Birds Basketball, as they prepare to host the CIS Final 8 Nationals next March.  The ‘Birds, led by 5-time CW Coach of the Year, Kevin Hanson, have 7 new faces in their 12-man roster, and Hanson suggests, “ … it’s going to depend on how we jell;  how we work together as we build for March.” 

Of his 5 returnees, 4 have played big roles in previous seasons;  5th year forward , David Wagner, should be a very reliable scorer and rebounder as will Conor Morgan, who can play an ‘all-court’ offensive game.  Veteran guard, Jordan Jensen-Whyte has  experience, and exceptional quickness for a big guard. Coach Hanson recruited several players who are ready to step in immediately – wing man, Will Ondrik, red-shirted last season for UBC after 3 years at TRU, and guards Taylor Browne and Phil Jalalpoor will be in the rotation. Patrick Simon (ex-Simon Fraser) is a big body forward who will add depth up front.

The T-Birds won 2 of 3 in their own October Invitational, and Coach Hanson allowed that, “We liked the players’ effort and performance in our Tournament.”   The veteran coach would like nothing better than to have his Thunderbirds playing well enough to be a bonafide contender for that CIS title in the Spring.

UBC has more pre-season games vs the Seattle Mountaineers, Simon Fraser, Mt. Royal Cougars, and the ‘Fighting Geoducks’ of Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.  UBC plays their entire pre-season schedule in the ‘friendly confines’ of War Memorial Gym.

Returnees –

Elijah Campbell-Axson   G      6-0,  2nd Year,    Vancouver

Jordan Jensen-Whyte   G     6-6,   4,  Calgary

David Wagner          F   6-9,      5,     Kamloops

Conor Morgan      W    6-9,      3,       Victoria

Luka Zaharijevic     F    6-7,     3,      Vancouver

Will Ondrik             F    6-7,      4,     Vernon, tsf Thompson Rivers

New Thunderbirds –

A.J. Holloway        G      6-2,    4,         Tacoma, WA, tsf Bellevue Comm. Coll.

Taylor Browne        G      6-2,    1,         Surrey, Holy Cross  HS

Phil Jalalpoor          G      6-2     3         Shifferstadt, Germany, tsf Olds Coll.

Dominic Gilbert        F      6-6     1          Sydney, Australia, Reno International Prep

Patrick Simon          F      6-8      2       Port Coquitlam,  tsf Simon Fraser

Roger Milne             F      6-8      1        Winnipeg, Oak Park HS



Mack Roth is set to shine for UVic

Mack Roth is set to shine for Victoria                – photo Ali Lee, UVic

Victoria Vikes – Coach Craig Beaucamp – 13th year

UVic Coach Craig Beaucamp, another 5-time CW Coach of the Year winner, contends that “ Our best recruits are our returning players; they’ve worked hard, and developed their skills, strength, and knowledge of our game.”  He puts great stock in his players doing things, ‘the Vikes way”, and the defending Canada West champs will be determined to  compete at that level again this season.

The latest ‘reincarnation’ of feisty guard Brandon Dunlop give the Vs a great leader at the point, and  Mack Roth has become somewhat of a go-to scorer, with his range and strength to get inside, while Reiner Theill will be the defensive stopper, who can hit timely shots. Grant Sitton is extremely skilled offensively, and has the size to out-match perimeter defenders.

Frankly, the one man who will be ‘impossible to replace’ is  Chris McLaughlin, now a pro in Austria, after earning the League MVP last year;  UVic ‘lived large’ off his scoring and rebounding dominance. Early results show that there is much work to be done as the season wears on, but “ … our best local recruiting class in many years gives us great confidence for the future”, says Beaucamp. Indeed, the addition of 1st year players such as Josh Charles, Tyus Barfoot, and 2nd year transfer Billy Yaworsky give instant depth to the team.

The Vikes are on the road for the next 2 weekends, in S. Ontario , then at Eastern Oregon for 2 games on the 30/31st.  Their opening League weekend (Nov. 6/7) has them at home against the Saskatchewan Huskies.


Grant Sitton             F     6-8, 4th year, Brush Prairie, WA

Reiner Theil              W   6-5,   5, West Vancouver

Kai Greene            G   5-10, 2, Seattle

Mack Roth             F     6-6,   5,  Saskatoon

Brandon Dunlop    G     6-1,  5,   Victoria

Jordan Charles       G    6-5, 3, Duncan, BC

Justin Kinnear           F    6-6, 3, Montreal

Hassan Abdullahi    G   6-3, 3, Scarborough, ON

Hayden Lejeune F    6-7, 2, Chilliwack

New Vikes – 

Jason Scully           F 6-4, 1, Victoria /St. Michael’s

Josh Charles          F 6-5, 1, Duncan, BC/Cowichan

Tyus Barfoot          F 6-5, 1, Nanaimo /Nanaimo District

Graeme Hyde-Lay   G 6-1, 1,  Victoria /St. Michael’s

Billy Yaworsky        F 6-7 Winnipeg – tsf/Skagit Valley Jr Coll

Taylor  Montgomery-Stinson     G    6-3, 1 , Victoria / Claremont


Overtime – 

  •   Here’s the Regina / Calgary schedule for the Cape Breton Tournament, starting Thursday.

Thursday                                    Friday                                  Saturday

1-Regina – UPEI                        Winner 1 vs  W2                    Championship

2-Nipissing-Acadia                    Loser 1 vs L 2                          3rd place

3-Calgary-St. FX                        Winners game                             5th

4-Cape Breton-Western                 Losers                                    7-8

  • Other Thursday games-  Victoria at Brock  , Bishop’s at Guelph ; the Vikes continue with games at McMaster on Friday, and Guelph Saturday.
  • Our condolences to the family of Lon Doty, who passed away earlier this week. A great Dad to his children, he was a big Calgary Dinos supporter during and after his son Steve played for Gary Howard back in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.  Lon made a big commitment to his community, both in business and in his generous work for charities.  He was a tremendous friend to so many, and he will be fondly remembered by those who knew him.
  • Recruiting news – Here’s a nice story by Howard Tsumura on a star 2-sport athlete, Parker Stimson, from Kelowna HS.   He’s likely to be pursued by schools like UBC, Calgary, Alberta  et al … those who have football and basketball.  Truly, it’s a very tough assignment to be successful at both sports while studying at a university, but it’s hard for some athletes to give up on one or the other game.

Calgary and Trinity Western – Previews



Calgary Dinos – Coach Dan Vanhooren, 16th Year

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‘Parity’  is a word being tossed about by some  Canada West coaches as we approach the 2015-16 season, while Coach Dan Vanhooren is feeling carefully optimistic about the Dinos’ chances. “We like our team. We are deeper everywhere, and have a nice mixture of experience and young talent”, said Vanhooren. UC lost 5th years, Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson and Phil Barndt, but have returnees Josh Owen-Thomas, Matt Letkeman, Dallas Karch, and Jasdeep Gill in either their 4th or 5th years at UC.

But, perhaps the most striking difference in the playing roster is the emergence of a group of former ‘lesser-lights’ who have developed into potentially major contributors. The post trio of Mitch Ligertwood, Connor Foreman, and Matt Ellis give the forward line a fresh new look, with 4th year transfer Sunny Johal also in the mix.

 Calgary's Lars Schleuter

Calgary’s  long range shooter, Lars Schleuter  – photo D. Moll

At guard, the team has similar depth, with rookie Winnipeg high school star, Torrez McKoy, displaying “ … uncommon poise and leadership for a young point guard”, says Vanhooren.  Jhony Verrone, Corey Hauck, and David Kapinga are all itching to make their mark as well.

Last year’s CW Rookie of the Year, Lars Schleuter, brings a dangerous outside threat, and import guard, Thomas Cooper, has demonstrated a deft scoring touch and a nose for the ball on the boards. Calgary finishes their pre-season with the CBU Capers Fall Classic in Nova Scotia this weekend, then hosts Winnipeg for the start of League play on Nov. 6/7.

Dinos Returnees-

Corey Hauck       G   5-10, 2nd, Abbotsford, B.C., Mouat

Jasdeep Gill        G    6-5, 4th, Chestermere, AB , Chestermere

Dallas Karch        F    6-6, 4th, Calgary, Wisewood

Jhony Verrone     G    6-0, 3rd, Montreal, Vanier Coll.

Josh Owen -Thomas  G    6-1, 5th, Adelaide, S.AUS

Lars Schleuter      F      6-8,  2nd, Ulm, GER

Matt Letkeman     F    6-6, 5th, Abbotsford, B.C., Yale

Mitch Ligertwood    F  6-7, 3rd, Port Moody, B.C., Heritage Woods

Matt Ellis               F    6-7, 2nd, Calgary,  Manning

Connor Foreman   F   6-6, 3rd, Camrose, AB, Camrose

Jordan Handel      G   6-4, 3rd, Red Deer , Notre Dame

New Dinos- 

David Kapinga      G    5-11,  2nd,  Calgary, St. Mary’s HS

Thomas Cooper    G,   6-5, 4th,  Chattanooga, TN, (tsf Univ. of Nebraska, Kearney)

Torrez McKoy         G   5-11, 1st, Winnipeg, MBCI HS

Luke Praught          G   6-4, 1st (red-shirt), Canmore, AB, Canmore

Sunny Johal            F   6-7, 4th (red-shirt), Abbotsford, B.C., tsf. U. New Brunswick


Trinity Western Spartans – Coach Aaron Muhic, 1st year

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The Spartans come off their worst season (2-18) in recent memory, and have an experienced U.S. small college coach, Aaron Muhic, working to revitalize the program.  It may take a season to have his ideas translate to wins on the court , but he’s hoping that a couple of key veterans can help the cause immediately.

Kelvin Smith looks like he will have to carry much of the scoring load, and Jesse Jeffers needs to stay healthy, and be his usual robust self on the boards. Lucas Mannes looks to be a leader in the back-court, with his combo game, and Matt Blackaby seems ready to step up his game with this new opportunity.

TWU work-horse, Kelvin Smith

TWU work-horse, Kelvin Smith – TWU Athletics

Vartan Tanielian has a good array of offensive skills, and, as a big guard, can make an impact. The 7-1 Matt Hayashi “ … has a real passion for the game”, says his coach. “Matt works extremely hard every time he’s on the court.”  Another notable addition is import is Sebastian Eliason, a strong wing man, who can score inside or out. The ‘biggest point man in Canada West’  has to be import Dean Richey, who has his experience at Spokane Comm. Coll. to help with his formidable task.

TWU is 0-4 in the pre-season to date, with games vs Mt. Royal and Evergreen State in Langley next  week, then they start League play at Victoria on the 6/7 Nov.


Josiah Allison           G     6-2, 2nd year, Abbotsford

Kelvin Smith             W    6-5,  5th, Los Angeles

Patrick Vandervelden F    6-9, 4th, Abbotsford

Vartan Tanielian          G   6-4, 2nd, Surrey

Eric Rogers                G    6-4, 2nd, Chilliwack

Peter Spanghehi        W     6-3 ,  3rd, Surrey

Jesse Jeffers               F      6-6, 5th, N. Vancouver

Matt Blackaby            G       6-2, 4th, Maple Ridge

Lucas Mannes            G       6-1, 3rd, Chilliwack

New Spartans – 

Kyle Rose                    G     6-0, Scarborough, ON, J. Vanier

Sebastian Eliason         W    6-5,  2nd,  Denmark

Dean Richey                G-F   6-5, 3rd,  Spokane, tsf Spokane CC

Fraser Curry                 F       6-4, 1st, Ottawa, Woodroffe

Matt Hayashi                F       7-1, 1st (red-shirt), Langley, Churchill

Phil Weston                  F       6-5, 1st , Chilliwack


Canada West Game Scores – Sat. and Sun. –   at Calgary 80  Mt. Royal 78 –  Both coaches empty the bench, as the Dinos have 4 in double figures, including newcomers, David Kapinga with 11 pts./ 7 steals, and Thomas Cooper a double of 11 pts/10 rebs. Derrick Wolfe scores 17 and Tyis Yellowhorn 14 for MRU, who also get a double of 11 pts/11 boards from T.T. Thokbuom.  Box Score.

at Thompson Rivers U. Tournament –  TRU 74 TWU Spartans 48 –  The 1-2 punch for the ‘Pack … Volodymyr Iegorov with 18 pts/11 boards, Josh Wolfram 13 / 11, and Kelvin Smith hits 15 pts. for the Spartans. Box Score

Great Falls 66 UBC-O 60 –   Aldrich Berrios scores 14 points for the Heat, and Austin Penrose grabs 8 boards. Darren Lockett scores 20 points for the winning Argos.  Box Score

Rocky Mountain Coll. 81 Lethbridge 65 – Chris Maughan  racks up 22 pts /13rebs,  Rob Olsen with 20 pts and Will Hickey 19.

at the Graham Construction, Saskatchewan Tournament  – Saskatchewan 90  Regina 87 –  Evan Ostertag scores 24 pts/ 4 asst., Jauquin Bennett-Boire has 17 / 4 asst. for the Huskies,  and Jonathan Tull counts 21 pts/ 5 asst., plus 5 other Cougars in double figures.  Box Score        Concordia 84  Windsor 75

Other CIS Games – Ottawa 95 Cape Breton 82, Carleton 101 Toronto 56, Queen’s 89 UQ-Montreal 87, McGill 77 York 58, UPEI 78 Maine-Ft. Kent 66, Dalhousie 93 Mt. St.Vincent 66, Laurier 102 Memorial (Nfld) 90,  Mercyhurst (PN) 70 Guelph 53,  Bishop’s 79 Acadia 68, St. Mary’s 112 at St. FX 108, UNB 94 Holland Coll. 93 … Cape Breton 98 U. Quebec -Montreal 85, UPEI 109 Holland Coll. 81, Toronto 83 Acadia 79, UNB 99 Maine-Ft. Kent 84, Carleton 88 Bishop’s 60. Mercyhurst 88 Laurier 77, Ryerson 103 Memorial 89, McGill 108 Waterloo 56


Overtime – 

Huskies post man, Matt Forbes is on the sidelines to start the season.

Huskies post man, Matt Forbes is on the sidelines to start the season.

  •   Saskatchewan may be without post man Matt Forbes for some time, after he iinjured his ankle at the UVic Tournament, and is on crutches awaiting further tests and treatment. Also hurting is 6-6, Shane Osayande, who is struggling with continuing ankle troubles of his own. Coach Barry Rawlyk says, “He is out indefinitely, but he is improving, and we hope to get him back after he recovers fully enough. “
  • How happy is Coach Scott Clark at TRU to have the outstanding Ukranian import, Volodymyr Iegorov, show up for grad studies in Kamloops?!  The Wolf Pack look like one of the tops in Canada West with him beside Josh Wolfram, and the offense being directed by veteran point man, Reese Pribilsky.
  •   The very tall, slender, shot-blocker, Tethloach Thokbuom, played well in  both games vs the Calgary Dinos this weekend; Coach Marc Dobell has to be pleased to have more height, with the 6-9 T.T., and 6-8 Brett Layton helping to patrol the paint.
  • The Lethbridge Pronghorns are playing annual games with nearby Montana schools.  Coach Mike Hansen has been trying to arrange for CIS schools from Eastern Canada to play pre-season in Lethbridge, but it’s not the cheapest, or most convenient travel schedule, so he has had no takers through this season. Maybe a bigger tournament format in cooperation with Mt. Royal and Calgary ?
  • Speaking of long pre-season trips, we have both the Calgary Dinos and Regina imagesCougars flying to Halifax, then driving up to Sydney, NS for the Cape Breton Capers Fall Classic, which runs Oct. 22 – 24. Also down East are the  UVic Vikes, who are in S. Ontario for games at Brock, McMaster, and Guelph,  Thurs-Fri-Sat.


UBC and Victoria Get Home Wins


T-Birds Go Up One on UNBC

at UBC Thunderbirds  83  UNBC  Timberwolves  77 –  The T-Birds chalk up a win in game 1, despite a late flurry by the ‘Wolves (10-2 in the last 3:45), as they out-shoot UNBC  49% to 41%, and out-rebound the visitors 45-39, Where they really cash in is at the foul line, hitting 13/19 (68%) to just 5/9 for the ‘Wolves.  It’s a game with not too much form, as each team won 2 quarters, and defensive focus wasn’t there consistently.

Tommy Nixon led the ‘Birds with 23 pts/10 rebounds, and Tonner Jackson added 16 pts/6 boards.  Rhys Elliott was high man for the T’Wolves with 19, but had only 3 in the 2nd half. Nolan Hanson hit 5/7 off the bench for 13 points for the T’Wolves, who will have to find a way on Friday, or their season ends.  Box Score


Vikes Pull Away From Alberta in the 4thV Vike

at Victoria Vikes  77  Alberta Golden Bears  62 – For 3/4s, this looked like another tight one, destined to go to the final seconds; then the Bears offense went completely dry, with just 9 in the 4th stanza.  UVic were sharp down the stretch as Junior Sesay, a freshman, came in to tally 11 pts, while Player of the Year, Chris McLaughlin, wore out the GBs with 20 points and 15 big rebounds. Marcus Tibbs scored 16 for the Vikes and added 4 helpers.

Alberta had 15 from both Ken Otieno and Joel Friesen, but shot 39% as a team, and far worse than that in the last 10 minutes. Points in the paint were 40-22 Victoria, and the Vikes collected 13 from turnovers, while Alberta were credited with none (seems far-fetched) .  Alberta showed earlier on that they could play with UVic, but they’ll have to do it with more composure for the full 40 on Friday, or they’re done.  Box Score

In Quebec on Thursday –

Concordia 79  UQAM 65  in a cross-town Montreal game, which took the Citadins out of the playoff picture in the RSEQ.

Overtime –

  • We have a hunch that Ken and Kathy Shields will be in attendance on Friday to watch what might be the final game played by a Vikes  team (Men or Women), on the court named for the legendary husband and wife coaching duo.  Between them, they won 15 CIS National championships,  and 24 Canada West titles.  They’re both in too many Halls of Fame to count, and they accomplished all of this together, building their lighthouse programs at the venerable McKinnon Gym.
  • Series are not won in a single game, and  one night can be different from the last, especially when the teams have had a 12 day lay-off between games.  Expect a pitched battle in Victoria, and a most spirited effort from UNBC in Vancouver.  There are 4 games on Friday as the other 2 Quarter-Finals get started in Saskatoon and Abbotsford.
  • The AUS Tournament gets underway with 2 games on Friday in Halifax –  Dalhousie vs Cape Breton, and Memorial facing Saint Mary’s.  The winners will go on to play UPEI and UNB, the top 2 seeds, in Saturday’s Semi-finals, with the Final slated for Sunday.

Eight Teams Left in CW Playoffs



Canada West Quarter-Finals start on Thursday.

Canada West Quarter-Finals start on Thursday.

Thursday –                          UNBC at UBC – 7 pm Pacific    Alberta at UVic – 7 pm Pacific

Friday –                                    Calgary at UFV – 6 pm Pacific   TRU at Sask. – 8 pm Central      UNBC at UBC – 7 pm Pacific    Alberta at UVic – 7 pm Pacific


Saturday –                                                                                                                            Game 3 in the T-Birds/T’Wolves and/or Bears/Vikes series, if necessary                              Calgary at Fraser Valley – 6 pm Pacific,  T. Rivers at Saskatchewan – 8 pm Central

Sunday –                                                                                                                                  Game 3 in the Dinos / Cascades and/or Wolf Pack / Huskies series, if necessary


A Snap-shot Preview of the Canada West Q-finals –

We have 5 Pioneer Division teams and all 3 of the Explorer teams in the Feb. 26th – March 1st Quarter-finals, with just #2 seed UFV now having a home-court among those 3 Explorer squads.

From top to bottom in the draw …

We have #1 Saskatchewan facing a #8 Thompson Rivers team which just won their 1st-ever playoff series, 2-0 vs Winnipeg last weekend. The Huskies faced the Wolf Pack in last year’s Q-final (winning comfortably in 2 straight) in Saskatoon, and have never lost to TRU. The twist here is that the games will be played on a high school court, instead of at the Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 9.32.33 AMPAC at U of S.

#5 UNBC, displaced from their practice facility in Prince George by the Canada Winter Games (they’ve bivouacked at TRU the last few days), will travel to face the #4 UBC T-Birds at War Memorial. In their 3 year history in Canada West, the T’Wolves are 0-4 against their ‘older cousins’, and are out-sized, except for their formidable duo of Francko Kouagnia and Devin McMurtry. The ‘Wolves face long odds against a T-Bird team that is 13-1 since November.

The ‘cookie crumbled’, and the #3 UVic Vikes, for their 13-5 record in the very tight Pioneer race, get home court, but face a #6 Alberta team (12-6) that has won 8 straight to finish off their regular season.  The Vikes , however, swept the Bears on the McKinnon Gym -Ken and Kathy Shields  Court back in late November. These are two strong  teams with high expectations, and one will fall by the wayside. The Vikes want to give the ‘hallowed ground’ of McKinnon a suitable finale, after so much winning history comes to an end for the old gym this week (we would guess).

The #2 Fraser Valley Cascades were 14-0 a few weeks ago, and looking like they might run the table in the Explorer, if not all of Canada West.  But UFV has fallen back to Earth, with 3 losses, one in each of their last 3 series, and doubts may be creeping in.  The Cascades face the #7 Calgary Dinos, who beat Manitoba 2 straight in last weekend’s play-in series.  The 12-6 Dinos have a high hurdle to clear if they are to win 2 of 3 in Abbotsford, where the Cascades sport a 9-1 League record this season.


 Other CIS Playoffs  – 

The Atlantic Tournament format is an exciting tradition.

The Atlantic Tournament format is an exciting tradition.

Atlantic – The AUS has it’s Championship Tournament starting Fri., Feb. 27 – at the Scotiabank Centre, Halifax.

  • 1. New Brunswick, and 2. UPEI  get a bye to the semi-finals.
  • Quarter-Final #1 –  4. Cape Breton  vs 5. Dalhousie on  Friday
  • Quarter-Final #2 –  3. Saint Marys  vs 6. Memorial on Friday
  • Semi-Finals – 1. UNB vs CBU / Dal winner, and 2. UPEI  vs SMU / Memorial winner – on Sat., Feb. 28
  • Final –  Semi-Final winners play for the AUS Championship on Sun. March 1st

Quebec – They still have League play this week .  Their 4 team Tournament is at Bishops on the March 6/7 weekend. Final standings still to be decided. It looks like UQAM is the team out of the playoffs.

Ontario –   The OUA playoffs include the top 3 teams from each of their 4 Divisions.  They are seeded by an RPI rating, which balances team records with the ‘quality of opponents’. (That’s a huge oversimplification, but ….). All rounds are single game knock-out for the Wilson Cup competition. Ottawa Gee-Gees are the defending OUA champs and Carleton Ravens the CIS Champions.

Ottawa and Carleton are the odds on favourites in the OUA's Wilson Cup.

Ottawa and Carleton are the odds on favourites in the OUA’s Wilson Cup.

  • 1. Ottawa, 2. Carleton, 3. Ryerson, and 4. McMaster get a bye to the Q -finals
  • 1st Round games – Wednesday, Feb. 25
    • 10. Guelph at 7. Lakehead – winner plays 2. Carleton in the Q-Finals
    • 11. Laurier at 6. Western – winner plays at 3. Ryerson in the Q-Finals
    • 12. Toronto at 5. Windsor – winner plays at 4. McMaster in the Q-Finals
    • 9. Laurentian at 8.York – winner plays 1. Ottawa in the Q-Finals
  •   The Quarter-Finals will be played on Saturday, Feb. 28
  • The OUA Men’s Final Four will be hosted at the highest remaining seed.  Semifinal action is scheduled to begin on Friday, March 6th followed by the Gold and Bronze medal games on Saturday, March 7th.

> The CIS Final 8 Tournament is at Ryerson’s Mattamy Centre from March 12-15   


Overtime –

  • Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, extolling the virtues of his teammates after the Dinos
     'OJ' gives his teammates credit in playoff wins.

    ‘OJ’ gives his teammates credit in playoff wins.

    won the 2nd game over Manitoba on Saturday, “Josh Owen-Thomas (4th year import, Australia) has one of the toughest jobs because he’s always guarding one of their best players full court, rebounding and playing some point guard duties and he came up big,” Ogungbemi-Jackson said.  And an ‘OJ’ nod to 3rd year post, Mitch Ligertwood, Port Moody, B.C., “He came in and battled and nothing was easy, so we’re lucky to have Mitch and hopefully he can keep playing this way for us.”   (From  Lucas Meyer, Dinos Sports Information).

  •  David Wells, the Lethbridge sports guru, who knows basketball in Alberta as well as
    Ken Olynyk, now better known as Kelly'd Dad !

    Ken Olynyk, now better known as Kelly’s Dad !

    anyone, gives us further testimony on Karl Tilleman … “ Karl was amazing. After his (Mormon Church) mission when the 3pt line was in (I believe it came in after the 1986 World Championships) I think he had nine 3s in a 1988 Olympic Game vs Spain.”  (Ken) Olynyk (former U of L, U. Toronto Coach, now AD at Thompson Rivers) and (Guy) Vetrie ( former Coach at Saskatchewan, UVic .. now deceased) were in the National Coaching Institute in 1988-89 at UVic and one of their projects was to study where/how etc. 3 pt. shots were taken/made. I was SID at UVic that year. They were laughing so hard at that tape of Karl they called me in to look at it.”

  • Dawn Smyth, Manager of Coach Education with Canada Basketball tells us they have a new coaching education webpage, with info about certification programs (NCCP) , coaching resources, and clinics. Go to http://www.basketball.ca/en/page/coaching  . While on the site, check out Game Plan, a new portal for Canadian coaches … it  has multiple coaching tools as well as all of the up- coming nccp clinics, over 60 videos and over 50 documents.