Carroll Exploits Foul-line Visits


UL turnovers and more foul line visits give Saints a winning edge

Lethbridge team photo of Dejon Burdeaux

24 points by Dejon Burdeaux lead the ‘Horns in Montana.

The Lethbridge Pronghorns shot the ball well enough to get a win in their road game with Carroll College on Saturday. But, 24 turnovers hand-cuffed the ‘Horns and gave the Fighting Saints a big advantage in their 12th straight win over Lethbridge.

UL was 53% from the field, slightly better than the Saints 50% , but Carroll had the big edge of 20/25 free throws vs just 5/6  for the visitors. Lethbridge was led by Dejon Burdeaux with 22 points, Elliott Sentance scored 15 and DeAngelo Ashley had 12.   Box Score     …  Next up for Lethbridge will be a home date on December 28 vs Montana State-Northern.



2nd half slump sinks Spartans 

Working from a hopeful 41-34 halftime deficit the TWU Spartans scored only 10 points in the final 20 minutes to fall by an 82-44 count to home- standing U. Alaska- Anchorage Sea Wolves on Saturday.

The Seawolves go 41 to 10 in the second half as 16 Trinity turnovers (to 6 for UAA) give the home team just that many more  opportunities. The Spartans shoot just 30% from the field and were out-rebounded 55-37. Post man Patrick Vandervelden had 12 points for TWU, while import guard, Pogos Trunyan,  added 11 points . Box Score     The same 2 teams play Sunday in Anchorage.


Upcoming CIS games –

Sunday, Dec 18 – Trinity Western at Alaska-Anchorage

Monday, Dec 19 – Trinity Western at Alaska-Fairbanks

U. of Calgary Dinos logo

Calgary Dinos make an early break to warm weather. 3 games in Arizona this week.

Tuesday, Dec 20 – Calgary Dinos vs Montana Tech  at Chandler, AZ

Weds , Dec 21 – Calgary vs Warner-Pacific  at Chandler, AZ

Thurs, Dec 22- Calgary vs Arizona Christian U.  at Phoenix, AZ


Overtime –

  • “Maybe next year we can play Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine the Canada West Final Four.”  So says Kamloops This Week columnist, Adam Williams, as he discusses the Canada West Basketball schedule and play-offs.  Williams’ somewhat facetious take on the play-off ranking system is highlighted in this ‘Fooled ‘Em Again’ column from Thursday’s KTW article.
  •  Mea culpa … We used too many toes to count the #6 ranked NAIA team Carroll College 11 game win streak over Lethbridge. 11(now 12) , not 16 !

    TWU photo of Josiah Meppelink

    Rookie point man, Josiah Meppelink.

  • As if they needed the added hardship, the Trinity Western Spartans suffered the loss of floor leader, Tyus Allen, to a season-ending knee injury in late November.  This moved Coach Aaron Muhic to insert 6-3 rookie, Josiah Meppelink , (Lynden Christian, WA) at the point.  His 6 assists were a plus for the Spartans in their loss to UA-Anchorage, as he now ‘learns on the fly’.






Spartans to Alaska, ‘Horns to Montana



Two games on tap Saturday …  

Dejon Burdeaux and the UL Pronghorns travel to Helena, MT to face Carroll College

Trinity Western vs Alaska -Anchorage, and Lethbridge at Carroll College, Helena, MT.

‘Halo’, the Carroll College St. Bernard, seems confident the Fighting Saints will get another win over Lethbridge Saturday.

With records back to 1995, the Lethbridge Pronghorns are 0-11 vs the Carroll College Fighting Saints of Helena, Montana.  The ‘Horns make the 4 hour road trip to Helena for their Saturday game, having dropped a 93-67 verdict to the Saints in Lethbridge  back in late October.  Carroll is 8-2 so far this season, and will be a tough assignment for UL.


In Saturday’s other game, it’s the Trinity Western in Anchorage , Alaska to play the NCAA Div. II, U. Alaska-Anchorage Sea-Wolves.  The ‘Wolves are 6-5 this season, and they compete in the 11 team Great Northwest Athletic Conference, along with Alaska- Fairbanks, and Burnaby’s Simon Fraser Clan. The Spartans play 2 games vs the Sea Wolves, then at Fairbanks for a single vs the U. Alaska Nanooks.   These are the 1st games for TWU against either of these Alaska schools.


Overtime –

  • One of the absolutes for Canada West schools based in ‘smaller centres’ is the ability to land the top local talent in your recruiting efforts.  UBC-O Coach, Peter Guarasci, has done that with his announcement of 6-9 Kelowna Owls’ post man, Owen Keyes.  The 4th member of the KSS squad which won the 2015 B.C. 4A High School title to join the Heat, Keyes has a shot at being, “ … a real impact player at his position in Canada West”,  says Guarasci.  Details in this story in Kelowna Now. 

    MRU’s Josh Ross is averaging 19.6 ppg and 10 rebounds.  Photo – Cougars Athletics

  •  6-3 forward, Josh Ross, has energized the Mt. Royal Cougars offense this season, after his transfer from Vancouver Island U. of the B.C. Colleges League.  Ross, who hails from Burlington, Iowa,  gets high praise from Cougars Coach Mark Dobell, “He scores and he rebounds, but I think his biggest strength is his court vision and his ability to move the basketball and see teammates.”  Nice story in the Calgary Herald from Rita Mingo.  


Iegorov’s 36 Leads TRU

Big game for 'Volodymyr Iegorov in TRU win over Lakehead

Big game for ‘Volodymyr Iegorov in TRU win over Lakehead          photo-  TRU Athletics

Thursday –

TRU Tops the Thunderwolves

Thompson Rivers 71  Lakehead  66 (UBC Invitational) – TRU gets a win over the OUA visitors, Lakehead, in the opener of UBC’s Invitational.  The Orange, behind a big 36 point / 8 rebound performance from CW all-star, Volodymyr Iegorov, led.  Alex Robichaud scored a team -high 15 points for the T-Wolves on 5/8 from 3 point range.   “Defensively we didn’t execute the game plan tonight. Add one of the worst shooting performances of the year so I’m not surprised of the outcome”, commented Lakehead  Coach Manny Furtado.



Also –   at Dalhousie 83  Acadia  81   2OT

Friday, Oct 28 –

 at UBC 96  Laurier 63 –  The bigger ‘Birds run roughshod over the Golden Hawks, as the home team spreads the scoring, led by Conor Morgan’s 19, Patrick Simon’s 17, Jordan Jensen-Whyte with 15, and Luka Zaharijevic’s 14.  Laurier is down 55-30 at the break … out!  ‘Recap’     also at the UBC Invitational … UNBC 82  Lakehead  78

at Primerica Tournament –     at Lethbridge 103  Regina  90 –   The ‘Horns light up the visiting U of R for 85 points in the first 3/4s , and go auto-pilot from there. Import star Elliott Sentance seems to like the air in S. Alberta, as he lays on another strong game posting 39 points on 14/22 from the floor, including 4 treys. Mike Pierzchala adds 22, and Josh Sparkes very efficient with 4/6 from way outside for 12 points.  Regina are out-shot 51% to 45%;  Brian Ofori and Brandon Tull both notch 14 points for the Cougars            Box Score                      and     Carroll College, MT  74  Alberta  68  

at Minnesota St. (Moorehead)  97   Winnipeg 70 –  The Wesmen are out-shot 55% to 41% from the floor.  Denzel Lynch-Blair leads scorers for the Ws with 15 pts/ 7 assists.    Box Score

at Victoria  80   Mt. Royal  72 –  The Vikes get by the Cougars in a game where the teams shot 62 foul shots between them.  The Vikes hit 70% of theirs, while MRU are frustrated at 53% FT.  More tellingly still were the 3 point stats, as the visitors make just 1/13, and UVic scores 12 more points with their 5/14.   Grant Sitton scores 24 pts/ 5 rebounds for the home side, and he gets help from Justin Kinnear, with his 19 point/ 9 rebound effort in the post. MRU have Brett Layton posting a solid 22 point/ 15 rebound double, and he swats an amazing 7 Victoria shots as well. Nick Tancon hits 10 points and claims 9 rebounds.  Box Score

at College of Idaho   75   Trinity Western  53 –  The ‘Yotes’ make use of more possessions by virtue of a 48-36 rebound margin and 21 Trinity turnovers.  C. of Idaho cashes 11 treys to just 5 for the Spartans.  Vartan Tanielien was the high scorer for TWU with 16 points/ 8 boards/ 4 assists  Box Score

at Jack Donohue Tournament –  Ottawa 89    Bishops 56 ,  Concordia 79  Toronto  63,  McGill 84  Waterloo 70

Also –  at Guelph 79  Laurentian 75



Overtime –

Nolan Hanson works his way back to play for the T-Wolves

Nolan Hanson works his way back to play for the T-Wolves      photo- Prince George Citizen

  • Nolan Hanson, 4th year wing man for the UNBC T-Wolves, on his return this season after a knee injury, operation , and a tough recuperation period. “I’ve been trusting my knee the whole time and haven’t really had any anxiety around (re-injuring it),” said Hanson, who has a smooth, deadly shot from the outside and likes to slash to the hoop when he gets the chance. “It’s been more around playing in general – just getting used to five-on-five CIS-level basketball again.”   From an article by Jason Peters in the Prince George Citizen.
  • Jordan Jensen-Whyte, UBC’c 5th year Canada West all-star wing man, “We’re capable of a lot of things this year. We have a lot of good pieces – a couple older guys like myself, Conor (Morgan) and Luka (Zaharijevic). We set the tone early…you gear up to be ready for every game.”