Calgary Streak to an Even Dozen – 1st Place !
at #4 Calgary 95 Regina 79 – It’s like a repeating film loop or a recurring nightmare for the Cougars, who, as they had on Thursday, sped to a 1st quarter lead (tonight 28-19) , then saw the Dinos storm back to a 5 point 1/2 time advantage. Again on Friday, the Division leaders keep pulling away, with 49 points in the last 20 minutes, as they win their 12th straight game. Thomas Cooper adds a 30 point night for a 72 point weekend total, and has 6 rebounds/ 3 asst/ 3 steals. David Kapinga is a thorn in the ‘Cats paw once again with his 10 points, 5 asst, and 4 steals, as UC forces the visitors into 20 turnovers. Alex Igual hits 5/9 from 3 point range to lead Regina scorers with 19, plus 5 rebounds. Calgary clinches 1st in the Pioneer at 16-3, while Regina drops to 10-8 going into the final week of League play. Box Score
Lethbridge 78 at Winnipeg 52 – No contest tonight in Winnipeg as the Pronghorns (10-7) hit 50% from the floor to just 37% for UW, and Lethbridge wins the rebounding 40-30 in out-scoring their hosts in every quarter. Brandon Brine rings up 25 for Lethbridge with 4 rebs/4 asst, while Chris Maughan scores 14, and Zac Overwater 10 plus 7 rebounds. Winnipeg (9-8) gets 13 points/ 5 rebounds/ 5 assists from William Sesay, and 11 points / 6 boards from Marcello Kambola. No Denzel Lynch-Blair for the Wesmen tonight ? Box Score
at Saskatchewan 80 Alberta 52 – The Huskies (7-10) still cling to a faint hope of a playoff chance as they thump the visiting Golden Bears (9-9) behind the 27 points of rookie guard, Chan DeCiman, while senior guard, Evan Ostertag, and big Trevor Severinski score 12 points each. The Dogs are up 63-33 after 3/4s, and it’s game over, as Sask strike for 16/34 from 3 point range vs 5/21 for the Bears. 15 points and 7 boards from Alberta’s Brody Clarke, the only U of A player in double figures. Box Score
#7 UBC 85 at Brandon 67 – The T-Birds dominate, with a hot (54% ) shooting night, and they hold the ‘Cats to just 36%. 5 ‘Birds in double figures, as Jordan Jensen-Whyte hits 17 ppoints, 8 rebs/ 5 asst/ 2 steals, and David Wagner scores 18 to go with 6 reb/ 3 asst. Chris Stanhope has a 20 point game for Brandon, while Earl Thompson Jr. hits 14 plus grabbing 8 boards. UBC goes to 13-4, while Brandon is at 1-16. Box Score
Manitoba 101 at Trinity Western 67 – Blow-out, as the 3rd place Herd rumble for 70 points in the 2nd half in shooting 57% vs the Spartans 34% from the floor. Justus Alleyn scores 20 points/ 7 reb/ 3 asst/ 3 steals, and Keith Omoerah adds 10 boards / 9 points / 7 assists/ 2 steals for UM , who are now 14-5. TWU has 21 points/ 5 reb/ 3 asst from Lucas Mannes , as they fall to 1-16. Box Score
Griffins Road Win Gives Them a Share of 3rd
MacEwan 66 at UBC-Okanagan 59 – Little things make the difference for the visiting Griffins … they force 19 Heat turnovers, hit 16 / 23 from the line vs 12/15 for UBC-O, and grab a couple of extra rebounds. From 1-0 in the first minute of the opening quarter, Mac leads all night, as they respond to every small run made by the home side. It is, indeed, Denzel James (15 points/ 5 rebounds) and Thadius Galvez (12 points), who lead MacEwan to this key road win, as they are now tied for 3rd at 8-9 on the season. Okanagan gets 16 from Cam Servatius off the bench, and 14 from Mitch Goodwin, but could never really threaten the visitors in this one. Box Score
at Fraser Valley 82 #9 Thompson Rivers 79 – Here’s a game where foul shooting is the difference; UFV hits 83% on 20/24 from the line vs 13/21 (62%) for TRU. Not only was Kevon Parchment back in the Cascades line-up, but he produces a clutch 33 point night in the big match-up, and he chips in with 14 rebounds, and 4 assists. Vijay Dhillon scores 17 for Fraser Valley, as they get to 11-6, in 2nd place, while TRU remain on top in the Explorer with a 14-3 mark. Reese Pribilsky is the top man for the ‘Pack with 21 points / 6 assists, while Luke Morris totals 18 points / 9 boards. Box Score
Mt. Royal 76 at UNBC 75 – MRU trail the whole game, but storm back in the 4th quarter , winning it on 9 points in the final 45 seconds, including a pair of Derek Wolfe free throws with 1 second left. The veteran guard, Wolfe, has 14 on the night, but the Cougars high man is rookie Brett Layton who pots 18 points and adds 14 big rebounds. James Lefebvre continues his run of good ’ball for Mt. Royal with 17 points / 6 rebounds, as the Cougs move up to 7-10. UNBC (3-14) has 31 points from their shooting guard , Rhys Elliott, and 18 by Marcus MacKay. Box Score
Other CIS Scores Friday –
Atlantic – at #10 Dalhousie 76 Cape Breton 74 , at Saint Marys 97 Acadia 92
Quebec – Bishop’s 83 UQAM 75
Ontario – at #6 McMaster 96 #2 Ottawa 90 , #3 Carleton 90 at #5 Brock 65, at Queen’s 99 Western 90, Algoma 62 at Toronto 57, Windsor 86 at York 85 OT, Lakehead 84 at Waterloo 64 , at Laurier 102 Guelph 91
- Belated congratulations to the UC Dinos Women’s team, who play an amazing back-and-forth game vs #3 Regina on Friday. Behind 25 points from post, Kelsey Lund, and 18 from veteran point, Kristie Shields, Calgary hangs in against the very well-drilled Regina team, who got 24 points, mostly inside, from Alyssia Kajati . They go to OT, and the Dinos young stars, Anmol Mattu and Brianna Ghali fuel a 24-12 UC outburst for the win. This was the Cougars’ second loss of the season as their record falls to 15-2 while the Dinos climb to 14-4. >>> On to Friday, and the Cougars avenge the loss, as they top Calgary 83-71.
- What’s the state of officiating across the CIS ? Do things differ from one region to another, and how are referees trained to improve their game-time performance? And, how do referees’ associations and the various levels of basketball across Canada moving to assess and increase the quality and consistency of reffing in the Canadian game? Writer Wayne Kondro suggests one obvious idea, “Given that Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment pockets millions annually from the sale of Toronto Raptors paraphernalia and tickets in Canada, and has a vested interest in the long-term development of the game here in the North, what if some of us stopped schlepping to Toronto to attend games and buy those fabulous “We the North” T-shirts unless and until Canada’s team opens its coffers for grassroots initiatives aimed at the greater objective of elevating and developing the game in the country, including a fund to improve officiating? More details in Condor’s piece in CIS Sport.