‘The Ball Goes Up ….’

 

 Fall Pre-Season Games on Tap This Week

Teams have been busy with their early Fall work-outs, and pre-season games are getting underway starting this weekend.  Laurentian and Algoma start things off this Friday in Sudbury, while Alberta has an Alumni game on Saturday.  UBC-O hosts Vancouver Island , a strong B.C. College League team, also on Saturday in Kelowna.  Laval, Cape Breton, Saskatchewan, York, Nipissing, and Western Ontario also have CCAA opponents lined up over the next 10-12 days.

Coach Peter Guarasci and the Heat are busy in September.

UBC-O travel to Ontario next week, where the Heat will play McMaster, Toronto, and Western Ont. Also beginning the last weekend in September will be UVic’s annual Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament.  The Vikes once again welcome the National Champion Carleton Ravens, along with Concordia Stingers and the Guelph Gryphons.  Winnipeg Wesmen continue their tradition of playing a pair of games in Thunder Bay vs Lakehead on September 28 and 29.

Other games that get our interest …  Memorial visits Brock, McMaster, and York on the 29th-Oct 1. The Eric Garland Tournament at U. New Brunswick has Saint Marys, Cape Breton, and UQAM.

 

NCAA vs U-Sports : 45 – 25

6-8 Eddie Ekiyor and the Carleton Ravens look like championship contenders , even in August.

In 70 games played this past August – early September between U-Sports

In 70 games played this past August – early September between U-Sports schools and NCAA squads, the edge goes to the Americans by a 45 – 25 count.

Overall,  Carleton owned a 9-2 record over NCAA competition, including wins over Alabama, Vanderbilt,  and Northeastern.  McGill, who won all 3 on a trip to the Caribbean,  was just 1-4 in later home games, and had an overall 4-6 mark. Windsor won both their NCAA games in August, then went to The Netherlands and swept a 3 game series against club-pro teams there. Ottawa Gee-Gees were 3-1 with visiting U.S. schools, with their lone loss to Alabama by an 81-71 score.

Out West, it was Alberta with a 1-1 record against Montana State, as they clipped the ‘Cats  97-72 in their 2nd try in Calgary.  UBC took a ‘modified line-up’ (minus Coach Hanson and ace forward, Conor Morgan, among others) to Costa Rica, and lost 3 straight to Texas -El Paso once and 2 to a strong Nevada-Reno Wolf Pack team.   Full details of these results are available on the fine  U-Sports Hoops web-site , which is so well edited by Martin Timmerman in Waterloo.

 

Keith Omoerah is off to play pro in Norway. Photo – Bisons Sports

Overtime –

  • One of a very strong group of graduates leaving the Manitoba Bisons is wing man, Keith Omoerah, who has signed a pro contract with Baerum in Norway.  Omoerah, Amarjit Basi, Ilarion Bonhomme, Brett Jewell, and Jonathan Alexander take a lot of skill and experience away from the U of M roster.   More on Omoerah’s move to Europe in this Bisons Athletics release.

  •  Raptors Train at UVic … In what has become a tradition, the Toronto Raptors will hold training camp in British Columbia for the 4th straight year. UVic’s CARSA Gym will be the site from Sept. 26-29.  While practices will be closed to the public, fans will get a chance to see an   intra-squad game  on Thursday, Sept. 28. Tickets for this intra-squad game “ … were available online and in person at the CARSA membership services counter and were in incredibly high demand,” read the news release from Vikes Athletics as of last Friday.  Actually, the on-line and in- person ticket rush was over in less than 1/2 hour! Sell-out!  There are some standing room seats available closer to game time.

    Canadian Kyle Wiltjer will be one of the new faces in the Toronto line-up this season.

    This is a great tradition by the Raps, who have , in recent years, also had pre-season NBA games in various cities across Canada.  Unfortunately, Victoria will be the only Canadian venue this season.  Toronto has early October games in Honolulu, Portland, Toronto, and Chicago.  More Raptors info

 

 

Close Game as Aussies Beat Canada

 

 

Canada Finishes 10th After Loss to Australia

 Australia 101 Canada 96 – Canada settles for 10th place in the 24 country tournament, as they drop a close one to the Aussies on Tuesday.  In this final game in the FISU Championships, again it was  Kevin Bercy (St. FX), leading the way for Canada.  Posting an impressive 22 points / 13 rebounds double-double, Bercy was 10/16 from the floor.  In a dizzying opening quarter, it was 40-35 Canada, but defense steadied in the 18-14 Australia 2nd stanza.  All tied after 3 quarters, then the Aussies took the 4th by 5.

As was expected, Canada got stellar play from Carleton’s Kaza Kajami-Keane (25 points/ 6 rebounds/ 9 assists) and his Ravens’ teammate, Connor Wood , who added 20 points on 6 of 10 from 3 point range.  It was essentially an 8 man rotation for the Canucks, as both Conor Morgan (UBC) and Javon Masters (UNB) were on the bench with injuries. Manitoba’s Justus Alleyn, and Calgary’s David Kapinga were used sparingly.

For the medals, it was Lithuania seizing gold with an 85-74 win over the U.S. , and  Latvia claiming bronze  81-74 over Serbia.    Box Score

 

Canada Loses to Argentina in FIBA Americas Play

Argentina 92  Canada 86 – Canada lost their 2nd straight in Argentina, and will need a herculian effort vs Venezuela to make the medal round. The Canadians shoot 51% from the floor, but the Argentines are better, with 56%. Canada is led by Brady Heslip’s 24 points, as he and Oliver Hanlan (16 pts) combine for 6/11  from 3 point range.  Four Canucks in double figures, with Andrew Nicholson doing all he can, with 12 points and 18 big rebounds.

Canada must beat Venezuela by 25+ points in Tuesday’s game, which can be watched on LiveBasketball.TV  at 6:30 Eastern time.

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NCAA vs U-Sports Scores   –

Carleton 73  Siena (NY- Div 1)  66

McGill  80  St. Francis – (Brooklyn -Div 1)  67

Ottawa  80  Ramapo College (Div 3 – NJ)

 

 

Win over Chinese Taipei for Canada

 

 

 Canada 98  Chinese Taipei  61

Canada dominates the home side in front of a big crowd in this ‘consolation -side match.  Kaza Kajami-Keane and Connor Wood , both Carleton Ravens vets, played strong games in leading Canada’s offense. Kaajami-Keane notched a game-high 25 points, adding 6 assists and 4 steals at the other end.  Wood tallied 15 points on hot (5/9) shooting from 3 point ranged, and passed for 9 assists.  UBC’s Jordan Jensen – Whyte scored 13 points, and all 11 Canadian players dressed hit the score-sheet and played  at least 12 minutes.

Canada’s defense harassed the Taipei ball-handlers as Calgary’s David Kapinga had 5 steals and Kajami-Keane had 4.  UBC’s Conor Morgan was rested again, with his ankle injury, while Manitoba’s Justus Alleyn, UNB’s Javon Masters, and UC’s Kapinga were in the mix after sitting in the Germany game.

The championship quarter-finals featured close , competitive games, with the U.S out-gunning Israel 111-107, Latvia edging Germany 78-76, Lithuania nipping Argentina 72-70, and Serbia getting by Finland 85-84.   Canada plays the Czech Republic on Monday, then has one last game on Tuesday as Basketball competition closes out.   Box Score 

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NCAA vs U-Sports Scores   –

Friday – Carleton 70 Northeastern U (Div 1-Boston)  66

Saturday – Northeastern  77 Bishops 61

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Overtime – 

New brands for several schools in Canada West, along with a re-vamp of the new look for the League itself.  Here’s Mt. Royal Cougars fresh , furry face –

Germany Dumps Canada from Medal Round

 

 

Germany  85  Canada 73

Calgary’s Mambi Diawara scores 19 points, but it wasn’t enough to beat Germany on Friday. photo – David Moll, UC Athletics

Canada is eliminated from medal contention, as the German team has the hot hand with 53% field goal shooting vs 40% for the Canadians.  With a shortned bench, especially in the 2nd half, after UBC’s Conor Morgan re-injured his ankle, Canada could not respond to Germany’s scoring.  Calgary’s Mambi Diawara led with 19 points with 3/6 from outside, and he grabbed 6 rebounds, adding 3 assists.  UBC grad, Jordan Jensen-Whyte, chipped in with 15 points/ 4 assists/ 3 steals, but the Germans were clearly better on the day.

The Carleton duo of Connor Wood and Kaza Kajami-Keane had an off-day, shooting a combined 8/28, with German defense concentrating on Kajami-Keane as the offensive trigger. Wood never looked to be 100% in this group play, and Kevin Bercy of St. FX seemed hampered as well.  Neither UNB’s  Javon Masters, Calgary’s David Kapinga, nor Manitoba’s Justus Alleyn played in this final group game.

Erik Nissen (Acadia) was, once again, the stalwart in the middle for Canada, playing 34 minutes, scoring 8 pts and adding 6 boards.  Canada now will play in the ‘consolation side’ , with a game on Sunday vs Taiwan, but medal hopes are gone.  Germany and Finland finish at 4-1 and go on to the quarter-finals.  Qualifiers from other groups  include  the U.S – 5-0, Argentina – 4-1, Serbia 4-1, Latvia 3-2,  Lithuania 4-1, and Israel at 4-1. Box Score 

 

NCAA vs U-Sports Scores   –

Just 1 game on Thursday … New Hampshire  (Div 1) 94   at  Concordia  81

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Overtime-

  •  UVic Head Coach, Craig Beaucamp, sheds some light on the Canadian Sr. National team’s road to World Cup qualifying through next week’s FIBA America’s competition in Argentina.  Beaucamp, the #1 Assistant to Ryerson’s Roy Rana for this tournament, says of the roster for this event, which is short of most NBA stars,  ““We are trying to get across to our players, that while they might not be the guys eventually chosen for the World Cup team, this is an opportunity for them to showcase themselves and keep themselves relevant [in their pro and international careers].”   More on this team and Beaucamp’s thoughts in this Times-Colonist article by Cleve Dheensaw

 

  • As the Summer edges closer to the Fall, we still have a few NCAA games remaining for Ontario and Quebec U-Sports teams –  Carleton plays Northeastern on Friday in Ottawa, then those Northeastern Huskies meet Bishops Gaiters on Saturday, again in Ottawa.   There are a series of games next week  in Ottawa and Montreal with Hofstra U (NY), St. Francis, Brooklyn, NY, and Siena U. (NY).

Canada Faces Must -Win Game vs Germany

 

 

 

Canada 84  Japan 71

 A solid team effort on Thursday for Canada, as they now look forward to a decisive game against the Germans, who sit atop the Group B standings at 4-0.  Hitting 5/7 from 3 point range, Carleton’s Connor Wood leads the scoring, with his U-Sports teammate, Kaza Kajami-Keane checking in with 16 pts/ 6 asst/ 4 rebs/ 4 steals.  Calgary Dinos guard, David Kapinga, was 2/3 from outside, as Canada hit 47% FG and 10/17 treys.

Coach Kevin Hanson and his staff have done a masterful job of doling out the minutes, as everyone played at least 11 minutes, including Jean- Emmanuel  Pierre-Charles (Ottawa), who returned to action after being injured.  Still resting a leg hurt vs Japan was UBC forward, and Canada West Player of the Year, Conor Morgan.  Canada moves to 3-1, tied with Finland, to whom we lost earlier in the week.  With a Canadian win against Germany, the 3 teams would be tied, and the 2 play-off spots come down to its for and against.  Canada needs an 8+ points spread in this final group game.  Box Score 

Germany beat Finland 71-64, so the Canadians, to have any chance of a ‘play-off berth’ must defeat Germany on Friday.  Thanks to our Hoops – zealot , Tyler, in Winnipeg, for the heads -up on a viewing opportunity from the FISU Livestreaming service … it will show the Canada vs Germany game live at 12 midnight Pacific on Thurs/Fri (1 am Mountain, etc).  Obviously for the hard-core fanatics … like Tyler, who will be itching to see his Bison-buddy, Justus Alleyn, play in Red and White!

 

U-Sports vs NCAA Teams –

at Ottawa  85 Canisius (NY, Div 1) 74

at Carleton  87   New Hampshire  (Div 1) 60

at Carleton  77  Canisius 65

Northeastern (Div 1 – Mass.)   at  Concordia  45

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Overtime-

Aldrich Berrios, who is taking on 2 major sports this Fall.

  • Your high scoring lead guard wants to play football?!   This proposal was put to UBC-O Coach Peter Guarasci this summer, when Aldrich Berrios, his 4th year star, came to his coach to ask about playing with the Okanagan Sun of the BC Junior Football League. Somewhat surprisingly,  Guarasci was positive … “When I mentioned it to Pete, he loved the idea and I have to thank him for that,” said Berrios.  To find out how Berrios plans to make this work, check out this story from Warren Henderson in Kelowna Capital News.

 

  • If you fans have been paying close attention, you will note that the Carleton Ravens are once again showing their strength in recent games vs U.S. schools.  Other Canadian teams may win some games, but it’s Carleton that, for the most part,  really gets our attention with scores like 87-60 over New Hampshire, 81-74  and 61-56 over Vanderbilt, an SEC team.  Then we have an 84 -71  trimming of Alabama, who were 19-14 overall last season.  The consistent effort, adherence to their game plan, and 2 way excellence are the hallmarks of this amazing team Led by the preeminent U-Sports coach, Dave Smart.

Easy Win for Canada Over Hong Kong

 

 

Canada Crushes Hong Kong in Team Effort

In an obvious mismatch on Tuesday in Taiwan, Canada, even without injured mainstays, Conor Morgan (UBC) and Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles (Ottawa), overwhelmed Hong Kong 125-55 in Pool B action.  Erik Nissen (Acadia) was the scoring and rebounding leader, with 20 pts/ 11 boards, as all 10 players helped the team hit on 55% of their field goal attempts.

Kevin Bercy (St. FX) amassed 17 points/ 5 rebounds in only 9 minutes, and 6 Canadians got to double digits in scoring.  The winners enjoyed a huge 63-29 edge over the smaller Hong Kong team on the boards.  Canada, now 2-1, have a rest day on Wednesday, then face a fairly weak (1-2) Japan on Thursday.  It certainly seems a must for Canada to then knock off the Germans in their final game on Friday, if they are to advance to the next round.  Box Score

Group B standings – Germany 3-0,  Finland 3-0,  Canada 2-1,  Japan 1-2,  Norway 0-3, and  Hong Kong 0-3

 

NCAA vs U-Sports Scores   –

Notre Dame  College (Div 2)  100  at York  83

Canisius (NY, Div 1) 82 at Concordia 69

also in Montreal – Ottawa  71 New Hampshire  (Div 1) 65

in US Virgin Islands – Brock 76 James Madison (Pittsburgh, Div 1) 73

(Late score from Sunday)  In Costa Rica –  Nevada-Reno  (Div 1)  107  UBC 57

Too Big a Comeback for Canada

 

 

Finland Downs Cold-Shooting Canucks

Canada’s team, made up of U-Sports ‘all-stars’, dropped a disappointing 79-71 decision to Finland on Monday afternoon in Taipei City.  With a record of 1-1, they are now tasked with winning at least 2 of their 3 remaining group games, if they are to play in quarter-finals.

With their 3 ‘high-volume ‘ shooters, Connor Wood, Kaza Kajami-Keane, Conor Morgan,  hitting just 29% from the floor (12/42), Team Canada is 35% FG vs 41% for the Finns.  The winners had a massive 50-20 gap in the middle 2 frames, as the Canucks went ice cold; the Red and White roared back with 32 pts in the 4th, but the deficit was just too much to overcome.

Kajami-Keane (Carleton) had 21 pts/ 7 rebs, and Wood, another Ravens grad, counted 17 pts.  Forward, Erik Nissen (Acadia), was steady, with 12 pts/ 6 rebs. Box Score 

Canada has Hong Kong on Tuesday, Japan on Thursday, and Germany on Friday.   CBCsports.ca  has, apparently, dropped live streaming of that Friday game?!

 

NCAA vs U-Sports Scores  on Sunday –

at Windsor 73  Ferris State (Michigan,Div 2) 67

Canisius (NY, Div 1) 81  Bishops 60  at Montreal

New Hampshire  (Div 1) 79  Laval 61   at Ste. Foy

at Waterloo 68  Regis (Colorado. Div 2) 66

in US Vigin Islands –  James Madison (Pittsburgh, Div 1) 78  Brock 75

No result for the UBC game in Costa Rica ….

Canada Win Over Norway

 

 

4th Quarter Blitz Buries Norwegians

Carleton point man, Kaza Kajami-Keane leads Canada to game 1 win over Norway.

Canada opened their ‘University Games’ competition with a solid 85 – 54 trouncing of Norway on Sunday in Taipei City. Led by guard, Kaza Kajami-Keane (Carleton), who tallied 22 pts/ 6 rebs/ 8 assists, as Canada never trailed. Their 26-9 blitz in the final 10 minutes confirmed their domination in this tip-off match.

Big Erik Nissen (Acadia) was a force on the boards, with 10 rebounds, while the UBC pair of Conor Morgan (16 pts/6 rebs/4 assts) and Jordan Jensen -Whyte (13 pts/5 rebs) played major roles in the Canadian attack.

Coach Kevin Hanson distributed minutes through his whole 11 man line-up, with Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles (Ottawa) not playing, due to injury.  Canada’s next test will be Monday vs Finland.  The Finns were 93-45 winners over Japan in their 1st game today.  Box Score

 

U-Sports vs NCAA scores –

Notre Dame College (Div 2-Ohio)  97  at  Toronto 70

Canisius Coll. (Div 1 -NY)  87    at  Queens  71

Nevada-Reno (Div 1)   77   UBC  58   in Costa Rica

 

Overtime – 

 

  • Other Canada news from  @usportsIntl  on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,   u-tube.com/ university sports    #GoCanada

 

 

FISU Games Team Tips Off Sunday

 

Team Canada Poised For FISU Tip-off

Coach Kevin Hanson, FISU volunteer, Tina Wu, and T’Birds star, Conor Morgan. (Dinos in the background …)

Coach Kevin Hanson (UBC)  and his U-Sports Team Canada will tip-off their FISU Games on Sunday vs Norway.  This is the first of 5 Group games in the 24 team event, with Canada vying for one of 2 spots in the quarter-finals out of their 6 team group.  Here is the game schedule for 1st round play –

Sunday, August 20th  vs. Norway 2:30 AM Pacific

Monday, August 21st vs. Finland  7:00 PM Sunday  Pacific

Tuesday, August 22nd vs. Hong Kong 5:00 AM Pacific

Thursday, August 24th vs. Japan  5:00 AM Pacific

Friday, August 25th vs. Germany 12:00 Midnight Pacific

(The 9 – 13 hour time difference  to Taiwan makes live viewing a challenge for Canadian fans.   For media coverage –   CBCsports.ca  has a daily highlight package at 8 am Pacific each day.   We do not seem to have any luck with the FISU Games TV site ….)

Calgary Dinos David Kapinga and Mambi Diawara; proud Canadians at the opening ceremonies.

 

Team news … The National Player of the Year from last season, Carleton’s Connor Wood, should be set for at least limited duty vs Norway, as he recovers from an ankle sprain. Wood played about 10 minutes in Canada’s 99-63 exhibition win over Mexico.  The USA team, represented by Purdue University, blitzed Norway 81-49 in another prep game in Taipei.  The USA had a couple of much tighter wins over Canada down in Indiana last week.

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Overtime –

Canada’s Senior National Team has 2 U-Sports coaches directing the FIBA America’s entry, which will compete in the tournament in Argentina. Head Coach, Roy Rana (Ryerson U.) has UVIc Coach, Craig Beaucamp, as his top Assistant.   Training camp starts Saturday in Toronto.

 

  • UBC-O  Coach Peter Guarasci adds 3 new recruits, including ex- MRU guard Aloysius Callaghan (Calgary), 6-6 Kyrin Cybenko (Saskatoon), who was a top rebounder for Lakeland College in the ACAC, and 6-7 Gurman Bhangu (Surrey, Panorama Ridge) who is a very promising high school star.   Details in this Kelowna Capital News story.

 

  •  UBC T-Birds, without Coach Kevin Hanson and 5th year star, Conor Morgan, are in Costa Rica.   UBC drops a close one to Texas – El Paso 78-73 Friday. They meet Nevada-Reno  on Saturday and Sunday.     On Wednesday, The Trinity Western Spartans were beaten 101-64 by St. Martin’s University (WA) in a game played in Langley, BC.
  • More U-Sports – NCAA scores …   James Madison 67  Carleton 59, Carleton 81  Vanderbilt 74, Carleton 89  N. Colorado 79  …  McGill 86 UTEP 82 OT, McGill 56  UTEP 54 … N. Colorado 81  Brock 74, Vanderbilt 104  Brock 90.

 

Bobcats Keep Win Streak Going

 

 

Last Minute Win for Montana State Over Calgary

The Montana State Bobcats beat the Calgary Dinos on Saturday afternoon in Calgary, but it was a hard-earned 77-70 victory.  24 points from Junior guard, Tyler Hall (Rock Island, Illinois) led both teams and gave  MSU the edge they needed.  A pair of late turnovers and a missed lay-up cost Calgary, who were within 3 with 2 minutes left.

Calgary’ rookie, Mason Foreman, logs a Saturday double-double.

The ‘Cats enjoyed a 43% to 33% FG shooting margin over the home team, and MSU won the rebounding as well, 46-39. Coach Brian Fish carefully doled out the playing minutes very evenly, as he gave his whole line-up a good look.

The Dinos, with an 8-man rotation, got an impressive  double-double  from rookie wing man, Mason Foreman (Winnipeg), who claimed 14 rebounds and added 10 points. 4th year forward, Lars Schleuter (Ulm, Germany) led Calgary scorers with 15 points, point guard Max Eisele (Ulm, Germany) added 11, and 3 Dinos had 10 apiece.

MSU finishes up their Calgary series vs Alberta on  Sunday at 1 pm at the UC Gym.

 

Purdue Needs OT to Get Game 2 Win over Canada

It was nearly a Team Canada win on Saturday afternoon in West Lafayette, IN, but the U-Sports ‘all-stars’ surrendered a 7 point lead in the final 2 minutes,

Acadia’s Erik Nissen played a solid game for Team Canada on Saturday.

allowing Purdue (Team USA in the FISU Games) to force overtime. It was all USA in the extra frame (20-8), as they sweep the 2 game series.

Asst. Coach Dan Vanhooren (Calgary) tells us , “We had a 15 ft shot to win  in regulation, and our guys played very well.  We played in front of a packed house, and it was a good game for us.”

Once again, Canada are led by UBC’s Conor Morgan with 18 pts / 7 rebs, and Kaza Kajami-Keane (Carleton) with 16 points.  Erik Nissen (Acadia) was strong with 15 pts/ 8 rebounds.    Box Score  

 

Scores from Friday and Saturday –

at  Windsor 99  Jacksonville (FL)  95

Binghamton  (NY)  72  at Ryerson  54