Carleton – Ottawa in CIS Final

 

Phil Scrubb was hot again, as Carleton beats Victoria for a shot at 5 straight CIS Championships.

Phil Scrubb was hot again (29 points) , as Carleton beats Victoria for a shot at 5 straight CIS Championships.    Photo – Greg Campbell

 

 

 Championship Semifinal # 1 –  Carleton 83  Victoria 74  –   The result was not unexpected, but the Vistoria Vikes could be excused for taking some satisfaction in how they played in coming back in the 4th quarter after falling behind by 27 points early in the 3rd quarter.  The Vikes were 40-22 from that point on, as their shots started to fall, and they had far more luck against the Ravens defense.

Rebounding totals had Carleton way out front 46-30, and that hurt the Vikes, plus the defending champs hit 46% from the floor/ 44% from 12 made 3s.  The Ravens had 29 pts, 8 rebs/ 13 assists from Phil Scrubb, as the Vancouver native, in his 5th year, has had 2 stellar games in trying to help his team to a 5th straight CIS title.  Victoria got a great effort from point man, Marcus Tibbs, who scored 27 points and added 9 assists, while Chris McLaughlin scored 14 plus grabbing 10 rebounds, and Reiner Theil went 4/5 from 3 point range for 16 points.

The Vikes head to a 3rd place game on  Sunday at 12:00 noon Eastern vs  the hosts, Ryerson Rams, while Carleton has Ottawa in the 3:00 pm Final.  Box Score

 

Championship Semifinal # 2:   Ottawa  84  Ryerson 75  –   In an exciting and see-

Ottawa heads to another championship game with Carleton.

Ottawa heads to another championship game with Carleton.

saw affair in a jammed Mattamy Centre, the Gee-Gees  make a strong 2nd half comeback for a berth in the Championship Final. It was 45-36 Rams at the half, but the Ponies erupted for 48 in the 2nd as Ryerson went cold. A 25-12 3rd quarter set the Rams back on their heels, and the Gee-Gees finsihed strong after Ryerson made a late run.

It was a strong game from Vikas Gill with 18 points / 5 rebs, and a big 2nd half for CIS MVP, Johnny Berhanemeskel ( 20 points/ 4 rebs/ 3 assts)  which put Ottawa over the top. The Gee-Gees hit 22/37 free throws to 11/15 for the Rams, and that spelled the eventual difference in this one. Adika Peter-McNeilly was tops for Ryerson with 17 points, and Jordan Gauthier scored 14.  Ryerson’s all-star guard  Jahmal Jones (2 pts)  could not get anything going, and that hurt the Rams’ attack.  So it’s 3rd/4th for the home team, and another All-Ottawa fInal, as the Gee-Gees get a crack at ending Carleton’s stranglehold on the Cup.   Box Score

 

Dadrian Collins  (27 points) leads Saskatchewan to a 5th place win over Windsor.

Dadrian Collins (29 points) leads Saskatchewan to a 5th place win over Windsor.

5th-place game –  Saskatchewan 99  Windsor 94 –  Putting a tough 1st round loss behind them,  Saskatchewan  got the flow going on offense, and, led by 29 points from Dadrian Collins they won their 2nd straight in the 5th place game victory over the Windsor Lancers.  A nice 32 point explosion in the 2nd quarter staked the Huskies to a 46-34 edge at the  break, which they surrendered to a furious 34 point Windsor response in the 3rd.  Free throws were big in the win, as the Dogs hit 23/29 vs 17/25 for the Lancers.  Ben Baker finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists in his final game for the U of S. The Lancers were paced by 21 from Khalid Abdel-Gabar and 18 plus 10 rebounds by Rotimi Osuntola.  Box Score

 

Sunday, March 15 – the 3rd Place game  goes at 11:30 and the Championship Final at 3 pm  (Eastern time) both are on TV  – Sportsnet 360 & ONE / and on streaming video, which is pay per view ?   www.CIS-SIC.tv   (So why not watch TV ?)

 

 

In the Friday, March 13 – Consolation Semis

Big 32 point game for Evan Ostertag as the Huskies move on to the Consolation final.

Big 32 point game for Evan Ostertag as the Huskies move on to the Consolation final.              photo – U of S Athletics

 game 5 – Saskatchewan 90 Dalhousie  79  –  Evan Ostertag hit for 32 points. 4 assts/ 4 steals, leading the Dogs, who shot 52% from the floor, and doubled Dal 49-25 on the boards.  dadrian Collins matched Ostertag’s 5/11 from 3 pt range, as he scored 21 for the Huskies.    Sven Stammberger was magic for Dalhousie, as the 2nd year post was 13/16, 5/6 from 3, and 34 points. U of S plays Windsor on Saturday ‘s  Consolation Final for 5th place.   Box Score

 game 6 –  Windsor  91  Bishop’s  80  –  Both teams were near 50% from the floor, as offense seemed more fun at this stage!  6 Lancers in double figures, with Alex Campbell and Rotini Osuntola hitting 13 each. Bishop’s had a 29 point/ 8 rebound effort from big Mike Andrews.  Box Score 

 

Overtime –

  •   Coach Roy Rana, Ryerson Rams, on his feelings about his team reaching the Nationals as the host. “ For myself, I have a vested interest in the tournament just as much as I have vested interest in our team performing. I want to see this be a real success for Toronto, it’s something I take great pride in. It’s a little taxing but I’m going to work hard on both ends. I’m not complaining. “  “This has been a very, very special season for this team. It’s a special, incredible group of young men that have matured nicely and I loved every minute of it. I’m glad that the vision I had, the possibilities, it’s finally come together.” From a story in North Pole Hoops by Ray Bala.
  •   Saskatchewan Coach, Barry Rawlyk, understandably disappointed after Thursday’s 1st round loss to Carleton,  “It’s very disappointing because I don’t think we put our best foot forward,” said Rawlyk. “Carleton’s a very strong team  … we didn’t do ourselves any favours.  Now we’ve got to reload and get prepared to play (Friday in the Consolation semi) and hopefully we play a little better.”  (Editor’s note … the Huskies did just taht with 2 wins and a 5th place finish … good season for Coach Rawlyk and his team).

 

 

CIS Tourney – 1/4 Final Previews

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Carleton and Ottawa Look Like Odds-on Favourites

 

Thursday, March 12 – 
11 am  – game 1-   # 1 Carleton Ravens  vs # 8 Saskatchewan Huskies –

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The Ravens are, as has been the case for over 12 seasons, the team to beat.  They’ve won the CIS title for the past 4 years, and won 10 with Coach Smart since their 2003 win.  Carleton limits opponents to 56 ppg against, while scoring 91 ppg themselves.  Death !

They have the Scrubb brothers, Thomas, a 6-6 whirlwind, who has become their most

Huskies Ben Baker- Canada West Defensive Player of the Year

Huskies Ben Baker– Canada West Defensive Player of the Year

consistent offensive threat, and Philip, the 6-3 guard, who controls a fast paced attack, and, when on, can be a deadly outside shooter. Guard Connor Wood is a dangerous shooter as well, helping CU hit 50% from the floor and 46% from 3 point range, and they are +14 on their rebound margin.  This 26-2 team is battle – ready and more than prepared to take a very good run at their 5th straight McGee Trophy.

Saskatchewan is in tough here, to put it mildly.  The Huskies have size, with 6-6 Matt Forbes, 6-8 Conner Burns, and the multi-talented team catalyst, 6-4 Ben Baker at guard.  But they give up 20 points more per game than the Ravens, while scoring 8 points less. They rebound well as a team, but not like Carleton. Their pace can give them open court baskets in stretches, but, again, not nearly as relentless as the ‘Birds’. If their 3 point shooters, like Dadrian Collins, Evan Osterberg,  Baker, and Trevor Severinski can get ridiculously hot, maybe … but, they still suffer 7-8 more turnovers per game, and, clearly, Carleton are a runaway favourite.

 

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1 pm –   game 2 –  # 4 Victoria Vikes vs. # 5 Dalhousie Tigers –  Two League champions square off in this one, with the Vikes having more experience in this event by far, having played in the last 2 Nationals.  UVic were 23-8 vs CIS teams this season , while Dalhousie were 13-14.  The Vikes are a  notably stingy defensive team, giving up just over 70 ppg, which is 7 less than Dal.

Marcus Tibbs,  point guard for Victoria.

Marcus Tibbs, point guard for Victoria.

This game features Vic’s Canada West player of the year, Chris McLaughlin, who, at 6-10, scores 19.8 ppg / 10 rebounds; Dalhousie has ridden their 1st team AUS all-star, Kashrell Lawrence, who averaged 23 ppg / 12 rebounds  in the Tigers’ 3 game odyssey in winning the Atlantic title.  The point guard match-up will be fun to watch, with Victoria’s Marcus Tibbs  more of a scorer (17 ppg / 5 assists), and Dal’s Richie Kanza Mata  a set-up man (7 assists, 9 ppg), with both very adept at turning the other team over on the defensive end.

The supporting cast for UVic has ace defender, 6-4, Reiner Theil, who can also knock down the trey, and 6-6 Mack Roth, who has been a more prominent factor in recent games. Dalhousie has  strong  rebounding from Sven Stammberger (5.2 rebs/ 9 ppg) and Devon Stedman (5.2 rebs/ 8 ppg), and a smooth 2-way guard in James Reid (13.5 ppg / 2.5 assts/ 2 steals).

Unless they can control the inside presence of McLaughlin, and manage to score against the rugged UVic D, the Tigers playoff magic may disappear quickly.

 

Ryerson's Aaron Best will be a floor leader for the Rams.

Ryerson’s Aaron Best will be a floor leader for the Rams vs Windsor.

6 pm – game 3 –  # 7 Ryerson vs. # 2 Windsor –  Let’s try to put aside the seeding arguments, and, if you’re Ryerson, be very happy that you have home court against a potent Windsor team in the 1st round.  The Rams bounced the Lancers 98-78 in their league game on this Mattamy Centre court in November, and they will try and get momentum back after 2 losses (Carleton and Ottawa) in the OUA Final 4. Prior to last weekend the Rams had won 14 straight.

Windsor beat ‘mighty Carleton’ in the OUA regular season, and Ottawa in the Final 4, so they are ‘big game treacherous’, with a 24-6 CIS record, led by guards, Rotimi Osuntola Jr. (20 ppg/ 11.5 rebs ) and  Mitch Farrell (13 ppg )  This should be a fast-paced, high scoring affair, with the Lancers averaging 87 ppg and Ryerson over 89 ppg. The Rams shoot it better from 3 pt range (38% to 33%), and are + 12 in rebounds vs  + 7 for Windsor.

Ryerson has 4 players in double figure scoring, led by veteran guards, Jahmal Jones  (17 ppg/5.5 assts/ 4.3 rebs) , and Aaron Best (15 ppg/ 5.5 rebs/ 46% from 3).  They get strong rebounding through their line-up, with 6-9 Kadeem Green averaging 7 rpg plus 12 ppg on 58% FG shooting.  It won’t be a surprise or an upset if Ryerson beats the # 2 seed;  it might, however, be quite traumatic for the home folks if Windsor were to come up big, yet again.

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6-11 Majid Naji will try and control the paint for Bishop’s vs Ottawa.

 

8 pm – game 4 –  # 6 Bishop’s vs. # 3 Ottawa – In the last Q-final of the night, we may see ‘Ponies running wild in the streets’ .  The Gaiters can play defense (65.5 ppg against), but not necessarily vs ‘Johnny B’  and his ‘back-up singers’.  Bishops was just 10-15 vs CIS teams, and lost 80-66 to Ottawa early in the season. The Gee-Gees score  94.5 ppg and surrender only 69 ppg, and boast a 29-2 overall record.

Ottawa has J. Berhanemeskel , the OUA’s 5th year MVP,  at 23 ppg/ 56% FG/ 45% from 3/ 4.5 assts,  and wing man Caleb Agada (16 ppg/ 8 rebs), plus shooting and floor leadership from Mike L’Africain (46% from 3/ 12 ppg/ 5 assts).  They have 6 players 40% or better from beyond the arc, and are 51% from the floor as a team.

Bishop’s counters with far more conservative numbers … with a 69 ppg scoring average, the Gaiters shoot only 39% from the floor, and 28% from 3 pt range. They do have some solid veterans, and lots of size – Kyle Desmarais is a 5th year transfer guard (Concordia) (14.5 ppg / 3 assts ), Mike Andrews, a 6-10 forward (12 ppg /5.5 rebs.) , Majid Naji, a 6-11 post ( 10 ppg/ 8 rebs) , and Matt McLean, a 6-9 fwd ( 7 ppg / 6.3 rebs).

The Gaiters have a way of hanging in against tough opponents, but it’s doubtful they have the fire-power to get past as explosive a unit as Ottawa, who come at you with so many weapons.

 

Overtime –

  •   Correction … Waterloo has 1 CIS title (1975), and the other is Waterloo-Lutheran (1968) , which became Wilfred Laurier.  Our local Kitchener-Waterloo historian, Martin Timmerman, sets us straight !  Go to Martin’s cishoops.ca for stats, records, draws, results, team info, and much more .
  •   Saskatchewan Coach Barry Rawlyk, obviously disappointed, but understanding of the draw seeding for the Nationals, “Anyway you try and dice it and slice it, there’s going to be a tough first-round game at nationals,” said Rawlyk, adding there are some artificial rules in place that put conference champions in certain spots.  (The 4 League champs cannot be ranked lower than 6th.  So 7 is Ryerson, and 8 is Saskatchewan.)  From Darren Zary in the Star-Phoenix.

    John Traboulsi, Dalhousie

    John Traboulsi, Dalhousie

  • There are 2 Calgary high school grads playing for the Atlantic champions, the Dalhousie Tigers. John Traboulsi, a 4th year, 6-3  guard, played at Western Canada HS in Calgary for Coach Steve Wiebe. He is averaging about 10 minutes /game in the late season and playoffs.  Ross Crichton , a 6-7 rookie from E. Manning HS in Calgary, may be on the travel roster, but is unlikely to get any floor time at the Nationals.

 

 

  • Just in case we’re confused about the ‘pecking order’ in the Tournament, the
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    Dave Smart, Carleton

    Ravens’ Coach Dave Smart fills us in, “We’ve got a long way to go. It’s going to be tough. The team with the best record in the country, Ottawa, just came off a disappointing loss at home at the OUA Final Four, so they’re highly motivated. The second or third best team in the country is playing at home this week, so they’re going to be highly motivated as well. For us, we’ve got to keep going in the same direction we’ve been going and play the games. “ CIS press release.

3 pt. Shot Serves Vikes and Huskies

Hot 3 point shooting leads to a UVic romp over UFV

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Mack Roth enjoys a return to his home-town with a 19 pt. game to lead UVic over Fraser Valley in their CW semi-final on Friday.

 

 Victoria Vikes  86  Fraser Valley Cascades  61 – No game … clinic.  27-12 after the quarter, as the Vikes come out hot and UFV definitely not. Live by the trey, but tonight the Cascades die by the 10/23 (43.5%) long-range shooting from UVic compared to their own 4/22 (18%). Manny Dulay, disappointingly, shoots just twice for UFV, missing both.  Game, set, match, with UVic defense stifling any come-back hopes by the Cascades.

Mack Roth takes advantage of extra space as a result of the attention paid to big Chris McLaughlin by Fraser Valley defenders, and the Saskatoon native leads the Vikes with 19 points. McLaughlin managed 17 pts/ 6 rebounds, while both Reiner Theil (9 rebs) and Marcus Tibbs (11 assts)  cashed 15 points for Victoria, who hit 52% from the floor.  Fraser Valley   got a strong effort from Kevon Parchment, with 17 points/ 7 rebounds/ 4 assists. So Victoria moves on to the Saturday Final, and has a berth in the CIS Final 8 in Toronto next weekend.  Box Score 

 

 Huskies Rain 3s on UBC, and play for championship Saturday

Saskatchewan's Ben Baker leads his team to a big 2nd half win over UBC.

Saskatchewan’s Ben Baker leads his team to a big 2nd half win over UBC in the 2nd semi-final.

 

 Saskatchewan Huskies 81  UBC Thunderbirds 75 – Despite shooting 50% from the floor, the T-Birds score well under their season average, and, as in the Vikes/Cascades game, the deep ball is decisive for Saskatchewan in this one.  The Dogs hit 11/28 (39%) vs 3/16 (19%) for UBC. a strong 40-32 2nd half turned the trick for the U of S, as they pull away with clutch shots from Trevor Severinski, Dadrian Collins, and Ben Baker.

Baker plays his typically tenacious game, with 20 pts/ 7 rebounds, and 8 assists, while Collins hits 20 pts and grabs 5 rebounds. The T-Birds just ran out of flow and went cold in the final 2 minutes, giving Saskatchewan a CIS Final 8 spot and a shot at a Canada West title in front of their home fans. (Much better crowd for the 2nd game ….)  UBC has 23 from Kedar Wright in a sharp shooting game for him, while Tommy Nixon and Tonner Jackson score 14 each, with Nixon also claiming 12 rebounds.  Box score

 

Other CIS Playoff action on Friday –

Quebec  –  at Bishop’s U., Lennoxville

Semi-Finals – Bishop’s Gaiters 76 vs Laval Rouge et Or 65 ,   McGill Redmen 74 vs Concordia Stingers 60

Ontario Final 4 – at Ottawa U.

Semi-Finals –

Carleton Ravens 84 Ryerson Rams 80 – the Ravens come from behind, with a 46-36 2nd half run, and are in the OUA Final yet again. 31 pts/ 12 boards by Thomas Scrubb, and 28 for the Rams by Jahmal Jones.

Windsor Lancers 85  Ottawa Gee-Gees  80  – the ‘giant killer’ Lancers take the air out of the Ponies’ party balloons right there at Monpetit Hall in the Nation’s Capital.  Saving themselves for the big show next week in Toronto?

 

March 12-15, CIS Final 8 – at Ryerson U. – Mattamy Centre, Toronto

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Overtime –

Ryerson Coach, Roy Rana

Ryerson Coach, Roy Rana                        photo – Tyler Anderson, National Post

  •  Toronto has and is producing more basketball talent than any other place in Canada, and Ryerson U. Coach Roy Rana wants to further boost his program with home-grown players. Are CIS schools able to capture a bigger share of this talent base? He and other top OUA coaches weigh in on the challenges of recruiting young players with big dreams.    More details in the National Post story by Eric Koreen
  • Where are the basketball fans in Saskatoon ?  Vikes-Cascades  ask the 15 spectators to introduce themselves to the players prior to tip-off.  It’s the Canada West championship tournament … can you work up just a bit of enthusiasm?  (The crowd arrives late, to see the Huskies game … but no real   keen appreciation for anyone else).  And, at the risk of appearing too curmudgeonly, could the U of S put a bit more thought, effort, and resources into the production on Canada West -TV ?  Two cameras, with one from the end, a static take, and the main camera panning horizontally from just over 50 yards away!   If this is the ‘showcase event‘, we’ve missed the mark by quite a ways; not a smart promotion of CIS Sport by any stretch.

Championship Play This Weekend

 

Dadrian Collins and  the #1 seeded Huskies are looking for a home court championship this weekend.

Import forward, Dadrian Collins and the #1 seeded Huskies are looking for a home court championship this weekend.

 

Canada West Final 4 – at U. Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

Semi-Finals, Friday, March 6 –

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Finals, Saturday, March 7 

 

McGill are the # 1 seed in the 'Q'.

McGill are the # 1 seed in the ‘Q’.

Other CIS Playoff action this weekend –

Quebec Final 4 – at Bishop’s U., Lennoxville

Friday, Semi-Finals – Bishop’s Gaiters  vs Laval Rouge et Or, McGill Redmen vs Concordia Stingers

Saturday , Final – Winners to play for ‘the Cup’, and a spot at Nationals.

 

 

Ottawa has home court in the OUA Tournament.

Ottawa has home court in the OUA Tournament.

Ontario Final 4 – at Ottawa U.

Friday, Semi-Finals – Carleton Ravens vs Ryerson Rams,  Ottawa Gee-Gees vs Windsor Lancers

Saturday –  3rd place game and Champ. Final –  all 4 teams will qualify for Nationals

 

 

And, it all leads to  … March 12-15, CIS Final 8 – at Ryerson U. – Mattamy Centre, Toronto2bpi18nnb2c9yhlr copy 2

Teams – Ryerson (host),  Dalhousie (AUS champs),  3 more OUA teams, 2 Canada West finalists, Quebec champs.

Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 12,

Cons. Semi- finals on March 13,

Championship semis –  and Consolation final, Sat., March 14

3rd place game, championship final, Sun. March 15

 

Overtime –

  •  images Batten down the hatches, men !  As we suggested in our preview, it may well turn into a ‘Pier 6 brawl’ in game 2 on Friday in Saskatoon as the Huskies try to turn the tables on the T-Birds, who won 2 in Vancouver in November.  Somewhat ominous utterings from the Sled Dog camp … “We’re excited to be hosting and for our first-round matchup against UBC, because they kind of smacked us around a little bit back at the beginning of the season,” says Huskies forward Evan Ostertag. “We’re excited to see how far we’ve come from then.” U of S head coach Barry Rawlyk says the T-birds put the Huskies back on their heels with their very physical style of play. “It was really a war,” Rawlyk recalls. “We have to be prepared to stand up to them in terms of physicality.”   – From a Star-Phoenix article by Darren Zary
  • A newer face in the line-up for Saskatchewan is Shane Osayande, a 6-6 forward, who transferred from Algonquin College, and, after some frustrating delays,  just became eligible for the last part of the regular season.  Osayande could see some time on the floor this weekend, and his coach suggests that he has the tools to help the Huskies win,  “He brings a level of athleticism we haven’t had for a while,” says U of S head coach Barry Rawlyk. “That’s not to disparage the athletic talents of any of our guys but he just really gets up so quick. He’s very long and has good size.”  Another story in the Star-Phoenix from Darren Zary.

Canada West Final 4 – Preview

 

The Final 4 coaches - Top left, Adam Friesen, UFV, right, UVic's Craig Beaucamp, bottom left UBC's Kevin Hanson, right Saskatchewan's Barry Rawlyk.

The Final 4 coaches – Top left, Adam Friesen, UFV, right, UVic’s Craig Beaucamp, bottom left UBC’s Kevin Hanson, right Saskatchewan’s Barry Rawlyk.

 

Top 4 Seeds Contest Canada West Championship in Saskatoon –

All four top seeds advanced to the Canada West Final 4 this past weekend, some with more drama than others;  UNBC lost 2 straight , but handled themselves very well in a tough match-up against the T-Birds.  Thompson Rivers ‘scared the chicken soup’ out of the # 1 Saskatchewan Huskies, before the ‘Dogs prevailed late in the 3rd game.  The other two series showed more domination by the home team, as both UVic (vs Alberta) and UFV (against Calgary) demonstrated a decided edge in 2 game sweeps.

The defending champs, Alberta, are out, but all four of the qualifiers have plenty of recent experience in this Tournament finale. The ‘Birds have 2 titles in the past 5 seasons, and Saskatchewan 1, while Fraser Valley has been knocking on the door the past 3 seasons, and UVic the last 2.  No advantage there, except the obvious ‘home court / home pressure’ for the Huskies.

Now, let’s take a quick look at several key players on each team, and the team statistics  –

Canada West Final 4 – Facts and Figures – at U. Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

Semi-Finals, Friday, March 6 –

UFV's Jasper Moedt, and the Vikes' Chris McLaughlin will have a critical match-up in the 1st  Semi-final

UFV’s Jasper Moedt, and the Vikes’ Chris McLaughlin will have a critical match-up in the 1st Semi-final on Friday.

 

# 3 seed – Victoria Vikes  vs # 2 seed – Fraser Valley Cascades   6 pm Central

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The Vikes – Cascades Match-up –

  • Victoria is 6-0 against Fraser Valley in the last 3 seasons, the last time was in pre-season play in October 2014 at Victoria.
  • The Vikes have played in the last 2 Canada West Finals, and gone on to the CIS Nationals. UFV played in Nationals in both 2012 and 2013.
  • Both teams are strong defensively, and both are among the best rebounding units in Canada West.
  • UVic has been the more consistent shooting team, but UVF has 6 players averaging double figures.
  • UVic’s McLaughlin, the CW Most Outstanding Player, has been dominant, but can he do that against Jasper Moedt ? 6-10 vs 6-7 ….
  • Is Marcus Tibb’s quickness negated by the defense of UFV’s Dom Brooks?

    Nate Brown can tip the scales in UFV's favour.

    Nate Brown can tip the scales in UFV’s favour.

  • Is Reiner Theil the defensive stopper that the Vikes need against Kevon Parchment?  Nate Brown? Maybe Mack Roth has the size / quickness? ‘Big Nate’ has both, and is tough to handle.
  • Who’s hot from outside ? Manny Dulay or Brooks for UFV ?  Tibbs or Theil for UVic?  Maybe the X-factor is the ‘Cades’ Vijay Dhillon!  The 2nd yr. guard from Richmond, B.C., transferred from Victoria to Fraser Valley, and he may be hitting his stride just in time for a key playoff role.
  • This should be the lower scoring Semi-Final, and it really is too hard to pick.

 

# 4 seed – UBC Thunderbirds  vs  # 1 seed – Saskatchewan Huskies 8 pm  “

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The Huskies – Thunderbirds  Match-up –

  • UBC has won 7 straight vs U of S, including a sweep in League play in Vancouver in November.
  • The T-Birds missed out on the Final 4  last season, while the Huskies beat UFV for 3rd, and went to Nationals.
  • This game will be high scoring, we would guess.  Lots of foul shooting. Physical. The paint will not be for the faint of heart ….
  • Saskatchewan has been better from 3 pt. range – Collins, Trevor Severinski, Evan Ostertag, Mike Scott.  UBC has Nixon,  and Conor Morgan, bur Andrew McGuinness isn’t shooting as many ….
  • UBC’s Tommy Nixon is the key to their fortunes – if he gets it rolling, gets it in the paint, and gets to the line, the T’Birds offense will fly high. He opens it up for everyone else.

    5th year post, Tonner Jackson, has been solid for the 'Birds.

    5th year post, Tonner Jackson, has been solid for the ‘Birds.

  • Saskatchewan will count on winning the rebound battle – Ben Baker, Connor Burns, Dadrian Collins, Matt Forbes, and crew need to beat UBC’s Nixon, Morgan, David Wagner, Tonner Jackson, and maybe even Brylle Kamen.
  •  Big test for UBC’s Jordan Jensen-Whyte; how will he respond to the ‘all-the-chips-on-the-table’ pressure against the Huskies’ import gunslinger, Scott.
  • Both teams in the 80s … 90s ?  Again, it’s too hard to pick, although many insiders (certainly not lowly outside observers like us) are leaning towards the Thunderbirds.

 

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  • For those basketball fans in the Calgary area, make sure you’re at the Fighting Tacos 15th Annual NCAA March Madness Party, in support of the Mt. Royal Cougars Team. The Tacos, a notable aggregation of ‘former greats‘ toil in the Calgary Sr. Men’s League. The team has 3 former Cougars, 2 former Dinos, a Huskie and even a Mount Allison guy!  There’s usually a great turn-out, and a lot of fun watching / betting games, eating, drinking, and visiting. All the basics ! Tickets at the door – Richmond Pub – 3919- Richmond Rd. SW  … Come as early as 11 am … evening festivities begin around 4 pm.
  • UNBC copy  Reflections from UNBC Coach, Todd Jordan, a few days after his T’Wolves were eliminated from the play-offs in 2 straight at UBC … “Looking at the season as a whole, the program took a pretty big step moving forward. It was the most successful season to date (in the CIS) and to make the playoffs and a quarterfinal is a pretty big accomplishment. UBC’s program, they were hot coming down the stretch. They have some very talented athletes and it was a good measuring stick for us. We gave them a good run and at the same time, going into War Memorial Gym, it was tough going in on their own turf. But we got the playoff experience.”

Huskies Win – To Host Final 4

 

Huskies Beat ‘Wolves in the 4th Quarter

Huskies post man, Matt Forbes, goes for 30 points in the 3rd game.

Huskies post man, Matt Forbes, goes for 30 points in the 3rd game.

at Saskatchewan Huskies 84 Thompson R. Wolf Pack 71  – The decisive game 3 was back at the PAC on the U of S campus, and, off the top the visiting Wolf Pack opened up their offense. TRU’s 5th year wing, Brett Rouault came out firing, hitting 5 treys and  tallying 19 after 20 minutes.   The Huskies crawled back into it at 43-42 at the half after the ‘Wolves had worked as much as a 10  pt lead in the middle of the 2nd quarter.

The Huskies made a big turnaround as the 3rd quarter closed out with the home team

Huskies will host the Final 4

Huskies will host the Final 4

finally up 61-57, and they owned the 4th by a 23-14 count.   Post man Matt Forbes led the way with a big 30 point effort, adding 7 rebounds, while Dadrian Collins had 17 pts/7 boards and Ben Baker hauled down 16 rebounds. U of S had a decisive 42-20 rebounding margin, and made 18/20 free throws to a mere 3/7 for the visitors.

Brett Rouault’s final CIS game for Thompson Rivers saw him score 33 points on 12/20, including 7/10 from outside. Reese Pribilsky scored 17 and had 6 assists and 5 steals, as TRU ends their season.  Saskatchewan will host the Canada West Final 4 next weekend, the only non-B.C. based team in the field.  Notes :  Weird ‘ fog shot ‘ from the end-line wasn’t  the best production decision … it was remarkable  how many charges were taken by TRU defenders over the course of the 3 game series … 22/55 (40%)  treys scored by the 2 teams tonight, as  both squads had willing and able shooters from outside the arc.  Box Score  

 

Dalhousie …  surprise winners in the AUS.

Dalhousie … surprise winners in the AUS.

Dalhousie Comes From # 5 seed  to the Atlantic Title-

Dalhousie  88  Saint Mary’s  78 – The Dalhousie Tigers, ride the 31 point gem by AUS All-star, Kashrell Lawrence, to an AUS Championship and a berth in the CIS Final 8 in Toronto in two weeks time. Lawrence hits 11/19 from the floor, and claims a double-double with 17 huge boards. 20 turnovers from Saint Mary’s, and a 55-46 rebound edge for Dal sealed the deal. Brian Rouse was the scoring leader for SMU, with 21.                 Box Score

 

Overtime –

  • In the Canada West Final 4 in Saskatoon next weekend  it will be Victoria playing Fraser Valley in one Semi on Friday, March 6, and UBC meets the top-seeded Huskies in the other.  The Final and 3rd place game go Saturday, with the Canada West finalists both going to Ottawa for the Final 8 CIS Championship.
  • Also on Friday, the OUA Final 4 goes in Monpetit Hall, at U. Ottawa, Windsor plays the home-team, the Ottawa Gee-Gees, while #1 seed, Carleton plays the red-hot #3 seed, the Ryerson Rams.  Because of CIS seeding, the OUA 3rd place game on Saturday between the Friday losers will be important. These 4 teams should all be in the CIS Final 8.
  • It’s the Final 4 (of 5) in Quebec next weekend as well, and our main info source from the East, Martin Timmerman (cishoops.ca)   in Waterloo tells us it will be McGill vs Concordia and  Laval taking on Bishop’s in Friday games.  The Gaiters get home floor out there in Lennoxville for Fri Semis and the Sat. Final.  One CIS Final 8 spot at stake here.

Preview- Calgary-UFV, TRU-Sask.

Can point man, Manny Dulay, guide his Cascades to another Canada West Final 4?

Can point man, Manny Dulay, guide his Cascades to another Canada West Final 4? Photo – UFV Cascades Athletics

 

Dinos at Cascades  –  2nd Seed  On Home Court

As Fraser Valley Coach Adam Friesen suggests, the Cascades “ … have been pretty good at protecting our home court.” His team is 11-2 vs CIS schools at Abbotsford this season, and the visiting Dinos will be hard-pressed to win twice this weekend.  But, the Dinos come of a 2 game sweep of Manitoba in Calgary last week, and, coincidently, the Cascades lost to Thompson Rivers in their final home League tilt.

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UFV has a veteran group, home court, a tenacious defense, and a handful of guys – Manny Dulay, Kevon Parchment, Jasper Moedt, Dominique Brooks – who can give decisive efforts.  Depth is a question, with big man Nate Brown getting only sparse action over the final 2 weeks of the schedule.  Calgary has a 9-10 deep rotation, with Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson their obvious court leader, aided by Phil Barndt, Dallas Karch, Josh Owen-Thomas, Lars Schleuter, and LJ Hegwood who all log consistent minutes each time out.

Prediction – Who hits the shots?  Who plays better defense?  Who controls the boards?  This may be a 3-game toss-up, although you have to give an edge to UFV for their 1st place finish and overall record.  ( 6 pm Pacific – Fri /Sat )

 

Dadrian Collins is a deadly outside threat for the #1 seeded Huskies.

Dadrian Collins is a deadly outside threat for the #1 seeded Huskies.

Huskies Heavy Favourites Despite Alternate Gym

The Saskatchewan Huskies are very tough to beat on their home court at the PAC (12-1 this season), and they’ve earned that advantage through the playoffs, if they beat Thompson Rivers this weekend.  But wait !  They’ve been bumped (by the CIS V-Ball Tournament … MT!) over to the cozier confines of St. Joseph’s HS gym for games 1 and 2.  Still, it’s Saskatoon (-30 C presently, just to greet the B.C. boys!), and the 15-5 Sled Dogs are anxious to make short work of the visiting Wolf Pack, and stay home for the Final 4. TRU comes in after a 2 game sweep of Winnipeg, and has built some confidence with their last 2 weeks of ‘playoff competition’.

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The Huskies get it inside, shoot more free throws, and have a big rebounding edge; they add quality depth with Mike Scott, Evan Ostertag, and Connor Burns.The ‘Pack can be 9-10 deep, but need exceptional offensive efforts from vets like Brett Parker, and Tallon Milne.  Prediction – TRU will not be over-run, with their defensive effort holding them in, but the Huskies just have more experience and depth.  A two game sweep seems likely.   ( 7 pm Central, Fri/Sat )

 

This Week’s Quarter-Finals Schedule for Canada West –

Thurs –  UNBC at UBC,  Alberta at UVic   both are 7 pm Pacific

Friday – TRU at Saskatchewan – 7pm Central,  Calgary at UFV – 6 pm Pacific

Alberta at UVic – 7 pm Pacific,  UNBC at UBC – 8 pm Pacific

Saturday –  TRU at Saskatchewan – 7pm Central, Calgary at UFV – 6 pm Pacific

If necessary … Alberta at UVic  and  UNBC at UBC – both at 7pm Pacific

Sunday –    if necessary … Calgary at UFV – 2 pm PST, TRU at Saskatchewan – 7pm  CST

 

VG's Ryan Bennett scores 30 on 9/18 from 3 pt range in win over

VG’s Ryan Bennett scores 30 on 9/18 from 3 pt range in win over York.

CIS Scores from the East –

OUA Playoffs – 

Lakehead 69  Guelph 48, W. Laurier 90  Western 82, Windsor 85 Toronto 71, Laurentian 87 York 84

Saturday Q-Finals –

#5 Windsor at #4 McMaster,

Lakehead at #1 Carleton,

Laurentian at #2 Ottawa,

W. Laurier at #3 Ryerson.

 

Overtime –

  • How does U of S’ Ben Baker get to be a 2-time winner of CW Defensive Player of the Year ?  Here’s how, as described by Huskies Coach Barry Rawlyk, “He plays all over the place,” said Rawlyk, “but the major thing with him is he’s been asked to guard every team’s most prolific scorer and he does remarkably well regardless of what position his opponent plays.”  Also, “His ability to rebound the ball, to end defensive possessions, has been key to our success all year,” stressed Rawlyk. From a Star-Phoenix article by Darren Zary.
  •  Canada West champions from the past 15 seasons:  UBC (5) – 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013;  Alberta (3) – 2005, 2012, 2014; Calgary (2) – 2004, 2009;  Victoria (2) – 2001, 2006; Saskatchewan (1) – 2010; Brandon (1) – 2002.  The Vikes lead all-time , with 14 titles, Alberta has 11, UBC 10, Calgary 4, and Lethbridge, Brandon and Saskatchewan 1 each. (Remember that schools like Brandon, Regina, Winnipeg, Manitoba have titles from the Great Plains Conference prior to joining Canada West).
  • Long, tall, and super-dedicated Western Saskatchewan veteran referee, Art
    Art, the cowboy, with sons Chris (L) and Clint ®.

    Art, the cowboy, with sons Chris (L) and Clint ®. Back in the day !

    Unsworth, on his ‘Junior Mentors’ program for encouraging young officials – “The biggest obstacle in development …  is the cities, (who) have enough …. (While)  Without support, development, and evaluation from the urban/provincial associations the rural continues (to struggle) in the bush.” This program has run  for 5 years, with mixed results, with 8 students in the Maple Creek area this season, but other towns might not get much going.  It’s a great cause, Art !  Hopefully others will work along with you.

 

Thursday – Bears-Vikes, ‘Birds-‘Wolves

 

Can the Vikes and Chris McLaughlin get past the Golden Bears ?

Can the Vikes and  Canada West’s Player of the Year, Chris McLaughlin, get past the Golden Bears  in the Q-Finals?

Victoria and Alberta – Two Traditional Powers

In one Canada West Q-Final beginning on Thursday night, UVic hosts Alberta in a match-up of teams with a history of success at the League and National level.   The Vikes  have been to the last 2 CIS Nationals, but haven’t won Canada West since 2006, while the Bears were at the CIS Final 8  last season and in ’12 , and they were CW champs in both those years and in 2005.

Only one of these ‘power teams’  will move on to the Canada West Final 4.  The Vikes have home court, where they beat Alberta twice in League play, while the Bears have the longest current win streak , 8 games, in the League.  Key players and key numbers –

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The Golden Bears have a bit more depth (by minutes played), their defense is at least as good as UVic’s, and they shoot the 3 pointer better as a team.  The Vikes have 2 game-changers in McLaughlin and Tibbs, plus as good a rebounding team as there is in CW.

Youssef Ouahrig is another key for Alberta at the point, and Reiner Theill can hit the 3 and play the D for Victoria. Prediction – Home court edge in a 3 game series for UVic. 

 

5th year forward, Tommy Nixon, is UBC's ace in the paint !

5th year forward, Tommy Nixon, is UBC’s ace in the paint !

Timberwolves at Thunderbirds –  UBC  Has ‘Dynamic Duo’

In the other Thursday start, the Explorer Division’s UNBC Timberwolves (12-8), in their first-ever CIS playoff series (this is only their 3rd year in Canada West), step onto historic War Memorial Gym hardwood to face the 14-6 UBC T-Birds. UBC has been one of Canada West’s winningest programs, with 5 League championships  over the past 12 years. The ‘Birds slipped to 11-11 last season, and started 1-5 this campaign, but finished 13-1 since late November.  Key players and key numbers –

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The two dominant figures for UBC over that stretch have been Tommy Nixon, the Canada West scoring leader, and 6-9, Conor Morgan.  UNBC counters with their ‘bigs’ Francko Kouagnia and Devin McMurtry, plus a sharp-shooting Aussie import, Rhys Elliott.  The T-Birds bring more size and experience with  6-8, Tonner Jackson and 6-8, David Wagner,  and their 3rd year point man, Jordan Jensen-Wright, has grown more and more comfortable in that role.

The T’Wolves defense needs  to have a big series, and control the efforts of Nixon and Morgan, mostly inside.  UBC scores (highest ppg in Canada West) in the paint, and at the line !  Prediction – UNBC hasn’t turned it over, and they allow  fewer points, but this still looks like a 2 game sweep for UBC.

  >   Both  these series tip-off Thursday at 7 pm – Pacific

 

 Canada West Men’s Basketball Individual Award winners:

 

Huskies Ben Baker- Defensive Player of the Year

Huskies Ben Baker- Defensive Player of the Year

 Player of the Year: Chris McLaughlin, Victoria – As the ‘go-to man in the middle for the Vikesthe 6-10 McLaughlin led his team to a 15-5 season, and averaged 19.8 points per game 2nd in CW scoring, and 10 rebounds.  In his final season at Victoria, the Ontario native is a sure -fire pro candidate.

Defensive Player of the Year: Ben Baker, Saskatchewan – Leading the  Huskies (15-5)  to the #1 seed,   Baker finished  with 2.1 steals/ game,  and 7.7 rebounds, while contributing 12 ppg offensively. He also won this award in 2013.

 

 

 Calgary's  Lars Schleuter, is CW Rookie of the Year.

Calgary’s Lars Schleuter, is CW Rookie of the Year.     Photo – David Moll –  UC

Rookie of the Year: Lars Schlueter, Calgary – This 6-8, import wing-man from Germany is … “ a high percentage shooter with a quick enough release to handle the speed of our game and can run the floor very well”, says his Coach Dan Vanhooren.  He averaged 9.6 ppg and 3.2 rebounds, and defended opposing forwards very well, as he started every game for the Dinos.

 

Dan Vanhooren, UC Dinos, wins Coach of the Year.

Dan Vanhooren, UC Dinos, wins Coach of the Year.  Photo- David Moll, UC

Coach of the Year: Dan Vanhooren, Calgary – This is the first Coach of the Year selection for the Dinos 15 year head man, as he moves the team from 2 non-playoff seasons in 2013 and ‘14 to their 12-8 year this campaign, much of it spent in the CIS Top 10 rankings. Vanhooren has won 2 Canada West titles with his Dinos teams in 2004 and 2009.

 

 

 

Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Devin McMurtry, UNBC – The formidable 5th year rebounder was a peer-tutor, helping his teammates and other student-athletes with their studies, and also coached in the Jr. Timberwolves program.  The clincher, though, was his shaving is famous ‘flowing locks’ for the latest cancer fund-raiser!

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Overtime –

  • Further to the OUA’s use of the RPI as a decision-maker for playoff seeding … The RPI is a metric calculated on the following formula: 25 percent a team’s record, 50 percent a team’s opponents’ record, and 25 percent a team’s opponents’ opponents’ record.
  •  CIS Champions over the past 15 years – Carleton – 10 wins, including the last 4 seasons, Saskatchewan in 2010, Brock in 2008, Alberta in 2002, and St. FX in 2001, 2000. So 11 of 15 for the OUA, and 10/15 for Coach Dave Smart and the Ravens.  Canada West has 2 wins, as does the AUS, and Quebec hasn’t won since Bishop’s in 1998.
  •   Two big recruit signings for  Coach Mark Dobell of Mt. Royal, as theMRU has the friendliest ticket prices in the schools we checked for single game tickets. Cougars land Tyis Yellowhorn, a 6-4 combo guard from Chestermere (AB) High School. Yellowhorn, a key player on Coach Rob Wilson’s  powerhouse team ( 28-0 vs Canadian schools ), had been recruited by several other CIS schools, but stays close to home in the Calgary area. Coach Wilson says, “Tyis is a very good shooter, who builds everything else off that shot.  He makes good decisions as a ball-handler.“   The 2nd addition for MRU is Nate Wall, a 6-8 wing man from Holy Trinity, Okotoks, AB, and another highly sought -after grad, who Coach Dobell describes as having “ … a huge upside. He also shoots the ball really well, and can  put it on the floor.  He has some maturing to do physically (as do most high school grads), but we like his skills as a big kid.”

Wesmen Falter, Dinos Benefit

 

 

  Friday Night  in Canada West –

Dinos lose – but get 5th over the struggling Wesmen?

 (We’re on remote here fans – just the highlights)

 at Saskatchewan Huskies 89  Calgary Dinos 80 –  Like a punch to the gut … 33 Huskie points in the opening quarter. The Dinos crawl back to within 3 after 3, but no cigar!  Pretty tough when Saskatchewan shoots 60% from the floor, with Calgary a mere 48%. Dadrian Collins scores 21 for the ‘Dogs, with Ben Baker and Matt Forbes hitting 17. Calgary has a good game from Phil Barndt with 22, and Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson adds 17.  Saskatchewan (14-5) is one win away from clinching the #1 seed.  The Dinos fall to 12-7, but will finish 5th by our reckoning, as Winnipeg drops a key game to Regina.  Box Score 

Regina Cougars 74  at Winnipeg Wesmen  71 –   The Cougars (8-11) bring their ‘A  game’, shooting 51% FGs, led by Brandon Tull with 17 / 10 rebounds, with Jonathan Tull adding 18 pts/4 rebs/ 4 asst/ 3 steals. The Wesmen are cold at 38% from the floor, but have a chance at the finish, falling just short.  This game is very costly for Winnipeg, as at 11-8, they can only tie Calgary, and will fall to 6th, as the Dinos beat the Ws twice in League play.  Box Score 

  at Alberta Golden Bears 75  Lethbridge Pronghorns 57 –  After a 25-11 3rd quarter, it’s all over …. Bears are 13-6 and get # 7 in a row. They take advantage of 12 treys vs just 4 for the ‘Horns (7-12) .  Ken Otieno scores 15 with 7 boards and Joel Friesen 14 pts/7 rebs/ 5 assts. Rob Olsen for Lethbridge is the game high scorer with 23 points. Box Score 

at UBC Thunderbirds 98  Manitoba Bisons 82 –  The ‘Birds (13-6)  ‘declare‘( in cricket parlance) at 80-55 after 3/4s, as they hit 50% from the floor and 29/42 free throws vs 6/11 for the visiting Herd (9-10).  6 players in double figures for the Thunderbirds, including 12 points / 10 boards by Conor Morgan, and 17 pts/ 5 rebs/ 7 assts by Jordan Jensen-Whyte. Manitoba get 15 from Amarjit Basi, and they have 4 more players in doubles, but can’t defend the ‘Birds. Box Score 

  at Victoria Vikes 99 Trinity Western Spartans 79 –  The Vikes hit 52% from the field, as Marcus Tibbs runs free for 29 points, with 5/7 from outside, 10 assts/ 3 steals, while Chris McLaughlin chips in with 25 pts/ 8 boards. Victoria (14-5) takes it down to the final League game trying to catch Saskatchewan for 1st, but need a Huskie loss on Saturday. TWU win the rebounding 39-32, but little else, as their defense cannot slow down the Vikes. Justin Bakuteka scores 21 for the Spartans (2-17) and Denny McDonald 17.  Box Score 

 

Explorer Division … Cougars Can Snag 3rd, With Help

 at  Mt. Royal Cougars 78  MacEwan Griffins  71-  MRU looked like a flustered team at the half, and, trailing by 10 in the 3rd quarter, but they roared back to tie, then won the 4th decisively.  They move to 9-10, and are 1 win and a TRU loss away from a playoff spot. MacEwan’s Lee Danderfer connected on 7/13 treys for a game high 23 points, and Keith Gerdes adds 16, but they cool down in the final 15 minutes, shooting 36% as a team on the game. Mt. Royal owns the boards at 47-33, and shoots well enough to win. Manok Akwl and Awet Abraha both tally 17 points, while James Lefebvre -do what he do’ – 15 pts/ 15 rebs !  Box Score

at Fraser Valley Cascades 83  Thompson R. Wolf Pack 62 –  Fraser Valley stifles the ‘Pack attack, as the Orange (10-9) hit a paltry 29% from the floor. TRU’s leader,  Josh Wolfram, plays 19 minutes, but is not really himself, scoring just 7 and claiming 4 rebs. Joe Davis comes off the bench as the only Wolf to hit double figures with 10 in 12 minutes. The rebounds are 52-33 UFV !  The Cascades (17-2) get 22 points from Kadeem Willis and 17 by Kevon Parchment.  Box Score

UNBC Timberwolves  85 at UBC-Okanagan Heat  64-  Bang-zoom !  In an afternoon tilt, the Timberwolves dispense with the Heat in very short order.  As in the Thursday night affair, the ‘Wolves cut off the UBC-O offense, and, in the late-going, pulled away with a 41-25 2nd half. Rebounding was a big T-Wolves advantage at 46- 33, and 21/29 (72%) free throws beat the 14/22 (64%) of the Heat. 4 starters posted double figure scoring for the 12-8 Timberwolves, led by 16 pts/9 rebounds from the relentless Francko Kouagnia, and a robust 14 boards and 12 points from his ‘right-hand man‘ Devin McMurtry.  Okanagan, who finish League play at 3-17, had Dean Johnston with 12 pts, and 10 each by Noma Obaseki and Ryan Morck (9 rebs).   Box Score

 

 CIS Scores from the East –

AUS …  #8 UNB 77   at St. FX 72

Quebec …  Laval 72 at UQAM 60, at Bishop’s  76 Concordia 72

Ontario –  #1 Carleton 114  at Queen’s 45 , #2 Ottawa 90 at York 57,  #5 Windsor 103 at Algoma 66

at Waterloo 91  Nipissing 64, Laurentian 73 at Laurier 65

 

Overtime –

  • We noted the outstanding year for the MacEwan Women’s team in making the playoffs in their 1st year in Canada West.  The question has been asked , “Has any other school done this in their 1st year ?”  Well … yes !  Trinity Western Men, with a record of 8-14, tied for 6th in 2000-01, their inaugural CIS season.  They won the spot in a ‘tie breaker’, and lost in the 1st round, 2-0 to Simon Fraser.
  • The Calgary Dinos Women’s team, 9-9 and playing the 1st place, 15-3 Huskies,  look to be firmly in 7th spot for the playoffs, and would travel to the #5 Pioneer team … (Winnipeg, Regina, Victoria ?) for a play-in round best of 3 next weekend.
  • The Mt. Royal (Men’s) Cougars now depend on Fraser Valley to beat Thompson Rivers twice, and they need to take care of business themselves by sweeping the MacEwan Griffins who visit Jack Kenyon Court for the final 2 games on the schedule. If the chips fall for the Cougars, MRU and TRU would be tied at 10-10, and were 2-2 with each other in League play.  The tie breaker for 3rd spot would be Mt. Royal’s win over UFV on Feb. 1.  The 3rd Explorer team hosts a play-in series (best of 3) vs the 6th place Pioneer squad.

Vikes – Huskies Share First

 

New Leaders in the Pioneer – UVic and Saskatchewan Sweep and Move Up

  Chris McLaughlin leads Vikes to a tie for 1st.

Chris McLaughlin leads Vikes to a tie for 1st with a big double-double vs Lethbridge.

at   Victoria  66   Lethbridge  62  –   The Vikes (12-4)  eke out a win (and a share of 1st place) over a willing Lethbridge crew, who led 45-41 after 3/4s.  The shooting numbers were not there for the ‘Horns, who played even with Victoria otherwise.  UVic was 40% from the floor, with 7/22 treys, while Lethbridge (6-10) settled for 37% and 6/17 from outside.  Chris McLaughlin and Marcus Tibbs carried the load for the Vikes with 27 and 25 points respectively, and the big man also tallies 13 rebounds.  The Pronghorns get 24 points/ 7 boards  from Brent Watkins, and 12 points/ 10 rebs by Brandon Brine. Box Score

at   Saskatchewan  101   Trinity Western 76 – Huskies (12-4) get the sweep and top spot in the Pioneer in resounding fashion, as they shoot 63% from the floor, with 26 pts from Dadrian Collins, including 6/10 from outside;  he gets help from Ben Baker’s 22 pts/ 7 boards / 5 assists.  Trinity (1-15) have a big game from Justin Bakuteka as he pours in 27 points, but Taylor Heinrichs is the only other TWU player in double figures with 13. Box Score 

at  UBC  93  Calgary 88 –   This one was another nail-biter in the final minute, as UBC grabs the split with Calgary going cold in the last 5 possessions. It was another huge game for Tommy Nixon of the ‘Birds, as he takes it inside for 32 points, including 14/16 from the line, and he claims 10 boards. Tonner Jackson helps UBC’s cause with 13 points and 9 rebounds. The T-Birds shoot 50% from the floor and 23/29 free throws (79%) to Calgary’s 48% and 21/25 charity tosses (84%).  Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson led a strong 4th quarter comeback for UC with his 27 points/ 4 rebs / 8 assists, and Lars Schleuter added 14 points.  The Dinos fall to 12-5, while UBC are now 10-6 in the Pioneer race.   Box Score 

at Alberta  86  Brandon 66   –  The Bears move up to 11-6 with the sweep, as they shoot 59% from the floor and 10/19 from 3 point range. Mamadou Gueye continues his fine play with 25 points/ 9 rebounds, and Joel Friesen adds 20 pts.  Brandon drops to 1-17, but get solid efforts from earl Thompson Jr who has 14 pts/11 rebounds, and 19 points from D.J. Jordan. Box Score

 Winnipeg  83 at Manitoba 67 – Another slow start for the Bisons, who are harassed by a swarming Wesmen defense, and give up lay-ups in transition, and it’s 40-22 at the half with Manitoba shooting a meagre 6/32 ( 19%) from the floor.  It’s too much ground to cover, and a waltz for the Ws, who are now 10-6. Winnipeg has 5 in double figures with Denzel Lynch-Blair having a strong game with 14 pts / 9 rebounds, and Chris Baxter scores 17 / 5 rebs/ 2 asst/ 2 steals.  The Wesmen shoot only 35% from the floor, but hit 29/34 from the line.  The game is a bit messy, as we record 22 turnovers for the winners – 23 for the Herd (9-9).  Manitoba are led by 17 pts each from Wyatt Anders and Amarjit Basi.  Box Score 

 

 

The Cascades Drill Mt. Royal, and UNBC catches TRU for 2nd

Big Nate Brown and his Cascades 'mates beat up on the MRU Cougars Saturday.

Big Nate Brown and his Cascades ‘mates beat up on the MRU Cougars Saturday.

 Fraser Valley 87  at  Mt. Royal  65 –  A quick 27-9 lead after 10 minutes kind of took the air out of this one as UFV eviscerated the Cougars zone. The Cascades (15-0)  shoot 52% on field goals, and 13/29( 45%) from 3.  Manny Dulay lights it up with 31, as he hits 9 treys in 14 attempts, and Vijay Dhillon is sharp off the bench with 16 points on 7/14.   MRU (6-9) hit only 30% from the floor, and 48% from the line.  James Lefebvre battles inside for 16 points and 9 rebounds for the Cougars.  These 2 teams play again on (Super Bowl) Sunday at 5 pm . Box Score 

at UNBC   78    MacEwan  67  –   Another 2 win weekend for the Timberwolves, who are on their way to a playoff spot in the Explorer at 9-7, in a tie for 2nd.  UNBC  get a big boost from Rhys Elliot, who scores 31 pts on 11/19, including 4/7 treys. The big boys kick in as well, with Devin McMurtry scoring 16 pts/ 11 rebounds, and Francko Kouagnia adding 10 points/10 boards.  Ryan May leads Mac with 15 pts, Keith Gerdes 14, and Denzel James 12, as the Griffins drop to 5-11.  Box Score

  at UBC-O 84  Thompson R.  75   –  An upset in Kelowna, as the Heat get their 3rd win vs 13 defeats by hitting the key shots to turn aside the  ‘Pack, who find themselves in a tussle for 2nd (9-7).  UBC-O hits 47% from the floor to 40% from the Wolf Pack. 24/31 (77%)  free throws seals it for Okanagan, with TRU just 13/19 at their end. Mitch Goodwin comes to life  for the Heat with 25 points, including 13/15 from the line, and both David Manshrek (11 rebs) and Aldrich Berrios (5 rebs) chip in with 21 points apiece.  Thompson Rivers gets 18 points/5 rebs/ 6 assists from Reese pribilsky, and Luke Morris adds 11 points/ 8 assists off the bench.  Box Score

 

CIS Games from the East  on Saturday –

Atlantic –   UPEI  96  Cape Breton 89 , UNB  77  at  Acadia  67 ,  St. Marys 79 Dalhousie 67 ,  at Memorial 97 St. FX  85

Quebec –  at Quebec-Montreal 65  McGill 59 , Concordia  79  at Laval  71

Ontario-   Carleton  87 at Algoma  46 , Queens 75  at  Western  74,  McMaster 85 at Toronto 63 ,   at Lakehead  86 Laurier  82,   York 89  at  Windsor 84  ,     Guelph 82  Brock 68 , at Laurentian 71 Nipissing 59

 

 

Skip Morgan, with 'some teammates' on the 1965-66 Dinos.

Skip Morgan, with ‘some teammates’ on the 1965-66 Dinos. (Sorry -fuzzy old photo)

 Overtime –

  •   Our old ‘fiery Dinos captain’, Skip Morgan, asks, “What do  Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson  and I have in common?”  The former Dinos player and coach claims to have been the 1st Dino to beat UBC with a last second shot. “In 1962 we were playing UBC in their gym and they made a foul shot to go ahead by one with seconds left in overtime.  I received the inbound pass and dribbled to the foul line in record speed, for me. “   The Vancouver ‘paper said, ” Morgan became air born at the foul line and did a double tuck in the air and banked the ball through the hoop at the buzzer for the win.”  The Skipper continues (as he will), “Of course Jarred only had to jump shoot over two men  and just get over half court, while I had to travel the length of the court, and penetrate thru five and come up with a creative move that no one had ever seen before. Still, I consider the two events put us in similar and distinct company.  “  ( Editor’s note : This is believable until the ‘double-tuck’ part, since Skip never elevated over 2-3 inches in his career. )
  •   Some big upsets on Saturday –  UBC-O beats TRU, Queens shocks Western, and York ambushes Windsor in the OUA, while the topsy – turvy Quebec League sees McGill lose to UQAM and Laval to Concordia.