Halloween Friday’s Scores in Canada West –
Lot’s of people disguised as empty seats for Friday games, as Halloween parties and trick or treating seemed more of a draw. Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Lethbridge open with road wins, while Manitoba trounces the visiting TWU, and UVic gouges out a win at home.
Calgary Dinos 77 at Winnipeg Wesmen 64 – Up by as many as 13 in the 2nd quarter, the
Matt Letkeman registers a big double to spark Calgary to an opening night win at Winnipeg.
Dinos see Winnipeg draw to within 37-30 at the break, then, on a 12-2 run to start the 3rd quarter, the W’s take the lead. From that point Calgary dominated Winnipeg, with a 12-2 run of their own, and stretched it to a 15 point gap late in the game.
Shooting 55% from the floor, and 11/12 from the line, the Dinos get the road win behind 15 pts/9 assists from Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, and an 11 pt/11 rebound double from post man, Matt Letkeman. Dallas Karch comes off the bench for 10 points for UC.
Winnipeg took a run before and right after the half, but let things get away with a series of 2nd half turnovers, and missed offensive opportunities. Travis Krahn has a game-high 18 pts for the Wesmen, and Mark McNee chips in with 15 pts/8 rebs. box score
at Manitoba Bisons 84 Trinity Western Spartans 56 – Manitoba freezes the Trinity shooters who are 27% from the floor, while the Herd are up 37-20 at the half, and hit 46% themselves, plus 13/15 free throws. A sharp-shooting Amarjit Basi has 18 for U of M, with import forward, Alfreeman Flowers adding 17 plus 11 rebounds. Manitoba sweeps the glass, as 6-9 , 5th year, Wyatt Anders, claims 17 .
The Spartans get 18/23 from the line, but field goals are scarce (17-64); a pair of rookies, Nick Tancon and Vartan Tanielian, score 10 apiece to lead them. box score
Lethbridge Pronghorns 85 at Brandon Bobcats 82 – The hot-shooting pair of Ryan Hawley and Ali Mounir Benabdelhak launch the ‘Cats into a 49-43 half-time lead, taking advantage of Lethbridge turnovers. But, the final 20 minutes see the ‘Horns storm back (42-33) as the visitors hit 58% from the floor, paced by 18 points from rookie forward Zac Overwater (Lethbridge C.I.) on 8/9 Fg shooting. Brandon Brine added 16 points and Brent Watkins has 14 for U of L., who survive 22 turnovers, but win the boards 44-32.
Brandon have 5 players in double figures, with 22 from Benabdelhak, who also grabs 10 rebs. The Bobcats launch 40 attempts from outside the arc, and cash 14. Hawley had 15 pts, all from 3 pt range, and all in the opening half. Kenonte Ramsay registers 12 points and 7 steals/6 assists. box score
Saskatchewan Huskies 72 at Alberta Golden Bears 60 – A big win for the ‘Dogs at U of A,
Conner Burns helps Huskies inside
as the visitors pull away in the 2nd half (42-30). The ‘big line-up‘ for Saskatchewan goes inside to draw fouls, and 6-7,Dadrian Collins, 6-8, Connor Burns, and 6-8, Matt Forbes cash 15/16 free throws between them. Forbes leads them to the win with a double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Ben Baker scores 13, deals off 7 helpers, and grabs 6 boards.
Alberta is thwarted by 24 turnovers and spotty (10/20) shooting from the line. The Bears get 17 from Youssef Ouharig, and 14 by Joel Friesen. 7-1 post man, Brett Roughead, has 10 rebounds to lead Alberta. box score
at Victoria Vikes 72 Regina Cougars 63 – The Vikes shoot just 33% in the first 20 minutes, but lead 32-23 after Regina chills out at 22% themselves. Chris McLaughlin controls the boards, and Marcus Tibbs penetrates for points early in the 2nd for UVic, but Regina hangs in until late scores widen the gap in the final 2 minutes.
21 pts/11 rebs for McLaughlin to pace the Vikes, while Tibbs scores 17. Alex Igual hits 15 for the Cougars, who shoot just 34% from the floor. The Vikes are not much better at 36%. box score
With a bye this week, the UBC Thunderbirds played at Northwest Christian U. (Eugene, OR-Friday) . Tonner Jackson has 18, but UBC falls 76-60 to NWC box score
- In CW Women’s play – at Winnipeg 63 Calgary 49, TWU 61 at Manitoba 56, Lethbridge 74 at Brandon 62, at Alberta 64 Saskatchewan 57, at Victoria 89 Regina 69.
- Besides Calgary’s Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson and Phil Barndt, who are the 5th
This is the final CIS season for the Saskatchewan Huskies’ multi-talented Ben Baker.
year players in Canada West this season. Pioneer Division – Alberta – Ken Otieno, Joel Friesen, Czar Rowbotham; Brandon – Kenonte Ramsay; none for Lethbridge; Manitoba – Stephan Walton, Amir Ali, Wyatt Anders; Regina Cougars – Darius Mole; Saskatchewan – Andrew Henry, Ben Baker, Dadrian Collins, Connor Burns; Trinity Western – Justin Bakuteka, Denny McDonald; Victoria – Chris McLaughlin, Jeremy Leonard-Smith; Winnipeg – Jordan Clennon, Mark McNee, Travis Krahn; Explorer Division – Fraser Valley – Jasper Moedt, Kadeem Willis; MacEwan – Lee Danderfer; Mt. Royal – Awet Abraha, Deng Awak, Kyle Wilson; None for UBC-Okanagan; Thompson Rivers – Brett Rouault, Brett Parker, Tallon Milne; UNBC – Franck Olivier Kouagnia, Jeff Chu, Devin McMurtry.
- Pay per view ? As a ‘test program’ in conjunction with Canada West League offices, fans who wish to watch Alberta Golden Bears games on Canada West TV this season will be given the option of paying a $1.99 game fee, or a $6.99 season fee. Piccolo Ocampo, the Communications & New Media Coordinator for Canada West tells that “the revenue from this program will go to improving the quality of these streaming video productions across the League, and also to help pay for the airing of all Canada West sports on Canada West TV”.
- Saskatchewan Coach, Barry Rawlyk, on 5th year transfer, Conner Burns , “We’re still trying to find a way to best fit him into the lineup with the other players that we have,” said Rawlyk. “Sometimes that’s not easy to do because it kind of changes the face of your team a little bit. But as I said it’s a pleasant problem, he’s a significant talent, a great leader, and a very hard worker.” From a Saskatoon Global News story by Jack Haskins.