Dinos Respond in OT


Calgary and Manitoba Down to the Wire Again

It was a battle both nights for the Dinos and the Bisons. UM Athletics

It was a battle both nights for the Dinos and the Bisons.  photo UM Athletics

  Calgary Dinos 90  at Manitoba Bisons  87   OT   –   A week may not be enough recovery time for these 2 teams prior to next weekend’s action.  Saturday reflected the Friday game, and Manitoba were on the brink of a sweep, until Dinos young post, Matt Ellis, made 2 free throws late in OT to put the visitors in front, then 4th year wing, Jasdeep Gill,  hit another pair with 10 seconds left to ice the win.  Thomas Cooper hit 23 points, and Josh Owen-Thomas 23 for Calgary, who are now 3-1.  A.J.  Basi had a great shooting night for the Bisons, tallying 32 points, with 7/12 from downtown, and Wyatt Anders scored 17 plus grabbing 13 boards.          Box Score

 at Alberta Golden Bears 79  Winnipeg Wesmen   67-   The Bears (2-2) earn the split and move to 2-2, as they hit 43% on field goals to only 37% for Winnipeg, and Alberta takes the rebounding 45-33. 21 points from import guard, Colby Jackson pace the GBs, and Denzel Lynch-Blair leads the 1-3 Wesmen with 15.    Box Score

U of L's Dejon Burdeaux drives vs Brandon on sSaturday.

U of L’s Dejon Burdeaux drives vs Brandon on Saturday.  photo Pronghorns Athletics.

at Lethbridge Pronghorns 94  Brandon Bobcats 70   – Two wins on opening weekend for the ‘Horns, who have 4 players in double digits, with 18 from Rob Olsen, and 17 apiece from Dejon Burdeaux and Brandon Brine.  Brandon falls to 0-4, with just 39% from the flooring 12/24 from the line.  D.J. Jordan is alone with 14 points, with 4 teammates chipping in 8 each.  Box Score

at  Victoria Vikes 86 Saskatchewan Huskies 76   –   Victoria earns the sweep, and is a perfect 4-0, after catching and passing the Huskies with a 35-20 shellacking in the 4th quarter. Sharp-shooting is the key for UVic, who are 49% FG, 12/24 from 3 point range, and 18/19 from the line.  Grant Sitton is on fire, with 33 points, featuring 6/7 from beyond the arc. Reiner Theil has 15 pts, and Mack Roth 14.  Saskatchewan (1-3) has 4 players in double figures, led by 17 apiece from Chan De Ciman and Jauquin Bennett-Boire, their freshman guard pair.   Box Score

Conor Morgan helps the T-Birds in their 2nd win over TWU.

Conor Morgan helps the T-Birds in their 2nd win over TWU.   photo – UBC Athletics

at UBC Thunderbirds  85 Trinity Western Spartans 75  –  The Spartans kept it close for much of the opening half, but UBC (3-1) converted on many of the 19 TWU turnovers, and out-scored the visitors 48-30 in the paint.  The T-Birds spread the scoring love around, with 6 in double digits,  as Conor Morgan, one of 4 ‘Birds with 12 points, also claimed 7 boards and 4 assists. Phill Jalapoor also scored 12 pts / adding 8 rebounds.  Trinity got a sharp effort from Vartan tanielian, who scored 21 points with 4/7 from 3 point range. TWU’s best outing this early season, but they are now 0-4.   Box Score  


Explorer Division – 

Derek Wolf's 22 points are not enough, as MRU goes down again Saturday to the WolfPack.

Derek Wolf’s 22 points are not enough, as MRU goes down again Saturday to the WolfPack.     photo     – MRU Cougars Athletics

Thompson R. WolfPack 79 at Mt. Royal Cougars 66  –  Closer for the Cougars, but a solid road sweep for TRU (4-0), who shoot 44% to MRU’s 35% from the floor. The ‘Pack’s 2 big forwards rolled again in this game, with Josh Wolfram at 25 points/11 rebounds, and Volodymyr Iegorov tacking up 30 points and grabbing 7 boards.  Mt. Royal (1-3) are led by Derek Wolf’s 22 points, and 17 from guard, Glen Yang.   Box Score

at  Fraser Valley Cascades 97  MacEwan Griffins 56  –   The Cascades (4-0) lower the boom on the Griffins tonight, winning every quarter, and hitting 49% from the floor, including 14/31 from long range. 4 ‘Cades in double digits led by Brandon Burke, off the bench with 20 points/ 9 rebs., along with 16 pts each from Nav Bains and Kevon Parchment.  Denzel James is high man for the Griffs with 13, and Mac falls to 1-3  Box Score

 at UBC-Okanagan Heat  78  UNBC Timberwolves 57 –  A break-out game for the Heat (1-3), perhaps?  The home-side, plays a complete game,  shooting it well (46% FG, 77% FT), and winning the rebounding 41-32 to grab their 1st win of the season.  Aldrich Berrios weaves a gem, with 32 for UBC-O, while Dean Johnston scores 12 and adds 8 rebounds. Rhys Elliot leads the ‘Wolves (16 points), who cannot crack the Heat defense on the night, shooting only 32% FG, and they are also 1-3 on the year.  Box Score


Overtime –

  • We missed Terrell Evans (UVic) on our Euro Report of Canada West grads … the slashing winger starts for Oberwart in Austria, scoring 8 ppg and 3.5 rebounds.

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Chris Harris gets big coaching opportunity in German League.

Chris Harris gets big coaching opportunity in German League.






  • More news from Europe –  Former Calgary Dinos (’03)  forward, Chris Harris, accepted the position of Head Coach for the Eisbären Bremerhaven, who play in the First Bundesliga, the top tier of the German national basketball conference. The Eisbärens ( Polar Bears !)  have had Harris  as an Assistant Coach  for the past 18 months.  Harris has played and coached in Germany since leaving the UC.




Vikes Hammer Huskies


UVic Make a Strong Case

Vic's VVV drives by Saskatchewan's Chan De Ciman.

Vic’s Reiner Theil drives by Saskatchewan’s Chan De Ciman.  photo UVic Athletics

at  Victoria Vikes 83 Saskatchewan Huskies 58 –  The defending CW champs send a clear message that they will be fighting to retain that crown, as they smother  the Huskies offense, yielding just 23 points in the first half. The Vikes shoot 54% from the floor, led by 18 points from Mack Roth, and 15 points/7 rebs by Grant Sitton. Saskatchewan, who are our-rebounded 35-22 by UVic, get 20 points from Jauquin Bennett-Boire.    Vikes are 3-0, and Huskies drop to 1-2.      Box Score

at Manitoba Bisons   96    Calgary Dinos  90   OT –  The Dinos led through the early 4th quarter, but a Bisons rally forced the visitors to score the last 4 pts. in regulation to get to extra time.  Free throws spelled the difference as Manitoba were a strong 23/28, while UC only 14/23;  Wyatt Anders had a monster night on the boards, with 20 for UM.  Justus Alleyn had a career best 27 points and added 9 assists to lead the Buffaloes attack, and Ilarion Bonhomme counted 16. Calgary got another great scoring effort from Thomas Cooper, with 38 points/ 8 rebs/ 4 assts, while Jhony Verrone was the only other Dino in double figures with 11.  Both teams are now 2-1.   Box Score

Winnipeg Wesmen  71 at Alberta Golden Bears  60  –  In a bit of an upset, the visiting Wesmen hold the Bears offense at bay, as they force 21 UA turnovers.  The Ws outscore Alberta 41-26 in the final 20 minutes. Jelane Pryce leads Winnipeg with 21, while Mamadou Gueye notches the same for U of A and adds 11 boards.  Both the Wesmen and the Bears are 1-2.    Box Score

at Lethbridge Pronghorns 85 Brandon Bobcats 75 –  The ‘Horns started slowly, but stormed back with a 48-34 2nd half edge, to grab the home opening win over the 0-3 Bobcats. The 5 Lethbridge starters were all in double figures, led by Brandon Brine with 14, plus 13 rebounds.  Brandon got 27 from DJ Jordan, but shot a mere 4/20 (20%) from the line, but inexplicably  hit 46% from 3 point range.   Box Score

at UBC Thunderbirds 94 Trinity Western Spartans 69  –  The T-Birds establish a 20 point lead at the half, and waltz away with a clear win to go to 2-1.  Trinity is out-shot 49% to 37% from the floor, and out-boarded by a whopping 55-32. Will Ondrik is high for UBC with 18 points, with Patrick Simon coming off the bench for 10 pts/ 10 rebs.  Both Lucas Mannes and Dean Richey score 14 for the Spartans, who are now 0-3. Box Score


Explorer Division – 

UFV's Kevon Parchment has another solid game to lead the Cascades.

UFV’s Kevon Parchment has another solid game to lead the Cascades.

at  Fraser Valley Cascades 74 MacEwan Griffins 64 –  A workman-like effort from the Cascades, as their defense forces McEwan into 21 turnovers, and they clean -up at the foul line (18/21 vs 8/11 for Mac). The pair of Kevon Parchment (9 rebs) and Marcus Morgan each knock down 17 points for the 3-0 UFV.  McEwan’s Keith Gerdes is the game-high scorer with 21 pts / 7 rebs     Box Score

Thompson R. WolfPack101 at Mt. Royal Cougars 72 –  The WolfPack fed generously with 58 points in the final 20 minutes, shooting 55% from the floor.  TRU’s Josh Wolfram had a big night , with 35 points and 9 rebounds, while Reese Pribilsky hit 24 pts/ 9 boards/4 assists.  Brett Layton continued to impress in his 1st year with 28 points / 7 rebs for the Cougars.  TRU is 3-0 and Mt. Royal 1-2.  Box Score

UNBC Timberwolves 64  at UBC-Okanagan Heat 48 –  All the numbers favour the T’Wolves (1-2) in this one – UNBC is 45% from the floor / UBC-O only 39%, the Heat are just 1/15 from beyond the arc compared to 5/16 for the Wolves, and UNBC has only 16 turnovers to 22 for the home team. Rhys Elliot, with 15 points, and  Billy Cheng with 14 plus 5 assists, lead the Timberwolves, while Mitch Goodwin has 11 for  0-3 Okanagan.  Box Score


Other CIS Mid-week … Memorial sweeps Saint Mary’s in St. John’s,  99-86 on Sunday.  Weds.- Ryerson 84 McMaster 69, Cape Breton 98 St. FX 87, Toronto 91 Waterloo 65 … In Quebec on Thurs.-   UQAM 79  Bishop’s 75

Friday  CIS Scores –

Quebec – Concordia 66 Laval 62

Atlantic – #10 Dalhousie  73 Memorial 60,  Acadia 81 St. FX 71

Ontario –  #1 Ottawa 89  at Lakehead 61 ,  #2 Carleton 85  at Guelph  59,  #7 Western 83 Windsor 63, Queen’s 69 Laurentian 68,  York 81 Nipissing 62



Overtime – 

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson starting for Galitos-Tiey in Portugal

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson starting for Galitos-Tiey in Portugal

  • Euro – Report … Ross Bekkering (UC), playing in The Netherlands for 4-2, 2nd place, Donar Groningen, is scoring 13.5 ppg/ 9 rebs/ 2.5 assts.  Jordan Baker (UA) and Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (UC) in Portugal, with Galitos-Tiey.  Team is 3-3, tied for 4th … Baker is top scorer with 22 ppg/ 11 rebs, while JO-J is 7.8 ppg/4 rebs/4 assts.   Rob Sihota (UC) in Hungary with last place MAFC Budapest … scoring 13.6 ppg/ 7.3 rebs.  Nick Loewen (MRU), playing now for CB Agustinos-Eras in Leon, Spain (2nd Division (A-B), who are 1-1, and Nick is scoring 11 ppg / 4.5 rebounds.  Chris McLaughlin (UVic), playing for the Gmunden Swans, Austria is at 10.2 ppg / 6.4 rebs.
  • 5th year guard, Billy Cheng, is set to have his career year for the
    UNBC's 5th year guard, Billy Cheng - photo Prince George Citizen.

    UNBC’s 5th year guard, Billy Cheng –      photo Prince George Citizen.

    UNBC T’Wolves;  Coach Todd Jordan says, Billy’s been a big piece for us probably since his second or third year. We need a lot from him and the expectations are high.” “I take it as more of a challenge in leading this team that’s young,” said Cheng, who’s double majoring in finance and international business. “Todd has given me confidence in doing so and keeping all of my teammates together.”  details in this Prince George Citizen story by Andrea Johnson. 

  • Manitoba Coach, Kirby Schepp, assessing his Bisons’ chances in Canada West this season, “We’ve got probably one of our more athletic groups certainly since I’ve been here,” Schepp said Thursday. “I think we expect to be a pretty good team. But the way Canada West as a league is, it has such tremendous parity. Every weekend is going to be really, really difficult.” From the Winnipeg Free Press.



Vikes – Huskies in Feature Series


CW … Series of the Week –

Likes Brandon Dunlop drives against Huskies' Chan De Ciman (#1) and Trevor Severinski (#13) in October U of S win.

Vikes Brandon Dunlop drives against Huskies’ Chan De Ciman (#1) and Trevor Severinski (#13) in October U of S win.          photo – UVic Athletics

#9 Saskatchewan Huskies (1-1) at  Victoria Vikes (2-0) – The Victoria Vikes

Mack Roth , Vikes

Mack Roth , Vikes

are having yet another ‘Official Home Opener’ for the their bright new, yellow -themed CARSA Centre, as the Saskatchewan Huskies return for this week’s League series. Fans will remember the October opening for the Guy Vetrie Tournament, when the Sled Dogs won 3 games over ‘heavy-weights’, Fraser Valley, Carleton, and the Vikes … that one was 95-72 !

But … this is now.  UVic is 2-0, and ‘finding a different way to get things done on the court’.  A shaky pre-season brought some doubt, but Mack Roth, Reiner Theil, and Grant Sitton are hoping to lead a quick resurgence for the defending Canada West champs.  They, like the Huskies, will be playing a more guard-oriented game, even though both teams pride themselves in getting the ball into the paint.  It’s just not your classic back to the hoop , Chris McLaughlin – type attack.

  • Key Huskies –  Evan Ostertag, Jauquin Bennett -Boire, Shawn Lathan, Trevor Severinski
  • Key Vikes –  Grant Sitton, Brandon Dunlop, Mack Roth, Reiner Theil.

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One notable match-up is the grizzled  5th year vet, point man Brandon Dunlop (left, above), in his 3rd ‘Tour of Duty’ on the Viking ship, going up against ‘raw rookie’, Jauquin Bennett-Boire (right), the Huskies QB on offense. JB-B is more likely to be a scoring threat, but Dunlop is a cagey and tireless worker, who will give all he has for a Vikes win in both these games.

Dinos rookie guard, Torrez McCoy, returns to Winnipeg with the Dinos.

Dinos rookie guard, Torrez McCoy, returns to Winnipeg with the Dinos.  photo – David Moll – UC

#6 Calgary Dinos (2-0) at Manitoba Bisons (1-1) – Home-opener for the Bisons, who have big dreams, but they’ve dropped 5 of their past 6 meetings with the Dinos, and need to find a way to control the diverse Calgary attack.  The trio  of Wyatt Anders on the boards (#1 in CW at 12.5 rpg), AJ Basi (21 ppg) with the deep treys, and point guard Justus Alleyn (4.5 assts, 9 ppg) are central to the Bisons game plan.  Calgary has a 10-11 deep rotation, led by 4th year import wing, Thomas Cooper, averaging a double/double of 25 ppg/10 rebounds. Dallas Karch (11 ppg, 5 rebs) and Lars Schleuter (10 ppg/ 4.5 rebs) are a pair of 6-7 forwards who got off to a good start in week 1.  Both these games should be nip and tuck, and won in the final few minutes.

Winnipeg Wesmen (0-2) at Alberta Golden Bears (1-1) –  Second prize for the Ws is another weekend in Sunny Alberta !  Tough scheduling start for the Wesmen, who need a bigger dose of offensive flow against a Bears team intent on leading with their aggressive defense. UW’s Jelane Pryce is expected to produce 15+ ppg, and needs a better shooting performance this week. Jamar Farlay (14.5 ppg) looks to be a big cog in the offense, but the Wesmen need more ‘hands on deck’. Alberta are good at home, and had Mamadou Gueye, Sebastian Denault, and 1st year import guard, Colby Jackson, score in double figures vs UBC last week.

Brandon Brine leads the Pronghorns into their home opener vs Brandon.

Brandon Brine leads the Pronghorns into their home opener vs Brandon.

Brandon Bobcats (0-2)  at Lethbridge Pronghorns (0-0) – Opening night for the ‘Horns, who have one of the longer returnee lists in the League.  Guards, Jared Baker, and Rob Olsen, along with forward, Brandon Brine, are ‘prime-time players’, and import guard Dejon Burdeaux (Fresno CC) is a potent back-court addition for U of L . For the revamped Bobcats, DJ Jordan scored19 ppg in Brandon’s 2 losses vs Regina last weekend, and he  gets help from Chris Stanhope (17 ppg) and Earl Thompson Jr., a beast on the boards (10 rpg) who scored 11 ppg .

Trinity Western Spartans (0-2) at UBC Thunderbirds (1-1) – Trinity may encounter  a flock of angry T-Birds this week, after UBC dropped their home opener to Alberta last Friday. Conor Morgan, David Wagner, and Jordan Jensen -Whyte and company figure to do some damage to a TWU squad trying to establish some team cohesion;  Dean Richey (import guard, Spokane, WA) looks like a leader, and Kelvin Smith has the tools; team shooting and rebounding need to pick up.  We note the Spartans improved turnover ratio, as new Coach Aaron Muhic works for a more efficient style.

The 2-0 Regina Cougars get the bye this week.


Explorer Division – 

Nate Brown is a strong presence inside for the Cascades.

Nate Brown is a strong presence inside for the Cascades.

MacEwan Griffins (1-1) at  Fraser Valley Cascades  (2-0) –  Another test for the defending Division champions, as they host a veteran-laden Mac team.  UFV may not overwhelm, but they get the job done, with their experience and toughness. Mark Johnson (3rd year tsf from Coll. of the Desert, Palm Springs, CA), is obviously a great addition, and he joins battle-tested vets, like Kevon Parchment and Nate Brown to form another strong Cascades squad. The Griffins will have to earn everything they get; Denzel James and newcomer Thadius Galvez look like a dynamic pair for the Griffs.

5th year guard, Reese Pribilsky, leads a potent 'Pack attack.

5th year guard, Reese Pribilsky, leads a potent ‘Pack attack.  – photo – TRU

Thompson R. WolfPack (2-0) at Mt. Royal Cougars (1-1) –  The ‘Pack come in with an 8-0 record over the pre-season and opening week.  Josh Wolfram, Reese Pribilsky, and  Vololodymyr Iegorov are a ‘wrecking crew’ on offense.  The Cougars respond with new-found size and scoring by 1st year post Brett Layton, a 6-8 returned Mormon missionary, who retained and refined some of his hoops skills last summer. James Lefebvre and Derek Wolfe are seniors that MRU will rely on, if they are to get a win vs the ‘Pack.

UNBC Timberwolves (0-2)  at UBC-Okanagan Heat (0-2) –  Here are 2 teams looking for their first victory of the young season.  Both coaches see these as ‘winnable games’, and a split is a necessity, even on this 2nd weekend. The T-Wolves ride the scoring touch of Aussie guard, Rhys Elliot, and an increasingly confident Billy Cheng, who scored 32 in the first of 2 strong team efforts against TRU last week. Okanagan also came to play on the road at Fraser Valley, and they showed more offensive depth, with Dean Johnston, Mitch Goodwin, Aldrich Berrios, and newcomer, Randall Mosca all averaging double figures.


Overtime –

Volodymyr Iegorov, TRU's new 'secret weapon' !

Volodymyr Iegorov, TRU’s new ‘secret weapon’ !  photo – TRU Athletics

  • TRU’s Coach Scott Clark appreciates the impact that  Vololodymyr Iegorov  the 6-7, 3rd year  forward, from Donetsk, Ukraine is making on his WolfPack team.  “He scores in a variety of ways, “ Clark explains. “He doesn’t score in your face. He got to the line, he scores in transition. He scores a three or two. He got a couple from the post some from the back cut. He is like a ‘silent assassin.’ He is a good player and that is the way good players go about their business.”  (From News Kamloops ).  Iegorov scored 29 ppg on opening weekend, and he is a huge addition, playing beside TRU’s other ace big man, Josh Wolfram.
  • You are Thompson Rivers, at 8-0 vs CIS and U.S. Colleges, but do you get even a sniff from the CIS Top 10 voters ?  Ah-h-h, NO!  Why you say? Well, it’s obvious that the Canada West Explorer Division is considered a ‘B League’ .  Any team in the Explorer, even the consistently competitive Fraser Valley Cascades, are passed over by this perception. These teams may have to live with that until 2016-17, when Canada West again merges the teams into one almost unfathomable 17 team League.

Familiar Names Lead Scoring


Calgary,Regina, Victoria Claim Sweeps

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Regina Cougars  87 at Brandon Bobcats 73  –  The Cougars get the sweep in Brandon, shooting 53% from the field, as Jonathan Tull notches 29 pts/ 11 rebs. The Bobcats are better tonight, with DJ Jordan scoring 25 off the bench, but Regina rules the boards 52-37.  Box Score

Import guard, Thomas Cooper,scores 26 for Calgary.

Import guard, Thomas Cooper,scores 26 for Calgary.








at  #9 Calgary Dinos  88  Winnipeg Wesmen  55  – The Dinos come at UW in waves, as Thomas Cooper tallies 26 pts, including 5/6 from 3 pt range / plus 8 rebs, with Dallas Karch scoring 12, as Calgary shoots 50%. Winnipeg fades badly in  losing the 2nd 45-22, shooting just 31%. Kuet-Kuet is tops for the Ws with 16 points/ 10 boards.   Box Score

at   #7 Saskatchewan Huskies 77   Manitoba Bisons  70    – The Herd are up 27-17 after 10 minutes, but it’s all downhill from there;  the Huskies win the 2nd half 40-25, to get a split at home. Evan Ostertag leads for U of S again, hitting 21 points, and Jauquin Bennett-Boire tallies 17/ 5 assists.  The Bisons get 20 from AJ Basi, and 10 pts/ 15 boards from Wyatt Anders. Box Score 

Mack Roth has big game for Vikes.

Mack Roth has big game for Vikes.

Victoria Vikes 78 at Trinity Western Spartans 61 – The Vikes get a road sweep, as Mack Roth heats up with 28 points.  Trinity has trouble against the UVic defense, and the Spartans are 31% FG, with only Josiah Allison (15 points) and Lucas Mannes (13 points/7 rebs scoring in double figures.  Box Score


at  #10 UBC Thunderbirds 82   Alberta Golden Bears  54 – The Thunderbirds repair the damage from opening night, and give it back to the Bruins in spades!  47% from the floor to 31% for Alberta – 45-36 rebounding edge, with guard, Phil Jalalpoor snatching 10 – and 5 ‘Birds in double digits scoring, led by 16 from David Wagner and 15 from AJ Holloway off the bench.  Colby Jackson has 13 for the Bears, whose offense, to put it politely, sputters.      Box Score  


Vijay Dillon has a hot game for the Cascades

Vijay Dillon has a hot game for the Cascades

Cascades and ‘Pack On Top

Explorer Division –

at Fraser Valley Cascades 84    UBC-O Heat  69  –  The Cascades get the 2nd on home court by blitzing the Heat 52-32 in the 2nd half; UFV shoots 57% FG and 13/22 (59% ) on 3s. Vijay Dillon strikes for 26 points, Mark Johnson 21/6 rebs., and Kevon Parchment rings up 20 points/ 9 assts. UBC-O gets 19 points/ 7 rebs from Dean Johnston, and 14 points from Randall Mosca. Box Score

 at MacEwan Griffins 88   Mt. Royal Cougars  82 – With 14/27 from 3 point range, the Griffins grab a split, as Thadius Galvez scores 23 / 7 assists, and Tarik Scott adds 15 points. MRU hits just 3/16 attempts from 3 point range, and is a mediocre 21/38 (55%) from the line. Cougars’ Post man, Brett Layton scores 28 points / 7 big blocked shots, and James Lefebvre chips in with 26 points/ 7 boards.   Box Score

Thompson Rivers WolfPack 85  at UNBC Timberwolves  79  – The foul shot is a weapon for the bigger Wolf Pack, as they hit 23/27 vs 15/20 for UNBC. Josh Wolfram shoots a bit more tonight, and not pays off for 27 points and 15 big boards.  Volodymyr Iegorov scores 23, and Reese Pribilsky adds 20. Rhys Elliot of the T’Wolves leads all scorers with 30 points, and Elliot Rowe contributes 13, as UNBC loses 2 straight at home.  Box Score


Other CIS Saturday Scores –

 OUA –    at  #1 Ottawa 97   Laurentian  66, at #2 Carleton 102   Nipissing  67 ,  Laurier 76  #6 Western 71,  McMaster 86 at Algoma 56 , Guelph 61  at  Lakehead   50 , Windsor 91 Waterloo 81,  Queen’s 77  York  66

In Quebec –   Concordia 69 UQAM  56,  … McGill at Harvard  … Am. Int’l   Bishop’s

 in the AUS –  UPEI  95 St. FX 91  , Cape Breton 94  Acadia   76 , Dalhousie 84 UNB  82,    at Memorial  97  Saint Mary’s 63


Overtime –

  • Another big man down …  “Cascades power forward Nate Brown left the game midway through the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury, after making a layup and landing on a Heat player’s foot on his way back down.”  And , from Coach Adam Friesen, “Nate’s a big part of what we do, so any team that loses a guy like that mid-game, there’s going to be a time of adjustment,” Friesen said.  (From Dan Kinvig, UFV Athletics)

Feature Games this Weekend


‘Crucial Games’ On Opening Week

As Mike Raimbault, the Winnipeg Wesmen Head Coach said this week, “Every week we face a tough opponent, so we try not to look any further ahead ….”  That may be especially true this week, since it is the start of League play, with the attending nerves, expectations, and seeming import of these particular match-ups.  Here’s our preview  of Week 1-

Series of the Week –  (We might pick several, but …) 

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Manitoba Bisons at Saskatchewan Huskies – Having lost 5 in a row, and 12 of 13 against the Huskies, Manitoba will be itching for a win or 2!  Both these teams have designs on a high finish and possible championship in March; the tough thing for the Herd is that they have consistently been ripped to shreds by the more ferocious Sled Dogs over the past 7 years. At Forward – Can Manitoba’s Wyatt Anders and Jonathan Alexander match Sask’s Matt Forbes (*we learn Friday that Forbes is gone for the season, with his broken foot!), and Trevor Severinski ?  Maybe more telling is the guard contest – the ‘new Dogs’, Jauquin Bennett-Boire, Shawn Lathan, and Chan DiCiman, along with sharp-shooting Huskies vet, Evan Ostertag,  will have to command the court vs the high scoring AJ Basi, Ilarion Bonhomme, and Justus Alleyn.

Wild-card factors – Dharnjit Dhillon and Keith Omoerah for Manitoba                      Mack Burns and Joe Barker for Saskatchewan .

Also, in the ‘Big Game’ Category –

In the words of a famous UC announcer, Lars Schleuter, s-h-o-o-o-o-ter!

In the words of a famous UC announcer, Lars Schlepper, is a  s-h-o-o-o-o-ter!

Winnipeg Wesmen at Calgary Dinos – 2 years ago, the Ws came to Calgary and beat the Dinos two straight, then last season it was Calgary returning the favour in downtown Winnipeg.  Winnipeg has played effective ‘small-ball’ with guard penetration, quick man defense, and the scoring of wing man Jelane Pryce.  Guards Denzel Lynch-Blair and James Farley are experienced vets, and the Wesmen have added William Sesay, a local high school star. Calgary answers in the back-court with David Kapinga (St. Mary’s HS, Calgary), Jhony Verrone, Josh Owen-Thomas.  Wing men Thomas Cooper and Lars Schleuter can score, and the Dinos are deep at forward, including returnees Mitch Ligertwood and Conner Foreman.

UBC's David Wagner

UBC’s David Wagner – tough inside !

Alberta Golden Bears at UBC Thunderbirds – Over the past 3 seasons, the Bears hold a 6-4 edge, but ‘the word on the street’ has UBC bringing a formidable line-up this year.  The ‘Birds are big … David Wagner (6-9, 245) and Luka Zaharijevic (6-7, 255) provide the muscle, and 6-9 Conor Morgan the inside-outside offense up front.  Jordan Jensen-Whyte moves to shooting guard  and the point will be Phil Jalapoor or Surrey, Holy Cross rookie, Taylor Browne.  Alberta has the strength on the forward line to battle the T-Birds; Mamadou Gueye is a scoring/rebounding dynamo. and red-shirt rookie  Brody Clarke joins 6-9 Sebastian Denault.

Victoria Vikes at Trinity Western Spartans – Who knows what to expect here?  UVic, who have struggled at times in October, are trying to adapt to life without Chris McLaughlin, while TWU has 2 notable additions in 7-1 Matt Hayashi, and 6-5 import guard, Dean Richey. Can the Spartans take advantage of home court for a big upset?

Regina Cougars at Brandon Bobcats – The green Cougs are being touted as ‘the team on the rise’, and have experience and scoring with the Tull brothers (Jonathan, Brandon), plus Aaron McGowan and Alex Igual a solid combo at the point. Brandon has so many new faces, including the intriguing, late-arriving BIG man, John Paul (6-11, 260)  but still features the talented import duo of DJ Jordan and Earl Thompson Jr.

Explorer Division –

UFV's Kevon Parchment is among the elite players in Canada West.

UFV’s Kevon Parchment is among the elite players in Canada West.

UBC-O Heat  at Fraser Valley Cascades –  David and Goliath, especially with the road start for the Heat; but, Coach Guarasci is looking for a step up this season, with more experience from vets like Mitch Goodwin, and David Manshrek, plus scoring from transfer recruit, Randall Mosca.  The Cascades have the power, however, with Kevon Parchment, Nate Brown, and Manny Dulay, plus they have home court.

Mt. Royal Cougars at MacEwan Griffins –  The best match-up this week in the Explorer, with a veteran-laden Griffs squad at home to a younger, but talented Cougars team.  Mac will want to protect home court, and their top forwards, Keith Gerdes and Ryan May will have to battle hard with MRU’s new-found size; for the Cougs Brett Layton comes in at 6-8, and ’T.T.’ Thokbuom is 6-9, providing help inside for 6-5 James Lefebvre.

 Rhys Elliott, high-scoring guard for the UNBC Timberwolves

Rhys Elliott, high-scoring guard for the UNBC Timberwolves

Thompson Rivers WolfPack at UNBC Timberwolves –  Wolves running wild in Prince George !  The Orange have a great addition in the skilled, strong, import forward, 6-7, Volodymyr Iegorov, who will nicely compliment Josh Wolfram’s 20 pts/10 rebounds pace. The T’Wolves like the home court, and Rhys Elliot can be a strong leader, but can they match the size and skill of the TRU front line, or the leadership at the point that the ‘Pack get from Reese Pribilsky.?

All these games are on Canada West TV


Overtime –

Coach Guarasci, UBC-O

Coach Guarasci, UBC-O

  • UBC-Okanagan Coach Peter Guarasci complimenting his team’s efforts in the Capitol News, Kelowna , “So far in practice, they’ve all made jumps and I’m really proud of them,” head coach Pete Guarasci said of his second year players.  “I think last year was more about getting exposure to this level and understanding the work it takes to succeed at this level.  They’ve all made some great jumps in practice, and now it’s time to transfer that into games.  That’s where our focus is, and I’ve told the whole team, especially that group, that I want to see a big growth year.”
  • The Carleton Ravens are 5-1 in pre-season, and not 2-1, as we reported.  Small omission of their House – Laughton Tourney.  (Thanks to Martin Timmerman –  CIS Hoops  for the correction) . Martin’s site is a wealth of information covering every one of the 4 Leagues in the CIS.
  • There could be 2 Winnipeg high school all-stars (2015) matched up against each other at the point guard spot this weekend in Calgary, as the Wesmen play the Dinos.  Calgary has Torrez McKoy, and Winnipeg, William Sesay, who were teammates on the Manitoba U-17 National Champions – 2014.   There are 27 Winnipeg high school grads on Canada West team rosters this season !

Calgary Cages the Cougars


Final Day at the CBU Fall Classic, Sydney, NS –  

Dinos grab win behind the 23 pt. output by guard, Jhony Verrone.

Dinos grab win behind the 23 pt. output by guard, Jhony Verrone. – photo- David Moll, UC

Consolation side –  Calgary 100 Regina 88  – A 56 point 2nd half put the Dinos in the passing lane, as they shoot 50% FG, and score 26/33 from the line vs 11/21 for the Cougars. Jhony Verrone has a stellar game for Calgary, with 23 points/ 3 asst/ 3 reb, and Thomas Cooper adds 20 pts/6 rebs.  Matt Ellis is 15 pts/6 boards off the bench, and is a perfect 5/5 from the floor, and the same from the line.  Regina has 4 players in double figures, with Alex Igual cashing 24/ 5 boards/ 3 asst.   Box Score 

Acadia 69 Cape Breton 57 – Cold shooting hands both ways … Capers are 0-3 on home court this week; Meshack Lufile deserves more help, as he is one of the real warriors in the CIS .  Box Score 

Mustangs capture the Capers Fall Classic title.

Mustangs capture the Capers Fall Classic title with a solid win over Panthers.

The Final –   Western 95 UPEI 83 – Western is playing like a Top 10 (Top 5?) team, with  Greg Morrow filling it up in the paint with 32 pts/ 7 rebounds, plus 9 big assists. Judson Tavernier shoots from outside as well as anyone we’ve seen this season … 7/12 tonight, and 25 pts/7 rebs/ 4 assists. The Mustangs are an exceptional passing team … 32 assists in this game. The Panthers get 24 pts from Tyler Scott, and 19 pts/13 rebounds from Dut-Dut. Box Score

for 3rd,  St. FX 94 Nipissing 81- 20 pts each from Julius Antoine and Kevin Bercy, as X shoots 52% from the floor. Box Score  

In Ontario –      Victoria 71 at Guelph 65  –  the Vikes get a road win against the Gryphons  as Jordan Charles (3rd year, W) scores 19, Grant Sitton 15, and Mack Roth 14. Ahmed Haroon hits for 23 pts for Guelph. Box Score

At the  Golden Bear Invitational , Edmonton    –

Lethbridge  83  UNBC  56 – Import guard, Dejon Burdeaux sparks the UL attack with 23 pts on 8/9 FG shooting and adds 5 steals, while Brandon Brine scores 15.  (This box score is a bit goofy)  UNBC gets 19 from Elliot Rowe and 17 by Colin Plumb. Box Score

Queen’s 74 Alberta 68 – Better shooting by the Gaels  and a few costly turnovers by Alberta, as they take a home loss. Mamadou Gueye scores 22, but no one else hits double figures for the Bears.  Queen’s has Sukhpreet Sing leading with 20 points, and Tanner Graham scores 18 and has 5 steals  Box Score


The Lea Marc Printing Tourn. – U. Winnipeg –Unknown-2

 Fraser Valley 72  Manitoba 67 –  Vijay Dhillon scores 19 points, as the Cascades sweep the Winnipeg event.  (write-up by Dan Kinvig, UFV)  no Box Score

Winnipeg  73  Brandon  61–  Winnipeg gets the win as Jelane Pryce records a double of 24 pts/10 rebs. Ryan Oirbans claims 14 big boards for the Ws. Brandon has 13 pts from D.J. Jordan.  Box Score

More CIS Scores – Seattle Mountaineers 92 UBC 89 –  Conor Morgan scores 28 pts for UBC, Bishop’s 79 Laurentian 77, St. Mary’s 91 Laurier 87, Brock  92 Ryerson 83, UQAM 75 Waterloo 58, Windsor 84 Concordia 65, Lakehead 72 York 71, Toronto 76 Algoma 65



Overtime – 

  • Dejon Burdeaux is making an impact for Lethbridge; witness the elusive box score from Fridays ‘Horns-Gaels OT game we get from David Wells, our agent in ‘The South’. ‘The ‘Mustard Man’ (Dejon – Dijon … oh, never mind) drops 30 points, including 18/20 free throws. He touches the ball often, and he takes it to the defense.  We also admire Brandon Brine’s 23 pt/13 rebs. double.
  •   Alberta Coach Craddock has a good look at his whole den of Bears in a pasting of the UNBC T’Wolves on Friday, with everyone getting good minutes, and all score … Mamadou Gueye score 19, and Brody Clark has an 11 pt/10 reb double.
  • UBC Coach, Kevin Hanson, after his ‘Birds fell just short to Seattle on Saturday, “We didn’t play very good basketball, we didn’t run our systems very well, and we’ve got to go back to the drawing board,” said Hanson. “We need to play the way we practice – we practice with so much intensity, but for whatever reason, we were a bit tight today, with the first game on the home court here. It’s the first time that half of our guys have even played on this floor. Good experience though, it’s part of growth and part of what the season’s all about.” (From Aaron Martin, Sports Information Assistant, UBC)