Calgary and Manitoba Down to the Wire Again
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
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
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 –
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
- 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.
- 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.