Step Up For Canadian Team

 

 

Universiade Team Needs Our Support

Connor Wood, Carleton Ravens’ National Player of the Year for 2016-17.       photo – Ottawa Sun

Like most fans, my assumption was that the ‘U-Sports all-star team’ headed for the 29th Universiade FISU Games in Taiwan in August would be funded and organized  by Canada Basketball.  This, unfortunately, is not the case.  The majority of the funding is coming from the players, their universities, or the basketball program within those athletic departments.

Head Coach Kevin Hanson (UBC) and his assistants, Dan Vanhooren (Calgary), and Jacques Paiment Jr. (Laval) are having to ‘scramble ‘ to pull this whole thing together.  Fortunately, they have some contacts for some sponsorship ideas, as all 3 are pretty veteran U-Sports coaches.  “Some of the ‘extras’ to make this experience special for the players is really left to the coaches”, says the Dinos’ Vanhooren. “It also really helps that we are able to train down in Indiana with Purdue University being very generous with the great facility, and some other assistance.”

This still leaves the matter of costs for the players, and this is where you fans can give this team a big boost!  Do you think we can raise $10,000 or more?  Let’s see if our readers can be ‘part of the team ‘ !   Send a contribution to Coach Kevin Hanson   kevin.hanson@ubc.ca .

The team roster includes  Justus Alleyn – Manitoba, Kevin Bercy – St. FX, Mambi Diawara -Calgary, Jordan Jensen-Whyte- UBC,  Kaza Kajami-Keane- Carleton,  David   Kapinga- Calgary , Alexandre Leclerc- Laval, Javon Masters- UNB, Conor Morgan- UBC, Erik Nissen – Acadia,  Connor Wood- Carleton, Jean-Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, Ottawa.  

These young men will represent Canadian University Basketball  … let’s step up for them! This is a big deal for these top U-Sports players.  Just read this story on Justus Alleyn of the Manitoba Bisons in The Manitoban.

 

Overtime –

Lisa Robertson to head -up the University of Regina Athletics . photo – Dinos Athletics

  •  Lisa Robertson, a former U. Calgary basketball star (then Lisa Bacigalupi), and a long-time Dinos Athletic Department member, is the new Director of Sport, Community Engagement & Athlete Development at the University of Regina.  Robertson has most recently spent 2 years as the Associate Director of Sponsorship and Events at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.   More details in this story from UR Athletics.

 

 

 

Universiade Team Roster Announced

 

Universiade Roster includes players from 4 U-Sports Leagues

Team Canada Head Coach, Kevin Hanson (UBC)                 photo – UBC Athletics

U-Sports announced the roster for the 2017 FISU Games (Universiade)  team today … Coach Kevin Hanson (UBC) and his Assistants, Dan Vanhooren (Calgary), and Jacques Paiment Jr. (Laval) will have select players from all 4 U-Sports Leagues, led by  Carleton ‘s pair of Connor Wood and Kaza Kajami-Keane, who sparked the Ravens’  7th straight National Championship.

Canada West players include Conor Morgan and Jordan Jensen-Whyte of UBC, along with David Kapinga and Mambi Diawara of Calgary, and Justus Alleyn from the Manitoba Bisons.

 

Here is the roster with 2016-17 statistics and notes –

Guards –

Justus Alleyn, Manitoba … 2nd team Canada West All – Star 2017, 17.4 ppg

Mambi Diawara, Calgary … 12.3 ppg,  45% shooter, 5.1 rebs, 2.1 steals

Jordan Jensen-Whyte, UBC  … 15.9 ppg, 3.8 asst,

Kaza Kajami-Keane, Carleton  … MVP of 2017 Final 8,  15.5 ppg, 5.2 asst

David   Kapinga, Calgary … 11.5 ppg, 48% 3 pt shooter, 4.1 asst, 2.5 steals

Javon Masters, UNB  … 2nd team All – Canadian 2017,  19.6 ppg, 5.8 asst

Connor Wood, Carleton … 1st team All – Canadian 2017, and U-Sports Most Outstanding Player,  19.2 ppg,  MVP 2016 Final 8

Forwards –

Kevin Bercy, St FX … 1st team All – Canadian 2017, MVP in the AUS 2017, 19.8 ppg, 11.3 rebs

Alexandre Leclerc, Laval … 6-6 forward, 10 ppg, 5.8 rebs , All-Canadian in 2016

Conor Morgan, UBC …  1st team All – Canadian 2017 … 23.1 ppg, 7.5 rebs

Erik Nissen, Acadia …   AUS All-star 2017 … 18.1 ppg, 9.7 rebs

Jean-Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, Ottawa …  OUA All-Star 2017, 14.4 ppg, 8.7 rebs

This Canada Basketball ‘Development Team’  has some particular challenges, with limited funding for travel expenses as a key deficit.  There is also a possibility that any of the graduated players, Jensen-Whyte, Kajami-Keane, or Wood may not make the trip to compete in Taiwan if they sign a pro contract and are due to start training camp with that pro team.

Canada has a solid recent history in this biannual competition, and with the speed and experience of this squad, they should do well at the August 19 – 30th Games. We’ll expect to have updates on this team once they start training later this summer.  Coach Hanson tells us that the team will fly to Chicago on August 5, and train through the 13th.  The team will play Purdue University of the Big 10 on  August 11 and 12.

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Overtime –

  • Canada’s U-19 National Team, coached by the Ryerson Rams Roy Rana, is slated to start play in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 in Cairo, Egypt on July 1st. They are 2-1 in pre-tournament play, having lost to France, and beaten both Lithuania and Spain.
  • U. Victoria Coach , Craig Beaucamp , guided Canada’s U-17’s to the Silver medal in FIBA Americas Championships in Argentina in mid June. Canada registered wins over Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.  They lost to the USA in the championship game.

 

 

 

Gee Gees Capture Shoveller Title

 

 

  Ottawa win in Halifax … primed for OUA action

Caleb Agada is a the top player for Ottawa in their win at the Shoveller.

#4 Ottawa Gee Gees 78 Saint Marys  Huskies 69 –  Caleb Agada posts yet another double-double, as his 25 pts/ 12 boards lead the Gee Gees to the tournament title.  Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles has another strong game with a double of 12 points/ 10 rebs. Brian Rouse scored 19 to pace Saint Marys, while Theon Reefer scored 15 plus grabbing 14 rebounds.  Now 16-3 overall in U-Sport competition, UO are starting to look like prime contenders for an OUA and National crown.  With a line-up bolstered by 5th year McMaster transfer, Adam Presutti,  they win their 14th straight.  Resuming league play next week, Ottawa will be prepping for their mid-January showdown with the #1 Carleton Ravens.  Box Score   

  #10 Dalhousie   76  St. FX  71 – (  3rd place game) The Tigers take down AUS rival  X-Men, as Jarred Reid counts a game-high 25 points, while Kashrell Lawrence had 17 points, eight rebounds.  Cameron Walker led the St. FX scorers with 20. Box Score

 Acadia Axemen  89  Mt. Royal Cougars  75 –  (7th place game)  Not the deepest team in the country, MRU cannot be at top form without forward, Brett Layton, who sat this one out with an ankle sprain.  The Axemen out-shoot the Cougars 42% to 36% from the field, and use a big 20/29 to 9/15 free throw edge to distance themselves. Kyle Arsenault scores 29 pts and Erik Nissen 20 pts/ 9 rebs to lead Acadia.  Josh Ross responds with a double of 15 pts/ 11 boards for Mt. Royal, while guards Glen Yang and Craig Martin tally 12 pts each.  Box Score   

UPEI  Panthers  96  Queens Golden Gaels 86   – (5th place game)

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Classique Olga Hrycak at UQAM, Montreal –

Memorial Seahawks 79 UNBC  Timberwolves 70 –  Up 3 at the half, then tied after 30 minutes, the T’Wolves cannot hold back the Seahawks in the 4th.  Memorial scores 30 points to claim the tournament title at 3-0, while UNBC finishes 2nd at 2-1.  23 points for MUN from MVP, Vasilije Curcic, the 6-9 Serbian big man, and 19 by Davion Parnsalu.  The ‘Wolves  get 21 from tournamentt all-star , Rhys Elliott and 22 from wing man, Marcus MacKay.  Again without forward, Vaggelis Loukas, UNBC hang tough for most of the way, but fade in the final minutes.  (again, thanks to UNBC Coach Todd Jordan for texting us the stats )

 Guelph Gryphons 85  UQAM  Citadins  84

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 Vanguard U. (CA) 89  Saskatchewan 72 –  Shane Osayande tops the Huskies with 22 points.

Hope International (CA) 82  MacEwan   56 –  MacEwan is ‘not the same team’ that beat Vanguard last night.  Hope recovers from a loss to Saskatchewan.

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Overtime –

  • Happy New Year to you all !  Safe travels to all the teams still on the road back home.  And good luck as the League play starts up again this coming week .

Dinos and Cougars Get Wins

 

 

At the CBU Fall Classic, Sydney, NS –  

Cooper Continues To Impress in Dinos Win Over Capers –

(Consolation side) –  Calgary 68   Cape Breton 63 – Calgary takes charge in the middle frames with a 39-30 advantage, then the Capers get some quick scores at the end to make it closer.  Neither team really has the offensive flow tonight, and the shooting is cooler than the coaches might hope. 24 pts/ 9 rebounds for Thomas Cooper, who has sparked the Dinos in each outing of the pre-season. David Kapinga has a steady game at the point, with 13 points, and Calgary limits themselves to 11 turnovers vs 19 for CBU. Meshack Lufile scores 22 / 7 rebounds for the Capers.  Dinos play in the Consolation final at 2 pm   Atlantic vs Regina.  CBU vs Acadia at 12 noon in the 7/8 game  Box Score

Regina 107 Acadia 94 – Regina almost wins with a 4th quarter blitz, but Acadia gets it to OT;  cue the Cougars offense, which rains on the Axemen 19-6, as Jonathan Tull cashes 33 pts. against his former team.  Good team effort by the Cougs, with 19 from Brandon Tull, 18 by Alex Igual, and some good work off the bench by Brian Ofori and Aaron McGowan. Erik Nissen, the Acadia post, matches Tull’s 33 points, and adds 14 rebounds. Box Score

In the Championship Semi-finals – UPEI  96 Nipissing  74Box Score

 Western 83 St. FX 72 Box Score

The Final on Saturday is PEI vs Western at 8 pm Atlantic, Nipissing – St. FX for 3rd at 6 pm.


At the  Golden Bear Invitational  on Friday  –

Lethbridge  96 Queen’s 95   OT – Horns hang on to win in OT. Brandon Brine with two free throws with a second left to win.  (From the intrepid D. Wells in L.A.)

Alberta  99  UNBC  45


 

The Lea Marc Printing Tourn. – U. Winnipeg –

Manitoba 92 Brandon 74-  Manitoba shoots over 50% FG, led by AJ Basi’s 18, with 4 in double figures; Wyatt Anders has a double of 14 pts/10 boards.  DJ Jordan is high for the ‘Cats with 27 pts, while Earl Thompson scores 15 / 11 rebounds.  Box Score

Fraser Valley 71 Winnipeg  64 – Nate Brown leads the Cascades with 15 points, Mark Johnson 14 pts/9 boards. After trailing by 20 in the 3rd stanza, the Wesmen come back to 57-55 down; Denzel Lynch-Blair is tops for UW with 14 pts/ 9 rebs. 45% FG for UFV, 34% for the Ws.  Box Score


 

In Ontario –  at McMaster 95 Victoria 78  –    Vike lose their 2nd straight Leon Alexander, scored 20 pts. for Mac, while Victoria was led by Mac Roth, with  a game-high 24 pts. McMaster were 56% on FG% and UVIc was also sharp, with 51%.   no box score here.

Dalhousie 82 Algoma 53, Laurier 81 Bishop’s 72, St. Mary’s 85 Laurentian 76. Ryerson 83 UQAM 67, Windsor 76 Lakehead 59, York 93 Waterloo 78, Brock 74 Concordia 68


 

Overtime – 

  • The Dinos are without their rookie point man, Torrez McKoy, who stayed home in Calgary after suffering a practice injury.  He is expected back in time for League play.
  •   It has been ‘over the boards‘ with all players this Fall season for many teams … Calgary has 10 playing significant minutes in most games, as does Regina.  Some teams (Lethbridge, Saskatchewan) are getting good play from their supporting cast, with injuries keeping starters off the floor.  The coaches are looking for cohesion, and to give each roster player a taste of action before the bench is shortened for for League games.
  •  Not sure why information is so sketchy with pre-season games … we would expect schools/teams to get info, results out.  Not great marketing.  One guy who definitely gets it done is Dan Kinvig, the SID at Fraser Valley; every team, every time.