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Prairie Rivalries  are Focus This Week

Brandon Brine's and the 'Horns are up against Lars Schleuter and the Dinos in Calgary this week.

Brandon Brine and the ‘Horns are up against Lars Schleuter and the Dinos in Calgary this week.

The first week in February for Canada West sees the two most telling series tipping off in Manitoba and Southern Alberta.  Four teams who sit at 9-5 or better in the Pioneer Division duke it out this Friday and Saturday, with playoff slots on the line.  The difference in winning 2, splitting, or dropping both can mean in or out, home court, or a very different playoff draw.  We also have Mt. Royal hosting MacEwan with neither team having the luxury of absorbing a loss if they are to get a decent shot at a playoff slot from the Explorer Division.
Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 10.07.20 AM Lethbridge (9-5) at  Calgary (12- 3)  –  The Dinos have home court and are coming off a bye week, while the ‘Horns are fresh from last week’s pummelling of the Golden Bears.  Both teams appear to be at full strength, with Calgary having had a chance at recovering from ‘small hurts’, and Lethbridge seeing the return to form of import guard, Dejon Burdeaux, who is such a key for them.
Both teams have depth, with the Dinos featuring a dominant scorer, Thomas Cooper (tops in Canada West at 24.7 ppg) and Lars Schleuter at 11.5 ppg , while the ‘Horns have 3 in double figures – Brandon Brine (18.2 ppg) , Rob Olsen (15.1), and Burdeaux (13.8).
We  expect a high-scoring affair, with both teams near the top of the ppg average in the League.  Calgary’s challenge will be  to crack the Pronghorns zone / press defense, and the ‘Horns’ to get their offense rolling with their running style against the quick UC guards.

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 10.17.43 AMWinnipeg (9-5)  vs  Manitoba (11-5)  (Home and home series – at Manitoba Friday, and Winnipeg on Saturday)  –  These cross-town rivals are both peaking for this match-up, with the Wesmen winning 7 of the latest 9 games they’ve played.  The Bisons would appear to be the deeper team, with the more explosive offense, but they have been without Ilarion Bonhomme, who is so valuable off the bench at the point, and 5th year post, Wyatt Anders saw limited action last weekend.  Winnipeg will need a huge team effort on the boards, and to capitalize on their opportunistic defense, if they are to slow down the Bisons attack.  A lower-scoring game might be to Winnipeg’s liking, while A.J. Basi and his Manitoba teammates like a more wide open style. ‘At least a split’ … this goes through both coaches minds, we can be sure !

Also in the Pioneer Division –

Jonathan Tull will try and help his UR Cougars fend off the Vikes.

Jonathan Tull will try and help his UR Cougars fend off the Vikes.

Victoria (7-9)  Regina (8-6) – This is a ‘survival series’ for both the Vikes and Cougars, as they’re  coming off disappointing 2-loss weekends, and are now wanting to get a place in the top 7 for playoffs.  UVic has a tough road assignment, as last year’s Canada West champs looked particularly shaken vs UBC in their 2 blow-out losses. Veterans like Reiner Theil, Brandon Dunlop, and Mack Roth will need to get their troops ready, or they will be out before they know it.
Regina will need offensive production from Jonathan Tull, and a better series from big Will Tallman;  big men Stephen Shields and ‘Pops’ Ndiaye could be a handful for the smaller Vikes.

Brandon (1-13)  at Saskatchewan (4-10) –  Neither of these teams are playoff bound, but will still want to finish up their season on positive notes.  The Huskies may be particularly motivated by home court, and by wanting 5th year Saskatoon star, Evan Ostertag, to get some more satisfaction as his career winds down.
One very nteresting match-up – Huskies Chan DeCiman (Regina) vs Bobcats ‘Pookie’ Saunders (Calgary) … two rookies who are playing well.

Trinity Western (1-13)  at Alberta (7-8) –  Even with their 2 ugly losses at Lethbridge, the Bears can still get things on track for a playoff berth, starting with a good home stand against the Spartans. Alberta really has been most unlucky with injuries, and can only hope they have starters back healthy this week.  Brody Clarke is a key for U of A, if he is 100%, and Colby Jackson is needed at the point.  TWU have a win, and can use more defensive consistency as they try and take it on the road.


TRU at home and ‘sitting pretty’ in the Explorer

Colin Plumb and his T-Wolves 'mates will be sorely tested at TRU.

Colin Plumb and his T-Wolves ‘mates will be sorely tested at TRU.

With a ‘death-grip’ on the #2 seed in the Canada West playoffs, the TRU Wolf Pack are trying to tune up their game, and be ready to take the steps necessary to reach the Final 4, then the CIS Nationals in Vancouver.  Not unreachable goals, but like every team in the competition, it’s one step at a time (We can hear Coach Scott Clark, even as we write this).
UNBC (3-11) at Thompson Rivers  (12-2) –  This is a high hurdle for the struggling Timberwolves, with an away series against a stacked TRU roster. UNBC has Rhys Elliot, but even he, at 18 ppg, has suffered with the loss of 5th year lead guard, Billy Cheng, out with injury.  Colin Plumb has played well on the forward line, but he faces a killer trio in Josh Wolfram, Volodymyr Iegorov, and Luke Morris.  This should be two routine wins for the ‘Pack as they stay ahead of the other 5 chasers.


Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 2.07.42 PMFraser Valley  (9-5)  at UBC-Okanagan (7-7) –  UFV Coach Adam Friesen will be looking for some indication of playoff readiness from his experienced group, led by all-star, Kevon Parchment, and shooting guard Vijay Dhillon.  One question is, “Can Fraser Valley get players back in the rotation” ?  They’ve had only  7 or 8 players available, and that has hurt.  UBC-O are the challengers here, and will have a home crowd to help their cause.  Big match-up – the Heat’s Aldrich Berrios at the point going up against the taller and more seasoned Manny Dulay of UFV.  If Okanagan is to catch the Cascades for 2nd, they will need a sweep here we think, and Fraser Valley is likely too tough for that to happen.

Rookie post Brett Layton has been an offensive leader for the MRU Cougars.

Rookie post Brett Layton has been an offensive leader for the MRU Cougars.

MacEwan (6-8)  at Mt. Royal (5-9) –  Well, we know the Cougars need  both these games to have a reasonable shot at a playoff berth, and MacEwan is really in the same boat, as they look up at UBC-O ahead of them. This should be a close set of games, with MRU’s aggressive defense, and play of 2nd year guard Glen Yang, and 1st year post man, Brett Layton giving them a real boost.  Mac responds with guards Thadius Galvez and Denzel James, their 2 high scorers and floor leaders.  The Griffs have more experience, but road wins are hard to come by; the pressure is on both teams to secure a sweep … something has to give !


 Wednesday CIS Scores   –  
at # 1 Ryerson  104  # 5  Brock   79 –  The Rams are decimating their OUA challengers in the past several weeks, and further justifying their top ranking.



Cougars Welcome ‘Pops’ to Regina


‘Pops’ Takes it On the Road to Regina

Rawane ‘Pops’ Ndiaye has had an eventful last few weeks;  the 25 year old former University of Tennessee player finished his requirements for a Psychology degree from UT in mid-December, and, late in the month, traveled to Phoenix, AZ to meet his new teammates and coaches with the Regina Cougars, who played 3 games just prior to New Years.

Rawane 'Pops' Ndiaye has starting workouts with the Regina Cougars this week.

Rawane ‘Pops’ Ndiaye has starting workouts with the Regina Cougars this week.

The young man returned to his family home in Raleigh, North Carolina, to pack his things for his trip to, hopefully, a new chapter in his basketball and academic life in Regina, Saskatchewan. Feeling he needs his car to get around in his new town, ‘Pops’ decides to drive from N.C. to Southern Saskatchewan.  Cougars teammate, Brian Ofori, obviously with the right team attitude and adventuresome spirit, volunteers to fly to Raleigh from Phoenix, and accompany ‘Pops’ on the highway journey North.  They pull into Regina on January 4, and Ndiaye is practicing with the team, and getting classes organized this week.

Coach Steve Burrows is counting on ‘Pops’ to “ adapt to a new team, a new group of guys, and a new style of play.”  Burrows says, “He is a great young man; very friendly, confident, and a knowledgeble, and capable player.”  “It’s certainly a risk to bring in someone in January, and we’ll have to see how he progresses (Ndiaye was forced to quit at Tennessee after an ACL knee injury in 2014; UR is hoping he can return to playing form).  But, as Coach Burrows says, “‘Pops’ didn’t get any shorter when he crossed the border!”  He’s 6-10, 270, with skills and the experience of playing in the NCAA Tournament.

With the benefit of a home date this Saturday and Sunday vs Trinity Western, then a bye week following, the big man will get some time to become acclimatized to his new surroundings. Rawane will, everything going as it should, play in his 1st game as a Regina Cougar on February 2 in Vancouver against the UBC Thunderbirds.

Now, about the block heater for his car ….

Cda West

Canada West Resumes Play This Week –

After a month-long hiatus, Canada West teams will re-engage in regular season games this week. There may be some rust this early in January, but most squads played in tournaments, exhibition games, scrimmages, and/or team practices over that Holiday break.


Series of the week – Pioneer Division –

Can UBC's Jordan Jensen-Whyte drive the T-Birds to wins over the visting UL Pronghorns?

Can UBC’s Jordan Jensen-Whyte drive the T-Birds to wins over the visiting UL Pronghorns?      photo – UBC Athletics

Lethbridge Pronghorns 5-1 vs UBC Thunderbirds 6-2 – The ‘Horns start their onerous 2nd semester schedule ‘in the belly of the beast’, at venerable War Memorial Gym on Point Grey, where they are they are 0-12 since the turn of the century.  But, there is fresh hope for ’Horns Nation’, as they shoot it well, rebound it consistently, apply defensive pressure, and have a deep bench.  On the flip side, they are troubled by turnovers, and give up more treys than they make. Brandon Brine up front and Dejon Burdeaux in the back-court are 2 very valuable imports. Local 2nd year wing man,  6-7 Zac Overwater is stepping up his game, and becoming a force on offense.
The Thunderbirds are reputed to have the deepest well of talent in the League, and may be tough to beat, at their very best;  but Coach Kevin Hanson has had moments where he hasn’t been totally convinced.  Conor Morgan can be all-star material on one night ( the 6-9 wing man scored 34 vs Hope Int’l last week in California), then not so much the next.  David Wagner inside and Jordan Jensen-Whyte on the perimeter have been the driving forces for the ‘Birds.  Home court will be big this week, and UBC figures to sweep if they win the  rebounding, and can slow down the U of L attack.

Games Spread from Thursday to Sunday this week –

Thursday –

Winnipeg 3-5  at Brandon 0-6  in game 1 of their home and home –  The Bobcats quite clearly are desperate for a win, but they’re 1-10 vs the Wesmen in the past several years. Winnipeg haven’t yet found their rhythm yet, however, and Brandon’s Earl Thompson Jr., with his tireless rebounding, and the shooting of D.J. Jordan may get the ‘Cats off the schneid.

Friday –

Jasdeep Gill, 4th year wing, and his UC Dinos teammates face the U of S Huskies in Calgary this weekend.

Jasdeep Gill, 4th year wing, and his UC Dinos teammates face the U of S Huskies in Calgary this weekend.                        photo – David Moll, UC Athletics

Saskatchewan 3-5 at Calgary 6-3 – The Huskies are 9-2 over the Dinos in the past 4 seasons, and Calgary has to find the key to beating a scrappy Saskatchewan team that may be under-manned in the post. Both teams are blessed with talented and quick guards, with Thomas Cooper of Calgary leading Canada West scorers (26.7 ppg), and The Dogs scoring more by committee, with Evan Ostertag (15.9 ppg), Chan DeCiman (14.5), and Jacquin Bennett-Boire (13.3).  Rebounding will be key, along with the ability to get more shared scoring by the Dinos.

 Manitoba 6-2 at Victoria  5-3 – In the last 4 seasons, the Vikes are 6-1 over Manitoba, and home court helps UVic here; the  Bisons are as good as they’ve been for many years, however, and they are on a bit of a roll.  Victoria must find a way to gel on offense, and depend on aggressive D to curb the prolific scoring of the Herd (85 ppg).

 And, in the Explorer Division –

Aldrich Berrios leads the Okanagan Heat in a home series vs the TRU 'Pack. photo - Greystoke Photography for UBC-O

2nd year point guard, Aldrich Berrios, leads the Okanagan Heat in a home series vs the 1st place TRU Wolf Pack.                                   photo – Grestoke Photography for UBC-O Athletics

Thompson Rivers  7-1 at UBC-Okanagan 4-4 – The Wolf Pack won 3 of 4 games last season, and they look stronger this time around with Josh Wolfram joined by Ukrainian import, Volodymyr Iegorov, in a heavyweight 1-2 punch in the front court.  Okanagan has improved over past seasons as well, with Heat point man Aldrich Berrios set to give TRU’s Reese Pribilsky a tussle.

Mt. Royal 2-6 at Fraser Valley 5-3 – The Cascades have beaten MRU 4 of the last 5 times they’ve met, and they will not want to give up any more ground to the Wolf Pack in the race for top spot. Kevon Parchment is relentless for UFV, and Vijay Dhillon is now a go-to shooter.  The Cougars need big men James Lefebvre and Brett Layton to win the war inside if they are to stay close.

MacEwan 3-5 at UNBC 3-5 –  The Timberwolves won 3 of 4 from Mac in the Griffins opening season in Canada West, and in the friendly confines of the Northern Sports Centre, the Wolves are hard to handle.  Guards Rhys Elliott and Billy Cheng lead UNBC, so Denzel James and Thadius Galvez will have to respond for the Griffs.

Saturday – 

Trinity Western 0-8 at Regina 5-3 –  The Cougars have won 3 of the last 4 vs the Spartans, and, with the home court advantage, there is little reason that should change this week. Jonathan Tull and company should give the Trinity defense a real test, and TWU has allowed 86 ppg, while scoring just 68 ppg.

Brandon travels to Winnipeg for game 2, Saskatchewan at Calgary, TRU at UBC-O, MRU at UFV, Manitoba at UVic, Mac at UNBC, and Lethbridge at UBC.

Sunday –  Trinity W. at Regina

Overtime –

  • Gil Cheung, Brandon Coach, on leadership (by Robin Wark in the Westman Journal) , “They always say that you can choose your captains, but you can’t choose your leaders,” While captains are chosen for leadership roles, other players often emerge as important leaders as well. For example, Cheung said that first-year player Tyler Anderson has led this season. The 6-foot-7 forward from Langley, B.C. has done so by putting in the extra work, competing, and being one of the team’s hardest workers”, his coach explained.
  • The Calgary Dinos , as one of the fortunate hosts for the Bell NBA All Star NBASplashChallenge, may sell-out Saturday’s Dinos-Huskies  game! The NBA Challenge  is crossing the country as part of the 65th NBA All-Star celebrations to be held in Toronto on Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre.   On Saturday, January 9, at the Jack Simpson Gym starting at 12 noon, any local b’baller 14 or over can compete (no charge to enter) in skills competitions, 3 point shooting, and/or a dunk contest. Top performers will advance to UC – U of S game time competition for various prizes, including a trip to the game in Toronto and a chance to compete with other winners from across Canada. More details at the Go Dinos website.
  •  Positive comments from  “Pops’  Ndiaye, the 6-10 U. Tennessee transfer,  upon his arrival in Regina for the  Cougars 2nd half of their season in Canada West. “The guys are really friendly, so we’re just kind of building our relationship and getting to know each other,” said Ndiaye,  “Hopefully I’ll be a good fit for them.” From a story in the Regina Leader-Post by Ian Hamilton.


First Half All-Stars


Our Canada West All-Stars – Semester One

 Thomas Cooper, doing it all for the Calgary Dinos.

Thomas Cooper, doing it all for the Calgary Dinos. photo – David Moll, UC

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  • Yes, we always need a 6th Man !

Good size on the 1st team, with Anders (6-8), Wolfram (6-10),  Brine (6-7), and Cooper (6-5) taking very good care of the rebounding.  Burdeaux can run the team, along with Whyte and Cooper.  The 2nd team has more of a back-court emphasis, with Elliot, Tull, and Ostertag shooting the ball, and  Berrios the QB, who can score. Parchment does it all, and Iegorov is as solid as you can get at a big forward.

Best Rookies in the Opening Half –

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 2.29.21 PMNo  particular order here … Clarke has the tools, Layton the big numbers, McKoy a smooth 2-way game, DeCiman with speed and great skill.  Bennett-Boire is ultra-competitive, and William Sesay belies his youth, with quickness and poise.  This group would make a good start to a play-off team.


Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 2.31.04 PM‘Horns Running Ahead  !

The Lethbridge Pronghorns have surprised the rest of Canada West, as they grab the half-way lead.  U of L have a veteran -laden line-up with 3rd year U.S. transfer guard, Dejon Burdeaux, the catalyst for the rise in this team ‘s recent performance.

(They must be going well, since I’m getting hourly updates from D. Wells down there in L.A.!)  But, caution is advised Wellsie!  Your boys have 14 more to play, and they’re at UBC, at Sask., at Calgary, at Winnipeg for 8 of those.

The Manitoba Bisons are sitting pretty up there with the UBC Thunderbirds, and the Herd also have lots of experience, plus the benefit of adding former Brandon  CW Rookie of the Year, Ilarion Bonhomme, and the multi-skilled Keith Omoerah, back after a couple of years away. UBC has size, some impressive talent at guard, and a more robust Jordan Jensen-Whyte, but is their team chemistry helping them to a championship?

Calgary, riding the extraordinary skills of Thomas Cooper, are happy with a win over the Golden Bears on Saturday, and look like they will be there through the 2nd half, where they appear to have a reasonably favourable schedule – home vs Sask, Lethbridge, and Regina. The Green Cougars got back on track against Winnipeg, and sit together with the V.Vikes at 5-3, and not incapable of making a run. Regina, who have a solid back-court group, looks forward to the arrival on campus of Rawane Ndiaye, a 6-11 space-eating transfer from Tennessee, who could be just the presence they are looking for inside. UVic will have been toiling in practice, trying to get cleansed after their debacle in Lethbridge to end the 1st half. Their first January series is at home to Manitoba … an immediate litmus test for Reiner Theill, Brandon Dunlop, and their younger teammates.

Alberta is struggling at 4-5, and their offense is sputtering at this point; they have shooters, but  they aren’t hitting shots … last in Canada West in points/game – 67.6, field goals made, FG %-38%, 16th in 3 pt% – 30%. Their defense is stout, however, allowing only 72.7 ppg., and the rebounding is there.  Expect them to pick it up in January / February.
Both Saskatchewan and Winnipeg are hurting from a lack of size up front; the guards, some good young ones for both teams, can play very well at times, but both teams are minus in the rebound margin, with no promise of added help on the horizon. The Huskies defense hasn’t been this porous (16th in FG% allowed, 15th in ppg allowed – 84-4) for
many  years.

Neither Brandon nor Trinity Western appear to be any kind of a threat beyond
‘spoiler’ possibilities for the playoff stretch run. Yet another very long season
for both programs, who, not too long ago, were among the most competitive.


Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 2.32.29 PMWolfPack Looking Ominous !

The question on everybody’s mind may well be ‘Is TRU the best team in all of Canada West ?’  Veteran leadership, offensive power, good team size, and a willingness to work at their defensive end.  Volodymyr Iegorov and Luke Morris make this team a potential winner in March.

Fraser Valley needs a couple of bodies back and playing well … Nate Brown and Mark Johnson off of injuries, and Manny Dulay from a minor slump in his offensive output. The Cascades will, we feel, still be a factor down the stretch.UBC-Okanagan is ‘coming of age’ this season, as the young team matures and gains from having played together; Aldrich Berrios has been great for the Heat.  Not yet there against the ‘big boys’, but coming on nicely.

UNBC are getting stellar guard play, firstly from that model of consistency, Rhys Elliott, and then by Billy Cheng, who’s obviously wanting to make year 5 one to remember. The ‘Wolves are, however, 17th in all rebounding stats, and not getting enough shots, either from the floor or the free-throw line.

MacEwan Griffins (and we apologize for missing their piece on the original post), are just not as consistent as they need to be.  They can rebound, but played teams who did it better in Semester 1, and they don’t shoot the ball as well as they need to in close games. Maybe the break will give them a chance to re-energize. Mt. Royal have some good young talent, but the emphasis is on the ‘young’ part so far. Big men Brett Layton and James Lefebvre give the Cougs a lift inside; the guard game, both outside shooting and care of the ball, will have to improve.


Overtime –

  •  Long, tall referee-rancher, Huskies fan, Art Unsworth, proudly reports that the Red Deer Univ. College Kings are the 3rd ranked CCAA team in Canada. “They’d be 2nd if it weren’t for the eastern bias”, says Art, whose oldest son Clint is an Asst. Coach with the Kings.  If they can win in Alberta, then they get a chance to prove it at Nationals, Art!  RDC Head Coach, Clayton Pottinger, former U of A star,  has former Mt. Royal player Matt Matear, oh, and, 3 imports – Henderson, NV, Seattle, and Oklahoma City !
  • Lethbridge announced the signing of Scott Mazutinec, a 6-4 guard from Stirling, in S. Alberta.  The former QB on the Raymond HS football team, led his 100 student school basketball team to the 2A Alberta title,and was a starting player and high scorer on the Alberta U-17 team last summer in Halifax.


T-Birds Claim First

T-Birds Pound Boards and Beat Calgary To Claim First

David Wagner's 18 pts leads UBC over Calgary

David Wagner’s 18 pts leads UBC over Calgary – photo UBC

UBC Thunderbirds 83 at  Calgary Dinos 76 –  The T-Birds get their 6th straight win, and sit alone in 1st at 6-1, as they own the boards, 50-33, against a smaller Dinos line-up.  The UBC size and pressure on defense also stifles the Calgary attack until the closing minutes, with UC cold at 37.5% from the floor. Every  T-Bird scores, and they have 4 in double figures, led by big David Wagner with 18 points/ 5 rebs, 16 points/ 7 boards by Jordan-Jensen Whyte, and 15 points from import guard, Phil Jalalpoor.  Calgary (4-3) leans heavily on the 31 points/ 10 rebounds of Thomas Cooper, and force the ‘Birds into 22 turnovers, as David Kapinga is aggressive on D with 6 steals.   Box Score


at Lethbridge Pronghorns 89 Victoria Vikes   62  –  ‘Horns get a big home win to move to 4-1, and drop UVic back to 5-2.  The ‘Horns have a 38-29 lead at the break, then pour in 32 in the 3rd, to push the margin to 22, and they waltz.  The home team hit 47% from the field vs 36 for the Vikes, and hit an amazing 24/37 free throws to just 6/10 for the visitors.  Brandon Brine has 21 pts/ 9 rebs for Lethbridge, and Dejon Burdeaux delivers 10 assists to go with 18 points.  Victoria hurt themselves with 23 turnovers, and are beaten 43-34 on the boards, as Reiner Theil scores 13 plus 7 rebounds.  Box Score

Mamadou Gueye sparks Bears in win over Regina.

Mamadou Gueye sparks Bears in win over Regina.  photo – U of A Athletics

at  Alberta Golden Bears 84  Regina Cougars 65  –  The Bears (3-4) are the aggressors in this one, as Regina offers fairly passive resistance after the opening 10 minutes; out-scoring the Cougs 42-23 in the middle two frames, Alberta shoots 53% from the floor, and wins the rebounding 37-26.  U of A  is also hot from the foul line, led by game-high scorer, Mamadou Gueye, who is 10/12 there, and cashes 22 points on the night for the home team. Brody Clarke hits 15 plus 9 boards, and Colby Jackson scores 13 and adds 4 asst/ 4 steals.  Regina, now at 3-2, get 15 from Alex Igual, and 13 by Jonathan Tull.  Box Score

Manitoba Bisons 86  at Brandon Bobcats  75 –  The Bisons get warmed up in the middle frames, with a 53-38 spread there and coast in with a clear victory.  The visiting Herd got better shots and made a much higher percentage (52% vs 38% for BU), they won the rebounding 43-37, and never let Brandon off the mat after the half. 4 starters in double figures for Manitoba, who move up to 5-2; Wyatt Anders dominates the glass again, with 14, and adds 13 points, while Justus Alleyn leads the UM scorers with 18. Keith Omoerah has a strong game with 16 points/11 rebounds.  Brandon has Earl Thompson Jr. as the game high scorer with 21 plus 12 big rebounds, and D.J. Jordan goes 17 pts/ 7 rebs, but the ‘Cats slide to 0-5.       Box Score

 Thursday – Saskatchewan Huskies  97 at Trinity Western Spartans 86  –  After seeing the home-standing Spartans roar back to within 1 point after 3/4s, a 28 point final quarter gave the Huskies (2-5) a more secure margin of victory.  The ‘Dogs shot he ball well, at 53% from the floor, as all 5 starters are in double figures, topped by 27 from Evan Ostertag (4 rebs, 3 asst), and 23 by Chan De Ciman (5 rebs, 3 asst). Trinity, who fell to 0-7, had good offensive production, but, as Coach Aaron Muhic said to TWU’s Scott Stewart after the game, “ … we just need to mix in some defense.”  Lucas Mannes scored 23 for Trinity, while Dean Richey added 20, and Kelvin Smith 18.   Box Score

 Friday game – Saskatchewan 78    at TWU 77 –  We are welcomed back to the old campus gym at TWU, and the Spartans seem buoyed on their practice floor;  they lead  a foul-filled affair, right up to the final buzzer, when the ball is in the air from the hand of Jonathan Karwacki.  The Huskies reserve guard drills the trey,  and it’s a cruel ending for the Spartans, who led for much of the way, in pursuit of what would have been their 1st win. But n-o-o-o-o !  Sask. gets the sweep, and are 3-5 at the exam break.  Evan Ostertag and Jauquin Bennett-Boire both total 17 points for the Dogs, with Chan De Ciman scoring 13 plus 5 rebs/ 5 asst.  Kelvin Smith has 29 points including 7/10 from the 3 pt. line for Trinity.  no  Box Score yet … delay.

WolfPack Nose Out-front in the Explorer

Luke Morris leads the Wolves to a big win over UFV.

Luke Morris leads the Wolves to a big win over UFV on Friday.                            photo – Kamloops This Week

at Thompson R. WolfPack  89   Fraser Valley Cascades 75 –   The ‘Pack (6-1) offense delivers (48% vs 35% from the floor) , and they grab 48 boards to 38 for the Cascades (5-2) in the first round of this ‘leaders series’. Luke Morris has a big night for the Orange, with 21 points/ 10 rebs, and Josh Wolfram, using his 6-10 to full advantage, hauls in 18 rebounds to go with 17 points for TRU. Vijay Dillon scores 26 for UFV including 8 treys, while Kevon Parchment adds 15 points / 8 asst/ 4 rebs.   Box Score

 UBC-Okanagan Heat 87 at  MacEwan Griffins 82  –  The ‘Hot-Hot Heat’  (they shoot 52% FG) ring up their 4th straight win, as they withstand a 57 point 2nd half by Mac, and hold on for the W.  Aldrich Berrios is a flame-thrower with the deep ball, hitting 6/7 outside and scoring 21 pts / 5 reb/4 asst for Okanagan. Cameron Servatius comes off the bench for a welcome 12 points and 7 boards for UBC-O, who are now 4-3.  MacEwan (2-5) have 5 in double digits – Thadius Galvez with 17/ 6 rebs/  4 steals, and both Denzel James and Keith Gerdes notch 16.   Box Score


UNBC Timberwolves  77 Mt. Royal Cougars  73 –   A big 2nd half comeback falls short for the Cougars, who suffer their 6th loss against 1 win on the year. Northern B.C. moves  to 3-4 with a tidy road win, as they shoot 46%, including 12/24 from beyond the arc. Rhys Elliott continues to be their scoring leader, with 21 tonight plus 4 rebs/ 4 asst., and Colin Plumb contributes mightily with a 17 point / 10 rebound double. MRU will wish they had hit their free throws (only 8/21), which may have won them the game. Brett Layton scored 16 / 7 rebs. for the Cougs, and James Lefebvre hit 13 pts / 11 rebounds.  Box Score

Other CIS Scores on Friday Night –

Atlantic – New Brunswick 102 Saint Marys  97  OT

Quebec –  Montreal 86  Laval 82

Ontario – #1 Ottawa 87 Windsor 53, #2 Carleton 83  #6 Western  47,  #4 Brock 82  Lakehead 80, Queen’s 81 Laurier 74, Waterloo 86 York 83,  Nipissing 71  Algoma  56



Overtime –

  • Vikes Coach Craig Beaucamp, about playing at Lethbridge, “They play run-and-gun and are especially dangerous on their own court. With the history and tradition they have in their gym, we will have our hands full this weekend. It’s never easy in that place. If it’s a matter of trading baskets, they will be tough to beat.”  (In the Victoria Times-Colonist)
  • And, in the cryptic comment department, Coach Scott Clark gives his insight into his TRU WolfPack’s home series against the UFV Cascades – “They are a good team. “We will have to play well.”  Plain-speak … succinct.  (From News-Kamloops)

Big Upset Win for MacEwan

McEwan Comes Out Firing in Kamloops

Explorer Division – 

Denzel James leads the Griffins to a huge road win over TRU.

Denzel James leads the Griffins to a huge road win over TRU.

  MacEwan Griffins  90 at Thompson R. WolfPack  85  –  Never say never ! McEwan comes out with a vengeance and rings up a 56-36 half-time advantage on a startled ‘Pack, who win the 2nd half , but can’t make up the spread. The Griffins out-rebound the Wolf Pack 48-36, and are 46% FG to 38% for TRU. It’s a team effort in the scoring column by Mac, with 6 players in double figures, led by 6th man, Denzel James with 18, then Ryan May counting 17.  TRU shooters are cold for much of the night, but get 25 points/ 8 rebounds from Volodymyr Iegorov, then 21 points/ 8 boards by Josh Wolfram, and 19 pts. 3 asst/ 4 steals by Reese Pribilsky.  Box Score

 Fraser Valley Cascades  74  at UNBC Timberwolves  72 –  The Cascades are up 14 pts. after 3/4s , but see the T’Wolves storm back to within 1 with 2 minutes left.  UFV holds on to go 5-1 for a tie at the top of the Explorer with Thompson Rivers. Guard Vijay Dhillon scores 20 to pace the Cascades, while Kevon Parchment has 16 / 6 rebs/ 6 asst., and Navjot Bains counts 11 points/ 11 boards. UNBC (2-4) are, once again, led by Rhys Elliot with 24 points, then Colin Plumb has 13 plus 10 rebounds.     Box Score

Randall Mosca tallies 31 points lead UBC-O to a sweep of Mt. Royal.

Randall Mosca tallies 31 points lead UBC-O to a sweep of Mt. Royal.

at UBC-Okanagan Heat  87  Mt. Royal Cougars 84 –  UBC-O’s Aldrich Berrios steps out of his phone booth, styling his Superman cape, and hits a trey to tie the game with 10 seconds remaining, then cashes another at the buzzer for the win!  “Up in the air. It’s a bird ….”  A.B. finishes with 21 points, and Okanagan (3-3) gets ‘a bit of help’ from Randall Mosca, the transfer from St. Mary’s College, Calgary, who racks up 31 points with 3 treys and 8/8 free throws. Mt. Royal falls to 1-5, despite a 26 point/ 14 rebound game from post man, Brett Layton.   Box Score  



Pioneer Division –

T-Birds Fly Off With a Shocker of a Road Win

Conor Morgan helps UBC pull off a big comeback to complete a weekend sweep at U of S.

Conor Morgan helps UBC pull off a late comeback, then complete a weekend sweep with an OT win Saturday at U of S.

UBC Thunderbirds 101   at Saskatchewan Huskies  98   OT –   On the Prairies we would call this a ‘Barn Burner’, and the Huskies must be reeling as they were up 88-82 with 30 seconds left, then see UBC score 6 straight, including a Conor Morgan 3 pointer at the end of regulation to force OT.  The ‘Birds never trail in the extra session, and Patrick Simon ices it with 2 free throws with 10 seconds remaining.  That’s a road sweep for UBC (5-1), and the ‘Dogs are hurting at 1-5 to start the regular season. 3 T-Birds post 18 points each – Jordan Jensen-Whyte, and Conor Morgan who also snare 10 boards apiece,  along with Will Ondrik. The U of S gets 37 from their freshman slasher, Chan De Ciman, including 14/16 free throws, while Trevor Severinski is next with 15 points, and Mack Burns claims 11 rebounds. Box Score

Manitoba copyat Manitoba Bisons  74   Alberta Golden Bears 61   –   The Buffs get the sweep by hitting the 3 point shot ((10/18) and winning the turnover battle (10 to Alberta’s 20). Manitoba, who advance to 4-2, are led by 20 from AJ Basi, who is 4/7 from outside, and Wyatt Anders 11 rebounds plus 8 points; Keith Omoerah has 12 pts./ 7 boards, and Justus Alleyn hits 13 pts.  Mamadou Gueye plays well for the Bears, with 14 pos./ 12 rebs, aided by 13 points each from Colby Jackson (8 assts) and Sebastian Denault (8 rebs), but U of A drop to 2-4.        Box Score

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Jelane Pryce and the Wesmen get 2 weekend wins over Trinity Western.   photo –  U. Winnipeg Athletics

at Winnipeg Wesmen  90 Trinity Western Spartans  48   –  It’s lights out early  … maybe ‘play the 10 run rule’ … Wesmen 27 Trinity 8 after 10 minutes, and it doesn’t get closer. The Winnipeg defense smothers the Spartans, while the Ws attack has 49% from the floor, with 15/33 treys, and they play with only 7 turnovers. Winnipeg (3-3) gets the sweep behind 16 points from Jelane Pryce, and 14 by Jamar Farley, with 11 of 12 players hitting the scoresheet. TWU has only Kelvin Smith with 12 points, but they shoot just 28% from the field, and slide to 0-6.      Box Score

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Calgary Dinos 79 at Victoria Vikes 75 –    The Dinos (4-2) get the split, as they are up 41-30 at the half, but see UVic come back to lead by 3 early in the 4th.  Calgary get a boost from Lars Schleuter’s 10 final quarter points , as he finishes with 4/10 from outside and 19 points. Thomas Cooper is Calgary’s scoring leader with 21 plus 7 boards and 3 assts., as Calgary wins the rebounding 43-37, and hits15/28 free throws vs 8/10 for the Vikes. Victoria have 4 with double digits led by 18 from Grant Sitton, and 16 and 5 boards from Mack Roth, before he fouls out.  The Vikes lose their 1st of the season, and are tied with UBC for top spot at 5-1.         Box Score

at Regina Cougars  90 Lethbridge Pronghorns 66 –  A ‘new leaf’ kind of performance from Regina, who get the split with a fast, 49-27, opening 20 minutes, and wind up shooting 51% from the floor to only 35% for U of L. Both teams now sit at 3-1, as Regina fills the air with 37 long-range attempts, hitting 14 vs 4/19 for the ‘Horns. The Cougars have 5 in double figures, led by 16 points/ 3 steals from 6th man, Aaron McGowan; Travis Sylvester comes off the bench for U of R for 13 pos./6 rebs. Brandon Brine is tops for Lethbridge with just 11, as their attack suffers from coughing up 27 turnovers.    Box Score



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Atlantic –     Acadia 85  Dalhousie 83,  UPEI 109   Cape Breton 88 , St. FX  Saint Mary’s , Memorial 95 UNB 84

Quebec –  #3 McGill 74  Montreal 58  ,   Laval 83 Bishop’s 76 ,

Ontario –  #1 Ottawa 85 Algoma  49 ,  Queen’s 87 #4 Brock  81,  #9 McMaster 88   York 74  , Lakehead 76  Laurentian   68,   Guelph 77 Nipissing 59 ,   Windsor 89 Toronto  88,  Laurier  95 Waterloo  81


Overtime –

Evan Ostertag , Huskies senior leader.

Evan Ostertag , Huskies senior leader.

  • Evan Ostertag is a real leader for a pretty young Saskatchewan team, and Huskies Coach, Barry Rawlyk, gives an instructive testimony to a player’s dedication to improvement …“He’s worked very hard in the off-season and he’s added something to his game every yea,r so he’s gotten to the point where he’s a very complete player.” The Huskies have key vets out with injuries …  “We have a very young team in a lot of the different positions and certainly anything that Evan can give us in terms of his veteran leadership is extremely important,” Rawlyk said.  Story from Global-Saskatoon 
  • Now here’s a good idea from the U of L … The HERD  a U of L student-led spirit club that passionately follows Pronghorn Athletics throughout the year. With over 600 members, the HERD is known throughout Canada West as the largest and most rowdy student section. For $30 HERD members will receive the following benefits:- HERD ID card, HERD t-shirt, Free admission to any Pronghorn home game, Sponsor discounts, Horns Water bottle … and more !

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)

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Pioneer Division –

AJ Lifts the Herd to Big Opening Night Win in Saskatoon !

The dagger ... from Manitoba's AJ Basi

The dagger … from Manitoba’s AJ Basi

  Manitoba Bisons  91  at   #7 Saskatchewan Huskies  88 – AJ Basi-i-i-i-i, for 3 ! At the buzzer … Bisons win ! The Huskies came back to even it up, after trailing by 8 at 4:40 of the 4th quarter, but Basi drains the trey, breaking the home team’s hearts.  AJ leads the Herd with 22 pts, while Wyatt Anders (15 pts/10 boards), and Ilarion Bonhomme (15 pts/4 rebs) also are big in the win.  U of S has Evan Ostertag with 23, and Shawn Lathan scoring 19.  Well played game … Sask. 47% from the floor, but UM is 51%.       Box Score 


Regina Cougars 104 at Brandon Bobcats 75 –  The Cougars tame the smaller ‘Cats with a relentless offense, hitting 14/29 attempts from 3, and 48% from the floor. 4 Regina starters in double figures, led by Brandon Tull with 21 and brother Jonathan notching 19 and 10 rebounds … Alex Igual double with 12 pts/14 rebounds.  Brandon has Chris Stanhope scoring 23, but they hit 12 fewer free throws, and turn it over 25 times.  Box Score


Plain Logo1at  #9 Calgary Dinos 87   Winnipeg Wesmen  67 – 5 Dinos in double figures, with Thomas Cooper totalling 24 plus 12 rebounds; Calgary grabs 56 boards to Winnipeg’s 46, as neither team shoots it very well. The Ws commit 22 turnovers to 13 for UC; Jamar Farley is the high scorer for the Wesmen at 20 pts, and Ryan Oirbans has 12 pts/10 boards.  Box Score

Victoria Vikes 82 at Trinity Western Spartans 71 – The Vikes come out hot, connecting on 53% from the floor, led by the 24 pos of Grant Sitton, and 20 by Mack Roth.  Reiner Theill scores 11 and has 10 rebs. TWU is just 38% on their FG shooting … Dean Richey scores 22 and Lucas Mannes 17.  Box Score  

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 Alberta Golden Bears – 79  at  #10 UBC Thunderbirds 74 –  Bears shock UBC in Vancouver, as Mamadou Gueye scores 17, and Sheldon Pittman 16  off the bench(hitting 4/6 from 3 pt range). UA hits 12 treys to just 5 for the Birds.  Jordan Jensen Whyte hits 21 for UBC to lead all scorers.  Box Score  


Explorer Division –

 Mt. Royal Cougars  74 at MacEwan Griffins  62 – The Cougars’ defense holds the home team Griffs to just 38 pts after 3/4s, and cruise to the big win. It is a wild affair, with a ‘hot potato’ demonstration of 31 turnovers by MRU and 26 from Mac!  Derek Wolf leads the Cougs with 22 pos, and James Lefebvre has 16 and 8 boards. Thaddeus Galvez is tops for MacEwan with 12 pts.  Box Score

at Fraser Valley Cascades 79   UBC-O Heat 67  –  The Heat hang in there, but UFV wears them down, shooting 43% to 38% for the visitors, and the Cascades hit 20 free throws to 13 for UBC-O. Kevon Parchment (19 pts) is one of 4 UFV players in double figures, with Mark Johnson hitting 15 and grabbing 10 rebs. Aldrich Berrios has 14 pts for Okanagan.     Box Score

Thompson Rivers WolfPack 94 at UNBC Timberwolves  89 – The ‘Pack hit a sizzling 67% from the floor, including 10/17 from outsicde.   But, the T’Wolves, who surrendered a 10 point lead after 1 frame (27-17),  fought back tenaciously (51% from the floor themselves), closing to within 1 points at 50-49, early in the 3rd. TRU steadied, and 46 points in the 2nd half gave them the win, behind Volodymyr Iegorov’s 29 pts/ 4 rebounds, and 21pts/4 asst/3 steals by Reese Pribilsky. UNBC has point man,Billy Cheng, with a career best 32 points/ 5 asst., plus Rhys Elliot scoring 29 and adding 7 rebounds. Box Score



Other CIS Scores –

OUA Weds.- #4  Brock 83 at McMaster 75,  #6  Western 90 Waterloo 69, #5 Ryerson 85 Toronto 84, Windsor 88 Laurier 77

Friday Scores –  UPEI 102 St. FX  71, Acadia  82 Cape Breton  77, Dalhousie 68  UNB  63, at  #1 Ottawa 91 Nipissing 49, at #2 Carleton 93 Laurentian 48, #4  Brock 63 at Algoma 57, at  Lakehead 65 Guelph 64



Dinos Canada West TV – Tops in the League   

Ned Boznak, left, Lucas Meyer, right

Ned Boznak, left, Lucas Meyer, right

As Canada West TV moves a pay-per-view model across the League, we are more aware of qualitative differences from one broadcast spot to another.  The Calgary Dinos are lucky to have the fine production work of Ned Bosnak’s Maverick MediaWorks Inc., and, for the 5th year running, the play by play acumen of professional broadcaster, Lucas Meyer.   We asked Meyer how he might prepare for a home weekend of broadcasting both the Women’s and Men’s games –

  •   “It really starts the weekend before where I’m piling through team stats, personal stats, game stories of both the Dinos and their opponents from the previous weekend and before. I’m also refreshing on individual backstories and getting immersed in team, CIS, CanWest and other sites.”
  • “Then I submit our preview to Dinos athletics early in the week and I’m … re-reading those stats and notes through the week. “
  • “The day of the game, I write out all the key information that I feel is necessary to have at my fingertips …  you never how a game is going to go and what nugget you’ll use ….
  • “I get in at the gym an hour before, chat with Ned about what we want to do, do our pre-recorded preview for both the women and men that plays in-house before the game, open up about 10 tabs on my laptop and then I’m reading my notes right until we go to air. “


Overtime –

 Reiner Theil provides leadership for the Vikes.

Reiner Theil provides leadership for the Vikes.

  • UVic Coach Craig Beaucamp and 5th year captain, Reiner Theill, on the Vikes’ plans for this season, “Like anything in sports, you can’t replace certain types of players, you find different ways to do what you do,” said Beaucamp, who is entering his 13th season at the helm and hoping to lead the Vikes to a fourth-straight appearance at CIS nationals.  “We won the conference last year. There are a lot of new guys, but the expectation is the same,” said Theil, a team captain. “We definitely want to get back to playoffs and make a hard push toward nationals.” From the Victoria Times-Colonist. 
  • The Saskatchewan Huskies have serious injury issues … It was announced earlier this week that Matt Forbes, their top post player, is gone for the season with his broken foot,  and 3rd-year forward Shane Osayande is still rehabbing a bad ankle injury from last season and he likely won’t see action until after Christmas.  (from the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix).  It’s definitely, ‘small-ball time’ for the Huskies!
  • Fraser Valley Coach Adam Friesen, on his 2015-16 team,  “We’re a talented group,” said Friesen, whose team finished first in the Pioneer Division last season with a 17-3 record and went on to earn the Canada West bronze medal. “We have some guys being put in different roles, but I think we’re a deeper team than last year, and also more versatile.  It’s yet to be determined whether we can be better than last year’s team ….”   (From UFV  Athletics, Dan Kinvig.)



Saskatchewan and Regina Previews


Saskatchewan Huskies, Coach Barry Rawlyk, 6th year

Huskies big man, Matt Forbes

Huskies big man, Matt Forbes

The Huskies, without big men, Matt Forbes and Shane Osayande, have  won 4 of 5 CIS pre-season games to date, including a win over all 3 of UVic, Carleton, and Fraser Valley at the Vikes Tournament.  That suggests to us that, despite some key player losses, U of S will again be one of the top contenders in Canada West.

 Evan Ostertag may be the CW 6th Man of this sesaon, with his scoring touch heading for a 15 ppg+ level, and added experience gives Trevor Severinski a brighter green light to launch his outside shot.  Forbes, when healthy, is a beast inside, and Osayande shows the potential to give  a big assist as a strong defender and a tough rebounder.

Yes, Coach Barry Rawlyk landed yet another San Diego-area recruit in wing man Shawn Lathan, but perhaps more tellingly, he snatched the impressive point man, Jauquin Bennett-Boire, away from B.C., and coaxed the lightening -quick Chan DeCiman up from Regina. These are 2 great rookie additions, and Devin Wittow out of Alberta also looks sharp.

The ‘Dogs host their Graham Construction – Huskie Invitational this coming weekend, with Regina, Windsor,  and Concordia providing an intriguing mix of teams. Rawlyk has a .75% winning record in Canada West and CIS competition, and he may guide the Huskies into another playoff run this time around.


Alex Unruh           G      5-10,  3rd year,  Saskatoon

Evan Ostertag      G       6-1,    5th,     Saskatoon

Jonathan Karwacki  G    6-0,    3rd,      Saskatoon

Joseph Barker          F     6-7,    2nd,     Saskatoon

Matthew Forbes        F     6-6,     5th,     Regina Beach

Shane Osayande       F     6-6,     3rd,     Toronto

Trevor Severinski        F     6-6,     4th,      Pitt Meadows, BC

Mack Burns                F    6-6,       3rd,      Regina

New Faces – 

Devin Wittow             F     6-6,      1st,       Leduc, AB

Chan DeCiman          G    6-2,       1st,      Regina

Shawn Lathan             W   6-4,        2nd,     San Diego, CA (tsf S’Western Jr. Coll. )

Davis Humbert            G     6-2,        1st,      Saskatoon

Jauquin Bennett-Boire  G   6-2,        1st,       Abbotsford, BC

Reid Thuringer             G    6-2,         1st,     Warman, SK


Regina Cougars – Coach Steve Burrows, 3rd year

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There are rumblings around the West that imply the Cougars may be more vicious predators in the 2015-16 campaign. Coach Burrows is typically reluctant to predict great things … “We are trying to build a winning culture and attitude … one day at a time.”  Well Coach, it should be easier with a healthy Alex Igual, the flashy import guard, and a solid returnee group led by the high-octane brothers Brandon and Jonathan Tull, shooter Travis Sylvestre, and big men Jeremy Zver and Will Tallman.

 Brandon Tull will be a leader for U of R

Brandon Tull will be a leader for U of R

Coach Burrows said, “Both Stephen Shields and Gurkirat Kular have the skills to give us a little more useful depth.  But we won’t get Ndiaye until after Christmas … he is finishing his degree in Tennessee.”

Regina has the size, the experience, and, maybe now with Igual, the offensive consistency to take a determined run at the post-season.

This group was not that far away last year, and, as the Coach points out, “We’ve added a few more pieces to help us win the games that may have slipped through our hands in past years.” An early indication will be how they fare against some pretty good teams at the U of S Tournament this weekend. The ‘Green Cougars’ also travel to Nova Scotia in  a couple of weeks to play in the Cape Breton U. Classic.

Returnees –

Travis Sylvestre  6-4   F,       4th,    Regina

Will Tallman       6-8     F,      5th,    Regina

Brandon Tull     6-4    G,     3rd,    Ajax, ON

Jonathan Tull    6-4     G      5th,    Ajax

Matt Augustine 6-0     G      5th,    Toronto  (* injured)

Alex Igual          6-4       G,    4th      Barcelona, Spain

Jeremy Zver      6-5        F,     5th     Regina

Brian Ofori         6-5        F,     3th,    Montreal

Mike Malecha      6-2       G,    3th,   Regina

Zach Mihalicz      6-8        P,     2th     Parker, Colorado

Brandon Buttazoni 6-0     G,    3th,     Regina


Stephen Shields     6-7      P,     4th,    Brandon, MB  ( tsf Brandon )

Kolton Bellamy       6-6      F,     1st,     Regina

Rawane Ndiaye       6-10    P,     2nd,   Bronx, NY (tsf Tennessee )

Gurkirat Kular           6-4      G,    1st,    Surrey, BC ( tsf Simon Fraser )

Sam Hillis                  6-3       G,    1st,     Regina


Overtime –

  • The Doug Mitchell Sports Centre at UBC has a new basketball court, in preparation for the 2016 CIS Final 8 Tournament. Story in The Ubyssey. The floor was ‘christened’ on Oct. 2 as UBC hosted their Fall Invitational Tournament.
  • Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (Dinos) and Jordan Baker (G. Bears) are both starting for Galitos-Tiey in the Portuguese Pro League.  We are having no luck getting a translated page, but will keep trying.
  • Howard Kelsey, Canada Basketball, encourages a look at the new National Team Alumni website –
  •  Scores from last week –  Calgary 93 Saskatchewan 81,  Brock 103 Brandon 86, Sask. 69 Mt. Royal 62, Calgary 76 Alberta 64, Brock 81 Winnipeg 52, MacEwan 65 Manitoba 64, Mt. Royal 53 Alberta 50,  UFV 90 Trinity W. 81, Winnipeg 75 MacEwan 66, Brock 79 Manitoba 75, UFV 77  TWU 68, Brandon 114 MacEwan 107.
  • Saskatchewan vs Concordia, and Regina takes on Windsor to tip off the Graham Construction Tournament in Saskatoon on Thursday.  The Stingers won 3 straight at their own Dore Tournament last week, and Windsor may be a Top 10 team again this year in CIS.

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 ?   (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).