Regina captures a key game over TRU in the play-off race
All 3 home teams won their Friday games at Prairie venues, with the Regina Cougars solidifying a claim on a play-off spot. Calgary has slim hopes for a most favourable RPI placement, while Manitoba barely slides by a competitive MRU side.
at Regina 81 Thompson Rivers 54 – The Green Cougars come out very aggressively, and stifle the TRU offense, turning the Wolves over a devastating 25 times. Brandon Tull is finishing his 5th year in good fashion, with 20 pts/ 10 rebs as Regina climbs to 8-11, tied with the ‘Pack. TRU’s big men, Luke Morris (15 pts/ 13 boards) and Volodymyr Iegorov (11 pts/ 10 rebs) both register a double-double, but the Pack are only 28% as a team from the floor tonight. Box Score Sat at 8 pm
at Victoria 86 Winnipeg 78 – The Vikes (8-11) put together a most impressive 2nd half, scoring 56 points to pull away from the Wesmen, who had a 39-30 lead after the opening 20. Cleaner ball-handling and better rebounding from Victoria make a difference , and the home side hit 48% from the floor, with 12 treys to 10 for UW. The season-long scoring leader for UVic, Grant Sitton rolls along with 25 points, while Scott Kellum continues his sharp rookie season with 21 pts/ 5 assts. Winnipeg, who drop to 12-7, have Sean Tarver scoring 22 pts, and Narcisse Ambanza hits 19 pts/ 5 rebs. Box Score Sat 7 pm
at #6 Calgary 101 MacEwan 74 – It is slow to catch fire tonight, but the UC offense clicks for 59 points in the final 20 minutes, as Dinos defenders harass Mac’s ball-handlers for 25 turnovers. Thomas Cooper leads Calgary (15-4) with 27 pts/ 6 rebs, while Mambi Diawara shines with his 18 points/ 8 rebs/ 6 steals, as UC hits 53% from the floor. The Griffs (7-12) get some sharp-shooting from their tall, slim forward, Keith Gerdes, as his 20 pts come mainly from 5/6 from beyond the arc. The slick swing-man, Thadius Galvez counts 18 points/ 6 rebs. , but the Griffins cannot match the Dinos torrid pace on Friday. Box Score Sat 7 pm
at Manitoba 72 Mt Royal 71 – The Bisons escape by the tips of their horns, as MRU storms from behind in the 3rd quarter, and leads for much of the 4th. A free throw from Justus Alleyn of the Herd, with no time left on the clock, decides the issue for UM. Missed free throws cost the Cougars, as they are 9/22 from the stripe, and the visitors cannot take advantage of a 19-10 turnover advantage over their hosts. Alleyn has 16 for Manitoba (11-8), and Keith Omoerah posts a double of 12 pts/ 11 boards. Brett Layton doubles for the Cougars, with 17 points/ 12 rebs, and Josh Ross adds 14 plus 9 rebs/ 4 asst Box Score Sat 6 pm
#9 Saskatchewan 89 at UNBC 59 – The Huskies maul the over-matched T’Wolves, as U of S hits 53% from the floor, 12/28 from outside the 3 point arc, and pound the glass for a 36-17 rebound advantage. Import guard, Lawrence Moore has a good shooting night for Saskatchewan, going 7/9 from the floor, and he adds 6 assts/ 7 steals. Jaylan Morgan tosses in 18 points for the ‘Dogs, who move up to 13-6 on the season. UNBC fall to 4-15, as their high scorer is Rhys Elliott with 18 points. Box Score Sat 7 pm
#2 UBC 87 at Trinity Western 67 – It’s a 2 point game at the half, but it’s 26-9 UBC in the 3rd frame, then 53 points in the 2nd half, which finish off the Spartans. The teams combine almost equally for 41 turnovers in a fairly ragged contest. Jordan Jensen-Whyte leads the ‘Birds (18-1) with 18 points/ 6 assts, and rookie Isaiah Familia hits for 17 points, as he sees 29 minutes of play. Trinity Western (3-16) have Josiah Allison counting 17 points, and Pogos Trunyan has 14, with 5 rebs/ 4 assists. Box Score Sat at 7 pm
Fraser Valley 87 at UBC-O 72 – Okanagan has it tied at 40 with the favoured Cascades at the half, but a 30-10 outburst by the visitors takes the air out of the home side. 52% from the field for UFV, as Manny Dulay scores 21, including 4/8 from outside. Andrew Morris adds 17 off the bench, as Fraser Valley climbs to 10-9. UBC-O get 19 points/ 8 rebs/ 4 assts from Aldrich Berrios, and 13 points from rookie Matt Lafontaine, but they fall to 2-17. Box Score Sat at 7 pm
In the East –
Quebec – #8 McGill 99 UQAM 73
#1 Carleton 93 Queens 50, # 4 Ryerson 87 Toronto 73, Lakehead 63 Guelph 62, #3 Ottawa 70 York 69, Nipissing 82 Laurentian 78, #5 Brock 72 Algoma 55
- Tough travel conditions along the #1 through the Fraser Valley, and all the way up the Coquihalla to the Okanagan forced the UFV teams to wait until Friday morning before heading East for their games at UBC-O. Sports Communications Director, Dan Kinvig tells us the Cascades Women’s and Men’s teams called to say they arrived at 4 pm. That’s a short turnaround for the Women’s team who tipped off a 6 pm.
- “We control our own destiny,” Vikes coach Craig Beaucamp said.“It’s very simple. We need to win. It’s not really that complicated. Sometimes you talk about must-win situations and it’s just a figure of speech. It’s reality for us. We have to have our best effort this weekend.” From a Victoria Times-Colonist story by Cleve Dheensaw.