Bisons Hit Re-start

 

 

Graduations Leave Manitoba With Young Roster

“We are really young,” exclaims Kirby Schepp, the lead Bison in the Herd.  This is indeed a group of fresh new faces for Manitoba, after seeing the graduation of starters, Keith Omoerah, A.J. Basi, Ilarion Bonhomme, and Brett Jewell, along with strong forward Jonathan Alexander.

Justus Alleyn, Bison’s CW All-star guard.       Photo – Bisons Athletics

The Brown and Gold return Justus Alleyn, a 6-3 guard who led team scoring at 17.4 ppg, and hit 43% from beyond the arc.  But a practice injury has taken veteran forward, Malik Irwin, out for the season, and other troubles have kept several players out of the early season roster.  Can you say, ‘overhaul’?

New challenges for Coach Schepp to be sure, but he is nothing if not enthusiastic. “I’m excited about our freshmen, and couple of red-shirts who can step in now and get in the roatation,”  says the 9 year head coach.

‘We certainly have a fast developing forward in James Wagner,” ( 6-7, 2nd year, Winnipeg), says Schepp, “ but 6-7 red-shirt forward, Cameron O’Hara, is also a  big body inside, and he’s going to help us defensively.”  He also mentions Wyatt Tait, a 6-6 rookie from Winnipeg, and 6-1 Rikki Zimbakov, another local product.  These 2 were rated 1 and 2 in the group of graduating high school players in the province.

The Bisons added Rashawn Browne (Toronto), a point man entering his 3rd year, after playing at both New Mexico State and California U. (Pittsburgh). Browne is expected to be the floor leader on the U of M offense.

Bisons last season 12-8   … Finalists in Canada West … Prognosis –  Tough to match that with so many new recruits –  may have to scramble for a play-off spot.

 

Back to Canada for Bisons new lead guard

U of M transfer, Rashawn Browne, in action at New Mexico State

In high school, Rashawn Browne played at Eastern Commerce in Toronto, then in the GTA Prep League while at Bill Crothers Sr. Secondary in Markham. In a tournament in the U.S. with his club team, he played well against a strong AAU team which included future NBA star, Jamil Okafor,  and  Rashawn was approached by New Mexico State. ‘I red-shirted there, then with injuries and coaching changes I moved on to Pennsylvania, “ says Browne.  Pointing out that he is not a ‘basketball gypsy’, the 3.5 GPA student says, “I was just not happy with the way things were run in the U.S.  It was more like a business, with the coaches trying to protect their jobs. Here at Manitoba, the other players are very friendly; we support each other, and Coach Schepp and his staff are interested in our doing well in our classes as well as on the court.  It’s just more fun here.”

The ‘pass-first’ point man suggests he is happy to have Justus Alleyn to pass to, and happy to have James Wagner as a skilled forward.  ‘I’m excited to be part of this program, and to be playing with this group of guys”. Coach Schepp says, “Rashawn is a solid floor leader; he’s the real deal!  He shows a very high basketball IQ, and he’s also got a calm demeanour when the action heats up.  He’s a quality young man, and we think he will be a great addition to our team.”

Pursuing a Business degree and looking forward to wearing the Bisons colours in his first game next week in a home tournament,  Rashawn starts a very new chapter in his young life.  This may well be the classic case of opportunity meeting solid preparation, and the Herd looks to have a most capable new on-court leader.

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UVic hosts the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament this weekend.

Canada West Pre-season picks up this coming weekend

Teams are ‘breaking the huddle’ and taking to the court against someone other than their own teammates this week.  We build towards the Annual Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at Victoria, where Coach Craig Beaucamp and the Vikes will host the defending champions of everything, the Carleton Ravens, along with the Guelph Gryphons, and the Concordia Stingers.

The Okanagan Heat make a trip East to  play OUA teams, and Winnipeg have their annual ‘holiday trek’ to Thunder Bay to play a pair with the ‘Wolves. Coach Todd Jordan and his  UNBC T’Wolves make a 3 game swing through S. Alberta.

the schedule –

Thursday, Sept. 28 – UBC-O at McMaster

Briercrest College at Saskatchewan,    Winnipeg at Lakehead

Friday, 29th    – at UVic … Carleton – Concordia, Vikes vs Guelph

Winnipeg at Lakehead,   UBC-O at Toronto,    UNBC at Mt. Royal

Saturday, 30th     – Carleton – Victoria, Guelph-Concordia (at UVic)

UBC-O at Western Ontario,   Seattle Mountaineers at Trinity Western

UNBC at Mt. Royal

Sunday Oct 1  – Victoria vs Concordia, Guelph vs Carleton (UVic)

UNBC at Lethbridge

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Overtime –

Canada West weekend results –   Seattle Mountaineers 77  Fraser Valley 74          UBC-O  94  Vancouver Island U.  88

OUA –  York 107 Centennial Coll. 61, York 80  G. Brown Coll. 64, St. Clair Coll. 85  Western Ont. 73

Mid-Week ‘Upsets’ in the CIS

 

Badgers nip the Marauders Wednesday in Ontario –

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-9-18-57-am The #6 Brock Badgers traveled only a short hop from St. Catharines up to Hamilton to face the previously unbeaten #3 McMaster Marauders … Brock  72  at McMaster 71 ,   also Guelph 94  at Windsor 85 – another road team with an impressive win, as the Gryphons knock off the highly regarded Lancers in Windsor.

On Thursday –

In the AUS – #7  Dalhousie 83  St. FX 63 … 

and in Quebec it’s UQAM 80 McGill 77 in OT.   We love the coffee-stained, cell-phone photo box score of the ‘upset’ from Thursday night in the ‘Q’ !  Nice work from Mark Wacyk’s terrific  canhoopsca blog  !   How do the Citadins shoot 35% and win over the favoured Redmen (41% FG) ?   The 23 McGill turnovers (10 from UQAM) and 15 Citadins steals, plus 8 more boards  give the winners 15 more shots.screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-9-11-58-am


Friday Night Games in the CIS –

Canada West – Local Time  (all on Canada West TV )  8 pm – Lethbridge at Winnipeg, Brandon at Saskatchewan  … 8 pm –  Victoria at MacEwan,  Thompson Rivers at Alberta …  8 pm- Trinity Western at UNBC , Mt. Royal at UBC-O,  Manitoba at #2 UBC

Ontario –  #1 Carleton at Algoma , Laurier at Queens, Western Ont. at Lakehead, at #9 Ryerson  Nipissing, Laurentian at Toronto, Waterloo at York

Quebec – Bishops at Laval

Atlantic – UNB  at #10  St. Marys ,  UPEI  at Acadia


 

Overtime –

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  • Coach Craig Beaucamp (rt), as his UVic team (1-3) is poised to face the MacEwan Griffins (1-3)  for the 1st time since Mac joined Canada West, “It’s interesting that MacEwan  is actually an older, veteran squad because they carried over a lot of their college-league players when they moved up to Canada West,” (said) Beaucamp . From the Times-Colonist, Cleve Dheensaw 

 

  • We have to give an enthusiastic ‘GO DINOS!’ to the U. Calgary football squad, coached by our former colleague, Wayne Harris Jr.  The Dinos host the AUS champions, St. FX on Saturday afternoon at McMahon Stadium.  The winner to advance to the Vanier Cup National Final in Hamilton on Nov. 26  vs the winner of Laval and Laurier.

Play-off Grid – Spots to Fill

 

 

‘Pioneer 7’ Decided … ‘Explorer 3’ Still in Play –

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We know the 7 teams from the Pioneer Divison, with the top 3 in place, and the 4-5-6-7 to be determined by this weekend’s games –

1- Calgary Dinos  (16-3) with a game at U of A  are a lock at the top seed …    2- and 3 – UBC Thunderbirds (14-4)  with 2 home vs Winnipeg, and  Manitoba Bisons  (15-5) – bye.

4-5-6-7 … Lethbridge, Regina, Alberta, and Winnipeg … their placement depends on their weekend games.  Here is the Pioneer schedule –  All games on Canada West TV

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The Explorer Division is a bit more ‘up in the air’, even though we may have some ‘predictable’ outcomes –  1 and 2  Thompson Rivers (14-4) and Fraser Valley (12-6) with games to play vs UBC-O and MRU respectively.  3rd spot is MacEwan (9-9) who  host UNBC ,  UBC-O who are in tough at TRU, (8-10), or Mt. Royal (8-10) who host UFV.

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Overtime –

  • TRU Coach Scott Clark, on this year’s Wolf Pack team’s advantage in earning a play-off bye, “Last year we were in an unfavourable position where we got to host a play-in series but we had to play while everyone else was sitting there. Then we went on the road and played a best two out of three, which ended up going to a game three. That ended up being our fifth game in eight days and fatigue got us,” he added.   From an article in News Kamloops.

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  • In the ‘That’s why we play the games’ department ... Wednesday result from Guelph, home of the unranked, 8-8 Gryphons … Guelph 96     CIS #1 ranked  Ryerson Rams 92  !  Some sort of ‘aftermath’  from the NBA All-Star weekend?  The flu? Tough bus trip ?  Our resident CIS Hoops.ca correspondent, Martin Timmerman, tells us , “I watched the last quarter online. Apparently Guelph was leading by 19 at one time. Ryerson did take the lead in the 4th briefly, but Guelph hit a couple threes and was up 8 under a minute left. Yes, upset night !”
  •  Big games in the Canada West Women’s Divisions this weekend – The 4 Pioneer leaders, #1 Saskatchewan (17-1) are at 3rd place Regina (16-2), while 2nd place Alberta (17-2) have the single game with 4th place Calgary (14-5). UBC, Victoria, and Brandon are all at 7-11, with Trinity Western hanging on for a possible playoff spot at 8-10. In the Explorer, MacEwan has clinched 1st at 15-3, with TRU in 2nd at 13-5, while UBC-O (10-8) has a chance to catch 11-7 Fraser Valley for 3rd. The play-off structure is the same for the Women as for the Men.