East to West, West to East

 

 

Tournaments bring some intriguing inter-league play

Early returns as we head into October play ... For all of the other 46 U-Sports teams, it is ‘reassuring’ to see that the Carleton Ravens appear to be back to familiar territory. (13 of the last 15 National titles have been won by Carleton!)  The Ravens, despite a scare in their Friday opener with Concordia (82-79 last 2 minute win), did sweep 3 games in the Guy Vetrie Memorial in Victoria.

Javon Masters, UNB, ‘Fillin’ it up’! photo – UNB Athletics

There are challengers, of course, and we will have to let more games play out this month before we anoint the Blackbirds.  In thee AUS … UNB wins their own Eric Garland Tournament over Saint Marys, UQAM, and Cape Breton, with the highlight being Javon Masters’ 45 point outburst vs the Capers.  Atlantic observers suggest it may be St. FX taking a run this season, but it’s usually a free-for-all, so we hold fire for a few weeks.

Ryerson Rams ace, Ammanuel Diressa

In the OUA and other points East, for detailed analysis readers would be best served by referencing Mark Wacyck’s excellent coverage in his  CanHoops.ca      Ottawa looks good in an 85-70 road win over Bishops,  while both Ryerson and Brock are poised to show their strength, and Windsor has a fair string of wins going.  In the ‘Q’ , Laval may be right in the mix, as they start well in a pair of road wins in Ontario (at Laurier, McMaster).  The Stingers followed their tight loss to Carleton with strong wins over both Guelph and Victoria McGill plays in Calgary this week, and they must be regarded as the Q favourites until someone knocks them off.

Now for Canada WestLethbridge is a 101-71 winner at home vs UNBC,

Dejon Burdeaux, Lethbridge lead guard

and the ‘Horns are sporting a ‘post-free’ line-up with some fresh new talent to make them one of the teams to watch in Canada West.  The Timberwolves played 3 games on the weekend, with a split at Mt. Royal on Fri/Saturday.

One of the biggest stories in the West has to be the changing roster for the Saskatchewan Huskies.  The ‘Dogs hammer Briercrest College in their traditional warm-up last Thursday, but they do not have ‘All-League’ star Shane Osayande, guard Chan De Ciman, forward Mack Burns, nor swingman, Jaylan Morgan.  More to come … (we still await the release of team rosters for many of the 17 teams.)

4th year guard, Jordan Charles, is back for the Vikes.

UBC-O had a close one at McMaster, then not so much with Toronto and WesternWinnipeg lost 2 competitive games at Lakehead, but the Wesmen have a core of solid returnees.  The UVic Vikes have a number of new faces, but they are a ‘work in progress’, as are most Canada West teams over the next few weeks.  Too early to tell, but Alberta, UBC, Calgary, and Lethbridge appear to be the most obvious contenders.

 

 

The schedule this week-  What a great weekend  of inter-League play ! 

Calgary Dinos host Acadia, McGill, and McMaster this weekend in one of several inter-league tournaments.

Thursday, Oct 5  –    Calgary Cup starts at UC –  Dinos vs McGill, McMaster vs Acadia  … also Saskatchewan at Toronto, Bishops at Victoria, Laurentian at Brandon, NAIT at Thompson Rivers

Friday, Oct 6      –  Calgary Cup … Calgary Acadia,  McMaster  McGill

Lethbridge at Medicine Hat Coll, at U of M … Manitoba  Algoma, Winnipeg Laurentian,  at UBC Invitational …  UBC  Bishops, Alberta Waterloo

Concordia hosts in Montreal … Stingers vs Regina,  York Dalhousie

Cape Breton’s Fall Classic – Capers vs St. FX, UPEI   SAIT (Calgary)

Saturday  , Oct 7 –   at UC …  Calgary  McMaster, Acadia McGill , at UBC … T-Birds  Waterloo,  Alberta  Bishops, in Winnipeg … Wesmen  Algoma , Manitoba  Laurentian,  in Montreal … Concordia  Dalhousie, Regina  York. at Cape Breton … Capers  UPEI , St. FX  SAIT  ,   Also … Saskatchewan at Ryerson  ,  Lethbridge vs Medicine Hat,  Trinity Western and UBC-O

Sunday , Oct 8 –   Victoria vs Waterloo,   at CBU … Capers  SAIT, St. FX  UPEI,  at Concordia … Stingers  York,  Regina  Dalhousie

Close Game as Aussies Beat Canada

 

 

Canada Finishes 10th After Loss to Australia

 Australia 101 Canada 96 – Canada settles for 10th place in the 24 country tournament, as they drop a close one to the Aussies on Tuesday.  In this final game in the FISU Championships, again it was  Kevin Bercy (St. FX), leading the way for Canada.  Posting an impressive 22 points / 13 rebounds double-double, Bercy was 10/16 from the floor.  In a dizzying opening quarter, it was 40-35 Canada, but defense steadied in the 18-14 Australia 2nd stanza.  All tied after 3 quarters, then the Aussies took the 4th by 5.

As was expected, Canada got stellar play from Carleton’s Kaza Kajami-Keane (25 points/ 6 rebounds/ 9 assists) and his Ravens’ teammate, Connor Wood , who added 20 points on 6 of 10 from 3 point range.  It was essentially an 8 man rotation for the Canucks, as both Conor Morgan (UBC) and Javon Masters (UNB) were on the bench with injuries. Manitoba’s Justus Alleyn, and Calgary’s David Kapinga were used sparingly.

For the medals, it was Lithuania seizing gold with an 85-74 win over the U.S. , and  Latvia claiming bronze  81-74 over Serbia.    Box Score

 

Canada Loses to Argentina in FIBA Americas Play

Argentina 92  Canada 86 – Canada lost their 2nd straight in Argentina, and will need a herculian effort vs Venezuela to make the medal round. The Canadians shoot 51% from the floor, but the Argentines are better, with 56%. Canada is led by Brady Heslip’s 24 points, as he and Oliver Hanlan (16 pts) combine for 6/11  from 3 point range.  Four Canucks in double figures, with Andrew Nicholson doing all he can, with 12 points and 18 big rebounds.

Canada must beat Venezuela by 25+ points in Tuesday’s game, which can be watched on LiveBasketball.TV  at 6:30 Eastern time.

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NCAA vs U-Sports Scores   –

Carleton 73  Siena (NY- Div 1)  66

McGill  80  St. Francis – (Brooklyn -Div 1)  67

Ottawa  80  Ramapo College (Div 3 – NJ)

 

 

Win over Chinese Taipei for Canada

 

 

 Canada 98  Chinese Taipei  61

Canada dominates the home side in front of a big crowd in this ‘consolation -side match.  Kaza Kajami-Keane and Connor Wood , both Carleton Ravens vets, played strong games in leading Canada’s offense. Kaajami-Keane notched a game-high 25 points, adding 6 assists and 4 steals at the other end.  Wood tallied 15 points on hot (5/9) shooting from 3 point ranged, and passed for 9 assists.  UBC’s Jordan Jensen – Whyte scored 13 points, and all 11 Canadian players dressed hit the score-sheet and played  at least 12 minutes.

Canada’s defense harassed the Taipei ball-handlers as Calgary’s David Kapinga had 5 steals and Kajami-Keane had 4.  UBC’s Conor Morgan was rested again, with his ankle injury, while Manitoba’s Justus Alleyn, UNB’s Javon Masters, and UC’s Kapinga were in the mix after sitting in the Germany game.

The championship quarter-finals featured close , competitive games, with the U.S out-gunning Israel 111-107, Latvia edging Germany 78-76, Lithuania nipping Argentina 72-70, and Serbia getting by Finland 85-84.   Canada plays the Czech Republic on Monday, then has one last game on Tuesday as Basketball competition closes out.   Box Score 

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NCAA vs U-Sports Scores   –

Friday – Carleton 70 Northeastern U (Div 1-Boston)  66

Saturday – Northeastern  77 Bishops 61

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Overtime – 

New brands for several schools in Canada West, along with a re-vamp of the new look for the League itself.  Here’s Mt. Royal Cougars fresh , furry face –

Germany Dumps Canada from Medal Round

 

 

Germany  85  Canada 73

Calgary’s Mambi Diawara scores 19 points, but it wasn’t enough to beat Germany on Friday. photo – David Moll, UC Athletics

Canada is eliminated from medal contention, as the German team has the hot hand with 53% field goal shooting vs 40% for the Canadians.  With a shortned bench, especially in the 2nd half, after UBC’s Conor Morgan re-injured his ankle, Canada could not respond to Germany’s scoring.  Calgary’s Mambi Diawara led with 19 points with 3/6 from outside, and he grabbed 6 rebounds, adding 3 assists.  UBC grad, Jordan Jensen-Whyte, chipped in with 15 points/ 4 assists/ 3 steals, but the Germans were clearly better on the day.

The Carleton duo of Connor Wood and Kaza Kajami-Keane had an off-day, shooting a combined 8/28, with German defense concentrating on Kajami-Keane as the offensive trigger. Wood never looked to be 100% in this group play, and Kevin Bercy of St. FX seemed hampered as well.  Neither UNB’s  Javon Masters, Calgary’s David Kapinga, nor Manitoba’s Justus Alleyn played in this final group game.

Erik Nissen (Acadia) was, once again, the stalwart in the middle for Canada, playing 34 minutes, scoring 8 pts and adding 6 boards.  Canada now will play in the ‘consolation side’ , with a game on Sunday vs Taiwan, but medal hopes are gone.  Germany and Finland finish at 4-1 and go on to the quarter-finals.  Qualifiers from other groups  include  the U.S – 5-0, Argentina – 4-1, Serbia 4-1, Latvia 3-2,  Lithuania 4-1, and Israel at 4-1. Box Score 

 

NCAA vs U-Sports Scores   –

Just 1 game on Thursday … New Hampshire  (Div 1) 94   at  Concordia  81

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Overtime-

  •  UVic Head Coach, Craig Beaucamp, sheds some light on the Canadian Sr. National team’s road to World Cup qualifying through next week’s FIBA America’s competition in Argentina.  Beaucamp, the #1 Assistant to Ryerson’s Roy Rana for this tournament, says of the roster for this event, which is short of most NBA stars,  ““We are trying to get across to our players, that while they might not be the guys eventually chosen for the World Cup team, this is an opportunity for them to showcase themselves and keep themselves relevant [in their pro and international careers].”   More on this team and Beaucamp’s thoughts in this Times-Colonist article by Cleve Dheensaw

 

  • As the Summer edges closer to the Fall, we still have a few NCAA games remaining for Ontario and Quebec U-Sports teams –  Carleton plays Northeastern on Friday in Ottawa, then those Northeastern Huskies meet Bishops Gaiters on Saturday, again in Ottawa.   There are a series of games next week  in Ottawa and Montreal with Hofstra U (NY), St. Francis, Brooklyn, NY, and Siena U. (NY).

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.

 

 

 

Bisons – T’Wolves in Wesmen Final

 

 

 Lakehead Advances to Final vs Manitoba at UW Wesmen Tournament

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  Lakehead 89 Acadia  47 –   The T’Wolves ravage the Axemen, as Acadia has a night to forget from the floor, shooting only 24% for the game, and being out-rebounded 62-35. A solid team effort by Lakehead, with 5 players in double digits led by Brandon Persaud with 19 points and Bacarius Dinkins with 16Kyle Arsenault and Richard Tempro score 10 each for the out-matched Axemen.   Box Score

 

Manitoba copy Manitoba   76  Winnipeg  70 –  The Bisons control the game for 3/4s, then hold off a late charge by the Wesmen, and they will play Lakehead for the ‘Cup’ on Wednesday. Amanita Basi (19 pts), Keith Omoerah (18 points/ 14 rebs/ 4 assts), and Justus Alleyn (18 points/4 assts) are the keys to the Manitoba attack. Wesmen rookie, William Sesay, has a huge game with 15 points/ 13 rebounds, while Denzel Lynch-Blair score 24 and adds 9 boards.   Box Score

And, in Consolation play … Lethbridge  90  NAIT 51-   Mike Pierchala has 22 points, and Brandon Brine 16 plus 9 rebs for the ‘Horns.   Box Score
MacEwan  80  Brandon 54 –    Denzel James scores 18 for the Griffs.  Box Score


2nd Day at the U. Laval (Quebec) Tourney –

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 New Brunswick 98  Laval 78 –   The Reds surprise the home team with a sharp- shooting display, led by 29 points from Javon Masters, and 20 by Matthew Daley , who is 5/9 from beyond the arc. UNB is 53% from the floor vs just 35% from Laval. The Red and Gold get 13 from Vladimir Thomas and 12 by Jean Francois-Metayer.
 #1 Ottawa  94  Calgary  78 –   A 3 – point barrage by the #1 Gee-Gees carries them to a win over the Dinos; 15 treys from UO to only 5 for Calgary, and that’s the ball game!  Actually , both teams shoot it well on the night, with Calgary losing despite a 52% average from the floor and 23/28 from the line. Ottawa beat that with their 55% from the field and 17/25 free throws.  22 turnovers for the Dinos against just 13 for the ‘Ponies’ turns the tide as well.  Senior forward, Caleb Agada, scores 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead Ottawa, while Thomas Cooper is the Dinos top sniper with 26 points, 7 rebs, and 5 assists.  On day 3, Wednesday, Calgary meets Laval and Ottawa plays UNB to cap off the Rouge et Or Tournament.


Other Canada West Action –

at UVic – The SFU Clan, playing with a shorter 10 -man bench won 2 of 4 scrimmage quarters vs the UVic Vikes (1 tied, 1 to the Vikes).   We now have a ‘score’ of 79-72 , favour the Clan.  Neither team is particularly sharp; Victoria Coach, Craig Beaucamp, who had all 15 roster players get minutes in this afternoon scrimmage, says, “This is  a chance to see all our guys play; we are looking at every player getting a shot at some game minutes.”

In the U.S.-

Vanguard (CA) 81 UNBC  75
UBC 93  Antelope Valley (CA) 71 
Montana-Western 79   Thompson R. 55                                                                  Dordt College 64  Alberta  55                                                                              Phoenix College 69   Regina 49 – (Phoex. Coll. were the 2014 National Jr. College champions)

 


 

Overtime –

  • Long-time Edmonton high school coach, Rob Poole, is in attendance at the UVic – SFU game, and he tells us, “This is the first time in 40 years I haven’t coached a team.”  Poole, who won numerous Alberta championships at Harry Ainlay HS, retired as the Head Women’s Coach at MacEwan, and has moved to Victoria.
  • Saskatchewan is also playing in California, and, on Monday they beat NCAA Div. 3 , Occidental Coll. 67-44.  The Huskies play Concordia U. on Wednesday night in Irvine, CA.

Winnipeg Teams to Meet in Semi

 

Justus Alleyn will lead the Bisons in their semi-final vs Winnipeg.

Justus Alleyn will lead the Bisons in their semi-final vs Winnipeg.  photo  UM Athletics

Semi-Finals Set in Winnipeg –

Lakehead  72  Brandon  64 –  The Thunderwolves advance to the semi-finals of the Wesmen Classic as they beat Brandon, despite trailing by 2 at the half.  Kache Kopec led Lakehead with 17 points (5 treys).  Henry Tan and  Brandon Persad each had 15. The Bobcats’ Earl Thompson Jr put up a 23 point/13 rebound double. Lakehead meets Acadia in the one semi final.  Box Score

Acadia 84  MacEwan 82  –  Up 8 at the half, the Griffins MacEwan  were out-scored 50-40 by the Axemen in the second half. the Axemen’s Kyle Arsenault hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to crush Mac’s hopes. GMU out-rebounded Acadia 52-36, but scored just 5/10 free throws to 16/25 for the Axemen. AU’s Arsenault  had a game high 27 points, including 6 from beyond the arc, and Erik Nissen had 17 points/ 8 rebounds.
MacEwan had 5 players in double-digits led by Keith Gerdes’s 18 points/ 9 boards.      Box Score

Winnipeg  74  NAIT 63 – Jamar Farley led the Wesmen with 15 points , with William Sesay adding 13 points and nine rebounds. The Wesmen led 41-26 at the half, and held off a 3rd quarter NAIT run to secure their spot in the All-Winnipeg semi-final vs the Bisons.  Box Score
Manitoba  87 Lethbridge 77 –  The Herd got out front early on and stayed there for the full 40 minutes; Justus Alleyn led Manitoba with a game high 22 points, and Keith Omoerah had 21, while Wyatt Anders of the Bisons nabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. Rob Olsen led Lethbridge with 19 points, and Brandon Brine 15. Box Score  


Ranked teams Go Down at the  Laval Tourney –
 New Brunswick 87  #7 Calgary 85  –   Close, high-scoring affair, as the Dinos couldn’t quite match the Reds in the  final 2 minutes , as the the Laval Tournament tips – off.  12 UNB treys vs only 5 for Calgary, plus 20 Dinos turnovers to 14 by the Reds hurt the UC chances.  Javon Masters scored 24 to lead UNB, while  Thomas Cooper had a game-high 27 for Calgary.

Laval registers big upset over #1 Ottawa.

Laval registers big upset over #1 Ottawa.

Laval 87  #1 Ottawa  77 –  Shocker !  The Rouge et Or claim a big upset win, as a 21-10 2nd quarter dooms the cold-shooting  (33% FG) Gee-Gees.  Laval, in contrast, hits 49%, and scores 15/27 free throws vs 1/6 for UO. Karl Belanger leads Laval with  23 points, and Alexandre Leclerc adds 17 plus 8 rebs. Mike L’African is high man for Ottawa with 21 points. Not predicted by anyone, and this will get the ‘experts’’ attention!
 >>Calgary meets Ottawa and Laval plays UNB in Quebec City on Tuesday.


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Biola U. (CA)  55    Alberta  43 –  A cool shooting touch from both teams as the Eagles’ defense dominates . Brody Clark scores 17 points and claims 11 rebs. for the Bears, who were just 30% from the floor as a team. Box Score
‘ Future College’ 114  Regina   112 –  no stats … a ‘defensive struggle’ !


 

Overtime –

  • Fans on Vancouver Island can see the Victoria Vikes in 2 games this week at the Carsa Centre – Tuesday, the 29th at 2 pm vs Simon Fraser … then, Thursday, the 31st at 1 pm the Vs welcome Coach Peter Guarasci and his UBC-O Heat.  Admission to both games is by a donation  to the food bank.