Wesmen up the pace, and run past UFV
at Winnipeg 84 Fraser Valley 59 – With a dominant 2nd half effort, the Ws took this 3rd and deciding game through defensive opportunism and offensive transition. After a bit of a slow start, where they are down 34-30 at the half, the Wesmen lit the fire in the 3rd. Denzel Lynch-Blair, their 3rd year guard scoring 10 pts, and rookie Narcisse Ambanza 8 pts in the frame. That 18 point Winnipeg lead became 20, then 25 as the home team finished with authority.
Fraser Valley gave the Wesmen a tough go in game 1 and 2, slowing down the UW attack, and using their own 3 point shooting to advantage. In this deciding game, it was Winnipeg dictating the pace. “We were able to get out in transition in the 2nd half”, said Head Coach Mike Raimbault following the win. “They slowed us down at times, and Adam (Friesen, UFV Coach) did a good job with his guys . We finished better today when we created those chances.”
On the game it was Ambanza tallying 22 points, many off the break, and Lynch -Blair adding 19 points/ 7 rebounds/ 4 steals. The Ws get another ‘blue collar’ effort from William Sesay, who had 10 points and secured 12 rebounds. Winnipeg out-shot a rattled UFV squad 49% to 32% from the floor, and had an exceptional ‘ball control’ game with just 7 turnovers.
Fraser Valley had just 2 players in double figures, as Manny Dulay scored 11 and Mark Johnson 10. The 3 point attack just wasn’t there for the visitors, with Dulay, playing his last game for the Cascades, getting lots of extra attention from Winnipeg defenders. Box Score … The Wesmen will skip over to Saskatchewan next week to meet the #2 seeded Huskies in a best of 3 quarter-final.
at Lethbridge 94 Victoria 85 – For 3/4s it was Victoria with a 7 point spread, as they had at the half. The Vikes were much more solid than on Friday, and their defense had held the ‘Horns in check.
But Lethbridge cranked it up at both ends in the final 10 minutes, pouring in 33 points to close out the series. When called upon, Dejon Burdeaux has found a way to get Lethbridge on top, and tonight he did that in spades. His 34 points came from tough drives to the hoop, off steals, and at the foul line. The 4th year guard from Oakland, CA is constantly in the centre of the action, as 6 steals and 12 rebounds would attest. He created scores for teammates, but did much of the heavy-lifting on his own. Zac Overwater was also key for the ‘Horns with 14 pts/ 8 rebs/ 3 assists. Team rebounding (UL 47 – UVic 29) created extra chances for the home side, and they cashed 29/39 from the line, as well as going 43% from 3 point range.
The Vikes also shot well from the stripe at 21/23, but ran out of offense when the ‘Horns clamped down in the 4th. Grant Sitton scored 23 points in his last game for the Vikes, adding 7 rebounds. His scoring total was matched by a strong game from Hassan Abdullahi, who hit 8/9 from the floor, including 5/5 from 3 point range. Box Score Lethbridge qualifies for the quarter-finals, and will meet # 3 Alberta beginning next Thursday night in Edmonton.
Thompson Rivers 96 at Brandon 64 – That’s 95+ for the ‘Pack on consecutive nights, and Coach Scott Clark’s call for defense gets results, as his Wolves force a game 3 on Sunday. Brandon cannot mount a steady offense, and the shots would not fall for the home side. TRU hit 48% from the floor to a mere 33% for the ‘Cats. A real team effort from the visitors, with 11 Wolves hitting the scoresheet, and tremendous team rebounding edge of 54-39 over BU.
The Wolf Pack force a 3rd game with great long-ball shooting at 12/22 from 3, led by the 3 apiece from Luke Morris and Derek Rhodes. Meanwhile their all-star 5th year forward, Voldymyr Iegorov scores 20 points, grabs 15 rebounds and makes 3 steals. Rhodes leads all scorers with 21 pts, and Joe Davis, the 2nd year forward from Kamloops continues his smart play, hitting 6/7 from the floor for 14 points/ 4 rebs.
Brandon got 13 points/ 6 rebs/ 6 assts from Earl Thompson Jr. , and are now challenged to get their offense back on track, and halt the TRU scoring going the other way. Box Score … Game 3 goes at 3 pm Central on Sunday.
In the East – Saturday
Atlantic – at #10 Dalhousie 75 Acadia 63 Both Dalhousie and UNB have clinched the top 2 seeds in the AUS tournament at Halifax. There are still games left next week in the AUS regular season.
Quebec – McGill 89 Bishops 71 … the Redmen have clinched 1st in the RSEQ, but there are league games remaining to be played next week.
Ontario – at #1 Carleton 100 Toronto 36, #5 Ryerson 94 at #3 Ottawa 88 , #4 Brock 91 Windsor 69, Western 95 McMaster 89, at Guelph 76 Waterloo 74, at Algoma 88 Nipissing 87, W. Laurier 78 at Lakehead 75
These are the final OUA League games. The top 4 seeds (by RPI ratings) , with a bye until the quarter-finals are 1 Carleton 2 Ottawa 3 Ryerson 4 Brock The 1st round of play-offs are as follows – #9 McMaster at #8 Windsor , #12 Lakehead at #5 Toronto, #11 Queen’s at #6 Nipissing #10 Laurier at #7 Laurentian … games are Weds, Feb 22.
- In Canada West Women’s play-offs – UBC 76 UNBC 55 – a sweep for the T’Birds. Fraser Valley 61 Calgary 59 – the series goes to a 3rd game at 5 pm Pacific Sunday. Victoria 68 MacEwan 60– UVic wins the series 2-0, Trinity Western 67 Brandon 60 – TWU wins the series 2-1.