Canada vs Germany in Playoffs


Ottawa's Johnny Berhanemeskel is a key figure on Canada's team in S. Korea.

Ottawa’s Johnny Berhanemeskel is a key figure on Canada’s team in S. Korea.

FISU Games 1/4 Finals Start Saturday

The Canadian ‘World Student Games ‘ Team have qualified for the Quarter-Finals beginning Saturday, as they face Germany.  The winner of that game has the tough assignment of facing the USA – Lithuania winner in one semi-final on Sunday. On the other side of the draw, it will be  Russia vs  Estonia and France vs Brazil.

Playing in ‘preliminary round games in Gwangju, S. Korea (we mistakenly said China last weekend),  Canada finished at 4-1 following a 106-41 drubbing of Mongolia on Wednesday, and a cold-shooting (33% FG) 68-61 loss to Russia on Thursday.  In the Mongolia game, Coach Barnaby Craddock (U of A) rested a couple of his starters, Chris McLaughlin (UVic), and Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa), and got some floor time for some others.

Alberta’s Mamadou Gueye played 28 minutes (well above previous games), and scored 23 pts/9 rebs, while Jarred  Ogungbemi-Jackson (Dinos) played his regular starting role, but shot more, scoring 16 pts, 7 boards, 6 assists.  Two big men, 6-10 Josh Wolfram (Thompson Rivers), and 6-8 Caleb Agada (Ottawa) both snared 10 rebounds, with Agada also registering 8 assists.

Against the Russians, it was a different story altogether, as ‘OJ’, McLaughlin, and Agada were limited to 1/13 shooting between them, as only Jordan Baker, 13 pts. (Alberta), Tommy Nixon  (UBC) 13 pts.,  and Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa) 12 points hit double figures. The Canucks had previously recorded wins over Sweden – 78-61, Mexico- 81-61, and Montenegro 66-63.

Canada has had some past success in this ‘World Student Games’ (Now the FISU Games). We finished 4th in 2013 in Russia,  2nd in China in 2013, and, with 4 of Coach Ken Shields’ UVic Vikes in the line-up in 1983 in Edmonton, Canada beat the U.S. team which included Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and Johnny Dawkins. (Credit to the Victoria Times-Colonist).


Overtime –

  • 5th year Lethbridge Pronghorns import post man, Brent Watkins, sustained serious injuries in a a car accident last weekend near Butte, MT.  We sincerely hope that the young man can recover in a short time, and that he might be able to return to U of L basketball this Fall.  (Thanks to David Wells for the information.)
  • Former Dinos star, Ross Bekkering,  has just signed a 1 year contract with Groningen of the Netherlands Basketball League.  Ross, a 6-9 post who struggled through an injury -plagued year last Fall and Winter, says, “I’m planning for this to be my last season as a pro, I think. “  His former Dinos teammate, Robbie Sihota, may have decided to stay in Calgary this coming winter, as he starts a search for his post-basketball career.

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).



Ryerson and Ottawa To Semis

Ryerson took it to Windsor in the 3rd game of Thursday's Q-Finals.

Ryerson took it to Windsor in the 3rd game of Thursday’s Q-Finals.  Photo by Greg Campbell


Rams Outshoot Lancers For a Big Q-Final Win at Home

game 3   Ryerson 82  Windsor  68 –   A late rally by the visiting Lancers wasn’t nearly enough, as they had fallen back by a 65-44 count after 3/4s, as the Rams, playing on the ‘Home Court’ of the Mattamy Centre seemed to have all the extra zip.  Nothing fell for Windsor in a foul-plagued and sloppy opening 10 minutes, and Ryerson  had far more chances off the break. The 2nd seeded Lancers may have come in flat after their superb effort in the OUA playoffs, while Ryerson felt just that much more motivated by a boisterous home crowd.

Jahmal Jones led Rams scorers with 20 pts/ 5 assists, but he had lots of help from a sharp-shooting Adika Peter-McNeilly with a 19 point / 10 rebound double. Both Aaron Best and Bjorn Michaelsen notched 10 pts. Khalid Abdel-Gabar was the top Lancers shooter, with 20 pts/ 4 assists, and Alex Cambell scored 17, Rotimi Osuntola 14.

37% shooting sabotaged any hopes Windsor had of winning this one, with Ryerson hitting 46% along with winning the rebound battle 49-39. Ryerson plays in the 2nd semi-final on Saturday against Ottawa , while Windsor is relegated to a consolation match vs Bishop’s.    Box Score  


Ottawa Relies on Foul Shots to Stop a Gritty Gaiters Team

 game 4 –  Ottawa 86  Bishop’s 80  in OT– Who said this was going to be a walk-

Bishop's plays Ottawa tough in the 4th game Friday.

Bishop’s plays Ottawa tough into OT in the 4th game Friday.

over for Ottawa ?  (Well we did, for one !?)  No one told the obviously under-rated Bishop’s Gaiters, who were on the brink of pulling off a shocker against the 29-2 Ponies.  The Gaiters had established a 35-28 lead at the half, with Ottawa scoring just 9 points in the 2nd quarter.  The Gee-Gees came back quickly in the 3rd, taking the slim lead, but Bishop’s rallied again and were on top 71-64 with 4 minutes left in the game.

But for a pair of fateful turnovers in the last 30 seconds, the Purple would have beaten the very long odds.  A hairy 30-25 final quarter was punctuated by big shots, steals, unfortunate turnovers, and an ill-timed technical foul to the Gee-Gees.

Ottawa's Caleb Agada hits a pair of clutch free-throws to get his team to OT against Bishop's

Ottawa’s Caleb Agada hits a pair of clutch free-throws to get his team to OT against Bishop’s

At the end, after a bang-bang blocking call off a desperate Ottawa steal, it was Caleb Agada on the line for the Gee-Gees, who were down 2, with 1 second left in regulation … he rattles the 1st one home, then cooly strokes in the 2nd to send the game to OT. From there it was a deadly attack from an awakened Ottawa team, led by Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue, Agada, and Mike L’Africain. Bishop’s never quits, and came within 3 on a late trey, but couldn’t close.

Agada led the Ottawa scoring with 22 pts/ 9 rebs, with Johnny Berhanemeskel hitting 19, and L’Africain 17 plus 7 assists. Off the bench for Bishop’s, Jona Bermillio hit 6/10 from 3 pt range for 23 points, with Mike Andrews recording an impressive 17 pt/ 18 rebound double.

The Gee-Gees win it from the line, scoring on 25/40 attempts  vs  just  9/13  for the Gaiters.  Bishop’s out-rebounded Ottawa 53-34, but the Purple suffered with 28 huge turnovers, and that eventually did them in.   Box Score


Overtime –

Rams Coach,  Roy Rana

Rams Coach, Roy Rana

  •   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.”

Ravens Crush Huskies, Vikes Survive


 Ravens Fly High in Burying Saskatchewan

Phil Scrubb shows his All-Canadian form, with 31 pts vs Saskatchewan

Phil Scrubb shows his All-Canadian form, with 31 pts vs Saskatchewan

 game 1-   Carleton Ravens  90  Saskatchewan Huskies 50 –  The Carleton Ravens engage their vaunted defense, and the Huskies play like ‘Sled Dogs in the headlights’.  48-18 at the half, and the earth is already scorched around the U of S bench.  It’s tough if you’re Saskatchewan, because you get tighter and more frustrated as you watch yet another Phil Scrubb trey splash through the twine (The 5th year all-star guard is  6/8  from the outside after 20 minutes for 29 points).  72-39 at 3/4s, and it’s over the boards with the subs for Carleton, although Connor Wood remains and shows why he’s so highly regarded.

Carleton keep raining 3s, as U of S defenders aren’t on the ball, and the Huskies’ younger players enter the game, as time winds down on the pummeling. Phil Scrubb finishes with 31 points, with few minutes played in the 2nd half. “Shots just started falling”, says the Vancouver native in a succinct post-game interview. The Ravens hit 55% from the floor and 56% from long range, as Thomas Scrubb  adds 18 pts / 9 rebounds

The Huskies are a paltry 29% from the floor and 20% from 3 pt. range in the face of a withering Carleton defense; Ben Baker, with 11 pts/ 7 rebounds / 6 assists and Matt Forbes with 14 points/ 7 boards  give the most resistance for Saskatchewan, but it was  an un-nerving experience for the Canada West finalists, who now move on to a 2 pm consolation semi on Thursday.  Box Score


Vikes Survive Nervous Start Against Dalhousie 

 game 2 –  Victoria Vikes  58   Dalhousie Tigers  57 –  It was an exasperating 2nd

3rd year import, Grant Sitton, scores 19 off the bench to save UVic.

3rd year import, Grant Sitton, scores 19 off the bench to save UVic.  photo- Vikes Athletics

game, with a very passive  effort by the Vikes in the opening 20 minutes, and Dalhousie having some similar offensive jitters. The Tigers got strong play from their big man, Kashrell Lawrence, although his shakey foul shooting limits their scoring.  A  28-24 Dal lead at the half, after lots of subbing for the Vikes, with Hadyn Lejuene and Grant Sitton logging extra minutes. The angular Sitton cuts loose with a trey at the 3rd quarter buzzer to give the Vikes a 48-42 edge, after they get the juices flowing after the break.

This one always looked like it was going down to the wire, and, despite grabbing a 6 point lead with 40 seconds left, UVic manages to trail by 1, off a put-back by Dal’s Lawrence, and the clock was running out.  The ball goes inside to Chris McLaughlin, who had missed much of the 4th quarter with a bleeding knee, and he tries to go up, but is wrestled (step-over-toe-hold) to the floor by the Tigers’ Sven Stammberger.  An obvious intentional foul, which should have led to 2 shots and the ball … but, no … so Mclaughlin has to hit free throws to tie, then go up 1.

Dal's Kashrell Lawrence is the game high scorer, with 21 in a close loss.

Dal’s Kashrell Lawrence is the game high scorer, with 21 in a close loss.

The Tigers get a contested shot off at the end, but it falls short.  Vikes win, and will face the machine that is Carleton in one of Saturday’s semi-finals.

UVic shoots 40% to Dalhousie’s 35%  from the floor, and Sitton’s 3 treys get him to 19 points, which gets the Vikes a white-knuckle win. Marcus Tibbs had 16 pts/ 6 assists and hit 2 huge buckets down the stretch in the tense finish. Mclaughlin was held to 10 points, but grabbed 11 boards.  Dal had 21 points / 8 rebounds from Lawrence, and 14 pts/ 9 rebs by their young post, Stammberger, and the Tigers claimed 13 offensive rebounds, which kept them close at the end.  Box Score



 CIS Awards Reflect OUA Power

Ottawa's Johnny Berhanemeskel is the CIS Top Player for 2015

Ottawa’s Johnny Berhanemeskel is the CIS Top Player for 2015

The Ontario schools dominate the list of CIS award winners and All-Canadians, announced on Wednesday, much like they’ve owned the upper reaches of the Top 10 rankings for the whole season.  Johnny Berhanemeskel of Ottawa breaks the stranglehold of  Carleton’s Phil Scrubb on the Player of the Year trophy, but Thomas Scrubb keeps the family in silverware by repeating as Top Defensive Player.

Top Rookie, Top Coach as well. Chris McLaughlin, UVic, and Javon Masters of UNB join 3 OUA stars on the 1st All-Canadian Team. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, Calgary and Tommy Nixon, UBC are 2 Canada West stars in their 5th year who get the 2nd Team honours.  Calgary’s Lars Schleuter, the CW Rookie of the Year, is a member of CIS All-Rookie team.

Here are the 2015 CIS AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS – 

Mike Moser Memorial Trophy (player of the year): Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa

Defensive player of the year: Thomas Scrubb, Carleton

Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (rookie of the year): Johneil Simpson, Brock

Stuart Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (TIMEX coach of the year): James Derouin, Ottawa

Ken Shields Award ( academics & community service): Noel Moffatt, Memorial

All – Canadians – First Team

G Johnny Berhanemeskel Ottawa 5 Ottawa, Ont.

F Thomas Scrubb Carleton 5 Richmond, B.C.

F Chris McLaughlin Victoria 5 Oakville, Ont.

G Javon Masters UNB 2 Kitchener, Ont.

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson is a 2nd Team All-Canadian

Dinos’ Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson is a 2nd Team All-Canadian

G Philip Scrubb Carleton 5 Richmond, B.C.

All – Canadians -Second Team

G Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson Calgary 5 Winnipeg, Man.

G Jahmal Jones Ryerson 5 Mississauga, Ont.

G Tyler Scott UPEI 3 Halifax, N.S.

F Tommy Nixon UBC 5 Vancouver, B.C.

F François Bourque McGill 2 Terrebonne, Que.

CIS All-Rookie Team – 

Lars Schleuter, Calgary, is on the CIS All-Rookie Team

Lars Schleuter, Calgary, is on the CIS All-Rookie Team

G Johneil Simpson Brock 1 Toronto, Ont.

G Ben Miller Acadia 1 Winnipeg, Man.

G Lars Schlueter Calgary 1 Ulm, Germany

W Alexandre Leclerc Laval 1 Saguenay, Que.

W Luke Allin Wilfrid Laurier 1 Chatham, Ont.


CIS Tourney – 1/4 Final Previews

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Carleton and Ottawa Look Like Odds-on Favourites


Thursday, March 12 – 
11 am  – game 1-   # 1 Carleton Ravens  vs # 8 Saskatchewan Huskies –

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The Ravens are, as has been the case for over 12 seasons, the team to beat.  They’ve won the CIS title for the past 4 years, and won 10 with Coach Smart since their 2003 win.  Carleton limits opponents to 56 ppg against, while scoring 91 ppg themselves.  Death !

They have the Scrubb brothers, Thomas, a 6-6 whirlwind, who has become their most

Huskies Ben Baker- Canada West Defensive Player of the Year

Huskies Ben Baker– Canada West Defensive Player of the Year

consistent offensive threat, and Philip, the 6-3 guard, who controls a fast paced attack, and, when on, can be a deadly outside shooter. Guard Connor Wood is a dangerous shooter as well, helping CU hit 50% from the floor and 46% from 3 point range, and they are +14 on their rebound margin.  This 26-2 team is battle – ready and more than prepared to take a very good run at their 5th straight McGee Trophy.

Saskatchewan is in tough here, to put it mildly.  The Huskies have size, with 6-6 Matt Forbes, 6-8 Conner Burns, and the multi-talented team catalyst, 6-4 Ben Baker at guard.  But they give up 20 points more per game than the Ravens, while scoring 8 points less. They rebound well as a team, but not like Carleton. Their pace can give them open court baskets in stretches, but, again, not nearly as relentless as the ‘Birds’. If their 3 point shooters, like Dadrian Collins, Evan Osterberg,  Baker, and Trevor Severinski can get ridiculously hot, maybe … but, they still suffer 7-8 more turnovers per game, and, clearly, Carleton are a runaway favourite.


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1 pm –   game 2 –  # 4 Victoria Vikes vs. # 5 Dalhousie Tigers –  Two League champions square off in this one, with the Vikes having more experience in this event by far, having played in the last 2 Nationals.  UVic were 23-8 vs CIS teams this season , while Dalhousie were 13-14.  The Vikes are a  notably stingy defensive team, giving up just over 70 ppg, which is 7 less than Dal.

Marcus Tibbs,  point guard for Victoria.

Marcus Tibbs, point guard for Victoria.

This game features Vic’s Canada West player of the year, Chris McLaughlin, who, at 6-10, scores 19.8 ppg / 10 rebounds; Dalhousie has ridden their 1st team AUS all-star, Kashrell Lawrence, who averaged 23 ppg / 12 rebounds  in the Tigers’ 3 game odyssey in winning the Atlantic title.  The point guard match-up will be fun to watch, with Victoria’s Marcus Tibbs  more of a scorer (17 ppg / 5 assists), and Dal’s Richie Kanza Mata  a set-up man (7 assists, 9 ppg), with both very adept at turning the other team over on the defensive end.

The supporting cast for UVic has ace defender, 6-4, Reiner Theil, who can also knock down the trey, and 6-6 Mack Roth, who has been a more prominent factor in recent games. Dalhousie has  strong  rebounding from Sven Stammberger (5.2 rebs/ 9 ppg) and Devon Stedman (5.2 rebs/ 8 ppg), and a smooth 2-way guard in James Reid (13.5 ppg / 2.5 assts/ 2 steals).

Unless they can control the inside presence of McLaughlin, and manage to score against the rugged UVic D, the Tigers playoff magic may disappear quickly.


Ryerson's Aaron Best will be a floor leader for the Rams.

Ryerson’s Aaron Best will be a floor leader for the Rams vs Windsor.

6 pm – game 3 –  # 7 Ryerson vs. # 2 Windsor –  Let’s try to put aside the seeding arguments, and, if you’re Ryerson, be very happy that you have home court against a potent Windsor team in the 1st round.  The Rams bounced the Lancers 98-78 in their league game on this Mattamy Centre court in November, and they will try and get momentum back after 2 losses (Carleton and Ottawa) in the OUA Final 4. Prior to last weekend the Rams had won 14 straight.

Windsor beat ‘mighty Carleton’ in the OUA regular season, and Ottawa in the Final 4, so they are ‘big game treacherous’, with a 24-6 CIS record, led by guards, Rotimi Osuntola Jr. (20 ppg/ 11.5 rebs ) and  Mitch Farrell (13 ppg )  This should be a fast-paced, high scoring affair, with the Lancers averaging 87 ppg and Ryerson over 89 ppg. The Rams shoot it better from 3 pt range (38% to 33%), and are + 12 in rebounds vs  + 7 for Windsor.

Ryerson has 4 players in double figure scoring, led by veteran guards, Jahmal Jones  (17 ppg/5.5 assts/ 4.3 rebs) , and Aaron Best (15 ppg/ 5.5 rebs/ 46% from 3).  They get strong rebounding through their line-up, with 6-9 Kadeem Green averaging 7 rpg plus 12 ppg on 58% FG shooting.  It won’t be a surprise or an upset if Ryerson beats the # 2 seed;  it might, however, be quite traumatic for the home folks if Windsor were to come up big, yet again.

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6-11 Majid Naji will try and control the paint for Bishop’s vs Ottawa.


8 pm – game 4 –  # 6 Bishop’s vs. # 3 Ottawa – In the last Q-final of the night, we may see ‘Ponies running wild in the streets’ .  The Gaiters can play defense (65.5 ppg against), but not necessarily vs ‘Johnny B’  and his ‘back-up singers’.  Bishops was just 10-15 vs CIS teams, and lost 80-66 to Ottawa early in the season. The Gee-Gees score  94.5 ppg and surrender only 69 ppg, and boast a 29-2 overall record.

Ottawa has J. Berhanemeskel , the OUA’s 5th year MVP,  at 23 ppg/ 56% FG/ 45% from 3/ 4.5 assts,  and wing man Caleb Agada (16 ppg/ 8 rebs), plus shooting and floor leadership from Mike L’Africain (46% from 3/ 12 ppg/ 5 assts).  They have 6 players 40% or better from beyond the arc, and are 51% from the floor as a team.

Bishop’s counters with far more conservative numbers … with a 69 ppg scoring average, the Gaiters shoot only 39% from the floor, and 28% from 3 pt range. They do have some solid veterans, and lots of size – Kyle Desmarais is a 5th year transfer guard (Concordia) (14.5 ppg / 3 assts ), Mike Andrews, a 6-10 forward (12 ppg /5.5 rebs.) , Majid Naji, a 6-11 post ( 10 ppg/ 8 rebs) , and Matt McLean, a 6-9 fwd ( 7 ppg / 6.3 rebs).

The Gaiters have a way of hanging in against tough opponents, but it’s doubtful they have the fire-power to get past as explosive a unit as Ottawa, who come at you with so many weapons.


Overtime –

  •   Correction … Waterloo has 1 CIS title (1975), and the other is Waterloo-Lutheran (1968) , which became Wilfred Laurier.  Our local Kitchener-Waterloo historian, Martin Timmerman, sets us straight !  Go to Martin’s for stats, records, draws, results, team info, and much more .
  •   Saskatchewan Coach Barry Rawlyk, obviously disappointed, but understanding of the draw seeding for the Nationals, “Anyway you try and dice it and slice it, there’s going to be a tough first-round game at nationals,” said Rawlyk, adding there are some artificial rules in place that put conference champions in certain spots.  (The 4 League champs cannot be ranked lower than 6th.  So 7 is Ryerson, and 8 is Saskatchewan.)  From Darren Zary in the Star-Phoenix.

    John Traboulsi, Dalhousie

    John Traboulsi, Dalhousie

  • There are 2 Calgary high school grads playing for the Atlantic champions, the Dalhousie Tigers. John Traboulsi, a 4th year, 6-3  guard, played at Western Canada HS in Calgary for Coach Steve Wiebe. He is averaging about 10 minutes /game in the late season and playoffs.  Ross Crichton , a 6-7 rookie from E. Manning HS in Calgary, may be on the travel roster, but is unlikely to get any floor time at the Nationals.



  • Just in case we’re confused about the ‘pecking order’ in the Tournament, the

    Dave Smart, Carleton

    Ravens’ Coach Dave Smart fills us in, “We’ve got a long way to go. It’s going to be tough. The team with the best record in the country, Ottawa, just came off a disappointing loss at home at the OUA Final Four, so they’re highly motivated. The second or third best team in the country is playing at home this week, so they’re going to be highly motivated as well. For us, we’ve got to keep going in the same direction we’ve been going and play the games. “ CIS press release.

Lethbridge Ends Huskies Streak



Friday  in Canada West – ‘Horns Hot at Home – Halt Huskies Hold on First

Rob Olsen buries the Huskies with 30 points for Lethbridge on Friday.

Rob Olsen buries the Huskies with 30 points for Lethbridge on Friday. Photo – U of L Athletics


at Lethbridge Pronghorns  88  #5 Saskatchewan Huskies 83 –  Lethbridge, shooting 53% from the floor as a team,  gets a huge game from both veteran guard, Rob Olsen ( 30 pts/8 assists, 6 steals)   and rookie, Zac Overwater (23 pts/ 6 rebs).  Olsen nails a clutch trey in the final 30 seconds, and free throws seal it for the ‘Horns (7-10)  as they upset the  the 5th ranked Huskies (12-5), ending an 8 game win streak .  Brandon Brine recorded 5 blocks for Lethbridge, who win only their 3rd of 9 home games.  Saskatchewan, who fall 1 game behind UVic in the race for top spot in the Pioneer Division, shoot 41%,  have Dadrian Collins with 17 pts, mostly in the 2nd half, and 15 pts/ 8 rebs/ 5 assts by Ben Baker.    Box Score  

# 7 Victoria Vikes  80  at Brandon Bobcats 71 – The Vikes take temporary possession of 1st place, as they pull gradually away from the cold-shooting Bobcats, and out-rebounding them  52-31. UVic (13-4) get 32 points on 14/20 shooting and 17 boards from Chris McLaughlin, and 19 pts/ 4 assts/ 2 steals by Marcus Tibbs. Brandon’s Earl Thompson Jr. was their leader with 17 pts/ 10 boards as 5 ‘Cats finished in double figures, but they shoot just 38% from the field.  Box Score  

UBC Thunderbirds  76 at Regina Cougars 64  –  The T-Birds (11-6) persistence paid off as they punched the ball inside in the 2nd half, and throttled the Regina offense to grab the road win. Once again, Tommy Nixon is their big gun, with 27 points including 14/14 from the line, plus 15 big rebounds, and guard, Kedar Wright, hits 15 pts/ 5 boards.  UBC has a 49-37 rebounding edge, and limits the Cougars to 34% from the floor. Regina  (7-10) has Jonathan Tull with 26 points/ 9 rebs.  Box Score

Winnipeg Wesmen 93 at Trinity Western 74  –  The Wesmen cruise with a 52% shooting average against the Spartans, as Mark McNee, with 18, leads a group of 5 Wesmen in double figures. He adds 5 rebounds and 3 steals, and gets help from 17 each by Jelane Pryce and Chris Baxter, who is 8/10 from the floor. Trinity commits a criminal 26 turnovers, providing lots of extra opportunities for the Ws, who move up to 11-6.  TWU (1-16) has a game-high 20 points from Justin Bakuteka. Box Score  

#9 Fraser Valley Cascades  77 at UNBC Timberwolves 71  –  Jasper Moedt’s 22 pts/ 14 rebounds gets the Cascades back on track at 16-1, as they turn aside a spirited effort by the ‘Wolves, who fall to 9-8. UFV shoot a deadly 54% from the field, and Kevon Parchment cashes 10/12 free throws to add 16 points, and Dominique Brooks scores 13. UNBC play well, but don’t shoot nearly as efficiently (40%). Francko Kouagnia leads the game scoring with 26 points, as he goes 10/15 from the floor, and hauls in 12 rebounds. Guards Rhys Elliot and Jeff Chu both hit 12 points for the home team.   Box Score 


MRU's Deng Awak explodes for 35 points, launching Cougars to a win in Kamloops.

MRU’s Deng Awak explodes for 35 points, launching Cougars to a win in Kamloops.

Mt. Royal Cougars  89 at Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack  77 –  The Cougars (8-9)  may be sniffing a  playoff chance, and their cause is greatly enhanced by the 35 point barrage from Deng Awak, their 4th year guard from Brooks. AB.  Awak hits 14/20 from the floor with 6/8 from 3 pt. range, and adds 6 rebounds, and he gets help from James Lefebvre, with his 16 pts/  rebs, and 11 pts/ 10 boards by Manok Akwl. The Wolf Pack slide to 9-8, with their 2nd straight loss, as they are out-shot 54% to 37% by the red-hot Cougs, who are 13/27 from way outside. TRU has Reese Pribilsky with 21 pts/ 3 assts.   Box Score  

 at  MacEwan Griffins 82  UBC-Okanagan Heat  70  –  The Griffins force 18 turnovers from the Heat, and shoot 43% vs 36% for the visitors.  Keith Gerdes, with 17 points, and Denzel James with 16 lead the way for the 6-11 MacEwan. Aldrich Berrios is the game-high scorer for UBC-O (3-14) with 19 including 4/6 from outside, and he also records 3 assts/ 3 steals.   Box Score  


 CIS Games on Friday –

OUA –  In the ‘Capital Hoops Classic‘ on Friday –  #2 Carleton 79   #1 Ottawa 66 –  A big night for Tommy Scrubb with 29 points and 12 rebounds, plus 4 assists as the Ravens go up 11 at the half, only to see OU fight back to even early in the 4th quarter.  Carleton shuts down the Johnny Berhanemeskel hot streak there, however. Johnny ‘B‘ paces the Ponies with 28 pts/ 4 rebs/5 assists. Carleton has just 4 turnovers on the night and win the boards 43-35.  Ottawa retains top spot in the OUA North with a 14-1 record to 13-2 for the Blackbirds.  Box Score 

Also on Ontario –  #6 Windsor 78 at Laurentian 65,  Western 86 Nipissing 65, Lakehead 73 at Toronto  70,  Laurier 82  Algoma 62

AUS –  at UPEI  93   Acadia 91, at Cape Breton 91 Dalhousie 64,

Visitors Sweep on the Prairies


Sweeps Are the Order of the Night in the Pioneer

The Bears' Ken Otieno is clutch in another close win over Winnipeg.

The Bears’ Ken Otieno is clutch in another close win over Winnipeg.

Alberta  63  at Winnipeg 62  –  So close, but no joy for the Wesmen, who get another late attempt by Mark McNee for a win, but this time it’s blocked, and Alberta gets a big sweep to move to 6-5.  Winnipeg slide to 5-5 with 2 frustrating home defeats, after they rally in the 3rd quarter for a 51-48 lead, but cool off in the 4th. . 4 starters in double figures for Alberta, led by 17 and 11 boards by Ken Otieno, and 18 points from Youssef Ouahrig including 4/6 treys. McNee’s 16 is tops for Winnipeg.   Box Score

Victoria 85  at Manitoba  55 –  We’re checking the Vikes-Bisons after finishing the Carleton-Ottawa game … 69-35  after 3 ?!  Grant Sitton hits 7 in a row?  Grant Sitton?  This is going to leave big skid-marks all over the Herd.  No prisoners by the dominating Vikes who sweep the series to go 8-2 for the season, and into 2nd spot in the Pioneer Division.  Chris McLaughlin leads UVic with 23 points / 9 rebounds, while Marcus Tibbs has a very impactful 15 pts/ 8 assists / 6 boards. The shell-shocked Bisons hit just 29% from the floor, and are more than 25 points under their scoring average. Andre Arruda has 11 and Wyatt Anders 10 for Manitoba. (8-4)   Box Score

# 10 Saskatchewan 90  at Brandon  82 –  The Huskies score 57 points in the 2nd half to earn the sweep, and are now 6-4, while the ‘Cats are deep in the cellar at 1-11. 23 points from Dadrian Collins,  22 from Mike Scott, 17 by Connor Burns , and 16 from Matt Forbes.  Kenonte Ramsay has a game-high 30 points for Brandon. 21 Saskatchewan turnovers hold the Bobcats in the game for 35 minutes. Box Score

UBC 91  at Lethbridge  69 –  The T-Birds are in in full flight, with 5 straight wins and counting, as they even their record at 5-5, while dropping the ‘Horns back to 5-7.  UBC hits 52% from the floor for the 2nd night running, as Tommy Nixon scores 21 and adds 9 rebounds.  He gets help from Tonner Jackson and Andrew McGuinness who notch 15 each.  Lethbridge cannot keep pace, with Jared Baker their best at 15 pts , but he has 6 turnovers. Box Score

Regina 96  at Trinity Western 81   –   A 56 point Regina bombing in the 2nd half buries TWU, who fall to 1-11. The Cougars, now 7-5, shoot 56% from the field, and are paced by 28 points from Jonathan Tull and 19 by Travis Sylvestre. The Spartans have a 7 point lead at the break, but can’t get control in a sloppy 2nd half for both squads. Kelvin Smith has 18 and Justin Bakuteka 16 for Trinity.  Box Score


Fraser Valley Still Unbeaten in the Explorer Division –

Big 30 point night from Dominique Brooks helps UFV past Mt. Royal on Saturday.

Big 30 point night from Dominique Brooks helps UFV past Mt. Royal on Saturday.

# 9 Fraser Valley  89  Mt. Royal 72  –  UFV  (10-0) produces one of their top offensive games of the season, hitting 50% from the floor, and winning their 24th straight League game. The Cascades get 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists from Dominique Brooks, plus 28 points from Nate Brown.  MRU (4-6) gets 13 each from James Lefebvre and Deng Awak. Box Score

at MacEwan  87  UNBC  89   –  After tying the opening 20 minutes, it’s an offensive explosion, with the visting T’Wolves seizing the win with a 52-50 edge in the 2nd half. Import guard, Rhys Elliot, scores 25 points to spark UNBC (4-6) , and  Devin McMurtry adds 14 pts / 10 rebounds.  29 pts from Lee Danderfer and 24 from Denzel James, plus team FG% of 53% isn’t enough for Mac (4-6). Box Score

 at Thompson Rivers  88    UBC-O  53  –  For the 2nd straight night, the ‘Pack (6-4)  feast on  their visitors, as they blitz UBC-O 33-7 in the 3rd frame. Brett Rouault again leads TRU with 18, and Brett Parker adds 16.  The Heat (2-8) commit 24 costly turnovers; Austin Penrose is their high man with 11.  Box Score


Top Teams Do Battle in the OUA

#2  Gee-Gees  68   # 1 Ravens 66 –    A floating, step-through 12 footer by Johnny  Berhanemeskel with 5 seconds left proved the winner, as Thomas Scrubb’s attempt to tie for the Ravens on a contested 6 footer rang off the front iron.  So we will have a new # 1 on Tuesday in the CIS Top 10.  Carleton made a big 4th quarter turnaround to put the game in  doubt, after Ottawa looked in control after 3. The Gee-Gees got 21 from Johnny Berhanemeskel and 17 pts / 10 rebs. by Caleb Agada.  The Ravens had Phil Scrubb lead the late come-back and tally 26 pts for the game.  Thomas Scrubb scored 15 and grabbed 13 boards for Carleton.  Box Score

# 3 Ryerson  98  # 4 McMaster  78 –  Because we know they’re going to play as the host of the CIS Final 8, and we see the way they finish off the #4 McMaster Marauders with 32 points in the final frame, we lift the Rams to the exclusive ‘Top 3’.  That’s 3 teams that have separated themselves from the trailing pack.  62% from 3 point range will increase your point spread, and Aaron Best’s 6/7 from deep gets him to 30 points.  The Rams shoot 52% from the floor to 43% for Mac.  Aaron Redpath is the high man for Mcmaster with 20.  Box Score


More CIS Scores Saturday – 

# 8 UNB 107  Saint Marys 76 , UPEI  94   Dalhousie  89,  Cape Breton  Memorial,         Acadia 77 St. FX 67

McGill 62  Bishops  59

Guelph 74  Laurier 56  ,  Laurentian  85 Queen’s  76  ,  York 76 Nipissing  47,

Waterloo 73   Algoma 70 ,  Lakehead  86  Brock 79


Overtime –

  • From our man in L.A., the redoubtable David Wells … the Pronghorns added 6-7 post, Alexi Frigon, who returns to the ‘Horns after time away.  He fills a spot in the rotation left open by the season-ending injury to 2nd year forward, Tyson McIntyre, who had knee surgery in mid-December. Lethbridge  ( 5-7) has now lost 5 straight in Canada West play. Also DW tells us, from a UBC source, Brylle Kamen has been out with an arm issue, but after a ‘clean-up procedure’ the 6-7 post man should be back for the T-Birds.
  • You know your basketball team is mired in the cellar, when the legendary Bobcats Coach (now Canada West TV colour man), Jerry Hemmings,  and the BU play-by-play guy start  discussing the relative win-loss records of the Brandon – UBC Women’s Volleyball Teams.  Guys ! Please !  Stay focused … do I remember you two talking about the Annual Western Manitoba Curling Playdowns during a game time-out last winter.  Stop yourselves.



Top 2 CIS Teams Square-Off


Ottawa senior guard, Johnny Berhanemeskel, will draw extra attention from Carleton defenders.

Ottawa senior guard, Johnny Berhanemeskel, will draw extra attention from Carleton defenders in Saturday’s showdown between the #1 and # 2 teams in the CIS.


Gee-Gees Host Ravens in Cross-Town Heavyweight Match

Carleton and  Ottawa meet this Saturday night at Monpetit Hall, the home court for the #1 and 2Gee-Gees, which seats around 800 fans, so will be a very intimate theatre for this ‘Game of the Year – Part 1”. The familiar surroundings should help the ‘Ponies’, but how do the hosts decide which 25 Ravens fans get admission ?  The Ravens hold the CIS title, having beaten Ottawa 79-67 in last March’s final.  The Gee-Gees did claim the OUA title, with a 78-77 win the week prior to the Final 8, but haven’t beaten Carleton in a regular season game since there was ice skating on the Rideau Canal.

# 1  Carleton –   Phil Scrubb – 17.6 ppg/5.6 asst, Thomas Scrubb – 18.8 ppg/ 7 rebs/ 4 asst., Connor Wood – 11 ppg / 3 asst

# 2  Ottawa – Johnny Berthanemeskel – 23 ppg/ 61% FG/ 4.8 asst, Caleb Agada – 16.4 ppg/ 8.5 rebs / 3.1 asst, Mike L’Africain – 11 ppg / 4.2 asst

From ‘Johnny B’, the Gee-Gees 5th year scoring ace,   “I think all of us wish we could play them on home court at least once every year, so taking advantage of our home court will be important,” said Berhanemeskel. “We haven’t played them in a while, team dynamics have changed on both sides so it will be key to prepare for those changes while maintaining our style.” (From CIS News)

Is there home court magic this time for Ottawa ?   watch on OUA TV … 7 pm Eastern.

(Carleton and Ottawa will play the return bout on Feb. 6 – The 9th Annual MNBA Capital Hoops Classic at the  Canadian Tire Centre.)


Other CIS match-ups this week –

Tuesday –  a big last second win for St. FX at home … X-Men 67  Cape Breton 66

Weds. in the OUA  / Quebec –  at # 4 McMaster  85   Laurier  75,   # 3 Ryerson  92 at Toronto 68  …  Laval  79 at UQ-Montreal 63

Thursday / Friday Games – Dalhousie at UPEI, Saint Marys at # 8 New Brunswick …  Bishops  at McGill,  UQ-Montreal  at Laval … Western at # 5 Windsor, Nipissing at Queens, Brock at Lakehead, Laurentian at York, Algoma at Waterloo

Saturday –

Dalhousie at UNB, Cape Breton at Memorial, St. FX at Acadia … McGill at Bishops … Laurier at Guelph, Laurentian at Queens, # 1 Carleton at  # 2 Ottawa, # 4 McMaster  at # 3 Ryerson, Brock at Lakehead, Nipissing at York, Algoma at Waterloo

Sunday – Cape Breton at Memorial


Overtime –

  •   Joe Scanlon, veteran Carleton Ravens chronicler, fills in some gaps for us about Saturday’s ‘Big Game’ – Apparently the tickets went on sale early in the season, and keen Ravens’ fans snapped them up on-line, so Carleton will have their supporters at Montpetit Hall. Over the break, Coach Dave Smart had his team , as is their custom, down in Florida for 2-a-day workouts and a few ‘scrimmages’ with local teams.     Carleton copy 2                                                           Joe tells us that Ottawa has now added Alex Ratte, a transfer shooting guard from Laurentian, to the active roster.  (“ … another three-point shooter on a team already packed with three point shooters”,  suggests Joe.) He points out that these squads may well face each other 4 times in the next 2 1/2 months – 2 OUA League games, Wilson Cup, and, maybe, in the CIS Final 8, again.  Scanlon, like many observers feels that these are the 2 best CIS teams, hands-down.  Being a ‘Blackbird fanatic’ as well as a prolific CU basketball writer, he also has understandable faith in Coach Smart’s ability to have his Ravens ready for the really big games.
  • Fraser Valley’s Sports Information guru, Dan Kinvig, reminds us that the 8-0 Cascades have a 22 game win streak in regular season Canada West play. Their last loss?  To this week’s visitors, the  Mt. Royal Cougars , 62-60  on November 15, 2013.
  • One of our faithful readers, the ‘Ice Man’ from B.C.,  points out that Douglas College, a top 10 CCAA team, beat UBC-O (57-53) in a game in Kelowna last week.  Then, the Heat turned around and waxed the Red Deer College Kings 92 – 61 later on the weekend. Here we go –  Coach Peter Guarasci’s 2-4 Heat beat MacEwan once and Mt. Royal once.  Well, in the Fall, Mt. Royal beat Alberta 67-48.  Alberta (4-5) have beaten Winnipeg (5-3), #6 Victoria (6-2) , then UVic  beats Alberta twice in League play … you know where this leads, yes?

Ottawa Lights Up the Huskies


Johnny Berhanemeskel and the Ottawa Gee-Gees will bring excitement to the Shoveller Tournament at Dal.

Johnny Berhanemeskel and the Ottawa Gee-Gees will bring excitement to the Shoveller Tournament at Dal.


 Gee-Gees  Scorch Saint Marys

Ottawa 115  Saint Marys 72 –   Just to clarify the wide chasm separating Ottawa – Carleton and 98% of all other CIS teams, the Gee-Gees have taken a spot in the Annual Rod Shoveller Memorial Tournament in Halifax.  ‘They do whut they do’, and it’s a 40 point game for the invading forces. 30-14, 57-35 … and on, and on ….  The ‘Ponies’ have 5 players in double figures, and 10 playing 11+ minutes. Johnny Berhanemeskel leads with 19, while Caleb Aqada hits 16 / 12 rebounds / 8 assists, and fouls out for good measure.  The G-Gs hit 54% from the floor, and still apply deadly force despite the 21/32 free throws for the Huskies vs just 9/12 for the visitors.  Osman Barrie has 17 points / 7 boards for Saint M.    Box Score

More scores from the Shoveller Memorial at Dalhousie –

St. FX  84  UPEI  82

McGill 84  Acadia  73

Dalhousie 89  Mt. St. Vincent  38

In the semis on Saturday it’s  St. FX  up against  Ottawa, and Dalhousie plays McGill.


More CIS scores –

Montana Western 96  Lethbridge 74

Hawaii Pacific 73  UBC  64 (Honolulu)

UNBC 91  Master’s College  90  OT

Vanguard U. (CA)  77  Fraser Valley  56


Earlier in the week – 

Northwest Univ.  70  Thompson R.  65, Rochester Coll. (MI) 68  Guelph  42

Rochester Inst. Tech (NY) 71  Brock 69,  Arizona Christian  100 UNBC  94

Northwestern Coll. (Iowa)  87  Fraser Valley  73,  Victoria  66  Westmont  (CA)  64


Overtime –

  •   Post championship game  (Wesmen Classic) reaction from the victorious coach –  “Otieno was unbelievable, a fifth-year guy who stood on his head, really,” said Golden Bears head coach and former Wesmen assistant Barnaby Craddock. “They played fantastic defense. They’re one of the top defensive teams in the country, so Otieno really was a guy that could create a shot for himself. We needed him to do that tonight, and he did.”  From a Winnipeg Sun article – Kirk Penton.
  • As the real ugly stuff hit on Friday, the UC Men’s and Women’s teams board the bus for Montana, with games scheduled at Montana Tech (Butte) on Saturday evening, then over to Helena to face Carroll College on Sunday afternoon.  (The quick trip may or may not give veteran team manager, Dean McCord, a chance to buy several dozen boxes of his favourite breakfast cereal and other healthy confections. Anything to declare?)