The draw is now set for the Canada West Final 4 to be held in Calgary next weekend. The Alberta Golden Bears were the final team to qualify, with their 3rd game win on Saturday over the Lethbridge Pronghorns. The #3 seeded Bears will play the early game on Friday, March 3 against the #2 Saskatchewan Huskies. The top seed Calgary Dinos will be up against the Manitoba Bisons, who took out the heavily -favoured UBC Thunderbirds 2 straight in Vancouver in the 4/5 quarter-final.
Bears bury Pronghorns with avalanche of long bombs
#8 Alberta 107 Lethbridge 84 – Alberta fills the air with long-range shots, and scores an incredible 69 first half points, to settle the affair rather suddenly. Shooting 52% from the floor for the game, the Bears have 14 treys in that half, and finish with 19/39 on the night. The Pronghorns could not stop or match the Bears firepower, as they did not get the same offensive production as fans saw in their OT win on Friday.
4th year guard Geoff Pippus came off the bench and found his range early, accounting for a game- high 26 points on 8/14 from beyond the arc, plus 6 rebounds. Austin Waddoups was another hot shooter for the GBs, connecting on 5/10 from outside in scoring 21 points. Mamadou Gueye had a double of 12 points/ 12 boards and added 4 assists, while guard Ivan Ikomey nailed all 6 shots, with 4 of those from 3 pt range for 16 points.
U of L are led by 21 points/ 8 rebounds by Elliott Sentance, and 15 points from guard, Dejon Burdeaux. Alberta heads to Calgary next week for the Canada West Final 4, where they will meet the Saskatchewan Huskies in one semi- final next Friday. Box Score
In the East – Saturday
OUA Quarter Finals – at #1 Carleton 89 McMaster 50, at #3 Ryerson 87 Nipissing 62, at #4 Ottawa 93 Laurentian 81, at #5 Brock 80 Toronto 59
The Ontario Wilson Cup Final 4 will be in Ottawa on Fri/Sat, with Carleton vs Brock , and Ottawa vs Ryerson. The OUA Final and 3rd place game are the next afternoon.
Atlantic – at St. FX 94 UPEI 93 , St Mary’s 70 at Cape Breton 66 , Memorial 84 at Acadia 74 . The Quarter-Finals in Halifax next Friday will see Acadia and Memorial in one contest, and St. Mary’s and St. FX in the other. Those winners will play the 2 top seeds , UNB and Dalhousie on Saturday, the 4th, with the championship final going Sunday.
Quebec – Concordia 75 Laval 63, UQAM 78 Bishops 69 . Top seeded McGill will host the RSEQ Tournament in Montreal starting Friday as well – The Redmen meet 4 seed, Laval, in one game, and Concordia plays UQAM in an all-Montreal affair in the other semi. The Quebec Final goes Saturday.
- CW Women’s 1/4 Finals on Saturday – at #6 Winnipeg 92 Victoria 65, at # 8 Saskatchewan 78 Fraser V. 69 So their Final 4, to be played at Saskatchewan next weekend. The draw –
- Saskatchewan point man, Alex Unruh, on the Huskies’ elimination of
Winnipeg in the 1/4 Finals. “It feels good,” said Unruh, who was pressed into a bigger role after an injury Friday to Jaylan Morgan. “Those guys (Wesmen) are a good team. We played them in the regular season straight up and what we wanted to do is try and get it done in two, so, yeah, it feels good and I’m just happy I was able to contribute the way that I did.” (From a Star-Phoenix article by Darren Zary.)
- Calgary’s David Kapinga , on the Dinos’ tough task in getting by a very competitive TRU squad, “I think it was about slowing down Iegorov for the other team,” Kapinga said. “He’s a beast, he’s a beast. He did it all, crazy shots from NBA range, finding his teammates. Johny Verrone did a very good job slowing him down, especially in the second half, and with stops comes transition and that’s what we’re really good at.” From a story in the Calgary Sun by Rita Mingo