Quarter-Finals Set for Thursday Tip-offs

 

 

Quick turnaround for quarter-finals tip-offs

If you’re the TRU Wolf Pack, you will feel like visitors on your own campus, as you leave again on Wednesday for Calgary,  your 3rd road destination in as many weeks.  TRU were in Regina to finish League play, then last week a 3 game set in Brandon, finishing Sunday …  Monday a.m. on the road to Winnipeg, connecting flight through Calgary, and finally home to Kamloops.

TRU’s Scott Clark leads his ‘Pack to another play-off showdown with the Calgary Dinos.

The Wolf Pack face the #1 seeded Dinos starting Thursday in Calgary, a team they lost to in the Canada West Final last March.  Coach Scott Clark, speaking from the Calgary airport on Sunday afternoon, allowed, “This schedule is beyond our control, so we just deal with it. We are very proud of our young team, who responded very well to a tough atmosphere in Brandon, and fought off a very athletic Bobcats team.  Now we’ll go back and rest, do laundry, and look at some film.  We hope the guys will be just as fired up to face the Dinos, and we know it will be a challenge.”

The Manitoba Bisons were busy making last minute plane reservations as well, as the Herd head out to Vancouver to meet the UBC Thunderbirds.  Manitoba Coach Kirby Schepp tells us, “It’s hard to arrange the flights .  You don’t know if you have 2 or 3 games … we may have to wait until Monday to get back home.  It’s expensive!  Meanwhile UM is prepping to play what Schepp calls ” … the best team in our League right now.”

Lethbridge are chartering a bus to return to Edmonton, where they just finished League play against the same Alberta Golden Bears 2 weeks ago.  Well, not exactly the same Bears; we’re pretty sure the starters for both teams will be more prominent in this 1/4 Final than in their last regular season encounter.

The Winnipeg Wesmen will also board a highway cruiser for their series in Saskatoon against the U of S Huskies.  The Ws took 3 games to subdue the UFV Cascades, but looked sharp in the Saturday 84-59 clincher, as their deep perimeter talent ran away from Fraser Valley.  Saskatchewan awaits with their vaunted pair of posts, and a deeper back-court than they’ve had in past seasons.

Our detailed series previews on Wednesday.

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These are our choices, as we wait for the official list from the coaches voting.  Our 1st teamers are the ‘game changers’, and are most consistent at putting their stamp on the game.  Dejon Burdeaux does it all for the ‘Horns, while Thomas Cooper is a clutch scorer and rebounder for the Dinos.  Volodymyr Iegorov is the engine for TRU, with all the skills to turn pro. UBC’s Conor Morgan won the scoring title, and is having an amazing season.  Shane Osayande is a double-double almost every time he suits up for the Huskies.

Our 2nd team features U-Sports’ top 3 point shooter in Fraser Valley’s Manny Dulay, and the all-round value delivered by UBC vet, Jordan Jensen-Whyte.  Canada West’s top defensive disruptor and leading 3 pt % shooter is Calgary’s David Kapinga, while Manitoba’s Keith Omoerah fills a stat sheet with points / rebounds / assists. Josh Ross arrived as a transfer to MRU after an All-Canadian College career, and he gave the Cougars scoring, passing, and great rebounding.

Our 3rd team has the incredible ‘cross-over king’ Thadius Galvez of the Griffins, along with the Wesmen’s dynamic scoring guard, Denzel Lynch-Blair.  Grant Sitton stood tall for the Vikes during one of their tougher seasons, and Brandon Tull finished his career at Regina as a record setter for that school.  Austin Waddoups is one of 3 Bears who could be on our list, but his energy, creativity, and timely scoring have launched Alberta to greater heights.

There are certainly others worthy of recognition, but we have 15.  You may wish to mention more of your favourites.  Feel free to share them with us.                                 (All-rookies Wednesday)

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Julian Spear Chief – Morris, playing  for the Pronghorns. photo – UL Sports

Overtime –

  • Former Lethbridge Pronghorns star,  Julien Spear Chief – Morris was recently elected as the President of Harvard University’s Law School Legal Aid Bureau.  This  article from Harvard  explains the significance of this election.       Thanks to Manitoba Coach Kirby Schepp for passing this on to us.
  • The Victoria  Vikes made it to the CIS Nationals in 2012-13,  2013-14 and 2014-15, and were in the semi-finals in March of ’14 and ’15.  But 2 straight years with a 9-11 League record, missing play-offs last year, then bowing out in round 1 this campaign has Vikes supporters ‘concerned’.   14 year Head Coach, Craig Beaucamp, who has a 70% winning average in Canada West play, and is a 5 – time CW Coach of the Year is determined to get UVic back on top.  ““There are no quick fixes,” said Beaucamp. “It is going to take time. You can’t panic. You can’t just blow it up . Our current group has to get better.  We have a good core and I like it, but we need help. We are small up front. To be honest, we need to add to the mix.”    More on the Vikes’ plans this Times – Colonist  article by Cleve Dheensaw 

 

Manitoba Returns to Wesmen Final

 

Bears vs Bisons for the 50th Wesmen Classic title

 

Bisons Keith Omoerah has a big night in their win over Winnipeg     photo- Bisons Athletics

Manitoba 60  Winnipeg 55 –  (Semi #1)  With the basket a thimble to many teammates and opponents in the City war, the Bisons Keith Omoerah scores 17 points and snares 25 rebounds for a winning double-double.  Amarjit Basi collected 14 points/ 6 rebounds to help the Herd, who win shooting just 26.5% from the floor.   This was, however, better than the 25.5 % from the home side, with  William Sesay scoring just 10 pts as high man for the Wesmen to go with 8 rebounds.  Manitoba benefits from 19/22 shooting from the line vs 9/14 for UW. Box Score 

#8 Alberta 82  Victoria  76 – (Semi #2) The Bears’ win the 4th quarter 28-20 and grab the game largely through the efforts of their ‘Big 3’.  Mamadou Gueye led with 21pts, and Austin Waddoups  scored 19 points including  5 treys plus 6 asst. Brody Clarke had a big double of  18 pts/11 boards. Grant Sitton and Wayne Tucker Jr scored  15 points apiece for the Vikes, who were out-shot 44% to 40% from the floor.  UVic played well in the 3rd quarter to come from behind to take a 2 point lead into the final 10, but Alberta were hot to finish.   Box Score  

 

Lakehead’s Bacarius Dinkins posts a double-double.

Lakehead 67  Brandon 47 –  This low-scoring affair has the T’Wolves pulling away in the 3rd quarter, with 25 points.  The ‘Cats are sluggish, and reply with just 22 for the entire 2nd half.  Bacarius Dinkins logs a double of 13 pts/ 10 rebounds for the ‘Wolves, and Mor Menashe scores 16.  Three Bobcats with 6 apiece, as the team shoots 30% from the floor. Box Score

Regina 78  Algoma  74 –  This game is a real see-saw, as Algoma, despite shooting just 31% for the game, is up 3 after 3/4s.  Regina comes back in a contest which saw 25 lead changes.  the Cougars are 50% from the field, but are forced to the wall by the T’Birds hitting 14 of 40 from 3 point range vs 7/21 for UR. Alex Igual does it all for Regina with 20 pts/ 10 rebs/ 8 assts. , while Brian Ofori adds 15 pts/ 6 boards.  Algoma have Sean Clendenning and Callum White with 12 pts apiece.   Box Score 

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UNBC shocks Citadins in UQAM Tournament opener …. Classique Olga Hrycak at UQAM, Montreal 

Vaggelis Loukas has a big role in the T’Wolves win at UQAM

UNBC  Timberwolves 86   UQAM  Citadins 80  –  A shocker for the home team, as the under-rated T’Wolves fight back from 10 down in the opening quarter, and score 49 in the final 20 to snatch the opening day win. Shooting a sizzling 53% from the floor, and cashing 22/32 free throw attempts, UNBC overcame a 26 -21 turnover fest, and 45-30 rebounding deficit.  For the ‘Wolves Rhys Elliott struck for 27 points on 9/13, while Vaggelis Loukas had a terrific game himself, with 17 points and 12 big rebounds.  Charles Miller scored 22 for the Citadins, and Ibrahim Sylla posted a double of 13 pts/ 10 rebounds.   Box Score 

In the 2nd game at UQAM …  Memorial Seahawks 77  Guelph Gryphons 66

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Shoveller Memorial in Halifax –

#10 Dalhousie  Tigers 85  Mt. Royal Cougars 67 –  The Tigers come out firing, and dominate the Cougars from the opening tip. 4 Dal shooters reach double digits, with 18 pts/ 7 rebs from Kashrell Lawrence, and the same by Jarred Reid. The Tigers are 52.5% from the floor vs MRU’s 45.6%, and the home side hit 13 treys to 9 for the Cougars.  Derek Wolf scores 22 points on 9/15 for MRU, and Josh Ross has 14 plus 11 boards.  An obviously hobbled Brett Layton played limited minutes for the Cougars, scoring 6 points/ 4 rebounds.  Box Score 

#4 Ottawa Gee Gees 102 UPEI  Panthers 88 

St. FX X-Men 84 Acadia Axemen  69

Saint Marys 89  Queens Golden Gaels 86  OT

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#3  Calgary  81 at Rocky Mountain College  72- The Battlin’ Bears could not match the visiting Dinos tonight as Thomas Cooper led UC with a double of 19 points/ 10 rebounds.  He got plenty of help with 11 players scoring for Calgary, including 18 by Mambi Diawara, who nailed 4 big free throws in the last minute. Calgary shot 47% from the floor to 43% for Rocky, and the Dinos 16/22 from the foul line were key to the win.  Calgary finishes this trip South with a game against the highly regarded Montana-Western Bulldogs on Friday.

at  Phoenix JC  75  #2 UBC  73  

  Thompson Rivers 97  West Coast Baptist  94 

also –  Rochester Coll. (MI)  95 Waterloo 71 ,  UNB 97 Holland Coll. 91

 

 

Overtime –

  • Here are the latest NAIA (smaller schools) National rankings for some of these schools in action against Canada West squads this Holiday season .  #9 Arizona -Christian , #11 Hope International (CA) , #16 Carroll College (MT) , #23  Montana St.

    Julian Spearchief-Morris plans to turn pro … at Law.

    -Northern , #24  Vanguard U. (CA) .  Also receiving votes – Montana-Western.

  • Our man, Dave Wells reports from the Lethbridge-  MtSt-N  game last night, where he spotted  …  “ Julian Spearchief-Morris, a grad of LCI and the U of L (after a brief fling at UVic)  is midway through his Harvard Law Degree studies. “  As Dave says, Julian was always a strong student, and could have played in the Ivy League, perhaps.  The Pronghorns program is pretty proud to hold him up as an example of the benefits of the CIS – U-Sport.