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Changing of the Guard in Canada West ?

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After watching all 3 of Victoria, Alberta, and Saskatchewan absorb two losses each this past weekend, we find ourselves in the ‘New Order’ of Canada West Basketball.  These three teams  have figured prominently in Canada West and CIS hoops for years past;  the last 5 Canada West championship games were won by –  2015 – Victoria over Saskatchewan, 2014 – Alberta over Victoria, 2013 – UBC over Victoria, 2012 – Alberta over Fraser Valley, 2011 – UBC over Saskatchewan.

 The T-Birds are still good bets to be in the Final 4, and, of course, host the CIS Nationals, but what of the Bears, Vikes, and Huskies?  It would seem unlikely, or even shockingly improbable for all 3 strong programs to have such a difficult year.  We certainly think U of A and UVic still have playoff shots, but U of S has faded too far South;  graduation of key players, injuries, and defections have conspired to reduce these teams to chasers rather than the leaders they had been for so long.

We suspect they will all be back next season with their usual competitive squads, but, for now, they have given way to ‘upstart teams’, like Calgary, Lethbridge, Manitoba, and Thompson Rivers.  We have 3 weeks of play remaining in both Divisions, and it’s highly likely that we may have a very different slate of teams competing in the Final 4 come March 11-12.

Four Series Sweeps Change the Standings

Manitoba copyWe had 5 series in the Pioneer last weekend, as the 6 Explorer teams and the UC Dinos had the weekend off. We saw movement away from the middle of the standings by several teams, as 4 of these series’ ended with 2-game sweeps.
> Manitoba has officially exorcised their 2nd half of the season ghosts of past years; they pounce all-over the Regina Cougars, 89-82 and 77-63, and sit at 11-5.
> Across town, the Winnipeg Wesmen prepared themselves for the ‘Red River Rivalry’ series by dispatching a scrappy U of S Huskies squad 81-77 and 81-72 to win their 6th in a row for a 9-5 mark.
> At Lethbridge, the short-benched Bears were trounced by a running, pressing Pronghorns team, who used 2nd half onslaughts to dispatch their Northern rivals 93-61 and 88-62.
> In their brand-spanking -new Carsa Centre, the ‘rebuilding‘ Victoria Vikes were sorely pressed to stay anywhere near the visiting UBC Thunderbirds.  UBC took both games with unusual ease … 79-51 and then 86-67.
> It was fitting that both Brandon (Friday) and Trinity Western (Saturday) got their first wins of the season in their series in Langley.  No playoff chances, but the shut-out is averted!

Top Performers last weekend –

Keith Omoerah is a difference-maker for the Herd this season.

Keith Omoerah is a difference-maker for the Herd this season.  photo- Bisons Athletics

  • Keith Omoerah may not have a big ’S’ on his chest, but he should have !  Keith’s return to the Bison Herd has put this team on a path for championship contention, with his rebounding, scoring, and defensive effort.  16 points / 14 rebounds/ 6 assists on Friday, then 18 boards plus 12 points, 3 asst, 4 steals in the Saturday win. Oh, and we might mention A.J. Basi’s  significant sharp-shooting role … 27 points Friday, and Jonathan Alexander chipping in both nights for totals of 26 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Winnipeg’s  Denzel Lynch-Blair has to be in the  all-star discussion, with yet another week of multiple contributions for UW, with 49 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists, and 12 steals.  Nicely done, young man !  Ryan Oirbans with his rebounding and a 29 point night on Saturday from Jelane Pryce pace the Ws to a sweep.
  • Brandon Brine hits 37 points, with a scoring frenzy at home for the ‘Horns on Friday, then Jared Baker takes over on Saturday, hitting 3s everywhere, and scoring 17 points / 5 assists.  Lethbridge has a ‘not-so-secret-weapon’, however;  Dejon Burdeaux, back to ‘match-fitness’ is a dominant force at both ends of the floor … 31 points over 2 nights, to go along with 16 assists and 12 steals off the very effective UL press.
  • UBC has a varied attack, as they get 8 players contributing in both definitive victories at UVic … their depth is apparent, when their scoring leader Conor Morgan has a quieter weekend, but rookie Taylor Browne steps up with 15 points/ 4 reb, 3 asst on Saturday, while the night before David Wagner returned to the ‘Birds line-up with 12 points/ 6 rebounds.
Lucas Mannes sparks TWU win on Saturday.

Lucas Mannes sparks TWU win on Saturday. photo – TWU Athletics

A round of applause for the TWU Spartans’ Lucas Mannes with his tour de force of 56 points/12 reb/14 asst/6 steals; his teammate Kelvin Smith chimes in  with 49 points/ 14 rebounds/ 5 steals.   Brandon’s Earl Thompson pots 37 points / 19 rebounds in the split series, and the Bobcats’ rookie, Pookie Saunders, gets our attention with a combined 39 points /12 boards / 10 asst/ 5 steals.




 CIS Scores  on Sunday –  
Atlantic –   UPEI  97  at Cape Breton   80  … a split of their weekend pair, leaving the Panthers (10-4) in a 1st place tie with Dalhousie, and the Capers (7-6) scratching for a playoff spot, back in 5th spot .


Overtime –   

  • UBC are wanting to try and duplicate the feat of the 1982 UVic Vikes under Coach Ken Shields, who won the CIS Championship at Memorial Arena in Victoria that season, the 3rd of 7 straight for the Vikes.  The Birds don’t yet have that kind of roll going, but UBC Coach Kevin Hanson wants to start this March !
  • As for the 7-9 Vikes, Coach Craig Beaucamp says , “We’re trying to stay up in a down time.  There is so much left to play for. We’ve got a good nucleus and can’t lose sight of the big picture. We can still make some noise.” From the Victoria Times-Colonist, Cleve Dheensaw
  • Speaking of the U of A Golden Bears , who his UL team beat twice last weekend in Lethbridge, “They’re a banged up group,” said Horns coach Mike Hansen. “It’s a reversal of fortune. We limped up there last season and lost and this time it was their turn to have a bunch of injured guys. Our guys played great D all weekend,” said Hansen. “Jared Baker and Dejon Burdeaux at the top of our press were great both games.”  From Dylan Purcell in the Lethbridge Herald.

Winnipeg Teams Defend Home Courts


Jelane Pryce is big in the Wesmen win, as both Winnipeg schools finish of home sweeps on Saturday.

Jelane Pryce is big in the Wesmen win, as both Winnipeg schools finish off home sweeps on Saturday.


at Manitoba 77  Regina  63 –   The Herd rumble to a most convincing shut-down of the visiting Cougars, and get the sweep to improve to 11-5 for the season. Up by 15 at the half, the Bisons widen the gap in the 3rd, then waltz home with the W.  Regina just not in this one, as they hit only 28% from the floor, and are unable to take advantage of a generous 26 Manitoba turnovers. All 5 UM starters score in double digits, led by Keith Omoerah, who also claims 18 rebounds, 3 asst, 4 steals . Jonathan Alexander has a double of 12 points and 11 boards. Aaron McGowan is off the bench with 11 points / 5 asst  for the Cougars, who also have Jonathan Tull with 12, and Travis Sylvestre adding 10. Regina slips to 8-6, with UVic, Calgary, and Saskatchewan left.    Box Score

at Winnipeg  81 Saskatchewan  72 –  With foul trouble hanging over several players in the 4th quarter, the Huskies lost the lead they had for most of the game, as Winnipeg hit 11 points in the final minute from the foul line.  The foul shots really did determine the outcome as the home team shot  27/35, while the visiting Huskies had just 6/10.  Jelane Pryce, with 29 pts / 10 rebounds, and Denzel Lynch-Blair’s 27, with 5 reb/ 6 asst/ and 5 steals  filled the scoresheet for the Ws.  William Sesay added 11 boards, 3 assists, and 2 steals to help Winnipeg to the sweep. Shawn Lathan was good for U of S, with his 19 points/ 5 rebounds, and Mack Burns  grabbed all of 15 rebounds. The Wesmen move up to 9-5, in the thick of the playoff race, with 4 more home games coming up, while Saskatchewan are 4-10, with prospects fading rapidly.  Box Score

at Lethbridge  88  Alberta 62  –   Deja vu for the Bears and Pronghorns, as the home side takes a 5 point lead into the half, then steps up the pace to pull away quickly in the 3rd, with a 25-9 pasting. The U of A cannot match the 52% shooting of the ‘Horns, and the Bears relatively inexperienced back-court cough it up 29 times to add to the agony. Four U of L starters in double figures, with 21 points, 8 assists, 4 steals by import guard, Dejon Burdeaux, and 17 points/ 5 asst by senior guard Jared Baker, who is 5/7 from outside.  Alberta shoots only 33% from the floor, but go to the line for 25/32, as Mamadou Gueye counts 19 points/ 7 rebounds. Lethbridge get to 9-5 with the weekend double over Alberta (7-8), and the ‘Horns travel to Calgary next week to play the 12-3, first place Dinos.   Box Score

# 9  UBC  86 at Victoria 67  –   The UBC offensive power puts the Vikes away for a 2nd straight night, as the home team finds it tough to get inside hoops against the ‘Birds size.  Vic works hard at the defensive end, but the relentless attack by the Thunderbirds (12-4) proves decisive.  53-34 at half-time leaves little doubt as to the result, with UBC hitting 55% from the floor to only 36% for the Vikes. A team effort from the ‘Birds, with 3 players – Jordan Jensen-Whyte (7rebs), Philip Jalalpoor (5 boards), and 1st year guard, Taylor Browne (4 reb, 3 asst, 6/6 shooting) scoring 15 points apiece, then 2 others  with 12.  Victoria (7-9) never threatens, but get Mack Roth with a good shooting night (7/13) at 16 points, and Reiner Theil working hard for 6 rebounds and 13 points.    Box Score

A 36 point effort from Lucas Mannes leads Trinity to their 1st win on Saturday.

A 36 point effort from Lucas Mannes leads Trinity to their 1st win on Saturday.

 at Trinity Western 87 Brandon  78 –  Trinity uses home court on Saturday, and finally land their elusive 1st win of the season, after having come close at least a couple of previous times. A 52 point feast in the 2nd half allows the Spartans to overcome a 3 point half-time deficit, as they shoot 49% on the night to Brandon’s 40%.  Lucas Mannes had a terrific game for TWU, as he scores 36 points/ 6 reb/ 5 asst/ 5 steals, and Kelvin Smith adds 18 points / 9 boards.  Brandon’s rookie guard, ’Pookie’ Saunders, leads the ‘Cats with 21 points/ 7 asst/ 6 rebounds.  Box Score





CIS Scores  on Saturday –
Atlantic –   at Cape Breton  77  UPEI   63, at #10 Dalhousie 87 Acadia 68,  at UNB 108  Memorial 90,  Saint Marys 82  St. FX 69
Quebec – #7 McGill  at Bishop’s ,  at UQAM 98 Laval 97,
Ontario –  #1 Ryerson 97 at Nipissing 68, at #2 Ottawa 91 York 61,  at #3 Carleton 99 Queen’s 81, Guelph 80 at Algoma 60, at Laurentian 75 Toronto 74, at Lakehead 74        #4 McMaster  72 , Western 81 Laurier 60,  Windsor 86  Waterloo 58

‘Horns Trample Bears in Second Half


Brine Burns Bears … huge 2nd half for the 5th year Aussie

Brandon Brine's career night carries Lethbridge to a win over Alberta.

Brandon Brine’s career night carries Lethbridge to a win over Alberta.    photo – UJ Athletics

at Lethbridge 93  Alberta  61 –  A decisive 32-14 Lethbridge outburst in the 3rd quarter breaks this one open after U of A led 39-38 at the half. Alberta all but disappears in the 4th, with Bears starters on the bench and the ‘Horns running free. Brandon Brine has a field day for UL, with 37 points on 7/9 from 3 point range;  Lethbridge (8-5) is 51% from the floor to 36% for an over-matched U of A crew, who are playing with an obvious lack of depth.   Dejon Burdeaux returns to the line-up for UL, and tallies10 points along with an amazing 8 steals, 8 assists,  as his defense puts heavy pressure on the Alberta guards.  Lyndon Annetts started well for the Bears (7-7), and was their high man, with 20 points, while Colby Jackson scored 10 and counted 5 assists. Both of U of A’s ‘scoring forwards’, Mamadou Gueye and Brody Clarke played limited minutes, and were well below their usual offensive totals.  Box Score


at Manitoba 89  Regina 82 –   The Bisons  get the big hoops in the 4th from

A.J. Basi pilots the Bisons to their 10th win, as they defeat Regina.

A.J. Basi pilots the Bisons to their 10th win, as they defeat Regina.     photo – Bisons Athletics

Jonathan Alexander,  A.J. Basi, and Keith Omoerah, and Regina cannot hit from the outside to overtake the Herd.  Basi seals it with free throws, as UM moves up to 10-5, and still in the race for top spot.  Regina (8-5) mount a determined come-back, after trailing 50-35 at the break, and they come within 2-3 points on several occasions, but never get the defensive stops in the final minutes. Basi riddles the Cougars defense with 27 points, with 5/10 from outside, while Omoerah is strong with his 16 point / 14 rebound / 6 assist effort.  Big Stephen Shields holds the Cougars in the game with his 21 points and 8 rebounds (10/11 from the floor), and Brandon Tull scores 15 / 9 boards / 3 assists.  Jonathan Tull, Will Tallman, and  Aaron McGowan, all keys to Regina’s fine play recently, had off- nights in this one, as they shoot a combined 6/28 from the field.  Box Score

at Winnipeg 81 Saskatchewan  77 –  It was nervous time for the Wesmen, as they got everything that Saskatchewan had, except for the free throws.  The Huskies, with a depleted line-up , played one of their best games of the year, but could not convert on free throws down the stretch, and it allows Winnipeg (8-5) to wriggle off the hook.  UW hit 11 treys to 10 for Sask., and cashed 14/18 from the line vs 9/16  for the Dogs. Saskatchewan was a solid 46% from the floor, and narrowly won the rebounding, but were hurt by 18 turnovers to just 10 from the home team. Ryan Oirbans was huge for Winnipeg with his double of 14 points, punctuated by 11 valuable rebounds, while Jamar Farley also had 14 points plus 6 boards and 5 assists. The high scorer for the Wesmen was Denzel Lynch-Blair with 22, and he added 7 rebounds and 7 assists to post another impressive game.  The Huskies  (4-9) had 4 in double figures, with 12 points / 9 rebounds by Shane Osayande, and 18 points by rookie guard Chan DeCiman.  Box Score


# 9 UBC 79 at Victoria  51 –   A  steam-roller job by the visiting Thunderbirds, as UVic’s offense struggles, and the ‘Birds (11-4) run away with it in the final 10 minutes. Seldom has a Vikes team looked as shaky at the defensive end, and the T-Birds’ 45-26 control of the boards was a big factor as well.  It was UBC 48% and UVic 36% from the floor, and the T-Birds getting the ball inside for 18/24 free throws vs just 7/13 for UVic. Four UBC starters in double digits, with Phil Jalalpoor hitting 16 points plus 7 rebounds, and Conor Morgan scoring 15 plus 7 rebounds as well. The Vikes Grant Sitton scored 13, but played only 17 minutes, as Victoria drops to 7-8 on the year.  Box Score

Brandon 98 at Trinity Western 87 –  A blitz by the Bobcats in the 2nd half, as their offense clicks for 51 points, and all 5 starters hit double figures.  The ‘Cats shoot 49% to 41% for Trinity, and it’s a demoralizing defeat for the home team, as they now sit as the only ones without a Canada West win this year.  Earl Thompson Jr. is the top ‘Cat with his 24 points and 10 big boards for a winning double-double. Big forward, John Paul, has a strong game in the paint, with 5 blocked shots and 9 boards to go with 12 points for Brandon (1-12) .  Kelvin Smith laid it all out for TWU, as he posted 31 points on 11/21 from the floor, while Lucas Mannes added 20 points, but shot only 7 for 24 on the night. Box Score



CIS Scores –
Quebec on Thurs –  McGill 79  Bishops 66,  Laval  90  UQAM  77

 Friday –  Ontario – # 1 Ryerson  86 at Laurentian 62, at #2 Ottawa 76 Queen’s 60 ,               at # 3 Carleton 96  York 53 , at Lakehead 73  # 4 Mc Master 67  (From afar, one gets the impression that playing at Lakehead  may be giving away 10-15 point right off the top.  We know they have great fans, and it’s a tough atmosphere. ‘Down go the Marauders’ !   We might equate it with the AUS ‘Mainlanders’ making the road trip to ‘The Rock’.  Memorial has a wee bit of a home advantage as well ! )  Toronto 73 at Nipissing 69,

Overtime –   

  •  UBC Coach, Kevin Hanson announced the signing go top recruit, Izaiah Ugoalah, 6-5 wing man, who is playing at Winston Churchill HS (Vancouver), after having spent  a ‘prep year’ at Sunrise Christian Academy, Kansas. “We are thrilled to announce the signing of Izaiah. He is a blue chip athlete with huge potential,” said Hanson. “With his length and athleticism, he has the ability to be an impact player at both ends of the court.”  With options to play and study in the U.S. and Canada, the young man chose to remain home, and play at UBC.  Izaiah said, “I’ve been at Drive (Academy, Richmond/Vancouver)  since the fourth grade with Pasha Bains, and he’s a coach at UBC. It felt right. I left my Grade 11 year (for Kansas) and I found out how much l really loved the city of Vancouver and how much I missed it.”          (From UBC Athletics)
  • Manitoba Bisons’ Coach, Kirby Schepp, talking about his team’s pursuit of a playoff spot in an ultra-competitive Pioneer Division, “You know it from the beginning, because of the parity of our league,” Schepp said. “You try to impress that on the players in the very first weekend of the year… now it’s sort of setting in. There’s a loss or two separating about five teams.”   In this article by Melissa Martin in the Winnipeg Free Press.




Hot Teams, Hot Shots !


 Hot Teams – Hot Players … 1st Week of CW  play in January

The UBC Thunderbirds sweep Lethbridge and claim 1st in the Pioneer after the return to play in Canada West for the New Year. photo - Jeremy Johnson-Silvers : The Ubyssey

#6, Jordan Jensen-Whyte and his  UBC Thunderbirds sweep Lethbridge and claim 1st in the Pioneer after the return to play in Canada West for the New Year.                                                  photo – Jeremy Johnson-Silvers : The Ubyssey


Hot Teams in the Pioneer –

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UBC swept our feature series with a couple of convincing wins over the Lethbridge Pronghorns in Vancouver. The Birds start the 2nd half by claiming sole possession of top spot, and may well be the odds-on favourites.
Calgary, in 2nd place,  takes a couple of nail-biters from a revitalized Saskatchewan team … both games could have gone either way, but the end game came out in the Dinos favour twice on home court.
Manitoba Bisons nab a split at UVic, and get back some momentum.  The Herd have a confident tone to their recent communications, and that win keeps them thinking positively. Regina Cougars add big Rawane Ndiaye, and they tack on their 3rd and 4th wins in a row to claim a tie in 3rd at 7-3.  If the big man can make a major impact, this may be a team to watch !
Winnipeg sweeps Brandon in a home and home, and the Ws are back to .500, and tenuously gripping the #7 playoff spot.


The Explorer Heats-Up !  –

Chris Mooney, MacEwan guard, drives vs UNBC.

Chris Mooney, MacEwan guard, drives vs UNBC.       photo  – UNBC Sports


Both of the favourites, the TRU Wolf Pack and the UFV Cascades tripped and fell on Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 1.56.40 PMSaturday.  The hot team for the weekend was the G’Mac Griffins, who secured 2 big road wins to move into a 3rd place tie with Okanagan.
The Heat ambushed the Wolf Pack in Saturday’s all-Okanagan tussle, and the ‘unbeatable aura’  fades away in a hurry.
Mt. Royal needed and got a glimmer of hope as they took advantage of a short-handed Fraser Valley team, and got a very useful and encouraging road win in a ‘weird’ finish Saturday.


Regina's Brian Ofori helps his team on and off the court last week!

Regina’s Brian Ofori helps his team on and off the court last week!   photo – GetMyPhoto.ca


Top 10 Players Last Week –

Brian Ofori, Reg. Cougars –  Our ‘Man of the Week’ !  He flies to NC to accompany his new teammate, ‘Pops’ Ndiaye, on a highway jaunt up to the ‘Great White North’ to begin the week. Then he brings his special ‘Energy -Blast’ game to the court on Saturday and Sunday … 17/15/ 4 blk  24 points, 21 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots coming off the bench in the Cougs bully job on the visiting TWU Spartans.

Brett Layton, MR Cougars – The mature rookie forward is the real deal for MRU, as his 18.7 ppg puts him 6th in Canada West scoring, and 11 rebs/game are 2nd in the League.  Rookie of the Year material, without doubt! The truly hot 6-8 post puts up 41 points and an astonishing 35 rebounds in the 2 game split at Fraser Valley.
Kevon Parchment, Cascades –   UFV may be reeling from their zany Saturday OT fiasco, but Parchment shows his unfaltering effort with 40 points, 30 rebounds, 9 assists, and 8 steals in the games vs Mt. Royal.  One of the very best in the League again this season.

Thomas Cooper , Dinos – The 6-5 import guard got a rough-ride from the U of S defenders, but, despite a lukewarm shooting weekend, he makes clutch points in the 4th quarter both nights to help UC grab the Ws. 43 points/ 16 rebounds/ 10 assists for the weekend.

Denzel Lynch-Blair, Wesmen – The fiery shooting guard brings it in Brandon – 25 points, 5 rebs, 3 asst, 2 steals … then he produces in the ‘return bout’ in Winnipeg on Saturday, with 19 points, 7 boards, and 5 helpers.  The Ws need his best, and he delivers the heat this past week.

Shane Osayande ,   Huskies –  Just what the Dr, ordered for the Sled Dogs!  The athletic, strong post man was a tower of strength inside, as he posted 2 game totals of 34 points and 31 rebounds.  His presence gives Saskatchewan a much tougher team as we get into  the playoff run.  They may be down, but don’t count them out just yet!

Phil Jalalpoor, T-Birds – The import point man starts to shine, as the ‘Birds rip Lethbridge down a couple of notches in the standings.  He is a strong floor leader, and tallies 32 points/ 7 rebounds, and 8 assists to help UBC to 2 home victories. He reps the other Thunderbirds, several of whom had excellent weeks!

Ryan May has a big weekend, as the Griffs sweep at Northern B.C.

Ryan May has a big weekend, as the Griffs sweep at Northern B.C.

Ryan May,  Griffins – This 6-6 , 5th year G-Mac forward (Daysland, AB)  played a big role in vaulting the Griffs into a 3rd place Explorer tie with 2 solid outings at UNBC.  His hot Saturday game with 24 points was critical in a 72-70 thriller, and he totaled 36 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assts.

Kelvin Smith, Spartans –  A steady, strong effort from Kelvin, even as his team continues to struggle. The L.A. native  piles up 41 points, 10 boards, and 6 steals, with great work at both ends of the court.

Grant Sitton, Vikes – In a split with Manitoba, the slender, slick, 6-7 Sitton is easily the top threat for the Vikes, with his 38 points and 20 boards for the 2 game set.


Sunday Game result from Regina –

at Regina  95 Trinity Western  60  –  The Cougars emphatically finish off the sweep of Regina copythe Spartans, with 11 treys to 3 for TWU, and a 30-10 pasting in the 2nd stanza.  6 Regina players reached 10 points or more, with 16 by Aaron McGowan off the bench, and 13 each from Alex igual and Will Tallman.  Stephen Shields had a nice 11 point/10 rebound double for the Cougs, who advance to 7-3 on the season. Trinity remains winless at 0-10, with another rough night, shooting just 34% from the floor and turning the ball over 21 times.  Kelvin Smith scored 19 points for TWU and Lucas Mannes had 16 plus 8 rebounds.  Box Score

Other CIS Scores –
Atlantic –  Acadia  75  at  Memorial 73


Overtime –

  • Well, so much for easing into the line-up … On Sunday in Regina, playing in his 2nd game since arriving by car from his home in Raleigh, NC, Rawane Ndiaye, the 6-10 import  transfer from U. Tennessee,  scored 9 points/ 5 rebounds against the TWU Spartans.   He played 10 minutes on Saturday, and 15 on Sunday.
  • It was a raucous environment at Calgary’s Jack Simpson Gym on Saturday night, as the Bell All Star Challenge visited Calgary.  The NBA road show, a promotional tour pumping-up the Toronto Raptors hosting of the February 14  NBA All Star game, drew a packed house of many young community and school players and their families and friends.  Contests, give- aways, celebrity appearances, and OKC Thunder dancers livened up the evening. Great for promoting the game, the CIS, minor basketball. Thanks to the  NBA, Bell Canada, Air Miles, and UC.  The Bell All Star Challenge Tour continues with upcoming events scheduled for – both Windsor and Saint Marys-Halifax, Jan. 16 – then U. Alberta and UBC, Jan. 23 – Carleton and Bishop’s on Jan. 30 – finishing at U. Toronto on Feb. 6.  Local winners will receive all-expenses paid trips to Toronto to compete in the finals as part of the NBA All-Star weekend.
  • Here’s a ‘doff of the toque’ to long-time fans of Canada West Basketball …
    Dennis Kadatz, former UC Athletic Director and Football Coach, with his wife, Denise.

    Dennis Kadatz, former UC Athletic Director and Football Coach, with his wife, Denise.

    So many supporters for the many teams in our League have been witnesses to game action from Vancouver Island to Winnipeg for decades.  On the weekend in Calgary, we saw and talked with many veteran fans, including  Spero and Georgia Leakos, who now reside in Calgary, but who are lifetime Saskatchewan Huskies supporters. Spero, for many years the score-keeper for U of S home games,  was the long-time owner of the classic ‘Commodore Cafe’ in downtown Saskatoon, and he and Georgia made a great effort to come out to see the Sled Dogs play the Dinos. Many other notables including Jack Neumann, Dennis and Denise Kadatz,  Peter and Liz Connellan, Teresa and Don Maxwell, Skip Morgan, Ken Myhre, and Ken Parent .

UBC-O, MRU Claim Upset Wins

Explorer Division Leaders Get Dusted Saturday

Aldrich Berrios leads the Heat to a big home win.

Aldrich Berrios leads the Heat to a big home win.

at UBC-Okanagan   62  Thompson Rivers 57  –   UBC-O shock the Explorer leaders with a great team defensive effort, as they even their record to 5-5, and drop TRU back to 8-2. The Heat stifle the TRU attack in the final frame, limiting the ‘Pack to only 7 points.  The home team also win the rebound battle against the bigger Wolf Pack 40-37, and hit 10 treys to just 3 for the visitors. Aldrich Berrios was the top scorer for the Heat with 18, including 4 treys, and Mitch Goodwin added 15 with 3 long bombs. Thompson Rivers shot just 36% , and had Volodymyr Iegorov with 13 as their leader. Box Score

Mt. Royal  86  at Fraser Valley   71   OT –  A huge win for MRU (3-7), as they blitz the

Brett Layton wears out the UFV defense in a big Cougars win Saturday.

Brett Layton wears out the UFV defense in the Cougars OT win on Saturday.            photo – MRU Athletics

Cascades 20-5 in the extra frame. (The bigger story might be the strange ending to this game – see Overtime)  UFV hit 10 treys to the Cougars’  3, but the visitors cash 17 free throws compared to 11 for Fraser Valley (6-4), and the visitors win the rebounding over their bigger hosts 61-51, on a cold shooting night for both teams. Mt. Royal almost lost it at the line , as they hit just 44% of 36 chances. Brett Layton scored 22 points and had a monster 24 rebounds to lead MRU, and James Lefebvre contributed 19 points/ 5 boards. Manny Dulay was high for the home team with 19, including 5/7 from 3,  while Kevon Parchment rang up 12 points / 16 rebounds, and Vijay Dillon scored 18.  Box Score

MacEwan 72  at UNBC 70  –  The Griffins celebrate a hard-fought sweep at UNBC, as Thadius Galvez makes a buzzer -beating jumper for the  clutch win in game 2. Ryan May had a big night for Mac, as he scores 24 points / 6 rebounds, and Galvez tallies 13 points/ 4 assists .  MacEwan (5-5) is hot from the floor at 53%, while the T’Wolves are just 35% themselves. UNBC (3-7) stays close with a big 19/27 from the line vs 9/15 by the Griffins. Both Billy Cheng and Rhys Elliot score 17 for the Timberwolves. Box Score


T-Birds Sweep Pronghorns to Stay on Top of the Pioneer

Jordan Jensen-Whyte leads UBC to a 2nd win over Lethbridge this weekend.

Jordan Jensen-Whyte leads UBC to a 2nd win over Lethbridge this weekend.

at UBC  85  Lethbridge  79  –   This is a close one most of the way, as Lethbridge hangs tough, but can’t close the gap in the late stages. The sweep gives UBC a Pioneer Division lead at 8-2, and the ‘Horns return home with a 5-3 mark. UBC won this game at the foul line with 21-26 made against a mere 7/8 for the visitors. Both teams speed their scoring around with 5 players from each team scoring 10 or better, with Jordan Jensen-Whyte tops for the ‘Birds with 16 plus 7 assists, and Jared Baker notching 16 for the ‘Horns, who were out-rebounded 43-25 on the night. Box Score

at Calgary 83  Saskatchewan 78  –   Another grind- it -out type of game between these 2 teams , as it resembled Rugby more than basketball at times.  Fouls hurt Saskatchewan, as the Dinos go to the line 33 times and convert 27 (82%) vs 18/20 for the ‘Dogs.  Thomas Cooper hit 21 points and snared 9 boards for Calgary, and Josh Owen-Thomas had 18 points.  The Huskies have 5 players in double digits, including 14 points and 17 big rebounds from a most impressive Shane Osayande.  He got help from 15 points apiece by Jauquin Bennett-Boire and Chan DeCiman.  The Dinos move up to 8-3, while U of S drop further to 3-7. Box Score

Manitoba  65  at Victoria  59 –  This is not the score we might expect in a Bisons win over UVic, but it is big for Manitoba to get the split, as they give the Vikes only 24 points in the 2nd half. Victoria are ice cold from the floor at 31%, and shoot just 8/11 from the free throw stripe vs 17/31 for the Herd. Manitoba didn’t shoot it well either, at 36% from the floor. 17 each by A.J Basi and Justus Alleyn paced the Bisons (7-3), while Keith Omoerah worked hard for 15 rebounds, and U of M grabbed 56to UVic’s 39.  The Vikes (6-4) had 18 points from Mack Roth and 14 by Brandon Dunlop.   Box Score

at Regina  95 Trinity Western  72  –   The Cougars light -up the Spartans early, taking a 54-30 lead at the break, and putting it on auto-pilot in the final 20 minutes to secure their 6th win. 5 players in double figures for Regina with 18 points and 4 steals from Brandon Tull, and a superb 14 rebound/ 17 point game from Brian Ofori. TWU had trouble mounting an offence, as they hit just 31% from the floor. Kelvin Smith stood out for the Spartans as he registers 22 points and 5 rebounds. The 2nd game in this series is Sunday in Regina . Box Score

at  Winnipeg  80  Brandon  59 –  The Wesmen get the sweep of this home and home set, with Denzel Lynch-Blair their leading scorer again with 19 plus 7 rebs/5 assts. Jelane Pryce adds 17 for UW, who are now 5-5. Brandon fall to 0-8, as they shoot only 32% FG, and have earl Thompson Jr. as their high man with 11 points.  Box Score  


Other CIS Scores –
Atlantic – at UPEI   104  Saint Marys   82 , UNB 100  at St. FX  83 ,  at  Memorial  86  Acadia  83
Quebec –  Montreal  83 at Bishops  72
Ontario –  Western  at Guelph  ,  (Non-league)  McGill  70 at Queen’s  61 ,  at Brock  86  Windsor 79


Overtime –

  • An incredible, impossible ending to the Mt. Royal at Fraser Valley game  Saturday in Abbotsford; first for the last second, throw-it-up 3 pointer by Manny Dulay to get the Cascades into overtime.  But the true oddity was the foul out of 5 of the  8 players dressed by UFV, leaving them 3 on 5 against  the Cougars in the extra time. “We really didn’t know what to do”, said MRU Coach Marc Dobell. ” Our guard would dribble right to the hoop, and, because their guys didn’t want to foul (and forfeit) , they virtually let us score in the last 2 minutes.”  Not something we’ll see every day!

Wesmen Tourney, A True Classic



A popular semi-final

A popular semi-final for next Tuesday night would match the hometown Manitoba Bisons and the Winnipeg Wesmen.             photo –  Wesmen Athletics

The 49th Annual Winnipeg Wesmen Classic – Dec. 28-30

Who says Winnipeg is no fun in Winter? !  Hard -core hoops fans can take in the longest running university tournament in Canada, the Wesmen Classic, which runs next Monday-Wednesday, December 28-30.  Started as ‘The Golden Boy’ Tournament  in 1967 by the first Wesmen Coach, Vic Pruden, the name changed in 1977 to link it more closely with the U. of Winnipeg, and it has become a huge community highlight. The 8 – team University Tournament is the feature event, but there is much more for Winnipeg’s basketball followers at UW as part of the Holiday ‘hoop-fest’.wesmen5 copy

Athletic Director, Dave Crook, (who coached the Ws to a pair of ‘Classic’ titles) and his UW  Athletics staff are very busy, as they also host an 8 – team  High School Varsity tournament and a 16 – team Jr. Varsity tournament at their downtown campus as well.  The JVs competed on Dec. 11/12, and the finals go on Dec. 27. The HS Varsity play goes  from the 27th-30th, with their semi-finals and finals ‘rubbing shoulders’ with the CIS games at the Duckworth Centre. All results are available at www.wesmen.ca .

Here are the two halves of the draw, with games on opening night, Monday, Dec. 28 … Winnipeg looks to beat NAIT, and face the Lethbridge – Manitoba winner in one bracket.  On the other side,  Brandon hopes to improve on their record when they meet Lakehead, and MacEwan has a challenge with Acadia, who travel all the way from Wolfville, NS. (The Axemen are the busiest team in the CIS over the holidays, as they fly back home in time to play in the Shoveller Memorial as well.)

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Check out the biggest basketball party in Western Canada in this complete Wesmen Classic Media Guide. Some extras – ‘Santa’s High Flyin’ Slam Jam’ – one player from each university team … High school players are in the ‘Top Gun Shoot-out’, a 3-pt shooting contest. Every game in the University Classic will be web-cast on Canada West TV.


Overtime –


  • The Rod and Joan Shoveller Memorial Tournament, hosted by the Dalhousie Tigers in Halifax is another annual 8-team event, this year running Jan. 1-3.   Competing teams are Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s, UPEI, St. FX, Acadia, Concordia (Montreal), and Mt. St. Vincent. Details from Dal Sports
  • RTEmagicC_logo-Rouge-et-Or_pngThe Laval Rouge et Or Tournoi  is a 4- team round-robin tourney with the hosts, Laval, along with the  #7 Calgary Dinos, #1 Ottawa Gee-Gees, and the New Brunswick Reds – Dec. 28-30 at the Centre PEPS in the Quebec City suburb .
    (There is no web-cast of these games from Quebec).
  • The Trinity Western Spartans got in some pre-Christmas action down in Hootie-2Klamath Falls, Southern Oregon.  Sparties vs Oregon Tech – game one on Dec. 22 –  90-77 in favour of the  Oregon Tech Hustlin’ Owls … for TWU, Lucas Mannes (Chilliwack, B.C.) had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Kelvin Smith (Los Angeles) with 14 points and six rebounds.  In game 2 on Dec. 23, the Owls dominated in a 75-43 drubbing, as Tech Coach, Danny Miles, credits his ‘Hustlin’ Owls defense, which held the Spartans to just 29% from the floor.
    (Thanks to TWU’s Scott Stewart, Sports Information Director,for the recaps).
  • A good look around the CIS at the half-way mark of the season from North Pole Hoops’ Charles Blouin-Gascon, with comment on the continued fine play of Carleton and Ottawa, the emergence of McGill as a #3 ranked team from the’Q’, and Calgary’s Thomas Cooper as the top newcomer in Canada this year.

Topsy-Turvy Pioneer Division


Burdeaux Drives Pronghorns Along Winning Path

Deion Burdeaux is a one-man gang for the surging Pronghorns. photo - UL Athletics

Dejon Burdeaux is a one-man gang for the surging Pronghorns.    photo – UL Athletics


Hot and Not … This Past Weekend –

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Lethbridge Pronghorns get everyone’s undivided attention with 2 emphatic 'hornd copydismemberments of the visiting Victoria Vikes in L.A. last Friday and Saturday.   Their ‘combo-zone’ defense upset the Vikes rhythm, and the ‘Run With the ‘Horns offense’ ruined UVic’s defensive stat-line as well. The caution here, of course, is that U of L has 14 games in January and February, but for now, ‘Horns Nation’ is all fired up !

The Manitoba Bisons are tied on top with UBC after winning 2 at Brandon, their 4th straight;  the Herd are pumped up about the emergence of a deeper, more experienced, and more ‘ready for prime-time’ line-up.  Justus Alleyn and Keith Omoerah aren’t the headliners, but they, along with stars, AJ Basi and Wyatt Anders give U of M a real shot.  Their schedule in the 2nd half is very rugged, so nothing for granted yet!

The UBC T-Birds are the biggest team in Canada West, right through their playing roster, and they can intimidate with that size and their veteran play.  Their split in Calgary gave them reason to celebrate Friday’s solid win, then grimace on Saturday after Calgary ran away from them late. Jordan-Jensen Whyte has played with great intensity, and David Wagner is strong inside.  Can they find the chemistry to get as cohesive as they would want as the season wears on?

The Calgary Dinos are also a team showing signs of inconsistency, but, at their best, they are right there near the top rung.  Lars Schleuter, when’s aggressive on the boards and with his outside shot, can help UC grow into a championship contender.  The guards, Torrez McKoy, David Kapinga, and the redoubtable Thomas Cooper, can ratchet up the pressure and offensive pace.

The Alberta Golden Bears, getting some encouraging lead guard play from Colby Jackson, got 2 home wins to begin a hopeful crawl back ‘into the mix’.  The Saskatchewan Huskies bring in a ‘relief shooter’, Jonathan Karwacki, to ‘steal’ the 2nd win over the TWU Spartans, and may have saved their season with it.

The Victoria Vikes have to be asking themselves lots of questions after as discouraging a weekend as they’ve had in several seasons.  Lethbridge exposed some weaknesses on both ends, and UVic will need to have their vets pull everyone together.  The break may be exactly what they may need;  the Vikes are a long way from done, and are sure to respond.

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The Thompson Rivers WolfPack put themselves squarely in the role of  favourites in the Explorer, with as big a domination of the Fraser Valley Cascades as any team in recent memory.  The firepower increases, with Luke Morris asserting his role alongside Reese Pribilsky, Volodymyr Iegorov, and Josh Wolfram.  The ‘Pack look like a team headed for the Final 4 in Canada West , and maybe ….

The Fraser Valley Cascades will look forward to mid-February , when they get TRU in their own gym in Abbotsford.  They know they are not as bad as they may have felt after Saturday’s loss, and they’ll hope to get Nate Brown and Mark Johnson back for January games.

The 4 teams at .500 or below … Okanagan, Mac, Northern BC, and Mt. Royal … all had a ‘kiss your sister’ weekend.  Glass half- full or half-empty.  Let’s remember , third place is one definite playoff target, and 4th is nowhere.  Time left for everyone, but a couple of 2 -win weekends are a must for the Cougars, for example.

This week’s ‘Prime -Time Players’ –

Dejon Burdeaux has the 'Horns on the run !

Dejon Burdeaux has the ‘Horns on the run !

Dejon Burdeaux, Lethbridge –  is shooting 58.7 % from the floor, which would be solid for a post man, but it’s phenomenal, since he is a 6-0 guard !  He scores 15 ppg, as well as 3.8 assists and 3.8 steals; the  3rd year Oakland, CA import is a major ‘impact guy’ for this veteran ‘Horns team, at both ends of the court. Last weekend, in 2 home wins over Victoria, Burdeaux posted 44 points, 15 assists, 9 rebounds, and 9 steals … nicely done, young man!


Thomas Cooper, Calgary –  may be a permanent fixture on this weekly list of stand-outs, as he is consistently providing the Dinos with the scoring and rebounding he brings each night.How does 66 points and 17 rebounds sound for production from the 6-5 Chattanooga, TN native in Calgary’s split with UBC?  He continues to lead Canada West scorers – 27.5 ppg, and is 5th in rebounding at 8.8 rpg.

Mamadou Gueye, Alberta – this 6-7 wing man takes the Golden Bears on his back and carries them to a sweep over Regina, with his 57 points and 14 rebounds in the 2 game set.  There is lots of pressure on the Quebec native to give this young Bears team this type of leadership, and he appears to be up to the task!

James Lefebvre , Mt. Royal – the 5th year post man rallied his Cougars for a much-needled win over UNBC on Saturday, with his 24 point/10 rebound effort. He totals 37 points and 21 rebounds for the weekend, and MRU may still have life as he and fellow veteran, Derek Wolf, point them in the right direction.

Luke Morris, T. Rivers –  Yet another member leaps out from the ‘Pack !  Morris has his best career weekend, by far, as TRU whips up on rivals UFV to claim first in the Explorer. The 6-4 Mission, BC product totals 38 points and 25 rebounds, and gives the Wolves yet another weapon to take on the challengers.

And yet more notable performances –  Josh Wolfram, TRU, with 32 points and 27 rebounds against Fraser Valley … Rhys Elliott, UNBC,  just keeps on ticking along, with 2 more solid games (45 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) vs MRU … Kelvin Smith TWU, gets the Spartans tantalizingly close to their 1st win with his 29 point game on Saturday vs Saskatchewan … Thadius Galvez, MacEwan, is becoming the Griffs steadiest offensive threat, as he totals 37 points and 6 steals in a split vs UBC-O.


Sunday CIS Score   –

Atlantic –  Cape Breton 85 Memorial 65   …


Overtime –

Vijay Dhillon carries the scoring load for UFV.

Vijay Dhillon carries the scoring load for UFV.

  • UFV Coach, Adam Friesen,  after Friday’s game at TRU, with a ‘state of affairs’ and priorities for his Cascades, “We are really banged up,” said Friesen, alluding to injuries that have sidelined starters Nate Brown and Mark Johnson. “Vijay (Dhillon) is one of our few healthy bodies at the moment. He knew he had to come in here and be aggressive. He really stepped up and played well.” “We are going to have to find a way to clamp down on defence,” Friesen added. “Offensively things will always be tough for us currently. We need to find a way to get stops and limit rebounds.” From Dan Kinvig, UFV Athletics
  • Veteran Victoria Times-Colonist Sportswriter, Cleve Dheenshaw, on the Vikes’ latest sojourn to Lethbridge,  “As a host, Lethbridge has earned a reputation over the years as being the Canada West basketball equivalent of old-school junior hockey Flin Flon or the NFL Raiders’ Black Hole in Oakland. In good years or bad for the Pronghorns, it’s always a challenge going in there for opposing teams. “
  • U of L Coach, Mike Hansen, after his ‘Horns took those 2 games from the Vikes, “The league has beaten each other up,” said Hansen. “Everybody is backed up in the middle. I think two points separate first to ninth and it’s important that we win at home. That was my message to the guys, this game will define who we want to be this year. Do we want to be a team that’s happy to be in the playoffs or that team that pushes to be in the upper echelon? I’m really proud of the guys.” From an article in the Lethbridge Herald by Dale Woodard       
  •  There are still 3 games to be played in Canada West this coming weekend.  The Winnipeg Wesmen meet the  green Cougars  in Regina, Friday/Saturday, Dec 4/5, and the Calgary Dinos host the Alberta Golden Bears on Saturday in the first of their home and home series. The 2nd game for UC and U of A is February 20 in Edmonton.


Our Canada West Predictions

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Canada West – Steadfast ( Foolhardy) Predictions !

After carefully assessing past team records, coaching records, scheduling eccentricities, roster experience, roster losses, notable additions … PLUS … wind direction and strength, size, reliability of defense, turnover margin  …. We have a League that’s as close as it’s been in years.  ‘On any given night … ‘  We think no one goes unbeaten!  Our top 3 are not that far away from 7-8-9. Here’s what we think might happen – (alphabetical order … we really can’t be so precise ….)

Evan Ostertag can score for the Huskies.

Evan Ostertag can score for the Huskies.

Pioneer Division –  

3 Favourites –                    Calgary Dinos– a deep, talented, and experienced Calgary team with 11 home and 9 away games; new faces in the playing roster play a key role … Saskatchewan Huskies– a Huskies squad, who have been ‘winners’ for some years now,  landed some good recruits, and they’ll  be even tougher with Matt Forbes  …                        UBC Thunderbirds – the ‘Birds, led by Morgan, Wagner, and Jensen-Whyte, are BIG, talented, and very motivated as the CIS host team.

Brandon Brine may carry the'Horns to the playoffs.

Brandon Brine may carry the’Horns to the playoffs.

A Blanket Over These 6 Squads –    Alberta Golden Bears–  young Bruins, may struggle early, but have Mamadou Gueye, tradition, defensive mind-set, size up front.  Lethbridge Pronghorns–  the ‘Horns, with great guard play, Brine has some help, but their schedule is among the toughest.  Manitoba Bisons – When, if not now ?  Anders back from beyond, good youngsters, but is the defense up to the challenge?  Regina Cougars – Tull brothers, Igual, and improved forwards. Can they get used to winning close games?  Victoria Vikes – they’re defending Champs!    2-6 has to be an aberration, now, can they can generate more offense. Winnipeg Wesmen – maybe a transition year, but Raimbault may get them in the mix. Jelane Pryce needs others to do some scoring.

(Yes, we think 7 of these 9 will be in the playoffs … Calgary, Sask., UBC, and 4 others, but which other 4 ?)

Hopeful  Spoilers –         Brandon Bobcats – this team is almost a wholesale re-make, and it will take some time.  Big man Paul may give the ‘Cats a lift.  Trinity Western Spartans – new Coach, young team, and trying to find a way to play more efficiently. Hayashi ,Jeffers, Richey, and Smith have to lead the rest.

Two 'monsters' will battle in the Explorer Division.

Two ‘monsters’ will battle in the Explorer Division.

Explorer Division –  This is King-Kong vs Godzilla, the ‘bully-boys’ … and the Wolf Pack will give the Cascades all they would want.  The race is for 3rd for the other 4 teams in this group.

Odds-On  –       Fraser Valley Cascades – they’ve been the ‘tall trees’ in this loop for a while, and have more experienced depth and talent returning.  Parchment, Dulay, and Brown are rock-solid.  Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack – Fire-power in Kamloops; Wolfram may be MVP material,  and Pribilsky is stellar. They add a ‘super-forward’ from the Ukraine, of all places?


Denzel James shines for the 'Griffs.

Denzel James shines for the ‘Griffs.

The Field –    MacEwan Griffins – they have solid returnees, with Denzel James as a dynamo.Their experience may carry them to the playoffs.  Mt. Royal Cougars – Very tall, all of a sudden, but the most youthful team, and may be offensively inconsistent. UBC-Okanagan Heat – They will win more than last year, with sharper guard play, but may still not be ready for ‘prime-time’. UNBC Timberwolves – Tough pre-season schedule.  The Northern ‘Wolves have experience in the back-court, but need some inside strength to compete.

CIS Regular Season Play Opens in Ontario –

Are the Badgers the #1 team in the CIS ?

Are the Badgers the #1 team in the CIS ?

The OUA get started mid-week with 4 games –

Brock at McMaster should be the feature, as both are in the ‘dare- to- be- great pool’ !

Waterloo will meet their fate at Western … no game. Clinic !

Toronto at Ryerson The ambitious Rams should protect their turf against the Blues.

Laurier at Windsor could be a close one, but an edge to the Lancers.


Overtime –

  • So … McGill beats Ottawa 74-70, right there in the ‘G-Gs corral !  They have 1 pre-season CIS loss … to Ryerson.  Ryerson lost to Brock, who are unbeaten in CIS games.  Saskatchewan beat Carleton … Calgary beat Saskatchewan … St. FX  ….    We go Brock at #1 !
  • Week 1 games in Canada West – Pioneers – Winnipeg at Calgary, Manitoba at Saskatchewan, Alberta at UBC, Victoria at Trinity Western, Regina at Brandon … bye Lethbridge .  And, in the ‘Junior Loop’ – UBC-Okanagan at Fraser Valley, Thompson R. at UNBC, Mt. Royal at MacEwan.
  • Ottawa is taking a shot at Indiana again this season … Tuesday at Montpetit Hall.  Just a warm-up for League games with Nipissing and Laurentian later in the week !

UBC Beat MRU on the Boards


Jordan Jensen-Whyte (here vs Simon Fraser) has another strong game in leading the T-Birds over MRU

Jordan Jensen-Whyte (here vs Simon Fraser) has another strong game in leading the T-Birds over MRU –                                                                          Photo – UBC Athletics

‘Birds Big Men Crush Cougars

at UBC  87   Mount Royal  71 – Securing 56 rebounds to the visiting MRU’s 28, gave UBC more than enough extra possessions for a clear victory. 5 T-Birds in double figures, led by 21 pts/7 boards from Jordan Jensen-Whyte, Patrick Simon 15 pts/8 rebs. Derek Wolf had a big game for the Cougs, with 25 pts., including 6/13 treys .  The T-Birds play Evergreen St. tonight, and MRU goes to Langley to meet Trinity Western.  Box Score

Montana-Western  90  at Lethbridge 84 – The ‘Horns were out-shot 44% to 32% from the floor, and Montana-W grabbed 50 boards to only 36 for the home team. 5 Pronghorns in double figures – Brandon Brine has 17 plus 11 rebs, Rob Olsen 17.    Box Score

TWU 91  Evergreen State 82 –  At last, a win for the Sparties !  Scoring is spread around, with Kelvin Smith, Lucas Mannes, Vartan Taniellian, and Dean Richey leading the way against the Washington State school.   details from Mark Janzen, TWU Athletics

at Eastern Oregon 88  Victoria 70 – EOU has just 5 turnovers to UVic’s 15, and the Mountaineers hit 13 treys against 9 for the Vikes.  Jordan Charles scores 16 and Reiner Theill 15 for Victoria.   Box Score

(from Wednesday) at Brandon 98  Dakota Bottineau Jr. Coll. 64 – no box score


More CIS scores –

Ottawa 91  York 79, McGill 91 UNB 84,