East to West, West to East

 

 

Tournaments bring some intriguing inter-league play

Early returns as we head into October play ... For all of the other 46 U-Sports teams, it is ‘reassuring’ to see that the Carleton Ravens appear to be back to familiar territory. (13 of the last 15 National titles have been won by Carleton!)  The Ravens, despite a scare in their Friday opener with Concordia (82-79 last 2 minute win), did sweep 3 games in the Guy Vetrie Memorial in Victoria.

Javon Masters, UNB, ‘Fillin’ it up’! photo – UNB Athletics

There are challengers, of course, and we will have to let more games play out this month before we anoint the Blackbirds.  In thee AUS … UNB wins their own Eric Garland Tournament over Saint Marys, UQAM, and Cape Breton, with the highlight being Javon Masters’ 45 point outburst vs the Capers.  Atlantic observers suggest it may be St. FX taking a run this season, but it’s usually a free-for-all, so we hold fire for a few weeks.

Ryerson Rams ace, Ammanuel Diressa

In the OUA and other points East, for detailed analysis readers would be best served by referencing Mark Wacyck’s excellent coverage in his  CanHoops.ca      Ottawa looks good in an 85-70 road win over Bishops,  while both Ryerson and Brock are poised to show their strength, and Windsor has a fair string of wins going.  In the ‘Q’ , Laval may be right in the mix, as they start well in a pair of road wins in Ontario (at Laurier, McMaster).  The Stingers followed their tight loss to Carleton with strong wins over both Guelph and Victoria McGill plays in Calgary this week, and they must be regarded as the Q favourites until someone knocks them off.

Now for Canada WestLethbridge is a 101-71 winner at home vs UNBC,

Dejon Burdeaux, Lethbridge lead guard

and the ‘Horns are sporting a ‘post-free’ line-up with some fresh new talent to make them one of the teams to watch in Canada West.  The Timberwolves played 3 games on the weekend, with a split at Mt. Royal on Fri/Saturday.

One of the biggest stories in the West has to be the changing roster for the Saskatchewan Huskies.  The ‘Dogs hammer Briercrest College in their traditional warm-up last Thursday, but they do not have ‘All-League’ star Shane Osayande, guard Chan De Ciman, forward Mack Burns, nor swingman, Jaylan Morgan.  More to come … (we still await the release of team rosters for many of the 17 teams.)

4th year guard, Jordan Charles, is back for the Vikes.

UBC-O had a close one at McMaster, then not so much with Toronto and WesternWinnipeg lost 2 competitive games at Lakehead, but the Wesmen have a core of solid returnees.  The UVic Vikes have a number of new faces, but they are a ‘work in progress’, as are most Canada West teams over the next few weeks.  Too early to tell, but Alberta, UBC, Calgary, and Lethbridge appear to be the most obvious contenders.

 

 

The schedule this week-  What a great weekend  of inter-League play ! 

Calgary Dinos host Acadia, McGill, and McMaster this weekend in one of several inter-league tournaments.

Thursday, Oct 5  –    Calgary Cup starts at UC –  Dinos vs McGill, McMaster vs Acadia  … also Saskatchewan at Toronto, Bishops at Victoria, Laurentian at Brandon, NAIT at Thompson Rivers

Friday, Oct 6      –  Calgary Cup … Calgary Acadia,  McMaster  McGill

Lethbridge at Medicine Hat Coll, at U of M … Manitoba  Algoma, Winnipeg Laurentian,  at UBC Invitational …  UBC  Bishops, Alberta Waterloo

Concordia hosts in Montreal … Stingers vs Regina,  York Dalhousie

Cape Breton’s Fall Classic – Capers vs St. FX, UPEI   SAIT (Calgary)

Saturday  , Oct 7 –   at UC …  Calgary  McMaster, Acadia McGill , at UBC … T-Birds  Waterloo,  Alberta  Bishops, in Winnipeg … Wesmen  Algoma , Manitoba  Laurentian,  in Montreal … Concordia  Dalhousie, Regina  York. at Cape Breton … Capers  UPEI , St. FX  SAIT  ,   Also … Saskatchewan at Ryerson  ,  Lethbridge vs Medicine Hat,  Trinity Western and UBC-O

Sunday , Oct 8 –   Victoria vs Waterloo,   at CBU … Capers  SAIT, St. FX  UPEI,  at Concordia … Stingers  York,  Regina  Dalhousie

Cougars Aiming Higher

 

Change for MRU  – hunting a play-off berth

As with many Canada West teams this season, the MRU Cougars have undergone significant changes.  Gone is ace big man, Brett Layton, with his 16 ppg/ 9.5 rebounds.  And graduated is solid combo guard, Derek Wolf.

Longtime Assistant Coach Tyler McVicar has also moved on. Coach Marc Dobell, now in his 14th year as the Cougs head man, moved MRU from a National Championship in the CCAA (2009) and eventually into Canada West in 2012.  The program has been competitive, but never quite made the playoff grid in 5 seasons. Dobell suggests that he is looking at changes in a positive light this Fall. “We’ve tried things one way for some time, and I think we can embrace new ideas this season.”

Floor leader, Josh Ross, in his 5th year. photo – MRU Athletics

The Cougars do have 7 players back who were in the rotation last year, including leading scorer, 6-5, 5th year import Josh Ross (16.6 ppg/ 9.9 rebs/3.6 assists/ 1.9 steals) , a ‘point forward’ kind of talent, with multiple skills and a competitive drive.  Glen Yang (Calgary) a 6-3 combo guard who should be a double- digit scorer this year, and 5th year wing, Ryan Cunningham (Calgary), looks ready to up his offensive out-put as well.  Noah Lewis (6-4, guard, Comox, BC) is another 5th year who will be expected to step into a bigger role. Wiande Kher (Calgary), a 6-6 wing man, has also been frustrated with injuries, but, “He is physically sound, and is moving very well”, according to Dobell.  6-7 3rd year, Nick Tancon (Comox, BC) will be  ready to share the load up front.

There is enthusiasm for several new faces, including 4th year wing man, LJ Hegwood, who moves from SAIT, and, at 6-6, has the skill and size to be an impact player for Mt. Royal.  Ben Kapinga, younger brother of David at UC,  is a 5-10 guard who comes in ‘under the radar’. “We are impressed with Ben’s play”, says Dobell. “He is quick, and he makes good decisions with the ball.”   3rd year guard, Quinn Taylor, can shoot the ball, and Coach Dobell is pleased to see his progress after he red-shirted with an injury last year. Kristian Zjak is a skilled and eager Australian import who is expected to get time at the forward spot.

Cougars Last year – 8-12  … fall short in too many close games. Prognosis – the roster turnover brings fresh hope, and they should be right in the play-off hunt.

“This is the Year”, vows Lewis

Noah Lewis is now in his 6th year attending Mt. Royal University, and, in his 5th season of eligibility, he and his teammates are determined to make this a play-off year for the Cougars. “We are not content”, says the Vancouver Island ‘import’. “The team dynamic this Fall is really good; we want to make it to the play-offs together.”

5th year guard Noah Lewis. All-in for team break-through.

Lewis wants to help this team as a senior leader, and suggests, “I’ll do what it takes to contribute to the team success,  My role may change within the system, but that’s good with me, and I think we are togther as a team in wanting to move forward.”  The consistent hard work, and the acceptance of change are something Noah embraces in this final year on this team. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time.  I love being a part of the team, and I know I’m going to miss it when it’s over”, he says.

Lewis will leave Mt. Royal with a Health / Phys Ed Degree, and says he wants to ‘work with athletes’.  That may be in strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, or even Sports Medicine. ” It’s been such an amazing time in Calgary, and it’s come to feel more like home. I’ve had so many different teammates and forged long-term relationships with some great people”, he declares. “I’ve loved competing at such a high level, and to associate with such a great bunch of teammates and coaches.”

Noah Lewis will likely not be among the top scorers in Canada West.  But, if the desire he shows for team success in this his final season is any indication, one can expect his Cougars to have a very positive run at a play-off spot come February. “I’m excited for this season with this group of guys”, he says.  Go Cougars !

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Overtime –

at McMaster 72  UBC-Okanagan 68 OT … break out game for transfer Aloysius Callaghan (Calgary) who hangs up 25 points in a good team effort on the road.

at Saskatchewan 105  Briercrest 49  … Lawrence Moore and Emmanuel Akintunde score 20 apiece for the Huskies

at Lakehead 90  Winnipeg 83  … Billy Yaworsky scores 18 pts / 12 rebs for the Wesmen, with Narcisse Ambanza chipping in 15 points.

Friday games – 

Guy Vetrie Memorial  at Victoria … Carleton – Concordia, Vikes vs Guelph

All games on Canada West TV

Winnipeg at Lakehead – on OUA TV

UBC-O at Toronto

UNBC at Mt. Royal

In the East – at McMaster   Laval, Queens at Bishops, Seneca Coll at Nipissing, Memorial at Brock, and in the Eric Garland Tourney in New Brunswick … Cape Breton – UQAM , and Saint Marys – New Brunswick

Bisons Hit Re-start

 

 

Graduations Leave Manitoba With Young Roster

“We are really young,” exclaims Kirby Schepp, the lead Bison in the Herd.  This is indeed a group of fresh new faces for Manitoba, after seeing the graduation of starters, Keith Omoerah, A.J. Basi, Ilarion Bonhomme, and Brett Jewell, along with strong forward Jonathan Alexander.

Justus Alleyn, Bison’s CW All-star guard.       Photo – Bisons Athletics

The Brown and Gold return Justus Alleyn, a 6-3 guard who led team scoring at 17.4 ppg, and hit 43% from beyond the arc.  But a practice injury has taken veteran forward, Malik Irwin, out for the season, and other troubles have kept several players out of the early season roster.  Can you say, ‘overhaul’?

New challenges for Coach Schepp to be sure, but he is nothing if not enthusiastic. “I’m excited about our freshmen, and couple of red-shirts who can step in now and get in the roatation,”  says the 9 year head coach.

‘We certainly have a fast developing forward in James Wagner,” ( 6-7, 2nd year, Winnipeg), says Schepp, “ but 6-7 red-shirt forward, Cameron O’Hara, is also a  big body inside, and he’s going to help us defensively.”  He also mentions Wyatt Tait, a 6-6 rookie from Winnipeg, and 6-1 Rikki Zimbakov, another local product.  These 2 were rated 1 and 2 in the group of graduating high school players in the province.

The Bisons added Rashawn Browne (Toronto), a point man entering his 3rd year, after playing at both New Mexico State and California U. (Pittsburgh). Browne is expected to be the floor leader on the U of M offense.

Bisons last season 12-8   … Finalists in Canada West … Prognosis –  Tough to match that with so many new recruits –  may have to scramble for a play-off spot.

 

Back to Canada for Bisons new lead guard

U of M transfer, Rashawn Browne, in action at New Mexico State

In high school, Rashawn Browne played at Eastern Commerce in Toronto, then in the GTA Prep League while at Bill Crothers Sr. Secondary in Markham. In a tournament in the U.S. with his club team, he played well against a strong AAU team which included future NBA star, Jamil Okafor,  and  Rashawn was approached by New Mexico State. ‘I red-shirted there, then with injuries and coaching changes I moved on to Pennsylvania, “ says Browne.  Pointing out that he is not a ‘basketball gypsy’, the 3.5 GPA student says, “I was just not happy with the way things were run in the U.S.  It was more like a business, with the coaches trying to protect their jobs. Here at Manitoba, the other players are very friendly; we support each other, and Coach Schepp and his staff are interested in our doing well in our classes as well as on the court.  It’s just more fun here.”

The ‘pass-first’ point man suggests he is happy to have Justus Alleyn to pass to, and happy to have James Wagner as a skilled forward.  ‘I’m excited to be part of this program, and to be playing with this group of guys”. Coach Schepp says, “Rashawn is a solid floor leader; he’s the real deal!  He shows a very high basketball IQ, and he’s also got a calm demeanour when the action heats up.  He’s a quality young man, and we think he will be a great addition to our team.”

Pursuing a Business degree and looking forward to wearing the Bisons colours in his first game next week in a home tournament,  Rashawn starts a very new chapter in his young life.  This may well be the classic case of opportunity meeting solid preparation, and the Herd looks to have a most capable new on-court leader.

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UVic hosts the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament this weekend.

Canada West Pre-season picks up this coming weekend

Teams are ‘breaking the huddle’ and taking to the court against someone other than their own teammates this week.  We build towards the Annual Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at Victoria, where Coach Craig Beaucamp and the Vikes will host the defending champions of everything, the Carleton Ravens, along with the Guelph Gryphons, and the Concordia Stingers.

The Okanagan Heat make a trip East to  play OUA teams, and Winnipeg have their annual ‘holiday trek’ to Thunder Bay to play a pair with the ‘Wolves. Coach Todd Jordan and his  UNBC T’Wolves make a 3 game swing through S. Alberta.

the schedule –

Thursday, Sept. 28 – UBC-O at McMaster

Briercrest College at Saskatchewan,    Winnipeg at Lakehead

Friday, 29th    – at UVic … Carleton – Concordia, Vikes vs Guelph

Winnipeg at Lakehead,   UBC-O at Toronto,    UNBC at Mt. Royal

Saturday, 30th     – Carleton – Victoria, Guelph-Concordia (at UVic)

UBC-O at Western Ontario,   Seattle Mountaineers at Trinity Western

UNBC at Mt. Royal

Sunday Oct 1  – Victoria vs Concordia, Guelph vs Carleton (UVic)

UNBC at Lethbridge

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Overtime –

Canada West weekend results –   Seattle Mountaineers 77  Fraser Valley 74          UBC-O  94  Vancouver Island U.  88

OUA –  York 107 Centennial Coll. 61, York 80  G. Brown Coll. 64, St. Clair Coll. 85  Western Ont. 73

Bisons and Dinos Look Strong

 

 

Canada West Powers May Be Looking Ahead

Two Canada West powers headed for a November showdown in Calgary

Two Canada West powers headed for a November showdown in Calgary

In less than a month the Calgary Dinos will host the Manitoba Bisons on the opening weekend of Canada West League play.  And judging by recent results, those November 4/5 games should be dandies.  Among the early contenders for ultimate CW honours, the Bisons and Dinos are both looking strong as they host tournaments this weekend.

 Calgary Dinos 89  Regina Cougars 72

Lars Schleuter's 3 point shooting leads the Dinos to their win over Regina.

Lars Schleuter’s 3 point shooting leads the Dinos to their win over Regina.

In their 2nd win at their Calgary Cup, the Dinos are up 50-35 at the break, and cruise in the 2nd.   Lars Schleuter rains down 6/11 treys for 21 points and snares a team-high 6 rebounds. Mambi Diawara makes his debut with 17 points on 50% shooting, and Thomas Cooper adds 15.

In a game full of turnovers (Regina 28 Calgary 21) more 3 pointers 10-6, and 7 more made free throws spells the difference for UC.  Regina are led by 12 pts from Brandon Tull, as Coach Burrows wheels out 11 players for 10 or more minutes. Both Brian Ofori and Johnell Johnson grab 8 boards for the Cougs.  Box Score 

In the cross-town game, Windsor Lancers show some scoring power, with a 95-83 victory at  Mt. Royal Cougars   no Box Score

Saturday’s games at the Calgary Cup feature  the Dinos at Mt. Royal   , and Windsor vs Regina at MRU.

Amarjit Basi is an offensive 'cool-hand' for the Bisons

Amarjit Basi is an offensive ‘cool-hand’ for the Bisons

At the Manitoba Bisons Tournament –  Manitoba Bisons 87 Laurier Golden Hawks  63  , as AJ Basi drops 20 points with 4 treys, and Keith Omoerah adds 15 pts/10 rebs.  The Herd use a 30-4 thrashing  in the 2nd quarter to end all drama, as their defense and rebounding stifle the Hawks efforts.

Winnipeg  Wesmen 65  Lakehead  Thunderwolves 59    no box score

Saturday games at the Bisons Tournament –  Winnipeg vs Laurier, Manitoba vs Lakehead

 

In Eastern Canada on Friday –  Ryerson 102 St. FX 61 ,  Dalhousie 89  York 65,          In Montreal at the Concordia Classic – Concordia 81 Nipissing 68, Brock 74  Cape Breton 53  …         also   UQAM  73  Coll. La Cite  55

Calgary, MRU Open With Wins

 

 

Dinos and Cougars Top Visitors at Calgary Cup –

The Calgary teams dispatched the visiting Windsor Lancers and Regina Cougars in Calgary Cup action on Thursday night.  On the first of 3 nights of play, the Dinos and Cougars both played solid games while taking a good look at their whole line-up.

Calgary 99  Windsor 64 

UC's Thomas Cooper hits for 24 points in an opening win vs windsor

UC’s Thomas Cooper hits for 24 points in an opening win vs Windsor

Taking up where he left off last season, 5th year import guard, Thomas Cooper led all scorers with 24 points / 5 rebounds/ 4 steals as the Dinos shoot 49% to the Lancers’ 25%.  Lars Schleuter scored 13 pts/6 rebs for Calgary, while Micqueel Martin notched 16 pts to pace the visitors.  Box Score  

Mt. Royal 85 Regina 73

Glen Yang delivers 8 helpers in a win for MRU over Regina.

Glen Yang delivers 8 helpers in a win for MRU over Regina.

The MRU Cougars clearly out-shot their Green cousins from Regina, with 46% from the floor vs 35% for U of R.  6-8 Brett Layton was a one- man wrecking crew for the home side, with a 20 point/10 rebound double, going 10/15 on FG.  Glen Yang (14 pts/8 assists) and Derek Wolf, who was 4/8 from outside for 14 points were a sharp guard combo.  Regina had Alex Igual with 11 points’ 10 boards, and 3 others in double figures.   (No box score).

Friday action in Calgary has Regina at the Dinos, and Windsor facing MRU.

 

In Brandon, it was the visiting Lakehead Thunderwolves on the top end of an 84-70 final.  The ‘Wolves used a 23-11 advantage over the Bobcats in the 3rd quarter to pull away after just a 2 point lead at the half.  No box score.

> In Winnipeg on Friday – Manitoba Bisons Tournament –  Laurier vs Manitoba, Lakehead vs Winnipeg

Bisons Roll in Wesmen Final

 

Keith Omoerah leads the Manitoba Bisons to a Classic win at UW.

Keith Omoerah leads the Manitoba Bisons to a Classic win at UW.  photo UM Athletics

Manitoba Bisons Overwhelm Lakehead in  UW Wesmen Classic Final

 Manitoba 73  Lakehead 54 –  Manitoba are the champions of the 49th Annual Wesmen Classic with a wire-to-wire win over Lakehead in the Final, as they out-shoot the ‘Wolves 54% to 32% from the floor. Keith Omoerah, chosen the MVP of the tourney, is high man for the Herd with 18 points, with Brett Jewell scoring 16. Lakehead get 16 points from Bacarius Dinkins, but are beaten in every quarter by the Bisons. Box Score
Winnipeg 90  Acadia  64 –  In the 3rd place game …  Denzel Lynch-Blair scores 25 to lead the Wesmen to a dominating win.  The Ws claim a huge 66-44 rebounding edge, and limit the Axemen to just 29% shooting. Kyle Arsenault and Erik Nissen score 13 each for Acadia.  Box Score

Lethbridge 74 MacEwan 71–  In the Consolation Final … Brandon Brine and Rob Olsen each score 19 points, as the Pronghorns shoot 52% from the field.  Ryan May has 19 points for the Griffs.  Box Score
NAIT 70  Brandon  66 –   In the 7/8 game …  Box Score


Final Games in the U. Laval (Quebec) Tourney –

Lars Schleuter scores 25 plus 11 boards in the Dinos win over Laval.

Lars Schleuter scores 25 plus 11 boards in the Dinos win over Laval.

Calgary 88  Laval  67 – Calgary’s Lars Schleuter hit 6/12 from 3 pt range, scoring 24 pts and grabbing 11 rebounds, and his double-double paced the Dinos to a win over the host Rouge et Or. Calgary hit 48% from the floor, and won the rebounding 53-43.  Laval had a tough shooting night, with just 20/80 finding the mark;  the home team fails to take advantage of 24 UC turnovers. Thomas Cooper added 19 pts/ 9 rebs for the visitors, while Vladimir Thomas led UL with 17 points.

Ottawa 105  UNB 96 – The Gee-Gees finish strong, hitting 53% from the floor,  as they get 5 players in double figures, led by Caleb Agada’s 17 pts/ 8 rebs/ 8 assists, and 18 points/8 assists from Mike L’Africain. The Varsity Reds make a good run in this very high -scoring affair, shooting 53% FG as well; Jesse Kendall scores 27 for UNB, and Javon Masters pours in 25 of his own.


In the U.S.

UNBC  85 Dordt Coll. (CA)  82
Cochise College (AZ) 96 Regina  94                                                                   Vanguard (CA) 89 Alberta  62  
Concordia U. (CA) 95 Saskatchewan 61 –  Shawn Lathan leads U of S with 13 points; we note that Shane Osayande, the Huskies post who missed the 1st semester due to injury, started this game. Box Score
Westmont (CA) 83 UBC  70  –  Conor Morgan scored 24 / 12 rebounds for the T-Birds. Box Score
Rocky Mountain College (MT)  95 Thompson Rivers  60


 

 Overtime –Rainmakers

  • We missed our old friend and former Vikes Coach, Ken Shields, in Victoria.  Ken was excited to be returning to Prince Rupert (B.C.) High School to give a team clinic after Christmas.  As a high school senior, he and his ‘Rainmakers’ teammates, coached by Norm Vickery, won the B.C. Boys Championship at UBC.
  • The Bisons win over Lakehead on Wednesday was the first Wesmen Classic championship for Manitoba since 1991, and their eighth all-time. UM are also the first of the  Manitoba schools (UM, Brandon, Winnipeg) to win the Cup since 2008, when Brandon took it, and the first time a city team earned it since 2006, when the Wesmen prevailed.

48th Wesmen Classic Set

 

Winnipeg Wesmen Coach, Mike Raimbault asking santa for a 'Classic' win ! (photo- Winnipeg Free Press)

Winnipeg Wesmen Coach, Mike Raimbault, asking Santa for a ‘Classic’ win !
(photo- Winnipeg Free Press)

 

First-Ever All-Canadian Slate

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The 48th Annual Wesmen Classic, the longest running CIS tournament in Canada, goes from Dec. 28 through Dec. 30 with the Coca-Cola Classic for University teams, but that’s just the top of a very wide pyramid of basketball activity at the downtown gym of the University of Winnipeg throughout the Christmas season.

In fact, the High School teams in the region enjoy their own competition each year as well, and the Junior Varsity started early  in December, with their Final on the 27th, while the H.S. varsity teams go at it in a parallel tournament with the University clubs. ( More details in this Winnipeg Free Press story by Melissa Martin. )

The 8-team Wesmen Classic features all-Canadian teams this year, with Lakehead from the OUA joining NAIT, a top College squad from Edmonton, then 6 Canada West teams including the host Wesmen, and their cross-town rivals, the Manitoba Bisons.  Travelers include the CIS #7 Calgary Dinos, the 2014 Canada West champion Alberta Golden Bears, the Regina Cougars, and the Brandon Bobcats.

Here is the Wesmen Classic draw … all games, starting with the Dinos – Bobcats opener (Dec. 28, 12 Noon Central Time – 11 am Mountain) will be shown on Canada West TV.

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 Canada West  ‘Holiday ‘ games this past weekend –

In the Phoenix area on Friday  …  Thompson R.  64  Carroll College  55 ,  U. Great Falls 74  MacEwan  66 ,

Arizona Christian  Coll.  78  Lethbridge   46

On Saturday … in Calif.,  Biola U.  77  Trinity Western 60

… In AZ,   Montana St.- Northern  66  MacEwan 59 ,  Concordia U. (Irvine, CA) 74   Lethbridge  56

 

Post- Christmas Play for Canada West Teams –

Dec. 28 –  Winnipeg Wesmen Classic – opening round

UBC starts a series of 3 ‘games’ in Hawaii … scrimmage vs  Chaminade U. (Honolulu)

Dec. 29 – Wesmen Classic –   Semi-Finals

UBC   vs      Hawaii Pacific U.  – Honolulu

Victoria  vs Westminster Coll. (UT)   at Santa Barbara , CA

Dec. 30 – Final , Consolation Final,  and 3rd place games at Wesmen Classic

UBC  vs  Hawaii Selects ( Sr. Men’s team)  Oahu somewhere .

Thompson R.   at Northwest U. (Kirkland, WA)

Fraser Valley vs Northwestern Coll. (Iowa)   at Costa Mesa, CA

Victoria  vs Westmont U. (CA)   at Santa Barbara

Dec. 31 –  Fraser Valley vs Vanguard U. (Costa Mesa, CA)

Jan. 2 –   Lethbridge  at Montana-Western (Dillon, MT)

at UBC-Okanagan  vs  Douglas College

Jan. 3 –  Calgary  at  Montana Tech (Butte, MT)

Lethbridge  at  Montana-Western

Jan. 4  –  Calgary at  Carroll College (Helena, MT)

 

Overtime – 

  • The Fraser Valley Cascades, as Dan Kinvig, Communications Coordinator for UFV,
    Jasper Moedt, UFV's 5th year post.

    Jasper Moedt, UFV’s 5th year post.

    reminds us in his press release, are  8-0 in league play, No. 9 in the CIS national rankings, and are the last undefeated team in Canada West. They are a very dominant 1st place in the Explorer  Division, and have won 22 straight regular season games starting with a sweep of UBC late last November.  Over the Holiday, the Cascades will travel to Costa Mesa, Calif. to face the Northwestern College Red Raiders of Iowa on Dec. 30, then play the host Vanguard U. Lions  in a 2nd game on Dec. 31. UFV Head coach Adam Friesen expresses a common theme for Canda West teams heading to Southern climes for the Christmas games,  “It’s nice to get away and enjoy some warm weather, but also getting back into a basketball frame of mind and getting our legs back”.

  • Dinos14 The #7 Calgary Dinos, the top team in the Canada West Pioneer Division at 9-2, are busy in the Christmas holiday season, with 3 games at the Wesmen Classic, then a 2 game swing to Montana in early January.  The Dinos get a bye to start the 2nd half of the Canada West regular season, and won’t play their first game back until January 16-17 when they’re in Lethbridge to face the Pronghorns in 2 games.
  •   Is Saskatchewan Coach Barry Rawlyk suggesting too much depth can sabotage consistency ?  “We’ve gotten contributions from all the different guys at different times,” says Rawlyk.  But the challenge has been trying to find the right combination of players to be able to sort of maximize our performance.  That’s been a tricky thing to do. Some years, it’s been kind of by default, that these are the guys who need to carry the mail. The fact that this year we have probably more depth and more guys who can contribute in different ways, it’s just trying to find the best way to put that together.”  From a story by Darren Zary in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix.