Montana State Over Calgary

 

 

 

 Montana State 91  Calgary 71 –

The visiting Bobcats out-scored the Dinos 26-12 in the 4th quarter to pull away from a game, but out-manned Calgary team. The NCAA Big Sky squad from Bozeman, in SW Montana, got to the rim consistently in the final 15 minutes of play.  The Blue and Gold spread their scoring through the the line-up led by all-star guard, Tyler Hall with 15 points.

The Dinos went with 8 players, and noticably faded in the last 4-5 minutes;  down 5 points with 5 minutes left, but unable to match the deeper ‘Cats at the finish.  Lucas Mannes, a transfer guard from Chilliwack, BC (Trinity Western), led UC with 21 pts / 6 rebounds. Max Eisele looked sharp at the point, hitting 15 points / 6 assists, while red-shirt rookie Sasha Pojuzina worked hard for 7 boards and 12 points vs his bigger match-ups.  These teams meet again on Saturday at 3 pm.  MSU plays Alberta Friday at 7 pm and Sunday at 1 pm.

 

Dinos ‘Short’ in the Big Man Position

After graduating Mitch Ligertwood,  having Jeff Rodehutskors transfer to Lethbridge, and  losing Matt Ellis, the Calgary Dinos were left with Connor Foreman as their only returning post player.  The coaches were excited to sign Rhys Larry, a veteran rebounder from Acadia, but Larry changed his mind, and will not be moving West after all.

Connor Foreman, the lone Dinos big man, will not play this weekend due to injury.

“We were unexpectedly left scrambling after the disappointments with Rodehutskors and Larry”, said Coach Dan Vanhooren.  The coaches have tracked several possibilities, and may have found a B.C. high school grad to bolster the roster in the Fall.  There may also be an addition of an import big man, but the staff are showing caution before pulling the trigger there.

With Foreman rehabbing an injured knee , Calgary’s biggest player is 6-7 wing man, Lars Schleuter, who will be in the middle for some alignments vs Montana State this weekend.  9 players will dress for Lead Assistant Coach Matt Skinn, who will temporarily take the reins, with Coach Vanhooren down in Indiana with Team Canada preparing for the Universiade in Taipei.

Bears Bring Experience and Talent 

The 2017 Canada West Champion Alberta Golden Bears may well be the odds -on favourites to repeat in this coming season. The veteran line-up set to play Montana State in a pair of games this Friday 7 pm and Sunday 1 pm is highlighted by 5th year wing man, Mamadou Gueye (16 ppg/ 6 rebs), a 6-7 slasher who is sure to be on pre-season all-star lists.

Geoff Pippus is one of 3 Bears starters in their 5th year.

The Bears also have  rugged 3rd year forward, Brody Clarke  , and 5th year shooter Geoff Pippus, a dangerous outside threat. The U of A point guard, 6-2 Austin Waddoups goes into his 4th year, and triggers the Bears attack. We should see returnee guards Andre Kelly, Ivan Ikomey, and D’Wan Williams, all of whom saw significant playing time last season.  5th year, 6-6 guard, Lyndon Annetts, is another returning starter who can hit the outside shot.

5th year Alberta Head Coach, Barnaby Craddock, has added a transfer guard, Nolan Woodward, a 6-4, 4th year Montreal native, who played at 2 NCAA Div 2 schools, and will be expected to provide quality depth.

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Overtime –

  • The Canada Team for the FISU Games are now training at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  They are staying on campus at Purdue, and will play 2 games against the U.S. team, comprised totally  of Purdue players, and coached by Matt Painter.  Games are Friday night at Carmel (IN) HS and Saturday at Lafayette Jefferson HS and both will be streamed live on Facebook Live  .
  • Scores this past week from U-Sports teams vs NCAA schools –
  • U. California-Riverside 73  Laval 68, UC Riverside 79 UQAM 39
  • In Costa Rica … Laurentian VGs 76  U. Montana 67, Western kentucky 104  Laurentian 98
  • Towson, a   Div 1 school from the Baltimore area, beats UQAM 94-63, then it’s Towson 76 Carleton 64, and Towson 70  Laval 51
  • In Montreal, Alabama Crimson Tide crushed McGill 96-57, but Carleton bounced back from their loss earlier in the week to clip the Tide 84-71 in Ottawa.
  • McGill gave S. Methodist (Dallas, TX) a scare before falling to the Mustangs 86-83
  • Brock beat Binghamton (NY) 80-69 in St. Catharines.
  • Thursday games –  Alabama 81 at Ottawa 71,  W. Kentucky 118 Laurentian 63 (in Costa Rica), S. Methodist 98  at Ryerson 86,  Towson 84  at McGill 53,

4 Schools Announce Big Recruiting Classes

 

 

UBC Leads 4 Schools Announcing Big Recruiting Success

UBC Coach Kevin Hanson greets ‘feature’ signee, Grant Shephard            Photo – UBC Athletics

When a U-Sports school signs a bonafide NCAA Div. 1 prospect, it is certainly a banner day for that program and Canadian University basketball as a whole.  Coach Kevin Hanson of UBC announced in April that 6-10 post man, Grant Shephard from Kelowna will join the T’Birds roster for the 2017-18 season.  Shephard, who was a big factor as a grade 11 in the Kelowna Owls winning the B.C. High Schools 4A championship in 2016, spent grade 12 at Monteverde Prep in Florida.

Reportedly, he had solid offers from some NCAA powers, but the young man suggested that he felt more ‘excited’ about UBC, and being closer to friends and family.  Coach Hanson said, “Despite Grant having several offers from NCAA Division 1 schools, he decided playing and studying at UBC was the right fit for him. He is a special player, a special person, which makes this a special day for UBC basketball.” Shephard, who scored 31 points and added 22 rebounds in that 2016 Provincial Final win over Tamanawis HS of Surrey, will also welcome the chance to play with Parker Simson, an Owls teammate.  Simson will be in his 2nd year at UBC after working through an injury, which kept him from both the Football and Basketball Thunderbirds.  Another Kelowna Owls star who has signed with the Thunderbirds is Mason Bourcier, a 6-4 guard with great credentials and high expectations.  He too had interest from NCAA schools, but will now join one of the best recruiting classes in UBC basketball history.

The T’Birds already announced the addition of 6-6 wing, Cam Morris, Burnaby (St. Thomas More HS) along with ‘ imports’  Grant Audu, a 6-4 guard from Thornhill, ON , who played at  Marist HS, New Jersey,  and 6-3 guard, Anthony McNish, Toronto, who was at Hillcrest Prep in Arizona.   (From UBC Athletics)

Dinos add power and finesse in their recruiting class

Rys Larry is a top rebounder, transferring to UC from Acadia.                    Photo –   Axemen Athletics

The Calgary Dinos are boasting a most productive recruiting year to date as they land 6-9 rebounding ace, Rhys Larry, a transfer from Acadia who will be entering his 4th year of eligibility.  Another key transfer is 3rd year 6-1 combo guard, Lucas Mannes,  from Chilliwack, BC, who averaged 18 ppg in his last year at Trinity Western.

A pair of high school stand-outs are also expected to make an immmediate impact at UC, with 6-2 point man, Andrew Milner (Antigonish, NS) a winner with his provincial U-17s at Summer Nationals, and 6-7 Mason Foreman (Winnipeg), who played last year for Orangeville Prep in the Toronto area, and is the son of former National Team forward, Jeff Foreman.

Calgary Coach, Dan Vanhooren says, ’We feel we’ve added top quality guys, with Rhys Larry bringing us leadership at the forward spot, and a proven scorer in Lucas Mannes.  We’re excited to have the young talent we see in both Andrew, a real floor leader, and Mason, who has size and a nice shooting touch.’

 Lethbridge Bolsters Their Lineup

Kyle Peterson, in CIS Nationals play vs Ottawa.

The Lethbridge Pronghorns recently announced 3 signees expected to give them a big boost in years to come. Lead guard, Kyle Peterson, was a 2 year starter at UVic, and had a red-shirt year in Lethbridge; he returns after a 2 year Mormon mission.  Saren Westrop, a 6-7 local high school star ( LCI ), played at Iona College, then transferred to Harcum JC (Pennsylvania).  Jeff Rodehutskors, a strong and promising 6-6 forward (Chestermere HS) , transfers fron Calgary, where he played last season.  Jeff will red-shirt in ’17-’18, but will join his younger brother Mark with the ‘Horns the following season.

U of L also announced the addition of Tanner McLachlan, 6-6 forward, from LCI,  Canyon Lewis, a 6-6 forward from Henderson, NV (* he is a Canadian citizen), and Nick Myndio, a 5-10 guard from Lethbridge, who starred with Chinook HS.  Boomer Heggie, a 6-0 guard at Raymond HS, will go on a church mission for 2 years, but plans to return to play for UL in 2019-20.

Griffins Coach, Eric Magdanz                            Photo – MacEwan Athletics

MacEwan Makes Moves to Strengthen Their Roster

After seeing the graduation and departure of 5 veteran roster players including stalwarts Denzel James, Thadius Galvez, and Keith Gerdes, Griffins Head Coach, Eric Magdanz, knew he had a big recruiting task ahead this past Spring.  The 4th year mentor has been successful in adding 7 new faces including, most recently, his 2nd British star in 2 years. 18 year old, Jay Carter, a 6-6 wing with the UK Jr Nationals, comes from Reading Rockets with exceptional 3 point shooting stats.

In April the Griffs signed 6 other young prospects … Lincoln Anderson, a 6-3 all-star with Cardston HS (AB), comes off a 2 year Mormon mission and a year’s knee re-hab … 6-8 Ben Niles (Kamloops – Valleyview) has the size, but also a good out-side touch … also 6-4 Moreau Amadou, Calgary -Sir Winston Churchill, Luke Harold, a 6-5 wing from Regina’s Campbell Collegiate, Marco Beasley, 6-7 forward, Edmonton – Ross Sheppard HS, and Dustin Gatzki (Westlock, AB) a 6-4 wing who had a year at Staples HS, Wyoming.

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Overtime –

  • News this week on  NCAA games to be  hosted at U. Calgary this summer ...  on August 10 and 12 the Calgary Dinos will play the NCAA Div 1, Montana State Bobcats .  Also at UC, on August 11 and 13, it will be the Alberta Golden Bears taking on the Bobcats.

 

  • Great fun to be had this coming Saturday, May 27, as the UVic Vikes host a Ken Shields Roast !  Who better to skewer our old buddy Shields than former coaching rivals Don Horwood (U. Alberta), Jerry Hemmings (Brandon), and Ken Olynyk (Lethbridge) ?  The Vikes Hall of Fame Coach will also get ‘greetings’ from from former Vikes players including Robbie Parris, Gerald Kazanowski, and fiery mascot Jim ‘Mother’ Hubbard.  More details in this Times-Colonist story from Cleve Dheensaw.

 

 

 

Who Goes, Who Stays for Next Fall?

 

 

 

 An Early Look at Canada West Rosters

We’ve just caught our breath after a long 2nd semester haul to the 7th straight coronation of the Carleton Ravens as U-Sports Champions.  It was a sobering experience for our 3 Canada West teams, as they all drop their round 1 games.  So it is literally ‘back-to-the-drawing-board’ for the 17 schools West of Ontario.

We start with a peek at the  players these teams will lose from rosters from the past season, key returnees, and a number of announced additions and expected jumps from the red-shirt list

Alberta –  2017 Canada West champs … the Bears lose big Brett Roughead, with no word on any other changes from this year’s 14-6 squad.  They return almost their whole roster, including all-stars Brody Clarke, Austin Waddoups, play-off ace, Mamadou Gueye, and CW rookie team, Andre Kelly. Coach Barnaby Craddock will  certainly have a contender again next season.

Lucas Mannes (tsf-TWU), a sharp-shooting guard, joins the Dinos this Fall.

Calgary –  The Dinos (16-4) win their last 2 of the year, over Manitoba and Saint Marys to finish 5th at Nationals, but four key seniors, Thomas Cooper, Jasdeep Gill, Mitch Ligertwood, and Dallas Karch, will be missed.  Coach Dan Vanhooren does, however, feel good about his returning core, with David Kapinga, Jhony Verrone, Mambi Diawara, and Max Eisle at guard.  Forwards are led by Lars Schleuter, Connor Foreman, and Jeff Rodehutskors.  Both 6-6 fwd Sasha Pojuzina (Regina), and 6-1 guard, Jake Nielson (Cochrane) should move in off the red-shirt list, and guard Andrew Milner is a high school signee from Nova Scotia’s U-17 champions. Lucas Mannes, an 18 ppg guard, transfers from Trinity Western.

Shane Osayande returns for the Huskies with his power game.

Saskatchewan – The Huskies  are 14-6 this year, get to the Final 4, but lose to Alberta and Calgary there.  They will miss their solid post man, Matt Forbes, and his 3 point shooting partner, Trevor Severinski.  U of S has the high-octane duo of forward, Shane Osayande, and guard, Alex Unruh, as 5th year leaders in the Fall. Coach Barry Rawlyk will have a strong returning group with veterans, Jaylan Morgan, Lawrence Moore, Mack Burns, and Joseph Barker.  A healthy return for speedy guard, Chan De Ciman, would be a big plus as well.

Manitoba –  A huge push in the 2nd semester, to a 12-8 record,  lifts the Herd to the Final 4, where they qualify for their 1st Nationals in many seasons.  They bid adieu to 4 rotation players including starters AJ Basi, and Brett Jewell, along with point man Ilarion Bonhomme, and Jonathan Alexander.  The Bisons returnees are solid, led by starters Justus Alleyn, a Canada West all-star, and the 2 way hotshot, Keith Omoerah. Coach Kirby Schepp also revels in the depth from forwards James Wagner and Malik Irwin.  He has announced the signing of local high school star, 6-6 Wyatt Tait  ( Oak Park)

Conor Morgan enters his 5th year for UBC this Fall.                 photo- UBC Athletics

UBC Thunderbirds – After a banner 19-1 regular season, UBC suffered a dispiriting 2-0 sweep to Manitoba in play-offs. We expect the T-Birds to rebound as a typically strong contender, but graduating Jordan Jensen-Whyte, Will Ondrik, and Harpreet Randhawa will significantly change the mix. They red-shirted Jauquin Bennett-Boire, an impact lead guard, who came from a ‘partial’ rookie season at Saskatchewan. Coach Kevin Hanson boasts a deep returnee roster, with CW 2017 Player of the Year, Conor Morgan, into his 5th year along with guards, Phil Jalalpoor,  A.J. Holloway, and post man Luka Zaharijevic.  Patrick Simon is another experienced veteran on the front line, and young guards Taylor Browne, Isaiah Familia, Izaihah Ugoalah will step up. Coach Hanson has announced the signing of Cam Morris, a 6-6 forward from St. Thomas More Collegiate (Burnaby).

 Lethbridge – 5th year guard Will Hickey is leaving and  2nd year wing, Scott Mazutinec will depart on a Mission for his church. The ‘Horns were 13-7 and will be hoping to improve on that for 2017-18, with Kyle Peterson, transfer (UVic) combo guard, returning for his 3rd year, after finishing his church mission.  Dejon Burdeaux will be a 5th year leader, with Michael Pierzchala, Elliott Sentance, and Zac Overwater adding offensive punch.   6-6 wing, Mark Rodehutskors, should help, coming off the red-shirt list, and UL likely adds another Australian post man.

Winnipeg – Coming off a 12-8 record in 2016-17, the relatively young Wesmen lose  Jamar Farley to graduation, but boast all-rookie team member, Narcisse Ambanza, and CW all-star Denzel Lynch-Blair.  Sean Tarver is a high scoring wing man, and William Sesay, a talented all-round contributor.  Up front, the Ws return big post man, Ryan Oirbans, along with 6-7 Billy Yaworsky Coach Mike Raimbault has had good luck in recruiting local talent and a few top players from the East in his tenure at UW.

The Cascades’ Nav Bains and Wesmen’s Ryan Oirbans will do battle again next season.

Fraser Valley – Coach Adam Friesen will be looking to re-tool his offense, as the Cascades graduate both scoring guards, Manny Dulay and Vijay Dhillon.  There is, however a ton of talent in ‘The Valley’ and the Lower Mainland, and Friesen has established his program largely with locals. He has announced the signing of Harsimran Bhullar of Panorama Ridge HS , Surrey, B.C.  UFV returns a good core of veterans in Navjot Bains, Denver Sparks-Guest, and Anthony Gilchrist.

Brandon – The Bobcats late season run to 9-11 was one of the good stories in Canada West this Winter, and Coach Gil Cheung will be working hard at building on that momentum. They have some key players graduating this Spring, including scorer-rebounder Earl Thompson Jr, shooter Chris Stanhope, Denham Buchanan, and Esmat Atem. The ‘Cats do have some young talent in guards Tyvon Cooper, a CW all-star,  and Pookie Saunders. John Paul will be a 5th year leader up front, along with rookie Kobyn Jopp, and Tyler Anderson.

2017 Rookie of the Year, Scott Kellum, will lead the Vikes next season.

Victoria –  The Vikes lose their go-to scorer, Grant Sitton, and Coach Craig Beaucamp has wasted no time trying to improve on their 9-11 League mark.  Scott Kellum, a headsy guard from Washington state, is the 2017 Canada West Rookie of the Year, and a solid building block. Vlad Zasmolin (Calgary-Churchill)  could be a ‘sleeper’ off the red-shirt list, and UVic returns several young rotation players in Jake Newman, J.J. Hamel- Carey, and Taylor Montgomery-Stinson.  We understand that TRU’s impressive rookie, 6-1 guard Trent Monkman, will be a red-shirt with the Vikes this Fall.  Coach Beaucamp was busy early, and has signed 6-7 Hunter Hughes from Surrey (Southridge), Andrew Goertzen, a 6-8 fwd from Walnut Grove (Langley), 6-11 Eric Hegadoran from Lambrick Park, Victoria, 6-2 Jaden Touchie, Victoria, Oak Bay, and 6-3 guard Aaron Tesfegiorgis, from Calgary – Notre Dame.  Very busy.

More team reports up-coming  _________________________________________________________________________

 

Overtime – 

 

Dinos and Wolf Pack – Top Playoff Seeds

 

Dinos Sweep Bears … Regina gets big home win

Speedy guard, David Kapinga, and the Calgary Dinos

Speedy guard, David Kapinga, and the Calgary Dinos are the top seed for the Canada West playoffs.

#4  Calgary 79  at Alberta  66 –  The Dinos win their 13th straight in finishing the home and home sweep of their Northern rivals. The 2nd half was key for Calgary, as they go 46-34 to pull away, using 23/29 from the foul line to good advantage. Thomas Cooper scores 19 and adds 8 rebounds, while Jasdeep Gill tallies 16 points/ 4 assists in the win, bringing UC to 17-3 on the year. Alberta finish at 10-10, in 6th spot, beating out Winnipeg in a tie-breaker.  The Bears’ Mamadou Gueye is the game’s high man, with 22 points/ 9 rebounds, and Brody Clarke scores 17.  U of A has a very short trip to their ‘play-in ‘ series next week, as they meet the MacEwan Griffins on the North -side of the river in a best-of-three.  Box Score

Travis Sylvestre comes off the bench to lead Regina to a win over the Huskies on Saturday.

Travis Sylvestre comes off the bench to lead Regina to a win over the Huskies on Saturday.

at Regina 84 Saskatchewan 74   –  The Cougars struggle early, but catch some rhythm later in the 2nd half for a clutch home win over the arch-rivals;  UR grabs 5th place at 11-9, and will host Winnipeg in one of two best-of-three, ’play-in’ series next weekend.  Regina out-shoots the Huskies 46% to 35% from the floor, but U of S (8-12)  stays in it for most of the game, hitting 12 treys to the Cougars’ 4. Travis Sylvestre has a solid game for UR, with 19 points/ 6 boards / 4 assists coming off the bench, and both Brandon Tull (5 steals) and Aaron McGowan (4 reb/3 asst) score 14.  Saskatchewan get 24 from Evan Ostertag in his last game for the ‘Dogs, and Shane Osayande scores 17 and adds 15 rebounds, as he continues to impress.    Box Score

at Lethbridge 96   Trinity Western 75  –  The Spartans get to within 3 at half-time, but the Pronghorns run away and hide with a 59 point blitz in the 2nd, as they connect on 15/38 tries from beyond the arc vs 8/25 for TWU. Both Zac Overwater and Brandon Brine put up 20 points, with Overwater adding 5 rebounds and 5 steals.  Rob Olsen has 15 points / 8 boards / 5 assists for the 4th place ‘Horns (12-8) . TWU finish a very difficult campaign with a 1-19 mark; they have Lucas Mannes scoring 20 plus 9 rebounds, and senior wing man, Kelvin Smith adds 16 and 9 boards as well.  Lethbridge gets a 1st round bye in the playoffs, and will play at UBC in their quarter-final series in 2 weeks.  Box Score

at #6  UBC 79   Winnipeg  67 –  The Ws stick with the ‘Birds until the 4th quarter, but much better UBC shooting decides the issue – 49% to 39% from the floor. The Thunderbirds grab 2nd place in the Pioneer, and get home court in the March 4-6 quarter-final series vs Lethbridge.  Very balanced scoring for UBC tonight, with all 5 starters in double figures, as David Wagner converts his inside game for 17 points / 7 rebounds, while Conor Morgan, with 9 and Will Ondrik, 8, lead T-Bird rebounders. Winnipeg get 15 each from Jamar Farley and Jelane Pryce, and Ryan Oirbans has 9 points / 10 rebounds.    Box Score

at Victoria 90  Brandon 74 –   The Vikes get a good shooting game, and cruise to their 9th win, as Mac Roth has a great final contest in UVic colours with 21 points, and Reiner Theil also shows his best as a 5th year grad, at 13 points / 11 rebounds. Earl Thompson Jr. is the game’s high scorer for BU, with 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds.  UVic  are 9-11, and Brandon just 1-19, as both teams miss the playoffs.  Box Score

CIS  #10 Manitoba  (15-5) has the bye in this final weekend of League play.

 

Explorer –  MRU gets a sweep, but Mac  hangs on to 3rd

James Lefebvre has another strong game for the Cougars on his senior night at MRU.

James Lefebvre has another strong game for the Cougars on his senior night at MRU.

at Mt. Royal 94  Fraser Valley 83  –   The Cougars repeat with a strong 2nd half to catch and pass  the visiting Cascades, as UFV sits starters later in the game.  59 points in that half turns the tide, after Fraser Valley led by 9 at the break. James Lefebvre leads MRU scorers with 19 plus 4 rebounds, and Brett Layton continues with his double-double outings, posting 17 points / 15 rebounds / 6 steals. UFV are hurt by 18 turnovers vs only 9 for the Cougars. The Cascades are sharp from long range, with 12/24 from outside, led by 4/5 by Manny Dulay (14 points), while Kevon Parchment scores 18 plus 7 boards and 7 assists.  Mt. Royal are tied in 3rd place with MacEwan at 10-10 , but the Griffins win in a tie-breaker (a win over TRU).  Fraser Valley get a bye next week then travel out to Manitoba for a quarter-final series with the Bisons.   Box Score

UNBC 83 at MacEwan 74 –  You have to hand it to the UNBC T’Wolves (4-16) in the final game of a tough season; they come out and battle for a road win, shooting 47% from the floor, and take the rebounding 40-39, while committing just 10 turnovers. Rhys Elliott again provides the punch on offense with a game-high 24 points/ 5 rebounds, and Colin Plumb finishes strongly, with his 19 points / 9 boards / 6 assists.  Mac (10-10) won’t like to lose going into next week’s 1st round of the playoffs, but they do get there, in 3rd after a tie-break decision over MRU. Ryan Coleman has a nice game for the Maroon, with 17 points / 10 rebounds for a double-double.  Box Score

at T. Rivers  88    UBC-O 79  –  The ‘Pack (16-4) get a sweep to go into the playoff bye week as the #2 seed in the Canada West play-offs; they will host the MacEwan – Alberta winner.  56% shooting on the night, and a 30 point 3rd quarter puts TRU clear, and they hold off a UBC-O rally in the 4th. Josh Wolfram nets 25 points and grabs 6 boards, while Volodymyr Iegorov tallies 19 points, and Luke Morris 17 off the bench. Aldrich Berrios has 17 for Okanagan (8-12), and both Buzz Truss and Mitch Goodwin score 16 apiece. Box Score


 

More CIS Scores from Friday –
Atlantic – at #9 Dalhousie 94 UPEI 81 ,  Cape Breton  85  at St. FX   78
Quebec –  Concordia  at Bishop’s
Ontario –  at  #2 Carleton 105  Waterloo 40 , at #3 Ottawa 109  Laurier  79,  at #5 McMaster 85 Laurentian 66,   at #7 Brock 86   Nipissing 69 ,  Windsor 78 at Western 72 ,  at Lakehead 88  Toronto 77 , at Algoma 71 Queen’s 60


 

Overtime –   

  • Several schools who are hosting games this weekend are suffering reduced attendance because of ‘Reading Week’, as students are off campus in many cases. I assume this was part of the issue at Mt. Royal, as the term ‘Crickets’ could have applied to the small gathering on Friday for UFV at MRU games. Actually, there are a number of schools which have ‘chronic apathy’ when it comes to attendance at their games; it is one of the bigger challenges for Canada West Athletics and member schools.
  • David Wells, our ‘Deep South. Alberta’ correspondent,  tells us he expects
    Watkins

    ‘Pronghorns Nation’ welcomed Brent Watkins to Senior Night celebrations on Saturday.

    Brent Watkins, the 6-10 California import who was such a popular player with UL for 2 seasons (2013-15),  to be one of 4 UL ‘seniors’ honoured on Saturday night. Watkins , who was involved in tragic career-ending auto accident last summer, is in town along with family members, in a reunion with the team and community. ‘Wellsie’ also expresses fear in the ‘Horns camp that Dejon Burdeaux’s recurring ankle/leg problems may be worse this time, and may prevent him from any play-off action. . Also, Spencer Lambert hasn’t made a return from injury , and his number 20 has been worn by Brian Prenoslo,  a 6’4″, 4th year transfer from Red Deer Univ. College.

‘Horns A Win Away From 4th

 

 

Lethbridge senior guard, Jared Baker, and his 'Horns team can XXXX

Lethbridge senior guard, Jared Baker, and his ‘Horns team can clinch 4th spot in the Pioneer with another win Saturday.

at Lethbridge 99  Trinity Western 81 –  The Pronghorns offence carves up the Spartans D, with scoring spread through the line-up. Brandon Brine hits 21 / 6 boards, 4 assists, with Josh Sparkes playing a strong game off the bench at his guard spot, with 15 points/ 4 asst/ 3 steals. The ‘Horns outstanding lead guard, Dejon Burdeaux, plays under 2 minutes, then leaves with a sprained ankle. U of L are 48% from the floor vs 39% for TWU, who turn it over 19 times to 12 for Lethbridge. Lucas Mannes is the game-high scorer for Trinity with 27, including 5/10 from 3 point range. The ‘Horns are now 11-8, with a good shot at 4th in the Pioneer.  TWU falls to 1-18.  Box Score

UBC, sparked by big wing man, Conor Morgan, make short work of the visiting Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday.

UBC, sparked by big wing man, Conor Morgan, make short work of the visiting Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday.  photo –  UBC Athletics

at #6 UBC 99  Winnipeg 52 –  ‘Cruel-shoes’ for the Wesmen, as UBC  (15-4) scores 56 in the opening half to take out all the suspense, and they look a lock for 2nd in the Pioneer. The ‘Birds shoot 50% from the floor vs 22% for Winnipeg, who are overwhelmed by the bigger and more physical T-Birds, who win 56-29 on the boards. Everyone scores for UBC, led by 15 points / 12 rebounds by Conor Morgan. The Wesmen (10-9) have no answer, with Marcello Kambola their top scorer at 14 points off the bench. Box Score

Saskatchewan 73 at Regina 66 –  Full speed ahead for the Huskies, who were on the attack vs a somewhat nervous Regina team.  The 28 of 34 foul shots made by the visitors demonstrated their more aggressive approach, and made the big difference, as the Cougars were a paltry 10/18.  Game !  Especially when you consider the 53-37 rebounding edge to the Sled Dogs.  5 Huskies in double figures led by 17 points / 11 rebounds from big Shane Osayande, and 11 points, 5 reb, 3 asst by Alex Unruh off the bench.  Jonathan Tull was 9/18 from the floor for the Cougs for 24 points, and his brother, Brandon scored 13, but , as a team they shoot only 34% field goals.  Regina drop to 10-9, while the Huskies are now 8-11. Box Score

at Victoria 68 Brandon 55 –  The Vikes (8-11) trail by 8 at the half, but fight back in the final 20 minutes behind 22 points from Grant Sitton off the bench. Vic hits 9 treys vs only 1 for the Bobcats. Brandon (1-18) has 19 points / 13 rebounds from Earl Thompson Jr., and 18 points / 4 steals by D.J. Jordan. Box Score

TRU's Josh Wolfram has a big double, and his Wolf Pack clinch 1st on Friday . photo TRU Athletics

TRU’s Josh Wolfram has a big double, and his Wolf Pack clinch 1st in the Explorer  on Friday .
photo- TRU Athletics

at T. Rivers  77  UBC-O  66 –  The ‘Pack sew-up 1st in the Explorer, as they out-shoot the Heat 45% to 35% from the floor, and hit 10 treys to 7 by the visitors. Josh Wolfram scores 20 for TRU (15-4) plus 10 rebounds/ 4 blocks, with Volodymyr Iegorov adding 16 / 8 rebounds/ 5 assists. Mitch Goodwin of UBC-O is the game-high scorer with 24 points and he adds 9 boards, as Okanagan drop back to 8-11.  Box Score

at MacEwan 85 UNBC 68 –  Over by 1/2 time, with a 47-23 Griffins edge, and they coast to their 10th win against 9 losses for the season. Every one of the 12 players dressed for Mac hits the score-sheet, led by 16 points each from Thadius Galvez and Denzel James, as they shoot 51% as a team from the floor and 11/12 from the line. UNBC are just 34% on FG, getting 17 points from Marcus MacKay and 8 points / 12 rebounds by Colin Plumb, as they drop to 3-16.  Box Score
at Mt. Royal 85  Fraser Valley 70 –  It was 26-25 after 1 quarter, and we had a running game both ways; but late in the 2nd the Cougars pull away, and take a 9 point lead to the break.  UFV, already without big man, Nate Brown, then put Kevon Parchment then Manny Dulay, and Vijay Dhillon (18 points) on the bench, reasoning  apparently, that guaranteed 2nd place, they save the starters for playoff minutes, and give the reserves a run.  MRU gradually build on their lead, and it is a forgone conclusion early in the 4th, with 23 points / 17 rebounds/ 6 steals by Brett Layton, and 19 points/ 9 rebounds/ 4 blocks from James Lefebvre.  MRU are 9-10 and UFV 12-7.   Box Score


  More CIS Scores from Friday –
Atlantic – at Acadia 103  New Brunswick 88, at St. FX 95 Saint Mary’s 88
Quebec – # 8  McGill 69 at Laval 68
Ontario – #1 Ryerson 78 at Lakehead 65, at  #2 Carleton  97 Laurier  60 , at #3 Ottawa 85 Waterloo 60,  at #5 McMaster  81 Nipissing 65 , at Guelph 84 Toronto 79 , Brock 70  Laurentian 67 , York 68 at Algoma   67


 

Overtime –   

  • UVic Coach, Craig Beaucamp, like all CIS coaches, values the accomplishments of his graduating student-athletes, “… this is Brandon Dunlop’s third stint with the Vikes and he as been to the national championships and has been a great leader for this program. He is a teacher and will be a pillar in the basketball community on the Island for many years to come. I give full credit to all three [graduating] players  (Dunlop, Reiner Theil, Mack Burns) this season for the leadership roles they displayed. It’s easy to lead when you’re winning but harder during a rebuilding process. I’m proud that all three guys will graduate with degrees, [Dunlop] with his second.” –  From the Victoria Times-Colonist.

Cascades Inch Closer With Sweep of TRU

 

Fraser Valley Finds a Way, as Dhillon Hits from Outside

Vijay Dhillon's outside shooting carries UFV to a 2nd win over TRU on Saturday in Abbotsford.

Vijay Dhillon’s outside shooting carries UFV to a 2nd win over TRU on Saturday in Abbotsford.  photo – Fraser Valley Athletics

at Fraser Valley  67   #9 Thompson Rivers  62 –  If the Wolf Pack (14-4) look in their rear -view mirror, they may see the Cascades’ (12-6) bus closing in rapidly !  UFV fight back in the last 2 minutes for the win after TRU had tied the game at 60.  The ‘Pack hit a dismal 27% from the floor, with UFV just a bit better at 36%, as the rims get smaller in this battle of 1 and 2 in the Explorer Division.  Kevon Parchment has 20 points/ 7 rebounds for the Cascades, while Vijay Dhillon hits 17 on 6/11 and 5/8 from outside the arc. Josh Wolfram records a double of 16 points / 15 rebounds for the ‘Pack, and Volodymyr Iegorov also doubles, with 12 points/ 10 boards. UFV travels to Mt. Royal next weekend, while TRU are at home vs UBC-O.  Box Score

MacEwan  71  at UBC-Okanagan 62 –  MacEwan grabs a huge sweep on the road vs Okanagan with a 24-12 final quarter seeing them roar by the Heat.  Mac is now alone in 3rd place at 9-9, while UBC-O falls back to 8-10, with their playoff chances slipping away. The Griffins shoot 51% from the floor vs 39% for the home team, and 22 turnovers from the Heat pretty-well seal their fate tonight. Thadius Galvez posts a 20 pt / 7 reb/ 4 steal game to lead the Griffs, with Denzel James adding 16 points / 5 boards/ 4 helpers.  Okanagan get 16 points apiece from Aldrich Berrios and Cameron Friesen (7 rebounds).   Mac is at home next week vs UNBC. Box Score

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MRU’s Derek Wolfe bombs UNBC with 39 points, as the Cougars win 2 this weekend.

Mt. Royal 87 at UNBC 80   –   Derek Wolfe has the game of his CIS career on Saturday in Prince George, as his MRU Cougars get a sweep.  Wolfe hits 8/12 from 3 point range, including a couple in the 4th quarter, as  the Cougars shoot 53% from the floor to just get by the stubborn T’Wolves. Brett Layton has another double-double, with 15 points/ 11 boards for Mt. Royal, who are 8-10, and still chasing a playoff chance.  Rhys Elliott scores 27 ( 7 rebounds)  and Marcus MacKay 20 for UNBC.   Box Score

 

Wesmen Rebound for Key Win Over Lethbridge

Ryan Oirbans powers Winnipeg to a 'must-win' home victory vs Lethbridge.

Ryan Oirbans powers Winnipeg to a ‘must-win’ home victory vs Lethbridge.

at Winnipeg 79 Lethbridge 70   –   The Wesmen come through with a crucial win on Saturday with more aggressive play on both ends of the floor. Their offense takes it directly at the ‘Horns’ ‘D’ , and UW cashes 18/28 free throws vs 5/9 for Lethbridge.  The Winnipeg defense forces 23 UL  turnovers , resulting in 23 UW points. Ryan Oirbans has a stellar game for the home team, with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Jelane Pryce finds his touch, scoring 17 and grabbing 9 boards.  Denzel Blair-Lynch who returned after a 1 game absence, tallies 15 points, 4 red, 6 asst, 4 steals to breathe new life into the Ws. Lethbridge is not as sharp, and they give up too many offensive possessions, and look less confident in the attacking zone. Both Brandon Brine and Dejon Burdeaux claim 10 rebounds, and Brine leads UL scoring with 19, while Burdeaux adds 12 and 5 rebounds. These 2 teams are tied at 10-8, with Lethbridge at home to Trinity next week, and Winnipeg traveling to UBC in the final League games.    Box Score

Alberta  85 at Saskatchewan  80 –  Not wanting to do anything the easy way, the Golden Bears come close to frittering away a 16 point 4th quarter lead, as both teams treat  the ball like it was a grenade on late-game possessions. Lyndon Annetts hits 4 free throws for the Bears down the stretch to secure the win. Credit U of A with bouncing back from a rough game on Friday for a road win which may cement a playoff spot for them. Mamadou Gueye has a big 33 point/ 12 rebound game for Alberta, and he gets help from Brody Clarke (20 points / 6 boards, with Annetts tallying 16 points.  Saskatchewan are just 37% from the floor, as they have Shane Osayande hit 19 points plus 9 rebounds.   Alberta has a single game at home next Saturday vs Calgary, while the Huskies go to Regina for a pair.   Box Score

#7  UBC 84  at Brandon  68 –  After conceding a 4 point Brandon lead at the half, the Thunderbirds ‘get it in gear’ in the 2nd, with much sharper shooting, and more aggressive defense, which forces 26 deadly turnovers from the ‘Cats. Jordan Jensen-Whyte attacks the rim for UBC (14-4), and gets rewarded with a double of 14 points (11/12 from the line), 10 rebounds, plus 5 assists ; Conor Morgan also benefits from free throws, going 8/11 on his way to 20 points, the same as guard Phill Jalalpoor (4/7 from 3 point range). The Bobcats (1-17) look at some new faces in their line-up tonight, but still rely on their top 2 point-getters, D.J.  Jordan (21 points in as many minutes), and Earl Thompson Jr. ( 10 points / 4 assists).  Box Score

Manitoba  91  at Trinity Western  87-   The Bisons prevail in a wild game which almost ignored the defense both ways. The game is tied after 3/4s, and Manitoba wins with a 53 point 2nd half. A trio of Bisons in the 20s, with Keith Omoerah the leader with 24 / 13 rebounds, then A.J. Basi scoring 22, and Justus Alleyn 20. TWU get 24 from Vartan Tanielian off the bench, as he hits 6/12 from 3 point range.. Lucas Mannes has another strong game with 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists for the Spartans. Manitoba finishes their regular season at 15-5, in 3rd place, awaiting their playoff match-up. Box Score

 

 Other CIS Scores Saturday –
Atlantic – at St. Marys 77 Cape Breton  58 , at UPEI 97 Memorial 87, at UNB 96 St FX 70
Ontario – #3 Carleton 74 at #6 McMaster 65, #2 Ottawa 89 at #5 Brock 82 , at Laurentian 84 Nipissing , Western 81 at York 80 ,  at #1  Ryerson 98 Algoma  56, Windsor 93  at Queen’s  87 ,  Guelph 90 at Waterloo 75 , Lakehead 89 at Laurier 85


Overtime –  

  • Tribute words from Coach Adam Friesen, Fraser Valley Cascades, about his 5th year star Kevon Parchment , “He’s had to step up this year in terms of leadership because of all of our injuries and he’s provided a lot of stability for this group. We can always look to him to perform and give everyone a sense of calm. He keeps us in games and gives us a chance to win.” From a nice article in the Abbotsford News by Ben Lypka. 
  • U of L Coach Mike Hansen, after their Friday win at Winnipeg, “It’s scary to know we still haven’t clinched,” said Hansen. “We could still finish as high as fourth, but we could drop to seventh.”  The Pronghorns made the trip without senior guard Rob Olsen, whose wife is expecting.  From the Lethbridge Herald  ( With Saturday’s loss, U of L will be happy to return home for their final 2 League games, after going 1-3 on the road the last 2 weekends.)

‘Old’ Pioneer Powers Scrambling

 

 

 

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

Spartans – Bobcats After a Win

 

D.J. Jordan and his Brandon Bobcats will be looking for win # 1 at TWU this weekend.

D.J. Jordan and his Brandon Bobcats will be looking for win # 1 at TWU this weekend.

Spartans or Bobcats to ‘spoil perfect record’ –

Feature Series –  Brandon  at Trinity Western –  Heartlessly we refer to this as ‘The Battle of the Titans’;  two teams who are having very disappointing and frustrating seasons.  Don’t forget that you have very talented players on both teams, and they dedicate a great deal of time and effort to their sport.  Let’s hope the games are well-played and competitive !  Lucas Mannes, Vartan Tanielian, and TWU? Go Spartans !  Or will it be D.J Jordan, Earl Thompson Jr. and Brandon? Go Bobcats !

Alberta (7-6) at Lethbridge  (7-5) –  Two teams in the heat of the playoff battle, who would both love to sweep, but know the odds are on a split.  If the Bears get Sebastian Denault back on the court, their size / power may be a big factor, with Brody Clarke starting to put his stamp on every game. Alberta could use 1 more perimeter shooter to hit shots (couldn’t we all) against the zone defensive schemes of U of L.  The ‘Horns have been leaning heavily on their 2 mainstays, Brandon Brine and Rob Olsen;  they may need wider contributions, should either star have an off-night.

Can Jordan Charles and UVic knock off the UBC T-Birds in Victoria this weekend?

Can Jordan Charles and UVic knock off the UBC T-Birds in Victoria this weekend?    photo- AP Shutter.com

UBC (10-4) at Victoria (7-7) –  This, in past seasons would have been the ‘big show’, but for the rival Thunderbirds’ first visit to the new CARSA Centre, it lacks that drama, with the Vikes floundering in the middle stages of this season.  UBC comes with the ‘eye of the hunters’, as they chase the UC Dinos for top spot in the Pioneer, while UVic are fighting for their playoff lives.  The Vikes want to set themselves back on course, after dropping 7 of 10 games in the last 5 League weekend series’.  Which headline is more likely? “Conor Morgan comes home to lead the ‘Birds to victory”?  Or  “Vikes Rally, and Upset T-Bird Rivals” ?

Regina (8-4) at Manitoba (9-5) – Two top teams coming off big wins last Saturday (Regina at UBC, Manitoba at Lethbridge), and the home court is a reassuring sight for the Herd.  The Bisons have won 10 of the past 11 games against the Cougars, and both teams may as strong as they’ve been for at least the past 5 – 6 seasons. Keith Omoerah, A.J. Basi, Wyatt Anders, and Justus Alleyn have been stellar for UM, but Regina’s Tull brothers, Alex Igual, Aaron McGowan, and Travis Sylvestre will try to use their momentum to get at least a split.

Saskatchewan (4-8)  at Winnipeg (7-5) – With rumours of some discord in the Huskies camp surrounding rookie guard, Jacquin Bennett-Boire, Saskatchewan faces the Wesmen in Winnipeg. U of S may have their role reduced to ‘spoilers’, just as UW appears to be solidifying their game, and seeking a playoff berth.  Jelane Pryce, Denzel Lynch-Blair, and big rebounder, Ryan Oirbans have been coming on strong, as the Wesmen play the first of 6 straight home games. The ‘Dogs will look to big man, Shane Osayande, and guards, Evan Ostertag and Chan DeCiman to lead them back on the winning track.

Calgary is on a bye week in the Pioneer, and the entire 6-team Explorer Division are taking a mid-winter break.


Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 3.07.27 PMRyerson Rams- the New # 1

For the first time since November of 2012, a team other than Carleton or Ottawa is in the #1 slot of the Coaches Top 10 poll !  The Ryerson Rams, who beat both the Ravens and Gee-Gees last week in Toronto jumped ahead of their OUA rivals. McMaster jumps over Brock, while McGill loses 3 spots, with 2 losses, and Calgary climbs to # 6 with their 8th straight win.

> Note – the CIS Nationals wildcard spot will go to an OUA team – done!

CIS Scores –
Cape Breton  100  St. FX  86 – a sweep of the home and home series for the Capers, with this return match delayed by last week’s big storm.


 

 

Overtime –

  • MRU Coach , Marc Dobell, mirroring the thoughts of most Explorer
    MRU Coach Marc Dobell is happy to have time to rest his team.

    MRU Coach Marc Dobell is happy to have time to rest his team.

    teams getting this week off,  “It is good. We are banged up. We were playing without one player tonight (last Saturday at TRU). A fifth-year player (James Lefebvre, forward) who would have made a big difference for us. He is going to get a chance to recover along with another guy who played limited minutes tonight because he is sore. It is a good time for us to heal some of our nicks and wounds and start focusing in on the last three weekends.” From TRU Athletics – Larry Read.

  • Senior Nights honouring the ‘graduating’ 5th year players across the League are cropping as early as next weekend … Feb. 5/6/7, and through the last regular season games on Feb. 20.  Good reason to get to the gym and see the games live; if you’re alum, you can pay special attention to the young men who will be joining your elite group !

Regina and Manitoba Get Road Wins

 

 

A.J. Basi leads the Manitoba Bisons to a key road victory at Lethbridge.

A.J. Basi leads the Manitoba Bisons to a key road victory at Lethbridge.

Manitoba 102  at  Lethbridge   94 –  All offense, all the time, as the Bisons hand Lethbridge their first  home loss this season, and move up to 9-5, while the ‘Horns are back at 7-5.  The Herd share the scoring, with 6 in double figures, led by 21 from A.J Basi , who hits 4 trays, has 4 assists, 3 steals. Big game for Brett Jewell on the inside, as UM shreds the Pronghorn zone; Jewell has 19 and 4 boards, while Keith Omoerah gives the Bisons a double of 17 points/ 11 rebounds.  Lethbridge got close in the final minutes, with Rob Olsen cashing a pair of treys, but they can’t capitalize, as they have 15 turnovers (not that bad …), but Manitoba just 6 !  Olsen finishes with 25 points/ 8 assists, while both Brandon Brine (13 rebounds) and Zac Overwater score 20 in support.   Box Score

   Regina  83  at  # 8 UBC  79 –  Never say never !  The Cougars (8-4) play a gem of a game in one of the toughest gyms for visiting teams in Canada West!  Credit to the composure of Regina down the stretch; after they lose a 12 point lead with 4 minutes remaining, they battle back with a score by Aaron McGowan and clutch free throws from Jonathan Tull.  UBC (10-4) looked to have the momentum, but some reserve toughness by U of R turned the tables. Tull was the top scorer for Regina with 23, with Brandon Tull and Alex Igual adding 14, and McGowan 13.  Conor Morgan was the game-high scorer with 29 for the Thunderbirds, as he also counts 6 rebs/ 3 steals/ 3 blocks. Phil Jalalpoor chips in with 16 with 4/8 from 3 point range.  Box Score

# 7 Calgary 119   at Trinity Western  75 –   Free-wheeling by the visiting Dinos (12-3), who pour all the troops onto the floor for double digit minutes, and score 33-30-30 in successive stanzas, shooting 56% for the game. TWU (0-12) has the very short bench, and runs out of steam pretty quickly, as Calgary shows no let-up.  Thomas Cooper scores 28 points / 5 boards, and, off the bench, Mitch Ligertwood and Jasdeep Gill each tally 14 points, with Gilladding 6 boards/ 3 assists. Trinity gets 20 points from Kelvin Smithand 14 by Lucas Mannes.  Box Score

 at  Winnipeg 77  Victoria  64 –  The Wesmen (7-5) take a huge leap into the midst of the playoff fray with this 2nd win over the Vikes, and Victoria is slipping out of that group, as they suffer their 7th loss in 9 games. This was a game that turned on streaks of scoring, and Winnipeg came back from 31-23 down near the end of the 1st half to roar past the Vikes with a 17-2 run.  Jelane Pryce was the top scorer again for the Ws, with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots. Denzel Lynch-Blair counted 19 pts/ 5 assists, and Jamar Farley contributes 18 points including 3/6 from 3 point range.  The Vikes (7-7) made it close into the middle of the 4th quarter, but untimely  turnovers and missed shots (39%) sealed their fate; Reiner Theil had 15 points, Brandon Dunlop 14, 5 rebs, 4 assts, and Jordan Charles 13 points.   Box Score

Alberta 68  at Brandon 54 –   Solid 2nd half defense for Alberta, and they get the sweep, moving to 7-6, while the ‘Cats are now 0-12.  The Bears shut down the Brandon offense, and BU hits a measly 29% from the floor compared to 41% for U of A, who also control the boards 50-34. Mamadou Gueye continues his fine play with 18 points/ 7 rebounds to lead Alberta, followed by 17 from lead guard, Colby Jackson, who also had 6 assists, and Brody Clarke with a double of 12 points / 10 rebounds. The scoring really dried up for the Bobcats in the final 3/4s, as only Chris Stanhope (11) and Earl Thompson (10) were in double figures.   Box Score

Saskatchewan has the bye this week.


Wolf Pack Pulling Away in the Explorer Race

Luke Morris is one of many weapons in the TRU arsenal, with 20 points vs MRU Saturday.

Luke Morris is one of many weapons in the TRU arsenal, with 20 points vs MRU Saturday.

 at #9 Thompson Rivers 81  Mt. Royal 62 –   A show of force tonight for the leaders, as they establish a 43-23 lead at the break, and finish off the sweep to now be at 12-2 and well clear of the Explorer field. A much looser game tonight with 43 total turnovers, as TRU cashes 19/22 (86%) free throws, and wins the rebound battle 51-35. The Cougars lose their zip tonight, and hit only 35% from the floor, and fall back to 5-9. Josh Wolfram frames a nifty 19 point / 13 rebound double to lead the Orange, with Luke Morris having a good night as well, with 20 points and 5 rebs. MRU gets 24 points from a rapidly improving Glen Yang from his guard spot, and Derek Wolf adds 15 points / 4 assists / 2 steals.   Box Score

UBC-Okanagan 78 at  UNBC 64 – Down by 7 at the half, the Heat put the defensive clamps on the home town T’Wolves, and blow by in the 3rd quarter. Now 7-7 on the season, Okanagan has some breathing room in 3rd spot. Guards Mitch Goodwin (25 points/ 4 rebs), and Aldrich Berrios (23 points / 4 boards/ 7 assists) provide the sharp point to the UBC-O attack, as the visitors are a hot 53% from the field, including 9/18 shots from beyond the arc. UNBC gets 17 from Elliot Rowe, but really hit a rough patch this weekend, and slide to 3-11.   Box Score

  at  MacEwan  74  Fraser Valley  54 –   Whoa cheval !   This is a big surprise; not a Griffs win, but 20 points?  And 54 for UFV ?  Every quarter, it’s Mac taking control, and the Cascades having no rhythm at all; a good indicator is the rebound total – Mac 51 UFV 34.  Illness, injury for Fraser Valley, maybe, as they are just 7 on the sheet. A 22 point night for Keith Gerdes of the Griffins, and he has help from Denzel James, who charts 15 points/ 6 rebs/ 4 steals, and Ryan Coleman off the bench for 13 points/ 4 boards.  Kevon Parchment with a 15 point / 12 rebound double for UFV, along with 12 points and 11 rebounds by Navjot Bains.   Box Score


 

CIS Scores on Saturday –
 Atlantic-  Dalhousie 79 at UPEI   78  … big road win for Dal over the AUS leaders.
Quebec – Concordia 68 at  # 4 McGill 57 – big change in the Q, as the Stingers get a home and home sweep over the  Redmen.  Bishops 77 at  Laval 73
Ontario –   at #5 Ryerson  #1 Ottawa   #2 Carleton 89 at Toronto  65,  at  # 6 McMaster 77  Western 61,   Laurier 97 at Laurentian 68 ,  at Nipissing 68 Waterloo   65 ,  Lakehead  73 at Algoma 65 , Queen’s 62 at York 59


Overtime –   

  • From our correspondent in L.A., David Wells, we learn that the absence of Dejon Burdeaux for U of L is due to a leg injury, and even after trying warm-up, the ‘Horns import guard could not answer the bell.  Manitoba was also short a lead guard, as veteran transfer (Brandon) Ilarion Bonhomme, who has been so valuable coming off the bench this season, was not dressed due to an ankle issue.
  • What do you do if you’re trapped  in the Atlanta, GA  airport overnight by extreme weather ?  Well, if you’re former Calgary Dinos  star Greg Hess (now living in Houston, TX) , you check out our Canada West Hoops web site for the latest news from Friday games. Nice to hear from Greg, whose aggressive style was part of Calgary’s Canada West championship success in 1976 along with teammates like Tom Bishop, Ted Hellard, Ken Rucker, Mike Santiago, Pat Lee, Phil Christie,  and Ian MacKay.