Clarke Shines as Bears Take Title



Second half power delivers Canada West title to Alberta

Brody Clarke’s 29 points drive Alberta to the Canada West title   photo – U of A Athletics

 Alberta 92  Manitoba  73  –  The Bears big men, Brody Clarke and Mamadou Gueye, flexed their muscles here in the Final, with Clarke taking it at the Bisons’ low post defenders.  Three UM post men accumulate 11 fouls trying to corral the 2nd year Canada West all-star.  Gueye  was converting his chances from the 3 point line (3/4)  to his feathery step- back post-ups.   The Bruins explode for 54 points in the final 20 minutes, as Manitoba appears to tire.

After the opening quarter, Alberta seized the lead, and really took charge in the 4th, as the foul count mounted against the Herd.  UM foul out both Keith Omoerah and Justus Alleyn, who had been so central in their drive to the final. Alberta converted 22/30 free throws, and won the rebound battle 47-31.

For the Bears, Clarke finishes with a game- high  29 points plus 12 rebounds, while Gueye tallies 20 pts/ 8 boards/ 3 steals.  Geoff Pippus does some 4th quarter damage with his 3 point shot, as he posts 18 points on 4/8 from outside, and Austin Waddoups works hard for 17 points / 5 rebounds.

Manitoba could not find their shooting eye from outside nearly as well as they had done against Calgary in the  Friday semi-final.  The Bisons were just 4/22  vs the GBs outstanding 10/21 from beyond the arc. Both Omoerah and A. J. Basi scored 17 points and Keith grabs 10 boards for his double.  Ilarion Bonhomme records 15 points and 5 assists from his point spot.

Both these teams will represent Canada West in next week’s Nationals, which start Thursday, March 16 in Halifax. Box Score  


Cooper’s 19 second half points lead Dinos to OT win 

Dinos Thomas Cooper finds the range in OT win over Saskatchewan                                        photo – David Moll , UC

Calgary 111  Saskatchewan  106  OT –  In one of the strangest games in recent memory, the Dinos snatch victory after trailing by 17 in the middle of the opening quarter following  an 11-0 Saskatchewan run. The Huskies came out firing, and hit 4 treys to surge ahead, and they looked like winners for most of the afternoon.  UC came back with a couple of 3s, and it was 26-20 as the period ended. A late flurry in the 2nd was capped by a buzzer-beating heave for 3 from import guard, Lawrence Moore for U of S., as they were up 51-43 at the break.

Saskatchewan held the lead through all of the 3rd frame, and right into the last minute of regulation, when Calgary’s Thomas Cooper hit a jumper to tie it at 95.  In the OT, Cooper, who had started slowly, poured in another 11 points to pace the spirited Dinos come-back.

Cooper tallied 32 points/ 7 rebs/ 5 assists as Calgary fought to give themselves a realistic shot at the lone wildcard spot in next week’s National Final 8.  David Kapinga played 41 minutes and scored 21 for UC, while Mambi Diawara (17 pts/ 6 rebs/ 5 assts, and Jhony Verrone (16 pts/ 5 assts/ 2 steals/ 3 breakaway dunks )  aided in the big win.

The Sled Dogs, like Calgary, ran right through their line-up , going 10+  deep, with starters Jaylan Morgan and Shane Osayande in pretty early foul trouble. All 5 starters were in double figures, with Moore counting a game-high 33 pts along with 6 rebs/ 4 asst/ 4 steals.  He had big help from Matt Forbes (18 pts/ 6 boards), and Osayande (15 pts/ 8 rebs).     Box Score


In the East –  

The Ontario Wilson Cup Final  –   #2 Ryerson 86 #1 Carleton  79 –  The Rams pull off the upset for the 2nd straight year.    #4 Brock  69   #3  Ottawa 67 – the Gee-Gees may have cost themselves a wildcard spot with this 3rd place  loss.

Atlantic Tournament   Semis –   #10 Dalhousie  78  Acadia  75,   St. Mary’s  81 UNB 68      The Tigers  – Huskies  all-Halifax championship final is Sunday at 4:30 on  AUS TV

 In the Quebec Final  Saturday   #6  McGill 82   UQAM  65 , so the Redmen return as the RSEQ reps at Nationals.



Overtime – 

  • Saskatchewan defeats  Regina  64-53 for the  Women’s Canada West title on Saturday.   Both teams will join hosts, Victoria in the U-Sports Women’s Final 8 Tournament next week on the Island.
  • Guests shot on Canada West TV for Dinos Assistant Coach Matt Skinn, as he bumps ‘ex-buddy’ John Tramble off the ticket with ace play-by-play man, Lucas Meyer.  (Cut-throat ambition, Matty !)
  • The Sunday Atlantic Championship game will precede the conference call for the Wild-card selection committee, as they choose the 8th team for the nationals in Halifax.

Dinos Dust Cascades in 2nd half Barrage


63 point blitz pushes Dinos to a dominant home win

Dallas Karch and the Calgary Dinos buried the UFV Cascades on Thursday.

Calgary  106  Fraser Valley  68 – A 43-37 game at the half turned into the rout for the Dinos, who tallied 63 points in the 2nd half, UC  out-shot the Cascades 49% to 336% from the floor, and hit 25/34 free throws to just 5/11for the visitors. The 24 UFV turnovers gave the potent Dinos offense more than enough chances .

Calgary goes 10 deep with 4 players in double figures.  Thomas Cooper scored 19 points, with 13 rebounds, and both Mambi Diawara and Dallas Karch hit 15 points. Point guards David Kapinga and Max Eisle paved the track with 5 and 4 assists respectively.  Fraser Valley cashed 13/32 shots from outside, with 15 points from Denver Sparks-Guest leading the way off the bench.   Box Score 

Calgary moves up to 9-2 for the season, and Fraser Valley drops to 5-6.  The teams play again on Friday at 8 pm.


Scores from the East – 

Ontario –  at #10 McMaster 85 Laurier 54, at Windsor 85  Western Ont. 78



Overtime –

TRU rookie point man, Madhu McConnell

  • The TRU Wolf Pack, over the Holiday period, lost the services of 2nd year and former all-rookie guard, Jeff Tubbs.  “It is not ideal that now you are trying to figure out player rotations,” Clark said about the situation.  Madhu McConnell (1st year, Victoria, BC) looks to be the player stepping up in the rotation.  Coach Scott Clark says, “ Madhu has seen an increase in playing time and he has responded.”   From Larry Read, TRU Athletics
  • The UC Women (8-3) came back strong in the 2nd half for a 69-59 win over UFV (7-4).  The home team trailed by 3 at the half, but scored 33 points in a hectic 3rd stanza to pull away.
  • You can tell it’s a big point spread in the game when Canada West TV broadcasters Lucas Meyer and John Tramble ‘drift off the dock’ with a thorough discussion of favourite movies and tastiest meals!  Focus boys, focus ….

Bisons Beat Buzzer


Pioneer Division –

AJ Lifts the Herd to Big Opening Night Win in Saskatoon !

The dagger ... from Manitoba's AJ Basi

The dagger … from Manitoba’s AJ Basi

  Manitoba Bisons  91  at   #7 Saskatchewan Huskies  88 – AJ Basi-i-i-i-i, for 3 ! At the buzzer … Bisons win ! The Huskies came back to even it up, after trailing by 8 at 4:40 of the 4th quarter, but Basi drains the trey, breaking the home team’s hearts.  AJ leads the Herd with 22 pts, while Wyatt Anders (15 pts/10 boards), and Ilarion Bonhomme (15 pts/4 rebs) also are big in the win.  U of S has Evan Ostertag with 23, and Shawn Lathan scoring 19.  Well played game … Sask. 47% from the floor, but UM is 51%.       Box Score 


Regina Cougars 104 at Brandon Bobcats 75 –  The Cougars tame the smaller ‘Cats with a relentless offense, hitting 14/29 attempts from 3, and 48% from the floor. 4 Regina starters in double figures, led by Brandon Tull with 21 and brother Jonathan notching 19 and 10 rebounds … Alex Igual double with 12 pts/14 rebounds.  Brandon has Chris Stanhope scoring 23, but they hit 12 fewer free throws, and turn it over 25 times.  Box Score


Plain Logo1at  #9 Calgary Dinos 87   Winnipeg Wesmen  67 – 5 Dinos in double figures, with Thomas Cooper totalling 24 plus 12 rebounds; Calgary grabs 56 boards to Winnipeg’s 46, as neither team shoots it very well. The Ws commit 22 turnovers to 13 for UC; Jamar Farley is the high scorer for the Wesmen at 20 pts, and Ryan Oirbans has 12 pts/10 boards.  Box Score

Victoria Vikes 82 at Trinity Western Spartans 71 – The Vikes come out hot, connecting on 53% from the floor, led by the 24 pos of Grant Sitton, and 20 by Mack Roth.  Reiner Theill scores 11 and has 10 rebs. TWU is just 38% on their FG shooting … Dean Richey scores 22 and Lucas Mannes 17.  Box Score  

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 Alberta Golden Bears – 79  at  #10 UBC Thunderbirds 74 –  Bears shock UBC in Vancouver, as Mamadou Gueye scores 17, and Sheldon Pittman 16  off the bench(hitting 4/6 from 3 pt range). UA hits 12 treys to just 5 for the Birds.  Jordan Jensen Whyte hits 21 for UBC to lead all scorers.  Box Score  


Explorer Division –

 Mt. Royal Cougars  74 at MacEwan Griffins  62 – The Cougars’ defense holds the home team Griffs to just 38 pts after 3/4s, and cruise to the big win. It is a wild affair, with a ‘hot potato’ demonstration of 31 turnovers by MRU and 26 from Mac!  Derek Wolf leads the Cougs with 22 pos, and James Lefebvre has 16 and 8 boards. Thaddeus Galvez is tops for MacEwan with 12 pts.  Box Score

at Fraser Valley Cascades 79   UBC-O Heat 67  –  The Heat hang in there, but UFV wears them down, shooting 43% to 38% for the visitors, and the Cascades hit 20 free throws to 13 for UBC-O. Kevon Parchment (19 pts) is one of 4 UFV players in double figures, with Mark Johnson hitting 15 and grabbing 10 rebs. Aldrich Berrios has 14 pts for Okanagan.     Box Score

Thompson Rivers WolfPack 94 at UNBC Timberwolves  89 – The ‘Pack hit a sizzling 67% from the floor, including 10/17 from outsicde.   But, the T’Wolves, who surrendered a 10 point lead after 1 frame (27-17),  fought back tenaciously (51% from the floor themselves), closing to within 1 points at 50-49, early in the 3rd. TRU steadied, and 46 points in the 2nd half gave them the win, behind Volodymyr Iegorov’s 29 pts/ 4 rebounds, and 21pts/4 asst/3 steals by Reese Pribilsky. UNBC has point man,Billy Cheng, with a career best 32 points/ 5 asst., plus Rhys Elliot scoring 29 and adding 7 rebounds. Box Score



Other CIS Scores –

OUA Weds.- #4  Brock 83 at McMaster 75,  #6  Western 90 Waterloo 69, #5 Ryerson 85 Toronto 84, Windsor 88 Laurier 77

Friday Scores –  UPEI 102 St. FX  71, Acadia  82 Cape Breton  77, Dalhousie 68  UNB  63, at  #1 Ottawa 91 Nipissing 49, at #2 Carleton 93 Laurentian 48, #4  Brock 63 at Algoma 57, at  Lakehead 65 Guelph 64



Dinos Canada West TV – Tops in the League   

Ned Boznak, left, Lucas Meyer, right

Ned Boznak, left, Lucas Meyer, right

As Canada West TV moves a pay-per-view model across the League, we are more aware of qualitative differences from one broadcast spot to another.  The Calgary Dinos are lucky to have the fine production work of Ned Bosnak’s Maverick MediaWorks Inc., and, for the 5th year running, the play by play acumen of professional broadcaster, Lucas Meyer.   We asked Meyer how he might prepare for a home weekend of broadcasting both the Women’s and Men’s games –

  •   “It really starts the weekend before where I’m piling through team stats, personal stats, game stories of both the Dinos and their opponents from the previous weekend and before. I’m also refreshing on individual backstories and getting immersed in team, CIS, CanWest and other sites.”
  • “Then I submit our preview to Dinos athletics early in the week and I’m … re-reading those stats and notes through the week. “
  • “The day of the game, I write out all the key information that I feel is necessary to have at my fingertips …  you never how a game is going to go and what nugget you’ll use ….
  • “I get in at the gym an hour before, chat with Ned about what we want to do, do our pre-recorded preview for both the women and men that plays in-house before the game, open up about 10 tabs on my laptop and then I’m reading my notes right until we go to air. “


Overtime –

 Reiner Theil provides leadership for the Vikes.

Reiner Theil provides leadership for the Vikes.

  • UVic Coach Craig Beaucamp and 5th year captain, Reiner Theill, on the Vikes’ plans for this season, “Like anything in sports, you can’t replace certain types of players, you find different ways to do what you do,” said Beaucamp, who is entering his 13th season at the helm and hoping to lead the Vikes to a fourth-straight appearance at CIS nationals.  “We won the conference last year. There are a lot of new guys, but the expectation is the same,” said Theil, a team captain. “We definitely want to get back to playoffs and make a hard push toward nationals.” From the Victoria Times-Colonist. 
  • The Saskatchewan Huskies have serious injury issues … It was announced earlier this week that Matt Forbes, their top post player, is gone for the season with his broken foot,  and 3rd-year forward Shane Osayande is still rehabbing a bad ankle injury from last season and he likely won’t see action until after Christmas.  (from the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix).  It’s definitely, ‘small-ball time’ for the Huskies!
  • Fraser Valley Coach Adam Friesen, on his 2015-16 team,  “We’re a talented group,” said Friesen, whose team finished first in the Pioneer Division last season with a 17-3 record and went on to earn the Canada West bronze medal. “We have some guys being put in different roles, but I think we’re a deeper team than last year, and also more versatile.  It’s yet to be determined whether we can be better than last year’s team ….”   (From UFV  Athletics, Dan Kinvig.)



Game Night – A Great Show !


Game Night Thursday –  Battle of Alberta –  Dinos Host the Bears  !


Josh Owen - Thomas and his Dinos teammates expect a jam-packed Jack Simpson Gym for the Bears game this Thursday - 8 pm.

Josh Owen – Thomas and his Dinos teammates expect a jam-packed Jack Simpson Gym for the Bears game this Thursday – 8 pm, Senior Night !                   *                                                              Photo- David Moll, for UC Athletics                                                                


The Talented People Who Make Game Night  Special – 

(*This game day report presents the people at the U of C, and we know there are so many others in each of the other 16 Canada West schools who deserve similar recognition.) As fans, and certainly as team members, we are really not totally aware of all the people who are ‘behind the scenes‘, and working hard at helping to make game day a successful competitive and entertainment experience.

Dinos Athletic Director, Ron Wuotila

As we prepared this special piece, we were struck with the quality of preparation, skill, experience, dedication, and sacrifice displayed by this large crew.  We congratulate all of them for the fine work they do, and UC’s Athletic Director, Ron Wuotila (right), and his staff for engaging such a diverse and talented bunch. They all play their special part, and together make Dinos Game Day a first-class experience. (Ed. note – There are more workers behind the scenes, of course, and we’re sorry we couldn’t include them all.)


Rex - 'Big Dino on Campus'

Rex – ‘Big Dino on Campus’

Rex – ‘Big Dino on Campus’ – working the crowd for most home games, Rex has been brought to life by 100+ student volunteers since his joining the Dinos team many years back.  Delivering high fives, and receiving and returning hugs to young and not-so-young Dinos fans, he prowls the stands.  His instantly recognizable Dinos costume is the latest of several ‘outfits’ he has sported over the years, and it always keeps his silent ‘inner-self’ somewhere between cozy warm and boiling hot !


 Troy  Eagar,  Referee –  A very active member of the Calgary Basketball Officials Association, who is part of the ‘elite’ corps of refs who work the Canada West League, Troy has been ‘in stripes’ since he started shortly after his university days. A 5 year CIS player with Cape Breton (now a part-time scout for Capers Coach, Matt Skinn), Troy grew up in Halifax, but moved to Calgary to find a teaching job, and he has taught Jr. High here ever since the late 1990s. “I’ve worked a couple of National Championship games at the CIS and CCAA (college) level, and those have been career highlights, for sure”, he says.  “I really enjoy being part of the refereeing association in Calgary.  We’re very much a big team, and we support each other, and enjoy doing a professional job on the court.”



Derek and Karen Ryder, Dinos super-fans – They saw their first game in 2002/03 and have faithfully followed both the Men’s and Women’s teams ever since.  “The intensity and focus of the athletes is inspiring. All the players we have ever met are really nice, polite, enthusiastic and love what they do,” says Derek.  “We sit where we sit (front and centre, by the scorers table) because we’re at the centre of the action, and can see the faces of the players and the coaches.” The Ryders balance their other favourite Winter activity, working the downhill ski patrol at Sunshine Village near their home in Canmore, with cheering on the Dinos.



Lesley Ramlakhan, and her husband Vijay Ramlakhan –  30-second clock and score-clock operators Long-time members of the   ‘Best- in- Canada West’  table crew (judged by the League’s referees).  Lesley (24 second clock operator) and Vijay (score clock)  are familiar faces at the scorers table.  She’s been there for 9 years, and Vijay for 11, and they’ve been with Dinos Athletics for almost 15.  “ … I spend the majority of the game focusing solely on the ball, from who’s got it, to its rebound trajectory so I know whether it hit the rim or not”, says Lesley.  Vijay “ … has been frequently, but fondly, referred to as “fast fingers” by the officials. Getting the score change on the board simultaneous to the ball going through the net ! ”



Alex with young fans, Tana (L) and Muriel (R).

Alex Nickerson – Cheerleader –  Alex is a flier,  the one who gets launched into the air by her teammates, then (almost always !) caught when she lands.   “I love it”, she says. “Even though it can be pretty scary at times.” Alex is a lively and enthusiastic member of the UC Cheer Team, and  has been a  cheerleader since she was 12 years old.  “ As a team we love to perform during the games, and we also did all the home football games.  Basketball makes it much easier to be interactive with the crowd. A lot of the time they get  really pumped up during the game and the team really feeds off of their energy!, Alex exclaims.”



Mike BoylesThe Associate A.D. – He has a rich history as a Calgary Dino and was a member of the UC Hall of Fame Dinos Football Team (1983-85) – coaches Peter Connellan, Tom Higgins, Athletic Director Dennis Kadatz … players including Greg Vavra, Kent Warnock, Tom and Tony Spoletini, and Steve Rodehutskors. Mike is in charge of events services, and is omnipresent on game day with the big organizational task for each home event.  He directs a staff of 25 or so for basketball, plus about 10 on the Canada West TV crew.  Mike has been with Dinos Athletics for 24 years, and, at one time, has coached both football and rugby.



Micah Reim – Team Athleic Therapist – Micah is a 3rd year Athletic Therapy major in the Faculty of Kinesiology at UC. To complete his practicum credits, he works with (and travels with) the team as their assigned student-therapist. “I see this as a huge opportunity to learn, not only in the therapy area, but the team skills as you relate to coaches and players as well”, says Micah.  Incredibly, his practical supervisor is 4th year student, Micah Ziel  (a female Micah), who shares some of the duties, and guides his therapy work.



Ned Boznak, left, and Lucas Meyer, right

Ned Bosnak –  The  TV production crew head –  The President and C.E.O. of Maverick MediaWorks Inc.  On game nights Ned is the Technical Director with “ … some of the most experienced and talented people working with me”, he says. Widely acknowledged as the finest TV production in Canada West (and likely all of the CIS), Ned is quick to point out the investment he (and U of C by hiring his firm) has made in  “great equipment and great people”.  On his crew he includes seasoned pros like Don Hessler, a veteran Global TV cameraman, right through to recent SAIT and Mt. Royal grads. The ‘Voice of the Dinos’ on the TV games is the dynamic Lucas Meyer, who also writes and reports for 660 News and Sportsnet.


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Ben Matchett – Associate AD – Ben,  who is ‘2nd in command’ for UC Athletics, has done it all for the Dinos program, all the way from events work, Sports Information,  game announcing, and even doing a great job of belting out ‘O’Canada’.  “It’s probably due to my early start with my school choir, and a bit of voice training”, he declares, modestly.  As a game announcer, he calls the game highlights, scores, subs, and  also coordinates the big replay screen, as well as commercial messages, and cueing the entertainment.



* David Moll –  UC Dinos official photographer – David has, for many years now, coordinated the photography for Dinos teams.  On game nights he completes an elaborate set-up synching special lighting to achieve the amazing action shots used on the team web-sites, and for promotional purposes. His work is unique, with his ‘isolation technique’ capturing the up-close emotion of the athletes and their big moments in a game, usually taken from his low, end-line position, court-side.



Jay Michalak-  Director, Band of Outriders – This Dinos Band adds so much colour to basketball game nights, and in Jay they have a most experienced college band musician as their leader.  As a music student at Northwestern University (Chicago) he was a member of both the basketball pep band and the University Marching Band.  “As part of the marching band, I went to Pasadena in 1995 for the Rose Bowl, and in 1996 to the Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)”.  The ‘Band of Outriders’ has many UC students among their number, and the majority of members are also alumni of the Stampede Showband program.