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

    ‘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.

Dinos Top ‘Horns in Firefight


Round 1 to Calgary in a high-scoring affair –

Thomas Cooper's 24 points led the UC Dinos to a key win over UL on Friday.

Thomas Cooper’s 24 points led the UC Dinos to a key win over UL on Friday. photo – David Moll, UC Athletics

at  #5 Calgary 101  Lethbridge 91 –  As advertised, it was an offensive show on Friday in Calgary, as the 5th -ranked Dinos solved the UL zone in the 4th quarter, after seeing a 17 point – 2nd quarter lead disappear in the 3rd.  Again rolling over his line-up, with 10 players at 10 minutes +, Dinos Coach Dan Vanhooren got good guard play from both Torrez McCoy and David Kapinga at the top of the attack. 5 UC players in double figures, led by the ever-reliable Thomas Cooper with 24 plus 7 rebounds/ 3 assts. Lars Schleuter (17 pts/6 reb)) and both Matt Letkeman and Dallas Karch with 14 points,  pushed the attack, while Matt Ellis claimed 8 boards in just 13 minutes. UL got 21 apiece from Brandon Brine (8 reb) and Dejon Burdeaux, but Burdeaux’s foul trouble hampered the ‘Horns down the stretch.  Calgary is now 13-3, and Lethbridge in a 9-6 log-jam in the middle of the playoff pack.  Box Score

Bisons get game one of the Red River Rivalry on Friday at home.

Ilarion Bonhomme and the Bisons get game one of the Red River Rivalry on Friday at home.  photo – Manitoba Athletics

at  Manitoba 79 Winnipeg 65 –  The Bisons (12-5) opened with a rush, taking a 27 -14 lead after 10 minutes, and held the Wesmen to 36% from the floor to get a big intra-city win at UM tonight. Manitoba hit 47% FG against the tough UW defense, as A.J. Basi did his thing, hitting 23 points with 6/13 from outside, and Keith Omoerah helped with his 17 pts / 9 rebs/ 5 asst. The Wesmen (9-6) got 20 points from Denzel Lynch-Blair, and some good rebounding by Ryan Oirbans (12) and William Sesay (11), but were ineffective at the offensive end in the 2nd half when they needed a rally.  Box Score

Just for our two visiting B.C. schools in the Pioneer Division (UVic in Regina, and TWU at Alberta), we’ve ordered up a virtual ‘heat wave’ in Saskatchewan and Alberta –   Regina +2, and Edmonton +3 ! Shorts weather out here boys ! Did it help the Vikes and Spartans on Friday ?    A-h-h … No ! )

 Regina  85  Victoria 73 –  The Cougars (9-6)  had the hot hand at 49% from the floor as Jonathan Tull played the lead role with 23 points / 6 rebs/ 4 assts/ 2 steals, and ‘little brother’ Brandon cashed 16 points / 4 assists . The home side controlled the boards (44- 35) , with 6th man, guard Aaron McGowan, grabbing 7, and Stephen Shields 6.  10 Regina 3-pointers vs 4 for UVic really put a stamp on it. The Vikes (7-10) had 17 from Mack Roth and 16 by Jordan Charles, but went down 58- 31 at the half to take any drama out of the contest, as they lose their 5th straight.  Box Score

at Alberta  78 Trinity Western  58  –  A stingy Bears defense chokes off the Spartans offense (29% FG) , and the home team uses a 30 point 2nd quarter to stake themselves to a 49-27 lead at the break.  Mamadou Gueye has a stellar effort with 28 points and 8 rebounds for U of A (8-8), and Brody Clarke chips in 17 points / 5 boards.  Kelvin Smith had 15 points for TWU (1-14), who were out-rebounded 52-37.  Box Score
 at Saskatchewan  77 Brandon  76 –  The Huskies carve out a win, despite 4 missed free throws with seconds left, giving the ‘Cats a shot to win … but, no.  U of S led throughout, but never put it away, as Brandon came to within 1 on several occasions .  D.J. Jordan scored 33 points for BU, with 4 of the Bobcats 10 treys (vs only 3 for the Dogs). Saskatchewan had 4 players in double figures, led by 5th year guard, Evan Ostertag with 15, and Shayne Osayande with 13 plus 6 boards. Earl Thompson Jr. hit 20 points / 8 rebounds for Brandon, but they fall to 1-14, while U of S goes to 5-10.  Box Score

Fraser Valley Out-shoots Heat in Kelowna

Nate Brown and the UFV Cascades take a road win over UBC-O.

Nate Brown and the UFV Cascades take a road win over UBC-O.

Fraser Valley  81  at UBC-Okanagan 65 –  Still with Canada West’s shallowest bench (8 players) , the Cascades play a solid team game. Led by 18 points from Nate Brown (8/11) plus 14 points / 8 rebounds by Kevon Parchment,  UFV hits 55% from the floor as they climb to 10-5.  UBC-O (7-8) cannot do better than 35% from the field, and, despite several mini-runs in the middle frames, they could not challenge in the 4th. 12 points / 8 rebounds from Mitch Goodwin and 13 points each from Aldrich Berrios and Cameron Friesen were Okanagan’s best.  Box Score


at Thompson Rivers  87  UNBC 70 –  A slow (13-24 ) start didn’t faze the ‘Pack, as they rang up 31 in next ten minutes and pulled away for a comfortable win in the 2nd half.  52% shooting for TRU (13-2) against 32% for UNBC spells big trouble for the visitors, as Josh Wolfram scores 25 plus 8 rebounds, and Volodymyr Iegorov notches 21 and 10 rebounds to lead the way. Marcus MacKay finds the range for 27 points for the T’Wolves, with an amazing 9/15 from 3 point range; this is not enough, however, to prevent UNBC from dropping to a Division low 3-12.  Box Score

Glen Yang has a big night for MRU as they beat MacEwan on Friday.

Glen Yang has a big night for MRU as they beat MacEwan on Friday.                          photo-  MRU Athletics

 at Mt. Royal 83  MacEwan  74 –  The first game of this crucial set goes to the Cougars as they ride the 26 points from Glen Yang, who converted all 12 of his free throws.  The fouls were a big factor in the outcome, as Mac had 28 to 15 for MRU; that translated into 24 points for the home team to just 7 for the Griffs. The Cougars’ James Lefebvre, with 16 points/ 5 reb, and Brett Layton 12 points / 10 boards also figured prominently for Mt. Royal, who are now 6-9 and tied with the Griffins.   MacEwan got 18 points from Denzel James and 12 points / 11 boards from Chris Mooney, but 22 big turnovers  resulted in 25 Mt Royal points, spelling doom for Mac.   Box Score




More  CIS Scores   –  
Thurs  …  Quebec –  UQAM  82  McGill  78  , Concordia  72  Bishop’s 53
Friday … Atlantic – at St. FX 88  UPEI  85 (ouch!)  , UNB 107  at Saint Marys 97 ,                                  at Acadia 76 Cape Breton 73
Ontario –  at # 1 Ryerson 105 Laurier 82, at #2 Ottawa 78  #3 Carleton 72 ,     # 4 Brock 77 at Toronto 71 , at Windsor 82 Laurentian 62 , Lakehead 78 at York 63, at Algoma 96  Waterloo 68 ,  at Western 75 Nipissing 43 , at Queen’s 93 Guelph 81


Overtime –   

  • Manitoba wing man, Keith Omoerah,  on the excitement around the home and home series with Winnipeg, “Every time you play your hometown rival it’s your toughness (that matters),” Omoerah said. “The playbook kind of goes out the window a little bit. It’s just who’s going to play the hardest that weekend. Whoever plays the hardest usually comes out with the victory.”   From the Winnipeg Sun – Kirk Penton.
  • A celebration of the  Life and Accomplishment  of famed  Alberta Colleges coach, Phil Allen, will be held at the Saville Sports Centre in Edmonton on Wednesday, February 17  at 10:00 am in the main gymnasium. There will be a reception to follow. Players, Alumni, Colleagues, Family and Friends are all welcome. Please RSVP or contact the family directly – joelallenx@gmail.com

UBC-O, MRU Claim Upset Wins

Explorer Division Leaders Get Dusted Saturday

Aldrich Berrios leads the Heat to a big home win.

Aldrich Berrios leads the Heat to a big home win.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Overtime –

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

‘Birds Fly Away From ‘Horns


Thunderbirds Claim Top Spot With Sharp Offensive Display

at UBC  95  Lethbridge 73 –   UBC flew past the visiting Pronghorns with a 31 point 2nd  quarter, and scored 50 in the 2nd half to ice a key win to tip off the 2nd half of the schedule. The Thunderbirds sit on top of the Pioneer Division with a 7-2 mark going into Saturday’s 2nd game of this series.  Once they got the offense rolling, it was all T-Birds, with 4 players in double digits, led by Phil Jalalpour’s 19 points, 16 plus 8 boards from Patrick Simon, and 15 points each by David Wagner and Conor Morgan. Jalalpour, the import guard, hit 5/7 beyond the arc as UBC shot 51% from the floor vs 40% for Lethbridge.  Zac Overwater scored 14 for the ‘Horns (5-2), with Rob Olsen adding 12.   Box Score

at Calgary 73 Saskatchewan 68 – An excruciating game for the first 3/4s , then the Dinos finally found a hot hand in 5th year guard, Josh Owen-Thomas, who hit some clutch shots, including 2 treys to keep Calgary close to a game Saskatchewan crew. Neither team shot it at all well for the game, with UC at 35% and the ‘Dogs with 36%.  The 4th had most of the fire -works, as Calgary’s Thomas Cooper scored 12 of his game high 22 points, and Owen-Thomas chipped in with 13. The Dinos benefited from a cleaner ball-handling game than the Huskies, with just 8 turnovers to a cruel 22 for U of S.  Shane Osayande, the 6-7 post man, who had missed the first half of the season with injury, was strong for the visitors, scoring 20 points and hauling in14 big rebounds. Jauquin Bennett-Boire and Evan Ostertag scored 11 each, but they, like their ‘mates had a cold shooting night.  Box Score  

at Victoria 85  Manitoba  77 –   After leading 41-34 at the half, he Vikes allow the Herd to catch them in the 4th, but Manitoba has nothing in OT, as UVic cruises 10-2 there .  A very solid effort at home for Victoria (6-3) , as they shoot 48% FG and 20/23 (87%) from the line, while turning it over just 9 times. 28 points from Grant Sitton to go with 11 rebounds sparks the Vikes, who also get 20 points from Mack Roth, and 11 pts/ 12 rebounds by Reiner Theil. Manitoba, also now 6-3,  are led by 17 apiece from Brett Jewell and A. J. Basi. Box Score

Thursday, in game 1 of their home and home series,  Winnipeg 83 at Brandon 72    Despite 30 points from the Bobcats Earl Thompson Jr.,  the Wesmen get a road win to move to 4-5 on the season.  Denzel Lynch-Blair was the offensive leader for the Ws, with 25 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals, while big post man, Ryan Oirbans posted a strong double-double of 13 points/14 rebounds. The game breakers were the Winnipeg advantage of 21/28 free throws vs the Bobcats slim 4/8 from the line, and the messy 30 turnovers by Brandon, leading to 27 Wesmen points.  Game 2 goes Saturday in Winnipeg. —  Box Score


Explorer Division

Cascades Open Smartly at Home vs Cougars

UFV's Kevon Parchment's complete game leads the Cascades.

UFV’s Kevon Parchment’s complete game leads the Cascades.

at Fraser Valley  89   Mt. Royal  75 –  The combination of a hot-shooting Fraser Valley team (51% from the field), and 24 Mt. Royal turnovers spelled disaster for the visiting Cougars. Kevon Parchment had another stellar night with 28 points and 14 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals.  The ‘Swiss-Army knife’ of CW basketball!  Manny Dulay adds 19 for the Cascades  (6-3) on 5/10 from 3 point range. MRU (2-7) got 19 points and 11 rebounds from their impressive rookie post, Brett Layton. Box Score 

Thompson Rivers 69 at UBC-Okanagan 57 –  Not a particularly compelling win by the ‘Pack, but they don’t all have to be ‘Rembrandts’!  TRU shoots 45% from the floor to just 32% for the Heat.  Volodymyr Iegorov leads the Wolves with 23 points and 11 boards, and Josh Wolfram, in a relatively quiet effort, adds 13 and 6 rebs.  Aldrich Berrios, characteristically, is a stand-out for UBC-O with 19 points, 5 rebs/ 2 assts, but no other Heat player hit 10 points or more.  Box Score
MacEwan  74  at UNBC  59 –   The Griffins (4-5) grab some attention with this impressive road win, as they jump all over UNBC defensively, limiting the T’Wolves to 33% shooting on the night.  Mac, on the other hand is warm, with 49% FG, led by Thadius Galvez with 19 points/ 5 rebs, and Denzel James’ 18 plus 7 boards.  Rhys Elliott scores 22 for UNBC (3-6), and Colin Plumb hits for 16 plus 7 rebounds, but no one else really made a dent for the home team. Box Score


Other CIS Scores –
Atlantic – Saint Marys 80  Dalhousie 64, Dalhousie  82  St. FX  67 ,  UNB  84              Cape  Breton  83,
Quebec –  Montreal 70  Bishops  44, Laval  68  Concordia  60 … and, on Friday          Laval 71 Concordia 62
Ontario –  Toronto 72  York 70

Overtime –

  • Scott Clark, TRU Head Coach, on his club’s 1st place, 7-1 record,  “What you did before Christmas is just posturing for the most part. The league championship isn’t won before Christmas. It could be lost depending on how terrible your pre-Christmas was. We can’t sit and pat ourselves on the back.”  From The Kamloops News
  • UBC’s Conor Morgan, a potential all-star who admittedly struggled at times
    UBC's Conor Morgan

    UBC’s Conor Morgan

    in the opening half of the season, had a mini training camp with his former high school coach, his Dad, Dave Morgan, in Victoria over Christmas. “I had to hit the re-set button,” Morgan said. “Sometimes, back in Grade 12, my dad and I would clash on the bench. But over Christmas, I listened to everything he had to say. I felt like I had nothing to lose.”  Howard Tsumura of the Vancouver Province gives us more details in this story.

  •  U of M’s, Wyatt Anders, asked in a Q & A by The Manitoban’s Mike Still,  ‘How important is it to the Bisons to have guard Ilarion Bonhomme, and the return of Keith Omoerah ?’ –  Anders replies – “Having Keith back is a real blessing. The years off, maturity-wise, really helped him.  … since he was able to mature as a person, he’s shown his true potential and kept it on lock. As for Ilarion, the little dude is tough! I’ve never seen a guy get hit and hammered so much and still get up and ready to fight – he doesn’t back down from anyone and offensively he’s a firecracker that can blow by you really quickly.” More at ‘The Manitoban – Questions and Anders’.

Bisons Bury Bears, UFV Upset

  Bisons Beat Alberta With Big 2nd Half

Keith Omoerah has a big night for Manitoba, as the Bisons get a home win over Alberta. photo - UM Athletics

Keith Omoerah has a big night for Manitoba, as the Bisons get a home win over Alberta.               photo – UM Athletics

 at Manitoba Bisons   90  Alberta Golden Bears  68  –  Manitoba (3-2) takes complete charge in the 2nd half, with a 49-33 blitz, aided by 22 Bears turnovers on the night. Keith Omoerah, in a comeback season after taking a couple of years off, has a huge 29 point night on 11/14 from the floor, dishing out 7 assists, and making 4 steals.  Justus Alleyn is effective for the Herd, with 14 points and 7 assists, and AJ Basi scores 13. The Bisons get 39 rebounds to the U of A’s 29, and they out-shoot the GBs 52% to 47% from the floor. Brody Clarke plays a solid game for the Bears (2-3), scoring 20 points/ 5 rebs. , and both Colby Jackson and Mamadou Gueye total 10 points apiece. Box Score

Lethbridge Pronghorns 83  at Regina Cougars  76 –   Regina go up 43-36 at the half, but come out flat in the decisive 3rd frame, as the Pronghorns paste the Cougs 31-11.  Regina make a bit of a late run, but U of L  hold on for a big road win, improving to 3-0. Lethbridge has 4 in double figures, led by 20 pts from Rob Olsen, 16 points/ 12 rebounds by Brandon Brine, and 15 pts/ 7 boards from Chris Maugham inside. Jonathan Tull is the game high man for the Cougars (2-1) with 23 points, and Travis Sylvester adds 16.  The game is ragged at times, with 26 turnovers by Regina and 23 from Lethbridge.             Box Score

UBC Thunderbirds 81  at Saskatchewan Huskies  72 –  The Huskies are game, but

Jordan Jensen-Whyte leads the T-Birds to a good road win, scoring vvv points vs Saskatchewan.

Jordan Jensen-Whyte leads the T-Birds to a good road win, scoring 22 points vs Saskatchewan.

their execution at the offensive end just isn’t there, as they drop to 1-4.  UBC hits 47% from the floor to  42% for U of S, and 19/30 free throws to 13/24 for the Dogs.  25 points by the ‘Birds off 19 Huskies turnovers cliches the deal.
Jordan Jensen-Whyte is the game high scorer at 22 points, adding 5 assists, while Conor Morgan tallies 13/ 5 rebs/ 4 steals. Saskatchewan are paced by Mack Burns’ 12 points and 5 rebs/ 4 steals, but their 3 starting guards, Evan Ostertag, Shawn Lathan, and Jauquin Bennett-Boire are a combined 7/24 (29%).  The home team draws to within 4 in the final minutes, but UBC finishes with free throws from Morgan, and a trey by Will Ondrik.  Box Score

at Winnipeg Wesmen  85 Trinity Western Spartans  68  –  The Wesmen put up 50 in the opening 20 minutes, and never look back, moving to 3-2 on the season. Denzel Lynch-Blair scores 24 and makes 5 steals, while Ryan Oirbans has 17 points/ 8 boards for Winnipeg. Trinity allow too many points in the paint in the final quarter, and never really threaten. Lucas Mannes leads the Spartans (0-5) with 19 points, Dean Richey adds 17/ 8 rebs/ 7 steals, and Kelvin Smith scores 11 plus grabbing 10 rebounds.   Box Score

  at Victoria Vikes 72 Calgary Dinos  71  –   UVic Coach Craig Beaucamp is quoted earlier in the week saying, “Our defense gives us a chance every game …. “, and that was certainly true tonight, as the Vikes go to 5-0 with a last-second free throw from Mac Roth.  Defense wins for Victoria, who shoot just 38% from the floor, as do the Dinos.  Vic opened up a 3rd quarter lead, but Calgary (3-2) caught them in the final minutes of the 4th.  The Vikes get 2 shots and 2 rebounds, and Roth is sent to the line off a foul call which just beats the buzzer. Mac finishes with 19 points and 5 boards to lead Victoria, while Calgary’s Thomas Cooper is the game’s high scorer with 22/ 8 rebs. Box Score

Explorer Division –

Josh Wolfram scores 20 plus 11 boards to pace the 'Pack to their 5th straight win.

Josh Wolfram scores 20 plus 11 boards to pace the ‘Pack to their 5th straight win.                 photo –  TRU Athletics

 at Thompson R. WolfPack 74  Mac Ewan Griffins   60 – The WolfPack (5-0) wear out their shooting arms, with 34 points in the 3rd quarter, and lead 65-39, then MacEwan comes to life, but are too far back to threaten. Neither team shoots well, but TRU has 4 in double figures scoring – 20 pts/ 11 rebounds for Josh Wolfram, 19 points/ 10 boards for Luke Morris, and another double of 12 pts/ 11 rebs by Volodymyr Iegorov .  The Griffins match the ‘Pack (46-47) on the glass, but 21 turnovers and 35% shooting foil their efforts. Thadius Galvez scores 15 to lead Mac (1-4).  Box Score

Colin Plumb and his UNBC teammates grab a huge home win over UFV on Friday.

Colin Plumb and his UNBC teammates grab a huge home win over UFV on Friday.     photo – UNBC Athletics

 at UNBC Timberwolves  81  Fraser Valley Cascades  74 –   There was a lot of ‘hooting and hollering’  as the clock wound down on the ‘trap-game’ upset of previously unbeatenUFV by the home-standing Timberwolves.  Big win for UNBC… one of the best you have had in your school’s young Canada West history. The Cascades are up 44-37 at the half, and things were proceeding as might be expected.

The T’Wolves (2-3), however, had other ideas, and, sparked by the 23 points from the consistently sharp Rhys Elliott, they caught and passed the Trees in the 3rd quarter, and increased their margin in the 4th.  48% FG shooting was one edge for the home side, and the 11 treys (3 by Marcus MacKay, and 2 each (off the bench) by Vaggelis Loukas and Elliot Rowe)  provided the necessary momentum.  Oh, and a mere 9 turnovers by a solid guard corps was critical as well; Billy Cheng helped with 15 points/ 3 asst/ 2 steals, and Colin Plum with 13 points/ 9 boards/ 2 steals.  Kevon Parchment scored 25 for the Cascades (4-1), adding  11 boards, while Vijay Dillon had 16 pts. and Manny Dulay 14.
Box Score

at UBC-Okanagan Heat  73  Mt. Royal Cougars  58 –  A solid game for the Heat (2-3), as they build through the 44 point 2nd half to a strong finish.  Okanagan is 46% from the floor to only 37% for MRU, and the Heat score 26 off turnovers to the Cougars’ 14.  Aldrich Berrios has another good night, with 23 points/ 7 rebs, while Dean Johnston hits for 18 points / 5 boards for UBC_O.  Mt. Royal (1-4) have Derek Wolf with 17 and Brett Layton with 16 points   Box Score




  • Correction !  CW Hoops Editor error ! (Why would we use the Canada West site, when we can go to the CISHoops.ca ‘Bible’ for any stat … Coach Barry Rawlyk of Saskatchewan has a CIS overall winning percentage of 71% in Canada West (League and playoffs), and 74% in CIS play overall. Sorry for short-changing you, coach!  Martin Timmerman – CISHoops editor-  is on the job !
  • UVic Athletics  must be kidding with the goofy horns blaring the whole game with the Vikes – Dinos on Friday.  Not sure why the League would allow this, but it is a ridiculous atmosphere for a game.  Bush League.
  • What else can we learn at this fantastic CIS Hoops info site ? Well, for example … which teams are more often in the CIS Top 10, and which have never made it ? An historical summary of the CIS Top 10, courtesy of Martin Timmerman at cishoops.ca
  • Spanish guard, Alex Igual, is back in action for the Cougars.

    Spanish guard, Alex Igual, is back in action for the Cougars.    photo – UR Athletics

    Good article about Regina’s Spanish import guard, Alex Igual, in the Regina Leader-Post by Ian Hamilton  .  Igual talks about a rough year of re-hab after suffering an early season injury. “Last year was tough because I wasn’t able to help my team,” Igual said. “It’s frustrating when you see how the season is going and you can’t help them.It’s awesome to be with my teammates again and be a part of the team.”

  • More from the U of L’s  ‘Wellsie and the Coach’ –  In this interesting Pronghorns podcast, they talk about how a smaller centre like Lethbridge might overcome the ‘Central Ontario advantage’ , and compete for Canada West and National championships –   “… develop local players,  keep guys together, and bring 1 or 2 import stars to raise the level,” says Coach Hansen. He also  hints at a terrific new import player coming in next season ( Australia ?).   For more of this podcast.




Vikes Hammer Huskies


UVic Make a Strong Case

Vic's VVV drives by Saskatchewan's Chan De Ciman.

Vic’s Reiner Theil drives by Saskatchewan’s Chan De Ciman.  photo UVic Athletics

at  Victoria Vikes 83 Saskatchewan Huskies 58 –  The defending CW champs send a clear message that they will be fighting to retain that crown, as they smother  the Huskies offense, yielding just 23 points in the first half. The Vikes shoot 54% from the floor, led by 18 points from Mack Roth, and 15 points/7 rebs by Grant Sitton. Saskatchewan, who are our-rebounded 35-22 by UVic, get 20 points from Jauquin Bennett-Boire.    Vikes are 3-0, and Huskies drop to 1-2.      Box Score

at Manitoba Bisons   96    Calgary Dinos  90   OT –  The Dinos led through the early 4th quarter, but a Bisons rally forced the visitors to score the last 4 pts. in regulation to get to extra time.  Free throws spelled the difference as Manitoba were a strong 23/28, while UC only 14/23;  Wyatt Anders had a monster night on the boards, with 20 for UM.  Justus Alleyn had a career best 27 points and added 9 assists to lead the Buffaloes attack, and Ilarion Bonhomme counted 16. Calgary got another great scoring effort from Thomas Cooper, with 38 points/ 8 rebs/ 4 assts, while Jhony Verrone was the only other Dino in double figures with 11.  Both teams are now 2-1.   Box Score

Winnipeg Wesmen  71 at Alberta Golden Bears  60  –  In a bit of an upset, the visiting Wesmen hold the Bears offense at bay, as they force 21 UA turnovers.  The Ws outscore Alberta 41-26 in the final 20 minutes. Jelane Pryce leads Winnipeg with 21, while Mamadou Gueye notches the same for U of A and adds 11 boards.  Both the Wesmen and the Bears are 1-2.    Box Score

at Lethbridge Pronghorns 85 Brandon Bobcats 75 –  The ‘Horns started slowly, but stormed back with a 48-34 2nd half edge, to grab the home opening win over the 0-3 Bobcats. The 5 Lethbridge starters were all in double figures, led by Brandon Brine with 14, plus 13 rebounds.  Brandon got 27 from DJ Jordan, but shot a mere 4/20 (20%) from the line, but inexplicably  hit 46% from 3 point range.   Box Score

at UBC Thunderbirds 94 Trinity Western Spartans 69  –  The T-Birds establish a 20 point lead at the half, and waltz away with a clear win to go to 2-1.  Trinity is out-shot 49% to 37% from the floor, and out-boarded by a whopping 55-32. Will Ondrik is high for UBC with 18 points, with Patrick Simon coming off the bench for 10 pts/ 10 rebs.  Both Lucas Mannes and Dean Richey score 14 for the Spartans, who are now 0-3. Box Score


Explorer Division – 

UFV's Kevon Parchment has another solid game to lead the Cascades.

UFV’s Kevon Parchment has another solid game to lead the Cascades.

at  Fraser Valley Cascades 74 MacEwan Griffins 64 –  A workman-like effort from the Cascades, as their defense forces McEwan into 21 turnovers, and they clean -up at the foul line (18/21 vs 8/11 for Mac). The pair of Kevon Parchment (9 rebs) and Marcus Morgan each knock down 17 points for the 3-0 UFV.  McEwan’s Keith Gerdes is the game-high scorer with 21 pts / 7 rebs     Box Score

Thompson R. WolfPack101 at Mt. Royal Cougars 72 –  The WolfPack fed generously with 58 points in the final 20 minutes, shooting 55% from the floor.  TRU’s Josh Wolfram had a big night , with 35 points and 9 rebounds, while Reese Pribilsky hit 24 pts/ 9 boards/4 assists.  Brett Layton continued to impress in his 1st year with 28 points / 7 rebs for the Cougars.  TRU is 3-0 and Mt. Royal 1-2.  Box Score

UNBC Timberwolves 64  at UBC-Okanagan Heat 48 –  All the numbers favour the T’Wolves (1-2) in this one – UNBC is 45% from the floor / UBC-O only 39%, the Heat are just 1/15 from beyond the arc compared to 5/16 for the Wolves, and UNBC has only 16 turnovers to 22 for the home team. Rhys Elliot, with 15 points, and  Billy Cheng with 14 plus 5 assists, lead the Timberwolves, while Mitch Goodwin has 11 for  0-3 Okanagan.  Box Score


Other CIS Mid-week … Memorial sweeps Saint Mary’s in St. John’s,  99-86 on Sunday.  Weds.- Ryerson 84 McMaster 69, Cape Breton 98 St. FX 87, Toronto 91 Waterloo 65 … In Quebec on Thurs.-   UQAM 79  Bishop’s 75

Friday  CIS Scores –

Quebec – Concordia 66 Laval 62

Atlantic – #10 Dalhousie  73 Memorial 60,  Acadia 81 St. FX 71

Ontario –  #1 Ottawa 89  at Lakehead 61 ,  #2 Carleton 85  at Guelph  59,  #7 Western 83 Windsor 63, Queen’s 69 Laurentian 68,  York 81 Nipissing 62



Overtime – 

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson starting for Galitos-Tiey in Portugal

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson starting for Galitos-Tiey in Portugal

  • Euro – Report … Ross Bekkering (UC), playing in The Netherlands for 4-2, 2nd place, Donar Groningen, is scoring 13.5 ppg/ 9 rebs/ 2.5 assts.  Jordan Baker (UA) and Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (UC) in Portugal, with Galitos-Tiey.  Team is 3-3, tied for 4th … Baker is top scorer with 22 ppg/ 11 rebs, while JO-J is 7.8 ppg/4 rebs/4 assts.   Rob Sihota (UC) in Hungary with last place MAFC Budapest … scoring 13.6 ppg/ 7.3 rebs.  Nick Loewen (MRU), playing now for CB Agustinos-Eras in Leon, Spain (2nd Division (A-B), who are 1-1, and Nick is scoring 11 ppg / 4.5 rebounds.  Chris McLaughlin (UVic), playing for the Gmunden Swans, Austria is at 10.2 ppg / 6.4 rebs.
  • 5th year guard, Billy Cheng, is set to have his career year for the
    UNBC's 5th year guard, Billy Cheng - photo Prince George Citizen.

    UNBC’s 5th year guard, Billy Cheng –      photo Prince George Citizen.

    UNBC T’Wolves;  Coach Todd Jordan says, Billy’s been a big piece for us probably since his second or third year. We need a lot from him and the expectations are high.” “I take it as more of a challenge in leading this team that’s young,” said Cheng, who’s double majoring in finance and international business. “Todd has given me confidence in doing so and keeping all of my teammates together.”  details in this Prince George Citizen story by Andrea Johnson. 

  • Manitoba Coach, Kirby Schepp, assessing his Bisons’ chances in Canada West this season, “We’ve got probably one of our more athletic groups certainly since I’ve been here,” Schepp said Thursday. “I think we expect to be a pretty good team. But the way Canada West as a league is, it has such tremendous parity. Every weekend is going to be really, really difficult.” From the Winnipeg Free Press.



Vikes – Huskies in Feature Series


CW … Series of the Week –

Likes Brandon Dunlop drives against Huskies' Chan De Ciman (#1) and Trevor Severinski (#13) in October U of S win.

Vikes Brandon Dunlop drives against Huskies’ Chan De Ciman (#1) and Trevor Severinski (#13) in October U of S win.          photo – UVic Athletics

#9 Saskatchewan Huskies (1-1) at  Victoria Vikes (2-0) – The Victoria Vikes

Mack Roth , Vikes

Mack Roth , Vikes

are having yet another ‘Official Home Opener’ for the their bright new, yellow -themed CARSA Centre, as the Saskatchewan Huskies return for this week’s League series. Fans will remember the October opening for the Guy Vetrie Tournament, when the Sled Dogs won 3 games over ‘heavy-weights’, Fraser Valley, Carleton, and the Vikes … that one was 95-72 !

But … this is now.  UVic is 2-0, and ‘finding a different way to get things done on the court’.  A shaky pre-season brought some doubt, but Mack Roth, Reiner Theil, and Grant Sitton are hoping to lead a quick resurgence for the defending Canada West champs.  They, like the Huskies, will be playing a more guard-oriented game, even though both teams pride themselves in getting the ball into the paint.  It’s just not your classic back to the hoop , Chris McLaughlin – type attack.

  • Key Huskies –  Evan Ostertag, Jauquin Bennett -Boire, Shawn Lathan, Trevor Severinski
  • Key Vikes –  Grant Sitton, Brandon Dunlop, Mack Roth, Reiner Theil.

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One notable match-up is the grizzled  5th year vet, point man Brandon Dunlop (left, above), in his 3rd ‘Tour of Duty’ on the Viking ship, going up against ‘raw rookie’, Jauquin Bennett-Boire (right), the Huskies QB on offense. JB-B is more likely to be a scoring threat, but Dunlop is a cagey and tireless worker, who will give all he has for a Vikes win in both these games.

Dinos rookie guard, Torrez McCoy, returns to Winnipeg with the Dinos.

Dinos rookie guard, Torrez McCoy, returns to Winnipeg with the Dinos.  photo – David Moll – UC

#6 Calgary Dinos (2-0) at Manitoba Bisons (1-1) – Home-opener for the Bisons, who have big dreams, but they’ve dropped 5 of their past 6 meetings with the Dinos, and need to find a way to control the diverse Calgary attack.  The trio  of Wyatt Anders on the boards (#1 in CW at 12.5 rpg), AJ Basi (21 ppg) with the deep treys, and point guard Justus Alleyn (4.5 assts, 9 ppg) are central to the Bisons game plan.  Calgary has a 10-11 deep rotation, led by 4th year import wing, Thomas Cooper, averaging a double/double of 25 ppg/10 rebounds. Dallas Karch (11 ppg, 5 rebs) and Lars Schleuter (10 ppg/ 4.5 rebs) are a pair of 6-7 forwards who got off to a good start in week 1.  Both these games should be nip and tuck, and won in the final few minutes.

Winnipeg Wesmen (0-2) at Alberta Golden Bears (1-1) –  Second prize for the Ws is another weekend in Sunny Alberta !  Tough scheduling start for the Wesmen, who need a bigger dose of offensive flow against a Bears team intent on leading with their aggressive defense. UW’s Jelane Pryce is expected to produce 15+ ppg, and needs a better shooting performance this week. Jamar Farlay (14.5 ppg) looks to be a big cog in the offense, but the Wesmen need more ‘hands on deck’. Alberta are good at home, and had Mamadou Gueye, Sebastian Denault, and 1st year import guard, Colby Jackson, score in double figures vs UBC last week.

Brandon Brine leads the Pronghorns into their home opener vs Brandon.

Brandon Brine leads the Pronghorns into their home opener vs Brandon.

Brandon Bobcats (0-2)  at Lethbridge Pronghorns (0-0) – Opening night for the ‘Horns, who have one of the longer returnee lists in the League.  Guards, Jared Baker, and Rob Olsen, along with forward, Brandon Brine, are ‘prime-time players’, and import guard Dejon Burdeaux (Fresno CC) is a potent back-court addition for U of L . For the revamped Bobcats, DJ Jordan scored19 ppg in Brandon’s 2 losses vs Regina last weekend, and he  gets help from Chris Stanhope (17 ppg) and Earl Thompson Jr., a beast on the boards (10 rpg) who scored 11 ppg .

Trinity Western Spartans (0-2) at UBC Thunderbirds (1-1) – Trinity may encounter  a flock of angry T-Birds this week, after UBC dropped their home opener to Alberta last Friday. Conor Morgan, David Wagner, and Jordan Jensen -Whyte and company figure to do some damage to a TWU squad trying to establish some team cohesion;  Dean Richey (import guard, Spokane, WA) looks like a leader, and Kelvin Smith has the tools; team shooting and rebounding need to pick up.  We note the Spartans improved turnover ratio, as new Coach Aaron Muhic works for a more efficient style.

The 2-0 Regina Cougars get the bye this week.


Explorer Division – 

Nate Brown is a strong presence inside for the Cascades.

Nate Brown is a strong presence inside for the Cascades.

MacEwan Griffins (1-1) at  Fraser Valley Cascades  (2-0) –  Another test for the defending Division champions, as they host a veteran-laden Mac team.  UFV may not overwhelm, but they get the job done, with their experience and toughness. Mark Johnson (3rd year tsf from Coll. of the Desert, Palm Springs, CA), is obviously a great addition, and he joins battle-tested vets, like Kevon Parchment and Nate Brown to form another strong Cascades squad. The Griffins will have to earn everything they get; Denzel James and newcomer Thadius Galvez look like a dynamic pair for the Griffs.

5th year guard, Reese Pribilsky, leads a potent 'Pack attack.

5th year guard, Reese Pribilsky, leads a potent ‘Pack attack.  – photo – TRU

Thompson R. WolfPack (2-0) at Mt. Royal Cougars (1-1) –  The ‘Pack come in with an 8-0 record over the pre-season and opening week.  Josh Wolfram, Reese Pribilsky, and  Vololodymyr Iegorov are a ‘wrecking crew’ on offense.  The Cougars respond with new-found size and scoring by 1st year post Brett Layton, a 6-8 returned Mormon missionary, who retained and refined some of his hoops skills last summer. James Lefebvre and Derek Wolfe are seniors that MRU will rely on, if they are to get a win vs the ‘Pack.

UNBC Timberwolves (0-2)  at UBC-Okanagan Heat (0-2) –  Here are 2 teams looking for their first victory of the young season.  Both coaches see these as ‘winnable games’, and a split is a necessity, even on this 2nd weekend. The T-Wolves ride the scoring touch of Aussie guard, Rhys Elliot, and an increasingly confident Billy Cheng, who scored 32 in the first of 2 strong team efforts against TRU last week. Okanagan also came to play on the road at Fraser Valley, and they showed more offensive depth, with Dean Johnston, Mitch Goodwin, Aldrich Berrios, and newcomer, Randall Mosca all averaging double figures.


Overtime –

Volodymyr Iegorov, TRU's new 'secret weapon' !

Volodymyr Iegorov, TRU’s new ‘secret weapon’ !  photo – TRU Athletics

  • TRU’s Coach Scott Clark appreciates the impact that  Vololodymyr Iegorov  the 6-7, 3rd year  forward, from Donetsk, Ukraine is making on his WolfPack team.  “He scores in a variety of ways, “ Clark explains. “He doesn’t score in your face. He got to the line, he scores in transition. He scores a three or two. He got a couple from the post some from the back cut. He is like a ‘silent assassin.’ He is a good player and that is the way good players go about their business.”  (From News Kamloops ).  Iegorov scored 29 ppg on opening weekend, and he is a huge addition, playing beside TRU’s other ace big man, Josh Wolfram.
  • You are Thompson Rivers, at 8-0 vs CIS and U.S. Colleges, but do you get even a sniff from the CIS Top 10 voters ?  Ah-h-h, NO!  Why you say? Well, it’s obvious that the Canada West Explorer Division is considered a ‘B League’ .  Any team in the Explorer, even the consistently competitive Fraser Valley Cascades, are passed over by this perception. These teams may have to live with that until 2016-17, when Canada West again merges the teams into one almost unfathomable 17 team League.

Familiar Names Lead Scoring


Calgary,Regina, Victoria Claim Sweeps

Pioneer Division –Regina copy

Regina Cougars  87 at Brandon Bobcats 73  –  The Cougars get the sweep in Brandon, shooting 53% from the field, as Jonathan Tull notches 29 pts/ 11 rebs. The Bobcats are better tonight, with DJ Jordan scoring 25 off the bench, but Regina rules the boards 52-37.  Box Score

Import guard, Thomas Cooper,scores 26 for Calgary.

Import guard, Thomas Cooper,scores 26 for Calgary.








at  #9 Calgary Dinos  88  Winnipeg Wesmen  55  – The Dinos come at UW in waves, as Thomas Cooper tallies 26 pts, including 5/6 from 3 pt range / plus 8 rebs, with Dallas Karch scoring 12, as Calgary shoots 50%. Winnipeg fades badly in  losing the 2nd 45-22, shooting just 31%. Kuet-Kuet is tops for the Ws with 16 points/ 10 boards.   Box Score

at   #7 Saskatchewan Huskies 77   Manitoba Bisons  70    – The Herd are up 27-17 after 10 minutes, but it’s all downhill from there;  the Huskies win the 2nd half 40-25, to get a split at home. Evan Ostertag leads for U of S again, hitting 21 points, and Jauquin Bennett-Boire tallies 17/ 5 assists.  The Bisons get 20 from AJ Basi, and 10 pts/ 15 boards from Wyatt Anders. Box Score 

Mack Roth has big game for Vikes.

Mack Roth has big game for Vikes.

Victoria Vikes 78 at Trinity Western Spartans 61 – The Vikes get a road sweep, as Mack Roth heats up with 28 points.  Trinity has trouble against the UVic defense, and the Spartans are 31% FG, with only Josiah Allison (15 points) and Lucas Mannes (13 points/7 rebs scoring in double figures.  Box Score


at  #10 UBC Thunderbirds 82   Alberta Golden Bears  54 – The Thunderbirds repair the damage from opening night, and give it back to the Bruins in spades!  47% from the floor to 31% for Alberta – 45-36 rebounding edge, with guard, Phil Jalalpoor snatching 10 – and 5 ‘Birds in double digits scoring, led by 16 from David Wagner and 15 from AJ Holloway off the bench.  Colby Jackson has 13 for the Bears, whose offense, to put it politely, sputters.      Box Score  


Vijay Dillon has a hot game for the Cascades

Vijay Dillon has a hot game for the Cascades

Cascades and ‘Pack On Top

Explorer Division –

at Fraser Valley Cascades 84    UBC-O Heat  69  –  The Cascades get the 2nd on home court by blitzing the Heat 52-32 in the 2nd half; UFV shoots 57% FG and 13/22 (59% ) on 3s. Vijay Dillon strikes for 26 points, Mark Johnson 21/6 rebs., and Kevon Parchment rings up 20 points/ 9 assts. UBC-O gets 19 points/ 7 rebs from Dean Johnston, and 14 points from Randall Mosca. Box Score

 at MacEwan Griffins 88   Mt. Royal Cougars  82 – With 14/27 from 3 point range, the Griffins grab a split, as Thadius Galvez scores 23 / 7 assists, and Tarik Scott adds 15 points. MRU hits just 3/16 attempts from 3 point range, and is a mediocre 21/38 (55%) from the line. Cougars’ Post man, Brett Layton scores 28 points / 7 big blocked shots, and James Lefebvre chips in with 26 points/ 7 boards.   Box Score

Thompson Rivers WolfPack 85  at UNBC Timberwolves  79  – The foul shot is a weapon for the bigger Wolf Pack, as they hit 23/27 vs 15/20 for UNBC. Josh Wolfram shoots a bit more tonight, and not pays off for 27 points and 15 big boards.  Volodymyr Iegorov scores 23, and Reese Pribilsky adds 20. Rhys Elliot of the T’Wolves leads all scorers with 30 points, and Elliot Rowe contributes 13, as UNBC loses 2 straight at home.  Box Score


Other CIS Saturday Scores –

 OUA –    at  #1 Ottawa 97   Laurentian  66, at #2 Carleton 102   Nipissing  67 ,  Laurier 76  #6 Western 71,  McMaster 86 at Algoma 56 , Guelph 61  at  Lakehead   50 , Windsor 91 Waterloo 81,  Queen’s 77  York  66

In Quebec –   Concordia 69 UQAM  56,  … McGill at Harvard  … Am. Int’l   Bishop’s

 in the AUS –  UPEI  95 St. FX 91  , Cape Breton 94  Acadia   76 , Dalhousie 84 UNB  82,    at Memorial  97  Saint Mary’s 63


Overtime –

  • Another big man down …  “Cascades power forward Nate Brown left the game midway through the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury, after making a layup and landing on a Heat player’s foot on his way back down.”  And , from Coach Adam Friesen, “Nate’s a big part of what we do, so any team that loses a guy like that mid-game, there’s going to be a time of adjustment,” Friesen said.  (From Dan Kinvig, UFV Athletics)

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Conor Morgan gives the 'Birds a versatile scoring threat.

Conor Morgan gives the ‘Birds a versatile scoring threat.


UBC Thunderbirds – Coach Kevin Hanson, 16th year

This is a big year for T-Birds Basketball, as they prepare to host the CIS Final 8 Nationals next March.  The ‘Birds, led by 5-time CW Coach of the Year, Kevin Hanson, have 7 new faces in their 12-man roster, and Hanson suggests, “ … it’s going to depend on how we jell;  how we work together as we build for March.” 

Of his 5 returnees, 4 have played big roles in previous seasons;  5th year forward , David Wagner, should be a very reliable scorer and rebounder as will Conor Morgan, who can play an ‘all-court’ offensive game.  Veteran guard, Jordan Jensen-Whyte has  experience, and exceptional quickness for a big guard. Coach Hanson recruited several players who are ready to step in immediately – wing man, Will Ondrik, red-shirted last season for UBC after 3 years at TRU, and guards Taylor Browne and Phil Jalalpoor will be in the rotation. Patrick Simon (ex-Simon Fraser) is a big body forward who will add depth up front.

The T-Birds won 2 of 3 in their own October Invitational, and Coach Hanson allowed that, “We liked the players’ effort and performance in our Tournament.”   The veteran coach would like nothing better than to have his Thunderbirds playing well enough to be a bonafide contender for that CIS title in the Spring.

UBC has more pre-season games vs the Seattle Mountaineers, Simon Fraser, Mt. Royal Cougars, and the ‘Fighting Geoducks’ of Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.  UBC plays their entire pre-season schedule in the ‘friendly confines’ of War Memorial Gym.

Returnees –

Elijah Campbell-Axson   G      6-0,  2nd Year,    Vancouver

Jordan Jensen-Whyte   G     6-6,   4,  Calgary

David Wagner          F   6-9,      5,     Kamloops

Conor Morgan      W    6-9,      3,       Victoria

Luka Zaharijevic     F    6-7,     3,      Vancouver

Will Ondrik             F    6-7,      4,     Vernon, tsf Thompson Rivers

New Thunderbirds –

A.J. Holloway        G      6-2,    4,         Tacoma, WA, tsf Bellevue Comm. Coll.

Taylor Browne        G      6-2,    1,         Surrey, Holy Cross  HS

Phil Jalalpoor          G      6-2     3         Shifferstadt, Germany, tsf Olds Coll.

Dominic Gilbert        F      6-6     1          Sydney, Australia, Reno International Prep

Patrick Simon          F      6-8      2       Port Coquitlam,  tsf Simon Fraser

Roger Milne             F      6-8      1        Winnipeg, Oak Park HS



Mack Roth is set to shine for UVic

Mack Roth is set to shine for Victoria                – photo Ali Lee, UVic

Victoria Vikes – Coach Craig Beaucamp – 13th year

UVic Coach Craig Beaucamp, another 5-time CW Coach of the Year winner, contends that “ Our best recruits are our returning players; they’ve worked hard, and developed their skills, strength, and knowledge of our game.”  He puts great stock in his players doing things, ‘the Vikes way”, and the defending Canada West champs will be determined to  compete at that level again this season.

The latest ‘reincarnation’ of feisty guard Brandon Dunlop give the Vs a great leader at the point, and  Mack Roth has become somewhat of a go-to scorer, with his range and strength to get inside, while Reiner Theill will be the defensive stopper, who can hit timely shots. Grant Sitton is extremely skilled offensively, and has the size to out-match perimeter defenders.

Frankly, the one man who will be ‘impossible to replace’ is  Chris McLaughlin, now a pro in Austria, after earning the League MVP last year;  UVic ‘lived large’ off his scoring and rebounding dominance. Early results show that there is much work to be done as the season wears on, but “ … our best local recruiting class in many years gives us great confidence for the future”, says Beaucamp. Indeed, the addition of 1st year players such as Josh Charles, Tyus Barfoot, and 2nd year transfer Billy Yaworsky give instant depth to the team.

The Vikes are on the road for the next 2 weekends, in S. Ontario , then at Eastern Oregon for 2 games on the 30/31st.  Their opening League weekend (Nov. 6/7) has them at home against the Saskatchewan Huskies.


Grant Sitton             F     6-8, 4th year, Brush Prairie, WA

Reiner Theil              W   6-5,   5, West Vancouver

Kai Greene            G   5-10, 2, Seattle

Mack Roth             F     6-6,   5,  Saskatoon

Brandon Dunlop    G     6-1,  5,   Victoria

Jordan Charles       G    6-5, 3, Duncan, BC

Justin Kinnear           F    6-6, 3, Montreal

Hassan Abdullahi    G   6-3, 3, Scarborough, ON

Hayden Lejeune F    6-7, 2, Chilliwack

New Vikes – 

Jason Scully           F 6-4, 1, Victoria /St. Michael’s

Josh Charles          F 6-5, 1, Duncan, BC/Cowichan

Tyus Barfoot          F 6-5, 1, Nanaimo /Nanaimo District

Graeme Hyde-Lay   G 6-1, 1,  Victoria /St. Michael’s

Billy Yaworsky        F 6-7 Winnipeg – tsf/Skagit Valley Jr Coll

Taylor  Montgomery-Stinson     G    6-3, 1 , Victoria / Claremont


Overtime – 

  •   Here’s the Regina / Calgary schedule for the Cape Breton Tournament, starting Thursday.

Thursday                                    Friday                                  Saturday

1-Regina – UPEI                        Winner 1 vs  W2                    Championship

2-Nipissing-Acadia                    Loser 1 vs L 2                          3rd place

3-Calgary-St. FX                        Winners game                             5th

4-Cape Breton-Western                 Losers                                    7-8

  • Other Thursday games-  Victoria at Brock  , Bishop’s at Guelph ; the Vikes continue with games at McMaster on Friday, and Guelph Saturday.
  • Our condolences to the family of Lon Doty, who passed away earlier this week. A great Dad to his children, he was a big Calgary Dinos supporter during and after his son Steve played for Gary Howard back in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.  Lon made a big commitment to his community, both in business and in his generous work for charities.  He was a tremendous friend to so many, and he will be fondly remembered by those who knew him.
  • Recruiting news – Here’s a nice story by Howard Tsumura on a star 2-sport athlete, Parker Stimson, from Kelowna HS.   He’s likely to be pursued by schools like UBC, Calgary, Alberta  et al … those who have football and basketball.  Truly, it’s a very tough assignment to be successful at both sports while studying at a university, but it’s hard for some athletes to give up on one or the other game.

CIS Final 8 – Schedule Set


This week's CIS Final 8 at Ryerson - 1st time ever in Toronto.

This week’s CIS Final 8 at Ryerson – 1st time ever in Toronto.

CIS Final 8 – Tournament Seeding

1. Carleton Ravens (Ontario champions: 17-2 reg. season / 3-0 playoffs)
2. Windsor Lancers (Ontario finalists: 15-5 reg. season / 3-1 playoffs)
3. Ottawa Gee-Gees (Ontario 3rd place: 18-1 reg. season / 2-1 playoffs)
4. Victoria Vikes (Canada West champions: 15-5 reg. season / 4-0 playoffs)
5. Dalhousie Tigers (Atlantic champions: 10-10 reg. season / 3-0 playoffs)
6. Bishop’s Gaiters (Quebec champions: 8-8 reg. season / 2-0 playoffs)
7. Ryerson Rams (Ontario 4th place: 17-2 reg. season / 1-2 playoffs)
8. Saskatchewan Huskies (Canada West finalists: 15-5 reg. season / 3-2 playoffs)


Tournament Schedule –

Wednesday, March 11 – Team practices, and All – Canadian Awards  

Thursday, March 12 – Quarter-Finals
11 am  – game 1-  # 8 Saskatchewan vs. # 1 Carleton
1 pm –   game 2 –  # 4 Victoria  vs. # 5 Dalhousie                                                     break –                                                                                                                                   6 pm – game 3 – # 7 Ryerson vs. # 2 Windsor                                                                                                  8 pm – game 4 – # 6 Bishop’s  vs. # 3 Ottawa

All games can be seen on (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv

Friday, March 13 Consolation Semis
2 pm –    game 5 – Loser game 1 vs. Loser game 2
4 pm –    game 6 – Loser game 3 vs. Loser game 4

Saturday, March 14 – Consolation Final (5th) and Championship Semis
2 pm –   5th-place game – winners  Games 5/6   (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv)  break                                                                                                                                      6 pm  Semifinal 1 – Winners games 1 and  2 (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv)         8:30 pm Semifinal 2: Winners games 3 and  4 (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Sunday, March 15 – 3rd Place game and the Championship Final
11:30 am 3rd place game …  (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
3:00 pm   Championship Final  (Sportsnet 360 & ONE / www.CIS-SIC.tv) **


OUA Leads in CIS Tournament Titles with 21

4 teams in this year's Final 8 Tournament.

4 teams in this year’s Final 8 Tournament in Toronto.

Carleton – 10 (2002-2014)

Windsor – 5 * (1963-69 – include Assumption)

Waterloo – 2 (1968 +75)

Brock – 2 (1992 + 2008)

Guelph – 1 (1974)

Western – 1 (1991)

Canada West – 19

Victoria dominated in the 'Ken Shields Era' .

Victoria dominated in the ‘Ken Shields Era’ .

Victoria – 8 (1980-1986 + 1997)

* Brandon – 4 (1987, ’88, ’89 + ’96) ‘GPAC’

Alberta – 3 (1994, ’95, and ’02)

UBC – 2  (1970 and ’72)

Manitoba – 1 (1976)

Saskatchewan – 1 (2010)

Atlantic – 10

Saint Mary’s – 4 ( 1973, ’78, ’79, ’99)

St. FX – 3 (1993, 2000, ’01)

Acadia – 3 (1965, ’71, ’77)

Quebec – 2

Concordia – 1 (1990)

Bishop’s – 1 (1998)


Overtime –

Transfer leads to a title for UVic's Mack Roth.

Transfer leads to a title for UVic’s Mack Roth.

  •   UVic’s 4th year transfer,  Mack Roth,  who was born in Saskatoon when his Dad was Head Coach for the Huskies, on how he got to play for the Vikes, “I took a transfer year (after 2 seasons at UBC-O) — I wanted to play for an elite program,” he explained. “(Vikes coach) Craig Beaucamp was great. He brought me on. I worked my way into the rotation.  I’ve been getting a chance to get a lot minutes this year on a very good team. This is a dream come true. I’ve never won anything before, so this feels great.”  By Darren Zary, in the Star-Phoenix.
  • Victoria Coach Craig Beaucamp, on the thrill of winning the Canada West
    Vikes' Craig Beaucamp is no stranger to CIS Tournament play.

    Vikes’ Craig Beaucamp is no stranger to CIS Tournament play.

    Championship for his Vikes, “Getting to Nationals is always the big goal and sometimes teams under estimate the value of winning a conference championship,” added Beaucamp, who wins just his second conference title in his 12-year tenure. “There is still so much pride in winning your conference, as the last time we won was 2006 so, it’s definitely not easy to do. Several of the guys on the team have played through the last two silver medals so it was nice for them to get this win.”  From a post-game report by UVic’s Ali Lee.

  • Saskatchewan Coach, Barry Rawlyk, suggests that UVic might have been better prepared for the Final than his Huskies , “The Vikes were a little better prepared to play in the final than we were,” said Rawlyk. “In hindsight, so much of our preparation was for (semifinal opponent) UBC.  That’s nothing to take away from the Vikings. They played very well tonight. At the end of the day, the game gets closed out or doesn’t get closed out by us.”  From U of S Athletics.