Second half power delivers Canada West title to Alberta
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
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 http://www.austv.ca/
In the Quebec Final Saturday #6 McGill 82 UQAM 65 , so the Redmen return as the RSEQ reps at Nationals.
- 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.