These 7 Teams Look to Move Up in Canada West

 

 

Brandon Tull will be a senior leader for the Regina Cougars.      photo – Arthur Ward

 Regina – The Cougars go 9-11 and are good at their best, but are troubled by injuries in the 2nd semester.  Coach Steve Burrows will enter his 5th year at the helm, and faces the task of ‘renewing’ a roster which loses 3 veteran mainstays.  Travis Sylvestre, Stephen Shields, and Matt Augustine graduate, and more size will be crucial in the recruiting project.  The Cougs have dependable vets returning in Brandon Tull, Alex Igual, and Brian Ofori.  Burrows looks to the younger Hillis bothers, Ben and Samuel, and rookie star, Johneil Johnson to pick up some of the slack.  An infusion of talent, especially in the bigs, will be necessary if UR is to move up.

Thompson Rivers –   Coach Scott Clark loses a ‘franchise player’ in import forward, Volodymyr Iegorov, who graduates this Spring.  Clark could anticipate that challenge, but the veteran bench boss also has his rookie stand-out, Trent Monkman,  transferring to Victoria. The Wolf Pack, 8-12,  have been a play-off team in recent years, and Clark has worked successfully to develop his young talent. This coming season will test his resolve once more.  The Orange returnees include import guard, Derek Rhodes, strong forward, Luke Morris, guard, Michael Rouault, and scrappy point man, Madhu McConnell.  TRU will also be looking for some size in the recruiting process, and certainly more depth for this young group.

MRU’s import star, Josh Ross,  returns for his 5th year        Photo – Cougars Athletics

Mt. Royal –  The ‘Blue Cougars’ face a familiar challenge, as Coach Marc Dobell sees 2 big post men, Brett Layton, and Ray Goff leaving the roster along with 5th year guard, Derek Wolf .  Layton is wanting to start Law School, and Goff has had very tough nagging leg injuries, and is graduating early next year.  MRU does return guards Glen Yang, Noah Lewis, and Craig Martin along with import  scoring leader, Josh Ross, Ryan Cunningham, and forward, Nick Tancon.  Coach Dobell is waiting to announce his signees, and has not quite finished the process.  We do understand that L.J. Hegwood is looking to transfer in from SAIT, and that McNally HS (Calgary) star, 6-7 Diew Moses, may be headed to the Cougars as well.

MacEwan –  There will be significant change with the Griffins, as they say goodbye to Denzel James, Thomas Jereniuk, Cole Aikens, Keith Gerdes, and Tyler Wise as 5th year grads.  Thadius Galvez, their outstanding lead guard, is also on the move, and Coach Eric Magdanz is left with a major recruiting task.  Returnees Ryan Coleman, Harrison Lane, Adonis Montfort -Palomino, Ali Raza, and Atlas St. Paul-Butler will be counted on next Fall. The Griffs have younger players like British import, Jake Notice, along with 3rd year guard,  Tarik Scott, coming off an injury rehab, and a local red-shirt freshman, Deonte Doslov-Doctor.  Recent signees include Lincoln Anderson, a 6-3 guard from Cardston, AB, who comes off a 2 year Mormon  church mission, and 6-8, Ben Niles, from Kamloops (Valleyview Sr Sec).  Coach Magdanz is also excited about Dustin Gatski  (Westlock, AB), a 6-4 transfer after  1 year of Junior College in Wyoming, and Moreau Amadou  a 6-4 wing from   Sir Winston Churchill, Calgary.

Marcus MacKay will carry a big scoring load for the Timberwolves.

UNBC –  Starting last season at 4-4 last Fall, The T’Wolves struggled through 12 straight losses to finish at 4-16, well out of play-off contention.  They lose their slick guard, Rhys Elliot, along with Elliott Rowe, and Sam Zhang to graduation. Coach Todd Jordan will be looking to add some size and more punch to his roster this Spring and Summer.  The UNBC returnees should include big shooting guard, Marcus MacKay, lead guard, James Agyeman, Vaggelis Loukas, an active forward, and Anthony Hokanson, who is a skilled wing man.   Adam Pahl, a  6-6 wing from Okotoks (Foothills HS) , AB was announced in January, and he comes with high hopes.  Volodymyr Pluzhnikov, is a ‘tough-minded’ guard coming off the red-shirt list, and Jordan has a few more prospects he hopes to sign in the next few weeks.  “We need to get bigger, and to make big improvements in our rebounding”, says the 5th year Head man.

Trinity Western –  The Spartans, 3-17 last season, do not graduate any 5th years, and Coach Aaron Muhic suggests that his returnee list should include all of his current roster players. We have mentioned veteran guard, Tyus Allen, who is rehabbing his injured knee, but who will not be ready until at least the Fall of 2018.  The Spartans will return  import guard, Pogos Trunyan, their high scorer (15 ppg), along with 6-10 post Patrick Vandervelden (13 ppg/7.2 rebs), and Vartan Tanielian, a 12 ppg scorer at wing. Among his younger contributors will be guards Max Viitala, and Josiah Meppelink.  TWU have not announced any new signees or transfers.

UBC-Okanagan –  After an 8-12 record in 2015-16, the Heat cooled off to just 2-18 last season.  Coach Peter Guarasci, in his 5th year, loses guard Mitch Goodwin to graduation.  But, he also has 7 other roster players (Cam Friesen, Randy Jernidier, Ryan Morck, Austin Penrose, Buster Truss, David Manshreck, and Davide Ciancio) who will not return, which obviouly leaves a daunting task of recuiting this Spring. Aldrich Berrios, his high-scoring (17.6 ppg) guard is back for his 4th year, along with back-court rookies, Matt Lafontaine, and Tristan Matthews.  Noma Obeseki, an athletic small forward,  will be entering his 3rd year.  Owen Keyes, a 6’9” Kelowna Sr Sec. stand-out has already signed, and looks like a strong prospect. Jake Stokker, Penticton Sr. Sec  is another big man signee , details in this story from Kelowna Capital News 

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Overtime –

  • Mason Foreman, a 6-7 forward from Winnipeg, who most recently attended Athlete Institute Prep just outside Toronto, has signed with the Calgary Dinos for next Fall.  Mason’s father is Jeff Foreman, who was a 3-time CIS All-Canadian with the Winnipeg Wesmen (Great Plains Athletic Conference)  in 1992, ’93, and ’94. ( In 1994, Jeff was CIS Player of the Year, and he was also a member of the Canadian national team.)
  •  UVic will, later this week, induct two former basketball stars into their Vikes Hall of Fame. Spencer McKay , was a dominating post man for Vikes teams of the late 1980s – early 1990s, and Carol Turney-Loos, was a key to their 1980 National title.   More details in this Oak Bay News article   

Final Weekend Features Scramble for Play-offs

 

 

Final games bring so many permutations and combinations ….

Brandon Tull and the Cougars are at home to TRU.       photo – UR Athletics

Thompson Rivers (8-10) at Regina (7-11)-  This series has implications not only for the 2 teams, but throughout the CW standings.  We have to see Regina as the favourites, being at home, or do we?  The baffling Green Cougars are 3-5 on home court, and 4-6  on the road?  The Wolves are 4-4 on the road this year, and have won 6 of the last 8 meetings with Regina.  TRU are the younger team, but have Volodymyr Iegorov, a tough match-up inside.  It’s a toss-up, with both teams scratching for a play-off berth.   Fri /Sat  at 8 pm

Winnipeg (12-6) at Victoria (7-11) –  Another series where the results will affect all teams in the RPI ratings.  The Vikes would kill for a sweep, and a guarantee of getting into the post -season.  UVic is not keen on missing 2 years in a row. The Ws have won 6 of 8 in the season’s 2nd half, and want to assure a home court for round 1 of play-offs.   These teams are 7-7 over their last 6 seasons’ meetings;  we think a split may be the most likely scenario.   Fri  8 pm / Sat 7 pm

Mt Royal (8-10) at Manitoba (10-8)   –  Both these teams are coming off losses, and we’re not sure how they will respond to these games.  The Bisons are going to be 5th, so there’s no pressure there, but they will want to sharpen -up prior to play-offs.  The Cougs may find themselves in a math tie-breaker for a play-off spot if they can’t get that 9th win.     Fri 8 pm , Sat 6 pm

David Kapinga is having an impressive campaign for the Dinos.         photo – David Moll – UC

MacEwan (7-11) at #6 Calgary (14-4) –  “They’re pretty good!”  So says Dinos Coach Dan Vanhooren as he reviews MacEwan game tape.  “Their post guys are tough, and work hard.  (Thadius) Galvez and (Denzel) James can play.”  Yes, the Griffs are under-appreciated by some, but will not go down without a fight.  Calgary are without Lars Schleuter, who is nursing a ‘lower-body injury’.  Closer than we might expect.  Intriguing match-up –  Adonis Montfort – Palomino (former Dino) returns to his home-town  vs the Dinos super-quick point , David Kapinga.   Fri  8 pm/ Sat  7 pm

Matt Forbes, U of S ‘big dude’         Photo – GetMyPhoto.ca

#9 Saskatchewan (12-6) at UNBC (4-14) –  This does not look like a good match-up for the smaller T’Wolves, as the Huskies bring the ‘big meanies’, Shane Osayande and Matt Forbes.  U of S has a shot at the #1 seed (slim as it might be), so they will have that incentive.  Vaggelis Loukas needs help inside, while Rhys Elliott and Marcus MacKay shoot lights out.  Still a tall order for UNBC.   Fri 8 pm / Sat  / 7 pm

#2 UBC  (17-1) at  Trinity Western (3-15) –  The Thunderbirds are, make no mistake, peeved that they will not be the #1 play-off seed.  So they can be expected to be in a surly mood as they travel to Langley to finish their League slate.  TWU won their last, and are playing better, but this should not be close.   Fri and Sat  at 7 pm

Fraser Valley (9-9) at UBC-O (2-16) –  The big question might be, “How do we get to Kelowna, with all the deep snow on the Coquihalla Highway?”  Assuming the Cascades can ‘plow their way through’, they will be excited for a chance to  get to 11 wins, and to host a play-off series the following week.  Their senior guards, Manny Dulay and Vijay Dhillon will give the Heat’s 3rd year points leader , Aldrich Berrios, and rookies Triston Matthews and Matt Lafontaine  all they can handle.    Fri  8 pm / Sat at 7 pm

Saturday/ Sunday , Feb. 11/12

Andre Kelly’s return should help Alberta vs Lethbridge  Photo – UA Athletics

Lethbridge (12-6) at   #7  Alberta (13-5)   –  The Bears are the ‘odds-on’ to finish as the top seed for play-offs wither tough schedule giving them a boost in the RPI.  This holds true, if they sweep, for sure, or maybe even if they allow Lethbridge a split? ( There are other possibilities, but let’s just wait.)  The Bears look to have an edge at home, and they’re playing better with Andre Kelly back in the line-up.  The ‘Horns will need a 3rd,4th, 5th guy to assist Dejon Burdeaux and Elliott Sentance, if they are to get a win.   Weird game times, with a volleyball conflict.        Sat at 4 pm / Sun at 7 pm

Brandon Bobcats are 9-11, in the play-offs,  and lounging contentedly in their ‘dorm rooms’ this weekend

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In the East –

Tues –  #10  Dalhousie  77 at  St FX  65

Upcoming –  In the OUA – Waterloo at Western Ont,  Laurier at Windsor

Quebec – UQAM  at  #8 McGill

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There are no changes this week, as Ottawa lost to Carleton (doesn’t everybody?), and the Bears and Huskies split.

On the basis of the Top 10, it looks like the OUA has the lead in the ‘At Large Berth’ competition. The U-Sports Final 8 in Halifax March 9-12 will have 2 Atlantic teams, 2 OUA teams, 2 Canada West teams, and 1 Quebec team . An ‘At-large team’ (Wild-card)  will be chosen by a committee of U-Sports coaches. There are many more criteria besides this Top 10  (More later).

 

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Overtime –

  • We think Saskatchewan will be cheering for a split between Alberta-Lethbridge, then Regina -Thompson Rivers, and, finally, a Winnipeg sweep at Victoria.  Then, according to ‘Dr. Timmerman’s Magic Calculator’, the Sled Dogs are CW #1 play-off seed !    (But, those are a whole lot of dominoes magically falling in the appropriate direction!)  Probably Alberta #1.
  • What looks more predictable is some kind of tie for the last play-off spot … involving some of, two of, several of  UVic, Mt Royal, Regina, TRU, or MacEwan.  Stay tuned.

 

 

Huskies Trounce Thunderbirds

 

 

Saskatchewan shines in game 1 , handing UBC their 1st CW loss.

photo- Jaylan Morgan

The Huskies Jaylan Morgan scores 24 in their win over UBC.  phot- U of S Athletics

 Saskatchewan  95  # 2  UBC  78  –  Using the 3 point shot to great advantage, the home-standing Huskies win every quarter against the previously unbeaten T’Birds. U of S hits 12/23 (53%) from outside vs 6/25 (24%) for UBC, and thats a cool 18 points!  The rest came at the foul line as Saskatchewan ate heartily with 29/30 while the Thunderbirds hit just 14/22 for another 15 points.  Game !

Jaylan Morgan led 6 Huskies in double figures with his game-high 23 points, as he connects on 5/7 from outside and adds 6 boards.  Matt Forbes scores 18 / 6 rebs, and Alex Unruh contributes 16 pts/ 5 assists. Import Lawrence Moore debuted with the ‘Dogs hitng 13 points / 6 asst.   Conor Morgan scored 22 pts/ 5 rebs for UBC, and Will Ondrik had 14 pts/ 3 boards.  U of S now up to 6-3, while UBC drops to 8-1. Box Score  

at Winnipeg 111  Trinity Western  65 –  Taking any suspense away early, the Wesmen (7-4)  hang up 64 points in the 1st half, then put it on auto-pilot for the resounding win.  Trinity falls with a thud to 2-9, as the Ws take charge in every facet, including 10 fewer turnovers and 13 more rebounds. The whole Winnipeg roster hits the scoresheet, with 7 players at 9 points or more, led by 16 from Marcello KambolaRyan Oirbans does the blue-collar work  for UW, scoring 13 and grabbing 11 rebounds.  TWU have 18 points from Pogos Trunyan, and 16 by Max VitalaBox Score

MRU’s Brett Layton returns with a vengeance in an OT win over Brandon.

   at Mt. Royal  95  Brandon 86  OT –  The Cougars (5-4) survive a scare, as Brandon storm back from a 12 point deficit after 3/4s to force overtime by scoring 31 in the 4th.  In the extra frame, it’s the Cougars  riding 9 points from Glen Yang, his whole total for the night.  MRU’s Brett Layton, before fouling out late in the 4th Q, scores a game-high 24 points to go with 16 rebounds.  The Cougs get 18 points apiece from both Derek Wolf (5 res/ 5 assists) and Josh Ross (12 rebs/ 5 asst/ 5 steals).  The Bobcats (3-8) have Earl Thompson Jr. with 23 pts/ 12 boards for his double, and 21 points from Tyvon Cooper. Pookie Saunders, a Calgary (E. Manning) high school star, notched 16 to go with 6 boards.   Box Score 

Lethbridge  82  UNBC  71  –  Leading by 10 at the half, the Pronghorns (7-4) saw the visiting Timberwolves get to within 2 points several times late in the 3rd Q.  But the home team finished off nicely, spurred on by 8 points from Dejon Burdeaux, who counted 24 on the night. Lethbridge has Elliott Sentance firing 25 pts and claiming 11 rebounds, as they shoot 49% as a team.  UNBC gets out-boarded 42-28, and have 21 turnovers to hurt their cause. Marcus Mackay has a big night for the T’Wolves (4-7)  with 25 points on 5/6 from outside the arc.  Rhys Elliott adds 17 points/ 5 rebs/ 3 steals.   Box Score  

Victoria 86   at Thompson Rivers 76  –  The Vikes(3-5)  do not look at all like the

The Vikes’ Grant Sitton scores 30 points to spark UVic over TRU  Photo – UVic Athletics

struggling 2-6 team from the 1st half of the Canada West season.  They go into Kamloops and play a very solid game, shooting 50% from the floor, led by a 30 point / 7 rebs game by Grant Sutton (7/8 from outside).  There are 3 other Vikes in double digits, including rookie guard Scott Kellum with 18 points. TRU (5-6) trail the whole way, and are back by 19 after 3/4s, as they can’t match any of UVic’s key numbers … 14 treys vs 8, 38 rebs- 32.  Michael Rouault scores 15 to lead the ‘Pack, and he has 3 other teammates in double figures, including 11 pts/ 9 rebs by Volodymyr Iegorov, who is largely kept in check by Vic defenders.   Box Score

Regina 83 at UBC-Okanagan 79 –   The Cougars (6-3)  get a ‘must – win’ on the road,  by shooting 49% FG,  with a 52 point effort in the 2nd half.  The game is a bit messy, with 24 turnovers from Regina and 22 by the Heat. UR enjoy a big margin at the foul line, as they hit 24/38 vs 14/20 for UBC-O.  24 points/ 5 asst from Alex Igual lead the way for the Cougars, and they also get 14 pts/ 6 rebs/ 4 steals from Brandon Tull. Aldrich Berrios has a game-high 29 points for the Heat, with his 7/13 from long range. Mitch Goodwin produces another 25 for Okanagan, who  play well, but fall to  1-10 on the season.   Box Score

at Fraser Valley  77  MacEwan 72 – The Cascades (4-5) win the 4th quarter and the game, as Navjot Bains  leads 5 UFV players scoring in double figures.  Bains has 16 pts/ 7 rebs, and Andrew Morris adds 14 points/ 8 rebs off the bench. UFV get a few extra shots with 11 extra rebounds over the visitors. Mac (3-8)  has  Keith Gerdes with 20 points, and 15 pts/ 7 rebs.   Box Score 

 

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In the Atlantic – UNB  115  Cape Breton 75 ,  St. FX 86  Acadia 80 ,

In Quebec –   #7 McGill 53  Laval  47

In Ontario –  #4 Ottawa  83  Waterloo 48 , #5 Ryerson 88   Lakehead  64 , #6 Brock 86  Laurentian 82, #9 McMaster 90  Nipissing 75, #1 Carleton  109  Laurier  73 ,  Queens 75  Western Ont. 69, Windsor 83  York 78 ,  Toronto 77  Guelph 66,

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Canada West slate for Saturday night  –

Alberta at Calgary,  TWU at Winnipeg, UBC at Saskatchewan, UNBC at Lethbridge, Brandon at Mt. Royal, Regina at UBC-O, Victoria at Thompson Rivers, MacEwan at Fraser Valley,

Overtime –

  •  The Dinos return home knowing that the U of A Bears do have a much better shooting team than they showed in Thursday’s 71-58 Calgary road win.  In a late Calgary Herald article, UC Head Coach Dan Vanhooren says, “They shoot the ball, they’re a good three-point shooting team.  They have a good level of balance on the floor and it makes them hard to guard, in past years they haven’t had the same level of shooting.”
  •  Women’s scores in Canada West –  Winnipeg 90  TWU 65, Saskatchewan 68  UBC 46,  Lethbridge 89  UNBC 70, Brandon 76  MRU 45, Victoria 79 Thompson R. 66, Regina 76 UBC-O 38, Fraser V. 73 MacEwan 70.

Spotlight on UBC and Saskatchewan

 

Thunderbirds will be tested in road series in Saskatoon

 This opening week of play in January is a mammoth one for our projected top 3

Jordan Jensen-Whyte of UBC - photo

Jordan Jensen-Whyte is a veteran floor leader for UBC. photo- Thunderbirds Athletics

teams.  We’ve previewed the Calgary-Alberta match-up, and now we take a look at the T-Birds and Huskies (Friday and Saturday in Saskatoon).  UBC is 8-0, and, if they get 2 wins this weekend, they may be the odds-on favourites to get the coveted #1 seed at year’s end.  They have home court vs Alberta, then they will be heavily favoured in the last 4 series.

 No, you say?  Too early?  Well, the ‘Birds are 9-1 vs the Sled Dogs over the past 5 seasons, and have these factors going for them this week –  UBC have a 30 point average winning margin in 8 games. The ‘Birds are one of the top shooting teams @ 46% from the floor vs the 2nd worst 38.6% of the Huskies.  UBC goes 10 deep in most games, while Saskatchewan have been 7 to 7.5 so far.  The Thunderbirds boast the talents of 6-9 wing, Conor Morgan, who averages 25 ppg and leads Canada West with a 61.5% FG average. They have the battle-hardened Jordan Jensen-Whyte (14 ppg/ 6.5 rebs/ 3.5 asst) who is hitting 50% of his shots.  2nd year guard, Taylor Browne is starting to show his exceptional talent with 46% from 3 point range and 48% overall FGs.

On the other hand, U of S has home court, and they have the indomitable Shane Osayande.  The 6-6 forward averages a double-double of 20 ppg and a League-leading 11.6 rebs.  The Huskies have a dominant rebounding margin to go with the League’s top defensive numbers, thusfar.  Guards, Chan De Ciman, Alex Unruh, and Jaylan Morgan are all scoring in double figures, and are all playing valuable minutes on the perimeter.  We expect UBC to win at least 1 of the 2, but Saskatchewan will be up for this at home series against old rivals.

Victoria at Thompson Rivers –  This is the other series needing deeper scrutiny.  The

photo, Jeff Tubbs, TRU

TRU point man, Jeff Tubbs – photo TRU Athletics

‘Pack (5-5) are riding a 6 game win streak, including 2 vs NAIA schools last week in California.  UVic have lost 8 of 10 since the start of League play, with 2 losses at the Wesmen Classic last week.  The once pre-eminent Vikes defensive squad have given up 84 ppg in League play. Victoria at 2-6 in Canada West, simply put, need to get it back on the rails quickly.

TRU are ‘re-building’ after a dream season in 2015-16.  They do still have the stellar work of 6-7 Volodymyr Iegorov, their 5th year all-star forward, who averages 18.6 ppg/ 9 rebounds/ 4 assists.  Forwards Luke Morris and Joe Davis have been complimenting Iegorov.  Import Derek Rhodes, and locals Mike Rouault and Jeff Tubbs have been contributors on the perimeter.   This is a big opportunity at home for Coach Scott Clark and his Wolves, and a critical ‘must have’ for UVic.  Something has to give.

UNBC at Lethbridge –  The Timberwolves  (4-6) desperately need the services of Vaggelis Loukas, their top forward on the season.  Loukas was nursing an injury last weekend, but his 11 ppg and 8 rebounds can add so much. Rhys Elliott ( 19 ppg/ 54% from the floor) is having another outstanding year at the guard spot, and 4th year Marcus MacKay (13.5 ppg) is becoming a bigger factor every game out.  But, we’re in Lethbridge this week, and the ‘Horns are tough at home.  We see lead guard, Dejon Burdeaux, causing UNBC real headaches, along with big Zac Overwater and shooters Elliott Sentance and Mike Pierzchala.   ‘Horns will be hoping to sweep here, and the T’Wolves will need an exceptional team effort.

Brandon at Mt. Royal –  The Cougars (4-4) have had post man, Brett Layton, on the shelf as he struggles with a ‘wonky’ (medical term) ankle.  Obviously he makes a big difference with his rebounding and scoring.  Josh Ross, Derek Wolf and company will want to get back on track after 3 losses in the Dalhousie tournament last week.  Brandon (3-7) was less than impressive  in 3 losses in the Wesmen Classic.  They have the always tough Earl Thompson Jr., but are so inconsistent as a group.  Cougars will be too much with Layton back in action.

Trinity Western at Winnipeg – The Wesmen were not at their best in their 50th Classic, but Denzel Lynch-Blair, William Sesay, and Ryan Oirbans will have big motivation to make this a 2- win weekend.  TWU are making some progress, but the loss of Tyus Allen at the lead guard spot puts them in a difficult spot.  Winnipeg to sweep.

Regina at UBC-Okanagan –  The Green Cougars are not the most predictable team in Canada West.  They’ve won 5 and lost 3.  Beaten Saskatchewan, MacEwan, and Victoria, but twice they lose by 20 and win by 10?!?  What’s up with that?  UBC-O (1-9) is at home, and they are in great need of a win.  This is looking very much like an ‘upset special’ in Kelowna.

Vijay Dhillon can shoot the deep ball for UFV.

MacEwan at Fraser Valley –  The 3-5 Cascades host the 3-7 Griffins in a match-up where we see very little to choose.  UFV Coach Adam Friesen had his troops down in California for 3 games (3 decisive losses),  but he says, “ … it was great to get the group back on the court and get up and down the floor. We got a lot of people a lot of playing time, and we’re ready to get back into league play.”   Veteran guards are the strength of both teams – Thadius Galvez and Denzel James for Mac,  and Manny Dulay with Vijay Dhillon for the Cascades.  The teams split in Edmonton last seaon, and we foresee the same result this time around.

All these game are broadcast on Canada West TV  

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Overtime – 

photo- Shane Osayande

The U of S Huskies Shane Osayande is the League’s top rebounder.

  • Canada West’s top rebounders – Shane Osayande, Sask – 11.6, Josh Ross, MRU – 10, Brett Layton, MRU- 9.3, Volodymyr Iegorov, TRU- 9, Matt Forbes, Sask – 8.9, Keith Omoerah, Man – 8.6, William Sesay, Wpg – 7.8, Earl Thompson Jr, Bran – 7.6
  • The physical part of refereeing has become so important, with a faster pace of play using a 24 second clock.  Why then, do we not see a concerted effort on the part of the officials associations to move out some of the older officials and move in more young refs?
  • Name the only team in Canada West to be playing without an import player.  It’s not UBC-O , with their Randy Jernidier from Guadaloupe.  It’s not Manitoba, who have Ilarion Bonhomme from Washington, DC (even though he’s been here so long, we should be a ‘naturalized Canadian’.)   No, it’s the Saskatchewan Huskies, who have, in the recent past, had at least 1 key player from South of the border, but are now ‘all-Canadian’.

 

Gee Gees Capture Shoveller Title

 

 

  Ottawa win in Halifax … primed for OUA action

Caleb Agada is a the top player for Ottawa in their win at the Shoveller.

#4 Ottawa Gee Gees 78 Saint Marys  Huskies 69 –  Caleb Agada posts yet another double-double, as his 25 pts/ 12 boards lead the Gee Gees to the tournament title.  Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles has another strong game with a double of 12 points/ 10 rebs. Brian Rouse scored 19 to pace Saint Marys, while Theon Reefer scored 15 plus grabbing 14 rebounds.  Now 16-3 overall in U-Sport competition, UO are starting to look like prime contenders for an OUA and National crown.  With a line-up bolstered by 5th year McMaster transfer, Adam Presutti,  they win their 14th straight.  Resuming league play next week, Ottawa will be prepping for their mid-January showdown with the #1 Carleton Ravens.  Box Score   

  #10 Dalhousie   76  St. FX  71 – (  3rd place game) The Tigers take down AUS rival  X-Men, as Jarred Reid counts a game-high 25 points, while Kashrell Lawrence had 17 points, eight rebounds.  Cameron Walker led the St. FX scorers with 20. Box Score

 Acadia Axemen  89  Mt. Royal Cougars  75 –  (7th place game)  Not the deepest team in the country, MRU cannot be at top form without forward, Brett Layton, who sat this one out with an ankle sprain.  The Axemen out-shoot the Cougars 42% to 36% from the field, and use a big 20/29 to 9/15 free throw edge to distance themselves. Kyle Arsenault scores 29 pts and Erik Nissen 20 pts/ 9 rebs to lead Acadia.  Josh Ross responds with a double of 15 pts/ 11 boards for Mt. Royal, while guards Glen Yang and Craig Martin tally 12 pts each.  Box Score   

UPEI  Panthers  96  Queens Golden Gaels 86   – (5th place game)

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Classique Olga Hrycak at UQAM, Montreal –

Memorial Seahawks 79 UNBC  Timberwolves 70 –  Up 3 at the half, then tied after 30 minutes, the T’Wolves cannot hold back the Seahawks in the 4th.  Memorial scores 30 points to claim the tournament title at 3-0, while UNBC finishes 2nd at 2-1.  23 points for MUN from MVP, Vasilije Curcic, the 6-9 Serbian big man, and 19 by Davion Parnsalu.  The ‘Wolves  get 21 from tournamentt all-star , Rhys Elliott and 22 from wing man, Marcus MacKay.  Again without forward, Vaggelis Loukas, UNBC hang tough for most of the way, but fade in the final minutes.  (again, thanks to UNBC Coach Todd Jordan for texting us the stats )

 Guelph Gryphons 85  UQAM  Citadins  84

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 Vanguard U. (CA) 89  Saskatchewan 72 –  Shane Osayande tops the Huskies with 22 points.

Hope International (CA) 82  MacEwan   56 –  MacEwan is ‘not the same team’ that beat Vanguard last night.  Hope recovers from a loss to Saskatchewan.

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Overtime –

  • Happy New Year to you all !  Safe travels to all the teams still on the road back home.  And good luck as the League play starts up again this coming week .

Huskies in Regina for ‘Provincial Title’

 

 

Saskatchewan and Regina Rivalry Highlights  Friday Action

Regina's Alex Igual leads the Cougars against provincial rival Saskatchewan .

Regina’s Alex Igual leads the Cougars against provincial rival Saskatchewan .

 Saskatchewan at Regina – The two Canada West teams from ‘The Land of the Living Skies’  are both at 4-2 in League play to date.  The Huskies make the trip South for 2 games in the Cougars Den with the provincial ‘championship’ on the line. The Huskies’ dominating forward, Shane Osayande (20 ppg/ 12.3 rebs), leads the ‘Dogs, while guard, Alex Igual (15.3 ppg/ 46% from 3 point range) tops a quartet of back-court scorers for the Cougs.  Big   +11 to -1   rebounding edge to the Huskies, while the Cougars have shot the ball better –  44% to 40%  FG, 33%-30%  from 3 .  Our Call –  Saskatchewan defense and rebounding gets them a split on the road.  (Both Friday and Saturday games go at 8 pm local time)

Fraser Valley at Brandon – The Cascades (2-4) make the long trip to SE Manitoba with an urgent need to turn things around . The Bobcats  get a pair of home dates as they try to improve from a 2-6 tie for 13th spot.  Manny Dulay, a 5th year guard, leads UFV scoring at 15.3 ppg, but the team offense is not clicking so far (71 ppg) .  Brandon  suffers from the same malady at 69 ppg scored, and they’ve  allowed 79 ppg to Fraser Valley’s 73.  Our Call-  Home court should give the ‘Cats a lift, but UFV is bound to up their scoring. Toss-up.  (Friday at 8 pm, Sat. at 7pm)

Thompson Rivers at UNBC –  Who are the ‘Alpha-Wolves’?  Last season it was TRU, but UNBC (4-4) have won 4 straight as they finish off the 1st half at home. Neither team has been offensively impressive, with TRU fighting through the tougher early schedule, however.  The ‘Pack (3-5) have Volodymyr Iegorov and Luke Morris up front, while UNBC look to guards Rhys Elliot and Marcus MacKay.  Our Call-  The Orange to get at least a split.  (8 pm Friday – 7pm Saturday)

Tyus Allen and his Spartans host Lethbridge this weekend.

Tyus Allen and his Spartans host Lethbridge this weekend.   photo – Trinity Western Athletics

Lethbridge at Trinity Western – The Spartans (2-6) host the Pronghorns (4-4) in the on-campus Enarson Gym this week.  TWU has a better offensive flow this season, but their 88.5 ppg allowed defensively is the League’s worst.  Lethbridge can score, but they are hit and miss, with a tendency to turn it over  too often.  Guard play will be the key here … Dejon Burdeaux, Elliott Sentance, and Mike Pierzchala for the ‘Horns may have the edge over Tyus Allen, Pogos Trunyan and company.  Our Call-  Lethbridge with a chance at 2 wins, but Trinity more comfortable in their ‘home gym’.   (Friday and Saturday at 7 pm)

UBC-O  at UBC –   The younger cousins visit Point Grey, and this is easily the week’s biggest ‘mismatch’.  UBC (6-0) is a tough out for the anyone, but especially for the 1-7 Heat.  Defense first for Okanagan, and maybe Jordan Jensen-Whyte and his T’Birds ‘mates will have a final weekend let-down.  Our Call –  That is unlikely  … the Thunderbirds by a wide margin.  (8 pm Friday – 7pm Saturday)

 

Thursday games in Canada West – all at 8 pm local time on  Canada West TV )

Winnipeg at Manitoba ,  Calgary at Mt. Royal,  MacEwan at Alberta

Victoria Vikes have the bye this week.


 CIS Scores Wednesday –

In the OUA –  Windsor 86  at Toronto 84 ,  at #6  Ryerson 105  Western Ont. 76


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Carleton are on top as they and #3 Ottawa host #5 Brock and #7 McMaster in some intriguing OUA league games this weekend. UBC and Calgary are also steady at #2 and 3, as Canada West finishes pre-Christmas games.  #6 Ryerson hosts Windsor on Saturday.  #8 McGill are done RSEQ play until January.  Alberta gains just 1 spot at #9 despite an 8-0 record in Canada West, as they finish with a home and home series in Edmonton vs MacEwan. #10 Dalhousie drops 3 spots from 7th, after a loss to Saint Mary’s.

 

 

 

Calgary Hammers ‘Horns in 2nd half

 

Dinos Defense Stifles ‘Horns

Dallas Karch and his Calgary teammates had a 2nd half feast on Saturday.

Dallas Karch and his Calgary teammates had a 2nd half feast on Saturday.

 at #3 Calgary 91  Lethbridge 59  –  It was 35-33 in a halting opening 20 minutes, but Calgary came alive again in the 2nd half, scoring 56 points.  The Dinos defense  smothered UL offensive efforts in the 2nd half, as they count just 26. A home and home sweep for the 5-1  Dinos, while the ‘Horns fall to 4-4, as the visitors commit 24 turnovers and shoot just 31% from the floor.  Calgary are 52% FG including 8/20 from 3.    Dinos – Thomas Cooper 17 pts/ 6 rebs/ 4 steals, Mambi Diawara 15 pts/ 4 rebs/ 3 asst, Jhony Verrone 14 pts/ 2 asst/ 2 steals   Pronghorns – Dejon Burdeaux  11 pts/ r rebs/ 3 asst, Zac Overwater 9 pts/ 8 rebs  Box Score  

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#10 Alberta 72  at Manitoba 64   –  In a defensive tussle, the Bears, now at 8-0 for the season, finish off the sweep in Manitoba with a solid 4th quarter. Alberta hold the host Bisons (2-6) to 34% field goal shooting, and win the rebounding   51-41.     Bears – Brody Clarke 15 pts/ 8 rebs, Mamadou Gueye 11 pts/ 8 rebs      Bisons – Justus Alleyn 17 pts, Keith Omoerah 10 pts/ 10 rebs/ 4 asst, AJ Basi 15 pts/ 3 steals.  Box Score  

Marcus MacKay rings up 26 pts in the T'Wolves win at UFV

Marcus MacKay rings up 26 pts in the T’Wolves win at UFV Saturday.

UNBC 76 at Fraser Valley 70 –  The T’Wolves (4-4) scoop a huge road win to complete the weekend sweep at UFV, as Marcus MacKay has a big night. UNBC out-shoots the Cascades 44% to 36% from the floor. The visitors score 42 points in the middle frames, then hold off a late run by UFV (2-4).     Timberwolves – Marcus MacKay 26 pts, Vaggelis Loukas with a double-double of 13 pts/ 14 rebounds.  Cascades – Manny Dulay 22 pts/ 2 steals, Anthony Gilchrist 11 pts/ 5 rebs/ 3 asst  Box Score  

 

at Thompson Rivers  68 UBC-O  53 –  The home sweep for the ‘Pack (3-5) as they hand the Heat their 7th loss. Cold shooting night for UBC-O at 29% to 38.5% for TRU;  the Wolves grab 53 rebounds to 39 for UBC-O.    Wolf Pack – Volodymyr Iegorov 22 pts/ 14 rebs, Joe Davis  19 pts/ 8 rebs     Heat – Mitch Goodwin 19 pts/ 6 rebs      Box Score   

  Regina 100  at Trinity Western  94  –   TWU is up 11-0 after 4 mins … 27-19 at the quarter … down 48-46 at the half.  There are 13 lead changes, as the Cougars (4-2)  score 52 points in the final 20 minutes for the win, and the sweep.  The Spartans (2-6) hit 10/23 from 3 pt range and lose.  Tyus Allen for Trinity is close to a triple double.  Regina’s prize rookie, Johneil Johnson, and 4 other Cougars reach double digits.  A free- scoring affair ….    Cougars – Johneil Johnson 22 pts/ 9 rebs/5 steals, Aaron McGowan 19 pts/ 7 rebs/5 asst        Spartans – Pogos Trunyan 26 points/ 6 of 12 from 3,  Tyus Allen 13 pts/ 8 rebs/11 assists, Vartan Tanielien 18 pts            Box Score 

Sunday afternoon game (2 pm)  –     at   #2  UBC at Victoria


Saturday scores from the East –

Atlantic …  at UNB 80 #7 Dalhousie 67,  Memorial 85  at UPEI 82 ,  at St FX 91           St. Mary’s  81

Quebec …  #9 McGill 81 at Bishops 73

Ontario …  #1 Carleton   at  Laurentian   , #4 Ottawa 79  at Nipissing 63  ,  at #5 Brock 76       #6 McMaster 73,  Toronto 83 at  Algoma 70  ,   at  Lakehead 79  York 75,  at Waterloo 82 Western Ont 81 , Laurier 67 at Windsor 66


 

Overtime –

Brian Ofori was a key addition for Regina after starting at PEI.

Brian Ofori was a key addition for Regina after starting at PEI.

  • There are  20 players ‘active’ in Canada West play this season, who have transferred from another CIS school at one time.  Most notably     Ilarion Bonhomme – Manitoba 5th, (Brandon, 3 yrs) ,  Vijay Dhillon – Fraser Valley 5th, (Victoria, 2 yrs), Aaron McGowan – Regina 5th, (UFV , 2 yrs),  Luke Morris – TRU  4th, (UFV, 1 yr),   Brian Ofori – Regina  4th (UPEI, 3 yrs), Will Ondrik – UBC 5th (TRU, 3 yrs), Geoff Pippus – Alberta 4th( UBC, 3 yrs),  Chris Stanhope – Brandon 3rd (Cape Breton 1 yr), Derek Wolfe  – Mt. Royal  5th ( TRU  1 yr),  Billy Yaworsky – Winnipeg  2nd ( Victoria  1 yr)
  • We count  (at least) 32 who’ve played at / transferred from U.S. schools , including   Alberta – Austin Waddoups …  Brandon – Tyvon Cooper, Earl Thompson Jr., John Paul … Calgary – Thomas Cooper, Mambi Diawara …  Fraser Valley – Mark Johnson, Anthony Gilchrist … Lethbridge – Dejon Burdeaux, Daniel Lybbert, Elliott Sentance, DeAngelo Ashley … MacEwan – Thadius Galvez …  Manitoba – Ilarion Bonhomme … Mt. Royal – Josh Ross  … UBC-O – Randy Jernidier  …  Regina – Alex Igual, Ramiro Martinez, Kornel Tokolyi … Saskatchewan – Jaylan Morgan … Thompson Rivers – Derek Rhodes, Maalik Azziez …  Trinity W. –  Pogos Trunyan, Tee Mayberry … UBC – AJ Holloway, Phil Jalalpoor …  UNBC – Rhys Elliot, Austin Chandler … Victoria – Grant Sitton, Jake Newman, Wayne Tucker Jr … Winnipeg – Sean Tarver

‘Horns Earn Split at Winnipeg

 

 Sentance and Overwater  Lead Pronghorns’ to Win

Import wing, Elliott Sentance scores 25 pts to pace Lethbridge

Import wing, Elliott Sentance, scores 25 pts to pace Lethbridge Saturday in their close win at Winnipeg.

 Lethbridge 78  at Winnipeg  75 –  The Pronghorns find themselves behind by 10 after 1 quarter, but they chip away and win each of the remaining 3 frames.  It’s back and forth for the whole 2nd half, and a Lethbridge steal and break-away hoop for Zac Overwater with 1 minute left give UL the edge. Two 3 point chances for the Ws in the last 10 seconds fail to go, and Lethbridge gets the split.  Both teams sit at 4-2 in the tight Canada West standings.   Box Score    Wesmen – 4 in double figures … Sean Tarver 15 pts/ 5 rebs/ 4 steals, Denzel Lynch-Blair  10 pts/ 4 rebs/5 asst/4steals   Pronghorns –  Elliot Sentance 25 pts/ 7 rebounds/ 5/7 from 3 point range , Zac Overwater  23 pts/ 6 rebs/10 of16 FG

at Alberta  83   Thompson Rivers  52  –  The drama is out of this game early, as U of A is up 46-24 at the break. The Bears shoot 48% from the floor to 31% for TRU, with 12 Alberta treys to only 3 for the ‘Pack. Alberta is perfect at 6-0, while TRU slips to 1-5 on the season.   Box Score     Bears –   Mamadou Gueye  17 points/ 7 rebs/ 3 asst  Austin Waddoups 16 pts / 4 rebs/ 4 steals  Wolf Pack –   Voldymyr Iegorov 10 pts/ 5 rebs  Joe Davis 11 pts

hus-copyat Saskatchewan 79  Brandon 50  –  The Huskies hang another W up, in a game where neither team was too efficient at the offensive end.  U of S are 39% from the floor, and Brandon a very cold 30%.  With a 12 point lead at the half, Saskatchewan picked up the scoring pace with 43 pts in the final 20 minutes, as they pull away. 4 Huskies in double digits, and they score 10 treys to 3 for the ‘Cats, and 19-9 points at the foul line.          Box Score   Huskies – Shane Osayande 12 pts / 11 rebs pts/ / , Jaylan Morgan 19 points , Chan De Ciman 12 pts/ 8 rebs     Bobcats –  Chris Stanhope 11 pts/ 3 assists

MacEwan 67  Victoria 63 –  The Griffs win a scrappy split with the Vikes, as Thadius Galvez and Harrison Lane make a pair of scoring drives to the hoop late in the contest.  31% from the floor for a struggling UVic offense, which could not take advantage of some FT misses by the home side in the last minute, as Justin Kinnear is the only Vice in double digits. Both teams are now 2-4 on the season.   Box Score   Griffins –  Galvez 19 pts /7 rebs, Keith Gerdes 13 pts/ 5 rebs/ 3/3 from 3 pt range   Vikes – Justin Kinnear 18 pts/ 13 rebounds

at UBC 75 Manitoba 72 –  The Bisons have a golden opportunity to get the win, but conjure up several ways to deny themselves the pleasure.  A lane violation on a missed UBC free throw opens the door for a series of dismaying Manitoba errors in the decisive last minute. 28/39 free throw efforts for the T-Birds keep them close, as does the 34% FG shooting from the Herd. The game suffers from excessive fouling, an ejection,  and 2 technical fouls to each team.  Low artistic impression.  Box Score     T’Birds – Conor Morgan  22 pts/ 7 rebs,  Jordan Jensen-Whyte 16 pts/ 6 rebs/ 3 steals  Bisons – AJ Basi 17 pts/ 5 rebs/ 9 steals , Justus Alleyn 15 pts, Keith Omoerah 13 pts/ 6 rebs/ 3 asst/ 3 steals

Josh Ross has a big night for Mt. Royal as the cougars sweep UBC-O

Josh Ross has a big night for Mt. Royal as the cougars sweep UBC-O

Mt. Royal 97 at UBC-O 68  – MRU finish off a red-hot offensive weekend with 54 second half points to add to a 43-21 lead at the break. Josh Ross, a 4th year transfer ( Vancouver Island U.) who was the CCAA player of the year in ’15-’16, posts a strong 28 point/ 10 rebound double.  The Cougars’ bench adds 33 points, including Chart Gill’s 3/3 from 3 point range.  MRU move to 3-1, while the Heat fall to 1-5.    Box Score   Cougars – Ross 28/ 10,  Brett Layton 13 pts/ 11 rebs/ 3 blocks   Heat – Mitch Goodwin 23 pts/ 7 rebs, Aldrich Berrios 16 pts/ 6 rebs/ 6 asst/ 3 steals

 

UNBC copy at UNBC 85  Trinity Western 70 –  The ‘Wolves hang up 33 points in the 3rd quarter to put this one out of reach. 11 treys by UNBC to 6 for TWU, and 22 Spartan turnovers create problems for the visitors.  Marcus MacKay is 6/12 from 3 pt range on his way to 26 points for the T’Wolves. The Timberwolves and Spartans are both now 2-4 in League play.   Box Score   Timberwolves –  Marcus MacKay 26 pts,  Vaggelis Loukas 19 pts/ 8 rebs, Rhys Elliot 18 pts/ 4 rebs/ 4 asst     Spartans –  Max Vitala 12 pts / 4 rebs, Peter Spanghei 11 pts


 More CIS scores on Saturday –

Ontario –  Ottawa 91 at Algoma 59 , at Queens 78  Waterloo 59,  Brock 86  Guelph 75,   at Windsor 83  Lakehead 69, at #9 Ryerson 98 Laurentian 61, at Toronto 86  Nipissing 74     Laurier 74  at York  67

Quebec – Concordia 77 UQAM 72 , at Laval 74  Bishops 64

Atlantic –  at Acadia 89  UNB 88 ,  St. Marys 93 UPEI 64 , Memorial 90  Cape Breton 69


 

Overtime –

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  •  The Fraser Valley Cascades are inviting high school basketball players to compete for the title of B.C.’s Best Three-Point Shooter. UFV Athletics will be holding three-point shooting contests at halftime  of their home games on Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. the UNBC Timberwolves. The male and female contest winners will receive a package of prizes featuring a game basketball from Skyline Athletics. From UFV Athletics , Dan Kinvig

Wesmen, Pronghorns Highlight Week 3

 

Week 3 –  Pronghorns Go to Winnipeg, Two 3-1 Teams Tussle

Denzel Lynch-Blair and his Wesmen teammates host the Lethbridge Pronghorns this week.

William Sesay and his Wesmen teammates host the Lethbridge Pronghorns this week.    photo –    UW Athletics

Lethbridge (3-1) at Winnipeg Wesmen (3-1)  –  Here are two teams perched near the top, and a sweep for either would be a major coup.  The Wesmen are quick, aggressive on defense.  They are shooting the ball well (45% FG) and scoring more from 3 point range (10.3 per game) than in the past. The Ws also are +6 on their rebounding. Import guard Sean Tarver (15.8 ppg) has added offensive depth to the Winnipeg attack.  ’15-’16 all-star, Denzel Lynch Blair (15.5 ppg) has now expanded his game, and there are 5 more Wesmen who are contributing 8 ppg or more.

Lethbridge, like the Wesmen, are scoring just over 80 ppg, but not as much from outside.  They are also a +6 rebounding team, and the ‘Horns defense has been sharp at limiting the opponents 3 pt FG% (29%, which is 2nd in CW).  U of L have 4 scorers averaging double figures … Elliott Sentance with 18.8 ppg, Dejon Burdeaux at 17 ppg, Zac Overwater 14.8, and Mike Pierzchala 12.5.  Our call – In a tight match-up, UW has the home court.

Manitoba (2-2) at UBC (2-0)-  Manitoba won a 66-64 home court decision vs the ‘Birds last January, but that is the only time in 21 games dating back to 2001. This season the Thunderbirds are #2 ranked and unbeaten in CIS play, while Manitoba are 4-5 overall and 2-2 in Canada West play.

The Thunderbirds have scored 87 ppg and given up 63.5 ppg; their rebound margin is +19 per game! Manitoba has a strong veteran core, with a couple of key additions this season.  The problem has been that they are not consistently producing a winning team effort.   Our call – Two wins at home by UBC.

Thompson Rivers (1-3)  at Alberta (4-0)-  We were surprised to see the ‘new-look’ Wolves  steal one at Manitoba; now can they engineer another road upset in Edmonton?  Big Volodymyr Iegorov (18.5 ppg) has able assistance from 5 others in the ‘Pack, as Luke Morris, Derek Rhodes, Joe Davis, Jeff Tubbs and Mike Rouault are all 8 ppg+.  But mediocre shooting numbers and near 20 turnovers a game limit their offensive efficiency.

Mamadou Gueye leads the 4-0 vs this week at U of A.

Mamadou Gueye leads the 4-0 Bears vs TRU this week at U of A.

Alberta have Mamadou Gueye and Brody Clarke scoring and rebounding up front, plus import guard  Austin Waddoups and transfer Geoff Pippus both shooting 50% from 3 point range.  The Bears score near 87 ppg and allow only 64 ppg to their opponents, while TRU almost exactly reverses those numbers.   Our call –  The GBs in their own den, get the sweep over the ‘Pack.

Victoria (1-3) at MacEwan(1-3) –  Home court was only good for a 4-6 mark last year for the Griffs, but they look deeper this season at the point, with Adonis Monfort-Palomino, with a 10-11 man rotation, and the game-in, game-out efforts of Thadius Galvez and Denzel James. Mac needs to improve on a -5 rebound margin, and to tighten up on a defense allowing 85 ppg.

The Vikes were not sharp against Calgary last week, and they need to find their most effective combos.  Scott Kellum is a good looking rookie point man, and import, college transfer, Wayne Tucker J,r can score.  Now, do we see the typical gritty Vikes defensive effort, or do they continue to struggle ?  88 ppg against will give someone heartburn !   Our call- A split is the most logical.

Mt. Royal (1-1) at UBC-O (1-3) –  It’s very early to make this cliched pronouncement, but here goes, regardless;  neither of these teams can feel good about a split this coming weekend.  The Cougars have had a a glimmer of superior play this Fall, but this is a series where 2 games in the W column are needed.

Okanagan are even more ‘needy’ for a home sweep with a 1-3 mark.  The match-ups … Aldrich Berrios and Mitch Goodwin at guard for the Heat vs Derek Wolfe and Glen Yang for the Cougars.  Ryan Morck and David Manshrek of UBC-O with a big task facing Brett Layton and Josh Ross of MRU.   Our call-  Edge to the Cougars.

Brandon (2-2)  at Saskatchewan (2-2) –   The Huskies are coming off a tough loss to Winnipeg on Saturday, and have been leaning heavily on their versatile post man, Shane Osayande, who boasts a 22.5 ppg and 15 rebs  stat line. Alex Unruh, at the point, is 13 ppg/ 3 assists, but the shooting % for the rest of the ‘Dogs’ pales in comparison.  Sask. is last in Canada West in team FG%  at 38% and in 3 pt% at 27.4%. The talent is there.  It’s time for the Huskies to play to their strengths.

The Bobcats come in with 2-2 record, already ahead of last season !  Import guard Tyvon Cooper a proven scorer from the Jr. College ranks in the U.S. is at 19.8 ppg, but needs others to step up in the scoring column.  They allow 70 ppg … pretty good!  But score just 70 ppg, and shoot only inconsistently from the floor, and 59.8% from the line, last in CW.  This is a potentially winning defense, but they need more  shared scoring.  Our call – The Huskies should sweep at home.

The T'Wolves scoring ace, Rhys Elliot will look to get win #1 for UNBC this week.

The T’Wolves scoring ace, Rhys Elliot will look to get win #1 for UNBC this week.

Trinity Western (2-2)  at UNBC  (0-4) –  The Timberwolves at home, and they will be campaigning for a pair of wins to get their pack moving forward.  Trinity is showing signs of life, and they are not just going to roll over, however.  Rhys Elliot shoots 52% from the floor for the T’wolves, and is 19.3 ppg; he just needs Marcus MacKay, Vaggelis Loukas, and a few others to pull harder on the ropes !

The Spartans have Vartan Tanielien (14 ppg), Pogos Trunyan (13 ppg), and 3 others at or near double figures. TWU needs to shoot it better as a team, and defend the trey more consistently.  Our call-  This may be another split , we suspect. 

All 3 of Calgary, Fraser Valley, and Regina get a bye this week.


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Little Change in Top 10 –

It’s early, and some of the top teams haven’t played a League game, so not much to report.

We still have 5 OUA teams crowding the rankings, with just 2 from Canada West, 1 from Quebec, and 2 from the Atlantic.

Carleton and Ottawa join the rest of Ontario for a full slate this week. McMaster and Brock meet tonight in the only Top 10 match-up.

 


 

Overtime –

  • “I was telling these guys before the game, I’m proud of them because so far they’ve been the toughest group I’ve had,” said Brandon Coach Gil Cheung, following his team’s win over UBC-O last weekend. “I can get on them, I can coach them tough and sometimes it’s tough love. Sometimes the truth is harder to say than blowing smoke up their butt, but they’ve responded and everyone has a role. They value their role and that’s the biggest thing that everyone values each other in that room.”   From the Brandon Sun story by Nathan Liewicki         
  • “Decades have passed since CBC covered something as populist as basketball, though hundreds of thousands of Canadians play the game and 49 university teams battle on the hardcourt. And while an estimated 12 million Canadians are involved in amateur sports in some fashion (whether as participants, coaches, administrators or referees), according to the sports gurus at CBC, they’re all primarily interested in watching wealthy people leap fences while seated on a horse.”  From a story by Wayne Kondro for CIS Sport / U-Sport.

Bisons’ Bombs Beat Dinos

 

Justus Allen paces the Bisons to a big opening night win at Calgary.

Justus Allen paces the Bisons to a big opening night win at Calgary.

Bisons shooters are lights out from long range

   Manitoba 85    at Calgary  81 –   The Bisons hit 10/19 from 3 point range, with Justus Allen (25 pts … 4/4 from 3) and AJ Basi (21 pts … 6/10 from 3) doing most of the long range damage. Thomas Cooper’s 39 points were not enough, as Calgary could not match the clutch shooting from Manitoba,      Box Score

 

at Alberta  76   Brandon  64 – The Bears pull away (42-31) in the 2nd half at the Saville Centre, building on a 1 point lead at the break. In a game where neither Alberta (33%) or Brandon (32% could hit from the floor, Brody Clarke’s 35 points/ 14 rebounds stood out for the Bears. Tyvon Cooper’s25 points led for the ‘cats.   Box Score

 

Victoria  95  at Regina 77 –  The visiting Vikes are up 3 after 20 minutes, then score 49 in the 2nd half to cinch a convincing road win.  As he does, Grant Sitton was high for the UVIc with 23 points/ 5 rebs, while both Wayne Tucker Jr and Hassan Abdullahi counted 16. The Victoria edge in FG shooting spelled the difference at 51% – 39 % for the Cougars. Johneil Johnson scored 15 for Regina.   Box Score

at Winnipeg 74  UNBC  59  – The Wesmen controlled the action with a big 59-29 rebounding edge, and outshot the visiting ‘Wolves by a 42%-32% count.  Denzel Lynch -Blair counted 25 points/ 9 rebs/ 5 assists, while William Sesay claimed 14 boards and 5 assists for the Ws.  Marcus MacKay had a solid game for NBC, with 22 points/ 4 reb/ 2 steals.  Box Score

at Lethbridge 79  MacEwan  62 –  The ‘Horns started slowly and trailed 31-28 at the half, but came on with 51 points in the 2nd for a clear win. Elliot Sentance with 22 pts/ 6 boards, and Zac Overwater with 15 pts/ 4 rebs/ 4 asst in 20 mins were the Pronghorns offensive leaders.  Dejon Burdeaux led at the other end, with 7 steals/ 5 rebs/ 9 pts. Thadius Galvez scored 15 pts/ 7 rebs/ 6 assts for the visiting Griffins.    Box Score

UBC  96  at Thompson Rivers  60 – Early and often for the Thunderbirds, who shoot 54% from the floor, win on the boards 41-23, and force 26 Wolf Pack turnovers. 5 UBC players in double figures, led by 17 from 5th year wing, Will Ondrik, a TRU transfer.  3 T-Birds at 13 points, including Jordan Jensen-Whyte, rookie Isaiah Familia, and  2nd year guard Taylor Browne.  The ‘Pack had 16 points from Volodymyr Iegorov. Box Score

 at Fraser Valley  59   Saskatchewan 50  –  The Cascades defense choked off the Saskatchewan attack  in a low-scoring affair in Abbotsford.  Vijay Dhillon tallied  17 points including 4 treys , and Manny Dulay had 10 points. Navjot Bains was big at both ends, with8 pts/16 huge rebs. Shane Osayande had a nice double-double for the Huskies 18 pts / 13 rebs.  Box Score

at UBC- Okanagan 87   Trinity Western 71  – Down 2 at the half, the Heat are on fire in the final 20, scoring 59 points to grab the win.  Aldrich Berrios leads with 25 points / 7 assists, and hits 6/11 shots from outside the arc. His guard partner, Mitch Goodwin adds 18 pts / 6 rebs, and David Manshrek grabs 10 boards / 8 pts. Vartan Tanielien is high man for the Spartans with 17, and Thus Allen scores 14, adding3 assists and 5 steals.      Box Score

(* Due to excessive Dinos Alumni activity, the Editor has a limited write-up for this weekend’s opening round games.  This is a temporary condition …. )


Season Openers for 3 CIS Leagues

Canada West rolls out a full slate of games this Friday / Saturday, with 5 on the Prairies (at Winnipeg, Regina, Alberta, Calgary, Lethbridge) and 3 in B.C. ( at Thompson Rivers, UBC-Okanagan, Fraser Valley) .  The Atlantic teams start as well, with games in the 8-team AUS spread from Thursday – Sunday.

The OUA  has a limited number this weekend, while the Quebec League  won’t start their regular season schedule  until next week.  The Mt. Royal Cougars are on a bye week, with no dance partner in the 17 team Canada West for opening weekend.  There are 5 weekends of CW play prior to the exam / Christmas hiatus, and, depending on their by week, teams will have played either 8 or 10 games in the opening semester.


More CIS Scores –

Thursday –  AUS League play  … Saint Mary’s  86  at  Acadia  77

Friday –  Atlantic … St. FX 94  UPEI   93, Dalhousie 95 Cape Breton 60

Still some pre-season games elsewhere …   at Nipissing 83 Laval  67, and, behind closed doors in Philadelphia –  Carleton at Penn  (no score … secret)


 

Overtime –

  •   The Carleton Ravens have picked up on some of that hazy Ottawa political – security vibe !  For the past couple of weeks, as they finish the pre-season, the CIS champs are ‘rockin’ the CSIS vibe, with their ‘Close Scrimmages’ vs NCAA opponents.  National security ….
  •   “I am really looking forward to this season,” says 4th year forward,Luke Morris, of the TRU Wolf Pack.  “We have a lot of new faces who are just getting accustomed to University basketball. I am looking forward to having an increased role on this team.” Morris admits that as the longest serving member of the Wolf Pack organization right now, it is a little different. “It’s a little weird. I’m not the oldest (Iegorov is) but it’s amazing when you think how time has flown.”  Larry Read, TRU Sports Information
  • With his MRU Cougars on a bye, and Calgary basking in almost summer-like conditions this weekend, Coach Marc Dobell has a couple of tee-times at local links !  Good strategy !  There’s only so much game film a guy can review.  Fore !
  • Here is the pre-season CIS Top 10 from mid-week …

Team (regular season record) / votes (1st place votes) / (previous ranking)

1. Carleton (0-0) / 458 points (45) / (-)

2. Calgary (0-0) / 384 (1) / (-)

3. UBC (0-0) / 335 / (-)

4. McMaster (0-0) / 326 / (-)

5. Ottawa (0-0) / 254 / (-)

6. Dalhousie (0-0) / 207 / (-)

7. Brock (0-0) / 199 / (-)

8. McGill (0-0) / 113 / (-)

9. Saint Marys (0-0) / 73 / (-)

10. Ryerson (0-0) / 55 / (-)

Other teams receiving votes: Windsor (51), Saskatchewan (28)