Foothills City Hosts Two Feature Series’

 

Huskies and Thunderbirds visit the Alberta Foothills 

5th year wing, Dallas Karch of the Dinos              photo – David Moll

The Saskatchewan Huskies (8-4) are on the road for the 2nd straight week, again in Southern Alberta, in a ‘throw-down series’ with the Calgary Dinos (10-2) . Surely with added confidence from 2 wins at Lethbridge last week, the ‘Dogs will be looking to their big forwards and team rebounding for an edge here.  Guards Jaylan Morgan (Toronto) and Lawrence Moore (Chicago) are working well as a pair, and give good back-court leadership and scoring. Forwards,  Shane Osayande  and  Matt Forbes, are both capable of double-doubles in scoring/ rebounding every night.

Shane Osayande is the Huskies scoring-rebounding ace.  photo – U of S

Calgary have the higher scoring rate, and use an 11 + rotation to increase the pace at both ends.  The Dinos defenders have picked the opponent’s pockets the 2nd most in the League, led by guard David Kapinga, a consummate disruptor. Inside, UC has a 3 1/2 man post crew ( Matt Ellis, Mitch Ligertwood, Connor Foreman, and a bit of rookie Jeff Rodehutskors) , who will work at containing the Huskies stars.  2015-16 CW MVP, Thomas Cooper can score inside or out, and he will demand extra attention from U of S defenders.

It may be the depth of Calgary (Lars Schleuter, Jasdeep Gill, Dallas Karch, Jhony Verrone et al …) , or the inside game of Sask.  But, we can also expect foul shooting to play a part as it has done in recent, passionately contested games.  The series can put Calgary firmly at the top of the standings, or it could vault Saskatchewan into championship contention.    Games at UC – 8 pm Friday, 7 pm Saturday

 

The 11-1  UBC Thunderbirds, riding a wave after topping the U of A last week in Vancouver, bring an assured squad to S. Calgary for a 2 game set with the Mt. Royal Cougars.  Conor Morgan,  Jordan Jensen-Whyte, Will Ondrik, and A.J. Holloway lead a deep and experienced crew, who are scoring 88 ppg vs 72 pts for their opposition.   Coach Kevin Hanson has more talent at his disposal, with Patrick Simon, Luka Zaharijevic, and  Harpreet Randhawa ready on the front line.

The Cougars (7-5), who won 2 last week at UNBC,   answer with Josh Ross, Brett Layton, and Nick Tancon at the forward spot, but they will need the perimeter to assist on the boards, where UBC is +5  and MRU at -1 reb/game . The Cougars guards have taken good care of the ball, and the trio of Derek Wolf, Glen Yang, and Ryan Cunningham have been scoring at a more consistent pace.  We might, but won’t, call this an up-set possibility.  UBC is a heavy ‘over-dog’, but  MRU will compete.   Fri at 8 pm and an early 6 pm tip on Sat.

Fraser Valley (5-7) are also returning to Alberta, but this time to Edmonton for 2 against the 11-3 Alberta Golden Bears.  The Bears, smarting from a 2 game lost weekend in Vancouver, will be determined to get things back on course. That means Mamadou Gueye and Brody Clarke firing away up front, and Austin Waddoups playing his ‘whirling Dervish ‘ style on offense.  The Cascades need an exceptional effort both ways, but they do have shooters, in Manny Dulay, and Vijay Dhillon.  The UFV defense will be challenged by Alberta’s long-range snipers.  Bears a favourite, with a chance of a Cascades upset.       Friday at 8 pm Mountain, Sat at 7.

Lethbridge Pronghorns (8-6) fly to the Island, to meet the 5-7 Victoria Vikes on Ken and Kathy Shields Court this Fri/Sat. Two wins could serve to put the ‘Horns back in the top 4 mix, but they lost 2 at home to Saskatchewan last week, and weren’t really near their best on Saturday. The Vikes won 2, and now need to step it up even more against a better opponent in Lethbridge.  It’s Grant Sitton and rookie Scott Kellum leading the Vikes, and Dejon Burdeaux with Elliott Sentance called on to shepherd the Pronghorns.  We’ll suggest a split .   Friday tip at 8 pm / Sat. at 7 pm Pacific

 Regina Cougars (6-6) at Brandon Bobcats (5-9 ) –  One highlight this week will be to listen in again to the unmistakable colour commentary of ‘Cats coaching legend, Jerry Hemmings.  Keep it coming Coach !  Meanwhile, both Coach Steve Burrows (Green Cougars) and Coach Gil Cheung (Bobcats) are losing sleep trying to get their respective sides to ‘put it together for 40 minutes’. Twice.  Good match-ups – BU’s Tyvon Cooper vs Reg’s Aaron McGowan.  The Cougars’ Brian Ofori working full-out to control Brandon’s ‘Big Cat’, Earl Thompson Jr.   Guessing a spirited split, harkening back to the Great Plains rivalry.      Friday at 8 pm Central, and Sat. at 7.

Manitoba Bisons (6-6) at Trinity Western Spartans (2-10) –  A chance for the Herd to thaw-out in the Fraser Valley.  And to duplicate their 2 game sweep of the Spartans at the same venue last February.  All the signs point to Keith Omoerah, Justus Alleyn, A.J. Basi and friends extending their unbeaten string to 9 games (including their Wesmen Classic title).  But they’ve fooled us before. Trinity come off a bye, and may have their Spartans in a row, with bigs Max Vitala and Patrick Vandervelden becoming more convincing.  Guards Pogos Trunyan, and Vartan Tanielian can score; now can Trinity defend well enough to stop a Herd of Bison ?         Fri and Sat. at 7 pm Pacific.

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Scores from the East   –   Carleton  81  at Ottawa 40 –  And, this was the away game.

Carleton’s Connor Wood attacks the hoop at Ottawa. photo Verelie Wutti

A sobering realization for all other U-Sports teams across Canada, as the Ravens pick the bleached bones of the fallen Gee-Gees so meticulously.  UO are 9-1 in OUA action, and ranked #2 by coaches;  and they are allowed to shoot just 21% !?  The utterly commanding Carleton performance spread from shooting to rebounding, and ball-handling to all-out aggression. By half-time, witnesses to the dismantling just wanted to look away.   Two periods where the Ponies tallied single digits on the scoreboard.  The grey-clad victims were shooting a deathly 7% from the floor for much of that ugly opening 20 minutes.  The Blackbirds feed off this kind of physical superiority and mental torture.  Ottawa had no 2nd -chance points, according to their own stats crew.  Smothering team defense is a given, then Connor Wood  shoots, Kaza Kajemi-Keane penetrates, and the duo of Eddie Ekiyor and Ryan Ejim rule the inside for the reigning National Champs.   This is what they do, even to their toughest opponents.  Again this season.  Beware the Raven !    The Official Autopsy  

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Overtime – 

  • Are there different rules in the OUA?  Was there as much give and take in post offense-defense, or defending the dribble penetration as it appeared in the Carleton-Ottawa ‘bare-knuckler’ last night?  We don’t see the same accumulation of bruises and finger-prints on opponents’ bodies after a Canada West game where there are just 23 total fouls called.

    MRU’s Ray Goff

  • Our best in his recovery to MRU’s Ray Goff, a 6-7 post man (4th, Okotoks, AB), who suffered a head trauma in a recent practice.  Goff is expected to return, but is undergoing ‘watchful monitoring’ for concussion symptoms.  Already dealing with nagging knee issues, the likeable veteran didn’t need this latest episode.
  • When you have success as Carleton has had, in spades, over the past 17 seasons , you tend to attract talent via recruiting.  Players want to win.  Apparently some want to do that more than they wish to play.  Ravens’ redshirts would look pretty good on the active playing rosters of many teams across the country.  And, how many more stars from other programs might decide to play year 5 at a ‘winning’ program, rather than graduate in the same colours you’ve worn for the previous 4?  (These player decisions are made in other places as well, of course.  We just notice them more at Carleton, Ottawa, and some other traditional powers.

Bears Have Toughest Path to Title

 

 

 Bears path is the rockiest 

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Brody Clarke and his Alberta team have a very tough schedule in the season’s 2nd half.

The Alberta Golden Bears are in 1st place in Canada West, with their 11-1 record, but their path to a title is still a rocky one.  At #6 in the U-Sport Coaches Top 10 this week, the Bears got there by virtue of a 1 point win over the Calgary Dinos, to earn a split in last weekend’s home and home series.

There is no let-up this week, as the Bruins travel to Vancouver for a clash with the #3 UBC Thunderbirds. Historical record – Bears are 89 wins – 90 losses vs the T’Birds !  And that may well reflect the 2 teams’ competitiveness this season.  The top 2 in the standings, and both with only 1 loss.

From there, Alberta hosts the improving Fraser Valley Cascades (5-5) on January 20-21, then they get a bye week before  travelling to Saskatoon Feb 3-4 for a predictably tough assignment against the Huskies (6-4).  U of A finishes up at home against another contending team, the Lethbridge Pronghorns (8-4).  All – in – all, a rugged path through the decisive 2nd half of the schedule.

Calgary hosts Fraser Valley in a Thursday-Friday series –  

The Calgary Dinos (8-2) will be looking to maintain their  position near the top of the Canada West standings with 2 wins this week against the visiting UFV Cascades.  (Game 1 is Thursday – 8 pm Mountain at UC, and available on Canada West TV with ace play-by-play man, Lucas Meyer, and colour from John Tramble.)  The Dinos come off a close loss to rivals , Alberta, and will need to re-focus on a dangerous UFV squad.

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Cascades guards, Manny Dulay (15.9 ppg/4.6 rebs/5.4 asst/2.7 steals), and Vijay Dhillon (12.4 ppg/3 rebs/ 3 asst) will go head to head with UC’s David Kapinga (10.3 ppg/ , and 6-5 Mambi Diawara (13.1 ppg . Lars Schleuter, at 6-7, (brings a 3 point threat for the Dinos , as does 6-5, 5th year, ‘designated shooter’ Jasdeep Gill (47.6% from 3)

The pairings up front have UFV’s Nav Bains (8.3 ppg/ and Mark Johnson (9.4 ppg/6.8 rebs) facing Calgary’s Matt Ellis, Conor Morgan, and Mitch Ligertwood (a combined 14.1 ppg/9.4 rebs).  The Cascades’  6-5, 3rd year transfer (UVic), Andrew Morris, is a strong 6th man, who can score, and is shooting close to 50% from the floor.  Starter at the wing, Anthony Gilchrist (8.3 ppg), may be the man trying to contain the Dinos high-scoring wing-man, Thomas Cooper (24.3 ppg/ 6 rebs/2 steals).

The Dinos have an edge in most key offensive categories, but Fraser Valley looks like they may have found a groove lately, and could come on with their attack.  The Cascades big threat is their guard combo, and Calgary will be sure to have defensive harassment as a weapon against Dulay and Dhillon. Home court, and a more productive offense gives the Dinos a decided edge.

 

Canada West Schedule  this week-                  

 Thursday, Jan 12  –  

Fraser Valley Cascades  at #5  Calgary Dinos

Friday, Jan 13 –

Fraser Valley Cascades  at #5  Calgary Dinos

#6 Alberta Golden Bears  at #3 UBC Thunderbirds –  Preview of this feature series tomorrow .  

Saskatchewan Huskies at Lethbridge Pronghorns

Mt. Royal Cougars at UNBC Timberwolves

Winnipeg Wesmen   at Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack

Manitoba Bisons  at Regina Cougars

Victoria Vikes at UBC-Okanagan Heat

MacEwan Griffins at Brandon Bobcats

Saturday, Jan 7 – 

Bears at Thunderbirds

Huskies at Pronghorns

Vikes at Heat

MRU Cougars at Timberwolves

Wesmen at Wolf Pack

Bisons at R. Cougars

Griffins at Bobcats

Trinity Western Spartans at home, resting …

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Scores from the East – 

Atlantic –  at St. FX 96 Cape Breton 80, at U-Sp #8 Dalhousie 84 Acadia 81 OT

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There were losses for Top 10 teams last week, including a split between #3 Calgary and #8 Alberta (69-60 UC at U of A, then 81-80 for the Bears in Calgary) .  Also in Canada West, it was un-ranked Saskatchewan winning game 1 of their series with UBC  by a 95-78 count. The Nipissing Lakers beat #6 Brock 69-66, and Laurentian rose up to topple #9 McMaster 95-87.  In Quebec, #7 McGill lost a mid-week game to Laval 70-63.   Memorial is not ranked, even though they lead the AUS standings?

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Overtime –

  • As of last week’s games, we have no undefeated teams left in either Men’s or Women’ s play in Canada West.  In Men’s play, Saskatchewan (6-4) beat UBC (9-1) on Friday, and Calgary (8-2) had beaten Alberta (11-1) in a Thursday contest. On the Women’s side, both Winnipeg (11-1) and Alberta (11-1) were handed Saturday night losses by Trinity Western (7-5) and Calgary (7-3) respectively.
  • The Dinos and Cascades have not met since February 2015, when UFV beat UC in 2 straight in the CW Q-finals in Abbotsford.  The ‘Trees’ have won 5 of the last 7 games between these 2 teams.
  • Quebec Standings –  There is not much to choose between the top 4 teams, and McGill, the favourites, have yet to distance themselves from the pack.  After having seen Bishops out West in the Fall pre-season, we are surprised at the struggles for the Gaiters to this point. # 9 McGill has a big home and home this weekend with cross=town rival, UQAM, while Laval has a H/H against Bishops .

 

 

 

Bears and Dinos Renew ‘Hostilities’ 

 

 

‘Most-improved’ Bears host rival Dinos in pivotal series

Alberta’s stand-out forward,  Mamadou Gueye     –  photo –  U of A Athletics

The League-leading Alberta Golden Bears are in their den on Thursday to tip-off the 2nd half of the Canada West season against the arch-rival Calgary Dinos.  This is truly a pivotal series, featuring  Top 10 teams for whom this as a ‘war of attrition’ (No prisoners, no niceties, no mutual – admiration).  Both teams have designs on a top rung play-off seed, but a sweep may be necessary here for either to accomplish that task. The Dinos, on their way to home court for last season’s Final 4, won both ends of this ‘traditional’  home and home last year.  UC also eliminated Alberta 2 straight in the playoff quarter-finals last March.

But the #8 ranked Bears, the most improved team in CW,  have everyone’s attention with their unblemished record. Their stingy defense combined with hot shooting stats (#2 in FG%, #1 in 3 pt%) now make them a formidable foe. The addition of 3rd year import guard, Austin Waddoups (15 ppg/4 rebs/ 3.5 asst) , has given them another dimension on offense, with his 55% outside shooting, and slashing moves to the hoop. U of A still has the duo of Brody Clarke and Mamadou Gueye up front, both scoring 15 ppg+ and claiming 7.5 and 7 rebs / game respectively.  4th year UBC transfer, Geoff Pippus, and 2nd year wing, Ivan Ikomey (Calgary-McNally) are 2 more 50% + shooters from 3 point range.  The Bears spread the scoring, rebound as a team, and feature a ‘hybrid defense’ which forces tough shots from opponents.

Calgary is the highest scoring team in Canada West, and want to play at a ‘break-neck pace’.  The Dinos lean heavily on the touch of League scoring leader, Thomas Cooper (25.6 ppg,  6 rebs), the 5th year wing from Chattanooga, TN.  Cooper has fellow 6-5 wing, Mambi Diawara (14 ppg, 6 rebs) creating more space, and two-way spark-plug , David Kapinga (10 ppg/4.9 asst/ 2 steals) making big plays.  Depth is Calgary’s calling card, with 6-8 Lars Schleuter a big 3 point threat along with 6-7 Dallas Karch, and Kapinga.  UC’s 4- man post rotation, led by 6-7 Connor Foreman and 6-7 Matt Ellis, will battle for inside control.  Much on the line, even at this mid-point in the schedule. Who gets hot, and who can slow down the opposition scorers?  Who can finish at ‘crunch time’ ?

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Canada West Schedule – Jan. 5-7

To refresh your memory –

 

 

 

 

There are several other intriguing match-ups in this opening weekend for 2017.  The 8-0 UBC Thunderbirds fly out to Saskatoon to play the 5-3 Saskatchewan Huskies … the UVic Vikes (2-6) are at Kamloops to play the 5-5 TRU Wolf Pack … UNBC (4-6), fresh off a solid Holiday tournament in Montreal are in Lethbridge to challenge the 6-4 Pronghorns.

Thursday, Jan 5  –

#3  Calgary Dinos at   #8 Alberta Golden Bears

Friday, Jan 6 –  

#2 UBC  at Saskatchewan , Trinity Western at Winnipeg, UNBC at Lethbridge Pronghorns,

Brandon at Mt. Royal, Victoria at Thompson Rivers, Regina at UBC-O,

MacEwan at Fraser Valley

Saturday, Jan 7 – 

Bears at Dinos, T’Birds at Huskies, Vikes at Wolf Pack, T’Wolves at’Horns

Bobcats at MRU,  Spartans at Wesmen, R. Cougars at Heat, Griffins at Cascades

 

Overtime – 

  •  This is a rivalry … from the days of taking the old ‘Day-Liner’ train from downtown Calgary  to downtown Edmonton.  The ‘60s saw Gary Smith vs Skip Morgan, and Bears vet Barry Mitchelson threatening a skinny Dinos rookie  to “stay out of the key”.  Calgary’s Tom Bishop and Alberta’s Doug Baker ‘firing at will’, and Ted Hellard banging with Dave Holland in the 70s!  U of A Coach, Don Horwood, matching wits with Dinos boss, Gary Howard, for so many seasons.  Play-off series drama in 2003 with Alberta coming back at home in game 3, then the next year, the Dinos do the same in Calgary on their way to a Canada West title.  More to come ….
  • Classes don’t get start again for these schools until Januray 9.  “There’s some pluses and minuses”, says Dinos Assistant, Matt Skinn. “The guys kind of feel a bit like a pro team, with the ‘Holiday schedule’.”
  • The Thursday game at the Saville Centre in S. Edmonton starts at 8 pm, with live coverage on Canada West TV The return bout is Saturday at 7 pm at the Jack Simpson Gym at UC.

Dinos and Bisons on a Collision Course

 

2016-17 Canada West Basketball Previews –

Our season previews start with a pair of teams who both figure to make a hard run at the March 2017 Canada West Final 4.  Despite being early in Fall camp, both the Calgary Dinos  and the Manitoba Bisons will be looking ahead to their meeting in Calgary for the opening weekend of play in November.

Calgary Dinos
– 2016 Canada West champions   – 17 wins  3 losses

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5th year stalwarts, Dallas Karch (L) and Jasdeep Gill (R) will be primed for a big 5th year with the hometown Dinos.

Returnees – 5th years – 6-5,Thomas Cooper, 6-7, Dallas Karch, 6-5, Jasdeep Gill … 4th years- 6-0, Jhony Verrone, 6-7, Mitch Ligertwood, 6-6, Connor Foreman, 6-7, Sunvir Johal … 3rd years – 5-11, David Kapinga, 6-7, Lars Schleuter,        6-7, Matt Ellis.
New faces – Mambi Diawara, 4th yr, 6-5 wing, Montreal (Lamar State C.C. TX) , Aloysius Calaghan, 4th yr, 6-0 guard, Calgary (MRU), Max Eisle, 1st yr, 6-4 guard, Ulm, Germany, Jeff Rodehutskors, 1st yr, 6-8 fwd, Chestermere, AB, Sasha Pojuzina, 1st yr, 6-6 wing, Regina, Jake Neilsen, 1st yr, 6-3 guard, Cochrane, AB, Ethan Scott, 1st yr, 6-2 guard, Vancouver, (Orangeville Prep, ON)

blk dinos copyThe Dinos went all the way to the CIS Final last March, where they lost decisively to the mighty Carleton Ravens. The temptation is to focus on how you can return to the Final 8 next Spring and win the ‘Cup’ next time.  But, that was then … this is now.

This Fall U. Calgary appears deep, experienced, big, with good team quickness.  But, even in their opening series of the ’16-’17 season on November 4/5, the Dinos face a formidable foe in the Manitoba Bisons. Coach Dan Vanhooren says, “We’re excited about this group of guys”, but knows it is a long road through a rugged League schedule.

UC returns 71.8 ppg in scoring, lead by last year’s top CW sniper, Thomas Cooper, (25.8), and tall wing man,Lars Schleuter (12.5).  The explosive quickness of David Kapinga and Jhony Verrone lead the back-court defense, and both are opportunistic scorers. That guard experience and the growing confidence of forwards Matt Ellis and Mitch Ligertwood should make up for the loss of Josh Owen-Thomas and Matt Letkeman, last year’s senior leaders.

Both Jadeep Gill and Dallas Karch are veteran players with size and toughness, with Gill a big offensive threat, and Karch with his speed and quick jumping ability. Connor Foreman will provide post depth, as will rookie, Jeff Rodehutskors, an extremely athletic big man.
Newcomers Max Eisle, a lead guard with experience in the German League, and Mambi Diawara, a dynamic wing transfer from his Texas JUCO, will be in the playing rotation. Sasha Pojuzina is a high school recruit with size and skill.
Schedule –  Nov/Dec – vs Manitoba, at Victoria, home/home with Lethbridge, h/h with Mt. Royal …  Jan/Feb – h/h with Alberta, vs Fraser Valley, vs Saskatchewan, at Regina, at Thompson Rivers, vs MacEwan.             Prediction –  Top 3 team


Manitoba Bisons
’15-’16 – Lost to Calgary and UBC in CW Final 4        – 15 wins 5 losses

A J Basi (L) and Keith Omoerah (R) head up a talented, veteran Bisons crew.

A J Basi (L) and Keith Omoerah (R) head up a talented, veteran Bisons crew.

Returnees – 5th years –   5-11, Amarjit (AJ) Basi, 6-0, Ilarion Bonhomme, 6-6, Jonathan Alexander , 6-7, Brett Jewell … 4th years –  6-5, Keith Omoerah,   6-3, Justus Alleyn, 6-5, Malik Irwin, 6-4, Keenan Benarroch , 6-5, Joey Nitychoruk  … 3rd year-  6-7, Osahon Eghosa … 1st years (after red-shirting), 6-5, Dharmjit Dhillon ,  6-6, Raj Sidhu , 6-0 Keiran Zziwa
New faces –  (all 1st years) James Wagner, 6 – 7 fwd, John Taylor (Winnipeg) , Zach Giesbrecht, 6-1 guard, John Taylor, Cam O’Hara,  6-7 forward, St. Paul’s HS (Winnipeg), Joel Adu Quaye, 6-6 forward, St. Paul’s  (Winnipeg), David Mugugu, 6-5 forward , Kildonan-East Collegiate (Winnipeg).

Manitoba copyThe Bisons were right on the cusp last season, but just missed a trip to Nationals with 2 losses  in the Final 4.  They graduated their top rebounder, Wyatt Anders, but still have size with Jonathan Alexander, Brett Jewell, Keith Omoerah, and Osahon Eghosa.  (Eghosa suffered through salmonella poisoning in a trip to the U.S. this summer, and will be working his way back to ‘match fitness’ this Fall.) Adding 6-7 rookie, James Wagner, who played on the Canada U-18s this past summer, has  Coach Kirby Schepp exclaiming, “He may be our top recruit in the recent history of our program !”.

Canada West all-star, Omoerah (13 ppg), Justus Alleyn (15.6 ppg), and Amarjit Basi  (18 ppg) were offensive leaders last season, and the veteran import point man, Ilarion Bonhomme, a former Brandon Bobcat, has proven to be a great addition.

Joey Nitychoruk is a ‘high-energy’ player, who transferred last year from Lakehead, and Schepp expects him to be a solid contributor. A slow start last year may have given the Herd a tougher road at play-off time, but, with so much experience returning, we can expect them to be more ready for this campaign. They had better be, because they have one of the toughest front-end schedules before the Holiday break!

One very impressive stat is that 15 of their 18 roster players are Winnipeg high school products; an amazing pool of home-grown talent! “We are very proud of our ‘Manitoba content’ on our roster”, says Schepp.
Schedule –  Nov/Dec – at Calgary, vs Thompson Rivers, at UBC, vs Alberta, h/h with Winnipeg … Jan/Feb – at Regina, at Trinity Western, vs UNBC, at Brandon, vs Mt. Royal                            Prediction – Top 5 team


New Schedule ‘Not Universally Popular’

What is the RPI, and why will it bother us?  Learn more as we examine the shiny new schedule which Canada West has rolled out for the coming season.  No more ‘Pioneers’ and ‘Explorers’, as we’re all one big, happy, 17- team Canada West League now!  (Actually there may be the odd coach here or there who is a smidge shy of happy.)    Because … there are a few oddities to the new format –

The 'tricky math' of the RPI tries to smooth out the new schedule.

The ‘tricky math’ of the RPI tries to smooth out the new schedule.  But it is apples vs oranges in this set-up.

> Schools don’t play the same teams.  You see, each school has 4 designated ‘traditional rivals’, who they play every year … 8 games … then they play 6 of the remaining 12 teams … 12 games  = 20
> So we miss 6 teams each year , but get them the following year.
> Who makes the playoffs ?  “ The top 12 teams based on winning percentage at the conclusion of league play … “
> How do we break ties ?  Well, here are the first 4 tie breakers in the manual –  when Two Teams are Tied:
1. Win/Loss record in head to head competition.
2. Win/Loss record versus common opponents.
3. Each teams RPI ranking.
4. Points difference in head to head competition between the tied teams.
Three or More Teams Tied:
Use the same procedure as a two‐teams tied. Once one team has been separated from the tied group, go back to step one with the remaining tied team(s).
> How are the playoff teams ranked ? “The top 12 teams are then ranked 1 to 12 based on each team’s RPI standing in order to account for the various strength of schedules faced by each team.”  Er-ah ?!  (The OUA people may get this, but we Westerners are scratching our heads !)
> What is the RPI ?  “ Each team’s RPI is based on the following formula: = 25% team winning percentage (WP) adjusted for home and away wins (1.2 for an away win and 0.8 for a home win), 50% opponents’ average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents’ opponent’s average winning percentage (OOWP) .  O-h-h-h-h-h-h … now it’s clear.  (Actually, could either Tyler from Winnipeg or Martin from Waterloo give us a formula for this ?  As always, we need math help !)


 

Overtime –

  •  Ex-Calgary Dino, Robbie Sihota, has signed a new one-year
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    Robbie Sihota

    contract with MAFC Budapest of the Hungarian A Division. Last season the 6-6 forward, who heads into his 7th year as a pro, scored 18.5 points per game (3rd in league) and snared 9.3 rebounds per game (4th).
    Sihota had previously played in the Dutch League, Switzerland, Germany, and in Edmonton of the IBL.

  • Brandon Brine, the Lethbridge Pronghorns’ 5th year Canada West all-star last year signed a pro deal with San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos in Spain. The 6-7 Aussie will be missed by UL, but is expected to be one of the top players for his club in Miraflores.
  • The powerhouse Carleton Ravens landed another big recruit in August in 6-9, Eddie Ekiyor of Ottawa,  This was a late switch  for the widely recruited Canada Basketball team member, who had originally signed with Xavier (Cincinnati), an NCAA Div 1 school.
  • It was great to hear Coach Marc Dobell answer his office phone at Mt. Royal University;  the personable 13 year coach of the Cougars returns to Fall practice after some time away recovering from a heart attack.  We wish him well, not only with his team, but in a full recovery health wise .

Calgary Cages the Cougars

 

Final Day at the CBU Fall Classic, Sydney, NS –  

Dinos grab win behind the 23 pt. output by guard, Jhony Verrone.

Dinos grab win behind the 23 pt. output by guard, Jhony Verrone. – photo- David Moll, UC

Consolation side –  Calgary 100 Regina 88  – A 56 point 2nd half put the Dinos in the passing lane, as they shoot 50% FG, and score 26/33 from the line vs 11/21 for the Cougars. Jhony Verrone has a stellar game for Calgary, with 23 points/ 3 asst/ 3 reb, and Thomas Cooper adds 20 pts/6 rebs.  Matt Ellis is 15 pts/6 boards off the bench, and is a perfect 5/5 from the floor, and the same from the line.  Regina has 4 players in double figures, with Alex Igual cashing 24/ 5 boards/ 3 asst.   Box Score 

Acadia 69 Cape Breton 57 – Cold shooting hands both ways … Capers are 0-3 on home court this week; Meshack Lufile deserves more help, as he is one of the real warriors in the CIS .  Box Score 

Mustangs capture the Capers Fall Classic title.

Mustangs capture the Capers Fall Classic title with a solid win over Panthers.

The Final –   Western 95 UPEI 83 – Western is playing like a Top 10 (Top 5?) team, with  Greg Morrow filling it up in the paint with 32 pts/ 7 rebounds, plus 9 big assists. Judson Tavernier shoots from outside as well as anyone we’ve seen this season … 7/12 tonight, and 25 pts/7 rebs/ 4 assists. The Mustangs are an exceptional passing team … 32 assists in this game. The Panthers get 24 pts from Tyler Scott, and 19 pts/13 rebounds from Dut-Dut. Box Score

for 3rd,  St. FX 94 Nipissing 81- 20 pts each from Julius Antoine and Kevin Bercy, as X shoots 52% from the floor. Box Score  


In Ontario –      Victoria 71 at Guelph 65  –  the Vikes get a road win against the Gryphons  as Jordan Charles (3rd year, W) scores 19, Grant Sitton 15, and Mack Roth 14. Ahmed Haroon hits for 23 pts for Guelph. Box Score

At the  Golden Bear Invitational , Edmonton    –

Lethbridge  83  UNBC  56 – Import guard, Dejon Burdeaux sparks the UL attack with 23 pts on 8/9 FG shooting and adds 5 steals, while Brandon Brine scores 15.  (This box score is a bit goofy)  UNBC gets 19 from Elliot Rowe and 17 by Colin Plumb. Box Score

Queen’s 74 Alberta 68 – Better shooting by the Gaels  and a few costly turnovers by Alberta, as they take a home loss. Mamadou Gueye scores 22, but no one else hits double figures for the Bears.  Queen’s has Sukhpreet Sing leading with 20 points, and Tanner Graham scores 18 and has 5 steals  Box Score


 

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 Fraser Valley 72  Manitoba 67 –  Vijay Dhillon scores 19 points, as the Cascades sweep the Winnipeg event.  (write-up by Dan Kinvig, UFV)  no Box Score

Winnipeg  73  Brandon  61–  Winnipeg gets the win as Jelane Pryce records a double of 24 pts/10 rebs. Ryan Oirbans claims 14 big boards for the Ws. Brandon has 13 pts from D.J. Jordan.  Box Score


More CIS Scores – Seattle Mountaineers 92 UBC 89 –  Conor Morgan scores 28 pts for UBC, Bishop’s 79 Laurentian 77, St. Mary’s 91 Laurier 87, Brock  92 Ryerson 83, UQAM 75 Waterloo 58, Windsor 84 Concordia 65, Lakehead 72 York 71, Toronto 76 Algoma 65


 

 

Overtime – 

  • Dejon Burdeaux is making an impact for Lethbridge; witness the elusive box score from Fridays ‘Horns-Gaels OT game we get from David Wells, our agent in ‘The South’. ‘The ‘Mustard Man’ (Dejon – Dijon … oh, never mind) drops 30 points, including 18/20 free throws. He touches the ball often, and he takes it to the defense.  We also admire Brandon Brine’s 23 pt/13 rebs. double.
  •   Alberta Coach Craddock has a good look at his whole den of Bears in a pasting of the UNBC T’Wolves on Friday, with everyone getting good minutes, and all score … Mamadou Gueye score 19, and Brody Clark has an 11 pt/10 reb double.
  • UBC Coach, Kevin Hanson, after his ‘Birds fell just short to Seattle on Saturday, “We didn’t play very good basketball, we didn’t run our systems very well, and we’ve got to go back to the drawing board,” said Hanson. “We need to play the way we practice – we practice with so much intensity, but for whatever reason, we were a bit tight today, with the first game on the home court here. It’s the first time that half of our guys have even played on this floor. Good experience though, it’s part of growth and part of what the season’s all about.” (From Aaron Martin, Sports Information Assistant, UBC)

Rough Night for Canada West

xxx and the CBU Capers lose their round 1 game to the Western Mustangs.

Meshack Lufile and the CBU Capers lose their round 1 game to the Western Mustangs.            photo – CBU Athletics

 

X-Men Feed on Dinos’ Last- Second Turnovers 

St. FX 86  Calgary 84 – A pair of late turnovers doom the Dinos, as Tyrell Edwards hits the winner with 3 seconds left for the X-Men.  X were up  35-21 after an 18-0 run to end the 1st and start the 2nd quarter,  but Thomas Cooper provides an offensive boost when he gets back in the game, while  Mitch Ligertwood, and Matt Ellis are consistently getting to the ball on the boards.  Lars Schleuter finds his scoring touch, and Calgary storms back for a 44-44 tie at the half. It was back and forth in the final 20 minutes, but a series of inside misses prevented Calgary from pulling away. Cooper was the game-high scorer with 22, Schleuter has 15, and Ellis doubled with 11 pts/10 boards/ 3 blocks.  Edwards scored 21 for St. FX, who will play Western in the evening semi-finals, while Calgary goes to the consolation side against CBU on Friday at 3 pm Atlantic. Box Score

UPEI 84  Regina 79 – the Cougars fall just short, and might blame it on some loose play in the middle frames, where they are blasted 58-39 by the mercurial Panthers.  4 players in double figures for PEI, topped by 20 from Tyler Scott, and Dut Dut grabs 13 boards to go with 13 points. 30 points from Jonathan Tull for U of R, but the scoring isn’t there from his mates; Regina shoots just 35%. PEI shoots 22/26 from the line to only 12/14 for Regina.  On Friday the Panthers play in one semi-final against Nipissing, while Regina meets Acadia in a consolation game at 1 pm Atlantic. Box Score

Nipissing 94  Acadia  85Box Score        Western 71  Cape Breton 62 –   Box Score

+ Games in the CBU Tournament are televised on  AUS TV


 

Brock's xxx goes by the Vikes' bbb in the Badgers Thursday win.

Brock’s Matt Marshall goes by the Vikes’ Mack Roth in the Badgers Thursday win.           Photo – Brock  Athletics

In Ontario –   at Brock  99  Victoria   69 – To continue a rough Thursday evening for Canada West … the Badgers trounce the Vikes, who turn it over 25 times, and lose every quarter. 14 for Grant Sitton of UVic, but Brock get 32 from Dani Elgadi and 3 more in double figures. Box Score

In Edmonton Thursday – Lethbridge 85  MacEwan 67  – Brandon Brine scores 19 / 7 rebs and Dejon Burdeaux 22 pts for the ‘Horns. 14 points each for Keith Gerdes and Thomas Jereniuk of the Griffs.

Box Score


 

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 9.33.28 AMThe Alberta Golden Bears are hosting the Golden Bear Invitational  – on Friday and Saturday- (with a modified 4-team draw).  Queen’s from the OUA join UNBC, Lethbridge and the hosts.  Lethbridge will be without shooting guard, Rob Olsen, who is away doing an interview for Dentistry School, and they still have the injury bug, so may be missing a couple of big men as well.

 

 

Overtime – 

  • Not sure why Alex Igual, Regina’s point man, played limited minutes (16) vs UPEI , but UFV transfer Aaron McGowan came in and did a good job at that spot in the Spaniard’s absence.

Huskies Top Windsor, UC over MRU

 

Import guard, Thomas Cooper, led the Dinos past Mt. Royal on Friday -

Import guard, Thomas Cooper, led the Dinos past Mt. Royal on Friday –  photo David Moll, UC

Canada West Game Scores  –  Fri. Oct. 16 –

at Calgary 88   Mt. Royal 66 – Thomas Cooper 20 pts/9rebs, Matt Ellis 11 pts/7 rebs/ 4 blocks, and Jhony Verrone is busy, with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals, as Calgary goes to 3-0 in the pre-season. Derek Wolfe scores 15 for the Cougs, rookie Tyis Yellowhorn 11, and James Lebvre has a 10 pt/10 re double.

at Thompson Rivers U. Tournament –

Andy Snucins, TRU

TRU’s Volodymyr Iegorov , caught in mid-flight vs GFU on Friday – photo A. Snucins, TRU

TRU 84   Great Falls 76 –  For the ‘Pack, Josh Wolfram had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Volodymyr Iegorov  (4th yr. ,Donetsk, Ukraine) had a game high 22 points.

UBC-O 78   Trinity W.  64 – The Heat have  Cameron Friesen and Aldrich Berrios each with14 pts , with Lucas Mannes the game high scorer with 20 for the Spartans.

Lethbridge 89 at Montana -Western 82 – Chris Maughan  racks up 22 pts /13rebs,  Rob Olsen with 20 pts and Will Hickey 19.  no Box Score

Huskies' Shawn Lathan ... San Diego to Saskatoon.

Huskies’ Shawn Lathan … San Diego to Saskatoon.    – photo – The Star-Phoenix

at Saskatchewan Tourn. –

Saskatchewan 106  Windsor 99 – Evan Ostertag hits 22 pts, Shawn Lathan 21, Chan DeCiman 20 for the Huskies,  while Isiah Osborne has 21 for Lancers, who have 5 players in double figures. Box Score

Concordia Stingers 85 Regina 79 –  Alex Igual scores 18/ 9 rebs/ 3 assts.for the Cougars. Stngers have 5 in double figures, and Ricardo Monge leads with 19. Box Score

Ravens'Kaza Kajami-Keane scores against the Axemen. photo Valerie Wutti

Ravens’Kaza Kajami-Keane scores against the Axemen. photo Valerie Wutti

Other CIS Games –

Ottawa 117 UQ-Montreal 67, Carleton 91 Acadia 69,

UPEI 94 UNB 81,

Dalhousie 102 St. Mary’s 10 OT,

Western 66 Mercyhurst (PN) 59, Cape Breton 82 Queen’s 67,

Bishop’s 81 Toronto 76,                 Mt. St.Vincent 83 at St. FX 62

Cougars and Dinos Sweep Visitors

James Lefebvre is the 6-4 Cougar post man, tasked with guarding bigger men every game.

James Lefebvre is the 6-5 Cougar post man, tasked with guarding taller opponents every game.

 

 

Mt. Royal Dominate Both Bears and ‘Horns

Shooting guard, Derek Wolf, attacks the Bears' defense.

MRU guard, Derek Wolf, attacks the Bears’ Ethan Dixon.

The Calgary Dinos and the Mt. Royal Cougars got the best of their visiting Alberta rivals in the Calgary Cup this weekend, and, if one team stood out, it had to be the Explorer Division’s Cougars, in recording 2 resounding wins  over 2 of last season’s playoff teams, with the Bears having won the Canada West championship.

On Thursday, the Cougars drum Lethbridge 86-60 , then hand  Alberta  a 67 – 48 loss on Friday afternoon,  as they defend well and share  the ball effectively on offense.  ( No box scores forthcoming, apparently) … even with a decided height disadvantage the Cougs team-up to top both the Bears and ‘Horns in rebounds and loose balls.

With a veteran crew, who are familiar with each other and the systems of Coach Marc Dobell,  Mt. Royal  must now have the attention of  a) the Calgary Dinos, who play their cross-town rivals in the ‘Crowchild Classic’ home and home next Friday and Saturday, and b) the other 5 squads in their Explorer Division, who will face the tenacious, experienced, and defensively aggressive Cougs 4 times apiece in the regular season.

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson's long -range shooting sparks Calgary.

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson’s long -range shooting sparks Calgary to 2 wins.

The Dinos eked out a 1 point win over Alberta on Thursday as Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson hits 6/9 treys (21 points), and both Matt Letkeman (13 pts/7 rebs) and Phil Barndt (12 pts, 4 rebs) are effective for UC as well. Mamadou Gueye posts a 19 pts/11 reb double, but GB’s go down with a 7 point misfire in the 3rd quarter (Alberta without Joel Friesen and Czar Robotham).

'L J'  Hegwood breaks out for 19 pts. in Dinos win over Lethbridge

‘L J’ Hegwood breaks out for 19 pts. in Dinos win over Lethbridge

Both coaches sub freely, but JOJ plays 36 mins for UC and Youssef Ouahrig and Ken Otieno 37 each for Alberta.

Calgary beats Lethbridge 78-71 on Friday, and a highlight for the Dinos was the performance of John Hegwood Jr., who hit 19 points against the Pronghorns.  Hegwood, a 6-5 wing man, went from high school to San Francisco City Coll. , then returned home to play at UC.  ‘L J’  suffered a foot injury, and had to sit out all of last season, but brings an explosive style in his 2nd year of eligibility.

 

 

Other Canada West Results from Friday – 

at Brandon  94  Acadia  85 –  The Bobcats get a home win over a re-building Axemen team …a pair of double-doubles as Ali Mounir Benabdelhak leads with 27 pts/10 rebs, and Earl Thompson Jr has 19 pts/11 boards.  49% FG for BU vs 43% for Acadia.

MacEwan  65   Nipissing  58 – in a battle of the ‘newbies’  to the CIS;  the Griffs are 2-0 at the Naismith.

 at Manitoba Tourney –  Manitoba 83  Algoma 51 ,   Winnipeg 71 Regina  59

… On tap Saturday Acadia at Brandon, Regina at Manitoba, MacEwan vs Queen’s

 

Overtime-

  • In the Thursday UFV 73-70 win over TWU, the Cascades played 7 guys and the Spartans sent all 12 out for battle.  Turnovers plague the Sparties (21 vs 12 for the ‘Cades).  Kevon Parchment is ‘da dude’ , with 27 pts, 9 boards, 5 steals. Jasper Moedt tops both teams with 11 rebs.
  •   Out with injury this weekend – Joel Friesen, Czar Robotham (Bears), Brandon Brine (‘Horns), Jas Gill, Skylar Sheehan (Calgary), Aaron McGowan (UFV).
  • Retrieving box scores, and sometimes even results, at this time of the year is a challenge.  We get that Athletic Departments may be short-staffed, and have higher priorities, but basic information might help with CIS Sports marketing.Dan V
  •  Calgary Coach Dan Vanhooren’s challenge with his Dinos is to sort out who to dress and who to play, with a roster of 7 new faces and 7 returnees. On Friday, he saw strong play from young Hegwood and got some good minutes from 6-7 forward, Matt Ellis, who could be a valuable guy in the interior defense, with his 7’ wing-span.
  • The Dinos look to have landed not one but two solid prospects at the point position with local lad, Adonis Monfort – Palomino, and Abbotsford, B.C. star, Corey Hauck.  They are both aggressive defenders, capable ball-handlers, and confident performers, even as rookies.  Hauck looks to be the better long-range shooter, but Adonis can develop into an opportunistic scorer, while looking to distribute first.