Cougars Shock TRU in 4th Quarter

 

Regina storms past TRU with a huge 41 point final frame
– we have results  from the opening game of 3 Canada West Quarter-Finals –

Jonathan Tull and his Regina teammates out-score the TRU Wolf Pack in game 1 in Kamloops on Thursday.

Jonathan Tull and his Regina teammates out-score the TRU Wolf Pack in game 1 in Kamloops on Thursday.        photo – U of R Cougars Athletics

 Regina  102  at Thompson Rivers 94  –  The Cougars obviously warm to the prospect of playing a more  wide-open offensive style with the cooperation of the home team. TRU is up 26-21 after the opening 10 minutes, but have the Regina team revved up to start some fireworks of their own.  The visitors go up 1 at the half, then the see-saw continues, with the ‘Pack hitting 3 consecutive treys in the middle of the 3rd to re-take the lead.
The Cougars were not to be deterred, as they hang up 41 points in the final frame to snatch the upset win over the Explorer leaders.  It was, after the dust settled, the green – clad Regina squad who had hit 18/36 from 3 point range, and out-rebounded the bigger ‘Pack by a 45-37 count.  Jonathan Tull led the charge for UR, with 29 points/ 6 rebounds as he shot 11/13 from the line. Import guard Alex Igual hit 7/12 from outside for 24 points plus 9 boards. Brandon Tull  (16 pts) had 4 treys, as did Jonathan, while Brian Ofori scored 15 on 7/11 from the floor.
TRU got 25 points / 10 assists from 5th year point man, Reese Pribilsky, 19 from Volodymyr Iegorov, 18 by  Luke Morris, and a 13 point / 13 rebound double from Josh Wolfram.  But the inside game did not produce trouble for Regina’s D, and the shots did not go down in the stretch for the Orange. Game 2 is Friday at 7 pm Pacific, with a ‘dream season’ on the line for the Wolf Pack.  Box Score

 at Manitoba  78 Fraser Valley 59  –  The Bisons hold serve in this one, with a very solid Manitoba copyhome win, as they ‘play their game’ ,  says Coach Kirby Schepp  to Bisons Athletics’ Danielle Doiron. “They really try to control the tempo of the game,” Schepp said after the win. “I think that’s really the battle for us. We’re trying to get the game faster. They’re trying to slow the game down. “It’s a battle of tempo, but the tempo was in our favour tonight, and that was probably the biggest difference of the game.”
Up 36 – 25 at the break, UM pulls away in the 2nd half, as they have 5 players in double figures, and win almost every statistical measure; Bisons 41.5% from the floor to 35% for UFV, 18/26 from the line vs 11/16 for the Cascades, and the  Herd get more rebounds, and give away several fewer turnovers. Veteran post man, Wyatt Anders provides the leadership, with 17 points / 8 rebounds, while wing man Keith Omoerah adds 14 points / 9 boards .
Fraser Valley never really gets un-tracked at the offensive end, with only Kevon Parchment (17 points / 9 rebs / 5 asst) and Matt Cooley (12 points / 7 rebs) doing any major damage.  Parchment’s 5/21 from the floor was, however, indicative of the cold hand that the visitors displayed as a group, and they never took a real run at Manitoba in this one.  Game 2 is Friday at 7 pm Central. Box Score

at UBC 81  Lethbridge 57 –  The result might have been expected, but the extent of the carnage was a bit of a shock for fans of the Pronghorns.  Without their import point man ubcDejon Burdeaux, whose injured leg/ ankle prevented him from playing, the ‘Horns could not match the  T-Birds.  UBC limits UL, the 2nd highest scoring team in Canada West, to 29 points less than their 86 ppg average; the Birds do it by forcing 26 Lethbridge turnovers, and converting those into 23 points.  They did it also by shooting 42% to the ‘Horns’ 36% on the night.

Jordan Jensen-Whyte had another stellar game for the Thunderbirds, with 25 points/ 2 steals, and guard, Phil Jalalpoor, scored 12 points, plus 6 rebs/ 2 steals.  The ‘Birds went 25/33 at the line vs 15/23 for the visitors.  Rob Olsen scored 14 for Lethbridge, and Brandon Brine had 13 plus 7 rebounds. UBC defense controlled the game, and they look like a team that will not yield on their home turf.  The picture is not bright for the Pronghorns as they look at game 2 on Friday at 7 pm Pacific.  Box Score

 

These are best of 3 series’, with a 3rd game if necessary – that would be Saturday, 3 pm Central for Manitoba – UFV, and  Saturday, 7 pm Pacific for both the TRU – Regina series, and the UBC – Lethbridge match-up.

The Calgary Dinos host the Alberta Golden Bears in game 1 Friday, 7 pm Mountain, with game 2 on Saturday at 7 pm, then game 3 (if necessary) is scheduled for 2 pm Sunday.


Women’s Playoffs started Thursday night as well, it was   Alberta 77 Thompson Rivers – 48 in Edmonton. On Friday, it will be game 2 in that series at 8 pm Mountain.

The others 3 series’ start Friday- Calgary at Regina is 7 pm Central, Saturday at 7 pm in game 2, and game 3 on Sunday (if necessary) is also 7 pm  .

The other 2 series’ – Victoria at MacEwan – Fri – 6 pm Mtn , Sat – 5 pm, and *Sun -2 pm   All 3 games of the UBC at Saskatchewan series are slated for 6:15 Central .


 

Other CIS Scores –
 Quebec – (League play) –  Concordia 76   UQAM 74 , Laval 82  Bishop’s 67
Ontario Preliminary Round play-off games –  Queen’s 87  Toronto 70, Lakehead 60  Western 58 ,  Brock 98  Laurier 80,    Windsor 82 Laurentian 73

 


 

Overtime –   

Coach Craig Beaucamp

UVic Coach Craig Beaucamp

  • U Vic Coach Craig Beaucamp,  with a caution regarding import players and any CIS school’s focus on academics along with basketball … ”We have used internationals and prospered from it, but I think we have to start asking ourselves: … What are we providing? Is it an education, followed by ‘they then play basketball’? Or is it a basketball player, followed by an education,” says Beaucamp .… “Without linking academic performance and athletic eligibility, “you’re acting as a professional team. You’re basically paying a guy to play for you for a couple years.” From a pretty fair discussion of the presence and impact of import players in the CIS.  in this article by Wayne Kondro, Ottawa Citizen.
  • News from Europe – Galitos Tiey of the Portuguese ‘A’ League (LPB) is
    Jordan Baker, with Galitos Tiey in Portugal

    Jordan Baker, with Galitos Tiey in Portugal

    climbing the standings, now in 5th place in the 11 team loop.  Alberta Golden Bears grad, Jordan Baker is their leading scorer / rebounder at 16.6 ppg / 8.4 rebounds, while Jared Ogungbemi-Jackson, former Dinos guard starts at the point, and is averaging 13.5 ppg / 3.7 assists. Nick Loewen, former Mt. Royal Cougar wing man, is in Leon, Spain playing for Augustines-Eras, who are at the top of the standings in Group B at 13-2. Nick is averaging 27 minutes coming off the bench, and averages 9.5 ppg / 49% from the floor.  Ross Bekkering is at Groningen with 3rd place, Donar Flames, playing 29 mpg, the veteran in the Dutch League, and former Dinos all-star, is shooting  65% from the floor, including 7/11 from 3 point range. (Shoot more  ‘Driepunters’ Roscoe !) ,  13 ppg/ 8.5 rebounds.

    Robbie Sihota

    Robbie Sihota

  • Another former Calgary Dinos stand-out,  Robbie Sihota  , following an exceptional 5 months with  MAFC Budapest of the Hungarian League, has transferred to Eisbaeran Bremerhaven of the German Bundesliga. . The 6-7  Sihota scored 19 ppg / 9.5 rebounds in Budapest, and Bremerhaven pursued his transfer in mid-February.  The Clubs completed the transfer last week, and Robbie  played his 1st game for Coach Chris Harris’  Eisbaeren Bremerhaven team on the 27th.   Harris, another former Dinos forward (’03), suggests that Bremerhaven obtained Sihota for their Bundesliga stretch run, with hopes of his helping them avoid relegation, as they are currently 17th in the 20 team League.

Vikes Hammer Huskies

 

UVic Make a Strong Case

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Explorer Division – 

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

Friday  CIS Scores –

Quebec – Concordia 66 Laval 62

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

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

 


 

Overtime – 

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson starting for Galitos-Tiey in Portugal

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson starting for Galitos-Tiey in Portugal

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

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

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

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

 

 

Can Canada Qualify ?

 

 

Phil Scrubb, from Vancouver and Carleton U., will play for Canada in Mexico City.

Phil Scrubb, from Vancouver and Carleton U., will play for Canada in Mexico City at the FIBA America’s Olympic qualifying tournament.

FIBA Americas – Canada’s Shot

Canada’s National team, complete with 2 former CIS stars, Phil Scrubb and Aaron Doornekamp, both from the Carleton Ravens, tips off on Tuesday in Mexico City against perennial S. American power, Argentina in game 1 of their quest to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

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The Canadians, with 9 NBA players on their roster, including 6-8, Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves), 6-3 point man, Corey Joseph (Toronto Raptors), and 7-0 Kelly Olynyk (Boston Celtics), were 4-0 in the Tuto Marchand Cup ‘warm-up’ competition in Puerto Rico last week, and expectations are high for their chances of securing one of the two qualifying berths for the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro next year.

The 10 teams in Mexico City play 8 games each in a 9 day span, with 4 semi-finalists emerging.  Canada will need to win one of those semi-finals  in order to guarantee an Olympic spot; the last time they qualified was for the 2000 Games in Sydney, Aus.   All Canadian basketball fans wish the team well in this attempt.

There is a good feature article by David Ebner in Saturday’s Globe and Mail, highlighting the growth of Basketball, particularly in the Greater Toronto area.  For the scheduled television coverage of the FIBA Americas Tournament on TSN you can click here. 

 

‘Horns in Australia

Brandon Brine travels back home to Australia with his UL teammates.

Brandon Brine travels back home to Australia with his UL teammates.

The U. Lethbridge Pronghorns, under Coach Mike Hansen, are currently in Melbourne, Australia and getting an early start on their Fall training camp.  Where else ?!  Without talking with Coach Hansen , we can only assume the ‘Horns made that long and costly jaunt to a.) build a better recruiting bridge to a rich source of young basketball talent, b.) give a nod to  5th year star Brandon Brine, an Aussie national, c.) lure more recruits with the promise of future exotic travel with the ‘Horns, d.) escape the choking smokey air which has invaded S. Alberta over the past week !

We assume that the Lethbridge players will all be back on campus for the September 9 school start.  Our man in ‘L.A.’ points out that the ‘warm weather junket’ over the Christmas Holiday break will be to the Wesmen Classic in Winnipeg. (About 60 C colder ….)

 

‘Tweaking’, ‘Strengthening’, ‘Major-renovation’

There are years where some Canada West teams are fortunate enough to be tinkering with a few line-up changes in order to stay very competitive in the standings. This past Spring and early Summer, however, have seen more than the usual number of changes, as key players graduate (or just leave for other reasons), and their spots need to be covered-off.

Alberta, for example, are without stalwarts Ken Otieno and Joel Friesen, who completed

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson's 20 ppg, floor leadership, rebounding, and assists will be tough to replace for UC

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson’s 20 ppg, floor leadership, rebounding, and assists will be tough to replace for UC.

their 5 years last March. So we see Coach Barnaby Craddock adding 5 recruits, including 5-9 point man Colby Jackson from Las Vegas and 6-2 guard D’Wan Williams from Toronto.  Calgary will be without the graduated All-Canadian, Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, but signed another Winnipeg high school ‘phenom‘ in Torrez McCoy, a 6-0 QB on the court, who will compete for minutes at the point as a rookie.

But many more CW coaches have been faced with the more difficult assignment  of

Huskies Ben Baker was Canada West Defensive Player of the Year ... and he could score !

Huskies Ben Baker was Canada West Defensive Player of the Year … and he could score !

making more extensive changes in order to bolster their rosters. Saskatchewan lost Ben Baker, Dadrian Collins, Mike Scott, Andrew Henry, and Conner Burns, so Coach Barry Rawlyk adds import guard and California Junior College star Shawn Lathan , San Diego  among others. UBC, who will be the host team for the CIS Nationals next March, are trying to fill major gaps left with the absence of Tommy Nixon, Tonner Jackson, Brylle Kamen, and Andrew McGuinness. Coach Kevin Hanson has been successful in landing 6-3 guard Taylor Browne  from Surrey, BC, 6-8  Patrick Simon (Port Coquitlam), a transfer from Simon Fraser, and several other solid looking prospects.

The Manitoba Bisons had 3 players graduate; Stephan Walton, Wyatt Anders , and Amir Ali were all key team members, and Coach Kirby Schepp also saw the need for more roster changes. We see the results of some hard recruiting work in the addition of 7 new faces for the Herd …  2 imports – former Brandon CW Rookie of the Year, point guard Ilarion Bonhomme of Washington, DC, and 6-6  forward Raheem Tyner  from Minneapolis, who transfers from Iowa Western Jr. College. Others include 6-6 fwd Joey Nitychoruk, a Winnipeg native, who transfers from Lakehead, a pair of 6-5 Winnipeg high school grads in  Dharmjit Dhillon and Raj Sidhu.  UM also signed guard Saajan Arora from Cambridge, ON, and 6-9 post, Osahon Eghosa  from Ajax, ON who played at Colorado Northwestern Jr. College.

Wholesale changes in Brandon this Fall.

Wholesale changes in Brandon this Fall.

But the champions of the off-season ‘Reno Competition’ have to be the Brandon Bobcats and Coach Gil Chueng, who return just 4 players from their 2-18 squad of 2014-15, D.J. Jordan, Earl Thompson Jr., Ryan Hawley and Denham Buchanan.  Coach Chueng says that we will see 10 new roster players including several red-shirts and 5 new signings including 6-11 post John Paul, a Saint Lucia import, 6-3 shooting guard, Chris Stanhope , a transfer from Fanshawe College in Toronto,  and 6-7 fwd Tyler Anderson  from Langley, BC’s Walnut Grove HS.

Both Fraser Valley and MacEwan signed 6 new players, as both teams graduated significant contributors from their teams last Spring.  This may be the most active roster-turnover recruiting period in the last 10 years in Canada West .  We will have more details as we get into training camps in the next couple of weeks.

 

Canada vs Germany in Playoffs

 

Ottawa's Johnny Berhanemeskel is a key figure on Canada's team in S. Korea.

Ottawa’s Johnny Berhanemeskel is a key figure on Canada’s team in S. Korea.

FISU Games 1/4 Finals Start Saturday

The Canadian ‘World Student Games ‘ Team have qualified for the Quarter-Finals beginning Saturday, as they face Germany.  The winner of that game has the tough assignment of facing the USA – Lithuania winner in one semi-final on Sunday. On the other side of the draw, it will be  Russia vs  Estonia and France vs Brazil.

Playing in ‘preliminary round games in Gwangju, S. Korea (we mistakenly said China last weekend),  Canada finished at 4-1 following a 106-41 drubbing of Mongolia on Wednesday, and a cold-shooting (33% FG) 68-61 loss to Russia on Thursday.  In the Mongolia game, Coach Barnaby Craddock (U of A) rested a couple of his starters, Chris McLaughlin (UVic), and Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa), and got some floor time for some others.

Alberta’s Mamadou Gueye played 28 minutes (well above previous games), and scored 23 pts/9 rebs, while Jarred  Ogungbemi-Jackson (Dinos) played his regular starting role, but shot more, scoring 16 pts, 7 boards, 6 assists.  Two big men, 6-10 Josh Wolfram (Thompson Rivers), and 6-8 Caleb Agada (Ottawa) both snared 10 rebounds, with Agada also registering 8 assists.

Against the Russians, it was a different story altogether, as ‘OJ’, McLaughlin, and Agada were limited to 1/13 shooting between them, as only Jordan Baker, 13 pts. (Alberta), Tommy Nixon  (UBC) 13 pts.,  and Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa) 12 points hit double figures. The Canucks had previously recorded wins over Sweden – 78-61, Mexico- 81-61, and Montenegro 66-63.

Canada has had some past success in this ‘World Student Games’ (Now the FISU Games). We finished 4th in 2013 in Russia,  2nd in China in 2013, and, with 4 of Coach Ken Shields’ UVic Vikes in the line-up in 1983 in Edmonton, Canada beat the U.S. team which included Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and Johnny Dawkins. (Credit to the Victoria Times-Colonist).

 

Overtime –

  • 5th year Lethbridge Pronghorns import post man, Brent Watkins, sustained serious injuries in a a car accident last weekend near Butte, MT.  We sincerely hope that the young man can recover in a short time, and that he might be able to return to U of L basketball this Fall.  (Thanks to David Wells for the information.)
  • Former Dinos star, Ross Bekkering,  has just signed a 1 year contract with Groningen of the Netherlands Basketball League.  Ross, a 6-9 post who struggled through an injury -plagued year last Fall and Winter, says, “I’m planning for this to be my last season as a pro, I think. “  His former Dinos teammate, Robbie Sihota, may have decided to stay in Calgary this coming winter, as he starts a search for his post-basketball career.

Student Games Team Announced

 

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Five Canada West Players on National Development Team

Led by the U. Alberta’s Head Coach, Barnaby Craddock, the Canada Basketball Development Team of 12 CIS players, will include 5 from Canada West including UVic’s Chris McLaughlin, the 2015 League MVP.  The other 4 Western reps include 5-9 guard, Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (Calgary Dinos), 6-7 wing man, Mamadou Gueye (U of A Golden Bears) , 6-6 forward Tommy Nixon (UBC Thunderbirds), and 6-9 forward, Josh Wolfram (Thompson Rivers Wolfpack).

The team will represent Canada in the FISU Games tournament in Gwangju, South Korea, from July 4 – 13.  They will have a pre-tournament training camp at the University of Kansas from June 19-29.  More in this news release from Canada Basketball.

 

 

Sihota Continues Successful Pro Career

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Robbie Sihota in action this Spring for Fribourg, Switzerland.           photo – Ekalavyas

 

 From the Indian basketball website – Ekalavyas, writer Vishnu Ravi Shankar …

This is an excellent article on Robbie Sihota, the former Calgary Dinos forward, who has been playing in Europe for 5 years +. 

Sihota, who played for Coach Dan Vanhooren’s Dinos from 2006-2010, played his high school ‘ball at Lester Pearson HS, Calgary under Coach Bill Mitchell.  His pro career has seen him play  in The Netherlands, first with Rotterdam, where he was the Dutch League’s top rebounder, then in Nijmegen, and a year in Luxembourg. Robbie has just finished his 1st season in Fribourg, Switzerland, where he led the team in rebounding (8.5 rpg), and was 2nd in scoring (15.2 ppg).    (Thanks to our good friend, Art Unsworth, out there in Western Saskatchewan, who tipped us off to this story.)

 

Canada West Recruiting Update –

The latest signees in Canada West include 6-5 guard, Sebastian Eliasen ( Denmark) who  transfers to Trinity Western from Yuba Jr. College (California), and to UNBC  we have  Austin Chandler, a 6-7 transfer from Wenatchee, WA Jr. College.

Canada West Spring News

 

Canada West Meetings This Week  – Changes On the Way

David Wells honoured by induction to Sports Hall of Fame.

David Wells honoured by induction to Sports Hall of Fame.

  •  U. Calgary will be looking for a new Athletic Director, as Ron Wuotila announced his decision to resign in the face of an ill-considered and poorly staged implementation of a new ‘administrative model’ for the Dinos Athletic Program.
  • David Wells, Lethbridge,  a champion of school sport, from junior high, high school, college, and university, was honoured with induction into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame this past weekend. Currently the Director of Sports programs for the Southern Alberta School Sports Assn., Wells has been a sports writer, athletic administrator, coach, and National Team Manager … and always the most knowledgeable fan of young athletes in his area for many years.
Impressive new facility at Victoria.  Photo - Times-Colonist, Adrian Lam

Impressive new facility for U.  Victoria.            Photo – Times-Colonist, Adrian Lam

  • Craig Beaucamp, UVic Head Coach, obviously pleased with the new Vikes home court which will be ready for play this summer, “This is probably the top university athletic facility in the country, and I’ve been in most of them,” said Beaucamp. “This is a great opportunity to help in recruiting players.”  From a Times-Colonist article by Cleve Dheensaw
  • Joe Scanlon, long-time journalism teacher, and the Ravens' biggest fan.

    Joe Scanlon, long-time journalism teacher, and the Ravens’ biggest fan. Photo – The Ottawa Citizen.

    We learned, sadly, of the passing of Joe Scanlon, who did so much to chronicle the feats of the Carleton Ravens basketball teams, and was a leading promoter of CIS basketball over so many years. His tireless efforts raised the profile of the sport, and provided rich commentary for all of us who cared about the game. Joe will be remembered for his exceptional, enthusiastic work, and by all of us who enjoyed corresponding with him, and learning so much from his experience and knowledge.

  • Graduates and ‘Undergraduates –  Canada West graduated some terrific student – athletes this Spring, including the Dinos classy guard, Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, who is now checking out opportunities to play pro. There will be others in the pro ranks (mostly in Europe), with the likes of  Joel Friesen, Ben Baker, Tommy Nixon, and MVP, Chris McLaughlin, finishing up impressive CIS careers.  Some notables did not finish, however … UVic’s flashy import guard, Marcus Tibbs, left campus shortly following the CIS Nationals, indicating he will pursue other basketball opportunities  … Calgary’s promising guard,  L.J. Hegwood, did not complete his academic year, and he will not be back for the Dinos …  Brandon’s Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak leaves after his 4th year, returning home to the Montreal area.
  • The Brandon Sun reported that former Bobcats star, Jordan Reaves, will follow in his father’s footsteps, as he moves onto the football field.  Reaves a 6-4, 225 lb wing -man at BU, signed a contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
  • The Canada West Governors will  continue to discuss and study different structures for League play at the upcoming annual general May meeting.  It’s obviously a big challenge to balance competition, tradition, and travel expenses; it is very difficult with a 17 team League ranging from 2000 student schools to some at 30,000 + .
  •   Latest Recruiting List (courtesy, Hoopstars Canada – Barry Hayes) …

    D'Wan Williams promises to add skill and flair to the Bears' roster.

    D’Wan Williams promises to add skill and flair to the Bears’ roster. Photo – North Pole Hoops

Alberta – 6’7″ pf Cole Knudsen (Barrhead, AB/Barrhead), 6’2″ sg D’Wan Williams (Toronto, ON/Oakwood), 6’1″ pg Jonah Weyessa (Edmonton, AB/Father Lacombe ’14)

Brandon

Calgary – 6’0″ pg Torrez McKoy (Grande Pointe, Manitoba/MBCI), Thomas Cooper – 6’5” (Chattanooga, TN) tsf from  C.C. San Francisco, U. Nebraska – Kearny.

Fraser Valley

Grant MacEwan – 6’3″ pg Chris Mooney (Ottawa, ON – transfer/NAIT; 10.3 ppg 2014-15) 6’7″ c Atlas St. Paul-Butler (Victoria, BC/Oak Bay), 6’6″ pf Michael Burnham (Winfield, BC/George Elliot)

Lethbridge – 6’9″ c Chris Maughan (Calgary, AB – transfer/Lethbridge College; 14.9 ppg, ’14-’15

Manitoba – 6’5″ pf Dharmjit Dhillon (Winnipeg, MB/Kildonan-East), 6’5″ sg Raj Sidhu (Winnipeg, MB/Kildonan-East), 6’2″ sg Saajan Arora (Cambridge, ON/St. John’s Kilmarnock)

Mount Royal – 6’6″ pf Nate Wall (Okotoks, AB/Holy Trinity), 6’4″ sg Tyis Yellowhorn (Piikani Nation, AB/Chestermere), 6’4″ sf Shay Foggo (Calgary, AB/Crescent Heights), 6’0″ pg Matt Gray (Victoria, BC/Oak Bay), 6’9″ c Brett Layton (Calgary, AB/Sir Winston Churchill ’09)

Regina – 6’7″ c Stephen Shields (Brandon, MB – transfer/Keyano volleyball ’11), 6’6″ pf Kolton Bellamy (Regina, SK/Balfour)

Saskatchewan – 6’6″ pf Devin Wittow (Leduc, AB/Leduc Composite)

Thompson Rivers – 6’2″ pg Jeff Tubbs (Kelowna, BC/Mount Boucherie), 6’4″ sf Evan Helgason (Kamloops, BC/Elev8 Sports Institute), 6’3″ sg Kaleel Faiz (Toronto, ON – transfer/Olds College; 22.5 ppg in 2014-15)

Trinity Western

Taylor Browne is a prized recruit for the T-Birds.

Taylor Browne is a prized recruit for the T-Birds.

UBC – 6’8″ c Roger Milne (Winnipeg, MB/Oak Park), 6’3″ sg Taylor Browne (Surrey, BC/Holy Cross), 6’8″ pf Patrick Simon (Port Coquitlam, BC – transfer/Simon Fraser; 10.6 ppg in 2014-15), 6’2″ pg Phil Jalalpoor (Shifferstadt, Germany – transfer/Olds College; 13.3 ppg in 2014-15)

UBC-Okanagan – 6’2″ sg Spencer Thomas (Pickering, ON/Pine Ridge)

UNBC – 6’4″ sf Anthony Hokanson (Vancouver, BC/Kitsilano)

Victoria – 6’5″ sf Jason Scully (Victoria, BC/St. Michael’s), 6’5″ sf Josh Charles (Duncan, BC/Cowichan), 6’5″ sf Tyus Barfoot (Nanaimo, BC/Nanaimo District), 6’1″ pg Graeme Hyde-Lay (Victoria, BC/St. Michael’s), 6’7″ pf Billy Yaworsky (Winnipeg, MB – transfer/Skagit Valley JuCo; 7.2 ppg in 2014-15)

Winnipeg – 6’3″ sg Kieran McGrath (Winnipeg, MB/Glenlawn), 6’3″ sg William Sesay (Winnipeg, MB/Oak Park), 6’6″ pf Frankie Tocci (Winnipeg, MB/Maples)

Ravens Crush Huskies, Vikes Survive

 

 Ravens Fly High in Burying Saskatchewan

Phil Scrubb shows his All-Canadian form, with 31 pts vs Saskatchewan

Phil Scrubb shows his All-Canadian form, with 31 pts vs Saskatchewan

 game 1-   Carleton Ravens  90  Saskatchewan Huskies 50 –  The Carleton Ravens engage their vaunted defense, and the Huskies play like ‘Sled Dogs in the headlights’.  48-18 at the half, and the earth is already scorched around the U of S bench.  It’s tough if you’re Saskatchewan, because you get tighter and more frustrated as you watch yet another Phil Scrubb trey splash through the twine (The 5th year all-star guard is  6/8  from the outside after 20 minutes for 29 points).  72-39 at 3/4s, and it’s over the boards with the subs for Carleton, although Connor Wood remains and shows why he’s so highly regarded.

Carleton keep raining 3s, as U of S defenders aren’t on the ball, and the Huskies’ younger players enter the game, as time winds down on the pummeling. Phil Scrubb finishes with 31 points, with few minutes played in the 2nd half. “Shots just started falling”, says the Vancouver native in a succinct post-game interview. The Ravens hit 55% from the floor and 56% from long range, as Thomas Scrubb  adds 18 pts / 9 rebounds

The Huskies are a paltry 29% from the floor and 20% from 3 pt. range in the face of a withering Carleton defense; Ben Baker, with 11 pts/ 7 rebounds / 6 assists and Matt Forbes with 14 points/ 7 boards  give the most resistance for Saskatchewan, but it was  an un-nerving experience for the Canada West finalists, who now move on to a 2 pm consolation semi on Thursday.  Box Score

 

Vikes Survive Nervous Start Against Dalhousie 

 game 2 –  Victoria Vikes  58   Dalhousie Tigers  57 –  It was an exasperating 2nd

3rd year import, Grant Sitton, scores 19 off the bench to save UVic.

3rd year import, Grant Sitton, scores 19 off the bench to save UVic.  photo- Vikes Athletics

game, with a very passive  effort by the Vikes in the opening 20 minutes, and Dalhousie having some similar offensive jitters. The Tigers got strong play from their big man, Kashrell Lawrence, although his shakey foul shooting limits their scoring.  A  28-24 Dal lead at the half, after lots of subbing for the Vikes, with Hadyn Lejuene and Grant Sitton logging extra minutes. The angular Sitton cuts loose with a trey at the 3rd quarter buzzer to give the Vikes a 48-42 edge, after they get the juices flowing after the break.

This one always looked like it was going down to the wire, and, despite grabbing a 6 point lead with 40 seconds left, UVic manages to trail by 1, off a put-back by Dal’s Lawrence, and the clock was running out.  The ball goes inside to Chris McLaughlin, who had missed much of the 4th quarter with a bleeding knee, and he tries to go up, but is wrestled (step-over-toe-hold) to the floor by the Tigers’ Sven Stammberger.  An obvious intentional foul, which should have led to 2 shots and the ball … but, no … so Mclaughlin has to hit free throws to tie, then go up 1.

Dal's Kashrell Lawrence is the game high scorer, with 21 in a close loss.

Dal’s Kashrell Lawrence is the game high scorer, with 21 in a close loss.

The Tigers get a contested shot off at the end, but it falls short.  Vikes win, and will face the machine that is Carleton in one of Saturday’s semi-finals.

UVic shoots 40% to Dalhousie’s 35%  from the floor, and Sitton’s 3 treys get him to 19 points, which gets the Vikes a white-knuckle win. Marcus Tibbs had 16 pts/ 6 assists and hit 2 huge buckets down the stretch in the tense finish. Mclaughlin was held to 10 points, but grabbed 11 boards.  Dal had 21 points / 8 rebounds from Lawrence, and 14 pts/ 9 rebs by their young post, Stammberger, and the Tigers claimed 13 offensive rebounds, which kept them close at the end.  Box Score

 

 

 CIS Awards Reflect OUA Power

Ottawa's Johnny Berhanemeskel is the CIS Top Player for 2015

Ottawa’s Johnny Berhanemeskel is the CIS Top Player for 2015

The Ontario schools dominate the list of CIS award winners and All-Canadians, announced on Wednesday, much like they’ve owned the upper reaches of the Top 10 rankings for the whole season.  Johnny Berhanemeskel of Ottawa breaks the stranglehold of  Carleton’s Phil Scrubb on the Player of the Year trophy, but Thomas Scrubb keeps the family in silverware by repeating as Top Defensive Player.

Top Rookie, Top Coach as well. Chris McLaughlin, UVic, and Javon Masters of UNB join 3 OUA stars on the 1st All-Canadian Team. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, Calgary and Tommy Nixon, UBC are 2 Canada West stars in their 5th year who get the 2nd Team honours.  Calgary’s Lars Schleuter, the CW Rookie of the Year, is a member of CIS All-Rookie team.

Here are the 2015 CIS AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS – 

Mike Moser Memorial Trophy (player of the year): Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa

Defensive player of the year: Thomas Scrubb, Carleton

Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (rookie of the year): Johneil Simpson, Brock

Stuart Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (TIMEX coach of the year): James Derouin, Ottawa

Ken Shields Award ( academics & community service): Noel Moffatt, Memorial

All – Canadians – First Team

G Johnny Berhanemeskel Ottawa 5 Ottawa, Ont.

F Thomas Scrubb Carleton 5 Richmond, B.C.

F Chris McLaughlin Victoria 5 Oakville, Ont.

G Javon Masters UNB 2 Kitchener, Ont.

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson is a 2nd Team All-Canadian

Dinos’ Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson is a 2nd Team All-Canadian

G Philip Scrubb Carleton 5 Richmond, B.C.

All – Canadians -Second Team

G Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson Calgary 5 Winnipeg, Man.

G Jahmal Jones Ryerson 5 Mississauga, Ont.

G Tyler Scott UPEI 3 Halifax, N.S.

F Tommy Nixon UBC 5 Vancouver, B.C.

F François Bourque McGill 2 Terrebonne, Que.

CIS All-Rookie Team – 

Lars Schleuter, Calgary, is on the CIS All-Rookie Team

Lars Schleuter, Calgary, is on the CIS All-Rookie Team

G Johneil Simpson Brock 1 Toronto, Ont.

G Ben Miller Acadia 1 Winnipeg, Man.

G Lars Schlueter Calgary 1 Ulm, Germany

W Alexandre Leclerc Laval 1 Saguenay, Que.

W Luke Allin Wilfrid Laurier 1 Chatham, Ont.

 

Wolves Force 3rd Game vs Huskies

 

TRU Leads Wire to Wire – Parker Paces Scoring

5th year guard, Brett Parker, scores 21 to lead the 'Pack to a 3rd game.

5th year guard, Brett Parker, scores 21 to lead the ‘Pack to a 3rd game against #1 seed, Saskatchewan.

Thompson R. Wolf Pack  81  at Saskatchewan Huskies  75 –  A spirited team bounce-back from the Wolf Pack to square the series and force a 3rd game on Sunday night.  TRU shoots 48% from the floor to 40% for the Huskies, and their 5th year guard, Brett Parker plays an inspired game, hitting 9/13 including 3/3 from outside for 21 points.  Josh Wolfram scores 17, grabs 9 boards, and hits 3 clutch free throws in the final minutes. Reese Pribilsky cashes 5/6 free throws down the stretch to ice the win.

Saskatchewan digs themselves a big hole at 40-25 at the half, but nibbles away to come to within 2 points with about 2:30 left, but TRU finished a pair of pick and roll opportunities and made the crucial free throws.  The ‘Dogs had  6 players in double figures, with 12 from each of Andrew Henry and Dadrian Collins, while Ben Baker had 11 plus 9 rebounds and 9 assists. The 3 pointer got the home team back in it, as they connect on 14/27 – 52%, but TRU plays them shot for shot in the 4th to force another game, this one back at the PAC on the U of S campus – Sunday at 7 pm Central.                  Box Score

 

Dulay Leads Cascades into Final 4 … 4th in 4 seasons for UFV

Manny Dulay strikes from outside for 21 points, as UFV sweeps Calgary.

Manny Dulay strikes from outside for 21 points, as UFV sweeps Calgary.

At Fraser Valley Cascades 72  Calgary Dinos  65 –  Surrendering a 10-24 1st quarter advantage, and 23-39 at the half, Calgary has too steep an uphill in the 2nd 20.  Fraser Valley makes their 4th straight trip to the Canada West Final 4 , joining UBC and Victoria in next week’s championship tournament, with Sunday’s  Huskies vs Wolf-Pack winner the 4th team.  The Cascades shoot just 35% to UC’s 38%, but enjoy 14 extra shots by winning the rebounding 43-39, and the turnover battle 12-16.

Manny Dulay is a stand-out for UFV, scoring 21 on 4/7  from 3 pt range plus 5 assists.  The Cascades two big men, Jasper Moedt (11 pts/13 boards) and Nate Brown (13 pts/7 rebs) do major damage inside.  Calgary gets 16 pts/ 8 rebs/ 3 assts from Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson in his last Canada West game, and Rookie of the Year, Lars Schleuter, scores 12.  Box Score

 

More CIS Scores, Saturday –

OUA Quarter-Finals –  #5  Windsor  85  #4 McMaster 70 ,  #1 Carleton 79  Lakehead 54,  #2  Ottawa 116   Laurentian 71,  #3  Ryerson 105 W. Laurier  59  (Final 4 next weekend)

Atlantic Tournament  Semis-   (Upsets in both games, as the 5-seed and 3-seed beat #1 and 2 … so much for our expert analysis of this championship !)

Dalhousie 85   #8  UNB 74  , Saint Mary’s 105  UPEI  92

Quebec – Bishop’s 85 UQAM  65  (Last Q-League games this week) – Final standings – (Top 4 to Tournament at Bishop’s next Friday and Saturday.)

  1. McGill  11-5
  2. Laval   9-7
  3. Concordia 8-8
  4. Bishop’s 8-8
  5. UQAM  4-12

Top Seeds Leap Out Front

#1 Saskatchewan and #2 Fraser Valley Grab Series’ Leads

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Vijay Dhillon kills Dinos with clutch treys in UFV game 1 win.

 

At Fraser Valley Cascades  78  Calgary Dinos 71  –  Tenuous control in the opening 20 minutes in Abbotsford, as Calgary starts fast, then Fraser Valley responds, but in the 2nd quarter, the Dinos finish with a 14-1 flurry to take a 38-35 edge at the break.  The 3 point shot got Calgary back in it, but their lead evaporates quickly in the 3rd, as UFV dominates 21-11.  Both teams are loose with the ball at times, with 20 turnovers from Fraser Valley and 14 by Calgary, but rebounding was the decisive factor as the home team almost doubles the Dinos 40-21, led by Jasper Moedt’s game-controlling 13.

Off their bench, UFV’s Vijay Dhillon tops team scoring with 20 including 4/5 from 3 pt. range.  He gets lots of help from Nate Brown (19 pts) and Moedt’s 15 for the double-double. Calgary has Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson with 20 pts/4 assts., Lars Schleuter counting 17 pts/ 4 rebs., and Josh Owen-Thomas with 16 pts/ 4 assts.   Box Score 

Matt Forbes is tough inside in leading U of S to a game 1 win.

Matt Forbes is tough inside in leading U of S to a game 1 win.

 

at Saskatchewan Huskies 96  Thompson R. Wolf Pack  82  – The Huskies had to shake some of the rust off in the early going, but 53 second half points bring Saskatchewan all the way back from an 11 point deficit midway in the 2nd quarter.  The Huskies are red hot, shooting 59% from the floor, led by 20 points from Matt Forbes, and  8 pts/12 rebounds by Ben Baker.

TRU look good early, but fade under more aggressive U of S defense, as the visitors scoring come harder in the final 20. Brett Rouault (22 pts) and Josh Wolfram (20 pts/4 rebs) pace the ‘Pack, who hit a respectable 48%.  Box Score

 

Vikes Give McKinnon Gym a Fitting Send-off 

  Chris McLaughlin is Vikes series leader in sweep of Alberta.

Chris McLaughlin is Vikes series leader in sweep of Alberta.

 

at Victoria Vikes 81   Alberta Golden Bears  67  –  Playing true to their form for the past several seasons under Coach Craig Beaucamp, UVic clamps down on the Bears offense in the 2nd half again on Friday, as they sweep Alberta 2-0 , qualifying for another Final 4.  Trailing 37-36 after a tight 1st half, Victoria hangs up 45 points to U of A’s 30  in the 2nd for a convincing win in the final game at McKinnon.

As he has in most games, Chris McLaughlin is the driving force for the Vikes offense, with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcus Tibbs shines at the guard spot with 19 points and 6 assists. Victoria hit 45% from the floor vs just 33% for Alberta, and UVic wins the rebounding  40-27.  Alberta gets a 21 point game from 5th year wing Ken Otieno, in his final CIS appearance.  Box Score

 

 Thunderbirds Reach Final 4 With 2nd Straight Over UNBC

at UBC Thunderbirds  88  UNBC  Timberwolves  78  –  The T-Birds repel the determined effort by UNBC, and they move on to the Canada West Final 4, looking to capture their 4th Canada West  title in 6 years. The T’Wolves trail 28-9 after a quarter, but hang in to creep as close as 5 points in the 4th, but run out of time. Conor Morgan is the highest flying ‘Bird with 19 points, Kedar Wright adds 17 / 4 assists, and Tommy Nixon 15 pts/ 5 rebs.   Rhys Elliott  hitting 19 points, Jeff Chu with 16, and Billy Chu 14   UBC wins the rebounding  43 to 35, and thrive on a full meal of 28/40 free throws against just 12/13 for the ‘Wolves.  No Box Score yet . 

 

More CIS Scores, Friday –

Atlantic Tournament – Dalhousie 62 Cape Breton 60 – Dal vs UNB in Semis

Saint Mary’s 99  Memorial 91 – SMU vs UPEI in Semis

Quebec – McGill 73 Laval 64   (Last Q-League games this week)

 

Overtime –

  • Does anyone else feel that, with a lead or a tie, you might feel that you just take the imagesball at the far end line, rather than move it up to 3/4 court (offensive zone) ?   We’ve noticed so many times where the offensive team has  trouble getting the ball in-bounds safely.  CBU turns it over tonight, with  23 secs. left and  the score tied at 60 … Dal gets the last shot, and buries it for the win.  That play happens so often, that you’d kill for a sure-fire entry pass under extreme pressure.
  • We’re calling UNB in the Atlantic Tournament this weekend.  ( Brilliant ! Bet the favourites). They’ve been the best all season, and should get the 2 wins necessary to win the Cup and get them to Toronto for the Final 8.

Preview- Calgary-UFV, TRU-Sask.

Can point man, Manny Dulay, guide his Cascades to another Canada West Final 4?

Can point man, Manny Dulay, guide his Cascades to another Canada West Final 4? Photo – UFV Cascades Athletics

 

Dinos at Cascades  –  2nd Seed  On Home Court

As Fraser Valley Coach Adam Friesen suggests, the Cascades “ … have been pretty good at protecting our home court.” His team is 11-2 vs CIS schools at Abbotsford this season, and the visiting Dinos will be hard-pressed to win twice this weekend.  But, the Dinos come of a 2 game sweep of Manitoba in Calgary last week, and, coincidently, the Cascades lost to Thompson Rivers in their final home League tilt.

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UFV has a veteran group, home court, a tenacious defense, and a handful of guys – Manny Dulay, Kevon Parchment, Jasper Moedt, Dominique Brooks – who can give decisive efforts.  Depth is a question, with big man Nate Brown getting only sparse action over the final 2 weeks of the schedule.  Calgary has a 9-10 deep rotation, with Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson their obvious court leader, aided by Phil Barndt, Dallas Karch, Josh Owen-Thomas, Lars Schleuter, and LJ Hegwood who all log consistent minutes each time out.

Prediction – Who hits the shots?  Who plays better defense?  Who controls the boards?  This may be a 3-game toss-up, although you have to give an edge to UFV for their 1st place finish and overall record.  ( 6 pm Pacific – Fri /Sat )

 

Dadrian Collins is a deadly outside threat for the #1 seeded Huskies.

Dadrian Collins is a deadly outside threat for the #1 seeded Huskies.

Huskies Heavy Favourites Despite Alternate Gym

The Saskatchewan Huskies are very tough to beat on their home court at the PAC (12-1 this season), and they’ve earned that advantage through the playoffs, if they beat Thompson Rivers this weekend.  But wait !  They’ve been bumped (by the CIS V-Ball Tournament … MT!) over to the cozier confines of St. Joseph’s HS gym for games 1 and 2.  Still, it’s Saskatoon (-30 C presently, just to greet the B.C. boys!), and the 15-5 Sled Dogs are anxious to make short work of the visiting Wolf Pack, and stay home for the Final 4. TRU comes in after a 2 game sweep of Winnipeg, and has built some confidence with their last 2 weeks of ‘playoff competition’.

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The Huskies get it inside, shoot more free throws, and have a big rebounding edge; they add quality depth with Mike Scott, Evan Ostertag, and Connor Burns.The ‘Pack can be 9-10 deep, but need exceptional offensive efforts from vets like Brett Parker, and Tallon Milne.  Prediction – TRU will not be over-run, with their defensive effort holding them in, but the Huskies just have more experience and depth.  A two game sweep seems likely.   ( 7 pm Central, Fri/Sat )

 

This Week’s Quarter-Finals Schedule for Canada West –

Thurs –  UNBC at UBC,  Alberta at UVic   both are 7 pm Pacific

Friday – TRU at Saskatchewan – 7pm Central,  Calgary at UFV – 6 pm Pacific

Alberta at UVic – 7 pm Pacific,  UNBC at UBC – 8 pm Pacific

Saturday –  TRU at Saskatchewan – 7pm Central, Calgary at UFV – 6 pm Pacific

If necessary … Alberta at UVic  and  UNBC at UBC – both at 7pm Pacific

Sunday –    if necessary … Calgary at UFV – 2 pm PST, TRU at Saskatchewan – 7pm  CST

 

VG's Ryan Bennett scores 30 on 9/18 from 3 pt range in win over

VG’s Ryan Bennett scores 30 on 9/18 from 3 pt range in win over York.

CIS Scores from the East –

OUA Playoffs – 

Lakehead 69  Guelph 48, W. Laurier 90  Western 82, Windsor 85 Toronto 71, Laurentian 87 York 84

Saturday Q-Finals –

#5 Windsor at #4 McMaster,

Lakehead at #1 Carleton,

Laurentian at #2 Ottawa,

W. Laurier at #3 Ryerson.

 

Overtime –

  • How does U of S’ Ben Baker get to be a 2-time winner of CW Defensive Player of the Year ?  Here’s how, as described by Huskies Coach Barry Rawlyk, “He plays all over the place,” said Rawlyk, “but the major thing with him is he’s been asked to guard every team’s most prolific scorer and he does remarkably well regardless of what position his opponent plays.”  Also, “His ability to rebound the ball, to end defensive possessions, has been key to our success all year,” stressed Rawlyk. From a Star-Phoenix article by Darren Zary.
  •  Canada West champions from the past 15 seasons:  UBC (5) – 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013;  Alberta (3) – 2005, 2012, 2014; Calgary (2) – 2004, 2009;  Victoria (2) – 2001, 2006; Saskatchewan (1) – 2010; Brandon (1) – 2002.  The Vikes lead all-time , with 14 titles, Alberta has 11, UBC 10, Calgary 4, and Lethbridge, Brandon and Saskatchewan 1 each. (Remember that schools like Brandon, Regina, Winnipeg, Manitoba have titles from the Great Plains Conference prior to joining Canada West).
  • Long, tall, and super-dedicated Western Saskatchewan veteran referee, Art
    Art, the cowboy, with sons Chris (L) and Clint ®.

    Art, the cowboy, with sons Chris (L) and Clint ®. Back in the day !

    Unsworth, on his ‘Junior Mentors’ program for encouraging young officials – “The biggest obstacle in development …  is the cities, (who) have enough …. (While)  Without support, development, and evaluation from the urban/provincial associations the rural continues (to struggle) in the bush.” This program has run  for 5 years, with mixed results, with 8 students in the Maple Creek area this season, but other towns might not get much going.  It’s a great cause, Art !  Hopefully others will work along with you.