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)


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


 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.


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 .

Holiday Hoops Frenzy This Week 


Wesmen mascot photo

‘Wes-Lee Coyote’ , the mascot at UW, is eager foe the 50th Wesmen Classic

Wesmen Classic Highlights Holiday Week

There’s a profusion of university basketball scheduled for play in the next week, as teams play post- Christmas tournaments and make exhibition game trips.  Starting on Wednesday, Dec 28, here are the games for Canada West teams   –

Dec 28 – 30   … 50th Annual Wesmen Classic at the U. of Winnipeg –     The longest running Canadian University Tournament has a full roster of U-Sport teams for this anniversary edition. Algoma  from Sault Ste. Marie are the only 1st timers in the field) The Wesmen last won in 2006, and they’d dearly love to capture the 50th !   An 8 team ‘Oregon Draw’  1st Day –  noon Brandon vs Victoria, then 2 pm  #8 Alberta vs Lakehead (side B)  … To start the evening action at  6 pm, the host Winnipeg Wesmen will tip-off  against the  Algoma Thunderbirds , and at  8 pm, the defending champions,  Manitoba Bisons take on the Regina Cougars (side A)   …  all games on Canada West TV

UQAM Citadins logo Dec 29 – 31 …  UQAM – Classique Olga Hrycak –   This Montreal event honours the Citadins long-time Coach, who is (to our This 4 team round-robin draw  features 1 team from each of the 4 U-Sport Conferences –  On Day 1 we have    the Citadins vs U.Northern BC,  Guelph vs Memorial (NL)

Dalhousie Tigers logo

…  Dalhousie – Shoveller Memorial  –  8 team Draw –  Another traditional event, this Halifax showcase has representation from 3 of the 4  U-Sport Leagues.  1st day –  A side  #4 Ottawa vs UPEI, St. FX vs Acadia , and the B side   #10 Dalhousie vs Mt. Royal, St Marys vs Queens  Mt. Royal makes the long trip for the 1st time, and draw the host Tigers.  The tournament games will be shown live on AUS-TV.


Tours and Single games –  Dec 28-30

 #3 Calgary in Montana for  U. Great Falls, 28th … Rocky Mountain College, 29th … Montana-Western, 30th  Live at 4 pm Weds.

#2  UBC in Arizona – Future College (Club team), 28th … Phoenix JC, 29th, Cochise JC, 30th

 Thompson Rivers in California vs TBA, 28th … vs West Coast Baptist Coll., 29th … vs Antelope Valley U, 30th

Saskatchewan in CA  vs Hope International, Dec 30 … vs Vanguard U., Dec 31

MacEwan in CA  vs Vanguard U., Dec 30 … vs Hope International, Dec 31

at  Lethbridge   vs  Montana State-Northern  ,  28th

at UBC-O  vs Camosun College (Victoria), 30th



Overtime – 

photo - Ron Wuotila

Ron Wuotila takes on key coaching development role with CAC and Own The Podium.

  • The Coaching Association of Canada and Own The Podium announced that our friend and former Athletic Director at U. Calgary, Ron Wuotila, has been contracted as a High Performance Coaching Advisor “to bring leadership and focus”  to high performance coaches and their professional development.   “Ron will assist the CAC and OTP in supporting National Sport Organizations to create a sustainable coaching development system by designing and activating customized high performance coach professional development plans.”With his extensive background as a coach of basketball at all levels (high school, Mt. Royal College, U.C., NCAA), and  his sports admin work with Mt. Royal, UC, then with British Sport, and British Basketball, Ron is eminently qualified.  Since leaving UC, he has formed RW Consulting and been busy working with various Sport Associations across the country.
  • The challenges of the Holiday basketball schedule include travel, for the student athletes to get home for Christmas and back for practice, then to get the team to the competition sites. Winnipeg looks to be a ‘balmy -5 C with a chance of light snow, but Montreal has a more fierce looking storm front to greet the UNBC T’Wolves. Halifax is not only a long flight, but also promises the classic ‘snow-rain mix’ to greet the MRU Cougars and other visitors.  The bus trip to Montana holds unpredictable delights, but California and Arizona will offer friendlier temperatures.  Good luck to all travelling teams and to those hosting the tournaments this week!