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.
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 )
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’.
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
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.
- 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.
- Highlight- reel dunk from LJ Hegwood of the Dinos on a pass from Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson in the Manitoba series – in this clip posted on You Tube by UC’s Canada West TV announcer, Lucas Meyer.
- 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
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.