Huskies Trounce Thunderbirds

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

In Quebec –   #7 McGill 53  Laval  47

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

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Canada West slate for Saturday night  –

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

Overtime –

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

5 Top Teams, 5 Top Players

 

 

Top 5 Teams last weekend – 

Jordan Jensen-Whyte and his Thunderbirds win 2 big games vs Manitoba.

Jordan Jensen-Whyte and his Thunderbirds win 2 big games vs Manitoba.   photo- UBC Athletics

Our 5 top teams from week 4, Alberta, UBC,  Saskatchewan , Mt. Royal , and UNBC all get 2 wins, with the Timberwolves getting their first 2 of the year at home vs Trinity Western.  Both Alberta vs TRU (Friday) and UBC vs Manitoba (Saturday) get some late game challenges in one game, but came out on top. Saskatchewan get Jaylan Morgan back, and they pummel the Bobcats twice.  Mt. Royal flashed some offensive punch in shooting over 50% from the floor in both wins at UBC-O.

Top 5 Players of the Week –

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  • John Ross, Mt. Royal, a 6-4, 4th year from Burlington, Iowa has given the Cougars a huge offensive boost this season. In MRU’s 2 wins in Kelowna last weekend, Ross totalled  53 points and 19 rebounds.
  • Conor Morgan, UBC,  6-9, 4th year wing man, from Victoria,  is off to a hot start, as is his Thunderbirds team.  He paces the ‘Birds to a Friday win with a 35 point/ 11 rebound double-double.  On Saturday, he scores 22 and grabs 7 boards as UBC prevails in a feisty duel with the Bisons.
  • Ivan Ikomey, Alberta, let’s his deadly 3 point shot speak for the many ‘members of the supporting cast’ on Friday .  In 21 minutes off the bench, the 6-1, 2nd year guard from Calgary (Bishop McMally)  buries 7/8 attempts from way outside (plus 5 rebs) for 25 points.
  • Elliott Sentance, Lethbridge, has been a steady scoring wing for the Pronghorns, and is 3rd in CW with a 20.2 ppg average.  In the UL split at Winnipeg, this 6-4, 3rd year wing from Leicester, England, tallied 46 points and 15 rebounds.
  • Rhys Elliot, UNBC, is the ‘lead Wolf’ for the T’Wolves as he plays big minutes, and consistently drives their offense.  In 2 much-needed wins at home vs TWU, Elliot contributed 40 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.

Early Season Indicators in Canada West –

We take a  close look at the Canada West standings (and some interesting single game results) after just 3 weeks of an 11 week schedule  .  

League Standings through November 19 –

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  • Rising to the top – Alberta has 6 wins, a good running start, but their tougher games are ahead of them. UBC have a 4-0 start, with a ‘wake-up call’ in Saturday’s messy win over Manitoba. Calgary lose their home opener, then look like the pre-season favourites, with 3 strong wins to follow.

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  • Mt. Royal have a couple of potential all-stars in Josh Ross and Brett Layton, and good guard play.  At their offensive best  the Cougars are a playoff team. Winnipeg are deeper,  more confident team.  If they can win the City of Winnipeg title, who knows? Lethbridge are in our ‘Feast or Famine ‘ group … the ‘Horns lose  93-72, then beat the same team 83-60.    Talented, but inconsistent. Saskatchewan, after a bye, go to Regina, which is always an intense match-up. The Huskies have one of the more rugged 2nd half schedules.
  • Fraser Valley can win with defense, and their attack will be more effective as they bring all the elements together. Regina are a question mark. Lose by 20, win by 20.    If they go 3-1 or better vs TWU and Saskatchewan, they will have cause for some 2nd half confidence.  MacEwan and Manitoba  are both veteran-laden, and can and have beaten strong teams. Contenders with questions to answer.   Victoria just don’t look like the same type of gritty Vikes unit we had become used to seeing. Some tinkering required.
  • Thompson Rivers, who are 1-5, played U of A very close last Friday, beat Manitoba, as they have faced a brutal early schedule.  UNBC’s schedule now gets a whole lot tougher, and they may not have the size and depth .  UBC-O  had a rough weekend, and they have a rugged schedule ahead of them.  Brandon and Trinity Western are better, but neither threatens to get to the .500 mark in this competitive League.

 


 CIS  on Sunday –

 Atlantic –   Just the one game over in St. John’s , Newfoundland  … the woes continue for Cape Breton, who are now 0-6, after losing a 2nd straight to the Seahawks.              Memorial 79  Cape Breton 71


 

Overtime –

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  • Errata … We correct the info on MRU’s Josh Ross, voted the  player of the year in the Canadian Colleges  loop last season, and apologize to NAIT, who won the CCAA National title last March.  MRU are 3-1 this season … not 4-2, which we had reported.  Sheesh!
  • On the ‘Thanksgiving weekend’ (U.S.) next November, Vancouver will be the site for an 8 team NCAA tournament for men’s squads and one for women.  Headed up in Canada by local co-tournament directors ,  Howard Kelsey, and David Munro, the games will be played at the Vancouver Convention Centre at Canada Place on Coal Harbour.  More in this Vancouver Sun story.
  • In regards to the previous item … from our perspective, we would rather see 2bpi18nnb2c9yhlr-copy-2more efforts made to promote our Canadian product.  The CIS and Canada West get scant attention, and more marketing would be so critical.  Why would those who are trying to build and promote the Canadian University game want to get involved with or support this U.S.-focused event?

Bears Survive Wolf Pack Comeback

 

 

‘Pack Hangs Tough Without Head Coach

Ivan Ikomey lights it up from outside for Alberta, as he scores 25 pts vs TRU.

Ivan Ikomey lights it up from outside for Alberta, as he scores 25 pts vs TRU.

at Alberta  82  Thompson Rivers 79  –  A hard-fought game, as the Wolf Pack score 28 in the final frame, and come within 2 points at the 2 minute mark. Brody Clarke’s late pair of inside hoops are just enough to secure the win, as Voldymyr Iegorov’s 3 point  attempt  to tie misses in the last 5 seconds. Alberta gets a career game from Ivan Ikomey off the bench, as he cashes an amazing 7/8 from beyond  the arc.   A power outage causes some time-clock malfunction/ confusion, and TRU Coach Scott Clark is agitated enough to get tossed with 2 quick Ts near the start of the 2nd quarter.   Box Score   Bears –  Ivan Ikomey  25 pts/ 5 rebs, Mamadou Gueye  19 points/ 4 asst   Wolf Pack – Luke Morris  20 pts/ 7 rebs , Voldymyr Iegorov 14 pts/ 13 rebs/ 5 asst,    Joe Davis 18 pts/ 5 rebs

 at Winnipeg  73   Lethbridge  58 –   The Wesmen completely outplay the visiting ‘Horns, and carry a 15+ lead for most of the game.  7 Winnipeg treys to just 1 for Lethbridge made it very tough for the ‘Horns to stay in touch.  The home side lost their focus in the 2nd half, or the score may have been far worse.  4 Wesmen in double figures, as they shoot 45% from the floor, and force 22 Lethbridge turnovers. Box Score     Wesmen – Sean Tarver 14 pts/ 4 steals, Narcisse Ambanza 14 pts, Billy Yaworsky 13 pts/ 5 rebs/ 3 steals  Pronghorns –  Elliott Sentance 21 pts/ 8 rebs/ 4 steals, Dejon Burdeaux 13 pts/ 6 assists

at Saskatchewan 95 Brandon 60 –    It was 49-22 at the break, and things didn’t improve for the Bobcats in the final 20. Saskatchewan was easily better, shooting 49% to 34% for BU, and the ‘Dogs won the rebounding 43-26.  No contest.  Box Score  Huskies – Shane Osayande 21 pts/9 rebs/4 blks, Jaylan Morgan 18 pts/ 4 rebs/ 3 asst, Chan De Ciman 17 pts/ 6 boards/3 steals  Bobcats – Kobyn Jopp 12 pts/ 2 blks, Tyvon Cooper 10 pts/ 5 rebs

Victoria 89 at MacEwan 79  OT –  Victoria start and end impressively as they fight off a determined home team.  An 18 point OT period slays the Griffins, who caught and passed UVic with a 23-8 2nd quarter.  Turnovers and fouls were all the difference, with Mac committing 20 errors to just 6 for the Vikes, and Victoria scoring 31/38 from the line to Mac’s 17-21.   Box Score    Vikes –  Grant Sitton 21 points/ 4 asst, Wayne Tucker Jr 21 pts/ 3 steals . Griffins – Thadius Galvez 25 pts/ 9 rebs/ 3 asst, Denzel James 16 pts/ 6 rebs

UBC needs all 35 of Conor Morgan's points to turn back a hard-charging Herd.

UBC needs all 35 of Conor Morgan’s points to turn back a hard-charging Herd.

at UBC 96  Manitoba 89 –  UBC is ‘romping’ with a 46-30 lead at half-time, but, not so fast!  The Herd come back with 59 points in the 2nd half to throw a scare into the home squad.  Manitoba come to within 4 twice in the last quarter, but the ‘Birds steady themselves in the waning minutes.  Box Score  T’Birds – Conor Morgan 35 pts/ 11 rebs, Will Ondrik and Taylor Browne 14 pts each    Bisons – Ilarion Bonhomme 31 pts/ 7 rebs/ 5 asst, Keith Omoerah 18 pts/ 8 rebs

Mt. Royal 93 at UBC-O 74  –  The Cougars are in ‘go mode’ from start to finish, and a 47-31 half-time spread is all they need for the road win. The forward pair of Josh Ross and Brett Layton are just too much for the Heat, as they divide 50 pts evenly, and grab 22 rebounds as a pair. 51% shooting for MRU vs 39% for UBC-O tells much of the tale.    Box Score     Cougars –  Josh Ross 25 pts/ 9 rebs/ 3 asst, Brett Layton 25 pts/ 22 rebs       Heat – Mitch Goodwin  25 pts/ 4 rebs, Aldrich Berrios 15 pts/ 6 asst

 at UNBC 80  Trinity Western 71 –  The 3 point shot is a deadly weapon, and 13 treys by the T’Wolves to just 3 for Trinity put the ‘W’ in the UNBC column.  TWU took a run in the 3rd quarter to close it to a 2 point game, but the ‘Wolves are better down the stretch.   Box Score     Timberwolves –  Rhys Elliot 22 pts/ 4 rebs/ 4 asst, Elliot Rowe 18 pts/ 5 rebounds   Spartans  –  Patrick Vandervelden 20 pts/ 9 rebs, Tyus Allen 13 pts/ 7 rebs/ 5 asst/ 3 steals.

 


 More CIS scores on Friday –

Ontario –  #1 Carleton 93 at Algoma 65 , at Queens 80   Laurier 68, Western Ont. 53 at Lakehead 51, at #9 Ryerson 84 Nipissing 64, at Toronto 97 Laurentian 87, at York 83  Waterloo 78

Quebec – at Laval 74  Bishops 64

Atlantic – UNB 83 at #10  St. Marys 79 ,   at Acadia 107 UPEI 93


 

Overtime –

  • Kudos to Carleton Coach Dave Smart, who was awarded the honour, ‘Order of Ottawa’  on Thursday night in the capitol. The man who is the answer to the oft-asked question, “Why is Carleton just so much better than everyone  else ?’  Whose Ravens have won 12 CIS titles, and who may well go on winning for as long as Smart continues to coach.
  • Quite the line for Acadia’s  Nick De Palma in the Axemen win over PEI in Wolfeville tonight!  How is 11/17 including 10/15 from 3 point range, for 32 points.  Acadia pounded the   Panthers with the heavy artillery fire as the Lumbermen go 18/38 from beyond the arc.  ‘Raining 3s’.

 

Wesmen, Pronghorns Highlight Week 3

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Little Change in Top 10 –

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

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

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

 


 

Overtime –

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

Key Clashes in Saskatoon, Victoria

 

Saskatchewan Hosts Winnipeg, and Calgary in Victoria for Key Series’

The Winnipeg Wesmen and guard, Jamar Farley, invade Saskatoon this week.

The Winnipeg Wesmen and guard, Jamar Farley, invade Saskatoon this week.

The Winnipeg Wesmen are hoping to carry the 7-0 momentum they have built this past month as they travel West to Saskatoon to face the Saskatchewan Huskies.  The Ws, in the minds of many CIS coaches are be facing their biggest test to date, and Coach Mike Raimbault and his charges hope to repeat their sweep of the U of S from last year.

The 1-1 Dinos are in Victoria to face the 1-1 Vikes, as two other squads with ‘big plans’ match-up on Ken and Kathy Shields Court at the Blue and Gold hued CARSA Centre.  It’s a test of the #4 ranked Dinos’ and the un-ranked Vikes’ ability to pull tgether after key line-up changes for both teams.  The match-ups in our ‘key clashes’ …

Winnipeg at Saskatchewan –  Despite their 7-0 record  this Fall, the Wesmen get no mention in the CIS Top 10 poll.  Last January they got a pair of home wins over these Huskies in Winnipeg, but this road series may prove a bit more rugged. The Ws have skill and depth at guard, with Denzel Lynch-Blair, William Sesay,  Jamar Farley, and import transfer, Sean Tarver.  It remains to be seen if Billy Yaworsky and Ryan Oirbans have enough help up front to hold off a bigger U of S squad.  The Huskies feature Shane Osayande, Trevor Severinski, and Matt Forbes , 6-5 Jaylan Morgan adding another weapon. The U of S guards have to hold their own, then the ‘Dogs may howl.  Our Call –  A split is in order, especially if Winnipeg’s full court defense can be effective.

 

The Vikes and Dinos go at it out on The Island this week.

The Vikes and Dinos go at it out on The Island this week. photo – UVic Athletics

Calgary at Victoria – Two traditionally competitive teams, both in search of a sweep this weekend.  The Dinos and the Vikes had 1 impressive win last week,  and 1 ‘not-so-much’!   Thomas Cooper is a deadly offensive threat for UC, and he has Lars Schleuter, a long range bomber, alongside. The guards are explosively quick.  David Kapinga, Jhony Verrone, and newcomers Max Eisle and Mambi Diawara can be suffocating at the defensive end. Victoria are leaning heavily on 5th year forward, Grant Sitton, for scoring, and he now has Wayne Tucker Jr. (tsf Olds College) and Jake Newman (tsf Lafayette U) for assistance.  There is new depth at the guard spot where  Scott Kellum, JJ Hamel-Carey, and Hassan Abdullahi may prove an effective combo. Our Call –  The best guess might be a split, having seen just that result for the past 2 seasons in League play.


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The Calgary Dinos, when they play on The Island this week, should be thankful that they will not be ‘greeted’ by the original ‘Mad Viking’ mascot.  Jim ‘Mother’ Hubbard prowled the court perimeter for Coach Ken Shields and his championship UVic teams of the ’80s.  This was not a rubber axe, and ‘Hubb’ was not a subtle fan!  Opposition players of the day couldn’t help but look over their shoulders to keep an eye on his menacing presence.

Coach Shields remembers ‘only a couple of occasions ‘ when ‘Hubb’ actually did any notable damage with his weapon! One of the great characters in Canada West history.

 


And, the remainder of the Canada West slate for week 2 –

Thurs –      Lethbridge at Mt. Royal –  This is the Cougars’ home opener, and they face a Pronghorns team that has 2 wins from last week.  U of L has some building confidence in 2 import lynch-pins, guard, Dejon Burdeaux, and wing man, Elliott Sentance. The ‘Horns seem to have all their ‘antelopes’ match-fit, and they may have the local talent to compliment the skills of Bordeaux and Sentance.  Zac Overwater and Mike Pierzchala, an LCI and Winston Churchill HS grad,  can be impact players in their own right. MRU were up and down in the pre-season, and there may be some depth concerns, especially on the forward line.  The addition of the multi-talented Josh Ross (tsf Vancouver Island U.) will help, and he should combine nicely with 2nd year all-star forward, Brett Layton.  Guards Derek Wolfe and Glen Yang will have to be sharp if the Cougars are to come out on top.  Our Call –  Lethbridge could sweep, we feel.  MRU will be fighting for a split.

Coach Gil Cheung and his Brandon Bobcats are home to the UBC-O Heat.

Coach Gil Cheung and his Brandon Bobcats are home to the UBC-O Heat.   photo – Brandon Athletics

Friday / Saturday –     UBC-O at Brandon  –  This is a true mystery.  Okanagan travels to Brandon so rarely ( well, actually just once … an 8 point loss in 2014).  The ‘Cats need these wins on home court.  The Heat have some chemistry building with Aldrich Berrios and Mitch Goodwin at guard, but they also need their big men, Ryan Morck and David Manshrek to battle the BU front line.  Those ‘Big ‘Cats’ are led by the strong efforts of Earl Thompson Jr., and the  improving  John Paul, a 6-11 ‘handful’.  Import guard Tyvon Cooper seems to be the scoring guard Brandon needs, as he averaged  17 ppg last week at Alberta.    Our Call –  Who feels comfortable down the stretch?  This is a toss-up on paper, but an edge to the home team.

Thompson Rivers at Manitoba –  The Wolf Pack have a tough task in facing the Herd out in ‘Ft. Garry’.  Manitoba has the fire-power that TRU lost to graduation.  The ‘Pack still have Volodymyr Iegorov, Micheal Rouault, and Jeff Tubbs, but they are a team in the -re-building process.  The Bisons are packed with talented veterans, like Keith Omoerah, AJ Basi, Justus Alleyn, Ilarion Bonhomme, and Jonathan Alexander.  At their best, the Herd will Stampede all over many Canada West teams.  Our Call – Two decisive Manitoba wins.

Regina at MacEwan –  This is a test for two teams with playoff potential. The Cougars have the ultimate ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ team so far.  They win by 20 vs UVic last Saturday, after dropping a 95-77 home opener to the Vikes on Friday. Brian Ofori has looked like a leader on their forward line, and they have 5th year vets Travis Sylvester and Stephen Shields in their top 9.  Guards Brandon Tull, Aaron McGowan, and Alex Igual get help from newcomer, import Johneil Johnson.  MacEwan, too, have a good core of vets, with Thadius Galvez and Denzel James, their backcourt strength.  Keith Gerdes and Harrison Lane head-up a ‘medium sized’ front court  in need of some scoring punch.   Our Call –  Regina wins at least one, but MacEwan is ‘sneakily competitive’, and may surprise us.

Matt Hayashi and his TWU teammates will be up for their 'Valley Series' with UFV.

Matt Hayashi and his TWU teammates will be up for their ‘Valley Series’ with UFV.   Spartans Athletics

Trinity Western at Fraser Valley –  Flush with their Saturday win at UBC-O, the Spartans are set to challenge for ‘Kings of the Valley’ !  UFV have won all 6 games in the past 3 seasons, and will be a tough out for TWU.  The Cascades guard corps look best in this match-up, with Manny Dulay, Vijay Dhillon, and 6-4 transfer (College of the Desert) Anthony Gilchrist off the bench.  The Green start 3 forwards … Nav Bains, Andrew Morris, and Mark Johnson, and they are part of a pretty effective defensive unit. Trinity have bigger, but less mobile forwards in Patrick Vandervelden and Matt Hayashi.  There is  some developing strength in import, Pogos Trunyan, along with scoring wing, Vartan Tanielian, and lead guard, Tyus Allen.   Our Call –  Has TWU turned a corner?  We don’t have the ‘faith’ of their followers yet, but they will give UFV a good challenge this week.

Alberta at UNBC –  The Bears go on the road with their 2 opening wins from last week, and the T’Wolves will hope the friendly environs of the Northern Sports Centre in Prince George will give them an edge.  Alberta comes with the ‘golden duo’ of Mamadou Gueye and Brody Clarke at forward; this a severe challenge for the ‘Wolves’ Vaggelis Loukas and Anthony Hokanson. Rhys Elliot and Marcus MacKay give UNBC a pair of able scoring guards, who will have to out-play U of A’s new arrivals Austin Waddoups and Andre Kelly.  Our Call –  The Golden Bears have an edge here, and will be aiming for the sweep.  A top effort from the T’Wolves will be necessary for a win.

Saturday –  Mt. Royal travels to Lethbridge for game 2.

UBC has the bye this week.


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UBC Climbs to 2nd in Week 2

The UBC Thunderbirds, looking strong in the early-going this season, were voted #2 in this week’s coaches’ poll for the CIS. Calgary, who dropped their opener to Manitoba, were demoted to the #4 slot.

There are 6 OUA teams in the 12 mentioned in the poll , including the ‘Mighty Ravens’ of Carleton at #1. The Alberta Golden Bears appear as an ‘honourable mention.

 


 

Overtime –

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Trevor Severinski (L) and Chan De Ciman model the ‘camo gear’ the Huskies will wear to observe Remembrance Day.

  •   The Saskatchewan Huskies will be wearing special ‘camo’ game jerseys when they host Winnipeg this weekend,  in tribute to those Canadians who served / serve in the military.  Coach Barry Rawlyk says, “Remembrance Day is reserved in Canada for us to honour and remember those who bravely served and scarified for our great country,” said head coach Barry Rawlyk. “We also believe it is a time to express our appreciation to all of the men and women in uniform that courageously and unselfishly serve our nation.”  From U of S Athletics
  •   TRU Coach, Scott Clark, on the new scheduling format for Canada West  , “ …  there are not two teams in the conference that play the same schedule,” Clark said. “To call it a schedule, I think, is a misnomer, in that I believe we just play some games and at the end they’re going to compare everybody.  It’s no fault of whoever makes the schedule. It’s a 17-team conference — it’s monumental.  Really, you can’t [have a schedule] with 17 teams. But my opinion was always that the conference needs to be divided.”   From Kamloops This Week.
  • We have the first of several home and home series which are part of that somewhat disjointed League schedule this season.  Mt. Royal hosts Lethbridge on Thursday, then travel South for the return bout on Saturday, while the ‘Valley Neighbours’, Trinity Western and Fraser Valley exchange home courts on Friday/Saturday. This would seem like a great way to build on regional rivalries.

 

 

Cougars Welcome ‘Pops’ to Regina

 

‘Pops’ Takes it On the Road to Regina

Rawane ‘Pops’ Ndiaye has had an eventful last few weeks;  the 25 year old former University of Tennessee player finished his requirements for a Psychology degree from UT in mid-December, and, late in the month, traveled to Phoenix, AZ to meet his new teammates and coaches with the Regina Cougars, who played 3 games just prior to New Years.

Rawane 'Pops' Ndiaye has starting workouts with the Regina Cougars this week.

Rawane ‘Pops’ Ndiaye has starting workouts with the Regina Cougars this week.

The young man returned to his family home in Raleigh, North Carolina, to pack his things for his trip to, hopefully, a new chapter in his basketball and academic life in Regina, Saskatchewan. Feeling he needs his car to get around in his new town, ‘Pops’ decides to drive from N.C. to Southern Saskatchewan.  Cougars teammate, Brian Ofori, obviously with the right team attitude and adventuresome spirit, volunteers to fly to Raleigh from Phoenix, and accompany ‘Pops’ on the highway journey North.  They pull into Regina on January 4, and Ndiaye is practicing with the team, and getting classes organized this week.

Coach Steve Burrows is counting on ‘Pops’ to “ adapt to a new team, a new group of guys, and a new style of play.”  Burrows says, “He is a great young man; very friendly, confident, and a knowledgeble, and capable player.”  “It’s certainly a risk to bring in someone in January, and we’ll have to see how he progresses (Ndiaye was forced to quit at Tennessee after an ACL knee injury in 2014; UR is hoping he can return to playing form).  But, as Coach Burrows says, “‘Pops’ didn’t get any shorter when he crossed the border!”  He’s 6-10, 270, with skills and the experience of playing in the NCAA Tournament.

With the benefit of a home date this Saturday and Sunday vs Trinity Western, then a bye week following, the big man will get some time to become acclimatized to his new surroundings. Rawane will, everything going as it should, play in his 1st game as a Regina Cougar on February 2 in Vancouver against the UBC Thunderbirds.

Now, about the block heater for his car ….


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Canada West Resumes Play This Week –

After a month-long hiatus, Canada West teams will re-engage in regular season games this week. There may be some rust this early in January, but most squads played in tournaments, exhibition games, scrimmages, and/or team practices over that Holiday break.

 

Series of the week – Pioneer Division –

Can UBC's Jordan Jensen-Whyte drive the T-Birds to wins over the visting UL Pronghorns?

Can UBC’s Jordan Jensen-Whyte drive the T-Birds to wins over the visiting UL Pronghorns?      photo – UBC Athletics

Lethbridge Pronghorns 5-1 vs UBC Thunderbirds 6-2 – The ‘Horns start their onerous 2nd semester schedule ‘in the belly of the beast’, at venerable War Memorial Gym on Point Grey, where they are they are 0-12 since the turn of the century.  But, there is fresh hope for ’Horns Nation’, as they shoot it well, rebound it consistently, apply defensive pressure, and have a deep bench.  On the flip side, they are troubled by turnovers, and give up more treys than they make. Brandon Brine up front and Dejon Burdeaux in the back-court are 2 very valuable imports. Local 2nd year wing man,  6-7 Zac Overwater is stepping up his game, and becoming a force on offense.
The Thunderbirds are reputed to have the deepest well of talent in the League, and may be tough to beat, at their very best;  but Coach Kevin Hanson has had moments where he hasn’t been totally convinced.  Conor Morgan can be all-star material on one night ( the 6-9 wing man scored 34 vs Hope Int’l last week in California), then not so much the next.  David Wagner inside and Jordan Jensen-Whyte on the perimeter have been the driving forces for the ‘Birds.  Home court will be big this week, and UBC figures to sweep if they win the  rebounding, and can slow down the U of L attack.

Games Spread from Thursday to Sunday this week –

Thursday –

Winnipeg 3-5  at Brandon 0-6  in game 1 of their home and home –  The Bobcats quite clearly are desperate for a win, but they’re 1-10 vs the Wesmen in the past several years. Winnipeg haven’t yet found their rhythm yet, however, and Brandon’s Earl Thompson Jr., with his tireless rebounding, and the shooting of D.J. Jordan may get the ‘Cats off the schneid.

Friday –

Jasdeep Gill, 4th year wing, and his UC Dinos teammates face the U of S Huskies in Calgary this weekend.

Jasdeep Gill, 4th year wing, and his UC Dinos teammates face the U of S Huskies in Calgary this weekend.                        photo – David Moll, UC Athletics

Saskatchewan 3-5 at Calgary 6-3 – The Huskies are 9-2 over the Dinos in the past 4 seasons, and Calgary has to find the key to beating a scrappy Saskatchewan team that may be under-manned in the post. Both teams are blessed with talented and quick guards, with Thomas Cooper of Calgary leading Canada West scorers (26.7 ppg), and The Dogs scoring more by committee, with Evan Ostertag (15.9 ppg), Chan DeCiman (14.5), and Jacquin Bennett-Boire (13.3).  Rebounding will be key, along with the ability to get more shared scoring by the Dinos.

 Manitoba 6-2 at Victoria  5-3 – In the last 4 seasons, the Vikes are 6-1 over Manitoba, and home court helps UVic here; the  Bisons are as good as they’ve been for many years, however, and they are on a bit of a roll.  Victoria must find a way to gel on offense, and depend on aggressive D to curb the prolific scoring of the Herd (85 ppg).

 And, in the Explorer Division –

Aldrich Berrios leads the Okanagan Heat in a home series vs the TRU 'Pack. photo - Greystoke Photography for UBC-O

2nd year point guard, Aldrich Berrios, leads the Okanagan Heat in a home series vs the 1st place TRU Wolf Pack.                                   photo – Grestoke Photography for UBC-O Athletics

Thompson Rivers  7-1 at UBC-Okanagan 4-4 – The Wolf Pack won 3 of 4 games last season, and they look stronger this time around with Josh Wolfram joined by Ukrainian import, Volodymyr Iegorov, in a heavyweight 1-2 punch in the front court.  Okanagan has improved over past seasons as well, with Heat point man Aldrich Berrios set to give TRU’s Reese Pribilsky a tussle.

Mt. Royal 2-6 at Fraser Valley 5-3 – The Cascades have beaten MRU 4 of the last 5 times they’ve met, and they will not want to give up any more ground to the Wolf Pack in the race for top spot. Kevon Parchment is relentless for UFV, and Vijay Dhillon is now a go-to shooter.  The Cougars need big men James Lefebvre and Brett Layton to win the war inside if they are to stay close.

MacEwan 3-5 at UNBC 3-5 –  The Timberwolves won 3 of 4 from Mac in the Griffins opening season in Canada West, and in the friendly confines of the Northern Sports Centre, the Wolves are hard to handle.  Guards Rhys Elliott and Billy Cheng lead UNBC, so Denzel James and Thadius Galvez will have to respond for the Griffs.

Saturday – 

Trinity Western 0-8 at Regina 5-3 –  The Cougars have won 3 of the last 4 vs the Spartans, and, with the home court advantage, there is little reason that should change this week. Jonathan Tull and company should give the Trinity defense a real test, and TWU has allowed 86 ppg, while scoring just 68 ppg.

Brandon travels to Winnipeg for game 2, Saskatchewan at Calgary, TRU at UBC-O, MRU at UFV, Manitoba at UVic, Mac at UNBC, and Lethbridge at UBC.

Sunday –  Trinity W. at Regina


Overtime –

  • Gil Cheung, Brandon Coach, on leadership (by Robin Wark in the Westman Journal) , “They always say that you can choose your captains, but you can’t choose your leaders,” While captains are chosen for leadership roles, other players often emerge as important leaders as well. For example, Cheung said that first-year player Tyler Anderson has led this season. The 6-foot-7 forward from Langley, B.C. has done so by putting in the extra work, competing, and being one of the team’s hardest workers”, his coach explained.
  • The Calgary Dinos , as one of the fortunate hosts for the Bell NBA All Star NBASplashChallenge, may sell-out Saturday’s Dinos-Huskies  game! The NBA Challenge  is crossing the country as part of the 65th NBA All-Star celebrations to be held in Toronto on Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre.   On Saturday, January 9, at the Jack Simpson Gym starting at 12 noon, any local b’baller 14 or over can compete (no charge to enter) in skills competitions, 3 point shooting, and/or a dunk contest. Top performers will advance to UC – U of S game time competition for various prizes, including a trip to the game in Toronto and a chance to compete with other winners from across Canada. More details at the Go Dinos website.
  •  Positive comments from  “Pops’  Ndiaye, the 6-10 U. Tennessee transfer,  upon his arrival in Regina for the  Cougars 2nd half of their season in Canada West. “The guys are really friendly, so we’re just kind of building our relationship and getting to know each other,” said Ndiaye,  “Hopefully I’ll be a good fit for them.” From a story in the Regina Leader-Post by Ian Hamilton.

 

First Half All-Stars

 

Our Canada West All-Stars – Semester One

 Thomas Cooper, doing it all for the Calgary Dinos.

Thomas Cooper, doing it all for the Calgary Dinos. photo – David Moll, UC

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  • Yes, we always need a 6th Man !

Good size on the 1st team, with Anders (6-8), Wolfram (6-10),  Brine (6-7), and Cooper (6-5) taking very good care of the rebounding.  Burdeaux can run the team, along with Whyte and Cooper.  The 2nd team has more of a back-court emphasis, with Elliot, Tull, and Ostertag shooting the ball, and  Berrios the QB, who can score. Parchment does it all, and Iegorov is as solid as you can get at a big forward.

Best Rookies in the Opening Half –

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 2.29.21 PMNo  particular order here … Clarke has the tools, Layton the big numbers, McKoy a smooth 2-way game, DeCiman with speed and great skill.  Bennett-Boire is ultra-competitive, and William Sesay belies his youth, with quickness and poise.  This group would make a good start to a play-off team.


 

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 2.31.04 PM‘Horns Running Ahead  !

The Lethbridge Pronghorns have surprised the rest of Canada West, as they grab the half-way lead.  U of L have a veteran -laden line-up with 3rd year U.S. transfer guard, Dejon Burdeaux, the catalyst for the rise in this team ‘s recent performance.

(They must be going well, since I’m getting hourly updates from D. Wells down there in L.A.!)  But, caution is advised Wellsie!  Your boys have 14 more to play, and they’re at UBC, at Sask., at Calgary, at Winnipeg for 8 of those.

The Manitoba Bisons are sitting pretty up there with the UBC Thunderbirds, and the Herd also have lots of experience, plus the benefit of adding former Brandon  CW Rookie of the Year, Ilarion Bonhomme, and the multi-skilled Keith Omoerah, back after a couple of years away. UBC has size, some impressive talent at guard, and a more robust Jordan Jensen-Whyte, but is their team chemistry helping them to a championship?

Calgary, riding the extraordinary skills of Thomas Cooper, are happy with a win over the Golden Bears on Saturday, and look like they will be there through the 2nd half, where they appear to have a reasonably favourable schedule – home vs Sask, Lethbridge, and Regina. The Green Cougars got back on track against Winnipeg, and sit together with the V.Vikes at 5-3, and not incapable of making a run. Regina, who have a solid back-court group, looks forward to the arrival on campus of Rawane Ndiaye, a 6-11 space-eating transfer from Tennessee, who could be just the presence they are looking for inside. UVic will have been toiling in practice, trying to get cleansed after their debacle in Lethbridge to end the 1st half. Their first January series is at home to Manitoba … an immediate litmus test for Reiner Theill, Brandon Dunlop, and their younger teammates.

Alberta is struggling at 4-5, and their offense is sputtering at this point; they have shooters, but  they aren’t hitting shots … last in Canada West in points/game – 67.6, field goals made, FG %-38%, 16th in 3 pt% – 30%. Their defense is stout, however, allowing only 72.7 ppg., and the rebounding is there.  Expect them to pick it up in January / February.
Both Saskatchewan and Winnipeg are hurting from a lack of size up front; the guards, some good young ones for both teams, can play very well at times, but both teams are minus in the rebound margin, with no promise of added help on the horizon. The Huskies defense hasn’t been this porous (16th in FG% allowed, 15th in ppg allowed – 84-4) for
many  years.

Neither Brandon nor Trinity Western appear to be any kind of a threat beyond
‘spoiler’ possibilities for the playoff stretch run. Yet another very long season
for both programs, who, not too long ago, were among the most competitive.

 

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 2.32.29 PMWolfPack Looking Ominous !

The question on everybody’s mind may well be ‘Is TRU the best team in all of Canada West ?’  Veteran leadership, offensive power, good team size, and a willingness to work at their defensive end.  Volodymyr Iegorov and Luke Morris make this team a potential winner in March.

Fraser Valley needs a couple of bodies back and playing well … Nate Brown and Mark Johnson off of injuries, and Manny Dulay from a minor slump in his offensive output. The Cascades will, we feel, still be a factor down the stretch.UBC-Okanagan is ‘coming of age’ this season, as the young team matures and gains from having played together; Aldrich Berrios has been great for the Heat.  Not yet there against the ‘big boys’, but coming on nicely.

UNBC are getting stellar guard play, firstly from that model of consistency, Rhys Elliott, and then by Billy Cheng, who’s obviously wanting to make year 5 one to remember. The ‘Wolves are, however, 17th in all rebounding stats, and not getting enough shots, either from the floor or the free-throw line.

MacEwan Griffins (and we apologize for missing their piece on the original post), are just not as consistent as they need to be.  They can rebound, but played teams who did it better in Semester 1, and they don’t shoot the ball as well as they need to in close games. Maybe the break will give them a chance to re-energize. Mt. Royal have some good young talent, but the emphasis is on the ‘young’ part so far. Big men Brett Layton and James Lefebvre give the Cougs a lift inside; the guard game, both outside shooting and care of the ball, will have to improve.


 

Overtime –

  •  Long, tall referee-rancher, Huskies fan, Art Unsworth, proudly reports that the Red Deer Univ. College Kings are the 3rd ranked CCAA team in Canada. “They’d be 2nd if it weren’t for the eastern bias”, says Art, whose oldest son Clint is an Asst. Coach with the Kings.  If they can win in Alberta, then they get a chance to prove it at Nationals, Art!  RDC Head Coach, Clayton Pottinger, former U of A star,  has former Mt. Royal player Matt Matear, oh, and, 3 imports – Henderson, NV, Seattle, and Oklahoma City !
  • Lethbridge announced the signing of Scott Mazutinec, a 6-4 guard from Stirling, in S. Alberta.  The former QB on the Raymond HS football team, led his 100 student school basketball team to the 2A Alberta title,and was a starting player and high scorer on the Alberta U-17 team last summer in Halifax.

 

Pronghorns Sweep Vikes

 

Lethbridge Pass UVic With a Big Weekend on Home Court

Deion Burdeaux completes stellar weekend, as 'Horns sweep Vikes. photo - UL Athletics

Deion Burdeaux completes stellar weekend, as ‘Horns sweep Vikes.                                    photo – UL Athletics

at Lethbridge Pronghorns  81 Victoria Vikes  74  –   The Vikes arrive in L.A. tied for 1st and leave knotted in 4th, as Lethbridge (5-1) complete the sweep by shooting 52% from there floor, going 11/17 from the stripe to 4/8 for Vic, and winning the rebounding 37-26. The ‘Horns’ import guard, Dejon Burdeaux, hits 26 points/ 7 boards/ 5 asst/ 6 steals … deadly!  Brandon Brine is solid again at 19 pts/ 6 rebs, and Zac Overwater chips in with 15 points for the   home team. Jordan Charles is tops for Victoria (5-3) at 17 points, with Grant Sitton and Brandon Dunlop each scoring 15.   Box Score

 

Lars Schleuter hits 27 for UC in a big win over UBC.

Lars Schleuter hits 29 for UC in a big win over UBC.        photo – UVic Athletics

 at  Calgary Dinos  101 UBC Thunderbirds  82  –  The Dinos push back hard on Saturday,   and this is no game for the faint of heart.  Big blows are landed, and many are exchanged as the pace is break-neck for much of the 2nd half. Thomas Cooper tallies 35 points, including 15/16 from the line, and Lars Schleuter is 6/8 from way outside, as he scores 29. Calgary turns the tables on the boards from last night with a 44-34 edge, and collect 31 points at the stripe vs 12 for the ‘Birds, who are more than a bit ‘disgruntled’ in the final minutes. Jordan Jensen- Whyte scores 21, and David Wagner 16 for UBC.  The T-Birds are now 6-2 and Calgary 5-3 on the season.  Box Score

at  Alberta Golden Bears 66   Regina Cougars  63  –   Alberta (4-4) get the sweep, as they hold on with 2 free throws from Mamadou Gueye adding to a 1 point lead with 1:30 remaining, and that’s all the scoring. This tilt is not high on style points;  U of A is 32% from the floor, have 18 turnovers vs 12 for Regina, and they win ! The Cougars are only 36% themselves, but hit just 3 treys to 8 for Alberta. Gueye has 35 of the Bruins’ 66 points plus 9 boards. Aaron McGowan scores 22 for the Cougars (3-3).  Box Score

Manitoba Bisons  89  at Brandon Bobcats  72 –  More of the same , as the Herd, improving to 6-2,  are just that much better … 45-33 on the boards, 7 treys vs 3 for the ‘Cats, 49% FG – BU has 45%.  It’s 50-36 at half-time and ‘hope is erased’. 5 in double figures for the Bisons – 18 for AJ Basi, with 4/10 deep shots, and 15 from Ilarion Bonhomme plus 6 assts. against his former team. Brandon (0-6) has 22 pts/ 5 rebs/ 4 steals from Troy Grant.       Box Score


Explorer –

‘WolfPack Ravage Cascades Behind Morris’ Big Double

Reese Pribilsky and the TRU "Pack drub the visiting Cascades.

Reese Pribilsky and the TRU “Pack drub the visiting Cascades.   photo – TRU Athletics

 at Thompson R. WolfPack  96   Fraser Valley Cascades 66  –  The WolfPack (7-1) are on the attack early, and grab a 26-7 lead after 10 minutes.  Surprisingly, this is no contest for the home sweep, as TRU hit 53% from the floor, with 13/26 from 3 pt. range against 39% for UFV, and 7/27 from outside the arc. It’s ‘sharesies’ for the ‘Pack’s starting 5, with Luke Morris the leader with 17 points, and 15 rebs.  The other 4 tally 17-17-16-15 !  Fraser Valley drop to 5-3, as Vijay Dillon and Matt Cooley both reach 13 points.   Box Score

 

 at  MacEwan Griffins 66  UBC-Okanagan Heat  46  –  Mac (3-5) bursts Okanagan’s bubble, ending the Heat streak at 4, as a 22-5 trouncing in the 2nd frame decides the contest. UBC-O (4-4) is just 28% from the floor, and 55% from the line … the visitors count 11 FTs to 21 for the Griffs. Thadius Galvez paces Mac with 20 points, while Aldrich Berrios manages just 10 as the top Okanagan scorer.  Box Score

james Lefebvre has a big outing in a hot-shooting MRU win over UNBC.

James Lefebvre has a big outing in a hot-shooting MRU win over UNBC.                        photo – MRU Athletics

Mt. Royal Cougars 88  UNBC Timberwolves 73 –   The Cougars find their shooting touch in a big way, as the home team hits 53% from the floor, including 7/15 treys. UNBC can manage just 37% FG, and the  T’Wolves are  40-24 off the glass. James Lefebvre is big for MRU, with his 24 pts/10 rebs, and Brett Layton also doubles with 14 points/ 13 boards, while Derek Wolfe is 5/7 from downtown for 22 points/ 4 assts.  Rhys Elliot has 24 points/ 4 rebs/ 3 asst/ 2 steals for UNBC, who fall to 3-5.    Box Score

Dinos Respond in OT

 

Calgary and Manitoba Down to the Wire Again

It was a battle both nights for the Dinos and the Bisons. UM Athletics

It was a battle both nights for the Dinos and the Bisons.  photo UM Athletics

  Calgary Dinos 90  at Manitoba Bisons  87   OT   –   A week may not be enough recovery time for these 2 teams prior to next weekend’s action.  Saturday reflected the Friday game, and Manitoba were on the brink of a sweep, until Dinos young post, Matt Ellis, made 2 free throws late in OT to put the visitors in front, then 4th year wing, Jasdeep Gill,  hit another pair with 10 seconds left to ice the win.  Thomas Cooper hit 23 points, and Josh Owen-Thomas 23 for Calgary, who are now 3-1.  A.J.  Basi had a great shooting night for the Bisons, tallying 32 points, with 7/12 from downtown, and Wyatt Anders scored 17 plus grabbing 13 boards.          Box Score

 at Alberta Golden Bears 79  Winnipeg Wesmen   67-   The Bears (2-2) earn the split and move to 2-2, as they hit 43% on field goals to only 37% for Winnipeg, and Alberta takes the rebounding 45-33. 21 points from import guard, Colby Jackson pace the GBs, and Denzel Lynch-Blair leads the 1-3 Wesmen with 15.    Box Score

U of L's Dejon Burdeaux drives vs Brandon on sSaturday.

U of L’s Dejon Burdeaux drives vs Brandon on Saturday.  photo Pronghorns Athletics.

at Lethbridge Pronghorns 94  Brandon Bobcats 70   – Two wins on opening weekend for the ‘Horns, who have 4 players in double digits, with 18 from Rob Olsen, and 17 apiece from Dejon Burdeaux and Brandon Brine.  Brandon falls to 0-4, with just 39% from the flooring 12/24 from the line.  D.J. Jordan is alone with 14 points, with 4 teammates chipping in 8 each.  Box Score

at  Victoria Vikes 86 Saskatchewan Huskies 76   –   Victoria earns the sweep, and is a perfect 4-0, after catching and passing the Huskies with a 35-20 shellacking in the 4th quarter. Sharp-shooting is the key for UVic, who are 49% FG, 12/24 from 3 point range, and 18/19 from the line.  Grant Sitton is on fire, with 33 points, featuring 6/7 from beyond the arc. Reiner Theil has 15 pts, and Mack Roth 14.  Saskatchewan (1-3) has 4 players in double figures, led by 17 apiece from Chan De Ciman and Jauquin Bennett-Boire, their freshman guard pair.   Box Score

Conor Morgan helps the T-Birds in their 2nd win over TWU.

Conor Morgan helps the T-Birds in their 2nd win over TWU.   photo – UBC Athletics

at UBC Thunderbirds  85 Trinity Western Spartans 75  –  The Spartans kept it close for much of the opening half, but UBC (3-1) converted on many of the 19 TWU turnovers, and out-scored the visitors 48-30 in the paint.  The T-Birds spread the scoring love around, with 6 in double digits,  as Conor Morgan, one of 4 ‘Birds with 12 points, also claimed 7 boards and 4 assists. Phill Jalapoor also scored 12 pts / adding 8 rebounds.  Trinity got a sharp effort from Vartan tanielian, who scored 21 points with 4/7 from 3 point range. TWU’s best outing this early season, but they are now 0-4.   Box Score  


 

Explorer Division – 

Derek Wolf's 22 points are not enough, as MRU goes down again Saturday to the WolfPack.

Derek Wolf’s 22 points are not enough, as MRU goes down again Saturday to the WolfPack.     photo     – MRU Cougars Athletics

Thompson R. WolfPack 79 at Mt. Royal Cougars 66  –  Closer for the Cougars, but a solid road sweep for TRU (4-0), who shoot 44% to MRU’s 35% from the floor. The ‘Pack’s 2 big forwards rolled again in this game, with Josh Wolfram at 25 points/11 rebounds, and Volodymyr Iegorov tacking up 30 points and grabbing 7 boards.  Mt. Royal (1-3) are led by Derek Wolf’s 22 points, and 17 from guard, Glen Yang.   Box Score

at  Fraser Valley Cascades 97  MacEwan Griffins 56  –   The Cascades (4-0) lower the boom on the Griffins tonight, winning every quarter, and hitting 49% from the floor, including 14/31 from long range. 4 ‘Cades in double digits led by Brandon Burke, off the bench with 20 points/ 9 rebs., along with 16 pts each from Nav Bains and Kevon Parchment.  Denzel James is high man for the Griffs with 13, and Mac falls to 1-3  Box Score

 at UBC-Okanagan Heat  78  UNBC Timberwolves 57 –  A break-out game for the Heat (1-3), perhaps?  The home-side, plays a complete game,  shooting it well (46% FG, 77% FT), and winning the rebounding 41-32 to grab their 1st win of the season.  Aldrich Berrios weaves a gem, with 32 for UBC-O, while Dean Johnston scores 12 and adds 8 rebounds. Rhys Elliot leads the ‘Wolves (16 points), who cannot crack the Heat defense on the night, shooting only 32% FG, and they are also 1-3 on the year.  Box Score


 

Overtime –

  • We missed Terrell Evans (UVic) on our Euro Report of Canada West grads … the slashing winger starts for Oberwart in Austria, scoring 8 ppg and 3.5 rebounds.

polar bears

Chris Harris gets big coaching opportunity in German League.

Chris Harris gets big coaching opportunity in German League.

 

 

 

 

 

  • More news from Europe –  Former Calgary Dinos (’03)  forward, Chris Harris, accepted the position of Head Coach for the Eisbären Bremerhaven, who play in the First Bundesliga, the top tier of the German national basketball conference. The Eisbärens ( Polar Bears !)  have had Harris  as an Assistant Coach  for the past 18 months.  Harris has played and coached in Germany since leaving the UC.

 

 

 

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.