Bisons Beat Dinos With 3 point Accuracy
Manitoba 74 Calgary 72 – Manitoba continues their amazing path through the 2nd half of the Canada West schedule, then beats first UBC, then tonight, Calgary, to earn a shot at a Canada West title. And, the Herd will travel to Halifax to compete in their 1st U-Sport Nationals in over 30 years. Coach Kirby Schepp’s squad did it with the 3 point shot for much of the game, as they hit 11/19 (58%) to Calgary’s 3/23.
The Dinos got close through the Bisons’ 25 turnovers, but their cold shooting (39% to 47% for UM) wouldn’t allow them to convert 21 more FG attempts into a win. 4 Manitoba players hit double figures, led by the 19 points of A.J. Basi, who, along with Keith Omoerah (17 points/ 14 rebounds) were both 4/5 from outside the arc. Ilarion Bonhomme scored 13 and had 6 rebounds, and his speed gave Calgary defenders problems.
Calgary missed 2 shots in the final 5 seconds, and never quite caught the Herd in the dying minutes. Thomas Cooper had 17 points/ 7 rebs for UC, but Bisons defenders allowed him just 6/24 from the floor, and he was blanked on all 6 of his 3 point attempts. David Kapinga had 13 pts/ 3 steals, and Jasdeep Gill counted 12 for the Dinos. UC must now win the 3rd place game at 3 pm Saturday vs Saskatchewan, and hope for a wildcard berth into Nationals. Box Score
Alberta 83 Saskatchewan 70 – The Bears win every period from the Huskies, as they swarm the 2 U of S big men, and deny good looks to Huskies’ shooters. Alberta shot the ball well, at 46%, with Mamadou Gueye weaving a masterpiece with his dominating
play. The explosive 4th year forward struck for 30 points/ 8 boards, and had everything from 2 treys, to an alley -oop dunk, then cleaned up inside with some timely rebound hoops in the 2nd half.
Austin Waddoups scored 20 for the GBs, and he controlled the pace, adding 4 assists. Despite losing all-star post man, Brody Clarke, to fouls early in the 4th frame, Alberta managed to limit Saskatchewan’s inside game. Shane Osayande had just 10 pts / 9 rebounds for the Dogs before he too fouled out near the end. Lawrence Moore had 19 for U of S, mostly on slick drives to the hoop, but he hit just 2/9 from the outside, and his team was 9/38 from deep range (24%) to Alberta’s 12/30 (40%). Big Matt Forbes was one of a pair of Huskies at 11 points and he added 8 rebounds, but he was frustrated by the double -team coming from the Alberta defense.
The Bears will play Manitoba for the Canada West championship on Saturday at 8 pm. They will join Manitoba as the 2 CW teams qualifying on Friday for the Nationals in Halifax next week. Box Score
In the East –
The Ontario Wilson Cup Semis #1 Carleton 89 #4 Brock 64, #2 Ryerson 76 #3 Ottawa 75 Final and 3rd place game Saturday
Atlantic Tournament Quarter-Finals – Acadia 73 Memorial 65, and St. Mary’s 80 St. FX 79 . Semis on Saturday #10 Dalhousie vs Acadia , UNB vs St. Mary’s on Saturday (6:30 and 8:30) The championship final is Sunday at 4:30.
Quebec – Semi-Finals … McGill 59 Laval 48, UQAM 81 Concordia 71 The Quebec Final goes Saturday.
- Saskatchewan and Regina will play a ‘Provincial Final’ for the Canada West Women’s title on Saturday. In Friday’s semis in Saskatoon, it was the Huskies over Alberta 72 – 62, and Regina beating Winnipeg 81-70.
- Injuries added up tonight, with Jaylan Morgan making a strong effort for the Huskies, but he was favouring his injured leg late in the game. Calgary’s 5th year forward, Dallas Karch, took a bad fall, banging his head, and did not return for the remainder.
- Teams already qualifying for the Nationals, which are March 9-12 in Halifax – Host, Dalhousie … OUA reps, Carleton and Ryerson, Canada West reps Alberta and Manitoba. Still to come – the AUS camp, the Quebec champs, and a wild-card team.