Explorer Race is Still On

 

Final League Games Crucial for ‘Pack, T’Wolves, and Cougars

Francko Kouagnia and his UNBC Timberwolves will be reaching for 2nd place this weekend vs Okanagan.

Francko Kouagnia and his UNBC Timberwolves will be reaching for 2nd place this weekend vs Okanagan.

While the Pioneer Division has all 7 play-off qualifiers finalized before the weekend’s play, the 6-team Explorer loop still has 3 teams vying for 2nd and 3rd behind the runaway UFV train.  UNBC starts tonight in Kelowna with 2 games against the cellar-dwelling UBC-O Heat, but Coach Peter Guarasci’ youthful Okanagan squad have shown they have made progress.  The T’Wolves’ big men, Devin McMurtry and Francko Kouagnia,  may be the difference in this series.

Thompson Rivers look to be without their star forward, Josh Wolfram, and are hand-cuffed on offense and on the boards as a result.  There’s no doubt that, at their best, UFV should take both games in Abbotsford, and, if that happens, TRU is in jeopardy of missing out on the post-season. Mt. Royal has to have a sweep on their home floor against the MacEwan Griffins if they are to get to 10-10, and possibly tie TRU and get 3rd on a tie beaker.

In the Pioneer, we have the 7th spot decided, and it will be the Manitoba Bisons, who will, after playing at UBC this week, wait and see where they go to play that 1st round series against the Pioneer #5 team. The 1 through 6 spots are up in the air, and with upsets a possibility, it may be smart not to do too much prognostication. But … Saskatchewan and UVic have the best chance of securing the top 2 spots, if they don’t stumble against Calgary or TWU respectively. Alberta, UBC, and Winnipeg will be in as well, with places to be  determined by weekend game results.

 

This Week in Canada West –

Thursday /Friday  the T’Wolves try and finish strong –  

UNBC Timberwolves (10-8)  at UBC-Okanagan Heat (3-15) –  The Wolves are aiming for 2nd in the Explorer Division and a bye to the round of 8 in Canada West playoffs, but beware the home-town Heat, who are coming on of late.  2nd game is Friday in Kelowna again.

Friday /Saturday  in the Pioneer Division –

Can Matt Letkeman and the Calgary Dinos get a win at Saskatchewan?

Can Matt Letkeman and the Calgary Dinos get a win at Saskatchewan?

Calgary Dinos (12-6)  at Saskatchewan Huskies (13-5) – The Huskies are very tough at home, and Calgary has just 1 win in 12 games vs Sask.  An upset is not impossible, but the odds say sweep for the Sled Dogs.

Regina Cougars (7-11)  at Winnipeg Wesmen (11-7) –  The Wesmen have won 5 straight vs the green Cougs, but Winnipeg has to be rattled by their loss at TWU last Saturday. Only if Regina can take advantage, which they haven’t, most recently.

Lethbridge Pronghorns (7-11)  at Alberta Golden Bears (12-6) – Alberta hasn’t lost a home game to Lethbridge since 2006.  The Bears are hot, and the ‘Horns are 2-6 since early January.  Bears sweep.

Manitoba Bisons (9-9)  at UBC Thunderbirds (12-6) – 2001 was the last win by the Herd over the ‘Birds, and U of M goes in on a 5 – game slide.  UBC gets will want to guarantee a playoff series on home court.

Trinity Western Spartans (2-16)  at Victoria Vikes (13-5) – The  win on Saturday was nice for the departing Coach Scott Allen at TWU, but the Vikes are playing the last 2 games ever at MacKinnon Gym.  History demands a pair of UVic wins.

 

And, in the other  Explorer Division games –

Awet Abraha (L) and Deng Awak  will have to be sharp for MRU to beat the MacEwan Griffins.

Awet Abraha (L) and Deng Awak will have to be sharp for MRU to beat the MacEwan Griffins.

MacEwan Griffins (7-11) at  Mt. Royal Cougars (8-10) – These 2 teams are very well matched, and you have to respect the Griffins showing in their 1st Canada West season .  Mt. Royal can make the playoffs with 2 wins, and they look better over the last 2 weeks. Their guards will need to make good decisions at the offensive end.

Thompson R. Wolf Pack (10-8)  at Fraser Valley Cascades (16-2) –  We’re not sure about the status of TRU’s Josh Wolfram, who has missed with injury since Jan. 30, and obviously that is a huge negative factor for their chances .  Fraser Valley, in ‘full battle readiness’ should finish with 2 home wins to get set for the playoffs.

 

 CIS Scores from the East –

Dalhousie 84  St. FX 70 – this puts X on the ‘endangered list for the AUS Tournament’.

St. Mary’s 78  Acadia 73

#3 Ryerson 104  Toronto 68 – no prisoners taken there !

Brock 62  Guelph  55

Up – coming –

#8 UNB at St. FX,  Laval at UQAM, Concordia at Bishop’s,   #1 Carleton at Queen’s ,  #5 Windsor at Algoma, #2 Ottawa at York, Nipissing at Waterloo, Laurentian at Laurier

 

Extra Spot in Nationals Almost a ‘Lock’ for the OUA 

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Carleton jumps to #1, and we await the next meeting of the ‘Ponies’ and the ‘Blackbirds’  in the playoffs.

Saskatchewan loses and drops back to #6, while Alberta and UBC are in at #10, #9 with impressive wins over the past couple of months. Calgary disappears with their loss to Alberta, as does UFV as they drop 2 of 4 games.

The OUA look like getting 4 teams in Nationals, and the real drama will be for all other Leagues to see who wins their way to Toronto (Ryerson) for the CIS Final 8. One team from the Atlantic – It looks like UPEI and UNB, but their tournament format allows for ‘sudden victory’ by a hot under-dog.

Quebec plays it’s Final 4 at Bishop’s, and that may give the Gaiters the upper-hand in a very tightly -bunched field. One team to the Final 8 for them as well.

Canada West will get 2 teams, with a minuscule shot at a 3rd via wildcard, but that seems far-fetched.  The Huskies and Vikes have the best chance to host the Final 4, as the top-seed, but the predictability has been lower this season than in many years past.

Shooting Stars and Steady Forces

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Top Teams  –  Alberta, UNBC, Trinity and BrandonBears 3 copy

There has been so much back and forth in Canada West play this past few weeks, as the teams scramble towards the finish line in efforts to secure a playoff spot.  Last weekend alone we had all 4 of our CIS Top 10 teams drop a game.  Saskatchewan and Victoria took turns in road losses at Lethbridge and Brandon, then Fraser Valley were beaten for the 2nd time in 2 weeks, this time by the UNBC Timberwolves in Prince George.

The 4th ranked team to lose was Calgary, and they will likely be unranked as a result.  Our team of the week, and for the past few weeks has to be the resurgent Alberta Golden Bears, who have won 6 in a row including the Thursday win at Calgary, and have 2 home games vs Lethbridge to finish up League play.  Picked as a top contender back in the Fall, the Bears have suffered through injuries and some inconsistent play earlier on, but look like a tough out in the upcoming championship tournament.

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Our other teams getting a nod this week include the Northern B.C. T’Wolves, who look like a playoff team after winning 7 of 10 games since play resumed in January.  With a rugged pair of rebounding forwards in Francko Kouagnia and Devin McMurtry, plus a scrappy perimeter group playing more competitively each week, they could well get a 1st round bye for the cross-over playoffs.

Bobcats and Spartans fighting for wins this past week.

Bobcats and Spartans fighting for wins this past week.

When you lose almost every game over a 4 1/2 month schedule, you certainly have to dig deep to find the will to compete right through season’s end.  The wins by Brandon and Trinity Western this past weekend are a tribute to that courage and persistence.  Congratulations to Coach Scott Allen, who has tried to maintain a constructive, supportive attitude through a most difficult set of circumstances as he finishes up his career at TWU.  Also to Coach Gil Cheung, a leader as a player on championship teams at Brandon, and a coach who burns to get the ‘Cats back to the top. But mostly, as these coaches would suggest, congratulations to the players on these two teams for keeping faith with your teammates, and bringing your best against playoff teams, Victoria and Winnipeg.

 

 Top Players in Canada West Last Weekend –  

30 point club – The shooting stars !

35 points from Deng Awak sparks MRU road win

35 points from Deng Awak sparks MRU road win

 Deng Awak, Mt. Royal –  His 35 point /9 rebs led the Cougs to a road win at TRU … he came back next night with a 15 pt/ 12 rebound effort.

Denny McDonald, Trinity Western –  The 5th year senior celebrates his senior night in style, with 33 points/10 boards, which leads the down-trodden Spartans to win #2 in a long, tough campaign … in the Friday game he had 16 pts/7 rebs

Kenonte Ramsay, Brandon – The Bobcats were playing their final game of the season, and Ramsay, his last CIS game in a 5 year career … he hits for 31 pts, 5 rebs, 5 steals as the ‘Cats shock UVic for only their 2nd win in a 2-18 slog.

Rob Olsen, Lethbridge – Hosting the top team in the Pioneer, Olsen has a 30 point/ 8 assist and 6 steal  masterpiece, leading the ‘Horns to a home win.

Chris McLaughlin, Victoria –  The big 5th year post has yet another commanding performance, with 32 points and 17 rebounds, as the Vikes get a Friday win at Brandon.

Conor Morgan, UBC –  The 6-9 wing man gets an impressive 30 point and 12 rebound double as the T-Birds win their 2nd of the weekend in Regina.

The all-around team leaders –

Ben Baker, the constant factor for the Huskies.

Ben Baker, the constant factor for the Huskies.

Ben Baker, Saskatchewan – The 5th year guard totals 30 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 8 steals in the ‘Dogs 2 game set at Lethbridge.

Marcus Tibbs, Victoria –  The smooth and speedy guard tallies 2 game stats showing 36 points, 8 rebs, and 15 assists.

Francko Kouagnia, UNBC –  The man in the middle for the T’Wolves is on patrol every game –  He registers 2 double-doubles in totaling  43 points and 24 rebounds as his ‘Wolves get a home split with the UFV Cascades.

 

Five Years Make a Significant Impact on Players’ Lives

 Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson has had a great career at UC.

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson has had a great career at UC.

This is the time in the season where schools are honouring the accomplishments of their 5th year seniors, and throughout the League and the whole CIS their coaches reflect on the impact the experience has made on these players, and also their influence on the coach and the many teammates who have been with them for part of that journey.  Most of these grads will, indeed, be earning a degree (some more than one), and will be moving along to very different chapters in their lives.

The grads have grown through the sacrifices they made to develop the skills for the game, but also successfully carry an academic load. The travel and the contact with so many people involved with the Canadian University athletic program have enriched their school career, and the extra effort they’ve expended to be part of and to improve the team experience will stay with them forever.

Congratulations to all the 5th year grads across Canada West and the whole CIS, and to all the people who contributed to their university athletic career.  Well done everyone !

The ‘Class of 2015’ –

Bears' Ken Otieno  has played in a 'Golden era'.

Bears’ Ken Otieno has played in a ‘Golden era’.

Alberta – Ken Otieno, Joel Friesen

Brandon – Kenonte Ramsay

Calgary – Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson,  Phil Barndt

Lethbridge – none

Manitoba – Stephen Walton, Wyatt Anders, Amir Ali

Regina – none

Saskatchewan – Ben Baker, Dadrian Collins, Andrew Henry, Connor Burns

Trinity Western – Justin Bakuteka, Denny McDonald

UBC –  Tommy Nixon, Tonner Jackson, Brylle Kamen, Andrew McGuinness

UBC's Tommy Nixon has paced a strong surge by the 'Birds.

UBC’s Tommy Nixon has paced a strong surge by the ‘Birds.

Victoria – Chris McLaughlin, Jeremy Leonard-Smith

Winnipeg – Jordan Clennon, Mark McNee, Travis Krahn

Fraser Valley – Jasper Moedt, Kadeem Willis

MacEwan – Lee Danderfer

Mt. Royal – Deng Awak,  Awet Abraha, Kyle Wilson

UBC-Okanagan – none

Thompson Rivers – Brett Rouault, Brett Parker, Tallon Milne

U. Northern B.C. – Francko Kouagnia, Devin McMurtry, Jeff Chu

(Editor’s note – We are always struck by the quality of these grads, not only on the court, but in the classroom, the community, and as leaders for their team and school.  Many, or most of these guys are ‘heart and soul’ kind of team members !  Big shoes to fill ….)

Alberta Captures Wesmen Crown

 

Alberta's Ken Otieno saves his best for the final - 30 pts. vs Winnipeg.

Alberta’s Ken Otieno saves his best for the Wesmen final – 30 pts. vs Winnipeg.

Otieno Comes Out Firing for the Bears

  Alberta Golden Bears  64   Winnipeg Wesmen  62  – The Alberta Golden Bears rode a 30 point game from 5th year wing, Ken Otieno, to the championship of the Wesmen Classic, as they hold off Winnipeg in the last minute of play.  Otieno was, by far, the sharpest shooter on the night, hitting 12/16 from the floor, and adding 6 rebounds and 3 steals.   Mamadou Gueye scored 17 for U of A and grabbed 7 boards. Despite 4 treys each from Jelane Pryce (17 pts/7 rebs), Travis Krahn (13 pts) , and James Farlay (12), the Wesmen could not solve the Bears defense with enough consistency to gain any momentum. Alberta out-rebounded the home team 42 – 33, while both teams were a weak 7/13 from the foul line.  19 turnovers from Winnipeg  vs the Bears 13 helped Alberta secure the win.  Box Score  

Bisons Come From Behind for Tight 3rd Place Win

Amarjit Basi scores 21 in Manitoba's 3rd place win

Amarjit Basi scores 20 in Manitoba’s 3rd place win over Brandon.

Manitoba Bisons 77   Brandon Bobcats 75 –  The Bisons come from 6 back at the 3/4 mark to edge the combative Bobcats, who shoot just 10 free throws, hitting on 7 compared to the 18/25 put up by Manitoba; that was the difference in this 3rd place game.  Neither team shot particularly well (37-38% from the floor), but the Herd enjoys a 55-44 rebounding advantage.  Amarjit Basi scores 20 for the winners, on the strength of 5/10 from outside, and  import forward Alfreeman Flowers registers a 16 pt/12 rebound double.  Manitoba’s Wyatt Anders leads both teams with 15 rebounds.  Brandon has 5 players in double figures, paced by Earl Thompson Jr. with 11 pts/11 rebounds.  Box Score 

 

Consolation games –

 Lakehead Thunderwolves  83  Regina Cougars   77  –  The long ball was decisive in this consolation final, with the T’Wolves cashing 12 treys vs just 5 for Regina; Lakehead also was impressive in making 25/29 free throws (87%) while limiting themselves to 15 turnovers against 19 for the Cougars. Ryan Doornick had another strong game, with a  30 point performance including 7/16  shots from 3 pt range and 7 rebounds. Mor Manashe added 20 for the ‘Wolves plus delivering 4 assists. Regina had 25 big points and 10 rebounds from the fast-improving rookie post man, Zach Mihalicz, and Matthew Augustine scored 12 and had 4 assists.   Box Score

Calgary Dinos 97  NAIT  Ooks 63  Veteran import Dinos Phil Barndt and Josh Owen-Thomas led a most efficient offensive effort, as Calgary shoots 59% from the floor including 11/19 (58%) from 3 point range.  Barndt, the 6-7 , 5th year forward scored 23 points and grabbed 6 boards, while 4th year guard, Owen -Thomas, hit for 20 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Donny Moss had a 2nd straight big game for the Ooks, scoring 25 and snaring 10 rebounds, but NAIT shot just 33% from the floor, and were beaten 44-34 off the glass.    Box Score

 

In other CIS Action –

at Ryerson  …  Ryerson 98  Bishop’s  57 

Westmont U. (CA)  72  Saskatchewan 63 (Monday)

 Northwestern Coll. 87  Fraser Valley 75

Concordia (Nebraska) 78  Concordia Stingers 71

UBC  92  Chaminade (Hawaii)  91

 Westminster Coll. 69  Saskatchewan 68, 

 

Overtime –

  •    Ken Otieno of  Alberta was the MVP at Winnipeg , while Tournament All -stars included  A.J. Basi of Manitoba, D.J. Jordan for Brandon, Mamadou Gueye of the Bears, and both Jelane Pryce and Travis Krahn of Winnipeg.
  • coldA quick glance at the cross-Canada temperatures shows Vancouver in the grip of a ‘cold snap’ , with a low of -3 C. (Please !)  We are struggling with -17 in the Stampede City, similar to Ottawa’s  -14, with the same -14 in Charlottetown, PEI.  Folks in Halifax are looking at -9 as they prepare for the Shoveller Tournament at Dalhousie. The T-Wolves of Lakehead ( -23 at Thunder Bay) are used to it, but the -27 C (sunny, clear, crisp) of Winnipeg lends it’s own biting charm to the 48th Annual UW Wesmen Classic. “It wouldn’t seem right if it were any different”, says Calgary Coach Dan Vanhooren, a veteran of many of these Wesmen Holiday Tournaments.
  •  Trinity Western announced the signing of Aaron Muhic, a veteran ‘small college’ coach from California,  as their new Head Coach as of the end of the 2014-15 season. Before resigning in 2013, Muhic was the 13 year head coach at William Jessup University, a Christian college of just over 1000 students about 30 miles NE of Sacramento, CA. His record at the NAIA school was 171 wins – 190 losses. Muhic will replace Scott Allen, who has been the head man at TWU for 7 years.  Allen took the Spartans to the 2011 CIS Nationals, where they lost to Carleton in the championship game.
     

Mt. Royal and MacEwan – Alberta ‘Explorer’ Teams

 

MRU guards, Awet Abraha, L, and Deng Awak, R, are expected to lead the Cougars.

MRU guards, Awet Abraha, L, and Deng Awak, R, are expected to lead the Cougars.

 

 

Mt. Royal Stands Pat 

Coach Marc Dobell has a very familiar group of players back with his Cougars team this season,  as he returns 10 from his 9-13 squad from last year, and adds a red-shirt and a local high school stand-out.  He lost the explosive wing man, Jared Cornish, his 2nd leading scorer, but has all the other key elements in place to make a concerted playoff run in the new Explorer Division.

MRUAwet Abraha (McNally, Calgary), a 6-1 wing, led team scoring at 11.5 ppg, and enters his 5th year in top shape to improve upon his numbers.  The MRU guard situation is deep, with 6-2 Deng Awak (Brooks, AB), another 5th year leader running the point at 6-3,  as well as a re-vitalized Jalen Gardner (Calgary-Bowness), now a more confident and composed 3rd year combo guard.  6-3 Derek Wolf ( 3rd year, Penticton) looks sharp in early workouts, and 6-4, 4th year, Mangk Akwl (Calgary-Fr. Lacombe), is listed as a forward, but led the team in assists last season with 2.5 apg, and scoring 8.2 ppg.

The Cougars score ‘by committee’, with 5 players notching 10 + ppg a conservative estimation. MRU , by viewing them in an earlier work-out, has a significant number of players who have worked hard in summer training;  Abraha, Awak, and 3rd year guard, Noah Lewis, all look stronger and more fit.  One disappointing note is a leg injury to post man, Ray Goff, the 6-6, 3rd year Okotoks, AB product, who would have been a big part of the rotation.  “We aren’t a big team”, says Coach Dobell, “but neither is almost anyone else in our Division.”  “We hope Ray can return for us in time for League play, but we just don’t know how his rehab will go.”

Taking up the slack at forward will be 6-7 Kyle Wilson (Chestermere, AB), who has

James Lefebvre returns as a deft post scorer for Mt. Royal.

James Lefebvre returns as a deft post scorer for Mt. Royal.

considerable perimeter skills as well, and  6-5 work-horse, import (Nigeria) ‘Femi’ Ogun, a big body in the middle. 4th year (Didsbury, AB) James Lefebvre, is under-sized at 6-4, but has a nose for the ball inside, and scored 9.2 ppg, and snared 5 rebs. , competing well with much bigger opponents.

Coach Dobell has been impressed with rookie guard, Glen Yang (6-1, Sir W. Churchill, Calgary), who will be brought along slowly, we would guess, as he learns from his more experienced teammates. After a year red-shirting with the Cougars, Wiande Kher (Bishop Grandin, Calgary), a ‘longer than’ 6-4 wing man, should add scoring and rebounding this season.

Three players will red-shirt this year – 6-7 Tethloach Thokbuom, a shot-blocker from Calgary’s Western Canada HS, Red Deer College transfer Taner Parrington  (Okotoks – Foothills), and 6-4 Neil Phillip (Forest Lawn, Calgary).

The Cougars begin their pre-season with 2 games at the Alberta Showcase in Edmonton vs UNBC and Red Deer College.  They co-host the Calgary Cup with the UC Dinos and play both Alberta and Lethbridge – Oct. 9-10.  MRU and the Calgary Dinos play a pre-season home and home on October 17 and 18 (they do not meet in the regular season, since they’re in different Divisions).  The Cougars cap their Fall schedule with a trip to Quebec City, where they play in the Laval Tournament vs the Rouge et Or, Western and Memorial.

The start of the Explorer Div. season has Mt. Royal in Edmonton vs MacEwan on Nov. 7-8, then at home against UBC-O on Nov. 14-15, at UNBC on the 21-22, and finishing up their pre-exam regular season slate on Nov. 28-29 in Calgary vs Thompson Rivers.

 

 

 

New Territory For Griffins in Canada West

MacEwan Griffins Coach, Eric Magdanz

MacEwan Griffins Coach, Eric Magdanz

As his team prepares for their first season in CIS competition, MacEwan Griffins (Edmonton)  Coach Eric Magdanz, at 27, the youngest head man in Canada West, says, “We want our guys to dive right into this level of play, and not just dip their toes .”  Having built up to this jump to a tougher challenge over his previous couple of seasons with the Griffs, Magdanz, a former player with McMaster (Hamilton) of the OUA,  and an Assistant at Alberta, acknowledges that his squad faces a rugged learning curve, but contends, “ We have recruited players, now in their 2nd-4th years, who we felt could help us succeed in CIS play.”

GriffinsHome copyKey to the team’s offensive efforts will be 3rd year, Thomas Jereniuk, a 6-0 pass-first point man from Stoney Plain, AB, who scored 8.7 ppg while delivering 3.5 asst/game. “He is a solid floor-leader, and, although not flashy, he gets the job done in a very efficient manner”, says his coach.  Another 3rd year returnee who will be relied upon to carry much of the scoring load is versatile  6-2 wing, Denzel James (Edmonton-Jasper Place HS), who scored 17.3 ppg in the ACAC last year, along with 3 asst, and 5.3 rebs. Joining the MU back-court is 5-11, 5th year shooter, Lee Danderfer, who comes over from Augustana U. , where he scored 17 ppg, most from long-range, as he sports a 42% average from outside the arc.

Coach Magdanz landed a highly-touted recruit in Maple Ridge, B.C. (Gleneagles) high school star, Tarik Scott, a 6-2 guard, whose older brother Turrell played at Brandon for the past 2 seasons.  Another new face is 3rd year import guard, Kenny Johnson (Philadelphia), who transfers from Monroe, (Rochester,New York) Junior College;  Johnson is not eligible until 2nd semester, but has the skills to “help us immediately”, says Magdanz.

Keith Gerdes anchors the Griffs front line.

Keith Gerdes anchors the Griffs front line.

On the front line, the Griffins will have 2 capable  returnees in 6-7 Keith Gerdes (H. Ainlay HS, Edmonton) and 6-6 Ryan May (Daysland, AB);  Gerdes led team rebounding with 7 rpg, and added 13.6 ppg, while May chipped in with 6.2 ppg, and 3.5 rebs.  Joining the playing roster this season are 6-5 Libin Hassan, who scored 12 ppg at Centennial College (Toronto) in 2012-13, and 6-6 Brandon Sackey, a high school star in Brampton, ON, who transfers as a 2nd year from Tiffin Univ. (Ohio).

After a 1 game appearance at the Alberta Showcase in Edmonton, MacEwan will ‘jump into deep water’ indeed, with a Friday, Oct. 3rd game vs the Saskatchewan Huskies at Prince Albert, SK. Their pre-season gathers momentum with a trip to Waterloo’s Tournament, where they will meet the Warriors, Nipissing (another school moving to the CIS from the college ranks this year), and Queen’s on October 9-11.  The Griffins play Lakehead in a single game in Edmonton on Oct. 17, then are at Saskatchewan’s Oct. 23-25 Graham Shootout with the Huskies, UVic, and Nipissing again.

MacEwan starts their Explorer Division schedule on Nov. 7-8  at home vs Mt. Royal, and stays in Edmonton the following week for 2 with Thompson Rivers.  To finish up their opening half schedule, they are on the road on Nov. 21-22 at Okanagan and the 28-29th at Fraser Valley.

 

Overtime –

  • An attention -grabbing story out of Trinity Western today, as the school announces the immediate recruitment of a new head coach.  Scott Allen, who is beginning his 7th season on the Langley campus, will, apparently finish the 2014-15 season, then depart to pursue “other opportunities in the basketball community”.  TWU news release from Asst. Sports Information Director, Mark Janzen.
  •  A Dinos fan asks about Canmore HS star, Luke Praught … it appears the slick-shooting 6-4 , 1st year will red-shirt with UC this season.