Hanson and Vanhooren Lead FISU Team

 

UBC Coach, Kevin Hanson, will be the head man for the FISU Games team this summer.
(PHOTO: Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography)

Canada West Coaches Guide Universiade Squad

The two longest- tenured Canada West head coaches (17 years each) will team-up to lead this summer’s Canadian team to compete in the FISU Games in Taipei, Taiwan from August 19-30.  The team’s Head Coach will be Kevin Hanson, UBC, and Assistant coaches are Dan Vanhooren, U. Calgary, along with Jacques Paiment Jr., Laval U. (Quebec City).

The Universiade  is staged every two years , and consists of 14 compulsory sports and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country.  After a Silver medal in Men’s Basketball in 2011, Canada has been 4th in both 2013 and 2015, qualifying for the medal round in each of these last 3 Universiades.

Coach Hanson will be coaching his 4th FISU Games team, having won a bronze in 2003, fifth-place  in 2005 and that silver with the 2011 squad.  “It’s a real honor to be able to represent Canada at the FISU games. It’s absolutely an incredible experience and a life-long memory for the players and the coaching staff”, says the T-Birds mentor.  This is Coach Vanhooren’s 1st assignment for a Canada team, and he says, “ … to be part of a games that size is a wonderful experience and any time you get a chance to represent your country, it’s something you have to do. I’m looking forward it.”

 

‘Local Heroes’  Highlight Recent Signings

Thompson Rivers –  Coach Scott Clark has inked 3 B.C. high school stand-outs for the

Tyus De Vries and father, Greg.    photo- Nelson Star

coming season, and one name stands out as being very familiar to long-time Canada West followers.  Tyus De Vries is a 6’4” shooting guard from Sardis Sr. Secondary (Chilliwack, BC), and the son of Greg De Vries, who won 2 CIS Nationals with the Alberta Golden Bears (1991-96).

With his Dad coaching him from youth basketball through to his 30 ppg senior year at Sardis, Tyus learned from a 2-time CIS All-star, and he has skills beyond his scoring.  Dad says, “Tyus is taller and stronger than I was at his age … he is a better rebounder … he played against tougher competition than I had (at L.V. Rogers, Nelson, BC).

Coincidentally, Coach Clark has also signed 6-8 Jon Steele (GW Graham Sec, Chilliwack), who was a teammate of De Vries’ withe the Trans-Canada Club team.  “He is quite a mobile kid, good frame on him with good skills and play with his back to the basket,” says Clark, who also cautions, of course, that , “ All of those things need to be refined, but he has the potential of being a good player.”

The Wolf Pack also welcome their previously announced local star, Devin Halcrow (Nor-Kam Sr Sec, Kamloops) , who at 6-7 + , looks like a mobile big man with speed and 3-4 skills.  When Coach Clark calls him “ … a good basketball player”,  it means the veteran mentor is excited about Halcrow’s future with the Pack!

Update –  TRU has also added a ‘pass-first point guard’ in Nolan Willett, who, although a Canadian citizen, played his high school (Junipero Serra HS, San Juan Capistrano, CA)  and 1 college year ( Hancock Coll., Santa Maria, CA)  in the U.S.  After having checked out several othe U-Sports and Canada West schools, the 6-1 Willett was most impressed with TRU, the city, and futire Wolf Pack team members.  Says Coach Clark,  “He wants to get his teammates involved. He has played a high level—both in high school and the junior college. His background is good.”

 

Matt (12) and Nick Bernhard (14) are the latest local high school stars to sign with the Regina Cougars.

Regina –  The 6-6 Bernhard brothers, Nick and Matt, (LeBoldus HS, Regina) have been a big part of the Golden Suns’ 4 City and 3 Provincial championships.  Their all-round games have UR Cougars’ Coach, Steve Burrows, “ … excited about their potential.”   Burrows likes their veratility, with both scoring 15+ ppg and being consistent rebounders. Nick and Matt join 4 other Le Boldus grads who are on the current Cougars roster … Benjamin and Samuel Hillis, Carter Millar, and Brayden Kuski.

Trinity Western –  The Spartans sign 6-4 Abbotsford, BC product, Levi Leyenhorst (Credo Christian HS) ,  who was a B.C. ‘A’ Tournament all-star the past 2 seasons.  Coach Aaron Muhic also lands a couple of experienced transfers;  Ethan DeSilva is a multi-talented ‘buzz-saw’ guard, who played for 2 seasons at Briercrest, where he posted 7.4 assts/game, which was 2nd in the whole CCAA.  The Calgary (W. Aberhart HS) product can score in the double digits and is a noted ball-hawk.

Steve Sesink, at 6-8, 240 lb, has an obvious appeal, but will have to get back into playing mode following an 8 year hiatus from competition, after he had 1 season at King’s Univ., Edmonton. Coach Muhic has confidence, however, as he suggests “ “Steve will be a joy to coach and will provide toughness, hustle and rebounding.”

More signings – 

Ben Kornelson is a key transfer at a forward spot for the Heat.      photo – Briercrest Athletics

UBC-Okanagan –  Another 2 year star transferring from Briercrest is 6-7 Ben Kornelson, who returns to the Okanagan, where he lived in Armstrong , BC, and played with the Heat JR Program while in high school.  Kornelson was the team MVP at Briercrest this past season.  Coach Peter Guarasci had previously announced 6-10 Owen Keyes (Kelowna Sec.) and 6-4 Jake Stokker from Penticton Sr. Sec.

UNBC – Coach Todd Jordan added a seaoned BC Colleges transfer in 6-6 Jesse Mushiana, a 4th year coming from 2 seaons at Langara College and one at Capilano.  The self-described “big-bodied’ player is a welcome addition to the T-Wolves, who are looking for added height/size to win more battles on the inside this coming season.

Winnipeg –  Wesmen signee, Don Dayrit, is a proven scorer as a 6-0 guard at Sisler HS (Winnipeg), and was the MVP as his team won the 2016 Wesmen Classic Tournament.  He was ranked as one of top 5 high school grads in Manitoba this year.

 

These 7 Teams Look to Move Up in Canada West

 

 

Brandon Tull will be a senior leader for the Regina Cougars.      photo – Arthur Ward

 Regina – The Cougars go 9-11 and are good at their best, but are troubled by injuries in the 2nd semester.  Coach Steve Burrows will enter his 5th year at the helm, and faces the task of ‘renewing’ a roster which loses 3 veteran mainstays.  Travis Sylvestre, Stephen Shields, and Matt Augustine graduate, and more size will be crucial in the recruiting project.  The Cougs have dependable vets returning in Brandon Tull, Alex Igual, and Brian Ofori.  Burrows looks to the younger Hillis bothers, Ben and Samuel, and rookie star, Johneil Johnson to pick up some of the slack.  An infusion of talent, especially in the bigs, will be necessary if UR is to move up.

Thompson Rivers –   Coach Scott Clark loses a ‘franchise player’ in import forward, Volodymyr Iegorov, who graduates this Spring.  Clark could anticipate that challenge, but the veteran bench boss also has his rookie stand-out, Trent Monkman,  transferring to Victoria. The Wolf Pack, 8-12,  have been a play-off team in recent years, and Clark has worked successfully to develop his young talent. This coming season will test his resolve once more.  The Orange returnees include import guard, Derek Rhodes, strong forward, Luke Morris, guard, Michael Rouault, and scrappy point man, Madhu McConnell.  TRU will also be looking for some size in the recruiting process, and certainly more depth for this young group.

MRU’s import star, Josh Ross,  returns for his 5th year        Photo – Cougars Athletics

Mt. Royal –  The ‘Blue Cougars’ face a familiar challenge, as Coach Marc Dobell sees 2 big post men, Brett Layton, and Ray Goff leaving the roster along with 5th year guard, Derek Wolf .  Layton is wanting to start Law School, and Goff has had very tough nagging leg injuries, and is graduating early next year.  MRU does return guards Glen Yang, Noah Lewis, and Craig Martin along with import  scoring leader, Josh Ross, Ryan Cunningham, and forward, Nick Tancon.  Coach Dobell is waiting to announce his signees, and has not quite finished the process.  We do understand that L.J. Hegwood is looking to transfer in from SAIT, and that McNally HS (Calgary) star, 6-7 Diew Moses, may be headed to the Cougars as well.

MacEwan –  There will be significant change with the Griffins, as they say goodbye to Denzel James, Thomas Jereniuk, Cole Aikens, Keith Gerdes, and Tyler Wise as 5th year grads.  Thadius Galvez, their outstanding lead guard, is also on the move, and Coach Eric Magdanz is left with a major recruiting task.  Returnees Ryan Coleman, Harrison Lane, Adonis Montfort -Palomino, Ali Raza, and Atlas St. Paul-Butler will be counted on next Fall. The Griffs have younger players like British import, Jake Notice, along with 3rd year guard,  Tarik Scott, coming off an injury rehab, and a local red-shirt freshman, Deonte Doslov-Doctor.  Recent signees include Lincoln Anderson, a 6-3 guard from Cardston, AB, who comes off a 2 year Mormon  church mission, and 6-8, Ben Niles, from Kamloops (Valleyview Sr Sec).  Coach Magdanz is also excited about Dustin Gatski  (Westlock, AB), a 6-4 transfer after  1 year of Junior College in Wyoming, and Moreau Amadou  a 6-4 wing from   Sir Winston Churchill, Calgary.

Marcus MacKay will carry a big scoring load for the Timberwolves.

UNBC –  Starting last season at 4-4 last Fall, The T’Wolves struggled through 12 straight losses to finish at 4-16, well out of play-off contention.  They lose their slick guard, Rhys Elliot, along with Elliott Rowe, and Sam Zhang to graduation. Coach Todd Jordan will be looking to add some size and more punch to his roster this Spring and Summer.  The UNBC returnees should include big shooting guard, Marcus MacKay, lead guard, James Agyeman, Vaggelis Loukas, an active forward, and Anthony Hokanson, who is a skilled wing man.   Adam Pahl, a  6-6 wing from Okotoks (Foothills HS) , AB was announced in January, and he comes with high hopes.  Volodymyr Pluzhnikov, is a ‘tough-minded’ guard coming off the red-shirt list, and Jordan has a few more prospects he hopes to sign in the next few weeks.  “We need to get bigger, and to make big improvements in our rebounding”, says the 5th year Head man.

Trinity Western –  The Spartans, 3-17 last season, do not graduate any 5th years, and Coach Aaron Muhic suggests that his returnee list should include all of his current roster players. We have mentioned veteran guard, Tyus Allen, who is rehabbing his injured knee, but who will not be ready until at least the Fall of 2018.  The Spartans will return  import guard, Pogos Trunyan, their high scorer (15 ppg), along with 6-10 post Patrick Vandervelden (13 ppg/7.2 rebs), and Vartan Tanielian, a 12 ppg scorer at wing. Among his younger contributors will be guards Max Viitala, and Josiah Meppelink.  TWU have not announced any new signees or transfers.

UBC-Okanagan –  After an 8-12 record in 2015-16, the Heat cooled off to just 2-18 last season.  Coach Peter Guarasci, in his 5th year, loses guard Mitch Goodwin to graduation.  But, he also has 7 other roster players (Cam Friesen, Randy Jernidier, Ryan Morck, Austin Penrose, Buster Truss, David Manshreck, and Davide Ciancio) who will not return, which obviouly leaves a daunting task of recuiting this Spring. Aldrich Berrios, his high-scoring (17.6 ppg) guard is back for his 4th year, along with back-court rookies, Matt Lafontaine, and Tristan Matthews.  Noma Obeseki, an athletic small forward,  will be entering his 3rd year.  Owen Keyes, a 6’9” Kelowna Sr Sec. stand-out has already signed, and looks like a strong prospect. Jake Stokker, Penticton Sr. Sec  is another big man signee , details in this story from Kelowna Capital News 

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Overtime –

  • Mason Foreman, a 6-7 forward from Winnipeg, who most recently attended Athlete Institute Prep just outside Toronto, has signed with the Calgary Dinos for next Fall.  Mason’s father is Jeff Foreman, who was a 3-time CIS All-Canadian with the Winnipeg Wesmen (Great Plains Athletic Conference)  in 1992, ’93, and ’94. ( In 1994, Jeff was CIS Player of the Year, and he was also a member of the Canadian national team.)
  •  UVic will, later this week, induct two former basketball stars into their Vikes Hall of Fame. Spencer McKay , was a dominating post man for Vikes teams of the late 1980s – early 1990s, and Carol Turney-Loos, was a key to their 1980 National title.   More details in this Oak Bay News article   

The 2 Hottest Teams in Canada West

 

 

 

Thunderbirds and Bisons both on a roll in League play 

5th year defensive stopper, Will Ondrik and his T’Birds teammates move to 15-1 on the season.   photo – Richard Lam  ,  UBC Athletics

The 2 hottest teams in Canada West continued to reel off the wins this past weekend. The UBC Thunderbirds, as expected, swept their 2 game set with the Brandon Bobcats in Vancouver, and the ‘Birds are now 7 wins in a row, 2nd only to the Manitoba Bisons in winning streaks, with the Herd up to 8.  Manitoba got a scare on Friday at home against the UNBC T’Wolves , but pulled it out, and won more easily on Saturday.

But, in this ‘Year of the RPI Monster’, both teams lost ground in the ‘order of finish’ race.  Last week the T’Birds stood at .6559 , but dropped .109, still in the top spot for the moment.  The Herd, after their 2 wins, fell 149 points from last week’s .5842.  (I guess you just play your best, and let the chips fall …. ).  UBC looks to be destined for the 3rd or 4th play-off seed, even at 19-1, while Manitoba are likely 5th in the RPI ordered seeding list.

Both these teams will be ‘tough outs’ in the post-season , and may be good picks for the Final Four.  Our best guess for the hosts may be either the Alberta Golden Bears or the Saskatchewan Huskies, who seem to rise to the top spot as we try various guesses for the results of remaining League games.  The Dogs and GBs meet in saskatoon this coming weekend to decide the issue.

Who else is going well?  The Lethbridge Pronghorns have won 4 straight, and locked up a play-off spot, and have a bye week to marshal their forces before their final week’s appointment vs the Bears in Edmonton.

 

15 League All-Stars will be tough to decide

Shane Osayande, Huskies          photo – Huskies Athletics

Coaches across Canada West are nominating top players for all-star consideration at season’s end.  They have 15 players to select, and we thought we’d look at an expanded number of possible candidates.

Keith Omoerah, Justus Alleyn of Manitoba  … Denzel Lynch-Blair- Winnipeg … Earl Thompson Jr – Brandon … Brandon Tull – Regina … Shane Osayande, Matt Forbes – Saskatchewan … Dejon Burdeaux, Elliott Sentance – Lethbridge … Brett Layton, Josh Ross – Mt. Royal  …  Thomas Cooper, David Kapinga – Calgary … Brody Clarke, Austin Waddoups, Mamadou Gueye, Alberta … Thadius Galvez – MacEwan … Rhys Elliott – UNBC … Volodymyr Iegorov – Thompson Rivers …  Aldrich Berrios – UBC-Okanagan … Patrick Vandervelden – Trinity Western … Manny Dulay – Fraser Valley … Conor Morgan , Jordan Jensen-Whyte – UBC … Grant Sitton – Victoria

So, there are 25 of the best.  We know we could form a play-off team with 10 who we left off this list, but this is a pretty good crop from which to select.

Top 10 Rookies –

Scott Kellum, UVic import guard

Narcisse Ambanza – Wesmen,   James Wagner – Bisons,  Johneil Johnson –  Reg. Cougars,  Max Eisle – Dinos, Scott Kellum –  Vikes,  Brett Warren  – Pronghorns, Craig Martin- MRU Cougars, Trent Monkman – Wolf Pack, Isaiah Familia – T’Birds, Matt Lafontaine – Heat

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92 Years of Refereeing Experience

Richard Schear (L) and Art Unsworth (R) team up at a recent high school tourney .

Richard Schear, who lives in Redcliff, AB, began officiating basketball (and, eventually, football) after he had completed his Education degree at University. The 72 year old has been active as a ref now for 48 years, while his taller, much younger side-kick, the irrepressible Art Unsworth, has been a ‘zebra’ for 44 years.  Schear explains why he enjoys officiating …  First, the camaraderie  with the other officials.  Second, it forces him to keep in good physical shape.  Third, being a referee in high school sports, gives Richard a chance to  interact with the youth of today.  “By and large those young people who play high school sports are great kids, they will be the leaders of tomorrow,” says Schear.  Unsworth, a farmer-rancher near Maple Creek, SK, has 2 sons,  Clint (6-10) and Chris (6-8) who both graduated from U. Saskatchewan, having won a Canada West and CIS Championship with the Huskies in 2010.

As well as cheering his boys through high school (Medicine Hat, AB)  and university ball, Art, has been a mentor for many young refs in the latter part of his career. We congratulate these two fine gentlemen on their amazing contribution to the game over the years.

Overtime –  

Coach Steve Burrows         photo –  Regina Leader-Post

  • Regina Cougars head coach Steve Burrows on his team’s effort in topping the Calgary Dinos on Saturday,  “I wish I could say it was something I said or did, but these guys stuck together and they kept on working at it and kept on going,” Burrows said. “A couple of things went our way and we made some shots. It was just that whole thing of believing and trying to stick with what we were doing.”  From a Regina Leader-Post article by Rob Vanstone 
  • Huskies Coach, Barry Rawlyk, celebrated his 100th and 101st Canada West conference wins as head  man for the U of S  team with a two-game sweep at home over the Mount Royal  Cougars. Rawlyk spent the majority of his long coaching career as a high school coach, before taking over at U. Saskatchewan in 2010.  The leading active coach, in his 17th year at UBC is Kevin Hanson with 270 wins in Canada West play.  2nd is Calgary’s Dan Vanhooren, who, over the same 17 years has 201.  3rd – UVic’s Craig Beaucamp with 191 in 13 seasons. 4th – TRU’s Scott Clark, in his 17th year has 179. 5th – Barnaby Craddock of Alberta has 153 in his 12 years at 3 different schools.
  • Derek Wolf plays his final home game at MRU on Saturday.         photo – MRU Athletics

     This , of course, is the time of year for ‘Senior Nights’, as senior players finish their eligibility, and most also finish a degree. The  MRU Cougars graduating players, Brett Layton and Derek Wolf, will be honoured on Saturday night between the 4 pm Women’s game and the 6 pm Men’s contest.  TRU’s big man, Volodymyr Iegorov, plays his last home game this Saturday for the Wolf Pack, and 6 other schools will recognize the accomplishments of their senior grads this weekend.  UFV –  Manny Dulay, and Vijay Dhillon, Winnipeg – Jamar Farley, Brandon – Earl Thompson Jr, Chris Stanhope, Denham Buchanan, and Esmat Atem, MacEwan-  Denzel James, Keith Gerdes, and Thomas Jereniuk,   Saskatchewan – Matt Forbes, and Trevor Severinski,  UBC – Jordan Jensen-Whyte, and Will Ondrik.

 

Dinos Dust Cascades in 2nd half Barrage

 

63 point blitz pushes Dinos to a dominant home win

Dallas Karch and the Calgary Dinos buried the UFV Cascades on Thursday.

Calgary  106  Fraser Valley  68 – A 43-37 game at the half turned into the rout for the Dinos, who tallied 63 points in the 2nd half, UC  out-shot the Cascades 49% to 336% from the floor, and hit 25/34 free throws to just 5/11for the visitors. The 24 UFV turnovers gave the potent Dinos offense more than enough chances .

Calgary goes 10 deep with 4 players in double figures.  Thomas Cooper scored 19 points, with 13 rebounds, and both Mambi Diawara and Dallas Karch hit 15 points. Point guards David Kapinga and Max Eisle paved the track with 5 and 4 assists respectively.  Fraser Valley cashed 13/32 shots from outside, with 15 points from Denver Sparks-Guest leading the way off the bench.   Box Score 

Calgary moves up to 9-2 for the season, and Fraser Valley drops to 5-6.  The teams play again on Friday at 8 pm.

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Scores from the East – 

Ontario –  at #10 McMaster 85 Laurier 54, at Windsor 85  Western Ont. 78

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Overtime –

TRU rookie point man, Madhu McConnell

  • The TRU Wolf Pack, over the Holiday period, lost the services of 2nd year and former all-rookie guard, Jeff Tubbs.  “It is not ideal that now you are trying to figure out player rotations,” Clark said about the situation.  Madhu McConnell (1st year, Victoria, BC) looks to be the player stepping up in the rotation.  Coach Scott Clark says, “ Madhu has seen an increase in playing time and he has responded.”   From Larry Read, TRU Athletics
  • The UC Women (8-3) came back strong in the 2nd half for a 69-59 win over UFV (7-4).  The home team trailed by 3 at the half, but scored 33 points in a hectic 3rd stanza to pull away.
  • You can tell it’s a big point spread in the game when Canada West TV broadcasters Lucas Meyer and John Tramble ‘drift off the dock’ with a thorough discussion of favourite movies and tastiest meals!  Focus boys, focus ….

Dinos Break Bears’ Bubble

 

 

Disruptive defense drives Dinos to  significant win

Thomas Cooper and the Dinos claim a big road victory over Alberta.  photo – David Moll, UC

#3  Calgary  71 at  # 8 Alberta  58 –   The Dinos hand the Bears (10-1) their 1st loss in League play, and move up to 8-1.  Hammer and tong through the opening 20 minutes, and the teams focused on throwing a defensive blanket over each other.  The top 2 teams in 3 pt %  in Canada West shoot a combined 6/23 (26%) in that 1st half.  Some timely hoops by Jasdeep Gill and Thomas Cooper give the visiting Dinos a 33-29 edge at the break.  A 19-5 Calgary run to start the 3rd, stake them to a 16 point lead, and their defense smothers the Bruins the entire night.

The Bears defense was their ace in the hole going in, but Calgary exhibited the more disruptive full-court harassment, and took the home team out of their offensive rhythm.  Neither team really rolled it on offense, but the Dinos had a quick run, and that proved the difference.

Calgary get a game high 22 points from Cooper, and his 9 rebounds are tops as well.   Gill comes off the bench for 12 points, including 2/3 from outside, while David Kapinga has 11 pts/ 5 rebs/ 3 steals .   Alberta, who shoot just 31% from the floor, have a solid effort from Brody Clarke with his  15 pts/ 7 rebounds.  Mamadou Gueye is largely held in check, but he manages 11 pts/ 9 boards for U of A.  These two arch-rivals meet again on Saturday (7 pm Mountain) in Calgary as UC tries to duplicate last season’s sweep in this home and home set.  Box Score 

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In Quebec – Laval 70     #7  McGill 63

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Overtime –

  • In Women’s action tonight –  Alberta 67 Calgary 54 – Pandas(11-0) with 3 players in double figures, with 16 pts/ 11 rebs by Elle Hendershot.  Calgary (8-3), high scorer is Anmol Mattu with 12, but they commit 25 costly turnovers.  Tied after 3/4s, the Pandas maul the Dinos 25-2 in the final frame!
  • “Vlad has played well,’ says ( TRU Head Coach Scott) Clark. “ I am proud of him. He has gotten better. I thought he was good last year (where he was named a Canada West third team all-star). I think he is gotten better this year. That is a testament to him. He has really bought into what we have asked him to do. He works hard. He is great with the younger guys. We will need him to play well down the stretch.”
  • Well, so much for no imports for U of S !   We note the addition of 6-3, 3rd year, Lawrence Moore (Chicago), who transfers  after 2 seasons at Bakersfield Jr. College .  With his last season’s 49% FG average and 3+ assists a game, he should be a bonus in the Huskies back-court.  Moore will be in uniform against UBC this weekend.

 Bisons and Bears in Blow-outs

 

Bisons bury the Wesmen in game 1

Keith Omoerah leads a Bisons stampede over Winnipeg Thursday.

Keith Omoerah leads a Bisons stampede over Winnipeg Thursday.

at Manitoba 91  Winnipeg 60 –   There’s nothing like a cross-town showdown to get the juices flowing, and the Bisons responded to the challenge from the Wesmen on Thursday night at UM.  Keith Omoerah scored 21 pts and claimed 12 boards to lead the way, as the Herd ran rough-shod over the Ws, with a 56-29 pasting in the 2nd half. 51% FG shooting, 20 Winnipeg turnovers, and a cool shooting night for UW led to a Bisons runaway.  Rookie Narcisse Ambanza (Toronto) had 17 for the Wesmen, and Ryan Oirbans scored an 11 point/ 10 rebound double.  Going into Saturday’s return match at Winnipeg, the records are 3-6 for Manitoba and 6-3 for Winnipeg.  Box Score

at Alberta 90  MacEwan 68 –  The Bears are now 9-0 atop Canada West as they smacked the Griffins through 3/4s , establishing a 72-53 lead.  Alberta were hot from the floor at 52.5%, with a scorching 68% (15/22) from 3 pt range.  Geoff Pippus led the Bruins with 20 points on 6/8 from the outside, and Austin Waddoups tallied 17 points, including 4/5 from 3 pt range.  Denzel James and Thadius Galvez were high scores for Mac with 12 apiece.  MacEwan ( 3-6) has the return bout back at their North Edmonton Gym, but they will be hard-pressed to slow down this Bears team on their current run.   Box Score  

David Kapinga led a Dinos charge in the 4th for a UC win at MRU.

David Kapinga led a Dinos charge in the 4th for a UC win at MRU.

Calgary 87  at Mt. Royal 83 –  The Dinos got all they bargained for and more, as MRU struck with 12 treys to just 3 for the visiting UC.  The 51% FG average for Calgary included a bushel full of lay-ups and pull-ups, while it was the long bomb doing all the damage for the Cougs.  Mt. Royal led for much of the way … 43-38 at the half, and they had it tied late into the 4th quarter. 9 points by Calgary’s David Kapinga in that final frame, and 7 from Thomas Cooper led to a UC surge and the win.  The Cougars lost their all-star forward, Brett Layton to an ankle sprain in the 1st quarter, but that seemed to galvanize the squad, and they played an inspired game. Mt. Royal’s Josh Ross erupted for 34 points including 8/13 from outside, while Calgary got 27pts/ 6 rebs from Cooper, and 15 pts/ 6 rebs/ 4 asst by Kapinga.  The Cougars slide to 4-3, while Calgary is now 6-1, with the return game at UC on Saturday.    Box Score 

 

Overtime –

Wolf Pack Coach, Scott Clark

Wolf Pack Coach, Scott Clark

  • TRU Coach Scott Clark gives kudos to the atmosphere at UNBC for their games at the Northern Sport Centre, The Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre is the favorite visiting gym of most of the WolfPack players. They like the atmosphere there.  Clark praises UNBC for their ability to cultivate a basketball culture in Prince George. “ They draw quite well. There is a life to the crowd.  They have a captive audience there. They have done a good job in their community and my hat goes off to them.  That experience is what university athletics should be. Guys—whether it here at TRU or if they go on the road—they appreciate that.”

 

TWU's Tyus Allen will be out indefinitely with a knee injury.

TWU’s Tyus Allen will be out indefinitely with a knee injury.

  • We get an update on Tyus Allen, Trinity Western’s lead guard, who had played so well in recent outings.  Near the end of last Saturday’s close loss to Regina, Allen, who had put up 13 pts, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists, went down with a knee injury, which is a repeat of past troubles there. A TWU source suggests that, “It doesn’t look good at this point.  Tyus worked so hard to get back after sitting out last season.  This is very disappointing for the young man.”

 

 

  • Coach Clark also points out some of the stresses on student athletes as we approach semester exams, “ This last weekend is tough on the student athletes. Exams are coming up. They have been playing for a long time. I hope that we play good basketball. It usually winds up that it isn’t the prettiest basketball at this time of year. Mental and physical fatigue tend to catch up with them at this point.  From Larry Read, TRU Athletics.

 

 

T’Birds – Vikes to Overtime

 

 

Morgan leads T’Birds to overtime win over Vikes

Conor Morgan's career high 37 pts takes UBC to their Sunday win over Victoria.

Conor Morgan’s career high 37 pts takes UBC to their Sunday win over Victoria.

 

at   #2  UBC 93 Victoria  89   OT  – This was a Sunday afternoon battle to relish, with the Vikes giving all they had on the return game at UBC.  UVic led 49-38 at the half, and has the ‘Birds on the ropes, however, UBC turned it around with a big 3rd quarter. Trailing  by 4 with under a minute left,  the Vikes got 2 free throws, then Grant Sitton made a big shot at 7 seconds to force overtime  at 79-79.  In the extra session, it was UBC’s Conor Morgan taking charge, as he counted 11 points and snatched the sweep for the home side.  Morgan was a one man wrecking crew for the ‘Birds, with a huge double- double.   UBC hit 10 treys to 7 for the Vikes, and UVic turned it over 19 times to UBC’s 14.  The T’Birds went 21/37 at the line vs 16/24 for the visitors.  Thunderbirds –  Conor Morgan  37 pts/ 11 rebs/ 4 asst, Phil Jalalpoor  12 pts/ 7 rebs.   Vikes –  Grant Sitton 24 pts/ 9 rebs/ 3 steals, Wayne Tucker Jr. 14 pts/ 6 rebs/ 6 asst , 4 other Vikes in double figures.   Box Score

 


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 Overtime –

  • TRU Head Coach Scott Clark on the fine efforts of 2nd year forward, Joe Davis (Kamloops-Westsyde),  “I’m not surprised. He had a good summer. He is a workman type guy. He comes to practice every day hard. Your performance is going to mirror the effort you put in at practice.”  From Larry Read, TRU Athletics
  • In Charlottetown on Sunday, it was UPEI getting a split , with a 79-65 win over Memorial.
  • We have a final weekend of games in Canada West beginning Thursday.  Most are, again, traditional or regional rivalry series.  We start Thursday with Calgary at Mt. Royal, Winnipeg at Manitoba, and MacEwan at Alberta.  Other series starting on Friday are Saskatchewan at Regina, Thompson Rivers at UNBC, UBC-O at UBC, and UFV at Brandon.

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’.

 

Alberta and Victoria Win in East

 

 

Bears Beat Home Side at Naismith

Brody Clarke (L) and Mamadou Gueye (R) gave the Bears a big edge inside.

Brody Clarke (L) and Mamadou Gueye (R) gave the Bears a big edge inside, in a win at Queens.

at the Queen’s Golden Gaels Tournament in Kingston –   Alberta 73 Queens 65 – The Bears had a much steadier outing in turning aside the home team.  The forward combo of Mamadou Gueye (21 pts/ 9 rebounds) and Brody Clarke (19 pts/ 8 boards)  gave the Gaels more than they could handle in the paint.   Box Score ,   also Ottawa 84 Memorial 47

at the UBC-O  Heat Tournament – Saskatchewan  79 Thompson Rivers 71  OT – Two overtime losses in successive nights for the Wolf Pack.  “Same story as last night,” said  TRU Head Coach, Scott Clark. “We gave up too many offensive rebounds. We get the emotional high from making a stop but then don’t secure the loose ball. But it is early and we have lots to work on.”  No box score here.

Denzel james leads MacEwan to their 2nd straight in Kelowna.

Denzel james leads MacEwan to their 2nd straight in Kelowna.

  MacEwan 76  UBC Okanagan 62  –  The Griffs are getting our attention, with a pair of wins here, and their veteran-laced line-up appears to be clicking in the pre-season. 47% from the floor vs 37 for Okanagan, and Mac hits 10 treys against just 4 for the Heat. Denzel James scores 20 to lead MacEwan, with Thadius  Galvez adding 16 pts/6 boards/ 7 assists.  Off the bench, Aldrich Berrios scored  18 points for UBC-O.                 Box Score

> Saskatchewan faces MacEwan in a Sunday game in Kelowna

 

Lethbridge  91 at Fraser Valley 79  –  The ‘Horns came out firing in Abbotsford, as they hit 51% from the floor, as Mike Pierzchala had a game-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-6 from outside. U of L also got 19 from Zac Overwater, and 14 by DeAngelo Ashley. The UFV defense could not stop the ‘ Horns onslaught, but the Cascades were sharp on offense, shooting 48% from the floor, with Andrew Morris (Burnaby), a 6-5, 3rd year transfer from UVic going a perfect 7/7 on his way to 21 points.  Senior guard, Manny Dulay hit 17 pts/7 assists, while Navjot Bains tallied 14 rebounds plus 9 points.

Lethbridge completes their 3 game swing to the W. coast with a Sunday game at UBC.

at Valley City St. (ND)  85  Brandon   71     Despite a good shooting night, the Bobcats drop their 4th straight. 22 Brandon turnovers to only 11 for VC, and just 4 made free throws for BU against 15 for the Vikings.

In the East –

at the Carleton Ravens Tournament in Ottawa –  Victoria  68 Western Ontario 55 – The Vikes engaged their defense nicely vs the Mustangs, and showed some resiliency after a tough game 1 beating from Carleton. also Carleton 82 Laval 52 ,

at the Queen’s Golden Gaels Tournament in Kingston –

Alberta 73 Queens 65 – The Bears had a much steadier outing in turning aside the home team.  The forward combo of Mamadou Gueye (21 pts/ 9 rebounds) and Brody Clarke (19 pts/ 8 boards)  gave the Gaels more than they could handle in the paint.  also Ottawa 84 Memorial 47 

The Ontario Colleges powerhouse, the Humber Hawks ran the table to win the Waterloo Warriors ‘Naismith Classic’ , with an 80-68 win over the now struggling UQAM  Citadins.  In the 2nd game of the night at Waterloo  it was the Warriors 85 over Manitoba  82  .

at the UPEI, ‘Mickey Place’ Tournament –  Dalhousie 69 Maine- Ft. Kent 59  ,  Concordia 85 UPEI 69

Day 2 at the St. FX Tournament in Antigonish, NS –

In the  championship final St. Mary’s 83 St. FX  77 , and in the consolation, it was Holland College  94 Cape Breton  70.


Overtime –

  •   The Lethbridge Pronghorns will be disappointed that 2013 recruit, 6-7 Lincoln Anderson, a League MVP at Cardston (AB) HS, will be unable to play this season due to knees problems.  Considered a  possible ‘top 8’ rotation player for UL, he judged it was best to wait.

Canada West Teams – Busy Weekend

 

 

Big Tournament weekend for Canada West teams

Aldrich Berrios and his UBC- Okanagan Heat host an all-Canada West Tournament this weekend in Kelowna.

Aldrich Berrios and his UBC- Okanagan Heat host an all-Canada West Tournament this weekend in Kelowna.

This is the big opening pre-season  weekend for several Canada West squads, and others continue with more non – League fixtures.  Coaches, of course, get to determine just how many game they will play prior to the November 4/5 start of League action.  We will get a better sense of the way things might shape up in Canada West after this week’s action.  There are now 3 weeks of non-League play left prior to the games that ‘really count’.

This weekend – 

Manitoba's all-star wing man, Keith Omoerah will be missed this weekend.

Manitoba’s all-star wing man, Keith Omoerah will be missed this weekend.

Starting Thursday  –  Manitoba Bisons are in Waterloo , ON for the Naismith Classic . The Herd play the 3-0 UQAM Citadins on Friday, and finish with the  host Waterloo Warriors on Saturday.  Thursday Scores – Humber College, ON  82  Manitoba 71 –  Missing the injured Keith Omoerah, the Bisons suffer 23 turnovers and a 2nd quarter 23-4 blitz from Humber.  UQAM 99 Waterloo 71

Also Thursday –  Guelph 60  Laurier 52

 

The Victoria Vikes are making another trip to Carleton’s House-Laughton Tournament, where they will face the vaunted Ravens (Fri), the Western Ontario Mustangs (Sat), and the Laval Rouge et Or (Sun).

The Alberta Golden Bears are also down East,  in the Queens Golden Gaels ‘Tindall Invitational’ – vs Ottawa Gee-Gees on Friday, host Queens on Sat., and the Memorial Seahawks (Nfld) on Sunday.

Jordan Jensen-Whyte and the T-Birds host Lethbridge in a pair of games.

Jordan Jensen-Whyte and the T-Birds host Lethbridge in a pair of games.

Friday- Sunday – Lethbridge Pronghorns, have 2 wins under their belts vs Alberta Colleges squads, Lethbridge CC, and Medicine Hat College (83-75). The ‘Horns are in Vancouver area this weekend for 2 games at UBC (Fri and Sunday)  and 1 at Fraser Valley on Saturday.  Assistant, Alex Fletcher, will be the bench boss for Lethbridge, as Head Coach Mike Hansen is having hip surgery, and may be out for at least a couple of weeks.

 

Also Friday to Sunday In Kelowna, the UBC-Okanagan Heat welcome the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies, MacEwan Griffins, and Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack.  This will be the first CIS action for both the Heat and the Huskies.

Trinity Western meets the traditionally strong BC Colleges power,  Vancouver Island  University,  in Langley on both Friday and Saturday.

Brandon is busy as well, as the Bobcats host Regina Cougars on Friday, then the ‘Cats travel to North Dakota to meet Valley City State for a pair of contests on Saturday and Sunday.


 

Overtime – 

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  •  TRU Coach, Scott Clark (right) … “We need to play some games. It gives us a chance to evaluate things against two pretty good basketball teams. MacEwan made it to the playoffs and went three with Alberta. They have most of their players back. They are good.  Saskatchewan had a good season last year. They had some unfortunate injuries which set them back but they are back healthy. They are a quality team as well.  Getting a chance to play two good teams this early in the season is great for us.”  (From Larry Read, TRU Athletics)