Pioneer Division –
AJ Lifts the Herd to Big Opening Night Win in Saskatoon !
The dagger … from Manitoba’s AJ Basi
Manitoba Bisons 91 at #7 Saskatchewan Huskies 88 – AJ Basi-i-i-i-i, for 3 ! At the buzzer … Bisons win ! The Huskies came back to even it up, after trailing by 8 at 4:40 of the 4th quarter, but Basi drains the trey, breaking the home team’s hearts. AJ leads the Herd with 22 pts, while Wyatt Anders (15 pts/10 boards), and Ilarion Bonhomme (15 pts/4 rebs) also are big in the win. U of S has Evan Ostertag with 23, and Shawn Lathan scoring 19. Well played game … Sask. 47% from the floor, but UM is 51%. Box Score
Regina Cougars 104 at Brandon Bobcats 75 – The Cougars tame the smaller ‘Cats with a relentless offense, hitting 14/29 attempts from 3, and 48% from the floor. 4 Regina starters in double figures, led by Brandon Tull with 21 and brother Jonathan notching 19 and 10 rebounds … Alex Igual double with 12 pts/14 rebounds. Brandon has Chris Stanhope scoring 23, but they hit 12 fewer free throws, and turn it over 25 times. Box Score
at #9 Calgary Dinos 87 Winnipeg Wesmen 67 – 5 Dinos in double figures, with Thomas Cooper totalling 24 plus 12 rebounds; Calgary grabs 56 boards to Winnipeg’s 46, as neither team shoots it very well. The Ws commit 22 turnovers to 13 for UC; Jamar Farley is the high scorer for the Wesmen at 20 pts, and Ryan Oirbans has 12 pts/10 boards. Box Score
Victoria Vikes 82 at Trinity Western Spartans 71 – The Vikes come out hot, connecting on 53% from the floor, led by the 24 pos of Grant Sitton, and 20 by Mack Roth. Reiner Theill scores 11 and has 10 rebs. TWU is just 38% on their FG shooting … Dean Richey scores 22 and Lucas Mannes 17. Box Score
Alberta Golden Bears – 79 at #10 UBC Thunderbirds 74 – Bears shock UBC in Vancouver, as Mamadou Gueye scores 17, and Sheldon Pittman 16 off the bench(hitting 4/6 from 3 pt range). UA hits 12 treys to just 5 for the Birds. Jordan Jensen Whyte hits 21 for UBC to lead all scorers. Box Score
Explorer Division –
Mt. Royal Cougars 74 at MacEwan Griffins 62 – The Cougars’ defense holds the home team Griffs to just 38 pts after 3/4s, and cruise to the big win. It is a wild affair, with a ‘hot potato’ demonstration of 31 turnovers by MRU and 26 from Mac! Derek Wolf leads the Cougs with 22 pos, and James Lefebvre has 16 and 8 boards. Thaddeus Galvez is tops for MacEwan with 12 pts. Box Score
at Fraser Valley Cascades 79 UBC-O Heat 67 – The Heat hang in there, but UFV wears them down, shooting 43% to 38% for the visitors, and the Cascades hit 20 free throws to 13 for UBC-O. Kevon Parchment (19 pts) is one of 4 UFV players in double figures, with Mark Johnson hitting 15 and grabbing 10 rebs. Aldrich Berrios has 14 pts for Okanagan. Box Score
Thompson Rivers WolfPack 94 at UNBC Timberwolves 89 – The ‘Pack hit a sizzling 67% from the floor, including 10/17 from outsicde. But, the T’Wolves, who surrendered a 10 point lead after 1 frame (27-17), fought back tenaciously (51% from the floor themselves), closing to within 1 points at 50-49, early in the 3rd. TRU steadied, and 46 points in the 2nd half gave them the win, behind Volodymyr Iegorov’s 29 pts/ 4 rebounds, and 21pts/4 asst/3 steals by Reese Pribilsky. UNBC has point man,Billy Cheng, with a career best 32 points/ 5 asst., plus Rhys Elliot scoring 29 and adding 7 rebounds. Box Score
Other CIS Scores –
OUA Weds.- #4 Brock 83 at McMaster 75, #6 Western 90 Waterloo 69, #5 Ryerson 85 Toronto 84, Windsor 88 Laurier 77
Friday Scores – UPEI 102 St. FX 71, Acadia 82 Cape Breton 77, Dalhousie 68 UNB 63, at #1 Ottawa 91 Nipissing 49, at #2 Carleton 93 Laurentian 48, #4 Brock 63 at Algoma 57, at Lakehead 65 Guelph 64
Dinos Canada West TV – Tops in the League
Ned Boznak, left, Lucas Meyer, right
As Canada West TV moves a pay-per-view model across the League, we are more aware of qualitative differences from one broadcast spot to another. The Calgary Dinos are lucky to have the fine production work of Ned Bosnak’s Maverick MediaWorks Inc., and, for the 5th year running, the play by play acumen of professional broadcaster, Lucas Meyer. We asked Meyer how he might prepare for a home weekend of broadcasting both the Women’s and Men’s games –
- “It really starts the weekend before where I’m piling through team stats, personal stats, game stories of both the Dinos and their opponents from the previous weekend and before. I’m also refreshing on individual backstories and getting immersed in team, CIS, CanWest and other sites.”
- “Then I submit our preview to Dinos athletics early in the week and I’m … re-reading those stats and notes through the week. “
- “The day of the game, I write out all the key information that I feel is necessary to have at my fingertips … you never how a game is going to go and what nugget you’ll use ….
- “I get in at the gym an hour before, chat with Ned about what we want to do, do our pre-recorded preview for both the women and men that plays in-house before the game, open up about 10 tabs on my laptop and then I’m reading my notes right until we go to air. “
Reiner Theil provides leadership for the Vikes.
- UVic Coach Craig Beaucamp and 5th year captain, Reiner Theill, on the Vikes’ plans for this season, “Like anything in sports, you can’t replace certain types of players, you find different ways to do what you do,” said Beaucamp, who is entering his 13th season at the helm and hoping to lead the Vikes to a fourth-straight appearance at CIS nationals. “We won the conference last year. There are a lot of new guys, but the expectation is the same,” said Theil, a team captain. “We definitely want to get back to playoffs and make a hard push toward nationals.” From the Victoria Times-Colonist.
- The Saskatchewan Huskies have serious injury issues … It was announced earlier this week that Matt Forbes, their top post player, is gone for the season with his broken foot, and 3rd-year forward Shane Osayande is still rehabbing a bad ankle injury from last season and he likely won’t see action until after Christmas. (from the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix). It’s definitely, ‘small-ball time’ for the Huskies!
- Fraser Valley Coach Adam Friesen, on his 2015-16 team, “We’re a talented group,” said Friesen, whose team finished first in the Pioneer Division last season with a 17-3 record and went on to earn the Canada West bronze medal. “We have some guys being put in different roles, but I think we’re a deeper team than last year, and also more versatile. It’s yet to be determined whether we can be better than last year’s team ….” (From UFV Athletics, Dan Kinvig.)