Vikes Set to Run With Local Flavour

 

Bet on UVic Back in the Play-off Hunt

In  Coach Craig Beaucamp’s 14 seasons, in only the last 2 have there been losing records.  He has been Canada West’s Coach of the Year 5 times, and his overall conference record stands at 220-99 .

Jordan Charles’ return should give Vikes more scoring punch. Photo – Vikes Athletics

He explains his ‘new plan’ for the Vikes, based on recent experiences … “We have decided to go with local kids, as much as we can. We think we have good buy-in from the talented players in our area,  or on the Island.  “A look at the roster counts 9 from Victoria or ‘up- Island’, with another 4 from the B.C. Lower Mainland.  “We have a better chance to get to know these kids, and they can be on campus for most of the year.”

Scott Kellum is a top young import lead guard for the Vikes.

One Island star who returns this year after an injury absence is Jordan Charles, a 6-4 , 4th year wing man, who gives the Vikes a great scoring option and a strong defender.

Scott Kellum (Issaquah, WA) was the Canada West Rookie of the Year in ’16-’17, and will be the UVic floor leader. Two returnee 4th year bigs are Justin Kinnear (Montreal), a rugged 6-6 post man, and Jake Newman (Surrey, BC), another strong rebounding 6-6 forward.  Hayden Lejeune (Chilliwack) is a 6-8 forward, and should be ready to shoulder more of the load.

Early looks suggest new recruit, Mason Loewen (Victoria), a 6-3 shooter, can revitalize the Victoria offense. He played Div 2 NCAA in the U.S., but returned for his last 2 seasons to play for his home school. Jaamel Slack  is a 4th year,  6-2 guard, also a Victoria high school product, who returns from Medicine Hat College (AB).

One compelling story is that of Eric Hegadoren, a 6-11 rookie from Victoria, who is a good athlete, but is really just learning the hoops game. After playing Division 2 NCAA college baseball for the past 2 years, Hegadoren has decided to use his size on the court.  More in this story from CHEK News in Victoria. 

The odds might well be leaning to a return to the win column on a more regular basis for this traditionally powerful Vikes basketball program.  Coach Beaucamp suggests he has the patience to build a team to challenge for a championship again, and we would be foolish to doubt his ability to ccomplish just that.

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Sunday  results  –   Victoria  94  Waterloo  86  – (played at UBC)  a 54 point 2nd half propels the Vikes to their 2nd win on the weekend. Again, it’s newcomer, Mason Loewen, with 26 pts to pace UVic, with Jake Newman adding 18. The Vikes take advantage of 30/33 free throws to 15/18 for the Warriors.  …  at Brandon 97  Algoma  84 – The Bobcats have 5 in double figures , with Tyvon Cooper scoring 23, Pookie Sanders 17, and Jonathan Range 15.

The Cape Breton Fall Classic  … Capers  SAIT – (cancelled due to a ‘wet floor’ ??!!  and    UPEI 88  St. FX 80 

 

Concordia’s Tournament finishes with 2 games at “The Beehive’ … Stingers 85  York 80  Dalhousie  98   Regina  85 – the Tigers win the 4 team tournament. Sven Stammberger scores 31 for Dal, while Regina has 5 in double figures, led by Samuel Hillis’ 18.  23 turnovers hurt the Cougars.

 

Overtime –

Coach Mike Raimbault welcomes rookie guard, Don Dayrit (Sister HS) Winnipeg.

We dig out the box score for Saturday’s  Winnipeg – Algoma  tilt, and note the 24 points/ 5 rebs, 3 asst, 3 steals by rookie, Don Dayrit, the Manitoba high school player of the year in 2017.  Billy Yaworsky continues to shine with 15 pts and 9 rebounds in the 90-69 Wesmen win.

Wide Margins on a Saturday Night

 

 

No mercy in a big handful of high scoring blow-outs from coast to coast on Saturday , as several tournaments wrap up ….

 

at the Calgary Cup  …  Calgary 92   McMaster  68* –  the Dinos waltz to an easy win, their 3rd straight,  with 9 of 11 dressed logging 20+ minutes. Mambi Diawara leads with 16 pts/ 9 rebs, and rookie Mason Foreman has 15 pts.  For Mac it’s the very slick Kareem Collins with 30 pts.  …  Acadia  95   McGill  83 – The Redmen defense is unusually porous, as the Axemen stage a big 2nd half come-back, draining 11/14  from 3 (78%) . Nick DiPalma is perfect from the floor for 20 points for AU.

at UBC … T-Birds 105  Waterloo 73 – The ‘Birds get 21 pts/ 12 boards from Conor Morgan, and 20 from Anthony McNish   …  Alberta 111  Bishops 84 – An offensive feeding frenzy, as the Bears light it up with 57% from the floor,  including 53% from 3. Mamadou Gueye with 23 and Brody Clarke 20 pace the GBs.  Joany Castor Thadal hits 5/9 from outside for 17 to lead Bishops.

in Winnipeg Wesmen 90   Algoma 69  no box score …  Laurentian 87  Manitoba 80 – The VGs extend their win streak behind 24 points from Kadre Gray, while Justus Alleyn counters with 27 for the Herd.

in Montreal Dalhousie  72   Concordia 70 –   The Tigers are tough in this road win against a solid Concordia team.  Big 4th quarter for a comeback W.  Sven Stammberger has 15 pts/ 7 boards for Dal, while Ken Beaulieu hits  a game-high 17 for the Stingers. … Regina 101 York 42 – The Cougars maul the Lions.  40-10 in the final stanza?  5 Reginas in double figures led by 19 from tsf forward Shaquille Harris with 19 pts/ 12 rebs. , while Shawn Lathan chalks up a 16 pt/ 16 reb double.  York shoot a measly 21% FG.

at Cape BretonCapers 90  UPEI 78 – Break up the Capers!  A much-anticipated win for the Orange, as Indiana Rotondo goes 5/11 from 3 to pace the winners …   St. FX 114    SAIT 106 –  SAIT has Levi Taylor with 30 and John Smith  with 29,   and they lose!   Kevin Bercy leads X with 24 as they shoot 59.7% from the floor .

Also … at Ryerson 116  Saskatchewan  43  – no box score, no prisoners … , Lethbridge 87  Medicine Hat  67 …   Trinity Western 73  UBC-O  70 –   8 treys for TWU vs  2 by the Heat.  25/27 from the line from  Trinity , and game!  Vartan Tanielian with 24 its for the Spartans.    UNBC 92  NAIT 66 – quite the turnaround for the T-Wolves!    …    because  Late Friday  – NAIT 70  UNBC 62

East to West, West to East

 

 

Tournaments bring some intriguing inter-league play

Early returns as we head into October play ... For all of the other 46 U-Sports teams, it is ‘reassuring’ to see that the Carleton Ravens appear to be back to familiar territory. (13 of the last 15 National titles have been won by Carleton!)  The Ravens, despite a scare in their Friday opener with Concordia (82-79 last 2 minute win), did sweep 3 games in the Guy Vetrie Memorial in Victoria.

Javon Masters, UNB, ‘Fillin’ it up’! photo – UNB Athletics

There are challengers, of course, and we will have to let more games play out this month before we anoint the Blackbirds.  In thee AUS … UNB wins their own Eric Garland Tournament over Saint Marys, UQAM, and Cape Breton, with the highlight being Javon Masters’ 45 point outburst vs the Capers.  Atlantic observers suggest it may be St. FX taking a run this season, but it’s usually a free-for-all, so we hold fire for a few weeks.

Ryerson Rams ace, Ammanuel Diressa

In the OUA and other points East, for detailed analysis readers would be best served by referencing Mark Wacyck’s excellent coverage in his  CanHoops.ca      Ottawa looks good in an 85-70 road win over Bishops,  while both Ryerson and Brock are poised to show their strength, and Windsor has a fair string of wins going.  In the ‘Q’ , Laval may be right in the mix, as they start well in a pair of road wins in Ontario (at Laurier, McMaster).  The Stingers followed their tight loss to Carleton with strong wins over both Guelph and Victoria McGill plays in Calgary this week, and they must be regarded as the Q favourites until someone knocks them off.

Now for Canada WestLethbridge is a 101-71 winner at home vs UNBC,

Dejon Burdeaux, Lethbridge lead guard

and the ‘Horns are sporting a ‘post-free’ line-up with some fresh new talent to make them one of the teams to watch in Canada West.  The Timberwolves played 3 games on the weekend, with a split at Mt. Royal on Fri/Saturday.

One of the biggest stories in the West has to be the changing roster for the Saskatchewan Huskies.  The ‘Dogs hammer Briercrest College in their traditional warm-up last Thursday, but they do not have ‘All-League’ star Shane Osayande, guard Chan De Ciman, forward Mack Burns, nor swingman, Jaylan Morgan.  More to come … (we still await the release of team rosters for many of the 17 teams.)

4th year guard, Jordan Charles, is back for the Vikes.

UBC-O had a close one at McMaster, then not so much with Toronto and WesternWinnipeg lost 2 competitive games at Lakehead, but the Wesmen have a core of solid returnees.  The UVic Vikes have a number of new faces, but they are a ‘work in progress’, as are most Canada West teams over the next few weeks.  Too early to tell, but Alberta, UBC, Calgary, and Lethbridge appear to be the most obvious contenders.

 

 

The schedule this week-  What a great weekend  of inter-League play ! 

Calgary Dinos host Acadia, McGill, and McMaster this weekend in one of several inter-league tournaments.

Thursday, Oct 5  –    Calgary Cup starts at UC –  Dinos vs McGill, McMaster vs Acadia  … also Saskatchewan at Toronto, Bishops at Victoria, Laurentian at Brandon, NAIT at Thompson Rivers

Friday, Oct 6      –  Calgary Cup … Calgary Acadia,  McMaster  McGill

Lethbridge at Medicine Hat Coll, at U of M … Manitoba  Algoma, Winnipeg Laurentian,  at UBC Invitational …  UBC  Bishops, Alberta Waterloo

Concordia hosts in Montreal … Stingers vs Regina,  York Dalhousie

Cape Breton’s Fall Classic – Capers vs St. FX, UPEI   SAIT (Calgary)

Saturday  , Oct 7 –   at UC …  Calgary  McMaster, Acadia McGill , at UBC … T-Birds  Waterloo,  Alberta  Bishops, in Winnipeg … Wesmen  Algoma , Manitoba  Laurentian,  in Montreal … Concordia  Dalhousie, Regina  York. at Cape Breton … Capers  UPEI , St. FX  SAIT  ,   Also … Saskatchewan at Ryerson  ,  Lethbridge vs Medicine Hat,  Trinity Western and UBC-O

Sunday , Oct 8 –   Victoria vs Waterloo,   at CBU … Capers  SAIT, St. FX  UPEI,  at Concordia … Stingers  York,  Regina  Dalhousie

League Championship Week Across Canada

 

All 4 League championship tournaments set to tip-off Friday

This is U-Sports Play-off week right across the country, from the big AUS Tournament in Halifax to the Canada West Final 4 in Calgary.  Besides determining League champions, the 4 tournaments will go a long way to deciding the field for the U-Spots Final 8 Nationals in Halifax – March 9-12.

Here are the match-ups and schedules for the week –

 

Note the unusual times for the Canada West Final 4  draw-  The UC has decided to divide the Final 4 games with a Dinos 1/4 Final Volleyball match (both for Friday and Saturday).  Unfortunate for basketball fans, and not really the way to host a League championship tournament, in our opinion.

Saturday sees the 3rd place game at 3 pm and the Canada West Final at 8 pm. (Both finalists will have qualified for the Nationals in Halifax.) 

 

The Wilson Cup semi-finals and finals are being played in Ottawa this weekend, with the Carleton Ravens a decided favourite.  The 2 semi-final winners will qualify for the Nationals, and will play for the OUA title on Saturday .

 

The Quebec Finals are  hosted by the top seed , McGill Redmen.  The Final will be played on Saturday, with that champion looking like the lone RSEQ rep in Nationals.

 

We expect this to be an unpredictable 6 team event, with 1 spot in Nationals on the line.  The AUS gets a host spot as well, so teams will be fighting their way through to the Final.

 

Overtime –

  • Emotional and admirable statement from 5th year UBC team captain , Jordan Jensen-Whyte, after the team’s play-off loss to Manitoba last Friday,  “It’s tough man. It’s a great year. Couple of things didn’t go our way,” said Jensen-Whyte. “ … and Manitoba is a great team. I have nothing but respect for my coach and the players. I have nothing but love for this place.”  From a story in UBC’s student news, The Ubyssey. 
  •  The annual guessing-game surrounding the choice of a ‘wild-card’ team for the U-Sports Final 8 Nationals is starting in earnest.  If we look at the criteria for the committee to consider, we note the subjective nature in some areas.  League records may have a 16-4 team ‘equivalent’ to a 15-4 team, and so on.  To be clear … despite their high marks in every category, the UBC T’Birds are out, with their play-off record, and Canada West’s rule to have only teams from the Final 4 considered. We expect the 8th team to almost be a sure thing for the OUA, but we’ve been wrong before.  U-Sport announces their decision next Sunday, after the AUS Tournament is complete.

 

 

 

Mid-Week ‘Upsets’ in the CIS

 

Badgers nip the Marauders Wednesday in Ontario –

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-9-18-57-am The #6 Brock Badgers traveled only a short hop from St. Catharines up to Hamilton to face the previously unbeaten #3 McMaster Marauders … Brock  72  at McMaster 71 ,   also Guelph 94  at Windsor 85 – another road team with an impressive win, as the Gryphons knock off the highly regarded Lancers in Windsor.

On Thursday –

In the AUS – #7  Dalhousie 83  St. FX 63 … 

and in Quebec it’s UQAM 80 McGill 77 in OT.   We love the coffee-stained, cell-phone photo box score of the ‘upset’ from Thursday night in the ‘Q’ !  Nice work from Mark Wacyk’s terrific  canhoopsca blog  !   How do the Citadins shoot 35% and win over the favoured Redmen (41% FG) ?   The 23 McGill turnovers (10 from UQAM) and 15 Citadins steals, plus 8 more boards  give the winners 15 more shots.screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-9-11-58-am


Friday Night Games in the CIS –

Canada West – Local Time  (all on Canada West TV )  8 pm – Lethbridge at Winnipeg, Brandon at Saskatchewan  … 8 pm –  Victoria at MacEwan,  Thompson Rivers at Alberta …  8 pm- Trinity Western at UNBC , Mt. Royal at UBC-O,  Manitoba at #2 UBC

Ontario –  #1 Carleton at Algoma , Laurier at Queens, Western Ont. at Lakehead, at #9 Ryerson  Nipissing, Laurentian at Toronto, Waterloo at York

Quebec – Bishops at Laval

Atlantic – UNB  at #10  St. Marys ,  UPEI  at Acadia


 

Overtime –

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  • Coach Craig Beaucamp (rt), as his UVic team (1-3) is poised to face the MacEwan Griffins (1-3)  for the 1st time since Mac joined Canada West, “It’s interesting that MacEwan  is actually an older, veteran squad because they carried over a lot of their college-league players when they moved up to Canada West,” (said) Beaucamp . From the Times-Colonist, Cleve Dheensaw 

 

  • We have to give an enthusiastic ‘GO DINOS!’ to the U. Calgary football squad, coached by our former colleague, Wayne Harris Jr.  The Dinos host the AUS champions, St. FX on Saturday afternoon at McMahon Stadium.  The winner to advance to the Vanier Cup National Final in Hamilton on Nov. 26  vs the winner of Laval and Laurier.

Calgary Cages the Cougars

 

Final Day at the CBU Fall Classic, Sydney, NS –  

Dinos grab win behind the 23 pt. output by guard, Jhony Verrone.

Dinos grab win behind the 23 pt. output by guard, Jhony Verrone. – photo- David Moll, UC

Consolation side –  Calgary 100 Regina 88  – A 56 point 2nd half put the Dinos in the passing lane, as they shoot 50% FG, and score 26/33 from the line vs 11/21 for the Cougars. Jhony Verrone has a stellar game for Calgary, with 23 points/ 3 asst/ 3 reb, and Thomas Cooper adds 20 pts/6 rebs.  Matt Ellis is 15 pts/6 boards off the bench, and is a perfect 5/5 from the floor, and the same from the line.  Regina has 4 players in double figures, with Alex Igual cashing 24/ 5 boards/ 3 asst.   Box Score 

Acadia 69 Cape Breton 57 – Cold shooting hands both ways … Capers are 0-3 on home court this week; Meshack Lufile deserves more help, as he is one of the real warriors in the CIS .  Box Score 

Mustangs capture the Capers Fall Classic title.

Mustangs capture the Capers Fall Classic title with a solid win over Panthers.

The Final –   Western 95 UPEI 83 – Western is playing like a Top 10 (Top 5?) team, with  Greg Morrow filling it up in the paint with 32 pts/ 7 rebounds, plus 9 big assists. Judson Tavernier shoots from outside as well as anyone we’ve seen this season … 7/12 tonight, and 25 pts/7 rebs/ 4 assists. The Mustangs are an exceptional passing team … 32 assists in this game. The Panthers get 24 pts from Tyler Scott, and 19 pts/13 rebounds from Dut-Dut. Box Score

for 3rd,  St. FX 94 Nipissing 81- 20 pts each from Julius Antoine and Kevin Bercy, as X shoots 52% from the floor. Box Score  


In Ontario –      Victoria 71 at Guelph 65  –  the Vikes get a road win against the Gryphons  as Jordan Charles (3rd year, W) scores 19, Grant Sitton 15, and Mack Roth 14. Ahmed Haroon hits for 23 pts for Guelph. Box Score

At the  Golden Bear Invitational , Edmonton    –

Lethbridge  83  UNBC  56 – Import guard, Dejon Burdeaux sparks the UL attack with 23 pts on 8/9 FG shooting and adds 5 steals, while Brandon Brine scores 15.  (This box score is a bit goofy)  UNBC gets 19 from Elliot Rowe and 17 by Colin Plumb. Box Score

Queen’s 74 Alberta 68 – Better shooting by the Gaels  and a few costly turnovers by Alberta, as they take a home loss. Mamadou Gueye scores 22, but no one else hits double figures for the Bears.  Queen’s has Sukhpreet Sing leading with 20 points, and Tanner Graham scores 18 and has 5 steals  Box Score


 

The Lea Marc Printing Tourn. – U. Winnipeg –Unknown-2

 Fraser Valley 72  Manitoba 67 –  Vijay Dhillon scores 19 points, as the Cascades sweep the Winnipeg event.  (write-up by Dan Kinvig, UFV)  no Box Score

Winnipeg  73  Brandon  61–  Winnipeg gets the win as Jelane Pryce records a double of 24 pts/10 rebs. Ryan Oirbans claims 14 big boards for the Ws. Brandon has 13 pts from D.J. Jordan.  Box Score


More CIS Scores – Seattle Mountaineers 92 UBC 89 –  Conor Morgan scores 28 pts for UBC, Bishop’s 79 Laurentian 77, St. Mary’s 91 Laurier 87, Brock  92 Ryerson 83, UQAM 75 Waterloo 58, Windsor 84 Concordia 65, Lakehead 72 York 71, Toronto 76 Algoma 65


 

 

Overtime – 

  • Dejon Burdeaux is making an impact for Lethbridge; witness the elusive box score from Fridays ‘Horns-Gaels OT game we get from David Wells, our agent in ‘The South’. ‘The ‘Mustard Man’ (Dejon – Dijon … oh, never mind) drops 30 points, including 18/20 free throws. He touches the ball often, and he takes it to the defense.  We also admire Brandon Brine’s 23 pt/13 rebs. double.
  •   Alberta Coach Craddock has a good look at his whole den of Bears in a pasting of the UNBC T’Wolves on Friday, with everyone getting good minutes, and all score … Mamadou Gueye score 19, and Brody Clark has an 11 pt/10 reb double.
  • UBC Coach, Kevin Hanson, after his ‘Birds fell just short to Seattle on Saturday, “We didn’t play very good basketball, we didn’t run our systems very well, and we’ve got to go back to the drawing board,” said Hanson. “We need to play the way we practice – we practice with so much intensity, but for whatever reason, we were a bit tight today, with the first game on the home court here. It’s the first time that half of our guys have even played on this floor. Good experience though, it’s part of growth and part of what the season’s all about.” (From Aaron Martin, Sports Information Assistant, UBC)

Rough Night for Canada West

xxx and the CBU Capers lose their round 1 game to the Western Mustangs.

Meshack Lufile and the CBU Capers lose their round 1 game to the Western Mustangs.            photo – CBU Athletics

 

X-Men Feed on Dinos’ Last- Second Turnovers 

St. FX 86  Calgary 84 – A pair of late turnovers doom the Dinos, as Tyrell Edwards hits the winner with 3 seconds left for the X-Men.  X were up  35-21 after an 18-0 run to end the 1st and start the 2nd quarter,  but Thomas Cooper provides an offensive boost when he gets back in the game, while  Mitch Ligertwood, and Matt Ellis are consistently getting to the ball on the boards.  Lars Schleuter finds his scoring touch, and Calgary storms back for a 44-44 tie at the half. It was back and forth in the final 20 minutes, but a series of inside misses prevented Calgary from pulling away. Cooper was the game-high scorer with 22, Schleuter has 15, and Ellis doubled with 11 pts/10 boards/ 3 blocks.  Edwards scored 21 for St. FX, who will play Western in the evening semi-finals, while Calgary goes to the consolation side against CBU on Friday at 3 pm Atlantic. Box Score

UPEI 84  Regina 79 – the Cougars fall just short, and might blame it on some loose play in the middle frames, where they are blasted 58-39 by the mercurial Panthers.  4 players in double figures for PEI, topped by 20 from Tyler Scott, and Dut Dut grabs 13 boards to go with 13 points. 30 points from Jonathan Tull for U of R, but the scoring isn’t there from his mates; Regina shoots just 35%. PEI shoots 22/26 from the line to only 12/14 for Regina.  On Friday the Panthers play in one semi-final against Nipissing, while Regina meets Acadia in a consolation game at 1 pm Atlantic. Box Score

Nipissing 94  Acadia  85Box Score        Western 71  Cape Breton 62 –   Box Score

+ Games in the CBU Tournament are televised on  AUS TV


 

Brock's xxx goes by the Vikes' bbb in the Badgers Thursday win.

Brock’s Matt Marshall goes by the Vikes’ Mack Roth in the Badgers Thursday win.           Photo – Brock  Athletics

In Ontario –   at Brock  99  Victoria   69 – To continue a rough Thursday evening for Canada West … the Badgers trounce the Vikes, who turn it over 25 times, and lose every quarter. 14 for Grant Sitton of UVic, but Brock get 32 from Dani Elgadi and 3 more in double figures. Box Score

In Edmonton Thursday – Lethbridge 85  MacEwan 67  – Brandon Brine scores 19 / 7 rebs and Dejon Burdeaux 22 pts for the ‘Horns. 14 points each for Keith Gerdes and Thomas Jereniuk of the Griffs.

Box Score


 

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 9.33.28 AMThe Alberta Golden Bears are hosting the Golden Bear Invitational  – on Friday and Saturday- (with a modified 4-team draw).  Queen’s from the OUA join UNBC, Lethbridge and the hosts.  Lethbridge will be without shooting guard, Rob Olsen, who is away doing an interview for Dentistry School, and they still have the injury bug, so may be missing a couple of big men as well.

 

 

Overtime – 

  • Not sure why Alex Igual, Regina’s point man, played limited minutes (16) vs UPEI , but UFV transfer Aaron McGowan came in and did a good job at that spot in the Spaniard’s absence.