Bears Roster Sees Turnover

 

2016-17 Canada West Basketball Previews –

Alberta Golden Bears

’15-‘16    –   Lost to Calgary 1/4 Finals                    10 wins 10 losses (Pioneer)

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5th year – Brett Roughead, 7-1 fwd, Coleman, AB.  … 4th year – Mamadou Gueye, 6-6 fwd, Quebec City. Lyndon Annetts, 6-6 wing, Beaumont, AB …  3rd year – Sheldon Pittman, 6-5 wing, Calgary … 2nd years –  Brody Clarke, 6-8 fwd, Toronto. Ivan Ikomey, 6-1 guard, Calgary.  Jonah Weyessa, 6-0 guard, Calgary …  1st year (redshirts) – Joel Lutz, 6-7 fwd, 1st, Cardston, AB (Cardston HS). Cole Knudsen, 6-7 fwd, 1st, Barrhead, AB (Barrhead HS).

New faces –   Geoff Pippus, 6-5 wing, 4th, Vancouver (tsf UBC).  Austin Waddoups, 6-2 guard, 3rd year, American Fork , UT (Salt Lake CC). Andre Kelly, 6-2 guard, 1st, Mississauga, ON (The Rock School, FL).  Sam Newman, 6-3 guard, 1st, Ipswich, England .

Coach Barnaby Craddock, in his 5th year at the helm at U of A, is the only coach in CIS basketball history to lead three separate programs to the National Championship Tournament.  With Brandon, Fraser Valley, and Alberta for a total of 12 CIS seasons, the former UL Pronghorn star has never lost an opening round game at the Final 8.

Mamadou Gueye is still the big weapon for the Bear this year.

Mamadou Gueye is still the big weapon for the Bears  this year.                                  photo – U of A Athletics

Craddock’s credentials are impressive, and his coaching acumen will be tested this year, with a big roster turnover for the Bears. 5 veterans are gone, and 4 ‘true freshmen’ or ‘redshirt freshmen’  are now preparing for the new season. The Green and Gold do however, have their big ‘1-2 punch ‘ up front, with Canada West all-star, Mamadou Gueye (18.4 ppg/ 7.5 rebs)  and last year’s Rookie of the Year, Brody Clarke (12 ppg/ 6.3 rebs).  They add a pair of 6-7 redshirts from last year in Cole Knudsen and Joel Lutz, who are better prepared to give relief minutes for Gueye and Clarke.

Brett Roughead is the only 5th year, and the big man will again be counted on for rebounding and interior defense. Perimeter wing men, Lyndon Annetts and Sheldon Pittman will be expected to provide steadier performances with another year under their belts.

Austin Waddoups was a ‘6th man’ for the 2016 National Junior College champs at Salt Lake CC.  He averaged 8 ppg, and showed great ball handling skill, with a 2.63 assist /turnover ratio.  Andre Kelly, the son of Brandon Bobcats 2 time All-Canadian, Jude Kelly, went to a U.S. prep school, but chose to return to Canada.  He is a good shooter, who looks primed to break into the regular rotation.  Geoff Pippus, now a graduate student,  can be a ‘depth player, having averaged 7 ppg in his last full season at UBC.

Schedule –  Nov-Dec … Brandon, at UNBC,  TRU , at Manitoba, h-h with MacEwan              Jan-Feb …  h-h with Calgary, at UBC, Fraser Valley, bye, at Saskatchewan, Lethbridge

Prediction –  Must have depth behind all-stars.  Race for the play-offs.


 

Canada West pre-season games this week – 

Thursday – Calgary Cup –  Windsor at Calgary, Regina at Mt. Royal …                 Lakehead at Brandon

Friday – Manitoba Bisons Tournament –  Laurier vs Manitoba, Lakehead vs Winnipeg,   and  Regina at Calgary, Windsor at Mt. Royal

Saturday –  Seattle Blue Angels at Trinity Western ,  Calgary at Mt. Royal, Regina vs Windsor …  Lakehead at Manitoba, Winnipeg vs Laurier

Sunday – Laurier at Brandon

In Eastern Canada –  

Starting on Thursday, St. FX plays at Brock, Ryerson,  and  McMaster . Dalhousie has games at York, Ryerson, and McMaster.  On Saturday/Sunday  Concordia hosts Brock, Cape Breton and Nipissing in the Stingers Tournoi in Montreal.


 

Overtime –

  •   Mike Hansen, Lethbridge Head Coach, has waited for surgical relief for hip problems, and recently got the call to have the operation. ( It’s not like you’d tell them, “No, I’ll wait until next Spring, thanks.” )  So, not the best time, but Hansen felt he had to take the offered date. He expects to be absent from the ‘Horns pre-season activities for the next few weeks.  We wish him well, and hope he is able to return after a good recovery period.

 

UVic, TRU Revamp Lineups

 

2016-17 Canada West Basketball Previews –

 Vikes and Wolf Pack With Big Roster Changes

Volodymyr Iegorov (L) , TRU, and Grant Sitton (R) , UVic , are 5th year leaders for their B.C. schools.

Volodymyr Iegorov (L) , TRU, and Grant Sitton (R) , UVic , are 5th year leaders for their B.C. schools.

The Victoria Vikes and Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack each had 3 key players  graduate last Spring, and lost several other roster players through attrition of one type or another.  Coaches, Craig Beaucamp of UVic and Scott Clark, TRU, were hard at work in the off-season ‘re-filling the tank’.

There are  8 new ‘Wolves in Kamloops, and 7 newcomers for the Vikes on the Island. This brings the challenge of ‘major renovation’ and integration of many who are new to the staff, the systems, and their new teammates.  There’s also the anticipation and eagerness of every team member to work together to form a competitive team.

The ‘Pack come off a record-breaking, historical season, while Victoria, uncharacteristically, missed the post-season.  Both coaches relish the process of building a new team, and their returnees and recruits, in both cases, hold the promise of good things ahead.

 

 Wolf Pack Focus on the New Season 

Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack

2015-16 – Canada West finalists             16 wins   4 losses   (Explorer Division)

Returnees – TRU 'Pack5th year – Volodomyr Iegorov,  6-7 fwd, Donetsk, Ukraine … 4th year – Luke Morris , 6-4 fwd, Mission, BC.   2nd years – Michael Rouault, 6-5 wing, Vernon, BC. Jeff Tubbs,6-2 guard, Kelowna, Joe Davis, 6-5 fwd, Kamloops, Kyler Eckess, 5-9 guard, Prince Rupert

 New faces –   Derek Rhodes, 6-5 guard, 3rd year, Sacramento, CA (tsf Sacramento CC). Maalik Hazziez, 6-9 fwd, 3rd, Sacramento, CA (tsf American River Coll.).  Noah Kaefer, 6-4 fwd, 1st, Courtenay, BC (Mark Isfeld Sec.).  Jordan Komarniski, 6-0 guard, 1st,  South Kamloops Sec.  Madhu McConnell, 1st, Victoria  (Oak Bay Sec.) . Ryan Miller, 6-6 fwd, 1st, Kamloops (Valleyview Sec.).  Trent Monkman, 6-1 guard, 1st, Telwa, BC (Smithers Sec.) .  Jass Singh, 6-0 guard, 1st, Abbotsford, BC  (W J Mouat)

Coach Scott Clark says,  “This is a new team, and a new challenge.  It’s fun!  We start the journey, and work together as hard as we can to prepare to play in this League.  Who knows how things will turn out? “  The veteran coach, who is in his 7th year at TRU, was previously 15 years as the Head Coach at Simon Fraser.  His ’15-’16 ‘Pack won the Explorer Division, beat Regina in the 1/4 Finals, then beat UBC in game 1 at the Canada West Final 4.  TRU lost to Calgary in the Final, but represented Canada West at the CIS Nationals in Vancouver.

Wolf Pack forward, Luke Morris (L), and lead guard, Jeff Tubbs (R)

Wolf Pack forward, Luke Morris (L), and lead guard, Jeff Tubbs (R)

But as the coach insists, this is a new team, and they really are, with just 6 returnees, one of whom, Joe Davis, did not play last season.  So Clark and his staff do face a challenge with 8 newcomers to integrate into the squad. He does benefit from the power of 5th year import, Volodymyr Iegorov (18.5 ppg/ 7 rebs), a Canada West all-star in ’15-’16, and a leader all summer in team training these past months.   Promising to do his part as an aggressive scorer (12.5 ppg) / rebounder (6.3 rebs) on the forward line is Luke Morris, who had a terrific playoff last year. Coach Clark says, “Joe Davis has come back in great shape, and looks much improved; he trained hard, and should really contribute.”

Jeff Tubbs, a selection on the all-rookie team last year, will be the lead guard, and he should follow nicely in the footsteps of Reese Pribilsky, now graduated. Michael Rouault is another 2nd year player, who shot it at 47% from the floor and proved to be a solid rebounder in year 1 in orange.

Among the newcomers, it’s Derek Rhodes who’s turning heads with his ball-handling skills, and his ability to shoot the trey. Rhodes set school records at Sacramento City College with his long-range sniping.  Post/forward Maalik  Hazziez is a hard-working big man, who will give help to an already strong group.    Madhu McConnell comes in as a 1st year lead guard with skills and confidence, and Noah Kaefer is a promising looking wing man with good size.

“We will do the best job we can to prepare this team for the games we have coming up; every time out, we want to have each guy prepared to do his job, and to have our team compete for a win ”, declares Coach Clark. The Wolf Pack  have great skill and size at key spots, and they should be competitive again this year.

 Schedule –  Nov-Dec … UBC, at Manitoba,  at Alberta , UBC-O,  at UNBC                 Jan-Feb …  Victoria, Winnipeg, at Fraser Valley, Calgary,  at Regina

 Prediction –   Tough schedule, but TRU still in the running.

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Victoria Vikes

’15-’16 –     no playoffs                9 wins – 11 losses  (Pioneer Division)

Returnees – 5th year –  Grant Sitton, 6-9 wing, Brush Prairie, WA … 4th year – Hassan Abdullahi, 6-3 guard, Montreal … 3rd years – Justin Kinnear – 6-6 fwd, Montreal, Hayden Lejeune – 6-8 fwd, Chilliwack … 2nd year – Taylor Montgomery Stinson – 6-3 guard, Victoria  … 1st (RS) – Jason Scully – 6-4 fwd, Victoria (St. Michael’s Sec). Graeme Hyde Lay – 6-0 guard, Victoria (St. Michael’s)

Newcomers –   Jake Newman – 6-6 fwd, 3rd, White Rock, BC (tsf Lafayette Coll., PA). Scott Kellum – 6-1 guard, 1st, Issaquah HS, WA. Noah Charles – 6-5 fwd, 1st, Duncan, BC (Cowichan Sec.) . Wayne Tucker -6-1 guard, 4th, Oakland, CA (tsf Olds Coll., Alberta).  JJ Hamel Carey – 6-0 guard, 1st,  Montreal, (Cegep Champlain- St. Lambert) . Vlad Zasmolin – 6-5 wing, 1st, Calgary (Sir W. Churchill). Ty Stewart Nelson – 6-1 guard, 1st,  Toronto (Shannon Forest Christian, SC)

Starting his 14th season as the Vikes head man, Craig Beaucamp will be intent on getting his new team back into the upper reaches of Canada West and CIS Basketball. After 3 straight UVic appearances at the CIS Nations from 2013-2015, the Vikes missed the playoffs last year.  But this 5-time Canada West Coach of the Year is certainly up to the task.

“Our guys are working hard, and did so with their summer program as well”, says Beaucamp.  “Our big men, Justin Kinnear and Hayden Lejeune, are stronger and ready to give us a strong play inside.”  The coach tells us that 5th year leader, Grant Sitton, has moved to the wing/small forward spot, taking advantage of his perimeter skills.

Rookie import guard, Scott Kellum, has impressed the coaches, and is penciled in as the starter at the point. “We’ve watched his progress since early in high school, and this true freshman can really play”, offered Beaucamp. Another import, Wayne Tucker Jr., has more experience, as a 4th year transfer from Olds College (Alberta), where he was the Alberta Colleges scoring leader last year. “Wayne is quick with the ball on offense, and quick on the ball defensively;  he’s a skilled shooting guard”, says his new coach. The guard play is further enhanced by the experience of JJ Hamel Carey, a 2 year CEGEP transfer, along with returnees Hassan Abdullahi,  and Taylor Montgomery-Stinson.

Two new additions to the Vikes roster, Wayne Tucker Jr. (L) and Scott Kellum (R)

Two new additions to the Vikes roster, Wayne Tucker Jr. (L) and Scott Kellum (R)

Noah Charles, the 3rd brother from ‘up-Island’ to play for UVic, is “ a tireless worker”, with a big, strong body  (6-5, 240) for a young guy.  Jake Newman, a 2013 White Rock Christian grad “come home” to UVic after 2 years at Lafayette (PA) and a red shirt year at Carleton.  His father, Jamie, was a member of national championship Vikes teams in the 1980’s and his sister, Jordyn, played with the women’s Vikes through the 2012-13 season. Newman is “ … ready to make a big contribution to our team”, says Coach Beaucamp.

The pieces are there, it would seem, and now we see how they will all fit together.

Schedule –  Nov-Dec –   at Regina, Calgary, at MacEwan, UBC home/home (4) Jan-Feb –  at Thompson R., at UBC-O, Lethbridge, Trinity W., at Fraser Valley, Winnipeg  (6)

Prediction –  Very different team.  We doubt they miss 2 years running.


 

CIS Scores from Thursday – 

  •  at the Guy Vetrie Memorial in Victoria …  McMaster 69 McGill 62 – A come from behind by McMaster.  Turnover and foul-filled, with  Mac shooting 44 free throws.  no box score
  • Victoria 76   Regina 67 – Grant Sitton and Wayne Tucker Jr., with 15 points each, as UVic survive a shaky start.  . Box Score
  • Saskatchewan  66  Medicine Hat College 65   ( OT)    Box Score

Games tonight – 

East – Concordia  Queen’s, Ottawa  UQAM, Toronto  Memorial,  Ryerson  Mohawk Coll., Bishops Maine – Ft Kent , UNB  St. Marys,  Acadia  St. FX ,  Carleton  Laval ,  Algoma  Laurentian,  Nipissing  Laurier

West –  Lakehead  Winnipeg  ,  Victoria  McGill  ,  McMaster  Regina

 

Carleton Dumps Dinos With the Deep Ball

 

The ‘Mighty Ravens’ still rule supreme in CIS basketball ! 

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photo – Ben Nelms

  Carleton 101  Calgary 79   –   The Ravens bombed the Calgary Dinos defense with a barrage of treys, and ruled the boards at both ends to give themselves a nice 26-14 lead after a quarter. It never really got closer after that, and any brief Calgary threat was usually answered with another deflating 3 ball. A bit of simple math … 16 x 3 = 48 … 7 x 3 = 21  (do we see where this is going ? )  That’s a 27 point gap, and way too big a chasm to cross with what the Dinos had going on offense.Carleton R

This is not a new story at this time of the year.  Actually (in jest), Carleton is slipping; last March they beat their arch-rival, Ottawa, by a 93-46 count !  This does not make tonight’s result taste any better to Calgary, the Canada  West champions. This game snaps an 18 game Calgary win streak, and crushes a dream any school has of winning a National title.

We said the Ravens were champions until they lost in this event: they come back and do this for the 6th straight year, and for the 12th time in 14 years.  Astounding, brilliant, dynastic, and so frustrating for any team running into this powerhouse in the CIS Nationals. You are not happy unless you win your final game, and that, in a way, is lamentable.

Gavin Resch hits 6/12 treys, Connor Wood 5/12, Tajinder Lall 2/2, Cameron Smythe 2/4 … carpet bombing, and most discouraging for Calgary defenders. 49% from the floor is Carleton, and 44% from 3 point range … Calgary hits  39% from the floor, and 25 % from outside.

Resch totals 18 points, Wood has 22 / 4 rebs/ 4 asst, and the quick and powerful Kaza Kajami-Keane finishes with 15 points/ 10 big assists/ 3 steals.  Big men Guillaume Boucard (12 points/ 10 boards/ 2 blocks) and Ryan Ejim (12 points / 6 boards/ 4 blocks ) made the Dinos face a defensive wall they could not scale, and the two converted on inside sorties by the Blackbirds.

Calgary’s Thomas Cooper had a lot of floor time (in a fall-down/knock-down way), and seemed slower and slower getting back up in the late going. He finishes with 25 hard-earned points/ 7 rebounds/ 4 assists, but was hounded by white – jersied  defenders at every turn. David Kapinga scored 15, and Lars Schleuter scored 9 and added 9 boards.

Two championship teams played in the CIS Final on Sunday at the Mitchell Centre on the UBC campus. Carleton takes the National title once more, and with it the familiar crown of CIS domination.  Calgary holds the Canada West trophy, but will be asking questions of themselves until they get back to action next Fall.   Box Score 

 

Ryerson  85  Dalhousie 75  –  In this 3rd place game, the Rams looked like making short work of things, going out front 20-11 after 1, then 45-30 at the half. Led by their 2 most potent scorers, Aaron Best and Adika Peter-McNeilly, who went on a 2nd quarter run, Ryerson was threatening a runaway.
But , as they have done for many games this season, the Tigers came back with a vengeance, and closed the gap to 4 with a minute and a half left . Jarred Reid’s 3 point shot made it 78-81, but the Rams steadied themselves with 4 straight free throws to close it out.
The #1 OUA team got very even scoring, with 4 starters in double figures, led by 15 from Jean – Victor Mukama, who added 6 rebounds / 2 blocks.  Best was next with 14 to go with 6 rebounds, and 3 steals , and Peter-McNeilly scored 13 / 8 rebounds/ 3 assts.
Dalhousie, the AUS champions were led by the 19 points from their all-star, Kashrell Lawrence , and he had 8 rebounds and 2 steals. 5 other Tigers scored in double figures, with 13 each by Jordan Aquino-Serjue and Sven Stammberger.
Ryerson shot 49% from the floor to just 32.5% for Dalhousie, and that was really the difference in the end.      Box Score


 

Overtime –

  • Carleton’s interim Coach, Rob Smart, on the winning culture this program has developed,  ”We really try to foster a culture of healthy competitiveness where it’s OK to want to fight, it’s OK to want to battle every single day and prove yourself,” said Smart, Dave’s nephew. “It doesn’t mean you’re some kind of egomaniac it just means that for those two hours you compete and it’s the most fun thing to do.”  From CBC.ca Sports
  •  The announced attendance was 4300 approximately, and certainly this crowd and those for much of the week were disappointing to veteran observers, and, we would guess, to the UBC organizers.

Bears and Cougars on to Quarter-Finals

 

Gueye carries the heavy load in Alberta’s game 3 win

Mamadou Gueye scores 29 of Alberta's 55 points in a narrow win over GMU.

Mamadou Gueye scores 29 of Alberta’s 55 points in a narrow win over GMU.     photo  – U of A Athletics

 #9 Alberta Golden Bears  55  at  #8 MacEwan  Griffins  54   –   We have hand -to – hand combat in Edmonton in the nervy ‘3rd and deciding’.  The Bears use the foul shot to crawl back in the final stages, with 9 of their 15 points in the 4th coming from the line. GMU has a 6 point lead, but stall out in the last several minutes after looking like might  advance.  D’Wan Williams  (3 of 4 FG) hits the winner in the last seconds, and it’s not the only clutch hoop for him on the day.  But really, Alberta was dragged to this win by Mamadou Gueye’s 29 points, the only GB who is close to double figures. Alberta wins while shooting 37% vs 33% for the Griffs. The 49 – 35 rebounding edge for U of A was as important a stat as any, as Gueye gets 5  offensive boards himself, overcoming the 20 Alberta turnovers. Keith Gerdes scores 18 for Mac, with Denzel James and Chris Mooney adding 10 each.  Great support for the teams this weekend, and it augers well for the future of this as an intra-city rivalry.  Alberta at Calgary next weekend in the Quarter-finals, starting on Friday, 7 pm Mountain time.   Box Score 

Igual leads short-handed Cougars squad to 3rd game win

Import guard, Alex Igual, is hot from outside, and carries the Cougars past Winnipeg.

Import guard, Alex Igual, is hot from outside, and carries the Cougars past Winnipeg.               photo – U. Regina Athletics

  at #7  Regina Cougars 75    #10 Winnipeg Wesmen  69 –    The Cougars advance in a war of attrition, as Alex Igual plays an inspired game, and Regina defend Winnipeg’s speed.    For a guy who was suffering from a flu bug, Jonathan Tull showed a lot of energy tonight as well.  UR seemed to play with an increased determination, and won the game despite having a limited bench in a 3 game series. Igual notched 17 points / 6 boards/ 5 steals,  and hit 4 of 7 from 3 point range, while J. Tull had 15 / 6 boards, and Brandon Tull scores 12 with 5 assists / 4 steals. Winnipeg hit only 33%, and shot selection suffered badly in the 2nd half; Jelane Pryce scored 19 points/ 5 rebounds, with 17 points each from Ryan Oirbans (10 rebounds), and Jamar Farley.  Regina will get a very brief respite, then travel to Kamloops to play Thompson Rivers, the top team in the Explorer Division in the Quarter-finals starting Thursday night – 7 pm Pacific.     Box Score


 

 

Quarter Finals in Canada West – Best of 3 games series’

Thursday – Fri – Sat …
#7  Regina  at #2  Thompson Rivers – (Pacific – 7 pm, 7 pm, *7 pm, if necessary)
#6  Lethbridge  at #3  UBC –    (Pacific – 7 pm, 7 pm, *7 pm – if necessary)
#5  Fraser Valley  at  #4  Manitoba – ( Central – 7 pm, 7 pm,  *3 pm, if necessary)
Friday – Sat- Sun …
#9  Alberta  at #1  Calgary  –  (7 pm, 7 pm, *2 pm, if necessary)


 

Overtime – 

  •   For a taste of the rugged reality of the Canada West play-off schedule, imagine you’re the Regina Cougars at 9 pm Sunday, you celebrate a hard-fought win in the play-in series. You’ll be up for  classes on Monday morning , Tuesday, and,  on Wednesday, you catch a plane in the morning, stopping in Calgary  … 5 – 7 hours later, you’re in Kamloops.  Shooting practice that afternoon / evening.  Game 1 is on Thursday at 7 pm. After game 2 on Friday at 7 pm- 9 pm, you will have played 5 games in 7 1/2 days, and you may have 1 left on Saturday.  Fly home on Sunday.  (You’ll hope you haven’t caught the ‘flu’ virus running around the campus.)
  • Mac fans 'represent' in their home gym vs the cross-town Bears.

    Mac fans ‘represent’ in their home gym vs the cross-town Bears.

    Congratulations to GMU Athletics for the crowds and the atmosphere in their gym this weekend for the Bears – Griffins series.  Game attendance is a major focus – point for the League, and the promise of bigger fan turn-out for next year’s new schedule will be encouraging.  Marketing of CIS basketball can draw from a large community fan base, with the game growing increasingly popular among our youth.

Calgary Turns Century Over Regina

 

 

‘Fire-Ball’ from the Dinos and Cougars

UC's Thomas Cooper pads his League-leading scoring average with a 42 point night vs Regina.

UC’s Thomas Cooper pads his League-leading scoring average with a 42 point night vs Regina. photo – David Moll, UC Athletics

 

at Calgary 115  Regina 91 –  Not  for the defensive cognoscenti , this tilt !  The visiting Cougars foolishly start the proceedings with a 31 point opening quarter, completely ignoring what passed for the UC Dinos defense, and setting the tone for a blazing offensive  blitz. Calgary could explain their 64 point 2nd half by proclaiming, “Well, they started it !” There was much slashing to the hoop, bombing from the outside, and desperate fouling to try and slow down opponent’s scorers.blk dinos copy
With his team headed for their 4th ‘century’ in 5 games, Calgary’s Thomas Cooper lived at the foul line, hitting 12/13, which just edged Regina’s speedy Jonathan Tull, who cashed 11 of his 13 tries.  While Calgary caught fire in the final 20, the Cougars cooled off, as UC out-shoots them 51% to  40% from the floor on the night.
Cooper tallies a season-high 42 points, hitting 4/5 treys, and adding 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and he got big 2nd half help from Lars Schleuter  with his 5/7 from outside for 23 points / 9 rebounds.  Jhony Verrone was strong for the Dinos with 10 points / 6 boards, and David Kapinga harassed Regina guards with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals.
The Cougars’ J. Tull scored 19, with 5 reb/3 steals, and Brian Ofori hit 16 points / 6 boards.  Alex Igual hit 4/11 attempts from outside, but the Cougars totaled only 7/26 long-balls to Calgary’s  remarkable 12/17.
The Dinos move to within 1 win of capturing 1st place at 15-3, while Regina are now 10-7 with a couple of 9-win teams breathing down their necks.   These 2 teams go at it again on Friday at 8 pm – Senior Night for UC.             Box Score

There’s a full slate of games in Canada West on Friday night –  in the Explorer Division  …  MacEwan at UBC-O,  TRU at Fraser Valley, and Mt. Royal at UNBC.  And, in the Pioneer Division, in addition to Regina at Calgary, we have Alberta at Saskatchewan, Lethbridge in Winnipeg vs the  Wesmen, UBC at Brandon, and Manitoba visiting Trinity Western.


Other CIS Scores this Week-
Atlantic – Memorial 73  #10 Dalhousie 65  (Sunday)
Quebec – at Concordia  67 Laval 60 (Thursday)


Overtime –   

  • Senior Nights across the League as the schools honour their ‘graduating’ players.  Many or most of these student athletes will get a degree, and within 3-6 months of finishing their CIS basketball eligibility.  Our congratulations to all; it is an impressive list –
     Winnipeg  – Jamar Farlay, Jelane Pryce;  Manitoba – Wyatt Anders;  Regina –       Jonathan Tull, Will Tallman; Saskatchewan – Evan Ostertag , MacEwan – Ryan May; Calgary – Matt Letkeman, Josh Owen-Thomas ; Mt. Royal – James Lefebvre ; Lethbridge – Brandon Brine, Jared Baker, Rob Olsen;  UNBC –  Billy Cheng, Colin Plumb; Thompson Rivers –  Reese Pribilsky, Josh Wolfram;  Fraser Valley – Kevon Parchment; Trinity Western –  Kelvin Smith;  UBC – David Wagner,  Will Ondrik;  Victoria – Reiner Theil, Brandon Dunlop, Mack Roth.
  • Why do players from foreign countries come to Canada to play CIS basketball?  “It’s a great opportunity for people in Germany to combine university and basketball,’’ Dinos second-year forward Lars Schlueter said. We get some more insights from 3 Calgary Dinos imports, who are contributing mightily to the UC team’s performance on the court this season, in this article from Rita Mingo – The Calgary Sun.

Canada West Spring News

 

Canada West Meetings This Week  – Changes On the Way

David Wells honoured by induction to Sports Hall of Fame.

David Wells honoured by induction to Sports Hall of Fame.

  •  U. Calgary will be looking for a new Athletic Director, as Ron Wuotila announced his decision to resign in the face of an ill-considered and poorly staged implementation of a new ‘administrative model’ for the Dinos Athletic Program.
  • David Wells, Lethbridge,  a champion of school sport, from junior high, high school, college, and university, was honoured with induction into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame this past weekend. Currently the Director of Sports programs for the Southern Alberta School Sports Assn., Wells has been a sports writer, athletic administrator, coach, and National Team Manager … and always the most knowledgeable fan of young athletes in his area for many years.
Impressive new facility at Victoria.  Photo - Times-Colonist, Adrian Lam

Impressive new facility for U.  Victoria.            Photo – Times-Colonist, Adrian Lam

  • Craig Beaucamp, UVic Head Coach, obviously pleased with the new Vikes home court which will be ready for play this summer, “This is probably the top university athletic facility in the country, and I’ve been in most of them,” said Beaucamp. “This is a great opportunity to help in recruiting players.”  From a Times-Colonist article by Cleve Dheensaw
  • Joe Scanlon, long-time journalism teacher, and the Ravens' biggest fan.

    Joe Scanlon, long-time journalism teacher, and the Ravens’ biggest fan. Photo – The Ottawa Citizen.

    We learned, sadly, of the passing of Joe Scanlon, who did so much to chronicle the feats of the Carleton Ravens basketball teams, and was a leading promoter of CIS basketball over so many years. His tireless efforts raised the profile of the sport, and provided rich commentary for all of us who cared about the game. Joe will be remembered for his exceptional, enthusiastic work, and by all of us who enjoyed corresponding with him, and learning so much from his experience and knowledge.

  • Graduates and ‘Undergraduates –  Canada West graduated some terrific student – athletes this Spring, including the Dinos classy guard, Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, who is now checking out opportunities to play pro. There will be others in the pro ranks (mostly in Europe), with the likes of  Joel Friesen, Ben Baker, Tommy Nixon, and MVP, Chris McLaughlin, finishing up impressive CIS careers.  Some notables did not finish, however … UVic’s flashy import guard, Marcus Tibbs, left campus shortly following the CIS Nationals, indicating he will pursue other basketball opportunities  … Calgary’s promising guard,  L.J. Hegwood, did not complete his academic year, and he will not be back for the Dinos …  Brandon’s Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak leaves after his 4th year, returning home to the Montreal area.
  • The Brandon Sun reported that former Bobcats star, Jordan Reaves, will follow in his father’s footsteps, as he moves onto the football field.  Reaves a 6-4, 225 lb wing -man at BU, signed a contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
  • The Canada West Governors will  continue to discuss and study different structures for League play at the upcoming annual general May meeting.  It’s obviously a big challenge to balance competition, tradition, and travel expenses; it is very difficult with a 17 team League ranging from 2000 student schools to some at 30,000 + .
  •   Latest Recruiting List (courtesy, Hoopstars Canada – Barry Hayes) …

    D'Wan Williams promises to add skill and flair to the Bears' roster.

    D’Wan Williams promises to add skill and flair to the Bears’ roster. Photo – North Pole Hoops

Alberta – 6’7″ pf Cole Knudsen (Barrhead, AB/Barrhead), 6’2″ sg D’Wan Williams (Toronto, ON/Oakwood), 6’1″ pg Jonah Weyessa (Edmonton, AB/Father Lacombe ’14)

Brandon

Calgary – 6’0″ pg Torrez McKoy (Grande Pointe, Manitoba/MBCI), Thomas Cooper – 6’5” (Chattanooga, TN) tsf from  C.C. San Francisco, U. Nebraska – Kearny.

Fraser Valley

Grant MacEwan – 6’3″ pg Chris Mooney (Ottawa, ON – transfer/NAIT; 10.3 ppg 2014-15) 6’7″ c Atlas St. Paul-Butler (Victoria, BC/Oak Bay), 6’6″ pf Michael Burnham (Winfield, BC/George Elliot)

Lethbridge – 6’9″ c Chris Maughan (Calgary, AB – transfer/Lethbridge College; 14.9 ppg, ’14-’15

Manitoba – 6’5″ pf Dharmjit Dhillon (Winnipeg, MB/Kildonan-East), 6’5″ sg Raj Sidhu (Winnipeg, MB/Kildonan-East), 6’2″ sg Saajan Arora (Cambridge, ON/St. John’s Kilmarnock)

Mount Royal – 6’6″ pf Nate Wall (Okotoks, AB/Holy Trinity), 6’4″ sg Tyis Yellowhorn (Piikani Nation, AB/Chestermere), 6’4″ sf Shay Foggo (Calgary, AB/Crescent Heights), 6’0″ pg Matt Gray (Victoria, BC/Oak Bay), 6’9″ c Brett Layton (Calgary, AB/Sir Winston Churchill ’09)

Regina – 6’7″ c Stephen Shields (Brandon, MB – transfer/Keyano volleyball ’11), 6’6″ pf Kolton Bellamy (Regina, SK/Balfour)

Saskatchewan – 6’6″ pf Devin Wittow (Leduc, AB/Leduc Composite)

Thompson Rivers – 6’2″ pg Jeff Tubbs (Kelowna, BC/Mount Boucherie), 6’4″ sf Evan Helgason (Kamloops, BC/Elev8 Sports Institute), 6’3″ sg Kaleel Faiz (Toronto, ON – transfer/Olds College; 22.5 ppg in 2014-15)

Trinity Western

Taylor Browne is a prized recruit for the T-Birds.

Taylor Browne is a prized recruit for the T-Birds.

UBC – 6’8″ c Roger Milne (Winnipeg, MB/Oak Park), 6’3″ sg Taylor Browne (Surrey, BC/Holy Cross), 6’8″ pf Patrick Simon (Port Coquitlam, BC – transfer/Simon Fraser; 10.6 ppg in 2014-15), 6’2″ pg Phil Jalalpoor (Shifferstadt, Germany – transfer/Olds College; 13.3 ppg in 2014-15)

UBC-Okanagan – 6’2″ sg Spencer Thomas (Pickering, ON/Pine Ridge)

UNBC – 6’4″ sf Anthony Hokanson (Vancouver, BC/Kitsilano)

Victoria – 6’5″ sf Jason Scully (Victoria, BC/St. Michael’s), 6’5″ sf Josh Charles (Duncan, BC/Cowichan), 6’5″ sf Tyus Barfoot (Nanaimo, BC/Nanaimo District), 6’1″ pg Graeme Hyde-Lay (Victoria, BC/St. Michael’s), 6’7″ pf Billy Yaworsky (Winnipeg, MB – transfer/Skagit Valley JuCo; 7.2 ppg in 2014-15)

Winnipeg – 6’3″ sg Kieran McGrath (Winnipeg, MB/Glenlawn), 6’3″ sg William Sesay (Winnipeg, MB/Oak Park), 6’6″ pf Frankie Tocci (Winnipeg, MB/Maples)

Simple Answer, It’s the Coach !

 

Ravens' Coach Dave Smart, in a typical pose.  A sense of urgency, and a drive for perfection.

Ravens’ Coach Dave Smart, in a typical pose. A sense of urgency, and a drive for perfection.

Why Does Carleton Keep on Winning ?

They have a Coach who is unlike any other in the CIS.  That’s the simple, and maybe the best explanation.  Dave Smart is driven, very well informed in coaching theory and practice, organized to the nth degree, and, most significantly, exacting in his quest for mistake-free play from his Ravens team.

Carleton's 'other Scrubb brother' was announced as the Ravens' Athlete of the Year!

Carleton’s ‘other Scrubb brother’, Thomas,  was announced as the Ravens’ Athlete of the Year!            photo- Ravens Athletics

Coach Smart develops players;  Thomas Scrubb, notably, was not a finished product when he arrived at the CU campus in Ottawa. The Vancouver-trained Scrubb was not, in contrast to his younger brother Phil, a starter and an all-star right out of the wrapper as a freshman. He played 10 mins/game, and averaged 3 pts/ 2 rebs.  But, like so many players Smart and his staff have ‘coached-up’ , Thomas became one the CIS’ very best.  Thomas was just awarded the Athlete of the Year at Carleton for 2014-15.

 

That’s the secret.  Carleton works year-round at getting their players developing the skills, both mental and physical.  There are no excuses, no let-up, and no time when your performance can be less than properly executed.  They are, indeed, losing some exceptional performers in the two Scrubbs, as well as shooting guard Victor Raso, but to expect the Ravens to slide too far down in the OUA or CIS power grid would be a mistake. They still have the Chief and Commander!

That may seem simple, but, obviously, Dave Smart does it differently and better than any of his coaching counter-parts.  And now, he also has the luxury of being able to choose the top talent from across the country.  Already this Spring, the Ravens have signed Ryan Ejim, a 6-6 transfer from York, who averaged 23 mins/ 14 ppg/ and 8 rebounds , Stanley Mayambo, a 6-2 point man from Fredericton, NB, William Kohler, a 6-9 forward from Winnipeg.  Our guess would be , that if Coach Smart is still at the helm, these guys may play for one of the future Carleton teams to lift the CIS Championship trophy.

For an interesting discussion of the state of affairs in the CIS read more  in this Ottawa Citizen article by Gord Holder.

 

More CIS Recruiting News –

In Canada West –

Alberta –  Cole Knudsen 6-7  Fwd from Barrhead, AB

Calgary – Torrez McKoy 6 -0 guard,  Grande Pointe, MB/MBCI

Mt. Royal – Nate Wall, 6-6 wing, Okotoks, AB,  Holy Trinity ;  Tyis Yellowhorn, 6-4 guard, Plikani Nation, Chestermere, AB

MacEwan – Chris Mooney, 6-3 point, Ottawa, transfer from NAIT

Winnipeg – Will Sesay, 6-3 guard, Winnipeg, Oak Park HS; Kieran McGrath, 6-4 fwd, Winnipeg, Glenlawn

Regina – Stephen Shields, 6-7 fwd, Brandon, tsf (volleyball) Keyano College

Saskatchewan – Devin Wittow, 6-6 fwd, Leduc HS, AB

UNBC – Anthony Hokanson,  6-4 wing, Vancouver, Kitsilano Sr.

Thompson R. – Jeff Tubbs, 6-2 point, Kelowna, Mt. Boucherie

UBC – Roger Milne, 6-8 fwd, Winnipeg, Oak Park HS; Taylor Browne, 6-3 guard, Surrey, B.C., Holy Cross; also, our ‘correspondent on the W. Coast’, Ice Man, reminds us tha 6-7 will Ondrik will suit up for the ‘Birds, afe

Victoria – Jason Scully, 6-5 fwd, Victoria, St. Michael’s;  Josh Charles, 6-5 fwd, Duncan, B.C., Cowichan Sr.

Elsewhere –

We note …   Zach Usherwood, 5-11 guard, Coquitlam, B.C. , who played at Thompson Rivers, is transferring to UPEI … that 6-6, Stefan Grujic, Regina, Leboldus (#1 ranked HS team in Saskatchewan) signed at York U.  … the brothers Cam and Ben Redl, both 6-7, from Yorkton, SK, transfer to New Brunswick

 

Overtime –

  •   The latest signing for the Winnipeg Wesmen lives just down the way from the UW campus, but Will Sesay, recently voted as Manitoba’s 2015 HS Player of the year,  went to high school at Oak Park, a 1 hour bus ride away.  More on Sesay, who is the younger brother of Junior Sesay, who plays at UVic, in this Winnipeg Sun article by Kirk Penton.
  •   UVic Coach Craig Beaucamp,  noting the power in Ontario basketball, and the  difficulties in matching that for Canada West schools, “We have a challenge in Canada West by the number of teams we have now [17] and getting the quality [players] needed to field [strong teams],” noted Beaucamp. –   “The OUA [Ontario conference] is deep and athletic,” said Beaucamp.  “It definitely had most of the strength in the country this year. But never mind the CIS, most of the Canadians going south [to the U.S. collegiate NCAA] are also from Ontario.”  From a Victoria Times-Colonist article by Cleve Dheenshaw.
  • Editors note –  Recruiting is even more critical than fans can imagine.  Carleton’s top 2 players, Phil and Tommy Scrubb, played for their Dad, Lloyd Scrubb, at Vancouver College, B.C.  Lloyd played for Ken Shields at U. Victoria , and won 3 CIS titles with the Vikes.  Losing the top players in their own home area is gut-wrenching for coaches, there in B.C., or anywhere else across the country.  It is literally the life-blood of their program leaking away … a bit of a dramatic image there, but oh so true.
  • A close observer of OUA basketball, our correspondent ‘Maravich’ suggests, ” 
    Ravens as bullies ….

    Ravens as bullies ….

    Truthfully, as great as the Scrubbs have been (and they’ve been magnificent) they really have taken the fun out of CIS basketball. Carleton’s average winning margin the last five championship’s is 28.7 points. During the Oz Jeanty 5 year run it was 7 points. Hopefully with their graduation the Ravens will become somewhat vulnerable.
    Because winning lots of championships is great for Carleton, it has been killing interest in the CIS for years. ”   (Editor’s note – Yeah Ravens, for the sake of all the rest of the poor wretches in the CIS, knock it off, would you!)

  • In Europe –  We get a disappointing report that former Dinos star, Ross Bekkering,
    Janelle Bekkering, playing for Alberta U-17s before Gonzaga, before Europe.

    Janelle Bekkering, playing for Alberta U-17s before Gonzaga, before Europe.

    who is in his 5th year in The Netherlands, has sustained a hand injury which may keep him out of the imminent NBL playoffs.  Meanwhile, his younger sister  Janelle is preparing for play-offs with Cavigal team in Nice, France.  Not surprisingly, ‘Super-Dad’, Simon Bekkering , will be traveling to Nice this Spring ! More CIS athletes every year are going overseas to play pro basketball.  In the semi-pro ranks, Coach Eddie Richardson tells us that the Calgary Crush of the ABA are in Seattle this weekend, in the opening round of League playoffs.  The Crush have a line-up full of CIS grads, including UC’s Tyler Fidler, Ottawa’s Jermaine Campbell,  Christian Upshaw, St. FX, John Riad, Calgary, and Dom Coward, Lethbridge.

     

     

Ravens Crush Huskies, Vikes Survive

 

 Ravens Fly High in Burying Saskatchewan

Phil Scrubb shows his All-Canadian form, with 31 pts vs Saskatchewan

Phil Scrubb shows his All-Canadian form, with 31 pts vs Saskatchewan

 game 1-   Carleton Ravens  90  Saskatchewan Huskies 50 –  The Carleton Ravens engage their vaunted defense, and the Huskies play like ‘Sled Dogs in the headlights’.  48-18 at the half, and the earth is already scorched around the U of S bench.  It’s tough if you’re Saskatchewan, because you get tighter and more frustrated as you watch yet another Phil Scrubb trey splash through the twine (The 5th year all-star guard is  6/8  from the outside after 20 minutes for 29 points).  72-39 at 3/4s, and it’s over the boards with the subs for Carleton, although Connor Wood remains and shows why he’s so highly regarded.

Carleton keep raining 3s, as U of S defenders aren’t on the ball, and the Huskies’ younger players enter the game, as time winds down on the pummeling. Phil Scrubb finishes with 31 points, with few minutes played in the 2nd half. “Shots just started falling”, says the Vancouver native in a succinct post-game interview. The Ravens hit 55% from the floor and 56% from long range, as Thomas Scrubb  adds 18 pts / 9 rebounds

The Huskies are a paltry 29% from the floor and 20% from 3 pt. range in the face of a withering Carleton defense; Ben Baker, with 11 pts/ 7 rebounds / 6 assists and Matt Forbes with 14 points/ 7 boards  give the most resistance for Saskatchewan, but it was  an un-nerving experience for the Canada West finalists, who now move on to a 2 pm consolation semi on Thursday.  Box Score

 

Vikes Survive Nervous Start Against Dalhousie 

 game 2 –  Victoria Vikes  58   Dalhousie Tigers  57 –  It was an exasperating 2nd

3rd year import, Grant Sitton, scores 19 off the bench to save UVic.

3rd year import, Grant Sitton, scores 19 off the bench to save UVic.  photo- Vikes Athletics

game, with a very passive  effort by the Vikes in the opening 20 minutes, and Dalhousie having some similar offensive jitters. The Tigers got strong play from their big man, Kashrell Lawrence, although his shakey foul shooting limits their scoring.  A  28-24 Dal lead at the half, after lots of subbing for the Vikes, with Hadyn Lejuene and Grant Sitton logging extra minutes. The angular Sitton cuts loose with a trey at the 3rd quarter buzzer to give the Vikes a 48-42 edge, after they get the juices flowing after the break.

This one always looked like it was going down to the wire, and, despite grabbing a 6 point lead with 40 seconds left, UVic manages to trail by 1, off a put-back by Dal’s Lawrence, and the clock was running out.  The ball goes inside to Chris McLaughlin, who had missed much of the 4th quarter with a bleeding knee, and he tries to go up, but is wrestled (step-over-toe-hold) to the floor by the Tigers’ Sven Stammberger.  An obvious intentional foul, which should have led to 2 shots and the ball … but, no … so Mclaughlin has to hit free throws to tie, then go up 1.

Dal's Kashrell Lawrence is the game high scorer, with 21 in a close loss.

Dal’s Kashrell Lawrence is the game high scorer, with 21 in a close loss.

The Tigers get a contested shot off at the end, but it falls short.  Vikes win, and will face the machine that is Carleton in one of Saturday’s semi-finals.

UVic shoots 40% to Dalhousie’s 35%  from the floor, and Sitton’s 3 treys get him to 19 points, which gets the Vikes a white-knuckle win. Marcus Tibbs had 16 pts/ 6 assists and hit 2 huge buckets down the stretch in the tense finish. Mclaughlin was held to 10 points, but grabbed 11 boards.  Dal had 21 points / 8 rebounds from Lawrence, and 14 pts/ 9 rebs by their young post, Stammberger, and the Tigers claimed 13 offensive rebounds, which kept them close at the end.  Box Score

 

 

 CIS Awards Reflect OUA Power

Ottawa's Johnny Berhanemeskel is the CIS Top Player for 2015

Ottawa’s Johnny Berhanemeskel is the CIS Top Player for 2015

The Ontario schools dominate the list of CIS award winners and All-Canadians, announced on Wednesday, much like they’ve owned the upper reaches of the Top 10 rankings for the whole season.  Johnny Berhanemeskel of Ottawa breaks the stranglehold of  Carleton’s Phil Scrubb on the Player of the Year trophy, but Thomas Scrubb keeps the family in silverware by repeating as Top Defensive Player.

Top Rookie, Top Coach as well. Chris McLaughlin, UVic, and Javon Masters of UNB join 3 OUA stars on the 1st All-Canadian Team. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, Calgary and Tommy Nixon, UBC are 2 Canada West stars in their 5th year who get the 2nd Team honours.  Calgary’s Lars Schleuter, the CW Rookie of the Year, is a member of CIS All-Rookie team.

Here are the 2015 CIS AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS – 

Mike Moser Memorial Trophy (player of the year): Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa

Defensive player of the year: Thomas Scrubb, Carleton

Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (rookie of the year): Johneil Simpson, Brock

Stuart Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (TIMEX coach of the year): James Derouin, Ottawa

Ken Shields Award ( academics & community service): Noel Moffatt, Memorial

All – Canadians – First Team

G Johnny Berhanemeskel Ottawa 5 Ottawa, Ont.

F Thomas Scrubb Carleton 5 Richmond, B.C.

F Chris McLaughlin Victoria 5 Oakville, Ont.

G Javon Masters UNB 2 Kitchener, Ont.

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson is a 2nd Team All-Canadian

Dinos’ Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson is a 2nd Team All-Canadian

G Philip Scrubb Carleton 5 Richmond, B.C.

All – Canadians -Second Team

G Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson Calgary 5 Winnipeg, Man.

G Jahmal Jones Ryerson 5 Mississauga, Ont.

G Tyler Scott UPEI 3 Halifax, N.S.

F Tommy Nixon UBC 5 Vancouver, B.C.

F François Bourque McGill 2 Terrebonne, Que.

CIS All-Rookie Team – 

Lars Schleuter, Calgary, is on the CIS All-Rookie Team

Lars Schleuter, Calgary, is on the CIS All-Rookie Team

G Johneil Simpson Brock 1 Toronto, Ont.

G Ben Miller Acadia 1 Winnipeg, Man.

G Lars Schlueter Calgary 1 Ulm, Germany

W Alexandre Leclerc Laval 1 Saguenay, Que.

W Luke Allin Wilfrid Laurier 1 Chatham, Ont.

 

Brandon Beats Dinos, No ‘OJ’

 

 

And now … Back to the Action !

48th Annual Wesmen Classic – U. of Winnipeg

Kenonte Ramsay leads BU with 25 points.

Kenonte Ramsay leads BU with 25 points.

 Brandon Bobcats 96  Calgary Dinos  91The Brandon Bobcats knock off the #1 team in Canada West’s Pioneer Division in a free-scoring affair, highlighted by 12/27 treys cashed by the ‘Cats.  5th year guard, Kenonte Ramsay, hit 5/9 of those long bombs himself, finishing with a game-high 25 points, while Earl Thompson Jr. contributed a strong 18 pt. / 13 rebound double.  Brandon took advantage of 23 Calgary turnovers, and , despite a 46-36 rebound advantage, the Dinos could not make any head-way in the 2nd half.  Calgary got 21 apiece from 5th year forward, Phil Barndt, and 2nd year guard, Jhony Verrone.

The Dinos are missing the services of their 5th year all-star, Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, a Winnipeg native who has to look from the sideline as he nurses some nagging hurts from pre-Christmas League play.  Coach Dan Vanhooren said, “ We are being very cautious with Jarred.  We want him ready for regular season games in january, so we feel this is a chance for our young guys to get some experience.  We played pretty porous defense today, and Brandon hit some big shots;  too many turnovers really hurt as well.”    Calgary will play Lakehead in a Monday consolation game, while Brandon meets Alberta in one championship semi-final. Box Score 

Bears' Ken Otieno hits clutch shot for the win

Bears’ Ken Otieno hits clutch shot for the win

Alberta Golden Bears  65  Lakehead Thunderwolves  64 – In more of a defensive struggle, the Bears hold on for a narrow win, as Lakehead cannot get the winning bucket after Ken Otieno cashed a lay-up with 10 seconds remaining. The trio of Otieno (19 pts), Mamadou Gueye (18), and Joel Friesen (14) led the way for Alberta, who hit 9/20 from 3 point range, and forced 21 turnovers from the T’Wolves.  Lakehead out-boarded the GBs 46-31, but shot just 37% from the floor to fall just short. Lakehead got 17 from Andre Robichaud and 16 by Jmar Coke. Box Score

Results of the late games …

Jelane Pryce's 21 points  paces Winnipeg to an opening night win in their Wesmen Classic

Jelane Pryce’s 21 points paces Winnipeg to an opening night win in their Wesmen Classic

Winnipeg Wesmen  95 NAIT  Ooks  74 – The ‘home-team’ starts fast and keeps the foot on the accelerator.  as Winnipeg soundly beats a good CCAA team. Wesmen defense controls NAIt’s offense, as the Ooks shoot just 34% from the field despite 17 offensive rebounds. Jelane Pryce, with 21 pts / 10 rebounds, and Chris Baxter (18 pts on 6/11 FG and 6/6 FT) continue their hot play for the Ws.  Alvin Parker has a game-high 24 points for NAIT.  Winnipeg goes to a Monday night semi-final vs  their cross-town rival, Manitoba with NAIT playing  Regina  in an afternoon consolation match-up. Box Score

Manitoba Bisons 85  Regina Cougars  74 –  Behind the sharp-shooting of guard, Amarjit Basi, who hit 8/16 field goals and 5/10 from 3 pt range for 25 points, the Bisons rolled over Regina for 3/4s, establishing an 18 pt. lead.  Regina hung  in with a solid 4th quarter, but were too far back. Wyatt Anders led the Bisons’ rebounders, as usual with 15 to go with 16 pts.  Matt Augustine scored 16 to lead the Cougars, who were missing Canada West’s leading scorer, Jonathan Tull in this one.   Box Score

 

The Tournament Action in the ‘CIS – East’Ottawa

  • The # 2  Ottawa Gee-Gees will the focus of much attention out at the Shoveller Tournament in Halifax, which highlights the ‘late start’ events …  with Saint Mary’s, McGill, UPEI, Mt. St. Vincent, Dalhousie, Acadia, St. FX, Holland College, and #8 UNB from Jan. 2-4.
  • at Quebec City starting on Dec. 28 – Laval hosts Algoma, Nipissing, and C. Montmorency , and for the same 2 day period, in Toronto, #3 Ryerson has  Bishop’s and Mohawk College.
  • Several Eastern teams will spend time in the ‘sunny South’ of Florida, with ‘training camp’ a popular theme –  Concordia has 3 games in West Palm Beach.

 

Overtime –

  • Ukpik – snowy owl (in Inuit language)  …  an Ookipk was a toy nait ooksversion made of sealskin or wolf fur.  Popular in Canada in the ‘60s-‘70s. NAIT, in Edmonton, adopted the team name ‘OOKS’, with a snowy owl logo / mascot. The Owls , coached by former Lethbridge Pronghorns mentor, Mike Connelly, are 12-0 in the Alberta Colleges League, and ranked #3 in the pre-Christmas CCAA National rankings.  NAIT lost to both UNBC and Lakehead in October pre-season games in Edmonton.
  • This season’s CIS rankings, with 5 Ontario schools locked into the top half of the Top 10, mean that these Christmas Holiday games are less important in wildcard consideration. The likelihood is slim or non-existent that a non-OUA team will claim the extra spot at Nationals.  Calgary, for example, know they will have to be playing in the Canada West Final if they are to be one of 2 Canada West teams in Toronto for the Final 8. 

Canada West Teams Struggle

 

Can Mamadou Gueye and the Bears get on track this early season ?

Can Mamadou Gueye and the Bears get on track this early season ?

 

Top 10 Rankings a Reach for Some

If Canada West teams expect to figure prominently in the upcoming (Tuesday, October 28) CIS Top 10 polls, they need to win a few more cross-regional contests this week, after a less than sparkling showing on the last.  The ‘lost’ weekend’s play started with a 58-57 Windsor Lancers win at Fraser Valley and Western handling Trinity W.  in Langley. On Friday, UBC beats Western Ont., Saskatchewan beats Guelph, and Manitoba and MacEwan play well in losses to McMaster and Lakehead respectively.  But things get ugly on Saturday, with Windsor finishing a sweep at UBC’s Tournament by topping the ‘Birds, after they dispatched Thompson Rivers the previous night.

McMaster are among the more impressive looking squads in the pre-season.

McMaster are among the more impressive looking squads in the pre-season.

Ryerson jumps all over the Huskies in Toronto, Alberta takes another loss, this time at home vs Lakehead.  The TRU ‘Pack, bless their orange selves, gains a split by beating Western in Vancouver.  On Sunday, Saskatchewan gets edged by the Varsity Blues of UT and Laurier defeats the Herd.  So, for the week, it’s  a resounding advantage of 10 wins and 3 losses for OUA squads against Canada West opponents.

So far in the pre-season, there are 8 unbeaten CIS teams, led by Carleton at 6-0, then Cape Breton with 5-0,  Calgary and Winnipeg at 4-0, then McMaster, Ryerson, Ottawa, and Windsor with 3-0 marks.  That’s 5 OUA teams of the 8, and all 5 owning ‘significant wins over usually strong opponents’  (a somewhat vague reference, we understand, but not necessarily trivial) .

(Note – We understand that the pre-season ” is a process … a chance to see what each guy can contribute … more about how we execute, rather than the wins and losses”.  But, the wins and losses are how rankings are determined ….)

Marcus Tibbs and UVic lost 2 in their own tournament.

Marcus Tibbs and UVic lost 2 in their own tournament.

Here’s a reasonable query – which Canada West teams might be in the discussion for CIS Top 10 ranking ?  Winnipeg?  Calgary ?  The Dinos weren’t  at the top of people’s charts entering pre-season play, but maybe they can move onto the top section on the grid if they win at Cape Breton this coming week.  The W’s stay in Winnipeg, and could get to 6-0.  But what of the more ‘highly- regarded’  UVic Vikes, UBC T-Birds, Saskatchewan Huskies, and the 2014 CW champs, the Golden Bears ?  Tough to rank a 2-4 team (U of A), or the 2-2 Huskies after their disappointing eastern swing. UBC shows signs, and are at Laurier this week. The Vikes have had good wins, but may have to wait as well at 2-2, unless they’re 3-0 at the Sask. Tournament.

 

 

Here are the past Saturday/Sunday Scores For Canada West  –

Can Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson and  the Calgary Dinos carry on their  winning ways on the road ?

Can Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson and the Calgary Dinos carry on their winning ways on the road ?

Saturday, Oct. 18

at Calgary 72 Mt. Royal 69

at Brandon 76   Dakota-Bottineau 73 – ‘Cats shoot 21/33 free throws vs 7/9 for Dakota ! Earl Thompson Jr. has a 20 pt/22 rebound double … new star.

at Mayville St.   79  Regina  71

at Ryerson  84  Saskatchewan  64 – Huskies 39% FGs to 54% for Ryerson

U. Great Falls 87 Lethbridge  65

at Lewis and Clark 103  Okanagan  67

Lakehead  68 at  Alberta  54 – Mamadou Gueye goes 26 pts/18 rebs, but not much from anyone else for the GBs.

Conor Morgan should help propel the T-Birds back into contention.

Conor Morgan should help propel the T-Birds back into contention.

 UBC’s Tournament –  Windsor  90   UBC   87 –  Windsor prevails on 3 pt shooting, UBC shoots 25/33 FTs vs 9/17 for the Lancers. Conor Morgan has 34 for the T-Birds.

Thompson R.  80  Western Ont.  68 – Reese Pribilsky (22) and Josh Wolfram (20) lead the ‘Wolves

Sunday, Oct. 19

Regina  82  at Jamestown Coll. (ND)  63

at U. Toronto 68  Saskatchewan 67

at Victoria 71  Fraser Valley 58 –  box score Marcus Tibbs with 20 pts, 8 rebs, 7 assists, Vike’s Grant Sitton is 6/10 from 3 pt range for 18 pts.

at Wilfred Laurier  91  Manitoba 83 –  4 Bisons in dble figures, Stephan Walton with 22 pts, Jon Alexander has a double of 15 pts/11 rebs  box score

We have 1 week of pre-season action remaining for Canada West’s Pioneer Division teams before their Oct. 31 tip-off to the regular season.  The Explorer Division teams look like they are retreating to a neutral corner for that Halloween weekend, except the TRU ‘Pack who will be off to Gonzaga (talk about a tune-up).

 

Games for Canada West Teams This Weekend – Oct 23-26

Thursday, Oct. 23 –

the U of S’ Graham Shootout has the Huskies vs MacEwan , and UVic vs Nipissing

Friday, Oct. 24 –

Calgary at Cape Breton (Eastlink Capers Fall Classic)

Mt. Royal vs Western Ont.  (at Laval Rouge et Or Tournoi)

Sask. vs Nipissing, Vikes vs Griffs

Brandon at Manitoba

Fraser Valley at Brock,  Regina vs York (Badgers RBC Tournament)

UBC vs Waterloo (Laurier Hawks Challenge)

Winnipeg vs UNBC (at UW’s Tourn.)

Alberta vs U. Great Falls, Lethbridge vs MT St. -North. (at ‘Horns Tourney)

Thompson Rivers vs Laurentian (at UBC-O ‘Series’)

Saturday, Oct. 25 –

Calgary vs UPEI

Mt. Royal at Laval

Alberta vs Mt. St.-Northern

Lethbridge vs U. Great Falls

Brandon at Winnipeg

UBC at Laurier

Victoria at Saskatchewan

MacEwan vs Nipissing

Fraser Valley vs Ryerson

Regina vs Windsor

TRU vs Trinity W.

Okanagan vs Laurentian

Sunday, Oct. 26 –

Calgary vs UNB

Mt. Royal vs Memorial

Fraser Valley vs Windsor

Regina vs Brock

UBC vs Guelph

 

Overtime –

  • As usual, our ‘go-to’ source for scores, stats, and more is Martin Timmerman, with his cishoops.ca.  Thanks Martin !
  •  The Calgary Dinos and Fraser Valley Cascades claim supremacy in their ‘back-yard brawls’ with MRU and TWU respectively.  Now, on to more remote fields of battle.
  •  We note, from FT stats studied, that the home-court advantage is again a predictable factor.  We are entertained, but chilled by the story told to us by a coach from an Eastern school, who, with his team on the road, hears an official call, “Our ball !” , on a side out of bounds.  When you know it’s going to be uphill ….
  •  We are searching for games this week with live video … should get some at the Cape Breton event, as Eastlink is the title sponsor.