T-Birds and Dinos Pulling Away


Top two teams pulling away from the field with wins in Calgary

Dinos Thomas Cooper with a 3 -way gem in a winning effort over Saskatchewan                                   photo – David Moll – UC Athletics

at  Calgary Dinos 82   Saskatchewan Huskies  69  –  In a fairly scrappy game, the teams went to the line a total of 56 times, and there were ice packs and bandages on the bench and after the tussle.  The Dinos defense limited Saskatchewan to just 37% from the floor vs 47 % for UC.  Thomas Cooper played an inspired game for Calgary, with his 23 points/ 14 rebounds/ 7 assists, as he lays it all out at crunch time.  Shane Osayande was top man for the Huskies with 23 pts/  7 rebs, while Matt Forbes fought hard for his 18 pts/ 7 boards.  Calgary climbs to 11-2, while the Dogs drop to 8-5.   Box Score     The  2nd game is 7 pm Saturday

 UBC Thunderbirds  81  at  Mt. Royal Cougars 60  –  Up by 9 at the break, the T-Birds padded their lead by another 13 with a dominating 3rd quarter. UBC (12-1) shoots 49% to only 31% for the over-matched Cougars. Conor Morgan leads the ‘Birds with 24 points/ 7 rebs, and the rest of the team in in single digits. Brett Layton shines for the Cougars (7-6) with a double of 19 pts/ 10 boards, and Derek Wolf adds 13 points.  Box Score   It’s an early 6 pm tip on  for the Saturday contest.

logo UFVFraser Valley  73   Alberta Golden Bears 71 –  In the night’s only big upset, it’s he UFV version of the ‘Splash Bros.” , Manny Dulay and Vijay Dhillon with 9 treys between them, including Dhillon’s ‘dagger’ 3 with 45 seconds left. Dulay scores 20, and Dhillon cashes 14 as the Cascades gut out a road win to advance to 6-7.  The Bears (11-4) shoot just 35% from the floor, one of their coldest games of the year, and they are in it late through their 16/22 from the foul line vs 5/6 for the visitors. Mamadou Gueye is the U of A leader with 24 points/ 7 rebounds, while Brody Clarke hits 18 pts/ 9 rebounds/ 4 assists.  Box Score     It’s 7 pm Sat. for game 2

Lethbridge Pronghorns  76  at   Victoria Vikes 58 –  Two hot quarters do the trick for

Elliott Sentance enjoys 6th man success in ‘Horns win at UVic         photo – UL Athletics

the visiting Pronghorns, as they go a combined 47-27 in the 1st and 3rd.  The Vikes are as cold as they can be at 24% from the floor, while Lethbridge manages 43% , including 9/18 from 3 point range. Elliott Sentance plays the 6th man role to  perfection for the ‘Horns, with 22 points in 18 minutes off the bench, going 4/5 from deep.  Zac Overwater scores 15 in a similar role as a sub for the visitors as Coach Mike Hansen rolls his whole line-up at UVic.   Grant Sitton’s 18 points and 12  rebounds pace the Vikes, and Scott Kellum scores 15, including 4/5 from 3 point territory.  Box Score    7 pm Saturday

at Brandon Bobcats 95 Regina Cougars 91  –  This was a very well played game by both teams, and a couple of extra finishes off turnovers salted it away for the ‘Cats. Brandon (6-9)  scores 55 in a wild 2nd half, including the winning 5 points straight in the final minute.  Regina (6-7)  has several chances to close the gap, but gets nothing to drop at the end.  30 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists for a career effort by the Bobcats Tyvon Cooper, with Chris Stanhope pouring in 26 pts on 10/13 and 5/6 from outside.  Both teams are over 40% from 3 point range. Regina has 5 starters in double digits , led by the 19 with 9 boards by Alex Igual, and a tidy 10 points/ 8 boards from Samuel Hillis.   Box Score    7 pm Saturday for game 2.

Manitoba Bisons 108  at Trinity Western Spartans  76 –   It was 57 – 29 Manitoba at the half, and the teams basically traded hoops for the 2nd half.  The Bisons (7-6) destroy the Trinity defense, shooting 59% from the floor, led by 20 points from Justus Alleyn.  Rookie forward James Wagner scores 18 for the Herd off the bench, and Joey Nitychoruk adds 16.  TWU’s Pogos Trunyan tallied a game high 24 points on 6/8 from beyond the arc.    Box Score             Game 2 is 7 pm Saturday


In the East – 

AUS – Thurs. –  #9 Dalhousie 101 at Acadia  84 –  The Tigers are the AUS leaders, and they go to Wolfeville and play one of their better offensive games.  Dal plays at home vs  UNB on Saturday.            Friday –  Saint Marys 101 Cape Breton 70

Quebec –  On Thursday –   at Concordia 66   #7 McGill  56 –  Stingers avenge big 96-56 drubbing from the Redmen at McGill back in late November.  ‘The Beehive’ proves to be a friendlier venue as this Quebec League seems less predictable /  more competitive as we get deeper into the schedule.           Fri –  UQAM 70 Bishops 61

OUA – #1  Carleton 90  Guelph  54 , #2 Ottawa  89  Lakehead  60,  #8 Brock 77 Queens  63,  Windsor 89  Algoma 47, Nipissing 69  Laurentian 66, York 71  McMaster 68,


Overtime – 

  • Canada West Women’s scores … Regina 77 Brandon 40, Mt. Royal 80  UBC 75 !!!  ,  Saskatchewan 62  Calgary 53 , Alberta 63  UFV  51, Trinity W 70 Manitoba 65,  Victoria  84  Lethbridge 59

Dinos ‘D’ Dusts Vikes



Dinos Speed Kills the Vikes

Thomas Cooper scores 30 in a big Dinos win in Victoria.

Thomas Cooper scores 30 in a big Dinos win in Victoria.       photo-  David Moll, UC

Calgary 101 at Victoria 75 –  The Dinos’ team speed and defensive pressure wore -down the Vikes, as the visitors went on scoring runs triggered by team D . A 15-2 run to finish the half pushes Calgary’s margin to 19, as their defense creates opportunities. Scoring inside and out, the Dinos (2-1) get a ‘quiet’ 30 points from Thomas Cooper as he hits 4/7 from 3.  Every Dino save the injured Matt Ellis hits the scoresheet, as they shoot 51% from the floor.  The Vikes are beaten 9-19 in turnovers, and 25-35 on the boards, as they drop to 1-2. Wayne Tucker Jr with 19 points and Scott Kellum with 18 are UVic’s top scorers.  Box Score   

at Brandon 82   UBC-O 69   –  The ‘Cats (1-2) shoot out the lights at 56% from the floor, led by 22 from import guard, Tyvon Cooper,  Earl Thompson claimed 13 rebounds to go with 9 points. A reasonably loose affair with 31 turnovers by the winners and a mere 24 from the losing Heat.  Okanagan  (1-2) shot just 32%, and had Aldrich Berrios as their top scorer with 22 plus 8 rebounds.  Box Score  

at Manitoba 90   Thompson Rivers  68  –  A slow start for the Herd, but they get rumbling in the 2nd half for 52 points, as TRU goes icy cold (8 pts) in the 4th. Keith Omoerah scores 20/ 5 rebs/ 4 asst/ 3 steals to lead the way for the 2-1 Bisons. 4 other Manitoba  players in double figures.  The ‘Pack (0-3) get 19 points from Luke Morris and 18 by Volodymyr Iegorov, but commit 23 turnovers to just 10 from UM.     Box Score

Chan De Ciman leads the Huskies over previously unbeaten Winnipeg.

Chan De Ciman leads the Huskies over previously unbeaten Winnipeg.

  at Saskatchewan 76  Winnipeg 68 –  Winnipeg (2-1) finish strong, with a 29 point final  frame, but the Huskies cruise to their 2nd win vs 1 loss.  The foul line is good to Saskatchewan as they gobble up 16/23 vs only 5/5 for the visitors.  U of S hits just 36% from the floor, but are helped by 21 UW turnovers.  Chan De Ciman rings up 21 points for the home side, while Shane Osayande posts a double of 18 points/ 12 rebounds.  Narcisse Ambanza, the Ws rookie guard , is the game high man with 23 points. Box Score

at MacEwan 88  Regina  84  –  The Griffs (2-1) enjoy home court, and hold off a late charge from Regina (1-2), with Thadius Galvez and Adonis Monfort -Palomino cashing clutch free-throws in the last 20 seconds. Ryan Coleman is off the bench with 21 points to lead Mac scoring, as 4 others also post double figures, including Denzel james with 14 / 7 rebs/ 7 asst/ 6 blocks! Alex Igual has a game -high 23 for the Cougars including 5/9 from 3.   Box Score     


Trinity W.  90  at Fraser Valley  82  OT –  Surprise !  Trinity (2-1) comes out firing (48% FG) against a defensive – minded Cascades (1-2) team , and they gut out an OT win in Abbotsford.  Pogos Trunyan is top Spartan with 20 points, while Max Vitala with 18/ 6 rebounds is one of 4 other TWU players in double figures.  UFV get 28 points/ 13 rebounds from forward, Mark Johnson, and 17 pts/ 12 assists from Manny Dulay.  Box Score    


Alberta 78 at UNBC 69 –  UNBC plays the Bears tough, but Alberta (3-0) shoots 50% from the floor, with 19 points/ 7 rebounds from Austin Waddoups.  Brody Clarke adds 16 pts/ 9 boards, as U of A out-rebounds the T’Wolves 44-31. Rhys Elliott is the game’s high scorer for the Timberwolves (0-3)  with 21 points. Box Score   

Sat. –  Mt. Royal travels to Lethbridge for game 2.


More CIS scores –

 NW Christian 92 (NAIA)    at  UBC 80  – Conor Morgan’s 27 points are not enough in an OT loss in this non-league affair.   Box Score  

Atlantic –  Acadia 85 at Cape Breton 67, UNB 102  UPEI  87

Ontario –   at McMaster 82  Lakehead 76,  Windsor 76  at Nipissing 73 .                    at Laurentian 77  Western Ont. 73  ,   Ryerson  88 at Toronto 61  ,  at York  83  Queens 74  ,  at Laurier 71  Algoma 65


Overtime –

Danger zone ! Narrow area creating turnovers.

Danger zone ! Narrow area creating turnovers.

  •   New stat … how many times does a team lose the ball on the increasingly annoying ‘stepping / standing out of bounds in the ‘alleyway’ outside the 3 point line’, at the baseline.  Yes, that area where the arrow is pointing !   Just big enough to get your size 11 feet down for the 3 pt attempt, but not big enough for size 13? The careless turnovers in that zone are prompted by a) the desire to score the trey b) disciplining yourself to ‘spot up outside the 3 pt. line … “No long 2s, guys !” , and c) the very narrow pathway provided by the deep FIBA line.  Annoying, and costly, at times.