Montana State 91 Calgary 71 –
The visiting Bobcats out-scored the Dinos 26-12 in the 4th quarter to pull away from a game, but out-manned Calgary team. The NCAA Big Sky squad from Bozeman, in SW Montana, got to the rim consistently in the final 15 minutes of play. The Blue and Gold spread their scoring through the the line-up led by all-star guard, Tyler Hall with 15 points.
The Dinos went with 8 players, and noticably faded in the last 4-5 minutes; down 5 points with 5 minutes left, but unable to match the deeper ‘Cats at the finish. Lucas Mannes, a transfer guard from Chilliwack, BC (Trinity Western), led UC with 21 pts / 6 rebounds. Max Eisele looked sharp at the point, hitting 15 points / 6 assists, while red-shirt rookie Sasha Pojuzina worked hard for 7 boards and 12 points vs his bigger match-ups. These teams meet again on Saturday at 3 pm. MSU plays Alberta Friday at 7 pm and Sunday at 1 pm.
Dinos ‘Short’ in the Big Man Position
After graduating Mitch Ligertwood, having Jeff Rodehutskors transfer to Lethbridge, and losing Matt Ellis, the Calgary Dinos were left with Connor Foreman as their only returning post player. The coaches were excited to sign Rhys Larry, a veteran rebounder from Acadia, but Larry changed his mind, and will not be moving West after all.
Connor Foreman, the lone Dinos big man, will not play this weekend due to injury.
“We were unexpectedly left scrambling after the disappointments with Rodehutskors and Larry”, said Coach Dan Vanhooren. The coaches have tracked several possibilities, and may have found a B.C. high school grad to bolster the roster in the Fall. There may also be an addition of an import big man, but the staff are showing caution before pulling the trigger there.
With Foreman rehabbing an injured knee , Calgary’s biggest player is 6-7 wing man, Lars Schleuter, who will be in the middle for some alignments vs Montana State this weekend. 9 players will dress for Lead Assistant Coach Matt Skinn, who will temporarily take the reins, with Coach Vanhooren down in Indiana with Team Canada preparing for the Universiade in Taipei.
Bears Bring Experience and Talent
The 2017 Canada West Champion Alberta Golden Bears may well be the odds -on favourites to repeat in this coming season. The veteran line-up set to play Montana State in a pair of games this Friday 7 pm and Sunday 1 pm is highlighted by 5th year wing man, Mamadou Gueye (16 ppg/ 6 rebs), a 6-7 slasher who is sure to be on pre-season all-star lists.
Geoff Pippus is one of 3 Bears starters in their 5th year.
The Bears also have rugged 3rd year forward, Brody Clarke , and 5th year shooter Geoff Pippus, a dangerous outside threat. The U of A point guard, 6-2 Austin Waddoups goes into his 4th year, and triggers the Bears attack. We should see returnee guards Andre Kelly, Ivan Ikomey, and D’Wan Williams, all of whom saw significant playing time last season. 5th year, 6-6 guard, Lyndon Annetts, is another returning starter who can hit the outside shot.
5th year Alberta Head Coach, Barnaby Craddock, has added a transfer guard, Nolan Woodward, a 6-4, 4th year Montreal native, who played at 2 NCAA Div 2 schools, and will be expected to provide quality depth.
- The Canada Team for the FISU Games are now training at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. They are staying on campus at Purdue, and will play 2 games against the U.S. team, comprised totally of Purdue players, and coached by Matt Painter. Games are Friday night at Carmel (IN) HS and Saturday at Lafayette Jefferson HS and both will be streamed live on Facebook Live .
- Scores this past week from U-Sports teams vs NCAA schools –
- U. California-Riverside 73 Laval 68, UC Riverside 79 UQAM 39
- In Costa Rica … Laurentian VGs 76 U. Montana 67, Western kentucky 104 Laurentian 98
- Towson, a Div 1 school from the Baltimore area, beats UQAM 94-63, then it’s Towson 76 Carleton 64, and Towson 70 Laval 51
- In Montreal, Alabama Crimson Tide crushed McGill 96-57, but Carleton bounced back from their loss earlier in the week to clip the Tide 84-71 in Ottawa.
- McGill gave S. Methodist (Dallas, TX) a scare before falling to the Mustangs 86-83
- Brock beat Binghamton (NY) 80-69 in St. Catharines.
- Thursday games – Alabama 81 at Ottawa 71, W. Kentucky 118 Laurentian 63 (in Costa Rica), S. Methodist 98 at Ryerson 86, Towson 84 at McGill 53,