Top 2 Teams Meet in Vancouver

 

 

Canada West  leaders square – off  in Vancouver this weekend

West-Coast showdown for old rivals UBC – Alberta

The UBC Thunderbirds (9-1) have ‘lured’ the 11-1 Alberta Golden Bears into War Memorial Gym for a top – 2  showdown this weekend.  Both teams have visions of claiming the top spot, and a sweep by either would be tremendous.

These teams both score very well, and shoot it around 46% from the field. The Bears are the bigger threats from 3 pt. range, with Austin Waddoups, Geoff Pippus, and Ivan Ikomey all in the top 5 long range snipers in CW.  U of A also has an exceptional rebounding team, and the T’Birds will see the board battle as a focus for this match-up.  The Bears own a 5 – 3 edge over the ‘Birds in games played over the past 3 seasons.

Who to look for?        UBCConor Morgan – CW top scorer @ 25.3 ppg ,  Jordan Jensen-Whyte, 5th year guard, 13.3 ppg, who is a big game performer, and 5th year defensive stopper, Will Ondrik (10.6 ppg), who’s shooting 49% FG.

Alberta –    Austin Waddoups is a feisty, confident lead guard who’s over 50% from anywhere on the floor!  Brody Clarke is a skilled big man, scoring 15 ppg/ 7.5 rebs. and Mamadou Gueye averages 16 ppg/ 7 boards.

The 6th man comparison is intriguing, with former T-Bird, Geoff Pippus, a big scoring threat for the Bears, and young Taylor Browne giving UBC a spark in his 19 mins/game.   We have to call it a toss-up, and expect a split in 2 very tight games.  A sweep either way is a likely ‘game-changer’ for a League finish.

 

‘Horns and Huskies in a swing series at Lethbridge

‘Bridge Town sees renewal of heated Prairie feud

Here are 2 teams looking to contend, and the 8-4 Pronghorns want to use home floor to distance themselves from Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, and Regina. But either in Saskatoon or S. Alberta, over the last 4 seasons Saskatchewan and Lethbridge have split their annual 2 game set evenly.

The ‘Horns ‘king-pin’ is 4th year import guard, Dejon Burdeaux (Oakland, CA), a 2-way leader who shoots 53% from the floor, scores 15 ppg, shares 4.5 assists, grabs 5.5 rebounds, and steals it 3.7 times a game.  UL’s other weapons include import guard, Elliott Sentance, a premier scorer (19.6 ppg, 3rd in CW), who claims 7.3 rebs/game, and Zac Overwater, a 6-8 wing (13.2 ppg) from Lethbridge.

The Sled Dogs (6-4) respond with a powerful inside game, led by the dynamic Shane Osayande, a 6-6, 4th year forward (Toronto), who averages a double of  19 points and 11 rebounds.  A healthy Matt Forbes (12 ppg/8 rebs), a  5th year bruiser, helps the Huskies with their team  +10 rebound margin, and is upping his scoring totals. Speedy guards, Alex Unruh Saskatoon), and Chan De Ciman (Regina) get perimeter help from Jaylan Morgan, a 6-5 swingman, and 6-3 import addition Lawrence Moore.

Why would we expect anything but a split here?  Two good teams, rounding into form will make for a dynamite series in the ‘Bridge Town’.

 

More Canada West action –

Two Winnipeg teams on the road this week –

Denzel Lynch Blair leads the Wesmen against TRU

> The 8-4 Winnipeg Wesmen, led by guards Denzel Lynch-BlairWilliam Sesay, and Sean Tarver head to Kamloops to play the TRU Wolf Pack (6-6).  The ‘Pack have an 8-2 record over the Wesmen in games since 2008.  Thompson Rivers big men Volodymyr Iegorov and Luke Morris will challenge the Ws, and we feel a split may be in the cards.

>  Closer to home base, the Manitoba Bisons (4-6) start their 2nd half at the Regina Cougars (6-4), with the Herd anxious to fulfill the promise of a veteran team coming off a big Wesmen Classic win.  Alex Igual and the Cougars will have to be at their best against Keith Omoerah and the Bisons.

>  Mt. Royal Cougars (5-5) fly to Prince George, BC to face the UNBC Timberwolves (4-8), and MRU are looking to bounce back from a home loss to Brandon.  This series will feature ‘Wolves shooters Rhys Elliott and Marcus MacKay against Cougars forwards Brett Layton and Josh Ross. Neither team will be satisfied with anything but a sweep.

Bobcats shooting guard, Tyvon Cooper

> Victoria Vikes  (3-7) at UBC-O Heat (2-10) –  UVic’s backs are against the wall.  Any play-off hopes for Grant Sitton and the Vikes cannot allow under-dog heroics from the Heat guard pair of Mitch Goodwin and Aldrich Berrios.

>  Another Prairie match-up has the 4-8 Brandon Bobcats at home against the veteran 3-9 MacEwan Griffins.  Brandon is showing new life, with 2nd year guard, ‘Pookie’ Saunders stepping up to complement high scorer Tyvon Cooper and stellar forward, Earl Thompson Jr.  The Griffs’ Thadius Galvez, Denzel James, and 5th year forward, Keith Gerdes will keep it interesting.

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Scores from the East –

Ontario –  at #10 McMaster 85 Laurier 54, at Windsor 85  Western Ont. 78

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Overtime –

  • UFV’s Adam Friesen, on his team’s focus going into their road series at #5 U. Calgary.  “We know we’re facing a really good team, but we hope to come in excited and loose,” Friesen said. “This is going to be a great opportunity to test ourselves and get better. We want to see if we can compete for all 40 minutes harder than we ever have this season, because if we don’t, it’s going to be a long night.” (From Dan Kinvig – UFV Athletics)
  • Conor Morgan video –  5th year star looks to lift T-Birds … from high school prodigy to pro prospect for UBC’s outstanding 6-9 forward.

 

 

 

Huskies Cage Cougars

 

 

Big rebounding edge gives the Huskies a lift

Shane Osayande leads the Huskies in their win at Regina Friday.

Shane Osayande leads the Huskies in their win at Regina Friday.  photo – Huskies Athletics

Saskatchewan 77  at Regina  53 –  Saskatchewan (5-2) gets game 1 in the Prairie battle in Regina, but the prettiest thing about this one were the Huskies rebound stats.  Chan De Ciman was ‘slacking off’ with just 6 boards, with the other 4 starters at 9, 9,10, and 10, while Emmanuel Akintunde scoops a team high 11 in his 17 minutes off the bench.  68 boards for the ‘Dogs vs 38 for the Cougars.  With the 25% FG shooting from Regina (4-3), and a cool 34% from the winners there were a ton available.  Shane Osayande leads U of S with 22 pts/ 10 boards, and Matt Forbes counts 20 pts/9 rebs.   Brandon Tull is a lone Cougar in double figurees with 12 points.     Box Score   

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 at Brandon 101  Fraser Valley  84  –  The Bobcats hit the century mark for the first time this season, as they pile up 54 in the 2nd half.  Brandon  shoots 49% from the field, with 12/26 (46%) from 3 point range in the game. The ‘Cats, now 3-6, forced 18 Cascades turnovers, and had all 5 starters score 12 pts+. Earl Thompson Jr. had another good outing for BU, hitting 26 pts/ 13 rebounds, while Chris Stanhope scored 18, and Tyvon Cooper had 17.  UFV (2-5) shot only 33% on the night;  their top man was Denver Sparks- Guest, who came off the bench for 21 points.     Box Score  

Lethbridge 89 at Trinity Western 81 –  Lethbridge come back after trailing early, and they go to 5-4, while Trinity drops to 2-7.  Mike Pierzchala and Zac Overwater both score 24 for the ‘Horns, while Vartan Tanielian leads the Spartans with 21. Box Score

 

  Thompson Rivers  87  at UNBC 81  –  Playing without their top offensive threat, an injured Rhys Elliot, the Timberwolves got an amazing 39 point team effort in the 4th quarter, but couldn’t make up for the 69-42 deficit after 3/4s.  The Wolf Pack shot a surgical 55% from the floor, led by Volodymyr Iegorov’s 23 points/ 5 rebs/ 6 assts. UNBC get 22 points from import Austin Chandler, but shoot just 36% themselves. They rally in the late stages with 12 treys (vs 5 for TRU) and 25/30 from the line. The ‘Pack improve to 4-5, now tied with the T’Wolves.  Box Score 

at  #2 UBC  100  UBC- Okanagan  64 –  The Thunderbirds (7-0) finished in a punishing 53-32 fashion, as the visiting Heat (1-8) hung in to as close as 14 points late in the 3rd quarter,  but were overwhelmed.  UBC’s  Conor Morgan takes over the Canada West scoring lead with a 34 point night, and Jordan Jensen-Whyte adds 20 pts/ 5 steals. Mitch Goodwin led UBC-O with 15 pts, and Aldrich Berrios tallied 9 pts/ 7 boards.  Key stats –  29 Heat turnovers vs 12 for the ‘Birds, and  33/41 free throws for the home side against  16/22 for UBC.   Box Score 


 

Other U-Spots games Friday

 Quebec-  Concordia  72  at UQAM 65

 Carleton Coach, Dave Smart, in the huddle with his Ravens, during their game with Brock tonight .

Carleton Coach, Dave Smart, in the huddle with his Ravens, during their game with Brock tonight .   photo –  Ron Wuotila for Canada West Hoops

Ontario –  at  #1 Carleton 80  #5 Brock 68,  at #4  Ottawa 79  #7  McMaster 59,  Algoma 76  at York 73 , Nipissing 83  at Waterloo  78,  at  Laurier 81 Laurentian 75


 

Overtime –

  • Why do coaches develop ‘eye-tics’ and other nervous afflictions?  Well, one reason may be the Canada West playoff tie-breaking system.  This process takes place after all League games are done in February, but is cause for concern even now.  Here are the first 3 criteria . 1. Win/Loss record in head to head competition. 2. Win/Loss record versus common opponents. 3. Each team’s RPI ranking.  We are not likely to go beyond this RPI, but we may well get to it.  The Rating % Index is a complicated formula to judge a team based on their winning percentage, that of their League opponents, and of their  opponents’  opponents .   At present here are some RPIs … Manitoba 3W-6L – .6042 RPI = 3rd in Canada West  ?!  …   Regina 4W-3L – .4218 RPI  = 14th in the CW RPI !!  More to come.  Oh … #1 Carleton Ravens are 9-0 vs all CIS opponents, and 9th in the National RPI ranking.
  • Our continuing thanks and appreciation for the amazing work done by Martin Timmerman (Waterloo, ON) on his web-site   cishoops.ca  .  Schedules, results, team information, league standings across the country, and an absolute wealth of statistics, records, and salient facts about Canadian University Basketball. ( Martin, you ‘Da Dog’ !)
  • Is the 3 point shot ‘ruining the game’  or making it more exciting ? Let’s
    MRU's Josh Ross fires a deep one for 3 points !

    MRU’s Josh Ross fires a deep one for 3 points !    photo-  MRU Athletics

    look at some stats and recent results …  9-0 Alberta are the leading 3 point shooting team in Canada West @ 43.9% , then Calgary (6-1) @39.9%, but UBC (6-0) are 13th in the League @30% from outside the arc!  The 4-2 Saskatchewan Huskies just 29.8%, which is well below the UBC-O Heat (1-7), who shoot 35.1% on 3s. In Thursday’s Calgary win (87-83) at Mt. Royal, the Dinos were 50.8% from the floor, but 3/17 (17.6%) from 3 pt range.  The smaller Cougars (especially after their 6-8 post man, Brett Layton was injured early on) used the 3 point shot as a primary focus of their attack.  MRU were only 37% from the floor, but, of those 70 shots, 31 were from outside, and they made 12 for 38.7% and 36 very valuable points!  (And the fans seemed pretty excited ….)

 

 

Morgan Has a Huge Weekend

 

 

UBC’s Conor Morgan leads our ‘Stars of the Week’ list in Canada West

Player of the Week - UBC's Conor Morgan

Player of the Week – UBC’s Conor Morgan

Conor Morgan – UBC …  The Thunderbirds ‘Big Bird’ brings the pain to the Vikes in his home -town on Friday, then at War Memorial in Vancouver on Sunday.  60 Pts,  17 rebounds,  5 assists 4 steals is a big-time weekend!

Denzel Lynch-Blair – Winnipeg … The shooting guard helps the Ws to a pair of wins over Brandon with his 48 pts, 16 rebounds , 5 assts, and 5 steals.

Tyvon Cooper – Brandon … He came in with a rep as a big scorer, and he’s very consistent for the ‘Cats as a passer as well. Two game totals of 47 points, 9 rebounds, 13 assists, 5 steals.

Grant Sitton – Victoria … continues to be the mainstay for his Vikes.  They come close to knocking off the T’Birds in Vancouver on Sunday. 40 pts, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals in the 2 rivalry games.

Volodymyr Iegorov – Thompson Rivers … The big man scores 42 points, grabs 22 rebounds, and has 8 assists in the ‘Pack sweep of the Okanagan Heat.

Earl Thompson Jr. – Brandon … 43 points, 16 rebounds in the 2 game set with Winnipeg, with a big double-double on Thursday.

More outstanding players from Week 5 … Keith Omoerah – Manitoba … The wing man records a pair of double-doubles, as he totals 28 pts/ 20 rebounds in 2 tough home losses to the Bears.   Josh Ross – Mt. Royal  38 pts/ 22 rebs … Brody Clarke – Alberta  33 points 15 rebounds …  Thomas Cooper – Calgary  36 pts/ 11 rebounds/ 5 asst/ 7 steals …  Tyler Wise – MacEwan  27 pts/ 11 boards Saturday win over MRU … Aldrich Berrios with 27 points/ 9 rebs for UBC-O in the tight loss … Austin Waddoups – Alberta … The import guard shoots out the lights in Friday’s win at Manitoba, 31 pts/ 3 assists.


 

Who’s the best ‘6th Man’ in Canada West this season ?

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Calgary Dinos ace 6th Man, Jhony Verrone.

Calgary Dinos ace 6th Man, Jhony Verrone.               photo – Canada West Hoops

These players do not regularly start games.  They come in for energy, to change the pace, to defend a hot opponent, or to give relief to the lead guard, the post in early foul trouble, or a shooter who is cold on the night.  We look at the ability to score coming off the bench like Johneil Johnson, defend like Jhony Verrone,  rebound like Michael Rouault and Tyler Wise, and handle the ball as smartly as, well, Verrone.

The 6th man knows he’s getting in, but sometimes not exactly when that will be.  He knows his time off the bench may be limited, and that his efficiency on the court is very important if his team is to thrive.  Less than half-way through the schedule, we’ve picked our top 5 ‘relievers’, but all on our list are doing a great job for his team.

1. Jhony Verrone – Dinos,  2. Michael Rouault –  Wolf Pack,  3. Max Viitala – Spartans,  4. Narcisse Ambanza – Wesmen,  5. Johneil Johnson – Green Cougars.


 

Prairie City Rivals Tip-off Thursday

There are three cross-town rivalries in Canada West (we count Langley and Abbotsford as separate ‘kingdoms’).  In this final week of League play prior to the exam break and the Christmas Holidays, schools involved in all three of these ‘City Wars’ are poised for battle.

Mt. Royal vs Calgary in the Crowchild Classic are one of three Prairie 'City Wars' on tap for Thursday night.

Mt. Royal vs Calgary in the Crowchild Classic are one of three Prairie ‘City Wars’ on tap for Thursday night.

The longest -standing  of these is Winnipeg – Manitoba in the ‘Duckworth Challenge’, with Calgary – Mt. Royal (Crowchild Classic)  and MacEwan – Alberta  (‘ North – South Games’ ?)  relative late-comers.  All 3 games are at 8 pm local time on Thursday , with the Women’s games at 6 pm.

Thursday –  Wesmen at Bisons ,  Dinos at Cougars,  Griffins at Bears                      Saturday – Bisons at Wesmen, Cougars at Dinos , Bears at Griffins

 

 

Bears Hold on for 7th Win

 

 

 Waddoups on fire for GBs in tight finish at Manitoba

Austin Waddoups' big game leads U of A over the Bisons.

Austin Waddoups’ big game leads U of A over the Bisons.

#10 Alberta 88  at Manitoba  85 –  The Bears (7-0) remain unbeaten with a road win, as they dodge multiple Manitoba attempts to tie it up in the final 30 seconds. Alberta are 53% from the floor and the Herd are right there at 52%.  The visitors, however, cash 10 treys on 18 tries to just 5/18 for the Bisons, and that proves decisive.  This is a tough blow for Manitoba, who drop to 2-5 despite having 5 players in double figures.  The UM defense had no answer for Alberta’s Austin Waddoups , who led all scorers with 31 points, including 6/9 from the outside.     Bears – Waddoups 31 pts/ 3 assists, Brody Clarke 18 pts/ 7 rebs   Bisons  Keith Omoerah 18 pts/ 10 rebs, Justus Alleyn 17 pts/ 6 rebs, James Wagner 16 pts/ 5 boards.   Box Score  

Winnipeg 87  at Brandon 81  –  Winnipeg (6-2) roars back from a 10 point deficit after 3/4s, with a 27-11 final 10 minutes.  The Bobcats were looking good on the home court, and shot 46% from the floor, led by strong games from both Tyvon Cooper and John Paul.  The Ws took advantage of 25 free throws (making 18) to just 7/14  for Brandon, and the ‘Cats turned it over 18 times to only 12 for UW.   Wesmen-  Denzel Lynch- Blair  29 pts/ 10 rebs, William Sesay 21 pts/ 9 rebs   Bobcats – Tyvon Cooper 20 pts/ 5 rebs/ 5 asst, John Paul  20 pts/ 13 boards.  Box Score   

Tyler Wise is strong inside for the Griffs at MRU.

Tyler Wise is strong inside for the Griffs at MRU.    photo – MacEwan Athletics

  MacEwan  93  at Mt. Royal  75 –  Just 24 hours, but there’s a 42 point swing in favour of the visitors from Thursday’s MRU win.  Mac (3-5) looked like the team with more zip, as their whole line-up worked hard for this road victory.  Denzel James, Thadius Galvez, and Tyler Wise led the charge in a 55 point 2nd half for the Griffs. MRU cooled off tonight, shooting 42% FG, and were out-rebounded 49-36 by a more aggressive MacEwan squad.    Griffins- Tyler Wise 27 pts/ 11 rebs, Denzel James 26 pts/ 5 rebs/ 6 asst, Thadius Galvez 16 pts/ 5 rebs  Cougars – Josh Ross 26 pts/ 8 rebs, Brett Layton 12 pts/10 boards.   Box Score  

 

Regina 107  at Trinity Western 74  – It was 54-24 at the half. Turn out the lights at the Langley Events Centre … game!  TWU did come back in the 2nd half with 50 points, but they also surrendered another 53 to the insatiable Cougars. 51% FG shooting including 15/33  from outside for the visitors. Regina, who had 7 players in double figures,  moves up to 3-2, while Trinity drops to 2-5 on the season.   Cougars  – Johneil Johnson  16 pts, Alex Igual 15 pts, Ramiro Martinez  14 pts  Spartans – Vartan Tanielien 23 pts/ 5 rebs/ 3 asst, Patrick Vandervelden 17 pts/ 8 rebs      Box Score 

at Thompson Rivers 78   UBC-O 75 –  Playing at home, the ‘Pack are behind to their Okanagan rivals by as much as 12 points early in the final frame. Behind the timely scoring of Derek Rhodes and Michael Rouault, TRU (2-5) nips the Heat (1-6) at the wire, however.      Wolf Pack –  Derek Rhodes 25 pts/ 4 asst, Volodymyr Iegorov 20 pts/ 9 rebs/ 6 asst   Heat –  Aldrich Berrios 227 pts/ 9 rebs, Buzz Truss 16 pts.  Box Score  

 

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UNBC 66 at Fraser Valley  63 –   Trailing by 8 at the half, the T’Wolves (3-4) play a sharp 3rd quarter to snatch a 3 point lead then fight back in the last 2 minutes after UFV (2-3) takes a slim lead.  In a break-out game, transfer guard  James Agyeman (Laurier) is the game high scorer from his point spot for the Wolves. UNBC shoots only 31% from the floor, but hit more FTs and more 3 pt shots to take the W.    Timberwolves  – James Agyeman 22 pts/ 7 rebs/ 4 asst, Vaggelis Loukas 7 pts/ 8 rebs  Cascades    Vijay Dhillon 13 pts  Box Score 

#2 UBC 82   at Victoria  69 –   The T’Birds move on to 5-0 with a win in Victoria, as they establish their 13 point margin after 3/4s and hold steady from there. UBC wins with a rebounding (37-30) and a turnover (7-13) advantage over the Vikes.  UVic (2-5) shot the same 49% as the Thunderbirds, but could not make any headway on the scoreboard.  Thunderbirds – Conor Morgan 23 pts/ 6 rebs, Jordan Jensen-Whyte 20 pts/ 5 rebs  Vikes –   Wayne Tucker Jr. 21 pts/ 4 rebs, Grant Sitton 16 pts/ 111 rebs/ 3 blks   Box Score 

 


Friday scores from the East –

Quebec … Laval 80  at UQAM  71

Ontario … #1 Carleton 79  at Nipissing 59 , #4 Ottawa 74 at Laurentian 59 , #8 Ryerson 111 at  Algoma 61 , Queens 76 at  Lakehead 75


 

 

Overtime –

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  •   Saskatchewan’s 3rd year wing man, Jaylan Morgan (Brampton, ON), on his experience in his 1st season with the Huskies. – “I believe everything happens for a reason. I’ve been put in this position for a reason and i’m going to take full advantage of it and help this team win as many games as possible,” Morgan said.  From a Global News story by Ryan Flaherty. 
  • Before Friday’s game in Victoria, the Vikes had won 8 of the past 11 meetings between these long-time rivals. Before their Friday game in Winnipeg, the Bears had a 9-5 record over the Bisons since 2010.
  • We are amazed and impressed by the timely ‘return to duty’ by both Lethbridge coach, Mike Hansen, after having had hip surgery only just about a month ago, and of MRU coach, Marc Dobell, who is back on the bench following a summer ‘heart episode’.  We know their teams appreciate their coaches’ presence, and their passion for the game.  We wish you both the best as you manage your recovery.
  • Marquee rebounding combos …  Both twosomes average 20+ rebounds/ game Saskatchewan’s Shane Osayande (12.3) and Matt Forbes (8.8) … Mt. Royal’s Josh Ross (10.6) and Brett Layton (9.4) .
  • We’re impressed with the play of UC transfer, Adonis Monfort-Palomino, for the MacEwan Griffins.  He brings solid defense, energy, and a dependable lead guard presence at his new school.

Big 2nd Half Leads to Dinos Road Win

 

Calgary defense creates havoc in the Lethbridge back-court

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 #3 Calgary 95  at Lethbridge 71 –  This is an odd one from the outset, with neither team looking sharp in the opening 10 minutes.  A messy ball-handling effort, especially by Lethbridge (22 turnovers), as they face relentless  Calgary pressure.  After the 10-7 cold start, the Dinos (4-1) wind up 10/20 from 3 pt range, and 46% from the floor to only 37% for UL (4-3) . With just 1 point at the half, Thomas Cooper comes through with 18 in the 2nd to pace the  57 point, 2nd half outburst.      Dinos – Thomas Cooper 19 pts/ 5 rebs/ 4 asst/ 3 steals, Lars Schleuter 16 pts/ 4 of 6 from 3, Mambi Diawara 15 pts/ 8 rebs.  Pronghorns –  Elliott Sentance 21 pts/ 10 rebs,,  Dejon Burdeaux 7 pts/ 9 rebs/ 8 asst/ 4 steals      Box Score 

Ryan Cunningham is hot for the Cougars.

Ryan Cunningham is hot for the Cougars.

at Mt. Royal 90  MacEwan  66 –  Another strong offensive effort from the Cougars, who are 53.7% from the floor, including 9/18 from 3 point range. 4 MRU players in double figures, with a career night for Ryan Cunningham with 22 points.   Mt. Royal now 4-1 on the season, while Mac slips to 2-5.     Cougars –  Cunningham 22 pts/ 4 rebs, Josh Ross 12 pts/ 10 rebs/ 6 asst, Glen Yang 15 pts/ 8 rebs/ 3 asst   Griffins – Thadius Galvez  21 pts/ 3 rebs,  Adonis Monfort-Palomino 10 pts.  Box Score  

Winnipeg  93  Brandon 83 – The Bobcats (2-5) trail by as many as 24 points earlier on as Winnipeg start a smaller, quick line-up . BU come back to within 5, but , with 5 players in double figures, the Wesmen (5-2) hold on in the final minutes . Wesmen – Narcisse Ambanza 23 pts/ 6 rebs/ 4 asst,  Denzel Lynch-Blair 19 pts/ 6 rebs, Sean Tarver  18 pts/ 6 rebs     Bobcats – Earl Thompson Jr.  28 pts/ 10 rebs, Tyvon Cooper, 27 points/ 4 rebs/ 8 asst   Box Score


 

The Eccentric Canada West Schedule (Part 3)

  • Editor’s note –  Yes, we do carry on about this schedule, but it such an obvious target.  We understand that the League office is receiving unsolicited alternate scheduling ideas for future seasons.  What a surprise!

Following are the number of home and away games for Canada West teams this season. A bit of a ‘mish-mash’, you’ll notice …

Alberta – 10-10     Brandon 11-9, Calgary 11-9,  UFV 11-9,  Lethbridge 10-10, Mac 9-11, Manitoba 9-11, MRU 10-10,  UBC-Okanagan  10-10, Regina 10-10, Saskatchewan 10-10, TRU  10-10, Trinity  9-11, UBC 11-9, UNBC 10-10, UVic 9-11, Winnipeg 10-10

No, this is not equitable, but some of these differences could be fixed with a little more home and home activity. Here … UBC and Trinity Western play one at War Memorial and the next at Langley.  Shazam!  They’re both 10 home and 10 away.  And … Calgary does the same with MacEwan, evening out both to 10-10. Manitoba and Brandon should play a home and home , and they both go to 10-10. Now for the Vikes and the Cascades … home and home makes them even at 10-10.

You’re welcome ….  Oh, is that whining I hear about how ‘They owe us from last season?”  Let’s get past that, especially if we want a workable schedule.  Besides, the home and home arrangement is far better from the fan’s perspective.  The doubleheader is not a good format; we know that travel costs pretty well favours these, but the more we can do home and homes, the better for marketing the product.  It builds rivalries, and makes it more interesting for everyone  involved.

We can’t get everyone into home and home games and still maintain 10-10 for everyone with this 17 team League alignment.  Regina and Saskatchewan should definitely play one at each other’s gym every year, but who else can they combine with?  Brandon, maybe.  Yes, Brandon has 4 home and homes, and Sask and Regina 2 each.

 


Wednesday / Thursday scores from the East –

#6 McMaster 92  Guelph 77,   Laurier  90  Western Ont. 84   OT,  St. FX  1-2  Cape Breton 91    …      #9  McGill 96 Concordia 56,  #7 Dalhousie 75 at Acadia 71

 

Wesmen, Pronghorns Highlight Week 3

 

Week 3 –  Pronghorns Go to Winnipeg, Two 3-1 Teams Tussle

Denzel Lynch-Blair and his Wesmen teammates host the Lethbridge Pronghorns this week.

William Sesay and his Wesmen teammates host the Lethbridge Pronghorns this week.    photo –    UW Athletics

Lethbridge (3-1) at Winnipeg Wesmen (3-1)  –  Here are two teams perched near the top, and a sweep for either would be a major coup.  The Wesmen are quick, aggressive on defense.  They are shooting the ball well (45% FG) and scoring more from 3 point range (10.3 per game) than in the past. The Ws also are +6 on their rebounding. Import guard Sean Tarver (15.8 ppg) has added offensive depth to the Winnipeg attack.  ’15-’16 all-star, Denzel Lynch Blair (15.5 ppg) has now expanded his game, and there are 5 more Wesmen who are contributing 8 ppg or more.

Lethbridge, like the Wesmen, are scoring just over 80 ppg, but not as much from outside.  They are also a +6 rebounding team, and the ‘Horns defense has been sharp at limiting the opponents 3 pt FG% (29%, which is 2nd in CW).  U of L have 4 scorers averaging double figures … Elliott Sentance with 18.8 ppg, Dejon Burdeaux at 17 ppg, Zac Overwater 14.8, and Mike Pierzchala 12.5.  Our call – In a tight match-up, UW has the home court.

Manitoba (2-2) at UBC (2-0)-  Manitoba won a 66-64 home court decision vs the ‘Birds last January, but that is the only time in 21 games dating back to 2001. This season the Thunderbirds are #2 ranked and unbeaten in CIS play, while Manitoba are 4-5 overall and 2-2 in Canada West play.

The Thunderbirds have scored 87 ppg and given up 63.5 ppg; their rebound margin is +19 per game! Manitoba has a strong veteran core, with a couple of key additions this season.  The problem has been that they are not consistently producing a winning team effort.   Our call – Two wins at home by UBC.

Thompson Rivers (1-3)  at Alberta (4-0)-  We were surprised to see the ‘new-look’ Wolves  steal one at Manitoba; now can they engineer another road upset in Edmonton?  Big Volodymyr Iegorov (18.5 ppg) has able assistance from 5 others in the ‘Pack, as Luke Morris, Derek Rhodes, Joe Davis, Jeff Tubbs and Mike Rouault are all 8 ppg+.  But mediocre shooting numbers and near 20 turnovers a game limit their offensive efficiency.

Mamadou Gueye leads the 4-0 vs this week at U of A.

Mamadou Gueye leads the 4-0 Bears vs TRU this week at U of A.

Alberta have Mamadou Gueye and Brody Clarke scoring and rebounding up front, plus import guard  Austin Waddoups and transfer Geoff Pippus both shooting 50% from 3 point range.  The Bears score near 87 ppg and allow only 64 ppg to their opponents, while TRU almost exactly reverses those numbers.   Our call –  The GBs in their own den, get the sweep over the ‘Pack.

Victoria (1-3) at MacEwan(1-3) –  Home court was only good for a 4-6 mark last year for the Griffs, but they look deeper this season at the point, with Adonis Monfort-Palomino, with a 10-11 man rotation, and the game-in, game-out efforts of Thadius Galvez and Denzel James. Mac needs to improve on a -5 rebound margin, and to tighten up on a defense allowing 85 ppg.

The Vikes were not sharp against Calgary last week, and they need to find their most effective combos.  Scott Kellum is a good looking rookie point man, and import, college transfer, Wayne Tucker J,r can score.  Now, do we see the typical gritty Vikes defensive effort, or do they continue to struggle ?  88 ppg against will give someone heartburn !   Our call- A split is the most logical.

Mt. Royal (1-1) at UBC-O (1-3) –  It’s very early to make this cliched pronouncement, but here goes, regardless;  neither of these teams can feel good about a split this coming weekend.  The Cougars have had a a glimmer of superior play this Fall, but this is a series where 2 games in the W column are needed.

Okanagan are even more ‘needy’ for a home sweep with a 1-3 mark.  The match-ups … Aldrich Berrios and Mitch Goodwin at guard for the Heat vs Derek Wolfe and Glen Yang for the Cougars.  Ryan Morck and David Manshrek of UBC-O with a big task facing Brett Layton and Josh Ross of MRU.   Our call-  Edge to the Cougars.

Brandon (2-2)  at Saskatchewan (2-2) –   The Huskies are coming off a tough loss to Winnipeg on Saturday, and have been leaning heavily on their versatile post man, Shane Osayande, who boasts a 22.5 ppg and 15 rebs  stat line. Alex Unruh, at the point, is 13 ppg/ 3 assists, but the shooting % for the rest of the ‘Dogs’ pales in comparison.  Sask. is last in Canada West in team FG%  at 38% and in 3 pt% at 27.4%. The talent is there.  It’s time for the Huskies to play to their strengths.

The Bobcats come in with 2-2 record, already ahead of last season !  Import guard Tyvon Cooper a proven scorer from the Jr. College ranks in the U.S. is at 19.8 ppg, but needs others to step up in the scoring column.  They allow 70 ppg … pretty good!  But score just 70 ppg, and shoot only inconsistently from the floor, and 59.8% from the line, last in CW.  This is a potentially winning defense, but they need more  shared scoring.  Our call – The Huskies should sweep at home.

The T'Wolves scoring ace, Rhys Elliot will look to get win #1 for UNBC this week.

The T’Wolves scoring ace, Rhys Elliot will look to get win #1 for UNBC this week.

Trinity Western (2-2)  at UNBC  (0-4) –  The Timberwolves at home, and they will be campaigning for a pair of wins to get their pack moving forward.  Trinity is showing signs of life, and they are not just going to roll over, however.  Rhys Elliot shoots 52% from the floor for the T’wolves, and is 19.3 ppg; he just needs Marcus MacKay, Vaggelis Loukas, and a few others to pull harder on the ropes !

The Spartans have Vartan Tanielien (14 ppg), Pogos Trunyan (13 ppg), and 3 others at or near double figures. TWU needs to shoot it better as a team, and defend the trey more consistently.  Our call-  This may be another split , we suspect. 

All 3 of Calgary, Fraser Valley, and Regina get a bye this week.


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Little Change in Top 10 –

It’s early, and some of the top teams haven’t played a League game, so not much to report.

We still have 5 OUA teams crowding the rankings, with just 2 from Canada West, 1 from Quebec, and 2 from the Atlantic.

Carleton and Ottawa join the rest of Ontario for a full slate this week. McMaster and Brock meet tonight in the only Top 10 match-up.

 


 

Overtime –

  • “I was telling these guys before the game, I’m proud of them because so far they’ve been the toughest group I’ve had,” said Brandon Coach Gil Cheung, following his team’s win over UBC-O last weekend. “I can get on them, I can coach them tough and sometimes it’s tough love. Sometimes the truth is harder to say than blowing smoke up their butt, but they’ve responded and everyone has a role. They value their role and that’s the biggest thing that everyone values each other in that room.”   From the Brandon Sun story by Nathan Liewicki         
  • “Decades have passed since CBC covered something as populist as basketball, though hundreds of thousands of Canadians play the game and 49 university teams battle on the hardcourt. And while an estimated 12 million Canadians are involved in amateur sports in some fashion (whether as participants, coaches, administrators or referees), according to the sports gurus at CBC, they’re all primarily interested in watching wealthy people leap fences while seated on a horse.”  From a story by Wayne Kondro for CIS Sport / U-Sport.

Bears are Perfect, Dinos Sweep Vikes

 

 

Bears maul the Timberwolves, and are perfect at 4-0

Mamadou Gueye and his Golden Bears take it to the T-Wolves Saturday.

Mamadou Gueye and his Golden Bears take it to the T-Wolves Saturday.

Alberta 110  at UNBC  56 –  No prisoners in this massacre in PG, as the Bears double-up on the ‘Wolves, pouring in 63 points in the 2nd half alone.  Mamadou Gueye leads Alberta (4-0) with 23 points/ 9 rebs/ 3 asst, and Dwan Williams adds 16 points /3 asst/ 3 steals. U of A subs freely, with all 12 players getting 11+ minutes, and no one more than 24.  UNBC (0-4) has 11 points from Austin Chandler.  Box Score  

4 – Calgary  97 at Victoria 72 – The script is slightly different , but the outcome is virtually the same from Friday’s big Dinos’ win at Vic. A usually tight UVic defense  is shredded by the deep and speedy Calgary (3-1) team.  On a good shooting night for both teams, the Dinos get 18 points off turnovers, while only committing 6 errors themselves. Wingmen, Mambi Diawara (24 pts/5 rebs/ 2 steals) and Thomas Cooper 23 pts/ 4 rebs/ 3 asst) lead the Calgary offense.  The Vikes had 17 pts/ 4 rebs from Grant Sitton, while Jake Newman scored 11 and snared 9 boards.   Box Score 

Winnipeg 96  at Saskatchewan  92 –  The Ws (3-1) snatch a big OT win on the road, as they storm back from a 10 point 1/2 time deficit to tie it on Sean Tarver’s trey with 20 seconds left.  Tarver scored 21 points, while William Sesay racked up 20 pts/ 12 rebounds for the Wesmen, who were 17/34 from 3 point range.  Saskatchewan got another stellar effort from Shane Osayande, who scored 23 pts/ 17 rebounds.  Alex Unruh tallied 20 points/ 3 steals , but U of S drops to 2-2.   Box Score  

at Brandon  67   UBC-O  54   –  Trailing by 4 after 3/4s, the Bobcats   finished strongly, as Tyvon Cooper scored 10 of his game-high 23 points down the stretch. In a ‘bit of a sloppy contest’, the teams almost evenly divided 54 turnovers.  Earl Thompson added 11 pts/ 6 rebs, as Brandon evened their record at 2-2.  UBC-O again had shooting woes, hitting just 33% FG and 4/17 from 3 point range. Aldrich Berrios had 17 points, 6 rebs/ 3 asst/ 3 steals.  Box Score   

 Thompson Rivers  77 at Manitoba  72 –   The big men come through in spades for the Wolf Pack (1-3), as they get their 1st win of the season.  Volodymyr Iegorov posts a prodigious 22 point / 17 rebound double, and Joe Davis scores a career high 22 points plus 5 boards, leading TRU to a 47-37 rebounding edge over a more experienced UM squad. The visitors outshot Manitoba 43% to 39%, and enjoyed a 17/21 -81% FT night vs  9/11 for the home team. Keith Omoerah had another solid game for the Herd (2-2), with 26 points5 rebs/ 2 asst.    Box Score      

 Regina 88  at MacEwan   85 – The visiting Cougars win the wide-open 2nd half 50-47 and prevent a Griffins (1-3) sweep. Lead guard, Aaron McGowan does it all, scoring 27 points, 5 rebs/ 4 asst before fouling out late in the game.  Guard partner Alex Igual adds 22 points/ 7 rebs/ 6 asst for Regina (2-2). Denzel James (21 pts/ 10 rebs/ 5 asst), and Thadius  Galvez (22 pts/ 6 rebs)  can’t quite lead Mac to the win. Box Score 

Fraser Valley 93  at Trinity Western   79 –   Fraser Valley returns the favour in spoiling the home opener for the Spartans, as the visitors from Abbotsford hit 13/27 from beyond the arc.  Manny Dulay is the chief Cascades architect with 18 points, including 4/8 from 3/ 7 rebs/ 3 assists/ 6 steals.  Anthony Gilchrist chips in with 17 points/ 7 rebs, and Vijay Dhillon 15 pts/ 6 rebs/ 3 asst for UFV. Trinity gets 21 points/ 7 rebounds from Vartan Tanielian, and he gets help from Patrick Vandervelden (15 pts/ 5 rebs/ 3 blocks).  Box Score      

 at Lethbridge 83 Mt. Royal 60 – Home sweet home for the ‘Horns, who get the split in the home and home weekend set. They reverse their fortunes  from a Thursday loss, as Zac Overwater has a big night with 24 points/ 5 rebs/ 3 asst/ 3 steals. Mike Pierzchala posts a 20 point game, with 14 rebounds, as the Pronghorns (3-1) out-shoot MRU 47% to 34% from the floor.  Derek Wolfe scores 15 pts, while Josh Ross has 11 pts/ 11 rebounds for the Cougars (1-1). . Box Score  


More CIS scores –

Atlantic – at St. FX  97 Memorial 75, 6 – Dalhousie 75  9- Saint Marys 47 ,  Acadia 95 Cape Breton  76,    UNB 93  UPEI  84

Quebec –  UQAM 76  Bishops 72

Ontario –  Queens 77 Guelph 74,  3- McMaster 62 Lakehead 56 , Nipissing 71 Western Ont. 52  ,   7- Brock 71  Toronto 69 ,  Laurentian 86  Windsor 82 ,  Algoma  78  Laurier  72

 at  2 – UBC 80  NW Christian 66  –  The ‘Birds turn the tables, with a nice 27 points/ 9 rebound game from Conor Morgan.   Box Score  

 

Canada West League Play Looms

 

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Canada West League play looms this week, as 8 series are scheduled with Mount Royal on a bye.  We are now past the “We’re looking at different combinations … it’s early … we are just trying to give everyone a chance to show us what they can do under game conditions.”  (Or words to that effect).  No. No … ‘It’s GO TIME !’

What have we seen in the past weeks of pre-season play ?    Well … this …

UBC    6-0 …   Beat   Western O,   Lethbridge – 2,  Nipissing,  Laurier,  Lakehead 

Calgary 5-0 … Beat MRU, Windsor, Regina, Algoma, Saskatchewan

Winnipeg- 5-0 …  Beat Lakehead -3,  Laurier,  Brandon

Saskatchewan 4-1 … Beat TRU, UBC- Okan, MacEwan, Algoma … Loss Calgary

Alberta 5-2 …  Beat UNBC, Queens, Memorial, Nipissing, Western O … Lost to  Ottawa, Regina 

Victoria  5-3  … Beat  Regina, Western O, Laval … Loss  Carleton, McMaster, McGill

Lethbridge 4-2  .. Beat UFV, Bishops -2 , Regina … loss 2 to UBC  

MacEwan 4-2 … Beat TRU, UNBC,  UBC-O, Western O … loss to Sask, Nipissing

Thompson R.  2-2 … Beat TWU,  Lakehead  … Loss  MacEwan, Saskatchewan

Manitoba  2-3 … Beat UQAM, Laurier … Loss  Lakehead, Waterloo, Brandon

Regina  4-8 … Beat  Brandon, Guelph, UQAM, Alberta … Loss  Ryerson, Windsor, Calgary, Mt. Royal, McGill, McMaster, Victoria , Lethbridge  

Fraser Valley  1-1  …  Beat Laurier …  Lose Lethbridge

UNBC   1-3 …    Beat Lakehead … Loss   MacEwan,  Alberta, Laurier    

Brandon 1-4 … Beat Manitoba … loss Wpg, Regina, Laurier, Lakehead

Mt. Royal 1-5 … Beat Regina … Loss  Windsor, Calgary, Bishops, Victoria-2

UBC-Okanagan  0-5 … Loss   Sask, MacEwan, McGill, McMaster, Laurentian

Trinity Western  0-1 …   Loss  Thompson Rivers     

(Trinity and quite a few other CW schools played Canadian College teams and some U.S. schools, from NCAA (various Divisions), NAIA,  and National Junior College.  We did not include these games in the record)

The Dinos and UBC are the 'teams to beat' in Canada West, as we anticipate the start of League play.

The Dinos and UBC are the ‘teams to beat’ in Canada West, as we anticipate the start of League play.

Based on these results, UBC and Calgary are our two favourites in early November.  They are deep, have great experience, and have added some significant talent.  Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Victoria, Lethbridge all look capable of chasing the top 2, and of securing a post-season berth.

MacEwan appears to be a veteran team with a great chance to surprise, and Regina has a couple of very good wins in a ‘chock-full’ October schedule, with enough quality returnees to make it interesting.

Manitoba, who had some injury troubles, still were surprisingly ineffective in October.  They have the horses, now, can they answer the bell for the start of the regular season?  Mt. Royal, Thompson Rivers, and Fraser Valley may be competitive again, but it’s hard to assess right now.  Fighting to keep the pace are UNBC, UBC-O, Brandon, and Trinity Western.

 

Sunday’s final Pre-season games – 

  •   Fraser Valley  74  W. Laurier 71 –  The mask he was wearing to protect a broken nose didn’t seem to bother Vijay Dhillon, as he scored 21 points to lead the Cascades to a close win over the traveling Laurier Hawks. Manny Dulay had 17 points for UFV, and Laurier’s high scorer was Tevoun Koko with 19 points.
  • in Ottawa –   Bishops 78 Toronto 76 , Ottawa 73  McGill  43 ,  Concordia  75 Waterloo  66        

Canada West Newcomers expected to make an immediate impact –

Elliott Sentance comes to Lethbridge with a wealth of experience and a sweet shooting stroke !

Elliott Sentance comes to Lethbridge with a wealth of experience and a sweet shooting stroke !

  • Elliott Sentance – Lethbridge – scoring in large bunches.  Sentance, a veteran of high level club ‘ball in Britain, and in the JC League in the U.S. , should be among the top scorers in CW all season.
  • Austin Waddoups – Alberta –  A poised, skilled, and mature player.  Waddoups, a 6-2 guard, played at S. Utah Univ, and Salt Lake City C.C. after a 2 year Mormon mission following high school.
  • Tyvon Cooper, Brandon – the 6-0 guard was the 4th highest scorer in the National Jr. College ranks in the U.S. at Orange County College , NY.
  • Mambi Diawara, Calgary – The 6-5 Montreal product played 2 years at Lamar State – Port Arthur, TX  Jr. Coll.  A smart, long defender, he averaged close to 20 ppg last season.

    UFV's Andrew Morris is a key addition for the Cascades this Fall.

    UFV’s Andrew Morris is a key addition for the Cascades this Fall.

  • Andrew Morris, Fraser Valley  – The 6-5 Morris has a smooth shot, and uses his size effectively as a defender and rebounder.
  • Josh Ross, Mt. Royal – The 6-4 Ross was the 2016 Player of the Year in the Canadian Colleges, as he led the Vancouver Island Mariners to the CCAA title.
  • Johneil Johnson, Regina –  the 6-0 point man was the top player in Nova Scotia high schools.  ‘Tremendous athlete, and a quick defender.’
  • Jaylan Morgan, Saskatchewan – a strong 6-5 wing man, he averaged 15 ppg / 56% from the floor at Williston State JC, ND after a brilliant high school career in Brampton, ON.
  • Pogos Trunyan, Trinity W … The 6-2 shooting guard from Sacramento, CA played 2 seasons at Sierra College, Lake Tahoe, CA, and last season with the Bellevue (WA) Bears.  He is a confident 3 point shooter.
  • Isaiah Familia, UBC – This multi-skilled 6-2 guard will be on our ‘all-rookie’ watch list.  He was a 2-time ‘Mr. Basketball’ in Windsor -area high schools.
  • James Wagner , Manitoba –  The 6-7 Wagner was a coveted recruit across the CIS.  He played for Canada’s U17 team this past summer, and is a strong rebounder.
  • Scott Kellum, Victoria –  The Vikes have the Issaquah, WA  rookie coming off the bench at the point, but he has the composure and skills of a veteran at both ends of the floor.
  • Sean Tarver, Winnipeg … The Baltimore, MD high school star, played  two years with the Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk Lions.  He is a scorer and a creator on offense, and an aggressive defender.

 


Can we have ‘pivotal series’ in the opening week ?

 Week 1 Schedule –  November 4/5

at Calgary   Manitoba

at Thompson Rivers   UBC

at Regina   Victoria

at Alberta   Brandon

at Fraser Valley  Saskatchewan

at Winnipeg    UNBC

at Lethbridge    MacEwan

at UBC-O     Trinity Western


 

Overtime –

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  • TRU Head Coach Scott Clark, on a couple of his favourite games ,  “If this were golf and you shoot 100. You go out the next few times to whittle it down to 90. You have to work on the little things to be a good golfer. That is kind of like what it is for us right now. We are trying to perfect a bunch of little things to be a good basketball team.”  (Chipping, putting  … foul-shooting, rebounding ….)  Nice !
  • UFV Cascades head coach Adam Friesen, after their  win over Laurier on Sunday,  “It was nice to see Vijay (Dhillon) get into a rhythm,” said. “He’s been battling injuries for a while now, so he hasn’t seen much court time. But to see him get into some game rhythm at the end of this one bodes well going into league play.”   
  • The Ottawa pasting (73-43) of the Q’s top -rated squad, McGill, yesterday is the ultimate ‘statement game’ by someone other than Carleton.  The ‘Ponies’ shut down the Redmen and they scored inside on the usually stingy McGill defenders.  This follows a ‘mixed October’ for Ottawa, who lost to UQAM early on, and were not ‘flying’ in a couple of other fairly close wins.
  • As a skilled rookie, you may come into a program where you will play 15-20 minutes plus, or you may see yourself lower on the depth chart on a deeper squad.  Here are some 1st year guys who are strong players, but may have to wait their turn, or ‘get more experience’ at this higher level.  Jeff Rodehutskors, Calgary, Riley Braich, UFV, Dharmjit Dhillon, Manitoba, Tristan Matthews, UBC-O, Noah Kaefer, TRU, Josiah Meppelink, TWU, Justin McChesney, UBC, Narcisse Ambanza, Winnipeg

 

Bobcats Bring Fresh Hope

 

 

2016-17 Canada West Basketball Previews –

Brandon Bobcats

’15-‘16      No playoffs                  1 win  19 losses (Pioneer)

Returnees –   br-bobcats-copy-2

5th years – Denham Buchanan, 6-3 wing, Toronto.  Earl Thompson Jr., 6-5 fwd, Henderson, NV.  Chris Stanhope , 6-5 guard, Brampton, ON.   Esmat Atem, 6-9 fwd, Ottawa  … 4th year –  John Paul, 6-11 fwd, St. Lucia.  Baka Ngeleka, 6-1 guard, St. Hyacinthe, PQ … 2nd years –  Pookie Saunders, 6-1 guard, Calgary.  Mitch Marquis,  5-10 guard, Rockwood, ON.  Keneal James, 6-2 guard, Chateauguay, PQ.  Tyler Anderson, 6-7 fwd, Langley, BC.

New faces –

Josh Bell, 6-3 guard, 2nd year, Mississauga, ON (tsf Lakehead U.) .  Tyvon Cooper, 6-0 guard, 3rd year, Middletown, NY  (Orange County CC, NY).  Girece Kazumba, 6-3 guard, 3rd, Toronto (Vermillion College) . Kobyn Jopp, 6-8 fwd, 1st year, Calgary (Churchill HS).   Riley Schaus, 6-1 guard,  Red-shirt, Brandon (Crocus Plains)

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Earl Thompson Jr. will be in the of the action for Brandon in his senior year.   photo – BU Athletics

 As a key player on Brandon championship teams, Gil Cheung would like nothing better than to return the Bobcats to a winning program.  But, in the last 5  seasons BU has a disheartening record of only 22 wins against 82 losses.  The roster loses veterans DJ Jordan (17 ppg) and Troy Grant (11 ppg), as new faces come in bringing fresh hope in the new season.

There are experienced returnees, including 6 players in their 4th or 5th years of eligibility. Earl  Thompson Jr. is a strong rebounder (8 rpg  ) and able scorer ( 16.5 ppg ), and big guard, Chris Stanhope,  is emerging as an offensivee threat  ( 9.2 ppg/ 4 rebounds)  .  2nd year guard, Pookie Saunders , has the quickness, and 6-11 post man, John Paul (5 ppg/ 6.2 rebs), the potential as an interior defender and rebounder.  Is there, however, the on-court leadership to give  the Blue and Gold the late – game confidence to win more close decisions?

Two Toronto – area guards, Josh Bell and Grieve Kazumba are recruits who may provide that catalyst.  Both have some success at the CIS and College level.   Multi-talented import , Tyvon Cooper, may be the lead guard so essential in coordinating an efficient attack.  Cooper was the 4th leading scorer (24 ppg) in the U.S. Jr. Colleges last year 1st year forward, Kobyn Jopp, has the size, but may have to be eased into the rotation as the year goes on.

“We are very optimistic for the upcoming season with a nice mix of new student athletes and returning some key parts as well, says Cheung. “ We have 7 pre-season games, and will use them to find rotations, build chemistry, and get some feedback.”

In the opening half of the season, Brandon faces 4 teams which have a recent history of  playoff success, and they face Okanagan, a squad which may be on it’s way up into competitive form.  Defense may be a big key for the ‘Cats in these first semester contests, at least until they get enough time to develop some offensive chemistry and flow.

Schedule –  

Nov-Dec … at Alberta, UBC-O, at Saskatchewan , h/h Winnipeg,  Fraser Valley

Jan-Feb … at Mt. Royal,  MacEwan,  Regina,  at UBC,  Manitoba

Prediction –  It looks lie an uphill climb for the ‘Cats


 

Overtime –

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  •   The “Kelly Olynyk Basketball Academy”, a developmental basketball program for boys and girls from kindergarten to grade 7, started last week in Kamloops.  The South Kamloops Sr. Secondary grad and Boston Celtics star contributed financially to the new start-up, which is being run at the Tournament Capital Centre and the  old TRU Gym.  “It is an amazing feeling to be able to give back to the City of Kamloops and their youth,” says Olynyk.  TRU head coach Scott Clark said,   “ … house leagues and youth programs were a big part of my development as a basketball player and individual. I am excited for these kids to be able to grow; learn and develop their skills the same way I did, with a love for the game. ”          (From Larry Read, TRU Wolf Pack Athletics)
  • In a late result from The Ubyssey , last Friday, the T-Birds beat the Seattle Mountaineers 87-66. 5th year forward, Conor Morgan, was 10/17 from the floor plus 11 rebounds , while returnees, AJ Holloway, Phil Jalalapoor, and rookie Isaiah Familia  looked good in the back-court.  UBC hosts the Lethbridge Pronghorns in pre-season action  this Friday, the 14th, and Sunday, the 16th at War Memorial.
  • Scores from last Sunday in the CIS –   Laurier 101 at Brandon 76McMaster 76  Dalhousie 70,  Nipissing  87 Cape Breton 66, Brock 95  Concordia 78

 

 

Fall Camps Opening – More Signings

Summer into Fall as Classes and Pre-Season Practice Begin

Jasdeep Gill and his Calgary Dinos, defending Canada West champions, are among many schools Fall camp this week.

Jasdeep Gill and his Calgary Dinos, defending Canada West champions, are among many schools starting Fall camp this week.                        Photo – David Moll, UC Athletics

Canada West teams are seeing all their roster players returning to campus.  Academic classes, and the full Fall basketball training period  are getting underway.  The CIS differs greatly from region to region, with many Ontario and Quebec schools just having completed games vs U.S. schools who toured North of the border.

Only UBC, Trinity Western, and Victoria played an NCAA opponent on the West Coast, as UNC-Charlotte went 3-0 in beating the ‘Birds 89-71, the Spartans 95-58, and the Vikes by a 92-73 count.  That’s in interesting contrast to the full-on schedule for schools like Carleton, Ottawa, UQAM, McGill, Concordia, and Toronto.,

Attention grabbers from NCAA summer action –   Carleton continues to Carleton Rstand-out with their 5-0 record, including a 100-75 pasting of Wichita State.  Dave Smart returns to the bench, and it may well be more of the same, the Ravens, then the rest of the CIS. ….  Ottawa goes 4-1, although their slate in Costa Rica doesn’t feature many ‘power teams’.  (Frankly, this summer saw fewer top U.S. squads overall than in past years. Maybe they were getting nervous about losing games in Canada?)  … Concordia is 3-2 … Toronto 80 UNLV 79 . Really ?  … while McMaster travels to Taiwan and wins 5 games in a tournament including over Cal Poly -Pomona.

We now await the mid to late September games with alumni, CGEP, and CCAA opponents, then CIS early pre-season tournies.    UVic’s Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament on Sept. 29-30, UNB’s Eric Garland on the 30th, Oct 1-2, and in Wolfeville, NS on the same dates, the Stu Aberdeen for Acadia.


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Brandon Coach Gil Cheung has added 3 exciting prospects to his roster just last week. From Middletown, New York  Tyvon Cooper is a 3rd year import transfer from  Orange County Community College, NY.  Cooper was a National Junior College All-American . The 6-0 guard was 4th in the nation in scoring at 23.7 ppg, leading his team in scoring, rebounds, and steals.  He is a strong 3 point shooter, and promises to recharge the BU attack.

Two other recent signees for the ‘Cats are Mohammad Sohaib Sultan of Montreal and Girece Kazumba from Toronto. Sultan, a 5-11 guard transfers from  Vanier College  where he was a Quebec League All-Star . Kazumba, a 6-2 guard,  played with Vermillion Community College , Minnesota.

Cheung has now added 6 new faces for this year’s version of the Bobcats, including  Josh Bell of Mississauga, Ont. and two high school grads,  Kobyn Jopp of Calgary,  and Brandon (Crocus Plains)  Riley Schaus.

Scott Clark at TRU has been extra busy on the recruiting front, as he lands 22 TRU 'Packyear old point guard Jonathan Layne of Toronto via  Bismarck State College  (North Dakota).  This is just following TRU announcing another import, Derek Rhodes (6’5” guard, Sacramento City College.)

7 other WolfPack recruits for the ’16-’17 team are  Ryan Miller (6’6” forward, Kamloops,  Trent Monkman (6’2”, guard, Smithers, BC, Noah Kaefer (6’4”, forward, Courtenay, BC ), Madhu McConnell (6’0” guard, Victoria, -Oak Bay), Jass Singh (6’0” guard, Abbotsford- WJ Mouat), Jordan Komarniski (6’0”, guard, Kamloops,  South Kamloops ), and Maalik Hazzies (6’9”, forward, Sacramento, CA,  American River College .  (From Larry Read, TRU Sports Information).

More Canada West Recruiting News –

Mambi Diawara, 6-5 wing, from Montreal signs with Calgary

Mambi Diawara, 6-5 wing  from Montreal signs with Calgary Dinos

  • The Calgary Dinos add 3rd year Montreal native Mambi Diawara, who  played two years at Lamar State (Texas). The 6-5 wing man will certainly be a potential rotation player. UC also signed 6-5 high school Regina high school star Sasha Pojuzina, and  Ethan Scott, a 6-4 guard from Orangeville, Ontario .
  • Victoria Coach Craig Beaucamp has recently signed Mindy Minhas, a ‘blue-chip’ talent from Vancouver’s Winston Churchill. Minhas was to attend UBC last year, but had some academic hurdles.  The Vikes already corralled  Noah Charles, a 6-5 forward from Duncan, BC Cowichan Sec.,  6-6 Jake Newman from White Rock Christian via Lafayette College (PA), Wayne Tucker, a 6-1 import from Oakland, CA,  6-1 Scott Kellam, Issaquah HS, WA, and 6-5  Vladislav Zasmolin, from Sir W. Churchill HS, Calgary.
  • Saskatchewan Huskies inked a pair of Saskatoon high school stars – Addison Dewar, 6-3 guard from Marion Graham Collegiate and Emmanuel Akintunde, 6-1, from St. Joseph High School.  More details in this Star-Phoenix story.