Jensen-Whyte sparks UBC rally in the 4th quarter
at UBC Thunderbirds 78 Alberta Golden Bears 68 – The ‘Birds (10-1) came from behind in the 4th quarter, with a 27-15 advantage, sparked by 13 from Jordan Jensen-Whyte in that 10 minute span. The Bears (11-2) played the Thunderbirds even through much of the game, but foul trouble hampers their efforts near the finish. Jensen-Whyte, with 25 points and Conor Morgan 24/ 6 rebs were a strong combo for UBC. Brody Clarke had 16 pts and Austin Waddoups 14 for Alberta. Box Score
Saskatchewan Huskies 89 at Lethbridge Pronghorns 83 – The Huskies (7-4) come
back strongly with 33 points in the final frame to take a big road win. The inside combo of Matt Forbes (24 pts / 10 rebs) and Shane Osayande (17 pts/ 8 boards/ 5 asst) led the way for the ‘Dogs. Lethbridge got a great effort from import guard, Elliot Sentance, who tallied 29 points/ 8 rebs/ 5 asst. For the 3rd straight game since the Holidays, Saskatchewan are without guard, Chan De Ciman, but newcomer, Lawrence Moore, an import guard, hits 21 points/ 5 rebs/ 6 assts in the 6th man role. Box Score
Calgary Dinos 92 Fraser Valley Cascades 87 – On the heels of a 38 point win on Thursday, the Dinos may have taken the Cascades a bit too casually. UFV (5-7) came out firing, with Manny Dulay and Denver Sparks-Guest hitting 3 treys each. It was a 1 point game with 30 seconds left, after Mark Johnson made a 2nd free-throw for Fraser Valley. Thomas Cooper calmed a tense Calgary contingent with 4 free throws of his own to close out the game, taking UC to a 10 -2 mark. David Kapinga scored 16 and had 4 steals, while Jasdeep Gill hit 15 points/ 5 rebs for the home team. Dulay totalled 18 pts/ 7 boards, and Anthony Gilchrist had 14 pts for the visitors. Box Score
Manitoba Bisons 93 at Regina Cougars 81 – There were 102 points scored in the 2nd half, with the visiting Bisons cashing 52 to nail the road win. The Herd shoot 53% from the floor and 50% (12/24 from 3) with 21 pts by Justus Alleyn, including 5/7 deep makes. AJ Basi adds 19 points, while Ilarion Bonhomme has a clutch 12 points/ 9 rebs/ 9 asst for Manitoba (5-6) . The Cougars were relatively cold at 37.5 % FG, and scored 6 fewer 3 pt shots. They get 16 points from Brandon Tull, and 13 plus 8 rebounds by Alex Igual. Box Score
Winnipeg Wesmen 80 Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack 64 – The visiting Wesmen (9-4) use their superior experience and depth at the guard spot to close out the Wolves with a 45 point 2nd half. Narcisse Ambanza and Sean Tarver with 20 points each, do the bulk of the damage, shooting 14/20 between the pair. Volodymyr Iegorov scores 19 pts/ 8 rebs, Luke Morris 17 pts, and Michael Rouault has 8 points and 15 rebounds for TRU (6-7). Box Score
Mt. Royal Cougars 78 at UNBC Timberwolves 64 – Mt. Royal (6-5) uses a strong 4th quarter to seal the deal against the stubborn T’Wolves. Josh Ross is a powerhouse for the Cougars, with his 19 pts /16 boards/ and 6 assts, as the team shoots 53% from the floor. Brett Layton added 20 pts/ 5 rebs, while Derek Wolf scores 14 plus 8 boards. UNBC are out-rebounded 41-30, and shoot 38% FG, and take their 9th loss vs 4 wins. The ‘Wolves get 12 from James Agyeman. Box Score
Victoria Vikes 81 at UBC-O Heat 46 – The Vikes (4-7) shut down the Heat offense, as the home side shoot just 27% from the floor, while UVic deposits 51% of theirs. Rookie guard, Scott Kellum comes to play, with 28 points, his season high, along with 7 rebounds. UBC-O (2-11) get 13 points from Buzz Truss, but their high-scoring guard duo of Aldrich Berrios and Mitch Goodwin can only manage 8 apiece. Box Score
at Brandon Bobcats77 MacEwan Griffins 74 – After the Griffins had played with a slim lead for much of the final 6 minutes, it was 4 straight points from Tyvon Cooper winning it for the ‘Cats. With the score tied, Cooper’s 3 point shot was good with 7 seconds left, and BU gets a 2nd win in a row, moving to 5-8 on the season. Earl Thompson Jr scored 27 points/ 8 rebs/ 4 asst, while Cooper notched 22 pts/ 5 asst/ 4 steals. For the Griffs, it was 17 apiece for Denzel James (9 rebs) and Thadius Galvez (5 asst) Box Score
Scores from the East –
Ontario – at #1 Carleton 102 Nipissing 59, at #2 Ottawa 92 Laurentian 77, Laurier 87 at Guelph 80, #4 Ryerson 101 at Queens 77 , at Lakehead 75 #7 Brock 64 , at York 79 Toronto 68 , at Waterloo 69 Algoma 64
Atlantic – at Acadia 90 Saint Marys 82, UPEI 90 at Cape Breton 81
Quebec – #9 McGill 90 at UQAM 59, Bishops 64 at Laval 58
- Wayne Tucker Jr, the 4th year UVic guard from Oakland, CA, left the team after discussions with Head Coach Craig Beaucamp in early January. Tucker, who was the Alberta Colleges Player of the Year in 2015-16 at Olds College, led the CCAA in scoring with 29 ppg. Through the 8 Vikes Canada West games in the 1st semester, Tucker was scoring 15 ppg. “The team and the program wish Wayne the best moving forward and are turning their attention to the rest of the Canada West season”, said Beaucamp.
- In Canada West Women’s play – UFV roars back from a 14 point half-time deficit to get the split with Calgary, registering a 69-60 win in game 2. Other scores – Regina 93 Manitoba 44, Brandon 71 MacEwan 44, Saskatchewan 75 Lethbridge 63, Victoria 78 UBC-O 67, Winnipeg 73 TRU 49, UNBC 70 Mt. Royal 48, UBC 71 Alberta 64.