Huskies Scrambling to Re-Build Roster

 

 

 Huskies in Scramble Mode as Tournament Tips-off

The news from Saskatchewan this late Summer and early Fall hinted at some big changes for a roster full of veteran players, and a team that may well be in their usual championship contention.  We get confirmation from Coach Barry Rawlyk (8th year) in a Star-Phoenix article by Darren Zary.

5th year Huskies floor leader, Alex Unruh

Gone is 5th year all-star forward, Shane Osayande.  Gone also wing man, 3rd year, Jaylan Morgan, and forward Mack Burns.  All 3 were projected starters.  Still listed on the roster, but unllikely to play this season is Chan DeCiman, a speedy, talented 2nd year guard, who has some continuing physical issues.  Also gone were veterans Dave Humbert, Reid Thuringer, and Jonathan Halvorson. 

That’s leaves Rawlyk in ‘scramble mode’ as he tries to patch together a competitive team around the few key players he has left.  To make matters worse, the Huskies 3rd  year import guard, Lawrence Moore, missed their  games  last week in Toronto vs UT and Ryerson.  Latest recruit, 3rd year, import guard, JT Robinson, who could add some significant firepower, also has an injury, keeping him off the court for now.

Moore is back for the U of S Graham Construction Tournament, and he joins 5th year guard Alex Unruh, 2nd year wing, Addison Dewar, and 2nd year guard, Emmanuel Akintunde.  Forwards Dean Wittow (6-7) and Joseph Barker (6-6) are both injured, leaving 3rd year transfer 6-6 Sebastien Turcotte (Saskatoon), and 1st year locals, 6-5 Savion Tyson, and Aidan Smithen to ‘hold the fort’ .

These are trying times, but the Huskies will be doing their best to contest their 3 games this weekend vs Mt. Royal on Thursday,  UBC Friday, and Western on Saturday.    Today’s U of S – MRU  game –  Live stats –  7 pm local   

Bisons Hit Re-start

 

 

Graduations Leave Manitoba With Young Roster

“We are really young,” exclaims Kirby Schepp, the lead Bison in the Herd.  This is indeed a group of fresh new faces for Manitoba, after seeing the graduation of starters, Keith Omoerah, A.J. Basi, Ilarion Bonhomme, and Brett Jewell, along with strong forward Jonathan Alexander.

Justus Alleyn, Bison’s CW All-star guard.       Photo – Bisons Athletics

The Brown and Gold return Justus Alleyn, a 6-3 guard who led team scoring at 17.4 ppg, and hit 43% from beyond the arc.  But a practice injury has taken veteran forward, Malik Irwin, out for the season, and other troubles have kept several players out of the early season roster.  Can you say, ‘overhaul’?

New challenges for Coach Schepp to be sure, but he is nothing if not enthusiastic. “I’m excited about our freshmen, and couple of red-shirts who can step in now and get in the roatation,”  says the 9 year head coach.

‘We certainly have a fast developing forward in James Wagner,” ( 6-7, 2nd year, Winnipeg), says Schepp, “ but 6-7 red-shirt forward, Cameron O’Hara, is also a  big body inside, and he’s going to help us defensively.”  He also mentions Wyatt Tait, a 6-6 rookie from Winnipeg, and 6-1 Rikki Zimbakov, another local product.  These 2 were rated 1 and 2 in the group of graduating high school players in the province.

The Bisons added Rashawn Browne (Toronto), a point man entering his 3rd year, after playing at both New Mexico State and California U. (Pittsburgh). Browne is expected to be the floor leader on the U of M offense.

Bisons last season 12-8   … Finalists in Canada West … Prognosis –  Tough to match that with so many new recruits –  may have to scramble for a play-off spot.

 

Back to Canada for Bisons new lead guard

U of M transfer, Rashawn Browne, in action at New Mexico State

In high school, Rashawn Browne played at Eastern Commerce in Toronto, then in the GTA Prep League while at Bill Crothers Sr. Secondary in Markham. In a tournament in the U.S. with his club team, he played well against a strong AAU team which included future NBA star, Jamil Okafor,  and  Rashawn was approached by New Mexico State. ‘I red-shirted there, then with injuries and coaching changes I moved on to Pennsylvania, “ says Browne.  Pointing out that he is not a ‘basketball gypsy’, the 3.5 GPA student says, “I was just not happy with the way things were run in the U.S.  It was more like a business, with the coaches trying to protect their jobs. Here at Manitoba, the other players are very friendly; we support each other, and Coach Schepp and his staff are interested in our doing well in our classes as well as on the court.  It’s just more fun here.”

The ‘pass-first’ point man suggests he is happy to have Justus Alleyn to pass to, and happy to have James Wagner as a skilled forward.  ‘I’m excited to be part of this program, and to be playing with this group of guys”. Coach Schepp says, “Rashawn is a solid floor leader; he’s the real deal!  He shows a very high basketball IQ, and he’s also got a calm demeanour when the action heats up.  He’s a quality young man, and we think he will be a great addition to our team.”

Pursuing a Business degree and looking forward to wearing the Bisons colours in his first game next week in a home tournament,  Rashawn starts a very new chapter in his young life.  This may well be the classic case of opportunity meeting solid preparation, and the Herd looks to have a most capable new on-court leader.

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UVic hosts the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament this weekend.

Canada West Pre-season picks up this coming weekend

Teams are ‘breaking the huddle’ and taking to the court against someone other than their own teammates this week.  We build towards the Annual Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at Victoria, where Coach Craig Beaucamp and the Vikes will host the defending champions of everything, the Carleton Ravens, along with the Guelph Gryphons, and the Concordia Stingers.

The Okanagan Heat make a trip East to  play OUA teams, and Winnipeg have their annual ‘holiday trek’ to Thunder Bay to play a pair with the ‘Wolves. Coach Todd Jordan and his  UNBC T’Wolves make a 3 game swing through S. Alberta.

the schedule –

Thursday, Sept. 28 – UBC-O at McMaster

Briercrest College at Saskatchewan,    Winnipeg at Lakehead

Friday, 29th    – at UVic … Carleton – Concordia, Vikes vs Guelph

Winnipeg at Lakehead,   UBC-O at Toronto,    UNBC at Mt. Royal

Saturday, 30th     – Carleton – Victoria, Guelph-Concordia (at UVic)

UBC-O at Western Ontario,   Seattle Mountaineers at Trinity Western

UNBC at Mt. Royal

Sunday Oct 1  – Victoria vs Concordia, Guelph vs Carleton (UVic)

UNBC at Lethbridge

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Overtime –

Canada West weekend results –   Seattle Mountaineers 77  Fraser Valley 74          UBC-O  94  Vancouver Island U.  88

OUA –  York 107 Centennial Coll. 61, York 80  G. Brown Coll. 64, St. Clair Coll. 85  Western Ont. 73

CIS Standings – East to West

CIS Standings From the Atlantic to the Pacific-

We are finishing up semester 1 exams in schools across the country, and most teams have had somewhat limited work-out / practice schedules.  For action prior to that break, we take a  look at the league standings for the different conferences and divisions around the CIS.  They show a variety of scheduling, and an occasionally complicated (Atlantic – 4 point games ?) way of determining standings.

Jevon Masters and the UNB Reds are 'in the mix' as they chase an AUS title.

Jevon Masters and the UNB Reds are ‘in the mix’ as they chase an AUS title.                                       photo – UNB Athletics

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As per usual in the AUS, we have a mix of results, with the expectation that home court and injury status may be as important as any other factors. One of the oddities in the Maritimes is that they do not have as many ‘traveling refs’, and therefore, there is the perception of particular difficulty in winning as a visitor in some gyms. (PEI and Memorial seem to be the least ‘welcoming’ venues for the away squads.)  One team emerges in March … but who can pick a favourite at this stage?

 


Daniel Ogundokun and the McGill Redmen are the class of the 'Q' at the break.

Dele Ogundokun and the McGill Redmen are the class of the ‘Q’ at the break.                              photo – McGill Athletics

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The ‘Q’, our ’boutique league’ of the CIS,  has a 12 game regular season, and a tidy little play-off round of a one game 2 vs 3 semi, with the winner playing #1 for the Cup. Stranger things have happened, but this season looks to have the McGill Redmen as the dominant team. No one else has beaten Ottawa !  So we pencil McGill into the 1 RSEQ slot in the CIS Final 8 in Vancouver.


 

OUA Rules – Until They Don’t

Caleb Agada leads a powerful #1 ranked Ottawa team. Photo - UO Athleics

Caleb Agada leads a powerful #1 ranked Ottawa team.                       Photo – UO Athleics

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Ottawa and Carleton are favoured to play for the OUA title, and the CIS Championship in March. They may well do this, and it would surprise us if they weren’t ranked 1 and 2 entering the OUA playoffs. We’re not sure they’re as good as last year’s squads, however.

 

 

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The surprise team in the OUA may be the Queen’s Golden Gaels, who look like a  contender at this stage. But, Queen’s has yet to play some of the tougher teams, including  Ryerson, who will be there in the playoffs, with both York and Toronto scrambling for the last spot.

 

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Until they lost at Queen’s the Brock Badgers looked like one of the hot teams.  It would appear to be them or their close rivals, the McMaster Marauders, who should be on top at season’s end in this group. Lakehead and Guelph can fight it out for the 3rd playoff spot.

 

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The standings are a bit confusing in the West, with all 3 top teams having consistency issues.  There is also the tougher schedule played by Western (losses to both the Ravens and the Gee-Gees). Look for Western and Windsor to be 1 and 2, with Laurier beating their cross-area rivals, Waterloo, for the 3rd playoff spot.

 


Jordan Jensen-Whyte and his UBC teammates will be at home for the CIS Final 8.

Jordan Jensen-Whyte and his UBC teammates will be at home for the CIS Final 8.                           Photo – UBC Athletics

 

Canada West Playoffs a ‘Torture Test’ –

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Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 1.18.24 PMJust as a reminder, this is what’s ahead for the 17 school, 2 Division Canada West.  It’s the longest and most involved playoff structure in the country.  We are assuming that UBC, the CIS host in March, plus 2 other playoff ‘survivors’ will be in that Final 8 on March 17-20 in Vancouver.

7 Pioneer Division teams and 3 Explorer teams are in …
Week 1 Play in Series (Best 2 of 3) at higher seed, with Series 1: P6 (#9) @ E3 (#8)
Series 2 is  P7 (#10) @ P5 (#7).
Week 2  are the 1/4 Finals (best 2 of 3, of course)  … A) Winner of Series 1 @ P1 (#1)
B) Winner of Series 2 @ E1 (#2), C) P4 (#6) @ P2 (#3), D) E2 (#5) @ P3 (#4)
Week 3  we get the CW Final 4 at the home of the highest seed.

More on Canada West’s post- Christmas schedule and expectations later ….


Overtime –

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  • We have a pair of pre-Christmas games for Trinity Western, as they travel to Klamath Falls, Oregon to play a pair with the Oregon Tech Owls on Dec. 22 and 23. After the New Year , the Spartans host the NW Indian College (Bellingham, WA).

 

  • Recruiting is in full swing, with high school / club / college players in action across the country.  Of course, it’s also a pursuit of talented, dependable import players, who might vault a CIS school up into immediate contention. Since the move by the CIS to allow 3 imports in the line-up, Canada West, in particular, has seen an influx of foreign players. Quickly, who are the top 3 new import players in the League this season?  More in a future post on the import quota and it’s effect on ‘local’ recruiting.

 

 

Calgary Cages the Cougars

 

Final Day at the CBU Fall Classic, Sydney, NS –  

Dinos grab win behind the 23 pt. output by guard, Jhony Verrone.

Dinos grab win behind the 23 pt. output by guard, Jhony Verrone. – photo- David Moll, UC

Consolation side –  Calgary 100 Regina 88  – A 56 point 2nd half put the Dinos in the passing lane, as they shoot 50% FG, and score 26/33 from the line vs 11/21 for the Cougars. Jhony Verrone has a stellar game for Calgary, with 23 points/ 3 asst/ 3 reb, and Thomas Cooper adds 20 pts/6 rebs.  Matt Ellis is 15 pts/6 boards off the bench, and is a perfect 5/5 from the floor, and the same from the line.  Regina has 4 players in double figures, with Alex Igual cashing 24/ 5 boards/ 3 asst.   Box Score 

Acadia 69 Cape Breton 57 – Cold shooting hands both ways … Capers are 0-3 on home court this week; Meshack Lufile deserves more help, as he is one of the real warriors in the CIS .  Box Score 

Mustangs capture the Capers Fall Classic title.

Mustangs capture the Capers Fall Classic title with a solid win over Panthers.

The Final –   Western 95 UPEI 83 – Western is playing like a Top 10 (Top 5?) team, with  Greg Morrow filling it up in the paint with 32 pts/ 7 rebounds, plus 9 big assists. Judson Tavernier shoots from outside as well as anyone we’ve seen this season … 7/12 tonight, and 25 pts/7 rebs/ 4 assists. The Mustangs are an exceptional passing team … 32 assists in this game. The Panthers get 24 pts from Tyler Scott, and 19 pts/13 rebounds from Dut-Dut. Box Score

for 3rd,  St. FX 94 Nipissing 81- 20 pts each from Julius Antoine and Kevin Bercy, as X shoots 52% from the floor. Box Score  


In Ontario –      Victoria 71 at Guelph 65  –  the Vikes get a road win against the Gryphons  as Jordan Charles (3rd year, W) scores 19, Grant Sitton 15, and Mack Roth 14. Ahmed Haroon hits for 23 pts for Guelph. Box Score

At the  Golden Bear Invitational , Edmonton    –

Lethbridge  83  UNBC  56 – Import guard, Dejon Burdeaux sparks the UL attack with 23 pts on 8/9 FG shooting and adds 5 steals, while Brandon Brine scores 15.  (This box score is a bit goofy)  UNBC gets 19 from Elliot Rowe and 17 by Colin Plumb. Box Score

Queen’s 74 Alberta 68 – Better shooting by the Gaels  and a few costly turnovers by Alberta, as they take a home loss. Mamadou Gueye scores 22, but no one else hits double figures for the Bears.  Queen’s has Sukhpreet Sing leading with 20 points, and Tanner Graham scores 18 and has 5 steals  Box Score


 

The Lea Marc Printing Tourn. – U. Winnipeg –Unknown-2

 Fraser Valley 72  Manitoba 67 –  Vijay Dhillon scores 19 points, as the Cascades sweep the Winnipeg event.  (write-up by Dan Kinvig, UFV)  no Box Score

Winnipeg  73  Brandon  61–  Winnipeg gets the win as Jelane Pryce records a double of 24 pts/10 rebs. Ryan Oirbans claims 14 big boards for the Ws. Brandon has 13 pts from D.J. Jordan.  Box Score


More CIS Scores – Seattle Mountaineers 92 UBC 89 –  Conor Morgan scores 28 pts for UBC, Bishop’s 79 Laurentian 77, St. Mary’s 91 Laurier 87, Brock  92 Ryerson 83, UQAM 75 Waterloo 58, Windsor 84 Concordia 65, Lakehead 72 York 71, Toronto 76 Algoma 65


 

 

Overtime – 

  • Dejon Burdeaux is making an impact for Lethbridge; witness the elusive box score from Fridays ‘Horns-Gaels OT game we get from David Wells, our agent in ‘The South’. ‘The ‘Mustard Man’ (Dejon – Dijon … oh, never mind) drops 30 points, including 18/20 free throws. He touches the ball often, and he takes it to the defense.  We also admire Brandon Brine’s 23 pt/13 rebs. double.
  •   Alberta Coach Craddock has a good look at his whole den of Bears in a pasting of the UNBC T’Wolves on Friday, with everyone getting good minutes, and all score … Mamadou Gueye score 19, and Brody Clark has an 11 pt/10 reb double.
  • UBC Coach, Kevin Hanson, after his ‘Birds fell just short to Seattle on Saturday, “We didn’t play very good basketball, we didn’t run our systems very well, and we’ve got to go back to the drawing board,” said Hanson. “We need to play the way we practice – we practice with so much intensity, but for whatever reason, we were a bit tight today, with the first game on the home court here. It’s the first time that half of our guys have even played on this floor. Good experience though, it’s part of growth and part of what the season’s all about.” (From Aaron Martin, Sports Information Assistant, UBC)

Dinos and Cougars Get Wins

 

 

At the CBU Fall Classic, Sydney, NS –  

Cooper Continues To Impress in Dinos Win Over Capers –

(Consolation side) –  Calgary 68   Cape Breton 63 – Calgary takes charge in the middle frames with a 39-30 advantage, then the Capers get some quick scores at the end to make it closer.  Neither team really has the offensive flow tonight, and the shooting is cooler than the coaches might hope. 24 pts/ 9 rebounds for Thomas Cooper, who has sparked the Dinos in each outing of the pre-season. David Kapinga has a steady game at the point, with 13 points, and Calgary limits themselves to 11 turnovers vs 19 for CBU. Meshack Lufile scores 22 / 7 rebounds for the Capers.  Dinos play in the Consolation final at 2 pm   Atlantic vs Regina.  CBU vs Acadia at 12 noon in the 7/8 game  Box Score

Regina 107 Acadia 94 – Regina almost wins with a 4th quarter blitz, but Acadia gets it to OT;  cue the Cougars offense, which rains on the Axemen 19-6, as Jonathan Tull cashes 33 pts. against his former team.  Good team effort by the Cougs, with 19 from Brandon Tull, 18 by Alex Igual, and some good work off the bench by Brian Ofori and Aaron McGowan. Erik Nissen, the Acadia post, matches Tull’s 33 points, and adds 14 rebounds. Box Score

In the Championship Semi-finals – UPEI  96 Nipissing  74Box Score

 Western 83 St. FX 72 Box Score

The Final on Saturday is PEI vs Western at 8 pm Atlantic, Nipissing – St. FX for 3rd at 6 pm.


At the  Golden Bear Invitational  on Friday  –

Lethbridge  96 Queen’s 95   OT – Horns hang on to win in OT. Brandon Brine with two free throws with a second left to win.  (From the intrepid D. Wells in L.A.)

Alberta  99  UNBC  45


 

The Lea Marc Printing Tourn. – U. Winnipeg –

Manitoba 92 Brandon 74-  Manitoba shoots over 50% FG, led by AJ Basi’s 18, with 4 in double figures; Wyatt Anders has a double of 14 pts/10 boards.  DJ Jordan is high for the ‘Cats with 27 pts, while Earl Thompson scores 15 / 11 rebounds.  Box Score

Fraser Valley 71 Winnipeg  64 – Nate Brown leads the Cascades with 15 points, Mark Johnson 14 pts/9 boards. After trailing by 20 in the 3rd stanza, the Wesmen come back to 57-55 down; Denzel Lynch-Blair is tops for UW with 14 pts/ 9 rebs. 45% FG for UFV, 34% for the Ws.  Box Score


 

In Ontario –  at McMaster 95 Victoria 78  –    Vike lose their 2nd straight Leon Alexander, scored 20 pts. for Mac, while Victoria was led by Mac Roth, with  a game-high 24 pts. McMaster were 56% on FG% and UVIc was also sharp, with 51%.   no box score here.

Dalhousie 82 Algoma 53, Laurier 81 Bishop’s 72, St. Mary’s 85 Laurentian 76. Ryerson 83 UQAM 67, Windsor 76 Lakehead 59, York 93 Waterloo 78, Brock 74 Concordia 68


 

Overtime – 

  • The Dinos are without their rookie point man, Torrez McKoy, who stayed home in Calgary after suffering a practice injury.  He is expected back in time for League play.
  •   It has been ‘over the boards‘ with all players this Fall season for many teams … Calgary has 10 playing significant minutes in most games, as does Regina.  Some teams (Lethbridge, Saskatchewan) are getting good play from their supporting cast, with injuries keeping starters off the floor.  The coaches are looking for cohesion, and to give each roster player a taste of action before the bench is shortened for for League games.
  •  Not sure why information is so sketchy with pre-season games … we would expect schools/teams to get info, results out.  Not great marketing.  One guy who definitely gets it done is Dan Kinvig, the SID at Fraser Valley; every team, every time.

Rough Night for Canada West

xxx and the CBU Capers lose their round 1 game to the Western Mustangs.

Meshack Lufile and the CBU Capers lose their round 1 game to the Western Mustangs.            photo – CBU Athletics

 

X-Men Feed on Dinos’ Last- Second Turnovers 

St. FX 86  Calgary 84 – A pair of late turnovers doom the Dinos, as Tyrell Edwards hits the winner with 3 seconds left for the X-Men.  X were up  35-21 after an 18-0 run to end the 1st and start the 2nd quarter,  but Thomas Cooper provides an offensive boost when he gets back in the game, while  Mitch Ligertwood, and Matt Ellis are consistently getting to the ball on the boards.  Lars Schleuter finds his scoring touch, and Calgary storms back for a 44-44 tie at the half. It was back and forth in the final 20 minutes, but a series of inside misses prevented Calgary from pulling away. Cooper was the game-high scorer with 22, Schleuter has 15, and Ellis doubled with 11 pts/10 boards/ 3 blocks.  Edwards scored 21 for St. FX, who will play Western in the evening semi-finals, while Calgary goes to the consolation side against CBU on Friday at 3 pm Atlantic. Box Score

UPEI 84  Regina 79 – the Cougars fall just short, and might blame it on some loose play in the middle frames, where they are blasted 58-39 by the mercurial Panthers.  4 players in double figures for PEI, topped by 20 from Tyler Scott, and Dut Dut grabs 13 boards to go with 13 points. 30 points from Jonathan Tull for U of R, but the scoring isn’t there from his mates; Regina shoots just 35%. PEI shoots 22/26 from the line to only 12/14 for Regina.  On Friday the Panthers play in one semi-final against Nipissing, while Regina meets Acadia in a consolation game at 1 pm Atlantic. Box Score

Nipissing 94  Acadia  85Box Score        Western 71  Cape Breton 62 –   Box Score

+ Games in the CBU Tournament are televised on  AUS TV


 

Brock's xxx goes by the Vikes' bbb in the Badgers Thursday win.

Brock’s Matt Marshall goes by the Vikes’ Mack Roth in the Badgers Thursday win.           Photo – Brock  Athletics

In Ontario –   at Brock  99  Victoria   69 – To continue a rough Thursday evening for Canada West … the Badgers trounce the Vikes, who turn it over 25 times, and lose every quarter. 14 for Grant Sitton of UVic, but Brock get 32 from Dani Elgadi and 3 more in double figures. Box Score

In Edmonton Thursday – Lethbridge 85  MacEwan 67  – Brandon Brine scores 19 / 7 rebs and Dejon Burdeaux 22 pts for the ‘Horns. 14 points each for Keith Gerdes and Thomas Jereniuk of the Griffs.

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Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 9.33.28 AMThe Alberta Golden Bears are hosting the Golden Bear Invitational  – on Friday and Saturday- (with a modified 4-team draw).  Queen’s from the OUA join UNBC, Lethbridge and the hosts.  Lethbridge will be without shooting guard, Rob Olsen, who is away doing an interview for Dentistry School, and they still have the injury bug, so may be missing a couple of big men as well.

 

 

Overtime – 

  • Not sure why Alex Igual, Regina’s point man, played limited minutes (16) vs UPEI , but UFV transfer Aaron McGowan came in and did a good job at that spot in the Spaniard’s absence.