Regina storms past TRU with a huge 41 point final frame
– we have results from the opening game of 3 Canada West Quarter-Finals –
Regina 102 at Thompson Rivers 94 – The Cougars obviously warm to the prospect of playing a more wide-open offensive style with the cooperation of the home team. TRU is up 26-21 after the opening 10 minutes, but have the Regina team revved up to start some fireworks of their own. The visitors go up 1 at the half, then the see-saw continues, with the ‘Pack hitting 3 consecutive treys in the middle of the 3rd to re-take the lead.
The Cougars were not to be deterred, as they hang up 41 points in the final frame to snatch the upset win over the Explorer leaders. It was, after the dust settled, the green – clad Regina squad who had hit 18/36 from 3 point range, and out-rebounded the bigger ‘Pack by a 45-37 count. Jonathan Tull led the charge for UR, with 29 points/ 6 rebounds as he shot 11/13 from the line. Import guard Alex Igual hit 7/12 from outside for 24 points plus 9 boards. Brandon Tull (16 pts) had 4 treys, as did Jonathan, while Brian Ofori scored 15 on 7/11 from the floor.
TRU got 25 points / 10 assists from 5th year point man, Reese Pribilsky, 19 from Volodymyr Iegorov, 18 by Luke Morris, and a 13 point / 13 rebound double from Josh Wolfram. But the inside game did not produce trouble for Regina’s D, and the shots did not go down in the stretch for the Orange. Game 2 is Friday at 7 pm Pacific, with a ‘dream season’ on the line for the Wolf Pack. Box Score
at Manitoba 78 Fraser Valley 59 – The Bisons hold serve in this one, with a very solid home win, as they ‘play their game’ , says Coach Kirby Schepp to Bisons Athletics’ Danielle Doiron. “They really try to control the tempo of the game,” Schepp said after the win. “I think that’s really the battle for us. We’re trying to get the game faster. They’re trying to slow the game down. “It’s a battle of tempo, but the tempo was in our favour tonight, and that was probably the biggest difference of the game.”
Up 36 – 25 at the break, UM pulls away in the 2nd half, as they have 5 players in double figures, and win almost every statistical measure; Bisons 41.5% from the floor to 35% for UFV, 18/26 from the line vs 11/16 for the Cascades, and the Herd get more rebounds, and give away several fewer turnovers. Veteran post man, Wyatt Anders provides the leadership, with 17 points / 8 rebounds, while wing man Keith Omoerah adds 14 points / 9 boards .
Fraser Valley never really gets un-tracked at the offensive end, with only Kevon Parchment (17 points / 9 rebs / 5 asst) and Matt Cooley (12 points / 7 rebs) doing any major damage. Parchment’s 5/21 from the floor was, however, indicative of the cold hand that the visitors displayed as a group, and they never took a real run at Manitoba in this one. Game 2 is Friday at 7 pm Central. Box Score
at UBC 81 Lethbridge 57 – The result might have been expected, but the extent of the carnage was a bit of a shock for fans of the Pronghorns. Without their import point man Dejon Burdeaux, whose injured leg/ ankle prevented him from playing, the ‘Horns could not match the T-Birds. UBC limits UL, the 2nd highest scoring team in Canada West, to 29 points less than their 86 ppg average; the Birds do it by forcing 26 Lethbridge turnovers, and converting those into 23 points. They did it also by shooting 42% to the ‘Horns’ 36% on the night.
Jordan Jensen-Whyte had another stellar game for the Thunderbirds, with 25 points/ 2 steals, and guard, Phil Jalalpoor, scored 12 points, plus 6 rebs/ 2 steals. The ‘Birds went 25/33 at the line vs 15/23 for the visitors. Rob Olsen scored 14 for Lethbridge, and Brandon Brine had 13 plus 7 rebounds. UBC defense controlled the game, and they look like a team that will not yield on their home turf. The picture is not bright for the Pronghorns as they look at game 2 on Friday at 7 pm Pacific. Box Score
These are best of 3 series’, with a 3rd game if necessary – that would be Saturday, 3 pm Central for Manitoba – UFV, and Saturday, 7 pm Pacific for both the TRU – Regina series, and the UBC – Lethbridge match-up.
The Calgary Dinos host the Alberta Golden Bears in game 1 Friday, 7 pm Mountain, with game 2 on Saturday at 7 pm, then game 3 (if necessary) is scheduled for 2 pm Sunday.
Women’s Playoffs started Thursday night as well, it was Alberta 77 Thompson Rivers – 48 in Edmonton. On Friday, it will be game 2 in that series at 8 pm Mountain.
The others 3 series’ start Friday- Calgary at Regina is 7 pm Central, Saturday at 7 pm in game 2, and game 3 on Sunday (if necessary) is also 7 pm .
The other 2 series’ – Victoria at MacEwan – Fri – 6 pm Mtn , Sat – 5 pm, and *Sun -2 pm All 3 games of the UBC at Saskatchewan series are slated for 6:15 Central .
Other CIS Scores –
Quebec – (League play) – Concordia 76 UQAM 74 , Laval 82 Bishop’s 67
Ontario Preliminary Round play-off games – Queen’s 87 Toronto 70, Lakehead 60 Western 58 , Brock 98 Laurier 80, Windsor 82 Laurentian 73
- U Vic Coach Craig Beaucamp, with a caution regarding import players and any CIS school’s focus on academics along with basketball … ”We have used internationals and prospered from it, but I think we have to start asking ourselves: … What are we providing? Is it an education, followed by ‘they then play basketball’? Or is it a basketball player, followed by an education,” says Beaucamp .… “Without linking academic performance and athletic eligibility, “you’re acting as a professional team. You’re basically paying a guy to play for you for a couple years.” From a pretty fair discussion of the presence and impact of import players in the CIS. in this article by Wayne Kondro, Ottawa Citizen.
- News from Europe – Galitos Tiey of the Portuguese ‘A’ League (LPB) is
climbing the standings, now in 5th place in the 11 team loop. Alberta Golden Bears grad, Jordan Baker is their leading scorer / rebounder at 16.6 ppg / 8.4 rebounds, while Jared Ogungbemi-Jackson, former Dinos guard starts at the point, and is averaging 13.5 ppg / 3.7 assists. Nick Loewen, former Mt. Royal Cougar wing man, is in Leon, Spain playing for Augustines-Eras, who are at the top of the standings in Group B at 13-2. Nick is averaging 27 minutes coming off the bench, and averages 9.5 ppg / 49% from the floor. Ross Bekkering is at Groningen with 3rd place, Donar Flames, playing 29 mpg, the veteran in the Dutch League, and former Dinos all-star, is shooting 65% from the floor, including 7/11 from 3 point range. (Shoot more ‘Driepunters’ Roscoe !) , 13 ppg/ 8.5 rebounds.
- Another former Calgary Dinos stand-out, Robbie Sihota , following an exceptional 5 months with MAFC Budapest of the Hungarian League, has transferred to Eisbaeran Bremerhaven of the German Bundesliga. . The 6-7 Sihota scored 19 ppg / 9.5 rebounds in Budapest, and Bremerhaven pursued his transfer in mid-February. The Clubs completed the transfer last week, and Robbie played his 1st game for Coach Chris Harris’ Eisbaeren Bremerhaven team on the 27th. Harris, another former Dinos forward (’03), suggests that Bremerhaven obtained Sihota for their Bundesliga stretch run, with hopes of his helping them avoid relegation, as they are currently 17th in the 20 team League.