Bears Use Defense and Foul-Shooting to Stifle Dinos
Mamadou Gueye has a stellar game in the Bears big win at Calgary on Thursday.
Alberta Golden Bears 76 at Calgary Dinos 67 – Defense wins games. The Alberta Golden Bears (12-6) held Calgary below 70 points, and despite shooting only 33% from the floor, held on for a crucial win in Calgary. Forcing the action on offense, and opening up driving lanes, the Bears attacked the hoop, drew fouls, and cashed an impressive 89% of the free throws (24/27) . Calgary shot 8/20 from 3 point range and looked at times to be making a run at control of the game, but a damaging 16-9 turnover difference, and a 47-40 Alberta edge on the boards finally wore down the Dinos (12-6).
Mamadou Gueye was the big man for U of A with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 steals while Youssef Ouahrig scored 18 including 4/8 from outside, and claimed 9 rebounds. Calgary, for the 2nd time in as many games, looked uncomfortable with the ball down the stretch, and fell out of a lead, then allowed Alberta to create a cushion. Lars Schleuter was the top Dinos scorerwith 20, as he connected on 5/6 attempts from 3 point range. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson scored 14 and led U of C with 9 rebs / 8 assists.
Both teams are done for this week – Calgary is at Saskatchewan to finish the regular season next weeknd (Feb. 13/14), while Alberta are at home to Lethbridge. Box Score
Canada West Continues to Study Possible Divisional Structures
(From Canada West’s News release following its annual winter meeting this week) –
No decision from Canada West governors on basketball competitive structure.
With the conference experiencing accelerated growth over the last five years, adding four new members and a total of 40 new teams (about a 30% growth in membership), Canada West has been met with the structural challenge of maintaining its historic rivalries while welcoming its new members, and at the same time managing the logistical challenges created by the wide geographical landscape of the association.
In the fall of 2013, the Canada West Board of Directors initiated a strategic planning dialogue to review its competitive formats in volleyball, soccer and basketball. They’ve decided the future for the other 2 sports, but the association continues to discuss and study alternative alignments in basketball. We can expect a progress report at their 2015 Annual General Meeting scheduled for the first week of May 2015.
CIS Scores – Weds/Thurs –
#3 Ryerson 82 Guelph 63 , Saint Mary’s 93 St. FX 73, Brock 90 Waterloo 81, McGill 65 Concordia 60
- Do fans know how many refs are on the move each weekend, traveling to
Former Brandon Bobcats star, Earl Roberts, is now part of the game’s ‘3rd team’.
other Canada West sites to provide a ‘neutral official’ as part of the 3 – referee team. Calgary refs in Edmonton and Lethbridge, Kelowna, Kamloops, and Langley. Canada West doesn’t do this for every game, but most series have this ’mixed crew’ concept in the mix each week.
- An interesting side-story to this mixed crew of refs … in the UVic at Calgary series a couple of weeks back, we had the affable Earl Roberts in as the ‘neutral guy’ from Manitoba; yes, yes, they’re all neutral, we know …. We reminded Earl of an earlier appearance he had made in Calgary some years back (He was a high-powered point guard for the Brandon Bobcats from 1980-85); the ‘Cats were in the field for the very popular 8-team Calgary Christmas Classic in the old Red Gym in the early ‘80s. The York Yeoman, coached by former Golden Bears star, Bob Bain, were one of the top OUA teams, and they met Brandon in one semi-final … the game was very intense … Earl became ‘entangled’ with York’s rugged wing man, Bo Pelech, and Earl caught a punch causing a pretty good cut requiring stitches. Referee John Weiland made a futile attempt to control the melee. “Old -time Hoops”
- (From Jordie H., Saskatchewan fan) Thanks for the comments! Jordie said, “ Hopeful my Huskies will win out and host the big games come March… The two Canada West Championships they have hosted in recent years, men’s in 2012 and women’s in 2011 have been spectacular events. Over 2,000 in attendance for the Huskie games. Looking forward to the games vs Calgary …. We are all wondering how these last couple of League weekends are going to go, Jordie. Exciting stuff !