QUARTER-FINAL #1: CIS championship: Sihota shines, No. 7 Dinos upset Cape Breton
OTTAWA (CIS) – Fifth-year forward Robbie Sihota had a
25-point, 11-rebound double-double as the seventh-seeded Calgary
Dinos edged the No. 2 cape Breton Capers 82-74 in the first
quarter-final of the CIS men’s basketball championship,
Friday afternoon, at Scotiabank Place.
Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb
With the win, the Canada West finalist Dinos advance to the national semifinals for the second straight year. They will face the winners of the opening-round duel between No. 3 UBC and No. 6 Lakehead Saturday at 5 p.m., live on TSN2.
Calgary lost 79-74 to conference foe UBC in the 2009 semis.
Atlantic conference champion Cape Breton will face the losers of the UBC-Lakehead match-up on the consolation side of the draw, Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
“It was a physical game. We had to play tough. But we expected that, once you get to nationals, it’s always physical,” said Calgary native Sihota, who was named game MVP for the Dinos. “We were patient in the second half. We executed well both defensively and offensively.”
The Dinos, who led 21-16 after the first quarter, trailed 42-39 at the half and were up 61-55 after 30 minutes of play, had a 34-29 advantage on the boards, including 25-17 on the defensive end, and were sent to the free throw line 36 times compared to only 10 for their AUS rivals.
Calgary made 29 of its free throw attempts (80.6%), while Cape Breton went 4-for-10.
“They have some great athletes. We couldn’t let them run all over the floor. We slowed down the game and I think it disrupted their tempo,” said 10-year Dino head coach Dan Vanhooren.
Point guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, a 5-foot-9 freshman from Winnipeg, tallied 17 points for the winners, while 6-foot-8 fifth-year forward Ross Bekkering of Taber, Alta., had 14 points, including 12 on 14 tries from the charity stripe. Six-foot-nine guard Tyler Fidler of Calgary, who played a team-high 38 minutes, also scored in double figures, finishing with 11 points.
All-star guard Jimmy Dorsey of Westminster, Maryland, was chosen player of the match for CBU after he paced Cape Breton with 19 points, including 15 on 5-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Fellow American-born guard Paris Carter of Baltimore scored 14.
“There was a big discrepancy in free throws. But full credit to them. They took us away from what we wanted to do,” said CBU head coach Jim Charters.
After shooting 54.7% from the floor in the first half, the Capers made only 31.7% of their field goal attempts after the break to finish at 41.7%. Calgary shot 47.2% on the afternoon.
The Dinos led all the way in the opening half until Dorsey’s first three-pointer of the day gave Cape Breton a 35-32 advantage with 2:42 remaining before the intermission. The Capers were up 39-32 following an 11-0 run, en route to a three-point lead heading into the locker room.
Back from the break, the Dinos opened the third frame with a 10-0 run of their own to go back up by 49-42, and never looked back.
Dorsey kept it interesting in the final quarter, hitting back-to-back long balls midway through the stanza to bring the Capers back to within three at 68-65. He cut the Calgary lead to two, at 73-71, with another three-pointer with two minutes left, and hit one last time from beyond the arc to make it a four-point affair, at 78-74, with 53 seconds to go.
Points: Robbie Sihota (25), Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (17), Ross Bekkering (14), Tyler Fidler (11)
Rebounds: Robbie Sihota (11), Ross Bekkering (6), Tyler Fidler (6)
Assists: Jamie McLeod (3)
Milk player of the game: Robbie Sihota
Points: Jimmy Dorsey (19), Paris Carter (14), Scott Jaspers-Fayer (9)
Rebounds: Scott Jaspers-Fayer (7)
Assists: Tremaine Fraser (3)
Milk player of the game: Jimmy Dorsey
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Friday, March 19
Quarter-final #1: Calgary 82, Cape Breton 74
14:30 Quarter-final #2: No. 3 UBC vs. No. 6 Lakehead (SSN Canada)
18:00 Quarter-final #3: No. 4 Windsor vs. No. 5 Saskatchewan (TSN2)
20:00 Quarter-final #4: No. 1 Carleton vs. No. 8 UQAM (TSN2)
Saturday, March 20
11:30 Consolation #1: No. 2 Cape Breton vs. Loser QF #2 (SSN Canada)
13:30 Consolation #2: Loser QF #3 vs. Loser QF #4 (SSN Canada)
17:00 Semifinal #1: No. 7 Calgary vs. Winner QF #2 (TSN2)
19:00 Semifinal #2: Winner QF #3 vs. Winner QF #4 (TSN2)
Sunday, March 21
16:00 Consolation final (5th place) (SSN Canada)
18:30 Championship final (TSN2)