CIS men's basketball Friday roundup
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|TORONTO - The York University Lions men's
basketball team went down by a 108-89 score to the visiting Windsor
Lancers in the season opener for both teams on Friday night (Nov.
5) at the Tait McKenzie Centre. Windsor (1-0) held a slim
five-point lead after one quarter but opened up the game in the
second to take a 58-34 lead into the halftime break. But the Lions
(0-1) worked hard to close the gap in the third and got to within
nine thanks to a huge three-pointer by third-year point guard David
Tyndale (Mississauga, Ont.).
That was as close as they would get, however, as the Lancers pulled away again and cruised to the victory.
Both teams received tremendous performances on offence in the high-scoring affair. Windsor's Isaac Kuon (Mississauga, Ont.) led all players with 43 points in the game. He had the hot hand from the start and as a result, his teammates kept feeding him the ball. He had accumulated 38 points by the half and, in total, took a game-high 20 shots and another eight free throws.
For York the leading scorer was Tyndale, an OUA East second-team all-star last year, with 33 points. He had a strong shooting night in sinking 11 of 18 shots from the floor, including four of seven from behind the arc, and went seven-for-eight at the free throw line.
Recording the only double-double of the game was second-year Lions forward Dejan Kravic (London, Ont.), a member of the OUA East all-rookie team last season, with 15 points and 11 rebounds. He also added four assists.
Behind Tyndale was fifth-year veteran forward Stefan Haynes (North York, Ont.), who contributed 16 points. The two-time CIS leader in blocked shots showed why he's earned that title in the past with a game-high four blocks on this night.
The Lancers shot an impressive 53.7 per cent from the floor in the first half and although that number dropped in the second, they still finished the game completing 51.2 per cent of their shots.
The Lions shot just 45.1 per cent from the floor but were a solid 50 per cent from the three-point line.
The Lions will go after their first victory of the season on Saturday night (Nov. 6) but will be in tough against the No. 6 nationally-ranked Western Mustangs. Tip off is set for 8pm, following the women's game.
Source: York Lions
|OTTAWA - The Brock University men's basketball team
(6-3 overall, 1-0 OUA) opened the 2010-11 OUA regular season with a
64-62 victory over the Ottawa GeeGees Friday night at Montpetit
Hall. With the score tied 62-62, with under over a minute left in
regulation, first year head coach Brad Rootes would call a timeout
to draw up a play. On the inbound pass, the Badgers would go to
sophomore Anto Raic (Welland, Ont.) who would execute knocking down
the jumper putting Brock up 64-62.
Ottawa's Jacob Gibson-Bascombe's jumper to tie it with just over five seconds remaining in regulation would not fall as the Badgers escaped with a two-point road victory to open the season.
Brock had three players in double figures led by senior Andrew Kraus (Markham, Ont.) who recorded 16 points including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. Junior Mark Gibson (Toronto, Ont.) contributed with 12 points and four rebounds with senior Mike Cruickshank (Toronto, Ont.) adding 11 points and six rebounds in the victory.
The Badgers defense gave the GeeGees offensive leader Warren Ward problems all night as he added just seven points which included a dismal 2-for-13 from the field.
Leading the GeeGees was Louis Gauthier who registered 15 points and 13 rebounds for the double-double. Also in double figures were Johny Berhan and Ryan Malcolm-Campbell who finished with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Ottawa won the battle on the boards, outrebounding Brock 49-34. Brock shot 36.1% (22-for-61) from the field and 38.5% (10-for-26) from three-point range. Ottawa shot 32.4% (23-for-71) from the field and struggled at the charity stripe shooting a dismal 41.7% (10-for-24).
The Badgers next action is Saturday night when they take on the No. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens at 8:00 pm in Ottawa.
Source: Brock Sports Info
|SUDBURY, ON-The Laurentian Voyageurs men's
basketball team tipped off their season tonight against the sixth
ranked Western Mustangs and although they put forth an inspired
effort, they were unable to win the first one, falling 76-60.
The Laurentian pot-bangers were out in full force looking to give the Voyageurs a boost against a tough Western squad. The first quarter saw Laurentian come out and try to force the issue. Western was able to push strong defense early and were able to push back hitting three from beyond the arc and jumped out to the early 13-2 lead. The ball just didn't seem to want to go in for the Voyageurs, and couple with the strong defense by the Mustangs; the score after the first quarter was 23-8.
The second quarter seemed to have the same story for Laurentian as they put up a lot of shots but they just didn't want to go in (FG% 26.7% heading into half). Leading the way for the Mustangs early was Ryan Barbeau (Bellville, ON) with 13 at the half and Peter Scholtes (London, On) with 13 points at half as well. Western was solid from beyond the arc, hitting 6 of 13 shots from three point territory and it allowed them to build up their lead 44-24 heading into the half.
The third quarter again saw Laurentian come out with serious tempo trying to get back into the ball game. George Serresse (Sudbury, On) came in from off the bench as was able to provide a spark for the Voyageurs on offence. Accounting for 16 of Laurentian's 26 points in the quarter they were able to come within 12 heading into the final quarter.
In the fourth Laurentian continued to battle. Trying to mount a comeback they tried to force the issue a little and this caused turnovers. Unable to get the ball in the hoop, the Voyageurs fell short of their comeback, losing 76-60.
"We put in a good effort trying to get back into the game in the third" said head coach Shawn Swords. "We are still trying to find ourselves on offence and figuring out where we can get baskets, so hopefully we can shore that up for tomorrow and see what we can do with Windsor."
Tomorrow the Voyageurs will take on the Windsor Lancers as they look to get their first win. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.
Source: Laurentian Sports Info
|KINGSTON, Ont. – The Gaels were unable to
come back from an early deficit as they lost to the Wilfrid Laurier
Golden Hawks 86-59 in their regular season home opener in Kingston
Chris Barrett of Vancouver, B.C., led the Gaels with 13 points.
Two other Gaels had double digits in the loss; Timothy Boyle of
Belleville, Ont., and Dan Bannister of Newmarket, Ont., had 12 and
11 points respectively. Bernard Burgesson of Port Hawkesbury, N.S.,
The Golden Hawks came out hard, taking an early 12-0 lead in the
opening minutes of the game. Boyle put the Gaels on the scoreboard,
and would have 10 first quarter points to keep the Gaels in the
Once Laurier had the lead they didn't turn back. Despite scoring contributions from 11 different Queen's players, the Golden Hawks led by as much as 35 points in the second half, and the final score wound up as 86-59 for the Hawks.
Kale Harrison of Stratford, Ont., and Maxwell Allin of Chatham, Ont., led Laurier in scoring with 18 points each.
The Gaels next game is in Kingston tomorrow night at 8:00 pm against the Waterloo Warriors.
Source: Queen's Sports Info
|OTTAWA - The Carleton University Ravens men's
basketball team grabbed an impressive 90-51 win over the University
of Guelph Gryphons in the 2010-11 season opener at the Ravens' Nest
With Willy Manigat (Montreal) dropping a two, followed by a three, the Ravens would waste no time taking the lead in the first. Cole Hobin (Ashton, Ont.) grabbed a steal and laid the ball in to make it a seven-point game. The end of the first saw the Ravens taking a 10-point lead.
Carleton continued to dominate in the second, playing tight defence and finishing their shots on the other end. Phil Scrubb (Richmond, B.C.) had an impressive first 20 minutes, grabbing 18 points at the whistle. By the end of the half, Carleton had stretched its lead to 24, up 48-24.
Manigat and Elliot Thompson (Fredericton) found success at the 3-point line in the third, leaving Guelph little chance of shutting down the impressive Ravens run. The quarter ended 69-41.
The Ravens held onto the momentum in the fourth and shut down the Guelph offence, giving the visiting team no hope of catching up before the final whistle. With Kyle Smendziuk (Kanata, Ont.) and Scrubb finding success at the line, the Ravens would outshoot the Gryphons and grab a 91-50 win.
The Ravens will return to the Ravens' Nest tomorrow to play the Brock University Badgers at 8 p.m.
Source: Carleton Sports Info
|TORONTO - Five different players hit double digits
as the Varsity Blues men's basketball team opened their 2010-11
season with a convincing 87-72 win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves
on Friday, November 5 at the Athletic Centre Sports Gym.
Varsity Blues player of the game Anthony De Giorgio tallied 17 points, going 2-for-3 from three-point land and 5-for-7 from the line. The fifth-year guard added a game-high eight assists and six rebounds, while fellow veteran and Toronto native Justin Holmes had 15 points on opening night.
Both Toronto native Alex Hill and Sean Nickel of Kitchener, Ont., recorded 13 points, while fourth-year forward Drazen Glisic of Sarajevo, BIH, had 10 points and led all players with seven boards in the win.
The Blues rallied from a 25-20 first-quarter deficit and held Lakehead to single digits in the second frame. Holmes and Hill rallied the troops towards the end of the first half, combining for 10 points in the last five minutes to gain a 38-34 lead at halftime.
The Thunderwolves, led by fifth-year guard Jamie Searle of Belleville, Ont., fought back to take a three-point lead; however, some handy work from Hill would even the score at 47-47 midway through the third quarter.
De Giorgio then took control and never looked back, draining seven points in just over a minute to ignite a lead that would not extinguish. A Nickel three-pointer capped off the third as the Blues built a 61-54 lead heading into the final frame.
Lakehead attempted a come back and brought the game within two in the first two minutes. Searle and Petawawa, Ont., native Brendan King led the Thunderwolves with 11 of their 18 fourth-quarter points but it wasn't enough as Toronto regained control with a solid team effort and pulled out the convincing 15-point victory.
The Varsity Blues return to action tomorrow night when they host the McMaster Marauders at the Athletic Centre Sports Gym. Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m. The game will also be streamed live through www.varsityblues.ca.
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Source: Toronto Sports Info
|TORONTO - Rookie Jahmal Jones shined in his first
regular season game wearing the blue and gold, scoring a game-high
24 points and leading the Rams to a 75-70 victory over the McMaster
Marauders in front of an excited Kerr Hall Gym crowd on Friday
night. Down most of the game, Ryerson took the lead with just over
two minutes to go in the fourth thanks to a clutch three-pointer
from another Rams rookie, Jelane Pryce. They would take that lead
right down to the final buzzer, winning their home opener.
The Rams scored 29 points off of McMaster's turnovers, and outscored the Marauders bench by 16 points down the stretch.
McMaster grabbed the lead in the first quarter, going up by as much as 10 points. Kenan Etale was hot early, hitting a number of three-pointers to expand the Marauder lead. Jones then scored five straight points for his team as Ryerson fought their way back into the game before half-time, down only 37-35 at the break.
The Marauders would hold their lead for much of the second half, and actually increased the advantage to seven early in the fourth. However, Jones would spur the Rams once again, hitting a crucial three-pointer to stop a McMaster streak. Ryerson would score five more unanswered points, bringing the deficit to one before Pryce put them in front.
Kris Montaque and Pryce also came up with two blocks to keep the score close, and McMaster could only foul in the last minute and hope for Ryerson to struggle from the line.
Jones and Montaque each hit one of their two shots; just enough to pull the Marauders out of reach.
Head coach Roy Rana was happy but already focused on tomorrow's match against Lakehead.
"It's game one of a long season. It's nice to win. We've got to get ready for tomorrow night."
Ryerson's rookies tallied 53 of the team's 75 points, which doesn't include newcomer Ola Adegboruwa's 13 points, since he is a transfer student and technically in his third year of eligibility. Rana was happy with the performance of his first-years.
"Our freshman showed poise down the stretch. We're going to have to win games in the fourth quarter, and we had a great one tonight".
The Rams also had to fight through a physical game, as the Marauders were not afraid to throw their weight around and put bodies on the floor.
"At some point in time it's like a boxing match (out there). I thought we took it and fought back," said Rana, who was also happy with the school's support inside Kerr Hall Gym. "The fans were loud, hopefully we can continue that, and keep building it. We're starting to build a really good environment here."
Ryerson lost three rotation players early in the contest. Fifth-year guard Ryan McNeilly and 6'7" Bjorn Michaelsen on the very first possession of the game collided heavily with McNeilly's head smashing into Michaelsen's mouth causing the freshman center to lose three teeth, while McNeilly suffered a significant gash in his head. Later in the first, 6'8" Matt Lapointe sprained his ankle and did not return.
The Rams take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves tomorrow evening. Lakehead will be a hungry team after losing to the Varsity Blues on Friday.
Rana would like his men to shore thing's up on the defensive side of the ball heading into tomorrow.
"We've got to get better in defensive transition; I thought we broke down a little bit. Mentally we made some mistakes defensively."
The Rams will look to open the season 2-0 tomorrow night, and will take on Lakehead at 8:00 p.m. following the women's game.
Source: Ryerson Sports Info
|WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Wesmen defeated the Calgary
Dinos 78-67 in their home opener of the 2010-2011 regular season
Friday night at the Duckworth Centre in Winnipeg. The Wesmen coming
off a regular season opening loss at Manitoba last Saturday,
improve their record to 1-1. Calgary drops below .500 to 2-3.
Benny Iko led the Wesmen registering a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds). Guard Nolan Gooding finished with 16 points, five assists and four steals. Kelvin Smith added 12 points and Lynden Drayton-Barrow had 11 points.
Calgary was led by Tyler Fidler's game high 20 points and 19 rebounds. Keenan Milburn added 11 points and three assists.
The two teams will meet again at the Duckworth Centre on Saturday night. Game time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.
Source: Winnipeg Sports Info
|EDMONTON - For 32 minutes, it looked like the
University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball team was going to
score an upset over the No.2 ranked UBC Thunderbirds. But, the
T-Birds turned a 12-point deficit into a five point win in the
blink of an eye, defeating Alberta 81-76 Friday night in the U of
A's Main Gym.
Alberta got a white hot performance from fourth-year Edmonton guard Daniel Ferguson, as he torched the mesh for a game-high 29 points, after hitting six of 12 three-point attempts. Jordan Baker, the 2010 Canada West rookie of the year, had 16 points and four steals for the Bears, and fifth-year guard CG Morrison added 10 points in the loss as well.
The T-Birds were led by 2010 CIS player of the year Josh Whyte, who scored 19 points and six assists, while Nathan Yu banked 17 points, and Kamar Burke added 14.
UBC now moves to a 4-1 record, while Alberta picks up their first loss of the season, sliding down to a 2-1 mark.
Despite the loss, the Golden Bears will take plenty of positives away from the entertaining match against the 2010 CIS silver medalists.
Coached by second year bench boss Greg Francis, and featuring a starting line-up of three sophomores, Alberta led for a majority of the game, and seemed able to answer any push back by UBC. Where they ultimately fell short was in game experience, as the T-Birds knew exactly what to do in the late stages of the game to turn a loss into a win, while the Bears struggled to protect the lead and secure the victory.
The Golden Bears came out with a strong first quarter, which was hardly surprising, given the near capacity Main Gym for the team's home opening contest, but what was surprising, was that whenever the Thunderbirds attempted to exercise their dominance on the young Bears, Alberta was able to run with the veteran Vancouver squad.
After Alberta squeezed out a 19-14 first quarter lead, UBC stepped up the tempo considerably in the second quarter, but the Bears stayed stride for stride with them, as each team notched 22 points in the second quarter, giving Alberta a 41-36 half-time lead.
After the break, Alberta ballooned that lead to a 12 point advantage at one point in the third as Ferguson, a two-time all-American transfer from Berry College of the NAIA, rained three-pointers down on the UBC bucket, including at least two from NBA range. The Bears outscored UBC 23-15 in the third, firing up the big crowd, and seemed destined for their first home win of the season, leading 64-51.
However, as quickly as that lead grew, the Thunderbirds were able to knock it back down to size just as fast, and eventually toppled it, taking over midway through the fourth.
Trailing by five points with under a minute to go, Ferguson drained his final three-pointer of the night to close the gap, but the Bears turned the ball over twice in succession to UBC, and were forced to send the Birds to the foul line, were they connected on three of four attempts.
A late three by Morrison, who returned to Alberta's line-up after taking the 2009-10 season off, closed the gap again, but UBC was able to stay just ahead, sinking easy foul shots en route to the five point win.
Alberta will get their chance at redemption Saturday night, as they face the Thunderbirds one more time, with tip-off going at 8:00 pm in the Main Gym.
Source: Alberta Sports Info
|REGINA - The University of Regina's men's
basketball team pulled away from the Lethbridge Pronghorns down the
stretch to record a 94-85 victory in a Canada West game on Friday
night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport. Paul
Gareau was 8-for-10 from the field and ended up with a game-high 22
points for the Cougars. The third-year forward also pulled down 10
rebounds to register his team's lone double-double. Sterling
Nostedt was 4-for-11 from three-point range and scored 18, while
Marek Downarowicz had 11 and Matt Campbell came off the bench to
Derek Waldner had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Lethbridge before fouling out in the fourth. Julian Spear Chief-Morris had 14 for the Pronghorns, while Abner Kamps had nine points and 10 rebounds. The Pronghorns fall to 1-4 with the loss.
The win improves Regina's record to 3-0. The Cougars are the only undefeated team in Canada West.
The two teams meet again on Saturday at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., following the women's game.
Source: Regina Sports Info
|VICTORIA - Ryan MacKinnon scored a career high 25
points and the UVic Vikes men's basketball team dealt the upstart
Manitoba Bisons their first loss of the season, taking a 92-64
decision Friday night. MacKinnon shot 10-for-15 from the field to
finish with 25 points, and eclipse his previous benchmark of 24 set
in his junior year. The senior guard from Comox knocked down four
three-pointers in the second half of a blowout victory.
Josh Odgen and Eric Garcia shared the high for the visitors, scoring 16 apiece. Sean Maxwell added 10 points.
The two sides return to McKInnon Gym Saturday night to close out the two-game set. Game time is 7 p.m. and can be watched online at govikesgo.com/broadcast.
Source: Victoria Sports Info
|Trinity Western||97||Thompson Rivers||57||Final||Boxscore|
KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The Trinity Western Spartans showed why they are ranked eighth in the CIS in men's basketball. The Spartans rolled into the Tournament Capital Center and downed the hometown Thompson Rivers WolfPack 97-57.
The Spartans are now 3-2. The WolfPack fall to 0-5 in Canada West play. The Spartans led from wire to wire getting 27 points from guard Calvin Westbrook. Jacob Doerkson had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Tonner Jackson added 12 points. TRU was led by Chas Kok, with 17 points, and Kevin Pribilsky had 16.
The teams meet again on Saturday at the Tournament Capital Center. Tip off is 7:00 p.m. at the TCC.
Source: Thompson Rivers Sports Info