CIS men's basketball Saturday roundup: Fidler powers Dinos to upset of No. 4 Thunderbirds
Photo credit David Moll
|The UNB men's basketball team fought hard for a
victory last night, but lost to the Cape Breton Capers with a final
score of 76-71. However, today's game wasn't as close.
The Varsity Reds fought hard against the Capers, but they were unable to capitalize with the ball, and ended losing 82-54.
"You can't let your frustration effect what's happening for the group," said head coach Brent Baker.
The first quarter started off shakily, as the Capers had a 21-5 lead against the V-Reds, but the Reds were able to pick it up before halftime, as they tightened the game, down 35-26.
"We had a worse start my first year here, it's just disappointing. We had a chance today," said Baker.
In the second half the V-Reds continued to struggle.
"That's why it's called team. Goes in the record books as the score it is, right. Whether we have a player on the floor or not."
Granted the loss was hard for the team, there are still a few positive notes to take from the game, one of them being the youth of the team.
With players suck as Seth Amoah, Aaron O'Brien, Matt Daley and Michael Fosu, the team will be able to build off their developing talents as V-Reds for next season.
"Matt Daley's still in the learning process, but you noticed transition slowed down when we had him in the game. Things got a little better with Aaron O'Brien, played a little bit tougher inside," said Baker.
"But those guys are all freshmen, they're all first year guys. So that's good for the future but that doesn't really help us right now."
The Reds next home game will be in the New Year, as they take on the UPEI Panthers and the Acadia Axemen, the weekend of Jan. 13.
Source: UNB Sports Info
The UPEI Panthers made it five in a row Saturday night winning 98-89 over Acadia at the Chi Wan Young Sport Centre. Donathan Moss lead the Panthers with 27 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Jonathan Cooper chipping in 25. Acadia's big scorer was Sean Stoqua with 25 and Bradley States with 17.
The Panthers lead 11-0 in the frist three minutes of the game and would open leads as high as 20 points before seeing the Axemen work their way back into the game. At half the score was 50-38 in favour of the Panthers but with less than 5 minutes left Acadia pulled within five.
The two teams face off again on Sunday at 3 pm.
Source: UPEI Sports Info
THUNDER BAY, Ont. - The Lakehead men came within a shot of pushing the game into overtime, but instead it was the Ravens who knocked down a plethora of clutch jumpers in the 4th quarter to seal their 88-85 victory over the Thunderwolves.
In what was the most hotly anticipated game of the first half of the season for the T-Wolves, they did not disappoint the 1,100+ fans that packed the Thunderdome on Saturday evening. The lead never swung more than 5 points for the majority of the game, as Lakehead got big-time contributions from Ben Johnson (23 points and 3 steals, 8-14 shooting), Joe Jones (18 points, 5 rebounds) and Venzal Russell (15 points, 4 rebounds).
The Pack went into halftime with a 36-32 lead. As the game progressed and legs started to tire, both teams would continue to slug away at one another, with the final quarter being the highest-scoring of the game (30-26 Carleton).
Remarked Carleton coach Dave Smart following the game, "This is a great playing atmosphere, it doesn't any better than this, in terms of road-game venues." About the Thunderwolf team he adds, "They just keep on coming back at you hard all game, that sets them apart from other teams."
The fourth quarter could not have been closer, as Carleton stretched their lead to 7 with under 5 minutes to play, thanks to three pointers from Willy Manigat and Tyson Hinz. Lakehead stormed back, as Joseph Jones and Venzal Russell aggressively attacked the hoop at every opportunity, and Jones made his free throws count (8-of-9 FT). In the final 24 seconds and LU down by 3, Lakehead fouled Phillip Scrubb, who clanked both free throws amidst the deafening chaos of the Thunderdome. Lakehead closed the gap to one on a Russell lay up with 10 seconds remaining. Carleton 5th year guard Willy Manigat was fouled and knocked down both. shots to restore the three point lead that they would cling to, despite Lakehead having two desperate last-second attempts to tie the game falter off target.
Carleton had 5 players reach double digits, with Phillip Scrubb scoring 17, Hinz 15, Kyle Smendziuk 15, Manigat 14 and Kevin Churchill 11. Carleton shot 53% (32-61) from the floor compared to Lakehead's 39% (28-71). Lakehead made up for their shooting by controlling the glass, out-rebounding the Ravens 28-19.
Coach Scott Morrison acknowledged after the game, "I believe that while we did not reach our ultimate goal tonight of defeating Carleton, we can walk away from this weekend with our head's high and with an increased motivation to continue pushing to improve our level of play in time for the OUA West schedule."
Speaking to the technical side of things he adds, "I thought some sloppy weak side help as well as 2 or 3 defensive gambles in the 4th quarter may have cost us the game. Like the champions they are, Carleton made us pay by connecting on clutch shots and making us pay for every mistake down the stretch. That being said I was proud of how we controlled the glass and kept fighting until the final buzzer. We have a long way to go to contend in March but anyone who saw tonight's game must believe that we have the potential to do just that.
Moving forward Morrison concludes, "Time now to get focused on York and Laurentian and to try and finish off a solid first semester with two road Ws"
The men play York and Laurentian on the road next weekend.
Source: Lakehead Sports Info
GUELPH, Ont - On Saturday night the Guelph Gryphon men's
basketball team dropped a 83-77 final tonight in a offensive battle
with the Ottawa Gee Gees.
Source: Guelph Sports Info
WATERLOO, Ont. - Kyle Enright hit a career high 21 points as the No. 9 nationally ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (6-0) downed the York Lions (0-6), 102-62.
Enright, a native of Oakville, Ont. nailed six of nine from outside the arc, including a quick run of three in a row in the third quarter.
"Kyle has been hot," commented head coach Peter Campbell post game. "He's playing with confidence and hitting those shots and his teammates are feeding off that energy and putting up points of their own."
Veteran Kale Harrison of Stratford, Ont. had another strong performance as he put up 21 points while Maxwell Allin of Chatham, Ont. added 14 of his own. The Golden Hawks hold the highest points for total in the conference, now sitting at 587. The team is averaging almost 98 points per game so far this season.
"The number of guys contributing to the offence is great," commented Campbell on the fact that all 12 players in the game contributed point in the win. "It's being done unselfishly and the guys are moving the ball around well, getting open looks and knocking them down."
Laurier broke away midway in the second as the team outscored their opponents 32-20. York's shooting in the second half dropped to 28% from 47% as they only put up 25 points on 41 shots from the field while Laurier countered with 51 points.
The Golden Hawks had their best there-point performance of the season sinking 15 of 26 for 57%.
"Our goal was to go into this weekend with a record of 6-0,"
said Campbell talking to the upcoming weekend against No. 1 ranked
Carleton and University of Ottawa. "Taking on the best two teams in
the east and seeing how we do in their gym will be a great
Source: Laurier Sports Info
TORONTO - The Varsity Blues men’s basketball team came
away with an 86-81 victory over the No. 10 Windsor Lancers on
Saturday night (Nov. 26) at the Athletic Centre Sports Gym.
Source: Toronto Sports Info
TORONTO- Jelane Pryce tallied 20 points and eight rebounds while
Jordon Gauthier recorded a double-double, and the Ryerson Rams
men's basketball team earned a victory in its final conference home
game of 2011, defeating the Western Mustangs 87-76 at Kerr Hall
"I think they're feeling good," said Head Coach Roy Rana of his players. "I thought we came off the floor at Lakehead and last night (against Windsor) not feeling good about ourselves because we didn't give the effort. We weren't tough enough. (I told them) this is the kind of game that's going to define who we are. I thought they gave everything they had tonight."
Innisfil, Ont. native Pryce led the Rams with eight points in the first five minutes to give Ryerson a 15-11 lead in the opening quarter. Jones (Mississauga) and Gauthier (Windsor, Ont.) tallied the next six points, extending the lead to ten. Jones then was fouled on a penetration inside, but managed to make the bucket and sink the foul shot as Ryerson continued to pad the score. They took a 28-15 lead into the second quarter.
Pryce continued to heat up, dropping back-to-back three-pointers when the Mustangs chose not to contest him from beyond the arc. The 6'7'' forward moved from the perimeter to the low post and picked up a bucket plus the harm. He finished with a first-half high of 16 points.
However, the Mustangs were able to cut slightly into the lead, but more importantly forced Jones to pick up his third personal foul with 2:12 to go in the half. Ryan Barbeau's jumper soon after was the sixth straight point for Western, and they were also down by the six with over a minute to play in the period. Gauthier picked up a rebound and put it back for two, and Ryerson headed to the locker room up 46-38 at halftime.
The teams traded points through the first five minutes of the third quarter as Ryerson held onto a small cushion. After Jones threaded the needle on a pass to Adegboruwa on the baseline for a lay-in, Gauthier sliced through the Mustangs defense on the following possession and finished with a finger-roll into the bucket. That brought a halt to the momentum Western built through the middle portion of the period and restored a double-digit advantage.
Pryce continued to be a factor, taking a charging foul with 1:33 left that Jones converted into a three-pointer at the other end. The Rams were shooting 46% at the end of the third, and headed into the final quarter with a 64-52 lead.
Western responded through the early part of the fourth, going on an 8-2 run and coming within six points once again with 7:00 left on the clock. Peter Scholtes was left wide open in the corner, and made good on a three to five, but Jones and Ola Adegboruwa answered with an end-to-end sprint that gave the latter an easy finish on a pass from his fellow guard.
Another three by Scholtes helped the Mustangs keep pace, but a thundering dunk by Luke Staniscia with just over two minutes to play gave Ryerson the momentum once again late in the contest. The Pefferlaw, Ont. native then drew a foul, sunk both his free throws and Ryerson kept possession as Nathan Diloreto fouled out of the game. Staniscia finished with nine points and six rebounds.
The Rams made six of their last seven free throws down the stretch to clinch their second victory of the season.
The men will hit the road for their last two games before the holiday break, travelling to Brock and McMaster next Friday and Saturday respectively.
Source: Ryerson Sports Info
MONTREAL, Que. – A third-quarter drought doomed the Bishop's Gaiters as they fell to the McGill Redmen, 67-54, in Quebec university basketball league play tonight at the Mitchell Gym. The Gaiters had taken their only lead of the night at 38-37, at 6:06 of the third, but were held scoreless through the rest of the period, as McGill led 49-38 after thirty minutes.
McGill led 20-13 after the first quarter, but the Gaiters had chipped the lead down to three points, 32-29, by halftime. A three-pointer by Sean Monplaisir (Toronto, Ont.) capped a 7-1 run over 1:49 early in the third, putting Bishop's up 38-37. McGill scored 12 unanswered points to put the game away. In the fourth quarter, the Gaiters could pull to no closer than four points.
Bishop's (5-9, 5-6 CIS, 0-4 Quebec) was led, for the second straight night, by Mukiya Post (Victoria, B.C.), who scored 13 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Onnex Blackwood (Scarborough, Ont.) was the only other Gaiter in double figures, with 11 points. Jeremy Leonard-Smith (Ottawa, Ont.) led Bishop's with seven points.
McGill (8-13, 6-8 CIS, 3-2 Quebec) had three players in double figures, led by Tristan Renaud-Tremblay's 18. Karim Sy-Morissette scored 13 points, and Winn Clark added 11 for the Redmen.
The Redmen shot 49% from the field (25-for-51), while holding the Gaiters to 36% (21-for-58). McGill held a slight edge in rebounds, 34 to 33, and committed 22 turnovers to 20 by Bishop's.
The Gaiters are off for exams, and return to action after Christmas at the Classique des Citadins in Montreal.
Source: Bishop's Sports Info
KINGSTON, Ont. - Despite a six point half time lead the Gaels
(0-6) were unable to hold on as the Brock Badgers (5-1) defeated
Queen's 69-60 in OUA basketball action on Saturday night.
Source: Queen's Sports Info
SASKATOON — Using a 14-0 stretch in the third quarter, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies defeated the Trinity Western University Spartans 98-73 Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
Peter Lomuro, a guard who transferred to the Huskies this season from the University of Winnipeg, scored on back-to-back fast breaks in the quarter, highlighted by a thunder dunk on a pass from forward Michael Lieffers. The Huskies finished the frame outscoring the Spartans 35-19.
Saskatchewan jumped out to a 20-10 lead in the first quarter before Trinity Western gained momentum in the second quarter. The Huskies had a slim 39-36 lead heading into halftime. The third quarter sparked the Huskies large lead. Saskatchewan added another 24 to Trinity's 18 in the fourth.
Lomuro finished with 20 points for Saskatchewan, while the Huskies Jamelle Barrett, the league scoring champion last season, had 23 points and seven assists. Duncan Jones added 15 points and Lieffers 12. Patrick Burns had seven rebounds.
With the win the No. 5 ranked Huskies move to 5-2 and are on a four game winning streak. Trinity Western drops to 2-6.
Sean Peter, a fifth-year player, was the leading scorer for the
Spartans with 24 points. Tristan Smith added 11 points and four
steals. Calvin Westbrook had five rebounds.
Game Notes: The Huskies played this weekend without fourth-year forward Nolan Brudehl, who is injured.
Source: Saskatchewan Sports Info
CALGARY – With three of their top players out of the
line-up, with the No. 4-ranked team in the nation in their gym, and
staring a 2-6 start to the season in the face, Tyler Fidler put the
Calgary Dinos on his back and led them to a 92-85 upset over the
UBC Thunderbirds Saturday night in the Jack Simpson Gym.
Source: Calgary Sports Info
|LETHBRIDGE – After upsetting a nationally
ranked, undefeated UBC team last night, the University of
Lethbridge Pronghorns men's basketball team were hoping to rewrite
another David and Goliath story tonight against the University of
Victoria, but were overpowered by the lethal three-point shooting
of the Vikes, falling 90-59. The Vikes shot a deadly 73 percent
from beyond the arc on the night, including 10-11 in the first
half, producing a 24 point half time lead—a giant that the
'Horns couldn't seem to vanquish in the second period.
Senior guard, Ryan Mackinnon, sitting third on the Canada West scoring list, led all scorers with 23 on the night, featuring a 5-5 three-point performance in the first half that secured the Vikes a comfortable lead at the break. His sharp-shooting efforts were augmented by the double-digit performance of four of his teammates, including, Michael Acheampong and Mike Berg who came up with 14 points apiece.
The 'Horns's offensive effort rested on 13 points from both Dominyc Coward and Logan Reiter, with Coward also leading all rebounders with eight.
Last night against UBC, the 'Horns came out of the starting gates with defensive pressure and transition offense, forcing the T-Birds to compete in a match more suited to the 'Horns depth and quickness. Tonight, however, the crowd watched a different style of play—the 'Horns succumbing to a Victoria-dictated, slower, half-court game that allowed the Vikes to use their size and inside presence to their advantage. The 'Horns showed signs of momentum, including a second quarter fast break dunk by Logan Reiter that sent the crowd to its feet, but the dominant rebounding of the Vikes as well as their impressive shooting performance extinguished the 'Horns's efforts toward a comeback.
The 'Horns will look to adjust their tactics going into the semester break, perhaps picking up the stone and sling of a run-and-gun tempo that has served them well in the past. With the loss, they fall to 4-4 on the season and will meet up with Trinity Western University in Langley on January 6. The Vikes remain undefeated at 8-0 and will play the University of Saskatchewan at home the same night. Games will be webcast on canadawest.tv,
Source: Lethbridge Sports Info
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball
team will head into the Christmas break at .500. The WolfPack
improved their record to 4 and 4 following a victory over the
visiting University of Regina Cougars. The score was
110-100. The WolfPack will finish the first half of the
Canada West season with a .4 and 4 record , while Regina is 2 and 5
going into the break.
Source: Thompson Rivers Sports Info