CIS men's basketball Saturday roundup: StFX's Coach Konchalski hits 800 win milestone
Photo credit Erica Roberts
|UNB||68||No. 2 StFX||87||Final||Box Score|
ANTIGONISH, NS - StFX men's basketball head coach Steve
Konchalski earned his 800th career victory with an 87-68 win over
the UNB Varsity Reds Saturday evening on home court at the StFX
Source: StFX Sports Info
HAMILTON, Ont. - The McMaster men's basketball team earned their eighth win of the OUA regular season on Saturday afternoon with a 97-84 defeat of the visiting Waterloo Warriors. Cam Michaud was the game-high scorer with 21 points for the Marauders. The team captain was also named the Big Mac Player of the Game.
A slow start to the game saw Michaud draw fouls twice within the opening minute of the contest. The Warriors took an early lead of 8-6 and made another lay-up for the four point lead at 5:55, but McMaster would respond with a lay-up of their own. Joe Rocca would tie it up at 10.
By 3:30, the Warriors would be forced to call their first time out of the game as the Marauders took a six point lead at 18-12. The Warriors would rally to catch up, but as the score read 19-18 in favour of the Marauders, Rocca sunk a three-pointer to put McMaster back ahead by four. The quarter would end with the Marauders up by five at 27-22.
The Marauders would maintain their five point lead throughout the first part of the second quarter and would extend it to seven with a Victor Raso basket and foul. Both teams continued to foul throughout the second quarter and a number of missed shots on Waterloo’s end allowed the Marauders to keep their lead. A three-pointer from Brett Sanders put the Marauders up by six with less than two minutes left in the half. The final score going into halftime would be 43-38 in favour of the home team. Sanders would have a team-high nine points going in to the second half.
After two minutes in the third, the Warriors would call a timeout with McMaster ahead by eight thanks in part to a three-pointer from captain Raso. The Marauders would then finally take the double-digit lead at 61-49 mid-way through the third quarter with a three-pointer from Cam Michaud. Later in the quarter with 1:20 to go, rookie Aaron Redpath would sink a three to extend McMaster’s lead to 18. Despite the Warriors making a basket at the buzzer the scoreboard would read 74-58 for McMaster.
In the fourth, the Marauders continued to dominate the game pushing their lead to 23 with a dunk from Michaud. A number of Marauders were contributors to their eighth win of the season as they improved to 8-2 in conference play.
Joining Michaud in double-digit points included Rocca with 20, Raso with 11 and Redpath with 10
For the Warriors, Wayne Bridge scored 20, Mike Wright recorded another 18, Cam McIntrye had 16 and Justin Johnson added another 11.
Next up for the Marauders is the Brock Badgers who are also fighting for the top spot in the OUA West. Tip-off is 8:00 p.m. at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
Source: McMaster Sports Info
|Brock||70||No. 8 Laurier||93||Final||Box Score|
WATERLOO, Ont. - For the third time this season, the No. 8 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's basketball team (8-1) scored more than 100 points as they defeated the Waterloo Warriors (4-5) by a score of 110-60 Wednesday night at the Athletic Complex.
Third year guard Maxwell Allin of Chatham, Ont., led the charge for the Hawks as he posted 21 points, including 19 in the first half, on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor. He also finished the game 5-for-8 from three point range.
The Hawks had four other players record 10 or more points in the victory while every player who dressed for the game had at least two points.
After the two teams traded buckets early in the first quarter, the purple and gold put together a 20-6 run to close out the quarter as they led 26-10 after 10 minutes of play. The second quarter was much of the same as the Hawks continued to make shots and stretched their lead to 26 at the half.
Laurier would put any hopes of a Warrior comeback to bed in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors 28-10 and allowing the starters to rest for the entire fourth quarter as they cruised to their eighth victory of the season.
"I thought offensively we played reasonably well," said Head Coach Peter Campbell following the victory. "We moved the ball and we had a lot of guys contribute to the scoring so thats important to us."
"We came strong right out of the gate," said Allin, echoing Campbell's sentiments. "Everyone was knocking down shots and we got out to a comfortable lead and we just went on from there."
Other notable performances from the Hawks came from rookie guard William Coulthard of Oakville, Ont., and guard Kyle Enright, also of Oakville. Coulthard knocked down a career-high 16 points thanks to 4-of-6 shooting from three point range while Enright carried over his strong play from the fall, finishing with 17 points.
Waterloo guard Mike Wright of Burlington, Ont., led the Warriors with 25 points.
The Hawks will now prepare for their meeting with the Brock Badgers (7-2) on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.
NOTES: With a 5-of-8 performance from beyond the arc, Enright has now connected on four or more three pointers for the seventh time this season...Warriors leading scorer Cam McIntyre of Kitchener, Ont., saw limited time on the floor due to an injury suffered over the holiday break...Laurier has now won five straight games against their cross-town rivals...the rematch between the two teams is scheduled for February 15.
Source: Laurier Sports Info
|UPEI||86||Saint Mary's||93||Final||Box Score|
KINGSTON, Ont.- Aaron Best made a strong return from an early-season injury, tallying 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting while Nem Stankovic recorded his first double-double of the year, and the Ryerson Rams men's basketball team rolled over the RMC Paladins with a 92-19 triumph on Saturday night.
The Eastern Commerce standout, who was sidelined with a foot injury on season-opening weekend, shot just under 65% from the floor, and also picked up six steals and four rebounds. Stankovic (Toronto) added 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Jahmal Jones (Mississauga) and Gavin Berry (Waterloo, Ont.) dropped 11 each in the victory.
James Byun had a team-high seven points in a losing cause for the Paladins (0-10), who remain tied for last place in the East division with York (0-10) and Queen's (0-10).
The Rams (5-5) move to .500 for the first time this season and keep pace with the Toronto Varsity Blues (5-5). Both teams are currently tied for third-place in the East and sit just one game back of the Ottawa Gee-Gees (6-4) in second.
Ryerson will welcome the defending national champion Carleton Ravens (10-0) to Kerr Hall Gym next Friday evening. The men will then host the Gee-Gees on Saturday in a critical match-up with playoff standing implications.
Both games will take place at 8:00 p.m., and will be available online at the Live Video page.
Source: Ryerson Sports Info
|No. 1 Carleton||98||Laurentian||51||Final||Box Score|
SUDBURY, ON - The Carleton Ravens put their undefeated streak on the line against the Laurentian Voyageurs, and emerged victorious by a flattering score of 98-51. This score line did not justify the effort, and hard work of the Voyageurs, who led the game for a majority of the first half.
Laurentian began the game as a major underdog, against a highly talented, undefeated Carleton Ravens team. However, in the opening minutes, it was the Voyageurs who showed their talents. Some expert shooting and offensive play from Manny Pasquale (Victoria, BC) saw Laurentian take a 19-16 at the end of the first period. This lifted the crowd within the Ben Avery Gymnasium, with an almost full house urging the Voyageurs to maintain their strong start. The start of the second quarter saw the Ravens begin to settle down and find some rhythm. Despite highly physical defence, the clinical, and precise shooting of the Ravens saw them take a slim, 38-32 lead into the half way point.
However, the fairytale half for the Voyageurs quickly became a distant memory, as Phillip Scrubb (Richmond, BC) and Tyson Hinz (Ottawa, On) began to showcase some skills with 21 and 23 points respectively. The game was now in the hands of the Ravens, and it became apparent why the team remains undefeated. Laurentian fought valiantly but was outscored 60-19 in the final two quarters, as the offensive prowess of the Ravens shone through yet again. In the end, the Ravens ran away with a landslide win of 98 51, a result that did not truly show the effort and talent brought forth by a strong, and persistent Voyageur team that held the Ravens against the ropes for almost the entirety of the first two quarters.
After the game, Coach Swords had little to say about the result, and hailed the talents of the Ravens team. He praised his teams ability to compete for the first half of the game, and put a true scare into the mind of the Ravens.
For more information about the Laurentian Voyageurs, visit http://www.luvoyageurs.com for the latest news and results.
Laurentian University's Department of Athletics is home to 15 varsity sports teams. The Voyageurs and Lady Vees decorated history of pride and tradition includes 61 provincial championships as well as 9 national championships in 50 years of competition.
Source: Laurentian Sports Info
|Western||66||No. 3 Lakehead||87||Final||Box Score|
|The men's basketball team completed a weekend sweep
of the Western Mustangs, winning 87-66 on Saturday evening.
The Lakehead Thunderwolves had the opposite start on Saturday night as they did on Friday as Western opened up the game with an 8-1 run and won the 1st quarter 21-17. In the second quarter Lakehead focused its defense and held the Mustangs to 11 points and a Ryan Thomson buzzer beater put the 'Wolves up 4 at the half; 36-32.
Western was without starting guard Ryan Barbeau, who was red hot on Friday evening, scoring 26 points, but was in street clothes on Saturday evening for undisclosed reasons. Also not dressed on Saturday was Quinn Henderson. Although Mustangs forward Peter Scholtes stepped up in a big way scoring a game-high 35 points, it was all for not as the Pack pulled away in the third quarter and contained a feisty Mustangs team down the stretch to seal the victory.
Lakehead's top scorer was Venzal Russell with 25 points, 4 assist, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Russell dazzled the Thunderdome crowd with a plethora of drives to the basket at break neck speed, twisting and turning between defenders and finishing with both hands on either side of the hoop with just the right amount of 'English' on the ball, as they say. Other leading wolves were Joe Jones with 16 points in 23 minutes, and Greg Carter with 13 points in 20 minutes of floor time.
Coach Scott Morrison:
"It was not our prettiest effort but it was good to see some guys like Russell, King and Jones have good games after struggling a bit since the break. Western's team really stepped up in the absence of two of their main guys and of course Scholtes was possibly the best player on the court offensively over 80 minutes this weekend. This week in practice we will be working on our man defense discipline as well as looking to create some more opportunities on the glass before we travel to Waterloo to take on the hottest team in the OUA West right now in Laurier."
Stay tuned for webcasting links for next weekend's games @ Laurier.
Source: Lakehead Sports Info
Lancer men’s basketball head coach Chris Oliver won his
100th regular season game with the Windsor Lancers on Saturday
night, as the Blue & Gold defeated the Guelph Gryphons 70-59 at
the St. Denis Centre.
Source: Windsor Sports Info
KINGSTON, Ont. - The Gaels came up short to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues this Saturday evening in Kingston. The final score was 67-56.
The Gaels were not ready to start this game, falling behind 18-1 right off the bat. They struggled on both sides of the court, entering the second quarter down 21-7. The second quarter started the same way as the first, with the Blues going on a 7-0 run leading to a 33-17 score at the half.
The Gaels were not going to give up without a fight. They outscored the Varsity lues in the quarter, bringing the game within ten points. Another streak from the Blues, however, would be the last nail in the coffin for the Gaels, as they struggled against a 8-0 run to begin the quarter. The Gaels showed excellent reseliency after their shaky start, but it was not enough to get ahead.
Michael Fairine of Ottawa led the Gaels with 17 points.
Men's basketball action continues next weekend versus Laurentien University on Friday night. Tipof is set for 8:00.
Source: Queen's Sports Info
The York University Lions men's basketball team looked for a
better effort against the Ottawa Gee-Gee's after a loss to the
Carleton Ravens last night. Despite one of their best efforts of
the season, the Gee-Gee's proved to be too much for the Lions,
Source: York Sports Info
|No. 4 Saskatchewan||60||No. 7 UBC||69||Final||Box Score|
|VANCOUVER - The UBC Thunderbirds survived turnover
troubles and shooting struggles to down the Saskatchewan Huskies
69-60 on Saturday night at War Memorial Gym.
The Huskies were ice cold from the floor all game, but 10 UBC turnovers in the third quarter kept them in the game, down 10 points heading into the fourth.
Team scoring leader Jamelle Barrett struggled mightily with his shot, taking a 1-for-14 mark into the final quarter, but he hit a three to start the final frame off and bring his side to within seven. The Huskies continued to pour it on with an 11-1 run, eventually cutting the lead down to 53-52 after a Michael Lieffers dunk with less than three minutes remaining.
UBC's top scorer, Nathan Yu, also struggled with his shot in the first half, but came back with a long two to restore a three point lead, and with the 'Birds up 58-54 late, rookie guard Malcolm Williams iced it with a three-pointer from the corner with 30 seconds remaining.
"I thought our guys did a good job defensively, but both teams were really tired playing close games against ranked teams the night before," said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson. "Down the stretch we did what we had to do, but you just shouldn't win games with 29 turnovers and allowing 22 offensive rebounds, and we're trying to address both of those things."
Yu, who was 5-for-13 after three quarters, finished 8-for-17 with a game-high 22 points thanks to a solid fourth quarter. Tommy Nixon was the only other T-Bird to score in double figures, dropping 13 points to go with his five rebounds and three blocks.
"It was a game of just mental toughness," Yu said. "Both teams were so tired, and we're not the deepest teams so a lot of guys were playing major minutes, and it was just a game of defence and grinding it out, and we were the tougher team."
Barrett still led his team with 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half, but shot just 4-for-20 on the night.
"We put a bit of height on him, and you can't guard him with one guy so we double teamed him and triple teamed him at times not letting him get to the rim," said Hanson. "He's a real focal point on their team, especially since they lost Nolan Brudehl, and I thought we did a really good job of containing him."
Poor free throw shooting was devastating to the Huskies down the stretch. They trailed by just a few points for most of the fourth, but hit just two of eight free throws in the quarter.
For the game, the Huskies shot 27 per cent from the field and 57 per cent from the line. UBC shot 38 per cent and 88 per cent respectively in those categories.
The T-Birds started strong defensively, holding the Huskies scoreless for several minutes while building an 11-2 lead out of the gate. They blocked three shots during the scoring run, two courtesy of Nixon.
But then the Huskies' defence stepped up, and the 'Birds were held off the scoreboard for the last six minutes of the frame. They led just 11-9 heading into the second quarter.
Barrett was held in check early on, missing his first 11 shots from the field and scoring just two points in the first half. As a team, the Huskies shot just 16 per cent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and had seven shots blocked.
UBC had 11 blocks in the game. Fifth year centre Balraj Bains had five to his credit.
The Huskies gave UBC fits on the offensive glass, pulling down 22 offensive rebounds in the game, but they managed just six second chance points thanks to tough T-Bird defence in the low post.
Lieffers led the effort with 15 rebounds, also adding 11 points for a double double.
Kamar Burke was UBC's top rebound man as usual with 12 boards.
The Huskies fall to 6-3 but still lead the East Division, and will look to build on that lead next weekend in Calgary.
The Thunderbirds are 6-2 and in second place behind Victoria in the West. They will get a chance to pick up some ground next weekend when they take on Thompson Rivers.
Source: UBC Sports Info
|Calgary||97||Trinity Western||107||Final||Box Score|
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s basketball team got its second win of 2012 with a 107-97 victory over Calgary Friday at the Langley Events Centre.
The Spartans were especially dominant in the first quarter as they outscored Calgary by 15 points and then managed to maintain a lead the rest of the way.
Trinity Western was led by Kyle Coston, who had 28 points and seven rebounds, Sean Peter, who had 25 points and four rebounds and Tristan Smith, who had 17 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Calgary was led by Tyler Fidler, who had 23 points, all of which came in the second half, and Boris Bakovic, who had 22 points and seven rebounds in his return to the court after missing the first half of the season with a knee injury.
The win moves Trinity Western to 4-6 on the year while the loss
drops Calgary to 3-7.
“I think as shots start falling and we start executing and recognizing mismatches, we start rolling. We pushed the ball down the floor well, which is pivotal for this team since we’re smaller, and we had a lot of energy tonight.”
The Spartans got off to a quick start in the first quarter as Coston knocked down a 3-pointer just 13 seconds into the game which seemed to set the tone for what would be an offensive surge in the first half for Trinity Western.
Calgary responded with back-to-back jumpers from Josh Wolfram to give the Dinos a 4-3 lead but then Trinity Western went on a 6-0 run to retake the a lead that they would never relinquish.
With the Spartans Calvin Westbrook, who finished with 22 points, on fire from beyond the arc, going three for four in the first 10 minutes and collecting a team-high 13 points, Trinity Western built a 15-point lead, 29-14, by the end of the first frame.
In the second quarter, the Spartans dominated the glass, outrebounding Calgary 11-4, and continued to push their lead, opening up a 20-point halftime advantage.
Trinity Western’s Kyle Coston had 11 points in the quarter to lead the home side to an impressive opening 20 minutes.
Calgary’s Wolfram led the Dinos with 12 points while Bakovic, contributed 11 points, nine of which came from the free throw line.
In the third quarter, the Spartans continued to maintain a healthy double-digit lead as they went back and forth with Calgary for the better part of the frame.
The Dinos got to within 12 points twice, at 62-48 after a Dustin Reding lay-in, and then again at 72-58 after a Daan Wiersum lay-in, but couldn’t get any closer.
Each time the Dinos got close, the Spartans pulled away again, finishing the third with an 80-61 lead.
In the third quarter it was Peter leading the charge with 11 points in the quarter for Trinity Western.
For Calgary, Fidler responded in the third quarter with eight points to help the Dinos to a 27-point quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Dinos made of a game of it as they closed to within eight points with 2:41 left in the game. But the Spartans didn’t allow Calgary to make any long runs late as they held off a Fidler and Andrew McGuinness-led charge – Fidler had 15 points in the fourth and McGuinness had 12 – to earn the win.
The Dinos got to within seven points after a 3-pointer from Fidler with 25 seconds left but they wouldn’t get closer.
Both teams are back in action Jan. 13-14 with the Spartans travelling to UBC-Okanagan to play the Heat while Calgary returns home to host Saskatchewan.
Game Notes – The Spartans shot 62.1 per cent from the field while Calgary shot 48.4 per cent…TWU had 35 rebound to Calgary’s 31.
Source: Trinity Western Sports Info
|Manitoba||86||Thompson Rivers||78||Final||Box Score|
The winning streak is over for the Thompson Rivers University
WolfPack men’s basketball team. After winning their last
three Canada West outings, the WolfPack fell at home to the
University of Manitoba Bisons. The score on Saturday (January
7) was 86-78. Thompson Rivers falls to 5 and 5 while Manitoba
moves to 6 and 4 on the season.
Source: Thompson Rivers Sports Info
|No. 6 Alberta||77||No. 5 Victoria||83||Final||Box Score|
VICTORIA - The No. 5 nationally ranked University of Victoria
Vikes men's basketball team used strong transitional play to defeat
the No. 6 nationally ranked Alberta Golden Bears, 83-77, at Ken and
Kathy Shields Court at McKinnon Gymnasium in front of over 1,000
fans on Saturday Jan. 6.
A three-pointer from Acheampong with just under two minutes left
extended the lead to 75-67 and the Vikes never looked back.
Source: Victoria Sports Info
|Lethbridge||87||No. 9 UFV||78||Final||Box Score|
The University of Manitoba Bisons men’s basketball team
rang in the New Year with a bang, winning by 15 points over the UBC
Okanagan Heat (80-65). The Heat were unable to disrupt the
high-scoring, up-tempo Bison team and now sit at 1-6 in conference
play. The Bisons move their winning streak to 3 with tonight's W,
improving to 5-4 in conference play.
Bret Macdonald racked up an impressive 23 points on Friday night
(photo by Vanessa Hodak)
Source: UBC Okanagan Sports Info