CIS men's basketball Saturday roundup: No. 7 Hawks hold on to knock off No. 3 Lakehead
Photo credit Adam Gagnon
HAMILTON, Ont. - The McMaster Marauders overcame an 17-point
half time deficit, but the Windsor Lancers where able to hang on
for a 78-74 victory at the Burridge Gym on Saturday afternoon.
Source: McMaster Sports Info
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's basketball
team (7-5 OUA) was beaten 101-93 by the University of Western
Ontario Mustangs (4-8 OUA) Saturday afternoon at the Bob Davis
Source: Brock Sports Info
GUELPH, Ont. - Entering the fourth quarter, it looked as though
the Warrior’s offence was finally poised to explode after
chipping away the Guelph lead. Instead it was Kareem Malcolm
offence and the Gryphon defence that took control of the
game, with an 82-63 victory.
Waterloo turned up the defensive pressure in the second, and
utilized some strong shooting from deep to cut the Guelph lead to
33-27 entering the half. Malcolm led all scorers with 10 points,
with Angus and McCarthy each adding eight. Wright, Bridge, and
McIntyre each had eight for the Warriors.
Source: Guelph Sports Info
|UQAM||63||No. 9 Concordia||68||Final||Box Score|
|Saint Mary's||70||Dalhousie||72||Final||Box Score|
|Memorial||61||Cape Breton||94||Final||Box Score|
Sophmore guard Julian Smith recorded his first double-double of
the season as the Cape Breton University Capers men's basketball
team rolled to a 94-61 victory over the Memorial Sea Hawks Saturday
night in Sydney.
Source: Cape Breton Sports Info
|No. 1 Carleton||98||Toronto||64||Final||Box Score|
TORONTO - Third-year forward Alex Hill recorded a regular-season
career-high 30 points in a 98-64 losing effort to the No. 1
Carleton Ravens on Saturday, January 14 at the Athletic Centre
Source: Toronto Sports Info
TORONTO- Michael L'Africain and Vikas Gill combined to go perfect from beyond the arc, draining six three-pointers between them and tallying 15 points each as the Ottawa Gee-Gees survived a late Rams charge, defeating Ryerson 83-77 at Kerr Hall Gym on Saturday night.
The Rams (5-7) made a big run in the final period of play after falling behind by as many as 12 points, and actually took over the lead with less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter. However, a couple of missed opportunities and clutch shooting by the Gee-Gees (8-4) allowed them to re-take the lead and escape out of Toronto with two wins after also earning a victory over the Varsity Blues on Friday. Ottawa now holds a three-game lead on both Ryerson and Toronto (5-7) for second-place in the East.
"They made some shots, we made a poor decision late, and that was the difference in the game," said Head Coach Roy Rana. "We had a flat first half, and you can't play one half against a good team. We had our chance to win, and now we have to go in their place and get a win."
The squads will do battle again in Ottawa on February 17.
Jordon Gauthier had a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds while shooting 8-of-14 from the floor, while Bjorn Michaelsen also picked up 17 points for the Rams.
Gauthier (Windsor, Ont.) came up with a block on Ottawa's first possession of the match, and minutes later Ola Adegboruwa (Toronto) picked up a steal and easy lay-in for the men. However, some quick plays in transition had the Gee-Gees up 8-4 early on.
Gill and L'Africain drained consecutive three's, but Michaelsen (Otterburn Park, Que.) answered with a strong run to the hoop, picking up the basket plus the harm. Luke Staniscia (Pefferlaw, Ont.) grabbed the rebound on the ensuing missed free throw, and Gauthier nailed a shot from beyond the arc to pull Ryerson within three.
After forcing a turnover by Ottawa on the next possession, Michaelsen finished off a nice offensive set and pass from Gauthier with a dunk. However, the Rams were down by three heading into the second.
Adegboruwa quickly tied the contest early in the period with a three-pointer. The teams were even over the next couple of minutes, but a 7-0 run by the Gee-Gees spread their lead. After a timeout by the Rams, the men scored four straight points to pull within a couple of Ottawa. Jones picked up a steal and took it to the hoop for two points after a jumper by Aaron Best (Scarborough, Ont.) to make the score 33-28.
However, Ottawa heated up once again late in the half, ending the second quarter with a 9-1 streak and taking a 42-30 lead after two quarters of play.
Michaelsen had a first-half high of 10 points, while Gill tallied nine for the Gee-Gees, who shot a formidable 59% (17-of-29) from the floor in the opening two periods. The Rams were 10-of-29 in the half.
Both teams came out firing in the third, as the Rams tallied eight points in the first few minutes on a long-ranger from Gauthier and jumper from Adegboruwa. The fourth-year veteran then took the ball end-to-end again, finishing with a nice lay-in over a couple of defenders to bring the deficit within single digits.
Jahmal Jones followed his fellow guard up with a similar play to earn a lay-up, and came back on the next possession to nail another shot. The Mississauga native and FISU silver-medalist stayed hot, sinking a three while Michaelsen chipped in a couple for the Rams.
Unfortunately, the Gee-Gees shooting maintained its potency and Ottawa still held a seven-point lead with under four minutes to go in the third.
The Rams pulled within six on a three-point play by Gauthier near the end of the period, but two quick baskets by Gabriel Doe re-extended the lead. Jones hit a couple of free throws to conclude the third with Ryerson down 67-59.
The game tightened up in the final period, with Ryerson still chipping into Ottawa's lead. Adegboruwa continued his acrobatics, hitting a running lay-in while being swarmed by the Gee-Gees defenders. Nem Stankovic (Mississauga) hit one of two foul shots, but Gauthier picked up a board on the second and hit a quick lay-up to pull Ryerson within just two points of Ottawa.
After another three by L'Africain, Gauthier took the ball to the hoop again and managed to sink his shot while being fouled. He converted the free throw and the Rams were back within a single possession.
Michaelsen came up with a big block on defense, leading to another two points from Adegboruwa, and then Gauthier sent the crowd into a frenzy with a baseline penetration polished off with a thunderous dunk.
Michaelsen gave Ryerson its first lead of the game, 75-74, with just under four minutes to go in the contest.
Jacob Gibson sunk a shot from beyond the arc to put Ottawa up by two, and they added a couple more to hold an 80-76 advantage with 1:12 to play.
Ryerson came within three, and had possession of the ball with less than half a minute to play. But after a turnover, Michaelsen was forced to pick up his fifth personal on Gill. He made one of two shots, but because it was a technical, the Gee-Gees maintained possession. L'Africain was put on the line, and iced the game by sinking both his free throws with 4.7 seconds left.
Ottawa finished the game shooting over 50.0% from the floor and out-rebounding Ryerson 34-30. The Rams shot 40.0% as a team.
"Considering this is (arguably) a top-10 team in the country, it's encouraging that we know we can compete. Defensively we're getting better; we need to do a better job on the glass."
The men will have a quick turnaround from the weekend, as they will head a few blocks north on Wednesday night to take on the Varsity Blues in a mid-week battle between the downtown schools with third-place in the East on the line.
Ryerson will then head York and Laurentian for contests on Friday and Saturday evening respectively to wrap up the week. The Rams are back at home on January 27 and 28, where they will welcome the RMC Paladins and Queen's Gaels to Kerr Hall Gym.
Source: Ryerson Sports Info
|No. 3 Lakehead||89||No. 7 Laurier||92||Final||Box Score|
WATERLOO, Ont. - Kale Harrison of Stratford, Ont., scored a game-high 19 points as the No. 7 Wilfird Laurier Golden Hawks (10-2) upended the No. 3 Lakehead Thunderwolves (10-2) by a score of 92-89 Saturday night.
The victory earned the Hawks a season split with the Thunderwolves who won game one of the weekend doubleheader 88-83 on Friday night.
Unlike Friday, Laurier came out of the gate strong, going on a 10-3 run to start the quarter and finished with a six point lead after 10 minutes of play. Lakehead responded in the second, outscoring the Hawks 24-21, but still found themselves behind 45-42 at the half.
The back-and-forth contest continued in the third quarter as the two teams traded runs but it was the Hawks, sparked by the play of Conor Meschino of Oakville, Ont., who held a four point lead heading to the fourth.
In the final frame, the Hawks once again got a spark from an unexpected source as Marcel Hyde of Scarborough, Ont., scored all seven of his points in the fourth to help Laurier hold off a hard-pressing Lakehead squad and come away with the win.
Aside from Harrison, three other Hawks finished with 10 or more points in the game, including Meschino, Matthew Buckley of Waterloo, Ont., and William Coulthard of Oakville, Ont., who had 16, 14 and 12 points respectively. Buckley also had 10 rebounds on the game to record his second double-double of the year.
The game also marked the return of Jamar Forde of Mississauga, Ont., to the Hawks lineup. The second year guard, playing in his first game of the year since returning from injury, had six points in 14 minutes of action. His play sparked the Hawks bench as they outscored the Thunderwolves bench 34-15 on the night.
Lakehead's top scorer on the night was Ryan Thomson of Oakville, Ont., who matched Harrisons point total with 19 of his own while adding 11 rebounds.
Laurier will now head out on the road for three straight games and will take on the Guelph Gryphons Wednesday night. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
Source: Laurier Sports Info
KINGSTON, Ont. - The Queen's Gaels (0-12) fell to the York
University Lions (2-11) on Saturday night in Kingston. The final
score of the game was 66-62.
Source: Queen's Sports Info
WINNIPEG - After posting a 116-87 win over the University of Regina Cougars the night before, the University of Manitoba Bisons laced up to face the Cougars once again on Saturday, January 14 evening at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.
After trailing through two quarters, the Bisons out-worked the Cougars in the final half and came back to win their second straight against Regina at a score of 94-83, climbing to 8-4 on their season, and putting up six straight conference wins (the longest right now in Canada West). The Cougars fall to 3-8.
Leading the Bisons in points on the evening was Kevin Oliver with an impressive 24 points.
The Cougars’ Paul Gareau put up the most points for his team with 16.
The Cougars were looking to set the pace early after their definitive loss the night before, and jumped out to an early lead that Manitoba had to chase the entire quarter. With Paul Gareau and Sterling Nostedt contributing six points each, Regina held a solid lead at the end of the first quarter, up 30-20.
Regina wanted to bring more of the same in the second quarter, but the Bisons got their game going and got to work on closing the gap, with Keith Omoerah landing a highlight-reel slam dunk to get his team fired up. The first half would close out at 45-40 Regina.
Manitoba continued to press in the third and it paid off in the latter half, as they managed to bring the game to a tie at 58-58, eventually tipping the scales and leading the Cougars 70-62 at the close of the third quarter after a jaw-dropping buzzer beater for three by the Bisons’ Kevin Oliver.
With momentum on their side, Manitoba continued to roll in the final stanza, going up by 10 points in the early moments of the quarter. As expected, it was a close game right to the end, but the Bisons held on to their comeback and took down the Cougars yet again, beating them 94-83.
The Manitoba Bisons take to the court next on Friday, January 20 at 8 p.m. to take on the University of British Columbia. Regina host Fraser Valley on Jan. 20.
Source: Manitoba Sports Info
|Lethbridge||77||No. 8 Alberta||85||Final||Box Score|
EDMONTON - Fifth-year guard Daniel Ferguson scored a game high 26 points to lead the No.8 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears’ basketball team to an 85-77 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns Saturday night at the Saville Community Sport Centre in Edmonton.
The Golden Bears also got double-digit points from Jordan Baker (14), Rob Dewar (14) and Matt Cardoza (12), while Baker also picked up a team high nine rebounds.
Lethbridge was paced by 24 points from Daryl Cooper, as well as 15 points and 10 boards from Dominyc Cooper and nine points and 12 rebounds from the hands of Derek Waldner.
With the win, Alberta jumps into a tie for first place in the Prairie Division, along with the Manitoba Bisons, each with an 8-4 record. Saskatchewan follows closely behind at 7-4, while Victoria leads the Pacific Division at 10-2. Alberta split their two games against Manitoba earlier this season, but is 2-0 against the Huskies.
Lethbridge slides to a 5-7 record and are tied for fourth place in the Prairie Division with the Brandon Bobcats. The top four teams make the playoffs, and the Pronghorns will need a pair of wins next weekend when they host the 4-8 Calgary Dinos.
On Saturday night in Edmonton, Alberta and Lethbridge kept it close throughout the game, as the Golden Bears really only gained control of the scoreboard in the second half. Although Alberta had leads of 10 and 12 points throughout the contest, Lethbridge always found ways to draw back to within a couple of possessions, including late in the fourth with Alberta up by 10. A quick Pronghorn bucket, followed by a steal on the in-bound, and another bucket, followed by a successful free-throw, halved the Alberta lead in under 10 seconds of play.
The Golden Bears earned a slim lead through the opening 10 minutes, but a resilient Pronghorns’ team matched Alberta bucket for bucket in the second quarter to trail by just two points, 42-40, at halftime.
Coward led Lethbridge in scoring in the first half, putting away 12 points and nine rebounds in a very effective half of basketball. In fact, Coward almost had as many boards by himself as the Bears’ had as a team (14). Ferguson and Cardoza paced the Alberta first half attack with 15 and 10 points respectively.
Baker, the second leading scorer in CanadaWest, picked up the scoring slack in the second half, scoring 11 of his 14 total points in the final 20 minutes. Dewar, who played well for Alberta on Friday night before fouling night, also added six points in the second half, but ultimately fouled out to end his night prematurely.
Although the Bears had their fourth quarter lead shrunk to single digits late in the proceedings, they maintained possession of the ball, forcing Lethbridge to continually take fouls, sending Alberta to the line for charity shots. Both Ferguson and Cardoza sunk late attempts from the line to regain Alberta’s scoreboard ownership, and eventually cement the win at 85-77.
Source: Alberta Sports Info
|No. 4 Saskatchewan||90||Calgary||83||Final||Box Score|
CALGARY – Reigning Canada West player of the year Jamelle
Barrett put up 40 points – and his No. 4-ranked Saskatchewan
Huskies needed almost every one of them to record a hard out
against the University of Calgary Dinos Saturday night, splitting
their weekend series with a 90-83 win in the Jack Simpson Gym.
Source: Calgary Sports Info
|No. 10 UFV||67||No. 6 Victoria||91||Final||Box Score|
VICTORIA - The No. 6 nationally ranked University of Victoria
Vikes men's basketball team served up an enjoyable blend of strong
team defence along with a balanced offensive performance as five
players registered in double-digit scoring to defeat the No. 10
nationally ranked Fraser Valley Cascades 91-67 on Saturday Jan.
UVic improves to 10-2, while Fraser Valley slips to 7-5. The
Vikes travel east to face the Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday Jan. 20 and
Manitoba Bisons on Saturday Jan. 21 in Winnipeg, with both games
tipping off at 6 p.m. PST (LIVE VIDEO AND STATS).
Source: Victoria Sports Info
|No. 5 UBC||78||Thompson Rivers||54||Final||Box Score|
Kamloops, BC—Playing without one of the Canada West’s top players, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack had a tough time with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in Canada West men’s basketball action on Saturday (Jan 14). Playing at the TRU Gym, the ‘Pack had Justin King (3rd year, forward, Las Vegas, NV) in street clothes and dropped a 78-54 decision to the T-Birds. UBC moves to 8 and 2 while the WolfPack fall to 5-7. King was sitting out after suffering a hand injury late in Friday’s loss to UBC. He entered the weekend in the top two in the Canada West in both scoring and rebounding.
“ Injuries are a part of basketball,,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Clark. “it’s at those times that people step up.”
“Obviously King is huge piece of their puzzle and without him there I didn’t they didn’t have the confidence,” said Thunderbird bench boss Kevin Hanson. “ It’s a tough tough gig to play without your best guy. I thought our guys played well. We got a big lead but they chipped at it a couple of times. They (TRU) played really hard. It was a chance for their young guys to get some quality minutes. I thought Chas (Kok, 5th year, forward, Lynden, WA) played well. I thought Kevin (Pribilsky, 4th year, guard, Victoria, BC) stepped up and controlled the flow of the game.” Kok had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the WolfPack. Pribilsky added 10 points.
“It was tough for Kevin,” said Clark. “He was in foul trouble and had to spend part of the game on the bench. It is difficult for him when he is on the bench. When he was out there he was effective. I thought Chas tried to step up and do the right things. They (UBC) are a quality team and we came up short. We can’t fault their intensions.” Clark felt that from time to time, his two veterans try to take too much upon themselves. “They are trying to do the correct things. When there is a void people try to step up and that’s what happens.”
Clark was forced to utilize a lot of his younger players including 6’10” identical twins Blaz and Ivan Bozinovic (1st year, Kamloops, BC). Both had four points in 18 minutes and seven minutes of court time respectively. The St.Ann’s Academy grads have come a long way in their development.
“They are coming from a disadvantaged background in terms of playing smaller school “A” basketball, “ Clark explained. “Perhaps not playing against bigger teams or having a competitive schedule. They have some things to overcome. Both of them come each and every day and put an effort forward and do what is required. I think they are getting to a point right now where we are seeing some dividends. They still have a long way to go but they have an upside. You never give up on a big kid and I think they made some plays.”
Other first year players getting extra minus were Zach Usherwood (guard, Coquitlam, BC), Mike Zayas (guard, Richmond, BC) and Connor Dolson (guard, Kamloops, BC).
“ We were thrilled to take two on the road: it is something we addressed to play more effective on the road,” Hanson added. “ I thought we did some great things”.
UBC, who led 47-31 at the half, got 22 points and 13 rebounds from Tommy Nixon (2nd year, forward, Vancouver, BC).
“Tommy played great and gave us something when we needed it,” Hanson explained. “When a guy can shoot it from that deep and has outside range and some great post moves inside and scored in transition.
He did a great job in a number of different areas. I was pleased with his defensive efforts as well. When you have a guy of that height being able to guard perimeter guys and the post, he is a natural Canada 3-4 position combo player. I thought he had a great weekend for us. Other UBC players in double figures were Nathan Yu(5th year, guard, Richmond, BC) with 12 points and Balraj Baines(5th year, forward, Delta, BC) with 10.
The WolfPack visit Alberta and Saskatchewan next weekend (Jan 20-21) while UBC travels to Manitoba and Winnipeg.
RIM SHOTS: The WolfPack have only one more home game and its Saturday February 11 th at the Tournament Capital Centre against the UBCO Heat. It will be the final home game for their lone fifth year player: Kok. He will be honored before the contest.
Hanson on Kamloops product David Wagner (1st year, forward): “ When we go to a home town, we like to play the players. It was nice that David Wagner had some supporters here this weekend. It was good to have some people cheering for our team. I saw some good things out of him. He is going to get a lot of minutes when the senior crew graduates this year. It is important for him and our other first year players to get some minutes. We were able to do that.”
Pribilsky was named the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” player of the game.
Source: Thompson Rivers Sports Info
|Trinity Western||83||UBC Okanagan||56||Final||Box Score|
The Trinity Western University Spartans beat up on the Heat tonight, completing the weekend sweep and taking down the Heat by 27 points, 83-56. The Spartans, who played in the national final last year, added a fourth game to their winning streak tonight, moving them to .500 on the season with a 6-6 record in Canada West. The Heat struggled on both ends of the floor; in the end they were unable to find any offensive rhythm versus the stifling Spartan defense and now fall to 2-8 in conference play.
The Spartans really had teeth in their defense tonight, shutting down the Heat in their zone and then pounding out the points on the opposite side of the court. Trinity Western boasted three players that notched in the double digits tonight including Sean Peter (5th year, Ottawa, ON), who led his team with 17 points while also grabbing seven rebounds. Kurtis Osborne (2nd year, Tsawwassen, BC) was close behind with 15 points, as well as Calvin Westbrook (5th year, Courtenay, BC), who scored 14 points. Niko Monachini (3rd year, Richmond, BC) was a beast inside and led his team in rebounds tonight, grabbing nine in just 18 minutes of floor time.
A deluge of turnovers and spotty shooting plagued the Heat tonight. UBC Okanagan was led in scoring by point guard Bret Macdonald (1st year, Port Coquitlam, BC) with 16; he also grabbed seven rebounds along the way. Simon Pelland (5th year, N. Vancouver, BC) was close behind Macdonald, scoring 12 points. After a 33 point game last night against the Spartans, Yassine Ghomari (3rd year, Vancouver, BC) only managed 11 points tonight. Ed Dane Medi led his team in rebounds tonight, grabbing eight defensive balls and 10 overall.
The Heat are on the road next weekend, visiting the No. 4 University of Saskatchewan Huskies. Friday’s game time is at 6 p.m. PST, and then on Saturday the Heat play another ranked opponent when they travel to Edmonton and stare down the No. 8 University of Alberta Golden Bears at 7 p.m. PST. The Spartans head east as well when they visit the Brandon University Bobcats; game time is at 6 p.m. PST. Both game can be seen live at www.canadawest.tv.
Source: UBC Okanagan Sports Info