Friday, 29 December 2006

Friday's Game Results and Reports

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#6 Concordia 84, #2 UBC 70 The first CIS Top 10 of 2007 is bound to have some changes near the top of the list after #6 Concordia Stingers handed #2 UBC Thunderbirds their first loss of the season against CIS competition, building leads as large as 25 in a 84-70 thrashing of the Canada West Pacific Division leaders as the second night of the 3 day Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament at UVic concluded. The Stingers, now 2-0 in the tournament, were playing their second game in as many nights after a solid, come-from-behind win over Trinity Western while the well-rested T-Birds (0-1) had not played in almost a month. Concordia's 6'5" fifth-year forward Patrick Perrotte led 5 Stingers in double figures with 19 points while 6'5" swingman Ben Sormonte added 18. Concordia led 33-24 at halftime in a very comfortable victory for the current leaders of the Quebec conference. There are a couple of articles on the game UVic Press Release and UBC Web Site

Queen's 90, Trinity Western 84 The Gaels rebounded after last night's hearbreaking, buzzer-beating loss with a six-point victory over Trinity Western Spartans who for the second consecutive evening played without leading scorer Brian Banman. Gaels star freshman Mitch Leger continues to make his case as one of Canada's top first-year players with another strong 28 point, 12 rebound effort. Shooting guard Ryan Hairsine added 18 for Queen's which came back from a 9 point halftime deficit as the Gaels gave up a season-high 50 points in the first half. Queen's went 10 for 37 from 3 point land, taking exactly half of their shots from the floor from beyond the arc. Jon Schmidt led the Spartans with 20 including 4 3's. Box Score

Brandon 81, Minot State 77 The Brandon Bobcats will join the Winnipeg Wesmen in an all-Manitoba final at the 40th Annual MTS Wesmen Classic. Brandon hung on to defeat the Minot State Beavers 81-77 in the semi finals. The Bobcats had control of this game in the first half holding a 41-31 lead at halftime. In the second half the Bobcats looked to be running away with the game but several misses free throws kept the Beavers in the game. Minot State closed the gap to within three points in the final minute, after the Bobcats missed five free throws in a row. The Bobcats did manage to sink a free thow in the closing seconds to pull out a close and narrow victory. Adam Hartman led Brandon with 22 points and guard Yul Michel, named Player of the Game, had a strong game finishing with 14 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Cleodis Hilliard and Jordan Cooper each had 22 points in a losing effort for the Beavers. Brandon will face Winnipeg in the Championship Final Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. Minot State will battle Manitoba for third place at 4:00 p.m. Brandon/Minot State Box Score

UPEI 91, Ryerson 86 The Panthers moved into the DeArmon championship game against York by holding off the host Rams as 6'9" Doug McKinney went off for 25 points including 3 dunks and added 11 rebounds while 5'10" guard Brent McLaren continued his hot shooting in the tournament, dropping 21 including another 5 3's to add to his 5 in the first round win against Lakehead. The Panthers twice had double digit leads and led by nine at 53-44 after shooting a blistering 64% in the first half. However the Rams rallied on the back of 6'2" shooting guard Brandon Krupa (St. Catherines, ON) who had a career-high 29 points including 5-6 3's (10-13 shooting overall) while playing all 40 minutes. 6'10" Igor Bakovic had 23 points and 14 rebounds (6 offensive) but freshman brother Boris struggled with fouls all night and ended up fouling out late in the game. PEI's freshman swingman Jon Cooper (Etobicoke, ON) had a nice homecoming, contributing 14 points off the bench in just 17 minutes. Ryerson now meets Cape Breton in the bronze medal game tomorrow.

Winnipeg 73, Manitoba 70 Much thanks to the Wesmen Sports Information Department for the following game summary of Winnipeg's big win over Manitoba... The “heart and Soul” of the Wesmen will lead his team to the Championship game of the MTS Wesmen Classic. Erfan Nasajpour scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Winnipeg Wesmen to a thrilling 73-70 victory over the Manitoba Bisons in one semi final . The Wesmen started the game on fire building building a 12-4 lead early in the first half. The Bisons though were able to fight back going on a 14-6 run to take a 21-18 lead midway thru the first half. The teams were even by a score of 30-30 at halftime. In the second half the Bisons carried the play for a good majority of the half and were up by as much as nine points on three occasions. Nasajpour scored back-to-back baskets to tie the score at 68-68 with just over one minute left. The Bisons took the lead at 70-68 with one minute left. Ivan Saric of the Wesmen took a great pass from Nasajpour and slammed home the tieing basket at 70 with 46 seconds left to play. The dramatics soon followed. First year player James Horaska came away with a steal and a basket with 28 seconds to play to give the Wesmen a 72-70 lead. Nasajpour closed the deal with 15 seconds left, coming up with a steal and then proceeding to sink 1-of-2 free throws to seal the win for the Wesmen. Darcy Coss led the Bisons with 24 points. Winnipeg will meet the winner of the Brandon-Minot State game in the championship game tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. Manitoba will play in the third place game at 4:00 p.m. Erfan Nasajpour (Winnipeg) 30 Player of the Game; Darcy Coss (Manitoba) 24 Winnipeg vs. Manitoba Box Score

Dalhousie 93, Maine Fort-Kent 68 The host Tigers made it an all-AUS final four at the Rod Shoveller Memorial with a decisive victory against Maine Fort-Kent Bengals, an NAIA Division II school. Dal was up 15 at halftime despite not taking advantage of a definite size advantage inside - Tigers settled for perimeter jumpers and went only 4-18 from 3 point land in the first 20 minutes. The lead was quickly extended in the second half as the Tigers began pounding the ball inside, getting to the foul line and solidly outrebounding MF-K (22 offensive boards for the game). The visiting Bengals had one last run however Dal finally blew it open with a 20-7 run in the final 6 minutes to secure the victory. Monte Francois led 5 Tigers in double figures with 24 points and added 5 rebounds while 6'7" freshman Sandy Viet had maybe his most productive game as a Tiger with 10 points and 8 rebounds off the bench. Dal Game Box Score

Acadia 86, UQAM 70 The Axemen continued their strong play from before the break by jumping out to a 15 point halftime lead and then comfortably finishing off the defending Quebec league champions. Four Axemen ended up in double figures as Acadia (8-8 overall vs. CIS) emptied the bench with all 13 players seeing action. Leading the way for Acadia was Paolo Santana with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals as QAM was held to 31% shooting on the game and outrebounded 42-30. Newcomer Sean Berry, who just became eligible after transfering, immediately jumped into the rotation and had 15 points while big guy Achuil Lual had a 13 point/13 rebound double/double. Brandon transfer Mario Joseph had 15 points to lead the Citadens (1-9 overall vs. CIS). Acadia/UQAM Box Score

York 75, #10 Cape Breton 60 Down 13 early, the Lions crept back into the game to bring it back to 1 by halftime and then ran away in the second half to route the listless Capers in the first semi-final of the Ed DeArmon Memorial tournament at Ryerson in Toronto. The Lions dominated after the intermission as Cape Breton appeared to wear down late after last night's tough OT win over Brock. York's Rohan Steen was the best player on the floor on this night, leading 5 Lions in double figures with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. The turning point in the second half was York Coach Bob Bain's decision to go zone and going against one of the CIS's biggest and longest teams, the Capers were frustrated from the perimeter and when the ball got inside, Capers big guys had trouble finishing. A pair of GTA natives, Brampton's Paul Blake (13 points, 8 rebounds) and Phillip Nkrumah (10 points, 2 rebounds) led Cape Breton (9-6 overall vs. CIS). York (12-5 overall vs. CIS), which also got a 17 point/11 rebound double-double from fifth-year forward Dan Eves, now advances to tomorrow's championship game against UPEI.

#3 St. Francis Xavier 94, Montmorency 62 In an exciting, athletic game that was closer than the final score indicated, X strolled out to an early lead against the initially-tentative defending CCAA champion Nomades but Momo got it back to 43-36 by halftime. X then wore down Momo by continually taking advantage of 6'10" Neil McDonald in the post (9 for 13 from the foul line) and getting a solid effort from 6'3" Garry Gallimore (game-high 25 points on 11-13 shooting and 9 rebounds). Veteran guard Tyler Richards had his usual strong offensive effort with 20 points including 4 3's while freshman T-Bear Upshaw had 9 points and 6 assists. X held Momo to 27% shooting in the second half and themselves finished 7-13 from three point land to gain the decisive win. With the victory, X faces AUS rival St. Mary's tomorrow in the first semi-final while Montmorency faces Lee Academy. Momo X box score

#8 Brock 103, Thompson Rivers 85 The Badgers broke their school record for three pointers in a game with 20 (in 38 attempts) and, led by 4 consecutive early 3's by guard Scott Murray (17 points), grabbed an early 10 point lead, scoring 35 points in the first ten minutes and coasted to an easy win against TRU. Brock 6'4" swingman Mike Kemp led all scorers with 26 while veteran Chris Keith had 21 and All-Canadian candidate Brad Rootes finished with 11 points and 12 assists as all Badgers who dressed saw action. Charlie Spurr led TRU with 25 while freshman Kamar Burke from Mississauga added 20 points and 8 rebounds for TRU which trailed 52-37 at halftime. The Badgers await the winner of the Memorial/Lakehead game in tomorrow's fifth place game.

St.Mary's 90, Lee Academy (Maine) 76 In the opening game of the Rod Shoveller Memorial tournament at Dalhousie in Halifax, Lee Academy stayed with the Huskies for the first half and actually led 39-38 at the intermission but Huskies duo of 6'5" Aaron Duncan and 6'6" Clint Bateman took over as the multi-skilled Bateman got his catch-and-shoot game going, scoring 16 of his game-high 28 points after the break. Duncan, a triple-double threat almost every night, had his usual tremendous all-round game with 28 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals for St.Mary's which shot 56% in the second half. The undermanned prep school from just over the U.S. border at Lee, Maine, with several players projected to play NCAA D1 basketball next season, played with only 8 players dressed as their Europeans were not with the team and others were injured. St.Mary's now faces St.FX in one championship semi-final on Saturday. St. Mary's/Lee Academy box score

Toronto 76, Lethbridge 60 The Varsity Blues rebounded from their first round loss to Brandon by jumping on the Pronghorns early and often, leading by 10 early, extending that lead to 17 by halftime en route to a comfortable 76-60 victory over Lethbridge as the second day of the 40th Wesmen Classic at the University of Winnipeg began this afternoon. The Blues were able to get out in transtion and run their offence with equal efficiency as well as dominate the glass (48-35 rebounding advantage). Toronto's 6'9" center Michael Williams had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead all scorers while guard Dwayne Grant added 10 for Varsity (9-6 overall vs. CIS). Multi-skilled Matt Bekkering had 17 points to lead the Pronghorns (4-10 overall vs. CIS). Toronto now awaits the winner of Laurier/SAIT in the fifth place game tomorrow while Lethbridge will play for 7th place. Toronto/Lethbridge Game Box Score

CIS Schedule for Friday, December 29th, 2006 (all games Eastern time)

St. Mary’s 90, Lee Academy (MA) 75 (1st Round Shoveller Classic at Dalhousie in Halifax)
#3 St. FX 94, Montmorency CEGEP 62 (1st Round Shoveller Classic at Dalhousie in Halifax)
Acadia 86, UQAM 70 (1st Round Shoveller Classic at Dalhousie in Halifax)
Dalhousie 93, Maine-Fort Kent 68 (1st Round Shoveller Classic at Dalhousie in Halifax)
Tournament Summary from Dal Web Site

Toronto 76, Lethbridge 60 (Consolation Round 40th Wesmen Classic at Winnipeg)
Laurier 79, SAIT 73 (Consolation Round 40th Wesmen Classic at Winnipeg)
Winnipeg 73, Manitoba 70 (1st semi-final 40th Wesmen Classic at Winnipeg)
#9 Brandon 81, Minot State 77 (2nd semi-final 40th Wesmen Classic at Winnipeg)
Tournament Summary from Winnipeg Web Site (scroll down to near the end past high school results)

#8 Brock 103, Thompson Rivers 85 (Consolation Round Ed DeArmon Memorial Tournament at Ryerson)
Memorial 71, Lakehead 67 (Consolation Round Ed DeArmon Memorial Tournament at Ryerson)
York over #10 Cape Breton by about 15 (1st semi-final Ed DeArmon Memorial Tournament at Ryerson)
UPEI 91, Ryerson 86 (2nd semi-final Ed DeArmon Memorial Tournament at Ryerson)
Tournament Summary from Rye Web Site

McGill 76, Calgary 74 (Golden Bear Classic at Edmonton, Alberta) Box Score
Alberta 89, Guelph 66 (Golden Bear Classic at Edmonton, Alberta) Box Score

Queen’s 90, Trinity Western 84 (Guy Vetrie Memorial at UVic)
#6 Concordia 84, #2 UBC 70 (Guy Vetrie Memorial at UVic)

Other non-CIS tournament games involving CIS schools
Indian River CC 78, #1 Carleton 76 (Broward CC tournament in Fort Lauderdale, FLA) Game Report from TCPALM.COM
Montana Tech (NAIA) 67, Saskatchewan 64 (Non-conference game at Butte, MT)
9 PM Fraser Valley at Holy Names University (Holy Names Classic, Oakland, CA)
Simon Fraser 101, Puget Sound (NAIA) 93 (Non-conference game at Tacoma, WA)

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