Saturday, 3 February 2007

CIS Saturday: Late Canada West Results & Previews

Acadia's web site provides a recap of last night's Axemen overtime win in which a pair of Peter Leighton 3's in overtime made the difference Acadia wins in overtime As well, an excellent Chad Lucas article in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on the rise of the Acadia Axemen written prior to last night's thrilling overtime victory by the Axemen over Cape Breton Acadia on the rise

#5 UBC (18-2) 71 at Alberta (13-6) 67 The T-Birds won the battle in the paint as 6'8" Bryson Kool led all scorers with 23 points on 10-11 shooting allowing UBC to maintain a one-game edge on Victoria. UBC jumped out to a 10 point halftime lead before watching the Bears rally with a flurry of 3 point shots to lead by 2 midway through the second half. Then UBC's star guard Casey Archibald (19 points) and Kool took over scoring and defending (Alberta went only 8-23 inside from the field). Kool and the Gang beat the Bears and UBC Survives Bear Scare
#8 Victoria (17-3) 79 at Saskatchewan (11-8) 67 6'2" sophomore guard Josh Whyte led a game-deciding 15-0 run early in the second half with a big 3 as the Vikes created 6 consecutive Huskie turnovers during the run to keep pace with UBC. After jumping out to a 7-0 lead to start the game, Victoria watched as the Huskies finished the first half on a 12-4 run to lead by six going into the break. After Vikes big early surge, Saskatchewan could get no closer than 6 the rest of the way. Jacob Doerksen led the Vikes with 20 points and six rebounds. Whyte added 17 points and eight assists, while Graeme Bollinger had 16 points and five boards. Rejean Chabot had a game-high 27 points on 11-16 shooting to lead the Huskies. Spagrud finished with 24 points and a career-high tying 18 rebounds but Saskatchewan went only 1-9 from beyond the arc. Tale of Two Halves; Vikes Beat Huskies
Calgary (9-10) 88 at Manitoba (6-13) 85 The Bisons remained one game behind Regina in the battle for the final playoff spot in Canada West with a close loss to the Dinos at home despite a season-high 35 points from Manitoba's Issac Ansah. Dinos Hold off Bisons
Lethbridge (6-13) 84 at Winnipeg (9-10) 88 Fourth year guard Erfan Nasajpour scored 43 points to lead the Wesmen into the driver's seat for second place and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Nasajpours 43 point performance is the second time this season that he has scored more than 40 points in a game. The Pronghorns who were all but eliminated from the playoffs with the loss and a victory by Calgary at Manitoba.
Regina (8-11) at #1 Brandon (17-2) The Bobcats jumped out to an 18-0 lead off the start of the game and won their 10th in a row by shooting an incredible 11 for 13 from beyond the 3 point line in the first half. #1 Brandon Starts Strong, Wins 10th straight
Simon Fraser (10-12) 77 at Trinity Western(9-13) 80 Bron Leads the way in Spartans Win

1 pm ET Laurier (7-9) at #4 Windsor (12-4) The Lancers return home to the friendly confines of the St. Denis Center and another large, loud crowd is expected to greet Windsor, who will look to rebound from a decisive loss at Guelph. The Hawks come off a heartbreaking home loss to Western in which they lead by 2 with 4 seconds remaining only to see Western's Matt Curtis tie the game with 0.5 second left and then lead a Western 9-0 run to start the overtime. Laurier got a career-best effort from guard Jesse Macdonald, who is shooting it with confidence. As per usual, Laurier will get most of its offense from the perimeter but an underlying key could be how well 6'7" freshman Andrew Pennycook and 6'7" Trevor Csima do defensively against the large, aggressive Lancer front line. As well, the potential matchup of Kevin Kloostra and Matt Walker brings together two of the top small forwards in OUA West. Game to shown on Cogeco Cable in Windsor area.
2 pm ET Western (9-7) at McMaster (9-7) Game avaiable on McMaster radio cfmu link The Mustangs are getting alot of mileage getting the ball inside lately as 6'6" Brad Smith has emerged as one of the division's most consistent scoring threats and 6'5" Adam Ruickbie continues his blue collar work around the rim. Western point guard Matt Curtis, a native of Hamilton, returns home playing his best basketball of the season and comes off a game in which he willed the 'Stangs to victory at Laurier. Curtis will have his hands full with 5'8" Martin Ajayi, the OUA West's leading scorer while 6'8" Adam Steiner has been a double/double machine in recent games. A key matchup could be 6'4" John Obrovac facing off against Mustangs 6'3" freshman Andrew Wedemire, who, after a fast start in league play, is looking get some consistency back as when he is right, Wedemire is one of the OUA West's best scorers. The winner gets a leg up on third place in the division.
3 pm ET Guelph (7-9) at Waterloo (6-11) Game avaiable on Waterloo radio CKMS link Coming off a solid win over league-leading Windsor, the Gryphs will try to avenge a five point loss to the Warriors at home last month. Waterloo has lost 5 straight since defeating Guelph and another loss would bury the Warriors deeper in 7th place in the conference. Waterloo's young front line will have to deal with emerging 6'7" Duncan Milne, who had a career-best game on Wednesday against Windsor and 6'10" J.R. Bailey, an all-star last season who has slumped considerably after the holidays and could be due for a breakout game. Warriors best overall player since the break has probably been second-year guard David Burnett, who can slash to the rim and knock down big shots equally well and has emerged into Waterloo's next star player. The Warriors need better efforts from their fifth-year seniors, including 6'6" Michael Davis who seems resigned recently to shooting 3's instead of using his strength and athleticism around the rim.
8:30 pm Brock (10-6) at Lakehead (1-16) Radio Videowebcast The Badgers hope to maintain a one game lead over the winner of the Western at Mac game played earlier on Saturday. Brad Rootes continues to move up the Badgers all time career lists as he entered the weekend 40 points behind Jamie Duncan for 4th place overall in scoring in Badger history and needs just 5 assists for 500 in his career.

2 pm Eastern/3 pm local #6 Cape Breton (10-2, 30 pts) at #10 Acadia (10-4, 30 pts) Second in the back-to-back two game set at Wolfville. The winner grabs sole possession of top spot in the AUS.

8 pm Eastern Laval (6-4) at UQAM (3-8) The Rouge et Or again have to play without 6'7" J.P. Morin in travelling to Montreal to play a rested Citadins team looking to move into sole possession of fourth place and the final playoff spot in the "Q".

8 pm Queen's (10-7) at York (11-6) The reeling Gaels need a victory to maintain any hopes of hosting a home playoff game this season. Queens freshman Mitch Leger's play has fallen off since his dramatic buzzer-beating basket in the win at Ottawa a couple of weeks ago. York still has second place Ottawa and a first-round bye within their sights but the Gee-Gees own the tie-breaker.
8 pm RMC (1-16) at Laurentian (3-14) With a victory and a Ryerson loss at home to Ottawa, the Vees can move to within one game of the Rams with a showdown looming in Sudbury next weekend.
8 pm #3 Carleton (16-2) at Toronto (11-6) In the feature game of the evening, the Blues put their 7 game winning streak on the line against a Ravens team that defeated them by 3 in early January at the Ravens Nest. The Blues hope to have 6'2" Dwayne Grant back from the flu tonight while Carleton got back on track last night at Ryerson. Carleton will have to find a way to deal with 6'9" Mike Williams inside, who was a load at the Raven's Nest before fouling out. Last night,the Blues held a ceremony honouring Sam Hill, one of the program's greatest players.
8 pm #9 Ottawa (14-4) at Ryerson (6-11) Game to shown on Rogers Television in Toronto and Ottawa areas

9 PM Eastern/8 pm local Calgary (9-10) at Winnipeg (9-10) Both teams solidified their hold on a playoff spot however the Wesmen still need to clinch second place in the Great Plains conference.
9 PM Eastern/8 pm local Lethbridge (6-13) at Manitoba (6-13) The loser of this game is essentially eliminated from playoff action
9 PM Eastern/8 pm local Regina (8-11) at #1 Brandon (17-2)
9:15 eastern/6:15 pm local Thompson Rivers (0-20) at UCFV (6-14) Preview from the Chilliwack Progress
10 PM Eastern/8 pm local #8 Victoria (17-3) at Alberta (13-6) The Bears will honour 5th year seniors Tyson Jones and Scott Gordon and hope to recover from last night's loss to UBC while Vic needs a win to keep pace with the T-Birds.
10 PM Eastern/8 pm local #5 UBC (18-2) at Saskatchewan (11-8) Game is available on CiTR 101.9 radio and is being broadcast on SaskTel Max (play-by-play Devin Heroux and colour commentator Huskie alumni Paul Humbert). Huskies will honour 5th year senior Sam Lamontange.

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