Friday, 12 January 2007

Friday Night Results and Reports from Across the Country

A pair of upsets highlighted Friday night's games as #3 Concordia gave up 59 second-half points in losing at UQAM in downtown Montreal while #4 UBC was stung 87-77 at #8 Brandon, the Bobcats first game this season against a Top 10 opponent. In the night's biggest upset, visiting Lakehead came from double digits down to shock McMaster 68-67 in Hamilton. Both #1 Carleton and #5 Ottawa had solid road wins in OUA West play. All other Top 10 teams were idle tonight.

Canada West Scores from later games: earlier scores below

Simon Fraser (8-7) 78 at Thompson Rivers (0-13) 68 Box Score

Calgary (5-8) 84 at Lethbridge (4-9) 80 Box Score

The resurgent Bobcats had probably the biggest victory in Barnaby Craddock's young coaching career this evening as #8 Brandon (11-2) knocked off #4 UBC (13-1) 87-77 after taking an 8 point lead into halftime. Offsetting an incredible 27 point effort including 7 of 8 from 3 point land by T-Birds Chris Dyck, Brandon got a strong game up inside from forward Adam Hartman who had 20 points and outside from guard Chad Jacobson who fashioned a 22 point, 6 assist, 5 rebound effort. A pair of Montreal products, Yul Michel (12 points) and Dany Charlery (11 points) also chipped in for Brandon. UBC's Casey Archibald went only 4-13 from the floor including 1-5 from 3, finishing with only 14 points and 5 turnovers in 30 minutes. Box Score

Manitoba (4-9) at Saskatchewan (8-5) Box Score

Winnipeg (5-8) 85 at Alberta (9-4) 90 Fifth-year forward Scott Gordon had 23 points and 13 rebounds offsetting another tremendous effort by Wesmen's star guard Erfan Nasajpour as the Bears remained a game ahead of Saskatchewan in Canada West Mountain division. Down 10 at halftime, Nasajpour helped bring Winnipeg close with a 27 point, 6 rebound, 6 assist effort before fouling out late in the game. Alex Steele fired in 19 for Alberta while point guard C.J. Morrison added 15, which shot 53% from the floor. Box Score

#6 UVic (13-1) 72 at Regina (5-8) 63 A healthy Jacob Doerksen makes the Vikes a much more prominent foe and the sophomore was instrumental in a key 15-2 run midway through the first half, scoring 7 of his 9 points to give Victoria a lead they would never relinquish as Vikes moved into a first-place tie with UBC in Canada West Pacific. The run gave Vic a 26-15 lead and the Cougars got no closer than 6 points, the final time on a Jamal Williams lay-in with 2:27 remaining. Josh Whyte led Victoria with 18 points and 6 rebounds while Brandon Ellis had 14 for the Vikes. Williams had 20 points on 9-15 shooting and 6 rebounds for Regina, which hurt themselves with a 10 for 20 effort at the free throw line and a 3-12 effort from beyond the arc. Vic now faces Brandon tomorrow night while Regina welcomes UBC. Box Score

Acadia (6-3) 99 at UNB (1-8) 94 OVERTIME The Axemen shot 53.6% overall including 6-12 from 3 but still needed to outscore the host Varsity Reds 15-10 in overtime to squeeze out a 4 point win before 750 fans. Acadia allowed UNB to stay in the game by turning the ball over 20 times including 7 by swingman Paolo Santana. Acadia beat the Reds up inside as 6'8" Achuil Lual (Ottawa, ON; Algonquin College) led all scorers with 25 points and 12 rebounds while 6'4" Luckern Dieu added 20 points and 6 points before fouling out in the last minute of overtime. Santana added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Shooting guard Peter Leighton added 12 points including 3-6 3's. Oliver Glencross led 6 Varsity Reds in double figures, pushing a triple/double with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Box Score

St. Mary's (3-4) 53 at UPEI (4-4) 65 6'10" center Doug McKinney had game-highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds as UPEI continued the Nelson division's dominance of the Baldwin with another 4 point victory in Charlottetown. McKinney made 2-4 3's as well part of the Panthers 7-14 showing from downtown. Fellow fifth-year forward Sherone Edwards finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds while freshman Jonathan Cooper (Toronto, ON) had his most productive game as a Panther with 13 points and 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. Aaron Duncan, another Toronto product, had 15 points for the Huskies who were hampered by a poor performance from star forward Clint Bateman who had only 6 points on 2-11 shooting. Box Score

Queen's (8-3) 71 at Ryerson (3-8) 54 The Gaels got their three-point game going early and often, going 8-14 from downtown in the first half to build a 17 point lead and cruised to a victory over the host Rams at Kerr Hall. Freshman Mitch Leger (11 points) won the first edition of the freshman showdown with Rams star Boris Bakovic by authoring a perfect first half from the field including going 3 for 3 from beyond the arc and helping the Gaels grab leads of 18-9 and 24-12 by the midway point of the first half. The Gaels were able to use their entire bench and no regular played more than 21 minutes as Queen's prepares for tomorrow's match at U of T. The disciplined Gaels turned the ball over only 7 times all night and outrebounded the taller Rams 40-28 while holding Boris Bakovic to only 6 points including only 2-8 from the floor. Bakovic, who if you recall made the first 19 free throws of his university career, also went an anemic 2-9 from the stripe this evening. Cameron Eby led a balanced Gaels attack with 13 points. Rams host RMC tomorrow night.

#1 Carleton (11-0) 85 at York (7-4) 69 The Ravens jumped out to a decisive 17 point halftime lead, scoring 47 points in the first half including 22 by 6'7" forward Aaron Doornekamp, part of his season-high 29 points in a comfortable victory in North York. Jean-Emmanuel Jean-Marie added 20 points and 9 rebounds including 6 on the offensive glass, part of 13 "o" boards by the visitors, while All-Canadian Ozvaldo Jeanty had 17 points and 6 assists. The Ravens, led by the multi-talented Doornekamp, exploited the slower Lion front line by continually taking York big guys off the dribble, including Dan Eves who fouled out. Carleton won despite committing 28 fouls against only 19 for York as 3 Ravens (Ryan Bell, Kevin McCleary and freshman Mike Kenny) fouled out. Rohan Steen led the Lions with 27, while Eves added 20 before fouling out. York got minimal contributions from usual stalwards 6'10" Jordan Foebel (6 points, 5 rebounds) and 6'3" Tut Ruach (7 points in 34 minutes), who does not yet appear to be in optimum game shape after sitting out the first half of the season due to academics. The Lions welcome Ottawa tomorrow night while Carleton travels north to face Laurentian.

#3 Concordia 71 at UQAM 84 QAM scored 59 points in the second half to erase a 10 point halftime deficit and hand the Stingers their first loss of the QSSF campaign. Concordia again played without star point guard Damian Buckley. 6'4" Brandon transfer Mario Joseph had 20 points and 6 boards to lead the Citadins while lefty point guard Renaldo Maignan added 18 and captain Marc-Olivier Beauchamps had 14. For Concordia, Pat Perrotte led the way with 19, Dwayne Buckley finished with 18 points and guard Ben Sormonte, doing an admirable job running the point in Damian Buckley's absence, added 15 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.

Lakehead (1-10) 67 at McMaster (4-6) 66 In what has to be considered a monumental upset, Lakehead trailed the entire second half but then took the lead with just under a minute remaining on a Saad Beg layup and subsequently created a Mac turnover to take control. 6'5" Warren Thomas (17 points, 4 rebounds), on the bench for most of the second half with foul trouble, made one of two free throws with 19.5 seconds remaining to provide the margin of victory. Earlier, Thomas converted an old fashioned three point play with 1:13 to play to give Lakehead a 64-61 lead but Mac's John Obrovac came back with only Mac's 3rd 3 of the game to tie it soon after. The Marauders were a horrid 3-18 from 3, shot only 11-17 from the line and gave up 15 offensive rebounds, many down the stretch. Thunderwolves Matt Verboom had 17 points and 10 boards including 4 on the offensive glass. Martin Ajayi led Mac with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Beg led Lakehead with 20 points.

#5 Ottawa (10-1) 73 at Laurentian (3-8) 68 Sophomore guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe again rescued the Gee-Gees with 17 points and 13 rebounds in 39 minutes as Ottawa slipped past the Vees in Sudbury. Despite trailing only once (early in the second half) and garnering leads as high as 9, Ottawa could not put the scrappy Voyageurs away, as this team does not back down, especially at home. Fifth-year senior Jermaine Campbell had a 6 point, 9 rebound, 10 assist line, continually making creative looks out of double teams, including feeds to 6'10" Dax Dessureault, who had a pair of emphatic dunks off Campbell finds. Curtis Shakespeare added 10 points and 3 rebounds. Lucas Wiebenga led 3 Vees in double digits with 17 as Ottawa outrebounded Laurentian 41-26 but allowed Laurentian to stay in the game by going only 4-18 from three point land. Ottawa faces York while Laurentian hosts Carleton tomorrow night.

Bishop's (1-6) 57 at McGill 66 (4-2) The Redmen moved a game closer to first place in the "Q" by holding off Bishop's as Yannick Chouinard led all scorers with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Freshman Matt Thornhill contributed 16 points and 6 boards despite going only 1-7 from 3. McGill has a quick turnaround tomorrow night, hosting Laval Rouge et Or in a battle for second place. Freshman Andrew Wright (Fredericton, NB) led Bishop's with 10.

RMC (1-10) 55 at Toronto (5-6) 75

8 PM Lakehead at McMaster Available on the internet via CFMU Mac radio Click on WEBCAST in left column
10 PM Victoria at Regina LIVE STATS AVAILABLE from Regina web site Vic/Regina LIVE STATS
10 PM Winnipeg at Alberta Available on CJSR Alberta campus radio via Internet U of A campus radio

ALSO, blog friend Terry Haggerty from Ryerson emailed us to advise of an exciting initiative happening with Rams sports: "Ryerson Sports and Recreation is pleased to announce that it will provide live audio web casting of selected interuniversity volleyball and basketball home events during January and February. Ryerson fans that can't make it down to the game can still catch all the action online. Games will be produced by and will be accessible at the Ryerson Sports and Recreation web site (, free of charge. All web casts will feature a 15-minute pre-game show. Former CFRB sportscaster Ray Williams will handle the play-by-play. Drew Ebanks, formerly of Global TV sports, will serve as colour commentator for basketball." Ryerson audio cast basketball schedule for this season:
Jan. 19: Women's Basketball vs. York; 5:45pm
Jan. 19: Men's Basketball vs. York; 7:45pm
Jan. 20: Women's Basketball vs. Laurentian; 5:45pm
Jan. 20: Men's Basketball vs. Laurentian; 7:45pm
Feb. 2: Women's Basketball vs. Carleton; 5:45pm
Feb. 2: Men's Basketball vs. Carleton, 7:45pm

Games Tonight in the CIS (All times are Eastern)
Note: Scores and reports will be updated as information becomes available

Acadia (6-3) 99 at UNB (1-8) 94 OVERTIME
Saint Mary's (3-4) 53 at UPEI (4-4) 65

Also, Neil Foshay and friends at St.FX do a weekly interview with Coach Steve Konchalski that is available by clicking here . Much thanks to Coach K for giving the blog a plug in during his weekly show.

#3 Concordia (7-1) 71 at UQAM (2-5) 84
Bishop's (1-6) 57 at McGill (3-3) 66

OUA East
#1 Carleton (11-0) 85 at York (7-4) 69
#5 Ottawa (10-1) 73 at Laurentian (3-8) 68
Queen's (8-3) 71 at Ryerson (3-8) 54
RMC (1-10) 55 at Toronto (5-6) 75

OUA West
Lakehead (1-10) 67 at McMaster (4-6) 66

Canada West
#4 UBC (13-1) 77 at #8 Brandon (11-2) 87
#6 Victoria (13-1) 72 at Regina (5-8) 63

Manitoba (4-9) 73 at Saskatchewan (6-7) 98
Winnipeg (5-8) 85 at Alberta (9-4) 90
A nice article in the Edmonton Sun on Alex Steele, Alberta's leading scorer Alex Steele article
Calgary (5-8) 84 at Lethbridge (4-9) 80
Simon Fraser (8-7) 78 at Thompson Rivers (0-15) 68

Also, University of Alberta's Athletic Director, Dale Schulha touches on his thoughts on the recent NCAA decision to consider allowing foreign schools into their organization U of A AD comments on NCAA

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