Friday, 19 January 2007

Friday Night Results from Across the Country

Late scores and game reports from Canada West
11:00 pm #6 UBC (14-2) 78 at #9 Victoria (14-2) 89 In the game of the night in Canada West, the Vikes jumped out to a 23 point first half lead before a furious comeback brought the T-Birds to within 1 at 79-78 with still 7 minutes remaining but Brandon Ellis took over for Victoria, moving the Vikes into a tie for first in Canada West Pacific division. UVic press release report Whyte Leads Vikes to Victory and UBC Sports Information report from T-Birds web site Vikes Pull Even with T-Birds

10:00 pm Regina (5-10) 86 at Calgary (6-9) 100 Josh Fiest scored 25 points and added 14 assists as the undermanned Dinos defeated Regina at home Fiest Leads the Way

10:15 pm #3 Brandon (13-2) 78 at Lethbridge (5-10) 69 Courtesy of CIS web site: Lethbridge Pronghorns fell 78-69 at the hands of the CIS ranked #3 Brandon Bobcats in Canada West action this evening in Lethbridge. For the first ten minutes of the game, the two teams went blow for blow, trading baskets at a torrid pace. The U of L held a slim 25-23 lead midway through the first half, but a 11-0 bobcat run vaulted Brandon into the lead and they cruised into the half with a 37-31 lead. Scott Mackinnon (Comox, BC, 5th) paced the Horns from the onset, netting 11 in the first half and 27 points for the game. Stevens Marcelin (Laval, Que, 2nd) hit for 12 first half points for the Bobcats as he was a nightmare down low for the Horns all game long as he finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Dany Charlery (Montreal, Que, 2nd) led Brandon scorers with 19. The Bobcats extended their lead early in the second half to as many as 13 only five minutes in and never looked back. Every Horns rally fell short as the team couldn’t muster the defensive stop to get within 7 or less. On the night the Horns shot 36%, while Brandon countered with a solid 45%. With the loss the Horns fall to 5-10, while the #3 Bobcats improve to 13-2 and extend their conference winning streak to six games. The Horns host the University of Regina Cougars in a must win, after the Dinos took sole possession of the final play off spot in the Central Division with a win over the Cougars.

11:00 pm Saskatchewan (10-5) 101 at Trinity Western (8-9) 100 Down 16 with six minutes to go, the Spartans mounted a furious comeback at home that fell short and despite 26 points from Brian Banman, the Huskies prevailed, keeping pace with Alberta in Canada West Mountain division. Rejean Chabot led the way for Saskatchewan with 26 points and 7 assists. TWU runs out of time in comeback attempt

11:15 pm Alberta (11-4) 89 at Simon Fraser (8-9) 75 Fifth-year guard Tyson Jones, coming back from an injury-plague season, hit for a season-high 24 points and the Bears created 25 Clan turnovers in a strong road victory at Burnaby. The Clan had pulled to within 1 at 59-58 with 12 minutes remaining but Jones took over down the stretch to keep Alberta alone in first place in their division Jones Leads the Way as Bears win on the road

Thompson Rivers (0-17) 93 at Manitoba (5-10) 97 Both teams shot over 50% as the Bisons outlasted winless TRU led by 30 points from Darcy Coss. Issac Ansah added 24 points and a season-high 14 assists while Chris Periera added 20 for the Bisons. TRU had 3 players scoring 20 or more led by Brian Smith with 29, Charlie Spurr and freshman Kamar Burke with 20 apiece. Old Fashioned Western Shootout

UCFV (5-12) 75 at Winnipeg (6-9) 76 Star guard Erfan Nasajpour hit a game-deciding 3 with 16 seconds to play as the Cascades had their 3 game winning streak snapped and with it their fainting playoff hopes all but extinguished as the Wesmen pull off a one point win at home at the Duckworth Center. Vaughan goes for 35 but Nasajpour wins it in the end

McGill (5-4) 79 at #5 Concordia (8-1) 86 Dwayne Buckley had 23 points and 8 rebounds while veteran Pat Perrotte added 21 points and 9 rebounds as the Stingers carried an early lead to the victory. Concordia withstood a 7 for 10 effort from 3 point land in the first half from the hot-shooting Redmen to carry a 44-39 lead into halftime after a long Daniel Martin 3 at the buzzer. The Stingers built leads as large as 13 but watched the Redmen come to within 6 with 3 minutes remaining, but Perrotte made a big shot and Ben Sormonte (14 points), who went 8-8 from the line overall, made free throws to keep McGill at bay. McGill's 6'1" guard Matthew Ouellette had a career-high 20 points on 6-9 shooting including 3-4 from 3 point land to keep the Redmen close but McGill cooled off overall from beyond the arc in the second half going only 4-15 after their torrid first-half shooting. Box Score

UQAM (2-7) 55 at Bishop's (2-6) 79 The Gaiters held the high-scoring Citadins to only 15 first half points including 4 in the first 10 minutes and then exploded for 50 points themselves in the second half en route to the convincing victory. The Gaiters took advantage of 27 UQAM fouls to go 31 for 37 for the free throw line for the win. Bishop's was able to hold back the normally up tempo Citadins with an array of zone presses and quarter court zone "d" that seemed to confuse QAM. The Gaiters now look forward to an important home and home series with Laval next Friday night at Laval and Saturday night in Lennoxville. QAM hosts Concordia on Friday and McGill on Saturday next weekend. Box Score

SMU (4-5) 65 at #8 Cape Breton (8-1, 26 pts.) 80 Paul Blake had 21 points and 10 rebounds while center Jarrett Timmons added 18 and fifth-year senior Eric Breland 17 to lead the Capers to another victory, this time at home over the Huskies. Aaron Duncan led St.Mary's, who trailed by 12 at halftime, with 15 points. Game Stories from Cape Breton Post



Queen's (9-4) 65 at #7 Ottawa (10-3) 64 6'7" freshman Mitch Leger converted an old fashioned three point play with 0.5 seconds remaining in the game to give the Gaels a come-from-behind win. After Gee-Gees Alex McLeod broke a 62 all tie with a running banker in the lane with 9.8 seconds left, Gaels 6'3" Simon Mitchell drove the length of the floor, drew a defender and found Leger, open on the right block, made no mistake off the window while absorbing a hit from Ottawa's 6'5" Jermaine Campbell. The Gee-Gees watched another late lead evaporate as, after 6'3" Sean Peter followed up a Josh Gibson-Bascombe miss for a 62-53 lead with 2:40 to play, Queen's ended the game on an 12-2 run. 6'6" Cameron Eby had 5 points in the late run including a 3 and a post-up lay-in as generally speaking Queen's had their way inside against Ottawa's post defence. 6'1" Baris Ondul tied the game at 62 with 35 seconds remaining by getting to the rim off poor Ottawa weak-side defensive rotation setting up McLeod's take to the rim with the shot clock winding down, finishing off a move in which he appeared to travel. The Gaels jumped out to an early 11 point lead in the game and threatened to blow Ottawa out of their own gym but the Gee-Gees got a lift defensively from their bench as sophomore Willy Manigat hit a three and create a couple of turnovers. Ottawa was fortunate to end the half on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 32-31 at the intermission in a half in which the Gaels went 6 of 9 from 3. Ottawa took advantage of three early Leger fouls in the second half, driving him to the bench and Gee-Gees second team took over, led by 6'5" Curtis Shakespeare's 8 early second-half points to grab a 46-39 lead forcing Gaels coach Rob Smart to reinsert Leger, who quickly scored to quell the run. Queen's was well worthy of the victory against the Gee-Gees, who for the second straight game against a top opponent could not score down the stretch nor make the big stop when needed. Leger finished with a game-high 22 points on 8-10 shooting while Gibson-Bascombe and Shakespeare led Ottawa with 11 apiece. Queen's moves across town to play Carleton tomorrow night while the Gee-Gees host RMC.

Laurentian (3-10) 59 at Toronto (8-5) 83 The Blues jumped out to a 16 point lead in the first few minutes of the game and, led by a 7 for 9 effort from beyond the stripe in the first half alone, took a 45-16 lead by halftime before coasting to the win at home against the Voyageurs. Ben Katz had 14 points in only 24 minutes while Mike DeGiorgio and Dwayne Grant added 12 apiece to give Toronto the comfortable win in advance of tomorrow's showdown with cross-town rivals York at home.

#10 York (9-4) defeats Ryerson (4-9) by 10 at Ryerson 6'10" Jordan Foebel had 17 of his 22 points in the first half as the Lions took leads as large as 20 in the second half before holding off the Rams at Kerr Hall. York played the game without star forward Dan Eves, who was in civies with his left arm in a sling, and guard Rohan Steen, who missed the game for unknown reasons. The Rams found few goods looks against the York "d" and when Lions weren't scoring in transition in the first half, Foebel took over inside to stake the Lions to a 40-27 halftime cushion. Tut Ruach also looks to be rounding closer to full game shape.

RMC (1-12) 61 at #1 Carleton (13-0) 79 The Paladins put up a surprisingly strong effort, going to the locker room at halftime tied at 32 and tied at 36 early in the second half before watching the Ravens quickly take a 20 point lead and then coast to an 18 point win. All 12 Ravens who dressed saw action and Daron Leonard saw his first meaningful action of the league season, scoring a team-high 17 points on 6-6 shooting in only 15 minutes. Paul Hungler had a 24 point/13 rebound double/double for RMC.

OUA West
Laurier (5-7) 74 at Lakehead (1-12) 59 6'5" third-year forward Matthew Walker came within 4 assists of a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists as the Golden Hawks rushed out to a 14 point halftime lead to defeat the hometown Thunderwolves.

Neate Sager, who we have mentioned before authors a tremendously comprehensive sports blog covering most topics called Out of Left Field (see link on the right - see "Other Sports Sites and Blogs") has written an excellent piece on the Capital Hoops Classic and Gee-Gees sophomore wing Donnie Gibson, a native of Kingston. Neate is a wonderful writer who has a keen sense of CIS basketball and we are happy to include his piece for your reading pleasure Buzz Builds for Capital Hoops Classic (and there's a Kingston tie)

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