Sunday, 21 January 2007

Sunday: UPEI over Dal; Shields Tribute; Late Scores and Reports from Canada West;

The University of Victoria paid Ken and Kathy Shields a wonderful honour last night in Victoria as the university renamed the Vikes home court "Ken and Kathy Shields Court" in a nice ceremony prior to last night's UBC / UVic men's basketball game in Victoria. For many B.C. ballers from the 70's and 80's, Shields was their mentor, producing such N.B.A. draftees and Canadian National team stars as Greg Wiltjer, Eli Pasquale and Gerald Kazanowski. I recall being in the coaches lounge in Halifax for the 1993 CIAU Nationals during a break in the games and the TV was showing Arizona's first round NCAA tournament matchup with little-regarded Santa Clara. Coach Shields got everyone's attention as the game was winding down, insisting that we check out the skinny little blond haired guard from B.C. who he was sure would be Canada's next great player and who was breaking down Arizona's guards and getting to the foul line. When Santa Clara upset the highly-touted Wildcats, it was the beginning of the legacy of another legend named Steve Nash. Nash, former UVic Players Toast Shields at Luncheon Also, see below for another article from the Victoria Times-Colonist on last night's festivities.

Only one game today on the CIS slate as Dalhousie, coming off a decisive loss at UNB yesterday, tackle UPEI, coming off a cancellation of their game on Friday due to high winds and snow. The game begins at 2 PM Eastern time in Charlottetown.

Dalhousie (4-7, 10 pts) 68 at UPEI (4-6, 16 pts) 79 4 POINT GAME Sherone Edwards gave the Tigers trouble all day, breaking people down off the dribble while Doug McKinney had a big game inside including a couple of dunks as UPEI saddled Dal with their third consecutive loss on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers were able to bring the game back to within 4 midway through the second half however the hometown Panthers exploited Dalhousie defensive breakdowns to secure the victory as they shot over 50% for the game. After a slow start for both teams which saw PEI lead only 10-3 after 8 minutes of play, the offences found their groove and Dal trailed by only 4 at 31-27 by halftime. In the last 10 minutes, Panthers fifth-year seniors Edwards and McKinney took over.

This coming weekend in Halifax is the ABA's All-Star game and there are a pair of AUS games on the schedule to be played at the Halifax Metro Center. On Saturday at 4 PM Atlantic (3 PM Eastern), St. FX meets Dalhousie and then on Sunday at noon Atlantic (11 AM Eastern) St.Mary's clashes with Memorial. Stay tuned for more information about the entire weekend later this week. ABA All-Star Site

Canada West
Thompson Rivers 78 (0-18) at Winnipeg (7-9) 94 Before 2,200 fans at the Duckworth Center, the Wesmen had 5 players in double figures and exploded in the second half after leading by just 2 at halftime. Game Report from Wesmen Web Site
UCFV (5-13) 78 at Manitoba (6-10) 83 Darcy Coss had 28 points including seven 3's (part of 12 Bison makes from downtown) and Issac Ansah added 20 as the Bisons ran out to a 20 point second-half lead before the Cascades ended the game on a 21-6 run to make it interesting. Game Report from Bison Web Site as well as Fraser Valley Site Game Report
Saskatchewan (10-6) at Simon Fraser (9-9) Aaron Christensen had 28 points in leading the Clan to a big home win against the Huskies who were looking to remain close to Alberta in the race for first place in Canada West Mountain division. Clan Web Site Report
#3 Brandon (14-2) at Calgary (6-10) 6'9" Yuri Whyms (Fernley, Nevada) scored 24 points and hauled down 13 rebounds as the Bobcats edged Calgary Dinos 82-79 in overtime. Last Ditch Effort Falls Short
Regina (6-10) 85 at Lethbridge (5-11) 70
#6 UBC (14-2) 83 at #9 Victoria (14-2) 72 The T-Birds came back from an early 11 point deficit to defeat the Vikes and reclaim first place in Canada West Pacific on the night the Vikes re-named their court "Ken & Kathy Shields Court". The Birds broke open a 1 point game at the half as Casey Archibad finished with 20 points. UBC now owns the tie-breaker for first place, having won the season series 2 games to 1 over Vic. T-Birds Bite Back on the Island from UBC web site plus report from UVic site T-Birds Spoil Vikes Party
Alberta (12-4) 79 at Trinity Western (8-10) 75 Guard C.G. Morrison had a career-high 33 points as the Bears held off the Spartans in Langley. TWU actually got the game back to within 2 with just over a minute to play but the Bears grabbed an offensive rebound off a free throw miss and iced the game from there. Second Half Comeback Falls Short PLUS article from Bears Site here

Canada West Standings
CW Plains
Brandon 14-2
Winnipeg 7-9
Regina 6-10
Manitoba 6-10
CW Mountain
Alberta 12-4
Saskatchewan 10-6
Calgary 6-10
Lethbridge 5-11
CW Pacific
UBC 15-2
Victoria 14-3
Simon Fraser 9-9
TWU 8-10
Fraser Valley 5-13
TRU 0-18

One late game from the OUA West: In overtime, Laurier (6-7) defeated Lakehead (1-12) 69-62 in Thunder Bay, outscoring the T-Wolves 10-3 in the overtime as 6'5" Matthew Walker paced the Hawks with 21 points and 11 boards while 6'8" Trevor Csima had 12 points and freshman Evan Eliason notched 10. Lakehead was led by Warren Thomas with a game-high 29 points and 9 rebounds. Matt Verboom had 16 points while Chris Richards grabbed 7 rebounds. With the victory, the Hawks third in a row, Laurier moves into a three-way tie for fourth place in the OUA West, one-half game ahead of seventh-place Waterloo. The Hawks travel to Hamilton on Wednesday to meet McMaster (7-6) while Lakehead looks forward to a pair of games next weekend in London against Western (6-7), which has won their last 2 games.

Coaching Couple Honoured: Vic's court renamed "Ken and Kathy Shields Court" in honour of the illustrious husband and wife coaching tandem from the 70's and 80's. As many know, Ken Shields led the Vikes to six consecutive CIAU National championships (a record Carleton is currently chasing) and then led Canada's National team for a number of seasons. Renowned U.S. coaches including Del Harris and Don Nelson hold Coach Shields in the highest regard for his technical knowledge of the game. He is truly a Canadian basketball legend. Vikes Honour Shields Family

Frank Zicarelli from the Toronto Sun reports on last night's York at Toronto cross-town rivalry game Blues Well-Positioned for Playoff Run Note that the Blues plan to pay tribute to former Jarvis Bulldog Sam Hill who played for the Blues in the 80's. Good on Mike Katz and his program for honouring former players and making them feel part of the program as alumni.

Men's and women's game reports from Guelph at Western, where the men's game was a fiesty affair as Ryan Pyette from the London Free Press reports Young Mustangs Making Waves

Here's a note on the youngest Joseph brother from Montreal, Kris, who is playing his last year of prep basketball in the U.S. and is high on NCAA recruiting radar Kris Joseph Recruiting Article from

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