Saturday, 20 January 2007

Saturday's Results

OUA East
Queen's (9-5) 60 at #1 Carleton (14-0) 77 Playing without star freshman forward Mitch Leger, who earlier in the day was rushed to hospital with a suspected apendectomy, the Gaels started 0 for 7 from three point land and Carleton's suffocating defence held Queen's down in a 77-60 win before 1,200 fans that was a 28 point game with 7 minutes remaining. Carleton jumped out to an 11-2 lead early but the Gaels clawed back to within 3 at 21-18 on 4 straight points from freshman Baris Ondul. Carleton then took control finishing the half on a 22-12 run to lead by 13, starting with a 19-5 as 6'7" sophomore Kevin McCleery had his way inside against the Gaels interior defence, scoring 7 consecutive Carleton points for a 40-23 lead with just over 2 minutes in the half. Jordan Balaban then scored 7 straight points, hitting consecutive 3's including a four point play to draw Queen's back to within 10 but Ryan Bell's late 3 restored a 13 point Raven lead by halftime. In the second half, the Ravens locked down Queen's with a 29-14 run during the first twelve minutes of the half and the route was on. As always when the Ravens are playing well, 6'7" Aaron Doornekamp orchestrated the offence making all the proper reads to find teammates slipping screens inside or kicking out when doubled in the post. The game was well-played in the first half with few turnovers and limited second chance points as both teams played relatively mistake-free. Carleton now prepares for the Capital Hoops Classic on Tuesday.

RMC (1-13) 48 at #7 Ottawa 82 (11-3) The Gee-Gees rebounded after Friday night's terrible late game collapse to salvage some momentum entering Tuesday's night clash against Carleton at Scotiabank Place, taking a 21 point lead into halftime and quickly extending it beyond 20 early in the second half. Five Ottawa players reached double digits led by 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe with 11 points (adding 6 assists and 4 rebounds) and 5'11" Alex McLeod. Paul Hungler had 21 points for RMC before fouling out.

Laurentian (3-11) 70 at Ryerson (5-9) 74 Freshman Boris Bakovic had 28 points and 10 rebounds including 2 clinching free throws with 8 seconds remaining as the Rams held off a furious late comeback in the last 5 minutes by the Voyageurs for the win, solidifying their hold on the sixth and final playoff spot in the OUA East. Ryerson held a 12 point lead with 5 minutes remaining but Ryan Vetrie (10 points) started getting in the lane and finding teammates for open looks and Ryerson's inside defence went astray but the Rams held on for the win. Ryerson's freshman point guard Ryan McNeilly had a career-best 12 points in a starting role while adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists while shooting guard Brandon Krupa had 16 points. Brody Bishop led Laurentian with 12 while Lucas Wiebenga added 10.

#10 York (9-5) 61 at Toronto (8-6) 89 The Varsity Blues jumped out to a 22 point halftime lead and soundly defeated the undermanned Lions who were again without stalwards 6'8" Dan Eves (left arm in a sling) and 6'2" Rohan Steen (suspected fractured sternum). Dwayne Grant led the Blues with 18 points while Ben Katz had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. 6'10" Jordan Foebel led York with 15 points and 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Lions travel to Ottawa next weekend for games against the Gee-Gees and Carleton and the Blues visit Kingston for games against Queen's and RMC.

OUA East Standings after tonight's games
Carleton 14-0
Ottawa 11-3
Queen's 9-5
York 9-5
Toronto 8-6
Ryerson 5-9
Laurentian 3-11
RMC 1-13

Saint Mary's (5-5) 77 at #2 StFX (6-3) 74 4 PT. GAME 6'3" Cordell Wright had 5 critical points down the stretch, including a 3 from the right wing with 2 minutes remaining and the Huskies never trailed again, coming from 12 down in the second half to upset the X-Men in front of another packed house of 1,200 at the Ohland Center. Wright's 3 gave SMU at 73-71 lead and he later added 2 free throws to restore another 2 point lead. With under a minute to play down 2, X's Garry Gallimore drove the land and fouled Wright out but made only one of two to bring St.FX back to within one. On the ensuing possession, X created a turnover to set up the game-deciding possession on which Gallimore forced the ball into a double team to 6'10" Neil McDonald which he fumbled into a turnover. Mark Ross made both free throws after X fouled quickly for the final margin of victory. Tyler Richards' well contested three at the buzzer fell short to seal SMU's upset victory. The Huskies would not have been in a position to win had it not been for 6'5" Clint Bateman, who shook off a tough first half to score 14 of his game-high 20 points after the intermission for St. Mary's which trailed 54-42 with 12 1/2 minutes remaining. Wright finished with 18 while McDonald was a force inside all night for X scoring 18. Gallimore, who did a tremendous job holding down SMU's leading scorer Aaron Duncan, finished with 12.

Dalhousie (4-6) 70 at UNB (2-9) 90 The Varsity Reds, always a tough out at home, jumped out to a quick 16 point first-half lead, taking advantage of a struggling Tiger defensive effort and went on to leads as large as 20 in the second half to author their second league win of the season. 6'2" guard Colin Swift (pictured) set the tone early, knocking down a pair of NBA 3's as part of his team-high 15 points on 5-10 shooting from downtown - in all, 6 Varsity Reds hit double figures and UNB shot 10/24 from 3 (41.7%). The Tigers, led by Monte Francois' 22 points, did have one run in them late in the first half as they got the ball inside and got to the foul line, bringing the game back to within 6 by halftime. But the Reds continued to exploit poor efforts from Dal's big guys dealing with the high ball screen as Oliver Glencross (6 points, 14 assists) continually turned the corner and found people to provide UNB with their first win since prior to the holiday break. Dal now travels to PEI to play the Panthers tomorrow afternoon.

OUA West

Brock (7-6) 100 at McMaster (7-6) 101 John Obrovac's baseline jumper with 4.3 seconds left lifted the Marauders, down 19 with about 10 minutes remaining in the game, to a frantic, shocking comeback win in Hamilton before 2,200 screaming fans at the Burridge Gymnasium. McMaster scored 65 second half points, including 23 in the last 3 1/2 minutes, led by 5'9" Martin Ajayi who, after going scoreless in the first half, went off for 27 second-half points including a layup with 11.3 seconds left to bring Mac to within one after Brock's Mike Kemp, with a chance to give the Badgers a 4 point lead, went 1-2 from the line. Immediately after Ajayi's layup, the Badgers turned the ball over and Obrovac got free to bring Mac all the way back. Kemp's desperation jumper at the buzzer fell short, sealing Badgers surprising fate. Brock's All-Canadian candidate Brad Rootes fouled out midway through the second half and from that point onward the Badgers began regularly turning the ball over and Ajayi went to work. 6'5" Chris Keith also fouled out early for the Badgers but the story was Brock's inability to take care of the ball without their star point guard and Ajayi's incredible second half performance. Mac's 6'8" fifth-year senior Adam Steiner led all scorers with 29 points including 2 key free throws with 31.5 seconds left to bring Mac to within 2 at 99-97 as the Marauders finished the game on a 23-10 run in the last 3 1/2 minutes. Keith had 25 for Brock while battling foul trouble all afternoon while Kemp finished with 22 and Rootes 19 points/8 rebounds/7 assists before leaving with fouls. Brock got a lift off the bench as 6'6" Jesse Tipping contributed 13 points on 5-6 shooting. With the win, Mac sweeps the season series from the Badgers and moves into a tie with Brock for second place in the conference.

Guelph (6-7) 62 at Western (6-7) 74 The Mustangs went to work inside down the stretch pulled away late to defeat the Gryphons in a tough, physical game. After leading by just 2 at halftime, the game remained close until late when the 'Stangs opened up a 7 point lead and then stretched their lead on the foul line from there. Western's 6'6" Brad Smith was a force in and around the paint finishing with a game-high 18 points and adding 7 rebounds, including 5 off the offensive glass. Guelph was hurt by game-long foul trouble for 6'10" J.R. Bailey who had only 9 points, about 10 below his average, and he was lost to fouls late. Aron Bariagbre led Guelph with 14 points including 2 3's before also fouling out late in the game as the Gryphs shot a solid 10 for 18 from beyond the arc. Guelph had a sloppy game taking care of the basketball, turning it over 25 times on the afternoon but their hot shooting and Western's poor 3-18 effort from 3 kept the game close until late. The Gryphs also committed 10 fouls by the 9 minute mark of the second half, giving the 'Stangs plenty of chances from the line. The hotly-contested affair was highlighted by a first-half skirmish between Guelph's Jay Mott and Western's Alan Paron.

#4 Windsor (10-3) 85 at Waterloo (6-8) 66 The Warriors stayed with the league-leading Lancers for much of the game until a late run pushed the game out of reach as Windsor solidified their hold on first place in the OUA West. 6'5" Kevin Kloostra (pictured) led Windsor with 19 points and 8 boards while 6'8" Greg Surmacz continues to find his offence, knotching 18 points and adding 8 rebounds. Ryan Steer rebounded from likely his poorest effort of the season against Brock with a solid 15 points. The Lancers, who shot poorly at Brock on Wednesday, rebounded to shoot 47.5%, primarily the result of much crisper ball movement. Windsor also had a 38-27 edge on the glass, returning to their dominant ways on the backboard. Rookie forward Alan Goodhoofd led Waterloo with 15 while second-year guard David Burnett added 14 along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Thanks to Dale Stevens for correcting the originally-posted score.

OUA WEST STANDINGS after this afternoon's games

Windsor 10-3 Next: GUELPH Wed.
McMaster 7-6 Next: LAURIER Wed.
Brock 7-6 Next: at Waterloo Wed.
Western 6-7 Next: LAKEHEAD Fri/Sat
Guelph 6-7 Next: at Windsor Wed.
Waterloo 6-8 Next: BROCK Wed.
Laurier 5-7 Next: Tonight at Lakehead
Lakehead 1-12 Next: Tonight LAURIER

Tonight's Game:
8:30 pm Laurier (5-7) at Lakehead (1-12)

TONIGHT'S CIS BASKETBALL ON THE INTERNET OR ON TV Virtually every game (12 out of 17 games) in the CIS tonight is available in some form including every game in the OUA East. This type of exposure, when properly communicated, can only help our sport. Please help spread the word!

2 PM Brock (7-5) at McMaster (6-6) Mac campus radio LISTEN LIVE! Link to CFMU Mac Radio
2 PM Guelph (6-6) at Western (5-7) Western campus radio LISTEN LIVE! Link to Western Radio
7 PM St.Mary's (4-5) at #2 St.FX (6-2) video webcast LIVE! Streaming Sports Network (SSN)
8 PM Queen's (9-4) at #1 Carleton (13-0) LIVE! on ROGERS Cable 22 in Ottawa
8 PM #10 York (9-4) at Toronto (7-6) LIVE! on ROGERS Cable in Toronto, York Region, Brampton, Mississauga, Durham Region, Kitchener, Waterloo
8 PM RMC (1-12) at #7 Ottawa (10-3) video webcast LIVE! Streaming Sports Network (SSN)
8 PM Laurentian (3-10) at Ryerson (4-9) Ryerson radio produced by
8:30 PM Laurier (5-7) at Lakehead (1-12) live on videowebcast . It can also be heard live in Thunder Bay on Lakehead Radio 102.7 FM and on the net at
9 PM Thompson Rivers (0-17) at Winnipeg (6-9) CFRW Listen LIVE! here
9:15 PM Saskatchewan (10-5) at Simon Fraser (8-9) Click to listen here
11:00 pm #6 UBC (14-2) at #9 Victoria (14-2) Click to listen here
11:00 pm Alberta (11-4) at Trinity Western (8-9) Click here

No Games Scheduled Tonight

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