Saturday, 27 January 2007

Saturday's Results: #1 Carleton Upset at Home

Cape Breton (9-1) 83 at UPEI (4-7) 57 The Capers jumped out to a 45-18 lead by halftime on the road and coasted to victory against the Panthers. Cape Breton went a white hot 13 for 24 from 3 point land led by Paul Blake's 4 threes, part of his 21 point effort. Eric Breland finished with 18 for Cape Breton.

Memorial (4-7) 72 at Acadia (9-4) 87 The Axemen continued their winning ways by defeating a travel weary Seahawk team that had flight delays necessitating the game being changed to 9 PM local time. Acadia's emerging star transfer Sean Berry, who scorched X last night, again led the way with 26 points while shooting guard Peter Leighton had 15. Sean Thistle finished with 21 points and 10 boards for Memorial, which meets St. Mary's tomorrow at noon in Halifax at the Metro Center prior to the ABA All-Star game.

UNB (3-10) at Saint Mary's (5-6) Oliver Glencross had a game-high 25 points and added 5 rebounds as the Varsity Reds upset the Huskies at the Tower. St. Mary's missed a chance to claim sole possession of 4th place as they are still tied with UPEI. Two season-long issues came out again this afternoon for the Huskies as the smaller Reds outrebounded SMU by wide margin (44-28 including 16 "o" boards) and St. Mary's simply could not guard the ball, allowing UNB to get to the rim easily or pitch out for open 3's (the Reds went 11-25 44% from downtown). The Reds got out to a double-digit lead by halftime but an early St. Mary's run got the game back to 4. However, just as quickly, a "T" and a conventional 3 point play got the lead back up to 9 for UNB and the Reds fought to the win from there. Bill Walker added 14 for UNB while Colin Swift had 12 and Thor Jensen 10. Mark McLaughlin led St. Mary's with 22 while Aaron Duncan added 20. St.Mary's has a quick turnaround tomorrow as they play the preliminary game prior to the ABA All-Star game in Halifax against Memorial at noon Atlantic time.

#4 StFX (8-4) 83 vs. Dalhousie (5-8) 53 AT HALIFAX METRO CENTRE In a preamble to Day One of the ABA All-Star festivities in Halifax, the X-Men stormed out to a 16-0 lead in the first 5 minutes to topple the Tigers in front of about 3,000 fans. Neil McDonald led the way for X with 19 points and 15 boards as St. FX dominated the glass and held the Tigers to 16 for 60 (27%) shooting including only 3-18 3's. X's experience playing in the Metro Center was evident off the tip as they built leads as great as 19 at 25-6 before Dal brought the game back to 10 late in the half. X then built on their 42-28 lead with a run off the start of the second half that buried Dal. Tyler Richards, who has struggled of late with his shooting, added 15 for X including 2 of 3 from downtown while Garry Gallimore had 14. Dal leading scorer Germain Bendegue picked up 2 quick fouls in the early minutes and then picked up his third on a peculiar call in which one official called a block but a second official called a charge on Bendegue, his third. When the meeting of the minds ended, both players were assessed a foul: one on Bendegue for a charge and one on his X opponent who took the charge and got called for a block. Drew Stratton knocked in 16 points to lead Dal.
OUA West
Waterloo (6-10) 66 at Laurier (7-8) 75 Third-year forward Matt Walker had 25 points and the Hawks shot a blistering 11 of 21 from 3 point land in defeating their cross-town rivals at home. Freshman Justin Golob added 16 points on 4 of 7 shooting from beyond the arc in just 14 minutes for Laurier, which held the Warriors to only 34.3% shooting for the game including 6/22 3's. The smaller, younger Hawks dominated the glass, outrebounding Waterloo 49-39 including 15 offensive rebounds and got great performances from each of their three top freshman as Golob hit big 3's at key times, 6'7" Andrew Pennycock blocked a bunch of shots and 6'5" Evan Eliason had 10 points/10 rebounds, his first career double-double. Second-year guard David Burnett had 16 in the loss for the Warriors, stuck in 7th place in the OUA West and currently out of a playoff spot. This coming Wednesday night, Waterloo hosts McMaster in a must-win game for the Warriors while Laurier hosts Western in their attempt to move into position to host a playoff game.

Guelph (6-8) 64 at Brock (8-6) 74 The Badgers went on a game-deciding 25-3 run to end the first half to hand the Gryphs their 4 consecutive loss. Brock's big 3 of Brad Rootes (20 points), Chris Keith (20 points) and Mike Kemp (16 points) led the way after Guelph took a 24-16 lead midway through the first half on the strength of Nick Pankerichan's 10 points in the run. But the Badgers toughened up defensively and started making shots to lead by 14 at the half. The lead got to 20 midway through the second half and the Badgers coasted from there. Aron Bariagbre led Guelph with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists including 11-11 free throws. Brock travels to Thunder Bay next weekend for a pair of games against last place Lakehead while the Gryphs face first-place Windsor on Wednesday.
Lakehead (1-15) 46 at Western (8-7) 72 The 'Stangs moved into a tie for third with Mac by thrashing Western as Brad Smith led 4 scorers in double figures with 15 points and 5 rebounds while third-year guard Matt Curtis scored 13 points, added 11 assists and 6 rebounds to push a triple/double. Western visits Laurier next Wednesday.
McMaster (8-7) 66 at Windsor (12-3) 85 The Lancers took advantage of easy transition opportunities and shaky Mac "d" to record a comfortable win and put themselves in the driver's seat for top spot in the conference. The Lancer bench was key as Windsor got 18 of their 51 first half points from non-starters, led by Matt Handsor who had 4 3's off the bench. Kevin Kloostra led the way for Windsor with 24 including 4 3's while 6'8" Greg Surmacz had 20 points/8 rebounds. Once again, point guard Ryan Steer was solid with 16 points and 9 assists, many on transition looks after Mac misses. Forward Greg Allin scored only 5 points but pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds for Windsor. Martin Ajayi had 24 to lead Mac but forced the issue shooting only 6 for 21 and turning the ball over 8 times. Adam Steiner added 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Marauders.

OUA WEST UPDATED STANDINGS including today's completed games
Windsor 12-3
Brock 9-6
McMaster 8-7
Western 8-7
Laurier 7-8
Guelph 6-9
Waterloo 6-10
Lakehead 1-15

McGill (5-5) 67 at UQAM (3-8) 77
Laval (5-4) 79 at Bishop's (3-7) 86 Herman Tesfaghebriel scored 20 and added 7 rebounds including 6 on the offensive glass as the Gaiters won their third to stay in fourth place. Junior Nicholas hit 4 3's as part of his 19 point effort for Bishop's, which took a 12 point lead into halftime and held on for the win. CIS Rookie-of-the-Year candidate J.F. Beaulieu-Maheux kept Laval in the game, going for a game-high 26 points including 4 3's and All-Canadian J.P. Morin added 24 for the Rouge et Or. The teams split their weekend series with each side winning at home.

QSSF STANDINGS after tonight's games
Concordia 9-1
Laval 5-4
McGill 5-5
Bishop's 3-7
UQAM 3-8

OUA East
Toronto (10-6) 84 at RMC (1-15) 52 Breaking open a 3 point game at the half with a 12-4 run and then coasting from there, the Varsity Blues won their sixth consecutive game. Toronto shot 6-13 from three point land including 3 for 5 for Ben Katz, part of his game-high 18 points. Katz has one of Canada's top 3 point field goal shooting percentages. Dwayne Grant added 13 while sophomore Nick Magalas continued his stellar play off the bench for the Blues, adding 12. Paul Hungler had 12 for RMC while Adam Asquini added 11 for RMC which shot only 29% in the second half while being outscored 48-22. The Blues now await the arrival of the OUA East's top 2 teams as Ottawa comes to Toronto on Friday while Carleton visits on Saturday.
Ryerson (6-9) 67 at Queen's (9-6) 76 Third-year guard Ryan Hairsine led a Queen's comeback, scoring 20 including 3-6 from 3 point land, one of which gave the Gaels the lead for good with 3 minutes remaining as the Gaels squeezed past Ryerson. Queen's overcame a two point halftime deficit to keep pace with U of T for third-place in the conference. Hairsine, who for his first two seasons was strictly a spot up shooter, has added some muscle and an ability to get to the rim to complement his pure shooting ability. Ryerson stayed in the game by shooting 10 for 20 from 3 point land including 3-5 by Brandon Krupa who finished with 13 points. Ryerson held star freshman Mitch Leger to 4 points on only 1-9 shooting but veteran post Glen Smith had a career-high 16 points including 4-6 3's. Gaels Simon Mitchell (8 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) kick started Queen's in the second half, providing veteran leadership. Queen's, which shot a solid 12-28 from 3 themselves, held Ryerson's freshman Boris Bakovic to only 10 points and 9 rebounds. A very good and detailed article on Queen's resurgence behind Coach Rob Smart from the Queen's Journal including some candid comments from coach and players (solid read) Queen's Journal Report: Gaels Demand Respect

Laurentian (3-12) 63 at #9 Ottawa (13-3) 78 Fifth-year guard Alex McLeod had 18 first-half points including 5-6 from 3 point land, leading the Gee-Gees to within one game of first-place Carleton, which was shocked tonight at home by York. McLeod finished with 22 points while Willy Manigat came off the bench to score 16 and Sean Peter 14. Josh Gibson-Bascombe fought foul trouble all night, ending with 4 points. Brody Bishop knocked down two quick 3's to get Laurentian started early and finished with a team-high 13 points.
York (10-6) 95 at #1 Carleton (15-2) 81 The Lions shocked the #1 Ravens with a 61 point first half, leading by an incredible 39 by halftime and then held off a late Carleton run to defeat the Ravens and remain in a three-way tie for third place in the conference. Tut Ruach (pictured) led the way with 26 points and 5 assists and was a perfect 10-10 from the line while Dan Eves had 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Osvaldo Jeanty tried to bring his team back with 30 points while Aaron Doornekamp finished with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

OUA EAST UPDATED STANDINGS including today's completed games
Carleton 15-2
Ottawa 14-3
Toronto 10-6
Queen's 10-6
York 10-6
Ryerson 6-10
Laurentian 3-13
RMC 1-15

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