Sunday, 14 January 2007

Sun. Jan. 14th/07; Last Night's Review & Dal at MUN II

NOTE: For Saturday's game results and reports, click here

Only one game today in the CIS as Dalhousie and Memorial complete their two game series in St. John's beginning at 11:30 AM Eastern time. The Tigers squeezed out a 3 point win yesterday. A win by Dal (4-4, 10 pts) would give them a six point lead over the Seahawks (3-6, 6 pts.) in the Baldwin and would move Dal into a tie for the division lead with St. Mary's (SMU would have one game in hand). Stay tuned for a game report.

FINAL FROM ST. JOHN'S, NFLD. Dalhousie (4-5, 10 pts) 57 at Memorial (4-6, 8 pts.) 69 The Seahawks held the cold-shooting Tigers to just 15 points in the first 15 minutes of the second half, turning around a two point halftime deficit to gain a split of their weekend series on the Rock. Memorial was led by Sean Thistle's 16 points and 9 rebounds while Evan Constantine had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Memorial also got a lift from their 6'7" freshman center Steven Singleton, who did not play prior to Christmas, with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in only 22 minutes. Singleton was Newfoundland's high school player of the year last season and participated in the NIKE All-Canada game in Hamilton last March. Second-year guard Andrew Sullivan once again had a nice game for Dal with 14 points and 5 assists but in the end a 37.3% effort from the floor prevented the Tigers from moving into a tie for the lead in the Nelson division.

CIS Top 10: This Week's Review
1. Carleton (12-0) This week 2-0: won at York 85-69 & won at Laurentian 74-65; a decisive win at York in which the outcome was never in doubt then a dominating 20-4 run to pull away at Laurentian. Still number one no doubt.
2. StFX (6-2) This week 0-1: Lost at home to #9 Cape Breton 71-66; were dominated at home during a 20-0 run against Cape Breton, falling behind by as many as 17 before making it look a little more respectible. Still top 10 but should drop from #2
3. Concordia (7-1) This week 0-1: lost at UQAM 84-71; a different team without star point guard Damian Buckley (continuing status still unknown) and gave up 56 second-half points to an emotionally-charged Citadins team playing at home. Stingers are still the class of the QSSF but have come back to the pack a bit.
4. UBC (14-1) This week 1-1: lost at #8 Brandon 87-77, won at Regina 85-80; once again had trouble with an athletic team in Brandon but rebounded nicely against an underrated Cougar team.
5. Ottawa (10-2) This week 1-1: won at Laurentian 73-68 & lost at York 64-61; not as deep as in year's past, the Gee-Gees ran out of gas down the stretch after taking a 5 point lead in the loss at York. Friday's game at home against a much-improved Queen's side will tell us a lot about this team.
6. Victoria (13-2) This week 1-1: won at Regina 72-63 & lost at #8 Brandon 82-81; Vikes lost on an end-to-end, buzzer-beating layup in front of a capacity crowd in Brandon and handled Regina on the road. Getting healthier and are tough late in the year when running your offence becomes more important.
7. Windsor (9-2) This week 2-0: beat Waterloo 74-45 at home & won at Western 80-67; continuing to prove that they are the class of the OUA West with a dominant performance at home and another solid road win. Have another tough road test against former top 10 Brock on Wednesday.
8. Brandon (12-2) This week 2-0: won a pair of games at home against #4 UBC 87-77 and #6 Victoria 82-81; proved their meddle by defeating a pair of higher-ranked teams at home and no doubt will move up in the rankings.
9. Cape Breton (7-1) This week 1-0: won at St. FX 71-66; in what has to be regarded as a dominant win on the road against the #2 team in a hostile environment, the Capers should now be regarded as the class of the AUS with their second win of the season against X.
10. Brock (6-5) This week 1-1: won at Western 74-68 & lost at Laurier 74-71; loss at Laurier ensures they will drop out of the top 10 but have a chance at redemption on Wednesday as they host Windsor.

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