Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Wednesday's Scores: OUA West

Brock (8-6) 75 at Waterloo (6-9) 55 Bouncing back from a heartbreaking loss at Mac on Saturday, the Badgers showed tremendous character with a solid victory on the road as All-Canadian candidate Brad Rootes led the way with 19 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists. Waterloo had few answers for Rootes and his array of passing and finishing skills many times off screen and roll plays that Waterloo could not stop. 6'5" Chris Keith was the main beneficiary of Rootes dimes, finishing with 24 points and adding 13 rebounds. The Warriors had a terrible shooting night at home (31.9% including only 2-16 from 3) in suffering their second consecutive loss and third in four games. Mike Davis was their only double digit scorer with 12. With nine losses and only 7 games remaining (3 at home), the Warriors prepare for a must-win game at Laurier on Saturday in a game that could have final-playoff-spot implications. Brock, which got 14 points from emerging 6'7" center Owen White, won in Coach Ken Murray's 900th career CIS game as a Head Coach. The Badgers return home to face Guelph on Saturday.
Laurier (6-8) 83 at McMaster (8-6) 90 6'8" Adam Steiner's 5th old-fashioned three-point play of the game with 3 1/2 minutes remaining broke a 79-79 tie and started a game-deciding 11-2 run as the Marauders stayed tied with Brock for second place in the division. After Laurier's Omar Miles (17 points, 10 assists) brought the game back to within 2 at 82-81, Mac scored 8 straight points as 6'4" John Obrovac knocked down a long 3, 5'10" Mike DiClaudio converted on a back-door cut off a nice look from 6'4" Toms Lokmanis and then DiClaudio returned the favor, sending off Lokmanis for an open transition layup off a steal. Martin Ajayi, who had 29 points including 20 in the first-half, then sealed the run going 1-2 from the foul line to ice it. The Hawks got another strong performance from 6'5" Matthew Walker, who had 21 points, including a breakaway dunk to give Laurier a 57-56 lead early in the second half. Laurier stayed in the game until the end on the second-half heroics of fifth-year point guard Miles, who continually got himself in the paint and to the rim. But Steiner, who had 30 points including Mac's first 13 of the second half, was the story, shredding Laurier's interior defence and putting 6'7" freshman Andrew Pennycook and 6'8" Trevor Csima in early second half foul trouble. The teams combined for 54 fouls in the infraction-filled game. Mac now travels to Windsor for a Saturday night game at the St. Denis Center while Laurier plays the first of their two cross-town rivalry games at home against Waterloo also on Saturday.
Guelph (6-8) 51 at Windsor (11-3) 86 Jumping out to a large early lead, the Lancers dominated the glass and forced the Gryphs into 25.5% shooting and came away with the easy win. 6'2" Ryan Steer led the way with 20 points and 10 assists while 6'8" Greg Surmacz had a 10 point, 16 rebound double double. Kevin Kloostra added 19 for Windsor, which led by 18 at halftime and then completely put the game away with a 17-0 run off the start of the second half to hand the reeling Gryphons their 4th consecutive loss. Aran Bariagabre led the way for Guelph with 15 points and 8 rebounds. See also story from web site Lancers Easily Handle Guelph

OUA WEST STANDINGS after tonight's games
Windsor 11-3
Brock 8-6
McMaster 8-6
Western 6-7
Guelph 6-8
Laurier 6-8
Waterloo 6-9
Lakehead 1-13

NATIONAL TELEVISION COVERAGE FOR LAST NIGHT'S CAPITAL CLASSIC For many folks who have called and emailed over the last 24 hours, the Jeopardy-like question is "Where was it?". For such an important game for CIS sports as a whole, not simply basketball, having this game broadcast only on Rogers Television locally in Ottawa was a missed opportunity at showcasing one of the great regular season events in CIS history. From my perspective, the local game organizing committee did more than their part in producing a well attended, top notch event and both teams did their part providing an entertaining product. What was sqaundered was a tremendous opportunity for the rest of the country to experience LIVE! what those in Ottawa got to, which was a showcase event for Canadian university basketball. For those wishing to obtain a DVD of the game, they are normally available from Rogers television. Here is a web site link that may provide details as to how to obtain a copy (ordinarily for a small fee): Rogers Ottawa Television Staff Directory

TIME CHANGE ON OUA TABLE: Robert Hilson, who, somewhat behind the scenes and with little fanfare, has been the catalyst of the resurgence in the marketing of McMaster sports over the past decade, once again is showing leadership and taking action with a view of marketing OUA sports effectively. As many know, FIBA rules are being used in women's play this season and the consensus is that FIBA-officiated games take noticeably longer to play than men's games, which are still under traditional rules. The net effect in some instances has been that numerous men's games have started much later than their original starting times. With a view of catering to the media and fans alike, Hilson appears to have taken the lead in recommending games next season be scheduled to start earlier by one-half hour, helping with television but just as importantly, allowing media covering games to not miss deadlines - meaning game stories are much more likely to appear in newspapers the next morning. Having worked with Rob and Therese Quigley in the past, I can confirm that the folks at Mac are strategic thinkers and executers with respect to marketing their sports properties. If folks organizing national events such as the basketball Nationals haven't already taken advantage of the success and experience of Therese, Rob and team, it is highly recommended that they should. Here is Larry Moko's story in today's Hamilton Spectator Time Change on OUA Table

SPEAKING OF FIBA... WORLD U-19's ARE NO LONGER IN CANADA THIS YEAR... Here is a press release from Canada Basketball: FIBA to Reallocate Under 19 Men's World Championship
(Toronto, Ont.) Canada Basketball announced today that they have provided FIBA the opportunity to reassign the 2007 Men's Under 19 World Championship. The Championship was to take in Vancouver; July 12-22nd .The difficult decision was made by Canada Basketball after some significant additional risks were realized during the past few months. Canada was awarded the Championship July 7th, 2006 after Malaysia released the tournament earlier in the year. "We always knew we would be faced with some difficult logistical challenges due to our truncated time frame to stage such a large championship," commented Canada Basketball Executive Director and CEO Fred Nykamp. "We are disappointed having to take this action; however, we felt it this was the most prudent decision in light of new risks and our ambitious national agenda. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our partners, supporters and the province of British Columbia for their work and effort towards this event over the past months." The new location of the championship will be announced shortly by FIBA.

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