Thursday, 22 February 2007

Canada West Series Previews

News from around the country

Congratulations to the Windsor Lancers who won their first outright OUA West regular season crown in 27 years by defeating Brock last night as the Windsor Star reports Division Champs: Lancers Clinch First West Title in 27 years also Jim Wallace from St. Catharines Standard reports on the game Badgers Fall Short in Battle for First

Tim McGarrigle loses his action against Dalhousie Halifax Chronicle-Herald also a report from Halifax Daily News

Ron Ruach from Victoria Times-Colonist previews this weekend's Victoria at UBC Pacific Division championship series (see also below for preview) Familiar Foes Battle for basketball title

McMaster celebrated their Senior's Night with a larger than usual graduating class as Larry Moko from the Hamilton Spectator reports Mac Honours Seniors in Stellar Starting Lineup and also a report on last night's Guelph victory at Mac by 3 Marauders Stellar Class of '07 Bows out in losing effort

More on David Dubois and Terry Haggerty from the Toronto press. NOTE: Ryerson has not officially announced anything to the media on the situation. Globe and Mail Report by James Mirtle plus a Toronto Star article by David Grossman Ryerson Remains Silent over two athletic firings

Story on Western men's basketball from Morris Dalla Costa of the London Free Press "> Mustangs Continue Men's Hoops Revival

NEWS FROM CANADA BASKETBALL: Canada Basketball Head Coach Leo Rautins welcomes another member to his coaching staff Michael Malone Named to Canada Basketball Coaching Staff . As well, Canada Basketball has announced an alliance with the American Basketball Association (details to follow).

I am travelling in Southern Ontario today and caught the end of the U of T / Laurentian game in Toronto last night. Last night's blog entries were made in the cosy confines of the Varsity Blues Men's Basketball office - the Mike Katz shrine if you will - with plenty of tremendous pieces of memorabilia including numerous National team photos and memories. Thanks to Mike, Ricky Dilena and staff for being so accommodating. As well, a shout out of thanks to Rick Matthew who was kind enough to clean up after me after I left including bringing my celly and notebook to me as I was taking to the ice for an 11:30 game in Oakville - Rick: your delivery was much appreciated and saved me tremendously. Thanks again! Off to Kitchener today to meet with old friend Peter Campbell and take in the Golden Hawks practice as they prepare for Saturday's sudden-death semi-final at McMaster. Stay tuned to the blog and please keep the comments coming.

Canada West Division Championships (all games Best-of-3 series)
UVic at UBC The top two teams in the Pacific Division meet for the third consecutive season as expected in the division final beginning Thursday night with all 3 games at War Memorial Gymnasium at UBC. The teams met 3 times this season with UBC taking 2 of 3 including the only road win of the season series at UVic when Coach Kevin Hansen decided to spread out the taller, longer Vikes with a smaller lineup, allowing the T-Birds to recover from 11 points down at Victoria. After winning at home before Christmas, the T-Birds split a pair of games in Victoria in January, including the second-game comeback as T-Birds star guard Casey Archibald had 20 points. The emergence of Josh Whyte, who averaged 24 points in the 2 games at Victoria, has allowed Vikes other guards to focus on scoring. Expect the series to go the distance with the loser being the prohibitive favorite for the wild card berth in the Canada West Final Four next weekend. Here is a comprehensive preview from UBC's web site Classic Rivalry Renewed Listen to the game via the Internet on Vikes campus radio Vikes Radio or by tuning into CiTR UBC campus radio. As well, follow the game using UBC's LIVE STATS! .

Saskatchewan at Alberta In a series that promises to be as evenly matched as the Vic/UBC set, the Bears and Huskies split 4 games on the season, each winning on each other's home floor once. Saskatchewan's 6'8" All-Canadian Andrew Spagrud did his usual damage, averaging 22.8 points and 14.8 rebounds per game in the 4 matches, highest among all players. But veteran Kyle Grant was also key for Saskatchewan, with 4 double digit scoring efforts and a 17 ppg average in the series. The well-balanced Bears, who had starting guard Tyson Jones available for only the last 2 games after returning from injury, got 16.5 ppg from sophomore pg C.G. Morrison including a 24 point effort in the most recent meeting while shooter Alex Steele averaged 15.5 ppg. 6'10" Richard Bates came off the bench in 3 of the 4 games (he started once) to average almost 10 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, above his season averages. Expect Bates to once again challenge Spagrud inside. The teams meet Friday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday with all games at U of A in Edmonton. breaks everything down for you as always Previes from Also, preview from Golden Bears Web Site Preview. Friday's game will be carried on U of A campus radio CJSR as will Saturday's and Sunday afternoon's game (if necessary).

Regina at Brandon The Bobcats have dominated the Cougars, winning all five meetings between the 2 teams this season including a 4-0 record in regular season play. Three of the 4 league wins were by double digits with the closest Regina coming was 5 points. Regina comes off an emotional series win against Winnipeg in which all 3 games came down to the end with Cougars taking the final two games at home. The games in this series go Friday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday. Brandon's web site has a preview on the upcoming series including a weekend ceremony honouring Brandon's most successful coach Jerry Hemmings Bobcats Cougars preview


2006-2007 Men's Quebec University Basketball League Major Awards Winners

Most Valuable Player of the Year: Patrick Perrotte, Concordia

Rookie of the Year: * Jean-Francois Beaulieu-Mahieux, Laval

Defensive Player of the Year: Dwayne Buckley, Concordia

Nominee for the Ken Shields Award: * Doug McCooeye, Bishop's

Coach of the Year: * John Dore, Concordia

Official of the Year: Mario Lessard

* Unanimous selection

First Team All Stars:
Patrick Perrotte, Concordia
Dwayne Buckley, Concordia
Damian Buckley, Concordia
Jean-Philippe Morin, Laval
Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Laval

Second Team All Stars:
Sean Anthony, McGill
Marc-Olivier Beauchamps, UQAM
Benjamin Sormonte, Concordia
Doug McCooeye, Bishop's
Emmanuel Junior Nicolas, Bishop's

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