Friday, 23 February 2007

Friday's Results: Canada West Playoffs and QSSF


UVic 82 at UBC 88 Game 2 - T-Birds sweep Best-of-3 series 2-0 6'3" fifth-year senior Jason Birring (pictured) scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half, including a three plus 3 free throws after being fouled behind the arc during a personal 6-0 run with 6 minutes remaining to lift the T-Birds to a two-game sweep over Vic. UBC has taken 4 of the 5 games in the series this season and is the first team to advance to the Canada West Final Four being held next weekend at the winner of the Great Plains division champion. 6'3" Casey Archibald made 12 of 13 free throws including 6 in a row down the stretch to keep the pesky Vikes, who rallied from a 12 point first half deficit to draw to within one on at least 3 occasions but could never take the lead, at bay. UBC led 48-39 and then scored the first 4 points of the second half to lead by 13 before Tyler Haas and Jacob Doerksen got it going for the Vikes, leading a 23-11 run culminating in a Cyril Indome 3 to bring the game back to within 1 at 63-62. But then Birring had his tremendous sequence but Victoria had one last run as guard Steve Moore (team-high 20 points) knocked in a three and Haas had a putback to bring Vic back to within 1 at 81-80 with 1 1/2 minutes left. But Archibald hit a pair from the stripe and Moore turned it over with 1:22 to play and UBC was never seriously threatened after that. Chris Dyck's 19 first half points on 7-8 shooting including 4-4 from 3 allowed the T-Birds to end the first half on a 27-19 run. UBC's biggest lead was 12 but back-to-back turnovers by last night's hero Bryson Kool allowed Josh Whyte make a three and then feed Graeme Bollinger for a lay-in to bring the game back. Vic has stayed in the game in the first half despite shooting only 36.7% and turning it over 9 times by going 14-16 from the foul line. Vikes Steve Moore has gone 8-9 from the line part of his team-high 13 points but took a technical foul late in the half. Vic now awaits word on whether they will be invited to the Canada West Final Four tournament as the Wild Card. See also UBC's LIVE STATS! Solid article from earlier in the week by Howard Tsumura discussing T-Birds basketball with a couple of UBC players Adversity Brings Defensive Mindset and an article in the Saanich News Hoop Rivals Go to War

Saskatchewan 64 at Alberta 51 Central Division Final - Game 1, Huskies lead Best-of-3 1 game to none In a game in which the teams combined for 47 turnovers, the Huskies rode a 29 point effort from 6'2" Rejean Chabot (pictured) to a grinding victory in Edmonton. The Golden Bears shot only 32.7% for the game including 0-11 from 3 point land and had only 6'2" Alex Steele in double figures with 10. Alberta could not take advantage of 15 offensive rebounds and a sub-par 10 point, 11 rebound effort from Saskatchewan's 6'8" Andrew Spagrud. A very sluggish first half ended only 26-16 for Saskatchewan before Chabot caught fire to give the Huskies a 1-0 series lead. The Huskies played without starting point guard Jordan Harbidge. The team's meet again tomorrow in the second game of the series.

Regina 83 at Brandon 91 - Game 1 Great Plains Division Final - Brandon leads Best-of-3 series 1 game to none Taking advantage of 24 Cougar turnovers that led to 38 points, the #1 Bobcats had leads as large as 18 in the first half and held off a late Regina charge to win Game One before a jam-packed house of over 1,000 fans in Brandon. The numerous easy scores allowed Brandon to shoot 58.9% for the game including 9/15 3's, many uncontested - the Bobcats shot a solid 45% from downtown as a team during the season. Brandon rode the hot hand of a pair of fifth-year seniors as 5'10" Taylor Cherris-wilding knocked down 4 of 5 from downtown in the first half against Regina's zone and 6'2" Chad Jacobson (pictured), who had a game-high 22 points on 5-6 3's, made big shots in key spots. With Brandon up 13 and under 4 minutes to play, the Cougars went on a 9-0 with 3 consecutive 3's, two by emerging 6'5" forward Jamal Williams (23 points, 11 rebounds 3-5 3's), bringing the game back to 79-75 with 2:20 remaining with the ball. But the young Cougars rushed a shot, allowing the Bobcats yet another easy score on a run out, forcing Regina to foul and the Cougars could not recover. The teams play again tomorrow night in Game Two. Bobcats Keep Rolling with Game One Win

UQAM (4-11) 63 at Concordia (14-1) 102 The Stingers bruised QAM early with a 27-5 run in the first 6 minutes of the game and coasted to the easy win. Concordia grabbed the decisive early lead by playing straight man and making shots as 6'4" fifth-year senior Ben Sormonte (pictured) had 23 points while another fifth-year senior, 6'4" Patrick Perrotte added 19 and Dwayne Buckley had 14. The Citadins came back to trail 51-38 at halftime, mainly against the Stingers bench but Concordia quickly grabbed another 20 point lead and outscored QAM 51-25 in the second half to ride to the decisive victory. All 12 players who dressed for Concordia saw action and got on the scoresheet. The Stingers travel to Laval on Sunday to complete their regular season and will face the winner of tomorrow night's Bishop's at UQAM game which will decide the fourth and final playoff spot in the "Q" in one of two QSSF sudden death semi-finals at Concordia.

Laval (9-6) 81 at McGill (7-9) 63 The Rouge et Or settled second place in the "Q" early this evening, jumping out to a quick 15-6 lead, extending it to 18 midway through the first half and then riding to an easy 20 point win at McGill. The listless Redmen had but one solid sequence on the evening when they got the game back to 10 near the end of the first half but the Rouge et Or ran a set play to free up fifth-year senior Jean-Michel LeBlanc (11 points including 3-4 3's), who knocked down a three at the buzzer and Laval led by 13 with all the momentum. J.P. Morin (pictured) showed his All-Canadian skill with a huge night finishing with 32 points on 12 for 16 shooting including 1 for 1 from 3 pt range. Morin added 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks while freshman J.F. Mahieux-Beaulieu finished with 12 points. These teams meet again this coming Thursday night at 7 PM in Laval in a QSSF sudden-death semi-final matchup.

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