Friday, 16 February 2007

Friday's Results from CIS Hoops

Laval (7-6) 66 at #2 Concordia (12-1) 77 The Stingers clinched first place in the "Q" by winning at home before a jammed house as 6'1" Dwayne Buckley (pictured) led the way with 23 points on 9-12 shooting, adding 7 assists and 5 rebounds in a solid all-round effort. Buckley was the first-half catalyst in providing the Stingers with leads as large as 14 and then 10 by halftime. Laval made a strong run early in the second half, getting back-to-back threes by Laval's Jean-Michel LeBlanc and Dominic Savard early in the second half and then tying the game on a fast-break layup from Etienne Wilsey with 13:12 remaining. However, the Stingers used their depth (all 12 players who dressed saw action) to take over the rest of the way and ride to the win. Ben Sormonte had 15 points and 8 rebounds for Concordia while Dwayne Buckley added 12. Laval's 6'7" J.P. Morin (23 points) was a load inside, getting to the foul line 20 times (but made only 11 as the effects of his season-long wrist injury linger) and putting 6'4" Patrick Perrotte into foul trouble, limiting the fifth-year star to only 19 minutes. Concordia was only 13-21 from the foul line. Concordia hosts Bishop's tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm.

McGill (7-8) 71 at Bishop's (4-10) 70 Third-year forward Sean Anthony's lay-in off a coast-to-coast drive with 2 seconds remaining gave the Redmen a thrilling one point victory in Lennoxville, clinching their first playoff spot in 3 years. Anthony (pictured) snared a rebound off the defensive glass and slashed his way through the Gaiters "d" to give McGill their first lead of the game since 1-0, bringing the Redmen back from a 19 point second half deficit. Bishop's took a 34-26 lead to halftime and extended it midway through the final frame but McGill hit a number of big shots, led by 6'4" freshman Paul Herra (16 points), who went 4 for 5 from 3, and another freshman 6'4" Matt Thornhill, who was quiet the entire night save a big three with a minute and a half remaining to help bring the Redmen back. Bishop's, which stopped attacking in the last 10 minutes, has a chance for redemption tomorrow when they travel to first-place Concordia.

UPEI (7-10, 26 pts) 68 at #9 StFX (9-6, 26 pts) 80 6'3" fourth-year forward Garry Gallimore (pictured) hit 3 important 3's and led a solid X-Men defensive effort, getting UPEI star Sherone Edwards into foul trouble early and then creating turnovers leading the press to give X a solid home win. After leading by just 4 at halftime, X continued to push the tempo and Gallimore's third 3 gave St. FX a 56-47 lead after which the X-Men were rarely threatened, stretching their lead to as much as 17 at one point. Both teams came out of the gate in the first half running and firing from downtown and an 8-0 run gave the Panthers a 23-16 after 12 minutes, forcing an X timeout. St. FX came out of the timeout pressing and running, which led to a 15-2 run to give X-Men a 31-25 lead. But Chad McDonald (9 points in the half) hit his second 3 of the half and Panthers withstood two early fouls to Edwards (both times Gallimore, two-time CIS defensive-player-of-the-year took charges), who played only 5 minutes, to stay within striking distance at halftime. But X's relentless pressure and a solid effort from Gallimore allowed the X-Men to move back into a tie with the Panthers for third place. Panthers' Edwards was visibly frustrated by the end of the game, taking a pair of needless fouls and engaging in a mouth-match with X's freshman Terrence Taylor before being removed from the game. X hosts Acadia tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM Atlantic while the Panthers drive east to Sydney to face Cape Breton. Box Score

#6 Acadia (12-5, 34 pts) at #7 Cape Breton (13-3, 38 pts) In a game that was basically over almost immediately after it started, the Capers bounced back from a pair of losses in Wolfville two weeks ago, including one in overtime, by thrashing the Axemen, jumping out to a 48-19 lead by halftime. The Capers shot 54.5% from the floor including 10-21 from 3 as Paul Blake (pictured) went off for 20 points, 18 in the first half, including 4 3's while Jarrett Timmons added 16 points (14 in the first half) and 5 rebounds. Corey Hargrove added 13 for Cape Breton, which put some distance between themselves and second place as they prepare to host UPEI tomorrow. Axemen star guard Paolo Santana finished with just 8 points on 3-10 shooting as no Acadia player reached double figures. Box Score

UNB (5-11, 10 pts) at Memorial (4-13, 8 pts) The Varsity Reds kept their slim AUS tournament hopes alive, overcoming 22 turnovers by shooting a blistering 58.3% (14 for 24) from three point land, including a 7-10 effort by Colin Swift to take the first of two games in St. John's. UNB took a 10 point lead into halftime but the Seahawks clawed back behind 34 points from Sean Thistle and another 27 from Justin Halleran. Swift finished with 32 points while star guard Oliver Glencross had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for UNB, but was charged with 9 turnovers. UNB trails Dal by 6 points with 4 games remaining including a four pointer with 20 maximum points to achieve while Dal has 16 points with 3 games remaining including Sunday's match against St. Mary's at home. Box Score

#10 Windsor (13-6) 89 at Lakehead (1-19) 81 OVERTIME The Lancers had to outscore the last place Thunderwolves 17-9 in the extra frame, overcoming a sterling 33 point effort from Lakehead's Warren Thomas, to pull out a victory and keep pace with Brock. The Lancers dominated stretches of the game, getting up by as many as 16, leading the entire way until the Thunderwolves tied the game late by hiting a 3. Windsor refocused and made good decisions in overtime to take control. Thomas, Lakehead's only consistent threat, made a ton of contested perimeter shots on the night to bring Lakehead back. Saad Beg, who was also key in the comeback, had 15 points and 7 assists while also making some tought shots down the stretch. The teams meet again tomorrow night.

Great Plains Division
Winnipeg 76 at Regina 73; Winnipeg leads Best-of-3 series 1-0 Canada West scoring champion Erfan Nasajpour shrugged off a tough shooting night with 7 consecutive points down the stretch, leading a 13-5 Wesmen run to end the game and Dan Shynkaryk gave Winnipeg the lead for good at 72-71 with a jumper as the Wesmen won on the road to grab the first game of the Great Plains semi-final series. After entering the half time break tied at 32, the Cougars grabbed their largest lead of the game at 57-50 as Paul Schubach (13 points, 7 assists) capped an 8-0 run with a pair of free throws. But Matt Opalko (game-high 21 points) knocked in a jumper and Nasajpour (14 points, 10 in the second half) hit a three to get Winnipeg right back in it. Still Regina led by 4 at 67-63 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining on the second of two consecutive 3's by freshman Jeff Lukomski (12 points). But then Nasajpour took over and, aided by 3 straight points and a block at the buzzer from 6'9" Ivan Saric in the final minute, Winnipeg took the opening game. The teams meet again tomorrow. Regina Sports Info Game Report PLUS tonight's game Box Score

Central Division
Calgary 79 at Saskatchewan 91; Saskatchewan leads series 1-0 The Huskies broke the game open with a 35-13 early second half run to take a 77-46 lead with 10 minutes remaining and then coasted for the victory and a 1-0 lead in their Central Division semi-final. 6'8" Andrew Spagrud had 28 of his game-high 35 points after the intermission and Kyle Grant came within one rebound of a triple/double with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists in another tough, physical game between two bitter rivals. Acadia transfer Brian Finness had 21 while Ross Bekkering added 19 for Calgary, which received only 4 points from star guard Josh Feist who added 7 assists before fouling out. The teams play game two in Saskatoon tomorrow evening. Box Score

Pacific Division
Simon Fraser 71 at #4 Victoria 80; Victoria leads series 1-0 6'2" sophomore Josh Whyte's three off a kickout from an offensive rebound with about 10 minutes remaining gave the Vikes the lead for good and then his steal and subsequent breakaway lay-in continued what ended up as a 19-6 run as the Vikes took game one of a Pacific Division semi-final. The game was foul plagued as the referees did their best to keep a physical game under wraps and with it generally took away any consistent flow. Victoria's fifth-year lefty shooting guard Brandon Ellis gave Vic a 63-53 lead with a three with about 7 minutes remaining and the Clan never threatened from there. The teams go at it again tomorrow night in game two.

Trinity Western 62 at #5 UBC 89 UBC leads Best-of-3 1-0 The T-Birds finished the first half on a 25-10 run culminated by six straight points from Casey Archibald to take a 43-24 lead into halftime and cruised to 27 point win. Archibald led all scorers with 27 points as the T-Birds were able to get a minimum of 8 minutes time for all 12 players who dressed. Jason Birring added 15 points while Bryson Kool had 14 for UBC. Luke Robinson had 18 for the Spartans including 12 in the first half. The teams meet again tonight. UBC LIVE! STATS

Finally, here are the OUA East Women's All Stars and honours announced today:
Player of the Year: Cassandra Carpenter, Laurentian
Defensive Player of the Year: Kim Gibbs, York
Rookie of the Year: Katie Goggins, Laurentian
Joy Bellinger: Lisa Greig, Carleton
Coach of the Year: Bill Pangos, York

First Team
Cassandra Carpenter, Laurentian
Claire Meadows, Queen’s
Laura MacCallum, York
Kim Gibbs, York
Christine Cho, Toronto

Second Team
Alaine Hutton, Toronto
Jess Selinger, Queen’s
Brenan Rurak , York
Jen Donofrio, RMC
Susan Shaw-Davis, Carleton

All-Rookie Team
Katie Goggins, Laurentian
Lisa Goldring, Ryerson
Kelly Killoran, Carleton
Lisa Furchner, Laurentian
Melina Wishart, Ottawa

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