Saturday, 17 February 2007

Results & Game Reports from Saturday

Calgary 88 at Saskatchewan 89 Saskatchewan wins Best-of-3 series 2-0. Josh Feist missed a jumper with no time remaining on the clock and the Huskies got 35 points from 6'8" Andrew Spagrud to survive a potential Dinos comeback and sweep the two game semi-final set. With the victory, Saskatchewan travels to Edmonton next week for a Best-of-3 Central Division final series against Alberta Golden Bears. With the Huskies leading by five late in the game, Feist hit a three-pointer and then Huskies Rejean Chabot went one for two from the free-throw line to put Sask up 89-86. With the Dinos looking to score quick, Chris Unsworth missed a lay-up, but on the play Huskies coach Greg Jockims was assessed a technical foul. Calgary made both free-throws making it a one point game with nine seconds remaining and had possession setting up a shot for Feist which bounced off the rim and out. Calgary shot 68.8 percent in the first half to jump to a 52-48 lead but, as he did in Friday's game one win, Spagrud took over in the second half, scoring at will and slamming a pair of dunks that turned the momentum in the Huskies favour. Spagrud played the last ten minutes with 4 fouls.

Simon Fraser 56 at #4 Victoria 64 The Vikes got another strong effort from Jacob Doerksen in sweeping the Clan to take the Best-of-3 series in two straight.

Winnipeg 67 at Regina 78 Drew Kuzminski had a career-high 33 points on 15-23 shooting and added 12 rebounds to lift the Cougars into a third and deciding game tomorrow afternoon at home.

#3 Carleton (19-3) 71 at #8 Ottawa (18-4) 77 6'5" Curtis Shakespeare had 11 of his 21 points after halftime, many in key spots, leading the Gee-Gees to a regular season sweep of the Ravens before 1,000 fans. The Gee-Gees blew a 13 point halftime lead within the first 5 minutes of the second half but kept their poise in reextending the lead back up 6 at 72-66 with 2:55 to play on a pair of clutch free throws by Shakespeare and then watched Osvaldo Jeanty uncharacteristically miss the front end of a one-and-one with 1:05 to play that could have dropped the deficit to 1. Carleton had a couple of more chances to bring the game back in the last minute but Jeanty forced a three looking for a foul and on the ensuing rebound 6'7" Aaron Doornekamp missed a wide open 3 that would have tied the game. The Gee-Gees then clinched the game on the foul line as 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe and 5'11" Alex McLeod each made a pair. Ottawa used tremendous shooting from downtown (9-18 from 3), one-and-done defense and another spectacular effort from sophomore Gibson-Bascombe (19 points - 15 in the first half, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) to jump out to a big halftime lead at 48-35 and it appeared the route was on. But the Ravens came out of the gate on a 17-4 run to tie the game with 15:30 to play as Osvaldo Jeanty (20 points) got it going, setting the table for Shakespeare (8-15 from the floor), who knocked down a jumper, got to the rim a couple of times and made some free throws in a solid effort on Senior's Night. The win allow Ottawa to sweep the regular season series from the 4-time defending CIS champions. Gibson-Bascombe played the last 25 minutes of the game with a severely sprained ankle sustained after 10 minutes of play. Both teams will host OUA East semi-final playoff games next Saturday in Ottawa. For much more detail on the game, here is Neate Sager's live blog from courtside LIVE BLOG FROM COURTSIDE (excellent detailed account of the game)

Toronto (15-7) 83 at Ryerson (6-16) 64 The Blues clinched third place in the East and will face Laurentian in one of two first round playoff games on Wednesday night. Mike Williams and Nick Magalas had 15 points apiece for Toronto while 6'7" freshman Boris Bakovic had another solid effort in the last game of his first OUA season with 25 points and 17 rebounds. The Rams end the season on a 7 game losing streak and miss the post season for the 4th consecutive season.

York (15-7) 80 at Laurentian (6-16) 67 6'7" Dan Eves had 24 points and 9 rebounds leading 5 Lions in double figures as York ended the regular season in fourth place and will face Queen's on Wednesday in one of two OUA East semi-final matchups.

Windsor (15-6) 64 at Lakehead (1-21) 43

We're still not clear on the Laurier vs. Waterloo score as originally the CIS web site posted a 67-51 score but with women's statistics. The Laurier site shows an 85-64 win for Waterloo without any details so we'll go with that one until we know more.

AUS Results:

UPEI (7-11, 26 pts) 77 at #7 Cape Breton (14-3, 40 pts) 84 In their final home game of the season, the Capers won their fourth in a row and second in 24 hours by holding off the Panthers in Sydney and moving to within one win of clinching the AUS regular season title. Cape Breton got numerous scores by going inside and in transition, offsetting a 2-18 effort from downtown. 6'5" Eric Breland led the way with 24 points while 6'2" Paul Blake had 20 (7 of 8 from 2 and 0-6 from 3). In all, Cape Breton shot 70% from inside the arc. The Capers took an early 12 point lead but watched the Panthers creep back to within 4 by halftime, primarily on the outstanding shooting of Jared Budd (16 points including 4 3's). The teams traded baskets for much of the second half with Cape Breton pounding it inside and the Panthers relying on the hot perimeter shooting of Brent McLaren (15 points, mainly in the second half). Graduating fifth-year senior Jarrett Timmons had 14 points for Cape Breton as Coach Jim Charters started all 5 of his fifth-year players including Timmons, Corey Hargrove, Ryan Keliher, Dan White and Kerwin Liverpool.

#6 Acadia (12-6, 34 pts) 79 at #9 St. FX (10-6, 28 pts) 84 X held off a late Axemen rally behind 6'2" Tyler Richards (pictured) 22 points, offsetting a game-high 27 from Paolo Santana to move closer to second place. X led comfortably in the second half only to watch Acadia creep back to within 3 at 80-77 on a dunk by 6'8" Achuil Lual off a Santana feed with a minute remaining and followed with a stop. On the next Acadia possession, 6'4" Luckern Dieu (23 points) was fouled but made only 1 of 2 to drop the deficit to 2 at 80-78 but Acadia could come no closer and X held defensively and made their free throws down the stretch. 6'3" Garry Gallimore had another solid offensive effort with 20 points and got Axemen's 6'5" super sixth man Sean Berry into foul trouble by continually taking him off the bounce. Acadia's inability to guard the ball forced Coach Les Berry to drop into a zone for much of the first half. X now travels to Halifax for a Tuesday night four point game at St. Mary's and then host MUN next weekend for a pair of 4 point games.

UNB (5-12, 10 pts) 70 at Memorial (5-13, 10 pts) 99 The Seahawks gain a split of the weekend series and allow Dalhousie to move even closer to clinching a spot in the AUS tournament. MUN must defeat X twice next weekend to have any chance of catching the Tigers while UNB has 3 games to play to make up 6 points and needs Dal to lose their remaining games to have any hope.

Brock (15-6) 78 at Guelph (11-10) 76 The Badgers assured themselves of a bye in the first round with a tight win at Guelph as 6'2" Scott Murray had 7 of his 14 points down the stretch. With the Gryphs down one and 8.1 seconds remaining, 6'5" Chris Keith (20 points) missed a pair of free throws and, after Guelph's 6'10" center J.R. Bailey initially came down with the rebound, Brock's 6'7" Owen White made the play of the game, ripping the ball out of Bailey's hands and then getting fouled. White made one of two and Borko Popic's 50 foot prayer at the buzzer went in and out, sealing Guelph's fate. OUA West Player-of-the-Year favorite Brad Rootes had another terrific effort with 21 points and 7 assists against only 1 turnover. White and 6'2" Mike Kemp added 11 points apiece for the Badgers who will look to win their second OUA West regular season title in three years. 6'3" Aron Bariagbre had 23 points and 10 rebounds, including a tough three from the corner to bring his club back to within 1 with 20 seconds left, to lead Guelph.

McMaster (13-8) 85 at Western (10-11) 80 Withstanding a furious Mustang comeback, the Marauders clinched a home game in the first round on an afternoon when their hopes for a first-round bye went by the way side by holding off Western. With Mac leading by 13 at 74-61 with about 5 minutes left, Martin Ajayi, who had a tremendous first half, began turning it over allowing Western back in it. But Ajayi hit a pair of clutch free throws with 11.3 seconds left to make it a two possession game and seal the deal.

RMC (1-21) 61 at Queen's (12-10) 72 The Gaels pulled away in the second half as Baris Ondul, back from injury, and Kyle McCleery each had 16. The Paladins, who trailed by only one at halftime, got 22 from Adam Asquini and 21 from Paul Hungler.

Bishop's (4-11) at #2 Concordia (13-1) 93

UQAM (4-11) 77 at Laval (8-6) 79 OVERTIME Laval wins on a last second shot in overtime to gain the advantage for home court in their first round playoff matchup with McGill. Freshman J.F. Beauleau-Mahieux sat out tonight's game with a severe case of the flu.

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