Saturday, 17 February 2007

Saturday's CIS Action: Big AUS Games, Canada West Playoffs, Carleton/Ottawa

For a recap of last night's action, click here report on Saskatchewan/Calgary here
Jacob Doerksen leads the Vikes in Game One Doerksen's 23 Leads Vikes
UBC wins Game One at home over the Spartans UBC TWU Report

An nice article from the Kingston Whig-Standard on RMC's women's team and OUA East all-star Jennifer Donofrio Winless Warriors

A preview of today's CIS games

3 PM Brock (14-6) at Guelph (11-9) The two hottest teams in OUA West meet with strong implications both ways. The Badgers, winners of 7 in a row, need to win or risk having Mac surpass them into second place by season's end while Guelph, winners of 5 straight, can lock up a home game in the first round of the playoffs. Expect Guelph to test Brock's post defense by running their offense through 6'10" J.R. Bailey but the relatively-undersized Badgers have outrebounded their opponents in each of their 7 wins during the streak. Guelph's diminutive guard Charles Ageymang, who has stepped up his play, especially defensively, could see significant time guarding Brock's 5'9" All-Canadian candidate Brad Rootes.

4 PM McMaster (12-8) at Western (10-10) Mac Audio Webcast The Marauders need a win to clinch a home playoff game and still has aspertions of second place but need help from others. Mac won by 7 two weeks ago so a Mustangs win by more than that would place Western in a stronger position for a home playoff date. The veteran-laden Marauders got a sterling effort from 6'8" Adam Steiner in the last meeting between the 2 teams. 6'4" John Obrovac appears poised for a big run down the stretch. The young but rapidly maturing Mustangs look to their guards for much of their offence however 6'5" Brad Smith has contributed much recently.

4 PM Laurier (9-11) at Waterloo (6-15) Warrior Audio Webcast On Seniors Day in Waterloo, the young Golden Hawks look to rebound from a second-half collapse in Guelph with a view to finishing .500 and still with a very outside shot at a home playoff game. The Warriors have collapsed with 9 consecutive losses and counting.

7 PM Windsor (14-6) at Lakehead (1-20) The teams meet again after Friday night's overtime affair in which the T-Wolves battled back from 15 down primarily on the prolific outside shooting of 6'5" Warren Thomas. Lakehead Webcast

2 PM Eastern/3 PM UPEI (7-10, 26 pts.) at #7 Cape Breton (13-3, 38 pts.) The Capers look to put themselves in the driver's seat for first place and all but clinch a first round bye in the AUS tournament with a win. Back at home in Sydney, Cape Breton blasted Acadia while the Panthers stayed with X for the first 25 minutes before succuming. Panthers stars 6'9" Doug McKinney (flu-like symptoms) and 6'4" Sherone Edwards (early foul trouble) were basically non-factors against X on Friday.

2 PM Eastern/3 PM #6 Acadia (12-6, 34 pts.) at #9 StFX (9-6, 26 pts.) With a victory, Acadia can distance themselves from the X-Men in the battle for second while a loss could put a bye in jeapordy for the Axemen. St. FX got back to their pressing ways last night and also showed much more zone than usual to pull away from the Panthers. Expect another above-the-rim, up tempo affair involving a number of great athletes. After some solid efforts in January, 6'5" Sean Berry appears to have hit a mini-slump Click here for X-Men Webcast

6:30 PM Eastern/8 PM local UNB (5-11, 10 pts) at Memorial (4-13, 8 pts) The Varsity Reds continue their late push for a playoff spot with the second of two in St. John's after shooting 58.3% from 3 (14-24) last night. A MUN loss all but eliminates the Seahawks from the post-season.

4 PM RMC (1-20) at Queen's (11-10) The second of the home-and-home between the Kingston rivals again has no bearing on the standings whatsoever.
8 PM York (14-7) at Laurentian (6-15) A win by the Voyageurs clinches a playoff spot and a date with U of T in the first round. Laurentian was right there down 2 with 5 minutes remaining but fell under a deluge of fouls (27-14 against the Vees).
8 PM Toronto (14-7) at Ryerson (6-15) The Rams need a victory to have any hope of making the playoffs and find themselves on a six game losing streak. Ryerson's young guards will need a solid effort to support the great work of 6'7" Boris Bakovic while the veteran Blues look to lock up third spot.
8 PM #3 Carleton (19-2) at #8 Ottawa (17-4) These teams will finish 1-2 in the East and await the winners of semi-final games next weekend however the "Canal War" always has bragging rights attached to it. The game, which has been sold out for weeks and will be televised on Rogers Television (tape delay beginning at 10 PM - Capital Region only), could have wild card implications going forward. The Ravens stormed back from a second half 12 point deficit in the first game at Scotiabank Place before 9,730 fans only to fall on a last-second jumper by 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe. The Gee-Gees will celebrate the final league home game for their 3 fifth-year seniors Alex McLeod, Curtis Shakespeare and Jermaine Campbell. The game is also available via the Streaming Sports Network on the Internet Click here for SSN Webcast

4 PM Bishop's (4-10) at #2 Concordia (12-1) The Gaiters try to bounce back from last night's hearbreaking loss as Bishop's blew a 19 point second-half lead to lose at the buzzer. The Stingers keep rolling along after clinching top spot last night with a comfortable 11 point win over second-place Laval.

8 PM UQAM (4-9) at Laval (7-6) The Citadins look to grab an advantage in the two-team battle for the fourth and final playoff spot in their match on the road with Laval, which now suddenly finds themselves tied with McGill for second place with the winner of the battle gaining home court advantage in the semi-finals.

9 PM Eastern/8 PM local Winnipeg at Regina Game 2; Winnipeg leads 1-0 The Wesmen came back in the last 5 minutes to pull out the game one victory behind solid efforts down the stretch from 5'9" Erfan Nasajpour and 6'9" Ivan Saric, who blocked 5 shots in the game including one at the end. Regina LIVE! STATS

10 PM Eastern/8 PM local Calgary at Saskatchewan Game 2; Saskatchewan leads 1-0; In another aggressive affair, 6'8" Andrew Spagrud took over in the second half in a 10 minute span to give the Huskies the edge.

10 PM Eastern/7 PM local Simon Fraser at #4 Victoria Game 2; Vic leads 1-0 Game one was an aggressive, sometimes-chippy affair in which 56 fouls were called. Jacob Doerksen led 4 Vikes in double figures while the Clan had 3 players foul out and 3 others who ended the game with 4 fouls. Simon Fraser led by 1 with about 10 minutes to play before the Vikes took off on a game-deciding run. Audio for all games in the series beginning tonight is available via Vikes Radio

11 PM Eastern/ 8 PM local Trinity Western at #5 UBC Game 2; UBC leads 1-0 UBC dominated basically from start to finish in game one against a Spartan side besiged by injuries. CiTR UBC Campus Radio and UBC's sports information department will publish real time UBC LIVE! STATS

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