Saturday, 3 February 2007

Saturday's CIS Results and Game Reports

Calgary (10-10) 88 at Winnipeg (9-11) 84 OVERTIME Despite a triple double from All-Canadian candidate Erfan Nasajpour (12 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists but only 4-23 shooting), the Wesmen fail to clinch second place and a first-round home court advantage against either Manitoba or Regina. Robbie Sihota led the Dinos with 29 points and 16 rebounds. Winnipeg hosts #1 Brandon this coming Thursday night in their final league home game of the season.
Lethbridge (6-14) 65 at Manitoba (7-13) 79 Issac Ansah had his second consecutive 30+ point effort, finishing with 35 as the Bisons move to within a game of Regina in the battle for the final Great Plains division playoff spot. Ansah's 35 Lead Bisons
Regina (8-12) 76 at #1 Brandon (18-2) 92 The Bobcats finish strong to rock Regina for the second consecutive night after leading by only 1 with 14 minutes remaining in the game. Charlery Leads the Way for 'Cats
Thompson Rivers (1-20) 90 at UCFV (6-15) 82 Charlie Spurr scores 28 as the Wolf Pack pick up their first win of the season on the road at Fraser Valley.
#8 Victoria (18-3) 83 at Alberta (13-7) 70 Jacob Doerksen had 27 points on 11-14 shooting including a perfect 3-3 from the 3 as the Vikes moved into a virtual tie for first place in the Pacific (UBC owns the tie-breaker). Doerksen Too Much for Bears
#5 UBC (18-3) 75 at Saskatchewan (12-8) 79 The T-Birds drop a big one in Saskatoon as the combination of 6'8" Andrew Spagrud (28 points, 16 rebounds) and 6'2" Rejean Chabot (23 points) proves too much before a season-high 1,552 fans. Chris Dyck had 23 and Casey Archibald 16 but UBC shot only 5 for 23 from 3 point land. Defense Keys Huskie Win AND UBC site report

#3 Carleton (17-2) 70 at Toronto (11-7) 63 Ryan Bell's 3 with about 2 minutes remaining broke a 61-61 tie and the Ravens went on to beat the Varsity Blues to take control of first place in the OUA East. With a pair of wins next weekend in Kingston, Carleton can clinch another regular season pennant. Bell took a feed from Aaron Doornekamp, who was double teamed in the post and made no mistake in a tight matchup. About one minute earlier, Blues Ben Katz was called for a controversial charge on a possible "and one" that would have tied the game. The Ravens stayed in the game on the strong work of 6'3" Stuart Turnbull (game-high 19 points), who continually got himself in the lane, and strong work on the "o" glass (13 offensive boards) as Blues 6'9" center Mike Williams was in foul trouble all night before fouling out with about 8 minutes remaining. Osvaldo Jeanty finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds while Doornekamp had 13 and 7. Both teams were undermanned as 6'5" Jean-Emmanuel Jean-Marie played sparingly with flu symptoms while Blues valuable sub Nick Snow could not play due to a problem with a flack jacket he needs to protect his liver. As a result, the Blues played the last few minutes of the game with 6'3" Ben Katz and little-used sub Ahmed Nazmi as their 4 and 5 men. But Turnbull's strong game, Doornekamp's fine feed and Bell's big 3 was the difference for the Ravens as they maintained their two game lead on Ottawa.

Queen's (10-8) 77 at York (12-6) 84 Coming back from a 5 point deficit midway through the second half, the Lions moved into sole possession of third place with a solid victory at home as 5 players, led by Tut Ruach's 23 points, finished in double figures. The Gaels started the second half on a 17-5 run and had a good look at a 3 to go up 8 that came off and York took over from there as 6'10" Jordan Foebel, neutralized in Kingston in the previous meeting between these two teams, came alive finsihing with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Mitch Leger had his best game in two weeks with 21 points including 4-8 3's but Queen's went only 12-38 from downtown and uncharacteristically missed a couple of front ends late. Rohan Steen had a 15 point, 12 rebound double/double for York.

RMC (1-17) 64 at Laurentian (5-13) 65 Brody Bishop's jumper from the foul line with 0.5 seconds remaining in the game gave the Vees a critical victory, moving them to within one game of Ryerson in battle for the final playoff spot and setting up a showdown between the 2 teams next Friday in Sudbury (Rye won the first game by 4). Bishop's shot gave Laurentian their only lead of the second half as the Paladins led by as many as 9 with 10 minutes remaining before Bishop's long 3 in transition started the Voyageur comeback. RMC, which shot 55.6% from the floor including 5-11 3's, was led by Paul Hungler's 18 points including 10-10 from the line. Matt McLeod had 4 3's as part of his career-high 14 points for the Paladins. Bishop finished with a game-high 21 points on 3-6 3's.

#9 Ottawa (15-4) 88 at Ryerson (6-12) 75 The Gee-Gees took control of the game early in the second half with a 14-4 run, creating transition scores off their defense and later built leads as large as 17 to defeat the Rams in downtown Toronto. Ottawa forced 23 Ram turnovers many that led to easy scores orchestrated by 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe (10 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists). 6'5" Jermaine Campbell, who had not put up a double digit offensive game in a few weeks, finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds, many on either put-backs or transition finishes while 6'3" Sean Peter (17 points, 11-14 from the line) did had his usual workhorse effort around the glass and in transition. Ottawa had 16 offensive rebounds for the game. After shooting just 34% in the first half, Ottawa had much more sound shot selection and made more intelligent decisions in transition and successfully pushed the tempo in a foul-filled game (47 total fouls) in which the teams combined for 61 free throws. Joey Imbrogno (16 points on 7-10 shooting) came in off the bench for a foul-plagued Igor Bakovic and generally had his way inside against the Gee-Gees with a strong array of post moves. The Gee-Gees got a nice performance off the bench from Curtis Shakespeare (13 points, 7 rebounds) after a tough start. Scott Neil, who had 16 points but 7 turnovers, knocked in a 3 with about 6 minutes remaining to bring Rye back to within 6 but then the Gee-Gees took off on a 17-6 run to pull away for good. Ottawa travels to Kingston to face RMC and Queen's next weekend - the Gee-Gees need just one more victory to clinch a first-round bye. Meanwhile, Ryerson has a playoff spot deciding game at Laurentian in Sudbury as well as a date with the York Lions next weekend.

OUA WEST STANDINGS including all Saturday's completed games
Carleton 17-2
Ottawa 15-4
York 12-6
Toronto 11-7
Queen's 10-8
Ryerson 6-12
Laurentian 5-13
RMC 1-17

Laurier (8-9) 66 at #4 Windsor (12-5) 62 The Hawks rebounded from a disappointing loss at home on Wednesday with a gutty effort on the road against the #4 team in the CIS to move closer to clinching a playoff spot. Matt Walker led the way with 22 points, getting to the rim on several occasions on slow Lancer defensive rotations, as the loss of 6'6" Greg Allin to injury (hurt early in Wednesday's game at Guelph) exposed some inconsistencies in Windsor's interior "d". Rarely does the loss of a team's fourth leading scorer make a difference like the loss of Allin (out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain) has to Windsor's play, reducing their depth and hurting them defensively as Lancers definitely miss his strength and mental toughness. The Hawks however were full value for their win as 6'2" Jesse Macdonald (16 points) continued his strong play making shots off the dribble. Although Kevin Kloostra finished with 19 points, he and Ryan Steer shot a combined 9-32 in the game and although 6'8" Greg Surmacz had a double/double (18 points, 11 rebounds), he missed a number of easy shots inside that could have been the difference. Windsor now is only one game ahead of Brock pending the Badgers game at Lakehead tonight.

Western (9-8) 65 at McMaster (10-7) 72 Adam Steiner (pictured) continued his torrid offensive play since the break, scoring 27 points and adding 9 rebounds, while 6'4" fifth-year senior John Obrovac hit a pair of threes midway through the second half to propel the Marauders, who shot 68% (19-28) in the second half, to sole possession of third place in the OUA West. Mac shot only 34% in the first half to trail 28-24 as the Stangs finished the half on a 14-5 run. The Marauders started the second half on a 7-0 run and took a 6 point lead at 36-30 on Steiner's conventional three point play. But Adam Ruickbie (16 points) scored on 3 consecutive possessions to keep the Mustangs to within 4 after which Obrovac took over. His second 3 in rhythm off a feed from Toms Lokmanis gave Mac their largest lead at 57-48 and the Marauders were rarely threatened after that. Lokmanis did yeomen's work on the offensive glass for McMaster, especially during a mid-second half possession when he kept 2 balls alive, allowing Obrovac to drill his first three. Andrew Wedemire added 12 points for Western but Matt Curtis was held to 9 after his sterling effort on Wednesday.
Guelph (8-9) 73 at Waterloo (6-12) 52 The Gryphons dominated from start to finish, extending a nine-point halftime lead to 15 midway through the second half before pulling away from the hometown Warriors, now destined to miss the OUA West playoffs. Guelph shot 48% in the first half to jump out to a 34-25 halftime lead and then 6'10" J.R. Bailey, left to operate one-on-one in the low blocks, went to work with 6 early points incluidng a breakaway dunk that gave the Gryphs a 12 point lead. The Gryphs, who have won 2 in a row after a 5 game losing streak, now host last-place Lakehead next weekend in an effort to bounce back over .500 while Waterloo finds themselves 3 games behind Guelph and Laurier for a playoff spot with only 4 games remaining, starting Wednesday at Western.

8:30 pm ET Brock (10-6) at Lakehead (1-16) Brad Rootes, playing with a charley horse, had a tidy 12 point, 12 assist effort and nailed some key free throws down the stretch when the Wolves came to within 1 with 1:20 remaining to lift the Badgers to within a game of first place Windsor. Lakehead stayed in the game by going inside for high percentage looks (48% shooting for the game), primarily to 6'8" Matt Verboom, who had his way inside with 20 points but Brock coach Ken Murray dropped back into a 3/2 zone for the final 5 minutes of the game and the Badgers held on for the win. The Badgers again were cold from the perimeter, going only 5-21 from beyond the arc. Scott Murray also had 12 for Brock while 6'7" center Owen White again hit double figures with 10. The Badgers next 3 games are at home, beginning Wednesday with Laurier, winners over Windsor earlier today.

OUA WEST STANDINGS including all Saturday's completed games
Windsor 12-5 NEXT: at McMaster (Wed.)
Brock 11-6 NEXT: LAURIER (Wed.)
McMaster 10-7 NEXT: WINDSOR (Wed.)
Western 9-8 NEXT: WATERLOO (Wed.)
Laurier 8-9 NEXT: at Brock (Wed.)
Guelph 8-9 NEXT: LAKEHEAD (Fri/Sat.)
Waterloo 6-12 NEXT: at Western (Wed.)
Lakehead 1-17 NEXT: at Guelph (Fri/Sat.)

#6 Cape Breton 56 (10-3, 30 pts) at #10 Acadia 66 (11-4, 32 pts) 6'1" Paolo Santana (pictured) broke out of a mini slump, falling just 2 assists short of a triple/double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists as the Axemen took over sole possession of first place in the AUS before about 750 fans. Acadia relied on getting the ball inside and attacking the basket, resulting in 38 trips to the foul line off 30 Caper fouls. After a sluggish first half which ended tied at 25, the Axemen got it together to sweep the two game series in Wolfville and put themselves in the driver's seat for one of two first-round byes in the AUS tournament. Ryan Keliher had 19 for Cape Breton including three 3's. The Capers return home to face St. FX on Wednesday night while the Axemen will host UPEI next Saturday. Chronicle-Herald report from Sunday's Paper
EIGHT POINTS UP FOR GRABS: Tonight's other game is the first of a pair of four point games this weekend on the Rock as UPEI travels to St. John's to face Memorial. Tonight's result: UPEI (5-8, 20 pts.) 84 at Memorial 81 (4-9, 8 pts.)

AUS Standings
Acadia 11-4 32 pts NEXT: UPEI (Sat.)
Cape Breton 10-3 30 pts NEXT: ST.FX (Wed.)
StFX 8-4 24 pts NEXT: at Cape Breton (Wed.)
UPEI 5-8 20 pts NEXT: at Memorial (Sunday) 4PT
Saint Mary's 6-6 18 pts NEXT: at Dalhousie (Tues.)
Dalhousie 5-8 12 pts NEXT: at UNB (tomorrow) then SMU (Tues.)
Memorial 4-9 8 pts NEXT: UPEI (Sunday) 4PT
UNB 3-10 6 pts NEXT: DALHOUSIE (tomorrow)

Laval (6-4) 79 at UQAM (3-8) 81 McKenzie Debrosse's tip-in with less than a second to go gave the Citadins an exciting win at home. Debrosse followed up a miss by Mario Joseph, who had gone the length of the court after Laval's Jean-Michel Leblanc knocked in a 3 pointer with 6.1 seconds left to tie the game. The Citadins had come back from 10 points down in the last 5 minutes after trailing for much of the game. Laval was without star 6'7" forward J.P. Morin again but got another all-star performance from freshman Jean-Fran├žois Beaulieu-Maheux who had 30.

Concordia 10-1
Laval 6-5
McGill 5-6
UQAM 4-8
Bishop's 3-8

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