Sunday, 11 February 2007

Sunday's CIS Results: Lancers Rebound, X Loses Again

Howard Tsumura's excellent Canada West notebook, a weekly feature on his page, provides the usual stellar, detailed look at the conference including previewing upcoming playoff matchups. Howard Tsumura's Canada West Notebook

Nice article on Calgary's Josh Feist in the Gauntlet, Calgary's campus newspaper Feist Class

#8 StFX (8-6, 24 pts) 81 at UPEI (7-9, 26 pts) 87 The hometown Panthers shot almost 60% from the floor in Charlottetown, led by 6'9" Doug McKinney's 12-16 effort, in handing X their fifth loss in their last 7 games and in doing so moved into sole possession of third place in the AUS ahead of the X-Men. McKinney (game-high 27 points) and 6'10" Neil McDonald (25 points, 11 rebounds) had a classic duel between 2 of the top big men in Canada but it was UPEI's marksmanship from the perimeter, including a 9 for 16 effort from beyond the arc, that helped garner the upset win. Panthers 6'0" Jared Budd (Riverview, NB) led the way from downtown scoring 17 including 3-6 3's while fifth-year forward Sherone Edwards chipped in with a 21 point/11 rebound double/double which included 5 offensive boards. Steady point guard Brent McLaren scored only 3 points but had 10 assists for the Panthers. Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw had his best game in weeks for X, scoring 25 on 10-14 shooting and veteran Garry Gallimore added 16 points but X was hurt by another lacklustre performance from Tyler Richards who finished with only 6 points including only 2-6 3's, part of X's 4-13 shooting effort from downtown. The two teams meet again next Friday night in Antigonish in a big weekend for X, which also faces Acadia at home on Saturday.

Western (10-9) 66 at #7 Windsor (13-6) 78 In a game in which the final score flattered the Mustangs, Windsor dominated from start to finish, opening up leads as high as 22 to move back into a tie with Brock for first in OUA West. Western had no answers for Lancers big 3 of 6'2" Ryan Steer (pictured), 6'5" Kevin Kloostra and 6'8" Greg Surmacz as Steer broke out of an offensive slump by going 9-12 from the floor for a game-high 23 points including 5-7 shooting from 3 and added 10 assists. Surmacz finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds while Kloostra added 20 as the Mustangs perimeter defense left a lot to be desired. The Mustangs also had troubles knocking shots down going 4-23 as a team including 2-20 by their regulars, many of the wide-open variety. 6'6" Brad Smith was the one bright spot for Western with 16 points and 13 rebounds, including 9 on the offensive glass, most of which came on his own misses. Western, now tied with Guelph for fourth place and just one game ahead of Laurier as the teams vie for a home playoff game, visits Brock on Wednesday and then hosts Mac next Saturday. Windsor finishes their season with a pair of games in Thunder Bay next weekend against Lakehead followed by a showdown at home against Brock which will likely decide first place in the OUA West.

Thompson Rivers (1-22) 61 at #6 Victoria (20-3) 85 Fifth-year guard Brandon Ellis celebrated his Senior's Day in grand fashion, knocking in 29 points on 10-11 shooting including 7-8 3's, culminating a tremendous Canada West career that still has a few playoff and potentially Nationals games remaining as the Vikes closed out their regular season with an easy win over the Wolfpack. TRU freshman Kamar Burke completed his freshman season with a solid 16 point, 4 rebound, 10 assist effort. The Vikes host Simon Fraser in one of two Best-of-3 Pacific division semi-finals beginning next weekend.

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