Friday, 23 February 2007

UBC Draws First Blood + Friday's CIS Games: Canada West Playoffs & QSSF

Rapidly emerging as a cult hero, former CIS player and coach Big Al Overwijk has put his new-found fame as World Freehand Circle Drawing champion to tremendous use. For those relatively new to this site, a recently-published video on the web site featuring Overwijk freehand circle performance in an Ottawa classroom has had about 2.7 million hits and counting (only about 2.6999999 more than on the video website Al and Cock and Lion Pub owner Dennis Hinds (played at Algonquin and Vanier College - where he won a National championship in 1986-87) hosted a charity event in Ottawa last night crowning a true "World Free Hand Circle Drawing Championship" champion that raised money for the Canadian Cancer Society. For those who missed the video: World Freehand Circle Drawing Champion

Other coverage of Al's new-found fame: CBC Article: What goes around comes around for Ottawa YouTube Star and from the Ottawa Citizen Arielle Godbout Quest for Perfect Circle draws international attention and another Citizen article YouTube's circle wizard puts his title on the line

Victoria 63 at UBC 80 (UBC leads Best-of-3 Pacific Division final 1 game to none) Holding the visiting Vikes to only 23 first-half points and riding their own 59% shooting effort in the first half, the T-Birds dominated from start to finish grabbing Game One of their division final series in front of a packed house at War Memorial Gym. 6'8" third year forward Bryson Kool (pictured) led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds as UBC raced to a 46-23 advantage by halftime. Veteran guard Casey Archibald added 17 in the win. Game Two of the series goes tonight and the Vikes will try to reverse the overall season series between the 2 teams which currently sits at 3 games to 1 for the T-Birds. Game Report from UBC Sports Info also see article from Victoria Times-Colonist with quotes from Vikes Head Coach Craig Beaucamp Vikes Drop Opener as well as the game report from the UVic web site UVic game report As well, Dan Stinson from the Vancouver Sun has a game report with multiple quotes (subscription only) Vikes Can't Handle Playoff Heat from Kool Bird plus Box Score

Nice article on 6'8" Saskatchewan forward Andrew Spagrud, one of the favorites for CIS All-Canadian and the Mike Moser Award for top player in the CIS... From The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix Spagrud Garnering National Attention

A pair of games in the "Q", one which has some playoff implications as UQAM visits Concordia and the other will likely decide second place as McGill chases Laval for home-court advantage.
6:00 pm UQAM (4-10) at #2 Concordia (13-1) The Citadins must win against Bishop's on Saturday regardless of what happens in this game against Concordia. UQAM is the only team to have defeated the Stingers in league play, one of only 2 losses to Canadian teams all season by Concordia. Expect another up-and-down, high-flying affair between two teams with athleticism to spare.
8:00 pm Laval (8-6) at McGill (7-8) The Redmen still have hope of finishing second and hosting the 2nd/3rd place semi-final playoff next weekend in the "Q". McGill must win by 7 points or more and hope that Concordia defeats Laval on Sunday to claim second place.


8 PM Eastern/7 PM Local: Great Plains Division Final - Regina at Brandon - Game 1
10 PM Eastern/8 PM Local: Central Division Final - Saskatchewan at Alberta - Game 1
11 PM Eastern/ 8 PM Local: Pacific Division Final - UVic at UBC - Game 2 Listen to the game via the Internet on Vikes campus radio Vikes Radio or by tuning into CiTR UBC campus radio. As well, follow the game using UBC's LIVE STATS!

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