Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Wednesday's AUS & OUA West Game Previews

In last night's only CIS game, Devon Norris knocked in a 15 foot baseline jumper with 1.3 seconds to play to lift Dal to an important 86-85 victory over St. Mary's at Dalplex. St.Mary's was without 6'5" star forward Aaron Duncan who has been suspended indefinitely due to an off-court situation. For more details, go to last night's coverage of the game by clicking here Also, a report on the women's game and further comments on the Duncan situation from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald Season-high from Dal star leads to win As well, Chris Kallan from Halifax Daily News has a great piece on the game including a colourful description of Norris' winning shot Norris Jumper Seals Tigers Victory sid=8350&sc=92

The Winnipeg Sun brings some clarity to the Canada West Great Plains division playoff situation where Winnipeg is 9-11 and Manitoba & Regina are tied at 7-13 and play their final two games head-to-head this weekend in Regina. Winnipeg is in and Manitoba must sweep to make it Bisons win and they're IN

Another Winnipeg Sun article highlighting the #1 Brandon Bobcats and their home-and-home set with Winnipeg Wesmen as Barnaby Craddock faces his former boss Dave Crook Bobcats Back on Top: New Coach Regains Past Glory As well, it was reported here earlier that Wesmen star Erfan Nasajpour will be honoured Thursday for his five years. Erfan is only in his fourth year so his ceremony will be NEXT season. Still, the Wesmen will honour their fifth-year players Uzo Asagwara, Jae Pirnie and Will Bergmann tomorrow night when the Wesmen host Brandon.

Calgary finishes the season this weekend with a pair of home games against Saskatchewan Dinos Celebrate the careers of Feist, Finniss and Khangura

More on the resignation of Dan McNally, Acadia's Athletic Director as Chris Cochrane reports Quiet Exit for Acadia's Newsmaker

OFSAA (Ontario's high school sports regulating body) has rejected FIBA rules as the Hamilton Spectator reports (with quotes from former Mac Marauder Brian Fuller) School's Say No to FIBA Rules


7 pm Eastern/8 PM local StFX (8-4, 24 pts.) at Cape Breton (10-3, 30 pts.) 2 PT. GAME X, looking for their first AUS league victory against the Capers, needs a win to stay within striking distance of first and second place. The X-Men have hit a rough patch, losing 3 of their last 5 games including a decisive home loss to the Capers in mid-January in which Cape Breton led by as many as 18 late in the game. The Capers will look to rebound at home after a pair of losses at Acadia wiped out their 7 game AUS league winning streak and allowing the Axemen to move into sole possession of first place. Although 6'5" Eric Breland was a load inside and 6'3" Paul Blake made some big shots, X had their hands full with 6'3" fifth-year point guard Ryan Keliher (pictured), who won the matchup with X freshman Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw last time. X's ability to keep Keliher out of the lane, where he can create and finish equally well, will be a key to tonight's game.

8:00 pm Windsor (12-5) at McMaster (10-7) Game available on Mac radio via Internet Mac Radio coverage on 93.3 CFMU (click on WEBCAST) This will be the Lancers first game back at Mac since their OUA West semi-final playoff loss almost one year ago and, after dropping their past 2 games, Windsor incredibly is now in a dogfight for top spot in the West. A McMaster victory brings the Marauders to within one game of first place and put them in a position to secure a first-round playoff bye, something that was virtually inconceivable in early January, when Mac lost at home to Lakehead, dropping to 4-6 on the season. But the Marauders have won 6 of 7 with the lone loss an 85-66 drubbing at the hands of the Lancers in Windsor 10 days ago. In that game, Mac turned the ball over 18 times and shot only 31%. Expect Lancers Ryan Steer to bounce back from a mediocre effort against Laurier and reserve guard Corey Boswell, an excellent ball defender, to see time guarding Mac's 5'9" Martin Ajayi, the OUA West's leading scorer. Probably the biggest impact on the game will be whether or not 6'6" Greg Allin (pictured) can go for Windsor; if he can't, look for another in the recent series of big games from 6'8" Adam Steiner, who had 18 points and 15 rebounds last time out against the Lancers but put up much of his offence after the game had been decided. Expect a tremendous game with playoff atmosphere.
8:00 pm Laurier (8-9) at Brock (11-6) This will be the first meeting between these two teams at Brock since the Hawks upset the Badgers in an OUA West semi-final game last March, allowing Laurier to qualify for Halifax. Both teams have been playing well as of late, using their array of three-point shooting talent, so expect a game in the 80's. The Hawks proved they can play well on the road by defeating Windsor, led by 6'5" Matt Walker and the emerging 6'2" Jesse Macdonald who is rounding into an offensive force off the dribble. Laurier's 6'5" freshman Justin Golob returns to the Niagara Region for the first time in his university career and has improved dramatically this season. 5'9" Brad Rootes continues to lead the Badgers with his array of ball handling, court awareness and outside shooting. Brock has been getting tremendous work inside recently from 6'7" Owen White who has allowed 6'5" Chris Keith to operate more facing the basket. Laurier can all but clinch a playoff spot with a victory while Brock needs to win to maintain their position in the top 2 spots in the West.
8:00 pm Waterloo (6-12) at Western (9-8) It is pretty simple for the Warriors, losers of 6 straight and 7 of their last 8: they must win each of their remaining games to have any hope of qualifying for the playoffs. Waterloo has simply not received the necessary contributions from their fifth-year seniors to compete after the holidays. The Mustangs meanwhile remain in the hunt for hosting a home playoff game and will need 6'3" Andrew Wedemire (pictured) to continue his scoring ways and 6'2" Matt Curtis to lead the way from the backcourt. Western's five game winning streak ended Saturday at Mac and the 'Stangs are 5-4 since the holidays.

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