Friday, 2 March 2007

Canada West Playoff Results

Brandon 93 Victoria 79 Dany Charlery had 18 first-half points, keying a game-deciding 31-9 run to end the first half as the Bobcats dominated with their athleticism and speed to claim Canada West's second automatic bid to the CIS Nationals in front of a loud, jam-packed crowd in Brandon. Charlery pushed a triple-double with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals as the 'Cats created numerous turnovers and dominated the glass 41-21. The 'Cats extended their 24 point halftime lead and after Brandon's Stevens Marcelin slammed home a feed from point guard Yul Michel (18 points) the 'Cats had a 68-42 lead with 9 1/2 minutes left in the game. Victoria made a frantic attempt at a comeback, actually bringing the game back to within 8 with 41 seconds remaining but the Bobcats scored the game's last 6 points including a breakaway slam by Charlery as the fans erupted. Brandon jumped out to a 16-6 lead off the start of the game and after Vic closed to within 2 at 20-18, 6'2" Chad Jacobsen made consecutive shots including a 3, igniting a 14-2 Brandon run that gave the 'Cats a 34-20 lead. Steve Moore broke the run with a 3 but the Bobcats had a steal on the next possession to regain the momentum. Brandon, which scored the last 9 points of the half, pushed the pace at every opportunity against the slower Vikes. Midway through the second half, the Vikes rode a 9-0 run to trail by 15 at 73-58 but the Cats got the game back into an up-and-down affair and jumped the lead back up to 23 at 82-59. Victoria then mounted a too-little, too-late comeback in the waning moments on a series of steals and after 6'2" Josh Whyte hit a 3 with 1:34 left the lead was only 10. But Brandon made their free throws and locked up Vic when it mattered to take the victory. Jacob Doerksen had 18 while Brandon Ellis added 16 for the Vikes who will meet Saskatchewan in the Canada West Bronze Medal game tomorrow night. Vic fell behind in the first half by going 0 for 5 from the 3 point line and under 50% from the line while Brandon shot 57% in the opening frame. Brandon's athleticism in the open court and inside with their big guys was the difference. Brandon meets UBC tomorrow night for the Canada West championship.

UBC 76 Saskatchewan 68 FINAL The T-Birds went on a game-deciding 12-0 run during a late-game 4 minute stretch highlighted by a clutch 3 by Canada West Player-of-the-Year Casey Archibald that broke a 59-59 tie with about 5 minutes remaining to become the first team in the CIS to officially qualify for the Nationals in Halifax. After UBC's 6'3" guard Chris Dyck and Saskatchewan point guard Jordan Harbidge traded long 3's, Archibald made no mistake from downtown and the T-Birds completely locked down Saskatchewan defensively, holding them scoreless during a 4 minute stretch. Archibald later added another hoop and went 6-6 from the line as the T-Birds avenged an earlier loss to the Huskies in Saskatoon. 6'8" Andrew Spagrud was again a work horse inside, scoring 17 of his game high 30 points in the second half to keep Saskatchewan close as no team had a lead larger than 3 in the second half before UBC's game-deciding run. Archibald finished with 29 points including 11 in the last 5 minutes while adding 7 assists for UBC. Both teams shot out of the gate, knocking shots down and the score was tied at 11 with about 6 minutes gone. Freshman Brent Malish knocked down a 3 to break an 18 all tie with 6 minutes left and then Chris Dyck gave UBC their largest lead at 4 with another 3 - Cody Berg then gave UBC a six point lead on the next possession. Malish hit another 3 and UBC, with a 12-4 run, had their largest lead at 30-22 and all the momentum. On the next Saskatchewan possession, Spagrud, double and triple teamed all evening, missed a shot inside but Clint Unsworth snatched the offensive rebound, kicked it back out to hobbled point guard Harbidge who knocked in a 3 in what was probably the biggest play of the half. The play seemed to ignite the Huskies, culminating a solid final possession of the half when Saskatchewan allowed the game clock to whittle down before Harbidge found Kyle Grant for an open 3, culminating a 10-4 run to end the half. Spagrud led all scorers with 13 at the half, many in the early stages, while playing all 20 minutes. Both teams had their problems from the foul line with Saskatchewan going only 4 for 11 while the T-Birds not much better at 4 for 7. UBC will meet the winner of tonight's second game between Brandon and Victoria for the Canada West championship while Saskatchewan awaits the loser of that game in a game that still may have Nationals wild-card implications.

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