Friday, 16 March 2007

Friday Afternoon's Action Live from the Metro Center

For game two, Dale Stevens will be pinch hitting with his analysis and game reporting skills.

Game Two: #4 Brandon vs. #5 Windsor FINAL SCORE: BRANDON 81 WINDSOR 64 ... the Bobcats advance to Saturday's first Championship Semi-Final, where they will face the upstart St. Mary's Huskies ... the difference in the game was a non-existent Lancer offense down the strech ... the Lancers hit only two field goals in the final 10:39 of the game, and those were a pair of lay-ups in the final minute ... Brandon has the game well in control, as the Lancers have no offensive flow; the Bobcats are taking the air out of the ball on offense; 77-59, three minutes on the clock; Windsor hasn't scored in 8 minutes, as Brandon has scored the last 11 points ... Neither team can buy a bucket at the moment, but that benefits the Bobcats, as time continues to tick off the clock; they lead 73-59, 4:38 to play ... Windsor needs to go on a run, as they have gone stone cold from the field of late; they will try to use defense to kick-start their offense ... It's Jacobson again from beyond the arc, 71-59 Bobcats ... Chad Jacobson hits a prayer while being fouled, but misses the chance for the conventional 3-point play; 68-59 Brandon, with 8 minutes left ... Steer hits another much needed basket, this time a three-pointer, just as Brandon started to pull away; a foul on the subsequent possession puts Steer at the line, and his resulting free throws draw the Lancers to within 7, 66-59, 10:39 on the clock ... Ryan Steer gives Windsor a much needed hoop, cutting the margin to 61-52 ... Rich Allin's 4th personal foul forces him to the bench with 13:30 to play, Brandon up 57-50 ... Five minutes into the half, the Bobcats pick up their 5th personal foul ... Brandon opens their biggeset lead of the game, 6 points, 51-45, early in the second half ... Greg Surmacz led all scorers in the first half, tallying 12 points, while Dany Charlery had 11 points for Brandon ... AT THE HALF, BRANDON 40 WINDSOR 38 ... Jacobson hits another shot from beyond the arc, to give Brandon a lead, 37-36 ... The Canada West runners-up need to go on a run of their own, and they do, scoring 6 straight points; they're back in it, 31-28, with just under 4 minutes left in the half ... Following a Bobcat hoop, the Lancers score 4 straight points, opening their largest lead, 31-22 ... A 7-0 run puts Windsor up 27-20, with just over 5 minutes remaining ... Greg Surmacz is controlling the defensive glass for the OUA West champs ... Chad Jacobson knocked down a long "3" for the Bobcats, but Windsor led 23-20, 7:56 left in the opening 20 minutes ... Stevens Marcelin picks up an early technical foul for Brandon, the Lancers lead 13-10, 12:40 remaining in the first half ... The Bobcats grab their first lead, 9-8, but Rich Allin answers, and Windsor is back on top ... Neither team able to muster much offense in the early going, as Windsor leads 4-2, three minutes in ...We're underway, with the Bobcats donning new uniforms for the game (which necessitated a bunch of number changes) ... Hello everyone, Dale Stevens here, filling, in for Mark Wacyk during this game, while Mark puts on the headset to provide the play-by-play for the videowebcast of the game. I'll try to do my best in a pinch-hitting role. My analysis won't match the skill Mark brings, but I'll hopefully be able to keep you updated on this game. It's #4 Brandon vs. #5 Windsor. Brandon, perennial visitors to Halifax, were ranked #1 in the country down the stretch, before falling in the Canada West Final 4. Windsor, champions of the OUA West, make their first trip to the Nationals in over 25 years, and hence, their first trip to Halifax. That said, this is a very good, and very well coached Windsor squad, so look for them to show well. The game features a match-up of two of the best young coaches in the country, as Windsor's Chris Oliver faces Brandon's Barnaby Craddock. Both bench bosses are in their 2nd year, and both captured conference Coach of the Year honours in 2006/2007.

Game One: St.Mary's 63, Concordia 62 FINAL Mark McLaughlin made 1-2 free throws with 3 seconds remaining to give the hometown Huskies a huge upset win over #1 seeded Concordia. McLaughlin, who had his way off the dribble all afternoon against Concordia's guards, spun the lane and was fouled going up and made no mistake on his second free throw as the Huskies and their fans went into a frenzy. Dwayne Buckley's dramatic 3 with several defenders in his face had tied the game but Huskies cleared out for McLaughlin who spun and then got fouled with 3 seconds left. The Huskies were able to keep the game at their pace primarily on the tremendous work of point guard Mark Ross, a steady, solid floor leader who once again played all 40 minutes without a turnover. Some quick final game stats from the first match-up: McLaughlin led all scorers with 24 points; Ike Uchegbu had an 11point, 12 rebound double-double for the Huskies; Clint Bateman, knocked down 3 three-pointers, finishing with 11 points; Damian Buckley and Dwayne Buckley tallied 11 points apiece for the Stingers, who strugged to a 6-for-13 mark from the free throw line. A more detailed report will follow... game tracking a la below.

Perrotte throws the ball away to Glavic who is fouled for 2 shots with 35.1 seconds left and makes 1-2 to give SMU a 3 point lead. Another poor call on a ball rolling out of bounds after Uchegbu's emphatic block of a Perrotte layup gave the Stingers the ball with 39.9 seconds left and 23 on the shot clock, Stingers down 2. St. Mary's ball with 1:53 remaining up one. Gallier lay-in gave ConU a two point lead but then McLaughlin's driving lay-up gave SMU the lead back. Bateman's 3rd 3 on a pretty draw and kick from underrated and steady-as-a-rock pg Mark Ross gave Huskies a 56-54 lead with 5 minutes left and got the crowd into it. Mike Poole just knocked down a big 3 off a pretty feed from McLaughlin after Stngers had taken their largest lead at 4. Patrick Perrotte's tip-in of a Jamal Gallier miss gave the Stingers a two point lead in a very entertaining and competitive affair. A downright awful call against Clint Bateman on Perrotte when the defender was there saddled Bateman with his 4 foul with 11 minutes left - enter super sub Eric Glavic. Sormonte 3's tied it with 10 minutes to play. Dwayne Buckley gave Conc a two point lead with the Stingers first transition layup of the game and then Andre Johnny stole the ball and had an uncontested layup to stretch Stingers lead to 4 before McLaughlin brought SMU back to within 2 with a driving layup. Bateman's third early in the second half on a reach around 1 1/2 minutes in. Dwayne Buckley tip-in tied the game with 17:20 left; Stingers with 3 team fouls already. Buckley 15 footer gave Stingers their first lead since early in the first half but Ike ties it 35 all with 16 minutes to play. Halftime stats: Sormonte, Buckley and Perrotte together went only 5 for 17; as a team the Stingers shot only 38.7% after scorching Laval for about 55% last week. 8 different Stingers scored led by Levi Vann and Patrick Perrotte with 6 apiece. The Stingers turned it over 9 times. St. Mary's shot only 36.4% themselves but limited their turnovers to 4 as steady point guard Mark Ross who again was air tight in playing all 20 minutes. McLaughlin led all scorers with 12 points on 6-13 shooting. Ike Uchegu had 7 points, 6 rebounds and Cordell Wright went 2-10 from 3 en route to 7 points.Concordia putting pressure on the ball throughout and doubling in the half court forcing an early St. Mary's timeout; Dwayne Buckley's 15 footer gave the Stingers an early 2-0 lead with 1 1/2 minutes but Cordell Wright's 3 gave Huskies the lead. Sormonte 3 from left pocket. Bateman 3 6-5 SMU. A very questionable call against Clint Bateman, the second poor call against him, saddled him with his second foul with only 4 1/2 minutes gone and SMU up 8-5. Johnny 3 from left wing 8-8. 8 fouls after 5 1/2 minutes - officials are having a tough time. 5-0 run by SMU including Wright's 2nd 3 gives SMU the lead but Perrotte nice slashing move. With 10:18 to play, a 9-4 SMU run culminated in a put-back by freshman Mike Poole, off the bench for foul-plagued Bateman, gave the Huskies a 17-14 lead. Game is being played at Concordia's pace but SMU is holding their own. Levi Vann 3 from the left wing off a draw and kick from Damian Buckley brought the Stingers back to within 1 but McLaughlin knocked down a tough jumper off the dribble with Sormonte in his face to give the Huskies a 20-17 lead. Referees have settled down and are letting the teams play. Levi Vann 3, his second of the half off the bench, tied the score 22 with just under 6 minutes to play. 25-25 after a tough baseline jumper by McLaughlin who is keeping Huskies in the game with Bateman on the bench by continually taking Stingers Dwayne Buckley off the bounce and making tough shots. Concordia has also chosen to play behind Ike Uchegbu, allowing many solid looks inside. 31-29 SMU at halftime.

Just getting geared up for Game One between St. Mary's and Concordia and got a late note from Windsor superfan Cam La Civita regarding Windsor's previous championships... here is a note from Cam ... Please confirm with your readers the numerous articles written recently about the Lancers and their championship record... Windsor won 5 out of the first 7 titles (many notes had 4 of the first 7). The Assumption Lancers and the Windsor Lancers were one and the same team. Please clarify this on your website once and for all.

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