Sunday, 9 September 2007

CAPERS add some talent; Spartans trounced

After losing much of his main rotation from last season to graduation, Head Coach Jim Charters needed to bring in not only some talent but also experience, especially in the improved AUS. Charters was successful in his quest to bring in young talent with long, bright futures in Sydney as 6'6" wing Al Aliovic from Milton (Ont.) Bishop Reding H.S. and 5'10" ultra-quick point guard Tremaine Fraser from Dartmouth, N.S. both will suit up for Cape Breton U. Aliovic was the target of several other OUA and AUS schools and is a versatile, well-coached wing who should progress into an all-conference candidate as he matures. Fraser, only 18 this year, is a strong, physical lead guard who excels in transition and may remind fans of another diminutive AUS guard in T-Bear Upshaw. Fraser was a late cut of Canada's U-19 team that participated in the FIBA world championships in Serbia and should push for playing time immediately, especially with incumbent 6'1" point guard Mark McGarrigle playing with an injured ACL after hurting the knee in a pick-up game in July. McGarrigle will try to play with a brace but his status for the entire season is uncertain. Charters also was able to bring in an experienced impact player in 6'3" Humber College transfer Jonathan Wyse, who played three seasons with the Hawks between 2003 and 2006 before sitting out last season. Wyse was an OCAA East Region 2nd team all-star in his final season with Humber (2005-06). Originally from Toronto's famed Oakwood C.I., Wyse should be a featured guy on the wing for the Capers and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. More experience comes in with the addition of 5'11" point guard Chris Noddle from Brampton, ON who returns to Canada after two seasons at State Fair (MO) Community College, averaging 8.1 ppg, 2.4 apg, 1.5 spg last season. Noddle provides more depth at the point. Charters brought in some size with 6'10" Scott Martin, who played high school with Fraser in Dartmouth. Martin has a chance to become a very good post player in the AUS. Two others of note will attend tryouts with the Capers including 6'5" Paul Glancy, a local Cape Breton product out of Glace Bay H.S. As well, 6'0" Mike Cruickshank, who spent one season at Humber College in Toronto will attempt to make the Capers as a walk-on. Finally, best wishes to Coach Charters' father, who recently underwent hip replacement surgery in Saint John, New Brunswick and is recovering quickly. Good luck, Mr. Charters.

Reports from University of Toronto Varsity Blues program indicate that 6'3" Odane Harding, who committed to the Blues earlier in the summer after spending two seasons at Centennial College (OCAA/CCAA) in Scarborough, where he was an OCAA 1st Team East Region all-star, has instead decided to go back to Centennial and will not play for the Blues. Centennial also recently announced that Chris Smalling, who has high school coaching experience at Scarborough West Hill (Head Coach) and Pickering H.S. (OFSAA "AAAA" champions last season), is their new Head Coach.

UC-Santa Barbara 102, Trinity Western 56 The Gauchos jumped out to a 29-11 lead and led by 20 at halftime to ride to the easy victory over the Spartans. UC-Santa Barbard created a ridiculous 39 Spartan turnovers and shot 59.4% for the game to run their record to 3-1 on their B.C. tour ahead of tonight's game at Douglas College at 7 PM PT (originally posted as 7:30 PM PT). Lance Verhoeff led Trinity Western with 17 points while Luke Robinson added 14. Gauchos blowout Spartans Here is a video recap of the Simon Fraser vs. UC-Santa Barbara game from the Clan Athletics Network Clan vs. Gauchos video recap

Another note on ABA's Halifax Rainmen adding Dennie Oliver to the roster Rainmen add former X star Oliver to roster: Team to open training camp in Bridgewater on Sept. 17

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