Sunday, 2 September 2007

Carleton Adds to CIS Win Total


Carleton 83, Alabama 72 The Ravens made it 3 wins on the day for CIS teams and 4 overall for the weekend (Calgary later made it 5 wins overall), eclipsing last season's cumulative victory total for CIS schools as 6'5" Jean-Emmanuel Jean-Marie keyed a game-deciding 15-5 run off the start of the second half, much of which occured while Carleton had 3 freshmen on the floor. Carleton found a great matchup for Jean-Marie (10 points, 6 rebounds) and he used it to score 9 early points in the second half. 6'4" Ryan Bell, shaking off the physical and mental cobbwebs after returning from his stint at the recent FIBA Americas Olympic qualifier in which he played 8 games in 9 days, played with the confidence and skill of a National team player, creating off the dribble, making shots using his mid-range game and generally looking extremely assertive and confident against the athletic Tide backcourt. Bell had a tidy 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists against only 2 turnovers (Carleton turned the ball over only 7 times in total) and held the fort while Ravens star forward Aaron Doornekamp sat for 16 minutes of the first half with 2 early fouls. Doornekamp's second foul came four minutes into the game on a charging call when he tried to tomahawk dunk over a Tide player after he stole a careless in bounds pass from Alabama. 6'2" Stu Turnbull (11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 turnover) was solid while Carleton's stable of freshmen, 6'7" Aaron Chapman, 6'4" Cole Hobin and 6'3" Elliot Thompson saw significant second-half action and pushed enabled Carleton to get to their largest lead of the night at 63-49 after a Thompson 3 from the baseline against the Tide's zone, which was largely ineffective. 6'6" junior Alonzo Gee had 18 points/10 rebounds including a two-handed dunk in traffic off a dribble-drive early in the game for Alabama while slick 6'8" junior forward Richard Hendrix added 14 points and 12 boards for the Tide, which went only 3-11 from 3 point land and 21 of 35 (60%) from the foul line in a game in which 51 fouls were called. Still, the game had the flow and electricity of a big-time game with the sold-out crowd properly involved in every possession, very few turnovers and physical play in the paint. Neither team had leads larger than 3 in an exciting first half but Jean-Marie went to work early to give the Ravens a double digit lead which they maintained for the most part, with Alabama getting it down to 7 at 70-63 with about 4 minutes remaining but could get no closer. Alabama meets the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees again tomorrow morning. Here is a story from the Alabama web site with very complementary words for Carleton players and team Tide loses to Carleton in Ottawa

Calgary 81, Weber State 74 Henry Bekkering led four Dinos in double figures with 18 points and added 7 rebounds as the Dinos even their weekend record at 1-1 with a solid win over the Wildcats. Henry's brother Ross added 9 points and 13 rebounds as the Dinos went 8 for 19 from 3 point land led by Jeff Price who finished with 16 points. Cody Darrah also had 16 for the Dinos, who led 35-27 at halftime and extended their lead in the second half. Robbie Sihota had 17 points/6 rebounds for Calgary to give the CIS their fifth victory of the weekend in the CIS / NCAA series. Dezmon Harris led all scorers with 21 points for Weber State, which plays Saskatchewan tomorrow while Calgary meets Creighton Calgary over Weber State Box Score

Morehead State 79, Toronto 75 Down 8 at the half and without their two starting post players due to injury, the Varsity Blues dropped into a tight zone and got a stellar offensive effort from third year guard Nick Magalas to take a 4 point lead with under 2 minutes to play but could not hold it. The Eagles made a couple of big shots to take the lead late but Toronto still had a chance to tie the game at 76 however senior guard Mike DeGiorgio missed a free throw and Morehead State survived another sterling effort by the extremely undermanned Blues. Toronto's 6'5" Amed Nazmi (first half) and 6'7" Nick Snow (early in the second half - ankle) both were injured and did not return. Both are not likely to suit up tomorrow as the Blues host LSU at 11 AM. Magalas led the Blues with 23 points while Rob Paris added 14 and DeGiorgio dished out 10 assists in another solid effort for Toronto.

Villanova 103, Ottawa 72 Before the largest crowd of the weekend at Montpetit Hall (freshmen students were brought to the game), the Wildcats shot a ridiculous 14 for 19 from 3 point land, taking a 17 point halftime lead and rode to an easy victory over the Gee-Gees. 6'4" third-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe had a game-high 30 points including 4 of 7 from 3 before tiring late while 6'9" Dax Dessureault added 10. Ottawa, who played without 6'3" Sean Peter (out with a charley horse), had a difficult time dealing with Villanova's physical guard play as 6'2" sophomore guard Scottie Reynolds had 19 points while 6'5" freshman guard Corey Stokes had 12 points on four 3's for the Wildcats.

Oral Roberts 104, Guelph 55 The undermanned Gryphs with 4 players, 3 of which are likely starters, out of the lineup, were defeated by ORU. Here is the story from the Oral Roberts web site Oral Roberts over Guelph

The Toledo vs. Waterloo matchup scheduled for Sheridan College tonight was cancelled as Toledo decided to not make the trip to Canada.

Doug Smith of the Toronto Star had a story yesterday on the NCAA vs. CIS games in the Toronto area Toronto-area teams set to compete against U.S. schools

More on Concordia's victory over Illinois beginning with a story in Canadian Press Concordia defeats Illinois plus a report and box score from the Illinois web site including some excellent, complementary quotes from Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber Illini lose to Concordia

Finally, congratulations to Simon Fraser's Scott MacLean for these tremendous video clips from the Clan's weekend action. The Internet gives us the potential to share tremendous amounts of information and Scott and team have taken on a tremendous initiative to help market CIS basketball more effectively Simon Fraser Oklahoma video (great shots of McDonald's high school All-American Blake Griffin) plus highlights from yesterday's game against Air Force Falcons Here is a game report from the Sooners web site on Oklahoma vs. Simon Fraser Sooners defeat Clan

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