Saturday, 8 September 2007

Clan Loses 2nd Half Lead to Gauchos; Memorial, Lakehead Roster News

UC-Santa Barbara 87, Simon Fraser 82 6'6" guard Alex Harris knocked in a three with 3:05 remaining in the game, breaking a 72 all tie, and the Gauchos held on to defeat the Clan in Burnaby. Harris, who had 17 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, had earlier tied the game at 63 on a conventional three point play and later added some key shots down the stretch as the Clan was still within 2 with 14 seconds remaining before the Gauchos closed it out. Smelling another CIS victory in the NCAA series, the Clan jumped out to an early 8 point lead and held a five point lead at 59-54 entering the 4th quarter but could not hold on as the Gauchos moved to 2-1 on their five game tour of British Columbia. UC-Santa Barbara caused 27 Clan turnovers including 17 combined against Simon Fraser starting guards 6'4" Shawn Burke and 6'4" Kevin Shaw but the Clan stayed in it behind a 10 for 19 effort from three point land including 6 for 11 by Shaw, who led Simon Fraser with 22 points. Clan Head Coach Scott Clark rode his starting five of Shaw, Burke, 6'7" Greg Wallis, 6'8" Nolan Holmes (12 points, 9 rebounds) and UVic transfer Matt Kuzminski for much of the game in a valiant effort that just fell short. UC-Santa Barbara meets Trinity Western tonight in Langley. Clan web site article Gauchos rally, close out Clan in 4th Quarter. Also, a report from the Gauchos web site UC-Santa Barbara claims win over Simon Fraser plus the complete play-by-play and Simon Fraser/UC-Santa Barbara Box Score

Coach Todd Aughey from the Memorial Seahawks has let us know that sought-after 6'10" center Nick Rigakos who played his high school basketball at Emily Carr H.S. in Woodbridge, Ontario, has committed to the Seahawks for the coming season. Rigakos, the target of some Ontario schools, was rated as a Top 50 player in Ontario's Class of 2007 and the #8 rated center by the All-Ontario Scouting Service published by Jim Thomas. Rigakos gives Memorial some much needed size at the five spot.

We received a note from Doug Roe from Douglas College in B.C. advising that UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos will complete their tour of Canada with a game at Douglas on Sunday night beginning at 7:30 Pacific time. Recall that Douglas star forward Bol Kong has already gone off for 40 points last weekend in a victory against Boise State. Here is an article that features a report on that game which appears to have been chippy, complete with fights and ejections Bol Kong goes off against Boise State Speaking of Kong, here is a recent article in the Vancouver Province detailing his plight to be able to move freely between Canada and the United States Unstoppable Vancouver basketballer mired in red tape

Tough late news for Lakehead Thunderwolves Head Coach Scott Morrison regarding 6'6" Yoosrie Salhia, a forward from Toronto Eastern Commerce Prep, who originally committed to the Wolves for this coming season. Late in the summer, Salhia changed his mind and apparently is headed to an unnamed Junior College in Texas, turning his back on a concurrent education program which would have put him in a position to become a teacher upon graduation in 4 or 5 years. Instead, Salhia has decided to attend a junior college in the deep south of the United States. In addition to the return of 2005-06 OUA West scoring champion Kiraan Posey, the Wolves bring in guard Kyle McConnell from London Beal, 6'2" guard Lerry Williams from Montreal Vanier College CEGEP and 6'4" Aaron Jackson, a member of the 2007 Bermuda National Select team. Unfortunately, forward Clinton Belisle also reneged on his committment to Lakehead and the Wolves lost Saad Beg, their top rookie from a year ago, to academics.

The Excalibur, York's campus newspaper, recaps the recent NCAA games played at Tait MacKenzie gym this past weekend during which the Lions gained a split Lions, NCAA duke it out

Former St. FX star Dennie Oliver has signed with the ABA's Halifax Rainmen Oliver signs with Rainmen

Here is an older article on UCFV's newest faces and the naming of Adam Freisen as an Assistant Coach UCFV adds new faces

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