Thursday, 18 October 2007

#1 vs. #2 Highlights Weekend Action

A rematch of last season's CIS title game in Halifax takes place in Victoria this coming Friday night as the #1 Carleton Ravens (3-0), minus two-time Moser Award winner, Osvaldo Jeanty but with three impressive freshmen added to their lineup, meet #2 Brandon Bobcats (3-0), minus sharpshooting two guard Chad Jacobsen (graduated) but with at least 3 new faces including 6'3" American Nickosey Quick, firmly entrenched in the 'Cats rotation. Matchups to watch include 6'4" Ryan Bell and 6'1" Yul Michel, a pair of fifth-year points at or near the top of the list of Canada's top lead guards, 6'3" Dany Charlery likely to be guarded by a combination of 6'2" Stu Turnbull, 6'3 Rob Saunders and Bell, and the Brandon front line against the Ravens newest Moser Award candidate, 6'7" Aaron Doornekamp. Fans in Victoria should be treated to a tremendous matchup between a pair of deep, talented teams, both which should be at or near the top of CIS rankings all season long... Another interesting matchup is in Waterloo, Ontario on Thursday as possibly the first head-to-head "Father & Son" coaching matchup in CIS history takes place with Dalhousie Tigers (2-1), coached by John Campbell and fresh off a solid weekend at the Carleton tournament, take on the Laurier Golden Hawks, coached by John's father, Peter Campbell, who also coached John in the late 80's/early 90's at Laurentian. The Hawks hope to welcome back starter 6'2" Jesse MacDonald who has missed significant time in the early season with an ankle injury. The game is the first of three for Dal in their tour of Ontario (Part 2 of 3). This weekend, the Tigers will also face Ryerson and York in Toronto before returning to Ontario again for the third consecutive weekend next weekend. Here is a complete look at all the CIS action this coming weekend with only Laurentian, Thompson Rivers, Cape Breton and UQAM not in action as far as we know.

Here is a quick review of this week's CISHOOPS.CA Top 10
#1 Carleton (at UVic Tourney)
#2 Brandon (at UVic Tourney)
#3 Acadia (at Eric Garland UNB Tourney)
#4 Windsor (Earl Grant Charity game in Chatham, ON)
#5 Concordia (at St.L-Kingston; at Queen's)
#6 UBC (home vs. Toronto)
#7 Cape Breton (idle)
#8 McGill (at St.L-Kingston; at Queen's)
#9 Saskatchewan (hosts Shootout)
#10 St. Mary's (at Eric Garland UNB Tourney)


Jack Donohue Memorial Tournament at uOttawa One of Canada's longest-running tournaments has another strong field as the host Gee-Gees (0-0) welcome Laval (1-2), Brock (2-1) and St. FX (1-1). Laval features three potential honours candidates in 6'7" J.P. Morin, 6'3" J.F. Beaulieu and 6'4" Jerome Turcotte. The Badgers are led by reigning OUA West Player-of-the-Year and All-Canadian Brad Rootes in his fifth year supported by a pair of fellow fifth-year veterans in 6'3" Rohan Steen and 6'0" Scott Murray. The perennially-strong X-Men have 6'2" Tyler Richards, one of the top guards in the AUS, plus waterbug quick 5'10" Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw. Fans in the Nation's Capital will also get a first look at highly-touted 6'7" Ismail de Toledo, a native of Brazil who played high school basketball in California, and is expected to be one of the top newcomers in the CIS. The host Gee-Gees, who see their first action of the season against CIS teams, featured OUA East First Team All-Star Josh Gibson-Bascombe, back from a sprained ankle, 6'9" Dax Dessureault, who had a career-high effort of 30 points in Ottawa's last game two weeks ago at Champlain-St.Lambert and fourth-year stalward 6'3" Sean Peter. Note that Friday's first round game between Laval and Brock begins at 3 PM Eastern time to accommodate a volleyball match squeezed between the nightcap at 8:30 PM between St. FX and the host Gee-Gees.
Weekend Schedule
Friday, Oct. 19th
3 PM ET Brock vs. Laval; 8:30 PM St. Francis Xavier at Ottawa
Saturday, Oct. 20th
6 PM ET Brock vs. St. Francis Xavier; 8 PM Ottawa vs. Laval
Sunday, Oct. 21st
NOON ET St. Francis Xavier vs. Laval; 2 PM Ottawa vs. Brock

Eric Garland Tournament at UNB One of the few eight team tournaments remaining in the pre-season, the Garland tournament usually attracts a very strong field. Among the favorites for this year's event are #3 Acadia Axemen, undefeated in their first 3 games thus far this season, much-improved Western Mustangs and #10 St. Mary's. The Mustangs and Huskies meet in one of 4 first-round games on Friday.
Friday's First Round:
NOON ET RMC (0-1) vs. #3 Acadia (3-0)
2 PM Bishop’s (1-2) vs. UPEI (0-3)
4 PM Western (0-0) vs. #10 SMU (2-1)
6 PM Manitoba (0-2) vs. UNB (1-1)
More on Eric Garland Tournament UNB Season Preview

Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at University of Victoria Probably the toughest tournament field in the entire pre-season will descend upon Ken Shields Floor at the University of Victoria as #1 Carleton, #2 Brandon, always-strong Alberta Golden Bears and the host Vikes will play a three-game round robin affair on Friday through Sunday. The tournament also features a coaching clinic with Carleton's Dave Smart, Brandon's Mike Raimbault, Alberta's Don Horwood and Vic's Craig Beauchamp featured. Click here for more information
Full Tournament Schedule
Fri., Oct. 19 8 PM #1 Carleton (3-0) vs. #2 Brandon (3-0) 10 PM Alberta (0-0) at Victoria (1-2)
Sat., Oct. 20 8 PM #1 Carleton vs. Alberta; 10 PM #2 Brandon at Victoria
Sun., Oct. 21 3 PM #2 Brandon vs. Alberta; 5 PM #1 Carleton at Victoria

More on the UVic tournament... Bobcats excited for UVic tournament, Carleton Rematch Shootout at Saskatchewan (starts Thursday) #9 Saskatchewan Huskies host their annual tournament and welcome provincial rival Regina Cougars plus Lakehead (OUA West) and Memorial (AUS). Saskatchewan defeated Lakehead last weekend at the Brandon Super 8 tournament as 6'4" Kiraan Posey had a school-record 47 points in a losing effort for the Thunderwolves. This tournament runs from Thursday to Saturday. Follow the entire tournament at For coaches and fans in the Saskatoon area, legendary Canadian coach Ken Shields will be doing a clinic on Saturday afternoon. For those who have not had the opportunity to witness Ken's work, I urge you to make time to go to one of his clinics. Ken is recognized around the world for his superior technical knowledge of the game and much is to be learned watching his clinics More on Ken Shields Clinic
Full Tournament Schedule
Thurs., Oct. 18 7 PM Regina (0-0) vs. Lakehead (1-2); Memorial (1-2) at #9 Saskatchewan (2-1) 9 PM
Fri., Oct. 19 7 PM Lakehead vs. Memorial; Regina at #9 Saskatchewan 9 PM
Sat., Oct. 20 7 PM Memorial vs. Regina; Lakehead at #9 Saskatchewan 9 PM

Here is a preview by Lakehead SID Mike Alyward Lakehead Weekend Preview

Dalhousie tour of Ontario The Tigers unveiled their group of impact newcomers in Ottawa last weekend and Dal looks to have improved dramatically with the help impact point guard 6'1" Simon Farine, who makes everyone better. It will be father against son on Thursday night in Waterloo as Head Coach Peter Campbell (Laurier) faces off against son John Campbell, Dal's skipper. The Tigers head back to Toronto for the weekend to face Ryerson downtown at Kerr Hall on Friday night and then swing up to North York to meet York Lions at Tait MacKenzie Gym.
Thurs., Oct. 18 7 PM Dalhousie (2-1) at Laurier (2-1)
Fri., Oct. 19 7 PM Dalhousie at Ryerson (0-3)
Sat., Oct. 20 8 PM Dalhousie at York (0-3)

McGill, Concordia Tour of Kingston Two of the top teams in the "Q" make their way west on the 401 from Montreal to face a pair of Kingston-based teams including undefeated Queen's Golden Gaels, a team with a chance to make an impact on the Top 10 rankings with a successful weekend. #8 McGill is coming off a solid weekend during which they captured their own Redbird Classic for the first time in 7 years while #5 Concordia, who has not had sparkplug point guard Damian Buckley in the lineup for the past 3 games, lost in overtime at Winnipeg in the championship game of the Pembina Chrysler Classic at the University of Winnipeg. Queen's is undefeated with decisive wins against a pair of OCAA teams and then UNB last weekend at home.
Weekend Schedule (all games in Kingston)
Fri., Oct. 19 7 PM #8 McGill (4-0) at St. Lawrence College
Sat., Oct. 20 2 PM #8 McGill at Queen's (1-0)
Sat., Oct. 20 3 PM #5 Concordia (3-1) at St. Lawrence College
Sun., Oct. 21 3 PM #5 Concordia at Queen's

University of Toronto Tour of British Columbia The Varsity Blues (3-0) take a challenging trip to B.C. to play an improved Simon Fraser Clan (0-3), followed immediately by an afternoon game on Friday at #6 UBC. The Blues culminate their three-game tour with a match against Fraser Valley in Abbotsford.
Thurs., Oct. 18 10 PM Toronto (3-0) at Simon Fraser (0-3) Webcast
Fri., Oct. 19 4 PM Toronto at #6 UBC (0-0)
Sat., Oct. 20 7 PM Toronto at Fraser Valley (1-1)

Winnipeg Tour of Ontario The Wesmen come off an impressive home win against #5 Concordia Stingers are are led by All-Canadian candidate Erfan Nasajpour who garnered MVP honours last weekend at the Chrysler Pembina Classic at home in Winnipeg. The young Marauders made strides last weekend, coming back to defeat Waterloo on the road on Sunday to salvage one game at the Naismith tournament. Guelph hung with #1 Carleton for about 38 minutes before losing by 3 in Ottawa last weekend, where they won 2 of 3 games and are looking to get healthier. 6'4" Nick Pankerichan is Guelph's perimeter scorer and 6'8" Duncan Milne continues to improve inside.
Fri., Oct. 19 7 PM Winnipeg (2-0) at McMaster (1-2)
Sat., Oct. 20 7 PM Winnipeg (2-0) at Guelph (1-2)

Thurs. Oct. 18th
10 PM Lethbridge (0-1) at Western Montana (Exhibition)
11 PM Athletes-in-Action at Trinity Western (0-0) (Exhibition)
Fri. Oct. 19th
7 PM Lambton College vs. #4 Windsor (2-1) (Earl Grant Memorial Game) Chatham, ON
10 PM Columbia Bible College at Fraser Valley (exhibition)
10 PM Lethbridge at Carroll College (exhibition)
10 PM Calgary at Montana Tech (exhibition) LIVE WEBCAST!
Sat. Oct. 20th
7:30 PM Waterloo at Sheridan College (exhibition in Oakville, ON)
10 PM Calgary at Carroll College (exhibition)
10 PM Lethbridge at Montana State Northern (exhibition)

DINOS HOOPS NEWS .... by Wayne Thomas
Motoring To Montana

Load up the bus, bring the movies and the junk food, and get set for a few hours of entertainment from Dean 'The Candy man' McCord, the Dinos manager. The acknowledged tour leader on road trips is the 'all-around athlete' himself, the world's biggest Dinos/Flames fan. Dean can hardly control himself when a trip to the U.S. is on the horizon, since he can load up on Cherry Coke and Count Chocula cereal ! with his usual red licorice and mango smoothie chaser, we can appreciate how Deano maintains that muscular frame. Two good games are scheduled for the weekend ... Friday has Calgary at Montana Tech in lovely Butte, Montana, and Saturday they travel to Helena to face the Carroll College Fighting Saints. The Ore Diggers of Tech are coached by Nate Larson, and are ranked 7th in a pre-season poll of Frontier League coaches. Tech features two players from Belgrade, Serbia. Carroll College, a long-time pre-season match-up for the Dinos are coached by Gary Turcott, who has had great success with the Saints, and the team is ranked 3rd in the pre-season poll. The teams will play by NAIA rules with a 35 second shot clock, which will be an adjustment for the Dinos who, along with the other CIS schools have moved to FIBA rules with a 24 second clock. Calgary Coach Dan Vanhooren has placed this week's practice emphasis on cleaner execution trying to cut down on turnovers and on more dedicated
defensive effort. Check out the Dinos web-site ...

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