Saturday, 20 October 2007

Saturday's Action

Saturday's Results

Queen's (2-0) 75, #8 McGill (5-1) 64 Stifling Gaels defense, especially in the fourth quarter when they held the Redmen to only 10 points, allowed Queen's to remain undefeated and hand McGill their first loss. 6'3" Simon Mitchell controlled the offense for the Gaels, finishing with 25 points while 6'3" Nick DiDonato with 15 and Jonathan Ogden 12, also hit double figures for Queen's, playing with 5 freshmen in their 7 man rotation. With the Gaels clinging to a 56-54 lead after 3 quarters, McGill, which shot only 32% on the afternoon, was shutdown and Queen's continued to add to their 10 offensive rebounds in the second half alone. Matt Thornhill led McGill with 22 points but went only 5-19 from the floor while Yannick Chouinard had 16 on 5 for 5 from 3 point land. Queen's played without last season's star freshman 6'6" Mitch Leger, out until probably league play with an ankle injury, and 6'2" veteran Ryan Hairsine, also injured with a bad ankle. Hairsine is not expected back until after Christmas. The Gaels host Concordia Sunday afternoon at noon at Bartlett Gym in Kingston, ON. Both the Gaels and Redmen will participate in next weekend's Western tournament, along with UPEI and the host Mustangs, in London, ON.

#2 Brandon (3-1) 77, Victoria (1-3) 66 (Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament at UVic) Courtesy of Mike Tucker, UVic Sports Information....The Bobcats used an explosive 18-0 third quarter run that broke a 39-39 halftime tie to defeat the Vikes. In a rematch of last year's Canada West semi-final, Brandon's 6'1" Yul Michel and 6'3" Dany Charley led a crippling third quarter run while the Bobcats defense limited the Vikes to just three field goals in the quarter. Michel and Charley scored 13 and 11, respectively, while 6'5" Adam Hartman accounted for the game high with 21. UVic's 6'7" forward Mitch Gudgeon scored 20 points in a losing cause, shooting 8-for-14, and adding five assists. Gudgeon combined with 6'4" rookie Ryan MacKinnon to put the Vikes out in front near the end of the first, before the lead changed hands six times through the second quarter. MacKinnon finished with nine points, all coming in the first half. The Vikes shot 42 percent from the floor, experiencing a significant drop after the opening half. After connecting on six three-pointers in the first half, the Vikes missed all eight of their attempts in the final two quarters. Rob Kinnear and Brandon Dunlop led the Vikes in rebounds with five apiece.

#1 Carleton (5-0) 61, Alberta (1-1) 56 (Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament at UVic) Courtesy of Mike Tucker, UVic SID... Alex Steele did his best to give the Alberta Golden Bears a victory, and the Carleton Ravens provided enough opportunities, but in the end the five-time champion Ravens hung on for the victory. Carleton held a single-digit lead for much of the game, despite letting Alberta creep into contention on several occaisons with an uncharacteristic 26 turnovers. Canada West All-star Steele was the key factor for Alberta, leading two inspiring scoring drives, and finishing with 18 points. Steele scored Alberta's last six points of the first half to put his team behind by three, 32-29 at the break, and netted four in the final minute of play to bring the Bears within three. Carleton received 18 points from last year's CIS Championship MVP Aaron Doornekamp. Doornekamp scored six on a crucial Ravens' 8-0 run near the end of the third. Kevin McCleery netted 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Carleton shot 61 percent in the first half, and struggled in the second shooting just 36 percent.

Carroll College (NAIA) 85, Calgary 83 (Exhibition)

Concordia (3-1) 71, St. Lawrence College (Kingston, ON) 68 The Stingers took leads as large as 13 in the second half, playing their entire bench freely, before holding on against a scrappy Vikings club. 6'3" Dwayne Buckley led the way with 22 points in 20 minutes for Concordia, which played without 6'2" Damian Buckley, out indefinitely with a sprained MCL, and 6'7" Jamal Gallier, who should be ready to play Sunday afternoon at Queen's.

Dalhousie (5-1) 86, York (0-4) 82 (Exhibition)

#9 Saskatchewan (5-1) 90, Lakehead (2-4) 83 ( Shootout) The Huskies won their own tournament championship with a victory over the Thunderwolves as Kyle Grant took home tournament MVP honours.

Ottawa (2-0) 76, Laval (2-3) 60 (Donohue tournament in Ottawa) The Gee-Gees dominated the offensive glass and rode strong contributions from many different sources, going ten deep to wear out Les Rouge et Or. Ottawa fell behind by 5 early as 6'7" J.P. Morin (17 points, most early) dominated the first quarter however the Gee-Gees came off the bench in waves and came back to lead by 2 at 34-32 by halftime. Ottawa then pulled away almost immediately in the third quarter and rode to a solid win. 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe had 17 points and 8 rebounds while 6'9" Dax Dessureault had a 13-point/10-rebound double/double and 6'2" Jacob Gibson-Bascombe had 10. Three veterans provided solid contributions including 6'3" Sean Peter, 6'5" David Labentowicz and 6'3" Donnie Gibson, each of whom scored 9 with Gibson doing a stellar job defending 6'3" J.F. Beaulieu, who scored only 9 with many coming late. 6'5" F.O. Gagnon-Hebert had 15 points/10 rebounds while 6'4" Jerome Turcotte added a 12 point/15 rebound double/double. The Gee-Gees go for the tournament championship tomorrow against Brock at 2 PM while Laval meets St. FX at noon for second place.

Guelph (2-2) 84, Winnipeg (2-2) 60 (Exhibition) Taking leads as large as 30, the Gryphons easily defeated a Wesmen team playing without All-Canadian candidate Erfan Nasajpour. 6'3" Borko Popic had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Gryphs, who led 45-29 at the half. Seb Kasiuk added 10 points/10 rebounds while 6'3" guard Nick Pankerichan added 11 for Guelph. Guelph's injured 6'4" wing Jay Mott returned to action after a knee injury and played sparingly.

Regina (2-1) 83, Memorial (1-4) 62 ( Shootout)

Western (1-1) 101, UNB (1-3) 72 (UNB Garland tournament consolation)

St. Francis Xavier (2-2) 77, Brock (2-3) 70 (Donohue tournament in Ottawa) The X-Men almost gave up a 17 point lead but held on to beat the Badgers. Despite turning the ball over 26 times, X shot 55% from the floor and the Badgers only 39% including several wide-open missed layups. Brock was only 6 of 24 from 3 point land. The X-Men welcomed back 6'4" Terrance Taylor, absent from last night's loss to Ottawa, and he was a load around the basket, scoring 18 while 6'2" Tyler Richards led the way for X with 21. 6'8" freshman Islam Toledo had a 15 point, 11 rebound double/double while 5'10" Christian Upshaw had 14 for X. The Badgers got back in the game on the strength of a 29 point effort from 6'2" Rohan Steen, who had 22 second-half points while burly 6'2" wing Mike Kemp got himself inside for 22 points. 6'0" Scott Murray, who took the bulk of the minutes at the point as All-Canadian Brad Rootes continues to nurse an ankle injury, finished with 12 points and only 1 turnover against solid X pressure. X led 36-28 at halftime.

#10 SMU (4-1) 80, Manitoba (1-3) 67 (UNB Garland tournament semi-finals) Freshman Jack Gallinaugh was the difference maker, going 4 for 4 from three point land off the bench in the second quarter, igniting a sluggish Huskies team to a semi-final victory. SMU led by 20 in the second half before the Bisons mounted a comeback against the Huskies bench. SMU will meet AUS rival Acadia for the Garland tournament championship tomorrow afternoon in Fredericton.

UPEI (1-4) 90, RMC (0-3) 35 (UNB Garland tournament consolation) Shakir Chambers had 17 points to lead the Panthers to their first win over a CIS team this season while Cameron Spurr had 11 to lead the Paladins.

#3 Acadia (5-0) 76, Bishop's (2-3) 68 (UNB Garland tournament semi-finals) 6'5" Leonel Saintil had 22 points as the undefeated Axemen advanced to tomorrow's championship game at the UNB Eric Garland tournament by holding off the Gaiters. Bishop's 6'1" guard Junior Nicolas led all scorers with 26 points.

Here is a tremendous piece by Chad Lucas of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on long time St.FX Head Coach Steve Konchalski, who was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall-of-Fame last night in a ceremony in Halifax. For only the second time ever in his career, Coach K was not on the sidelines for last night's X loss in Ottawa Coach K passes up X-Men game to enter N.S. Hall Konchalski will be back on the bench tonight when X faces Brock at 6 PM Eastern time in Ottawa.

LATE GAME REPORT FROM LAST NIGHT: Dalhousie (4-1) 83 Ryerson (0-4) 73 Dal jumped out to leads as much as 10 before the Rams came back to lead to by 2 at halftime. The Rams hung tough until 6'7" Boris Bakovic fouled out with about 3 minutes remaining and the Tigers pulled away for the win. 6'1" Simon Farine made his homecoming to Toronto a very successful one, flirting with a triple/double with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists in front of family and friends. 6'6" Drew Stratton added 15 points for Dal while 6'1" guard Andrew Sullivan finished with 14 points. Boris Bakovic had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Ryerson.

At least three All-Canadian candidates have been bit by the injury bug and will be lost to their teams for the remainder of the weekend as 6'8" Andrew Spagrud from Sasktachewan and 5'10" Brad Rootes both are out. Spagrud is banged up from a nasty fall he took while dunking against Memorial Spagrud injury video while Rootes mashed up his ankle earlier in the week, tried to go against Laval but could not. Rootes won't play today or tomorrow at the Jack Donohue Memorial tournament. Also, Winnipeg's All-Canadian candidate Erfan Nasajpour did not appear in the Wesmen's lineup in their tight one point loss last night in Hamilton, ON against the McMaster Marauders.

Articles from last night:

Wayne Kondro's piece in the Ottawa Citizen on the first day of the Jack Donohue Memorial tournament Preseason play an introduction to Basketball 101 also Neate Sager's piece on his "Out of Left Field" blog on the Ottawa/St. FX game Gee-Gees are Gellin'

Ron Ruach of the Victoria Times-Colonist reports on the first day of the Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament in Victoria Vikes men drop opener reports on Saskatchewan's win over Regina in which the Cougars came storming back from an 18 point deficit only to fall short. The Huskies were without 6'8" Andrew Spagrud Huskies hold off Cougars

Wayne Thomas' report on the Calgary Dinos win in Montana... Bekkering Brothers Maul Miners... The Dinos dynamic duo, Ross and Henry Bekkering gave the Montana Tech Ore-Diggers more than they could handle, as the brothers from Taber combined for 39 points and 22 rebounds in leading Calgary to a 73-67 win Friday night in Butte, Montana. Ross snatched a season high 18 rebounds to go with 16 pts., while Henry notched 23 pts. and added 4 boards. Calgary was full marks for the win, and Tech's only advantage came in 3 pt. shooting where they hit 10 of 27 and made a late charge, but were thwarted by key hoops from Henry B, and free throws from Jeff Price and Ross B. The Dinos look to have found a dependable floor leader in Price, who struck for 12 pts. and dealt out 3 assists; Price seems to have the toughness to play smart at crucial stages of the game. Once again the Dinos dominated the glass 47 - 41, and newcomer Josh Lovestone was particularly effective coming off the bench, as the 3rd year forward had 4 boards and 7 pts. The powerfully built Salmon Arm, B.C. product is willing and able to do the important blue collar defensive and rebounding chores in relief of the starters. Cody Darrah had a sharp game as a distributing guard in leading the team with 6 assists. Calgary travels 70 miles down the road this morning and will face the ever-tough Fighting Saints of Carroll College tonight in Helena.

From Friday night, Carroll College defeats Lethbridge Game Report/Box Score

Saturday's CIS Schedule
All Games Eastern Time

Saturday, Oct. 20th
7 PM Toronto (3-2) at Fraser Valley (1-1) (Exhibition)
7:30 PM Waterloo (0-3) at Sheridan College (exhibition in Oakville, ON)
10 PM Lethbridge at Montana State Northern (Exhibition)

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