Sunday, 28 October 2007

Sunday in the CIS

For a report on Saturday's action in the CIS, please click here For multiple newspaper reports of last night's game, scroll down below today's game reports.

Sun. Oct. 28th Tournament and Exhibition Games

Jamestown State (NAIA) 104, Lakehead 83 (Exhibition) Game Report courtesy of Mike Aylward from Lakehead Sports Information... The Lakehead Thunderwolves men’s basketball team lost 104-83 to the Jamestown College Jimmies Sunday afternoon in Jamestown, North Dakota. Lakehead is now 3-5 in non-conference play. Lakehead now has a 3-6 pre-season mark; 2-4 against CIS opponents and 1-2 against US NAIA teams. The score was 64-36 Jamestown at the half but the Wolves battled back to within 14 in the second only to see the Jimmies pull away at the end. Warren Thomas continued his hot scoring for the Wolves in North Dakota; notching 21 points and 8 rebounds despite being double teamed most of the game. Jamie Searle had 18 points and 5 rebounds and Lerry Williams had 10 points on 8-8 free throw shooting. Lakehead Head Coach Scott Morrison said he liked how his team played in the second half. "It wasn’t a great overall game but I was happy with how we picked up our intensity in the second half so it was a good way to end the game and something to build on for next week’s rematch against Mayville State." Lakehead will host the Mayville State Comets this Thursday night at the Thunderdome in Thunder Bay.

Queen's (5-1) 87, Western (4-2) 82 The Gaels came back from a 10 point first-half deficit with solid offensive execution down the stretch to win the first basketball tournament in the history of Queen's basketball (as far as we know) defeating the hometown Mustangs to take home the championship of the Purple & White tournament. 6'6" Travis Mitchell, who was instrumental when it counted at the end, had 16 points for Queen's and was involved in several key possessions when the Gaels built an 8 point lead late in the game. 6'3" Simon Mitchell led Queen's with 17 points while underrated 6'5" freshman Nick DiDonato added 15 points and did a stellar job of defending Western's star forward Brad Smith, holding him to 12 points and zero rebounds. 6'6" Andrew Wedemire led all scorers with 19 points for the Mustangs. The Mustangs jumped out to an early lead and could easily have blown the doors off the game but the Gaels kept their composure and hung around. Queen's now prepares to face St. Lawrence College, an NCAA Division III team in Canton, NY next Saturday while Western prepares for their season opener on Friday, November 9th when they host York Lions at Alumni Hall. We hope to have more on this game and the tournament summary including MVP and all-stars soon. Here is Andy Watson's report from Mustangs Sports Information... Fourth quarter lapse costs Mustangs men tourney title; LONDON, Ont. - Simon Mitchell scored 17 points as the Queen's Golden Gales dominated the fourth quarter to defeat Western 87-82 and win the Purple & White Invitational in the men's division. Mitchell, the tournament MVP, scored 11 points in the second half and was clutch in the fourth quarter as the Gaels outscored Western 28-19 in the final quarter. Western's Andy Wedemire led his team, coming off the bench with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Adam Ruickbie pulled down 12 boards for the Mustangs. Leading 17-15 after the first quarter and 39-32 at the half, Western looked ot be in control with a four-point lead entering the fourth quarter. Four Gaels finished in double figures in scoring. Western outrebounded Queen's 40-26. The Mustangs open their season on Nov. 9 when they host the York Lions at 8 p.m. at Alumni Hall. Purple & White all-tournament team: MVP - Simon Mitchell - Queen's; ALL STAR TEAM - Jon Ogden - Queen's; Brad Smith - Western; Matt Curtis - Western; Manock Lual - UPEI; Sean Anthony - McGill.

McMaster (5-2) 74, #10 Dalhousie (5-4) 62 6'1" Aminu Bello had 5 consecutive points including a tie-breaking three-pointer during the game-deciding 20-5 run in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter as the Marauder turned around an 8 point game after three quarters to win their fifth straight and hand the Tigers their third straight loss on their weekend tour of Southern Ontario. Bello, a sophomore from Hamilton, had 7 points during the run while 6'8" Mouchtar Diaby had nine of his 17 points, including 5 consecutive free throws, during the flurry. Diaby's "and 1" tied the game at 58 with just over 6 minutes to play, setting up Bello's heroics. Rapidly emerging 6'2" freshman guard Tyrell Vernon had another career-high of 26 points for Mac, which trailed 55-47 entering the fourth quarter. 6'1" Simon Farine led Dal with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists but committed 7 turnovers including 2 during Mac's big run. 6'5" Drew Stratton shot 9 for 17 and finished with 18 points/7 rebounds for the Tigers who also got 14 points from 6'2" guard Andrew Sullivan on 3-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Mac/Dal Box Score HERE IS DALE STEVENS REPORT ON THIS AFTERNOON'S GAME VERNON EARLY, DIABY LATE PACE MARAUDERS OVER TIGERS (Hamilton, ON) The first three quarters belonged to Tyrell Vernon. In the last 10 minutes, the big guy took over. The end result was a five game winning streak. The McMaster University Marauders parlayed a one-man show from freshman point guard Tyrell Vernon (Hamilton, ON) for the first three quarters, followed by domination in the paint by centre Mouctar Diaby (Hamilton, ON) in the fourth period, in a 74-62 victory over the Dalhousie University Tigers, in CIS men's exhibiton action on Sunday afternoon at the Burridge Gym. The win was the 5th straight for the Maroon and Grey, improving their non-conference record to 5-2. The Tigers, ranked 10th in the most recent Top-10, fell to 5-4 with the loss. Early on, it was all Dalhousie. The Tigers, led by standout guard Simon Farine (Tornto, ON), jumped out to an early 14-4 advantage, leading 17-11 at the end of the first quarter. Vernon single-handedly brought Mac back into the contest, scoring at will from everywhere on the offensive end. A three-point basket by guard Jason Scully (Burlington, ON) with 30 seconds left in the first half gave the Marauders their first lead of the contest, 34-33. But Farine's two free throws in the dying seconds put the visitors back on top, 35-34, at the intermission. Vernon finished the half with 20 points, while Farine answered with 15 for Dal, as the two guards took turns electrifying the crowd. There was not much to choose from for either squad early in the third quarter. McMaster led 42-41, before the Tigers scored 14 of the next 16 points, to seemingly blow the game open at 55-44. But someone forgot to tell the young Marauders. Vernon's bomb from beyond the three-point arc gave Mac a bit of life as the third quarter buzzer sounded, as the home side trailed 55-47 with 10 minutes to play. Diaby took over for Mac as the fourth quarter began. Unable to pound the ball inside to the big man earlier in the game, the play was finally there, and using his size advantage, Diaby took over. He dominated the paint down the stretch, scoring nine points in the final period. The Maroon and Grey fought back to get to within one, 56-55, with just over seven minutes to play. Following an offensive foul, Farine seemed to lose focus, first throwing an elbow at a McMaster player, and then losing the calm demeanor he exhibited to that point in the game. That allowed the Marauders to take advantage, scoring 21 of 26 points at one point. Farine's 4th personal foul, followed by a technical, sealed the fate of the AUS squad, as Mac went on to the 12 point win. Vernon continues to improve each game out, looking more like a player well beyond his years of experience. He finished with a game high 27 points, in addition to pulling down 5 rebounds. Diaby, who was held in check until the final ten minutes, scored 17 points and added 5 boards. Freshman Matt Wilusz (Hamilton, ON) struggled with his shooting touch, but pulled down a game high 11 rebounds. Aminu Bello (Hamilton, ON), who was held scoreless in the first half, rebounded to finish with 11 points, many of them at the important time of the game. He also grabbed 8 rebounds. Farine had a stellar first three quarters, finishing with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Forward Drew Stratton (Halifax, NS) had 18 points and 7 rebounds, while guard Andrew Sullivan (Riverview, NB) knocked down 14 points. No doubt the Tigers were feeling the effects of their third trip to Ontario so far in the exhibition schedule. With Farine at the controls, and a good supporting cast, Dalhousie will be a contender in the AUS. McMaster completes non-conference play with a couple of games in United States next weekend. On Friday, they tangle with the Mansfield (PA) University Mountaineers of the Prnnsylvania State Athletic Conference (Division II). On Saturday evening, the Marauders tip off against the Medaille College (NY) Mavericks of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (Division III).

Laval (4-5) 93, UNB (2-6) 63 6'5" Francois-Olivier Gagnon-Hebert had 19 points and 8 rebounds as the Rouge et Or jumped out to a 49-30 halftime lead to pound the Varsity Reds on the final day of the Laval tournament. 6'3" tournament all-star J.F. Beaulieu added 13 points for Laval, which finished 2-1 on the weekend. St. Mary's had clinched the tournament championship earlier by defeating Laurentian behind tournament MVP Shane Morrison. Also included on the tournament all-star team were Huskies' 6'5" center Ike Uchegbu, 6'5" Omar Linder of Laurentian, 6'4" Jerome Turcotte of the hometown Rouge et Or and UNB's Colton Wilson.

Toronto (7-2) 85, St. FX (4-4) 72 The Blues took the early lead with some easy transition scores and then stayed on top with solid shooting for beyond the arc (12-25 from downtown) to sweep their three weekend games against AUS competition. The Blues had 5 players in double figures led by 6'3" fifth-year guard Mike DeGiorgio who finished with 20 points on 4-5 shooting from 3 and added 9 assists. Toronto played alot of zone against the explosive X-Men and limited their transition by taking care of the ball (only 9 U of T turnovers all afternoon). 6'2" Nick Magalas added 17 points on 5-7 shooting from 3 for Toronto, which shot 48% as a team, while 6'8" Nick Snow had a 16 point/10 rebound double-double. 6'2" Tyler Richards led X with 20 points while 6'8" Islam de Toledo also had 20 with 9 rebounds. Toronto led by 10 at halftime and had leads as large as 14 in the second half to win their fourth straight. X heads back home after losing two of three on their tour of Southern Ontario and will get set to host their own tournament in Antigonish, getting UPEI in the first round next weekend.

Guelph (5-2) 97, #7 Cape Breton (5-2) 83 6'3" Nick Pankerichan, finally showing the great potential forecasted for him as one of Ontario's top recruits four years ago, had his second consecutive sterling effort, scoring 27 points and adding 7 assists plus 3 boards to lead the Gryphs to their fifth straight win. Guelph broke open a five point halftime game with a tremendous effort executing offensively and 6'1" freshman Mike Patrella continues to show he is one of the more underrated freshmen in the country. Patrella's solid play at the point has allowed Pankerichan (pictured) to assume more of a scoring role and the results are beginning to speak for themselves as the fourth-year guard from Hamilton once again established a career-high in points today. 6'9" Duncan Milne added 18 points, 5 rebounds for Guelph while 6'4" Jay Mott, back from a knee injury had 14, 6'4" Borko Popic 12 points and Petrella 10. 6'5" Eric Breland had 28 for the Capers to lead all scorers however only 8 came after halftime. Cape Breton played without 6'4" fifth-year wing Paul Blake, who was injured in the first half of last night's Caper defeat to Windsor and was unavailable today. The Gryphs get ready to begin their OUA regular season in two weeks (in Kingston vs. RMC & Queen's) with a controlled scrimmage next Saturday against Canada Basketball's National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) squad in which they hope to have prized recruit 6'4" Jonathan Moscatelli available for action. Cape Breton prepares to meet St. Mary's in the first round of the St.FX tournament next weekend in Antigonish, NS.

#5 Saint Mary's (8-1) 81, Laurentian (1-5) 66 (at St-Fran├žois, Quebec) In an early game that began at 11 AM, the Huskies pulled away in the second half to clinch the Laval tournament championship as 6'1" freshman Jack Gallinaugh showed his long-distance shooting capabilities by banging in six second-half 3's for a game-high 18 points after Laurentian went to a zone "d". The Huskies led by 9 at halftime and Laurentian stayed in the game in the second half with a great effort from 6'2" Paul Kovacs, who had 11 of his team-high 12 points after halftime. 6'1" Shane Morrison added 16 points for St. Mary's, winners of eight in a row as they prepare for the St. FX tournament next weekend in Antigonish where they will face Cape Breton in the opening round. 6'2" Mark McLaughlin added 13 for the Huskies while 6'5" Omar Linder had all 11 of his points in the first half for the Vees.

Brock (3-6) 106, Memorial (1-9) 59 The Badgers shot 60% in the second half, building on an 18 point halftime lead to trounce the Seahawks. 6'0" Scott Murray had 22 to lead all scorers and 6'7" Owen White added 19 as five Badgers hit double figures including 6'4" freshman Andrew Ferguson who had his first double digit scoring effort of his career with 11 points. All 12 Badgers who dressed hit the scoresheet. 6'5" Grant Harvey had 16 for MUN which turned the ball over 31 times. Brock now prepares to meet Air Force Falcons and Colorado Buffalos, a pair of NCAA Division 1 teams in the state of Colorado this coming Wednesday and Thursday. Brock/MUN Box Score

McGill (5-3) 83, UPEI (1-8) 73 (Western Purple & White tournament) Courtesy of Andy Watson, Western Sports Info... LONDON, Ont. - McGill played sound defence, limiting PEI's outside shooting to defeat the Panthers on the final day of Western's Purple & White Invitational Tournament at Alumni Hall. 6'4" Sean Anthony paced McGill with 19 points and seven rebounds as McGill had five players in double-digits. The Redmen bench combined for 24 points led by 6'4" Michael White (13 pts) and 6'6" Yannick Chouinard (10 pts) who were both effective inside. 6'6" freshman Manock Lual led all scorers with 21 points and added five rebounds. 6'2" sophomore Jonathan Cooper, who was effective and consistent throughout the weekend, added 17 points for the Panthers, who went 0-3 at the tournament. UPEI looked strong early as Panther forward 6'5" Vlad Farcas began dominating the boards at both ends. However, McGill's effective transition game and their balanced offence posed difficulty for the Panthers defence, allowing the Redmen to pull away and lead by as many as 20 points. Utilizing half-court pressure and a variety of defensive looks, McGill seemed to catch the Panthers off guard throughout the game. But the young Panthers squad handled the versatility well displaying their athleticism and keeping pace with a quick McGill team. Farcas and Lual were particularly effective inside but the Panthers shooting from downtown was ineffective (4-21 on the game for 19%). While McGill is extremely athletic, they were exploited inside all weekend with mismatches at the post position. Their transition game bailed them out. UPEI's Jared Budd continued to struggle at the point guard position, limiting the UPEI offence. With open looks late in the game, he opted to pass instead of shooting showing a lack of confidence. The teams were tied at 26 after the first quarter, but UPEI looked to be the stronger team early on. However, McGill's defence held the Panthers in check, and the Redmen took a lead by the end of the 2nd quarter with solid shooting beyond the arc. McGill led 43-38 at the half and 65-53 after the 3rd quarter. The Panthers played strong defence in the final quarter and made a late rally, pulling within 11 with three minutes left and then within six points with just under two minutes remaining after two big stops on defence. 6'4" Shakir Chambers came off the bench to hit a key three-pointer, but it wasn't enough as McGill's 6'3" Moustafa El Zanaty hit a pair of shots from the charity stripe to stop the Panther run and ice the game. PEI's one-dimensional offence, inside to Lual was effective but their perimeter shooting cost them the game. McGill was more effective from beyond the arc shooting at 33% for 24 of their points. McGill finishes the tourney with a 1-2 record, while UPEI was 0-3.

Once again, Scott McLean of Simon Fraser Sports Information has put together a tremendous video highlight package of last night's Clan home-opening loss to #4 UBC Thunderbirds in Burnaby UBC/Simon Fraser VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Ron Rauch from Victoria Times-Colonist recaps UVic's three point barrage in their win over Trinity Western last night in Victoria Vikes men make some bombs

Chris O'Leary summarizes Alberta's perfect weekend in capturing their Golden Bear Invitational including last night's win over Ottawa in this morning's Edmonton Journal Golden Bears begin season on a high note

A number of exciting "barnburners" as SMU Head Coach Ross Quackenbush called his team's comeback victory at Laval yesterday including the Bishop's/Laurier triple overtime game and the Huskies seventh win in a row. The championship of the Purple & White in London, ON will be decided today as the Queen's Golden Gaels meet host Western, which was involved in another thrilling overtime game against McGill yesterday to put themselves in a position to win their own tournament. Three interesting exhibitions in Southern Ontario today include St. FX at Toronto; #7 Cape Breton at Guelph and #10 Dalhousie at McMaster.

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