Sunday, 21 October 2007

Sunday's CIS Action (with ongoing updates)

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Sunday's Results

#1 Carleton (6-0) 72, Victoria (1-5) 55 (Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament at UVic) From Mike Tucker at UVic Sports Information.... In a rematch of the 2006 CIS National final, the Carleton Ravens enjoyed the same result against the University of Victoria Vikes. The Ravens wrapped up the Guy Vetrie Turnament with a 72-55 win. The Vikes led 19-14 after the first quarter, but a 12-2 Carleton run gave the Ravens the lead for good. Carleton's stiflig "d" also held the Vikes without a basket for six minutes. Carleton forward Daron Leonard scored nine of the Ravens' points during the stretch and finished went on to finish with a game high 13 points. Carleton would go up by as many as 19 points, while the Vikes never threatened their lead. Mitch Gudegon finished with 12 points for the Vikes high, and Tyler Hass scored 11. The Vikes were unable to capitalize on the Carleton miscues. The Vikes forced 17 turnovers, and comitted just eight turnovers themselves. Carleton converted just 8 of 16 free-throw attempts, but again three-point shooting hampered the Vikes. UVic shot just 2-for-17 from the perimeter. Overall, the Vikes shot 33 percent from the field. The loss concludes the Vikes gruelling pre-season schedule, that in addition to the Guy Vetrie Tournament, included the Stu Aberdeen Challenge in Halifax. The Vikes begin conference play next weekend, hosting the Simon Fraser Clan (Oct. 26) and Trinity Western Spartans (Oct. 27). Tip off is 8 p.m. both days at McKinnon Gymnasium.

Alberta (2-1) 86, #2 Brandon (4-2) 80 (Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament at UVic) 6'4" Andrew Parker had 25 points as the Bears led by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter and held off a desperate three-point barrage by the Bobcats to take 2 of 3 at the Guy Vetrie tournament. 6'2" Alex Steele added 23 for Alberta, which shot a sizzling 26 for 30 (87%) from the foul line, one day after shooting only 40% from the stripe in a five point loss to Carleton. The Bears took a 36-29 lead into halftime and extended it to double digits before Brandon hit three late 3's to get the game back to within 4 but Alberta sealed it on the foul line, knocking off last season's CIS finalists. Brandon, which went only 5 for 24 from downtown including the 3 late threes, was led by 6'3" Dany Charlery with 25 points with 6'1" point guard Yul Michel adding 15, Nick Quick with 13 and Adam Hartman 12. Alberta hosts the annual Golden Bear Invitational in Edmonton next weekend with Waterloo, York and Ottawa visiting while Brandon is idle until Canada West league play begins in early November... Mike Tucker's report for UVic Sports Information... It came down to a fourth-quarter shootout, but the Alberta Golden Bears did just enough to upset the Brandon Bobcats 86-80. The two teams combined for 56 fourth-quarter points. Led by Canada West All-star Alex Steele's 19 second-half points, Alberta defeated last year's CIS National finalists. Steele combined with guard Andrew Parker to score 21 of Alberta's 26 fourth quarter points to stave off Brandon. Parker came off the bench to finish with a game high 26 points. Steele added 23 and shot a perfect 10-for-10 for the stripe. Overall, Alberta was 26-for-30 from the free-throw line. After trailing 36-29 at halftime, Brandon turned up the offensive production in the second half. Led by three three-pointers from Dany Charley, the Bobats attacked Alberta from all angles but had no answer from Alberta's man of Steele. Four Bobcats finished in double digits, led by Charley's 25-point, 10-for-18 performance. Yul Michel added 15 and contributed seven assists. Brandon committed 22 turnovers.

#10 St. Mary's (5-1) 70, #3 Acadia (5-1) 67 (Championship Game - Eric Garland Tournament UNB) The Huskies grabbed the lead for good midway through the fourth quarter, building leads as large as six down the stretch and captured the Eric Garland tournament championship, avenging a loss to the Axemen three weeks ago. Tournament MVP Mark McLaughlin had 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the Huskies, who went 28-37 from the free throw line. 6'1" Paolo Santana finished with 14 points, 9 rebounds, while adding 3 assists, 3 steals and 3 turnovers to lead Acadia. However, 6'5" Leonel Saintil was held in check by solid interior defense and team rebounding by the Huskies, scoring only 6 points while grabbing only 1 "o" rebound. 6'1" Shane Morrison had 17 points for St. Mary's while 6'5" Sean Berry added 11 points/6 boards for Acadia. The Axemen took an early 8 point lead but watched SMU come back to take a one point lead into halftime. Acadia then took their own one point lead into the fourth quarter before McLaughlin went to work to provide some breathing room and Huskies held on for the title in a well-played game that produced only 31 turnovers combined, reasonably low relative to other early season games. St. Mary's travels to Laval for the Rouge et Or tournament next weekend.

Ottawa (3-0) 79, Brock (2-4) 78 (Day 3 of Jack Donohue Memorial at uOttawa) 6'3" Donnie Gibson knocked down a three with 0.7 seconds remaining to lift the Gee-Gees to a victory and the championship of the Jack Donohue tournament. Gibson's shot culminated a frantic Ottawa comeback as they came from 10 points down with 2:30 remaining on the strength of three's by tournament all-star Josh Gibson-Bascombe (19 points, 6 rebounds) and freshman Bojan Dodic. The Badgers got a tremendous effort from 6'3" tournament all-star Mike Kemp who went 5 for 8 from three point land to finish with a game-high 24 points and added 10 rebounds. Tournament MVP 6'9" Dax Dessureault had another solid effort with 19 points and 8 boards while 6'3" wing Sean Peter added 16 points/5 rebounds for Ottawa. Solid 6'0" Scott Murray had 15 points/8 rebounds for Brock while 6'7" Owen White came alive with 13 points and 8 rebounds in a losing cause. The Gee-Gees jumped out to 23-10 lead early and, with the tournament championship already secured after St. FX's earlier victory over Laval, Ottawa Coach Dave DeAveiro cleared his bench. The Badgers immediately got back in the game with an 11-0 run and the teams stayed close with Ottawa clinging to a two point deficit by halftime. Kemp showed why he is an underrated offensive threat by putting on a show beyond the perimeter in the second half and the Badgers looked to be on their way leading by 10 late. But the hometown Gee-Gees caught fire from downtown and Gibson, a third-year wing from Ernestown, ON, who finished with 8 points, made no mistake at the buzzer to send the crowd into a frenzy.

St. Francis Xavier (3-2) 80, Laval (2-4) 74 (Day 3 of Jack Donohue Memorial at uOttawa) The X-Men came back from a 9 point fourth-quarter deficit behind tournament all-stars Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw, who had 23 points and 7 rebounds, and 6'2" Tyler Richards, who added 22 points (10-17 shooting), 5 rebounds and 5 steals, to finish the weekend in Ottawa at 2-1. In a see-saw first half, the X-Men jumped out to a 10 point first quarter lead only to watch as 6'7" J.P. Morin, who had a tournament-high 34 points and 13 rebounds, bring Les Rouge et Or back to lead by 5 at halftime. The X-Men appeared to finally wear Laval down in the fourth quarter to record the win. Laval hosts their own tournament next weekend while X returns to Ontario to face Brock, McMaster and U of T.

#5 Concordia (4-1) 79, Queen's (2-1) 71 OVERTIME 6'3" Dwayne Buckley hit a tough 3 at the regulation buzzer to send the game into overtime and then Buckley and 6'7" Jamal Gallier took over offensively in the extra session as the Stingers came from behind to beat the Gaels in Kingston, ON. With the Gaels up 4 and only 15 seconds left in regulation, 5'10" Pierre Thompson knocked down an NBA three to bring Concordia back to within 1. After Queen's made a pair of free throws, Buckley hit his tough shot and Concordia's defensive pressure finally wore the Gaels out in the overtime. 6'3" Simon Mitchell, quickly emerging as one of the top players in the OUA, again was instrumental for the Gaels, finishing with a game-high 23 points including going 3 for 6 from 3 in the first half which ended with Queen's leading 42-31. Down 6 entering the fourth quarter, Queen's was able to maintain a lead until the fateful final 20 seconds of regulation. "Queen's executes as well as anyone in the country", commented Stingers Coach John Dore, "and Simon (Mitchell) is going to have a great year; he's really playing well." Queen's coach Rob Smart lamented some missed free throws down the stretch by his team which could have put the game out of reach but added "Concordia plays really hard, they hit a couple of really tough shots and we wore down a bit by the end." Buckley finished with 22 for Concordia while Gallier had 21 points and 9 rebounds, the first time this season he missed having a double/double. Queen's again was without regulars Ryan Hairsine and Mitch Leger while the Stingers are still on a point-guard-by-committee approach with the ACL injury to starting point Damian Buckley, who again did not play. Report from

UNB (2-3) 67, RMC (0-4) 57 (7th Place Game - Eric Garland Tournament UNB)

Western (2-1) 95, UPEI (1-5) 80 (5th Place Game - Eric Garland Tournament UNB) 6'6" tournament all-star Brad Smith had 21 points to lead a balanced Mustang attack and the 'Stangs took a 15 point lead after the first quarter, never looking back to win their second straight game in New Brunswick. 6'1" Matt Curtis had 17 for Western while sharpshooting guard Jason Milliquet added 12 and 6'2" Alex Brzozwicz added 10. Brent McLaren led all scorers with 26 points including 5 3's for UPEI. Western/UPEI Box Score

Bishop's (3-3) 79, Manitoba (1-4) 64(3rd Place Game - Eric Garland Tournament UNB) The Gaiters rode a 31 point second quarter to a 17 point halftime lead and then held the Bisons to only 9 fourth-quarter points for a comfortable victory on the final day of the Eric Garland UNB tournament. 6'1" Junior Nicolas again was the difference-maker for Bishop's knocking down 8 of 12 three pointers for a game-high 24 points. Brian Crowe led Manitoba with 19 while Isaac Ansah had 15 on only 4-18 shooting. Bishop's/Manitoba Box Score

MORE GAME REPORTS FROM SATURDAY NIGHT... Dalhousie (5-1) 86, York (0-4) 82 The Tigers made it a clean sweep on their second of three Ontario tours as once again 6'1" Simon Farine shone in his hometown of Toronto with a 29 point effort (the York scorer's table apparently was in no mood to give out assists as Farine was credited with only 1; observers appeared to witness many more). The Tigers broke open a tight game in the third quarter and then watched as All-Canadian candidate Tut Ruach (27 points) brought the Lions back in the game late but they could never retake the lead. The Lions also stayed in the game on the "o" glass, grabbing 20. 6'1" Eylon Zemer and 6'7" Matt Terejko each added 12 for York while once again another big guy had another strong game against the Lions as 6'5" Germain Bendegue got off for a 22 point/11 rebound double double while 6'6" Drew Stratton added 14. Dal also got an active, productive game out of 6'3" rapidly-emerging Toronto native Yannick Walcott, who was a perfect 3 for 3 from the field as part of his 8 point effort. Both teams shot about 40% and had a ton of free throws. The Lions played without 6'9" Wes Anderson, out with a broken nose, while the Tigers lost 6'7" Ryan deWinter early in the game to an ankle injury. Dal returns to Southern Ontario next weekend for three games, starting with a Friday afternoon matinee at the University of Toronto against the Varsity Blues beginning at 3 PM.

Toronto (4-2) 73, Fraser Valley (1-2) 65 The Varsity Blues took control relatively early, leading by as many as 20 before going deep into their bench and held off a late Cascades rally to salvage one game on their three-game, three-day swing through British Columbia.

The AUS site has all the box scores from yesterday's games involving AUS teams which can be accessed by clicking here

Here is a quick note from Neate Sager's "Out of Left Field" blog on the athletic prowess of newest St. FX 6'8" forward Islam Luiz de Toledo Holy Toledo, he's got hops

Three tournament championships are on the line this afternoon across the country, highlighted by an all-AUS championship at the Eric Garland tournament at UNB as #3 Acadia faces #10 St. Mary's. These teams met 3 weeks ago in a charity event in Moncton, NB with Acadia pulling out an 11 point win. The Huskies pulled off a Houdini-like comeback in the first round of the UNB tournament on Friday with a buzzer-beater against Western, while Acadia was tested in an 8 point loss to Bishop's yesterday. #1 Carleton Ravens look to go a perfect 3-0 in Victoria today as they face the Vikes on the final day of the Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament while the Ravens' cross-town rivals Ottawa Gee-Gees look to complete a three-game sweep at their own Jack Donohue Memorial tournament with a win against Brock Badgers.

See previous post for a recap of Saturday's action including Queen's/McGill & Concordia/St.Lawrence games which were originally posted and later mysteriously disappeared into the abyss, likely caught in the cross fire of an on-line Pokemon battle my kids were engaged in. Also, we hope to have U of T/Fraser Valley & Waterloo/Sheridan College reports posted at some point through out the day. Finally, thanks for all the emails and messages with respect to a known email issue I have been dealing with. It is now in the hands of the diligent Sympatico help desk and their stellar turn around times.

Wayne Kondro's report from the Ottawa Citizen on Day 2 of the Donohue tournament Defence a dirty word

Victoria Times-Colonist article on UVic tournament Bobcats take advantage of third quarter slip

A full report from the web site on Saskatchewan's tournament victory including a video recap Dogs claim Shootout title

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