Thursday, 25 October 2007

Thursday Night in the CIS

Thursday, Oct. 25th CIS Results
UBC (2-0 vs. CIS overall, 1-0 Canada West) 104, Trinity Western (0-1, Canada West) 77 The T-Birds came out flying in the second half, outscoring TWU 51-28 to claim the solid win on Opening Night of the CIS regular season in Vancouver. The Spartans jumped out to a 12-2 lead off the start of the game and were within 4 at halftime after going a blazing 10-13 from three point land in the first half. However UBC tightened up defensively, especially on TWU's Luke Robinson (25 points including 5-8 3's but only 9 after halftime when the game was basically decided) to claim the win. 6'7" Matt Rachar led the T-Birds with 27 points and 6 rebounds while 6'3" Chris Dyck added 21 points and 6 assists. UBC's 6'8" center Bryson Kool, still recovering from a knee injury suffered during the Labour Day weekend, played only 8 minutes with 6'5" freshman Graham Bath starting in his place. UBC meets Simon Fraser in Burnaby on Saturday night. UBC Defeats Spartans plus UBC/TWU Box Score

Tournament and Exhibition Results from Thursday Night

Alberta (3-1) 89, Waterloo (0-4) 68 (Day One: Golden Bear Invitational in Edmonton) 6'4" Andrew Parker has always been regarded as one of the best, if not the best, athletes in Canada and has provided fans with highlight reel dunks throughout his career. Parker, who was described by Bears coach Don Horwood as his hardest working player during the summer, is proving in his fifth season to be much more than just a great dunker and showing that preparation and hard work plus athleticism can lead to greatness as a player as he had a career-high 29 points, including a sizzling 7 for 8 from the three point line, plus 8 rebounds, to lead the Bears to an easy victory against the Warriors. Parker (pictured hammering home a dunk) added 4 steals in a tremendous effort during which he had 17 points at halftime when Alberta led 48-30. Alberta was able to play their entire bench as no Bear played more than 23 minutes on the night. 6'3" freshman Cam McIntyre had 18 points (3-7 3's) in 23 minutes for Waterloo. Three other Bears each had 12 points including 6'2" Alex Steele, 6'5" Harvey Bradford and 6'5" Neb Alkesic. Waterloo also got a solid game from 6'8" Alan Goodhoofd who banked 10 points and a team high seven rebounds. The Bears take on York on Friday while Waterloo meets Ottawa. Alberta/Waterloo Box Score

Rocky Mt (NAIA) 79, Lethbridge (0-1) 62 (Day One: Apex Alarm Lethbridge Alumni Classic) Rocky Mountain College broke open a tie game after three quarters with a decisive 30-11 run in the final 10 minutes to defeat the hometown Pronghorns. Ryan Anderson led three 'Horns in double figures with 14 points while freshman Quinn Van Gaalen and Richard Steed each added 10. Lethbridge takes on Saskatchewan this evening while Rocky Mt. meets Ryerson. Lethbridge/Rocky Mt Box Score

Carroll College 82, Regina (2-1) 69 (Exhibition Game in Helena, Montana) Despite a career-high 35 points from the Cougars Jeff Lukomski (pictured), Regina could not overcome an early 18 point deficit in a loss to the Saints (NAIA). Carroll made 8 first-half 3's to go up 38-20 but the Cougars zone began to work and a 12-0 second half run led by Lukomski, who had 5 3's of his own for the game, brought the game back to 63-59 late in the game, but the Cougars could get no closer. Regina/Carroll recap and newspaper box score

Ottawa (4-0) 83, York (0-5) 68 (Day One: Golden Bear Invitational in Edmonton) 6'9" Dax Dessureault had 29 points and 13 rebounds as the Gee-Gees won their fourth straight, a comfortable victory against OUA East rival York. Ottawa controlled the game in the first half, turning it over only 6 times and taking a 43-32 lead into halftime. The lead was 20 late in the third quarter when the Gee-Gees went to their bench but the Lions quickly crept back in the game, getting it to 4 with about 5 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. But Ottawa finished the game by outscoring York by 11 to win going away. The Lions stayed in the game behind 6'3" Tut Ruach's 21 points but were aided by a 6 for 18 Gee-Gees effort from the foul line (Dessureault was 3 for 9 from the stripe) and 16 second half turnovers by Ottawa, including 8 for the game by 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe (14 points/4 rebounds). 6'3" Donnie Gibson added 11 for Ottawa, who played without 6'5" David Labentowicz, out for the weekend with an ankle injury. 6'6" freshman Justin Bell started in Labentowicz's place and grabbed 5 rebounds. 6'6" freshman Vadim Rezenberg, a slender, slick-shooting forward with a nice face-up game, had 14 points for York while 6'8" veteran post Matt Terejko added 11 points/8 rebounds. The Lions meet the host Alberta Golden Bears tomorrow night while Ottawa tangles with Waterloo.

Cape Breton (4-0) 79, Brock (2-5) 68 The Capers peeled off a 15-4 run off the start of the fourth highlighted by 6'4" Phil Nkrumah's third 3 of the game and Cape Breton remained undefeated with a comeback win against the Badgers in St. Catharines. Nkrumah had a career-high 21 points in all, making all his threes and adding 8 rebounds as Cape Breton dominated inside (47-16 advantage in points in the paint) and on the glass, outrebounding Brock 47-32. 6'5" Eric Breland had his way inside for the Capers, leading all scorers with 22 points and adding 17 rebounds as Cape Breton had 14 offensive rebounds. The Badgers, once again without All-Canadian point guard Brad Rootes out with an ankle injury, found themselves down 19 early but went off on a 23-4 run of their own in the last 6 minutes of the second quarter to pull into a 42-42 halftime tie, as 6'2" Rohan Steen had 17 first-half points including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. 6'0" Scott Murray (18 points, 5 assists, only 1 turnover) and Steen (21 points, 6 assists) have been sharing the load at the point and both had solid third quarters to give Brock a 3 point lead entering the final quarter. But Nkrumah and Breland continued their dominance inside down the stretch and, after Brock got it to within 5 at 69-64, Nkrumah sealed it with his big three pointer with only a couple of minutes remaining to put the game out of reach. The Badgers shot just 12 for 38 from three point land and had trouble finding their offense late in the game, scoring only 4 points in the first 5 minutes of the fourth. The Badgers host St. FX tomorrow night at the Bob Davis Gym in St.Catharines while Cape Breton moves on to Waterloo to participate in the Hawk Challenge, matching up against the host Laurier Golden Hawks tomorrow night in Waterloo. Cape Breton/Brock Box Score

#9 Saskatchewan (6-1) 95, Ryerson (0-5) 79 (Day One: Apex Alarm Lethbridge Alumni Classic) The Huskies prevailed despite having only 9 healthy players, including starters 6'8" Andrew Spagrud and 6'0" Rob Lovelace, but had 8 of those players in double figures to defeat the Rams. 6'2" Kyle Grant had 18 points to lead Saskatchewan while 6'7" Boris Bakovic, rapidly emerging as a honours candidate for the Rams, again was a one-man band with 32 points (13-19 from the floor) and added 12 rebounds. Saskatchewan led by 10 at the half and extended their lead to 21 at 70-49 late in the third quarter. Ryerson made a brief rally to come to within 10 at 80-70 after 6'2" Brandon Krupa (14 points) knocked down a three, but the Huskies did not allow Ryerson to get any closer. Game Report from plus Saskatchewan/Ryerson Box Score

Guelph (3-2) 96, Memorial (1-6) 55 (Exhibition) The Gryphs took a 53-19 lead into halftime as all 15 players who dressed score at least a point to whip the Seahawks. 6'7" Duncan Milne was the only Guelph player to hit double figures, finishing with 14. Guelph hosts St. FX on Saturday while Memorial travels to Hamilton to meet McMaster tomorrow at noon.

Article in the Vancouver Sun by Dan Stinson UBC Hoops Heroes hard to replace

Alberta Head Coach Don Horwood previews the Golden Bear Invitational and discusses his team in a recent radio interview on Edmonton radio Listen!!!

A preview of the Apex Alarm tournament at the University of Lethbridge Horns Home at Last

Former Bishop's Gaiter guard Dave King has been named Head Coach of the ABA's Montreal Royal King named Royals Head Coach

Thanks to Glenn MacDonald from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald for the following piece (click here for the entire article).

"Wandering Tigers winning respect on the road... A busy pre-season schedule is paying dividends for John Campbell’s much-improved basketball Dalhousie Tigers. Led by talented transfer point guard Simon Farine, the Tigers are 5-1 after two weekend trips to Ontario and earning the attention of the rest of the country. The respected basketball blog has Dalhousie ranked at No. 10 in the country in this week’s poll, a lofty standing for a team looking for its first winning season since 1999. But the Tigers are off to a terrific start, with their only loss coming against the five-time champion Carleton Ravens. And they’ve already improved on one of last season’s biggest weaknesses – a 2-10 record away from Dalplex. Dalhousie will swing through Ontario again this weekend, with games at Toronto, Guelph and McMaster. The Tigers play their last exhibition game on Nov. 2 at the University of Maine before finally hitting home court for four straight games to open the regular season, starting with St. F.X. on Nov. 8. The X-Men will also do a three-game tour of Ontario this weekend while Saint Mary’s is at a tournament at Laval."

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