Thursday, 11 October 2007

Thursday's CIS Action

Thursday, October 11th CIS Results

#5 Saskatchewan 81, Simon Fraser 75 OVERTIME (Brandon Super 8 Tournament) 6'2" Kyle Grant, just back from an injury, hit a game-breaking three about midway throught the overtime period and the #5 Huskies held off the big, strong Simon Fraser Clan in OT. Saskatchewan's 6'8" Andrew Spagrud had tied the score with 1.2 seconds left in regulation by converting 1-2 free throws after the Clan's 6'4" guard Sean Burke hit a runner off the glass with just 15.4 seconds left to give Simon Fraser the lead. Grant (14 points) had hit a big three earlier to give the Huskies a two point lead. The game was extremely tight after the first quarter when the Clan jumped out to a seven point lead but Saskatchewan came back to grab a 39-38 halftime lead. Spagrud led all scorers with 29 points and added 12 rebounds while 6'0" Rob Lovelace and 6'1" Rejean Chabot added 14 apiece with Chabot doing a stellar job shadowing Clan sharpshooter Kevin Shaw who went only 1-9 from the field. Burke led the Clan with 18 points while 6'7" Greg Wallis added 16 points/13 rebounds and 6'5" Matt Kuzminski had 13. The Huskies hurt themselves at the foul line going only 21 for 39. The Clan was 10-14 from the charity stripe and stayed in the game by going 48.4% from the floor. Game Report from

Western 117, S.S. Fleming College (OCAA) 73 6'6" Brad Smith had 30 points on 12-21 shooting and added 8 rebounds to lead the Mustangs past the Knights in a fast-paced, up-and-down affair. Freshman point guard Ryan Barbeau added 25 points in only 25 minutes for Western while Michigan transfer Alex Brzozowicz added 24 including a sizzling 6 for 7 from three point range. The Mustangs were able to get many easy transition scores off Fleming turnovers and had their way inside against the Knights interior "d". Western dressed only 9 players due to injuries to regulars Andrew Wedemire, out about 2 more weeks with shin splints, and forward Adam Ruckbie who rolled his ankle earlier this week. Western already has had to deal with not having guards Jordan Smith (shoulder) and Danny Jeon (rare compartment syndrome that restricts blood flow to his leg muscles). The doctors will get a closer look at Jeon in the next couple of days and decide if surgery is required. 6'2" Jovaine Wilson led the Knights with 24 points. Western Fleming Box Score

Brandon 97, Lakehead 66 (Brandon Super 8 Tournament) Bobcats Open Season In Style Written by: Jeremy Sawatzky, BU Sports Information BRANDON, MB – Mike Raimbault couldn’t have scripted a better start to his CIS coaching career. The first year Brandon Bobcats head coach watched his team steamroll their way to a 97-66 win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves in the opening game of the Super 8 Invitational Thursday night at the BU Gymnasium. “Picture perfect,” said a smiling Raimbault when asked about his team’s opening night performance. “We got up and down the court quickly, and everyone did a tremendous job playing their role.” Dany Charlerly led the way for Brandon, scoring 28 points on 10-14 shooting in a mere 13 minutes of action, while former Canada West all-star Nikosey Quick was outstanding in his return to the CIS, delivering 11 points, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes. “It’s been 5 years, but to be honest with you, I feel like I ain’t missed nothing,” commented Quick afterwards. “We have a great group of guys here, and really, you can have all the talent in the world, but the most important thing is team chemistry. We have that here… a great group of guys with great camaraderie.” 5th year guard Yul Michel notched 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals, and Tarik Tokar turned in 14 points and 6 assists in his Bobcat debut. Meanwhile, first year ‘Cat Kyle Vince knocked down a trio of three-pointers en rout to 13 points. “I was definitely nervous before the game,” noted Vince. “But all the guys and the coaches, they’re just so supportive. When you get a shot, they want you to take it, which is great for your confidence.” Warren Thomas topped all Lakehead scorers with 28 points, while Kiraan Posey added 23 points and 13 rebounds. Astoundingly, only two other Thunderwolves managed to register a point in the losing cause. The Bobcats shot 47% (37-79) from the field, 50% (11-22) from three-point range, and 67% (12-18) from the free throw line. The Thunderwolves made 31% (23-73) of their field goals, 21% (6-28) of their three’s, and 78% (14-18) of their free throws. Brandon out-rebounded Lakehead 46-41.

AIA 100, Lethbridge 75 (Thompson Rivers Desert Classic) Leading scorers for Lethbridge were Richard Steed and Quinn Van Gaalen with 13 apiece.

10:30 PM Quest vs. TRU (Thompson Rivers Desert Classic)

Lopsided scores for the first night of the BMO Nesbitt Burns Desert Classic in Kamloops, B.C.

Game 1:
Thursday, Oct. 11 at 5:30 in the new TCC.
Athletes in Action (AIA) vs. the Lethbridge Pronghorns
AIA creams Lethbridge 107-75
AIA posts no less than 24 points each quarter. Their top scorer for the game was # 23 Jonathan Raney with 28 points. Two other players posted 19 points each.

The 8-10-player AIA team, made up mostly of NCAA Division I and
semi-pro players are currently on a 20-game tour of Western Canada. Yesterday, Oct. 10, the University of Alberta lost 110-83 to the Athletes in Action.

The WolfPack meet Lethbridge tomorrow at 7:30 and then AIA on Saturday at 3:30pm in the TCC.

Game 2:
Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 in the new TCC.
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) vs. Quest University Canada
TRU lays Quest to rest with a lopsided 115-82 score
A fairly even performance across the team as three starters and tree new recruits all reached the double digits for points. Team high scorer was Drew Bleth (Ridgefield, AB) with 19 points as he was 8-11 for field goals and 3-5 for three-points. Connor Agnew (15 points), Kamar Burke and Simon Doty both had 14 points and rookies Geoff Matthews (Brocklehurst) and George Aramide (London, UK) both had 11 points.
Brian Smith, Burke and Aramide were the strongest for defense.
"They played well, but have to work on defense to compete in the CIS," said TRU head coach Nevin Gleddie. Gleddie said it was help defense that needed the most work, not just ball defense.
Quest University is touring this year as a demonstration team in the BCCAA.

AIA meets Quest tomorrow at 5:30 while the WolfPack play Lethbridge at 7:30.
Quest takes on Lethbridge Sat. at 1:30 while AIA plays TRU at 3:30pm in the TCC.

Dinos Head East For First CIS Action (Courtesy of Wayne Thomas of Dino Hoops News) After a preview on the Labour Day weekend against NCAA visitors Weber State and Creighton, after a month and a half of pre-season practice, and after warming up with three decisive wins against Alberta College opposition, the UC Dinos are ready to test their new lineup against three Ontario CIS squads in this weekend's Naismith Classic hosted by the University of Waterloo. So many significant newcomers are bolstering a Dinos roster that this pre-season action will be a coming out for the team on the national scene. Any time Calgary travels east, they hope to win some support for national ranking consideration, and this year they hope to make a statement against Waterloo Warriors, Toronto Blues, and McMaster Marauders. With the maturing of returnees like 3rd year forwards Ross Bekkering, Robbie Sihota, and Joe Schow, the Dinos look to step up with the added fire-power brought by Henry Bekkering, Jeff Price and Josh Lovestone. Price and Lovestone have 2 years experience in Canadian College play, and Henry B has played a couple of seasons at Eastern Washington University. Add three 1st year standouts in Brennen Fule, Andrew Champagnie, both guard prospects, and the play anywhere Western Canada HS grad Tyler Fidler, then Coach Dan Vanhooren cannot help but be excited about this team.

As well, here is a story on the Bekkering brothers written by Stuart Pallard from the Gauntlet, U of Calgary's campus newspaper BBallin with the Bekkerings

Howard Tsumura's piece on Marc Trasolini from Vancouver College who has committed to Santa Clara University and will try to follow in Steve Nash's footsteps Tradition lives on through Trasolini

Laurentian Update courtesy of Alex Graham, Laurentian Sports Information; The Laurentian Voyageurs Men’s basketball team hosts their first exhibition game of the season Friday as Laurier travels to the Ben Avery to take on the Voyageurs. After competing in the Concordia Stingers Invitational tourney this past weekend, the Voyageurs will look to enter the win column for the first time this season on home-court. The two teams almost met up last weekend in Montreal, but a win by Laurier sent the team into the championship game against Concordia, leaving Memorial University to play in the consolations with the Voyageurs. This time around, there will be no stopping the two teams as they meet for the first time this season. Laurentian should be prepared for a tough game Friday, as Laurier is a good team that has been well coached in the past. They played great versus Concordia and almost beat them in their own gym. They have a big and mobile team that causes problems for the opposition at both ends of the court. The Voyageurs will have to display great defence and play hard for the full 40-minutes if they hope to come away with the victory. On Saturday, the squad hosts the Voyageurs basketball Alumni in the Hall of Fame’s annual game. This game should be fun for all involved and for fans to watch. The Alumni’s size and experience will be tough for the current Voyageurs to handle but the game will help the squad to progress as a team. "Both games will be a good test of intensity for the Voyageurs," said head coach Shawn Swords. "We'll need to compete for 40 minutes in both games against two very strong opponents if we want any chance of winning." "We are still learning how hard we need to work to be successful at this level and once again this weekend will help," he added. The Voyageurs open the OUA season November 9th at Windsor.

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