Sunday, 4 November 2007

Canada West Results from Saturday: #4 UBC Upset by Dinos

Calgary (2-0) #4 73, UBC (3-1) 68 The Dinos came all the way back from a 14 point halftime deficit to upset the T-Birds, handing UBC their first loss to a CIS team this season in front of 2,016 fans at Calgary's Jack Simpson Gym. A conventional three-point play by 6'8" freshman Tyler Fidler gave Calgary the lead for good with about 3 minutes remaining in the game. 6'8" Ross Bekkering finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead Calgary while 6'1" point guard Jeff Price added 17 points/5 rebounds and Fidler had 16 points/5 rebounds. UBC held the Dinos to 22% in the first half to race out to 36-22 halftime lead however the T-Birds, who committed 25 turnovers on the night, got into foul trouble and did not get their usual solid performances from their big guns as 6'3" Chris Dyck had only 10 points on 2-10 shooting with 6 turnovers before fouling out while 6'7" Matt Rachar had only 11 points/5 rebounds. UBC shot only 6-22 from three-point land and were led offensively by 6'4" third-year Grant MacEwan transfer Blain Labranche who had 20 points on 3 for 7 shooting from downtown. There were 51 fouls called in the game including 29 whistled again UBC. Still, the T-Birds went 20-27 from the line while Calgary struggled at 17 for 30. 6'6" Brent Malish added an 11-point/12-rebound double double for UBC, which hosts Barnaby Craddock's University College of Fraser Valley Cascades (3-1) in a pair of games next weekend on Friday and Saturday at home. Calgary/UBC Box Score From Wayne Thomas of Dinos News... Stunning Turnaround Beats 'Birds For three quarters of their game with UBC on Saturday, the Dinos looked inept, unsure, and tentative ... and then ... a light went on and the home team went on a tear, cutting an 11 pt. Thunderbird lead and pulling ahead 62-61 on a brilliant drive and consequent 3 pt. play from Tyler Fidler. From there Calgary held onto the lead for the final 3 minutes with key baskets from Henry Bekkering and Robbie Sihota, while UBC's scoring efforts were limited by a more aggressive Dinos defense. Calgary was led by a 20 point and 14 rebound game from Ross Bekkering, who consistently soared above the crowd to snare possession off errant T'Bird attempts. Jeff Price chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds, Tyler Fidler scored 16 with 5 boards, and Robbie Sihota had 14 pts. and 5 rebounds. At the half UBC was up 36 - 22, as the Dinos could only manage a paltry 8-37 ... 22% from the floor. The second half was much better as Calgary hit 46% ... 17-37. Foul shooting was a weakness once again as the Dinos hit on only 17 of 30 from the line. The rebounding was even for the game UC 39 - UBC - 38. A big crowd of 2020 enjoyed the spirited comeback, as Calgary's intensity on defense turned the game in their favour. While neither game was an artistic masterpiece, the Dinos did come away from the opening weekend with two wins against the top teams in the Pacific Division. They are tied with Alberta for first in the Central Division, as the Bears beat Fraser Valley 88 - 62 in Abbotsford Saturday. Saskatchewan evened their record at 1-1 with a 102 - 79 win at Thompson Rivers. Lethbridge lost 68-54 to Victoria, and the 'Horns fall to 0-2. Calgary hits the road for games at Simon Fraser Friday, Nov. 9 and at Trinity Western Saturday, the 10th. Much progress will need to be made if the Dinos are to win consistently on the road, as this type of come from behind win is rare when you travel in Canada West.

#7 Alberta (2-0) 88, Fraser Valley (3-1) 62 The Bears came out flying to take a 26 point halftime lead, shooting a sizzling 65% in the first two quarters, and coasted to an easy win against the Cascades in Abbottsford. 6'2" Alex Steele led all scorers with 26 points on 9-12 shooting (including 3-5 from 3) and added 6 assists in only 27 minutes, the most any Bear played on the evening. 6'7" Harvey Bradford shot 8 for 10 from the floor to finish with 17 points and 7 rebounds while the Bears held Cascades star 6'8" forward Joel Haviland to only 5 points in 10 minutes, limiting UCFV to only 33% shooting and 0-7 from 3 overall in the first half. 6'4" Dwayne Harrison, a fourth-year transfer, was the only player in double figures for the Cascades with 13 points. Alberta/UCFV Box Score UCFV visits UBC next weekend for a pair of games while the Bears have their first two intra-divisional games, hosting a reeling Saskatchewan Huskies team expected to contend for the Mountain Division championship. Game Report from UCFV site

#8 Brandon (2-0) 100, Trinity Western (0-4) 82 8th Ranked Bobcats Crush Spartans, Improve to 2-0; Written by: Jeremy Sawatzky, BU Sports Information; BRANDON, MB – The Brandon University Bobcats didn’t require any late game heroics this time around. For the first time this season, the 8th ‘Cats played a nearly flawless game of basketball, cruising to a 100-82 victory over the Trinity Western Spartans Saturday night at the BU Gymnasium. “We got out early and did a good job of controlling the tempo,” said Brandon head coach Mike Raimbault, whose team improved to 2-0 in conference play. “It was a total team effort. We handled their pressure all night and played with great composure.” With the loss, Trinity Western saw their record fall to 0-4. 6'5" 5th year forward Adam Hartman led the way for BU, scoring 23 points on 11-19 shooting from the field. 6'2" Manitoba transfer Tarik Tokar added 21 points and 5 assists, while 6'1" point guard Yul Michel delivered 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. “I thought we really dictated the tempo all game long,” added Raimbault. “We were able to keep things moving at our pace, which led to some good decision making.” Joe Vroom topped all Spartans players with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Luke Robinson added 18 points while Lucas Goltz had 15. Up next for the Bobcats is a weekend set with the Manitoba Bisons next Friday and Saturday at the BU Gymnasium. Brandon/Trinity Western Box Score Notes: Brandon shot 59.7% for the game and led 51-36 at halftime.

Winnipeg (2-0) 72, Manitoba (0-2) 60 The Wesmen held the host Bisons to only 24% shooting in the first half to race to a 32-23 lead at the break and then held on for a comfortable win in front of 900 fans at Manitoba. Sophomore Nick Lother led the way for Winnipeg with 20 points (3-7 from 3) adding 6 rebounds and 5 assists while fifth-year guard Erfan Nasajpour had a tidy 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the Wesmen, who swept the two-game home-and-home series between the city rivals. 6'6" Brian Crowe led Manitoba with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6'1" Isaac Ansah added 13 points on only 4-19 from the field, making the Bisons only 3 point shot as Manitoba went 1 for 21 from downtown as a team for the game. Winnipeg/Manitoba Box Score also from the Manitoba web site, a Game Report

Saskatchewan (1-1) 102, Thompson Rivers (0-4) 79 6'4" freshman Brennan Jarrett had 19 points while 6'7" Mark Lynch added 18 to lead six Huskies in double figures as Saskatchewan extended an 11 point halftime lead to 24 with a 27-14 third quarter run to rout the Wolfpack in Kamloops before 250 fans. 6'7" Andrew Spagrud had a 16 point, 11 rebound double double for the Huskies while Drew Bleth led Thompson Rivers with 14 points. Saskatchewan/Thompson Rivers Box Score Game Report from TRU Sports Information (Jennifer Robertson) It was a powerful and sizeable team from Saskatchewan that met the TRU WolfPack tonight at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops. The Huskies moved the ball quickly and dominated the floor as it outshot the `Pack 24-16 in the first quarter. The WolfPack men had a stronger second quarter as they scrambled to make up the difference and put up 27 points to Saskatchewan's 30. There was an 11 point spread at the half (54-43) as the men headed to the change rooms for the half time break. A bigger and stronger performance from Saskatchewan was the result as the third quarter was owned by the Huskies. Saskatchewan cemented their lead as they racked up 27 points in the third while holding the WolfPack to just 14 points. The baskets made in the final quarter were again even between the two teams with TRU netting 22 points to Saskatchewan's 21, but the first and third quarters were too lopsided for the `Pack to make up lost ground. At the final buzzer Saskatchewan captured its first win of the CIS regular season and handed the TRU WolfPack its fourth straight loss. The game's top scorer was Saskatchewan's rookie Brennan Jarrett (1st-year, 6'4" Saskatoon, SK) with 19 points, eight for 11 in the paint, three for six in three pointers while three Saskatchewan fifth year's also scored in the high teens. Mark Lynch (6'6", Calgary, AB) had 18, Kyle Grant (6'2", Moose Jaw, SK) had 17 points, 10 assists and six rebounds and played a total of 35 minutes. Andrew Spagrud (6'7", Saskatoon, SK) had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Saskatchewan's Rob Lovelace (5th-year, 6'0"Saskatoon, SK) had 11 points and seven steals. Drew Bleth (2nd-year, 6'1" Ridgefield, WA) was the highest WolfPack scorer with 14 points. Rookie Geoff Matthews (1st-year, 5'10" Kamloops, BC) had 8 points, 6 assists, 11 rebounds one steal and one block in the thirty minutes he played. Connor Agnew (2nd-year, 6'4" Prince Rupert, BC) made four out of seven three point shots and had a total of 13 points. Brian Smith (5th-year, 6'5" Maple Ridge, BC) had 12 points in the 19 minutes played. On the injury list for the WolfPack was Kamar Burke, Brent Traxel and Lucian Sauciuc. Next basketball action for the WolfPack is on the road against the Victoria Vikes. Saskatchewan heads to Edmonton this weekend to take on Alberta.

Victoria (3-1) 68, Lethbridge (0-2) 54 Trailing by one heading into the fourth quarter, the Vikes held the hometown Pronghorns to only 7 fourth-quarter points to gain a split of their weekend games in Alberta. 6'7" Mitch Gudgeon had 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Vikes while Shawn Nelson had 14 including 3 3's from Lethbridge. Victoria/Lethbridge Box Score Game Report from Mike Tucker, UVic Sports Info... Fourth-quarter surge drops Lethbridge; LETHBRIDGE, AB - The University of Victoria Vikes used 16-3 run in the fourth quarter, to overwhelm the Lethbridge Pronghorns 68-54. Tyler Hass led the fourth quarter comeback, scoring six points in the final frame, as the Vikes came-from-behind to capture their first road victory of conference play. The lead changed hands seven times, and Lethbridge entered the fourth with a 47-46 lead. Two minutes into the start of the final frame Tyler Hass gave the Vikes the lead for good, with the forward's hoop the beginning of eight unanswered points. Hass closed out the game with two more baskets, finishing with 12 points and a rebound shy of the double-double. Mitch Gudgeon scored a game high 15 points, shooting 5-for-7 from the field. Overall the Vikes shot 42.9 percent. Robbie Kinnear had another monster night on the glass with 10 rebounds, giving the Vikes a 45-34 advantage. It began as a close defensive game with the teams combining for only 56 first half points and the largest lead by either team was only six points. Down the stretch rebounding and free throw shooting hampered the Horns chances, as the Horns only hit on 47% of the free throws. Lethbridge freshman Quinn Van Gaalen was again a bright spot for the Horns, contributing 13 and 3 steals. Shawn Nelson led the Horns in scoring with 14. The victory over Lethbridge earns the Vikes a weekend split in Southern Alberta. The Vikes move to 3-1 on the season, and maintain a two-way tie for first in the Pacific Division with the UBC Thunderbirds. Saturday night the T-birds suffered a 73-68 loss to Calgary. The Vikes return home next weekend to face the winless Thompson Rivers WolfPack, Friday and Saturday night at McKinnon Gymnasium. Tip-off is 8 p.m. both nights.

Regina (2-0) 85, Simon Fraser (0-4) 67 The Cougars jumped out to a 22 point halftime lead, extended it to 25 and then coasted for an easy win against the winless Clan. 6'1" Jeffrey Lukomski led all scorers with 24 points including 5 3's while 6'5" Jamal Williams was once again a monster on the glass, grabbing 17 rebounds while adding 10 points. Regina had all 5 starters in double figures and led 71-46 after 3 quarters. The reeling Clan shot only 35% from the floor and were led by big men 6'7" Nolan Holmes with 11 points and 6'8" Greg Wallis with 10 points. Regina/Simon Fraser Box Score

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