Friday, 9 November 2007

Friday Night's Scores

Bishop's (1-0) 75, Laval (0-1) 74 Sophomore guard Andy Wright’s 18 foot "high" tear drop over 6’8” JP Morin with just 2 seconds remaining in the game lifted the Gaiters to a gut-wrenching victory in front of over 1,200 fans at the Mitchell Gymnasium in Lennoxville. Bishop's led for most of the way and got an All-Canadian-like performance from 6'1" Junior Nicolas who finished with 30 points including 5/9 3’s. 6'8" Hermon Tesfaghebriel added 10 points 8 rebounds for Bishop's while Damon Anderson Thomas added 5 points, 4 rebounds but more importantly did a nice job on Laval's All-Canadian Morin (23 points and 8 rebs in 36 minutes) including taking 3 charges. Wright finished with 8 points, 7 assists and 2 steals with a solid effort running the point while Cam Mowat had 11 points, 5 rebounds. Marc Andre Lefebvre knocked down 4/7 3’s as part of his 14 point effort while 5'9" freshman point guard Xavier Baribeau also knocked in 4 3’s for 14 points. The Gaiters held last season's CIS Rookie-of-the-Year 6'3" JF Beaulieu to only 10 points while touted 6'4" freshman Jerome Turcotte battled fouling trouble all night before later picking up his fifth and finished with 0 points and 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Bishop’s next game is Saturday evening at the UQAM Citadins while Laval will try and pick up their first win of the season tonight when they host the McGill Redmen. Laval/Bishop's Box Score

Regina (3-0) 86, Winnipeg (2-1) 75 The hometown Cougars finished the game on a 15-5 run to break open a one-point game as Bryden Wright had 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead five Regina players in double figures. After 5'9" Erfan Nasajpour brought the Wesmen back to within one at 71-70 with 6:18 to play, the Cougars clamped down defensively and 6'1" sharpshooter Jeff Lukomski had 7 of his 14 points during the game-deciding run. Matt Opalko led Winnipeg with 16 points. The teams meet again tomorrow night. Regina/Winnipeg Box Score

#9 Brandon (3-0) 88, Manitoba (0-3) 66 The Bobcats put on a dominating performance, stretching an 11 point halftime lead to 22 after three quarters by scoring 30 points in the quarter to route the Bisons. Brandon had 5 players in double figures led by Kevin Oliver with 16 as 10 players played at least 13 minutes apiece for the Bobcats. Darcy Coss led the Bisons with a game-high 19 points. The teams meet again tomorrow night. Jeremy Sawatsky's Game Report plus Brandon/Manitoba Box Score

Ryerson (1-0) 75, Laurier (0-1) 65 The Rams ended the third quarter on a 19-7 run to break open a tight game and then held off the Hawks down the stretch as the Bakovic brothers combined for 54 points. The Hawks peeled off a 9-0 run to start the third quarter bouyed by a pair of threes by 6'5" Justin Golob and a solid effort from 6'5" freshman Dominique Brown (20 points). But the Rams pounded the ball inside to 6'11" Igor Bakovic (26 points, 10 rebounds) and 6'7" Boris Bakovic (game-high 28 points) did his thing in and around the paint. 6'2" Brandon Krupa, who has assumed much of the point guard duties for the Rams, had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals while 6'10" Joey Imbrogno added 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. 6'8" Andrew Pennycook, expected to battle the Ryerson bigs, finished with 0 points and only 3 rebounds and 1 block in 25 minutes for Laurier. 6'5" Matt Walker added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the Hawks, who face the U of T Blues tomorrow night while Rye entertains Waterloo. Mike Quigley's game report: GOLDEN HAWKS DROP FIRST LEAGUE MATCH... The Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks opened their 2007-08 OUA season with a 75-65 loss at the hands of the Ryerson University Rams on Friday night in Toronto. This was the regular season meeting between the two teams and was the second consecutive loss to Ryerson for the Hawks. Initially it appeared as if the two weeks since their last action had the Golden Hawks a little rusty, tentative in their play and not ready to compete at the level necessary to be effective at the CIS level. They opened the 1st quarter by missing their first 8 shots including several layups and putbacks and wre fortunate to find themselves only down 4-0 before sinking a couple of baskets to tie up the game. Neither team was able to sustain any effective offense and the quarter ended with Ryerson up 13-12. All the Laurier scoring in the period was done by 3 of the Hawk’s talented freshmen who, at least competed hard when they were on the floor. The 2nd quarter saw more of the same type of play. Neither team was able to put together successive successful trips down the floor but the Hawks managed to stay close even though they were unable to control Ryerson’s big men who seemed to do whatever they wanted on offense and intimidate the Hawks with their length on defense. The Rams were able to finish the half on an 8-1 run as Laurier missed a foul shot and then their last 7 shots of the quarter. The Rams were up 30-22 at half time despite shooting only 33% from the floor. They were up because the Hawks shot a dismal 24%. The Golden Hawks opened the 3rd quarter with a 3 to inch back into the game but each time they pulled close, the Rams would score to maintain their lead. Consecutive 3's followed by a tough basket had Ryerson’s lead back down to 3 points, 38-35, midway through the 3rd but an 11-3 run gave the Rams a 49-38 lead at the end of three. During the 4th quarter both teams who had struggled to put the ball in the hoop suddenly seemed to catch fire and score. The Hawks came back from double digit deficits 3 times in the quarter cutting Ryerson’s lead down to 5 points each time but they were never able to get over the final hump. Each time they got close they gave up an open shot or put one of the Rams on the foul line and had to fight out of a hole again. Pressing the Rams full court for the last minute, they were able to create turnovers and finally, get to the foul line themselves but were unable to hit all their foul shots and could only cut their deficit to 5 with seconds left. Forced to foul to stop the clock, they put the Rams on the line where they were able to knock down
5 shots on their final possession to make the final score - Ryerson 75, Laurier 65. Again, the Hawks’ nemesis - foul shots - was a factor. The Hawks were 9/18 from the line with 8 of the successful attempts coming in the final 3 minutes of the game while the Rams were 20/23. The Golden Hawks were led in scoring by rookie wing Dominique Brown (Woodbridge, ON) who finished with 20 points and was one of the bright spots in this loss. Matthew Walker (4th yr, wing, Waterloo, ON) and Justin Golob (2nd yr, wing, St. Catherine’s, ON) each added 12 points. Veteran post Trevor Csima (5th yr, Oakville, ON) led the Hawks with 10 rebounds but struggled elsewhere with 0 points and 5 fouls. The Ryerson Rams were led by the Bakovic (Toronto, ON) brothers. Boris (2nd yr) finished with a game high 28 points while Igor (5th yr) had a double-double - 26 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Krupa (4th yr, G, St.
Catherine’s, ON) added 12 points. The Golden Hawks next action will be Saturday night when they continue their crossover games with the OUA East and travel back into Toronto to take on the #10 ranked University of Toronto Varsity Blues. Game time is 8:00 pm.

Western (1-0) 102, York (0-1) 83 Courtesy of Andy Watson, Western Sports Information Director... Western's offence rolls over Lions in 102-83 victory in home opener; Mustangs beat one of OUA East's best franchises as five players score over 10 points in victory... LONDON, Ont. - 6'1" Jason Milliquet struggled early on but hit five three-pointers in the second half to lift the Mustangs to a 102-83 victory in their home opener at Alumni Hall on Nov. 9. It's the first time since Dec. 4, 2002, in a 106-103 loss to Brock, that Western registered triple-digits in a regular season game. Milliquet finished 5/10 from three-point land, scoring 15 points, while senior Mustang 6'6" forward Brad Smith (Churchill, Ont.) was also impressive, scoring Western's first 12 points to give Western 20 of its 49 first-half points. Smith was limited - due partly to foul trouble - to just six points in the second half to finish with 26 on the game. He added four rebounds. 6'1" Matt Curtis added 20 points and 14 assists for Western, while 6'7" Matthew Terejko scored 25 points to lead the Lions. Western managed to register triple digits against York, a team coached by legend Bob Bain now in his 33rd year as a university basketball head coach in Canada. The win over such a well-coached team is a good benchmark for Western's men's program which has one of the strongest recruiting classes in the nation and should compete for the OUA West title in 2007-08. Smith opened the scoring with a dunk in transition after forcing a turnover at centre floor. Western opened up a 12-5 lead with Smith on fire, but the Lions clawed back to take a 15-14 lead just five minutes in. It's one characteristic common with Bain's teams - they never give up and they are never, ever out of a game. The Mustangs showed a noticable size advantage against a quick and athletic York but the Lions variety of offensive packages gave them a versatile package for Wesern to defend. It kept the Lions in the game. Early, Terejko was successful in the paint for the Lions. But Smith and the Mustangs regained the lead at 21-17 and built a 16 point lead despite York's zone which forced several Western turnovers early. However, Western managered to score a pile in transiation at the end of the openign quarter to lead 30-19. The Mustangs led 39-23 midway through the second quarter. But the Lions didn't sleep, they kept fighting as 6'3" Amde Evans hit a three-pointer with 31 seconds in the half, and Western led 49-34 at the break. 6'2" veteran guard Tut Ruach, used his veteran poise to make it 49-37 and keep York in it as the Lions clawed back to within 10 points midway early in the third. Midway through the third quarter, Curtis hit a crucial three before York's Eylon Zemer nailed back-to-back threes to pull York within six points, cutting the Western lead to 58-52. Evans hit another open look from downtown to pull York within five, 60-55. Smith sat out a good portion of the third quarter after picking up his third personal foul. Upon his return, York's defence didn't give Western's big-man any space - Terejko even needed to grab Smith's jersey but it still didn't help as Western found control again with Smith dominating the Lions in the paint. The Mustangs regained momentum when Milliquet, who had been cold from long-range distance prior to the shot, hit a three to make it 73-61 at the end of three quarters. Coach Bain was worth the price of admission on the sidleines, providing the referees with his own interpretation of the FIBA rulebook. But his squad fell back 19 points early in the fourth quarter. Terejko, with great technique on his jump shot, looked good for York as did Evans. The Mustangs (1-0) will host Laurentian, a team coached by former national team member Shawn Swords who replaced Virgil Hill in the off-season, at 8 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Alumni Hall.

#8 Queen's (1-0) 72, Brock (0-1) 66 The Gaels stormed back from a 10 point halftime deficit by outscoring the Badgers 21-8 in the third quarter and rode to a six point win, despite a 13-26 effort from 3 by the hot-shooting Badgers. Brock however was only 8-34 from 2 point land. Freshman Jon Ogden led Queen's with 17 points and 13 rebounds while 6'5" Mitch Leger returned from an ankle injury to score 16 points and add 10 rebounds. 6'3" Mike Kemp went 6 for 10 from downtown as part of his game-high 20 points while 5'10" Brad Rootes added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

#10 Toronto (1-0) 74, Waterloo (0-1) 63 Building up leads as large as 18 in the second half, the Varsity Blues opened their regular season with a strong effort against the Warriors. 6'3" point guard Michael Degiorgio led the way with a solid effort, missing a triple double by only two rebounds as he had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Another veteran, 6'4" Paul Sergautis led all scorers with 20 points and along with 6'8" Nick Snow (19 points, 9 rebounds), ensured the Warriors would not mount a comeback with solid fourth-quarters. The Blues won despite shooting only 5-26 from three point land and going only 9 for 17 from the line. However, Waterloo also struggled from the line going only 11 for 20 including the majority of their misses after halftime. Dan White led the way for the Warriors with 14 points, 6 rebounds while Jordan Hannah had 13 and David Burnett 12 points, 10 rebounds.

#1 Carleton (1-0) 76, McMaster (0-1) 51 6'4" Jean-Emmanuel Jean-Marie and 6'5" freshman Cole Hobin keyed a game-deciding 15-4 run midway through the third quarter as the Ravens shook off a lacklustre first half to win comfortably in Hamilton, ON. Jean-Marie (pictured) had 8 points including back-to-back 3's and then fed Hobin for his second 3 during the run to give Carleton a 49-32 lead with 2:32 left in the quarter. Later, Jean-Marie's conventional 3 point play gave Carleton their largest lead at 65-42 and the Ravens coasted from there. The Ravens made their last 6 three point attempts of the third quarter to help put the game out of reach. The teams combined for 25 turnovers in a sloppy first half as Mac shot just 2-14 and had 7 turnovers in the first quarter after which they trailed 16-7. Carleton's 6'3" freshman Elliot Thompson (10 points in the game) provided an offensive spark for the Ravens, knocking down a pair of second-quarter 3's to lift Carleton to a 10 point, 29-19 halftime lead. 6'2" Tyrell Vernon led Mac with 16 points, 9 in the fourth quarter, after the game was not in doubt, going 5-17 from the floor. Mac welcomed back 6'6" veteran Andrew Losier from the injured list and he saw limited action, while 6'7" Kevin McCleery did not dress for Carleton.

Ottawa (1-0) 68, Lakehead (0-1) 56 The Gee-Gees put together a 12-2 run off the start of the fourth quarter to break open a tight 4 point game and escape the Thunderdome with a victory. After 6'6" Warren Thomas beat the third quarter buzzer with a put-back to bring Lakehead back to within 4 at 49-45, Ottawa's three veterans 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe (24 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals), 6'3" Sean Peter (12 points, 12 rebounds) and 6'9" Dax Dessureault (12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks) went to work as Peter had a steal and breakaway lay-in, Dessureault had a pair of slams after breaking free inside and Gibson-Bascombe got himself to the foul line and created his own offense. 6'6" center Warren Thomas played only 20 seconds in the first half but came alive in the second half, knocking down a pair of 3's, part of a 9-2 run that brought the Thunderwolves back to within four after three quarters. 6'4" Kiraan Posey was double and triple teamed all night but still got free to knock down a number of long 3's, including back-to-back shots from downtown to bring Lakehead back to a 26-26 tie. Ottawa had jumped out to a 19-6 first quarter lead, went to their bench and watched as Lakehead got right back in the game. But then Josh Gibson-Bascombe knocked down a tough jumper and later converted a pair of free throws to allow the Gee-Gees to enter halftime leading by 3. Referees called at least a dozen carries on ball handlers from both teams as well as several three-in-the-keys and off-the-ball fouls, which slowed the pace between a pair of teams looking to play up-tempo and entertain a boisterous, sell-out crowd at the Thunderdome. Lakehead's 6'3" freshman Lerry Williams is not in uniform for the T-Wolves and Ottawa was without 6'5" starting forward David Labentowicz. Wolves Lose Opener to Ottawa (including Box Score)

#2 Windsor (1-0) 93, Laurentian (0-1) 45 The Lancers jumped out to a 49-19 halftime lead and rolled to the win as 6'1" Ryan Steer led five players in double figures with 16 points and 8 assists. Windsor shot 10-14 from 3 for the game. 6'5" Omar Linder had 10 points for the Voyageurs who shot only 32% and turned the ball over 26 times.

Guelph (1-0) 107, RMC (0-1) 55 The Gryphs stormed out to a 48-17 lead by halftime, holding the Paladins to only 6 points in the second half and coasted to the easy win on Kevin Dulude Night in Kingston. Freshman Omar Omar had 18 points for Guelph while Nick Pankerichan added 15 for the Gryphs, who had all 12 players who dressed play at least 11 minutes. Guelph meets Queen's tomorrow night across town at Bartlett Gym while RMC hosts Brock.

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