Friday, 23 November 2007

Friday's Results

Calgary (6-1) 95, #4 Alberta (5-2) 74 The Dinos took the lead for good at 57-55 with about 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter after a conventional three-point play by 6'5" post Robbie Sihota and then exploded after a high-flying slam by 6'8" Henry Bekkering (28 points/ 9 rebounds) along the baseline, outscoring the Bears 41-19 to end the game and win going away in front of 1,036 fans in Calgary. Calgary went to the line 44 times including a perfect 12 for 12 by Jeff Price (22 points). Sihota added a 16 point/10 rebound double double while 6'8" freshman Tyler Fidler had 14 off the bench for the Dinos. Alberta was plagued with 13 for 29 shooting at the line and went only 3 for 14 from downtown. Alex Steele had 25 to lead the Bears while 6'1" point guard Scott Leigh came off the bench to shoot 5 for 6 and finish with 12 points in 27 minutes. Alberta got only 2 points in 15 minutes from 6'4" Andrew Parker. Alberta/Calgary Box Score From Wayne Thomas of Dino Hoops... Dinos Bury Bears With Fourth Quarter Surge The Calgary Dinos used a 4th quarter surge to blast the CIS 5th ranked Alberta Golden Bears 95 - 74 in the first of a pair of weekend games at the 'Jack Simpson Gym' in Calgary. Calgary, now 6-1 was down 45 - 43 at the half, and struggled when Ross Bekkering drew his 3rd foul early in the 3rd frame. Alberta appeared to be poised to take control, but in the last 10 minutes the Dinos outscored the visitors 27-13 ,and, paced by 28 pts., from Henry Bekkering, who also snared 9 rebounds, the home teal pulled away. Another key to the outcome was the ball-handling and scoring of freshman Tyler Fidler, 14 pts, who makes it tough to pressure the Dinos with his height and skill with the ball. The Bears went to the line often in the second half, but shot poorly from the charity stripe , 13/29, and Calgary extended the lead on hoops from Robbie Sihota, 16 pts., 10 rebounds, Henry B. , and Fidler. Jeff Price added to the lead with some cool free throw shooting 12/12, and finished with 22 pts, while Andrew Champagnie, another freshman guard, had some strong defensive minutes in both halves. The Dinos cashed in 35/44 free throws for 80%, and they out-rebounded the Bears 37 - 30. Alex Steele showed why he is one of the premier scorers in Canada West as he notched 25, with some sharp inside shooting. The turnovers were 21-20 in the Bears favour, as both teams were sloppy at times. The two teams go at it again Saturday night at 8:00 pm.

Victoria (7-2) 85, UCFV (4-5) 79 In front of 1,003 fans on the Ken Shields Floor at MacKinnon Gymnasium in Victoria, the Vikes exploded for 54 second-half points including a blazing 7 for 14 from downtown to erase a five-point halftime lead and defeat the Cascades. 6'4" freshman Ryan MacKinnon hit back-to-back threes early in the fourth quarter to kick start the Vikes while 6'1" Brandon Dunlop and 6'7" Mitch Gudgeon each had 15 points to lead the Vikes. 6'6" Tyler Hass had a solid 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists as the Vikes put some space between them and UCFV in the Pacific Division standings and kept pace with UBC ahead of their two-game showdown next weekend. Dwayne Harrison led Fraser Valley with 19 points off the bench. Fraser Valley/Victoria Box Score Report from UVic's Mike Tucker... Vikes come-from-behind to clip Cascades VICTORIA - The University of Victoria Vikes needed a second-half rally to leave the Fraser Valley Cascades still searching for their first road victory. Thanks to a pair of Ryan MacKinnon three-pointers, the Vikes clipped the Cascades 85-79. Freshman guard Ryan MacKinnon scored nine points in the second half, highlighted by back-to-back threes at the start of the fourth quarter to help secure the come-from-behind victory. MacKinnon's threes gave the Vikes a six-point lead to start the fourth, and came as part of a 24-6 run, which began midway through the third. The Vikes made seven three-pointers in the second half, and shot 50 percent overall, to successfully overcome a poor first half shooting performance. The Vikes struggled to find an offensive rhythm through the first two quarters of play and found themselves trailing 36-31 at halftime. Into the start of the second half, the Cascades built a nine-point lead on a basket by third-year guard Dwayne Harrison, who went on to finish with a game high 19 points. Unfortunately for the rest of the Cascades, they lacked finish and while holding their largest lead of the game allowed the Vikes' monumental 24-6 run. Vikes forward Mike Hull gave the Vikes their first lead of the second half on a lay-up, and added another big basket in the fourth, slicing through the defenders for another lay-up to give the Vikes a double-digit lead. The Mount Douglas grad had nine points on the evening. Fourth-year forward Mitch Gudgeon and second-year guard Brandon Dunlop shared the Vikes scoring highs with 15 points apiece. Ten of Dunlop's points came in the second half, as he connected on three three-pointers and added six assists. Do-everything forward Tyler Hass had seven assists, seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals, and 10 points. Including Harrison, the Cascades had four players in double ! figures. Fifth-year forward Joel Haviland netted 17 points, rookie guard Tristian Smith added 16 points, and fifth-year guard Lee Jackson netted 14 points. Haviland and Harrison teamed up for a 13-2 run in the first half, which saw the Cascades capture an eight-point lead. The victory improves the Vikes record to 7-2 and creates a six-point gap between second-place and third in the Pacific Division. Fraser Valley sits in third-place at 4-5. The two sides will rematch on Saturday night at the McKinnon Gymnasium with an 8 p.m. tip-off.

#3 UBC (8-1) 101, Thompson Rivers (1-8) 81 6'3" Chris Dyck led four T-Birds in double figures with 19 points in just 26 minutes as UBC shot 56% from the floor and created 26 Wolfpack turnovers in a comfortable victory at home. The T-Birds led 45-30 at halftime and rolled to the win. Kamar Burke and Geoff Matthews each had 15 for TRU. Thompson Rivers/UBC Box Score

Simon Fraser (4-5) 67, Manitoba (0-7) 62 From Scott McLean, SFU Sports Information Burnaby, B.C. – Earlier in the week Simon Fraser University Clan head coach Scott Clark told Clan leading scorer Greg Wallis (Victoria, B.C.) he needed to be more consistent with his play. On Friday night Wallis responding, firing a sniper like 8-for-11 from the field, to lead SFU to a 67-62 victory over the University of Manitoba Bisons. The Clan improve to 4-5 with the victory, while the Bisons remain winless in the Canada West at 0-7. Wallis finished the night with a game high 22 points, scoring 12 in the second half to lead Simon Fraser over the tenacious Bisons. Both teams shot below 40 per cent on the evening, while Manitoba struggled from beyond the three-point line, shooting a porous 4-for-27 from the three-point arc. While at times the game denigrated to a snail like pace as both teams struggled to find their offence, the Clan needed to fight off a late surge by Manitoba to hold on for the victory. Fourth year Bison guard Isaac Ansah (Winnipeg, MB) took his team on his shoulders late, first drawing a foul from Kevin Shaw (North Vancouver, B.C.) while taking a three-pointer and hitting two-of-three free throws to close the Clan lead to three points (63-60) with under a minute to play, then making a quick read and driving coast-to-coast to cut the gap to two (64-62) only seconds later. At that point rookie Greg Gillies (Nanaimo, B.C.) made his biggest plays as a member of the Clan, stroking three-of-four free throws, including the final two Clan points, to stave off the Bisons rally to win 67-62. The first half was marred by physical play, as SFU’s Nolan Holmes (North Vancouver, B.C.) and Manitoba’s Myron Dean (Winnipeg, MB) were continually jawing and fouling each other at both ends of the court. Dean eventually fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, while Holmes played with four fouls for most of the second half. The first quarter was low scoring, both teams struggled to find their shots and SFU held a slim 12-10 lead at the first break. Threes by Sean Burke (North Vancouver, B.C.) and Jordan Nostedt (Brandon, MB) to start the second allowed the Clan to open the biggest lead of the night (18-10) just one minute into the period. The Bisons retook the lead with in the final minute of the second on a free throw by Dan Purvis-Collins, however Shaw potted a layup and Holmes added a free throw to put the Clan up 32-30 at halftime. The lead changed three times in the third quarter; however SFU retook the lead on a three-pointer from Burke to close out the quarter with a two-point advantage 51-49. Wallis finished the night with a double-double, adding 12 rebounds to his 22 points. Holmes also netted a double-double for the Clan, scoring ten while adding 12 boards. Burke reached double figures as well, scoring 11, while the Clan out rebounded Manitoba 43-to-38. For the Bisons, Ansah finished with a team high 16 points, adding seven rebounds and three assists. Darcy Coss scored 15 points despite shooting 3-for-13 from three-point range. Dean added 14 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. The Clan will host the Winnipeg Wesmen on Saturday (5 pm PT – Clan Radio), while the Bisons travel to Langley to face the TWU Spartans. Manitoba/Simon Fraser Box Score

Saskatchewan (4-3) 100, Lethbridge (0-7) 96 The Huskies stormed back from a 23 point deficit with 3:58 to go in the third quarter, culminated by a Jordan Harbidge game-tying three with 12.8 seconds remaining to force the overtime, and then pulled away in the extra session to steal the win. Huskies defeat Horns in Overtime plus the Lethbridge/Saskatchewan Box Score

#7 Brandon (6-1) 76, Regina (4-3) 64 ...Bobcats Devour Cougars; Written by: Jeremy Sawatzky, BU Sports Information BRANDON, MB – The Brandon University Bobcats bounced back from their first loss of the season in style. The 7th ranked 'Cats scored 15 straight points during a ferocious third quarter run en route to a convincing 76-64 win over the Regina Cougars Friday night at the BU Gymnasium. "We got out in transition which is always huge for us," said first year Bobcat head coach Mike Raimbault. "Tarik Tokar stepped up and made quite a few plays in that stretch… we were able to open up a lead and hang onto it." Tokar scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter and finished 7-9 shooting from the field. Virden, Manitoba native Adam Hartman led all scorers with 19 points alongside 9 rebounds, while Stevens Marcelin had 10 points and 15 boards. Dany Charlery added 14 points for the 'Cats. The teams were tied 39-39 at halftime, and the Cougars opened up a five point lead early in the third quarter before the 'Cats went on their run. With the win, the 6-1 Bobcats open up a two game lead over the 4-3 Cougars atop the Great Plains division standings. "I thought at times the tempo was a little more in their favor than ours," added Raimbault. "They're big and physical… we did a decent job of fighting through and getting it done tonight." Bryden Wright topped all Regina scorers with 17 points. Jeff Lukomski added 13, while Jamal Williams and Paul Schubach each scored 10. The 'Cats and the Cougars will meet again on Saturday night at the BU Gymnasium. The tip-off is scheduled for 8 o'clock. Regina/Brandon Box Score

Winnipeg (4-3) 89, Trinity Western (2-7) 82 5'9" Efran Nasajpour had 26 points and the Wesmen jumped out to a 28-10 first-quarter lead and held on to defeat the Spartans in Langley, BC. Matt Opalko added 17 for Winnipeg while Joe Vroom led TWU with 16 points and 5 rebounds in the loss. Winnipeg/TWU report and Box Score

#9 Guelph (5-0) 79, #8 Toronto (4-1) 75 OVERTIME 6'8" Duncan Milne's tip in with under 20 seconds to go in the overtime lifted the Gryphons to an exciting win over the Blues in a game between two very evenly matched teams. After the Blues took the early lead in the extra session, 6'3" Jonathan Moscatelli tied the game for Guelph and, after a Blues miss, Milne followed up a miss with the game-deciding basket. 6'3" Nick Pankerichan had a game-high 24 points to lead the Gryphs, while 6'4" Borko Popic added 16 points and 7 rebounds including a huge three with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to knot the game at 69. Toronto had come back from a 14 point fourth quarter deficit, holding the Gryphs scoreless over a six minute stretch and actually took a three point lead before Popic's big shot forced the extra frame. 6'4" fifth-year senior Paul Sergautis was a force at both ends, finishing with 17 points for Toronto and grabbed 13 rebounds including 12 defensive. 6'3" fifth-year guard Mike Degiorgio added 17 points and 7 boards before fouling out midway through the five minute overtime. Milne ended with 18 points and 8 boards while Moscatelli had another strong effort, scoring 16 and made all three of three-pointers. The Blues travel to St. Catharines to meet the Brock Badgers tomorrow afternoon while Guelph entertains Ryerson.

York (1-4) 81, McMaster (1-4) 78 The Marauders committed 32 fouls including over 20 in the second half, allowing the Lions to parade to the foul line and All-Canadian candidate Tut Ruach took over when it counted, finishing with 24 points and 6 assists to lead the Lions to their first victory of the year in North York. The Lions were 28 of 38 from the free throw line for the game including 12-14 for Ruach. 6'8" Matt Terejko had 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for York while Amino Bello led Mac with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6'7" freshman Matt Wilusz added 16 points, 6 rebounds.

Queen's (3-2) 65, Laurier (0-5) 53 The Gaels gutted out a scrappy victory over Laurier, who was terrible from the perimeter against a team that packs it in. The Golden Hawks shot only 30% from the floor including 2 for 26 from 3. 6'6" Mitch Leger led the way with 16 points and 6 rebounds while 6'3" Simon Mitchell had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Queen's. 6'5" freshman Dominique Brown led Laurier with 11 points.

Waterloo (1-4) 89, RMC (0-5) 58 The Warriors had a ridiculous 32 offensive rebounds and broke out to a 48-23 halftime advantage to cruise to the easy win. Jordan Hannah had 19 points while 6'8" Matt Hayes had 8 points and a career-high 18 rebounds including 9 on the offensive glass. The Warriors host Queen's tomorrow night.

Ottawa (5-0) 78, #2 Windsor (4-1) 58 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe led the way early and then 6'9" Dax Dessureault and 6'3" Sean Peter keyed a big second half surge as the Gee-Gees pulled away in the fourth quarter to knock off the second-ranked Lancers, with a solid second-half defensive and rebounding effort. The Lancers had cut the lead to one midway through the third quarter on four consecutive points by 6'5" Kevin Kloostra but 6'3" Donnie Gibson answered with 5 straight points including a nice transition finish off a feed from Peter and then later Dessureault had a put-back to push the Gee-Gees lead back up to 9 at 57-48 and the game was rarely in doubt after that. Peter and Dessereault went to work early in the fourth quarter as Peter had a dunk in transition and finished a pretty lay-in off a high-post feed from Dessureault to push the lead into the teens allowing the Gee-Gees remained undefeated. Gibson-Bascombe then sealed it for good with a tough 3 coming off a screen to finish with a game-high 26 points. The Lancers had finished the half on an 8-0 run highlighted by a pair of 3's by 6'3" Isaac Kuon (16 first-half points) to bring the game back. Josh Gibson-Bascombe had 14 first-quarter points including 4 3's, twice when the Lancers decided to go under ball screens to lead the Gee-Gees an early 27-12 lead, but had to sit for much of the second quarter with 2 fouls. After 6'8" Greg Surmacz hit a smooth 10 foot turnaround banker with bring Windsor back to within 1 at 13-12, the Gee-Gees scored the last 14 points of the quarter in the last 3 1/2 minutes including a buzzer-beating 3 by 6'2" Jacob Gibson-Bascombe. Windsor started the second quarter on a 6-0 run but a couple of fortuitous calls that went the Gee-Gees way and missed open looks by the Lancers allowed Ottawa to maintain a double digit lead for much of the second quarter, despite having to sit both Gibson-Bascombe and Dessureault with two fouls. 6'0" Vlad Pislaru came off the bench to knock down a pair of threes for Ottawa, the second giving the Gee-Gees a 40-27 lead but the Lancers, who had 11 first-half offensive rebounds, finished the half strong behind the solid work of Kuon (16 first-half points) and Surmacz. Windsor now goes across town to face #1 Carleton while the Gee-Gees entertain Western.

Brock (4-1) 87, Ryerson (2-3) 78 5'10" fifth-year All-Canadian Brad Rootes showed he is fully healed from his ankle injury with a tremendous first-half performance, scoring 21 of his team-high 26 points, going 4-6 from 3, and added 13 assists to lead the Badgers to their fourth straight win. Rootes efforts more than offset another sterling offensive performance by 6'7" Boris Bakovic who had 21 of his game-high 39 points after the intermission to keep Ryerson close. 6'3" Rohan Steen was a perfect 3 for 3 from downtown for 9 first-half points before tweaking an ankle injury and he played only 10 minutes. 6'3" Mike Kemp added 16 points for Brock which led by 13 at the half and did not allow the Rams to creep any closer than 7 in the second half. Brock hosts U of T tomorrow at 4 PM while Ryerson travels to Guelph.

Lakehead (2-3) 100, Laurentian 89 6'6" Warren Thomas had 19 of his 29 points after the intermission and 6'4" Kiraan Posey added 29 of his own (22 in the first half) as the Thunderwolves won their second straight with a high-scoring win over the Vees in Sudbury. Posey staked the Thunderwolves to a 13 point halftime lead by going 8 of 12 from the floor including 4-5 3's plus 8 rebounds and then handed off the scoring reigns to Thomas in the second half. Darrell Drake had 26 points and 8 assists for Laurentian while Mike Raskevicius added 20 points on 4-9 shooting from downtown. Report from Lakehead SID Wolves Nip Voyageurs; Kiraan Posey and Warren Thomas spearheaded a big team win for the Lakehead Thunderwolves men’s basketball team as they defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs 100-89 Friday night in Sudbury. Both Posey and Thomas hit for 29 points to pace the Wolves to their second consecutive win. Lakehead is now 2-3 in OUA play (6-9 overall) while Laurentian goes to 1-4 in OUA action (2-11 overall). Posey recorded the double-double as he added 14 rebounds as well as 5 assists and 1 steal and only committed 1 turnover. The return of Thomas to his normal offensive ways was key for the Wolves; and he didn’t disappoint Friday. He also added 4 boards. The win, however, was a team win again for the Wolves; similar to last week’s win over Ryerson; seeing Lakehead playing unselfish and tenacious team defense. Guard Ryan Precious continued his strong play with 16 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds while fellow guard Jamie Searle added 10 points and 6 boards in a good performance. Andrew Hackner again hit the mats for the Wolves; notching 8 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. Post Matt Verboom was a force defensively and on the boards; grabbing 8 rebounds and adding 3 points. Darrel Drake had a big night for Laurention with 26 points and 8 assists. Mike Raskevicius dropped 20 for the Voyageurs and added 14. Omar Linder had a solid outing with 9 points and 8 boards. Lakehead Head Coach Scott Morrison said he was really happy with the team’s hustle and desire on the night. “We were really pleased with the effort of the guys; we didn’t play a perfect game but for the most part we stuck to the game plan and toughed it out to the buzzer for a hard win.” The Wolves stormed the boards Friday; outrebounding the Voyageurs 43-24. The Wolves were 36-67 for a very hot 56.7 FG% while Laurentian was 35-79 from the field (44.2%). Laurentian was 11-17 from the penalty stripe while Lakehead was 21-26.

#1 Carleton (5-0) 78, Western (2-3) 50 The Ravens led by 18 at the break and had 4 players in double figures led by 6'3" Stuart Turnbull with 15 in dismantling the Mustangs. Carleton held Western to 29% shooting and outrebounded the Mustangs 42-21 in the easy win as they prepare to meet Windsor tomorrow night. Western moves over across town to face the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

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