Saturday, 10 November 2007

Last Night's Late Canada West scores

For a recap of last night's earlier games, click here

CANADA WEST SUMMARY: In the only Canada West game that could be considered an upset, Simon Fraser Clan finally showed the potential that had been talked about in the pre-season, knocking off a very good Calgary Dinos team at home and once again showing how difficult it is to win on the road in the tough Canada West conference. In other Top 10 action, #6 UBC knocked off Fraser Valley by 10 and #5 Alberta handled Saskatchewan by 7 (both sets of teams will face off against each other again this evening).

Simon Fraser (1-4) 94, Calgary (2-1) 82 The Clan built up a 17 point lead after 3 quarters and coasted to a relatively-easy victory over the Dinos as 6'8" Greg Wallis had 18 points (but only 2-9 f.t.) and 5 rebounds to lead the way. Calgary, which had both Henry and Ross Bekkering in foul trouble for much of the night, shot only 30% in the first half to fall behind by 11 after one quarter. The Clan then stormed out of the halftime break, outscoring Calgary 32-21 in the third quarter led by 4 consecutive 3's by 6'4" Kevin Shaw (13 points, 4-4 3's) grabbing leads as large as 20 to essentially put the game away. The Dinos did bring the game back to within 7 late in the game on a Ross Bekkering put-back dunk but the Clan held on for the win. Cody Darrah and Jeff Price each had 16 points to lead Calgary. Simon Fraser/Calgary Box Score plus Scott McLean's Game Report Simon Fraser hosts Lethbridge tonight at 5 PM Pacific time.

#5 Alberta (3-0) 88, Saskatchewan 81 (1-2) 6'2" Alex Steele had a monster 30 point, 5 rebound, 8 assist, 4 steal effort in leading the Bears to victory at home over Saskatchewan. Steele set the early tempo with an ally-oop slam to 6'4" Andrew Parker as the Bears built up a 4 point halftime lead, playing without injured starting point guard C.G. Morrison. 6'8" Andrew Spagrud had a solid 26 point, 14 rebound effort for the Huskies who hung tough but could not pull off the upset. 6'5" Mark Lynch went a perfect 3-3 from 3 to finish with 23 points for Saskatchewan. 6'5" Neb Aleksic, who started in place of Morrison, had 17 points for the Bears. The teams meet again this evening in Edmonton. Alberta/Saskatchewan Box Score

#6 UBC (4-1) 91, Fraser Valley (3-2) 81 6'3" Chris Dyck scored six consecutive points late in the fourth quarter to bring the T-Birds back from a five point deficit with about 3 minutes remaining as UBC won at home. Dyck finished with 19 points to lead the 'Birds, while Fraser Valley's Lee Jackson had a game high 24. Veteran Blain LaBranche knocked down 4-6 3's for UBC and finished with 17 points. 6'1" sophomore point guard Alex Murphy ran a steady point for the T-Birds scoring 3 points, dishing out 10 assists and grabbing 7 rebounds while 6'5" freshman Graham Bath started and had 10 points on 5-7 shooting. The Cascades played without starting Anthony Lao and lost freshman Ravi Athwal to injury early in the game. Brent Malish had 12 points for UBC to go along with his game high 9 rebounds. Game Report from UBC site and also Game Report from Fraser Valley site plus UBC/Fraser Valley Box Score

Victoria (4-1) 71, Thompson Rivers (1-4) 60 The Vikes overcame a 12 point deficit with a strong, late run to defeat the WolfPack at home. 6'1" Brandon Dunlop had 13 of his 18 points in the second half while 6'6" Tyler Hass had a game-high 19 points to lead the Vikes. Game Report from Vikes site plus Vic/TRU Box Score

Trinity Western (1-4) 103, Lethbridge (0-3) 88 A 32-19 third quarter run broke open a tight game and allowed the Spartans to capture their first Canada West win of the season as Queen's/RMC transfer Lucas Goltz went off for 29 points (3-6 shooting) and 7 rebounds while Joe Vroom finished with a 19 point/14 rebound double-double. Ryan Anderson had 27 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Pronghorns, who also got 17 points from Courtney Claussen, which included 5 3's. Game Report & Box Score from TWU site

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