Monday, 5 November 2007

Weekend Recap: Tigers Lose Sullivan until after break

The limited CIS schedule over the weekend still produced a number of great games between highly-ranked teams including Calgary's win over UBC and St. FX victory at home against St. Mary's. There was some movement in the CISHOOPS.CA Top 10 and several comments on the rationale behind the new rankings - all comments are more than welcomed and rest assured are considered. My personal take is that even if a team wins, their ranking can be affected slightly by the quality of the opponent and how tight the game was. There are a couple of NCAA vs. CIS games on tap tonight as #2 Windsor faces Oakland (MI) University and Concordia faces Rhode Island. CIS action resumes Wednesday when #5 Acadia hosts #7 St. Mary's in a rematch of last season's AUS championship game won by the Axemen.

NOTES FROM THE WEEK THAT WAS: Ottawa Gee-Gees 6'4" point guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe was the lone bright spot in the Gee-Gees two game mini-series at Charlotte and UNC-Wilmington, getting extra attention defensively from both teams, so much so that in the Wilmington game he sustained a gash below his eye that required 10 stiches to close. Gibson-Bascombe should be ready for this weekend's games at Lakehead and McMaster... Guelph Gryphons scrimmaged NEDA on Saturday morning and for the first time in 3 years 6'3" Jonathan Moscatelli played in a competitive game. Moscatelli looked like he hadn't skipped a beat as he knocked down six 3's and had 23 points in only 15 minutes of action as the Gryphs defeated NEDA by 14... Biggest news on the injury front is that 6'1" combination guard Andrew Sullivan, expected to log considerable minutes in the Dalhousie Tigers back court along with NCAA D1 transfer Simon Farine, suffered a broken wrist in the Tigers game at the University of Maine this past Thursday night and is likely to miss the remainder of the first term because of the injury. The Tigers, who hope to have Sullivan back in time for the Rod Shoveller Memorial tournament just prior to the New Year, will likely look to emerging freshmen 6'0" Charlie Campbell and 6'3" Yannick Walcott to step in and assume Sullivan's minutes. The Tigers also hope to welcome back 6'7" Ryan deWinter, who missed their third tour of Southern Ontario last weekend with an ankle injury when they host St. FX X-Men on Thursday in the AUS opener for both teams at Dalplex in Halifax, where a large crowd is expected.

ROSTER CHANGES As the season turns to league play in earnest, teams are finalizing their rosters and there have been some changes across the country, starting in Victoria where shooting guard 6'3" Isaiah Pasquale is now longer listed on the Vikes roster and was not part of the team's trip to Calgary and Lethbridge... Also in Canada West, we had earlier reported that 6'1" Rejean Chabot had left Saskatchewan Huskies, which takes away a starter from a team some had picked to win the Canada West Central Division... St. Mary's Huskies wing Brandon Mullins, an import from Louisville, KY has left the Huskies due to "philosophical differences with the coach about how the game should be played" according to SMU Coach Ross Quackenbush. Quackenbush also added that he respects Mullins' decision and made no attempt to change his mind.

THIRD OUA QUALIFIER FOR CIS NATIONALS... (if Carleton wins the OUA East) Many have been asking about a scenario whereby if Carleton Ravens, with an automatic bid as hosts for the Nationals for the next 3 years, win the OUA East championship, how the third OUA spot for the Nationals would be allocated. If the Ravens will the East, then the OUA West finalist will host a Nationals-qualification game against the OUA East finalist on the same day as the Wilson Cup. This season's Wilson Cup, emblematic of the OUA Championship, will be played at the home of the OUA East champion. That same day (assuming Carleton is playing in the Wilson Cup), the OUA West finalist will host the OUA East finalist.

A note from Scott Meeson who is holding a Level 1 technical course providing participants with a chance to gain NCCP Level 1 certification. The course runs from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, November 24th at General Vanier I.S. in Cornwall, ON. To register contact :

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