Thursday, 20 December 2007

Mustangs Hammer D3 team; other notes and links

In a game played this afternoon at Oak Ridge S.S. in London, the Western Mustangs trounced Juniata College, an NCAA Division III school from Huntingdon, PA., 105-61 as 6'6" Brad Smith led 5 players in double figures with 21 points while 6'1" sharpshooter Jason Milliquet added 17. 6'5" Andrew Wedemire returned from injury to finish with 13 points while Michigan transfer Alex Brzozowicz added 11 and 6'1" guard Matt Curtis had 10. Juniata (now 5-5 overall and 0-1 in their league) competes in the Landmark Conference, which just formed this season, with seven other D3 teams.

In other OUA news, the Windsor Lancers will welcome back a key member of last season's OUA championship team as 6'6" Rich Allin, brother of current Lancers starting forward Greg Allin, will return to the active roster after Christmas. Rich Allin entered teacher's college this year and, after sitting out the first semester from basketball, will return and is likely to provide solid depth up front for the Lancers. Both Allin brothers bring a physical presence to Windsor's front court and can defend, rebound and make open perimeter shots. Assuming Rich Allin is fit and plays to his historical standards, this addition should certainly help the Lancers.

Neate Sager author of the very good Out of Left Field blog and solid contributor to The CIS Blog was kind enough to pass along a note about Kansas Jayhawks and their plans to again visit Canada over the 2008 Labour Day weekend. The Jayhawks previously visited the Vancouver area 4 years ago and if memory serves UBC gave them a decent game. NCAA Division 1 schools are allowed one foreign trip every 4 seasons and seemingly the Jayhawks visit to Canada last time served them well enough that they consider it again.

Another interesting source of CIS information is The Scrum put together by David Larkins of the Brandon Sun and Jeremy Sawatsky, a reporter with radio station CKLQ 880 and play-by-play voice with WCG-TV channel 12 in Brandon. They've put together their second audio cast on their site, featuring among other things an interview with Winnipeg Wesmen Head Coach Dave Crook.

Here is an update from Greg Layson on his Guelph-based Big Man on Campus blog

It is tremendous to see so many new sites popping up helping to communicate information about our game. Please support these sites with your traffic and clicks.

Here is a note on Western's Purple & White high school tournament which takes place in London just after the New Year London Free Press article

The expansion Edmonton Chill of the fledgling International Basketball League held some tryouts in preparation for their inaugural season beginning in the fall of 2008 and several CIS alumni were part of the workouts Chill looking for some diamonds in the rough

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