Friday, 11 January 2008

Canada West Results: Bekkering Bros. make homecoming memorable

UBC 47, Brandon 43 HALFTIME 6'3" Dany Charlery keyed a late 10-0 second quarter run with a steal and transition dunk as the Bobcats cut a 47-33 lead down to only 4 at the break. Charlery led all scorers with 17 first-half points. Brandon had jumped out to an early lead but the T-Birds, behind 10 points each from 6'6" Kyle Watson and 6'6" Brent Malish, took the lead late in the first quarter. UBC led by 11 at 41-33 when 6'1" Yul Michel tossed up an ally-oop to 6'9" Yuri Whyms, who slammed the nice look home and was fouled. After the ensuing free throw, Brandon had it back to 8. However, 6'7" Bryson Kool had a pair of put backs in a 6-0 UBC run and it appeared the route might be on. But Charlery's athletic move energized his team and it is now a four point game going into the second half at War Memorial Gym in Vancover. The game can be heard on UBC radio via the Internet

Alberta (9-4) 95, Winnipeg (6-7) 91 The Bears had three players with over 20 points, led by 6'2" Alex Steele, who flirted with a triple-double with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists as they held off the hometown Wesmen in Winnipeg. 6'4" Andrew Parker and 6'10" Richard Bates each had 22 and Bates added 15 rebounds for a dominant double/double as the Bears strengthened their hold on second place in the Central Division. 6'6" Matt Opalko kept the hometown Wesmen in the game, going 5 for 7 from downtown to finish with a game-high 27 points and added 8 rebounds. 5'7" All-Canadian Erfan Nasajpour had 26 points and 11 rebounds including 3-10 3's as the Wesmen went a collective 9 for 22 from downtown. 6'6" Dan Shynkaryk added a 15 point/10 rebound double/double for Winnipeg. The Wesmen host Saskatchewan tomorrow night while Alberta goes across town to face Manitoba, upset winners over the Huskies tonight to move to within 4 games of the Wesmen for third place and the final playoff spot in the Great Plains conference.

Manitoba (2-11) 89, Saskatchewan (7-6) 85 The Bisons got double figure scoring from four players and held off the Huskies late comeback for an upset win to open up a glimmer of hope regarding a possible playoff spot. 6'1" Isaac Ansah led the way with 19 points while Clarence Smith had 18 points and 8 boards. Manitoba overcame a pair of tremendous efforts by 6'2" Kyle Grant (30 points/5 rebounds/5 assists) and 6'7" Andrew Spagrud (22 points, 12 rebounds). Saskatchewan now trails second-place Alberta by two games and first place Calgary by 4 games in the loss column pending the Dinos result tonight against Lethbridge.

Calgary (11-2) 102, Lethbridge (0-13) 72 Henry Bekkering made his return to Southern Alberta a memorable one with 39 points on 16 of 20 shooting and adding 9 rebounds to lead the Dinos. Brother Ross Bekkering had 12 points and 15 rebounds as the Pronghorns, down only 9 at the half, could not keep pace in the second half, going on to lose by 30.

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