Friday, 8 February 2008

Articles of Interest

Chris Kallan's article on last night's X win over Saint Mary's X-Men control the boards

Kevin Mitchell of the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix reports on the festivities surrounding Saskatchewan's Senior's Night Spagrud holds court

Greg Layson's article on last night's Windsor victory over Guelph Gryphons tumble on home court

The East York-Riverdale Mirror, a community newspaper in Toronto, has a piece on Ryerson's Bakovic Brothers

Aiden Chafe with an article on UCFV graduating senior Kyle Graves Calling it a career

Calgary's campus newspaper, the Gauntlet, talks about the perfect home season for the Dinos

Ottawa campus newspaper the Fulcrum describes U of T's win over Ottawa last weekend Showdown for second

Wayne Thomas's piece on the Huskies/Dinos this weekend... Dinos and Huskies Set Playoff Tone... The Calgary Dinos and Saskatchewan Huskies will try to set the tone for the upcoming Canada West Playoffs as they meet this weekend in Saskatoon for the final league pair for both teams. A possible CIS wildcard spot might be on the line for Calgary, should they stumble along the playoff trail, and Saskatchewan wants to get some momentum for their Central Division Semi-Final in Edmonton against the Golden Bears on Feb. 15-17. In the first two meetings for these teams in Calgary back in December, the Dinos swept the Huskies 104-69 and 83-74, and they would like to duplicate this in the 'Dog House'. It will, however have to be without 3rd year post man Ross Bekkering, who is missing his 4th and 5th games in a row with an ankle injury, which the training staff and coaches want to give some extra time. Ross' rebounding and defensive presence will be missed and 1st year man Tyler Fidler will be called upon to help the Dinos maintain their scoring and rebounding edge against the veteran - laden Huskies. Intriguing match-ups everywhere starting with Henry Bekkering and Andrew Spagrud, both of whom score over 20 pts. a game, and are key to the battle near the rim. Jeff Price, the Canada West assist leader at 5.2, has been stellar for Calgary in his 3rd year after two seasons at Mount Royal College, and he and Lovelace will have a battle of quickness at the point. Lovelace, in the past, has tried to use his size in posting up a shorter guard, so Price will have to be tough inside. Tyler Fidler is going to have a challenge against 5th year Kyle Grant, who leads a hot-shooting Huskies team from beyond the 3 pt. arc. as well as leading the team in assists (3.5). Grant will have a strength edge on Fidler, but at 6'8", Fidler's reach can be significant at both ends. Saskatchewan has an outstanding athlete in Gottselig as their 5th starter, and the big 4th year transfer from Medicine Hat College is a strong rebounder (4.1) and useful shooter, whereas Sihota for the Dinos can be a streaky scorer (13 pts.) and powerful rebounder (7.5). Darrah and Harbidge are both 5th year and former point guards, who will shoot the three. Notes ...
> A sidelight is Spagrud's quest for the all-time scoring mark in the CIS, and he should better the 24 point margin held currently by former Dinos star Richard Bohne.
> 5 graduating seniors will have their night of recognition Saturday ... Harbidge, Lovelace, Grant, Lynch, and Spagrud.
> Thursday scores ... at UCFV 74 - UVic 66 ... the Vikes continue a losing skid
at Brandon 91 - Winnipeg 70 ... without Nasajpour the Wesmen get crushed
> Regina needs one win in two games at Manitoba Friday and Saturday to wrap up 2nd spot in the Great Plains.
> Good article on Henry Bekkering in the Globe and mail this week ...
> 7:00 pm start MST for both games with no web-cast available

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