Saturday, 9 February 2008


Wayne Kondro's article in the Ottawa Citizen on last night's Queen's win at Ottawa Limping Gee-Gees unable to keep pace with bye on the line

Neate Sager reviews last night's action in his weekly Following the Top 10 on the CIS Blog

Howard Tsumura's article UCFV takes third place race down to the wire

Alex Tourigny of RDS provides his thoughts on last night's UQAM win over Bishop's in Montreal... The Citadins had a bye week last week and it showed. Even though the score was pretty tight for all the first half, UQAM was outplayed for most of the half by a hungry Bishop's squad. Junior Nicolas was spectacular from the 3 points line, draining very long 3 pointers. UQAM then started to guard him, so the Gaiters started to attack the key, which they did pretty well with 6'8' Hermon Tesfaghebriel (16 pts). However, Tesfaghebriel missed quite a lot of easy shots right under the basket. Nonetheless, Bishop's took a 17 point lead into the 3rd quarter. The bi-polar UQAM team then decided to play like up to their potentiel. The Citadins went back to their up-tempo game, causing Bishop's to turn the ball over. Jules Diagne (19 pts), Samuel Johnson (19 pts) and Mario Joseph (6 pts, 6 reb) drained some clutch shots and in no time, UQAM was up by 5. Tim Mcaleenan then blew it for Bishop's when he took a defensive foul and a technical foul back to back. 4 free throws and one 2 pointer later. UQAM was up by 11. The Gaiters then took advantage of Kevin Boucher et Joseph Atangana (3 blk, 3 stl) fouls problem, attacking down low. Bishop's came back within 2 points of the Citadins but that's the closest they got. UQAM's win was their 5 in their last 6 games (their only lost was against Laval... a game in which they almost erased a 27 point deficit). Let's not forget that the Citadins started their season 0-5.Things are not as bright for the Gaiters who got beat for the 10 straight time. The Citadins are still sitting in 4th place with 10 points, 2 points back of McGill and Concordia. However, UQAM has 2 more game to play than McGill and will face Concordia on Saturday for 2nd place.

Saskatchewan Huskies have a solid array of media from last night's game vs. Calgary including Game Report and a pair of highlight videos Sask/Calgary video #1 and video #2

…”Singin the Blues “ U of T Game Report from Mel Magalas... After two solid performances in Ottawa and a lock in second place, the Varsity Blues looked to be off their game and York took full advantage. Tut Ruach had his way with the Blues and put up thirty–two points before the night was over while Matt Terejko chipped in with twelve of his own. The Blues looked like they were going to own the Lions as they ended the first quarter on top by a score of 22-11. By the end of the first half the Blues lead was cut to eight points. It was once again the third quarter, which has been the Blues “Achilles” heel. Blues had leads against both Carleton and Ottawa at the end of the first half only to have them slip away in the third quarter. Tonight was no different as the outside shooting just wasn’t sharp and the lead started to slip away. Nick Magalas and Ahmed Nazmi each had 15 points but there were just too many missed shots and sloppy decision making. York took full advantage of the missed opportunities and give them full credit they wanted this game more! If Toronto wants to go far in the play-offs then they have to start the third quarter with a killer instinct.. The Blues did catch a break as Queen's defeated Ottawa. This should give Toronto home court should both Ottawa and Toronto tie in points. Blues take on Laurentian Saturday night.

Wayne Thomas's report on Calgary/Saskatchewan... Dinos Leash Lead 'Dogs Henry Bekkering and Tyler Fidler combined to shut down the two top offensive threats for the Saskatchewan Huskies for a total of 9 points in propelling the visiting Calgary Dinos to a 72 - 67 win in Saskatoon Friday night. Andrew Spagrud, averaging 22 on the season, and primed to set a CIS scoring record, was stifled by Bekkering and held to only 7 points, while Kyle Grant, another 5th year star for U of S, who had been scoring over 15 a game, could manage a paltry 2 pts. against the rookie Fidler. In contrast, Fidler had one of his best games of the season, with 14 pts. on 6/7 shooting, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists, while Henry led all scorers with 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Jeff Price had 15 pts. including 10 from the foul line, and Robbie Sihota had 13 pts. and 8 boards for the Dinos, who moved to 18-3 on the season, while Saskatchewan dropped to 11-10 going into Saturday's final league game. The Huskies took a 10 pt. lead at the half as Troy Gottselig and Rob Lovelace led their scoring, finishing the night with 18 and 17 respectively. Price had to sit early in the half with a pair of fouls, and 1st year point Brennen Fule, Strathmore, AB. came in to play a solid 6 minutes to limit the damage. Calgary outshot Saskatchewan 20/26 to 16/23 at the foul line and 44 % to 42% from the floor. Notes ...
> Spagrud now needs 17 points to break the scoring mark Saturday, while Bekkering and his Dinos teammates appear determined to try and hold onto the mark for ex-Dino Richard Bohne.
> Dinos are 3-0 on the season against the Huskies.
> A bus breakdown delayed the Calgary arrival in Saskatoon Thursday night until 1:00 am Friday.

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