Sunday, 10 February 2008

Canada West Saturday Recap

Of the six games on last night's Canada West slate, only one had bearing on the playoff situation as UCFV failed in their attempt to finish 3rd by losing at home to UBC. The two teams will meet again next weekend at War Memorial Gym in Vancouver in a Best-of-3 Pacific division semi-final. The result of one other game may have implications on the newest CISHOOPS.CA Top 10 Media poll due out this coming Tuesday as Saskatchewan Huskies made it a memorable Senior's Night with a win over #3 Calgary as 6'7" Andrew Spagrud broke former Dinos great Richard Bohne's Canada West career point scoring record (and possibly/likely the CIS record although given the lack of certainty of CIS scoring records no one can say definitively). Thus, the playoffs are set beginning next weekend with all games being Best-of-3 series at home gym of higher finisher:

Simon Fraser at UVic

Saskatchewan at Alberta

Winnipeg at Regina

Last Night's results:

UBC 81, Fraser Valley 62 This game was over by halftime as the T-Birds built a 46-25 lead in front of over 1,000 fans in Abbotsford. 6'7" Bryson Kool returned to the starting lineup for UBC and led 4 scorers in double figures with 17 points while adding 7 rebounds. 6'9" Kyle Graves went a perfect 6 for 6 from the field for 18 points to lead the Cascades on the night he was honoured on Senior's Night. The teams meet again next weekend in the playoffs. Box Score plus Game Report from UCFV web site.

Saskatchewan 86, Calgary 73 6'7" Andrew Spagrud had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 6'2" Kyle Grant added 20 points as the Huskies overcame 28 turnovers to win on Senior's Night in Saskatoon. 6'8" Henry Bekkering had 20 points to lead Calgary. Box Score plus Game Report also a pair of video clips Sask/Calg video and Senior's Night tribute video

Wayne Thomas's report after last night's game including other Canada West scores... Huskies Rebound As Spagrud Breaks Record The Saskatchewan Huskies roared back on Senior Night in Saskatoon behind behind 28 points and 11 rebounds from their 5th year forward Andrew Spagrud, who became the CIS' all-time leading scorer, as the hosts prevailed 86-73. The Huskies lit it up from the floor with 59% shooting, and fellow 5th year star Kyle Grant also turned things around from Friday as he registered 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Saskatchewan started their 5 graduating seniors, and they all responded with fine games; Rob Lovelace with 12 and Mark Lynch, Sir Winston Churchill, Calgary with 10, joined Grant and Spagrud in double figures, while Jordan Harbidge scored 9. Calgary got 20 points from Henry Bekkering, 17 from Jeff Price, and 12 from Robbie Sihota, but the Dinos could never catch fire to threaten the red-hot Huskies. Calgary shot 43% from the floor, and 18/21 (86%) from the line, but turnovers and a 33-28 Saskatchewan edge on the boards also contributed to the 4th loss of the season for Calgary. The Dinos finish at 18-4, in first in the Central Division, with Alberta 2nd at 16-6, and Saskatchewan 3rd at 12-10. Lethbridge could manage only 3-19 and their season is now over. The Huskies will travel to Edmonton next weekend to play a best of three series against the Golden Bears for the right to challenge the Dinos in the best of three Central Division Final to be played at the Jack Simpson Gym in Calgary Feb. 22-24.
Other Canada West games Saturday ...
Brandon 82 at Winnipeg 74
Victoria 95 at Thompson Rivers 68
UBC 76 at Fraser Valley 65
at Manitoba 86 Regina 72
at Alberta 101 Lethbridge 84

Canada West Playoffs ...

Semi Finals to be played Feb. 15-17
Pacific ... Simon Fraser (3) at UVic (2)
Fraser Valley (4) at UBC (1)
Central ... Saskatchewan (3) at Alberta (2)
Calgary (1) has a bye
Great Plains ... Winnipeg (3) at Regina (2)
Brandon (1) gets a bye
The Pacific has 6 teams, and four make the playoffs, while the other two divisions have only 3 of 4 teams advance to the post season. After the three Divisional Champions are decided on the Feb. 22-24 weekend, those 3 teams along with a wildcard go on to the Canada West Final Four at the home of the Central Division Champion on Feb. 29 and March 1.
The two Friday night winners in the Final Four will travel to the CIS Nationals, to be played in Ottawa from March 14-16, which is an 8 team tournament with representation as follows ...
- 2 teams from Canada West
- 2 teams from Ontario
- 1 team from Quebec
- 1 team from the Atlantic
- the host Carleton Ravens
- 1 Wildcard based on the year long National Rankings

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