Friday, 8 February 2008

Friday's Games

Ryerson 75, Laurentian 73 6'7" Boris Bakovic, who missed much of the first half with a bad wrist, recovered in time to hit a game-winning baseline turnaround with 7 seconds remaining to lift the Rams to a key win at home, putting them in a position to clinch a playoff berth. Bakovic then stole the ball to thwart Laurentian's final possession. The Voyageurs had jumped out to a 27-8 first quarter lead but the Rams came back to tie by halftime. 6'11" Igor Bakovic had 21 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks for the Rams while Brandon Krupa added 21 and Boris Bakovic 16 points. 6'3" Paul Kovacs had 22 for Laurentian while 6'2" Mike Raskevicius went 5-10 from downtown, part of his 21 point effort. Laurentian must win both of their remaining games at U of T and at York and hope Ryerson loses all 3 of their remaining games to make the playoffs.

UQAM 83, Bishop's 75 The Citadins inched closer to a "Q" playoff spot by overcoming an early 32-16 deficit to send the Gaiters to their 10th consecutive league loss. Sam Johnson and Jules Diagne each had 19 points to lead UQAM.

Laval 68, Concordia 61 In a game described as playoff atmosphere-like, le Rouge et Or took the game over in the third quarter behind 24 points and 15 rebounds from 6'7" J.P. Morin to virtually clinch first place in the "Q" with their 11th straight league victory. With the Stingers up 1 at the half, Laval jumped out to leads as large as 12 in the third quarter. 6'4" Jerome Turcotte added 15 points and 9 rebounds for Laval, which led by 10 with about 4 minutes left before a late Stinger rally got them back closer. 6'1" Damian Buckley had 20 points/8 rebounds while 6'8" Jamal Gallier added 12 points/10 rebounds.

York 76, Toronto 67 6'3" Tut Ruach had a season-high 32 points and the Lions struck for 48 second half points to erase an 8 point halftime deficit and defeat the Varsity Blues in Toronto. York faces Ryerson tomorrow night with 5th place on the line.

Queen's 64, Ottawa 48 The Gaels blew the game open with a 27 point third quarter to route the Gee-Gees in Ottawa, holding the Gee-Gees to only 29.2% shooting. 6'5" Mitch Leger had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way for the Gaels while freshman Jon Ogden added 15. Ottawa's 6'3" Sean Peter returned to the lineup for Ottawa and had 12 points on 4-15 shooting and 4-10 free throws. Ottawa was without 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe who is out with a knee injury. Queen's did a tremendous job limiting the looks of 6'9" Dax Dessureault, who had scorched them in Kingston, holding him to 4 points and 3 rebounds and without a free throw.

Carleton 113, RMC 27

Brock 82, Lakehead 75 Brock overcame a 31 point, 9 rebound, 5 assist effort from 6'4" Kiraan Posey and a furious second half comeback attempt to edge closer to clinching second place in the OUA West. The Badgers got 20 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds from Brad Rootes plus 22 points from Mike Kemp to give Head Coach Ken Murray his 499th career win. The teams meet again tomorrow night.

In CANADA WEST action, Regina clinched second place in the Great Plains division by defeating Manitoba 85-77; 6'3" Chris Dyck had 34 points as UBC won at Thompson Rivers 91-85 and Calgary defeated Saskatchewan in Saskatoon 72-67.


peter brown said...

Hey Mark,

Any thoughts on Carleton 113, RMC 27? Run up the score much?

I guess RMC can (partially) thank those FIBA rules that force you to shoot more often.

Peter Brown

pistol pete said...

I have witnessed my fair share of lopsided laughers in my time, but nothing beats the horror show Friday night at Carleton.
It was an embarrassment of riches vs simply an embarrassment.
Carleton played all 12 players who dressed and they all had a romp out there.
Carleton did not even dress a regular starter, Manny Jean-Marie.
RMC on the other hand had only 8 players dressed and used only seven.
Every team at every level, it seems, have on their roster a player who are sometimes euphemistically referred to as "human victory cigars"....players so far down the depth chart they only see the floor during the last minute of a complete rout.
To put it bluntly, RMC's entire roster is comprised of a cigar box of just such players.
Since RMC's best player ever Kevin Dulude graduated 3 years ago the Paladins don't have the slightest pretension of being competitive.
RMC left what was the CIAU many years ago because they were not competitive.
Apparently,it's time the AD makes another hard decision about the future of this basketball program.

Anonymous said...

I also witnessed the Carleton/RMC game and came away with the same conclusion. RMC is clearly not competitive in the CIS and should consider whether it's worthwhile for them to stay in the league. Other than providing an even number of teams to make to aid scheduling there are precious few other benefits to have RMC competing in the OUA East.