Monday, 18 February 2008

Sunday Recap: Bears, Cougars Advance in Canada West Playoffs

Back after a power failure here in Carp disrupted my Internet service... thanks for your patience.

Alberta 76, Saskatchewan 61 The Bears held 6'7" Andrew Spagrud in check reasonably well in his final game of a storied CIS career (18 points/10 rebounds in 40 minutes) and got a game high 16 points from 6'4" graduating senior Andrew Parker including a highlight-reel windmill dunk in the fourth quarter to take the deciding game of the Central Division semi-final playoff series. The Bears advance to face Calgary Dinos in Calgary in another Best-of-3 next weekend. Hometown Bears take game 3 with ease plus Alberta/Saskatchewan Box Score article from Jason Hills of Sun Media in the Edmonton Sun It took three but Bears put Huskies away

Regina 83, Winnipeg 49 6'4" Bryden Wright scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cougars blasted out to a 21 point halftime lead in front of a season-high 1,199 fans to sweep their Great Plains division semi-final series. The Wesmen loss marked the quiet ending of the tremendous career of 5'9" guard Erfan Nasajpour, who again missed Sunday's afternoon's game due to injury. Regina faces Brandon in the Great Plains division final next weekend. Regina/Winnipeg Box Score

(All Best-of-3 affairs with all 3 games at the home of the higher finisher)

Pacific Division Final: Victoria at UBC
Central Division Final: Alberta at Calgary
Great Plains Division Final: Regina at Brandon

OUA WEST Waterloo (6-16) pulls away in the fourth quarter for a 90-80 win over McMaster (9-12) in the Warriors final game of the season. The Warriors grabbed a 17 point first quarter lead only to watch the Marauders come all the way back to lead by 1 after three quarters. Waterloo then outscored Mac 30-19 in the fourth to win their sixth game of the season. Mac had already clinched a playoff spot while the Warriors had long been eliminated from OUA West playoff contention. Dan White led all scorers with 25 points while 6'2" freshman Tyrell Vernon had 21 for Mac and 6'9" Terry Licorish added 20 points and 9 rebounds.

Windsor 16-5
Brock 15-6
Guelph 12-9
Western 12-9
McMaster 9-12
Laurier 8-13
Lakehead 8-14
Waterloo 6-16

Wednesday's games to end the regular season:
McMaster at Brock; the Badgers can only finish second and they will get a bye. Mac may still finish sixth if they lose and Laurier wins at Windsor.
Guelph at Western; the winner takes third spot with both teams already hosting either McMaster or Laurier in quarter-final sudden death playoff games.
Laurier at Windsor The Hawks can finish fifth with a win and a Mac loss at Brock. Windsor has clinched home court advantage throughout the OUA West playoffs and a first round bye.

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