Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Streaming Sports Network site articles

Once again this year, SSN Canada will be webcasting all games at the Nationals with play-by-play man Mark Masters and the entire team at SSN doing yeomen's work throughout the 3 days. I was fortunate enough to do the colour on a couple of games with Mark including the historic Acadia/Carleton double overtime thriller in the semi-final. The SCORE will do certain games some on tape delay. SSN will show all games and we hope those who cannot make the games in person support our media members looking to help promote CIS basketball.

SSN Canada also has a web site to which CIS basketball articles are posted. Here are a couple of the latest:

Quebec the 'Rodney Dangerfield of CIS hoops'
- March 09 2009

A lot of ink has already been spilt this week regarding the CIS Final 8 seedings and the injustice of putting three Ontario based teams on the same side of the draw.

But perhaps lost in all the hoopla over basically replaying the Ontario playoffs at nationals is the fact the Quebec conference champions from Concordia ended up seeded seventh, ahead of only the wildcard entrants from St. FX.

"The Quebec conference gets no respect," said Stingers bench boss John Dore. "We won our conference, won eight straight games, been ranked this year. Dalhousie hasn't been ranked and yet is ahead of us. In that respect I don't understand it."

The Stingers will open up the national championship Friday afternoon against the Canada West champion Calgary Dinos (12:30 p.m. exclusively on SSN Canada).

"It doesn't matter because you got to win three games in three days anyway," said Dore, who compared the Quebec basketball conference to deceased actor Rodney Dangerfield, who often used comedy sketches to complain about not getting enough respect.

Dore admits he doesn't know all that much about his club's quarterfinal opponent and is trying to get a hold of Calgary coach Dan Vanhooren in order to get some game film.

Dore said there is one thing that comes to mind when reviewing the Dinos roster.

"I looked at their roster and they're huge. They may be the biggest team we've faced all year and we've played a number of American schools."

The winner of the Calgary, Concordia tilt will face the winner of the UBC vs. Dalhousie game in the national championship semifinals on Saturday.

Gee-Gees struggling with flu bug

March 11 2009

The Ottawa Gee-Gees will not just need to overcome the Western Mustangs on Friday if they hope to advance at the CIS Final 8. They will also need to overcome a nasty flu bug making its way around the dressing room.

Gee-Gees point guards Josh Gibson-Bascombe, Josh Wright and Donnie Gibson are all dealing with the effects of the flu as the Ontario bronze medalists prepare to duel with the OUA West champion Western Mustangs (Friday at 6 p.m. on SSN Canada).

But don't expect any of the Gee-Gees top players to miss an opportunity to play on Canadian university hoops biggest stage.

"I think you'd have to kill them to keep them out of the lineup," said Gee-Gees head coach Dave Deaveiro.

If the Gee-Gees get by the Mustangs they will likely face their cross-town rivals from Carleton University in the semifinals. The top-seeded Ravens face the St. FX X-Men, wildcard entrants into nationals, in the fourth and final quarterfinal on Friday.

But Deaveiro insists he is not thinking of a possible tussle with the Ravens.

"Right now we're focused purely on the Mustangs."

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