Saturday, 31 October 2009

Calgary 94, Winnipeg 56

From Wayne Thomas of Dinos Hoop News...

The Calgary Dinos opened their Canada West season at ‘The Jack’ on Friday with a decisive 94-56 thumping of the smaller Winnipeg Wesmen. With 5th year post man Ross Bekkering sweeping 19 rebounds off the glass, contributing mightily to Calgary’s 60-39 edge on the boards, the home team led 44-26 at the half, and won the second half 50-30. Winnipeg’s 56 points marked the 4th straight game in which Calgary has held their opponents under 60, and limiting the number of second shots was a big factor. The Dinos had Robbie Sihota with 19, Bekkering with 16,and Tyler Fidler notched 14. The Dinos aggressive defense forced 27 Winnipeg turnovers, with Dustin Reding recording 4 steals, and Bekkering getting 3 blocks. Winnipeg was led by a game-high 24 from Nick Lother, and Peter Louro added 16, but they were overwhelmed by a bigger and more physical Dinos squad. The guard combination of Jarred Ogunbemi-Jackson and Terrence Blake put a lot of pressure on the Winnipeg ball handlers, and Blake made two great hustle plays to prevent a couple of sure hoops. When Coach Dan Vanhooren went to his bench, he got solid play from Blake, Reding, Andrew McGuinness, Jordan Flagel, Patrick Walker and Dan Tilleman. McGuinness, 1st year, Vancouver, displayed a nice outside shooting touch, and Tilleman, also a 1st year, Phoenix, AZ, had 4 rebounds, 7 points, and 2 assists in his 14 minutes. Walker, and unpolished gem with a hunger for rebounds, had 6 boards and altered a few inside attempts by Wesmen shooters. Jamie McLeod led the Dinos with his 5 assists. The same two teams meet Saturday at 8:00 pm. Notes ...Calgary outshot Winnipeg 47% to just 27%, but had a poor free-throw shooting game with only 15/31, while the Wesmen scored 16/26... Calgary’s team speed and quickness appears noticeably better this season with the addition of some impressive new guards... Rather a light turn-out tonight ... est. about 800...Scores from other games Alberta 65 - Lethbridge 55 ... Harvey Bradford with 20 for the Bears, and Jeff Price 19 for the Pronghorns...Fraser Valley 84 - at Thompson Rivers 82 ...Zeon Gray had 28 and Sam Freeman 22 for the Cascades, and Sean Garvey scored 24 for the Wolfpack...Manitoba 80 - at Brandon 74 ... no stats yet ... at UBC 71 - Trinity Western 44 ... no stats yet.

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