Thursday, 22 October 2009

Oct. 22-25 Weekend Preview

Thursday Night's games in the CIS
Saskatchewan Tournament (games listed Central time)
6 p.m. CT - Regina vs McGill
8 p.m. CT - Thompson Rivers vs Saskatchewan

Waterloo Tour of Canada West
7 p.m. PT - Waterloo at Trinity Western

8 p.m. ET - UNB at Maine Fort-Kent (NAIA)


Undefeated Waterloo (3-0) makes an ambitious trip out to the left coast beginning with a game tonight against a team some observer's believe should be the favorites for the Canada West championship: Trinity Western Spartans. Tonight should mark the debut of TWU's pair of high-profile NCAA recruits in 6'6" Tyrell Mara (Portland State D1) and 6'5" Calvin Westbrook from NCAA D2 Cal. State-St. Stanislas. With reigning Moser Award winner 6'8" Jacob Doerksen, the Spartans front line may be the best in Canada. The Spartans are young and not entirely set at the point guard position which some point to as their potential achilles heel. Waterloo was very impressive in capturing their Naismith Classic for the second consecutive season despite getting only two minutes in Sunday's championship game against Toronto out of their best overall offensive player 6'3" Cam McIntyre who injured his ankle. 6'5" Winnipeg native Tim Rossy made up for McIntyre's loss, going 5 for 7 from downtown, part of a 13 for 27 effort by the Warriors in holding off the Varsity Blues. After tonight's game in Langley, the Warriors head to Burnaby to meet Simon Fraser Clan (1-1) in a 5 PM PT time and then complete their tour at UBC (2-0) on Saturday afternoon at 3 PM PT. Waterloo goes about eight deep when third-year wing McIntyre is healthy and the rotation includes seven other fourth or fifth year players. Veteran 6'9" fifth-year center Matt Hayes, the Naismith MVP, has become a factor at both ends for the Warriors while 6'6" Ben Frisby (5th Year - making a homecoming back to native Vancouver this weekend) and 6'5" Alan Goodhoofd (4th Year) help comprise a solid front line. 6'5" Brock transfer Jesse Tipping is a 3/4 who can knock perimeter shots down while Rossy and McIntyre look to play off 5'11" fifth-year guard David Burnett and 6'0" fourth-year guard Luke Kieswetter, both of whom make many of the offensive decisions with the ball for the Warriors. Waterloo is veteran-laden, experience and tough, however 3 games in 3 days out west culminating in date at a rested UBC Thunderbird team will make for a very difficult trip...Lethbridge Pronghorns will take their 2-1 overall (all vs. non-CIS teams) record south again this weekend as they play Friday at the University of Great Falls Argos (NAIA) 3PM MT, and Saturday at Montana Tech Orediggers (NAIA) in Butte, MT... Winnipeg Wesmen (1-2) host their two-day, two-game Pembina Chrysler Invitational Tournament which kicks off Friday at 6 PM CT as Laurentian Voyageurs (1-2) hook up with the host Wesmen followed by an 8 PM affair between Manitoba Bisons (1-3) and Concordia Stingers (3-2). The Wesmen/Voyageur game on Friday night will be broadcast live on 1290 CFRW (available on-line) with Paul Edmonds handling the play by play and Steve Thompson providing the colour commentary. The Manitoba/Concordia game should be interesting with both teams likely to field small, quick lineups so expect a transition-filled game that spreads the floor and allows the guards to create... UQAM and UNB make a weekend trip to Kingston as the Citadins meet Queen's at 8 PM on Friday while UNB visits RMC at 7 PM. The teams cross-over on Saturday with the UQAM/RMC game to be played at 3 PM while Gaels/V-Reds go at 8 PM. Prior to their games in Kingston, the Reds play tonight at Maine Fort Kent (NAIA). The Bengals lost their opener last week to Holland College, a CCAA squad from Prince Edward Island, 84-78... The Windsor Lancers cross the border into Michigan this weekend for the Jamieson-Allen Agency Tip-Off Tournament in Spring Arbor, MI which includes NAIA's Spring Arbor Cougars, Madonna University Crusaders (NAIA) and NAIA division I perennial power Robert Morris College, who the Lancers face in Friday evening's opening round at 6 PM. A year ago Robert Morris reached the NAIA Final Four and garnered national attention when they upended Big Ten Conference member Northwestern University in an exhibition game... Brock Badgers welcome Franklin College Grizzlies, an NCAA Division III team from Indiana to the Bob Davis Gymnasium on Friday at 7 PM. The Badgers then host St. FX on Saturday at 7 PM and end the weekend with a rare Monday night game against Saint Mary's also at 7 PM.

Here are the other games in the X/SMU OUA West tour:
Fri. Oct. 23 St. Mary's at Laurier 7 PM & St. FX at McMaster 7 PM
Sat. Oct. 24 St. Mary's at Guelph 12 Noon & St. FX at Brock 7 PM
Sun. Oct. 25 St. FX at Guelph 2 PM & St. Mary's at McMaster 7 PM (Sunday night)
Mon. Oct. 26 St. Mary's at Brock 7 PM (Monday night)

We've already touched on the other tournaments in a previous post; here are the schedules:

Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament (all Pacific time)
Oct 23, 8:00pm Alberta at Uvic; Fraser Valley/Carleton
Oct 24, 7:00pm Fraser Valley at Uvic; Alberta/Carleton
Oct 25, 2:00pm Carleton at Uvic; Fraser Valley/Alberta

Laval Tournament (all Eastern time)
Oct 23 Western vs. Calgary 6 PM; Laval vs Dalhousie 8 pm
Oct 24 Dalhousie vs. Calgary 6 PM; Laval vs Western 8 pm
Oct 25 Western vs. Dalhousie 1 PM; Laval vs Calgary 3 pm

Graham Construction Shootout Saskatchewan Tournament
Thursday, October 22: 6 p.m. - Regina vs McGill; 8 p.m. - Thompson Rivers vs Saskatchewan
Friday, October 23: 6 p.m. - Thompson Rivers vs McGill; 8 p.m. - Regina vs Saskatchewan
Saturday, October 24: 6 p.m. - Thompson Rivers vs Regina; 8 p.m. - McGill vs Saskatchewan

Jack Donohue Memorial Tournament (all Eastern time)
Fri. Oct. 23 6 PM Bishop’s vs. Toronto; 8 PM Ottawa vs. Cape Breton
Sat. Oct. 24 6 PM Bishop’s vs. Cape Breton; 8 PM Ottawa vs. Toronto
Sun. Oct. 25 NOON Cape Breton vs. Toronto; 2 PM Bishop’s at Ottawa

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