Sunday, 11 October 2009

Sunday's Results

Toronto 96, Findlay (Ohio) NCAA D2 82 In what turned out to be one of the more exciting offensive games thus far this season, the Blues shot a blistering 55% from the field including 10-23 from downtown to hand the Oilers their first loss in three games of their tour of Canada on Sunday afternoon. Entering the fourth quarter leading by 13, the Blues got tremendous shooting performances off their bench from 6'0" Justin Holmes and 6'2" Ben Garvin, who combined to shoot 10-14 including 5 for 8 from downtown while playing only 11 and 14 minutes respectively, with many of their shots made in a wild fourth quarter during which the Blues outscored Findlay 32-31 with both teams scorching the nets. Veteran Blues Head Coach Mike Katz felt "today was one of the better games I've been associated with"... very high praise from one of Canada's best-ever coaches with almost 40 years of experience at all levels. Toronto had 6 players in double figures including 6'6" Drazen Glizic with 14 and 6'2" Rob Paris with 11. The Blues went 10 deep on the bench and are quickly emerging into a much deeper group than first expected with virtually everyone with the ability to knock shots down and contribute. Toronto heads down the 401 to Waterloo to participate in the Naismith Classic next weekend with Manitoba, Acadia and the veteran-laden host Warriors.

Alberta 76, Ryerson 63... (With files from the Ryerson web site) The Golden Bears used a balanced attack and some timely three-pointers to defeat the host Rams Sunday afternoon at Kerr Hall. After trailing for most of the game, the Rams went on a 7-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to tie the contest at 58-58 with 5:37 remaining. The Golden Bears immediately regained the lead with a 9-2 run of their own, highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers by Scott Leigh and Khas Toker. Second-year guard and OUA East all-rookie team selection Josh Budd , who had been suffering from a bad case of the flu earlier in the week, scored a game-high 25 points for the Rams, who trailed 37-30 at the half. Boris Bakovic recorded 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Luke Stanicia had 11 points and five rebounds. Four players scored in double-digits for Alberta. 6'3" Jamaal Bucknor was 5-for-7 from the floor with 16 points, while Toker was 4-for-6, also with 16 points. Big, strong 6'8" post Harvey Bradford added 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting and 6'7" freshman Jordan Baker added 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds. The Rams shot 35.6 percent from the floor, while the Golden Bears shot 47.2 percent and 50 percent from behind the arc in the second half. Ryerson held a slight 30-28 edge on the boards. The Rams will continue their preseason schedule against the Western Mustangs on Wednesday night in London, Ont.

St. Francis Xavier 81, UQAM 70 Coming back from an 8 point halftime deficit, the X-Men captured the Eric Garland tournament championship with a come-from-behind victory over Citadins. UQAM got their transition game going early, continually beating X down the floor to lead 43-35 by halftime. But X took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter with better transition "d" and dominating the glass (46-29 advantage). X had 6 players in double figures led by 6'5" Jeremy Dunn (16 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists) and tournament MVP Christian T-Bear Upshaw (12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists). X's 6'3" freshman Jordan Clarke again was very impactful in the backcourt, finishing with 10 points/3 rebounds/5 assists, asserting himself in the X rotation for the longer-term. For his efforts, Clarke was awarded a tournament all-star in his first university tournament. 6'1" lefty point guard Arthur Plesius led UQAM with 19 points while Citadins best overall player on the weekend 6'5" Gregory St. Amand had a 15 point/10 rebound double/double. UQAM played without Adil El Makssoud, maybe their top player while X was still without Terrence Taylor, Dwayne Johnson, Will Silver and Charlie Spurr.

Other results... Toronto defeat Findlay and Alberta defeat Ryerson... more on these games later... Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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