Saturday, 21 November 2009

Canada West Friday Recap

Victoria (3-1) 62, #9 Trinity Western (2-2) 59 The Vikes held the host Spartans to only 38% shooting including 1-16 from downtown and capture a big road game in front of 1,450 fans at the impressive new Langley Events Center. 6'4" Ryan MacKinnon had 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter including a three with just over a minute to play to give Vic a five point lead. 6'8" Jacob Doerksen led all scorers with 24 points and the Spartans turned it over only 8 times but Vic's "d" was strong, holding TWU to only 5 second quarter points and only 29% first-half shooting. The Spartans are characterized offensively by their plethora of sets and propensity to work the shot clock on most possessions. For the most part, the Vikes were equal to the task defensively. The teams meet once again tonight. BOX SCORE

More on Saskatchewan's convincing win over Calgary BOX SCORE PLUS Game Highlights plus Post-Game Comments... Also, from Wayne Thomas new Dino Hoop News blog... Huskies Maul Dinos in Kennel... The hometown Saskatchewan Huskies proved too much for the #3 ranked, and previously unbeaten Calgary Dinos on Friday in Saskatoon, as they dispatched the Dinos 86-67 to run their record to 3-2 and drop the Dinos to 6-1. Five Huskies scored in double figures as U of S outshot the struggling Dinos 40% to 36% ... Shawron Glover notched 19, Mike Linklater 17, Nolan Brudehl had 13, Michael Lieffers 12, and Troy Gottselig 13. Saskatchewan controlled the glass as well, getting 50 boards compared to 44 for Calgary. The big shooting stats were the Huskies taking 82 shots compared to only 64 for the Dinos, and U of S hitting on 8/22 treys while Calgary was a dismal 3/20....Calgary got 21 points from Robbie Sihota, 17 from Ross Bekkering, and 10 from jamie McLeod. Sihota led all rebounders with 14, while McLeod had 7, and Bekkering 6. Tyler Fidler was held to just 2 points, as the usually potent Calgary attack was held in check by a physical Saskatchewan defense. ... Continue Reading

Lethbridge (3-4) 87, Manitoba (2-4) 68 Forging out to an 18 point first quarter lead, the Pronghorns hammered the Bisons in front of 820 fans at the 1st Choice Athletic Complex in Lethbridge. The Horns led by 26 at halftime holding Manitoba to only 20% first half shooting. Led by a balanced attack, the Horns had four players in double digits and 9 players registering at least one field goal. Danhue Lawrence (Toronto, ON, 4th) had a team high with 15 points and finished the double-double with 10 rebounds. College transfers Randy Davis (Red Deer, AB, 4th) and Rob Cooper (Woodbridge, ON, 5th) each had 14, while Quinn Van Gaalen (Foremost, AB, 2nd) came off the bench to chip in with 13, including 2 for 2 from behind the arc. Eric Garcia (Winnipeg, MB, 4th) led all scorers with 24 points and Dan Purvis-Collins (Winnipeg, MB, 3rd) was the only other Bison in double digits with 17. BOX SCORE

#10 Simon Fraser (4-0) 73, Fraser Valley (3-2) 58 The Clan's big veteran back court continued their hot shooting ways as 6'4" Sean Burke had 23 points and 6'4" Kevin Shaw added 12 points as the pair combined to go 7 for 9 from downtown as the Clan won on the road in Abbotsford. Shaw continues his torrid shooting from beyond the arc and the Clan held the Cascades to only 26% shooting in the second half, methodically pulling away for the win. 6'6" Kyle Grewal led UFV with 21 points. BOX SCORE

#2 UBC (5-0) 84, Thompson Rivers (0-6) 68 It was a comparatively easier night for the T-Birds as they forged to a 14 point first quarter lead, watched the Wolfpack cut it to 8 by halftime but then took the game over in the third as Josh Whyte had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sean Garvey had 28 points including 7-10 from three for the hosts but did turn it over 7 times while 7'2" Greg Stewart had another 13 point/15 rebound double double for TRU. BOX SCORE

Regina (2-3) 62, Alberta (4-3) 61 In front of 900 fans in Edmonton, the Cougars came from behind to defeat the Bears as a late hoop from 6'5" Jamal Williams in the final minute gave the Cougars the final margin of victory. Earlier, Williams broke a 58-58 tie with a basket only to see Bears 5'11" veteran guard Scott Leigh knock down a three to give Alberta their final lead. An Alberta turnover with 12 seconds left sealed the Bears fate. Sahar Saffa and freshman Jordan Baker each had 18 to lead Alberta while Williams finished with a team-high 13 points and 11 rebounds for Regina. Kris Heshka added 12 points/11 rebounds for Regina, which trailed 47-42 entering the fourth quarter. BOX SCORE

Brandon (2-5) 80, Winnipeg (0-6) 75 With thanks to Winnipeg Sports Info... In front of 1,507 fans at the Duckworth Center, the Wesmen fell short in an 80-75 loss to the Brandon Bobcats. The contest between the two provincial rivals was an evenly played game for the entire 40 minutes. Tarik Tokar led the Bobcats with a game high 24 points. Dany Charlery added 20 points and a team leading seven rebounds. The Wesmen had four players scoring in double digits. Nick Lother led the way with 22 points, including three-three pointers. Peter Lomuro finished with 15. Mike James and Adam Dobriansky added 13 and 12 respectively. James led the team with nine rebounds. Winnipeg scored the opening two baskets of the game only to see the Bobcats roar back in a big way scoring 12 straight points to open up a 12-4 lead at the midway point of the opening quarter. The teams exchanged baskets down the stretch and a long three pointer by Lother at the buzzer cut the Brandon lead
to 21-16 after the opening quarter. The Wesmen stormed back in the second quarter going on a 13-2 run to take a 29-23 lead with 3:00 minutes to play. Winnipeg held their six point advantage with one minute to play when a three pointer by Charlery combined with a jumper by Tokar gave the Wesmen a 33-32 lead at halftime. Brandon gained control back in a wild third quarter. Led by Tokar's 13 points in the quarter Brandon outscored the Wesmen 27-17 and held a 59-50 lead after three quarters. The Bobcats enjoyed a double-digit lead for the first half of the final quarter only to see the Wesmen make a late charge trailing 77-73 but Brandon held off the attack to secure the win. BOX SCORE

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