Sunday, 22 November 2009

Canada West Recap: Bekkering leads way to split

Calgary (7-1) 80, Saskatchewan (3-3) 76 6'8" Ross Bekkering exploded for 36 points to allow the Dinos to gain an important split in Saskatoon. The teams combined for over 60 turnovers and 47 fouls in the game including 10 by 5'11" Showron Glover and 7 for 6'0" Jamie McLeod, each team's starting point guards. The Dinos led by 10 after three quarters and survived a late Huskies rally as Saskatchewan missed a couple of late threes that would have tied the game. Huskies Nolan Brudehl, Troy Gottselig and Clint Unsworth all fouled out as Bekkering went 16 for 18 from the line. Glover's line was 24 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, 10 turnovers in 38 minutes.. More from Dino Hoop News... Bekkering Bombs Huskies...In a gut-check game for the Calgary Dinos, 5th year post Ross Bekkering picked the team up and carried it on his back, scoring 36 pts. to propel the 7-1 Dinos to an 80-76 win over Saskatchewan to split their weekend series. After having lost 86-67 on Friday, Calgary needed a spark to turn the tables on the Huskies, who had ‘pushed us around pretty badly’, according to Manager, Dean McCord... Continue Reading plus Saskatchewan/Calgary BOX SCORE also VIDEO highlights from Saskatoon

Lethbridge (4-4) 90, Manitoba (2-5) 63 With thanks to our anonymous reporter out west... In front of 942 fans the Horns pulled away in the second half for another lopsided win over the Bisons, getting 27 points from 6'4" Red Deer College transfer three-man Randy Davis (6-10 shooting from downtown) and 19 from reserve 6'2" guard Quinn Van Gaalen. Ironically, Davis final two choices for university were the Horns and Bisons. Star guard Jeff Price struggled from the floor (1-8) but was instrumental in the win with 10 assists. Lethbridge have played six of eight games at home so far. Regardless, it's almost certainly been a decade since the program was .500, or this far up the standings, at this juncture of a campaign. Manitoba was significantly shorthanded with leading scorer Nathan Dixon (5'10", 2-guard) sidelined due to a bad ankle. 6'7" posts Sean Maxwell and Richard Reimer topped the Manitoba point-parade with 16 and 13 respectively. Maxwell was particularly instrumental in keeping the game within reach much of the way, hitting four money balls largely off flare screens. As a team the hosts biggest statistical advantage was rebouding. Lethbridge hauled in 53, while Manitoba finished with 29. BOX SCORE

Regina (3-3) 78, Alberta (4-4) 73 The Cougars pulled away late to gain a very important road sweep in Edmonton against the Bears who suddenly have lost 4 games in a row. The Bears turned the ball over 31 times and watched Jeff Lukomski hit for a game-high 18 points including 3-8 from downtown. Regina led by one going into the fourth quarter. BOX SCORE

Simon Fraser (5-0) 71, Fraser Valley (3-3) 62 The Clan remained unbeaten with another road win in Abbotsford, holding the Cascades to only 26 second-half points as SFU's "d" shone once again. 6'4" Sean Burke was one of 3 players scoring 15 points a piece while Cascades second-year wing Sam Freeman exploded for 32 points including 6-7 from downtown for the Cascades, who stayed in the game with 13-25 shooting from 3 point land including 9 for 15 in the first half. UFV went only 6 for 22 for the game from inside the arc, scoring only 7 field goals the entire second half. BOX SCORE

Trinity Western (3-2) 83, Victoria (3-2) 71 In front of 720 fans, the Spartans get the split at home as 6'8" Jacob Doerksen went off for 35 points and 15 rebounds while 6'6" Tyrell Mara added 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Spartans dominated the glass out rebounding the Vikes 52-31 and gradually built a solid lead by taking each quarter through the game. TWU pulled away early in the fourth quarter, using a 6-0 run to lead 60-46 two minutes into the quarter. Vic's 6'4" wing Ryan MacKinnon (13 points) knocked in a three to cut the lead to 8 with four minutes remaining but the Spartans then scored 13 of the next 16 points for a 78-60 advantage with 2:10 to go to close out the win. TWU hosts 7-1 Calgary Dinos next Friday. Game Notes: Doerksen's 35 points was three off his career high at TWU of 38 points, which he set against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on Nov. 7, 08...TWU's CIS record is 41 points, which is held by Adam Friesen. BOX SCORE

Brandon (3-5) 83, Winnipeg (0-8) 76 (OT) 6'3" Dany Charlery went for 34 points and 11 rebounds as the ‘Cats gave up a late lead before surviving in OT at the Duckworth Center. The 'Cats were a strong 17 for 18 from the free throw line including a perfect 6-6 in overtime to clinch the win while Wesmen could only manage 13-20. Brandon was also 6-10 from beyond the arc including 4-5 for Charlery who again led his group to the road victory. BOX SCORE


Calgary 7-1
Lethbridge 4-4
Alberta 4-4
Saskatchewan 3-3
Regina 3-3
Brandon 3-5
Manitoba 2-5
Winnipeg 0-8
UBC 5-0
Simon Fraser 5-0
Trinity Western 3-2
Victoria 3-2
UFV 3-3
Thompson Rivers 0-6

Note: top 4 Prairie teams, top 3 Pacific teams qualify for playoffs; better record from Prairie 5th & PacD 4th also qualifies; two CWUAA finalists qualify for CIS championship.

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