Friday, 27 November 2009

Friday Articles

Excellent piece in the Kelowna newspaper on Simon Fraser Clan. No word on whether or not 6'5" Chas Kok, a big piece of SFU's success thus far, will be available this weekend after an injury to his leg last Friday night against Fraser Valley kept him out of the Saturday game.

Canny Clan unselfish and unbeaten; Team adopts selfless team-first Princeton offence and starts 5-0

In the parlance of their new offence, you could say that someone left the back door open for the Simon Fraser Clan to grab a spot in the CIS national men's basketball rankings.

With its newly-installed Princeton offence, that time-honoured half-court set that succeeds when unselfish, fundamentally-sound team play is allowed to flourish, the undefeated Clan (5-0) have made a back-door cut to the No. 10 position nationally. It hosts the Lethbridge Pronghorns (4-4) and No. 4-ranked Calgary Dinos (7-1) Friday (8:15 p.m.) and Saturday (5 p.m.) respectively in its final two Canada West league games before the conference's annual December break.

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Basketball V-Reds out to get wins

It may not be visible to the untrained eye, but the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds men's basketball team is, in fact, getting better.

It's obvious everywhere but in the win column.

The V-Reds, in Year 2 of a rebuilding project under sophomore coach Brent Baker, are off to an 0-5 start to the Atlantic University Sport Men's Basketball Conference season, a situation they hope to rectify when they host the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers - also winless at 0-3 - Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at The Pit. Game times are 8 p.m. and 3 p.m., on the back half of a hoop twinbill.

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Coach K focused on adding victories

X-Men head coach Steve Konchalski takes a 737-399 record into games this weekend.

Steve Konchalski will be honoured tonight for 35 years of success.

But what he really wants is to add to his awesome win total by hanging a loss on the Acadia Axemen.

Konchalski’s X-Men tangle with the Axemen tonight at Oland Centre in a clash of the last two unbeaten teams in the men’s basketball ranks in the AUS. The veteran X-Men are 3-0, all on the road, while the young and talented Axemen are 4-0.

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Vikes look for strong first-half finish

Both University of Victoria Vikes basketball teams will be looking to shore up their defences in the final Canada West games before the Christmas break.

The Vikes teams both recorded splits last weekend on the road against the Trinity Western Spartans. The Vikes are the visitors tonight against the Manitoba Bisons and the Winnipeg Wesmen tomorrow.

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Regina Cougars webcasting... Some Cougars athletics fans may have already noticed that they can now see some U of R games live on the world wide web. This is the first year the university has offered live webcasting of basketball and volleyball at

Adam Geiger provides the play-by-play for both sports while former Cougar Chris Knoop provides the colour analysis for volleyball and U of R sports information director Braden Konschuh handles the same for basketball.


Doerksen Canada West athlete of the week

Trinity Western's Jacob Doerksen knocks down a Victoria Vikes defender and his shot during Saturday's Canada West men's basketball game.

Scoring nearly 30 points per game has earned Jacob Doerksen the Canada West male athlete of the week award.

Trinity Western’s Doerksen accounted for 24 points, 40 per cent of his team’s offence, in a 62-59 loss to the visiting Victoria Vikes on Friday in Canada West men’s basketball action.

And he followed that up by scoring 35 points as the Spartans dropped Victoria 83-71 on Saturday night.

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Laurentian cagers ready to hit the road today

Hoping to extend their three-game winning streak, the Laurentian University Lady Vees basketball team travels to Waterloo for a pair of games against the Waterloo Warriors and Laurier Golden Hawks.

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Redmen gallop over Gaiters in team's final home game

Thornhill's career-high 35 points propels McGill to victory

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