Friday, 4 December 2009

Canada West Follow Up

The first of probably several updates that complement (or more likely correct) previous updates...With thanks to our stellar CW correspondent... When reviewing Saskatchewan Huskies earlier this week, mention was made of Huskies' 6'9" Clint Unsworth transfering from Calgary. Clint in fact has spent all five years at U of S, improving significantly in his time in Saskatoon. His younger brother, 6'8" Chris Unsworth, now in his third year of eligibility, is in fact the transfer from Calgary. Both Unsworth's hail from Maple Creek, Saskatchewan but came into Alberta and played high school in Medicine Hat, Alberta... Speaking of Saskatchewan, Michael Lieffers, a hometown Saskatoon kid who went to U of S at 6'5" strictly for academics but grew three inches to 6'8", then subsequently left and went and played one year of college at Lakeland (in Lloyminster on Alta/Sask border). Currently a complement to fifth-year senior Troy Gottselig, expect Lieffers to take the lead role up front for the Huskies, although he will have to work on improving his free throw shooting (8 for 23, 35% in the first half) to avoid the "Hack a Shack" routine from opponents... The buzz around the resurgence of Lethbridge Pronghorns brings the expectation of larger home crowds from in and around the basketball hotbed of Southern Alberta - good numbers have already been registered as the Horns are averaging right around 900 fans for their first six home games. With #4 Calgary Dinos visiting twice (first and last games of the second semester - two single Saturday night games) plus top Pacific Division teams UBC and UVic over the same weekend, expect those numbers to continue to improve. The much-improved play of 7'0' Remington Stemler in recent weeks, something we didn't mention originally, has certainly helped raise the expectation of beating the better teams.

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