Sunday, 15 August 2010

Northern Arizona 80, Calgary 63

Avenging a lopsided loss on Friday, the Lumberjacks broke the game open with an 18-3 run midway through the third quarter to lead by 21, holding Calgary to 32% shooting for the game. NAU shot 47 percent for the game and had a six point halftime lead. The Dinos made one final run in the fourth quarter, culminating in a three by 5'9" sophomore guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (13 points, 4 assists, 31 minutes) to get the game to 67-59 with just under 4 minutes to play and after a Lumberjack "one and done" Calgary had the ball down 8. However, a turnover followed by a foul put the Jacks on the line and NAU scored the next 8 points to seal the deal.

6'9" Tyler Fidler led all scorers with 20 points and added 10 rebounds but shot only 2 for 8 from downtown and turned it over 5 times as the Dinos gave away 18 turnovers. Calgary trailed by 10 early in the second quarter but the Dinos switched to a 2/3 zone which gave NAU some trouble and back to back 3's by Fidler and Ogungbemi-Jackson brought Calgary back to within 4, allowing for the close halftime score.

Calgary was without the services of 6'7" fourth-year forward Dustin Reding, who was attending a wedding. Fidler and Ogungbemi-Jackson appear to be the focal points of Coach Dan Vanhooren's offense, taking many of the good looks and will be very effective Canada West players. Calgary's nice pair of high school recruits 6'4" Philip Labongo (Winnipeg Dakota), the second consecutive season the Dinos have reached into Winnipeg for a top recruit, and 6'7" Matt Letkeman (Abbotsford Yale) both started and are expected to log significant minutes this season.

The Lumberjacks were able to limit the looks for sharpshooting 6'3" sophomore Andrew McGuinness (he still went 3-6 from downtown) and fellow sophomore 6'5" Dan Tilleman. 6'8" Youri Annisovets (originally from Toronto Vaughan Road via Missouri State U.) should be in the mix up front for Calgary and was productive last night (6 points, 4 rebounds in 14 minutes). Vanhooren also gave 6'11" Gregg Farineau some run and his development into a productive front court presence would give Calgary a strong alternative in the middle.

(With notes from our Alberta-based correspondent).

Game Report from Northern Arizona site plus Box Score

Dinos show youth in loss (Calgary Dinos official web site)

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