The first full weekend of CIS tournament and exhibition play is upon us and there are several traditional tournaments across the country.
Tournament action kicks off on Thursday in Saskatoon as the defending CIS National champions Huskies host the 12th annual Graham Construction Shootout with three Canada West teams and the OUA East Queen's Golden Gaels. The Gaels and defending CW finalists Calgary Dinos kick things off Thursday at 6 PM MT followed by Brandon with new Head Coach Gil Cheung and Saskatchewan under thier interim team of Barry Rawlyk and Nathan Schnellenberg. This tournament is wide-open with all 4 teams having experienced noteable roster turnover. 5'11" Jamelle Barrett, the touted guard from California, makes his Huskies home debut.
Full Graham Construction Shootout Schedule:
Thursday, October 14
6 p.m. - Queen's vs Calgary
8 p.m. - Brandon vs Saskatchewan
Friday, October 15
6 p.m. - Calgary vs Brandon
8 p.m. - Queen's vs Saskatchewan
Saturday, October 16
6 p.m. - Queen's vs Brandon
8 p.m. - Calgary vs Saskatchewan
Graham Shootout Tournament news and results
The "Granddaddy" of them all: Naismith Classic at Waterloo hosts its 43rd edition with the hometown Warriors welcoming Laval, Ryerson, Waterloo and Memorial. The Warriors lost a number of seniors from last season but still have 6'3" scorer Cam McIntyre while Ryerson has an exciting group of youngsters as they look to replace Boris Bakovic's scoring and Memorial continues to rebuild under second-year Head Coach Peter Benoit. From our perspective, Laval's veterans led by QSSF POY candidate J.F. Beaulieu-Mahieux make us regard the Rouge et Or as the favorites in this tournament and the best game of the tournament might be Friday night's 6 PM game between the Rouge et Or and Ryerson.
Full Naismith Schedule:
Fri, October 15 6:00 PM Laval vs. Ryerson; 8:00 PM Memorial vs. Waterloo
Sat, October 16 6:00 PM Memorial vs. Ryerson; 8:00 PM Laval vs. Waterloo
Sun, October 17 12:00 PM Laval vs. Memorial; 4:00 PM Ryerson vs. Waterloo
Naismith tournament web site
In Ottawa, the 21st annual House-Laughton tournament begins on Friday. The tournament was started by a pair of Carleton basketball alumni George House and Bob Laughton, both of who have been very supportive CIS fans for several decades and remain so. Both also watched their sons play CIS basketball: Tony and Geoff House (Manitoba) and Doug Laughton (one of the all-time leading scorers at Queen's). The tournament features a rematch of last season's OUA Wilson Cup championship between Windsor and Carleton (on Saturday) and a matchup of familiar foes that rekindles arguably the top overall coaching rivalry in Canada in the past half decade when McGill, with new Head Coach Dave DeAveiro, meet Carleton and Dave Smart on Friday. Although the Vikes are perennial Canada West contenders and the Redmen should be emotionally charged in their first game against CIS competition with the new coach, expect Saturday's game between Carleton and Windsor to decide the tournament although the Lancers are hurting with Andre Smyth, who was honoured as an Academic All-Canadian for the third year in a row recently, Enrico DeLoretto, Justin Wiltshire and Tyrone Bramble hurting and status uncertain for the weekend.
Full House-Laughton Schedule:
Fri. Oct 15th 6 PM UVic vs. Windsor, 8 PM McGill at Carleton
Sat Oct 16th 6 PM McGill vs. UVic, 8 PM Windsor at Carleton
Sun Oct 17th Noon McGill vs. Windsor, 2 PM UVic at Carleton.
Hawk Challenge at Laurier is a two-day, two-game affair with OUA West rivals Laurier and McMaster each playing Concordia (QSSF) and Cape Breton (AUS). Laurier is 0-1 vs. CIS schools, losing at home last week to UBC. Concordia won their own tournament as 6'2" fourth-year guard Decee Krah took home MVP honours and 6'2" newcomer Kyle Demarais looked solid in the first game of the tournament. Stingers defeated Winnipeg and then NYIT in championship. Cape Breton went 0-3 in a very tough field at the UNB Eric Garland Classic, losing to Top 10 teams St. FX and Lakehead and then to the host Varsity Reds. Marauders rookie Head Coach Amos Connolly makes his first road trip into Kitchener/Waterloo after splitting his first two games at home this past weekend, an overtime loss to Manitoba and his first career victory against Fraser Valley. No word on whether or not injured regulars 6'3" Victor Raso (ankle) or 6'8" Scott Brittain (concussion) will be available for the Marauders.
Full Hawk Challenge schedule:
Fri: McMaster vs. Concordia 6 PM; Cape Breton at Laurier 8 PM
Sat: McMaster vs. Cape Breton 6 PM; Concordia at Laurier 8 PM
Hawk Challenge Home Page including live video and live stats for all 4 games
UPEI Mickey Place Tournament returns after a two-year hiatus and features two new coaches: York's Tom Oliveri, who makes his debut, and Brock's Brad Rootes who split a pair of games in his CIS coaching debut last weekend. UNB Varsity Reds had a very strong win at home against defending AUS champions Cape Breton this past Sunday and the host Panthers are always a difficult out in Charlottetown.
Full Mickey Place tournament schedule
Friday, October 15 4:00 pm York vs. UNB; 8:00 pm Brock vs. UPEI
Saturday, October 16 5:00 pm Brock vs. UNB; 7:00 pm York vs. UPEI
Sunday, October 17 12:00 pm Brock vs. York; 4:00 pm UNB vs. UPEI
Mickey Place Tournament Site
In other tournament action, both Winnipeg and Manitoba will participate in the CMU (Canadian Mennonite University) Invitational which has several other CCAA teams.
Laurentian Voyageurs play three games in British Columbia in what will be a homecoming of sorts for the Pasquale brothers; all three games are against teams among the strongest in Canada West including Trinity Western, UBC and Fraser Valley... U of T Varsity Blues travel to Regina and area for a pair of games against the Cougars with the Thursday night affair played in Estevan, Saskatchewan... In what used to be refered to as the Stu Aberdeen Classic, Lakehead Thunderwolves and Bishop's Gaiters play a series of games out east against Acadia, Dalhousie and Saint Mary's... Memorial Sea-hawks will play four games in four days, beginning with a Thursday night affair in London against the Western Mustangs and then the three games at the Naismith Classic in Waterloo... An interesting game Sunday afternoon in Guelph as the Gryphs host Cape Breton, which will be coming off the two-day, two-game Hawk Classic, playing their third OUA West foe. The Capers will actually play four games on their tour as they kick things off on Thursday night in Kitchener at Forest Heights H.S. meeting the Guelph Phoenix Men's team coached by former Laurier women's coach Stu Julius. Phoenix include several ex-CIS stars including 6'7" Dan Eves, 6'4" Kyle Julius, 6'7" Rhadi Knapp and others and also have young point guard Kevin Pangos in the lineup; Pangos, who just started his final year of high school, recently committed to Gonzaga University for next season. Guelph meets Lake Erie College at home on Friday night... Also on October 15-16, Lethbridge travels to a tournament at University of Montana Western (Dillon).
Windsor Head Coach Chris Oliver reports that former Lancer Nigel Johnson-Tyghter had a nice start to his professional career in Spain, including earning a starting spot. His team is undefeated on the season at 3-0 and 11-0 overall. Team Site