Saturday, 13 November 2010

Saturday's CIS Action starts with a pair of afternoon games

The large majority of action in the CIS is tonight however a pair of afternoon games including an interesting matchup at Laurier give fans a head start.  Ottawa Gee-Gees, dealing with the sudden loss due to a hamstring injury of star 6'6" wing Warren Ward, meet the Golden Hawks at 3 PM as 6'5" Kale Harrison comes off a career-high 39 point effort against #1 Carleton in an emotionally-charged game during which the Hawks came back from 19 down to tie the game with under 5 minutes to play.  The Gee-Gees were also on the losing end of a thwarted dramatic comeback attempt at Waterloo before 3 consecutive charging calls followed by a technical foul on coach James Derouin helped the Warriors pad the difference at the foul line in the final minutes.  The game is available on Hawk Vision beginning at 3 PM ET.  RMC also travels to Guelph.

Tonight's Games
Canada West
Victoria at Fraser Valley... Vic looks to get some offensive consistency from 6'4" Ryan MacKinnon and 6'5" Marco Dolcetti in the absence of their glue-guy 6'1" Matt Cullen while the Cascades continue their perimeter-oriented style and strengthening "d" that helped hold Vic to just one 3 last night.
Alberta at Brandon... A pair of athletic teams face off again with the Golden Bears coming off a 39 point effort from star shooter 6'4" Daniel Ferguson.
Regina at Trinity Western... A 40 point blowout loss in their first CW game away from home was not what the doctor ordered for Top 10 voters (Cougars were honourable mention Top 10 this week in the coach's poll).  The Spartans continue to show how dominant they can be against teams with less talent.
Saskatchewan at Lethbridge... The 'Horns have to deal with the loss due to injury of sharpshooting 6'1" guard Zack Humphrey, out with a severe knee injury that has been building up and will likely shut him down until Christmas if not beyond.  Huskies freshman Tim Holman suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury while standout import guard Jamelle Barrett deals with what appeared to be a charley horse suffered last night.
Winnipeg at UBC... The Wesmen continue to try to use the "three" ball to stay in games with their new group while the T-Birds are very difficult to deal with at War Memorial Gym.
Thompson Rivers at Manitoba... The WolfPack shot 50% (10-20) from downtown last night and gave themselves a chance to win however veteran Bisons guard Eric Garcia awoke to knock down a pair of clutch 3's late.  6'1" newcomer Josh Ogden continues his tremendous play at the point, adding to his stellar assist-to-turnover ratio of almost 4 to 1.  Ogden has only 9 turnovers against 33 assists in 6 games thus far.

Memorial at UNB 7 PM ET/8 PM AT  The V-Reds had a strong pre-season with victories against Saint Mary's, Laval and Cape Breton while MUN went 0-2 last weekend against the Capers at home although the Sea-hawks did lead the second game at the half before losing.  The first of two over the weekend.
Saint Mary's at Cape Breton 7 PM ET/8 PM AT  Two teams perennially mentioned as AUS title contenders meet for the first of two in Sydney.  The Huskies had a disappointing pair of losses at home to Acadia and at St. FX thus far and need to find their groove defensively.  The Capers want to get and remain healthy.  This matchup could see the score easily in the 100's for both.
UPEI at Acadia 7 PM ET/8 PM AT  Acadia's home opener after 1-1 record (win at SMU; loss at Dal on Tuesday night).  Panthers kick off their regular season after last playing at the X tournament two weeks ago.

OUA Interlock
York at McMaster... 0-3 Mac is currently reeling amid injuries, illness and a young core group.  The Lions are always dangerous but as last night's blowout loss in Thunder Bay illustrates, a team that may not show up either.
Toronto at Western... The Mustangs pulled away from Ryerson last night while the Blues could not deal with Windsor's early pressure and went down rather handily to the defending OUA West champions.
Queen's at Brock... Interesting battle between two relatively young teams with contrasting styles as the Badgers want to run, press and get shots up while the Gaels have typically ran good sets and liked the tempo when it is more half-court oriented in nature.
Laurentian at Lakehead... The Vees gained a strong measure of confidence with their comeback win at Mac but the Thunderdome is a very tough place to play especially after a plane ride.  The Wolves defended last night like was the norm during last season's run to the Nationals.
Carleton at Waterloo... Warriors upset win over Ottawa gives them confidence in facing Canada's #1 team at the PAC.
Ryerson at Windsor...  The Rams hung around at Western for about 2 1/2 quarters before the game got away from them while the Lancers jumped on Toronto quickly to lead by double digits early and then cruised to a comfortable win.  Expect Windsor's Monty Hardware to get some touches and looks against his old high school coach, Rams Roy Rana, especially if Ryerson goes to their zone which was deployed in significant quantity last night at Western.

Bishop's at McGill... The Gaiters look for their first win of any kind this season against the Redmen opening up their QUBL season at home.  Bishop's will have to find an answer for Simon Bibeau, making his McGill regular season debut after a fine pre-season.
Concordia at UQAM... Stingers have the quick bounce back after last night's loss at Laval during which they were tied midway through the third quarter but then saw Laval grab leads as large as 15 including a 12 point lead with just over a minute to play.  UQAM got a very solid effort from 6'4" freshman Alex Bernard in their 35 point pasting of Bishop's in Lennoxville on Thursday night.

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