Sunday, 21 November 2010

Wayne Thomas Canada West Saturday Recap

Offense Lights Up in Dinos Saturday Win

Dinos 92 Brandon 77... The eerily consistent pattern continues for the Calgary Dinos, who, 24 hours after dropping their 4th straight Friday game of the Canada West season, turned around and unleashed formerly dormant offensive power to post a 92-77 win over the visiting Brandon Bobcats.  Propelled by 30-19 domination in both the 2nd and 4th quarters, Calgary pulled clear of the ‘Cats to even their season’s record to 4-4, with Brandon falling to 3-5. Tyler Fidler was the king-pin in the Dinos 4th Saturday victory, with 24 points and 17 big rebounds, and, just for good measure, he fouled out. Keenan Milburn really stepped it up offensively with 23 points, and 3 other Dinos were in double figures ... Phil Labongo - 12, Andrew McGuinness -12, and Dustin Reding - 10.

Brandon had 29 points from Wallace O’Brien, and 18 from Kyle Vince, but they were outshot 45% to 36% from the floor by Calgary, who also had a 9/20 to 6/25 edge from the 3 pt. line. Calgary attacked inside effectively, and had a huge 25/35 vs. 11/13 free throw advantage over the Bobcats.

The win kept Calgary in the middle of the Canada West League standings at 4-4, and tied for 7th spot with the Regina Cougars, who they play next weekend in Regina in the final weekend of games before the exam break.

Other Canada West results for Saturday, November 20 ...

at Trinity W. 89 Alberta 78 ... the Spartans (8-2) used a long bench and even scoring to complete the sweep against the Bears (5-3), as Jacob Doerksen scored 25 and grabbed 6 boards, and Daniel Horner scored 11. Alberta, who were outshot 48% to 41% from the floor, were led by Daniel Ferguson with a game - high 27 points.

Lethbridge 85 at Thompson Rivers 81 ... the ‘Horns (3-7) swept the Wolfpack (1-9) in 2 big road wins on the weekend. Randy Davis had a big night Saturday with 28 pts., with Danhue Lawrence adding 17 and 7 boards, and Nico Kovac had 11 and 8 for the ‘Horns. Greg Stewart used his 7’2” frame to score 29 pts., claim 15 rebounds, and swat 6 blocks for the struggling Wolfpack .

at Saskatchewan 115 Winnipeg 63 ... in a replay of the Friday game Saskatchewan, now 7-3, pounded the visiting Wesmen, as Rejean Chabot scored 36, with much help from Jamelle Barrett who recorded 13 assists while scoring 18 of his own. The ‘Dogs’ shot an incredible 68% from the floor, and Winnipeg could manage only 33% against a swarming U of S defense, as Kenny Perry scored 15 for the visitors, who drop to 1-6.

at Victoria 85 Regina 55 ... in their most dominant performance of the season Victoria (6-4) out-shot the Cougars 50 % to 34%, and claimed 41 of 70 boards, in out-pacing Regina 26-14 in both the 2nd and 4th quarters. Ryan McKinnon with 22 and Mike Berg with 18 led the Vikes, while Sterling Nostedt had 17 for the Cougs (4-4).

at UBC 96 Fraser Valley 82 ... the ‘Birds were relentless in completing the sweep against their Lower Mainland rivals, with Josh Whyte the leader, scoring 20 points. Melvyn Mayott had 16, and both Jordan Yu and Doug Plumb hitting for 13 for UBC (8-2). The Cascades (2-6) played a reasonable game against a very tough opponent, shooting 48% to UBC’s 52%. Zeon Gray had 26 points in the loss.

Notes ...  In other CIS games ... Laval beat Quebec- Montreal (UQAM) 72-71 in a battle of the QSSF’s top 2 teams. Cape Breton, after getting over some early season injuries, is looking up to their promise in the Atlantic League, at 6-0 after having beaten Acadia 83-71, and 84-81 in a pair of games. Dal ambushed St. FX 59-56, and UPEI gave UNB their 1st loss at 89-69. In the OUA ... some of the key games ... Carleton 91-66 over Western, who are , obviously not close, then the Ravens prevailed 78-59 over Windsor, the best in the West. Toronto 96 Brock 86, Windsor 84 Ottawa 81.

Dinos fan Derek Ryder was not impressed with the UC web coverage on Saturday, telling us “ ... there was no audio at all. Live Stats jammed twice ... The video feed rarely showed the scoreboard, so while I know we lost, I don't know the final score (it was not shown on the video feed at the end).”

Congrats to the Football Dinos who beat St. Mary’s Huskies of Halifax 35-8 at a bone-chilling McMahon Stadium on Saturday to advance to the Vanier Cup next Saturday at Laval, PQ against the hometown Laval Rouge et Or, who topped the Western Mustangs 12-11 in the other semi.

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