Friday, 3 December 2010

CIS Friday Night

Another light schedule in the CIS with a pair of Canada West encounters plus an intriguing Quebec league matchup in Montreal between Laval and McGill.  Out west, the Jekill and Hyde Regina Cougars (6-0 at home, 0-4 on the road) visit Edmonton to face Alberta Golden Bears (also 6-4) in a matchup between a pair of playoff contenders.  Cougars come off a pair of home victories against Calgary and are getting a tremendous season from 6'7" forward Paul Gareau, who averages 17.2 ppg.  Gareau, eighth in Canada West scoring, had 42 points (13-20 from the floor, 16 for 19 from the free throw line) in the Friday night victory over the Dinos.  The veteran forward averages 21 ppg in 6 home games and 11.5 ppg in 4 road games.  Several observers have described Alberta's 6'4" Daniel Ferguson as one of the most impressive shooters to enter CW in some time and the numbers bear that out as the NCAA DII transfer leads the conference in scoring at 25.3 ppg while shooting 48% from beyond the arc and 90% from the free throw line.  Alberta comes off a split in Victoria against the Vikes, losing a thrilling overtime affair in the second game on Saturday.  Regina at Alberta can be followed via Live Stats!  and can be seen on the Internet on SSN Canada beginning at 8 PM MT/10 PM ET...  The other CW game is in Langley as Fraser Valley (4-6) visits Trinity Western, 10-2 and riding an 8 game winning streak.  Cascades at Spartans can be seen live beginning at 8 PM PT/ 11 PM ET...  McGill comes off an impressive victory at home over UQAM Citadins last Saturday, moving the Redmen to 3-1 on the young season with their only loss at Concordia which got away from the Redmen late.  Rebounding had been a big issue for McGill but in the win over UQAM, the Redmen did a tremendous job keeping the energetic Citadins off the offensive glass and were able to control the tempo for the most part and make UQAM defend in the quarter-court.  Laval remains undefeated and features an array of perimeter shooters but are led by a pair of all-conference candidates in 6'4" Jerome Turcotte and 6'3" J.F. Beaulieu-Mahieux.  This game is not available via the Internet according to the SSN Canada site.

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