Saturday, 4 December 2010

CIS Games on Saturday

Four games on tap this evening to finish off the first half of the CIS regular season beginning with a QUBL affair in Montreal in a battle of Top 10 teams as Laval (4-0 in league) visits Concordia (3-1 in league) in a 6 PM ET start at the Stingers home gym.  Rouge et Or had a strong road win at McGill last night as once again 6'4" Jerome Turcotte led the way offensively and made a key defensive steal in the final minute with McGill having the late-game momentum and threatening to cut into a five point Laval lead.  The veteran Rouge et Or, with six fourth or fifth year players at the top of the rotation, remain undefeated in league play, facing one-loss Concordia.  It was Laval which handed the Stingers their only loss earlier this season in Ste. Foy at the PEPS...  In the OUA East, York Lions visit Laurentian at 8 PM ET in a battle of teams with explosive offensive capabilities.  Both teams enter the game tied for third place with 3-5 records in a division that can reasonably be called the OUA Least after the poor performance by the division in OUA interlock games.  Only 2 OUA East teams have records above .500 after the interlock schedule.  Laurentian will have to find a matchup for York's dynamic 6'10" center Dejan Kravic while the Lions have to find defensive answers for the Pasquale brothers.  York's 5'11" guard David Tyndale comes off a 5-5 performance from beyond the arc in the Lions' most recent road victory at Guelph, Tyndale's first breakout game away from home.  The game is available on SSN Canada...  In Canada West, a pair of rematches from last night as Regina visits Alberta as the Cougars attempt to deal with Golden Bear pressure and take care of the ball better than last night's 35 turnover performance.  Alberta's set of dynamic guards did a tremendous job of guarding the ball and forcing Regina into difficult decisions.  Expect Cougars coach James Hillis to cook up a counter to the Bears pressure.  Regina needs their pair of post Paul Gareau and Kris Heshka to stay out of foul trouble and Hillis's switch to a zone in the second quarter yesterday was a partial response to those circumstances.  The Golden Bears should continue to use their depth and energy to play a more up tempo style as a half-court game likely favors the Cougars, given how easily Gareau and Heshka handled the Bears interior "d" when they were on the floor last night.  6'4" Daniel Ferguson continues to lead CW in scoring after his 30 point performance last night.  The game is also on SSN Canada beginning at 10 PM ET/8 PM MT... Trinity Western Spartans play their second game of the weekend against Fraser Valley after pushing out to leads larger than 30 last night behind a balanced offensive performance.  The Cascades appear overmatched in the paint and need a better offensive performance out of touted second year wing Joel Freisen.  Spartans look for their 10th consecutive victory tonight.  The game begins at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET and is available for viewing (link on Canada West website).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not sure what Swords will do, maybe he'll throw Shavaan Sheldon at the fire until he gets into foul trouble and let Mike Hull neutralize Haynes or maybe the vet himself will take on Kravic...could make an interesting night Mike Hull vs. Dejan Kravic. I fully expect that Tychon Carter-Newman will start off on Tyndale; he has 4 more inches on him and can definitely keep up with Tyndale's speed, but he might be just a bit too energetic; he could cause Tyndale a lot of problems. I also expect to see Mark Ramalho play some extra minutes tonight also guarding Tyndale-he might be LU's best defender; nevertheless, it will make for an interesting game on a rather quiet night.