Saturday, 8 January 2011

Smith buzzer beater lifts Spartans to dramatic win

Trinity Western (13-2) 86, Victoria (7-6) 84  Point guard play has generally been identified as the wildcard in the fortunes of Trinity Western basketball for at least the past two seasons and the addition of 6'1" Tristan Smith was designed to alleviate that concern.  For last night anyway, consider Smith's transfer from Fraser Valley a strong success as the third-year guard from Los Angeles hit the game-winning jumper with under 2 seconds to play to lift the Spartans to a character-building road victory at Victoria. 

In a game that featured eight ties and four lead changes, the Vikes rallied in the final minute and a half to draw even on consecutive buckets by 6'8" Mike Berg (Burnaby, B.C.), who was terrific for the Vikes, especially down the stretch, scoring 17 on 8-10 shooting.  TWU, which shot a blistering 63% from the field and had leads as high as 11, was led by their All-Canadian candidate 6'6" Jacob Doerksen with 23 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals.  Smith finished with 19 points on 8-13 shooting from the floor while 6'3" Calvin Westbrook added 14 points in 38 minutes.

Although pleased with his team's resiliency, Victoria Coach Craig Beaucamp lamented his team's rough start and inconsistent "d":
“We had to play from behind against a good team and you have to play perfect to come back,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. “We cannot give up 86 points and be successful… and I did not think we contested enough shots. They had too many open looks.”
6'4" Ryan MacKinnon led the Vikes with 20 points and five rebounds while 6'5" Marco Dolcetti (17 points, 6 rebounds) helped kick start the Victoria comeback with several fast-break layups to lift a boisterous, pro-Vikes crowd. 

In a game typical of the second half of the season between two good teams, both teams shortened their benches and played crisp, turnover-free basket (each team turned it over only 10 times).  Box Score  The teams meet again tonight in Victoria with this evening's contest getting started at 7 PM PT.  Game available on Vikes TV
UBC (11-2) 106, Manitoba (7-4) 91  6'2" Josh Whyte and 6'5" Brent Malish hit back-to-back 3's after the Bisons had taken a three-point lead early in the third quarter, starting a game-deciding run that ultimately drove the Birds to their largest lead of the night at 98-75 and UBC cruised to the road win at Manitoba.  Both teams were scorching in the first half which ended with UBC up 51-48 and shooting over 60% incluidng 6-8 3's.  After the Bisons opened the third quarter with consecutive 3's and seemingly the momentum in their favour, the T-Birds pair of wily veterans made their big shots at a key moment and the Birds were off and flying.  After stretching their lead to 12 after 3, a 12-0 run early in the fourth sealed the victory.  Whyte finished with 28 on 10-13 shooting including 4-5 from downtown while Malish had a season-high 21 on 8-12.  The teams meet again tonight in Manitoba.  Box Score

Saskatchewan (8-3) 76, Brandon (4-7) 75  6'1" Rejean Chabot completed a dramatic Huskies comeback with a lay-up with 19 seconds remaining to lift Saskatchewan to an important road win.  Down 4 with 33 seconds left,  6'3" Duncan Jones (22 points including 5-5 3's) made all 3 free throws after getting fouled on shot attempt beyond the arc and then Sask held, setting up Chabot's dramatics.  Huskies had to rally from 18 down early in the third for the win.  Chabot, playing his first game back in Brandon after transfering to Sask, had 22 points to lead the Huskies.  Kyrie Coleman had a game-high 23 points for the Bobcats, also adding eight rebounds and three blocks. O'Brian Wallace added 19 points and Kyle Vince contributed with 13 points.  Box Score

Alberta (8-5) 96, Lethbridge (3-10) 63   The Bears jumped out to a 15 point first quarter lead, led by as many as 30 late in the third and then extended to leads as large as 37 in hammering the injury-riddled hometown Pronghorns.  6'4" Daniel Ferguson shot 5-7 3's and scored 21 points in only 23 minutes to lead the Bears while 6'8" Jordan Baker finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in 38 minutes.  6'5" Randy Davis led Lethbridge with 17 points, 7 assists.  Box Score

Calgary (5-6) 82, Fraser Valley (4-9) 79   A 19-point effort from Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, making his conference debut after recovering from an ankle injury, combined with a solid 22 from Tyler Fidler helped the Dinos overcome a 10-0 deficit to open the game and hold on for the victory.  6'6" James Elliott had 23 and 14 for Cascades.  Box Score

Thompson Rivers (2-11) 88, Winnipeg (1-10) 87  6'5' Chas Kok broke the TRU record for points at the Tournament Capital Center with 38 including the game-deciding free throw with 5 seconds to play as the WolfPack survived a see-saw game at home.  Kok scored all his in the final three quarters, breaking the previous school record set earlier by Sean Garvey who had 37 last Jan. 30th against Trinity Western.  7'2" Greg Stewart had 21 points and 16 rebounds for TRU while 6'1" Nick Lother led the Wesmen with 27 while 6'0" Nolan Gooding added 17 including 10 consecutive Wesmen points in the fourth quarter to keep the game close.  Box Score


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