UPEI 65, UNB 63 In the lone AUS game, the Panthers kept their playoff hopes alive with their fifth victory in the last six games, a tight win on the road at UNB. The Panthers, statistically one of the more porous defensive teams in the AUS through the first part of the season, did an outstanding job of mixing defenses with presses and changing half court "d" to gut out a road win. Both teams shot about 30% on the game with UPEI getting the edge on the glass 42-33. The Panthers led 30-29 at halftime and got 18 points from 6'3" Jonathan Cooper while 6'6" Manock Lual added 14 points and 9 rebounds. 6'2" Will McFee led UNB with 14 points, shooting 5-18 from the floor including 0-7 from downtown. Also here is an article from UPEI's sweep last weekend over MUN.
Cape Breton 16-1, 42 pts. clinched first round playoff bye
Dalhousie 11-5, 38 pts. clinched first round playoff bye
St. FX 10-5, 26 pts. clinched playoff spot
UNB 7-9, 18 pts.
UPEI 7-10, 18 pts.
Saint Mary's 6-11, 18 pts.
Acadia 4-10, 12 pts.
Memorial 3-13, 8 pts.
3 PM AT UPEI at UNB (2 pts.) SSN Canada
8 PM AT Acadia at X (4 pts.) Eastlink TV
Concordia 87, Laval 85 6'3" Evens Laroche, in his first game back after missing significant time with an ankle injury, made the game winning hoop with just seconds remaining to help the Stingers surged back into the hunt for first place in the Q. Concordia trailed by 7 entering the fourth but scored the first 6 points of the fourth quarter, finally taking the lead on a pair of free throws by 6'2" Decee Krah (27 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 5-12 3's) with 4 minutes remaining. The Stingers then took a five point lead before 6'4" Jerome Turcotte (game-high 32 points on 14-23 shooting) knocked down a three and the game zig-zagged from there until Laroche's big shot. 6'2" Kyle Desmarais battled foul trouble all night for Concordia but still finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists before picking up his fifth foul. Desmarais started the early fourth quarter run with an "and 1". 6'3" J.F. Beaulieu-Mahieux had 28 points for Laval on 11-22 shooting including 4-7 3's but Rouge et Or shot only 7 for 25 (28%) from downtown as opposed to 11-29 (38%) for Concordia. Laval guards Xavier Baribeau and J.P. Renaud combined to go 0-7 from beyond the arc. The teams are now tied atop the Q with identical 9-4 records and have split the season series, each winning a pair of games on their home courts. However, Laval controls the tie-breaker with a plus-9 point spread in the 4 games played. Box Score
UQAM 72, McGill 59 The Citadins put forth a dominant defensive effort, playing with more energy and physicality and completely negating McGill's inside game with a much-needed win at home in which the score flattered the Redmen. After 6'0" Olivier Bouchard gave McGill a 19-16 lead with an elbow jumper early in the second quarter, UQAM took off on a 17-3 run to lead by 11 late in the first half. The lead was extended to the high teens in the third as UQAM got several easy transition scores, finally solving McGill full court pressure and simply beating the Redmen down the floor in an impressive physical and athletic display. Impressive 6'5" freshman Alexandre Bernard showed off his athleticism and versatility with 17 points and 9 rebounds including a flashy breakaway slam and some nice feeds inside to fellow 6'6" freshman Vincent L.-Fortier, who also had a hard dunk as UQAM sliced through McGill's zone in the second half. Gregory St. Amand also added 17 for UQAM. Redmen guards Bouchard and 6'3" Simon Bibeau combined to go only 6 for 20 and 1-7 from the three point line. With the victory, the Citadins officially clinch the fourth and final playoff spot in the QUBL and eliminate Bishop's from post-season play. Box Score
Laval 9-4 UQAM, at Bishop's, at UQAM
Concordia 9-4 at UQAM, at McGill, BISHOP'S
McGill 7-5 at Bishop's, BISHOP'S, CONU, UQAM
UQAM 5-7 CONU, at Laval, at McGill, LAVAL
Concordia at UQAM
McGill at Bishop's
Ryerson 85, Ottawa 76 The Rams pulled away late with a 10-4 run to end the game and moved into a third-place tie with the Gee-Gees although Ottawa owns the tie-breaker after winning 88-76 at home in January. 6'3" freshman Jordan Gauthier led all scorers with 27 points and 11 rebounds in maybe his most impressive performance in league play. Ryerson led for much of the first half however the Gee-Gees opened the second half on an 11-2 run to take their first lead at 48-47. 6'3" fifth-year senior Ryan McNeilly added 20 for Ryerson while 6'3" freshman sensation Johnny Berhanemeskel went 3 of 6 from downtown and had 19 for Ottawa. The Gee-Gees stayed in the game on the fine inside play of 6'9" Louis Gauthier, who had 25 points, 11 rebounds while 6'6" Warren Ward shot only 5 for 16 and had 14 points. 6'0" Jahmal Jones battled foul trouble all night and finished with 8 points. The Rams host Carleton tonight and then have a road game at Toronto to finish the season while Ottawa faces Toronto this evening and finishes at home against Carleton next weekend.
Carleton 102, Toronto 75 When a team shoots 12 for 27 at home, one would expect a win or at the least a tight score. Unfortunately for the Varsity Blues, their opponents, #1 Carleton Ravens were even more blistering from beyond the arc, shooting an incredible 18 for 27 (67%) from three-point land, coming back from an early third-quarter 5 point deficit to win at Toronto. 6'3" Elliott Thompson had all of his game-high 27 points after halftime including a white-hot 7 for 10 from three-point land - several in a row during a run that pushed the lead over 20 early in the fourth. 6'3" freshman sensation Phil Scrubb added 24 points (4-7 3's) in arguably Carleton's strongest three-point shooting flurry in recent memory. The Blues were well prepared, energized and were making shots, leading for much of the first half and then going up 44-39 on a jumper by 6'6" Drazen Glizic early in the third. Toronto stayed in the game as 6'5" Alex Hill and 6'0" Justin Holmes combined to go 9 for 17 from downtown with Holmes scoring 14 first-half points to give Blues a 40-36 lead. But the Ravens were undetered, sharing the ball, defending and rebounding to continue their impressive undefeated season.
Queen's 102, York 64 Although the Gaels were officially eliminated from playoff contention with Laurentian's win over RMC, Queen's impressively finished as strong as possible, going 13 for 21 from three point land as a team and scoring 65 second-half points against the listless Lions, who again played without 6'10" Dejan Kravic, out for the season with an ankle injury. 6'2" Dan Bannister had a career-high 32 points on 12-17 shooting including 6 for 7 from downtown. York retains an outside shot at creating a three-way tie for third place in the OUA East. If Lions can sweep RMC and Laurentian and have both Ottawa and Ryerson lose their remaining games (both finish against Toronto and Carleton), a three-way tie will be created. Currently, the York/Ottawa and Ryerson/York tiebreakers are even and Ottawa owns their tiebreaker with Ryerson. No word on what the tiebreaking mechanism would be in this scenario.
Laurentian 87, RMC 54
Lakehead 69, Brock 57 The Thunderbirds pulled away in the fourth quarter to remain in top spot in the OUA West in a game marred by an unfortunate injury to 6'1" Joel Whitty who suffered another concussion and was taken to hospital with about 8 minutes remaining. Recall Whitty has had a history of concussions and we hope that the third-year guard from St. Catharines is ok. Game report from Lakehead Basketball
OUA West Standings
3:00 pm McMaster at Guelph
3:00 pm Waterloo at Western
8:00 pm Brock at Lakehead
8:00 pm Windsor at Laurier
Bears Maul Dinos (Wayne Thomas Canada West Report)
The Alberta Golden Bears are adding to the lore of their Main Gym by handing the Calgary Dinos one of the worst losses in the history of this rivalry, with a 94-51 mauling on Friday night before an enthusiastic crowd. Alberta, who are now 15-8 on the season, put a crimp in any thoughts Calgary (8-13) may have had of a playoff berth, and, unless there is a major turn-around Saturday, the Dinos will be down to ‘highly doubtful’.
Canada West Standings
UBC x 19-2 .905 W15
TWU x 20-3 .870 W3
Saskatchewan x 17-4 .810 W4
Victoria x 15-7 .682 W8
Alberta x 15-8 .652 W1
Regina x 12-9 .571 L3
Manitoba 9-12 .429 L3
Calgary 8-13 .381 L1
UFV 7-14 .333 L1
Lethbridge 6-15 .286 W1
Brandon 4-17 .190 L11
Winnipeg 4-17 .190 W1
TRU 4-19 .174 L4
Fraser Valley's loss to Lethbridge puts a significant crimp in their playoff plans while Manitoba was down 51-10 at halftime against Trinity Western. Don't count out Lethbridge as of yet - a win tonight against Fraser Valley and two home wins next weekend against Winnipeg would give the Pronghorns a 9-15 record. Fraser Valley finishes with a pair of games at Brandon which if Cascades lose tonight would have to sweep just to finish 9-15. Calgary is at Alberta tonight and then hosts Saskatchewan twice next weekend while the Bisons finish at Regina for a pair of games. Canada West could conceivably have 4 teams finish at 9-15 with only 2 of those teams qualifying for the playoffs - the tiebreaker algorithm for that scenario would be interesting. Abbotsford News on Fraser Valley's playoff chances