Saturday, 5 March 2011

T-Birds, Huskies win Canada West semi-finals, automatic Final 8 spots

UBC 91, Alberta 73  Fellow fifth-year seniors Brent Malish and Alex Murphy each had 5 points during the game-deciding 19-5 run during a five minute stretch of the third quarter and UBC later built leads as large as 20 in capturing a spot at the CIS Final 8 with a CW semi-final victory in Vancouver.  After Alberta's 6'4" Greg Ferguson scored 6 early third-quarter points to bring the Golden Bears back to within 2 at 46-44, UBC turned up the "d" and broke to their run.  Ferguson had 30 points to lead all scorers including a 17 point first-half but scored only 7 points in the final 17 minutes of play.  6'2" Josh Whyte had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead UBC.  The Bears did get the game back to within 10 early in the fourth but UBC quickly broke loose on a 16-6 run to lead 88-68 just over a minute to play and the Bears fate was sealed.  Box Score    Gary Kingston of Vancouver Sun with Big Birds bounce Bears with high-energy effort

Saskatchewan 80, Trinity Western 78  5'11" CW conference MVP Jamelle Barrett hit a running 13-foot  floater from the elbow with 1.8 seconds left and as the 24 second buzzer sounded, completing a dramatic Huskies comeback from 10 down with about 4 minutes remaining to lift defending national champions Saskatchewan back to the CIS Final 8.  Trinity scored just one point in the final 5 1/2 minutes of the game.  Barrett and fellow all-star Rejean Chabot keyed the comeback with Chabot tying the score and almost giving Sask the lead with about 30 seconds left but was rejected by 6'6" Kyle Coston.  Trinity had trailed only briefly in the game, the last time being at 14-13 midway through the first quarter and was again led by another outstanding effort from 6'6" Jacob Doerksen who had 29 points and 12 rebounds.  TWU can still make their first appearance at the CIS Final 8 with a wild card berth to be announced Sunday night.  Their quest would be strongly aided by a victory tonight over Alberta in the CW Third-Place game and by a Cape Breton win tonight in the AUS semi-finals over Acadia Axemen.  Box Score

Canada West All-Stars selected:  Barrett named Player of the Year

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