Sunday, 13 March 2011

Trinity looks to complete unlikely rise

Wild card Trinity Western, given little chance to even advance to today's CIS championship game, has shown throughout the tournament that their big, strong front line, led by 6'6" Jacob Doerksen, can present any opponents with tough matchups and gives them an opportunity to win any game.  Doerksen poses the most challenging matchup for Carleton Head Coach Dave Smart given his strength inside and ability to knock down 3's.  Expect 6'5" Cole Hobin to check Doerksen initially but very likely with the help of doubles from the guard spot - Spartans guards Tristan Smith and Daniel Horner both have been inconsistent from the perimeter and until they can prove they can knock down shots, expect Raven guards to rover to help on Doerksen and 6'6" Kyle Coston among others.  6'3" Calvin Westbrook however is another story as he is likely the most lethal and consistent three point shooter on the Spartans.  Smart may dust off his double teaming pressure that he has gone away from the past 2 games after Laurier scorched it for easy layups - this pressure could be the ultimate test for TWU guards. Offensively the Ravens should play through Tyson Hinz and explore if/when doubles come.  Carleton can surround the sophomore Moser award winner with shooters.  We are getting close to game time so preview is short but given the Ravens likely advantage at the guard spots and Carleton's ability to rebound consistently, I give them the edge by 5 today.

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