Brandon 69 UBC Okanagan 40 (45th Wesmen Classic Championship semi-final) Emerick Ravier (Brandon) 14 pts Player of the Game; Yassine Ghomari (UBCO) 20 pts.; The Brandon University Bobcats advanced to the Championship Final of the 2011 Coca Cola Wesmen Classic with a convincing 69-40 semi final victory over the UBC Okanagan Heat. Brandon had control of the contest after the opening ten minutes leading 17-4 and extended their lead even further after two quarters to take a 35-15 lead at halftime. Brandon did not look back in the final twenty minutes. Emerick Ravier led Brandon in scoring with 14 points. Yassine Ghomari led the Heat with a game high 20 points. Brandon will face Valley City State in the Championship Final Friday night at 8:00 p.m. UBC Okanagan will play Winnipeg in the third place game at 4:00 p.m.
#3 Lakehead 88, UQAM 77 (Classique des Citadins) Box Score The Lakehead Thunderwolves won in classic fashion Thursday night with a furious fourth quarter comeback which saw the 'Wolves outscore UQAM 33-12 in the final stanza. Down 65-54 to start the 4th and 70-59 with under seven minutes remaining, Lakehead was finally able to string together enough stops on the defensive end to create some offense of their own. The duo of Ben and Adam Johnson led the way for Lakehead tonight as Ben Johnson had a career high 31 points shooting 12-17 (5-7 3pt) and a perfect 12-12 from the FT line. Adam Johnson also recorded a CIS career high dropping 21 points on 10-15 shooting in 18 minutes of play. Ryan Thomson overcame a slow start to break open the game late with two 3s of his own finishing with 14 points on the night. UQAM hit tough shots for 80% of the game led by Gregory St Amand who had 18 and 6 rebounds. Alex Bernard poured in 16 including his first 3pt shot of the season at the first quarter buzzer. UQAM won the battle of the boards (10-6 offensive) but turned it over 24 times to Lakehead's 14. UQAM led 47-37 at the half. Coach Morrison on the Win: "We are very fortunate to escape tonight with the victory. Tonight our guys were reminded first hand why we never give up and keep grinding. Credit to our guys for really staying with it and keeping up our energy when things seemed lost. While it was an exciting comeback at the end, what wasn't exciting was out defense in the first half which allowed 47 points - many in transition. Tomorrow we have an explosive Bishop's squad that will require a better job on the boards and increased effort in defensive transition."
Ryerson 75, Walsh 71 (RNIT Championship semi-final at Ryerson) Box Score Bjorn Michalsen tallied a double-double, recording 19 points and 11 boards, while Jordon Gauthier put up a game-high 22 points as the Ryerson Rams tallied an upset victory over Walsh, defeating the Cavaliers 75-71 to earn a berth in the finals tomorrow night against Laval. Jahmal Jones had 20 points and seven assists for the Rams, while Ryan Vanderhorst dropped 18 points in a losing cause for Walsh. The host Rams came back from a first-half deficit and outscored the Calaliers in both the third and fourth quarters to record the win. The RUNIT finals will feature the host Rams against Laval, while the Cavaliers will play Toronto in the 3rd/4th place match-up.
Valley City 93, Winnipeg 85 Overtime (45th Wesmen Classic Championship semi-final) With thanks to Dave Crook.. Vikings top host Wesmen 93-85 in overtime. It took the Wesmen 3:41 to score their 1st point and they twice trailed by 15, as late as the last minute of the third quarter only to have the last shot in regulation to win. Eric Zimmerman led all scorers with 27 and Andrew Cunningham playing only his third game in a Wesmen uniform after missing 14 weeks with a broken foot had 17 points and 6 assists. Winnipeg mixed fullcourt pressure and a mtchup 2-3 zone to claw back against a powerful Viking squad. Dominque Brown hit a long three ball to tie things at 81 off a draw and kick from Cunningham. The Wesmen then forced Viking point guard John Raquel into a turnover with 4 seconds in regulation. The Wesmen missed a late shot and the game went to OT. In the overtime, the Vikings made a couple of hoops in transition and then knocked down freethrows for the 8 point win.
Concordia 89, Saint Mary's 87 (1st round Rod Shoveller Memorial tournament at Dalhousie) Stingers held on at the free throw line at the end as the Huskies tried valiantly to fight back from a 7 or so point deficit in the fourth quarter. Stingers went 8 for 10 from the line late to seal the win.
McGill 98, UNB 95 (Triple Overtime) (Classique des Citadins)... Box Score Varsity Reds rallied from a 10 point fourth-quarter deficit to tie it on late jumper by Michael Fosu in regulation. McGill led by 7 with 2 minutes remaining in the 1st OT but UNB's Dan Quirion (team-high 24 points) nailed two big 3's including one with 4 seconds remaining in OT1 to extend the game. Another 3 by Quirion gave UNB their final lead of the night with 2 minutes remaining in the third OT but Karim Sy-Morrissette (17 points, 15 rebounds) and Winn Clark (22 points) each had 4 points in the final OT as Redmen hung on to win by 3. 6'8" Tristain Tremblay led all scorers with 30 points and added 10 rebounds for McGill.
Laval 85, Toronto 79 (RNIT Championship semi-final at Ryerson)... with thanks to Ryerson SID; Boris Hadzimuratovic recorded a double-double, including 25 points and 11 rebounds to send the Laval Rouge-et-Or into the RUNIT finals with an 85-79 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues on Thursday night. Hadzimuratovic was lights out from the field, draining 11-of-13 buckets while teammate Christian Trottier chipped in 15 points for Laval. Andrew Wasik recorded a tournament-high 15 rebounds to go along with a team-high 21 points for the Blues, who fall in the tournament semi-finals for the second year in a row. After a slow start in the opening quarter, the Rouge-et-Or dominated the middle periods of the match, outscoring Toronto 48-27. Laval will play either the host Ryerson or defending champion Walsh in the finals tomorrow evening. Toronto will play the loser in the bronze medal match. Box Score
Dalhousie 114, RMC 50 (1st round Rod Shoveller Memorial tournament at Dalhousie)
St. FX 74, Ottawa 71 (Final in Overtime) (1st round Rod Shoveller Memorial tournament at Dalhousie) 6'2" Tyrell Vernon made a driving left handed lay-up in transition with just over a minute to play in the extra session to give X the lead for good and then 6'7" Bol Kong added a big putback giving X a come-from-behind victory in a very exciting CIS match before a capacity crowd at the DalPlex. Earlier, Ottawa blew a 5 point lead in the last minute and a half of regulation as Kong, who came alive late after a sluggish start, hit a game-tying 3 with about 40 seconds remaining. 6'7" Gabe Gonthier-Dubue finished a conventional 3 point play to give Ottawa the 5 point lead but X was equal to it. Gonthier-Dubue also gave the Gee-Gees their final push in the overtime with an "and 1" inside, and after he missed the ensuing free-throw, grabbed the offensive rebound but Warren Ward's three at the buzzer was well off the mark and X survived. The Gee-Gees opened the third on a 7-0 run to take a 13 point lead with wise shot selection and getting the ball inside but mysteriously went away from that, allowing X to get their transition game and a pro-X, capacity crowd back into the game. X finished quarter on 13-6 run as Will Donkoh got to the rim a couple of times. X had a comfortable eight point lead early in the second quarter when Ottawa coach James Derouin switched into a 2-3 zone and, more importantly, his troops started making shots which kept X's vaunted transition game in check. During the 18-4 run that closed the first half, Ottawa got lifts from a pair of reserves in 6'10" Shamus Ferguson inside and 6'2" Jacob Gibson-Bascombe, who made a pair of perimeter jumpers. Kong had 2 points in the half but looked sluggish otherwise with a couple of travelling calls. 6'5" Terry Thomas has added several pounds of strength and was by far the most electric X-Men on the floor, getting to the offensive glass and playing with energy.
Montreal Dynamo 84, Bishop's 64 (Classique des Citadins) Box Score
Sheridan 78, Guelph 71 (RNIT Consolation Round at Ryerson) Guelph was without starting guard Kareem Malcolm (an ex-Sheridan Bruin) who hurt his knee last night against Walsh. Box Score
UPEI 78, Acadia 64 (1st round Rod Shoveller Memorial tournament at Dalhousie) Dominant first half performance by the Panthers in which UPEI grabbed an early double digit lead and led by 20 for much of the second half. UPEI showed a tight zone "d" which held Owen Klassen in check and UPEI making their shots on the offensive end. Acadia struggled from the free throw line. Manock Lual had a very strong effort for PEI and was named Player-of-the-Game. More from Bill MacLean after the game. Game available on SSN Canada with our Halifax correspondent Bill MacLean doing the play-by-play
UNBC 70, Minot State 58 (45th Wesmen Classic consolation round game) (RNIT Consolation Round at Ryerson) Box Score
Manitoba 91, Keyano College 79 (45th Wesmen consolation round game)
Memorial 78, Waterloo 74
*******************************************************************************There are 15 games on Canadian soil involving CIS teams across 4 locations today. Key games of note including Acadia vs. UPEI at noon ET/1 PM AT in the first round of the Shoveller at Dal in Halifax. The surprising Panthers under first-year Head Coach Tim Kendrick are undefeated in AUS league play including a pair of victories over Acadia. Also, Bol Kong makes his much-anticipated CIS debut at 2 PM ET/3 PM AT as X meets uOttawa. Both games are on SSN Canada with our Halifax correspondent Bill MacLean doing the play-by-play. At the RNIT in Toronto, both semi-finals are very intriguing as Laval faces the U of T Varsity Blues in an Ontario/Quebec battle while host Ryerson meets Walsh College, defending RNIT champions. In a late game at 9 PM ET, #3 Lakehead meets host UQAM Citadins in the Classique des Citadins tournament in Montreal. The 45th Wesmen Classic also has their championship semi-final games tonight including Brandon vs. UBC-Okanagan and the host Wesmen meeting Valley City.