Wednesday, December 28, 2011
EVENING GAMES (see below for afternoon results and summaries):
RNIT Game 3: Ryerson 101, Sheridan 79 Fifth-year veteran Luke Staniscia recorded a double-double, including a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Jahmal Jones and Bjorn Michaelsen chipped in 18 each, and the Ryerson Rams rolled over the OCAA's Sheridan Bruins 101-79 on Wednesday evening to advance to the RUNIT semi-finals. The Rams shot a potent 55.1% from the floor, and were a perfect 8-for-8 from beyond the arc in the victory. The tournament hosts also dominated the Bruins on the glass, pulling down 44 rebounds compared to 27 by Sheridan. Ryerson used an 11-0 run at the end of the first quarter to take a double-digit lead and another streak late in the opening half gave them a commanding advantage at the break. Khalud Abdel led Sheridan with 20 points, while Alan Anderson and Michael Sellridge added 16 and 14 respectively in the loss. Seeing his first action since a pre-season injury in October put him out for the first half of the regular season, Michaelsen went 8-of-12 from the field while just missing out on a double-double, tallying nine rebounds to go along with his 18 points in 32 minutes of court-time. Ryerson will play either the winner of the Guelph-Walsh match at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow, while the loser will take on the Bruins in the consolation round. with thanks to Ryerson SID. Box Score
UQAM Game 3: #3 Lakehead 82, McGill 69, Lakehead opened the UQAM invitational tournament (The Classique des Citadins) with a 82 - 69 win over McGill.
McGill led by 2 at the half after giving LU a lesson in offensive rebounding (10 first half, 18 for game) and LU struggled offensively shaking off some Christmas rust. Ben Johnson was 3-5 for 10 points in the opening frame but LU also had 10 turnovers. Second half McGill started quckly with Tristan Tremblay scoring 6 straight points in the paint before drawing a 3rd foul mid-way in the 3rd quarter and going to the bench. Lakehead took advantage by increasing the perimiter ball pressure in Tremblay's absence and used some better D and rebounding to get the offense moving. Ryan Thomson got going in the second half with 18 points (20 for the game) and Greg Carter's defense was a major factor the entire game as his 6 steals in the game were a big part of LU forcing 23 McGill turnovers. Lakehead pulled away in the 3rd and kept the lead around 10-15 points for much of the 4th. thanks to Lakehead SID. Karim Sy-Morrissette had 14 of his 16 points in the first half for McGill which led by as many as 7 and had a six point lead with 2 minutes gone in the third quarter before faltering. Box Score
Wesmen Classic Game 3: Winnipeg 78, Keyano 50 The Wesmen welcomed back Andrew Cunningham for the first time in 14 weeks and he took Player-of-the-Game with 14 points, 10 in the first half as the Wesmen advanced. Game Story From Dave Crook: Keyano Coach Mike Connolly did a great job keeping the University of Winnipeg Wesmen off balance all night long and gave the home team a real scare. The Huskies employed both an inverted triangle and 2 and a 3-2 zone to keep the Wesmen in thier sights. Winnipeg struggled to get off the mark and did not score for the first 4:50 of the contest. The Wesmen managed to take the lead just past the 7 minute mark of the first quarter and looked to be walking away with it after building a ten point gap at the half. The second half saw the advantage balloon to 13 before before Keyano rallied, sparked by Zach Alger-Waldher. The Huskies took a 1 point lead before the Wesmen answered and on a Dom Brown Fg to take the lead back for good. Down the stretch the Wesmen made a number of smart unselfish plays en route to the eight point win. Andrew Cunningham was the key for the Wesmen, returning to the lineup after breaking a bone in his foot and missing 14 weeks. he led the way playing 29 minutes, scoring 13 while adding 7assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals. The Wesmen will now face the Valley City Vikings who knocked off the U of W's crosstown rivals the Manitoba Bisons in tonights nightcap.
RNIT Game 4: Walsh 87, Guelph 66 Walsh pulled away in the third quarter, breaking open a six point halftime lead. Kenny Kornowski led the way with 24 points and nine rebounds, both game-highs, and the defending RUNIT champion Walsh Cavaliers advanced to the semi-finals with an 87-66 win over the Guelph Gryphons in the final game of the tournament's first day. Ron Kinney also pulled down nine boards and tallied 14 points for a Walsh team that shot 55.7% from the field. The Gryphons kept pace with the Cavaliers throughout the first two quarters, and a three-pointer from Daniel McCarthy brought them within six going into the half-time break. However, Guelph would manage just nine points in the third quarter, and were outscored by 14 points in the period. Walsh cruised from there to victory, and will take the court against the host Ryerson Rams in the semi-finals at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow evening. Daniel Thompson recorded a team-high 17 points in the loss for the Gryphons, who will play Sheridan on the consolation side of the bracket. with thanks to Ryerson SID Box Score
Wesmen Game 4: Valley City 80, Manitoba 72 From Dave Crook: Manitoba came out flying but Valley City stood up as the two teams battled it out for 40 minutes. Manitoba took a 1 point lead into the break 40-39. The Vikings picked up the pace in the scecond half and shut down some of Manitoba's easy looks in the second half for the victory. Yigit Ozsayiner, Manitoba's Turkish International student, played in his first game for the Bisons and was the teams leading scorer with 13, including 3 three point field goals. he had a good night moving the ball and may help Manitoba's cause in the second semester. The Bisons continued to play without starting forward Richard Reimer who has a back injury. From Wpg SID... The Valley City State University Vikings defeated the Manitoba Bisons 80-72 in the quarter finals of the Coca Cola Wesmen Classic Wednesday night at the Duckworth Centre. The Vikings will move on to Thursday night’s semi final against the host Winnipeg Wesmen. Sekani Milligen led the Vikings with a game high 25 points, including a trio of three pointers. Aaron Duske added 19 points followed by AJ McDonald with 13. Manitoba was led by Yigit Ozsayiner’s 13 points. Manitoba went into the halftime break leading 40-39 only to see the Vikings shoot 54% from the field in the second half and going on to outscore Manitoba 41-32 in the final twenty minutes. The Winnipeg/Valley City State semi final will take place at 6:30 p.m. Manitoba and Keyano College will meet in a consolation semi final Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
UQAM Game 1: Montreal Dynamo 76, UQAM 61 Box Score
- Dynamo has two Laval alumni David Brownrigg and Charles Fortier plus Montreal legends Bobby Miller and Marco Volcy. Dynamo led by 22 at the half. 6'7" Vincent L-Fortier led UQAM with 14 points/9 rebounds.
RNIT Game 1: Laval 80, Waterloo 69
Waterloo 12-15-13-29= 69
Laval 20-18-25-17= 80
- Laval up 23 after 3 quarters and 26 at one point. Laval was led by Xavier Baribeau 20 pts, Thibaud Dezutter 17 pts 6 rebs, Etienne Labrecque 13 pts 8 rebs, Boris Hadzimuratovic 12 pts 7 rebs Box Score
Wesmen Classic Game 1: Brandon 78, UNBC 52 Kyle Vince had 25 points including 6-9 3's and the Cats played an unselfish offensive game against UNBC which primarily played a zone. UNBC, which was without two starters (academics and injury) also shot under 30% for the game. Brandon also outrebounded UNBC by 10, 47-37. With notes from Dave Crook.
RNIT Game 2: Toronto 67, Memorial 59 Plenty of 3's flying in this one as both teams played healthy minutes of zone. The Blues pulled away in the second half to move into one championship semi-final vs. Laval. Box Score
UQAM Game 2: UNB 80, Bishop's 63 UNB finished the first half on a 20-2 run to lead by 22 at the half and win going away in Montreal. Matthew Daley had 19 points including 4-6 3's to lead all scorers. Box Score
Wesmen Game 2: UNB-O 64, Minot State 61 The Heat overcame a six point deficit midway through the third with a 22-11 run bridging the third and fourth quarters in an ugly game. The Beavers, making their 6th and final appearance in the Wesmen Classic as they move to NCAA Div2 next year, have only the consolation side to look forward to. With only 8 players dressed they ran out of gas in the fourth quarter and dropped the 3 point game - Minot is redshirting 4 players who are likely to rotation players next season. The Heat gave Minot every opportunity to get back in the game late, missing four free throws in the last 38 seconds, giving the Beavers two chances to tie it up. Minot's Canadian point guard Yonas Behre threw the ball away with 20 seconds left but the Beavers quickly got UNB-O to turn it over, getting once last chance with 6 seconds to tie it, only to see a long 3 by Josh Johnson go wide and the Heat held on. Yassine Ghomari led the Heat with 13 points and 6 assists. Behre, who played his high school at Toronto's Henry Carr C.S. had 10 points and 4 assists for the Beavers. With notes from Winnipeg correspondent Dave Crook.