Barrett Buries Dinos With a Barrage of Buckets Dinos Cannot Stop Saskatchewan’s Whirlwind Guard Saskatchewan Huskies 90 at Calgary Dinos 83 - "Marks for Jamelle Barrett on the double tuck- to a full layout, left handed teardrop move - 9.5!" The Saskatchewan Huskies point guard had a 2nd half reminiscent of his 29 point effort at Victoria last week, with the Calgary Dinos playing the Washington Generals role on Saturday as the Sled Dogs earned a 90 - 83 win to improve to 7-4 in Canada West play. Barrett hit every shot in his arsenal, finishing with 40, and, remarkably, still had time to deliver 9 helpers. Late in the game, he suffered a ‘serious soccer injury’ , but leapt off the bench after a quick and full recovery to apply the coup de grace to the Dinos. No amount of trapping, hedging, denying, or the odd bumping would deter the 5-9, 4th year flash from Rancho Cordova, CA. The 3 point shot figured prominently in the attack for Sask. as they hit 12/29 attempts, with Barrett accounting for 4 of those. Ben Baker had 14 , Duncan Jones 11, and Peter Lomuro scored 10, before he had to leave with an ankle injury in the 4th. The Huskies out-boarded the Dinos 42 - 33, as Michael Lieffers led with 10, while Calgary got 9 from Boros Bakovic and 8 from guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson. The Dinos steadied the ship late in the 1st half, when they had trailed by as much as 12, pulling to with 3 at 37-34. The 3rd quarter was ‘JB’ time, and Saskatchewan put up 32 points to Calgary’s 22. Calgary took a late run with Ogungbemi-jackson scoring 20 and Bakovic hitting 19, but it was not enough as the Huskies controlled the inside and the clock. The free throws were 19/22 for Calgary and 14/20 for Saskatchewan. Calgary falls back to 4-8, and will travel to Lethbridge for a 2 game set next weekend against the 5-7 ‘Horns, in an important match-up in the playoff picture for both teams. Box Score Other Canada West Results - Saturday at Alberta Golden Bears 85 Lethbridge 77 - A 19-8 run beginning the third quarter pushed a two point halftime lead to 13 during which 5 different Bears scored as Alberta moved to 8-4 before 921 fans in Edmonton. Bears attack featured 26 points from Daniel Ferguson as Bears retain a share of 1st in the Prairie. Lethbridge, which was able to cut it to a six point game with just under a minute to play, had 24 from Daryl Cooper and 15 pts. / 10 boards by Dom Coward. Alberta spread the scoring around with Jordan Baker and Rob Dewar hitting 14 apiece, and Matthew Cardoza scoring 12. The ‘Horns had 16 turnovers to just 9 for Alberta. Box score at Manitoba Bisons 94 Regina Cougars 83 - Bisons broke the game open after a 12-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters broke a 62-62 tie. The game-deciding stretch featured a three by Kevin Oliver and a technical on the Regina bench. Regina stayed closer tonight and did get it to 4 with under 2 minutes remaining, but the Bisons got the win after trailing 45-40 at the half, as the home team hit for 30 in the 3rd quarter led by a 2nd straight stellar performance from Oliver who had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Kurtis Sansregret had 16 and Jonar Huertas 13 for Manitoba, who moved into a 1st place tie in the Prairie Division at 8-4. Regina (3-8) got 16 pts. / rebs. from Paul Gareau, and 12 pts. 10 boards by Connor Burns, but turned it over 25 times, taking 21 fewer shots than the Herd. Box score Trinity Western Spartans 83 at UBC-O Heat 56 - TWU did not let UBC-O off the canvas on Saturday, and the Spartans jump over Thompson Rivers into 4th place in the Pacific. Sean Peter hit 17 pts. and grabbed 7 boards, while Kurtis Osborne scored 15 and Calvin Westbrook 14 for Trinity. The Heat (2-10) could generate little offense, as they shot 37%, turned the ball over 25 times, and were out-rebounded 39 - 29. Bret MacDonald scored 17 for the Heat, and had 7 boards. Box score UBC T-Birds 78 at Thompson Rivers WolfPack 54 - An early third quarter 14-1 run that included 8 points from Doug Plumb pushed the lead to 16 and UBC handled the WolfPack for the 2nd night in a row, improving to 8-2. TRU, which could get no closer than 7 in the second half, dropped to 5th spot in the Pacific at 5-7. Tommy Nixon led the ‘Birds,who led by as many as 20 in the fourth, with a strong double-double of 22 points and 13 boards. Chas Kok scored 19 and had 12 rebounds for TRU, but UBC’s defense allowed only 29% field goal shooting from the ‘Pack. Box score at Victoria Vikes 91 Fraser Valley Cascades 67 - Victoria (10-2), finished the first half on a 15-2 run to lead by 16 and then quickly pushed the lead to 23, to make amends for a flat performance on Friday, as they secured a split in the series. Zac Andrus hit 16 points and had 9 assists, while Ryan McKinnon added 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 helpers , with the Vikes hitting 50% from the floor. 5 Victoria players hit double figures for the game, while UFV ( 7-5) were under pressure right from the tip, and only Kyle Grewal (21 pts. , 8 rebs.) and Joel Friesen (13 pts.) could do any significant scoring. Box score Notes ... * Our knowledgeable reader, Tyler Penner, tells us that the exceptional play by play man on Winnipeg home games is Paul Edmonds, who also handles Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball and some MJHL games as well. * The Playoff structure for Canada West is as follows - the top 4 teams in the Prairie Division, which is 8 teams strong, will enter the quarter-finals with the top 3 squads from the 6 team Pacific Division, plus a wild-card team chosen from the Prairie’s 5th place team and the Pacific’s 4th team.
Canada West Standings (with playoff teams if playoffs began today in BOLD)
PrairieAlberta 8-4Manitoba 8-4Saskatchewan 7-4Brandon 5-7Lethbridge 5-7Calgary 4-8Regina 3-8Winnipeg 3-8PacificVictoria 10-2UBC 8-2UFV 7-5TWU 6-6TRU 5-7UBC Okanagan 2-8Lethbridge and Brandon meet for a pair of games in the Wheat City on the first weekend in February.
On Feb 23 - 26 -Quarter-Finals: (Best 2 of 3)
March 2 and 3 sees the Canada West Final 4 ( at the home of the top-ranked team), 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3.
The CIS Nationals are in Halifax, and will have 8 teams, including the Canada West Champs, the CW Finalist, the OUA Champs and Finalists, The Quebec Champs, the Atlantic Champs, a host team from the AUS, and a wildcard team chosen from across Canada. (Messy details to be explained later)
* Do you want to know one of the toughest things to deal with when you’re a travelling basketball team? Check out this interesting story from the Edmonton Journal. * The UC Athletic Department is selling advance tickets for the 2012 CIS Women’s Final 8 Championship Tournament, to be held at the Jack Simpson Gym in Calgary from March 17-19. Tickets for the championship are on sale now, with early bird pricing in effect until Jan. 31. They can be purchased at any Dinos basketball home game for the remainder of the season, and online at www.goDINOS.com/ticketweb. * The top 2 teams in the Alberta Colleges League play tonight in Lloydminster, as the 11-0 Lakeland Rustlers host the 9-1 Mount Royal U. Cougars. The Cougars, along with the U. Northern B.C. Timberwolves of the B.C. College loop, will join Canada West next Fall to bring us to a 16 team League. MRU are national contenders in the CCAA this season, while UNBC is 5-2, tied for 2nd spot in the PAC West-B.C. standings so far. * We note the playing time logged by rookie Sebastian Cava, a talented ball-handling guard out of Jasper Place HS, Edmonton, who joined the Golden Bears on the Christmas break. It looks like Coach Greg Francis has faith that the young man can give Alberta some help off the bench.