Cascades Win has Dinos' Backs to the Wall
The Fraser Valley Cascades got
a good start to the 2nd half of their season, after a strong 2nd half
propelled them to a 74 - 65 win over the visiting Calgary Dinos in
Abbotsford, B.C. on Friday. Trailing 34-29 at half-time, the Cascades were
getting hurt by Calgary's big men, Tyler Fidler, Boris Bakovic, and Josh
Wolfram on the glass. UFV turned on their attack, and out-scored the Dinos
45-31 in the 2nd for their 6th win vs 3 losses on the season.
Friesen had a game-high 23 points, as he and Sam Freeman (13 pts.) penetrated Calgary's defense in the 2nd. Kyle Grewal led the Cascade
rebounders with 8, and he was matched by Calgary's Fidler, who looked like
he would control the game in the 1st half. He finished with 19 points and
the 8 rebs., but fouled out late in the game. Bakovic, in his 1st Canada
West game, played an amazing 31 minutes (for a returnee from a knee injury),
and scored 13 points, while Wolfram hit 10.
defenses seemed to slow down the UFV offense in the opening 20 minutes, and
the Cascades shooters were ineffective from 3 point range, other than 2 from
Sheldon Bjorgaard. Calgary attacked a Fraser Valley zone very patiently,
and got some good shots inside. In the 2nd half, UFV cut off
access to the hoop, and did a much better job of limiting the Dinos to just
The home team hit 47% from the floor to Calgary's 40%, and, with
their strong 2nd half, won the rebounding 40-36. Calgary falls to 3-6, and
will face Trinity Western on Saturday in Langley at 8 pm Calgary time. All
Canada West games, as you should know are on Canada West TV ... Live stats
Other Canada West Results -
Saskatchewan Huskies 86 at Victoria Vikes 81 ... Jamelle Barrett,
PTP ... scores 29 of his 32 points in the 2nd half ... down the stretch hits
2 treys, a blow-by lay-up, and 2 free throws ... game! Post star Michael
Lieffers also does what he needs to do for the 'Dogs ... 19 points and 13
big boards as the Huskies go to 6-2. Victoria, in losing their 1st Canada
West game, was right there, but couldn't stop Barrett, gave up some big O
boards to U of S, and couldn't match the late scoring. The Vikes (8-1) get
20 from Ryan McKinnon and 19 from Michael Acheampong.
at UBC T-Birds
82 Alberta G. Bears 71 OVERTIME ... 'Birds (5-2) snatch victory from the jaws of the
Bears. Kamar Burke scores on a lob from Malcolm Williams with 1 sec. in
regulation to force OT at 63 apiece. Burke dominates OT, along with Nathan
Yu ... Yu finishes with 22 pts./6 assts., while Burke has 18 points and 13
huge boards. Alberta (6-3) had the win even with just 6 points from Jordan Baker, who fouled out in OT. Bears shot just 38% Fg, had 21 points from
Daniel Ferguson, and 18 by Lyndon Taylor.
at Trinity W. Spartans
105 Lethbridge Pronghorns 97 ... 63 points for TWU (3-6) in a wild 2nd half,
as Kyle Coston steps up for 35 points, and Sean Peter notches 26. Calvin
Westbrook played and played well ... 16 and 8 rebounds. Trinity moves to
3-6, while the 'Horns drop to 4-5. 6 players in double figures
Lethbridge ... Morgan Duce is 4/6 treys and 16 pts., Derek Waldner 14 pts. 10 rebs, and Dom Coward 11 pts. 10 boards.
at Thompson Rivers
WolfPack 84 Winnipeg Wesmen 68 ... 'Pack (5-4) get career effort from Akeem
Pierre, their 5th year transfer from UBC, as he hits 9/12, 3/3 from 3 for 23
pts. justin King hits 17 and grabs 9 boards, and Chas Kok scores 16 with 8
off the glass. TRU shoots 44% to just 31% for Winnipeg. Wesmen (2-7) led by
17 pts. 8 rebs., 8 assts. from Andrew Cunningham , and 15 pts., 10 boards by
Manitoba Bisons 80 at UBC-O Heat 65 ... Bisons are 6-4
with a solid win on the road ... all 5 starters are in double figures, with
Kevin Oliver at 15 pts., 10 rebs., and Kurtis Sansregret is 18 points/7
boards. The Heat (1-8) could not score with the Herd ... Bret MacDonald is
the only one in double figures with
at Brandon Bobcats 96
Regina Cougars 73 ... with all the talk about Brandon's new faces, it was
5th year wing man, Kyle Vince, who lit up the Cougars for 27 points, hitting
3 treys. The 'Cats (4-5) get up 32 shots from outside, and make 12 vs. 5/16
for Regina. 2nd year transfer guard, Michael Smith (U. Regina) hits 4/8
from 3 for 12 pts., adds 8 boards. Jordan Reaves has 14 pts./ 6 rebs. For
Regina (2-6), who shot 52% FG, Sterling Nostedt -13 pts, Connor Burns 13,
and Paul Gareau 11 pts. / 8 boards. 55 - 38 at the half for BU.
Against The Wall For Dinos and Spartans
These Trinity Western Spartans
are not the same warriors (Jacob Doerkson, Tyrell Mara et al) who took a
pair from the Dinos in Calgary last season, and who played in the CIS
Nationals final vs Carleton. Of course, these are not the Calgary Dinos of
Sihota, Bekkering and their mates, either. Both these squads are surely are
teams in transition, aching to build another winner.
But you play the
cards you're dealt, and, even at the start of January, this game tonight may
well seal the fate of the team that comes up short on the score board.
Neither team can have realistic hopes of contending for a playoff spot
sitting at 3-6, unless they start a run on saturday, and make up some ground. TWU hit the century mark against Lethbridge Friday in a 105-97 victory, while Calgary's offense sputterd in the 2nd half in a 74-65 loss at Fraser Valley.
Boris Bakovic has returned to action, and he should
help generate more points, as he combines with Tyler Fidler and Josh Wolfram
on a big front line. The Dinos guards will have to hit the hoop with more
regularity, and limit their turnovers as they try and play solid basketball
despite the absence of point man Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson.
Coston is the Spartans scorer on the forward line, while Calvin Westbrook looks to be ready with his outside scoring touch once again. TWU got 15
points and 9 big asists from point man Tristan Smith vs. U of L Friday, and
he will have to be guarded closely by Calgary as well. We think the Dinos
will circle the wagons, and get a hard fought win in Langley.
Canada West ... Saturday's other games
Lethbridge Pronghorns at Fraser
Valley Cascades ... the Cascades have their eyes on the horizon ... they
see themselves as an elite team, ready to advance to Final 4 contention.
Lethbridge is looking to play well enough to make the playoffs, and has
upped their talent, maturity, and experience quotient with a raft of college
transfers. The 'Horns may have too much on their hands trying to defend
Friesen, Freeman, Grewal and company. 2 good teams, but UFV on familiar
turf. Cascades to win, and sweep the weekend.
Winnipeg Wesmen at
UBC-Okanagan Heat ... the Heat will be all a-twitter with the possibility of
a 2nd Canada West win ... deep down, they know, however, that home court
can't make up 30 points, which was the margin for the Ws in their win over
UBC-O at the Wesmen Classic a couple of weeks ago. Cunningham
will have his
rhythm by now, and the hoop looks bigger for Winnipeg since his arrival.
Wesmen for a road win.
Manitoba Bisons at Thompson Rivers WolfPack ...
may have to change the nets at half-time. These teams aren't shy about
squeezing extra possessions out of a 20 minute half ... push it, and shoot
it! This really could be a 200+ point game, unless some ambitious coach
tries to spoil the fun and inject defense
into the equation. Yes, we're
talking about you, Scott Clark. "Let 'em play !" K-squared (Kok and King)
should hurt the Herd. TRU for a 2nd win this weekend.
at Brandon Bobcats ... after a convincing dusting on Friday, Brandon to
sweep this border battle in the Eastern Prairies.
Saskatchewan Huskies at
UBC T-Birds ... the Sled -Dogs have won 2 games at UBC in previous 2
seasons. Shocking. Can Jamelle Barrett dance on the T-Birds defense, like
he did the Vikes' ? In the paint, there may be the occasional love-taps
exchanged between the likes of UBC's Graham Bath, Kamar Burke vs Saskie's
Chris Unsworth, and Michael Lieffers. Huskies get to the 'Birds in their
own nest once again.
Alberta Golden Bears at Victoria Vikes ... the
Bruins will be all ga-ga with the ferry ride over to The Island, revelling
in the gentle rain, as opposed to freezing Prairie winds. Vikes will gang
up on Ferguson and Baker ... Bears on McKinnon and Andrus. This is the anti
- TRU/Manitoba game, as Canada West's top defensive squads try to choke each
others' attacks ... could be 46-45 in OT. Vikes over Bears in a tight