Badgers pound Redeemer

5’11” freshman Colin Connors exploded for 26 points including 6 for 10 from downtown as the Badgers hit 7 of their first 8 shots of the game building a 13 point lead before the game was 5 minutes old and went on to dominate Redeemer College of OCAA 99-53 in St. Catharines.

Connors did all his damage after halftime after the top end of the Brock rotation built a 25 point halftime lead, led by 6’5″ Johnell Simpson who had 16 of his 19 before the intermission.  Connors went 6 for 10 from downtown in the second half as Brock led by as many as 48 late in the game.

Redeemer is coached by former McMaster Marauder Jamie Girolametto and was led today by former Western Mustang Nathan DiLoretto who had 9 points and 10 rebounds.  Previously the Royals had double-digit losses to Waterloo, McMaster and Western.

Box Score



Articles of note/Shoveller tomorrow

Bisons trample over Thunderwolves to take Wesmen Classic

Jon Hovingh grew up as a UPEI Panthers fan and now fulfills a dream in joining his favorite childhood basketball team (article in Charlottetown newspaper).

At least two games involving CIS teams today as UBC-O visits UVic and Brock hosts Redeemer in St. Catharines.

Tomorrow (New Year’s Day) in Halifax, the Shoveller tournament kicks-off with 4 first-round games.  Injury-riddled Acadia, which just went 1-2 in Winnipeg at the Wesmen Classic, bounces back after one travel day off, meeting RSEQ entry Concordia Stingers at 5 PM ET on 1 Jan 16.  Acadia is likely to be without injured guard Ben Miller who hurt his arm in the opening game of the Wesmen Classic – he was seen with his right arm in a sling on the Axemen bench.  Acadia struggled mightily in the final two games of the tournament.

Other first round action at the Shoveller:

Dalhousie hosting Mount Saint Vincent (ACAA/CCAA) “feature” game at 7 PM ET/8 PM AT

Saint Mary’s vs. UQAM (RSEQ) will kick off the tournament at Noon ET/1 PM Atlantic.

St. FX vs. UPEI at 2 PM ET/3 PM Atlantic time.

All games take place at Dalplex in Halifax.  We plan to cover this tournament in detail.

All games will be available for viewing on AUSTV


Bisons size, talent too much for Lakehead

Fourth-year guard A.J. Basi scored all of his 12 points during a game-deciding run in the middle of the game and reserve big Brett Jewell dominated inside, especially in the first half when he went 6 for 7 from the field and the Bisons built a comfortable lead as Manitoba captured the 49th Wesmen Classic championship with what turned into an easy 73-54 win over Lakehead.

Bisons were able to selectively get some transition scores early however for the most part while it was still a game Lakehead was able to keep things in the quarter-court.  Unfortunately, Bisons size, experience and strength inside was too much and, without the services of star guard Henry Tan – out with a left foot injury, the Wolves could not muster much offense.  As well, Manitoba’s stable of athletic guards and wings including tournament MVP 6’4″ Keith Omoerah (18 points, 5 rebounds), all-star 6’3″ Justus Alleyn and 6’0″ Ilarion Bonhomme were able to wear down the younger Lakehead backcourt and eventually work free for scores.

Lakehead kept it close for about 2 1/2 quarters with some physical, scrappy play – in fact I don’t ever recall a game that included Alex Robichaud which wasn’t on the chippy side:  not surprisingly Manitoba Coach Kirby Schepp was heard pleading with the refs about “Number 21”.  The Wolves defended the majority of Manitoba’s sets well, competed on the glass and limited transition.  However, with no real rim protectors and, outside of Tan and 6’5″ Bakarius Dinkins, no true scoring threats, scoring the basketball against a group as deep and athletic as Manitoba became a problem as the game wore on.  Both Lakehead freshman who had big games from the 3 in the first two rounds, Brandon Persad and Kache Kopec were non-factors in this game.

Wolves do have a pair of somewhat-promising posts:  6’10”? lefty Taner Parrington who they play pick-and-pop with offensively given the youngsters range out beyond the 3 and Australian Jack Bull who has some offensive skills.  Unfortunately, neither show any propensity to be rim protectors nor are they impact in-traffic rebounders.  This leaves much of the dirty work inside to the undersized but tough Dinkins, who plays a valiant game at both ends in the post but is limited given his size and strength.  Lakehead has also not had impact wing forward Mor Menashe for virtually the entire season.

Manitoba has an experienced set of wings, a knock-down shooter and a pair of impact posts with more depth.  Bisons have the roster to compete for a Final 4 spot in Canada West given their performance this week in Winnipeg.

Tournament All-Stars

Justus Alleyn, Manitoba; Bacarius Dinkins, Lakehead; Brandon Persad, Lakehead; Denzel Lynch-Blair, Winnipeg, Kyle Arsenault, Acadia.

Tournament MVP:  Keith Omoerah, Manitoba.

Laval tournament All-Stars

A quick note to communicate the Rouge et Or tournament all-star team announced after Calgary’s win over Laval.

Ottawa’s 6’3″ wing Caleb Agada was named tournament MVP with All-Star honors as follows:

Mike L’Africain, Ottawa

Javon Masters, UNB

Thomas Cooper, Calgary

Thibaud Dezutter, Laval.

Schlueter’s scorches as Dinos salvage one in Laval

After missing the first game of the tournament with an illness and working his way back yesterday vs. Ottawa, 6’7″ sophomore forward Lars Schlueter left his imprint on the Rouge et Or tournament with a sizzling 6 for 7 performance from downtown – all in the first half – leading Calgary to a decisive 88-67 win over Laval in a game that Dinos had under control by mid-way through the third quarter, leading by as many as 28.

Schlueter, a skilled wing from Germany, put the game away for all intents and purposes by knocking down 3’s on three consecutive possessions early in the second quarter – part of a 16-1 run – that gave Calgary a 37-13 lead.  Dinos had jumped out of the gate making 5 of their first 7 3’s to lead 17-7 as Calgary averted a third consecutive loss with a solid road win.  Schlueter ended up with 22 points – 20 in the first half plus 9 of his team-high 11 boards – in one of more spectacular shooting performances of the CIS season.

In all, Calgary shot 10 for 21 from downtown – in the first half alone ! and Laval got no closer than 13 midway through the third quarter in a dominant performance against a team that only 2 days earlier had knocked off uOttawa Gee-Gees (#1 in the CIS coaches poll).

Laval shot only 26% from the floor including 6 for 36 from downtown as Head Coach Jacques Paiement went to his bench early for major minutes.

Final Standings in tournament

  1. Ottawa 2-1
  2. UNB 2-1
  3. Calgary 1-2
  4. Laval 1-2

Tournament all-stars, MVP and other honors hopefully to follow.

Gee-Gees dominate in double digit win over UNB

Their three-point game back to what observers have grown to expect, uOttawa Gee-Gees jumped out to a double digit first half lead, held leads of 20 or more for much of the second half in defeating the scrappy UNB Varsity Reds 105-96.  The score is a bit misleading as Ottawa led by 20 with just over 2 minutes remaining in the fourth as 5 Gee-Gees hit double figures.

After forging the early 10+ point lead, Gee-Gees substituted liberally as all twelve players who dressed saw time and 10 different guys scored, led by 6’1″ guard Mike L’Africain who had 18 points and 8 assists.  6’3″ Caleb Agada finished 3 for 6 from downtown, adding 17 points and 8 boards as Ottawa shot 17 for 41 (42%) from the three for the game.  A pair of valued substitutes – both of who struggled in the first two games of the tournament – shone today as 6’2″ guard Medhi Tihani went a perfect 3 for 3 from downtown to finish with 15 points while forward Matt Plunkett added 14 points.  uOttawa’s center duo of Nathan McCarthy, who battled foul trouble and Brody Maracle (13 points on 6-7 shooting) combined for 19 points.

One of the better young shooters/players in the AUS, 6’3″ Jesse Kendall, was a difficult check all afternoon, finishing with a game-high 27 points while Javon Masters had a quiet 25 on 9 of 13 shooting.  Matt Daley added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists as both teams finished at 2-1 for the tournament.

While the Gee-Gees allowed UNB to shoot 53% from the floor, Ottawa did dominate the glass, allowing just 4 offensive rebounds.

The final game of the Laval tournament is on as we speak with Calgary and the host Rouge et Or facing off.

Articles of note

Winnipeg Free Press captures the key elements of last night’s Manitoba victory over cross-town rival Winnipeg in the semi-final of the 49th Wesmen Classic  Powerhouse Bisons outfight Wesmen to gain final plus CJOB game recap 

Victoria Times-Colonist summarizes yesterday’s UVic scrimmage at home vs. Virgil Hill’s Simon Fraser Clan

Calgary Herald provides a nice article that summarizes the path that star 6’5″ wing Thomas Cooper took to become a Dino

UPEI Panthers prepare for the second half with an appearance at the Shoveller tournament and this article also talks to Panthers newest addition, Jon Hovingh from Holland College.  Panthers meet St. FX in the first round on Friday at Dalplex in Halifax.

Thompson Rivers loses game in the U.S. to Montana-Western (NAIA).


Wolves ride freshmen to Wesmen Final tonight

For the second consecutive game, a pair of freshmen led the way for Lakehead offensively and the Wolves improving “d” held Acadia to just 23% shooting in an easy 89-47 Thunderwolves win that propelled coach Manny Furtado’s group into the 49th Wesmen Classic championship game this evening against Manitoba.

6’3″ Brandon Persad led the way with 19 points on 6-9 shooting from downtown and is now shooting 10 for 21 from beyond the stripe for the tournament.  Fellow first year wing Kache Kopec had 15 last night and is 9 for 19 over the first 2 days.  Lakehead also got their usual consistent effort inside from 6’5″ Bacarius Dinkins who went 7 for 10 from the floor, finishing with 16 points and 9 boards, many of the offensive glass which Lakehead dominated, grabbing 22 “o” boards for the game.

Lakehead surged to an early lead and held Acadia to just 24 first-half points.  Axemen clearly struggle without their dynamic sophomore guard Ben Miller, a Winnipeg native who came home but appeared to be injured in Acadia’s opening round win over Brandon and did not play yesterday.  Miller is the key decision maker for the Axemen and without him yesterday their offense was fraught with indecision and questionable shot selection, stifled in part by Lakehead’s “d”.  Kyle Arsenault, who leads the CIS in 3 point shooting, was held to just 10 points and only 1 make from downtown.

Tonight’s championship game will be a contrast in styles as Manitoba loves to push the tempo at virtually every instance and has a quality size advantage however the Wolves are becoming a formidable group defending and rebounding – Lakehead’s ability to convert to stop transition may well be the determining factor tonight.

Omoerah, transition game pushes Bisons to Wesmen Final

Fourth-year guard A.J. Basi had 19 points including several dagger 3’s that squelched Wesmen runs while 6’4″ Keith Omoerah added a double double including a resounding slam in traffic in the quarter court with about 3 minutes left that took the air out of the Wesmen and Manitoba held off a late Winnipeg run to advance to the championship game of the 49th Wesmen Classic with a 76-70 victory over the hosts.

Omoerah showed off his wonderful all-round game, dominating the glass with big rebounds at both ends, scoring inside and knocking down 3’s while doing an admirable job guarding Wesmen 6’7″ wing Jelane Pryce.  Omoerah’s one-handed slam with 3 minutes remaining off a sweet inside feed from Bisons guard Justus Alleyn, who had a big first half and finished with 18 points, gave Manitoba a 70-63 lead and put an exclamation mark on the game and Omoerah’s dominance.

Bisons rely primarily on the nice work on the defensive glass by Omoerah and 6’9″ Wyatt Anders to get their transition game started and look to push the ball at every opportunity, getting Alleyn out front and Basi spotting up, a style that worked well today against a Wesmen club that also loves to push the tempo.

Pryce is the offensive focal point for Winnipeg and is granted ample room to create his own shot in a variety of fashions.  Athletic 6’4″ guard Denzel Lynch-Blair (Toronto Jarvis), who led all scorers with 24 points, provides creativity off the dribble and in transition.  6’9″ Aussie post Ryan Oirbans has soft hands inside, finishing with both hands and providing some rim protection.  Winnipeg hometown freshman 6’3″ William Sesay had 15 points in the loss before fouling out with 40 seconds left.

Lakehead meets Acadia in tonight’s second semi-final with the winner advancing to meet the athletic, transition-oriented Bisons in the championship game tomorrow evening.



Masters dominates again as Reds hammer Laval

6’1″ Javon Masters had 12 of his game-high 29 points during a mid-game 30-14 run that broke the game open as the Varsity Reds defeated a listless Laval Rouge et Or 98-78 as Day 2 of the Laval tournament closed in Ste. Foy.  Masters went 12 for 20 from the floor and helped take a 1 point game late in the second quarter to a 17 point lead midway through the 3rd.

Later, the Reds built leads as large as 27, aided by 5’9″ Matthew Daley, who finished with 20 including 5-9 shooting from 3.  Daley also hit a pair of mid-court buzzer beaters ending the second and third quarters as UNB went 12 for 25 from downtown as a team.

Rouge et Or did not come close to displaying the energy they showed yesterday against Ottawa.  Star 6’6″ wing Alexandre Leclerc finished with just 8 points and Laval allowed UNB to shoot 55% for the game with many coming on uncontested transition lay-ups as Laval as a group looked tired.

UNB is scrappy group – typified by Daley and under-rated post Mark Matheson (17 points, 9 rebounds) – that works hard defending, is a very good perimeter shooting team collectively and has that X-factor guy in Masters who continues to shine in transition and remains one of the top players in the CIS.

The Reds look to clinch the tournament championship tomorrow when they get a rematch against uOttawa Gee-Gees.  Recall the two teams met in Ottawa at the Jack Donohue Memorial tournament with the host Gee-Gees winning 102-82 on Hallowe’en night.

Laval still has a chance to take the tournament title depending upon what happens when Rouge et Or meet Calgary to close the 3-day, 4-team event tomorrow late afternoon.