Tigers, Huskies kick off CIS 2nd half, other thoughts & news

AUS TV will have all the action this evening beginning at 7 PM ET as Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie meet again to re-start the second half of the AUS regular season.  Recall Dal comfortably defeated Saint Mary’s in Sunday’s championship game of the Shoveller tournament at Dalplex.  Tonight’s game, the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams and second in AUS regular season play, again shapes up as a contrast in styles.  We shall see if Huskies have spent time attacking 2/3 zones, a defense that Dal deployed on Sunday to great success.  Dal will continue to look to limit transition scores by the explosive SMU offense.  Tonight’s game at Dalplex is close to a must-win for Saint Mary’s which sits in 7th place in the AUS standings.

King County Register has a solid review of Acadia’s 1-2 weekend at the Shoveller.  Acadia hopes to have 6’3″ Ben Miller back after he missed virtually the entire 6 games over the holidays that Axemen played due to a shoulder injury.  Axemen travel to St. John’s to play a pair of four-point games against Memorial on Saturday evening and Sunday early afternoon.

More from Maccabi Games… Recall Canada won gold at the recent Maccabi Games in Chile, led by a strong CIS contingent.  6’3″ Sage Usher (sophomore at U of T) and graduated McGill guard 6’0″ Ave Bross (now in Law school at Queen’s) led the way from the back court.  Also impactful were 6’7″ Vlad Kovalesky, originally from Vaughan Road C.I. in Toronto and former NCAA Div. II basketball player at the University of Edinboro (Pa.) plus 6’4″ Keenan Benarroch who is redshirting at the University of Manitoba this season.  Another 6’3″ wing forward, Mor Menashe was unable to play as he deals with a broken hand sustained earlier in the season while playing for Lakehead Thunderwolves.  Interesting to see if Bross continues his basketball playing career at Queen’s – he has one season of eligibility remaining and is presently in his first year in Law… Windsor’s star 6’3″ wing forward Mitch Farrell continues to nurse an injured shoulder and at last word was contemplating shoulder surgery which presumably would sideline him for the remainder of this season.  Farrell is an important piece for the Lancers and his loss would be impactful… Fans in Toronto are in for a pair of treats, beginning this Friday afternoon at 1 PM when the Varsity Blues host cross-town rivals York Lions at the Goldring Center in a game destined to attract numerous Toronto-area schools.  This is a concept that has been tried to strong success by Junior hockey teams including here in Ottawa.  The local 67’s have at least one of these games per season and ordinarily attract close to or full sell-outs as an introduction to their team.  Later during NBA All-Star festivities, the Blues will play their other Toronto cross-town rivals:  Ryerson Rams at the Enercare Center on the Exhibition grounds in downtown T.O.  The Enercare Center is located close to BMO Field and Ricoh Center and will have a special floor brought in specifically to host the Saturday practice sessions for both the NBA East and West all-star teams.  The arena will hold between 3-5,000 fans and good on the Blues to give up their Goldring Center home game to advance the CIS brand while given this wonderful opportunity…  Defending National champions Carleton Ravens returned from their annual Florida training camp, playing just one controlled scrimmage against Broward County Juco.  Freshmen got plenty of time in the game and, while neither of their veteran transfers 6’4″ Joe Rocca or 6’1″ Sean Stoqua played in the scrimmage, both were able to practice extensively as the Ravens load up for next season… Fresh off the announcement of the transfer of 6’6″ Jean Pierre-Charles in time for next season, expect the uOttawa Gee-Gees to very likely announce another impact transfer from a Southern Ontario program from which one of their present players has transferred.  Assuming this comes to fruition, expect the Carleton/Ottawa rivalry, long the most heated and highest quality in the country, to continue strong.



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