OUA is the only conference out of the 4 across Canada that has not returned to full action although there are a couple of league games in that conference. AUS, RSEQ and Canada West have a complete slate of games including today, as follows:
AUS: Pupil meet mentor in Antigonish this evening with mentor Steve Konchalski in dire need of a victory to stay within range of an AUS tournament spot as UNB Varsity Reds, fresh off a dramatic win at Cape Breton last night on guard Matt Daley‘s last second basket, face the reeling X-Men, losers of 8 of their past 9 against CIS competition and presently just 1-6 on the AUS season. Coach Brent Baker‘s V-Reds, now 4-4 in league play are looking to sweep what traditionally has been a treacherous two-game swing through north-eastern Nova Scotia… The game in Charlottetown promises to be an offensive juggernaut as Saint Mary’s, fresh off a very impressive shellacking of Dalhousie at Dalplex on Wednesday, faces UPEI. Huskies defeated Panthers in the semi-finals of the recent Shoveller Memorial last weekend… Improving Acadia hopes to have key decision making guard Ben Miller back in the lineup when Axemen visit Memorial for the first of two this evening. MUN, after a promising start, sits in 7th place in the conference at 3-5.
RSEQ: Fresh off a dominating performance at home, UQAM hopes to sweep Bishop’s tonight in Lennoxville. The young (and getting younger amid injuries) Gaiters are assembling some very good pieces but have been hit by injuries – no word on the status of 6’5″ David Belanger who left Thursday’s game with an apparent finger/wrist injury. 6’3″ sharpshooter Peter Weston also did not see action as Gaiters were without two veteran starters. Citadins typically ride the dynamic play of 6’1″ Kewyn Blain who simply makes this team go. Gaiters found the going tough trying to get to the rim against improving 7’0″ paint-protector Yassin Debache, who was credited with 6 blocks but likely had 10 or more.
In a non-conference game, Queen’s Gaels host RSEQ leading McGill Redmen tonight in Kingston where Gaels defeated McGill at the Tyndal tournament last season and have won the past 2 games in the series between the two teams. Redmen coach David DeAveiro was the Assistant Coach at Humber in the 1990’s when current Gaels coach Steph Barrie was the Hawks point guard and the two won a CCAA national championship together. Recently, Barrie was on DeAveiro’s staff for Canadian national U-16 team in the summer of 2014.
OUA: This afternoon in St. Catharines, Windsor Lancers, likely still without their star 6’3″ wing Mitch Farrell who is nursing a shoulder injury (he could be lost for the season according to some), look to stay ahead of Laurier and Western in the OUA West when they face Brock Badgers, currently leading OUA Central… Tonight in Guelph, another West vs. Central matchup occurs as Western visits the Gryphons.
For much more insight on Canada West visit Wayne Thomas’s great CanadaWestHoops site.