CIS Weekend Preview

An early Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians across the country; health and happiness to all.  CIS men’s pre-season basketball presents an abbreviated set of match-ups this weekend – beginning tonight (Thursday) – with tournaments in Calgary (Calgary Cup jointly hosted by the Dinos and Mount Royal), Montreal (Concordia Classic) and Winnipeg (U of Manitoba Classic.).

St. FX and Dalhousie take a tour of Southern Ontario and will provide arguably the best match-ups of the weekend and at least one of the best inter-conference, pre-season duels as a pair of Top 5 teams battle in Toronto (Dalhousie at Ryerson Rams on Saturday night).  Undefeated McMaster also gets Dal and St. FX.  Tigers start their tour on Friday in North York against York Lions who got some unfortunate news over the past day or so as 6’3″ Gene Spagnuolo, son of York legend Enzo Spagnuolo, has decided to leave the team for personal reasons.  As well, York will not have 6’6″ Nathan Culbreath, their best overall player from the past two seasons.

The most challenging schedule of the weekend – maybe the entire season – is in front of Brock Badgers, who tonight continue their tough five games in less than 5 days scheudule, hosting St. FX, kicking off X’s 3 game weekend tour before the Badgers book up the QEW and 401 to Montreal for 3 games in 2 1/2 days at the Concordia Classic.  Brock knocked off Niagara College last night in Welland 89-62.

Some of the more interesting games include:  Thursday, St. FX (2-1) at Brock in a battle of two athletic teams.  Badgers come off a quick start to last season where they were undefeated in pre-season play and then knocked off McMaster in Hamilton, moving into the Top 5 for the first time in several years.  X had a very good weekend in Wolfville, finishing second at the Stu Aberdeen Classic…. In Calgary, Windsor Lancers meet the host Dinos with Lancers undermanned presently amid injuries and some defections.  Calgary has a Moser Award candidate in 6’5″ Thomas Cooper, the reigning Canada West POY…On Friday, X-Men meet a likely top 3 pre-season team in Ryerson in Toronto.  Rams have a large stable of athletes but are working to integrate several new faces.  Expect 6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa to log most of the minutes at the point but Waterloo transfer Myles Charvis has also impressed early.  In Winnipeg, Laurier, 2-0 under new coach Justin Serresse, has their first big test against Manitoba Bisons, a definite Canada West championship contender in many eyes who are set to debut their wonderfully-talented 6’7″ forward James Wagner, who represented Canada this past summer, playing a vital role on our U-18 team that took the silver medal at FIBA Americas championship, qualifying for the U-19 Worlds next summer.  Wagner and 6’5″ Alex Carson are two of the more highly-touted freshman directly out of high school in the entire CIS.  Carson and his Tigers meet York Lions on Friday… On Saturday, the best game of the weekend on paper takes place in Toronto as a pair of CIS Final 4 teams, Dalhousie and Ryerson, meet at MLG.  Both teams are consensus pre-season Top 5 CIS teams and both will be playing their second consecutive game of the weekend.  Dal’s transition “d”, so effective in the national quarter-final against Ottawa, will need to be tight while Ryerson will not want to allow Tigers to control the tempo.  A game in the 60’s or low 70’s probably favors Dal, anything higher would likely be more to the Rams liking.  Undefeated McMaster expects to be tested against St. FX in Hamilton as X-Men need to control Mac’s exciting 6’2″ point guard David McCulloch and the strong set of shooters who surround him.  Manitoba/Lakehead and Laurier/Winnipeg are also high quality matchups among others.  On Sunday, Concordia Stingers host Brock in what could be a Top 10 preview game with the Stingers pressing and denying “d” perfect for the tight confines of the BeeHive.  Dalhousie finishes their three game tour of GTA at McMaster in what could be another Top 10 preview game.

Here is the entire schedule with game times:

Thursday, October 6th

7 PM ET St. FX at Brock

8 PM ET Lakehead at Brandon

8 PM ET Redeemer College (OCAA/CCAA) at Waterloo

10 PM ET Windsor at Calgary (Calgary Cup)

10 PM ET Regina at Mount Royal (Calgary Cup)

Friday, October 7th

4 PM ET Cape Breton at Brock (Concordia Classic)

7 PM ET  La Cite at UQAM

7 PM ET St. FX at Ryerson

7 PM ET Lakehead vs. Winnipeg (Manitoba Tournament)

7:30 PM ET  Dalhousie at York

8 PM ET  Nipissing at Concordia (Concordia Classic)

9 PM ET  Laurier at Manitoba  (Manitoba Tournament)

10 PM ET  Regina at Calgary (Calgary Cup)

Saturday, October 8th

3 PM ET  Brock vs. Nipissing (Concordia Tournament)

5 PM ET  St. FX at McMaster

5 PM ET  Windsor vs Regina  (Calgary Cup)

7 PM ET  Calgary at Mount Royal  (Calgary Cup)

7 PM ET Cape Breton at Concordia  (Concordia Tournament)

7 PM ET Dalhousie at Ryerson

8 PM ET Laurier at Winnipeg

10 PM ET Lakehead at Manitoba

Sunday, October 9th

1 PM ET Laurier at Brandon

1:30 PM ET  Stevens Institute of Technology at UQAM

3 PM ET Dalhousie at McMaster

3 PM ET Brock at Concordia





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