Manitoba (1-0) 87, Laurier (2-1) 63… The Bisons showed why they should be considered among the favorites for the Canada West title with a dominant 30-4 second quarter, holding the Golden Hawks to just 10% shooting in the quarter and 33% overall in the convincing victory that was rarely in doubt. The veteran Bisons were led by 5’11” guard AJ Basi with 20 points and 4 threes, part of an 8 for 13 collective Manitoba effort from downtown. 6’4” Keith Omoerah had 15 points and added 10 rebounds while prized 6’8” forward James Wagner, while appearing anxious offensively (just 1-8 for 3 points), otherwise filled the box score with 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 assists and 3 steals without a turnover. Wagner promises to be a favorite for CIS Rookie-of-the-Year this season. In all Bisons shot 50% from the floor but turned it over 22 times in what Coach Kirby Schepp described as a “sloppy overall (teams combined for 45 turnovers) but our effort was very good defensively especially in the second quarter” 6’1” Tevean Kokko had 14 points on 4-6 from 3 and 6 assists but turned it over 9 times for the Hawks. Laurier shot a very efficient 12 for 26 from three point land including 6’1″ Owen Coulthard, continuing a family tradition that dates back to his legendary Dad David and graduated brother Will, shot 4 for 6 from 3 as part of Hawks strong perimeter shooting. 6’8 fifth-year senior center Matt Chesson, struggled shooting just 2-13 with 4 points and 5 rebounds before fouling out. Schepp gave Laurier’s young guards plenty of credit commenting that “despite our pressure they held up very well”. Bisons meet Lakehead tonight which was defeated 65-59 by Winnipeg, the Thunderwolves third consecutive loss to the Wesmen. Lakehead continues to play without two starters in 5’11” Henry Tan and 6’2” Nick Burke. Wesmen meet Laurier in the other game tonight.
Dalhousie (1-0) 89, York (0-2) 65… 6’7” freshman Alex Carson knocked down four 3’s in the span of several minutes bridging the third and fourth quarters as Tigers broke open what was a 3 point game late in the third to build leads as large as 25 in pulling away on the road at York. The undermanned Lions, who through a combination of injuries, academics and defections are currently playing with a virtually brand new roster, had plenty of energy especially on the defensive end where their ball pressure, length and anticipation in the passing lanes created several Dal turnovers in the first 27 or so minutes, allowing York to stay within reaching distance. Lions were down 13 early in the third but came back to make it a 58-55 game. But Tigers jumped out on a 17-0 run to lead by 20 midway through the fourth as another high-end freshman, the slick shooting Carson, caught fire. Tigers are getting a strong contribution inside from 6’8” Ryall Stroud, the Queen’s transfer, who was a factor offensively in the post. Dal was also very strong defending the ball, led by their dynamic 5th year point guard Ritchie Kanza-Mata who created numerous York turnovers against the young and inexperienced Lions backcourt. Kanza-Mata was also instrumental in the big run, feeding 6’10” Sascha Kappos for a pair of two-handed slams after penetrating the lane. The young Lions provided a solid effort but could not run with the veteran, talented Tigers, who now go across town to face Ryerson tonight at MLG.
Ryerson (1-0) 102, St. FX (2-3) 61… The Rams broke open a 22-22 tie with a dominant second quarter, wearing down the X-Men with their depth and defensive, showing Ryerson is a Top 3 calibre program in the country. 6’4″ Adika Peter-McNeilly led the way with 21 points on 9-14 shooting and added 5 assists while 6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa ran a tidy point with 15 points on 6-12 shooting as coach Roy Rana emptied the bench. Here are some thoughts from the Ryerson play-by-play crew. Ryerson hosts Dalhousie tonight while the X-Men, who have dropped the first 2 games of their weekend tour of Southern Ontario, travel to Hamilton for a 5 PM ET start against McMaster Marauders.
Brock (2-0) 74, Cape Breton (0-2) 53… The Badgers took an early lead, extended to over 30 at one point before emptying the benches for virtually the entire fourth quarter in a comfortable win over the Capers as the Concordia tournament kicked off. Badgers coach Charles Kissi was very happy with his troops defensive effort despite playing without starting 5’11” point guard Tyler Brown. “Our defense helped us pull away against a team that played hard and is on the right track”, commented Kissi, adding that Capers “are in a similar situation to what we were 3 years ago. (Coach) Dave (Petroziello) is doing a great job with his group, especially for how short a time he’s had with the program (only 3 months).” Dani Elgadi had 15 for Brock while 6’1″ Mike Asemota came off the bench to score 14 for the Badgers who held Capers to just 22 second-half points and 33% shooting for the game, forcing 20 turnovers.
Concordia (2-0) 81, Nipissing (1-2) 68… Trailing by 2 entering the fourth quarter, the Stingers turned up the “d” and won by double digits on the first night of the Concordia Classic. Concordia held the visitors to just 7 points in the fourth quarter. Stingers 6’5″ Captain Michael Fosu led the way with 18 points including 2-3 from 3 as Lakers packed it in defensively and the Stingers responded with a 10-20 effort from downtown. 6’4″ RSEQ All-Star Ken Beaulieu added 17 points (including 3-5 3’s) while 6’5″ freshman stretch 4 Olivier Simon added 15 points as 10 different Stingers played double digit minutes. Lakers stayed in the game going 10-19 from 3 led by Marcus Lewis who had 17 points. Concordia had only 6 turnovers the entire evening.
In another game involving an RSEQ program, UQAM knocked off OCAA program La Cite from Ottawa 73-55 at home in Montreal. Also Calgary defeated Regina Cougars 89-72 as the Calgary Cup continues. Windsor Lancers had an offensive explosion in a 95-83 win over host Mount Royal Cougars to even their record at 1-1.
Friday’s Notes… Queen’s Gaels are off this weekend but earlier this week learned some terrible news that starting 6’10” post Mike Shoveller will miss the entire season after an MRI revealed an ACL tear in his knee. The loss of their main big guy is likely to force Coach Steph Barrie to play a bit differently than planned. Barrie is also dealing with injuries to three other expected rotation players in 6’4” Vincent Wood (groin), 6’2” Russell Winters (back) and 6’1” freshman Kris Rotterman (back). Rotterman had impressed as a likely 25+ minute point guard but is out indefinitely. Gaels host their annual Frank Tindall tournament next weekend in Kingston with uOttawa Gee-Gees, Alberta Golden Bears and Memorial Sea-hawks rounding out the field.
Saturday, October 8th Schedule
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 (Manitoba Tournament)
10 PM ET Lakehead at Manitoba (Manitoba Tournament)