Calgary (5-0) 74, Saskatchewan (4-1) 69… 6’6″ Lars Schlueter broke a tie game with just over a minute remaining with the game-deciding three and later tournament MVP 6’5″ Thomas Cooper helped clinch the game at the free throw line as the Dinos edged the Huskies in a competitive all-Canada West championship game at the Graham Shootout in Saskatoon. Expect both teams to garner top 1o consideration in the coming weeks.
Cooper had 12 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter as Dinos erased an 8 points early fourth-quarter deficit. 6’6″ Shane Osayande almost matched Cooper, the defending CW POY, shot for shot, finishing with a 25 point/15 rebound double double including 6 offensive boards. Schlueter finished with 15 points – 7 in the final frame – on 3 of 9 shooting from downtown.
5’11” Alex Unruh had 14 points on 4-8 shooting from 3 but turned it over 7 times, part of 23 Saskatchewan turnovers, 9 of which came in the decisive fourth quarter. 6’5″ Jaylan Morgan added 13 for Sask while 6’6″ Matt Forbes, trying to round into form after missing all of last season with a bad foot injury, added 9 points, 10 rebounds.
Calgary got a big lift from 6’4″ Montreal native Mambi Diawara, originally from Montmorency CEGEP who transferred back from Lamar State Junior College as the newcomer added 14 points and 7 rebounds. For his efforts, Diawara was named to the tournament all-star team (see below).
Dinos shot a solid 81% from the free throw line including 14-18 in the fourth and turned it over just 6 times after halftime to get the solid road win.
Tournament All-Star Team. Shane Osayande (Sask) Jaylan Morgan (Sask) Mambi Diawara (Calgary) Adam Benrabah (Algoma) Ian Tevis (Red Deer).