Thursday’s U-Sport pre-season games


7 PM ET/8 PM ET:  #5 Dalhousie (6-2) vs. Acadia (1-4)… Tigers and Axemen are jointly hosting this season’s 2017 U-Sport Final 8 in Halifax and the two teams meet at the venerable venue Scotiabank Place (formerly Halifax Metro Center) with Dal dealing with injuries to their top-end rotation guys.  Axemen have used the three ball extensively thus far this season but also have one of the better offensive post threats in the country in 6’9″ Erik Nissen.  Unfortunately, there is no sign of this game being listed on AUSTV.ca web site as of this hour.

9 PM ET/6 PM PT:  Lakehead (2-3) at Thompson Rivers (1-2)… Both of TRU’s losses this season have come in OT, against MacEwan and Saskatchewan on consecutive days at the Heat Classic in Kelowna two weeks ago.  WolfPack recovered to shoot 12-27 (44.4%) from 3 to defeat Trinity Western by 14 last weekend but were up 24 midway through the second quarter after jumping out to an early 22-5 lead and led by 23 late in the game.  TRU won without the services of 6’2″ starting guard Jeff Tubbs and are led by 6’4″ Fraser Valley transfer Luke Morris (19 pts & 10 rbs vs. TWU) and 6’9″ Volodymyr Iegorov, a potential Canada West all-star.  6’5″ freshman Noah Kaefer went 3 for 4 from 3 vs. Spartans off the bench and WolfPack also features flashy 6’5″ wing Derek Rhodes, a California native who transferred in from Sacramento City College (JUCO).  T-Wolves have worked through a pre-season during which several of their top rotation guys, including 5’11” OUA All-Star Henry Tan were injured.  All 3 of Lakehead’s losses came to Winnipeg Wesmen including a hotly contested match at the Bison Classic at Manitoba three weeks ago.  Not able to reach the CanadaWest TV web site at this hour to check if this game will be webcast.

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