Allin, Martin lead Lancers to exciting road win at U of T; Peter-McNeilly breaks Ryerson record


Windsor (9-4, 4-3) 86, Toronto (6-6, 4-3) 84... 5’11” Mike Rocca hit two free-throws with just 6 seconds remaining after being fouled about 90 feet from his basket just after the Blues tied it with three, lifting the Lancers to an exciting, confidence-building road win at the Goldring Center at U of T.

6’2″ Micqueel Martin and 6’7″ Luke Allin combined for 31 of their 41 points after halftime as Windsor rallied from a 7 point deficit, taking a late 5 point lead into the final 2 minutes.  But the Blues brought 6’1″ Seun Olutogun (Calgary, AL) off the bench and the reserve knocked down an unlikely three from the left baseline to tie with under 10 seconds to go.  Somewhat shockingly, Olutogun then committed a foul on Rocca on the in-bounds and the veteran lefty made no mistake.  6’3″ Sage Usher‘s attempt at a three from the top of the bowl fell short at the buzzer and Lancers escaped.

But the story of the game was the second half performance of Laurier transfer Allin (18 points), playing his first game as a Lancer, who had 7 consecutive points to start a 12-0 Windsor run that erased a 70-65 deficit and gave Lancers momentum.  Martin, who finished with 23 points after a quiet first half, was also instrumental with his fine array of finishes including turnarounds, takes to the rim and 3’s (3-6 from downtown).  Not to be outdone, Usher had 13 of his 18 after halftime, adding 7 rebounds and 4 assists while 6’5″ Devin Johnson led the Blues with 23 points, 16 after halftime.

The game was generally well played with only 9 turnovers combined and started out like both teams would hit the century mark with a terrific first quarter.  Usher found 6’2″ Reilly Reid (15 points, 12 rebounds) in transition for a pair of 3’s and Blues perimeter shooting and slick inside passing pulled the Lancers out of their match-up zone.  But with the addition of Allin, Windsor has another high-quality scorer who can score off the post up, shoot over small defenders well beyond the three point line and generally create mis-matches offensively.  The talented forward did foul out of the game and finished with only 2 rebounds.

Windsor will be tested on Saturday night at Ryerson against a Rams team that pounded Western 105-76 tonight as 6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly had 24 – including 6 of 7 threes – of his career-high 36 in the first half and broke the Ryerson school record for three-pointers in a game with 10 (on just 13 shots) as Ryerson shot a ridiculous 23 for 44 (52.3%) from beyond the arc.  Peter-McNeilly added 7 rebounds and 6 assists, highlighting the dominant effort by Ryerson (8-2, 6-0).  Western (3-11, 1-6) will meet U of T at the Goldring Center on Saturday afternoon at 2 PM ET.

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Allin set to make Lancers debut tonight in Toronto


For those who follow high school recruiting closely, recall that several years ago 6’7″ Luke Allin was touted as one of the top players in the entire country coming out of Chatham Ursuline – the last in the long line of great CIS players in the Allin/Wydrzynski family  and the target of all the top programs in Canada including Carleton Ravens, Ottawa Gee-Gees and hometown Windsor Lancers.  In arguably his final recruiting coup, venerable Laurier Coach Peter Campbell was able to attract Allin to the Golden Hawks, likely with the support of Luke’s older brother Max, who authored an All-Canadian career under Campbell and later played professionally overseas for several seasons.  While Allin was impactful at Laurier, he apparently never did find his comfort zone and chose to transfer back closer to home to Windsor and Coach Chris Oliver.

After sitting out the required 12 months, Allin makes his Lancers debut tonight in Toronto at the Goldring Center against the Varsity Blues.  Expect the talented wing/forward, who shoots it with range using a very quick release and is a talented passer among other skills to play a formidable role with Windsor, which comes off a strong 5-1 pre-season but thus far has had an uneven regular season, sitting at just 3-3 in OUA regular season play.

The Blues (6-5, 4-2) continue to in general shoot the ball well from the perimeter and have won 3 in a row after losses to Top 10 teams Ryerson and Brock.  Windsor will have tend to 6’5″ Devin Johnson, Toronto’s best offensive threat while there promises to be an interesting battle at the point between Lancers spark-plug 5’10” point guard Mike Rocca and improving 6’3″ Sage Usher for the Blues…

Also in Toronto tonight, #6 Ryerson Rams (7-2, 5-0) host Western Mustangs (3-10, 1-5) with Rams having won all 5 of their OUA regular season games by at least 20 points.  The reeling, snake-bitten Mustangs squad has been unable to close out tight games, giving up leads in each of their 5 setbacks including losing 4 of their games by a combined margin of 11 points.  Western’s two most recent games epitomize their recent challenges – a double OT loss at Laurier in which Western led and then had to come from 11 down late to take a one point lead with 8 seconds remaining in regulation before bowing out in extra time and then this past Saturday’s last second loss at Waterloo when Mustangs blew a late 7 point lead before re-taking the lead with 8 seconds to play only to watch Warriors 6’5″ forward Ben Davis hit a turnaround jumper with 2 seconds remaining to win it for Waterloo.

Both games are available on OUA.TV both with comparatively excellent production.

 

CANHoops.ca U-Sport Top 10 for 27 November 2016


#1 Carleton (9-0, 3-0 – LW: #1)… By Carleton standards, this past weekend’s pair of road wins at Nipissing and at Laurentian were less than optimal as both games were tight at halftime.  In Saturday’s game in Sudbury, Voyageurs led by 15 midway through the second quarter before Carleton blasted to a 22 point lead late in the third.  6’4″ Connor Wood continues his fine shooting and overall play and 6’2″ Kaza Keene is authoring a fine fifth and final season.  Getting consistent effort and production from the remainder of the roster has been a bit of a recent challenge for coach Dave Smart.  Carleton’s home opener is this Friday night when # 5 Brock Badgers visit the Raven’s Nest followed by Saturday vs.#7 McMaster Marauders.

#2 UBC (12-0, 6-0 – LW #2)… This afternoon’s sluggish win over UVic in OT notwithstanding, UBC has dominated opponents and remains undefeated against U-Sport competition.  6’9″ Conor Morgan keyed today’s win with 39 points including a pair of 3’s in OT (despite heavy shot-selection criticism from the UBC “color” guy) and won despite a very uncharacteristically tough offensive effort from 6’6″ Jordan Jensen-Whyte.  T-Birds were also terrible from the foul line but found a way to win.  UBC finishes the first half of the 16-17 schedule with a pair of home games against UBC-Okanagan (1-7).

#3 Ottawa (9-1, 3-0 – LW #3)…  Two strong, decisive road wins this past weekend illustrate that Gee-Gees can win in multiple ways with their complementary array of roster talent.  On Friday at Laurentian in what was a close affair for much of the first half, uOttawa dominated inside, getting game-deciding production from 6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles and 6’7″ Brody Maracle.  Last night at Nipissing, the perimeter scoring and fine all-round play of 6’3″ Caleb Agada was on display.  Ottawa gets a chance to cement this ranking into the break by hosting #7 McMaster on Friday in 6’2″ Adam Presutti‘s first game against his former program and #5 Brock on Saturday in their first two regular season home games.

#4 Calgary (10-1, 5-1)… As our Southern Alberta correspondent shared, Dinos roster is dotted with talent, opining that much of Calgary’s bench could start on many Canada West teams.  That depth and quality was on display this weekend as Dinos dominated Lethbridge, a team that some believed was on the verge of Top 10/honorable mention consideration.  Dinos have another Thursday/Saturday home-and-home affair with cross-town opponent Mount Royal Cougars (4-2).

#5 Brock (9-1, 4-0)… A recent home-and-home sweep over QEW rival McMaster is encouraging – both games were decided in the final minute – however some inconsistent work on the defensive glass and concerns with decision-making and turnovers are areas that Badgers seek continued improvement.  Brock’s young guards and their rebounding are likely to be tested this weekend in Ottawa in games against #1 Carleton and #3 Gee-Gees.

#6 Ryerson (7-2, 5-0)… Dominant regular season efforts – most games Rams have had leads of at least 30 at some point with no opponent closer than 20 points – show Rams are rapidly rounding into form.  6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa has the skill set and is beginning to produce like a 1st Team All-Canadian while 6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly consistently displays his high-end all-round skill set at both ends.  With a deep, athletic roster that can play fast in transition and defensively or at a slow tempo, Ryerson is formidable.  Rams close their calendar 2016 season with a pair of home games this week Wednesday vs. Western and Saturday vs. Windsor, who will have 6’7″ Luke Allin in the lineup after his transfer from Laurier.

#7 McMaster (11-2, 3-2)… Marauders appear to be as good as their perimeter shooting allows, having an opportunity yesterday to steal a win at Brock but missing 18 of 21 threes in the game.  Depth beyond their big three of 6’2″ David McCulloch, 6’4″ Rohan Boney and 6’7″ Connor Gilmore remains uneven but 6’0″ Chris Thompson has had several important efforts off the bench.  Mac will be tested Friday at #3 Ottawa and Saturday at #1 Carleton.

#8 Alberta (13-2, 8-0)… Golden Bears took a large step toward Canada West prominence with a pair of road wins at Manitoba this weekend against a Bison team that many in the pre-season were touting for a CW Final 4 appearance.  6’1″ Austin Waddoups had 31 points on 6-9 3’s in Friday’s game which Alberta led by double digits late.  On Saturday, Bears took the lead for good early in the third and led by as many as 8 in the second half, clinching it on a Waddoups 3 with under 2 minutes to play.  Alberta completes their calendar 2016 CW schedule with a pair of Thursday/Saturday home-and-home games against city rivals MacEwan (3-5), who comes off a split with Mount Royal this weekend.

#9 Dalhousie (12-4, 5-2)…  With 4 losses including two in AUS play, Tigers ranking drops as coach Rick Plato deals with injuries to at least three regulars including 6’6″ Sven Stammberger (shoulder), 6’6″ impact freshman Alex Carson and 6’2″ Cedric Sanogo who many forget has been out all season but hopefully expected back in the new year.  Dal was never really in Saturday’s loss at UNB and squeezed out a win at Acadia so getting to the break should allow this deep, quality roster to heal and overcome the injury bug .

#10 McGill (9-3, 3-1)… Once an area of ongoing concern, Redmen appear to have found their consistent, high-quality point guard with the recent emergence of 6’1″ Kendrick Jolin.  The freshman found his stride late in McGill’s only league loss to UQAM a couple of weeks ago and took the next step yesterday with his 34 point effort at Bishop’s, rescuing the Redmen from a double digit loss.  Combined with McGill’s dominant 40+ point win over Concordia, Redmen enter the break in a first-place tie with Laval, who they defeated.  McGill’s only league loss came at UQAM without the services of 3 regulars.

Honorable Mention:  Saskatchewan (8-3, 4-2), Winnipeg (11-2, 6-2).

Surprising MUN sits on top of AUS


Memorial (7-6, 6-1) 85, UPEI (1-9, 1-6) 82… Overcoming a double digit second half deficit, MUN got a combined 21 fourth-quarter points from 6’9″ Vasilije Curcic and 6’2″ Daniel Gordon, including the go-ahead “and 1” from Curcic in the final minute to forge into first place with a gutsy road win at UPEI.  Curcic finished with 28 points (10 in the 4th), adding 8 rebounds while Gordon had 11 of his 24 points in the final frame, helping to clinch the game on the foul line for the Seahawks.  MUN shot 10-23 from 3 point land and 48% from the floor overall while reeling UPEI lost their 5th game in a row in advance of this afternoon’s rematch in Charlottetown.

ST. FX (8-8, 4-3) 91, Saint Mary’s (10-4, 4-3) 81… In a game with numerous lead changes, 6’7″ Kevin Bercy and 6’0″ Tristan Ross combined to lead a 10-2 run with 7 minutes remaining to lift X to an important win at home over Saint Mary’s.  With the score tied at 62, Bercy (22 points, 8 rebounds) had 5 points including a three while Ross added 6 points (20 points for the game) and X-Men resisted any further Huskie runs.  6’0″ Davonte Provo had a very productive 35 minute effort at the point for X with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists helping to offset 21 points and 7 rebounds from 6’5″ Theon Reefer for the Huskies.

UNB (5-6, 4-3) 80, #7 Dalhousie (12-4, 5-2) 67…  Varsity Reds took the lead for good with a 12-1 second quarter run to lead by 12, later extending to as large as 16 in a comfortable home win over Dalhousie Tigers.  6’0″ Javon Masters had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the Reds, including a momentum-breaking three early in the fourth quarter after the Tigers made their final serious run to get the game back to within 4.  6’1″ Chris Spurrell followed with another three and UNB had rebuilt their double digit lead, coasting into the important win.  Tigers played without the services of two starters including 6’6″ veteran Sven Stammberger (injured his shoulder in Acadia game) plus 6’6″ freshman sensation Alex Carson (groin).

RSEQ: Jolin’s career-high 34 lifts Redmen at Bishop’s


#10 McGill (9-3, 3-1) 81, Bishop’s (3-9, 0-4) 73… 6’1″ freshman Kendrick Jolin dominated with 34 points on 6-9 from 3 and McGill forced 13 second-half turnovers with different types of pressure in a come-from-behind win at Bishop’s in Lennoxville.  Gaiters came out on fire shooting making 11 of their first 15 shots and 18 for 29 in the first half alone to build leads as large as 13.  But Jolin caught fire from beyond the arc and McGill was able to crawl back to within 1 by halftime.  Still, Gaiters took a 1 point lead with 5 minutes left on a three by sophomore Owen Martel but McGill then put the game away with a 13-2 run as 6’1″ Jenning Leung caught fire and the run was culminated in a three by 6’3″ Dele Ogundokun.  McGill held Bishop’s to just 4 for 13 shooting in the final frame including 1-7 3’s and 6 fourth quarter turnovers.

RSEQ Standings

McGill 3-1

Laval 3-1

Concordia 2-2

UQAM 2-2

Bishop’s 0-4

Davis turnaround gives Warriors last second win


Waterloo (3-7, 1-4) 82, Western (3-10, 1-5)… 6’5″ Ben Davis hit a 10 foot turnaround with just 2 seconds remaining to play as the Warriors won their first of the OUA regular season at home against the reeling Mustangs.  Western led by 9 at 75-66 with 6 minutes to play but Waterloo jumped to an 11-2 run, culminated by the fourth 3 of the game by 6’1″ Jon Ravenhorst (16 points) to tie it.  Later 6’7″ Mike Periera‘s put-back allowed Waterloo to retake the lead before 6’0″ Omar Shiddo gave Western the lead with a bucket with just 8 seconds remaining.  But Warriors ran a post-up play for Davis, who finished with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the 5th year senior made no mistake.  Waterloo won despite turning the ball over 25 times but stayed in it with 16 offensive rebounds.  Pereira played all 40 minutes and had an authoritative 15 points and 16 rebounds while 6’1″ Eriq Jenkins led all scorers with 22 points, adding 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for Western.

Brock (9-1, 4-0) 76, McMaster (11-2, 3-2) 73... 5’11” Tyler Brown knocked down a pair of late free throws in the final seconds to give Badgers the lead for good as Brock defeated Mac at home, winning over the Marauders for the second time in 10 days to sweep the season series between the two QEW rivals.  In a game where no lead was larger than two points for the final 7 minutes of play until the final seconds, Badgers shot 8-20 from downtown including a game-high 20 points from 6’5″wing Johneil Simpson.  Mac shot just 3-21 from beyond the arc and 53% as a team from the foul line but stayed in it on the strength of 20 offensive rebounds.  Brock’s All-Canadian forward 6’5″ Dani Elgadi had just 10 points and 5 rebounds in 28 minutes before fouling out of the contest while 6’4″ forward Rohan Boney led Mac with 13 points in just 21 minutes.  6’0″ Chris Thompson also had 13 for Mac and he gave Mac the lead with a dramatic 3 in the final minute before Brown’s game-deciding free throws.  Both teams are in action in our Nation’s Capital this coming weekend, playing at #1 Carleton and #3 Ottawa.

Laurier (4-3, 8-8) 67, Windsor (8-4, 3-3) 66… The Golden Hawks authored their third consecutive late game, tight victory this time at home as 6’0″ Tevean Kokko knocked down his sixth 3 of the game with about 2 minutes remaining to provide the margin of victory.  6’3″ Lucas Orlita finished with 19 points for Windsor, making 4 of his 5 threes in the game after halftime.  The Lancers are back in action this coming Wednesday in Toronto against the Varsity Blues with 6’7″ Luke Allin expected to make his debut after transferring from Laurier.

Lakehead (4-11, 2-5) 79, York (2-7, 2-2) 75… 6’0″sophomore Kache Kopec had a career-high 27 points including 6 3’s as the Thunderwolves broke a 5 game losing streak, holding off the improving Lions in Thunder Bay.  Kopec’s 3 with 7 minutes remaining put Wolves up by 11 but York stayed in it, drawing to within 3 in the final minute on an “and 1″ by 6’5” Brandon Ramirez (16 points, 7 rebounds).  But Lakehead iced the game, helped in part by 6’0″ Henry Tan, who added 11 points and 12 assists.  6’5″ Backarius Dinkins had 19 of his 23 points in the first half, including a dunk that helped ignite the Wolves after York jumped out to an early 13-6 lead.

#1 Carleton (9-0, 3-0) 88, Laurentian (3-8, 2-4) 71… 6’4″ Connor Wood broke open a two point halftime game with some clutch shooting, finishing with 39 points on 7 of 11 from downtown as the Ravens overcame a hot-shooting Voyageurs side by pulling away in the second half.  6’2″ freshman Kadre Gray had 19 first half points as Laurentian trailed just 42-40 at half but Carleton held the exciting guard to just 4 after halftime to pull away for the win.

#3 Ottawa (9-1, 3-0) 79, Nipissing (5-10, 1-5) 63… 6’3″ All-Canadian Caleb Agada had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists as the Gee-Gees led virtually from start to finish in a solid road win in North Bay.  Ottawa shot 39% from 3 (9-23) including 4 bombs from 6’6″ Matt Plunkett (14 points) and 3 from 6’2″ Adam Presutti (15 points, 5 assists) as Gee-Gees won easily despite getting only 12 combined points from key inside players 6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles and 6’6″ Brody Maracle.

Toronto (6-5, 5-2) 83, Algoma (1-10, 1-6) 70… 6’3″ Reilly Reid had all 10 of his points in the second half, starting a game-deciding 15-2 run that helped Varsity build a double digit lead midway through the third quarter and Blues shot 53% from the field including 5-10 from downtown after halftime with only 5 turnovers in a solid road win in Sault Ste. Marie.  With the score tied at 51 midway through the 3rd, Reid got going and Blues got big 3’s off the bench from 6’3″ Nicola Paradina and 5’11” Christopher Barrett during the run as Toronto build leads as large as 16 in the win.

 

 

Gaels rally from 26 down to stun Lakehead in Thunder Bay


Queen’s (6-6, 4-1) 76, Lakehead (3-11, 1-5) 75… 6’3″ Sukhpreet Singh canned a pair of free throws with 20 seconds remaining for the final margin as Gaels overcame a late third quarter 26 point deficit in an incredible comeback in Thunder Bay.  Trailing 62-36 with just 4 minutes left in the third, Gaels used their transition to mount a 38-9 run to take a 3 point lead with just over a minute to play.  6’2″ Nick Burke then tied it for Lakehead with a clutch 3, setting up Singh’s free-throws.  Later a pair of missed Gaels free throws gave Lakehead one final chance at the win but they could not convert to take the disappointing loss.  6’5″ Alexandre Robichaud had a career offensive effort with 32 points including 8-16 from three-point land for Lakehead, which jumped out to a 12-0 lead against the slow-starting Gaels.  Robichaud had 25 points in the first half alone as Lakehead made 9 of their first 19 threes in the game and the game looked to be decided.  But Gaels, who got 19 from Singh and 17 from impactful 6’1″ guard Isse Ibrahim, went through a stretch of making 19-22 free throws and finished 8-16 from the field down the stretch to secure the unlikely win.  Lakehead hosts York tonight.

#3 Ottawa (8-1, 2-0) 74, Laurentian (3-7, 2-3)…  6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles had 19 points and 12 rebounds and the Gee-Gees led by as many as 22 in a solid road win at Laurentian despite shooting just 3 for 19 from beyond the arc.  Gee-Gees used a 26-5 run starting late in the second quarter to pull away, shooting 48% overall including 26-42 (62%) from inside the arc as Pierre Charles and 6’6″ Brody Maracle (14 points) combined to go 13 for 19 from the floor.  uOttawa outrebound Laurentian decisively and continues to show their strength in the paint with much less reliance on making perimeter shots.  6’2″ Kadre Gray had 18 points to lead Laurentian with 11 coming in the second half including several after the game was well decided.  Ottawa travels to North Bay to meet Nipissing tonight while Vees host #1 Carleton.

#1 Carleton (8-0, 2-0) 79, Nipissing (5-9, 1-4) 59… Ravens pulled away in the second half behind 6’4″ Connor Wood who had 14 of his 25 points after halftime, shooting 7 for 14 overall from 3.  Ravens led by just 3 with 4 minutes left in the third when Wood keyed a 15-2 run with a three and a dunk and Ravens were rarely threatened thereafter.  6’3″ Jaaden Lewis had 17 points while ex-Raven 6’8″ Justin Shaver added 13 points and 5 rebounds for Nipissing.

#8 Ryerson (7-2, 5-0) 111, Algoma (1-9, 1-5) 61… 6’4″ Ammaneul Diressa had 28 points while 6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly added 16 as the Rams hammered the Thunderbirds, leading by as many as 56 as all 12 Rams who dressed hit the scoresheet.

 

RSEQ: Laval climbs into 1st Place after road win at UQAM


Laval (5-8, 3-1) 80, UQAM (7-5, 2-2) 71… 6’1″ Vladimir Thomas came off the bench to score 9 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, starting a game-deciding 18-5 run early in the fourth as Rouge et Or won at UQAM as Laval finished the game making 11 of their final 16 shots.  With Citadins leading 60-54 and 8 minutes left in the fourth, Thomas and 5’11” point guard Karl Demers-Belanger hit back-to-back 3’s and 6’5″ Charles Andre-Edorh (14 points) followed with a conventional “and 1″ three-point play, giving Laval their first lead since midway through the third quarter and one Rouge et Or would not relinquish.  Later, 6’5” Alexandre Leclerc, who was held in check for much of the night (11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), finished a put-back and also made a pair of free throws late to build the lead to 9.  UQAM, which got 15 points from 6’4″ Christian Kadima, turned it over 6 times in the last 7 minutes of the game.   6’2″ lefty Greishe Clerjuste shot just 4-17 and finished with 11 points on 1-7 shooting from downtown – Citadins shot just 2-10 after halftime from beyond the stripe – but added 6 rebounds and 6 assists.  Laval completes the calendar 2016 portion of their RSEQ schedule at 3-1 and currently sits in first place, just ahead of McGill (2-1) who meets Bishop’s (0-3) this afternoon in Lennoxville.  Citadins (2-2) have one more game next Friday night at home against Concordia (2-2) before the end of 2016.

U-Sport Friday: Ravens & Gee-Gees finally play games 2 & 3


AUS:  A rare Friday night where all 8 teams are idle on the final weekend of the AUS first half.

RSEQ:  Laval (4-8, 2-1) at UQAM (7-4, 2-1)… Rouge et Or are slowing getting back to full strength now that instant offense off the bench 6’1″ Vladimir Thomas is back.  Laval will have to contend with Citadins outstanding back court which includes 6’2″ lefty Greishe Clerjuste, 6’0″ Charles Miller, an outstanding perimeter shooter and 6’1″ freshman Misi Boye.  Expect Coach Nate Philippe to think about putting one of his athletic wings, maybe 6’5″ Ibrahim Sylla or 6’4″ Christopher Doumpa or both on 6’5″ Alexandre Leclerc, arguably Rouge et Or’s toughest matchup.  Inside, the continued improved play of Laval’s 6’10” Marc Andre-Fortin may portend more time for the D1 transfer, especially given the potential match-up with Citadins 6’10” Yassin Debache, which portends some rim-meeting activity.  Clerjuste averaged over 22 ppg in last season’s four meetings between the two teams as Citadins took 3 of 4 on the year.  Expect another final-possession-type game in what is the most balanced conference in the nation.

OUA:  In what has been a quirky OUA schedule to date – some teams have played as many as six regular season games to date – two of the top teams in the country are just now embarking on games 2 and 3 all away from home as Carleton Ravens and Ottawa Gee-Gees travel north this weekend for games at Nipissing and Laurentian.  Both Lakers and Voyageurs are much improved although apparently not yet at a level at which each can win on the road against a probable playoff team – both teams were swept in Toronto last weekend against U of T Varsity Blues and #8 Ryerson Rams.  Tonight’s schedule has a definitive “northern” skew as all 4 games take place in what most would consider Northern Ontario.  This evening in Sudbury, #3 Ottawa (7-1, 1-0) faces Laurentian (3-6, 2-2) and no doubt Head Coach James Derouin and staff are engineering their “d” to control 6’2″ Kadre Gray, who was held in check for the majority of the game when it mattered last Saturday against Ryerson.  However expect Gray to be a different player within the confines of historic Ben Avery Gymnasium where strange, magical things can happen when a Voyageur catches fire.  Ottawa has won the past 7 in a row against Laurentian and 24 of the past 26 between the two schools.. #1 Carleton (7-0, 1-0) travel to Nipissing (5-8, 1-3) where ex-Raven 6’8″ Justin Shaver will face off against his former program where he spent a couple of seasons… In the Soo, #8 Ryerson (6-2, 4-0) face Algoma (1-8, 1-4) with Rams getting healthier by the day as evident by their domination at home last weekend vs. Nipissing and Laurentian.  Rams are a perfect 5-0 against Thunderbirds since Algoma entered the OUA… Finally in Thunder Bay, reeling Lakehead (3-10, 1-4) hopes to start making some perimeter shots with some consistency, hosting Queen’s Gaels (5-6, 3-1).  Gaels have taken 3 of the past 4 against Thunderwolves including last season’s eight point win in Kingston.  All games begin at 8 PM ET.

Canada West:  A full slate of games in CW tonight highlighted by #9 Alberta (11-2, 6-0) travelling to Winnipeg to face the high-potential Manitoba Bisons (4-7, 2-4).  Bisons record is somewhat-deceiving in light of their top-heavy schedule which includes four road games at #4 Calgary and at #2 UBC, generally regarded as the top two programs in Canada West.  Bisons went 1-3 in those four including a win at Calgary and a last-minute loss this past Saturday in Vancouver against the T-Birds.  Bisons may be the toughest regular season test yet for the Golden Bears, who have swept UNBC on the road and Brandon and Thompson Rivers at home thus far… Traditional rivals #2 UBC (10-0, 4-0) and UVic (7-7, 2-4) meet in Victoria for the first of two home-and-home (Friday/Sunday) affairs with Vikes coming off a split in Edmonton against MacEwan Griffins after a pair of home losses to Calgary two weeks ago that were rarely in doubt.  UBC broke a five-game losing streak to the Vikes last season with a pair of victories in this traditional B.C. rivalry.

AUS: Carson’s heroics lead Tigers to road win at Acadia


#7 Dalhousie (12-3, 5-1) 75, Acadia (5-8, 4-3) 71… 6’6″ freshman Alex Carson had 10 of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter including the go-ahead bucket with just under 6 minutes to play giving Tigers the lead for good in a solid road win in Wolfville.  Carson’s late 3 with about 1 1/2 minutes remaining iced the game after Acadia had made a run on the heroics of 6’9″ Erik Nissen, who had back-to-back baskets that gave Axemen their last lead at 64-63 before Carson took over.  6’3″ Kash Lawrence added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Dal while 5’11” point guard Ritchie Kanza Mata had 11 assists and some clinching free throws late for the Tigers.  Dal was able to keep the hot-shooting Axemen off the three point line for the most part – Acadia shot 8 for 22 from 3, below their averages and sharpshooting 6’1″ guard Nick DePalma was only 2 for 6 but did finish with 19 points.  Nissen led all scorers with 20 points and 11 rebounds.  Tigers now look forward to a road affair on Saturday evening at UNB while Acadia has completed the calendar 2016 portion of their AUS schedule.