Bisons stun Calgary with 3 point shooting barrage


Manitoba (3-3, 1-0) 85, Calgary (5-1, 0-1) 81… 5’11” A.J. Basi and 6’3″ Justus Alleyne combined to shoot 10 for 14 from three-point land as the Bisons built leads as large as 16 points midway through the fourth quarter, spoiling Dinos alumni weekend in an upset win at Jack Simpson Gym.  5th year senior Basi (21 points, 6-10 from 3) knocked down his final two threes back-to-back giving Manitoba a 16 point lead with 8 minutes left in the fourth.  Alleyne had 25 points – including a perfect 4 for 4 from 3 – and shot 7 for 9 from the floor but missed some free throws in the waning moments – Bisons missed 4 of 6 free throws down stretch bringing the spread closer but were never genuinely threatened.  6’5″ Thomas Cooper had 15 of his game-high 39 points in the fourth quarter after Manitoba took the big lead, but was just 7 for 13 from the line and turned it over 6 times.  Basi gave Manitobal the lead for good with a four-point play after making a three and getting fouled by David Kapinga, starting a 16-6 run that gave Bisons a 10-point halftime lead.  The teams meet again tonight.

Spectacular 37-4 run during 12-minute second half stretch completely turns game around for Lethbridge… Trailing 44-32 midway through the third and making just 1 of their first 12 threes, Pronghorns (5-2, 1-0) suddenly caught fire, making 5 of their next 8 and went on separate 11-0 (in literally a minute and a half) and 18-0 runs, completely turning the game around against visiting MacEwan.  6’5″ Michael Pierzchala had 11 of his 13 points in the stretch including a pair of 3’s while 6’6″ Elliott Sentance finished with a game-high 22 points including 8 during the game-deciding run.  6’0″ Thadius Galvez had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the Griffins (4-3, 0-1).

Fraser Valley (2-1, 1-0) 59, Saskatchewan (4-2, 0-1) 50… Cascades held visiting Huskies to just 27% shooting including 4 for 22 from three in a comfortable win in Abbotsford.  6’3″ guard Vijay Dhillon had 17 points to lead UFV, which runs some nice spread offense and has very good passing big men.  Saskatchewan struggled to get any real offensive flow and simply did not make shots, including a difficult 14 for 25 effort from the line.  Sask got it down to single digits early in the fourth but Cascades extended to a double digit lead for much of the final 10 minutes.  6’5″ Shane Osayande had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Huskies but turned it over 8 times.

UBC (7-0, 1-0) 96, Thompson Rivers (2-3, 0-1) 60…  T-Birds held WolfPack scoreless over a 5 minute stretch of the second quarter, using a 27-5 run to jump out to a 47-24 lead as 6’6″ All-Canadian candidate Jordan Jensen-Whyte flirted with a triple-double (13 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists) in just 29 minutes.  6’6″ Will Ondrik, returning to Kamloops where he started his Canada West career, led 5 double digits scorers with 17 points as UBC got only 13 minutes and 7 points out of star 6’9″ forward Conor Morgan in a pasting of TRU.

In other games, 6’7″ Brody Clarke had 22 of his game-and-career-high 35 points after halftime as Alberta pulled away to beat Brandon 76-64 in Edmonton…  Victoria Vikes held hometown Regina to just 39% shooting including 24% from 3, getting 23 points from 6’8″ Grant Sitton and a tidy 14-point, 12-rebound double double off the bench from 6’6″ Jake Newman in a 95-77 win at Regina.  Vikes turned it over only 13 times and shot 73% from the line in an efficient road win…  Aldrich Berrios had 26 points as UBC-O defeated Trinity Western 87-71 and Winnipeg held court at home with a 74-59 win over UNBC.

Hope that Wayne Thomas enjoyed Alumni weekend and that his great Canada West reporting will return shortly.

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