To most, the end of last night’s exciting Windsor victory at U of T was head-scratching to say the least. Let’s try to sort out what happened: with about 12 seconds remaining and the Blues trailing by 3, Toronto’s 6’3″ point guard Sage Usher stepped to the foul line to shoot two free throws. With 6’3″ Reilly Reid playing with 4 fouls, Blues Coach John Campbell wisely substituted reserve 6’1″ Seun Olutogun on the assumption that after Usher’s free throws, the Blues would have to foul immediately and Olutogun was on the floor to do just that. However, Usher missed both free throws and on the second miss, the live ball somehow bounced into the hands of Olutogun, who somewhat-miraculously banked in a three to tie it !! Unfortunately, Olutogun for that critical moment was unaware that the score was tied, instead believing Blues trailed by one – so he fouled 5’11” Mike Rocca immediately in the front court. Rocca of course made no mistake at the line and the Lancers escaped. Blues coaches however were more disappointed with a 4 minute stretch in the third quarter when Windsor went on their momentum-changing 12-0 run that turned the game around. A wild finish at the Goldring Center again illustrating the excitement of Canadian inter-collegiate basketball.
Three Canada West inter-city rivalry games are on tap tonight as follows:
Winnipeg (11-2, 6-2) at Manitoba (4-9, 2-6) 9 PM ET… Don’t let the records be deceiving as the Bisons have played a hellish schedule to date at UBC, at Calgary, Thompson Rivers and Alberta last weekend. This is the first of a home-and-home with Wesmen garnering Honorable Mention in the CIS Top 10 rankings this week.
Calgary (10-1, 5-1) at Mount Royal (5-7, 4-2) 10 PM ET… Battle of Calgary with Dinos depth and talent impressive against an improving Cougars squad.
MacEwan (4-9, 2-6) at Alberta (11-2, 8-0) 10 PM ET… Golden Bears come off a pair of impressive road wins at Manitoba while Griffins look rebound in the first meeting between the two programs since last season’s first-ever all-Edmonton Best-of-3 Canada West playoff series which Alberta won in 3 games.