Sunday’s U-Sports schedule

Feature game today is #2 Ryerson against #7 Calgary in St. Catharines.

NOON  Toronto (4-2) vs. St. FX (2-2) (at McGill)… Blues come off a three-point loss at UQAM while X was defeated by host McGill.  Toronto’s roster is thin this weekend without 6’3″ Jawara Pedican and 6’7″ Chase Ruttenberg, both rotation players.

NOON  #7 Calgary (4-1) vs. #2 Ryerson (0-1) at Brock in St. Catharines… Two of the top teams in Canada tangle at a neutral site.  Rams played yesterday’s loss to Brock without rotation regulars 6’5″ Ammanuel Diressa and 6’6″ Nathan Culbreath.

2 PM  Laurier (3-3) at #6 Ottawa (5-0) (Jack Donohue Memorial Tournament)… Student meets mentor as Golden Hawks coach Justin Serrese returns to Montpetit Hall where he served on Gee-Gees coach James Derouin‘s staff for several seasons.  Gee-Gees knocked off Concordia on Friday while Hawks, minus both 5’11” Tevaun Kokko and 6’2″ Chuder Teny, came to within one of the Stingers this afternoon before bowing by 10.

3 PM ET York (3-4) at MacEwan (1-3)… Lions continue to progress with a deep, talented and athletic lineup that generally has struggled from the perimeter but has stayed in most games.  York is 1-1 thus far this weekend with both games resulting in heavy foul totals and high cumulative free throw counts.  MacEwan comes off their first victory of the pre-season this past Thursday night at home against Memorial.  With a victory today, Lions look to match the win total of last season’s 4-20 record vs. U-Sports teams.

5 PM ET  Seattle Mountaineers at Victoria… The Mountaineers, a semi-professional team currently playing in the American Basketball Association, lost 107-77 last night at the hands of UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver.


Another foul-fest as Alberta dumps York

#3 Alberta (4-0) 98, York (3-4) 81… Golden Bears jumped out to a 31-11 lead by late in the first quarter, building to leads as large as 25 while cruising to an easy but scrappy home win over the Lions.  6’5″ Geoff Pippus led the way with 23 points on 4-8 shooting from three for Alberta while 6’7″ All-Canadian candidate Mamadou Gueye helped make up for the absence of fellow starter 6’7″ Brody Clarke with 17 points and 9 rebounds in just 23 minutes.  The game was plagued by 67 total fouls and a parade to the charity stripe as teams combined to shoot 79 free throws.  Recall Lions game vs. Lethbridge on Friday night “featured” 68 total fouls and 86 combined free throws.  Pippus plus Alberta reserves 6’7″ Hugo Cluysen and 6’4″ Nolan Woodward fouled out while three Lions were disqualified with 5 fouls.  6’5″ Brandon Ramirez had a season-high 26 points for York on 10-15 shooting including 3-4 from three.  Unfortunately the remainder of the Lions went a combined 4 for 30 from distance as the game stayed around a 20 point deficit all evening.  6’1″ guard Austin Waddoups had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists against only 2 turnovers as Golden Bears had only 11 turnovers all night.  6’1″ Chevon Brown had 25 points and 6 assists for York.  Lions complete their weekend tour of Edmonton by playing MacEwan Griffins this afternoon.


Lethbridge (3-2) 103, Memorial (0-6) 90… 6’7″ Saren Westrop exploded for 35 points on 15-24 shooting including 4-7 from three while 6’0″ Dejon Burdeaux had 19 points/8 assists and 6’7″ Zac Overwater added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists as the Pronghorns shot 54% in a victory over the SeaHawks.  Lethbridge used a 19-9 run bridging the first and second quarters to lead by 11 and later extended to a 16 point lead before halftime.  Memorial then tied the game at 59 midway through the third with a 28-12 run.  But the Horns bridged the third and fourth with a 14-2 run led by Burdeaux and Westrop to lead by 13 and, while MUN got it as close as 6 with 2 minutes remaining, Lethbridge closed the game on a 9-2 run to win by 13.

Calgary (4-1) 93, Windsor (0-1) 86… 6’6″ Lars Schlueter went 5-10 from distance, continuing his torrid early-season three-point shooting, leading three Dinos with 20+ points as Calgary broke the game open with an early fourth-quarter run to defeat the Lancers.  Dinos erased a one-point deficit after three quarters to lead by as many as 16 midway through the final frame as 6’6″ Mambi Diawara finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists including 3-8 from three while 5’11” veteran point guard David Kapinga added 20 on a perfect 3-3 from downtown – Calgary shot 15-38 (40%) from three in evening their weekend record at the RBC Classic in advance of Sunday afternoon’s affair with #2 Ryerson Rams, who were defeated earlier in the day by host #4 Brock.  Underrated 5’11” Mike Rocca, who this site has listed on this season’s All-Canadian Watch List, shot 5-11 from three and finished with a game-high 26 points while 6’1″ D2 transfer Marcus Jones impressed observers with 21 points and 5 assists as the explosive, free playing Lancers shot 15 for 38 from distance.  6’7″ Luke Allin came off the bench for 13 points for Windsor, which played without newcomers 6’3″ Telloy Simon and 5’11” Zach Doxilly.  The well-played game had only 20 combined turnovers.


Manitoba (3-1) 74, Lakehead (2-4) 60… 6’0″ Zziwa Keiran and 6’3″ Justus Alleyn hit back-to-back threes in a game-deciding 16-4 run late in the third quarter as the Bisons built leads as large as 19 in a comfortable win over the Thunderwolves at the Lea Marc Printing pre-season tournament at U of Winnipeg.  The host Wesmen defeated Brandon by 17 in the other game.  6’7″ Joey Nitychoruk was also instrumental in both the win and the key run finishing with a game-high 18 points on 8-15 shooting from the floor and the veteran post from Thunder Bay continues to shine inside for the Bisons.  Alleyn finished with 16 for Manitoba, which overcame a 4-14 shooting effort and 16 Lakehead offensive rebounds.  Thunderwolves shot just 27% for the game including 6-29 threes, getting 18 from 6’1′ Mor Menashe who was 5-17 from the floor.  Both teams now get set for league play with the Bisons travelling to Saskatoon to meet Saskatchewan Huskies for a pair next weekend while Lakehead embarks on a two-game trip to Southern Ontario to meet Queen’s and York as OUA regular season play commences.


UNB sweeps pair at Laval, defeating Rouge et Or tonight

UNB (6-2) 79, Laval (3-3) 73… Varsity Reds jumped to an early 10 point lead and led for all but one possession in a solid road win at Ste. Foy, winning despite a 29-point, 10-rebound effort from Laval’s 6’5″ Alexandre Leclerc.  After falling behind by 12 midway through the second, Rouge et Or chipped away until Leclerc gave them their only lead midway through the third at 51-50.  UNB then took off on an 11-2 run behind 22 points from 6’0″ Javon Masters.  V-Reds also got a double double from 6’5″ freshman Ibrahima Doumbaya (14 points, 11 rebounds) and 15 from 6’2″ Hess Mayele.  Laval shot just 5 for 21 from downtown and just 10-21 from the free throw line in absorbing a disappointing loss.


In other games, #7 Calgary came back to defeat Windsor Lancers 93-86 – the Dinos face #2 Ryerson tomorrow afternoon in St. Catharines.  Lethbridge handled Memorial 100-90 as D2 transfer Saren Westrop had a Horns career-high 34 points.  Winnipeg knocked off Brandon 87-72.  Still waiting for results from Lakehead/Manitoba.  York and Alberta are playing as we write.

Redmen lead from start in home win over X

McGill (3-2) 82, St. FX (2-2) 72… For the second consecutive night, Redmen used a game-breaking third-quarter run to build leads as large as 19 and held on to knock off the X-Men in Montreal.  6’1″ Jenning Leung had 16 points on 4-12 from three including 9 points during 20-5 run that extended the Redmen cushion to 17 which later became 19.  X did get the game back to within 7 in the fourth but impressive 6’3″ freshman Sam Jenkins knocked down a clutch three to get the lead back to 10 and the game was never in doubt thereafter.  McGill shot 7 for 16 from three in the first half to take a nice lead, led by 14 points from 6’1″ Alex Paquin, as five Redmen hit double figures.  6’7″ Kevin Bercy had 16 points and 8 boards for X while impressive 6’1″ sophomore Justin Andrew, with his sweet stroke, knocked down three 3’s for X which turned it over 20 times against full-court McGill pressure.  St. FX faces U of T Varsity Blues tomorrow afternoon as the Redbird Classic closes.

UQAM (3-5) 70, Toronto (4-2) 67… Citadins came back from a double digit first half deficit, getting 23 points and 7 rebounds from 6’6″ Ibrahima Sylla and 17 points, 5 assists from 6’0″ Misi Boye in a nice home win over Varsity Blues.  Toronto, which shot a tidy 8-20 from three, was undone primarily by 19 turnovers.  6’3″ Reilly Reid had a season-high 25 for the Blues who complete their weekend in Montreal tomorrow afternoon against St. FX X-Men at McGill.


Tigers dominate defensively in easy win over Nipissing

#8 Dalhousie (6-1) 82, Nipissing (1-2) 56… Tigers jumped out to an 18-5 lead, extended to 17 late in the second quarter and then locked down defensively during a 12-0 third quarter run that held Lakers scoreless for over 6 minutes in a dominating victory at DalPlex.  Lakers were playing their third game in 48 hours but Dal showed again why they are a Top 10 team.  6’6″ Sven Stammberger had 31 points to lead all scorers and his “and 1″ gave Dal a 43-26 lead, capping a 16-6 run in the second quarter.  6’4” freshman Keevan Veinot started and added 16 in the victory for Dal which shot 53% from the floor despite going just 5-22 from three.  Tigers only turned the ball over 4 times the entire night with 11 players logging double digit minutes.  After 6’5 1/2″ Justin Shaver (thanks to our keen reader who corrected Justin’s size for me) opened the second half with a three to drop the lead to 13 (the closest Lakers would get), Dalhousie locked up the game with a 12-0 run that didn’t end until Shaver hit another three with about 3 minutes left in the quarter.  Shaver led Nipissing with 17 points on 4-6 from downtown.  Notable for Dal was 6’2″ Cedric Sanogo, who missed all of last season due to injury, who played 16 minutes off the bench and had 8 points.

Strong 3rd quarter defensive effort lifts #4 Brock over #2 Ryerson

#4 Brock (3-0) 97, #2 Ryerson (0-1) 86… Badgers built leads as large as 21 midway through the fourth quarter, rolling in the second half on the strength of lock-down “d” and efficient ball movement offensively in a statement win against the #2 Rams in St. Catharines.  6’7″ Dani Elgadi was spectacular for Brock with 31 points on 13-21 from the floor and, as importantly added 3 assists out of the post with efficient reads as Badgers had 22 assists on 38 makes.  5’11” point guard Tyler Brown was the catalyst with 8 dimes and gave Brock a 74-59 lead late in the third with an “and 1″, finishing with 11 points.  6’6” sophomore wing Daniel Cayer, firmly entrenched in the Badgers starting lineup, had another solid 18 point, 7 rebound, 4 assist outing while 6’5′ Johneil Simpson, the hero against Calgary on Friday, made another big three during Brock’s dominant third quarter and had 13 of his own.  Fellow 6’7″ wing forward Cassidy Ryan was tough inside with 21 points and 6 rebounds and also knocked down a pair of threes.  Brock had 15 offensive rebounds and offset a strong effort from 6’7″ J.V. Mukama who led the Rams with 15 points while 7’2″ Tanor Ngom, the touted freshman from Senegal, had 15 points and 5 rebounds and flashed some of his higher-end potential.  Ryerson played without 6’6″ Nathan Culbreath and 6’5″ Ammanuel Diressa, both at the game but in street clothes.  6’1″ freshman Zubair Seyed (Cambridge St. Benedict’s) was very impressive for Ryerson off the bench with 12 points, showing an ability to get free in transition.  Ryerson meets #7 Calgary tomorrow at Noon as the RBC Classic closes.


Stingers hold off Golden Hawks at Donohue

Concordia (5-5) 73, Laurier (3-3) 62… Stingers maintained leads of between 8-12 for much of the middle part of the game, held off a Golden Hawks come back attempt that got the game back to as close as 1 in the final quarter and then won at the foul line in a somewhat slow game between two teams on the second of a back-to-back.  Stablizing 6’0″ veteran point guard Ricardo Monge led Concordia with 16 points as the Stingers took advantage of a 27-11 edge in fouls against Laurier – Concordia shot 27-37 from the line with several at the end when Laurier was fouling while Hawks shot just 8 free throws all afternoon.  The teams combined to shoot 10 for 55 from three-point land as both teams played without important perimeter shooters:  Laurier did not have 5’11” Tevaun Kokko and 6’2″ Chuder Teny while Stingers were without 6’2″ Nicky Noble and 6’1″ Adrian Armstrong, who especially has been a revelation as a legitimate three-point threat for Concordia this early season.  6’1″ Jonathan Koud and 6’8″ Malcolm Henderson added 13 apiece for the Stingers while 6’1″ Kemel Archer came off the bench for a Laurier career-high 15 points and 6’0″ Ottawa native freshman Ali Sow added 10 for the Hawks.  6’0″ Matt Minutillo, who has come out of the gate scorching from three-point land including knocking down 5 threes last night at Bishop’s, was held scoreless in 30 minutes, going 0-6 from downtown.  Laurier completes the Donohue tournament tomorrow afternoon against the host uOttawa Gee-Gees.


Lions continue rebirth with victory over Lethbridge

York (3-3) 87, Lethbridge (3-2) 83… Lions took the lead for good in the fourth quarter, getting at least 6 points from eight different players in a come-from-behind win over the Pronghorns at the Golden Bear Invitational in Edmonton.  6’6″ Kenrick Hudson led the balanced Lions attack with a 7-9 effort from the floor for 15 points and added 4 “o” boards, part of 16 second-chances for the Lions.  6’5″ Ammar Hassan continues to produce in his sophomore season as the wing forward from London John Paul had 14 points and 8 rebounds, going 8-15 from the line in a game that “featured” a total of 68 personal fouls and 86 combined free throws.  The two teams combined to shoot 54-86 from the charity stripe.  6’5″ Brandon Ramirez had 13 for the Lions but went only 1-7 from downtown – York shot just 4-23 from three with Lethbridge not much better at 4-22.  6’0″ Dejon Burdeaux finished with 18 points and 10 boards while 6’6″ Zac Overwater (18 points/11 rebounds)  and Brett Warren (18 points, 8 rebounds) hit double figures for Lethbridge, which played without starting 6’2″ point guard Kyle Peterson who is injured.  Touted 6’4″ freshman Awak Piom started in Peterson’s place but finished just 1-8 including 0-6 from three for 2 points in 28 minutes.  Lions have an opportunity to break into the National ranking discussion tonight when York meets #3 Alberta Golden Bears who defeated Memorial last night.

Saturday’s Action in U-Sports

Saturday, Oct. 21th

2 PM ET  Regina vs. UBC-O (WolfPack Invitational at TRU)… Go to James Hillis Facebook page for live video and play-by-play from the former Cougars Head Coach

2 PM  Concordia vs. Laurier (at Jack Donohue/uOttawa)... Afternoon action at Montpetit Hall.

4 PM ET  #2 Ryerson at #4 Brock… Badgers come off a tough come-from-behind win over Calgary last night in what was a game of runs.

5 PM ET  University of Great Falls (NAIA/Great Falls, MT) at Thompson Rivers (WolfPack Invitational)

6 PM ET/7 PM AT  Nipissing at #8 Dalhousie... Tigers host Lakers who are playing their third game in about 48 hours.

6 PM  #7 Calgary vs. Windsor at Brock in St. Catharines… Dinos look to bounce back from their loss to #4 Brock in which Calgary gave up a game-ending 13-0 run to lose by 12.

7 PM  Toronto at UQAM… Both teams come off losses last night.

7 PM  UNB at Laval (Laval Tournament)… Both teams come off victories over Queen’s in the three-team event.

7 PM St. FX at McGill (Redbird Classic at McGill)… X held off UQAM last night while McGill got their defensive mojo back in defeating Varsity Blues.


5 PM ET Lakehead vs Manitoba (Lea Marc Printing Tournament at Winnipeg)

7 PM ET Brandon at Winnipeg (Lea Marc Printing Tournament at Winnipeg)

7 PM ET Memorial vs. Lethbridge (Golden Bear Invitational)

8 PM  ET  Seattle Mountaineers at UBC

8 PM ET  Trinity Western at Eastern Oregon (NAIA/LeGrande, OR)

9 PM ET York at # Alberta (Golden Bear Invitational)

Redmen lock up Varsity Blues in Redbird Classic win + other late scores

McGill (2-2) 76, Toronto (4-1) 62… Redmen built leads as large as 33 by late in the third quarter, holding the Varsity Blues to just a pair of free throws in the first 8 minutes of the third quarter in a solid home win over Toronto as the Redbird Classic began in Montreal.  6’1″ Alex Paquin led the way with 18 points for McGill including 3-4 shooting while 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun added 12.  After McGill rode a 22-4 run in the first half to a 14 point lead at 24-10, Paquin gave Redmen their largest lead of the first half at 17 with a late three and McGill locked down defensively with a 21-2 flurry off the start of the second half.  6’2″ freshman Evan Shadkami led Toronto with 12 points.

In other games last night, 6’4″ Narcisse Ambanza had the winning bucket in the final 30 seconds as Winnipeg (2-3) edged Lakehead (2-3) 79-78 at the Lea Marc Printing tournament hosted by the Wesmen in Winnipeg.  Manitoba (2-1) knocked off Brandon (1-2) 80-67 in the other game.

York Lions came up with a solid 87-83 victory over Lethbridge as the Golden Bear Invitational kicked off in Edmonton last night.  York is now 3-3 vs. U-Sports competition in Nate Philippe’s first season as Head Coach.  #3 Alberta hammered Memorial 73-52 in the other game.