Saturday’s afternoon preview: U-Sport men’s basketball


OUA:  Windsor at Waterloo 3 PM ET… Senior’s Day at the PAC as 6’0″ Jon Ravenhorst, 6’5″ Mike Pereira and 6’5″ Ben Davis play their final home game of their careers for the Warriors who retain an outside shot at an OUA playoff spot but likely would need to sweep, starting with a win over the Lancers.  Windsor won 94-78 in late November in the only other meeting between these two long-time OUAA West rivals as 6’2″ Micqueel Martin had 24 in the win while Davis came off the bench for a season-high 19.  This afternoon’s point guard battle between 5’10 all-star candidate Mike Rocca and emerging 6’1″ freshman Simon Petrov will be interesting, especially with the recent pair of explosive efforts Petrov, averaging 9.2 ppg on the season, has had 20 and 29 points in his prior two games, both on the road at McMaster and at Western – putting Waterloo in a position to qualify for the playoffs.  Windsor comes off a dramatic win at Caesar’s Windsor against Laurier when Rocco banked home a mid-court three as the buzzer expired.

Western at Laurier 3 PM ET… These two teams produce one of the more exciting games of the first half with Golden Hawks winning 90-84 in double OT after blowing a five-point lead with under a minute to play.  Western is virtually eliminated from the post-season while Golden Hawks are playing to solidify their position for a first-round home playoff game.  Second year transfer 6’0″ Eriq Jenkins comes off his Mustangs-career-high 26 points in the first game between these two teams.

AUS:  Weather has again wrecked havoc with the schedule as a major storm on the East coast necessitated a schedule change in the two-game series between St. FX and UNB.  Games originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday night in Fredericton were each postponed by one day so the first of two games St. FX at UNB goes this afternoon at 4 PM ET (5 PM AT).  The Reds (10-6, 30 points) sit in second place at present, 6 points behind first-place Dalhousie and four points ahead of X (8-7, 26 points).  UNB, playing without 6’0″ Javon Masters and 6’5″ Jamaal Potopsingh – their two leading scorers – earned a split at UPEI last weekend while X comes off a disappointing 12 point home-court loss on Tuesday night against Dal in which X-Men led by 21 late in the second quarter.  St. FX is in 4th place, just two back of Saint Mary’s Huskies, who host Acadia tonight in Halifax.  X and UNB have met once this season in early January in Antigonish with X-Men jumping to an early double digit lead and winning handily by 19 points as 6’0″ Akil Charles and friends held Masters to just 14 points while 6’3″ Julius Antoine had a season-high 27 points.  Interestingly in that affair, X’s AUS POY-candidate 6’7″ Kevin Bercy had a season-low 9 points, the only game this season where the dynamic forward has not scored in double figures.  The team’s meet again Sunday at 4:30 PM ET/5:30 PM AT and again at St. FX on the final Friday of the regular season in two weeks time.

Canada West:  Lethbridge at Alberta 6 PM ET/4 PM MT… Golden Bears host the first of two against the playoff-bound Pronghorns in a game rescheduled by volleyball.  Alberta needs at least one victory this weekend to solidify (there’s that word again) their hold on #1 ranking in the Canada West RPI.  Alberta graduates just one player this season, 7’1″ Brett Roughead who has been very effective off the bench this season for the Bears with his rim protection and finishing, enabling coach Barnaby Craddock to offer a different look to opponents with the size and length of the 7 footer from rural Alberta.

RSEQ: Laval at Bishop’s 6 PM ET… Gaiters (2-10) must win this early evening affair to have any hope of catching Rouge et Or for the final playoff spot in the Q.  Bishop’s only two victories of the season came back-to-back in January against Laval (4-8), losers of 7 consecutive games.

Several games go Saturday night; stay tuned.

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