Canisius pulls away in 2nd half to knock off Queen’s

Canisius 87, Queen’s 71… Gaels hung in down 4 until late in the third when Canisius 6’6″ Jermaine Crumpton (18 points, 5 rebounds in just 20 minutes), a big strong but mobile wing, got it going to build the lead to 12 and Golden Griffins pulled away late to start their tour of Canada with a victory.  Queen’s got strong contributions from a pair of newcomers as 6’4″ Quintin Gray came off the bench to score 17 points including 4-8 from downtown while 6’0″ Jaz Bains, a focus of Canisius defensively, added 15 points and 5 assists.

Gaels Head Coach Steph Barrie was pleased with his club’s collective effort, especially the return of 6’11” Mike Shoveller who had 15 points and 7 rebounds on 7-13 shooting, showing an improved ability to finish with his back-to-the-basket after missing all of last season with a knee injury.  6’7″ Tanner Graham had his hands full with Crumpton at both ends but still had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Barrie complemented the Griffins on how crisply their offense ran, highlighting that “when we made mistakes defensively, they made us pay”, adding that his new players especially still are learning their defensive responsibilities this early in the season.  Queen’s played without injured veterans 6’6″ Jesse Graham and 6’6″ Russell Winters.

After Gaels jumped out to an early 7 point lead, Golden Griffins shot 58% from the floor in the first half to get to halftime leading 42-34.  Gaels got it to within 4 in the third but Canisius closed strong to lead by 10.

Canisius features three Canadians on their roster including 6’11” center Selvedin Planincic (Sherbrooke, Quebec) who started and had 6 points/5 rebounds, 6’8″ sophomore Dantai St. Louis (Brampton, ON), who also started and finished with 4 points and 6’8″ freshman Scott Hinchon (Whitby, ON) who saw six minutes off the bench.

Golden Griffins continue their tour of Canada with a game against Bishop’s Gaiters tomorrow at 2 PM ET in Montreal at Champlain-St. Lambert, followed by games at Concordia Monday at 7 PM, at uOttawa on Tuesday at 7 PM ET and at Carleton on Wednesday at 7 PM ET.


Blues fade in 4th quarter in loss to Notre Dame College

Notre Dame (Oh.) 97, Toronto 70… The Falcons used a 23-4 run during a 7 minute stretch of the fourth quarter to break open a 4 point game and defeat the Varsity Blues on Saturday afternoon at the Goldring Center in Toronto.  Blues made only 2 of their final 15 shots from beyond the arc – finishing just 8 for 32 – as Notre Dame pulled away in the fourth.

The Blues had the game tied at 58 late in the third but allowed the Falcons two wide-open threes and a lay-up to push the lead back to 8.  Varsity had one run left and after 6’3″ Sage Usher (12 points) got the Blues to within 4 on the first possession of the fourth quarter, Falcons started a stretch of 65% shooting (13-20) as Toronto’s lack of depth started to wear defensively.

Toronto was led by 6’3″ Reilly Reid who flirted with a triple-double:  19 points but 6 after halftime and zero in the fourth quarter, 8 rebounds and 6 assists while 6’6″ Chase Ruttenberg made a pair of third-quarter 3’s, part of his 12 point effort.  6’2″ newcomer Jawara Pedican (transfer from McGill) started and went 0-9 from the floor while veteran three-point shooter 6’2″ Nikola Paradina, also added to the starting line-up, finished 2-11 from the floor.

The Blues complete their August schedule at 0-2 and prepare for the pre-season which begins in early October.


U-Sports vs. NCAA Games Today

Three games today including:

3 PM ET:  Notre Dame (Ohio)/NCAA Division II at U of T Varsity Blues at the Goldring Center

4 PM ET:  Canisius (NCAA Division 1) at Queen’s in Kingston

6 PM ET:  UBC vs. Nevada (NCAA Division 1) in Costa Rica.


Philippe/York gain valuable experience in scrimmage vs. Regis

While today’s scrimmage against Regis U, an NCAA Division II program from Denver, Colorado was not considered the official debut of Nate Philippe as York Lions new head coach (score and fouls were kept but no other stats), there was considerable learning during the match which was played Tait McKenzie Fieldhouse.  Regis won the game 88-79.

The match was played without shot clocks and Philippe was very pleased with the group that played – Philippe noted that 6 players who are in his longer-term roster plans did not play including four who will likely be in the Lions top 8 of the rotation:  6’2″ newcomer Josiah Riley, 6’6″ Kenrick Hudson, another newcomer juco transfer, 6’3″ Gene Spagnuolo who has officially returned to the program and 6’3″ Gianmarco Luciani, the local St. Thomas of Villanova product who has transferred back home after two seasons at Acadia.  Lions lost the scrimmage but Philippe was encouraged that Lions brought a 20 point deficit back to within 6 with a minute remaining.

Philippe was very pleased with the effort of those who did play saying “every guy gave great effort, no one backed down and no one quit”, adding that he expects to build on today’s scrimmage on Monday when Lions host Notre Dame College, another D2 team out of Ohio.  Unfortunately, the six players who did not play today will also not be available on Monday.

Raven go cold in 2nd half in loss to James Madison

James Madison 67, Carleton 59… The Ravens blew an early 14-point deficit with a cold-shooting second half, making only 2-13 threes and shooting only 26% after halftime to lose their final game in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Carleton broke a 14-14 tie with a 14-5 run to lead by 9 and then extended the lead to double digits by halftime.  Ravens led by 6 midway through the final frame but the Dukes outscored Ravens 21-7 to close the game with a big win in advance of two weekends games vs. Brock.

6’2″ Stanley Mayambo came off the bench to knock down 5 threes for Carleton – Ravens finished just 9 for 33 from 3 for the game – and was the only Raven in double figures with 15 points.  6’11” Eddie Ekiyor, who averaged over 20 ppg on this trip finished with just 9 and 6 rebounds in 37 minutes while 5’11” Eman Owootoah shot just 3-13 for 9 points with 4 assists and 7 turnovers as Carleton was sloppy with 17 turnovers.

The officials clearly “let them play” as there were only 22 fouls called for the entire game with Carleton whistled for 15.  Ravens shot just 4 free throws for the entire game against 18 for JMU.  7’0″ Cam Smythe also added 9 for the Ravens including 1-4 from downtown.

Carleton returns home to Ottawa to face the University of New Hamsphire this Tuesday night, August 22nd at the Raven’s Nest.

Miners pull away in 2nd quarter to defeat UBC

UTEP 78, UBC 73… T-Birds got off to a good start but the Miners finished the half on a 19-6 run and led by as many as 16 in the second half to defeat UBC in Costa Rica.  6’7″ Luka Zaharijevic, starting in place of 6’9″ Conor Morgan who is playing for Canada at the FISU Games in Taiwan, led the way for the T-Birds with 14 points while 6’8″ 4th year forward Patrick Simon added 12.  The game saw the debut of at least two touted freshman as 6’9″ Grant Shepherd who was a key piece for Canada’s FIBA U-19 Gold medal winning team in July, had 3 points in 11 minutes off the bench while 6’4″ Mason Bourcier, a freshman for Kelowna who starred in the B.C. Provincial championships, added 11 points including 7 consecutive in the second half during a UBC run.  Interim Head Coach Spencer MacKay started Zaharijevic, Simon, 6’2″ 5th year guard Phil Jalalpoor, 6’2″ third-year guard Taylor Browne and 6’2″ sophomore guard Isaiah Familia however all 12 T-Birds who dressed saw action.  UBC now has a pair of weekend games against Nevada-Reno Wolf Pack.


FISU men’s live stream update

For those interested in watching Canada’s FISU men’s basketball team games in the qualifying round live, it appears that the only game available will be via CBC sports site.

According to a schedule released moments ago by U-Sports, Canada’s preliminary round game against Germany will be available for live viewing over the web.  That game takes place next Friday, August 25th beginning at 3 AM eastern time note the starting time.

Go Canada!!!

Canada’s FISU entry preps for Finland on Sunday with exhibition win over Mexico

Coming off a pair of tight exhibition losses to Team USA/Purdue in Indiana last weekend, coach Kevin Hanson and crew are working through some nagging injuries as Canada prepares for Sunday’s tournament opener against Finland in Taiwan.  6’4″ Connor Wood, the reigning Moser Award winner, missed the two games in Indiana after injuring his ankle 15 minutes into the team’s first practice.  Wood continues to rehab the ankle and was able to play about 15 minutes in yesterday’s 99-63 victory over Mexico in Taiwan, which will be Canada’s final exhibition game before Sunday.  6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles (uOttawa) was injured in the first quarter of Canada’s OT loss to Team USA last Saturday and did not play against Mexico for precautionary reasons.  6’9″ Conor Morgan who was very impressive in both games in Indiana also turned an ankle but should be ready for Sunday as should 6’5″ Mambi Diawara (Calgary) who Hanson believes is about 90% at this point battling a foot injury.

Canada’s 2017 FISU Games Schedule

Note that Taipei, Taiwan is exactly 12 hours ahead of Eastern time

Sunday, August 20th  vs. Norway 5:30 PM local/5:30 AM Eastern

Monday, August 21st vs. Finland 10:00 AM local/10:00 PM (Sunday) Eastern

Tuesday, August 22nd vs. Hong Kong 8:00 PM local/8:00 AM Eastern

Thursday, August 24th vs. Japan  8:00 PM local/8:00 AM Eastern

Friday, August 25th vs. Germany 3:00 PM local/3:00 AM Eastern

Top two teams in each of the 4 pools advance to the sudden death quarter-finals.

NCAA vs. U-Sports action on Friday

With the victories last night by Carleton and McGill, U-Sports programs now have a 13-21 record vs. their NCAA Division 1 opponents with only a pair of games scheduled for today.

UBC Thunderbirds, without Head Coach Kevin Hanson and All-Canadian Conor Morgan, who are in Taipei, Taiwan representing Canada at the World FISU games, start their three game set in Costa Rica with a game against UTEP Miners beginning at 1:30 PM ET (T-Birds were originally to meet Nevado-Reno but the Wolf Pack does not arrive until later Friday – UBC will meet Nevada-Reno on Saturday instead).  UBC is actually scheduled to face the Wolf Pack twice – on Saturday and Sunday.

As well, Carleton completes their tour with a game against James Madison Dukes today.  The Dukes finished 10-23 overall last season and lost in the second round of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament.  JMU is coach by former UMass star Louis Rowe who played with Marcus Camby under John Calipari back in the day.

York Lions are set to square off against Regis College, an NCAA Division 2 program.  At this time, it is uncertain whether or not this meeting will be a true 40 minute game or a controlled scrimmage.  Last word was that the match-up will take place not at York’s usual home court but on their practice floor.

Redmen gut out character win over UTEP

McGill 86, UTEP 82… Down to just 9 players after an injury and playing their fourth game in 4 days in a humid, sticky environment, the Redmen came from behind in the fourth quarter and then took control in the extra session for their second consecutive victory over the Miners in Costa Rica.  6’2″ Jenning Leung had his strongest effort of the trip, scoring all 18 of his points after halftime including the clinching free throws with 2 seconds remaining while 6’8″ Noah Daoust had a team-high 21 points – 13 after halftime.

Coach Dave DeAveiro was very extremely proud of his troops, citing a “tremendous effort” by all, gutting it out especially after prized 6’3″ freshman Jamal Mayali went down early in the game with a leg injury and did not return.  But Leung awoke in the second half and 6’4″ Avery Cadougen led a 14-31 effort from three with 18 points including 5-6 from three as DeAveiro played the athletic wing at the four spot and spread the floor with his smaller lineup, finding and attacking the right match-ups.

It was a game of runs from virtually the start of the game as McGill jumped out to a 10-2 lead before Miners took off on a 14-0 run of their own to lead by 6.  Redmen finished the quarter on back-to-back 3’s by Jenkins and Daoust to tie it.  UTEP looked to pull away with a 15-2 run early in the second quarter but McGill tightened up defensively and close the half on an 8-0 run to trail by only 4 at half at 39-35.

Redmen started the third quarter on a 10-2 run to lead by 4 however UTEP hung in to lead by one after the third quarter.  McGill led by 3 with 3 minutes left but UTEP took the lead back.  Still, McGill had a chance to win the game in regulation but Cadougen missed two free throws with 5 seconds remaining and the teams went to OT.