The under-manned Dinos hung in until mid-way through the fourth quarter but fell by 20 to the Bobcats in the first of four U-Sports/NCAA games this weekend in Calgary. Dinos were without Head Coach Dan Vanhooren and rotation regulars 5’11” David Kapinga and 6’4″ Mambi Diawara all of who are with Canada’s FISU games program presently training in Indiana. As usual, Wayne Thomas does a fine job of recapping the game.
As Wayne points out, Dinos – who were deep with good quality across the front line the past two seasons – suddenly are scrambling up front as 6’7″ Connor Foreman is presently out with an injury and Dinos have lost from last season’s group 6’7″ Mitch Ligertwood (gradutation), 6’7″ Matt Ellis (did not return) and 6’8″ Jeff Rodehutskors (transfer/Lethbridge). Potential impact recruit/transfer 6’8″ Rhys Larry (most recently at Acadia in ’15-’16 before injuring his knee) also originally committed to the Dinos but has backed out, leaving Assistant Coach Matt Skinn – who is running the Dinos in Vanhooren’s absence – with just 6’6″ Lars Schlueter, usually a perimeter player, as the only veteran big capable of playing inside.
The Bobcats spread the minutes around for much of the game last night but focused in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to pull away. Montana State meets Alberta Golden Bears this evening, again in Calgary at the Jake.