Doumbouya’s late 3 rescues V-Reds; Mac comes back to defeat MUN


UNB 79, UQAM 77… 6’7″ freshman Ibrahima Doumbouya‘s three from the right wing with about a minute to play gave the Reds the lead for good and 6’0″ Javon Masters later clinched the game going 5-6 from the free throw line as UNB escaped with a tight win over the upset-minded Citadins, who led by as many as 17 points earlier.  Doumbouya, the long, lefty freshman from Calgary came off the bench to score 17 points and erased a two-point UQAM lead that was established after a clutch 3 by 6’0″ Charles Miller (12 points).  Masters had 22 of his game-high 31 points after halftime, going 16 for 20 from the free throw line as the Reds shot 41 free throws vs. just 13 for UQAM, reflecting a skewed foul count of 32-18.  Citadins made 6 of their first 11 threes and shot 64% to lead by 17 late in the second but Reds closed the half on a 10-2 run to get it to 7 after two quarters.  6’4″ Spencer Dawson knocked down 4 threes while 6’2″ Chris Spurrell ignited the crowd with a two-handed slam in transition to give UNB their first lead of the game with just 3 1/2 minutes remaining.  But Miller knocked down and draw-and-kick three from the right wing, setting up Doumbouya’s heroics.  UQAM finished 10-21 from downtown and were led by 6’6″ Ibrahim Sylla who had 27 points and 5 boards.  UNB goes for the tournament championship tomorrow afternoon against Cape Breton while UQAM tangles with Saint Mary’s.

McMaster 92, Memorial 77… The Marauders overcame an early double digit deficit and pulled away late in the third quarter for a victory against the Seahawks to finish 2-1 in the first weekend of exhibition play.   6’8″ Matt Quiring led five Marauders in double figures with 17 points and 8 rebounds as unheralded Josh Nardini, a sophomore from Hamilton Cardinal Newman, knocked in three 3’s part of a 13-37 effort by Mac from beyond the arc.  6’2″ Daniel Gordon scorched the Marauders for 28 points including 7 3’s but 18 Memorial turnovers many off Mac pressure caused Seahawks undoing.  6’4″ Nathan Barker, a rising sophomore, had 19 in the loss on 8-16 shooting.  6’0″ fifth-year point guard Davion Parnsalu played just 4 minutes for Memorial before leaving the game.  Here is the game report by Bill Malley from McMaster site.

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Pronghorns kick season off with easy win


From our Southern Alberta correspondent…

University of Lethbridge Pronghorns opened their 2017-18 game campaign Saturday afternoon at U of L with a 110-67 win over CCAA Lethbridge College Kodiaks, a program who went to nationals last season and has produced many ‘Horns over the decades. The ‘Bridge teams had previously scrimmaged this fall, with no cumulative score kept, but this was a real game.

Alas, it was a game with a new stats crew being trained. Much of the first quarter was missed and it would seem likely that you’d have to go over the game tape with a fine-tooth comb to get truly accurate numbers. That’s presuming the game was even taped (and it may well not have been.)

By quarter, the score was 27-11, 49-35 and 85-53 for the ‘Horns.

Four newcomers were for sure in double-figures for U of L. Three are absolutely no surprise. 6’7″ forward Saren Westrop (Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, Iona, Harcum College), 6’2″ combo guard Kyle Peterson (Edmonton Harry Ainlay, UVic, off three seasons duo to a transfer, then the decision to serve a church mission) and 6’4″ forward Awak Piom (Edmonton Harry Ainlay 2015 high school grad, played some prep school ball in 2015-16, but has used no previous post-secondary eligibility) were expected to be significant contributors from Day 1. The other is a total surprise, 6’3″ open tryout walk-on Favour Adekojo direct from Grande Prairie Peace Wapiti Academy high school. On a team short of numbers (four players sidelined at this juncture), Adekojo is making a case for solidifying a recurring role, at least early.

Returnees that seemingly hit double digits included 6’1″ combo guard Dejon Burdeaux, who may well make for an elite starting back court tandem with Peterson, 6′ shooter Josh Sparkes,  6′ point guard Brett Warren. In and around 10 was scrappy 6’3″ wing Colton Gibb who has improved his shooting form markedly over the summer.

One returnee to the program is producing smiles all around, all the time. He’s 6’10” Californian Brent Watkins, who fought to survive a horrific auto accident two-plus years ago and will never play competitively again. However, he’s back taking classes, while serving as a student assistant coach, looking forward to convocation in the spring.

U of L host UNBC Sunday afternoon. UNBC spit a Friday/Saturday doubleheader in Calgary versus Mount Royal.        

Huskies, Mustangs roll to decisive wins


Saint Mary’s 79, Cape Breton 60… Building leads as large as 33 in the third quarter, the Huskies rolled to an easy win over the Capers on Day 2 of the Garland tournament at UNB.  With Capers up 21-20 early in the second quarter, 6’2″ Kemar Alleyne catalyzed a 46-12 Huskies run that included holding CBU to just 4 points in an 11 minute stretch bridging halftime.  Alleyne, the Scarborough native who is taking his place as the next leader on SMU, had 13 of his 15 points during the critical game-deciding stretch while reserve guard Jack Tilley went a perfect 4 for 4 from dowtown and finished with 14 points.  6’5″ Nikita Kasongo again got off to a terrific start and had 13 points and 9 rebounds.  Today marked the return from injury of 6’8″ Osman Barrie, playing his first game since the 2016 AUS championship and the Ottawa native started, logging 18 minutes while scoring 8 points/5 rebounds before fouling out.  Capers were led by 6’4″ Division 2 transfer Martin Campbell who was making his CBU debut after missing Friday’s game and the newcomer had 14 points with 10 coming in the fourth quarter after the outcome was well decided.  Huskies meet UQAM tomorrow afternoon while the Capers close the tournament with a match against UNB.

Western 116, UBC-O 52… 6’4″ Windsor transfer Marko Kovac had 4 early threes, part of his 14 point first half effort as the Mustangs shook off a listless game earlier in the week by busting out to a 41-11 lead, coasting to an easy win over the Heat.  Western led 54-25 by halftime as 6’0″ Omar Shiddo had 12 points and 6’3″ veteran Jedson Tavernier 11 points allowing the Mustangs to empty the bench and send the Heat to their third loss in a row in their three game trip to Ontario.  Here are some post-game comments from Player-of-the-Game Kovac

 

 

Saturday’s U-Sports action: 10 games across the country


3 PM  UBC-Okanagan at Western…  The rested Mustangs look to bounce back after a loss to St. Clair College earlier this week against the Heat, playing their third game in 2 1/2 days after last night’s loss at U of T.

3 PM ET  Cape Breton vs. Saint Mary’s (Eric Garland Memorial Tournament at UNB)… Capers remain in search of their first win over a U-Sports team since 2015-16 after blowing a 17 point fourth quarter lead yesterday afternoon against UQAM.  The Huskies unveiled their newest pair of back court impacts in 6’2″ Nico Brauner and 6’5″ Nikita Kasango but faded in the second half of a loss at UNB.

4 PM ET UNBC at Mount Royal… Second of two between the Canada West rivals who are not scheduled to meet in regular season play.  No word on who won yesterday and stealth mode in selected parts of U-Sports basketball continues.  Memories of Maxwell Smart, the Chief and Agent 99 especially and the legendary “Cone of Silence”.  Wayne Thomas does have a very good preview of the Cougars on his Canada West Hoops site.

5 PM ET Lethbridge College (CCAA) at Lethbridge… Cross-town match-up between the Kodiaks and Pronghorns.

7 PM ET  UQAM at UNB (Eric Garland Memorial Tournament at UNB)… The host Varsity Reds took over in the second half to defeat Saint Mary’s yesterday as 6’0″ Javon Masters and 6’2″ Chris Spurell came alive.

7 PM Centennial (CCAA) at Windsor… Lancers open their home schedule against Canadian teams with a game against the OCAA-based Colts who were defeated 107-61 by York Lions last weekend in Toronto.

7 PM Memorial at McMaster… Both teams come off decisive losses last night with Marauders playing their third game in 3 days while the Seahawks are in the middle game of their three game tour of Southern Ontario with a noon Sunday match-up at York to close their tour.

8 PM ET  Guelph vs. Concordia (Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at UVic)… Gryphons are playing small as 6’7″ Sean Carey and 6’9″ Emmanuel Chukwu injured his knee in the walk-through/shoot-around yesterday afternoon while the Stingers lament their opportunity last night to knock off Carleton, a game which Concordia led most of the way including in the final 2 minutes before Ravens pulled it out.

10 PM ET  Carleton at Victoria (Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at UVic)… Vikes look to pull the upset after Ravens struggled to come back to defeat Concordia last night.

10 PM ET  Seattle Mountaineers at Trinity Western

Lakehead sweeps Winnipeg, other late Friday action


Lakehead 99, Winnipeg 84… The Thunderwolves shot a scorching 18 for 38 from beyond the arc, busting out to a 24-11 lead as the combination of 6’3″ Kache Kopec and 5’9″ Lequan Cseri-Hylton together went 12-23 from three.  Emerging 6’9″ Aussie Jack Bull continued his consistent early season play with 14 points and 11 rebounds while 5’11” Nick Burke 13 points and 7 assists in the victory.  Lakehead pulled away in the second quarter using a 20-8 run to lead by 16 late in the first half and built their largest lead at 63-44 early in the fourth on a three by Cseri-Hylton, the transfer from Niagara College (OCAA), who led all scorers with 28 points.  Kopec added 22 while 6’4″ sophomore Narcisse Kambola led Winnipeg with 25 points and 7 rebounds while 6’4″ 4th year wing Denzel Lynch-Blair added 15 for the Wesmen, who return home to Winnipeg next weekend to face Laurentian and Algoma at the Manitoba tournament.  Lakehead puts their undefeated record on the line in two weeks with a pair of games also against Algoma.

Victoria 87, Guelph 63… Before a tremendous crowd of 1,767 fans in Victoria, the Vikes jumped out early to an early 12 point lead and the scored the first 8 points of the second quarter to lead by 16, shooting 11-28 overall from distance against a Guelph team without their pair of bigs:  6’7″ Sean Carey and touted 6’9″ Emmanuel Chukwu (Nigeria) who injured his knee in the morning shoot around.  Vikes received 18 points from 6’3″ Mason Loewen, the Victoria native who has transferred back home after averaging 8.7 ppg in 26 games at Rockhurst University, an NCAA Division II school in Kansas City, Mo last season.  Loewen, now in his 4th season of eligibility, played two seasons at Cowley CC in Kansas (’14-’15 & ’15-’16), averaging 7 ppg in 2015-16 including a 30 point effort in his final game.  Vikes Coach Craig Beaucamp spread the minutes around with 10 players playing at least 10 minutes.

Nipissing 104, Seneca (OCAA) 78… The Lakers kicked off their Homecoming weekend with a decision win over the Sting in North Bay.  Nipissing gets set to host Humber College on Sunday afternoon.

Ravens survive stern test vs. Concordia


#1 Carleton 82, Concordia 79 … Down virtually the entire game, Carleton needed back-to-back threes from 6’3″ Marcus Anderson and 5’11” Emmanuel Owootoah in the final 2 minutes to outlast an upset-minded Stingers group.  Concordia made 13 of 35 threes including three apiece by 6’1″ Nicky Noble, 6’0″ Ricardo Monge and 5’11” reserve Adrian Armstrong.   Stingers led by six at the half but 6’1″ Yasin Joseph knocked in back-to-back threes to push Carleton, which made 9 of 19 threes in the game, in front.  But the Stingers battled back to lead by 5 early in the fourth, with the final quarter being an offensive struggle for both sides. Guelph meets host UVic in the second game on the first day of the Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament on beautiful Ken and Kathy Shields Court in Victoria.

Badgers, Laval cruise to easy victories


#4 Brock 96, Memorial 56… Badgers broke to a double digit lead early in the second quarter and led by as many as 40 midway through the fourth in a decisive home win over Memorial.  Coach Charles Kissi went deep into his bench, especially after an 8-2 run to start the third quarter to build a 21 point lead.  Memorial travels to Hamilton to meet McMaster tomorrow night.

Laval 103, McMaster 63… The athletic, veteran Rouge et Or laid a beating on the young Marauders in Hamilton taking a 30 point lead by halftime and cruising as 6’5″ Alexandre Leclerc had all 15 of his points by halftime in the easy win.

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Queen’s 81, Bishop’s 66… 6’1″ Jaz Bains was the best player on the floor, leading all scorers with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, leading 5 Gaels in double digits as Queen’s led from start to finish.  Gaels grabbed a double digit lead early in the second quarter and held off a late Gaiters charge that got it down to 4 with about 4 minutes remaining to capture a solid road win in Lennoxville.  6’6″ Tanner Graham fashioned a 12-point, 13-rebound double double plus 4 blocks and the Gaels held Bishop’s star wing 6’4″ Abdul Kamane to just 2-16 from the floor including 0-9 from three.  Bishop’s shot just 2-26 from beyond the arc as a team and just 34% overall from the floor.  Gaels had 18 assists on 31 field goals and only 12 turnovers in a solid road win.  Bishop’s welcomes #7 Ottawa Gee-Gees to Lennoxville on Sunday.

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Toronto 88, UBC-O 61… Varsity Blues kicked off their U-Sports pre-season with an easy win over the visiting Heat at the Goldring Center.  6’8″ Daniel Johansson went 7-14 from the floor, finishing with 17 points to lead 4 Blues in double figures.  6’3″ Aldrich Berrios had 18 for the Heat to lead all scorers.  Toronto held UBC-O to just 35% shooting and turned it over just 6 times all night in a clean, decisive victory.   6’3″ Reilly Reid had 14 points and 8 rebounds while 6’2″ freshman Evan Shadkami, coming off an injury, helped break it open in the second quarter with 10 points as the Blues bench helped gap it.

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UNB 80, Saint Mary’s 75… The Varsity Reds shot 17 for 30 after halftime to come from behind to defeat visiting Huskies at the Eric Garland Tournament at UNB.  6’0″ Javon Masters, after a slow start, finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists while 6’2″ Chris Spurell had 12 of his 14 points after halftime as Varsity Reds wore down Saint Mary’s, who again played without 6’8″ Osman Barrie.  Huskies started out with energy on the defensive end, holding UNB to just 7 points in the first 6 minutes of play and garnering several steals with strong ball pressure.  But a lack of quality depth behind 6’2″ Kemar Alleyne and 6’2″ Nico Brauner, the German import, showed as the game progressed.  Brauner has a wide variety of offensive skills, getting to the rim with his left hand and knocking down 3’s from deep.  The addition of 6’5″ Nikita Kasango will also help Saint Mary’s; the athletic wing had 9 of his 11 points before halftime.  Brauner had 11 of 18 in the first quarter when it looked like Saint Mary’s may pull away.  But Masters and Co. were equal to it.

 

 

Citadins stage dramatic comeback in win over Cape Breton


UQAM 83, Cape Breton 80… 6’6″ Christopher Doumpa had the go-ahead basket with just 44 seconds remaining as the Citadins came all the way back from a 17 point deficit to shock the Capers as the Eric Garland Tournament began at UNB, giving interim coach Mario Joseph his first official victory as Citadins Head Coach.  Doupma had 9 of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter as Citadins began the 4th quarter on a 23-3 run to briefly take the lead before Capers went back ahead by 2 late in an exciting finish.  6’0″ Misi Boye kick started the fourth quarter run with 8 of his 14 points to disappoint Cape Breton, coming off a winless season against U-Sports competition in 2016-17.  6’4″ Ozzy Omar led all scorers with 24 points in the loss while fellow Capers newcomer 6’1″ Indiana Rotondo had 14 on 4-10 shooting from downtown.  CBU was an efficient 11 for 27 from beyond the arc but turned it over 23 times.  6’2″ George Brown transfer Kevon Mascoe added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Cape Breton, playing without 6’4″ D2 transfer Martin Campbell (foot), 6’7″ Kyle Hankins (away with family) and 6’0″ freshman Levi Smith III (ankle).  UQAM was without 1st team RSEQ All-Star 6’2″ Greishe Clerjuste.  Citadins jumped to an early double digit lead however Capers ended the first half on a 14-2 run to lead by 7 at the break.  Later, Omar had 11 points during a 16-4 run to close the fourth quarter and the route appeared to be on.  But UQAM rallied behind Boye, Doumpa and 6’7″ Ibrahima Sylla, the rapidly improving swing forward.  Capers now look forward to a meeting with Saint Mary’s while UQAM meets UNB both games tomorrow evening.

CANHoops.ca 2017-18 Pre-Season Top 10


While the names at the top of this ranking are familiar to most observers and have not changed dramatically from last season, there is an air of parity blowing through U-Sports, especially after how tough Ryerson played Carleton last season but more so given the recent influx of young coaching talent across the country and the higher level of talent that has not only come back from supposedly greener pastures down south but talent that has stayed home:  key exhibits being 6’10” Grant Shepherd (UBC) and 5’9″ Jordan Henry (Western) both members of Canada’s U-19 Gold Medal FIBA world championship team.

Here is my pre-season Top 10 with the caveat that numerous other, up-and-coming teams are likely to encroach on this list in the coming months and years.

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#1 Carleton… Despite losing much of the top of their rotation including main decision makers 6’2” Kaza Kajami-Keane and 6’4” Connor Wood, the Ravens have arguably a deeper back-court with 5’11” Emman Owooatoah and newcomers 6’0″ Troy Reid-Knight and 6’1″ Minus Tutu plus 6’1″ revelation Yasin Joseph.  Up front, 6’9 ½” sophomore Eddie Ekiyor, already a high-end rim protector, rebounder and athlete in transition, is poised to become an offensive force who should eventually be able to draw double teams.  The belief that there would be a drop-off after last season’s senior-laden group has been generally alieved after this summer’s performance against NCAA Division 1 teams during which Ravens went 9-2.

#2 Ryerson… Much of the ability of the two-time defending Wilson Cup champions to compete for their first National championship lies in the hands of 6’4” Ammanuel Diressa, who was selected to Canada’s Sr. National team this past summer.  At press time, it remains uncertain whether Diressa will turn pro or return for his fifth and final season.  Still, Ryerson has numerous other weapons that justify this ranking including the return of 6’7” J.V. Mukama, 6’6″ sophomore Keevon Small who matured rapidly toward the end of last season and 6’5″ York transfer Nathan Culbreath – all great wing athletes who fit the mould of Roy Rana coached teams.  6’5″ Filip Vujadinovic and 6’8″ Adam Voll both introduced themselves to the National audience with impact performances during the Final 8 although Voll was a DNP for Ryerson’s summer NCAA games.  The guard spot with 6’0″ Roshane Roberts is well looked after and the recruiting class, led by 7’2″ Tanor Ngom, 5’11” scoring machine Zubair Seyed and 6’7″ Nikola Urosovic should also help.

#3 Alberta… Defending Canada West champions Golden Bears were one questionable travel call away from a Final 4 berth last season and return their entire core rotation including All-Canadian candidates 6’7″ Mamadou Gueye and 6’7″ Brody Clarke.  With wily point guard 6’1″ Austin Waddoups making most of the key decisions, two athletic wings in 6’2″ Andre Kelly and 6’1″ Dwan Williams plus an array of three-point shooters – Alberta is among the top two or three perimeter shooting teams in the nation – coach Barnaby Craddock and program are firmly in the National championship discussion.

#4 Brock… Badgers are primed to vindicate what most in the “Peninsula” view as a Wild Card snub last season by qualifying as OUA West champions this season.  The new OUA playoff format should help however Badgers have a veteran group with more depth than last season, led by Moser Award candidate 6’7″ Dani Elgadi, 6’5″ Johneil Simpson and 6’7″ Cassidy Ryan who make up an imposing front line.  6’6″ Daniel Cayer is a star in the making and competitive 5’11” point guard Tyler Brown continues to improve.  6’1″ Michael Asemota is ready to take the next step to meaningful minutes and coach Charles Kissi has recruited several newcomers to add depth.  A National contender re-emerges in St. Catharines.

#5 McGill… The addition of 6’1” American U. transfer Alex Paquin could be the injection of point guard talent that propels the Redmen, who qualified for their first-ever U-Sports Final 4 last season, a National championship contender.  With several upper-classmen including reigning RSEQ POY 6’2” Dele Ogundokun and a fine recruiting class featuring 6’2” Jamal Mayali, who is likely to be one of Canada’s top freshmen, a return to the Nationals is likely.

#6 UBC… Thunderbirds, like Brock, are poised to atone for last season’s Wild Card snub and have attracted arguably the top overall recruiting class in the country.  Still, 6’9” Conor Morgan is the foundation and the de facto pre-season candidate for the Moser Award leads a solid, deep group that includes key fifth-year returnees 6’2″ Phil Jalalpoor and 6’7″ Luka Zaharijevic.  At least five freshmen saw time during T-Birds trip to Costa Rica including touted 6’10” Grant Shepherd and 6’4″ Mason Bourcier.  There are at least 11 players who could see meaningful time for the perennial Top 5 Thunderbirds.

#7 Ottawa… While there is no dominant, All-Canadian/Moser-type player from year’s past (see Johnny Berhanemeskel, Mike L’Africain, Caleb Agada), this may be the deepest and most versatile team that Coach James Derouin has ever had, led by two high-end point guards in 5’10” Sean Stoqua and 5’11” Calvin Epistola, who has progressed almost game-by-game into a formidable U-Sports guard.  Up front, the two towers of 6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles and 6’7″ Brody Maracle can demand double teams, opening up the perimeter for 6’4″ Brandon Robinson, 6’6″ MacKenzie Morrison and 6’5″ Gage Sabean, who showed his smooth stroke in a summer victory over Canisius with eight 3’s.  6’5″ Chase Tynes may be one of the best freshmen in the country and 6’5″ Stefan Duric, a former Jr. National program player could help as he gets back into playing shape after sitting out last season.  Gee-Gees can play many different ways at both ends given the large quantity of quality talent and remain formidable.

#8 Saskatchewan… Assuming everyone who is scheduled to return does, Huskies are a legitimate Top 10 team, losing only impact 6’6″ forward Matt Forbes and 6’6″ shooter Trevor Severinski.  All-Canada West 1st teamer 6’5″ Shane Osayande and 6’3″ Lawrence Moore, who was Sask’s leading post-season scorer after arriving from the state of Illinois in the second half and the latest in the long line of very good U.S. imports, are the key players scheduled to return.  6’3″ Chan DeCiman is an impact wing who missed much of last season due to injury while 6’5″ Jaylan Morgan (4th Year) adds athleticism.  We are hoping to make contact with Huskies officials to confirm more.

#9 Acadia… The return of 6’8” Rhys Larry combined with All-Canadian candidate 6’9″ Erik Nissen gives the Axemen arguably the top front line in their conference and 6’3″ Ben Miller could take the next step toward AUS Player-of-the-Year.  Perimeter shooting in the person of 6’2″ Nick DePalma plus athletes 6’0″ Mitchell Tempro (3rd Year), 6’1″ Trevon Grant and 6’7″ Jerome Mugambi (2nd Year) provide Acadia with quality depth.  Two very good first-year recruits arrive in 6’4″ Eli Kraucher and 6’6″ Mason Middaugh.  Axemen have already qualified for the Final 8 as hosts but arguably are the favorites to play their way in with an AUS championship.

#10 St. FX… While this pick may be a head-scratcher, X-Men do have by far the most experienced returning group in the AUS, highlighted by Moser candidate 6’7″ Kevin Bercy, the reigning AUS Player-of-the-Year.  In fact, Coach Steve Konchalski‘s entire upper-classmen-filled rotation with the exception of 6’0″ Akil Charles returns including Bercy (5th), 6’3″ Julius Antoine (5th), 6’7″ Cameron Walker (5th), 6’1″ Davonte Provo (5th) and key youngsters off the bench 6’3″ Tristan Ross, 6’0″ Justin Andrew and crazy athlete 6’6″ Azaro Roker.  The depth and experience combined with four 5th year guys offsets the poor finish to last season (X lost 9 of their final 11 games including a hotly-contested 1 point loss to eventual Final 8 participants Saint Mary’s Huskies in the AUS quarter-final).

Honorable Mention:  Calgary, Dalhousie, Laurentian.

Friday’s schedule: Vetrie & Garland games available on-line


A pair of tournaments – UNB’s Eric Garland and UVic’s Guy Vetrie tournament – and several exhibitions go tonight with 11 games overall across the country.  AUSTV will show the UNB games on live stream while Canada West TV has the entire Vetrie tournament.  Today’s action begins at 4 PM Atlantic/5 PM ET with UQAM and Cape Breton meeting at UNB.

5 PM ET UQAM vs. Cape Breton (Eric Garland Memorial Tournament at UNB)… Mario Joseph’s U-Sports debut as Citadins coach goes against the virtually brand new Capers roster compiled by 2nd year coach Dave Petroziello.

7 PM  Memorial at Brock… Seahawks have at least two new transfers and a fifth-year veteran point guard in Davion Parnsalu as MUN visits Top 10 favorite Brock in St. Catharines.

7 PM  Laval at McMaster… Both teams come off OT wins last night as Rouge et Or gutted out a victory over Laurier while Mac squeezed out a win over UBC-O.

7 PM  UBC-Okanagan at Toronto… Heat continue their tour of Southern Ontario with a visit to the Goldring Center as Varsity Blues open up the U-Sports pre-season portion of their schedule.

7 PM  Queen’s at Bishop’s… An inter-conference game between two traditional schools in Lennoxville.

7 PM ET  Saint Mary’s at UNB (Eric Garland Memorial Tournament at UNB)… Huskies have had to replace virtually their entire starting lineup and have brought in several high-profile recruits while UNB has done the same.

8 PM  Winnipeg at Lakehead… Second of two between the former GPAC rivals after last night’s spirited contest that Lakehead won by 7.

8 PM  Seneca (CCAA) at Nipissing… Lakers host the first of two OCAA teams in North Bay with Humber College set to arrive on Sunday afternoon.

8 PM ET Concordia vs. Carleton (Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at UVic)... Defending champion Ravens kick off their U-Sports pre-season at the Vetrie against the Stingers.

9 PM ET UNBC at Mount Royal… The first of two between these Canada West rivals who are not scheduled to meet this season in Canada West regular season play.

10 PM ET Guelph at Victoria (Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at UVic)… Vikes host the veteran Gryphons in the lid-lifter for both teams.