Golden Bears pound Trinity Western


#2 Alberta (6-0, 2-0) 93, Trinity Western (1-3, 0-2) 52… 6’7″ Mamadou Gueye had 21 points and 8 rebounds while 6’7″ Brody Clarke had 8 points in 10 rebounds in a balanced attack as Alberta swept the Spartans.  Alberta played without 6’1″ starting point guard Austin Waddoups and 6’2″ Andre Kelly stepped in with 7 assists off the bench.

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Veinot, Tigers spoil X-Men hopes at St. FX Invitational


#8 Dalhousie (8-1) 82, St. FX (4-3) 79… 6’4″ freshman Keevan Veinot continued his impressive clutch play with the tie-breaking three pointer with just over a minute to play to lift the Tigers to the St. FX Invitational championship in Antigonish.  X entered the fourth quarter trailing by 10 but quickly tied the score on a three by 6’2″ sophomore Justin Andrew and there were numerous ties thereafter until Veinot, who finished with 18 points broke the deadlock.  6’6″ Sven Stammberger led all scorers with 21 points for Dal while 6’3″ lefty Julius Antoine led X with 20 points including 9 in fourth quarter to get the game back to even on several occasions.  6’7″ Kevin Bercy added 19 points and 8 boards.  In the consolation final, Cape Breton (2-6) rode a 51 point second-half to an easy 86-68 win over UPEI Panthers (2-3).  6’3″ Ozzy Omar, 6’2″ Kevon Mascoe and 6’2″ Indiana Rotondo combined to shoot 10 for 23 from the three point line as CBU shot 14-39 from three overall.  Omar led the way with 20 points while 6’8″ D’Adrian Allen fashioned a 14 point, 15 rebound double double to lead the Panthers.  St. FX and Dalhousie kick off the AUS regular season this coming Wednesday at DalPlex.

Brock, Windsor win at home


Brock (5-0, 2-0) 80, Laurier (3-5, 0-1) 70… Badgers broke open what was a one point game with just 7 minutes remaining with an 8-0 run using a balanced attack that featured four players in double figures.  5’11” Tyler Brown wreaked havoc with 7 steals and led all scorers with 17 points with 6’7″ Dani Elgadi adding 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks.  Golden Hawks were again without 5’11” Tevaun Kokko and got 14 from 6’1″ freshman Ali Sow and 13 from 6’0″ Matt Minutillo who made 3-8 threes and added 8 rebounds.  Brock shot just 3-23 from downtown but went 25-34 from the foul line to aid the victory.  Badgers visit York Lions next Friday night in North York.

Windsor (1-1, 1-0) 90, Guelph (0-7, 0-2) 80… 5’11” Mike Rocca continued his growing string of spectacular performances with 33 points on 8-16 from downtown including several high degree-of-difficulty finishes to lead the Lancers to an opening day victory at home at the St. Denis Center.  Rocca had a near-triple double with 11 rebounds and 5 assists as the diminutive, under-rated guard from Sarnia continues to show he is one of the top scoring point guards in the nation.  6’4″ Randy Oriakhi had a 12-point, 11-rebound double double.  Windsor, playing without 6’7″ Luke Allin and 6’3″ Telloy Simon, went 13 for 37 from downtown.  The well-balanced Gryphs had five players in double figures led by 5’10” Taylor Boers with 15 points.  Guelph was just 10 of 19 from the free throw line, getting it as close as 4 at 77-73 with just over 3 minutes to play but Oriakhi had back-to-back buckets and Rocca sealed it with his 8th three of the game in a one minute span to push the lead back to 11 and the game was essentially done.

Ravens gain revenge in victory at NCAA D1 Providence


Carleton 77, Providence 67… 6’6″ T.J. Lall had 14 of his game-high 23 points in the final 10 minutes including four three-pointers in that stretch while 6’9 1/2″ Eddie Ekiyor added 22 points and 14 rebounds – including a key block in the final minute to ice it – as the Ravens avenged last season’s pounding with a character win at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.  Friars had earlier in the week defeated Connecticut Huskies 90-76.  6’0″ Yasiin Joseph added 9 points and 5 assists before fouling out as the guest Ravens were whistled for 29 fouls.  Ravens led for most of the final 25 minutes or so leading by as many as 13.  Makai Ashton-Langford, a freshman, led the Friars with 20 points while 6’9″ Canadian sophomore forward Kalif Young, a graduate of Orangeville Prep, added 2 points and 6 rebounds off the bench for Providence.  Summary

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Defensive swagger returns as McGill grabs 21 point win over uOttawa


#10 McGill (5-2) 81, #5 Ottawa (6-1) 60… Redmen grabbed and maintained throughout an early 10 point lead with full court pressure and lock-down half court “d” and later extended to 22 by early in the third quarter by attacking the Gee-Gees inside in a decisive victory at Love Competition Hall, dominating from start to finish in contrast to last season’s 30 point loss to Ottawa at Montpetit Hall.  6’1″ Alex Paquin came off the bench for 19 points – all in the first three quarters – for the Redmen, showing a strong ability to finish around the rim but McGill really took charge in the third quarter exposing Ottawa’s interior “d” as 6’8″ Sebastien Beckett and 6’7″ Francois Bourque went to work at times overpowering the Gee-Gees inside.  Beckett had 9 of his 11 points in the third, finishing inside off post-ups or off ball-screens.  6’7″ Brody Maracle led Ottawa with 15 points with 11 coming before halftime but struggled along with his mates guarding the paint.  Fellow 6’9″ forward Jean Pierre-Charles finished with just 4 points and 4 rebounds.  Ottawa shot just 39% and turned it over 21 times against a deep, pressuring McGill “d”.  Redmen shot 48% from the floor.  Ottawa hosts Laval tomorrow night at home at 6 PM ET to complete their pre-season.

Lock-down 2nd half leads Mustangs to important road victory


Western (4-3, 1-1) 69, Waterloo (2-5, 0-1) 62… 6’0″ Alex Coote had all of his 8 points in the final 5 minutes including an “and 1″ beating a close-out that gave Mustangs the lead for good with about 4 minutes remaining as Western locked down defensively, allowing only one basket during the key seven minute fourth quarter stretch for an important, gutty road win at the PAC in Waterloo.  Coote also delivered the final dagger three from the right wing with about 1 minute remaining off a late shot clock, draw-and-kick feed from 6’1” Nikola Farcic.  The balanced Western attacked was aided by 6’1″ Eriq Jenkins who had two steals and baskets during the game-deciding 17-3 run that erased a 55-49 Warriors lead one minute into the final frame.  All 11 Mustangs who saw the floor hit the scoresheet and Western won despite going just 3 for 20 from downtown and committing 18 turnovers in a game that in spells reminded viewers that both teams are still young.  6’6″ Nedim Hodzic had 14 of his game-high 17 points before halftime when Waterloo used a late run to lead by 7 but struggled after halftime amid double and triple teams once he put the ball on the floor beginning in his comfortable spot on the elbow.  Warriors also got a strong first-half from 5’11” Brock transfer Colin Connors who had 14 points and 5 assists but also committed 5 turnovers, playing 33 minutes this afternoon as starting 6’1″ Simon Petrov battled the flu and simply did not have it.  Steady 6’5″ wing Justin Hardy had 13 points and 8 rebounds but turned it over 6 times as the Warriors committed 23 turnovers overall, the majority of them in the second half.  Next action for Western is their home opener next Friday night against U of T Varsity Blues followed by a Saturday evening contest with nationally-ranked Ryerson Rams.  Warriors travel to Sudbury on Friday night to face #9 Laurentian and then to North Bay to meet Nipissing on Saturday.

Saturday Action: OUA West in full swing


2 PM ET  Western (3-3, 0-1) at Waterloo (2-4, 0-0)… A pair of young teams square off in Waterloo with Mustangs hoping to avenge last season’s two-game sweep at the hands of Warriors including the second by 19 points at Alumni Hall when 6’1″ Simon Petrov went off for a career-high 29 points, all but ending Western’s playoff hopes.  Look for Waterloo to work the ball inside to 6’6″ Nedim Hodzic, to potentially expose a possible Mustangs defensive weakness.  Mustangs did grab 21 offensive rebounds in their lopsided loss at Brock this past Wednesday night in St. Catharines.

4 PM ET  Guelph (0-6, 0-1) at Windsor (0-1, 0-0)… Gryphons historically have played well at the St. Denis Center including last season’s 94-85 November win over the Lancers.  Guelph’s transition “d” was porous on Wednesday in their loss at Mac but Gryphs did get a strong effort inside from 6’7″ sophomore Banky Elade and welcomed back stalwart 6’7″ sophomore Shawn Carey who electrified the crowd with a spectacular put-back dunk in the third quarter.  Windsor comes off a win at Michigan-Dearborn (NAIA) on Wednesday but has been battling the injury bug with prized 6’3″ D2 transfer Telloy Simon still on the shelf.  5’11” Mike Rocca continues to be the key decision maker for Windsor offensively.

4 PM ET Laurier (3-4, 0-0) at #3 Brock (4-0, 1-0)… Badgers dominated Western on Wednesday and, unlike most of their tougher pre-season games, reached deep into their bench and got meaningful minutes beyond their first six, including a 3 for 3 effort from downtown from 6’2″ freshman Kascius Small-Martin.  Golden Hawks hope to have 5’11” Tevaun Kokko and veteran 6’1″ guard Chuder Teny back after both missed last weekend’s trip to Eastern Ontario.  Kokko and 6’1″ freshman Ali Sow make up a potential offensively-lethal back-court.  However, Golden Hawks will have to find a way to diminish the work of 6’7″ Dani Elgadi with their young front court.  Veteran 6’7″ Vlad Matovic, who only played in a small handful of pre-season games, is likely to get first crack at Brock’s All-Canadian candidate.

4 PM ET #5 Ottawa (6-0) at #10 McGill (4-2)… The Game-of-the-Day in Montreal between two Top 10 teams that could have wild-card implications down the road.  While still undefeated, coach James Derouin has not been comfortable with his team’s consistency of effort and is still searching for his long-term rotation.  The Redmen appear to have their defensive mojo back, riding a three-game winning streak – all at home.  This game is available LIVE ! on webcast on the McGill Sports Network.

4 PM ET  Carleton at Providence (NCAA D1- Big East, Providence, R.I.)… A big test for the Ravens against one of more improved programs in the U.S.A. over the past couple of seasons.  Gametracker

5 PM ET  UPEI (2-2) vs. Cape Breton (1-6) (St. FX Invitational Third-Place Game)… This will be third meeting of the pre-season between these two rising AUS programs.  Capers were encouraged by a strong finish to last night’s loss against #8 Dalhousie while Panthers struggled in the second quarter of their loss to host X.  Game is available on AUSTV

7 PM ET #8 Dalhousie (7-1) at St. FX (4-2) (St. FX Invitational Championship Game)… As it turns out, this will be the first of three meetings between a pair of teams that are near/at the top of AUS pre-season forecasts.  Tigers and X-Men will also meet again for keeps on Wednesday in Halifax as the AUS ’17-’18 regular season opens at DalPlex followed by a quick return engagement in Antigonish next Saturday.  The game features two of the three consensus favorites for AUS Player-of-the-Year in 6’7″ Kevin Bercy and 6’6″ Sven Stammberger.

7 PM ET Nipissing (1-3) at UQAM (3-5)… Lakers have now lost 3 in a row decisively after their big road win at Algoma and last night played without 6’4″ Marcus Lewis in a 40 point hammering at McGill.  After three losses in a row, Citadins come off a three-point home win over U of T Varsity Blues last weekend.

8 PM ET Toronto (4-3) at Algoma (3-5, 0-1)… Varsity Blues look to break a three-game losing streak overall in meeting the Thuderbirds who were soundly defeated by Ryerson last night in the Soo.

9 PM ET  Manitoba (4-1, 1-0) at Saskatchewan (1-5, 0-1)… Bisons look to keep the magic going with their pair of stars 6’3″ Justus Alleyne and 6’1″ Rashawn Browne while 6’3″ Lawrence Moore was held to just 10 points last night in the Huskies loss.

10 PM ET Winnipeg (3-4, 0-1) at Mount Royal (2-4, 1-0)… Aussie import 6’7″ Kristian Zjak went off for 24 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists last night as the Cougars pulled away in the fourth quarter for the home win.

10 PM ET  Brandon (1-4, 0-1) at Lethbridge (5-2, 1-0)… Last night’s foul filled game was again driven by the solid play of 6’0″ Dejon Bordeaux off setting a strong performance from CanWest all-star Tyvon Cooper.  Bobcats went just 19 for 33 from the line and last night saw the emergence of 6’6″ Harlem, NY native Jonathan Range, a transfer from Finger Lakes Junior College where he averaged 21.3 ppg/9.4 rpg.  Brandon remains without potential impact transfers Troy Grant and Mikee Dosado who will become eligible in mid-November after transferring back to the Bobcats.

10 PM ET Trinity Western (1-2, 0-1) at #2 Alberta (5-0, 1-0)… All 12 Golden Bears who dressed last night hit the scoresheet and saw double digit minutes.  Alberta took an early lead and coasted in last night’s contest.

11 PM ET #6 Calgary (6-1, 1-0) at UNBC (1-3, 0-1)… 6’6″ Mambi Diawara rescued the Dinos last night with a 38 point effort in Prince George where Timberwolves make it a tough place to play.  UNBC was without potential impact transfer Jovan Leamy who is not eligible due to transfer rules until 10th November.

11 PM ET UFV (0-3, 0-1) at #4 UBC (6-0, 1-0)… T-Birds dominated the young Cascades last night.

11 PM ET MacEwan (1-5, 0-1) at Thompson Rivers (2-1, 1-0)… WolfPack were generally sharp in their victory last night over the rebuilding Griffins.

11 PM ET UBC Okanagan (1-5, 1-0) at Victoria (5-3, 0-1)… Heat look to shock the Vikes again tonight after their exciting, last second win authored by 6’0″ Aldrich Berrios‘ game-winning bucket in the dying moments.

Late Friday: Diawara’s 38 propels Dinos; all other Top 10 teams win easily


#6 Calgary (6-1, 1-0) 69, UNBC (1-3, 0-1)… 6’6″ Mambi Diawara continued his spectacular offensive efforts with 38 points and the Dinos held UNBC scoreless for the final 5 1/2 minutes of the game in what was a difficult win in Prince George.  Dinos struggled to pull away in this game, only taking the lead for good with 7 1/2 minutes remaining on a three by 6’2″ freshman Andrew Milner (10 points/5 in the fourth quarter).  Later 6’6″ Lars Schluter iced the game with his only baskets of the night – back-to-back threes in the final minutes that finally extended the lead to double digits.  6’4″ Daniel Stark led UNBC with 11 points.  The teams meet again tonight.

#2 Alberta (5-0, 1-0) 88, Trinity Western (1-2, 0-1) 76… Golden Bears pulled away early in the second quarter using a 19-0 run to lead by 20 while holding the Spartans scoreless for over 8 minutes in an easy win at home.  6’2″ Andre Kelly had a career-high 18 points off the bench for Alberta including 8 consecutive in the first quarter.  Golden Bears shot 14-42 from three and all 12 players played double digit minutes with key starters 6’7″ Mamadou Gueye, 6’1″ Austin Waddoups and 6’8″ Brody Clarke each playing less than 20 minutes.  The teams meet again this evening in Edmonton.

#5 UBC (6-0, 1-0) 111, Fraser Valley (0-3) 78… 6’2″ Phil Jalalpoor continued his fine early season offensive production with 26 points on 5-10 from downtown while 6’2″ Taylor Browne went 4-5 from deep off the bench – T-Birds shot 11-25 overall from three – in an easy home win over the young Cascades.  Birds shot 58% from the floor and clinched the game with an 18-0 run in the final 5 minutes of the second quarter to win going away.

#7 Ryerson (2-2, 1-0) 84, Algoma (2-5, 0-1) 58… The rapid maturation of 7’2″ Tanor Ngom continues as the Senegalese import with “NBA potential” moved into Ryerson’s starting lineup – Rams were without 4 regulars – and his impact was apparent at both ends with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocked shots as the Rams finished the game on a 51-27 run to win on the road at Algoma.  Ngom had a pair of dunks and was active at both ends in the victory which was also led by the veteran guard combination of 6’0″ Myles Charvis (11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) and 6’0″ Roshane Roberts (16 points, 6 rebounds).  After the Rams jumped out to a 17-5 lead, Thunderbirds crept to within two at 33-31 but then Charvis and Roberts took over and after Charvis bucket, Rams led 64-44 in the fourth quarter.  6’1″ third-year guard Jermaine Lyle had 10 points to lead Algoma.  Ryerson were without 6’5″ Ammanuel Diressa, 6’8″ Adam Voll, 6’6″ Keevon Small and 6’6″ Nathan Culbreath.

UBC-Okanagan (1-5, 1-0) 73, Victoria (5-3, 0-1) 72… 6’1″ fourth-year guard Aldrich Berrios took an in-bounds pass and weave down the floor, finishing a jumper with 1.2 seconds remaining as the Heat shocked UVic right in Victoria with a late-second win.  Vikes had taken a two-point lead after 6’0″ Scott Kellum was fouled shooting a three pointer and made all 3 free throws with 8 seconds remaining.  Barrios finished with 19 for the winners while Triston Matthews led all scorers with 27.  6’3″ Mason Loewen had 24 and 10 for Vikes.

Queen’s (4-3, 1-0) 95, Lakehead (2-5, 0-1) 68…  Gaels jumped out to a 27 point first-half lead and cruised to an easy win over the perimeter-shooting challenged Thunderwolves.  5’11” Jaz Bains was magnificent as a decision maker for the Gaels with several perfect clever no-look passes and flirted with a with triple double (18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists).  6’6″ Tanner Graham set the tone with a pair of early threes from the corners and again flashed one of the more underrated pieces of his game – rim-protection – with 5 blocks to go with 16 points and 7 rebounds.  6’10” Mike Shoveller (16 points in 19 minutes) was a difficult check inside, showing an array of slick post finishes, especially after Lakehead lost 6’8″ Australian Jack Bull to an ankle injury in the first quarter.  But the game was well in hand even at that point as Lakehead made just 2 of their first 25 threes and finished 6-46 from distance.  Lakehead meets York tonight at Tait McKenzie Gym in North York.

St. FX (4-2) 85, UPEI (2-2) 59… X-Men pulled away in the second quarter for an easy win over the Panthers to advance to the championship game of the St. FX Invitational.  6’3″ lefty Julius Antoine led six players in double figures for X with 13 points which finished the second quarter on a 14-0 run to lead by 21 going into halftime.  X meets #8 Dalhousie in tonight’s championship game.

In other Canada West action, Manitoba got 33 points from 6’3″ All-Canadian candidate Justus Alleyne, who led a late charge for a 86-78 win at Saskatoon.  6’1″ point guard Rashawne Browne added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 35 minutes for the Bisons… Mount Royal Cougars pulled away for an 88-66 win at home over Winnipeg, getting a near-triple-double from 6’7″ Australian import Kristian Zjak (24 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists; 4-6 from three).  Zjak is a transfer from College of Alameda, an California Juco… Lethbridge got 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists from 6’0″ Dejon Bordeaux before fouling out in outlasting Brandon 94-89 – the teams combined for 53 fouls… Thompson Rivers got an impressive 29 point performance from 6’4″ Luke Morris in an 80-61 win at home over MacEwan.

Top 10 teams Dal & McGill gain easy wins


#8 Dalhousie (7-1) 88, Cape Breton (1-6) 71… Tigers jumped out to a 33-11 lead off the opening tip and coasted to an easy win over the Capers as the St. FX Invitational kicked off tonight in Antigonish.  6’10” Sasha Kappos started a 25-5 run with a dunk and capped it with a three – in between seven different Tigers scored as Head Coach Rick Plato spread minutes around liberally – as Dalhousie built leads as large as 23.  6’4″ freshman Kevin Veinot led all scorers with 24 points including 4 during the key run while 6’6″ Alex Carson had 5 consecutive points early in the run, finishing with 9 points in just 18 minutes.  6’2″ Jordan Aquino-Serjue added 6 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals while 6’6″ All-Canadian candidate Sven Stammberger had 14 points.  Tigers made 4 of their first 7 threes in the first 12 minutes of the game.  6’2″ Kevon Mascoe had 17 off the bench for CBU which made it more competitive in the second half, getting it to as close as 10 with about 3 minutes remaining in the game while 6’3″ Ozzy Osman added 16 points.

#10 McGill (4-2) 94, Nipissing (1-3) 56… 6’1″ Alex Paquin had 10 of his game-high 17 points during a 19-0 second quarter run as the Redmen forced 27 Nipissing turnovers and held the Lakers to just 29% shooting in a dominant win in Montreal.  McGill led by 33 at 51-18 on a three-pointer by 6’4″ Avery Cadogan and led by as many as 46 in the third quarter against a Lakers team expected to contend for a playoff spot in the OUA East.  6’0″ Ismael Kaba led Nipissing with 15, playing without the services of 6’4″ fourth-year wing forward Marcus Lewis, who led Lakers at 14.7 ppg in league play last season.  All 13 players who played for McGill hit the scoresheet including 6’1″ Jenning Leung (14 points, 4-8 threes in just 14 minutes) and 6’8″ Francois Bourque (13 points, 8 rebounds, 6-8 shooting).  McGill shot a ridiculous 77% (13-17) from the field in the second quarter to punctuate the dominant win.  Redmen now get set to host #5 uOttawa Gee-Gees tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM while Nipissing meets UQAM also in Montreal at 7 PM ET.

Friday night in U-Sports men’s basketball


5 PM ET  Cape Breton (1-5) vs. #8 Dalhousie (6-1) at St. FX Invitational (Antigonish)… Tigers have re-asserted their program as an AUS championship favorite after coming out of a typically-grueling pre-season with just one loss (at Queen’s) and look to cap October with a tournament win at X.  Capers have been off for a couple of weeks and are improving with their virtually brand new roster.

6 PM  Nipissing (1-2) at #10 McGill (3-2)… Lakers come off a 1-2 road trip to Atlantic Canada which included an impressive win at Acadia, a team that the Redmen blew a double-digit lead to at the Calgary Cup.  McGill swept a pair of games at home last weekend against U of T Varsity Blues and St. FX.

7 PM ET UPEI (2-1) at St. FX (3-2) at St. FX Invitational (Antigonish)… The fifth-year laden X-Men look to set the tone for their season with a win in their annual tournament with a first-round match against UPEI.  Panthers defeated X 88-80 on the final day of the Capers Fall Classic in Sydney in early October but UPEI has stumbled recently with a pair of double digit losses to Holland College last week.  X comes off a 2-1 swing through Montreal last weekend, losing at #10 McGill.

8 PM #7 Ryerson (1-2) at Algoma (2-4)… Rams start their season after being shocked with a buzzer-beating three in regulation in an OT loss to #6 Calgary last weekend.  No word on whether Moser Award candidate 6’5″ Ammanuel Diressa plus 6’8″ Adam Voll and 6’6″ Nathan Culbreath will return to the Rams lineup.  Thunderbirds are much-improved under coach Thomas Cory.

8 PM Lakehead (2-4) at Queen’s (3-3)… With at least three new impact additions led by 5’11” Jaz Bains, Gaels have set their sights on a home playoff game at a minimum.  Lakehead ended their pre-season losers of 4 in a row after a pair of wins at home over Winnipeg kicking off their season.

9 PM ET  Manitoba (3-1) at Saskatchewan (1-4)… Canada West finalist Bisons have a pair of important road games on the very first weekend of the regular season in Saskatoon.  Huskies have been ravaged by graduation and roster departures but still feature 6’3″ U.S. import Lawrence Moore and 6’1″ newcomer J.T. Robinson (Vallejo, CA/College of Marin) from a junior college in California.  Robinson missed the pre-season due to injury.  Bisons have 6’1″ newcomer Rashawn Browne running the point and All-Canadian candidate 6’3″ Justus Alleyne.

10 PM ET Winnipeg (3-3) at Mount Royal (1-4)… Wesmen are now starting their impact freshman 6’0″ Don Dayrit (Winnipeg Sisler) while Mount Royal features 6’4″ transfer L.J. Hedgwood.

10 PM ET  Brandon (1-3) at Lethbridge (4-2)… Horns look to continue their successful pre-season at home in front of what usually is a near-packed, excitable crowd against the Bobcats.

10 PM ET Trinity Western (1-1) at #2 Alberta (4-0)… Golden Bears begin their regular season after a perfect pre-season against the Spartans who finished #45 out of 47 teams in last season’s U-Sports RPI.

11 PM ET #6 Calgary (5-1) at UNBC (1-2)… Despite heavy graduation losses, Dinos re-asserted the program as one of Canada’s best with a solid pre-season and venture into a tough place to play against a solid Timberwolves program.

11 PM ET UFV (0-2) at #4 UBC (5-0)… Fraser Valley’s roster has turned over and Cascades bring a very young team into War Memorial against the Top 5 Thunderbirds team loaded with depth and talent.

11 PM ET MacEwan (1-4) at Thompson Rivers (1-1)… WolfPack has brought in another impressive Ukrainian import:  6’4″ Anton Bilous who has deep range from beyond the perimeter.  Griffins are reloading after severe losses to graduation.

11 PM ET UBC Okanagan (0-5) at Victoria (5-2)… By some observers estimation, Vikes are on the cusp of hitting the Top 10 discussion after a solid pre-season and may have the league’s top overall impact transfer in 6’3″ Mason Loewen.  UBC-O struggled in the pre-season going winless.