Both Canada West quarter-final openers turned into routes last night, especially in Lethbridge as the Pronghorns got off to a quick start to lead by 22 after the first quarter in a 115-68 hammering of Regina Cougars in the first game of their Best-of-3. The attached article includes comments from Lethbridge coach Mike Hansen acknowledging that Regina’s 10 hour drive through inclement weather and their subsequent late arrival may have contributed to the weak start. The two teams meet again today. 6’8″ Zac Overwater and 6’1″ Dejon Burdeaux, slowly returning to full strength after a prolonged injury, helped Lethbridge with 24 and 22 points respectively. Regina had swept the ‘Horns in the regular season prior to the Holiday break.
In Vancouver, UBC pulled away in the second half for a 106-74 victory over Manitoba. 6’3″ Justus Alleyn, who finished as Canada West’s leading scorer in the regular season at 24.1 ppg, finished with just 8 points including 1-9 from downtown. Alleyn missed his first 13 shots from the floor and did not make his first field goal until early in the fourth quarter when the game was already well decided. T-Birds got 21 points and 11 rebounds from 6’9″ Conor Morgan, who recall was saddled with a impact ankle injury during the playoffs as Manitoba swept UBC. The teams meet again this afternoon in Vancover.
Steve Ewan of Vancouver Province provides a UBC playoff preview plus a story by the incomparable Howard Tsumura on his Varsity Letters site about UBC’s Phil Jalalpoor.