U-Sport Exhibitions begin this weekend

Late September signifies the beginning of U-Sport men’s basketball non-conference and tournament play and this Friday games kick off featuring Algoma at Laurentian.  The new-look Cape Breton Capers host Dalhousie Ag, a CCAA school while Head Coach Nate Phillipe welcomes Centennial College to the York U. campus on Sunday afternoon.  Colts are coached by former Durham College and Runnymede star Trevor Challenger.

Friday, Sept. 22nd 

7 PM  Algoma at Laurentian… the teams will meet again for keeps in Sudbury as well at the end of November in an OUA regular season interlock game.  The Thunderbirds have been moved into the OUA West as part of the realignment into OUA East and OUA West.

TBA  Ste. Foy CEGEP (CCAA) vs. Laval at Saguenay, PQ…  In this traditional game between teams both situated in Ste. Foy, coach Jacques Paiement Jr. takes on the program he coached to great success prior to taking over Rouge et Or from his Father.

Saturday, Sept. 23nd 

6 PM ET  Dalhousie Agricultural (CCAA) at Cape Breton (played at a Sydney high school)… Observers will get their first look at the revamped Capers lineup which returns only three players from last season’s roster, buoyed by Head Coach David Petroziello‘s first true recruiting class.

9 PM ET  Vancouver Island (CCAA) at UBC-O… The Heat, led by former National team veteran Peter Guarasci, host a CCAA team in advance of coming East later in the pre-season for a tour of the Niagara Region/GTA area.

Sunday, Sept. 24th

3 PM  Centennial (CCAA) at York… Lions hope to have all of their injured players back in the lineup and will look to focus in on their top 12 roster in this inter-city match-up against the Colts out of Scarborough.  Centennial finished 15-5 last season, good for third place in the OCAA East and lost an overtime thriller to Niagara in the Provincial championships, hosted by Centennial.

Monday, Sept. 25th

7:30 PM  St. Clair (CCAA) at Western… We have yet to do a deep dive on the Mustangs revamped roster however suffice to say that Head Coach Brad Campbell has injected some major talent starting with 5’8″ Jordan Henry, a member of Canada’s Gold Medal U-19 team who contributed major minutes to Canada’s cause at the point when starting pg Lindell Wigginton went down with an injury.  6’4″ Marko Kovac, the veteran transfer from Windsor, supplies instant higher-end OUA experience and could be one of the better long-range shooters in the conference.  6’1″ Henry Tan, a grad transfer from Lakehead, is a former OUA All-Star while 6’0″ Romeo Kabongo and 6’7″ Julian Walker are a pair of sought-after freshmen.  Looking forward to seeing the Mustangs in the early season.

8 PM  George Brown (CCAA) at York… Lions host their second OCAA program as the Huskies, who finished 19-1 in first place in the OCAA East, visit Tait McKenzie.  George Brown were defeated at the buzzer in the OCAA Final 8 tournament championship game and participated in the CCAA National championship tournament, losing in the first round.  Huskies lost by 22 to Notre Dame College, an NCAA D2 team out of Ohio in August and are playing their first exhibition game against a Canadian school tonight in Hamilton against Mohawk College.


Guelph, Carleton, Ottawa add key pieces

After a long recruiting cycle that started at least three years ago Guelph Gryphons finally landed what should be a key piece on the wing for the next four seasons as 6’3″ Malcolm Glanville has joined coach Chris O’Rourke‘s program. Glanville, originally from Scarborough Senator O’Connor, averaged 8.8 ppg in 13 starts as a freshman for Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies, an NCAA Division 2 school, in 2016-17. Glanville is in school and with the program at Guelph and will become a full time student in the second semester. He is described as a tough hard nosed defender who can score in many ways… One of the worst kept secrets of the past few weeks has officially become official as 6’1″ Munis Tutu and 6’0″ Troy Reid-Knight have joined the Carleton Ravens giving Dave Smart’s backcourt another positive jolt. Tutu, once touted as the #4 overall graduating senior in Canada, played two seasons at Loyola Marymount including last season when he averaged 2.6 ppg in one start as a sophomore.  Originally from Windsor Forester, Tutu spent his final two prep seasons at La Lumiere School in Indiana, where he graduated Cum Laude Honor Roll, before moving to LMU.  Tutu, who has three seasons of eligibility remaining, also played on Canadas U18 FIBA Americas team in 2015 and projects as an instant impact guard in Carleton’s rotation.  Reid-Knight is a graduate of Vaughan S.S. and spent three seasons with Maine Black Bears (America East NCAA D1) – he averaged 4.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 5 starts in his junior season – before sitting 2016-17, the victim of knee and ankle injuries.  An adept perimeter shooter, Reid-Knight is a tough competitor who hopes the worst of his injuries are behind him.   Ravens now have at least three former NCAA Division 1 guards in their rotation adding even more depth to an already impressive roster...  Three members of the McGill Redmen represented Canada at the recent FISU 3×3 world championships in China. Despite not having a substitute with 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun out with mononucleosis (the tournament format precluded Canada from adding a substitute player), the trio of 6’1″ Jenning Leung, 6’8″ Noah Daoust and 6’7″ Sebastian Beckett garnered a bronze medal after a 19-18 loss to Serbia in the semi finals.  McGill went 3-0 in the preliminary round before winning their quarter-final game, setting up the Serbia match.  Canada recovered to knock off Chile 22-13 to capture Bronze .. The front end of the McMaster Marauder rotation had another setback as 6’2″ Chris Thompson has decided not to play this season. The rising third year guard out of Cambridge who finished his prep career at Kitchener St. John’s Kilmarnock, had somewhat of an injury plagued first two seasons but when healthy showed on multiple occasions the skill set and compete level to work into the top end of McMaster’s rotation…  Ottawa Gee-Gees secured a late recruit who had some NCAA Division 1 interest as 6’4″ Stefan Duric coming off a decorated high school career at Burlington Nelson plus one summer in Canada’s junior national team program committed to coach James Derouin in early September.  Duric, who signed with NCAA D1 Buffalo midway through the 2015-16 season as a 2016-17 recruit but never saw action with the Bulls, is eligible immediately and should eventually give Ottawa another strong perimeter threat.  Duric, who also played a prep season (2015-16) at SPIRE Academy in Ohio, did not play last season.. Second-year Head Coach Justin Serresse continues his transformation of Laurier Golden Hawks, announcing 8 new recruits to the program for this season, highlighted by at least two potentially high-end additions in 6’8″ Ben Stevens (Halifax, NS) and 6’1″ Ali Sow, a proven scorer at the high-end club level, who Serresse coached previously in Ottawa.  6’5″ Kemel Archer, a transfer from North Bay’s Canadore College should help on the wing.  The Brampton native averaged 10.2 ppg last season for the Panthers, garnering Most Improved Player status.  Athletic 6’6″ Jack Demaree (Tillsonburg, ON) is a legacy Golden Hawk, following in the footsteps of his father while 6’3″ Goran Veselinovic should provide depth at wing.  6’10” Jordan Kenning should develop as most U-Sports bigs do, initially protecting the rim with the potential to be a force down low.  Two more late recruits round out Serresse’s first complete recruiting class:  6’1″ Vincent Carriere (London/Southwest Academy) and 6’7″ Adnan Begovic (Mississauga St. Francis Xavier)…  Finally, best wishes to long-time U-Sports/CIS/CIAU supporter and Ottawa Citizen basketball writer Wayne Kondro who underwent a successful procedure a few weeks ago and is by all accounts is recovering well.  Wayne is a loyal University/High School sports supporter with a long track record of authoring stories that have kept fans informed for decades.  We look forward to having Wayne back and writing again very soon.

Plenty of Team & Recruiting Updates

A pair of formerly high-ranking Ontario high school products from the Class of 2015 who initially toiled south of the border have returned to headline newly-crowned McMaster Head Coach Patrick Tatham‘s first recruiting class, which is a bit of a misnomer given PT was just named to the position about 3 months ago.  Still, with the arrival of 6’3″ Miles Seward, rated as the #12 prospect by North Pole Hoops in the Class of 2015 during his prep season in 2014-15 at Athlete’s Institute in Orangeville and 6’6″ Sasha Simic, rated as the #32 prospect in the Class of 2015 after graduating from Kitchener’s famed Cameron Heights Collegiate, the Marauders have two plug-and-play athletes to replace about 110 minutes per game due to graduation and transfers.  Seward, originally from Toronto, finished his high school career at Saddleback Valley Christian H.S. in California in ’13-’14 before a prep year at AI followed by two post-secondary seasons:  2015-16 at NCAA Division 1 Northern Colorado (Big Sky conference) where he averaged 8 minutes per game in 17 games played as a freshman and then last season at Harcum Junior College in Bryn Mawr, PA, where the combo guard scored at a 10.3 points per game clip, teaming with another Canadian, Lethbridge native 6’7″ Saren Westrop, who played at Iona before transferring to Harcum for last season (hat-tip to Southern Alberta correspondent who misses zero).  Simic played last season at Collin College, an NCAA Junior College in McKinney, TX, where he averaged 3 points per game, shooting 40% from three-point range.  Both should benefit from the expected return of 6’1″ David McCulloch, who logged 37 mpg in the Marauder back court last season and will likely be expected to lead this group as a fourth year senior.  No other returning Marauder averaged more than 20 mpg but there is some young emerging talent scheduled to return with 6’1″ Chris Thompson, entering his third year, 6’8″ Matt Quiring and 4th year guard Marko Grahovac.  Prior to Tatham’s arrival, Marauders had announced the signings of 6’3″ Jacob Edwards, originally from Barrie, ON, a good athlete who finished his high school career at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora and 7’0″ Jake Hammell, originally from Kirkland Lake, ON via IMG Prep in Florida.  Tatham has added some talent but the need to replace all those minutes eaten up last year by four rotation guys (6’4″ Rohan Boney, 6’4″ Lazar Kojovic, 6’4″ Elliot Ormond all graduated and 6’7″ Conor Gilmore, OUA All-Star, who transferred to uOttawa) will be a meaningful challenge for the first year mentor.  McMaster begins their pre-season at home on Thursday, September 28th against Peter Guarasci‘s UBC-Okanagan Heat, as the Niagara Falls native Guarasci, entering his sixth season at the helm of the Heat, makes somewhat of a homecoming… Memorial Sea-hawks have retooled with more international talent after the graduation of one of the greatest players in their program’s history:  6’9″ Vasilije Curcic by bringing in a pair of Serbia natives via the U.S.:  6’4″ Luka Grubic and 6’5″ Kosta Tiodorovic.  Grubic was described as a “double double machine” by one publication during his senior year (2015-16) at Lyndon Institute in Vermont before moving on to John Wood Junior College in Illinois last season.  Tiodorovic replaced Grubic as the power forward in the Lyndon lineup last season and the two burly forwards will try to make up for the loss of the multi-talented offensive game that Curcic brought.  Coach Peter Benoite will also welcome 6’1″ transfer Jaylen Clarke to St. John’s; the Hamilton, ON native played just 4 games at Cape Breton last season in what was an injury-plagued year and should be ready to go for MUN this coming season.  Earlier, Benoite had announced that star 5’11” guard Jason Thompson, who scored 63 points in a high school game and starred for the Newfoundland Provincial team, and 6’4″ Emmanuel Ring, a wing who averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds for the NFLD Provincial team had committed to Memorial.  Thompson appears to be the heir-apparent to incumbent 5’11” point Davion Parnsalu, entering his fifth and final season of eligibility.  Ring is the younger brother of 6’3″ Deng Ring, who averaged 14 minutes per game for Memorial last season as a sophomore.  The Seahawks, who ordinarily travel west for pre-season season games, will be in the GTA for three games beginning Friday, Sept. 29th at Brock and will play McMaster and York on that same trip… Much like conference rivals Dalhousie Tigers and the aforementioned McMaster Marauders, Saint Mary’s Head Coach Jonah Taussig has plenty of minutes to replace from last season’s U-Sports Final 8 team as 6’4″ Brian Rouse, 5’10” Marquis Clayton and 6’5″ Theon Reefer have exhausted their eligibility and we now learn that 6’8″ Achuil Lual will not return for his fifth season while emerging 6’1″ guard Will Fiander, who played an underrated role in the Huskies back court last season, especially when SMU was dealing with injuries to key personnel, suffered a torn ACL in the summer and is expected to miss the entire season.  Saint Mary’s has already announced a pair of impact recruits in 6’5″ Nikita Kasango, a potentially electrifying wing from Champlain and Montreal’s Brookwood Elite plus 6’1″ guard Nico Brauner from Germany.  Saint Mary’s will also add 6’3″ combo guard Kaleel Faiz, a 2014 graduate of Toronto’s Vaughan Road Academy before moving on to Olds College in Alberta where in his lone season the ACAC garnered Rookie-of-the-Year and 1st team all-conference status after averaging 22.5 points per game for the Broncos and leading them to the ACAC championship game.  Faiz then signed with both Cumberland U (NAIA/Lebanon, Pa.) and then Thompson Rivers of Canada West for 2015-16 but did not play at either school.  Faiz, generally regarded as a gifted offensive talent, could help ease the loss of Huskies main wing scorers from last season.  Saint Mary’s, who returns budding AUS All-Star 6’3″ Kemar Alleyne and returns 6’8″ center Osman Barrie after the impact center missed all of last season with a knee injury, opens their pre-season on September 29th at the Eric Garland tournament at UNB against the host Varsity Reds and will also play UQAM and Cape Breton during that tournament.  GTA fans will also be able to get a look at Saint Mary’s in mid-October as Huskies play at McMaster (Oct 12th), at U of T Varsity Blues (on Oct 13th when Taussig renews his Halifax coaching rivalry against former Dal coach John Campbell) and at Guelph on Oct 14th… We are waiting on further scheduling details regarding the always-competitive Brock RBC Classic in October however Badgers coach Charles Kissi has announced that the Brock will continue a tradition started at McMaster by Joe Raso when the program hosts an Anti-Bullying theme game on October 12th beginning at 10:45 AM at the Bob Davis Gym with the game reserved for local 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  Kissi, who played for Raso at McMaster, welcomes Redeemer College from Ancaster, which incidentally is coached by another former Raso/Marauder players in Jamie Girolametto… Nipissing Lakers come off by far their finest U-Sports season and Head Coach Chris Cheng loses just one starter:  6’5″ Jordon Campbell from his starting lineup but also has lost the services of 6’1″ Kasey Paul-Buzas, who has returned back to Montreal area to be closer to his family and is likely to transfer to Bishop’s for this coming season.  The reserve guard averaged 1.3 ppg last season.  Cheng welcomes in 6’4″ Will Tran (Vaughan S.S./Newmarket, ON), 6’11” David Quinn (Louis Riel H.S./Ottawa, ON) and 6’3″ James Murray (Stanstead, PQ/Champlain College – originally announced for Concordia) as his three key recruits… Finally, great to hear from Laval’s Jacques Paiement Jr. who had a busy summer hosting NCAA Division 1 games and working with Kevin Hanson and staff on Canada’s FISU Games entry.  Laval has already played their first non-NCAA game, this past Thursday which was a 63-52 victory over Thetford Academy.  Next action for Rouge et Or is their annual game vs. CCAA entry Ste. Foy CEGEP on September 22nd at Polyvalente Arvida in Saguenay, PQ.  Laval will also host a Christmas tournament once again with Victoria Vikes and Cape Breton Capers travelling to Quebec to participate.

*UPDATED*: Composite U-Sports Pre-Season Schedule (Exhibitions & Tournaments)

as of 12th September 2017 (all times Eastern unless otherwise noted); still a couple of more confirmations to add/update but much of it is there.

Week of 18th September

Friday, Sept. 22nd 

7 PM  Algoma at Laurentian

TBA  Ste. Foy CEGEP (CCAA) vs. Laval at Saguenay, PQ

Saturday, Sept. 23nd 

6 PM ET  Dalhousie Agricultural (CCAA) at Cape Breton (played at a Sydney high school)

9 PM ET  Vancouver Island (CCAA) at UBC-O

Sunday, Sept. 24th

3 PM  Centennial (CCAA) at York

Week of 25th September

Monday, Sept. 25th

7:30 PM  St. Clair (CCAA) at Western

8 PM  George Brown (CCAA) at York

Thursday, Sept 28th

7 PM  UBC-Okanagan at McMaster

8 PM  Laval at Laurier

8 PM Winnipeg at Lakehead

8:30 PM  Briercrest (CCAA) at Saskatchewan

Friday, Sept. 29th 

TBA  Seneca (CCAA) at Nipissing

5 PM ET UQAM vs. Cape Breton (Eric Garland Memorial Tournament at UNB)

7 PM  Laval at McMaster

7 PM  UBC-Okanagan at Toronto

7 PM  Queen’s at Bishop’s

7 PM ET  Saint Mary’s at UNB (Eric Garland Memorial Tournament at UNB)

8 PM  Winnipeg at Lakehead

Tbd Memorial at Brock

8 PM ET Concordia vs. Carleton (Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at UVic)

10 PM ET Guelph at Victoria (Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at UVic)

Saturday, Sept 30th

3 PM  UBC-Okanagan at Western

3 PM ET  Cape Breton vs. Saint Mary’s (Eric Garland Memorial Tournament at UNB)

7 PM ET  UQAM at UNB (Eric Garland Memorial Tournament at UNB)

7 PM Centennial (CCAA) at Windsor

7 PM Memorial at McMaster

8 PM ET  Guelph vs. Concordia (Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at UVic)

10 PM ET  Carleton at Victoria (Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at UVic)

10 PM ET  Seattle Mountaineers at Trinity Western

Sunday, Oct. 1st

TBA  Humber (CCAA) at Nipissing

11 AM ET  Saint Mary’s vs. UQAM (Eric Garland Memorial Tournament at UNB)

NOON  Memorial at York

3 PM ET  Carleton vs. Guelph (Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at UVic)

3 PM ET  Cape Breton at UNB (Eric Garland Memorial Tournament at UNB)

4 PM  Ottawa at Bishop’s

4 PM ET  UNBC at Lethbridge

5 PM ET  Concordia at Victoria (Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at UVic)

Week of 2nd October

Wednesday, Oct. 4th 

TBA  St. Lawrence-Kingston (CCAA) at Queen’s

7:30 PM  Lambton (CCAA) at Western

Thursday, Oct. 5th

TBA  Laurentian at Brandon

7 PM  Fanshawe (CCAA) at Laurier

8 PM  Saskatchewan at Toronto

8 PM ET  Acadia vs. McMaster (Calgary Cup)

10 PM ET McGill at Calgary (Calgary Cup)

10 PM ET  Bishop’s at Victoria (Belmont S.S. in Victoria, BC)

10:30 PM ET NAIT (CCAA) at Thompson Rivers

Friday, Oct 6th

2 PM ET  Laurentian vs. Winnipeg (Manitoba tournament)

4 PM ET  Algoma at Manitoba (Manitoba tournament)

5 PM York vs. Dalhousie (Concordia Tournament)

5 PM ET UPEI vs. SAIT (CCAA) (Capers Fall Classic in Syndey, NS)

7 PM ET  Waterloo vs. Alberta (UBC Invitational)

7 PM ET St. FX at Cape Breton (Capers Fall Classic in Sydney, NS)

7  PM  Regina at Concordia (Concordia Tournament)

8 PM ET McGill vs. McMaster (Calgary Cup)

9 PM ET  Medicine Hat College (CCAA) at Lethbridge

10 PM ET Acadia at Calgary (Calgary Cup)

10 PM ET  Bishop’s at UBC (UBC Invitational)

Saturday, Oct. 7th

2 PM  Saskatchewan at Ryerson

2 PM Regina vs. York (Concordia Tournament)

4 PM ET  SAIT (CCAA) vs. St. FX (Capers Fall Classic in Sydney, NS)

4 PM Dalhousie at Concordia (Concordia Tournament)

4 PM  Franklin and Marshall (NCAA Division III/Lancaster, Pa.) at Western

6 PM ET  UPEI at Cape Breton (Capers Fall Classic in Sydney, NS)

6 PM ET Algoma vs. Winnipeg (Manitoba tournament)

7 PM ET McGill vs. Acadia (Calgary Cup)

7 PM ET Bishop’s vs. Alberta (UBC Invitational)

8 PM ET  Laurentian at Manitoba (Manitoba tournament)

9 PM ET McMaster vs. Calgary (Calgary Cup)

9 PM ET  Medicine Hat College (CCAA) at Lethbridge

10 PM ET Waterloo at UBC (UBC Invitational)

10 PM ET Trinity Western at UBC-O

Sunday, Oct 8th

Noon  Dalhousie vs. Regina (Concordia Tournament)

Noon ET  St. FX vs. UPEI (Capers Fall Classic in Sydney, NS)

2 PM  York at Concordia (Concordia Tournament)

2 PM ET  SAIT (CCAA) at Cape Breton (Capers Fall Classic in Sydney, NS)

TBA  NCAA Division III at Ryerson

6:30 PM ET  Waterloo vs. Victoria (at UBC)

Week of 9th  October

Tuesday, Oct 10th

4 PM  Franklin and Marshall (NCAA Division III/Lancaster, Pa.) at York

5 PM  Marietta College (NCAA Division III/Marietta, Oh.) at Windsor

Thursday, Oct. 12th

10:45 AM  Redeemer at Brock (Annual Anti-Bullying Game)

2 PM  Laurier vs. UQAM (49th Naismith Classic at Waterloo)

4 PM  Ottawa vs. Regina (49th Naismith Classic at Waterloo)

7 PM ET  Western vs. UBC (at Graham Shootout, Saskatchewan)

8 PM  MacEwan at Waterloo (49th Naismith Classic at Waterloo)

8 PM Saint Mary’s at McMaster

9 PM ET  Mount Royal at Saskatchewan (Graham Shootout, Saskatchewan)

Friday, Oct. 13th

Noon  Laurier vs. Regina (49th Naismith Classic at Waterloo)

2 PM  Ottawa vs. MacEwan (49th Naismith Classic at Waterloo)

4 PM  Concordia vs. Lethbridge (Tindall Memorial Tournament at Queen’s)

4 PM  UQAM at Waterloo (49th Naismith Classic at Waterloo)

TBA Cape Breton at UPEI (Mickey Place Tournament at UPEI)

TBA Maine Fort-Kent (Mickey Place Tournament at UPEI)

6 PM   Bishop’s vs. Acadia (House-Laughton Invitational at Carleton)

7 PM ET Western vs. MacEwan (at Graham Shootout, Saskatchewan)

7 PM  Saint Mary’s at Toronto

7 PM  UNB at Guelph

8 PM  Laval at Carleton (House-Laughton Invitational at Carleton)

8 PM  Dalhousie at Queen’s (Tindall Memorial Tournament at Queen’s)

8 PM  Algoma at Lakehead

9 PM UBC at Saskatchewan (Graham Shootout, Saskatchewan)

11 PM ET  Victoria at Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, BC)

Saturday, Oct. 14th

Noon  Ottawa vs. UQAM (49th Naismith Classic at Waterloo)

1 PM Algoma at Lakehead

2 PM  Dalhousie vs. Concordia (Tindall Memorial Tournament at Queen’s)

2 PM Gwynedd Mercy (NCAA Division III/Gwynedd Valley, Pa.) at York

3 PM ET  UBC vs. Mount Royal (Graham Shootout, Saskatchewan)

4 PM Laurier vs. MacEwan (49th Naismith Classic at Waterloo)

TBA Cape Breton at UPEI (Mickey Place Tournament at UPEI)

TBA Maine Fort-Kent (Mickey Place Tournament at UPEI)

5 PM ET Western at Saskatchewan (Graham Shootout at Saskatchewan)

6 PM  Acadia vs. Laval (House-Laughton Invitational at Carleton)

6 PM Lethbridge at Queen’s (Tindall Memorial Tournament at Queen’s)

6 PM  Saint Mary’s at Guelph

6 PM ET  Victoria at Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, BC)

7 PM UNB at Toronto

8 PM  Bishop’s at Carleton (House-Laughton Invitational at Carleton)

8 PM Regina at Waterloo (49th Naismith Classic at Waterloo)

10 PM ET Thompson Rivers at Trinity Western

Sunday, Oct. 15th

TBA  Nipissing at Canadore (CCAA)

Noon  Laval vs. Bishop’s (House-Laughton Invitational at Carleton)

Noon  Lethbridge vs. Dalhousie (Tindall Memorial Tournament at Queen’s)

2 PM  Acadia at Carleton (House-Laughton Invitational at Carleton)

2 PM  Gwynedd Mercy (NCAA Division III, Gwynedd Valley, Pa.) at Guelph

3 PM  UNB at York

4 PM Concordia at Queen’s (Tindall Memorial Tournament at Queen’s)

Week of 16th  October

Thursday, Oct. 19th

7:30 PM Waterloo at Michigan Dearborn (NAIA/Dearborn, MI)

7 PM  Queen’s at Laval (Laval Tournament)

TBA  Nipissing at Acadia

9 PM ET  Memorial at MacEwan

Friday, Oct. 20th

3 PM  Concordia at Ottawa (Jack Donohue Memorial Tournament)

4 PM ET  University of Great Falls (NAIA/Great Falls, MT) vs. UBC-O (WolfPack Invitational at TRU)

6 PM ET Regina at Thompson Rivers (WolfPack Invitational at TRU)

7 PM  St. FX at UQAM

7 PM ET  Nipissing at Saint Mary’s

7 PM  Laurier at Bishop’s

8 PM  Toronto at McGill (Redbird Classic at McGill)

5 PM  UNB vs. Queen’s (Laval tournament)

TBA Lakehead vs. Manitoba (Lea Marc Printing Tournament at Winnipeg)

TBA Brandon at Winnipeg (Lea Marc Printing Tournament at Winnipeg)

7 PM  Calgary at Brock (RBC Brock Invitational)

TBA York at Alberta (Golden Bear Invitational)

TBA Memorial vs. Lethbridge (Golden Bear Invitational)

10 PM ET  Trinity Western at Northwest Junior College (Powell, WY)

Saturday, Oct. 21th

2 PM ET  Regina vs. UBC-O (WolfPack Invitational at TRU)

5 PM ET  University of Great Falls (NAIA/Great Falls, MT) at Thompson Rivers (WolfPack Invitational)

TBA  Nipissing at Dalhousie

7 PM  Toronto at UQAM

7 PM  UNB at Laval (Laval Tournament)

7 PM  Concordia vs. Laurier (at Jack Donohue/uOttawa)

7 PM St. FX at McGill (Redbird Classic at McGill)

8 PM  ET  Seattle Mountaineers at UBC

8 PM ET  Trinity Western at Eastern Oregon (NAIA/LeGrande, OR)

TBA Ryerson at Brock (RBC Brock Invitational)

TBA Calgary at Windsor (RBC Brock Invitational)

TBA Brandon vs Manitoba (Lea Marc Printing Tournament at Winnipeg)

TBA Lakehead at Winnipeg (Lea Marc Printing Tournament at Winnipeg)

TBA Memorial at Alberta (Golden Bear Invitational)

TBA York vs. Lethbridge (Golden Bear Invitational)

Sunday, Oct. 22th

NOON  Toronto vs. St. FX (at McGill)

2 PM  Laurier at Ottawa (Jack Donohue Memorial Tournament)

TBA  Carleton at Northeastern (NCAA Division 1 in Boston)

TBA Ryerson vs. Calgary (RBC Brock Invitational)

3 PM ET York at MacEwan

5 PM ET  Seattle Mountaineers at Victoria

Week of 23rd  October

Tuesday, Oct. 24th

TBA  Carleton at Dartmouth (NCAA Division 1/New Hampshire)

Friday, Oct. 27th

5 PM ET  Cape Breton/X/UPEI/Dal * draw has not been set* (St. FX Invitational)

6 PM  Nipissing at McGill

7 PM ET Cape Breton/X/UPEI/Dal * draw has not been set* (St. FX Invitational)

Saturday, Oct. 28th

TBA  Nipissing at UQAM

TBA  Carleton at Providence (NCAA Division 1/Providence, RI)

4 PM  Ottawa at McGill

5 PM ET  St. FX Invitational Consolation Final

7 PM ET  St. FX Invitational Championship Final

Sunday, Oct. 29th

TBA  Carleton at Colgate (NCAA Division 1/Colgate, NY)

6 PM Laval at Ottawa

Lancers dig out of early hole in impressive win over Apollo BC

Windsor 81, Apollo BC (Dutch 1st Division) 67… 6’7″ Luke Allin knocked down five 3’s as part of his game-high 22 point effort and the Lancers recovered from an early 16-0 deficit to move to 2-0 on their trip to the Netherlands with an impressive come-from-behind victory over a Dutch Pro Division 1 team in Amsterdam.  5’10” Mike Rocca added 18 points for Windsor including a clutch 7 for 7 effort from the free throw line in the final 2 1/2 minutes after Apollo had cut the lead to 3 at 66-63 with 3 minutes remaining.

Allin helped Windsor dig out of an early 16-0 hole – Apollo made threes on their first four possessions of the game – but Lancers answered quickly as Allin had 8 points in a 16-1 Lancers run that got the game back to even and Windsor finished the half on a 36-15 run to lead by 5 at halftime.  With the score tied at 48, Lancers took the lead for good with a 14-5 run to lead by 9 with 6 minutes remaining in the game.  Apollo had one final run to get it to three but Windsor was 9 for 9 from the stripe down the stretch to clinch it.

6’1″ Marcus Jones added 15 points for Windsor which made 14 threes in the game and had 10 players hit the score sheet including 7 different Lancers knocking down 3’s in the game.

Windsor concludes their three game tour of the Netherlands tonight against Grasshoppers Katwijk (Dutch 2nd Division).

Late Lancers run leads to victory in Amsterdam

6’3″ freshman Zach Doxilly (Sarnia Northern) had 8 of his 10 points during a game-deciding 12-0 run late in the fourth quarter as the Lancers pulled away for a 72-61 win over Club Harlemlakers (Dutch 2nd Division) last night in Amsterdam in the first of three games for Windsor in the Netherlands.

5’10” Mike Rocca had four 3’s as part of his team-high 16 point performance while 6’1″ newcomer Marcus Jones added 14.  Windsor trailed 30-29 at the half but rode the work of Rocca and Jones to grab a 5 point lead at 53-48 by the end of the third.  The hosts grabbed a brief 61-60 lead but then Doxilly took over.

6’9″ third-year forward Pim Hurkmans added 10 points for Windsor including two 3’s while 6’4″ Lucas Orlita added 9 as Windsor knocked down 10 threes in the victory.

Lancers also got a meaningful contribution 6’6″ Jay Trojek (transfer Lambton College) who finished with 4 points while 6’7″ Luke Allin was held to a single three- point make, scoring just 3 points.  Windsor continues to play without prized 6’3″ transfer Telloy Simon, who was held out for precautionary injury reasons and 6’7″ sophomore Anthony Zrvnar is not with the team while he completes a family vacation in native Serbia.

Windsor now faces a tough squad in Dutch 1st Division club B.C. Apollo Amsterdam this evening.  Apollo finished 9-19 in 6th place last season in the 8 team Dutch Basketball League.  Windsor closes their three-game tour of the Netherlands with a game on Thursday, September 7th against Grasshoppers Katwijk (Dutch 2nd Division).

Early 4th quarter run propels Hofstra over McGill

Hofstra 87, McGill 76 … 6’1″ junior Justin Wright-Foreman had 7 of his game-high 33 points during the game-deciding 14-0 in the first 4 minutes of the fourth quarter as the Pride pulled away in the fourth.

After McGill closed the third quarter on an 18-5 run to lead by 5, Wright-Foreman and 6’7″ freshman Matija Radovic (20 points on 5-6 3’s/Montverde Academy) began getting to the rim for lay-ups or kick-outs.  Hofstra was aided during the run by five quick fouls in the first 4 minutes of the final quarter but Wright-Foreman, a lefty from Queen’s, NY was spectacular with several twisting moves to the rim and a 6-12 effort from three, including a dagger with about 1 minute remaining from about 5 feet behind the line that sealed it.

The game was played at late-season intensity with at least two instances that required referees to separate players and plenty of jawing among the competitors.  This environment was aided by a simply poor job of keeping the game under control by all three in grey; the game became very physical and at points chippy with an uneven reaction by the zebras.

McGill led by 5 early but the Pride, shooting a blistering 10-17 from three by halftime (including 4-4 from Radovic) came back to grab a 52-46 lead by the intermission.  Redmen kept pace on the heels of 7-14 shooting from downtown including a perfect 3-3 from 6’2″ freshman Jamal Mayali who continues to impress and looks to be in the heart of the McGill rotation already.  McGill also got a sterling offensive performance from 6’1″ Alex Paquin who showed in this game the ability to break down defenders off the dribble and get to the rim or pull up, with range beyond the three point line.  Paquin had 10 at the half and finished with 14 points, but tired and was not great defensively as he looks to be less than fit after the off-season.

McGill’s torrid third quarter run was led by 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun who had 7 of his 8 points in the stretch and a couple of man-sized rebounds plus 6’5″ Daniel Pieper who got to the rim going left at least three times and had all of his 9 points after halftime but was hurt by a 5-11 performance from the free throw line.  Mayali and Paquin led a balanced McGill attack with 14 points apiece while 6’9″ Noah Daoust added 12 as no Redmen played more than 27 minutes.

USC/Western Michigan starting now…



Hansen’s Pronghorns build on 2016-17 success

Coming off a second consecutive strong season, Mike Hansen’s Lethbridge Pronghorns (20-11 overall in ’16-’17) have retooled and our veteran Southern Alberta correspondent provides us with a comprehensive look at one of the more under-rated programs of the past few years that continues to push toward the top of Canada West.


This herd won’t be very impressive in hotel lobbies. They’re certainly hoping to turn some heads on the court however.

There are literally no primarily back-to-the-basket offensive players on the active Lethbridge men’s basketball roster. Regardless, there is guarded optimism surrounding a program that finished the 2016-17 Canada West regular season at 13-7, then bested UVic 2-0, before falling 2-1 to Alberta in the playoffs.

Six 2016-17 rotation performers and a heralded 18-year-old who red-shirted last year are in camp. They’re joined by three newcomers who look like certain rotation contributors. In fact, any, or all, could well start.

The four rotation players who have left the program include 6’4″ wing Elliott Sentance, 6’7″ post DeAngelo Ashley, 6’4″ wing Scott Mazutinec (off on a Mormon church mission) and 6′ guard Will Hickey, who completed his 5th year of eligibility.

Sentance, who has played for England and Great Britain in age-group competition, averaged 17.5 ppg for U of L last regular season and playoffs combined. He played 34 mpg in the five playoff tilts.

6’6″ Mark Rodehutskors is slated to contribute in more than just practice this time around. One day he might be able to play some with his back to the hoop, but for now he’s definitely a wing, or trail post.

Actually, the ‘Horns will have a definite back-to-the-basket offensive performer and defensive paint presence in practice this season. However, 6’8″, 235-pound Jeff Rodehutskors (yes, a brother) has to sit out game action this campaign after transferring from Calgary where he was a freshman last year. Odds are he won’t be sitting much the following four seasons.

As for the three heralded newcomers who are game eligible, all deserve significant billing. All were legit big name Alberta high school hoops performers. All started for provincial teams. All were much sought after by multiple U Sports programs.

6’2″ combo guard Kyle Peterson started 53 of 56 games for UVic in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Vikes went to nationals in both campaigns, Peterson then moved to Lethbridge and redshirted a season before serving two years on a Mormon mission.

6’7″ shooter Saren Westrop played one season at NCAA Division One Iona Gaels out of high school and then averaged over 10 ppg at NJCAA DI power Harcum College in suburban Philly last campaign, before returning to his hometown.

Like Peterson, 6’5 wing Awak Piom played high school ball at Edmonton Harry Ainlay, where his Titans won the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Alberta 4A (highest category) provincial titles. With apologies to Harbir Bains, Richard Foggo and Jamie McLellan, Piom is very arguably the biggest name high school player ever to join the ‘Horns from outside the area without having used post-secondary eligibility. However, like Peterson, Piom has not played competitively for some time.

Returning rotation performers on the 1st Choice Savings Centre court as school begins include 6’0″ Canada West second-team all-star Dejon Burdeaux. In regular season and playoffs combined he averaged 17.7 ppg last year, shooting .544 from the floor and .906 at the charity stripe, while dropping 4.3 dimes per tilt. He retrieved 5.7 caroms per game too. What’s more, Burdeaux’s greatest contribution is almost certainly on defense where he swiped 3.3 balls a game – and caused continual disruption. Often teams went out of their way not to have the man Burdeaux was guarding bring the ball up the court.

Other returning rotation types slated to contribute include 6’8″ wing/high post Zac Overwater, 6’4″ trail post Mike Pierzchala, 6’3″ wing Colton Gibb, 6′ point guard Brett Warren and 6′ guard Josh Sparkes.

It seems extremely likely that most prognosticators will have Alberta and UBC in some order as the top-two Canada West teams heading into 2017-18. Both play doubleheaders in Lethbridge during the last six games of the ‘Horns regular season, along with a home-and-home series with rival Calgary. Sounds like fun.    




Siena rallies late to edge McGill

Siena 79, McGill 71… Overcoming an early 10 point lead and then a 7 point deficit early in the fourth, the Saints outscored McGill 20-6 in the final 6 minutes to take what was a spirited, well-played game at Love Competition Hall.  After 6’2″ freshman Jamal Mayali knocked down a three against the Siena zone to give McGill a 65-59 lead, Redmen struggled to score and Saints got the ball inside to 6’9″ Canadian freshman Prince Oduro (18 points, 12 rebounds) and 6’7″ Evan Fisher (17 points, 5 rebounds) plus at least 3 key put-backs during the run as McGill struggled on the glass when it counted.  Redmen shot just 3-10 from three after halftime.

Siena used 10 first-half points from Fisher to grab a 4 point halftime lead, coming all the way back from an early double digit deficit led by Redmen 6-14 shooting from 3.  Saints extended to a 44-37 lead early in the third when McGill grabbed control with a 25-11 run to grab a 62-55 lead with 8 1/2 minutes left in the fourth.  The run was led by the long, athletic play of 6’5″ Avery Cadougen, who got to the rim several times for 7 of his 9 points, 6’9″ Noah Daoust (14 points), who dropped a three and a pair of lay-ins, 6’7″ Francois Bourque (14 points, 11 rebounds – 7 on “o” glass) and 6’2″ Jenning Leung who made a big three over the outstretched arms of Oduro after Siena switched a hand-off.  Siena then played a couple of possessions of 3-2 zone culminating in the Mayali three but McGill struggled off the bounce down the stretch and simply did not get the big rebound when needed.

Coach Dave DeAveiro shorten his bench in the second half, playing just 8 guys and giving ample time in the third quarter to 6’2″ sophomore Greg Trahan who was generally solid and McGill’s newest freshman impact player Mayali who has a multi-faceted offensive game as scorer, shooter and passer plus very good instincts defensively although it was Mayali’s man who twice had big put-backs down the stretch.  Prized 6’1″ recruit Alex Paquin did not play after halftime finishing with just 3 points in 10 minutes.

McGill now gets set to face Hofstra on Saturday at 3 PM ET as their busy summer comes to completion.


Is China next stop for Andrew Nicholson?

After being waived and his contract stretched by the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, 6’10” Andrew Nicholson, a loyal veteran of our National team program who just helped our Sr. team to 1-2 record at the FIBA Americup 2017 in Argentina, is likely on his way to what sources are saying will be a lucrative contract in China.

Numerous former NBA players have moved to China to play in the Chinese Basketball Association, which begins season #23 and has 20 teams organized into two 10-team divisions.  Players such as Stephon Marbury, Tracy McGrady, Gilbert Arenas, Andray Blatche, Jelani McCoy, Lamond Murray, Aaron Brooks, J.R. Smith and Michael Beasley have spent time in the CBA.

No word on how a potential move to the Far East will affect Nicholson’s availability for Canada’s first World Cup 2019 qualifying game against the Bahamas in Halifax in November.  Nicholson averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds per game at this week’s tournament in South America and would be welcomed addition to Canada’s campaign for World Cup qualifying.