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    Yeah, it's really imperative for Canadian university basketball and soccer talent to have a domestic outlet to play their professional version of the trade in order for those sports to grow further in "the Canadian brand" along with the overseas aspect, which no doubt is more experienced and will shelve more bucks. Deepens the national talent pool too. This spring and summer, two new Canadian top-flight pro leagues in basketball and soccer got launched in the Canadian Elite Basketball League, which completed its debut season a month ago, and soccer's Canadian Premier League. We'll delve more into the CEBL's relationship with the CIS pretty soon. But this Canada West article discusses the exciting new opportunities these two leagues provide for CIS male basketball and soccer players. In the CEBL's case, it also has a relationship with Canada Basketball, meaning CEBL teams can release its CIS players there onto Canada's junior national teams or student games without penalty. As of early July, 13 players with Canada West ties were on active CEBL rosters:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/7/8...cw-talent.aspx

    UBC-Okanagan's Aldrich Berrios went through some rough waters on-court with not a lot of winning in his first four years there. But his love for the game never wavered throughgout. He and his team were getting better with patience and perserveance paying off with a much better Heat win total that, at the time of this profile, was on pace for its first Canada West postseason berth. At that point, Berrios already got some performance highlights. Playing his best game that season with among the leaders in the prime stats in his 5th year senior season:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/9/1_9_2019_1550.aspx

    Lethbridge-Mount Royal's home and away weekend series definitely was not kind to the Cougars with both teams coming into this each with six wins when both are looking for better positioning. First in its Calgary home at Kenyon Court, MRU got downed bad by the Pronghorns with the Cougars shooting poorly and consequently couldn't make an effective comeback while Lethbridge took control of the second half with their offense maintaining momentum all along. However, the Pronghorns allowed the Cougars hang around in the second game that ultimately led to Mount Royal fighting toe-to-toe towards the final seconds that cost them. Pronghorn Brett Warren became the goat with his missed free throws and Glen Yang became the hero for the Cougars with his late three for the split:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1552.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1563.aspx

    Winnipeg's Adam Benrabah definitely was "in the zone" in the first game versus Thompson Rivers for a career-high 31 points and was an amazing 7-for-7 behind the three-point line with his Wesmen holding on for the 100-94 overtime win in Winnipeg, continuing on their best season starts in the program's history. Felt like it was going to slip away from them when they trailed by 14 points at the end of the second quarter. But Benrabah along with Billy Yaworsky hitting back-to-back triples to cut the lead to eight and Narcisse Ambanza, who later scored 22 in full, made his own three. Benrabah punctuated this 14-0 run with a four-point play with 21 second later after Ambanza's three couple of possessions later. This continued in the third after trailing 42-40 by surging ahead with an 8-2 run for its sixth time reaching 100 points. TRU's Derek Rhoades scored 30 points. Michael Rouault added 17 and Tyus De Vries had 14 to help the then-3-10 Wolfpack. But the Wolfpack in the fourth quarter with a 19-point lead staved off a late Wesmen 19-4 rally also at the Duckworth Centre. Did get 20 points from the bench--15 of them coming from Don Dayrit. Winnipeg's stars from the previous got cut down to size here. Derek Rhodes led five Wolfpack players in double figures with 21 points and Michael Roucault had 17 points and 11 rebounds as TRU moved to 6-8 on the season:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1551.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1557.aspx

    A defensive war of attrition in the first game in Prince George, British Columbia saw the Manitoba Bisons edge past the University of Northern British Columbia Timberolves 66-63 with a start going the complete opposite of what was to come. Manitoba's execution prevented Northern British Columbia in a good rhythm and into foul trouble. Jovan Leamy and Vova Pluzhnikov tried. But the Bisons' James Wagner finished the night with 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, leading his team to victory with hopes of turning the corner from a difficult schedule. More of the same defensively in the second game as the Bisons, again winning at UNBC, devised confusing and different defensive switching zones, man screens, and screen reads on the Timberwolves who couldn't react fast enough:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1562.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1567.aspx

    Alberta Golden Bears' 32-point third quarter surge powered an extension of the winning streak to 8 over lowly Brandon, who were "casual with the ball and had some careless turnovers" despite having the second quarter lead in the second game. Battled back but wasn't enough. Free throws were another indicator favo(u)ring Alberta with 7-for-8 and the Bobcats performing 8-16 at 50%:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1561.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1560.aspx

    #3 Calgary Dinos, one of Canada West powers and on the march to defend the championship, can be a daunting assignment for any team in the Canada West conference, showing off a wide array of talent and depth outside and inside as their ball movement created multiple open looks. That's what winless Grant MacEwen had to deal with and they flinched in front of them. Scorched by a hot Calgary start. But displayed resolve, heart and fight. The Dinos shot 52.1% from the field in the first game. Second game resulted even worse for the Griffins because whatever adjustments planned and made could not match the high-intensity and conditioning Calgary displayed. A learning experience for Grant MacEwen going winless to grow and carry on the direction where they can be where the defending champs are:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1559.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1554.aspx

    Another winless and struggling Canada West basketball team is getting a severe lesson from a conference blue blood in what it takes to win games. It's Trinity Western dealing with the #4 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in a weekend Vancouver clash over in suburban Langley at the Langley Events Centre. Outgunned TWU in the first one. The Spartans responded much better as they battled before falling 100-80 in the second game. Fifth year guard Josiah Allison hailing from nearby Abbotsford, BC with 24 points led the Spartans in scoring, while fifth year guard Vartan Tanielian from Byblos, Lebanon added 16 points. Third year forward Borja Soriano (Valencia, Spain) and third year guard Josiah Meppelink in his Langley, BC hometown added 10 points and 10 rebounds each. Manroop Clair with a game high 30 points and Grant Audu with 23 points and eight rebounds led the Thunderbirds:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1556.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1564.aspx

    Five Regina Cougars scored in double figures as the team cruised big against UBC-Okanagan in the first game. But on the second game, the Cougars watched and were nearly helpless when their 13-point 4th quarter lead nearly evaporated by the Heat's offense lead by Triston Matthews and his 28 points. But eventually held on track for the home weekend sweep:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1555.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1566.aspx

    Three pointers galore from both Victoria and Fraser Valley from the first "strange" game at the CARSA Performance Gym featuring the not-normally-high-scoring Cascades enjoying an impressive double-double from point guard and second-year Vick Toor who finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds five assists and three steals. Parm Bains put up 20 pointes, while Andrew Morris had 19. NCAA D1 transfer Sukhjot Bains had 15 points but got in to foul trouble mid-way through the game. Fraser Valley led for just over 37 minutes of the game and saw 10 threes drop that the Cascades triumphed. The Vikes had a poor start being in a hole that cost them but improved as the game went along. In another close one between the two, Victoria, being experienced in close games already, edged conference leaders UFV out by three when Bains couldn't force OT with a three in this down the wire thriller produced by a crazy Victoria second half rally.
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1553.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1565.aspx
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    Those #4 Thunderbirds from Vancouver swooped in to Brandon, Manitoba and completely overpower past the Brandon Bobcats keeping their winning streak alive during the sweep starting that Friday afternoon. British Columbia has six players in double figures. Brandon had just two. Second game was even more dominance from British Columbia to win by 20 and go 15-1:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1569.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1577.aspx

    Lopsided cruising was in effect for the Manitoba Bisons for both games in Winnipeg at the Investors Group Athletic Centre. The Bisons' opponents Trinity Western just were unfortunate to run into them like with every Canada West they played against and likely for the rest of the way. Kieran Zziwa played Manitoba's star in the first game by doubling on his season output in points. Isaac Miller-Jose, the second-year forward hailing from Wellington, New Zealand, put up 20 points and added nine rebounds in his minutes. Another second-year forward, Risto Zimbakov also contributed 12 points as did another bench player Wyatt Tait. Zziwa and The Herd kept things up with more dominance and outside shooting in the second game as Zach Giesbrecht, Rashawn Browne, and Malik Irwin also contributed:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1568.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1574.aspx

    Thompson Rivers failed to hold onto a 20-point lead one time in the second half and collapses to Regina 88-87 in Kamloops in the first game that went into OT. Would've saved themselves some grief if Benjamin Hillis' buzzer-beater made it. Another hard-fought game in the second for the two but never went into overtime. Again, the Regina Cougars triumphed with late baskets in the road sweep
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1578.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1580.aspx

    After Mount Royal stunned the Lethbridge Pronghorns in the second game, the team from even southern Alberta had lick their wounds quickly before a chance at rebounding on Victoria at home during their homestand that went on the next weekend. Powering over them with their dominant game during the weekend in both games was like chicken soup for the Pronghorns soul. At this point, this was about playoff positioning. Just stymied the Vikings in the second game's fourth quarter after being tied at 55-55. Coming into this game, Lethbridge was holding the #7 seed and Victoria was at #12 and final CW one. With these losses, the Vikes were in jeopardy in losing that being .500:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1576.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1572.aspx

    Mount Royal was 10th in the Canada West playoff race welcoming Saskatchewan, placed at 9th, to Calgary that weekend. The series contained huge implications in the Canada West standings as both teams came into the night with seven wins. The Mount Royal Cougars earned a split from Lethbridge. And Saskatchewan came off from a bye that last week. The Huskies rally past the Cougars in the first. Later ruined MRU's Senior Night and its graduating players at Kenyon Court: Glen Yang, LJ Hegwood, Wiande Kher, and Charn Gill. Yang was the leading scorer for Mount Royal with 22 points
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1575.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1571.aspx

    #6 Alberta in Edmonton certainly didn't believe eight to be enough in its win streak. So it went to 9 on Northern British Columbia who fought hard--and clinched a playoff spot. Not a shooting clinic for the Golden Bears but used their known stingy defense. But guess what? Those UNBC Timberwolves weren't the dormant as previously thought to be. Third year Tyrell Laing finished with a career-high 25 points that included a career-high seven three-pointers to help lead the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves to a big 81-70 upset victory the following Saturday night at the Saville Community Sports Centre to cease that two month-long 9-game winning streak, making them look out of sync:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1570.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1579.aspx

    UBC-Okanagan scorched the Grant MacEwen Griffins behind the arc in the first match making 20 of them early, often, and from deep. Five Heat players finished in double-figures, led by Phillip Okanlawon who had 22 points and seven boards. Shooting guard Triston Matthews finished with 21 points and seven rebounds while Aldrich Berrios (15 points), Hafith Moallin (11 points) and Jarrett Larsen (10 points) all also finished in double-digits. The Griffins, who stayed with Heat until the final buzzer, were led by Jake Notice who had 22 points and nine boards while Abdullah Shittu used his size down low to finish with 16 points and five blocks. And a hot start with the 10-year anniversary of the Heat provincial champs in their BCAAA days on their minds fueled the second and important win at home in Kelowna that going with a 7-11 record by moving into the final playoff spot. Triston Matthews led the UBCO attack with 21 points on the night while Hafith Moallin had 19 points and nine assists for the home team. Senior Aldrich Berrios was extremely efficient all night long, finishing with 18 points on just 11 shot attempts to go with seven boards and four assists. MacEwan was led by Deonte Doslov-Doctor who had 13 points and eight boards for the visitors.Actually better offensively than in the first one with 48% overall and 52% from the three point line as Grant MacEwen shot poorly both overall and from behind the 3-point line:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/1...2019_1573.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1581.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1581.aspx
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    Gonna return to the AUS basketball with the second half of the season as much as I can with this post over in Atlantic Canada. Before we do this, I gotta bring out the AUS 2019-20 men's and women's regular season basketball schedule. It all starts Friday, Nov. 1 with Saint Mary's visiting UPEI. The two-time defending AUS champion Acadia Axewomen will open the season at home versus the Cape Breton Capers Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6 pm with the men's game set to follow at 8 pm (all times on Canada's Atlantic time). The reigning AUS men's basketball champion Dalhousie Tigers will host the StFX X-Men in their home opener Saturday, November 2 at 8 pm. The doubleheader will get underway at 6 pm with the women's game between the X-Women and the Tigers. Fall semester play wraps up Sunday, November 24 with the Memorial Sea-Hawks teams visiting StFX. Regular season play resumes Saturday, January 4 for the winter semester until the regular season concludes Saturday, Febuary 22. The 2020 Subway AUS Basketball Championships will once again be hosted by the AUS conference office at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia taking place February 28-March 1 with the winners of both heading to Ottawa:
    http://atlanticuniversitysport.com/s...20190523lioz0w

    Second half of the AUS men's basketball season started off in the new year on January 5 when #5 St. Mary's took care on struggling St. Francis Xavier to fall below .500 by 20 (84-64) with SMU Huskies star Kemar Alleyne from Scarborough, ON pacing all scorers with 20 points at the Homburg Centre in this Nova Scotia battle:
    https://smu.prestosports.com//sports...20190104x56j8c

    Memorial and New Brunswick came away in Newfoundland with a weekend split to start the new year right. The home Sea-Hawks win the first game 91-84 when both teams playing quickly and efficiently on the offensive level (yet caused 11 first half turnovers to overcome) but later fell to the V-Reds 87-77 while staying with them mostly until UNB staged a fourth quarter comeback in a four-point weekend series
    https://goredsgo.ca/sports/mbkb/2018...20190105za73w8
    https://goredsgo.ca/sports/mbkb/2018...20190106rtjyfq

    Acadia kicks off the new year with a new win to snap the Axemen's 3-game losing streak on powerhouse Dalhousie at home in a largely close match for only its second win of the season. Took advantage of the 3-point shooting:
    http://acadiaathletics.ca/sports/mbk...2019010602kk2c

    Cape Breton Capers win big by 20 at home 90-70 leaving the Prince Edward Island Panthers searching for answers in an important 4-point game after coping with Capers star Osman Omar and his 29 points even when winning with some rallies:
    http://www.gocapersgo.ca/sports/mbkb...20190106bc1izt

    In this other Nova Scotia rivalry battle, it was the Dalhousie Tigers showing and enjoying their quality over St. Francis Xavier sending them down further in the standings winning both home and home games. The X-Men tried but fell short in the first game 69-66 with a late fourth quarter rally. Not for trying with Justin Andrews' 24 points to lead everyone. Second game was just as close at the Dalplex starring interior play from the X-Men, three point shooting, defense, and chipping away at leads:
    https://goxgo.prestosports.com//spor...20190109wyst2x
    https://dalhousie.prestosports.com//...20190111vnhl63

    It was all up and down again for the Varsity Reds again the next weekend at home. First they win on Cape Breton with hot shooting following a tough loss to Memorial from Ibrahima Doumbouya leading the Reds with a double-double, scoring 21 points and grabbing 19 rebounds, while Sydneysider Daniel Pitcher scored 14. Montreal's Daniel Levitt added 11 points off the bench. But an energized Omar from the Capers took charge with 32 points for the second game win. Again the Reds chipped away at the lead but couldn't overcome it:
    https://goredsgo.ca/sports/mbkb/2018...20190111y7nyi0
    https://goredsgo.ca/sports/mbkb/2018...20190112oncr4s

    AUS leaders St. Mary's ravaged over the struggling UPEI Panthers for the home Homburg Centre weekend sweep like Johneil Johnson being the Huskies star to remain undefeated. Got worse in the second game for the Panthers with a demoralizing 40-point loss. Amin Suleman couldn't help things for the Panthers:
    https://smu.prestosports.com//sports...20190112cg91in
    https://smu.prestosports.com//sports...20190113ani01m

    Acadia keeps the winning going to make it to 3 wins to start 2019 in knocking off Memorial in both games at home at Wolfsville, Nova Scotia after making it back in the first game. Was more about restricting the shooting attempts on both teams in the first game:
    http://acadiaathletics.ca/sports/mbk...20190112sdwptl
    http://acadiaathletics.ca/sports/mbk...20190113q6nfou

    Thrilling game between Dalhousie and St. Mary's in the Halifax battle at the Homburg Centre. But the Tigers failed to cease the #5 Huskies' winning streak here 69-63:
    https://smu.prestosports.com//sports...20190116ahn87g

    Perhaps the best game of the 2019-20 AUS season or across the CIS. This one went to double overtime between St. Francis Xavier and Cape Breton at the Oland Centre. Reuben Edwards scored 32 points for Cape Breton for the win. Justin Edwards had 24 for the X-Men, who brought it to the first OT:
    https://goxgo.prestosports.com//spor...20190116y11fj2
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    CIS' 2019-20 basketball season is already underway that started last week with the OUA games. We already saw the debut of the new Ontario Tech Ridgebacks facing what was, until the UOIT's arrival, the youngest OUA basketball program in the Nipissing Lakers as among the first OUA games--and CIS overall. Spoiler alert: Ontario Tech lost both men's and women's debut. I still haven't finished up all the conferences details from last season, much less returning to the CCAA and Simon Fraser. This week, the AUS and Canada West start their respective seasons. RSEQ kicks off its 30th conference basketball season next week. I will head towards them all sometime in this week as I continue to finish off last season. Likely Wednesday so I won't become too far behind. As for last season's national postseason, that will have to wait until the winter breaks. The CCAA actually started two weeks ago with the OCAA.

    Need to get back on Simon Fraser starting with the men's and women's schedules kicking off on November 11 and even playing some Canadian schools from Canada West and the CCAA. GNAC conference play for SFU really won't start until December with Western Washington and Montana St.-Billings facing them:
    https://athletics.sfu.ca/schedule.aspx?path=mbball
    https://athletics.sfu.ca/schedule.aspx?path=wbball
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    That double overtime home loss to Cape Breton apparently helped St. Francis Xavier in terms of experience learning how to win. That skid was over in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island when the X-Men came up victorious by coming from behind to beat UPEI Panthers with that hard-fought momentum, wrestling control from the Panthers 78-74:
    https://goxgo.prestosports.com//spor...20190119b5dcba

    The Varsity Reds from New Brunswick halted Acadia's 3-game winning streak over in Wolfville in the first half of the Nova Scotia weekend road trip. The Axemen couldn't maintain their footing after a 14-14 first quarter tie, especially when the V-Reds light it up scoring-wise afterwards. Three UNB scorer went double digits
    with only one for Acadia. Big bad St. Mary's was up next for UNB:
    https://goredsgo.ca/sports/mbkb/2018...20190119bkwakp

    And big, bad #5 SMU just keep rolling to its 11 consecutive win of the season over New Brunswick. Outscoring them 26-11 in the fourth quarter in a reasonably close one towards victory. Chris Spurrell for UNB and St. Mary's Nico Brauner from Hettenhain, Germany scored 19 points apiece to pace their respective universities with Brauner getting a double double adding 13 rebounds. Ibrahima Doumbauya scored 16 points while Daniel Levitt (Montreal, QC) added 10 points off the bench for the UNB Reds, who drop to 8-5 on the year. Kemar Alleyne added 14 points for SMU while Johneil Johnson had 13 off the bench and Nikita Kasongo chipped in 11 for the undefeated Huskies:
    https://smu.prestosports.com/sports/...20190120bquh78

    Winning continues on for the undefeated St. Mary's Huskies for their next week's slate of games at home. All the way to 12 games in a row. St. Mary's later headed over to Newfoundland for a date with the Memorial Sea-Hawks. The Hawks were brimming with confidence and energy at their home gym from the start to their benefit. Yet SMU was comfortable there shooting well offensively and balanced and were able to extend their disperse offensive contributions into the second half. Third quarter saw both the Huskies and Sea-Hawks "scrapping and clawing for any break in the close game". MUN fails to convert plays to their defeat as St. Mary's extended their lead:
    https://smu.prestosports.com//sports...20190121kbn8ag

    Cape Breton Capers take it to 3 wins in a row bursting the door open at home in Sydney, Nova Scotia on Acadia 82-56. CBU played excellent all game long with pressure defense as well as displaying their offense:
    http://gocapersgo.ca/sports/mbkb/201...20190120oeqk3e

    Prince Edward Island Panthers contributed to a "spirited fourth quarter run" at home to edge out perrenial powerhouse Dalhousie Tigers 70-67. And they turned to fifth-year senior forward Milorad Sedlarevic willed to make big baskets--triples in his case--for UPEI in that period and finish with a game-high of 27 points to not just end their 8-game losing streak but stay in contention for the AUS Tournament:
    https://gopanthersgo.prestosports.co...20190120vdgsu0

    St. Mary's wins again to extend to 13 games. Fast pace. Going back and forth with no established leads formed until late in the second half. Great three-point shooting. Home Acadia couldn't later take advantage of converting baskets after rebounds in the final fourth quarter minutes to cap its rally and powered by its energizing fans. Nico Brauner was at it again now with 32 points. First-year Axemen guard Jacques Lukusa from Ottawa impressed with 28 points in a losing cause:
    https://smu.prestosports.com//sports...20190125fae62u

    New Brunswick returns to winning as St. Francis Xavier returns to losing with the Reds taking the weekend series from the X-Men. Building a convincing lead in both games the X-Men couldn't eat their way out of. Although the second game the New Brunswick V-Reds endured early struggles before turning things around to keep their foot on the gas:
    https://goredsgo.ca/sports/mbkb/2018...20190125yitbb3
    https://goredsgo.ca/sports/mbkb/2018...20190126x8xbnw

    Want another AUS team that reverted to losing? Try UPEI. Lost both weekend road games to Memorial at Newfoundland. To almost the exact score 88-69 and 88-70 to the Sea-Hawks' sweep to edge over the Panthers with a 5-9 record. MUN played confident with Prince Edward Island struggled by contrast:
    http://www.goseahawks.ca/sports/mbkb...20190130u6adiw
    http://www.goseahawks.ca/sports/mbkb...20190130u85lki

    The Capers' 3-game winning streak ends at the hands of the Dalhousie Tigers at the Sullivan Fieldhouse filled to capacity 93-84 to wrap up their January. The Tigers played strong in the third quarter outscoring them and used their size advantage and defense. Never mind that Cape Breton later outscored Dalhousie in the fourth but no prevailing. DAL was led by Alex Carson with 26 points and 7 rebounds. The Tigers also received double digit performances from Xavier Ochu (13), Jordan Wilson (12), Sascha Kappos (12) and Cedric Sanogo (11). Cape Breton were led in scoring by Reuben Edwards with 25 points. The Tigers contained current AUS scoring leader Osman Omar of the CAPERS to 13 points. DAL's defence, with Alex Carson, Sascha Kappos (14), and Jordan Brathwaite (13) shining on offense that weekend, proved even more of a riddle to solve in the next game and constrained CBU as a whole yet battled back again in the fourth with Ibrahim Gosselin-Diawara finishing in double figures:
    http://gocapersgo.ca/sports/mbkb/201...20190126w4k2e9
    http://gocapersgo.ca/sports/mbkb/201...20190127ogyhza

    First six AUS days in February were 4-point games of competition, an all-important time to rack up some points for the AUS Tournament qualification. When programs might came down to that like with goal/point differentials in world tournaments if tiebreakers are needed. Dalhousie broke out with a third quarter performance at the Dalplex for the home Halifax win against Acadia with defensive intensity to slow down the Axemen's outside shooting. Mike Shoveller played Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside for DAL. Sascha Kappos led the Tigers for the win with 15 points:
    http://daltigers.ca/sports/mbkb/2018...20190202vo6b4h

    Two huge wins from UPEI. Memorial making its postseason push getting three wins in a row with St. Francis Xavier becoming the latest victims on Coach K Court at the Oland Centre. All over after the third quarter but hung on for the 82-79 victory. But just when the X-Men came off with a flying start and the Sea-Hawks were working on the screws for another certain win, STFX fought in a tense fourth quarter for the win with all five starters finishing the game in double figures for those important 4 points at home:
    http://www.goseahawks.ca/sports/mbkb...20190201f4ku7l
    https://www.goxgo.ca/sports/mbkb/201...20190203rkk1a9
    http://www.goseahawks.ca/sports/mbkb...201902031bvsgw
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    Another Cape Breton fourth quarter comeback bid fell short. But this was to the too deep St. Mary's Huskies in the first half of the home and home weekend series
    with five Huskies earning double digits points at the Sullivan Fieldhouse--Kemar Alleyne led the way with 28 points, Brent Martindale (12), Nikita Kasongo (11), Johneil Johnson (10) and Kordeiro James (10). But so did the Capers with Osman Omar leading the way with 26 points, Shacier Locke with 15, Eugene Kankue with 12, and Paul Watson & Ibrahim Gosselin-Diawara each had 10. Second game saw Kemar Alleyne acting as the main contributor for the Huskies going to 16 with 29 points over Acadia:
    http://gocapersgo.ca/sports/mbkb/201...20190202vt9mp9
    http://www.smuhuskies.ca/sports/mbkb...20190203b6crp6
    http://www.smuhuskies.ca/sports/mbkb...20190208xn0lpw
    http://www.acadiaathletics.ca/sports...20190126xljaty

    Locking things down defensively was tremendously key for UNB coming from a sluggish first quarter with the Prince Edward Island Panthers. Another win for the defending AUS champs as they restricted UPEI, who simply had no answer for this, to just 45 points the rest of the way:
    https://goredsgo.ca/sports/mbkb/2018...20190202yohwls

    And after the Axemen made their way across Nova Scotia to face another provincial rival in St. Francis Xavier on four days away. The X-Men, three days off their latest win realized the urgency of their postseason prospects with just only several games to go. A hot streak was needed to make it to 2. Jayden Smith's buzzer-beater gave them that and the important 4 points:
    http://www.acadiaathletics.ca/sports...20190206zig001
    https://www.goxgo.ca/sports/mbkb/201...20190206yblta9

    Acadia hands Cape Breton a heartbreaking third consecutive loss in overtime--and a thrilling comeback too 83-80:
    http://gocapersgo.ca/sports/mbkb/201...20190209yzadkr

    Undefeated AUS leaders St. Mary's had to come from behind for a 78-74 road win against St. Francis Xavier at the Oland Centre in Antigonish, Nova Scotia to stay that way to display their top-notch pedigree. The struggling X-Men did indeed grant them a serious challenge from the beginning as they, by contrast, were fighting for their playoff hopes. SMU didn't shoot well in the first half and turned to the bench early to produce some rhythm:
    https://goxgo.prestosports.com//spor...20190210aiuk1c
    http://smuhuskies.ca/sports/mbkb/201...20190210b94t12

    Dalhousie welcomes the Panthers to the Dalplex and got their revenge 98-61 on them on a Sunday afternoon. Keevan Veinot created a triple double of 11 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. After offensive trading in the first half, bad turnovers and failure to crash the boards against the Tigers worked against Prince Edward Island to their demise and capitalized that to push the basketball in transition to the hole in a faster pace. Only that saved them was three-point shooting but UPEI's shooting was awful overall. Game turned slower to the half court style once the game was decided:
    http://daltigers.ca/sports/mbkb/2018...20190210pn3rba
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    In this Saturday, November 2, 2019 Ottawa Citizen article, former Carleton Ravens coach Dave Smart explains why he resigned from being the Ravens coach after racking up all 14 of those record W.P. McGee CIS titles with nothing else to prove. Evidently as his pondering thoughts over leaving were going on for some time since last October with a firmness come February. That and there was a house fire while Smart's family was over in Halifax for the national championship. Still significantly involved with the Ravens' basketball programs and at games along with building ties with other Ottawa sports teams like with the NHL's Ottawa Senators. Still gets coaching offers from the NCAA and NBA (as an assistant there). I think Smart will return to coaching in the near future. Assuming Ottawa eventually gets awarded a future CEBL or NBL Canada franchise, he'd be a no-brainer as its head coach/GM:
    https://ottawacitizen.com/sports/loc...-from-coaching

    Carleton are deep as always but a new head coach, a former Carleton player who successfully coached the women to its first Bronze Baby. Because of this, I'll be interested to see them face opponents with a lot of size that rebounds well like a Ryerson, itself without its longstanding coach. Valparaiso did well defending them in the paint based on stats, but they've found multiple answers from 3 point line since that game. Crosstown in the National Capital Region, Ottawa has a guy hailing from Dr. James Naismith's hometown of Almonte, Ontario in Sam Dyck. Posters at Canadian Hoops Talk says that TJ Fall at Carleton will redshirt this season with Cucak has a groin issue.

    First CIS 2019-20 Top 10 men's national rankings came out October 28 before the season started--we'll return to complete last season with all the conferences' regular seasons tomorrow--all 48 coaches participated in the poll. No surprise who's at #1 to start with:

    1. Carleton (0-0) / 479 pts (47 first place votes)
    2. Dalhousie (0-0) / 422 (1)
    3. Ottawa (0-0) / 333
    4. Calgary (0-0) / 311
    5. Alberta (0-0) / 262
    6. Wilfrid Laurier (2-0) / 200
    7. Brock (1-0) / 170
    8. Saskatchewan (0-0) / 105
    9. Saint Mary's (0-0) / 94
    10. Lethbridge (0-0) / 87
    Other teams receiving votes: Ryerson (53), Bishop's (49)

    A few notes based this first 2019-20 poll. First time Lethbridge is in Top 10 since March 7, 2000. First time British Columbia is out of Top 10 since November 17, 2015. In Ryerson's case, it was more recent, they last missed Top 10 on January 16, 2018 before that Roy Rana national championship campaign stretch. Be interested in who was the lone Dalhousie Tigers first place vote--Carleton's Taffe Charles?

    Canada's basketball golden age that the nation is enjoying today can be traced decades before being built with one important figure along with many moments, teams, players, coaches, builders, and other contributors before things reach a crescendo. A Victoria, BC native by the name of Steve Nash admired him as a basketball-loving youth as he watched point guard Eli Pasquale lead his Victoria Vikes with his coach Ken Shields to that legendary consecutive 5-title run from 1979-84 in Canadian college basketball armed with "that laser focus and unshakeable determination" honed from his youth in Sudbury and remained competitive in games, practices, and fitness. It's like where Carleton is now at the time. He left the program as the University of Victoria's alltime leading scorer with his #13 retired. The Sudbury, Ontario native Pasquale also lead Canada to golden glory with coach Jack Donahue at the 1983 World University Games in Edmonton, upsetting the United States along the way loaded future NBA legends and Olympic gold medalists Charles Barkley and Karl Malone and shutting down Yugoslavia's Drazen Petrovic in the final. It was Pasquale, says Nash, that convinced him that he had the goods to make into the NBA because Nash reminded Pasquale of himself even when he was a camp consellor. Boy, was Pasquale right about Nash and happily passed the Canadian point guard torch to him. Eli told Steve to dream and aim higher than Eli ever did, beyond the seemingly finite confines of their backgrounds; Nash at the time only had the Santa Clara offer from the USA that he took.

    Sad to serve as the bearer of bad news but Eli Pasquale, inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame 2003 class, died Monday from cancer at age of 59 in Victoria. Also inducted into the B.C. Basketball Hall of Fame (2004), the University of Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (2005), Sudbury Ontario Sports Hall of Fame (200, and the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (2014), Pasquale was one of Canada's greatest basketball players ever but had the misfortune of trying to play in the NBA at a time during the 1980s when NBA teams' staff like coaches and GMs didn't take Canadian basketball players seriously and didn't know them, even those who played very well internationally and in college like him unless they were in the NCAA. Pasquale was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the fifth round of the 1984 NBA Draft and played three pre-season games for the team before being released due to a trade Seattle made to get Gerald Henderson. Later tried out with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls next year--would've been interesting if he and Bill Wennington were teammates winning title together with MJ--but got cut there too to make way for former Notre Dame guard John Paxson coming from San Antonio. A known NBA quantity in the NBA's pecking order who provided spot-up shooting. He later played pro basketball in Argentina, West Germany, and Switzerland. As a Canada international, he lead "gritty" Canada to the Olympics with Los Angeles 1984 4th place finish and Seoul 1988 with 6th place as one half of the starting backcourt with former SFU star and friend Jay Triano (made "The Three Ragus" with Romel Raffin) after starting out as a reserve guard in 1982 WCs in Colombia. Tried for a third with Barcelona but his bid was cut short due to a leg injury--many say they would've made it. Came back after five years away in 1997 for the Tournament of the Americas at the age of 37 to get them qualified in the 1998 World Championships. He operated basketball youth camps his son Manny now runs. Eli was a true team leader who was greatly respected by his teammates who followed by instinct, coaching staff and by opposing competitors--and a good guy. His death touched many prominent figures in the Canadian basketball community like Triano, Dwight Walton, and Shields. Truly a sad day in Canadian basketball. RIP, Eli:
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/...quale-dies-59/
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/...tched-heights/
    https://theprovince.com/sports/baske...-olympic-teams
    https://ca.nba.com/news/jay-triano-r...e1lyc2m9ur3puq
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    This is how the University of Victoria Vikes are remembering Eli Pasquale as one of its biggest sports icons for his world class talents and competitive spirit that contributed to the program winning the first 5 consecutive titles out of 7 (that eventually became in his dynastic 1980s time there (ultimately as one of the greatest basketball players Canada ever produced. His old teammates like Phil Ohl, Kelly Dukeshire out of Oak Bay, fellow two-time Olympian Gerald Kazanowski from Nanaimo, Howard Kelsey, Ian Hyde-Lay, coach Ken Shields, and even field hockey star Ravi Kahlon reflect on him. There will be no funeral service but a memorial one at the old McKinnon Gym, where he made his magic to packed crowds. 59 is still too young to die:
    https://govikesgo.com/news/2019/11/5...way-at-59.aspx
    https://www.timescolonist.com/sports...all-1.23998975

    Steve Nash pays tribute with Doug Smith to his "hero" Eli who everyone loved in the Canadian basketball community:
    https://www.thestar.com/sports/doug_...ailblazer.html

    How his native Sudbury, Ontario local media reported his death is his adopted city of Victoria after his year-long battle from cancer. His sons Manny and Isiah later played at Laurentian University, rekindling memories, like their late dad started out teaming with Ken Shields before both joined forces again at UVic. In the Nickel City's case, his success ultimately paved the way for the Sudbury Five for pro basketball:
    https://www.sudbury.com/sports/bobby...-at-59-1830585
    https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/c...ncer-1.4670645

    Bittersweet that his first UVic championship team the 1979-80 Vikes will be inducted as the Class of 2020 in the BC Sports Hall of Fame without Eli Pasquale:
    https://www.chemainusvalleycourier.c...020-inductees/

    Palm Springs, California native Mark Johnson was doing it all for Fraser Valley as its leader with points and rebounds as well as team leadership. But he had to adjust to the colder weather in his new Abbotsford surroundings contrasting with being sunny where he's from first:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1582.aspx

    Winnipeg played some of the worst basketball this season in 10 minutes, a run that saw the Regina Cougars go off on a 30-0 third quarter run, but later followed it up with some of its best pushes to claw back within 3. Yet the better and wild one fell just short on Regina. Adam Benrabah came to the rescue with his biggest shot when he couldn't make many to save the Wesmen and bring it to Splitsville:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1583.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1584.aspx

    Saskatchewan escapes the Alberta Golden Bears by 4 at home in Saskatoon to pick up win 3 of the winning streak, putting Alberta on its 2-game losing streak in the first weekend game. But Alberta takes charge leading all the way from the start to return to winning in the second game, spoiling the Huskies Fifth Year Night and leaving them uncertain about their CW postseason place:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1593.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1596.aspx

    High-scoring Lethbridge scored 30 points in the first three quarters in the first game versus lowly Trinity Western at home and eventually reach over 100 points for its third consecutive win. All 11 of the Pronghorns who stepped on the floor tonight registered at lease one basket but Mike Pierzchala led the home side with a double-double, collecting 16 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Pierce collected 15 points, while Zac Overwater and Kyle Peterson each had 14 points as the Pronghorns used their entire bench with the game well in hand early. A sole bright spot for the Spartans on this night was the play of Vartan Tanielian, as he came within one three pointer of tying the Canada West single game mark of three-pointers made of 11, finishing with a game high 32 points. Tanielian hit an impressive 10 of 18 from behind the arc. Ethan DaSilva played all 40 minutes for the shorthanded Spartans and collected a double-double of his own with 17 points and 13 assists, coming three rebounds shy of a triple-double. Zac Overwater and Josh Sparkes, two of its fifth-year seniors, lead them to another 100+ point game in their show that was much closer on their Senior Night but still won with a playoff berth already clinched the previous day. Won six of their previous seven games. Trinity Western stayed winless:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1592.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1586.aspx

    In a weekend series with huge postseason implications for both teams involved, Victoria was on fire to start off but had to contend with UBC-Okanagan's Aldrich Berrios with his 25 points and Jarret Larsen's career-high 18, both realizing the urgency thier team needs, as the Vikings moved one game closer to a postseason appearance in Kelowna, BC. Because of this loss, UBCO Heat had to win the second and await for help from other teams if it came to get in. But it wasn't to be for Berrios, who went down as the greatest scorer in UBC-Okanagan's history, and the Heat despite his 17 points (they finish 7-13 with a bye the next weekend to close out the season). Victoria stays among three seeking the remaining two Canada West playoff berths with Mount Royal and Thompson Rivers, which shouldn't be hard with 1-17 Grant MacEwen coming to Victoria's CARSA in the final weekend and potentially reach .500 at 10-10.
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1591.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1599.aspx

    Two British Columbia schools squared off in Vancouver for the final weekend series of the British Columbia Thunderbirds' home schedule at War Memorial Gym. Both completed hard this weekend with a serious challenge for both. Veteran forward Patrick Simon and second-year guard Mason Bourcier, both scoring at least 19 points each, help paced the Thunderbirds to a 94-75 victory over the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves, who had five players in double figures with Tyrell Laing's team-high 19 points, Anthony Hokanson's 15 points, James Agyeman's 11 points, Jovan Leamy's, and Vova Pluzhnikov's 10 points for the T-Wolves, Friday at War Memorial Gym. UBC dominated the paint and fended off the Timberwolves sharpshooting like their third and fourth quarter runs for the Vancouver weekend sweep in the second game
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1590.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1598.aspx

    Manitoba's second half was the culpit in the Thompson Rivers' demise in the first game in Kamloops, traiiling only by two. Gets worse for the WolfPack with the Bisons ruining the postseason hopes and eliminating them with another win, thus leaving just Victoria and Mount Royal to clinch last Canada West postseason spots. Never mind the late TRU comeback. Derek Rhodes was the 'Pack's lone fifth-year senior and played for the past three seasons after transferring from Sacramento Community College while Manitoba had D.J. Jordan Jr. and Malik Irwin as the team's seniors in their final regular season road trip:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1589.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1597.aspx

    It was almost exactly a year Grant MacEwen tasted a Canada West victory--356 days to be exact over Trinity Western--before this foreign experience became a reality. Can't blame the the Griffins bench and fans went wild in celebration against an easybeat in the Brandon Bobcats at home in Edmonton as the seconds went down. Team effort in the 103-95 win as Brandon broke down defensively, causing them to lose its lead, in allowing a team go 100 for the fifth time. Even as the Grant MacEwen was coming together as a team in the final weeks like storming back, Brandon managed to get revenge in the second game with an entertaining and athletic track meet with some circus shots:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1588.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1594.aspx

    Calgary Dinos visited Abbotsford for the weekend and performed like the usual and undefeated well-oiled national championship contending machine it is containing Fraser Valley. In a more competitive second game score-wise, Calgary relied on a third quarter surge to overcome the Cascades and their opening salvo before both faced other BC-based teams at home the final weekend:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1587.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/1/2...2019_1595.aspx
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    Baltimore native Sean Tarver on his Winnipeg Wesmen Senior Night had such a Wesmen Senior Night game for the ages at the Duckworth Centre after being hono(u)red pre-game for the Wesmen fans to remember aptly against their crosscity rivals the Manitoba Bisons. Tarver scored a game-high 30 points with 10 rebounds. This was his 10th game this season with at least 20 points, his second with at least 30, his eighth 10-rebound game and his eighth double-double. Winnipeg ran away late for the 97-75 victory. That 2-1 lead in the 28th annual Duckworth Challenge helps Winnipeg with the volleyball games left to spare that weekend. Future Edmonton Stingers CIS player Narcisse Ambanza added a career-high 15 assists to go with 12 points and five rebounds for the Wesmen, who had five players in double-digit scoring like Spas Nikolov hit five of his first six shots and finished with 14 points for Winnipeg, which also got 10 points each from Billy Yaworsky and Don Dayrit. Winnipeg had the lead up well after halftime until Manitoba stormed back in the third to come close. Rebounds were kinda balanced for both teams in this game. Manitoba played unselfishly on the open court. Just couldn't get enough defensive stops. But Winnipeg restored its double-digit lead by rebounding, getting into transition, and rediscover their game flow that included going into an immediate 11-0 lead when the Wesmen are threatened and eventually towards a 30-11 fourth quarter performance. For the Manitoba Bisons, Keiran Zziwa led the Bisons with 18 points, while Rashawn Browne added 17 and James Wagner 17 with 9 boards. Going to the Investors Group Athletic Centre the next day on Saturday, Rashawne Brown saves the day for the Bisons with his three-pointer to give Maintoba the 81-78 victory. Malik Irwin, in his own Senior Night with Manitoba, got a huge rebound with the game tied at 77 to lead for Irwin's shot. Their defense, rebounding, and its signature transition game was a better performance this time around. Not to mention clutch treys for Manitoba. Game was tight when Winnipeg was opening things until the Bisons rallied. Guard Keiran Zziwa was the catalyst with four points and a key steal, while forward Andre Arruda was excellent with his on-ball D, as the Bisons entered the second down just 17-14 following Winnipeg's 14-0 first quarter lead to start in game full of runs.

    Manitoba would take their first lead of the game early in the second after a run that included a big James Wagner slam. But Winnipeg quickly re-took momentum on the strength of their perimeter play. Joseph Medrano and Will Sesay both nailed key three-balls to give the visitors a lead of as much as seven. Senior Sean Tarver also had some good looks down low and capitalized with six points in the period. The home team fought back with some clutch treys of their own late though. Guard Rashawn Browne and forward Malik Irwin both came up clutch from beyond the arc and had 15 combined points as the Bisons entered halftime down just 39-35. Manitoba's win gets them to .500 at 10-10, and Winnipeg falls to 13-7. Quite a nice way to end your season with your city rivals:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/2/1/2_1_2019_1600.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/2/2/2_2_2019_1601.aspx

    #7 Alberta Golden Bears' three-point shooting arrived hot at the right time that helped them in the first game of the Alberta-UBC series that served as a major confidence builder after going 2-2 the last two weeks. Remember, three-point shooting at any level can be streaky. Just ask GSW. Freshman shooting guards Brandon Meiklejohn and Adam Paige combined to hit three treys in the fourth quarter to help propel the Golden Bears to an 85-75 victory over UBC, Friday night at Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton. Brody Clarke led Alberta with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Paige scored 10 points and eight rebounds. This snaps British Columbia's 16-game winning streak with a loss it hasn't tasted since October 27, 2018. Jadon Cohee led UBC with 20 points, while sophomore power forward Grant Shephard had 17 points and nine rebounds in the loss as the Thunderbirds' bright spots. Classic back and forth between nationally-ranked schools. And Alberta's forward Brody Clark became even more of its offensive focal point in the next game by dominating the paint and hitting mid-range jumpers with 40 points in his performance that's the third-largest in Alberta Golden Bears' resulting in an Edmonton weekend sweep and close out British Columbia's regular season with two losses (Last Alberta player to score at least that much is guard Alex Steele when he also scored 40 against Trinity Western on January 19, 200. Had a stronger start than last time. Third-year guard Andre Kelly chipped in with 17 points and five rebounds, while fourth-year guard Jadon Cohee again led UBC, which had no answer to the "spectacular" Clarke, with 25 points this time in the loss. Both teams went into the CW postseason each with first-round byes to the quarterfinals:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/2/2/2_2_2019_1610.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/2/3/2_3_2019_1615.aspx

    Victoria certainly had their very way over struggling and definitely outclassed Grant MacEwen, although they played hard with great effort, in the first game at the CARSA Performance Gym by finishing with a 43-point lead to enjoy this 107-63 win. The Vikings had five players in double figures--fifth year Jordan Charles (23 points), Taylor Montgomery-Stinson (19 and five assists), Mason Loewen, recently returned from injury, came of the bench to add 17 points and seven rebounds, Jake Newman and Jason Scully were also in double digits with 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Vikes were 12-for-28 from distance and severely restricted the Griffins' three-point shooting (3-for-17) and 41% overall shooting. For the Griffins, Abdullah Shittu and Luke Harold each had 11 points, while Jake Notice had 10 points and six boards. Dustin Gatzki and Atlas St. Paul-Butler along with those aforementioned three were the Grant MacEwen bright spots. And Victoria did it again at home on the Griffins, just not as lopsided at 84-60, to warp up the regular season and denying the Griffins' final bid for a second win. All downhill by storming out the gate in the second game. Also hono(u)red fifth-year seniors Jordan Charles, Mason Loewen, and Jake Newman as Grant MacEwen had Edmonton native Harrison Lane. Although finishing not at .500, the Vikes managed to earn a CW first round play-in game with Lethbridge:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/2/2/2_2_2019_1609.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/2/3/2_3_2019_1612.aspx

    Pregame, #3 Calgary's seniors like the efficient Mambi Diawara, David Kapinga, Lars Schlueter, and Lucas Mannes were all honoured in a pregame speech by coach Dan Vanhoroen. Then it was time to celebrate with all the hard work on the hardwood with a fast start and keeping the foot on the gas to finish as the first and historic Calgary team, and the fifth Canada West team overall since the 2005-06 British Columbia Thunderbirds and three of the great Victoria 1980s teams, to finish the men's regular season undefeated at 20-0. Postseason included it's 31 consecutive wins including its title last season. Beating the Thompson Rivers WolfPack 91-59 at the Jack Simpson Gym. Been 374 days since this Canada West machine last lost and earned the overall #1 Canada West seed. Anton Bilous also logged an efficient night for the WolfPack in scoring 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/2/2/2_2_2019_1608.aspx
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    With the #1 Carleton Ravens beating the Ottawa Gee Gees 69-65 in a close one but the reverse being true in the women's game earlier for Ottawa 66-49 at the Ravens Nest in Canada's capital Wednesday, that concluded the first half or the fall semester of the 2019-20 CIS season. Now that's it is on the winter holiday break, we will head into that, Simon Fraser, and the CCAA next week as we complete what's left of the men's regular season in OUA, AUS, and RSEQ. Then complete the women's 2018-19 a little later.
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    My holiday work schedule, including a 7-day work streak leading up to Christmas Eve, took me away from this CIS thread more so than I hoped. That going from Boxing Day to New Year's Eve. Now, CIS basketball resumes its season entering the 2020s with the 2020 portion of the season. I'm only weeks behind by 6-7 rounds. Time will tell if the 2020s be as eventful and dominant for some programs as the 2010s were. Things are a lot more interesting these days in Canada with the Toronto Raptors' becoming the first team outside the USA to win the NBA title, so that only helps the CIS scene even more in terms of interest and pub with the CEBL's strong connections has (more on that soon). Last season will return to finish up within a month.

    It all began in, appropriately enough, Ontario on Wednesday, October 23 starting with two games down in the southwestern part of Ontario when the Windsor Lancers-Western Mustangs and Toronto Varsity Blues-Wilfrid Laurier Golden Eagles games started things off. Aptly enough that Toronto, newly crowned NBA champs as a city, gets one of the first CIS games overall from one of its universities in the OUA. The Windsor Lancers at the St. Denis Centre battled hard at home with an incredible third quarter performance but could never overcome that slow, rusty start that Western Ontario took advantage of using key winning plays late in edging and escaping the always solid Lancers 76-73. Western Ontario's Julian Walker (21 points and 16 rebounds) and Windsor's Thomas Kennedy (16 points and 10 rebounds) were the top stars for both teams:
    https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/16/22/37/64/26730610.jpg
    https://westernmustangs.ca/news/2019...he-season.aspx

    Like with Windsor, the Toronto Varsity Blues endured a sluggish and seemingly insurmountable deficit as the Golden Hawks were hot before turning things around later in the second and third quarters. And like Windsor, Toronto couldn't pull it off in the fourth quarter as Wilfrid Laurier dominated there as the Golden Hawks' Ali Sow picking up where he left off. Only difference is, in Toronto's case, it was on the road in Waterloo in the season opener for both teams:
    https://varsityblues.ca/news/2019/10...-the-road.aspx
    https://www.laurierathletics.com/cre...95&sport=MBASK

    The other two established Toronto area teams played the next night with the York Lions visiting the Ryerson Rams, the school team right at the heart of downtown Toronto reasonably near the Scotiabank Arena, at the Mattany Athletic Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens. Now starting a brand new era without Roy Rana as head coach having since left to become one of Luke Walton's assistants with the Sacramento Kings and brought such unprecedented heights short of winning the national title. Even with the hot start from York and intense comeback later as the Rams turned flat then, they eventually got overpowered in the second half by a team that continuously shows why they're a national title contender with its "electric" talents:
    https://ryersonrams.ca/news/2019/10/...ver-lions.aspx
    https://yorkulions.ca/news/2019/10/2...t-ryerson.aspx

    Quinton Grey drops 20 for Queen's to start their season in North Bay, Ontario with the Gaels' defense shining and stifling the Nipissing Lakers 96-50 to spoil Thomas Cory's debut as new head coach for Nipissing:
    https://gogaelsgo.com/news/2019/10/2...nipissing.aspx
    https://nulakers.ca/news/2019/10/25/...px?path=mbball

    Lakehead Thunderwolves win in a tight, up-and-down, fast-paced OUA season opener over McMaster 110-108 that went through 25 lead changes. Coach Ryan Thompson felt though improvements on taking care of the ball However, McMaster got Jordan Henry, Maliek Gordon, Connor Gilmore, and Damienn Prehay all leading the production to turn the tables against the Lakehead Thunderwolves to edge them in Thunder Bay 79-76 for the season-opening weekend split:
    http://thunderwolves.ca/thunderwolve...season-opener/
    http://thunderwolves.ca/thunderwolve...ith-marauders/
    https://marauders.ca/news/2019/10/27...-t-wolves.aspx

    On the following Friday, the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks made their historic college basketball debut as the newest Toronto area OUA school based in Oshawa with the well-respected Greg Francis roaming the sidelines as its first head coach. But not at home in Oshawa. Up in Northern Ontario at Sudbury. As with any brand new young basketball team, it would be a team devoid of experienced shooting and team offense--and overall experience--in its brand new territory being built from scratch like Nipissing went through a few years ago--and still is. This reflected in how the Laurentian Voyaguers outplayed and ran away from Ontario Tech 90-57 in a strong and positive performance. For those wondering, Grady Kanku scored the first Ontario Tech basket to give the Ridgebacks its first and only lead in program history at 2-0:
    https://luvoyageurs.com/sports/mbkb/...20191026hk5m56
    https://goridgebacks.com/news/2019/1...idgebacks.aspx

    Queen's comes up to Sudbury after Ontario Tech left that weekend and falls short themselves to Laurentian in a close one 86-82 as both fired right out of the gate to the first two quarters. The Gaels, while exchanging baskets with the Voyaguers, kept the deficit below double digits but couldn't shut down Laurentian's strong offense when both teams made their runs:
    https://luvoyageurs.com/sports/mbkb/...20191027fp24h5
    https://gogaelsgo.com/news/2019/10/2...voyageurs.aspx

    Western Ontario came home to start their home schedule at the Alumni Hall fresh from their Windsor win and continued winning 92-83 over the usually lowly but once champs Waterloo Warriors starting their season with the first 5 games on the road in another up and down game that nearly went down the wire in the fourth quarter. The Western Ontario Mustangs were led on the scoreboard by Nikola Farkic with 26 points. Eriq Jenkins followed closely behind with 18 points on the game. Waterloo couldn't make up their slow start:
    https://westernmustangs.ca/news/2019...-waterloo.aspx
    https://athletics.uwaterloo.ca/news/...on-opener.aspx

    Windsor was great defensively but struggled in finding the offensive punch at home as the Lancers lose to Wilfrid Laurier as Sow and Kemal Archer power the Golden Hawks to undergo 0-2 the first weekend. Not a great way to start at home:
    https://golancers.ca/news/2019/10/26...-by-hawks.aspx
    https://www.laurierathletics.com/cre...05&sport=MBASK

    Back at the Tait McKenzie Centre for York in Toronto. But couldn't get their first win of the season when the Algoma Thunderbirds, a team with a first-year head coach and ten first-year players coming in with little expectations this season, came to Ontario's biggest city to start their season. Had the win but failed to maintain it in the fourth quarter when Algoma scored 26 points in for the 74-72 comeback win. It was Peter Wetuvanga's game to take charge extending their improved scoring from the second quarter:
    https://yorkulions.ca/news/2019/10/2...nderbirds.aspx
    https://algomathunderbirds.ca/news/2...the-lions.aspx

    Battle of the youngest OUA basketball programs in North Bay with Ontario Tech completing their first road weekend there staying along the northern part of Ontario but northeast with, until the Ridgebacks' arrival, the youngest OUA team in Nipissing. And being the young ones, there's still plenty of youth on both sides as both build their very young programs. And the Ridgebacks displayed their competitiveness and better scoring with Nipissing that nearly earned them their first ever win. However, the good Lakers, with its balanced attack, got the experience over them right now and the first season win by pulling away in the final 10 minutes putting up another 22 points, yet shouldn't ever regard them as easybeats. Graddy Kanku and Ammer Hassan were the only double digits scorer with Hassan doing the double double for Ontario Tech--but the team finished an awful 14.4% behind the arc. Nipissing's Will Tran led the Lakers attack with 21 points, Shandon Ashitei had 17, Quintin Ashitei scored 15 and Justin Hill added 13:
    https://nulakers.ca/news/2019/10/26/...px?path=mbball
    https://goridgebacks.com/news/2019/1...north-bay.aspx
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    Any optimism for a undefeated Ryerson Rams season in its bid they win without Roy Rana were thrown out very early this season after an encounter with the formidable Brock Badgers in St. Catherines at the Bob Davis Gymnasium with that close 65-62 score on the Badgers' season opener. Tied the game late admirably with tight defense in tow, but the slow start resulting from six turnovers in the first quarter alone that couldn't get the offense going hampered against Toronto's Rams on the comeback attempt. Fifth-year guard Tyler Brown secured the win by nailing a three-pointer with two seconds left on the shot clock and just over 32 left on the game clock to ultimately total 21 points for the Hamilton native. Coaching debut of former Carleton Raven Willy Maginat resulted in a W for him with a new-look and less top heavy Brock team now that #2 alltime leading scorer Johneil Simpson and Ryan Cassidy were both lost to graduation:
    https://ryersonrams.ca/news/2019/10/...-to-brock.aspx
    https://gobadgers.ca/news/2019/10/21...ball-team.aspx
    https://gobadgers.ca/news/2019/10/26...on-opener.aspx

    Last CIS men's basketball scheduled in October (October 30) dealt with McMaster later heading to the Bob Davis Gym with its own #7 Brock date. Close like it was versus Ryerson for their first home game. But Jordan Henry remained hot in scoring with 26 points and Connor Gilmore produced a double double with the offense finding him as the Marauders squeaked by the Badgers 74-72 Wednesday night. While keeping the tempo, Brock failed to rebound and execute the defensive stops as much:
    https://gobadgers.ca/news/2019/10/30...t-badgers.aspx
    https://marauders.ca/news/2019/10/30...ers-74-72.aspx
    https://gobadgers.ca/news/2019/10/30...y-badgers.aspx

    The next two weeks were the regular season starts for Canada West, AUS, and RSEQ. First November weekend alone was CW, OUA, and AUS. Then RSEQ that started November 15. Until I complete the conference for the first half, Canada West will take over this post and then I'll head into OUA, RSEQ, and AUS in order. Yes, in order under the same manner.

    A Canada West coaches' preseason poll entering 2019-20 declared that Calgary will fall off a little this season with the Alberta Golden Bears being the conference's top dogs at 244 points and 6 first-place points with Kevin Hansen's UBC Thunderbirds not that far behind at 240/6. The Dinos are third with 237/5 as the only schools at 200+ points. The Regina Cougars and the Saskatchewan Huskies are at 189 and 183, respectively. Don't count out Lethbridge, Winnipeg, and Manitoba. UBC-Okanagan, UNBC, Trinity Western, and Grant MacEwen rounded out the bottom four with TWU receiving higher ranking over Grant MacEwen thanks to greater number of higher-place votes:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/10/...ason-poll.aspx

    Thompson Rivers used their effective scoring attack and bench strength to open up the Canada West 2019-20 men's basketball season and win big 102-80 over an experienced Trinity Western squad with three Wolfpack players--Anton Bilous with 17 points, Joe Davis and Brendan Sullivan each had 16 points--in double figures at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops, BC. TWU, whose bright spots were in this game Gabe Mannes with 17 points, Isiah Reimer and Jack Nadelhoffer added 14 points a piece, now lost their 22 in a row since February 3, 2018--yikes! The it became 23 losses in a row in the second weekend game even as Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath netted 31 as the performance of the game when Joe Davis earned a 28-point performance fueling Thompson Rivers coming right out of the gate. Gabe Mannes was the only other Spartan in double figures:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-spartans.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...ight-loss.aspx

    In Winnipeg, Manitoba Bison's defense shined with 18 points off of UBC-Okanagan's turnovers in the mid part that totaled to 25 when it's all said and done for the blowout 86-58 victory at the Investors Group Athletic Centre in the season opener there. And the Bisons swept the Heat in the next game as Rashawne Brown scoring 40 with Manitoba team scoring at 44%:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...over-ubco.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...bco-96-11.aspx

    Saskatchewan produces a second quarter surge from a deficit made by Brandon in the first quarter for an enjoyable 94-81 road win past the Brandon Bobcats that started their seasons. Another early Brandon pace-pushing and better adversity in the second game couldn't be sustained when the Huskies overtake the game and head home to Saskatoon 2-0 for the home opening weekend:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...t-bobcats.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...ct-record.aspx

    Grant MacEwen is rebuilding this season and, with that, the Griffins will battle inconsistently during games stemming from lack of experience, needing time to gel and get discipline, and deficiency in key positions--and lots of mistakes after a strong first half. That's what happened in Edmonton for the home weekend opener when ex-player Lincoln Anderson, now down the road in Calgary, torched them with 25 and 14 rebounds for the Mount Royal Cougars in his first game playing since his departure in a 96-80 MRU win. Grant MacEwen's bright spots? Try Abiel Tabufor scoring 23 points and eight rebounds off the bench for MacEwan, while veterans Abdullah Shittu and Deonte Doslove-Doctor recorded 10 points each in the loss. Back at the second game inside the David Atkinson Gymnasium, it wasn't much better for the Griffins--started getting flashbacks from a difficult previous season. Same style of game previously before falling apart. 102-87:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-griffins.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...02-87-win.aspx

    Jadon Cohee and Grant Shepard were your stars in British Columbia's first win of the season knocking off Regina on the road. Even though the Thunderbirds had more turnovers in that game than the Cougars, the Cougars were also done in by cold shooting later in the game, like going 9-for-43 in three-point shooting, they couldn't keep up. Overall team shooting was better for the Regina Cougars in the second game, but they fell apart when British Columbia went on a massive 23-5 offensive comeback spree in the fourth quarter into a double-digit advantage towards a 82-71 victory. All five UBC starters finished in double figures there:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...er-regina.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...er-regina.aspx
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    Alberta Golden Bears draw first and second blood as very serious Canada West favo(u)rites over a very familiar foe within the Alberta province in Lethbridge to kick off the season. Played three postseason matches in recent years each resulting Pronghorn playoff exits. After seriously going toe to toe in the first matchup, the Pronghorns couldn't withstand Alberta's offensive prowess and couldn't get things going on themselves regarding their renowned scoring thanks to the Golden Bears' defense in the second game with Alberta rolling on for the weekend sweep at Lethbridge:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-match-up.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...ronghorns.aspx

    Winnipeg Wesmen had to survive a last-minute heave from Fraser Valley after the Cascades' late surge to erase that 8-point lead under two minutes crosstown from the University of Manitoba in a stressful 77-75 first game. Winnipeg enjoyed a far easier game by contrast with the 92-82 cruise by comparison in nabbing the season-opening weekend home sweep. Narcisse Ambanza from the CEBL's Edmonton Stingers as a development player lead the Wesmen with 25 points in the first match and 22 in the second game:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-cascades.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-cascades.aspx

    Only Canada West weekend split occurred up in Prince George where the Northern British Columbia Timberwolves came out firing offensively. History was made in the first game as fourth-year guard Vova Pluzhnikov from the Ukraine registered the Timberwolves' first CW triple double of 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Teammate and fellow quicksilver guard Tyrell Laing lead all scorers with 27 in the 88-81 win over Victoria. But, learning their lessons afterward, the Vikes used their size advantage and experience to outmuscle and severely restrict UNBC's scoring like Pluzhnikov and Laing through improved defensive intensity in the second game for the 83-60 win:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...kes-88-81.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...83-60-win.aspx
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    Cougars vs. Cougars started the second Canada West weekend--Regina hitting the road to Calgary to see Mount Royal. Resulted in a split. Regina's Carter Millar, who ended up with a career-high 26 points and matched his career high with 17 rebounds. Greische Clerjuste added 14 points for the Cougars, while Samuel Hillis added 11 points and nine rebounds while Matt Barnard scored 10 points. All were overshadowed in a one-possession game deep in the fourth quarter that MRU took advantage of with a 12-4 run. Matthew Guinto led Mount Royal with 24 points to help his squad to its third consecutive victory and successfully defend home Kenyon Court to open up the Mount Royal Cougars' Canada West schedule. Four other MRU players hit double figures in scoring including Moraeu Amadou with 13 points, Dylan Lutes with 11, and both Nate Petrone and Quinn Taylor with 10. Lutes added nine rebounds, finishing just short of a double-double. Streaks ended in the second game in Calgary: Regina puts Mount Royal in serious check for their first win of the Canada West season by blowing out 101-59. Mount Royal suffers their first defeat because of this:
    https://www.reginacougars.com/news/2...px?path=mbball
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...ous-crowd.aspx
    https://www.reginacougars.com/news/2...px?path=mbball
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...9-victory.aspx

    Haifith Moallin's triple double lifts the UBC-Okanagan Heat to escape Thompson Rivers Wolfpack in the first weekend home game in Kelowna on a Friday matinee 93-91. Moallin's 16 points, 11 dimes, and 11 boards is only the second one in UBC-Okanagan's Canada West men's basketball history. Like with the second game, the Heat's offense suddenly cooled off when Thompson Rivers displayed some hot shooting themselves for the split created by four double-digited Wolfpack scorers:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...past-pack.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-off-heat.aspx

    Saskatchewan's fourth-year guard Emmanuel Akintunde matched his career-high of 24 points in a dominant performance that hoisted his Huskies to send Grant MacEwen further along the winless path in the 99-63 win on Ron & Jane Graham Centre Court at the PAC. Again, they placed an early scare on their opponents only to run out of gas later against a more experience lineup. The Griffins stayed with them more competitively in the second game too until the Huskies eventual took over 79-65 to complete the Saskatoon sweep:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-griffins.aspx
    https://huskies.usask.ca/news/2019/1...ome-court.aspx

    Brandon Bobcats reach the century points mark at home and approach closer to .500 in keep the normally offensive Lethbridge reeling in the first game 103-89. But Lethbridge refused to allow them reach .500 during the second game to prevail 94-87 at crunch time, outexecuting them by Chad Oviatt and Colton Gibb both scoring 20 points apiece for the Pronghorns, while Keanu Funa added 13 points off the bench:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...tury-mark.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...r-bobcats.aspx

    #5 Alberta's 17-3 performance run in the third quarter made all the difference to erase a 5-point halftime hole versus Winnipeg at Edmonton's Saville Community Sports Centre over the Winnipeg Wesmen. Both entered at 2-0 before this game, so something had to give then. Dwan Williams and Narcisse Ambanza were up for the offensive challenge. Alberta and Winnipeg played very much it was a hard-fought "survive and advance" Canada West playoff game, which we could see later in February and March, in the second one winding up with the Golden Bears sweeping:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...er-wesmen.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...end-sweep.aspx

    Trinity Western couldn't build upon an early fourth quarter tie leading up to in its home opener weekend at Langley versus Northern British Columbia. Vova Pluzhnikov was hot again for the Timberwolves along with the team shooting-wise and cracked 100 points. Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath and Gabe Mannes driving the home Spartans' offense as the bright spots. Pluzhnikov brings a devastating heartbreaking last-second game-winning layup drive in the second match to keep them winless following a wild finish to cap a thrilling fourth quarter. Another lesson to be learned for Trinity Western:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...r-to-unbc.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...cond-shot.aspx

    Late-game dramatics had to be made for the Calgary Dinos in a intense thriller for the most anticipated Canada West weekend matchup with British Columbia in Vancouver's War Memorial Gym nipping the first game that lived up to it 81-79. Brett Layton was quiet in the first game for Calgary but came alive in the second and got those spots to make his shots. And it was on the strength of Layton that allowed Calgary to sweep the Thunderbirds:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-thriller.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...n-t-birds.aspx
    https://gothunderbirds.ca/news/2019/...-thriller.aspx
    https://gothunderbirds.ca/news/2019/...-by-dinos.aspx
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    Matt Barnard had only two points in the first game for the Regina Cougars. But those two were the ones that acted as the contested 20-foot buzzer-beating jumper that was just inside the three-point line from a Benjamin Hills inbounds pass with 2.5 seconds left in a thrilling 73-72 Regina-Winnipeg game in Saskatchewan's capital. Barnard's winning bucket came in after Winnipeg's Billy Yarowski gave the Wesmen a momentary lead at that very 2.5 second mark. Overcame a 16-point deficit. Winnipeg's D.J. Dixon was the Wesmen's star with 28 points and 8 rebounds, but Regina came back from a deficit for the second consecutive night for the victory and complete the Regina weekend sweep after a second half push in a 86-78 win. Winnipeg couldn't believe they choked:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-winnipeg.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-winnipeg.aspx

    The Manitoba Bisons also was out of the city of Winnipeg that weekend with Winnipeg Wesmen out in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Bisons played by running and gunning toward victory on the Lethbridge Pronghorns, looking for its second win of the season, on the road with James Wagner, Rashawn Browne, and Keiran Zziwa combining for 68 points for the visitors that thrillingly went back and forth 101-99. Both teams determined to leave the floor with a win. Pronghorns got the Bison for the deferred second win in another thrilling win, this one heading into overtime, as Lethbridge climbed on James Wagner's back. But Chad Oviett played the engine for the comeback:
    https://gobisons.ca/news/2019/11/16/...ns-191115.aspx
    https://gobisons.ca/news/2019/11/16/...ns-191116.aspx

    Thompson Rivers like to shoot with open looks with its team field goal percentage topping Canada West at the time. Something the rebuilding Grant MacEwen strived to prevent and contain to grab that elusive first win. That worked for a while...until the third quarter, when the Griffins defensive schemes turned soft and the WolfPack capitalized to bust open the first game of the Edmonton weekend and never let them back in. Grant MacEwen head coach Mike Connelly issued a challenge to his fifth-year senior guard Deonte Doslov-Doctor after he rode the bench going scoreless with no energy and no go-getting. DDD responded with six three-pointers and a game-high 26 points as the Griffins pushed Thompson Rivers University to the limit on Saturday by crawling back from a 14-point deficit at halftime for a 1-point lead entering the fourth. But it wasn't enough for the Griffins to win. WolfPack won again to sweep thanks to some clutch shooting near the end playing cleaner. But Grant MacEwen needed a performance like that using as a moral victory to rally and build around for the remaining games:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-griffins.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...ing-79-74.aspx

    Believe or not, when Calgary played the Brandon Bobcats, another good shooting team averaging 91 ppg, the first time this season in November, it was actually the Dino's home opening weekend at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium, one the toughest home courts to play in as a visitor. Hasn't lost at home since Jan. 4, 2018 (to Alberta). With Brandon it's longer--Nov. 29, 2013. Stayed that way on both counts that weekend. Utter domination to 4-0 for the Dinos that certainly wasn't a walk in the park in the second game. Brett Layton dominated at both ends of the floor as he posted 27 points and 21 boards, following up on the strong start he had last weekend in Vancouver. Ezeoha Santiago contributed 23 points while shooting 80.0% from the field. Anthony Tsegakele posted 18 points and 17 rebounds, while his Bobcats teammate Haashim Wallace also compiled 18 points to share the Bobcats' team lead on the night. As their team had to put up a fight to match Calgary's shooting in the first quarter until things offensively peetered out by Calgary's smothering defense. All in the first game. No lopsidedness in the second. Brandon played much better then, forcing turnovers for the athletes and into the Bobcats' transition games running the floor prior to all that. And it took Mason Foreman’s steal and score in the waning moments of the game securing an 87-85 win
    https://godinos.com/news/2019/11/13/...ome-floor.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...me-opener.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...m-bobcats.aspx

    The Fraser Valley Cascades Bains duo, Parm and Sukhjot (the Fraser Valley Bandits member in the CEBL), assaulted the UBC-Okanagan Heat with a barrage of long-range shooting ignited them toward the 89-76 victory in the Cascades home opener in Abbotsford. The Heat appeared to be in control midway through the third quarter until that's when the Bains barrage began as former Tamanawis Secondary teammates from Surrey Parm (31 points, including a buzzer-beating triple going into halftime) and Sukhjot (23 points) got lit and UBCO turned complacent. Beyond the arc, UFV as a team scorched on that with 58.6% that game. Kenan Hadzovic, Matt Cooley, and rookie guard Vlad Mihaila–-making his Canada West regular-season debut--also chipped in. That scoring continued on into the second game with even more red-hot scoring to begin with as part of a winning Fraser Valley recipe that wasn't different from the previous game to sealing the vanquishing home weekend sweep 87-60. Cascade fans certainly enjoy this:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...f-triples.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...over-heat.aspx

    Alberta visiting Victoria at Vancouver Island inside the CARSA in the latter's home opener was an experience going back and forth in the highly competitive Canada West. Matching the energy to each other in the first. Victoria's Hayden Lejeune and Dominic Oliveri banging away down the paint like a few other Vikes did and cleaning the glass. Costly turnovers, Alberta's offensive rally, and Andre Kellum's quick hands worked against them but they came back on the Golden Bears.Later, Alberta contested shots in a game for all but 16 seconds. Tyus Jefferson was on pace for a triple-double at halftime, but finished with eight points, eight assists and six rebounds, Andre Kelly's 17, and Dwan Williams lead to the Golden Bears fifth-straight win. But Victoria manages to shut down the Golden Bears and snap the winning streak with Lejuene, Oliveri, and Matthew Ellis contributing hugely with Victoria's 2-3 defensive zone even when Alberta forced turnovers but poor shooting denied them their sixth straight win:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...me-opener.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...den-bears.aspx

    UBC travels upwards to Prince George to meet UNBC at the Northern Sports Centre aiming confidently to move above .500 after what Alberta gave them to spoil the Vancouver home opener. In a first game of two offenses tale, the Thunderbirds, lead by Grant Shepard, utilized the effective, well-balanced, and diverse inside-outside attack game to undermine Tyrell Laing and the Northern British Columbia Timberwolves. Audu, Moore, and Cohee each scored 20 in the first game in taking them out for the big road win while the Timberwolves turned to the young bench to get experience. Should see Audu's three-point shooting with 6 of them:
    https://gothunderbirds.ca/news/2019/...-t-wolves.aspx
    https://gothunderbirds.ca/news/2019/...-t-wolves.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...t-twolves.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...ves-88-66.aspx
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    Getting a little busy right now. Haven't been touching on this in the last several weeks. All the CIS and CCAA conferences are under postseason mode right now this month as we get nearer to Ottawa along that road for both top-level national championships. Simon Fraser is wrapping its regular season involving both teams. The struggling men's team have one final home game--seniors' night--in Burnaby with Saint Martin's before two road games ahead at Western Washington and Montana St.-Billings before heading into the GNAC conference tournament in Seattle. The women are a little better record-wise and will head into their GNAC conference tournament, also in Seattle at the Royal Brougham Pavilion, after road games with Alaska-Fairbanks, Western Washington, and Montana St.-Billings with the Clan women's home schedule behind them this season. Both are above .500.

    I plan on getting back starting tomorrow with hopes to complete Canada West's regular season. OUA, RSEQ,and AUS will arrive very soon afterwards. Schedule permitting. Yes, I know I am getting even more behind now since then with January and February becoming behind us. Will touch on the Capital Hoops Classic in Ottawa that occurred days ago, a week ago. Will jump upon to the CIS and CCAA Final 8s National Championships as we're about to get started on that if needed in early March.
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    Good rally to wipe out a 13-point deficit discovering a new gear and Narcisse Ambanza's performance here continues to shine after playing with CEBL's Edmonton. But Winnipeg ran out of gas in OT 96-91 against Manitoba in the first match during the Duckworth Challenge. Keiran Zzwiwa created a career-night of 30 points for the Manitoba Bisons. Things turned worse for the Wesmen as their shooting turned cold in the second game's 4th quarter in the Winnipeg rivalry series while Manitoba took control in dooming the former. Never looking back to secure the sweep and this year's Duckworth title. Extends the Wesmen's 6-game losing streak:
    https://uwinnipeg.prestosports.com/s...201911221dpwkg
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-91-in-ot.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...ure-sweep.aspx
    https://uwinnipeg.prestosports.com/s...20191123rv1due

    Northern British Columbia's Ukrainian star Vova Pluzhnikov was the hero for his team shooting a last minute three-pointer to grant the Timberwolves the win and get over .500 at Thompson Rivers' Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops for the 78-76 win. However, the Wolfpack had a big second half in scoring 48 points with key points from TRU's own Ukrainian in Anton Bilous for TRU go 6-2 and UNBC fall to 4-4:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-wolfpack.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...past-unbc.aspx

    Brandon arrived on Vancouver Island with only 7 players ready out of the 12 overall when facing Victoria. Because of this shorthandedness, the Bobcats got soundedly defeated by Victoria in both games at CARSA with their lack of depth. Fouling Victoria at the 3-point line didn't work so well to keep them from going down:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...d-bobcats.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...f-bobcats.aspx

    Another lowly Canada West team learning serious on-court lessons that weekend is UBC-Okanagan. Its network big brother from Vancouver in the University of British Columbia issued one in Kelowna. Actually two like Victoria did. UBCO's improved second half play wasn't enough to counter the Thunderbirds' balanced offense with five players reaching double-digit scoring in the first game. Second game in the Kelowna weekend series featured four Heat players go to double digit scoring resulting in a more competitive final score. Wasn't enough to stop the dominant UBC in another convincing takedown game:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...s-at-home.aspx
    https://goheat.prestosports.com/spor...20191123zf0ksy
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...n-kelowna.aspx

    Lethbridge's Brett Warren made an incredible four-point play that the Fraser Valley Cascades surely wish they would take back in the dying seconds towards a 73-71 Pronghorns win in the first game. Could've retake the lead but the heavily contested shot drew iron. Offense ruled for both teams in the second game in raining threes in an incredible shooting display, more from Fraser Valley, to the blowout win over Lethbridge, who exploded first with 32 points, for the Abbotsford split:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-cascades.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...ronghorns.aspx

    #6 Alberta's team effort ruled the weekend matches in Edmonton in returning to the win column twice that November weekend over Calgary's Mount Royal, who fell down to .500 at 3-3. Ferocious on D, outrebounding too coupling with the offense. Scoring was good for both teams yet the Alberta Golden Bears reached the century mark twice on a wide margin:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...bears-win.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...r-cougars.aspx

    Their provincial rivals down the way in Alberta, the Calgary Dinos, offered further lopsided suffering to the winless Trinity Western Spartans in an offensive masterclass that weekend. Licked their chops easily. Even with a few Calgary players sidelined at the Jack Simpson Gym. Difference between Brandon and Calgary is that the Dinos are deeper, dominant, and hold greater championship/postseason experience and pedigree. Like Alberta, Calgary scored 100+ in both games. Brett Layton played like a boss monster in the second game in a 40-20 performance for the Calgary Dinos as TWU continue to "lay an egg" for the season so far:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...d-victory.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...ads-dinos.aspx

    That Saskatchewan provincial rivalry lived up to the hype until the bitter end in Saskatoon inside the PAC. High drama all around until the home Saskatchewan Huskies emerged victorious in overtime in the first game. Regina Cougars were dominant though in the second game in shooting the lights out starting in the second quarter to hand the Huskies their first of the season:
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...-thriller.aspx
    https://canadawest.org/news/2019/11/...he-season.aspx
    Jusqui'ici tout va bien...

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    We're now in Ottawa this weekend starting today! The Canadian road to Ottawa ends there at the Canadian capital! Promised that I would temporarily stop catching up with the CIS regular season to skip and bring you up to speed with the 2020 CIS Final 8 National Basketball Championships. So here we are. Both men's and women's kicking off in Ottawa at the Ottawa Civic Centre/TD Place Arena, the home of the new Ottawa BlackJacks in the CEBL this summer, today with the women's quarterfinals with both Ottawa-based OUA universities co-hosting, Ottawa in the men's version and Carleton in the women's version. The team lineups are all complete with some surprises resulting from the conference tournaments. Yeah I know,

    This time in with the Final 8s' return to Ottawa, it's played at the more intimate arena in the Ottawa Civic Centre located at Ottawa's city center. The Canadian Tire Centre, the NHL's Ottawa Senators home and once hosted NBL Canada's Ottawa SkyHawks with some great difficulties, by contrast is canaverous with greater seating capacity on Ottawa's outskirts in Nepean harbouring some challenges in traveling. Although the Canadian Tire Centre does have a basketball track record that also includes the annual Carleton-Ottawa Capital Hoops Classics and the odd Toronto Raptors preseason game, things really don't get going regularly there unless either one of the Ottawa basketball schools if not both make a deep postseason run. Comes at an interesting and busy time for local Ottawa basketball with not just this but the aforementioned Capital Hoops Classic and the BlackJacks' arrival as both schools' programs are among Canada's best.

    Because the women's tournament starts today right now as of this writing, I'll start with the women's teams first and then the men. One thing's for certain: we will have a different Bronze Baby champion in the women's CIS game after the smoke clears after McMaster from Hamilton isn't among the 8 teams this year. We will get into why later. Ottawa aside, the GTA/Golden Horseshoe still is represented here combined fronted by Toronto's Ryerson and Niagara Region's Brock in the women. Though not by much. Vancouver has national force UBC in the men. Alberta, Carleton, and Calgary have both men's and women's teams in the mix:

    WOMEN'S TEAMS:
    1. Saskatchewan Huskies (Canada West Champion)
    2. Brock Badgers (Critelli Cup OUA Champion)
    3. Ryerson Rams (OUA Finalist)
    4. Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQ Champion)
    5. Alberta Pandas (Canada West Finalist)
    6. UPEI Panthers (AUS Champion)
    7. Calgary Dinos (At-large berth)
    8. Carleton Ravens (Host Team)

    #3 Ryerson vs. #6 UPEI 12pm
    #2 Brock vs. #7 Calgary 2pm
    #4 Laval vs. #5 Alberta 5pm
    #1 Saskatchewan vs. #8 Carleton 7pm

    MEN'S TEAMS:
    1. Carleton Ravens (Wilson Cup OUA Champions)
    2. Dalhousie Tigers (AUS Champions)
    3. British Columbia Thunderbirds (Canada West Champions)
    4. Alberta Golden Bears (Canada West finalist)
    5. Western Mustangs (Wilson Cup OUA finalist)
    6. Bishop's Gaiters (RSEQ Champions)
    7. Ottawa Gee Gees (host team)
    8. Calgary Dinos (at-large wildcard berth)

    #4 Alberta vs. #5 Western 12pm
    #1 Carleton vs. #8 Calgary 2pm
    #3 UBC vs. #6 Bishop’s 5pm
    #2 Dalhousie vs. #7 Ottawa 7pm

    (all games Canada/US/Mexico CT and now can watch all the games live on CBCSports.ca, CBC GEM, and CBC Sports app with French coverage coming from USports.live)

    Saskatchewan is approaching another banner year nearly literally again as the Huskies duplicate their best record in wins and losses to further add to Lisa Thomaidis' great resume as the best Canadian women's basketball coach to go along with her active stint as Canada's Tokyo 2020-bound talented women's basketball head coach with serious medal contention ahead this summer. I think they'll reclaim the Bronze Baby. But can Laval finally make the summit after falling short the last two national championships games with their battle-hardened experienced? Ryerson, enjoying one of its best seasons right now in its program's history may extend the Toronto basketball championship. Brock just may be the serious threat to the Huskies.

    Another display of Carleton and everyone else in their own backyard in the men's game even with a brand new head coach in Taffe Charles, who succeed Dave Smart and came straight from the Ravens women's team that also in the championship with a title already in tow? We'll see:
    https://usports.ca/en/sports/basketb...onship-preview
    https://usports.ca/en/sports/basketb...onship-preview
    Jusqui'ici tout va bien...

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    Who knew that the only March Madness college basketball we will ever see this year here in North America....would come from only up in Canada and held in the Canadian capital--and national college basketball hotbed--of Ottawa, Ontario?
    Jusqui'ici tout va bien...

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