CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#9): Carleton, Windsor open at No. 1 in basketball - Nov 1, 2012
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OTTAWA (CIS) The reigning national champion Carleton University Ravens and University of Windsor Lancers top the first CIS mens and womens basketball rankings of the 2012-13 season, respectively.
The first CIS swimming rankings were also announced on Tuesday with Montreal (women) and Toronto (men) taking the early lead.
In other CIS sports, only mens hockey has a new national leader this week as the Saskatchewan Huskies replace UNB at No. 1. In other disciplines, Ottawa (womens soccer), York (mens soccer), Calgary (womens hockey), Trinity Western (womens volleyball), Alberta (mens volleyball) and Guelph (womens & mens cross country) all hold on to the pole position.
In mens basketball, Carleton opens at No. 1 for the seventh straight campaign and for the 10th time in the last 11 years. The Ravens claimed their record-tying eighth W.P. McGee Trophy (all in the last 10 years) last march in Halifax thanks to an 86-67 gold-medal win over Alberta. They will have a chance to become the most decorated team in CIS mens basketball history in front of their home fans this winter when they host the Final 8 in the nations capital (March 8-10).
The top-ranked Ravens, who received 43 of 44 first-place votes in the initial coaches poll, are off to a great start once again this fall with eight victories in nine pre-season contests, including a 2-1 record versus NCAA opponents and a 6-0 mark against CIS rivals. The defending champs travel south this week for two more exhibition games against U.S. schools, Villanova (Thursday) and La Salle (Friday), before opening the regular season at Windsor and Western on Nov. 9-10.
Rounding out the first Top 10 of the season are the No. 2 UBC Thunderbirds, who earned the remaining first-place nod, as well as No. 3 Acadia, No. 4 Fraser Valley, No. 5 Saskatchewan, No. 6 Lakehead, No. 7 McGill, No. 8 Cape Breton, No. 9 Windsor and No. 10 Alberta.
In womens hoops, Windsor opens at No. 1 for the second time in three years, seven months after claiming a second straight Bronze Baby Trophy thanks to a 69-53 defeat of UBC in the national final.
Like the Carleton men, the Lancers have been impressive in pre-season action with six victories in seven contests, all against CIS opponents. After winning their first five games this fall, the reigning champs split a two-game set against the Regina Cougars in Saskatchewans capital last weekend, taking the opener 69-57 and dropping a 74-63 decision in the rematch. Windsor hits the road to face Oakland University of the NCAA on Saturday in its final exhibition test before opening conference play at home against Carleton and Ottawa on Nov. 9-10.
The Lancers received 41 first-place votes in the first coaches poll of the campaign, with the other two nods going to the second-ranked Cougars, who will host this years CIS championship from March 15 to 17.
Rounding out the Top 10 are No. 3 Fraser Valley, No. 4 Carleton, No. 5 Saint Marys, No. 6 Saskatchewan, No. 7 Victoria, No. 8 Acadia, No. 9 Wilfrid Laurier and No. 10 UBC.
League play kicks off later this week in CIS mens and womens basketball with 32 games in Canada West and four matches in the AUS. Conference action gets under way a week later in the RSEQ and OUA.
Golden Bears roll past 'Horns in series opener - 3 hours ago
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The University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball team cruised past the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns 80-59, winning Game 1 of their best of three Canada West quarter-final series, Thursday night at Saville Community Sports Centre. This was the first Canada West playoff meeting between the provincial foes since 2000, when the Golden Bears knocked off Lethbridge in Game 3 of the conference final. Fourth-year forward Mamadou Gueye (198-F-93) finished with a double-double, recording game-hi... [read more]
The University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball team cruised past the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns 80-59, winning Game 1 of their best of three Canada West quarter-final series, Thursday night at Saville Community Sports Centre. This was the first Canada West playoff meeting between the provincial foes since 2000, when the Golden Bears knocked off Lethbridge in Game 3 of the conference final. Fourth-year forward Mamadou Gueye (198-F-93) finished with a double-double, recording game-high's of 20 points and 10 boards. Geoff Pippus (196-G), Austin Waddoups (188-PG, college: Salt Lake CC) and Dwan Williams also scored in the double digits, with Pippus' 14 points the next highest on the Bears. Zac Overwater (203-G) led the 'Horns with 18 points on just 4/15 shooting, but made 10 of his 13 free throws on Thursday. Elliott Sentance (193-F-94, college: Mineral Area CC) also had himself a strong outing in the loss, totalling 14 points, nine boards and an assist. Despite entering Game 1 riding a three game win streak, including a series sweep last weekend and a double overtime win over Alberta in the conference finale, the Lethbridge Pronghorns came out completely flat on Thursday. The 'Horns scored just six first quarter points, shooting a paltry 2/17 in the opening quarter. The Bears took advantage of a 42% shooting quarter, thanks to six from Pippus on a pair of threes, to take a 20-6 lead. Neither team shot well in the second frame, as the Bears allowed the visitors to get back into the game with a stronger showing in the second. Overwater scored seven of his 18 in the quarter, while Dejon Burdeaux dropped in four points, as an 8-0 Lethbridge run cut the Alberta lead to just eight at the half. The teams exchanged runs throughout the third, with the Bears going up by as much as 14, before a pair of late rallies by Lethbridge cutting the Alberta lead back to eight entering the fourth. However, the depth of the Bears proved to be too much for Lethbridge to overcome, as they suffered a 29-16 beating in the fourth. Gueye went off in the final quarter, scoring 10 points alone on 5/6 shooting, adding six rebounds and an assist. Waddoups, Williams and Pippus also combined for 10 of the Bears 29 points in the dominating quarter. The Golden Bears will set their sights on a Canada West Final Four berth tomorrow night, with Game 2 set for 8:00 p.m. at Saville Community Sports Centre. Courtesy of: canadawest.org
COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM George Blakeney arrives just in a nick of time for the KITCHENER-WATERLOO TITANS. The giant sized power forward will help take some of the burden off Titans big man Paul Cooper as the team readies for a swing through the National Basketball League of Canadas eastern division,' cooper had carried a sizeable load inside the paint for the expansion Titans and was starting to show the wear and tear,' said team GM, STU Jullius [read more]
COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM George Blakeney arrives just in a nick of time for the KITCHENER-WATERLOO TITANS. The giant sized power forward will help take some of the burden off Titans big man Paul Cooper as the team readies for a swing through the National Basketball League of Canadas eastern division,' cooper had carried a sizeable load inside the paint for the expansion Titans and was starting to show the wear and tear,' said team GM, STU Jullius.' Weve been tracking George on our radar for a couple of months,' SAID Julius. He is goining to be a good fit for us. The six foot nine 255 pound Blakeney said hes happy to bang and crash under the boards. The North Caroloina NATIVE LANDED HERE AFTER A STINT playing in Portugal, ' I feel like IM a good inside presence inside and out, I can stretch the floor, I can adjust on the fly.' bLAKENEY 25, said following Tuesdays practice at RIM Park. ' Everbody tells me its a physical league. ' Im excited to see what I can do. ' The Titans released forward Jamell Harris last week to make room for Blakeney. Harris was sidelined with a mysterious nerve injury in his leg that left him with little feeling in his foot. He is expected to be sidelined for at least a month.Blakeney joins the 8-11 Titans halfway into their 40 game regular season schedule. But he already has a built in support system with his good friend Titans forward Kevin FOSK. ' George will bring a pyiscal impact in practice too,' SAID Titans head coach Serge Langs. 'Cooper is going to be smoking into a guy in practice who is bigger and more mobile. ' ' Blakeney is going to be a good piece,' Langis said of the former Division 3 player at the University of Noth Carolina at Pembroke. The Titans were to fly out to Saint John N.B. on Wednesday for their next game against the Riptide on Thursday K-W then boards the bus for a match in Cape Breton on sunday. The Titans return to Kitchener AUD. ON March 11 to do battle with the Orangeville AS
Scott dominates in final home game as Panthers defeat Cape Breton 86-82 - 3 days ago
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One of the Panthers' all-time greats, Tyler Scott (190-G), put on a show in his final home game, scoring 35 points to lead UPEI past the Cape Breton Capers 86-82. The Panthers (6-12) erased a 10-point halftime deficit behind Scott's dominant second half, where he scored 23 of his 35 points. "It's been a good three years," said an emotional Scott. "I love these guys. They laid it all on the line for me this year and I won't forget them." While the season has been a disappointment, the fina... [read more]
One of the Panthers' all-time greats, Tyler Scott (190-G), put on a show in his final home game, scoring 35 points to lead UPEI past the Cape Breton Capers 86-82. The Panthers (6-12) erased a 10-point halftime deficit behind Scott's dominant second half, where he scored 23 of his 35 points. "It's been a good three years," said an emotional Scott. "I love these guys. They laid it all on the line for me this year and I won't forget them." While the season has been a disappointment, the final win at home meant a great deal to the All-Canadian guard. "It felt good to get this win," he said. "Last home game, in front of a great crowd, in probably the best gym in the AUS. It was all good." Fellow seniors Jake Kendrick (185-G), Mark Matheson (196-F), Lorenzo Parker (190-G) and Dut Dut each got the start tonight in honour of their commitment and dedication to UPEI. After the ceremony, both teams got back to business. Capers' guard Aaron Hayles caught fire to begin the game, draining three consecutive triples as he led his team to a quick 11-4 advantage, forcing the Panthers to call a timeout. Scott took over following the breather, scoring five straight points to trim the deficit 16-13. But the Capers (0-18) responded with an 8-2 run to extend the lead 24-15. Hayles scored all 12 of his points in the first quarter, where Cape Breton led 30-22. Both offences laboured in the opening minutes of the second quarter, but an old fashioned three-point play by Kenny Jean-Louis (196-G/F) put the Capers up 42-28. He finished with a team-high 24 points and 17 rebounds. Jack Macaulay (185-G) found his shooting touch in the quarter, scoring nine of his 15 points to lead Cape Breton at halftime, 55-45. Down big, Parker took it upon himself to drive the ball to the basket on multiple occasions leading to several made free throws. The aggressive plan of attack paid off as UPEI trimmed the deficit to 55-53 behind an 8-0 spurt. The Panthers continued to have a strong third quarter, outscoring their opponent 16-8, while holding them to a miniscule 14.3 per cent shooting, But the Capers still held a slim 63-61 edge heading into the final quarter. After Scott drained a triple to open the fourth, the Panthers didn't look back. Scott scored 18 of his team's 25 fourth-quarter points to complete the comeback bid 86-82. Dut finished with a monster double-double with 15 points and 19 rebounds. He also set a Panther single-season school record with 215 rebounds. The Panthers will travel to Halifax next where they'll take on the Dalhousie Tigers. Game time is Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. Courtesy of: http://gopanthersgo.prestosports.com
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