The first conference game on the 2012-13 CIS schedule features the University of Regina hosting the Saskatchewan Huskies on Thursday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Returning four of five starters from 2011-12 and adding a promising transfer, the Cougars hope to take a step forward this season after collecting a 5-15 record over last year's conference schedule.
Leading the group of returners is forward Paul Gareau, who already has a 35-point game to his credit this season in a win over Concordia two weekends ago. Entering his final season in a Cougar uniform, Gareau will almost certainly finish among the school's all-time top ten scorers.
Fourth-year post Connor Burns (201-F) transitioned into a starting role last year as and averaged 11.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Cougars. He averaged just under 30 minutes per game during the conference schedule and will likely be heavily used again at post this season.
The Cougars have mostly gone with a starting lineup through the non-conference schedule that features three guards, including returning players Brendan Hebert and Antonio Tate and junior college transfer Frank Brown.
Hebert started for the Cougars last year and had a team-leading 78 assists, while Tate joined the team for the second semester and averaged 13.6 minutes played per game off the bench. Brown was an all-conference selection for Phoenix College last season and is expected to make an immediate impact in the backcourt for the Cougars.
Also returning for the Cougars are guards Sterling Nostedt and Darius Mole, with both players seeing significant playing time coming off the bench so far this season. Nostedt enters his final season of CIS eligibility ranked seventh in school history with 113 three-pointers made in his career, while Mole served as the team's starting point guard in 2010-11 but missed all of last season while rehabbing an injury suffered during the non-conference schedule.
Medicine Hat College transfer Matthew Augustine, second-year post Vule Grujic (208-C), and first-year forward Travis Sylvestre (Michael A. Riffel HS) will also see roles off the bench for the Cougars this season. Also on the roster is second-year guard Ryan Schmidt, first-year guard Jeff Propp (Michael A. Riffel HS), second-year forward Jeremy Zver, second-year post Daniel Osiowy, and first-year guard Kyle Dudley (Balfour Collegiate).
Despite returning zero starters from last year's team, Saskatchewan comes into the weekend ranked No. 5 in this week's CIS poll after a strong performance in non-conference play. Matt Forbes, Patrick Burns, Ben Baker, and Evan Ostertag have stepped into starting roles for the Huskies, while San Diego City College transfer Stephon Lamar has made an immediate impact for Saskatchewan.
The two teams met two weeks ago in non-conference action, with Saskatchewan taking a 12-point win at the Graham Shootout in Saskatoon.
The second leg of the home-and-home series will go on Saturday night in Saskatoon.
Courtesy of: http://www.reginacougars.com
HURRICANES WELCOME NEW HEAD COACH AND GENERAL MANAGER - 19 hours ago
COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL The Halifax Hurricanes are pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Leslie as their new head coach and General Manager. Kevin Keathley has stepped down as the Hurricanes bench coach boss for personal reasons. The club would like to thank coach Keathley for his preseason work and wish him the very best in future endeavors [read more]
COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL The Halifax Hurricanes are pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Leslie as their new head coach and General Manager. Kevin Keathley has stepped down as the Hurricanes bench coach boss for personal reasons. The club would like to thank coach Keathley for his preseason work and wish him the very best in future endeavors. Originally from Amherest, Nova Scotia, Leslie was a classroom and physical education teacher at the elementary , intermediate and high scool levels in both Nova Scotia and PEI over the past 27 years. ' I am very excited to welcome Coach Leslie to the Hurricanes organization; he is not only local which is fantastic; but he brings a lifetime of basketball excellence to our club," remarked Jim Mills, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Hurricanes. Leslie has achieved coaching success at the local, provincial and national levels. He has respresented two provinces at the Canada Games as an official and a coach, is former president and director of elite development with Basketball PEI, ASSITANT COACH OF THE UPEI MENS TEAM as well as an instructor with Canada Basketball ATLANTIC HIGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAM. He has coached provincial teams and high school teams in NOVA SCOTIA and PEI,accumulating several provincial championchips.
ALBA Berlin (BBL) tabbed experienced 35-year old Canadian international guard Carl English (195-81, college: Hawaii). He already started the season at Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 6 games he averaged 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg this season. English also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg. He also spent pre-season at RETAbet Bilbao Basket (also in Liga Endesa) earlier that year. In 2003 Eng... [read more]
ALBA Berlin (BBL) tabbed experienced 35-year old Canadian international guard Carl English (195-81, college: Hawaii). He already started the season at Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 6 games he averaged 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg this season. English also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg. He also spent pre-season at RETAbet Bilbao Basket (also in Liga Endesa) earlier that year. In 2003 English was drafted by Idaho Stampede (CBA) in fourth round (25th overall). He attended University of Hawaii and it is his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball. Among other achievements English's team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Newcomer of the Year award in 2015. English has been also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Canadian senior team since 2005 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2000. English represented Canada at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 4.4ppg, 1.6rpg. English is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. English has played previously professionally in Croatia (KK Zadar), Italy (Virtus Bologna), Puerto Rico (Caciques), Spain (Joventut, Baskonia, Movil Estudiantes, Sevilla and Gran Canaria), Greece (AEK Athens) and D-League (Florida F.). He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at ALBA Berlin.
Briercrest crushes St.Mary's in final game of semester - 1 day ago
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Briercrest won the tip off of their final game of the first semester, as an electric shock of cheers surged through the crowd. St. Mary's fired back strong and immediately both teams returned to their sides of the court to re-strategize as the scoreboard read, 6-2 for St. Mary. Briercrest returned with pure determination and strong vision looking to defeat St. Mary's, as Ben Kornelsen powerfully dunked the ball in the net. Directly following, a star lay up right down the middle of the cou... [read more]
Briercrest won the tip off of their final game of the first semester, as an electric shock of cheers surged through the crowd. St. Mary's fired back strong and immediately both teams returned to their sides of the court to re-strategize as the scoreboard read, 6-2 for St. Mary. Briercrest returned with pure determination and strong vision looking to defeat St. Mary's, as Ben Kornelsen powerfully dunked the ball in the net. Directly following, a star lay up right down the middle of the court executed by Ethan Da Silva wowed the crowd yet again. From the start, it was clear the Briercrest men's team meant business, as Ethan followed up authoritatively sinking another center lay up right in St. Mary's net successfully rebalancing the scoreboard 12-12. Nearing the end of the 1st quarter, Briercrest stole the lead at 18-16. Guard Daniel Reynolds sunk a confident 3-pointer and Briercrest ended the 1st quarter with authority as the scoreboard read 30-29. The 2nd quarter began with equal intensity as the players returned to the court. The speed of the game was quick, the crowd waited on the edge of their seats - yet the scoreboard still read 30-29. After the 2nd quarter was underway, Zak Tamlin (G) showed the audience his impressive skills, driving the ball into the center of St. Mary's court. Briercrest's opponents pushed back with fury, but Tamlin responded powerfully with exceptional defense. Later on, Daniel Reynolds surfaced as a proponent of Briercrest confidently sinking two foul shots advancing the scoreboard to 34-29 for Briercrest. St. Mary's continued to push back in fear but Zak Tamlin, who appeared hungry for a win, silenced their attempts wowing the crowd as he dribbled the ball in-and-out of his legs. Concluding the 2nd quarter Brandon Tolentino had a great run, Zak Tamlin continued to rise to star-status sinking a beautiful three point-shot, Da Silva demonstrated exceptional ball control, and Ben Kornelsen scored the last basket of the 1st quarter, leaving the score, 67-38 for Briercrest. As the 3rd quarter started off with another bang, Brandon Tolentino, sunk an impressive 3-pointer directly followed by an impressive lay up driven in from the outside of the court. This brought the scoreboard up to 77-49 for Briercrest. St. Mary's, in an attempt to respond, fired back, but Ethan Da Silva responded louder, confidently executing another text book play. As the 3rd quarter continued, St. Mary's tried to defend the constant attacks of Briercrest's calvary, but were unsuccessful, and they fell behind. Later on, Zak Tamlin put away another 3-pointer, Kyle Helsloot sunk a nice basket, Thomas Neustaedter made his foul shot, and Joshua Mohammed got a rebound of the second foul shot made by Neustaedter. He finished the basket and advanced Briercrest scoreboard to 105-67. As the 4th quarter bell chimes in a new quarter, St. Mary's players began to drop one-by-one slowly falling a victim to the spell of Briercrest's powerful tactics. Joshua Mohammed sunk two foul shots, and a time-out was called by Briercrest with the score sitting at 113-74. As time went on St. Mary's began to catch up, putting into question whether Briercrest efforts were enough to win this game. As St. Mary's continued to catch up, Kyle Helsloot was fouled. He sunk both his foul shots, bringing the score up to 115-81. St. Mary's continues to fight hard and exponentially increases their performance in this quarter, but is it enough? Helsloot responded with a loud resounding, "no" with only seconds left on the clock, slamming down the most energetic and biggest slam dunk of the season communicating to St. Mary's that this is their home town and it's their victory. Briercrest claimed the game, taking victory with the final score of 117-83. Brandon Tolentino was the Briercrest Player of the Game with five rebounds, six assists and 26 points. Courtesy of: acac.ab.ca
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