CIS men's basketball Friday roundup: Ravens win battle of Top Ten teams

CIS men's basketball Friday roundup: Ravens win battle of Top Ten teams

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StFX 76 Dalhousie 72 Final - OT Box Score

Source: Dalhousie Sports Info

The StFX X-Men handed the Dalhousie Tigers yet another crushing defeat, this time in overtime as they were the ones who came out on top in a game with 18 lead changes. The Tigers drop to 2-8 with the loss.
In truly one of the most exciting games of the 2013-2014 AUS season, Will Donkoh led the charge with 20 points and seven assists.
Simon Marr had a game-high 24 points in the loss for the Tigers.
The Tigers started the game with tough defensive intensity, with John Traboulsi pressuring Jameel Williamson to pass the ball right to the waiting hands of Devon Stedman.
The Tigers led 17-14 after the first ten minutes of play. Nathan Smith came off the bench and added an offensive punch with four quick points in the quarter.
Davonte Provo hit a huge three right in Ritchie Kanza Mata's face to tie the game at 22 with 7:30 left in the quarter, and Kanza Mata answered right back with a freethrow line jumper as the shot clock expired.
Kanza Mata added a three on the next possession to bring the Tigers lead back up to five, but Provo answered with a floater.
The Tigers held a slim 31-30 lead at half.
The pace picked up as soon as the Tigers inbounded the ball for the third quarter, with both teams flying in transition, trading buckets and leads.
Tempers flaired in the third quarter as first-year Tigers forward Justin Bhangoo and Julius Antoine both received technicals after fighting for a loose ball, and it appeared as though Bhangoo was kicked on the ground.
Traboulsi got a reverse layup to go with 15 seconds left in the quarter to cut X-Men's lead to 51-49 going into the final frame.
Both teams struggled to score as the defensive intensity ramped up, and it set the stage for a crazy final five minutes.
Simon Marr hit the first of his four threes with 4:40 left to tie the game at 59, sending the crowd to their feet.  The teams went back and forth for the next few minutes.
Marr hit another three with 1:16 left to give the Tigers a 63-62 lead, and then hit yet another with 45 seconds to tie the game again.
Jordan Clarke hit a jumper right in Traboulsi's face to give the X-Women a 67-64 lead with 20 seconds left.
Ritchie Kanza Mata wasn't just going to sit around and watch another game slip out of his reach. He drove the lane, slashing through StFX defenders and getting into the paint, earning the hoop and the harm with the chance to give the Tigers the lead with just ten seconds left in the game.
The crowd dropped silent as the foul shot clanged around the rim and fell into the hand of StFX, who drove up the court, but a costly turnover with 0.1 left on the clock meant one thing.
It was headed to overtime.
Traboulsi got things going with a layup right away, but it was the X-Men who took over in overtime and Shane Coupeland dropped two free throws in the final seconds to ice the game for the X-Men, who went on to win 76-72.
Ritchie Kanza Mata and Will Donkoh were named the Subway players of the game.


UPEI 73 Acadia 89 Final Box Score

Submitted by Ashley Halser – Acadia Sports Information Office

WOLFVILLE, N.S. - The last time these two teams faced each other in the opening weekend of the AUS season, the UPEI Panthers led for most of the second of a two-game weekend, but a short-handed Acadia team fought back and stole the win with an 86-85 final score.

In the first of two CIS Shoot for the Cure matchups this weekend, the Axemen came out to prove their previous win wasn’t a fluke and defeated UPEI 89-73, improving their record to 8-2 this season.

For the second game in a row, Acadia came out strong in the opening frame, this time, with a 17-2 run led by Anthony Sears who had 10 in the first quarter.

UPEI battled back to pull the Panthers with 11 at 19-8 after one quarter.  The Panthers continued to fight to stay in the game behind 11 points from last year’s CIS Rookie of the Year, Deontay Smith. But Sears answered with another 11 points of his own, finishing the game with 32 points on 14 for 22 from the floor and received the Subway Player of the Game honour.

With Shaquille Smith sitting on the bench from his foul trouble of three in the opening quarter, the Axemen struggled with fouls in the third. Big man Owen Klassen along with teammate and starting point guard AJ Simmonds sat on the bench for third quarter.

Aggressive play in the third quarter resulted in tempers flaring and fouls flying with most of the quarter being played from the free throw line as both teams were in the bonus with four minutes left to play and driving strong to the hoop. Near the end of the third, UPEI went on a 13-2 and finished the frame down by five, 65-60.

With Klassen, Smith and Simmonds returning to the court for the fourth, the Panthers pulled to within three but Owen Klassen, who had a quiet double-double with 13 points and 14 boards scored seven straight and put the game away for the Axemen. Kyle Arsenault also had a big game adding 20 points to the victory.

Panther Subway Player of the Game, Deontay Smith, had 20 points for the Panthers, while teammates Joe Kendrick and Brian Ofori added 14 and 12 points respectively in the loss. Three past players for the local Horton Griffins accepted the loss to the hometown favourites including Kendrick, Lorenzo Parker and Ellis Ffrench.

Both teams will face each other again tomorrow evening for the second evening of the Shoot for the Cure weekend, before UPEI travels home to face UNB and Acadia faces Cape Breton next Friday night.


York 84 Algoma 77 Final Box Score

Source: Meaghan Smith, Algoma Sports Info

In the men's game, the Thunderbirds opened their 13th OUA game with increased intensity. With early steals from Reynaldo Carnakie and Brett Zufelt, Algoma battled and kept it close. The Lions went 8-12 at the charity line, giving York a 5-point advantage going into the second. Algoma fought back in the second, leading York 20-19. York kept Algoma close, going shot for shot to finish the half. Going into the second half, Algoma still trailed by 5, 30-35. The momentum continued into the second half, with the Thunderbirds aggressively attacking the ball. Early in the fourth the Thunderbirds tied the game and recovered the lead after going 4-4 at the free-throw line, 62-59. With three minutes left to play, the Thunderbirds clung to a one-point advantage but a late foul gave York the lead. Trailing by 6 with 90 seconds of regulation play left, the Thunderbirds chipped into the deficit, down by only 3. Foul trouble down the stretch tipped the game in favour of the Lions.  In the end, the Lions upset the Thunderbirds 84-77.  Thunderbirds' Brett Zufelt and Terrell Campbell led with 18 points each.  Richard Headindu led the Lions with 18.  The Thunderbirds fall to 3-10 and the Lions improve to 8-5.


Queen's 76 Laurentian 84 Final Box Score

Source: Kat Schwabe, Laurentian Sports Writer

The Laurentian Voyageurs Men's basketball team were looking to build off their Wednesday night win versus the Algoma Thunderbirds, and they did just that, downing the Queen?s Gaels this evening 84-76 at the Ben Avery.

Both teams came out fighting in a game that would have serious implications on the standings. Laurentian, sitting at fourth in the OUA East Division, needed to secure the win in order to prevent fifth placed Queen?s from moving up in the standings. The Voyageurs moved the ball in the opening minutes of the game, creating easy scoring opportunities. Several defensive breakdowns by the Voyageurs, however, allowed the Gaels to stay in the game. Playing strong defense and keeping Laurentian?s leading scorer Alex Ratte (Ottawa, ON) from netting any points, Queen?s finished the first quarter up 21-18.

The game remained tight in the second quarter, with both teams knocking down shots. The Voyageurs stepped up their defensive game, preventing the Gaels from going on any runs. Greg Faulkner (Kingston, ON), Queen?s leading scorer, was kept to only nine points in the half. Faulkner, averaging 16.6 points per game, was forced to make tough shots as Laurentian limited his scoring opportunities. The Voyageurs took the lead in the second quarter, heading into the halftime break with the score at 39-35.

The Voyageurs came out hot in the third quarter, playing with intensity to increase their lead. Laurentian forward Darcy Watt (Toronto, ON), who sat out most of the first half after picking up two early fouls, started the third quarter strong and made two quick jumpers. The Voyageurs continued to play unselfish basketball, working the ball around to find easy shots. The Gaels did their best to shut down Laurentian?s top offensive threat. Though Ratte was often double-teamed and had a difficult time finding the basket, he had no trouble finding the open man and setting his teammates up for easy buckets. At the end of the third the Voyageurs had extended their lead by a basket, going into the fourth quarter up 59-52.

Nelson Yengue (Yaounde, Cameroon) led the way for Laurentian heading into the final quarter of the game, having put up 18 points in the first three quarters of play. The Voyageurs transitioned well on both ends of the court, but made numerous careless passes. Unforced turnovers by Laurentian allowed the Gaels to stay close, building momentum in the final minutes of the game. A key timeout by Coach Swords with just less than two minutes remaining gave the Voyageurs a chance to gain their composure and refocus. The Voyageurs came out of the timeout and took care of business, winning the game 84-76.

The Voyageurs Men?s basketball team will be back in action tomorrow night at the Ben Avery against the York Lions at 8:00 pm. You can continue to follow your Voyageurs at, or follow them on Twitter @VoyageursMBB for up-to-date news and results.

Laurentian University's Department of Athletics is home to 18 varsity sports teams. The Voyageurs? decorated history of pride and tradition includes 62 provincial championships as well as 10 national championships in 52 years of competition.


Toronto 75 Ottawa 113 Final Box Score

Source: Ottawa Sports Info

OTTAWA - uOttawa put on a show on Friday night as a strong team effort allowed the Gee-Gees to dominate the Toronto Varsity Blues and score a season high 113-75. The team had a total of seven players reach double digits scoring in the contest

“Offensively when we got in transition I think we did some pretty good things and our veterans really stepped in and had strong performances,” said head coach James Derouin. “Offensively I was happy but there are still some defensive aspects that we need some work on.”

The Gee-Gees appeared to be on a mission to put on a show for the home crowd, performing multiple dunks and alley-oops. The cause of this could possibly be attributed to the fact that the team has not played in front of their home court since November 23, 2013.

“It felt great to be on home court. We have travelled to some other gyms and played different places but it’s not the same as playing on home court. We practice here a lot so to be able to get some real game time was great and we wanted to put on a good show for the fans,” said starting point guard Mike L’Africain who shot 5-for-7 from long range and recorded 15 points.

The Gee-Gees were scorching hot in the first half, scoring 55 points in 20 minutes of play. The hot play continued in the second half as they buried the Varsity Blues, leading the game coast to coast.  They were also able to hold the country’s second best scorer, Alex Hill, to only 16 points in the game.

Another impressive feat was achieved on the night as James Derouin became the quickest head coach to reach 50 wins in Gee-Gees basketball history as he did so in only 76 games. The previous quickest was Derouin`s predecessor, David DeVeiro, who reached the mark in 95 games.

“It honestly has a lot to do with Dave DeVeiro and the team he left behind here for me when I took over which basically just allowed the program to keep going in the direction it was heading. It wasn’t a situation where I had to start from scratch and rebuild. I am just so fortunate to have taken over such a good group that was left here for me,” said Derouin.

uOttawa will be back in action tomorrow night for a much anticipated matchup against the no. 4 Ryerson Rams at 8 p.m.


Western 73 Lakehead 72 Final Box Score

Source: Hugh Mullally, Lakehead Sports Information Director

Thunder Bay, Ont. - A painful 73-72 loss arrived on Friday evening for the men's basketball team against the hard-nosed Western Mustangs. It might be easier said that a victory slipped out of the 'Wolves hands, as they held an 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

For 35 minutes the two teams exchanged hay-makers, with Henry Tan packing a lot of punch early, hitting 5 first-half three pointers to bring the Mustangs out of their 2-3 zone defense and giving the 'Wolves a 42-35 halftime lead.

Things stayed even through the 3rd Q, until early in the fourth when Henry Tan and Josh Bell would strike from the land beyond to give Lakehead an 11 point cushion with 8 minutes remaining. The Lakehead offense would sputter and drift towards the final buzzer, scoring only 8 points after the duo of early three pointers, while their defense gave up 21 points in the last 10 minutes of play.

Despite their lacklustre play, Lakehead did have a chance to win the game. With possession and 12 seconds remaining they ran a play and found Alex Robichaud on the block for a short bank shot over Mustang Peter Sholtes that missed the mark as time expired.

The Mustangs shot an impressive 8 of 11 from three-point range, led by Sholtes with 19 points and 4 rebounds.

Henry Tan finished with 26 points and 3 assists, while Igor Lebov added 12 points with 7 rebounds. Brent Wallace scored 8 points with 7 rebounds in 16 minutes of play.

Coach Matt Erdman:

"We didn't put together a complete game and Western took advantage of the way we handled ourselves in the 4th. The focus is all on tomorrow and making adjustments as well as trying to not get complacent."

The 'Wolves get a chance at redemption tomorrow evening at 8:00pm.


Ryerson 68 Carleton 110 Final Box Score

Source: Mike Beasley, Carleton Sports Info

It was a marquee match-up on Friday night at the Ravens’ Nest as No. 1 Carleton took on the No. 4 Ryerson Rams.
The Ravens came into the game sporting an undefeated 11-0 record while the Rams were 11-1.
Both team’s records are impressive and ranked in the CIS Top Ten but in the end Carleton remains unbeaten this season as they disposed of Ryerson 110-68 to win their 12th straight OUA game.
It was an offensive explosion for the Ravens led by Philip Scrubb (Richmond, B.C) and his 28 points. Scrubb was perfect on 8 free throw attempts, hit 6 of 9 three pointers, had 7 assists and 4 rebounds.
“It was an exciting game to play against Ryerson, the fourth ranked CIS team,” said Scrubb.
“We (Carleton) were definitely ready to play. I felt good out there and made some shots during the course of the game.”
At times during the game the Ravens were an offensive juggernaut hitting a scary 19 treys in the one-sided victory.
Other Carleton players with strong games included Clinton Springer-Williams (London, ON), 15 points Kevin Churchill (Toronto, ON) 12 points Victor Raso (Hamilton, ON) 12 points and Tyson Hinz (Ottawa, ON) 11 points, 6 rebounds.
Thomas Scrubb (Richmond, B.C.) led both teams with 8 rebounds.
“We did some good things against Ryerson but they were missing a pile of guys including a couple of starters that would have made a difference,” said Dave Smart, Ravens head coach.
“I expect them to be a much different team when they get those players back in the line-up.”
The Ravens tangle with the Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday night, January 18. Game time at the Ravens’ Nest is 8:00PM.


Bishop's 71 UQAM 50 Final Box Score
Manitoba 73 Brandon 89 Final Box Score

Source: Matt Packwood, Brandon Sports Information and Marketing Officer

BRANDON – The Brandon Bobcats picked up a big 89-73 win over the Manitoba Bisons Friday night, extending the ‘Cats winning streak to four games.

Five Bobcats finished in double-digit scoring, led by sophomore forward Turell Scott’s game-high 18 points which came in just 18 minutes of play. The Port Coquitlam, BC product hit four of six three-pointers, which included three in a row late in the first half.

Fifth-year guard Emerick Ravier contributed 17 points, while guards Ilarion Bonhomme and Kenonte Ramsey each put up 16 points and forward Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak finished the contest with 14 points.

The Bisons were led by Andre Arruda’s game-high 19 points, while Justus Alleyn chipped in 14 points, Dan Penner put up 11 points and Amarjit Basi added 10 points.

The win improves Brandon’s record to 5-8, while Manitoba falls to 1-12.

The two teams will meet again in the second-half of the weekend series Saturday night in Brandon. Game time is 7:00 pm.


UBC 76 Mount Royal 55 Final Box Score
Alberta 88 Lethbridge 98 Final Box Score

Source: Eoin Colquhoun, Lethbridge Sports Information & Events Coordinator

Lethbridge – After trailing by as many as 13 points past the mid-point of the third quarter, the Lethbridge Pronghorn men’s basketball team rallied with 32 fourth quarter points to hand the third ranked Alberta Golden Bears their second loss of the year with a 98-88 win.

‘Horns forward Brandon Brine led all scorers with 32 points before fouling out with two minutes to play. Alex Fletcher scored 13 of his 20 points in the first half, while Logan Reiter chipped in with 13 for the ‘Horns.

A trio of Bears, Youssef Ouahrig, Jordan Baker and Sahr Saffa each notched 14 points in a losing cause. Joel Friesen picked up 13 points and Czar Robotham had 11 points.

With the ‘Horns trying to test their mettle versus the top team in the conference in the Bears, neither team found much of a rhythm in the first quarter and the Bears held a 16-15 lead after the opening frame.

While the first quarter was a plodding affair, the second was the exact opposite, highlighted by an impromptu three point shooting contest, with ‘Horns senior guard Fletcher, and a pair of Bears in Ouahrig and Robotham going shot for shot. Fletcher hit all three of his attempts, while Ouahrig hit three of his own in the quarter and Robotham hit a pair, including a buzzer beater to give Alberta a 42-36 lead at the break.

Just as it looked like the Golden Bears were going to take control in the third, building a 13 point lead at 66-53 with just over four minutes to play, the ‘Horns began to claw back and the quarter ended with the Bears holding onto a six point lead. 

Chipping away from the start of the quarter, Brine’s alley-oop dunk with five minutes to play gave the ‘Horns an 80-79 lead and spurred the run. Jared Baker, Reiter, Morgan Duce and Brine all hit threes to push the lead to 10 and put the game out of reach for the Bears.

With the win the ‘Horns move within one game of the Bears and improve to 10-3, while Alberta drops to 11-2.

The ‘Horns and Bears will square off tomorrow night with top spot in the Prairie Division on the line. Tip-off is set to follow the women’s game at 7:00pm at the 1st Choice Savings Centre. The game will also be streamed live on


Saskatchewan 96 Calgary 94 Final Box Score

Source: Lindsay Franco, Calgary Multimedia & Communications Coordinator

CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos suffered another heartbreaking loss on Jan. 17 when they were defeated 96-94 by the No. 8 Saskatchewan Huskies. The Dinos fall to 5-8 while the Huskies improve to 10-3.

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson had a game-high 28 points for the Dinos as well as a game-high six assists. Josh Owen-Thomas’ 19 points and seven rebounds also paced Calgary. Philip Barndt recorded 16 points while Jhony Verrone scored 12 and Matt Letkeman added 10 more for the Dinos.

Canada West MVP, Stephon Lamar, scored 27 points and had five assists in Saskatchewan’s win. Dadrian Collins added 19 points and five rebounds. Both Matt Forbes and Ben Baker added 13 for the Huskies and Andrew Henry scored 12 more.

The Dinos were flying in the first quarter as they got off to a 7-0 start before Saskatchewan got on the board. The Huskies were forced to call a timeout early when a three-pointer from Barndt pushed the Dinos lead 11.

Calgary’s lead didn’t last long as the Huskies played catch-up and drained two three’s to get within one t 19-18 with two minutes left in the opening quarter. With seconds to go, Henry sunk a three to tie the game up 22 as the first expired.

In the second, the Dinos went on a 5-0 run to start, but got in foul trouble with a full six minutes left in the quarter. Sending the Huskies to the line a number of times, they were able to tie the game up again.

Saskatchewan finally took the lead at 37-34 with a three-pointer from Collins as both offenses were firing on all cylinders. The Huskies would maintain that three point lead until halftime by a score of 47-44. The offence on the Dinos side was well spread out as Owen-Thomas, Verrone and Ogungbemi-Jackson already had nine points each while Barndt was the only Dino to hit double digits with ten.

It was the third quarter that Saskatchewan started to pull away and their lead got up to 13 points before the Dinos being to mount a comeback. With a late 7-0 run, Calgary pulled the lead to within six at 74-68.

Cold to start the fourth, the Dinos were still down five points with six minutes left in the game. They finally began to start knocking on the door with a momentum shift thanks to a huge basket from Letkeman to get within three. A block from Dallas Karch late in the fourth along two free throws from Barndt got the troops fired up as the Dinos tied it at 88.

In the final 30 seconds of the game, the score was still tied up and Lamar made a lay-up to give the Huskies a two-point lead. With 15 seconds left, a great back door assist from Ogungbemi-Jackson to Karch allowed the Dinos to tie it again.

The final basket of the game came from none other than Lamar while scored a jumper. The Dinos were unable to convert and tie it once again. The final score read 96-94.
Calgary and Saskatchewan will rematch tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Jack Simpson Gymnasium.


Winnipeg 73 Regina 63 Final Box Score
Victoria 85 UNBC 57 Final Box Score
Trinity Western 73 UBC Okanagan 75 Final Box Score
UFV 74 Thompson Rivers 65 Final Box Score