Month: January 2019

Process of Placing Portable Basketball Hoops

A portable basketball hoop is different from a permanent one with a pole that goes into a cement base to keep it upright.

The portable basketball hoops are designed for homeowners or renters who want to have a basketball hoop but be able to move it into different positioned (the back yard, the front driveway) as needed. It’s also so they can be removed, transported and placed in a new home when moving rather than have to leave the permanent basketball hoop where it is already cemented into the ground.

First Step to Placing a Portable Basketball Hoop

Once assembled and fully loaded up with either sand or water, the hoop will weigh a considerable amount. While, yes, it’s still portable, it’ll require an adult to push it and probably a second person to help steady it on uneven ground to prevent the structure from toppling over either into something or someone! Therefore, anyone moving it later must maneuver it slowly to avoid building up momentum and overconfidence to keep everything steadier.install basketball hoop

To prevent the need to move the assembled and positioned hoop because of a bad thought process with the setup, think very carefully about where you will place the best portable basketball hoop. It will be inconvenient at best and difficult at worse to have to relocate it later because a bad spot was chosen. If necessary, consult each member of the household to solicit their opinion first. That way, the best ideas rise to the top and the bad ideas get rooted out before doing anything more.

Enlist the Help of a Family Member (or Two) Over 18

It’s necessary to have the assistance of at least one adult. They are needed to assist in the assembly and setup of a portable basketball hoop. Some parts have to be assembled and there’s also a need to add either sand or water to the base. This requires adults to lift up the sand bag or provide the water safely. The sand bag is heavier than most young children or teenagers can safely carry without possibly injuring themselves.

A number of the component parts aren’t light either and as such, it needs a strong person to lift them into position while another ensures everything holds together.

Deciding on Sand or Water

The base is usually hollow and requires either sand or water to fill it up. This makes it more portable once emptied out but requires filling up before usage.

The heavier base ensures that the portable hoop once upright should have a secure enough foundation that it won’t topple over even with strong outside winds from a local storm.

Checking Everything is in the Box

Do check what parts should be inside the product packaging because assembly. This avoids finding out once half assembled that a necessary part is missing. While a basketball company’s customer support can usually send out a replacement (small) part within a few days, it will halt the assembly and setup of the basketball hoop for the time being.

Once following these steps, you should be playing basketball outside in the no time.

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Ravens Rebounders, McGill Defense Win Early games

Offensive boards and 30 point edge off 3s propel Ravens to win

Carleton’s  Connor Wood  makes it a tough shot for the Dinos’ David Kapinga         (photo: Trevor MacMillan)

#2  Carleton 85  #7  Calgary 69 –   The Ravens go up 10 at the half on a run and pitch trey byEmmanuel Owootoah  at the buzzer.  Calgary had played hard at the defensive end, causing 12 turnovers, and slowing-down the Carleton drive, kick, and hit the 3 offense.  Still, the Black Birds were on top having made 7 treys in the opening 20 minutes, and that is deadly for any defense.  With the big rebounding edge for Ravens, Calgary gives up too many extra chances.

Calgary hangs in for much of the 2nd half, and, brings the score within 5 points in both the 3rd and 4th frames.  But, with  about 6 minutes left, the Ravens go on an 11— 0 run to boost it to 16.  There are 5 Carleton players in double figures, as they shoot 47% as a team vs 42% for the Dinos.  The big difference  came from outside shooting, as the Ravens hit 14/35 for 42 pts against UC’s 4/14 for only 12. That’s a tough gap to fill ….

Rebounding by  Carleton did wear down the Dinos, with the final count 48-24, including 17 offensive boards for the defending champs. Carleton had 16 points each from guards Connor Wood, Emmannuel Owootoah, and Kaza Kajami-Keane, with Keane adding 9 assists .  Eddie Eyikor scored 10 plus 7 boards, while big Cameron Smyth cashed 10 and grabbed 9 off the glass.

Thomas Cooper scored 17 for Calgary, plus 6 rebs/ 4 assts, with Mambi Diawara close behind , scoring 15 pts/ 4 asst/ 3 steals.  A brave effort by the Dinos, but the size, rebounding, and shooting of Carleton wins the opener in the 2017 Nationals.   Box Score 

Carleton will play in one semi final vs McGill on Saturday, while Calgary goes Friday at 3 pm Mountain  in the consolation bracket against familiar foe, the Manitoba Bisons.

McGill’s Jenning Leung takes it to the rim against Manitoba      (photo credit: Trevor MacMillan)

#3 McGill  63  #6 Manitoba  53 –  McGill couldn’t have asked for more in terms of the run of play in this offensively-challenged contest .  The Bisons come out looking a little tight, as the McGill defense chokes down Manitoba’s early offensive thrusts.  McGill gets a bigger share of the ball, and convert free throws and a pair of late-on-the-clock treys for a 5 point margin after 20 minutes.

Manitoba picks up their game late in that 2nd quarter, and look more comfortable at the scoring end for a bit. However, the Bisons ball handlers / shooters are ‘off their game’ for the most part. The Redmen win while shooting just 37% from the floor, and 11 for 22 from the foul line!  Just too many sloppy decisions by the Herd.

Manitoba cannot get their break going, and take an uncharacteristically low 8 attempts from 3, and hit just 2.  McGill is only 6/28 from deep, but still come out ahead in that department. Veteran Redmen,  guard Jenning Leung (13 pts) and post work-horse Francois Bourque (13 pts/ 14 rebs/ 4 steals) provide the leadership needed to steer the Reds into the semi-finals.

The Bisons get 13 points apiece from Keith Omoerah (9 rebs/ 4 asst/ 3 steals) and A.J. Basi, who added 3 steals.  Usually productive efforts from other starters were absent, and we can only blame the big stage, and, of course, a rugged McGill defense. Box Score

McGill advance to Saturday’s semi-final against the Carleton Ravens, while Manitoba get to play their Canada West rivals, the Calgary Dinos on Friday at 6 pm Atlantic in the consolation round.

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Overtime –

  • Kirby Schepp, Manitoba Coach, in a wonderful story in the Winnipeg Sun on the Bisons Ilarion Bonhomme , “In my 25 years coaching, I don’t know if there’s anybody ahead of him in terms of the quality of kid and the person he is  …. He treats everyone from the kid wiping the floor, to the secretary, to his teammates with incredible respect. I see the way he is around kids, around my kids, he’s just awesome.”  
  • The All-Canadian Awards ‘Gala’  was night in Halifax, and Connor Wood, a  5th year guard from the Carleton Ravens, was named the 2017 U SPORTS Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.  He is the 8th Carleton player so honoured over the past 17 seasons.  Wood shot over 50% from the floor and from the 3 point line, averaging 19 ppg.
  • Other U SPORTS award winners –   Ottawa wing man, Caleb Agada, is the Defensive Player of the Year, while Laurentian guard, Kadre Gray, accepted the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy  as Rookie of the Year.  Carleton’s Dave Smart won his 8th Stu Aberdeen Memorial Trophy  as Coach of the Year, and Dalhousie forward Kashrell Lawrence, won the Ken Shields Award for Academics and Community Service. 
  • 2017  All-Canadians –   1st Team –

Connor Wood , Carleton , 5th year, Guelph, ON

Conor Morgan,  UBC,  4th , Victoria, B.C.

Adika Peter-McNeilly ,  Ryerson ,  5th , Scarborough, ON

Kevin Bercy ,  St Francis Xavier,   4th,  Kanata, ON

Thomas Cooper,  Calgary,  5th,  Chattanooga, TN

 2nd Team –

Kaza Kajami-Keane,   Carleton ,5th, Ajax, ON

Dele Ogundokun, McGill , 4th , Hamilton, ON

Javon Masters,  UNB , 4th, Kitchener, Ont.

Caleb Agada,  Ottawa ,  5th,  Burlington, ON

Shane Osayande,  Saskatchewan ,  4th ,  Toronto, ON

 All-Rookie Team         

Kadre Gray                Laurentian       Toronto, ON

Eddie Ekiyor              Carleton           Ottawa, ON

Scott Kellum              Victoria            Issaquah, WA

Jamaal Potopsingh    UNB               Brampton, ON

Kendrick Jolin            McGill              Pte. Claire, PQ

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Alberta and Lethbridge – Previews

Lethbridge Pronghorns, Coach Mike Hansen, 3rd year 

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It was a game changer for the ‘Horns when their 5th year import post, Brent Watkins, suffered what likely will be a career-ending set of injuries as a result of a summer car accident. Watkins’ recovery has been heartening, and the extended U of L community has extended great support to the family back in California.  Now, without the defense, rebounding, and 61% FG shooting of Watkins, and with Tyson McIntyre struggling with another knee injury, Coach Mike Hansen suggests, “We are a small team, and we’ll have to find new ways of getting the ball to the basket.”

The U of L roster has more returning players than almost any team in Canada West, and 5 of those are 5th years, including their superb guard combo of Jared Baker and Rob Olsen.

Rob Olsen is a hot-shooting 5th year guard for U of L.

Rob Olsen is a hot-shooting 5th year guard for U of L.

Forward Brandon Brine is a potential all-star at forward, and Coach Hansen is happy with the progress of 2nd year players Zac Overwater and Josh Sparkes, “They made a big jump over the summer, and are now stronger and more skilled.”   Also, the addition of (former UL star) Alex Fletcher as a full-time Assistant will be big for player development. Hansen cites a new push at Lethbridge to provide resources for Athletics, and Fletcher’s post is one example.

The late summer signing of import point guard Dejon Burdeaux will spark the guard corps, and ACAC College transfers Chris Maughan and Brian Preneslo give some help up front. Lethbridge may fly under the radar as they integrate the new talent, but they have enough experience and capable leadership in their veterans to contend.

Returnees-

Brandon Brine           F        6-6,    5th year, S.Australia

Lynden Nummi          G       5-9,    5th, Lethbridge

Spencer Lambert      G        6-1,    3rd, Lethbridge

Mike Pierzchala         F        6-4,   2nd, Lethbridge

Zac Overwater          W        6-7,   2nd, Didsbury, AB

Josh Sparkes            G        6-0,   2nd,  Medicine Hat

Jason Nysten            W        6-3 ,  4th, Carstairs, AB

Jared Baker               G        6-2,   5th,  Raymond, AB

Rob Olsen                  G       6-2,   5th,  Cardston, AB

*Brent Watkins            F       6-10,  5th –  injured in a car accident

*Tyson McIntyre –         F     6-7,    3rd –  knee injury

New ‘Horns –

Dejon Burdeaux   G      6-0  3rd, San Leandro, CA (tsf-Fresno City  Coll.)

Will Hickey          G      6-0, Golden, BC, (tsf-Lethbridge  Coll )

Brian Prenoslo    F       6-4, 4th  Sherwood Park, (tsf-Red Deer College)

Chris Maughan    F     6-9,  3rd,  Calgary, (tsf Lethbridge Coll.)


 

 

Alberta Golden Bears – Coach Barnaby Craddock, 5th year

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The Golden Bears will be in a re-building mode after losing mainstays Joel Friesen, Ken Otieno, and Youssef Ouahrig. Coach Barnaby Craddock, who has had success at Brandon, Fraser Valley, and Alberta as the head man, can see an effective forward line developing, especially with the often-spectacular play of 3rd year Canada West All-Star, Mamadou Gueye, and the physical ’14-’15 rookie star, Sebastian Denault. Add in the experienced Rav Dhaliwal, ‘BIG’ Brett Roughead, and red-shirt rookie, Brody Clark, and this should be a formidable group.

Mamadou Gueye will be a major force for the Bears.

Forward, Mamadou Gueye, will be a major force for the Bears.

Guard play will be ‘a work in progress’, according to Craddock.  “Losing a lead guard as good as Ouahrig will have us scrambling for the first part of the season”, he says. Both import Colby Jackson and Ontario star, D’Wan Williams come with impressive credentials, and veteran Ethan Dixon may get a chance to shine. Andriy Halushko and Lyndon Annetts are both capable outside shooters, and they may help U of A’s back-court step up as the season progresses.

Losing 4 of their 5 first pre-season games has to be concerning for Coach Craddock, but there is too much talent there to count out the perennial contenders this early in the ‘re-construction phase’. The GBs are home for their own Invitational on Oct. 23-24 vs UNBC and Queen’s.

Returnees-

Ethan Dixon                G     6-0,      3rd year,  Edmonton

Andriy Halushko          G     6-4,      2nd, Edmonton

Sheldon Pittman          G     6-5,     2nd,  Calgary

Lyndon Annetts            G     6-6,     3rd,  Beaumont, AB

Mamadou Gueye          F      6-6,     3rd,  Quebec City

Rav Dhaliwal                  F     6-7,     4th,   Surrey, BC

Brett Roughead             P      7-1,     4th,  Coleman, AB

Sebastien Denault         P       6-9,     2nd,    La Prairie, QC

New Bears –

Jonah Weyessa      G       6-0       1st,  Calgary -Fr. Lacombe

Colby Jackson        G       5-8,     1st,  Las Vegas, NV- Clark  HS

Joel Lutz                 F        6-7,     1st,  Cardston, AB

Cole Knudsen          F       6-7,     1st,  Barrhead, AB

Brody Clarke           F      6-8,     1st Toronto – Oakwood

Ivan Ikomey             G      6-1,    1st,  Calgary – McNally

D’Wan Williams       G      6-2,    1st, Toronto- Oakwood


 

Game Scores  – 

Thurs. Oct. 15 –  Windsor 94 vs Regina 80,  Concordia 80 at Saskatchewan  67

at McMaster 90 Cape Breton 68


 

Overtime – 

  •   Josh Mayorga (TRU) was on the Canada West All-Rookie team last March, but the young man informed Wolf Pack Coach Scott Clark that he did not want to continue with school and basketball this year.
  • In a similar vein, Adonis Monfort-Palomino, after a rookie year as back-up to Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson at Calgary, has recently chosen to leave the team, but UC still has 2nd year Cory Hauck, rookie Torrez McCoy, and transfer David Kapinga up to the challenge at that spot .

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Calgary and Trinity Western – Previews

Calgary Dinos – Coach Dan Vanhooren, 16th Year

‘Parity’  is a word being tossed about by some  Canada West coaches as we approach the 2015-16 season, while Coach Dan Vanhooren is feeling carefully optimistic about the Dinos’ chances. “We like our team. We are deeper everywhere, and have a nice mixture of experience and young talent”, said Vanhooren. UC lost 5th years, Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson and Phil Barndt, but have returnees Josh Owen-Thomas, Matt Letkeman, Dallas Karch, and Jasdeep Gill in either their 4th or 5th years at UC.

But, perhaps the most striking difference in the playing roster is the emergence of a group of former ‘lesser-lights’ who have developed into potentially major contributors. The post trio of Mitch Ligertwood, Connor Foreman, and Matt Ellis give the forward line a fresh new look, with 4th year transfer Sunny Johal also in the mix.

 

Calgary’s  long range shooter, Lars Schleuter  – photo D. Moll

At guard, the team has similar depth, with rookie rp_primary_LarsWinnipeg high school star, Torrez McKoy, displaying “ … uncommon poise and leadership for a young point guard”, says Vanhooren.  Jhony Verrone, Corey Hauck, and David Kapinga are all itching to make their mark as well.

Last year’s CW Rookie of the Year, Lars Schleuter, brings a dangerous outside threat, and import guard, Thomas Cooper, has demonstrated a deft scoring touch and a nose for the ball on the boards. Calgary finishes their pre-season with the CBU Capers Fall Classic in Nova Scotia this weekend, then hosts Winnipeg for the start of League play on Nov. 6/7.

Dinos Returnees-

Corey Hauck       G   5-10, 2nd, Abbotsford, B.C., Mouat

Jasdeep Gill        G    6-5, 4th, Chestermere, AB , Chestermere

Dallas Karch        F    6-6, 4th, Calgary, Wisewood

Jhony Verrone     G    6-0, 3rd, Montreal, Vanier Coll.

Josh Owen -Thomas  G    6-1, 5th, Adelaide, S.AUS

Lars Schleuter      F      6-8,  2nd, Ulm, GER

Matt Letkeman     F    6-6, 5th, Abbotsford, B.C., Yale

Mitch Ligertwood    F  6-7, 3rd, Port Moody, B.C., Heritage Woods

Matt Ellis               F    6-7, 2nd, Calgary,  Manning

Connor Foreman   F   6-6, 3rd, Camrose, AB, Camrose

Jordan Handel      G   6-4, 3rd, Red Deer , Notre Dame

New Dinos- 

David Kapinga      G    5-11,  2nd,  Calgary, St. Mary’s HS

Thomas Cooper    G,   6-5, 4th,  Chattanooga, TN, (tsf Univ. of Nebraska, Kearney)

Torrez McKoy         G   5-11, 1st, Winnipeg, MBCI HS

Luke Praught          G   6-4, 1st (red-shirt), Canmore, AB, Canmore

Sunny Johal            F   6-7, 4th (red-shirt), Abbotsford, B.C., tsf. U. New Brunswick


 

Trinity Western Spartans – Coach Aaron Muhic, 1st year

The Spartans come off their worst season (2-18) in recent memory, and have an experienced U.S. small college coach, Aaron Muhic, working to revitalize the program.  It may take a season to have his ideas translate to wins on the court , but he’s hoping that a couple of key veterans can help the cause immediately.

Kelvin Smith looks like he will have to carry much of the scoring load, and Jesse Jeffers needs to stay healthy, and be his usual robust self on the boards. Lucas Mannes looks to be a leader in the back-court, with his combo game, and Matt Blackaby seems ready to step up his game with this new opportunity.

 

Vartan Tanielian has a good array of offensive skills, and, as a big guard, can make an impact. The 7-1 Matt Hayashi “ … has a real passion for the game”, says his coach. “Matt works extremely hard every time he’s on the court.”  Another notable addition is import is Sebastian Eliason, a strong wing man, who can score inside or out. The ‘biggest point man in Canada West’  has to be import Dean Richey, who has his experience at Spokane Comm. Coll. to help with his formidable task.

TWU is 0-4 in the pre-season to date, with games vs Mt. Royal and Evergreen State in Langley next  week, then they start League play at Victoria on the 6/7 Nov.

Returnees-

Josiah Allison           G     6-2, 2nd year, Abbotsford

Kelvin Smith             W    6-5,  5th, Los Angeles

Patrick Vandervelden F    6-9, 4th, Abbotsford

Vartan Tanielian          G   6-4, 2nd, Surrey

Eric Rogers                G    6-4, 2nd, Chilliwack

Peter Spanghehi        W     6-3 ,  3rd, Surrey

Jesse Jeffers               F      6-6, 5th, N. Vancouver

Matt Blackaby            G       6-2, 4th, Maple Ridge

Lucas Mannes            G       6-1, 3rd, Chilliwack

New Spartans – 

Kyle Rose                    G     6-0, Scarborough, ON, J. Vanier

Sebastian Eliason         W    6-5,  2nd,  Denmark

Dean Richey                G-F   6-5, 3rd,  Spokane, tsf Spokane CC

Fraser Curry                 F       6-4, 1st, Ottawa, Woodroffe

Matt Hayashi                F       7-1, 1st (red-shirt), Langley, Churchill

Phil Weston                  F       6-5, 1st , Chilliwack


 

Canada West Game Scores – Sat. and Sun. –   at Calgary 80  Mt. Royal 78 –  Both coaches empty the bench, as the Dinos have 4 in double figures, including newcomers, David Kapinga with 11 pts./ 7 steals, and Thomas Cooper a double of 11 pts/10 rebs. Derrick Wolfe scores 17 and Tyis Yellowhorn 14 for MRU, who also get a double of 11 pts/11 boards from T.T. Thokbuom.  Box Score.

at Thompson Rivers U. Tournament –  TRU 74 TWU Spartans 48 –  The 1-2 punch for the ‘Pack … Volodymyr Iegorov with 18 pts/11 boards, Josh Wolfram 13 / 11, and Kelvin Smith hits 15 pts. for the Spartans. Box Score

Great Falls 66 UBC-O 60 –   Aldrich Berrios scores 14 points for the Heat, and Austin Penrose grabs 8 boards. Darren Lockett scores 20 points for the winning Argos.  Box Score

Rocky Mountain Coll. 81 Lethbridge 65 – Chris Maughan  racks up 22 pts /13rebs,  Rob Olsen with 20 pts and Will Hickey 19.

at the Graham Construction, Saskatchewan Tournament  – Saskatchewan 90  Regina 87 –  Evan Ostertag scores 24 pts/ 4 asst., Jauquin Bennett-Boire has 17 / 4 asst. for the Huskies,  and Jonathan Tull counts 21 pts/ 5 asst., plus 5 other Cougars in double figures.  Box Score        Concordia 84  Windsor 75

Other CIS Games – Ottawa 95 Cape Breton 82, Carleton 101 Toronto 56, Queen’s 89 UQ-Montreal 87, McGill 77 York 58, UPEI 78 Maine-Ft. Kent 66, Dalhousie 93 Mt. St.Vincent 66, Laurier 102 Memorial (Nfld) 90,  Mercyhurst (PN) 70 Guelph 53,  Bishop’s 79 Acadia 68, St. Mary’s 112 at St. FX 108, UNB 94 Holland Coll. 93 … Cape Breton 98 U. Quebec -Montreal 85, UPEI 109 Holland Coll. 81, Toronto 83 Acadia 79, UNB 99 Maine-Ft. Kent 84, Carleton 88 Bishop’s 60. Mercyhurst 88 Laurier 77, Ryerson 103 Memorial 89, McGill 108 Waterloo 56


 

Overtime – 

  •   Saskatchewan may be without post man Matt Forbes for some time, after he iinjured his ankle at the UVic Tournament, and is on crutches awaiting further tests and treatment. Also hurting is 6-6, Shane Osayande, who is struggling with continuing ankle troubles of his own. Coach Barry Rawlyk says, “He is out indefinitely, but he is improving, and we hope to get him back after he recovers fully enough. “
  • How happy is Coach Scott Clark at TRU to have the outstanding Ukranian import, Volodymyr Iegorov, show up for grad studies in Kamloops?!  The Wolf Pack look like one of the tops in Canada West with him beside Josh Wolfram, and the offense being directed by veteran point man, Reese Pribilsky.
  •   The very tall, slender, shot-blocker, Tethloach Thokbuom, played well in  both games vs the Calgary Dinos this weekend; Coach Marc Dobell has to be pleased to have more height, with the 6-9 T.T., and 6-8 Brett Layton helping to patrol the paint.
  • The Lethbridge Pronghorns are playing annual games with nearby Montana schools.  Coach Mike Hansen has been trying to arrange for CIS schools from Eastern Canada to play pre-season in Lethbridge, but it’s not the cheapest, or most convenient travel schedule, so he has had no takers through this season. Maybe a bigger tournament format in cooperation with Mt. Royal and Calgary ?
  • Speaking of long pre-season trips, we have both the Calgary Dinos and Regina Cougars flying to Halifax, then driving up to Sydney, NS for the Cape Breton Capers Fall Classic, which runs Oct. 22 – 24. Also down East are the  UVic Vikes, who are in S. Ontario for games at Brock, McMaster, and Guelph,  Thurs-Fri-Sat.

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Canada vs Germany in Playoffs

FISU Games 1/4 Finals Start Saturday

The Canadian ‘World Student Games ‘ Team have qualified for the Quarter-Finals beginning Saturday, as they face Germany.  The winner of that game has the tough assignment of facing the USA – Lithuania winner in one semi-final on Sunday. On the other side of the draw, it will be  Russia vs  Estonia and France vs Brazil.

Playing in ‘preliminary round games in Gwangju, S. Korea (we mistakenly said China last weekend),  Canada finished at 4-1 following a 106-41 drubbing of Mongolia on Wednesday, and a cold-shooting (33% FG) 68-61 loss to Russia on Thursday.  In the Mongolia game, Coach Barnaby Craddock (U of A) rested a couple of his starters, Chris McLaughlin (UVic), and Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa), and got some floor time for some others.

Alberta’s Mamadou Gueye played 28 minutes (well above previous games), and scored 23 pts/9 rebs, while Jarred  Ogungbemi-Jackson (Dinos) played his regular starting role, but shot more, scoring 16 pts, 7 boards, 6 assists.  Two big men, 6-10 Josh Wolfram (Thompson Rivers), and 6-8 Caleb Agada (Ottawa) both snared 10 rebounds, with Agada also registering 8 assists.

Against the Russians, it was a different story altogether, as ‘OJ’, McLaughlin, and Agada were limited to 1/13 shooting between them, as only Jordan Baker, 13 pts. (Alberta), Tommy Nixon  (UBC) 13 pts.,  and Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa) 12 points hit double figures. The Canucks had previously recorded wins over Sweden – 78-61, Mexico- 81-61, and Montenegro 66-63.

Canada has had some past success in this ‘World Student Games’ (Now the FISU Games). We finished 4th in 2013 in Russia,  2nd in China in 2013, and, with 4 of Coach Ken Shields’ UVic Vikes in the line-up in 1983 in Edmonton, Canada beat the U.S. team which included Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and Johnny Dawkins. (Credit to the Victoria Times-Colonist).

 

Overtime –

  • 5th year Lethbridge Pronghorns import post man, Brent Watkins, sustained serious injuries in a a car accident last weekend near Butte, MT.  We sincerely hope that the young man can recover in a short time, and that he might be able to return to U of L basketball this Fall.  (Thanks to David Wells for the information.)
  • Former Dinos star, Ross Bekkering,  has just signed a 1 year contract with Groningen of the Netherlands Basketball League.  Ross, a 6-9 post who struggled through an injury -plagued year last Fall and Winter, says, “I’m planning for this to be my last season as a pro, I think. “  His former Dinos teammate, Robbie Sihota, may have decided to stay in Calgary this coming winter, as he starts a search for his post-basketball career.

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