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Dani Langford: The Engine & The Clutch

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Attention future female point guards: Simon Fraser’s Dani Langford is the ultimate role model. With two championships, one nicely tucked under each arm, the graduating All-Canadian captain from Abbotsford, British Columbia sets the standard for team leadership.

The Psychology/Kinesiology fifth-year student retired from the CIS after the SFU Clan ran a perfect season of 20-0 including the national championship with a 70-60 win over Winnipeg in the CIS final. After beginning this past year with back-to-back exhibition losses against US Division 1 Texas University, the Clan never lost another game, running a record of 38-2. When a team goes unbeaten for nearly six months of the season, the floor leader and team captain must be at the focal point of the team’s success.

Langford is the ultimate point guard on the court and on the stat sheet. She averaged 5.6 dimes per outing, which was good for third in the country, while dropping 12.6 points in 32 minutes of action, Langford shot 47% from the field while nailing 42% of her three-point attempts. The 5-7 point guard is the second all-time leader in assists at Simon Fraser and holds the record for most treys in a game, a season and a career. If you count all 40 games including league play, tournaments and exhibition games, the Heritage Park High School alumnus led the nation in three-point percentage with 37% and dropped more long bombs than some CIS team’s totals.
Like her stats, the awards for Langford have been piling up as well. This year, she was awarded player-of-the-year in British Columbia and was named the 2005 CIS championship MVP as well as a CIS Tournament All-Star. With her father Bruce Langford coaching her in high school and at Simon Fraser, Langford always kept her disciplined game at the top level. Coach Langford has been named Coach of the Year twice, and has a 121-19 record in four years.

“Dani has exceptional leadership skills as she leads, she makes others around her better and instills confidence in those she takes the floor with” commented Coach Langford, who hopes to have his daughter assist him on the Simon Fraser coaching staff. “With games on the line, Dani is a great clutch three-point shooter, has excellent court vision and is a creative no look passer.”

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Dani Langford was playing basketball and working on her skills at the tender age of three. At her father’s practices, the young Langford would sit on the side and drill passes to herself, and became quite proficient with her skills. She was known to be on the court at half-time nailing shots as the real half-time show. Her skills began to fully develop in elementary school and received a major boost while playing with older players on the BC regional teams. She made the U-17 women’s provincial team as a 16 year old and played for the championship Canadian Junior National Team that went to Argentina.

At Heritage Park High School, twenty minutes from her hometown of Abbotsford, Langford was an Honor-Roll student winning multiple awards ranging from academics, to sports and community service. She won the Service and Millennium Scholarship and was named MVP at the AAA provincial level. When she’s not servicing her basketball team on the court, Langford offers up her time to volunteer and help students with special needs at Heritage High School.

When asked about her basketball role models, Dani is quick to come up with an answer. “I’ve always seen Andrea Schneider, as my role model” added a delighted Langford on her return from vacationing in Hawaii. “She was an all-time assists leader at SFU, and was a player that I tried to model myself after. She made everyone around her better and kept everyone happy with an even distribution of assists. And considering all the great influences I’ve had in my life, I only hope to do the same for these young girls that are coming up in the Canadian basketball system.”

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Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada

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Alabama Crimson Tide Avery Johnson Return To Canada

The Alabama Crimson Tide led by former NBA Head Coach Avery Johnson, a 16-year veteran and NBA champion point-guard during his playing days will bring his highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide to Canada for series of games against Canada’s top university basketball programs.

The Crimson Tide will visit both Montreal and Ottawa for a three-game exhibition schedule against McGill Redmen (Mon Aug 7), Carleton Ravens (Wed Aug 9) and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (Thu Aug 10).

The Tide competed hard last year and took a step in the right direction with a 19-15 record, 10-8 SEC record and have NCAA March Madness tournament aspirations thanks to solid recruiting class which ranks amongst the nations best.

Led by a talented crop of returning guards, Dazon Ingram (10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG), Riley Norris (9 PPG, 3 RPG), the coaches son Avery Johnson Jr. and forwards Braxton Key the Tide will be a handful for the it’s Canadian opposition.

Key a 6’8″, 220 lbs flirted with the  2017 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season, the Charlotte, NC native led ‘Bama in scoring with 12 point per game and was second in rebounding at 5.7 per game. The Tide will also welcome incoming red-shirt sophomore 6’10”, 240lbs Daniel Giddens to a line-up that returns four starters.

Alabama anchored by current NBA player Alonzo Gee (Denver Nuggets) last visited Canada back in 2007 and finished with a record of 4-1 against the same exact teams, dropping a tight 83-72 decision against the Carleton Ravens who have won seven straight Canadian titles including 13-of the-last-15 championships.

Carleton’s signature win over Alabama was only their second ever against a NCAA division one team after 16-game losing streak from 1999 to 2006. The Ravens current record against NCAA teams in Canada stands at an impressive 26-23 (.531%) record.

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Calgary Dinos Thomas Cooper Senior Highlights

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Calgary Dinos Thomas Cooper Senior Highlights

Calgary Dinos senior guard Thomas Cooper had himself and impressive CIS/Usports career to say the least. The Chattanooga, Tenn. native, a 6-5, 200 lbs guard earned himself two first team All-Canadian awards while leading Dinos back to the championship game for the first time since 1966.

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No. 1 Carleton Ravens 81-40 lock-up rivals No. 2 Ottawa Gee-Gees

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Ottawa, ON – The twelve-time defending CIS/USports National Basketball Champions and No.1 Carleton Ravens went into Monpetit Hall and completely dominated the No. 2 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees, locking up their Bytown rivals with a blistering 81-40 win.

The Ravens, the top defensive unit in the country, allowing an incredible low of only 60 points to opponents, dominated every aspect of the much anticipated game holding Ottawa to four points in the first-quarter and thirteen in the second for a grand total of seventeen first-half points and 35-17 half-time lead.

The first-quarter ended with Ravens leading 11-4 as both teams slugged it out in front of a jam packed standing room only Monpetit Hall which hasn’t seen the Gee-Gees get dismantled like this on their home floor in 32-game OUA conference games – snapping home winning streak which dated back to 2012.

Fifth-year senior Guard Connor Wood caught fire in the second-quarter after a cold start scoring all but 14 of the teams 24 points in the quarter and finished with 16 in the half and game-high 19 points. Starting point guard Kaza Kajami-Keane added 10 points, six rebounds in just 19 minutes.

The Gee-Gees were limited to 6-of-32 (18.8%) shooting, 3-of-17 from the outside in the opening 20 minutes and managed to only connect on 12-56 (21.4%) of their field goal attempts for the entire game and only 6-of-26 from the outside.

Carleton shot 50% in the second-half and finished 31-68 from the floor and 13-of-28 from downtown while turning the ball over 9 times compared to the Gee-Gees 18.

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The 40 points allowed by the Ravens is their lowest against the Gee-Gees since a 74-34 smack-down in January 18th, 2012 at the Sixth Annual Capital Hoops Classic.

Carleton Ravens 6’10” freshman Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) and senior forward Ryan Ejim (Toronto, ON) finished one point shy of double-doubles with 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively, and shutdown the Gee-Gees dynamic duo of Caleb Agada (12 points, 4 rebounds) and former Ravens Jean Emmanuel Pierre (7 points, 6 rebounds). Gee-Gees Guard Brandon Robinson had a team-high 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting, 3-of-4 triples.

Carleton’s record  stays unblemished at a perfect 10-0, 16-0 against Canadian competition and 22-2 overall with the only losses coming from two NCAA opponents on the road in Rhode Island – Providence Friars 87-69 and in Philadelphia against LaSalle Explorers 79-73.

Both teams will meet again in just over two weeks (Feb 3rd) at the 2017 Capital Hoops Classic at the ScotiaBank Centre.

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