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Sean Garvey: The Newcomer

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Sean Garvey admits most of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) coaches he will face in the upcoming 2005-2006 season won’t know him because he wasn’t heavily recruited out of Westsyde Secondary high school. But, by the end of this year, coaches and fans will most likely will not forget the name and the face of Sean Garvey.

The six-foot-three, 180-pound point guard plays for the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) WolfPack of Kamloops, BC. The team will move up to the CIS after competing last year in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) as the University College of the Cariboo (UCC).

Garvey has a dangerous combination of size, speed, vision and basketball sense. He loves to push the ball down the court which is well suited to the up-tempo WolfPack offence. “As a point guard, I love to run; it’s my favourite part of basketball. I love to throw the ball over the top; I mean I throw more long-court passes than anybody I play against. I push. If you don’t stop me on the court, I will try to go all the way to the other hoop,” said Garvey.

With his height, there is versatility to Garvey, who can also post up and cause mismatches which leads to open shots for his team-mates. TRU Head Coach, Nevin Gleddie, believes his point guard will succeed in the CIS.
“He’s become a very good leader…He understands what I want in most situations.” Gleddie continues, “Classic Sean will, if he can’t sleep, come down to the gym at one and shoot until three in the morning, go back home and sleep. He lives for this game. I would put Sean with anybody in the country. I would expect Sean to be a part of the Canada West conference all-stars at the end of the year.” And if history is a good indicator, there is no reason to doubt the coach.

Last year, Garvey led UCC to the CCAA National Championship, adding to the bronze medal that he earned in 2004. He was named Tournament MVP and an All-Canadian for his efforts. In the regular season, Garvey’s generosity was in full display as he averaged 7.7 dimes per game to go along with his 16.6 points. Those numbers were good enough for second and seventh place in conference play. At the Winnipeg Wesmen Classic last December, he made the tournament all-star team along with CIS stars like Phil Sudol (Alberta) and Winnipeg’s Erfan Nasajpour, who was named MVP. For Garvey, last season couldn’t have been any more successful.

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“It [the CCAA Championship] was a dream come true, every year it was our goal. I had, personally, an unbelievable year. It was three years of hard work. When I first got to UCC, I wasn’t really considered a prized recruit at all and not a lot of schools had taken a look at me, a few but not a lot, and I’ve just worked super hard to get everything I got and like I said, it was a dream season. You can’t ask for anything better.”

Now Garvey and the WolfPack will move up and have a chance at claiming a CIS championship. TRU returns almost all their players from last year’s team and will be full of fourth-year players for the first time. Gleddie believes physical and mental maturity is the main difference between college teams and those in the CIS. Rarely do Canadian college rosters have more than a few fourth and fifth-year seniors.

Last season, UCC went 2-5 against CIS teams with wins against Trinity Western and Manitoba with close losses against Winnipeg and Simon Fraser. Gleddie has set his goals high for 2005-2006. “We would assume that we’re going to make playoffs and certainly we’re going to have to battle for that, I understand it’s a very tough division, but for me to set the goals any less than winning the conference and winning the Nationals, I think I’m I’d doing a disservice to my players.”

And if the rest of the team has Garvey’s competitive drive, then TRU should look forward to a lot more of winning basketball. “We’re not coming in to lose, at least I’m not. I’m coming in to win games.”

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Kadre Gray wins second consecutive U Sports MVP

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Laurentian guard Kadre Gray took his game to another level this season.

That’s saying something.

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A year ago, Gray was the top Canadian university male athlete in any sport, the first Laurentian student to win the honour.

He led the country in assists, narrowly missed a scoring title, and — perhaps by default — also won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as men’s basketball player of the year.

“Kadre’s work ethic continues to shine bright,” said Laurentian head coach Shawn Swords in a statement.

“He is always looking for ways to improve and refine all aspects of the game.”

If there was any doubt, Gray stifled it in his junior season.

He averaged 31 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game en route to his second consecutive Moser trophy.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment to do it once,” said Swords.

“And now, to be named MVP twice, is truly a testament to his willingness to learn and improve.

“The Kadre effect has spread throughout our community as well. It is great to see him support our local youth and realize the positive impact he has on everyone.”

Gray received the 2019 Moser trophy Thursday at a gala in Halifax, N.S., ahead of the U Sports Men’s Final 8 tournament.

University of Calgary guard Mambi Diawara, Concordia guard Ricardo Monge and St. Mary’s University guard Kemar Alleyne were also finalists for the award.

Gray was simply a cut above. He posted gaudy stats with notable efficiency, shooting 48.8 per cent from the floor.

He was also a First Team All-Canadian and played with Canada’s national team in FIBA World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers against Venezuela and Brazil.

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Gray was the only U Sports player to participate in the qualifiers.

Other award winners:

Rookie of the Year (Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy): Alix Lochard, UQAM.

Ken Shields Award for Student-Athlete Community Service: Tanner Graham, Queen’s.

Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Anderson, Carleton.

Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year): Dan Vanhooren, Calgary.

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Carleton Ravens reclaim OUA Basketball Supremacy

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The road to Ontario University Basketball supremacy has been firmly cemented through the Carleton University Ravens.

The Canadian basketball powerhouse has continuously dominated the toughest conference in the country year-in, year out, earning eleven (11) conference titles in Dave Smart’s 19 seasons as head coach.

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Recently, the Ryerson Rams have threaten to end the Ravens dominance, earning the first non Carleton Ravens’ back-to-back (2016, 2017) conference titles since Joe Raso and the McMaster Marauders pulled it off in 1996 and 1997. Furthermore, despite the Ravens dominance of the Rams, they have managed to beat Carleton and win meaningfully games in March.

Ryerson, playing in their fourth straight Ontario University Association (OUA) conference championship game — a feat that not even the Ravens have accomplished, were looking for their third conference title in four years, having cut down the mesh at the Ravens’ Nest to win their second straight conference banner two years ago.

Add to the fact that Ryerson ended the Ravens hopes of a perfect season, pulling off a 78-74 road win less than five weeks ago and we once again had the ingredients for another great game.

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Carleton Ravens Guard Yasiin Joseph drops a floater over 6’11” Tanor Ngom of the Ryerson Rams – Photo: Edilson J. Silva/BasketballBuzz

“Coming into game we put a lot of focus in practice on limiting their key players and making it tough for them.” discussed Ravens’ point guard Yasiin Joseph after the Ravens executed their game-plan to perfection, beating the Ryerson Rams 81-61 to reclaiming Wilson Cup supremacy with their second straight conference title.

Carleton ripped off 12-0 run and held the Rams scoreless for over four minutes to grab 25-18 lead after one quarter. Ravens starting back-court of Yasiin Joseph (20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) and Munis Tutu (16 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds) both played outstanding, controlling the offense and were great on the boards.

“Ryerson is a tough team and you have to be prepared. We made some adjustments from the previous game that helped us come on top.” Also commented Tutu, a Windsor, Ontario native who is looking for his first national title with the Ravens after falling short to the Rams in the national semi-final game.

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Carleton Ravens Munis Tutu pulls down a rebound at 2019 OUA Wilson Cup – Photo: Edilson J. Silva/BasketballBuzz

Now three games away from potentially tasting national glory, Tutu understands the importance of staying focused and trusting the plan. “It’s going to be difficult, we are going to put in a tough week of practice, and prepare for our next opponent and try to bring the championship back to Ottawa.”

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Eddie Ekiyor continued his All-Canadian campaign with 16 points and 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. TJ Lall returned from his one game suspension and almost had a perfect game with 10 points, 7 rebounds on 5-of-6 shooting.

Both teams shot poorly from the three-point line going a combined 8-of-49 (16%). Carleton limited the Rams offense to just seven assists and had fairly comfortable +17 (43-26) advantage on the glass.

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6’11” Tanor Ngom continued to showcase his upside leading Ryerson in scoring with 15 points and four rebounds including a few exciting dunks for the standing room only, capacity crowd. JV Mukama was largely held in check and finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds including 0-7 from three-point shooting. Myles Charvis started off hot, but cooled down considerably, scoring 8 of his 10 points in the first quarter in 34 minutes.

Carleton won their first OUA conference basketball title of the Dave Smart era in his fourth year and they went on to three-peat on two occasions, from 2003-2005 and again from 2008-2010. They also took home top honors in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018 and now once again 2019.

The only years the Ravens have failed to win the national title as conference champions were in 2008 when they lost to the Acadia Axemen, 2010 against Saskatchewan and recently against Ryerson in 2018.

The Ravens are now the odds on favorites to earn the top seed at next weeks Final 8 National Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia — a place where they have won 8 of their record 13 national titles.

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