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2011 Canada West Playoffs: Alberta’s Ferguson comes up big, TWU, Thunderbirds, Huskies advance

Victoria Vikes 59 – Alberta Golden Bears 76 (Golden Bears win best-of-three series 2-1)
Alberta broke open a tightly contested game in the 3rd quarter thanks to an All-Canadian performance from Daniel Ferguson.

Top 3 Performers

Victoria Vikes
J. Cullen 16 Pts, 3 Reb
W.Thomas 15 Pts, 2 Stl
M. Berg 14 Pts, 2 Reb

Alberta Golden Bears
Daniel Ferguson 34 Pts, 4 Reb 2 Stl
Jordan Baker 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast
K. Otienno 14 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 St

Up Next: Tough match-up against the 2011 Canada West hosts UBC Thundebirds in the first semi-final. Alberta split the regular season series against the Thundebirds winning an 88-86 home game on Nov 6th 2010.

Saskatchewan Huskies 98 – Regina Cougars 75 (Saskatchewan win best-of-three series 2-0)
The Huskies can hurt you multiple ways, with two solid guards and two strong posts in Nolan Brudehl and Michael Lieffers. Saskatchewan caught fire in the third-quarter, scoring 31 points on their way to their second straight Canada West Final four appearance.

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Top 3 Performers

Saskatchewan Huskies
Jamelle Barrett 30 Pts, 9 Ast, 2 Reb
R. Chabot 24 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl
Nolan Brudehl 10 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Stl, 4 Ast

Regina Cougars
P. Gareau 20 Pts, 9 Reb
M. Downarowicz 15 Pts, 12 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl
K. Heshka 14 Pts, 2 Stl

Up Next: With a Final 8 birth up for grabs, the Huskies will do battle with the Trinity Western Spartans. Jamelle Barrett scored a season high 42 points against TWU. Both teams split their regular season series.

UBC Thunderbirds 105 – Manitoba Bisons 75 UBC Thunderbirds win best-of-three series 2-0
UBC should their unselfishness tailing a total of 23 assists – all but one player recorded at least one dime as 5 UBC players scored in double figures.

Top 3 Performers

UBC Thunderbirds
Nathan Yu 19 Pts, 5 Reb 1 Ast 3 Stl
Brent Malish 15 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast
Doug Plumb 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

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Manitoba Bisons
E. Gracia 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast
Jonar Huertas 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Stl
K.Oliver 12 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

Up Next: Will welcome the Final Four remaining teams to War Memorial Gymnasium as it host the 2011 Canada West Final Four. Thunderbirds will face the Alberta Golden Bears.

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Trinity Western Spartans 86 – Fraser Valley Cascades 69 Trinity Western Spartans win best-of-three series 2-1
Another strong dose of Jacob Doerksen and a dominate effort on the glass was enough to shake off a pesky Fraser Valley Cascades and give the Spartans the series.

Top 3 Performers

Trinity Western Spartans
Jacob Doerksen 32 Pts, 18 Reb 5 Ast, 1 Blk
Kyle Coston 13 Pts, 8 Reb
T. Smith 10 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

Fraser Valley Cascades
Z.Gray 17 Pts, 9 Ast, 7 Reb
Joel Friesen 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast
S. Freeman 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast

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Up Next: Statement game against the defending 2010 CIS Basketball champions Saskatchewan Huskies at the 2011 Canada West Final Four.

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