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Cape Breton Capers crowned 2013 AUS basketball champions

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HALIFAX – After trailing for the majority of the game, the Cape Breton University Capers battled back in the fourth quarter to defeat the Acadia Axemen by a score of 83-75 and claim their first AUS men’s basketball title since 2009-10. The win  secured a spot for the #2 ranked Capers in the CIS Final 8 next weekend in Ottawa, Ontario.

Capers star, Jimmy Dorsey was named the tournament MVP after a spectacular performance at Halifax Metro Centre on Sunday afternoon. Dorsey (who was named AUS MVP for the second consecutive year earlier in the week) had 30 points, 8 assists, 4 steals and made all of his 16 free throw attempts to lead the Capers to victory.

Although Dorsey stole the show, the depth of head coach, Matt Skinn’s roster was on full display in the AUS championship game. Freshman, Kayon Mayers sparked a fourth quarter comeback for the Capers with a pair of huge steals, and added 13 points to the team’s offensive attack, while fellow freshman, Shaquille Keith and Meschack Lufile each contributed 12 points for CBU.

For Acadia, their star big man, Owen Klassen was a beast through the first three quarters. It seemed like every time Cape Breton would be ready to make a run, Klassen would  come up with a big play to keep the Capers at bay. However, he was shut down late in the fourth quarter and couldn’t help the Axemen to reclaim the lead over the Capers. Klassen finished with an impressive 24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocks in the loss.

The first half of play saw little action as both teams struggled offensively. Klassen’s presence in the paint on both ends of the floor was too much for the Capers to handle and Acadia took a 35-31 lead into halftime.

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The third quarter was back and forth and saw an increase in action,  with Acadia carrying a 58-54 lead into the final quarter. Anthony Ashe’s friendly roll off of a three pointer in the middle of the fourth quarter put the Axemen up five and it seemed like everything was going Acadia’s way.

However, down 64-59, the Capers put together a 11-2 run to give them a 70-66 lead and force an Acadia time out. The run was sparked off a Cedric Kasongo three pointer which  was the result of some great hustle from Cape Breton native, Kelson Devereaux. The three was followed by steals from Kayon Mayers and Sean McCormick that led to points for CBU.

From there, the Capers didn’t look back thanks to some clutch shooting from Dorsey and Acadia point guard, Sean Stogua fouling out.The “Orange Army” stormed the court in celebration of their Capers taking home their fourth AUS title and putting the axe to Acadia.

The Capers will likely keep their #2 ranking going into the CIS Final 8 next weekend, where they will join Carleton, McGill, UBC, Ottawa, Lakehead, Victoria and likely Acadia. The final seedings have yet to be determined but keep your eyes locked on Basketball Buzz for the latest.

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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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