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The new look Concordia Stingers fall easily to NCAA opponents

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On August 25, the Concordia Stingers Men’s basketball team opened their 2014-15 season at home in a preseason tilt against NCAA opponent Fordham Rams (Atlantic 10 Conference). Two days later the Stingers continued their early season action against another NCAA opponent in the  Loyola Maryland University Greyhounds (Patriot league). The new look Stingers return only six players from last year’s team that lost in the RESQ semis to the Bishop Gaiters and will depend heavily on fifth year guard, Mukiya Post and third year forward, Mike Fosu for their leadership. The Stingers unfortunately dropped both games to their friends across the border, losing 70-48 to the Fordham Rams and 72-49 to Loyola

First game: Fordham Rams vs. Concordia Stingers
The Stingers started the game off strong as forward Mike Fosu scored the first basket of the game and guard  Mukiya Post added another basket to the Stingers early lead. Fordham got their offense in gear with a few minutes left in the first quarter by score six unanswered points. The Rams ended the first quarter leading 13-10 after the Stingers early 8-3 advantage.

Concordia again scored the points of the second quarter but the Rams responded with three-straight baskets by guards, Mandall Thomas, Zaire Thompson and forward, Eric Paschall. Stingers’ Mukiya Post stopped the bleeding by drilling his second three-pointer of the night to helped cut the Rams lead. The Stingers went into halftime trailing 34-20.

Fordham freshman guard Nemanja Zarkovic (Montreal, Que) continued to cause problems for the new Stingers as they ripped off a 7-0 run which was capitalized by a three pointer by forward Christian Sengfelder. Stingers’ point guard Frank Mpeck would end the quarter with a three pointer as Concordia trailed 50-31 after three quarters. The Rams continue to dominate the Stingers in the fourth-quarter as they started with yet another 6-0 run.  Stinger’s forward Ken Beaulieu gave the home fans something to cheer for as he slammed home a monstrous dunk in the fourth.

Highlights of the game via Fordham Athletics

Game Notes

The game brought the homecoming of Fordham’s point guard, Nemanja Zarkovic. Zarkovic led College Jean-De-Brebeuf to a provincial championship last season. Zarkovic was also leading scorer in the game with 16 points. Mukiya Post was leading Stinger with 12 points in the los. Ernie Rosa, Stingers Assistant coach on young Stingers team “We have a lot of young guys who are willing to learn, play hard and are willing to win.”Rosa also stated that the game was a great learning experience for his young Stingers team.  Additionally, he mentioned that NCAA teams are bigger in height and also quicker and faster. Stingers guard, Mukiya Post was positive after the loss “We have a lot of growing to do, but it is not bad place to start”.

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Second game: Concordia vs. Loyola Maryland Greyhounds
Loyola held the Stingers scoreless for the first seven minutes of the quarter and produced a 9-0 run and never looked back as Stingers forward, Xander Jean would put Concordia on the board with a two pointer at 3:20 left in the first quarter. The Greyhounds dominated the opening ten minutes outscoring Concordia 21-4.

Stingers came out firing to start the second quarter as they scored 13 unanswered points to begin the second-quarter, both guards, Mukiya Post and Aamir Gyles knocked down three pointers. Greyhounds guard, Tyler Hubbard made his own magic with a deep three-pointer. Concordia would end up dominating the quarter by scoring 21 points. The score going into half-time was 32-25 for Loyola.

Greyhounds got the first points of the second half on basket by forward Franz Rassman. Stingers forward, Mike Fosu would respond by getting his own basket. Greyhounds’ guards, Stefano Mancini and Denzel Brito added three pointers to the big lead. Loyola ended up scoring 28 points in the third quarter to increase their big margin. Stingers got the first basket of the fourth quarter on a three pointer by forward Ken Beaullieu. The Greyhounds responded on forward, Cam Gregory second slam dunk of the game. Beaulieu get his second three-pointer of the quarter. Greyhounds ’forward, Nick Gorski would respond with his own three. Stingers scored 17 points in the quarter while Greyhounds scored 12 points.

Game Notes

Loyola’s forward, Cam Gregory was the leading scorer as he had 14 points in the win.Stinger’s forward; Ken Beaulieu was the leading Stinger with 12 points. Greyhounds dominated the boards with 41 rebounds while Concordia had 30. Rastko Popovic, Stingers Assistant coach described the game as tale of two stingers team,” second and fourth quarter, we played really well and beginning of the first and third, we weren’t ready to play.” Mukiya Post, Stingers guard describing his feeling after the first two games, “I see a lot of progress in the young guys so (I’m) not too worried about the rest of the season.”

Both universities went undefeated in their tours across Quebec. Fordham went 4-0 and Loyola went 5-0.

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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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Eddie Ekiyor Carleton Ravens Vs.Ottawa Gee Gees USports Basketball
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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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