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Stingers Men’s basketball mid-season report

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The Concordia Stingers at the mid-break of the RESQ season are the bottom dwellers of the Quebec conference with a record of 1-3 in regular season play. The Stingers have struggled on offense ranking dead last in scoring in the RSEQ.

Preseason
The Stingers started the year in late August against NCAA opponents, Fordham Rams and Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds. They lost both games Fordham (70-48),  Loyola –Maryland (72-49). Concordia then headed to the Maritimes at the beginning of October as they faced the Memorial University in two games. They got their first two wins of the season beating Memorial in a close game 67-62 and on the next day they creamed the Seahawks 78-55.  After their two wins the Stingers headed home for their annual Concordia-Nike Tournament the following weekend.

Concordia kicked off the tournament with a ten point (76-66) loss to the OUA’s  York Lions. York’s All-Star guard, Phil Gillen had 21 points in the win. Stingers guard, Mukiya Post had 16 points in the lost. Mukiya Post had a breakout game as he scored 31 points in a 82-67 win over New York Institute of Technology (NYIT /NCAA division II). The winning continued as they beat the visiting Queens Gaels at home the following week, 73-61.

The Stingers traveled to Kingston the following week to play St. Lawrence College (OCAA), roughing them-up 85-64. The Ontario road trip continued as they played Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks and Waterloo Warriors. The Stingers went 1-1 on the road trip. The Golden Hawks beat them 82-76. Golden Hawks transfer forward, Kyrie Coleman come off the bench and scored 24 points. The leading scorer for the stingers was rookie forward, Ken Beaulieu who scored 15 points. Also in the game, Stingers fifth year forward, Gabe Riche had a double-double as he picked up ten rebounds and scored 11 points in the lost.

The next night the Stingers hammered the Warriors, 87-52. Stingers Mukiya Post was the leading scorer as he scored 18 points in the win. The Stingers headed home and played the number two team in the country, Ottawa Gee-Gees that same week on the Wednesday. The Gee-Gees deciphered the Stingers, 82-60. Gee-Gees all-star guard, Johnny Berhanemeskel scored 18 points in the win. Mukiya Post again led the Stingers on the score-sheet with 14 points in the lost. The Stingers last game before the RSEQ regular season started was against NCAA opponent and a friend across the border, Vermont Catamounts. The Catamounts easily beat the Stingers 80-57. Catamounts forward/center, Ryan Pierson had 17 points and Stingers Mukiya Post also had 17 points in the game. Concordia finished the CIS Men’s Basketball Preseason with an even 6-6 record.

Regular season

The Stingers opened the regular season at home against the Laval Rouge Et Or.  Concordia trailed for a majority of the game and in the third quarter they started a small comeback from being down 43-37 at half-time to trailing 59-62 at the end of the quarter. In the final quarter they complete the comeback scoring 21 points compared to the Rouge et Or who scored only eight points to win the game 80-70, forward Ken Beaulieu had 18 points in the win while forward, Mike Fosu added a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The following week Concordia hosted the hottest team and RSEQ leader, Bishop Gaiters. It was a homecoming for Gaiters guard, Kyle Desmarais who last played for the Stingers two years ago. The Gaiters started with an early lead and never surrendered it as they defeated Concordia 76-69. In his homecoming, Kyle Desmarais led all scorers with 18 points. Michael Fosu led all Stingers in scoring with 17 points.

Up next for Concordia was their inner-city rivals, McGill Redmen. The game was close in the first-half with the first quarter it was tied at eleven and halftime it was 23-17 for the Redmen. In the second half, Redmen dominated the game scoring 41 points between the 3rd and 4th quarter while Stingers only scored 24 points in the two quarters. The final score was 64-41. Redmen guard, Dele Ogundokun led all scorers with 14 points and nine rebounds in the win. Stingers Mukiya Post led all Stingers in scoring with 13 points in the lost. The last game before the winter break saw the Stingers back at home as they played UQAM Citadins. The game started out well for the Stingers as they led 15-14 after the first quarter. The Citadins did take the lead in 2nd and 3rd quarter. The two teams made it interesting in the later part of the fourth quarter as the Stingers made comeback to equal the game at 68 however with a minute and eighteen seconds left, the Citadins took the lead for good on foul shots. The final score was 83-70. Citadins forward, Alexandre Bernard led all scorers with 39 points in the win. Stingers Mukiya Post led his teammates in scoring as he scored 27 points.

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Stingers key player’s breakdown at midway point

Mukiya Post (5th guard): Last season Post led the RSEQ scoring at the end of the year and is  expect to do accomplish that this year again. At the midway point he is third in the RSEQ scoring as he has scored 62 points in four games. Post averages 15.5 points per a game. He is the Stingers key player for their success in my opinion.

Mike Fosu (3rd year forward): Fosu is proving to be one of the best big men in Quebec this year. He leads the RSEQ in rebounding as he has collected 26 rebounds and averages 8.7 boards per a game. Fosu is also tied for fifth in the RSEQ scoring with 39 points and is averaging 13 points per a game in three games.

Ken Beaulieu (2nd year forward): Beaulieu was a CEGEP All-Star last year with Cegep Edouard-Montpetit and has proven to be a great pickup for the Stingers this year. He is tied for seventh in RSEQ scoring with 50 points in four games. He averages 12.5 points per a game. He’s also third in the RSEQ in steals with 9. The last thing is he uses his height to his advantage as on occasion he averages a slam dunk a game.

Jean-Louis Wayna (2nd year center): Wayna was supposed to be the Stingers biggest recruit and was expected to create a big impact but has struggled so far in my opinion. He came from State Fair Community College in Missouri last season however two years ago he played CEGEP ball for Vanier College. He has scored 11 points in four games this year. Wanya is 6-10 which gives him a great advantage to grab rebounds. This season he has nine rebounds most of them are defensive ones.

Gabe Riche (5th year forward): Riche returned to the Stingers after taking last season off. He has scored 32 points in four games this season. He also averages eight points per a game. Riche has been solid at rebounding as he collected 19 rebounds so far most of them on the defensive end.

Ricardo Monge (1st year point guard): Monge was a CEGEP All-Star last year with John Abbott College. Monge has done good job as being a point guard as he control games. He also has been solid in three pointer as he leads the RSEQ and is third in the CIS in 3PT Pct. with .571. He has made four out of seven of his three pointers this season. He has scored 20 points in four games and averages five points per a game.

I expect the Stingers to make a run at the last playoff spot in the conference but it will not be an easy task as they will have to beat both McGill and Bishops at least once.

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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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