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Top 10 CIS Men’s Basketball Performers: Week 2

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Week two of the CIS Men’s Basketball season officially kicked off the regular season for all teams across the country with a total of 41 games played. With no shortage of top performers and a vast selection to choose from, here are your BasketballBuzz Top 10 CIS Men’s basketball performers for week two.

Philip Scrubb – (PG 6’4″, 195 lbs, 5th year) Carleton Ravens

The three-time MVP wasted no time putting the entire CIS on notice with a terrific opening weekend. With only a handful of games left in his career at the Ravens Nest Scrubb torched both the Brock Badgers and the McMaster Marauders for a combined 65 points in two games in front of the Ravens faithful. He lite-up the Badgers for 25 points in the first-half before being shutdown for the night with only 25 minutes of action.

Nov 7. vs. Brock Badgers, W, 106-58: 33 points (11/17 FG,  3/7 3PT, 5/8 FT), 6 assists, 3 rebounds
Nov 8. vs. McMaster Marauders, W, 92-75: 32 points (9/17 FG, 3/7 3PT, 11/12 FT) 6 assists, 3 rebounds

Mamadou Gueye (F 6’7″, 185 lbs, 2nd year) – Alberta Golden Bears

In only his second year Mamadou Gueye looks poised for a big season the Golden Bears. The Montreal connection was too much for the Trinity Western Spartans to handle with two solid games.

Nov 7. vs. Trinity Western Spartans W, 85-59: 25 points (8/11 FG, 1/2 3FG, 8/14 FT), 13 rebounds, 2 blocks
Nov 8. vs. Trinity Western Spartans W, 85-66: 20 points (5/18 FG, 1/5 3FG, 9/12 FT), 7 rebounds, 4 assists

Thomas Scrubb (F 6’7″, 215 lbs, 4th year) – Carleton Ravens

Thomas Scrubb makes his first of many appearances in the Top 10 with strong double from against the McMaster Marauders. The fourth-year forward also rung up 17 points on the Badgers in only 16 minutes.

Nov 7. vs. Brock Badgers, W, 106-58: 17 points (7/10 FG,  2/2 3PT, 1/2 FT), 6 rebounds
Nov 8. vs. McMaster Marauders, W, 92-75: 21 points (8/15 FG, 2/3 3PT, 3/5 FT) 11 rebounds, 5 assists

Johnny Berhanemeskel (G 6’3″, 175 lbs, 5th year) – Ottawa Gee-Gees

Berhanmenskel became the Ottawa Gee-Gees All-time leading scorer in UO’s romp over the Marauders and was hot all-game against the upstart Brock Badgers.

Nov 7. vs. McMaster Marauders, W, 106-83: 18 points (6/14 FG,  1/6 3PT, 5/6  FT), 9 assists, 3 rebounds
Nov 8. vs. Brock Badgers, W, 103-75: 28 points (11/14 FG, 2/3 3PT, 4/4 FT) 4 rebounds, 4 assists

Chris McLaughlin – (F 6’10″, 235 lbs, 4th year) Victoria Vikes

Mclaughlin makes back-to-back appearances in the Top 10 thanks to a big-time 31-point effort in the weekend sweep of the UBC Thunderbirds. It’s early, but the Oakville, Ontario native is looking like the early candidate for CanWest player of the year honors.

Nov 7. @ UBC Thunderbirds, W, 68-58: 11 points (3/10 FG, 5/7 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 assists
Nov 8. @ UBC Thunderbirds, W, 85-79: 31 points (12/15 FG, 1/2 3PT, 6/8 FT) 4 rebounds

Kashrell Lawrence (G 6’2″, 185 lbs, 3rd year) – Dalhousie Tigers

Mr. Lawrence had a huge performance on opening weekend vs. the UPEI Panthers, posting a game-high 31 points and 11 rebounds in a close loss. Overall extremely efficient weekend from the Brampton native.

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Nov 7. vs. UPEI Panthers L, 95-88: 31 points (12/16 FG,  7/10 FT), 11 rebounds
Nov 8. vs. UPEI Panthers W, 93-84: 20 points (9/15 FG,  2/3 FT), 9 rebounds, 2 steals

Tyler Scott (G 6’2″, 185 lbs, 2nd year) – UPEI Panthers

Arguably one of the toughest cover around the country Scott had an outstanding all-around effort in the Panthers first regular season. As long as UPEI can keep winning games he will in the race for AUS player of the year honors.

Nov 7. vs. Dalhousie Tigers L, 95-88: 25 points (10/23 FG,  1/4 3PT 4/6 FT), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks
Nov 8. vs. Dalhousie Tigers W, 93-84: 24 points (8/17 FG, 4/7 3PT, 2/3 FT), 4 rebounds, 3 assists

Javon Masters (G 6’3″, 190 lbs, 2nd year) – UNB Varsity Reds

The 2013-14 rookie of the year cooked-up his first 30+ game of the season. Masters got to charity stripe a total of 18 times this weekend.

Nov 7. vs. Acadia Axemen W, 83-76: 19 points (6/13 FG, 3/4 3PT, 4/8 FT), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals
Nov 8. vs. Acadia Axemen W, 88-72: 34 points (12/21 FG, 1/5 3FG, 9/10 FT), 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals

Rotimi Osuntola Jr (G 6’5”, 175 lbs, 4th year)- Windsor Lancers.

Osuntola a OUA All-Rookie team selection played a big part in the Lancers victory over Western. Osuntola dropped 15 points on the Mustangs and collected 15 defensive rebounds. The Lancers two days later beat Guelph where Osuntola had yet another double-double scored 17 points and collected 10 rebounds. Osuntola went perfect on free throws from the line in the victory.

Nov 5. vs. Western Mustangs, W, 85-55: 15 points (6/14 FG, 2/3 FT), 15 rebounds, 4 blocks.
Nov 8. vs. Guelph Gryphons, W, 92-75: 17 points (6/11 FG, 4/4 FT), 10 rebounds, 3 assists.

Devin Johnson (F 6’4″, 185 lbs, 3rd year) – Toronto Blues

Devin Johnson aka the “The Mayor” went to work pulling a weeks best 18 rebounds in a massive game against the Waterloo Warriors

Nov 7. vs. Waterloo Warriors, W, 79-76: 24 points (6/21 FG,  2/4 3PT, 10/15 FT), 18 rebounds,
Nov 8. vs. Laurier Golden Hawks, L , 89-86: 20 points (5/12 FG, 2/4 3PT, 8/9 FT) 6 rebounds

 Honorable Mention:

Josh Wolfram (F 6’10”, 229 lbs, 3rd year) –  Thompson Rivers Wolfpack

The Wolfman led the Wolfpack with an impressive double-double with 30 points, 15 rebounds. The versatility Kamloops, BC native is a tough cover week in week out with his ability to stroke from mid-range and beat opposing bigs off the bounce.

Nov 7. vs. UNBC Timberwolves W, 84-80: 30 points (11/21 FG, 3/4 FT), 15 rebounds
Nov 8. vs.  UNBC Timberwolves W, 85-81: 14 points (6/13 FG, 1/4 3FG, 1/1 FT), 11 rebounds, 3 assists

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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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