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Top 10 CIS Men’s Basketball Performers: Week 3

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Week three of the BasketballBuzz Top 10 CIS performers is here, sit back, relax and get familiar with the top players across the country putting work!

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

Tyler Scott took his game to another level as the UPEI Panthers swept the nationally ranked Cape Breton Capers at home. Scott poured in a season-high and CIS best 38 points in the opener and hit the winning free-throw in the 107-106 win. The Halifax guard shot 63% (23/36) over the weekend and buried a total of ten (10) triples on the Capers. Scott currently leads the country in scoring with his 28.8 point per game average.

Nov 14. vs. Cape Breton Capers W, 93-85: 38 points (13/21 FG,  5/9 3PT 5/6 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 assists
Nov 15. vs. Cape Breton Capers W, 107-106: 28 points (10/15 FG, 5/6 3PT, 3/4 FT), 2 rebounds, 4 assists

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

Make that four straight double-doubles for Osuntola Jr.! The Windsor Lancers forward leads the league in rebounding with 12.8 boards per game to go along with his 20 point per game average.

Nov 14. vs. Toronto Blues W, 85-55: 26 points (7/16 FG, 11/17 FT), 15 rebounds, 4 steals
Nov 15. vs.Ryerson Rams, L, 92-75: 24 points (10/20 FG, 3/8 FT), 11 rebounds

Matt Marshall (G 6’6″, 210 lbs, 4th year) – Brock Badgers

Matt Marshall came up a rebound shy of a rare 20-20 double-double in the Badgers lone game of the week.

Nov 14. vs. Algoma Thunderbirds W, 97-68: 24 points (8/15 FG,  8/10 FT), 19 rebounds, 2 assists

Jelane Pryce (G 6’7″, 200 lbs, 4th year) – Winnipeg Wesmen

The former Ryerson Rams (2010-12) was given the starting nod this weekend and was a catalyst in Winnipeg’s 17-point win over the Saskatchewan Huskies. With two double-doubles under his belt Pryce and his athletic 6’7 frame will look to continue to provide consistent scoring and rebounding for the Wesmen.

Nov 14. @ Sasktchewan Huskies W, 84-67: 25 points (9/16 FG, 3/7 3FG, 4/5 FT) 14 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists
Nov 15. @ Sasktchewan Huskies L, 71-6816 points (6/13 FG, 1/3 3FG, 3/3 FT) 11 rebounds, 2 assists

 Jonathan Tull (F 6’4″, 195 lbs, 4th year) – Regina Cougars

Jonathan Tull makes his second appearance in the Top 10 with another outstanding weekend as Regina handed the nationally ranked Calgary Dinos a 85-76 loss. Tull shot a total of 33 free-throws over the weekend to extended his league-leading 64 attempts in six games.

Nov 14. vs. Calgary Dinos W, 85-76: 28 points (6/18 FG, 1/7 3FG, 15/20 FT) 8 rebounds,  3 assists
Nov 15. vs. Calgary Dinos L, 70-62: 21 points (5/15 FG, 1/4 3FG, 10/13 FT) 9 rebounds, 3 assists

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (PG 5’9″, 160 lbs, 4th year) – Calgary Dinos

We are all waiting for the triple-double. Ogungbemi-Jackson once again flirted with a with the rare feat against the Regina Cougars and is averaging 17 points per game, 8.3 rebounds and 6 assists thus far. The 5’9 guard has now pulled down 10-plus rebounds in three-straight games and ranks fifth in the country in total rebounds.

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Nov 14. @ Regina Cougars L, 85-76: 26 points (8/13 FG, 3/7 3FG, 7/9 FT)  10 rebounds,  6 assists, 1 turnover
Nov 15. @ Regina Cougars W, 70-62: 17 points (4/10 FG, 1/4 3FG, 8/8 FT) 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 3 turnovers

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

Berhanemeskel quietly went about his business with another back-to-back 20-point outing in limited minutes. The Gee-Gees beat the Voyageurs by 30 points and newcomers Nipissing Lakers by 51 points. “Johnny Basketball” is shooting 62.7 % from the field, 43.8 % from downtown and 90.9% from the charity stripe while dishing out over six (6) dimes per contest.

Nov 14. @ Laurentian Voyageurs, W, 95-65: 24 points (9/14 FG,  2/3 3PT, 4/5  FT), 5 assists, 4 rebounds
Nov 14. @ Nipissing Lakers, W, 113-62: 21 points (6/9 FG, 2/4 3PT, 7/7 FT) 6 assists, 6 rebounds

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

Just another weekend for the former CIS rookie of the year. The Varsity Reds were tested on the road and responded with two quality W’s over quality opposition. Javon Masters went a perfect 23-for-23 from the foul line over the weekend.

Nov 14. @ St. Mary’s Huskies W, 82-75: 23 points (4/13 FG, 1/3 3PT, 14/14 FT), 5 assists, 4 rebounds
Nov 15. @ St. Mary’s Huskies W, 108-91: 28 points (9/18 FG, 1/6 3FG, 9/9 FT), 4 assists, 3 rebounds

Joel Friesen (PG 6’5″, 185 lbs, 5th year) – Alberta Golden Bears

Friesen drilled seven (7) three-pointers on the Thunderbirds as the Golden Bears split the weekend series against UBC. The fifth-year captain is avaeraging 21.5 PPG and is shooting a scorching hot 56.8% from the field and 51.1 from downtown.

Nov 14. vs. UBC Thunderbirds, W, 90-65: 33 points (10/16 FG, 7/12 3FG, 6/6 FT), 6 rebounds, 4 assists
Nov 15. vs. UBC Thunderbirds, L, 89-84: 23 points (8/10 FG, 4/6 3FG, 3/5 FT), 7 rebounds, 2 assists

Amarjit Basi (G 6’0″, 165 lbs, 2nd year) – Manitoba Bisons

If the CIS had a sixth man of the year award there wouldn’t be  any that Amarjit Basi would be the leading candidate for the hardware. Basi came off the bench once again and torched the Brandon Bobcats on both occasions drilling three-pointer after three-pointer as Manitoba swept  Brandon. The junior guard continues to lead the Bisons in scoring (19.9 PPG) despite coming off the bench and playing under 30 minutes per game.

Nov 14. vs. Brandon Bobcats, W, 93-78: 25 points (9/15 FG, 5/9 3FG, 2/2 FT),  3 assists
Nov 15. vs. Brandon Bobcats W, 102-67: 19 points (7/15 FG, 4/11 3FG, 3/3 FT) 2 rebounds, 2 assists

 Honorable Mention:

Aaron Best (G 6’4″, 183lbs, 4th year) – Ryerson Rams

Aaron Best came-up four points shy of his career-high (34) with a 30-point, 10 rebound double-double to hand the Windsor Lancers their first loss of the season.

Nov 14. @ Western Mustangs W, 81-47: 12 points (4/8 FG,  2/4 3PT, 4/5  FT), 3 rebounds
Nov 15. @ Windsor Lancers, W, 98-78: 30 points (11/15 FG, 4/6 3PT, 4/4 FT), 10 rebounds

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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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