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Top 10 CIS Men’s Basketball Performers: Week 4

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Week four of the CIS BasketballBuzz Top 10 performers is here with some familiar names and newcomers to the list. This week we have five new names including a freshman making their first appearances in the Top 10 with well earned performances.

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

Jelane Pryce was a nightmare for the UBC Thunderbirds. The Winnipeg Wesmen forward showed off his impressive offensive game with two monster games. Pryce erupted for 21 first-half points to complete the sweep of the struggling Thunderbirds. The Wesmen have gone 3-1 since Pryce was inserted into the starting line-up, earning wins over Saskatchewan & UBC.

Nov 21. vs. UBC Thunderbirds W 90-81: 25 points (11/16 FG, 0/2 3FG, 3/4 FT), 10 rebounds, 2 blocks
Nov 22. vs. UBC Thunderbirds W 77-67: 32 points (11/14 FG, 4/5 3FG, 6/6 FT), 5 rebounds, 2 blocks

Greg Faulkner (G 6’5″, 205 lbs, 4th year) – Queens Gaels

Greg Faulkner just missed the cut last week. This week Faulkner made sure his name appeared in the Top 10 with a career-high and CIS best 40-point outing versus the Brock Badgers. The former Carleton Raven also dominated the glass by pulling down a total 29 boards for Queens.

Nov 21. @ Guelph Gryphons L 63-56: 18 points (7/21 FG,  1/7 3PT, 3/4  FT),  16 rebounds, 3 assists
Nov 22. @ Brock Badgers L 98-89: 40 points (15/24 FG, 4/8 3PT, 6/6 FT) 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

 Josh Wolfram (F 6’10”, 229 lbs, 4th year) –  Thompson Rivers Wolfpack

Josh Wolfram continues to put-up big numbers for the Wolfpack. The Kamloops, BC native has racked-up six straight double-doubles to open the season and leads the country in rebounding at 12.7 RPG while also ranking in the top ten nationally in scoring at 21.7 PPG.

Nov 21. vs. Fraser Valley Cascades L 83-73:  22 points (7/13 FG, 3/5 3PT, 5/6 FT), 13 rebounds
Nov 22. vs. Fraser Valley Cascades L 75-68: 24 points (4/14 FG, 2/3 3FG, 6/ FT), 16 rebounds

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

Javon Masters is doing just about everything for the red hot UNB Varsity Reds. The second-year guard from Waterloo, Ontario has scored over 20 points per game in all but one game thus far. The only thing not going right for Masters is his three-point shooting, with a sub-par 25.5% from behind the arc.

Nov 21. @ St. FX X-Men W, 98-74: 25 points (9/16 FG, 1/5 3PT, 6/8 FT), 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
Nov 22. @ St. FX X-Men W, 85-84: 23 points (6/19 FG, 0/4 3FG, 11/14 FT), 6 rebounds, 5 assists

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

Berhanemeskel becomes the first player to earn a spot on the Top 10 performers list for the third consecutive week with yet another 30-plus point outburst. The fifth-year captain has proven that he’s more than just a three-point threat by dishing out 5 or more assists in the past four outings.

Nov 14. @ Waterloo Warriors W, 89-48: 15 points (5/11 FG,  3/5 3PT, 2/2  FT), 5 assists, 5 rebounds
Nov 14. @ Laurier Golden Hawks, W, 113-95: 34 points (8/22 FG, 1/8 3PT, 6/6 FT), 6 rebounds, 7 assists

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

The country’s top scorer stayed hot with a near perfect road win over the Memorial Seahawks and finished with a double-double (or triple-double – 10 turnovers) in a close defeat to the same Seahawks. With two more solid outings Tyler Scott continues to make a case for the premier shooting guard in the country.

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Nov 22. @ Memorial Seahawks W, 88-62: 25 points (10/13 FG,  3/4 3PT 2/2 FT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Nov 23. @ Memorial Seahawks L, 83-80: 23 points (8/22 FG, 1/8 3PT, 6/6 FT), 11 rebounds, 2 steals

Johneil Simpson (G 6’5″, 185 lbs, 1st year) – Brock Badgers

It’s rare to see freshmen make appearances in the Top 10 but its hard to ignore Johneil Simpson and his 6’5″ athletic frame. The rookie point-guard exploded for a career-high 33 points and 13 rebounds in the shoot-out win over the Queens Gaels. Simpson is currently averaging 22 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and currently stands as the leading candidate for CIS Rookie of the year honors.

Nov 19. vs. McMaster Mauraders L 105-80: 18 points (6/17 FG,  3/6 3PT, 3/4 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Nov 22. @ Queens Gaels W 98-89: 33 points (11/23 FG,  4/8 3PT, 7/9 FT), 13 rebounds, 2 assists

Dadrian Collins (F 6’6″, 205 lbs, 5th year) – Saskatchewan Huskies

What do you do or say when a guy goes 8-for-8 from the downtown? Dadrian Collins was lights-out for the Huskies in their 2-0 weekend sweep of the previously unbeaten Victoria Vikes.

Nov 21. vs. Victoria Vikes W 82-70: 11 points (9/15 FG, 3/9 3FG, 2/2 FT),  3 rebounds, 2 assists
Nov 22. vs. Victoria Vikes W 95-70: 28 points (8/17 FG, 8/8 3FG, 2/2 FT) 6 rebounds

Nick Tufegdzich (F 6’7″, 215 lbs, 4th year) – York Lions

Nick Tufegdzich has improved each year with the Lions. The 6’7″ forward put up some numbers as York earned a well deserved split with a win over the Guelph Gryphons. Tufegdzich found himself at the charity stripe a total of 33 times during the weekend

Nov 19. @ Guelph Gryphons W 93-85: 26 points (6/18 FG, 1/7 3FG, 15/20 FT) 13 rebounds,  3 blocks
Nov 22. @ McMaster Marauderus L 93-62: 19 points (5/15 FG, 1/4 3FG, 10/13 FT) 9 rebounds, 3 assists

Jared Baker (G 6’2″, 182 lbs, 3th year) – Lethbridge Pronghorns

We have the first triple-double of the 2014-15 season! Jared Baker dropped a 20-point, 11-assist and 10-rebound performance over the Regina Cougars to earn himself a spot in the weekly  top 10. The Alberta guard has been an integral part of the Pronghorns 5-3 start by averaging 10.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

Nov 21. vs. Regina Cougars W 93-85: 20 points (3/8 FG, 2/6 3FG, 12/13 FT),  11 assists, 10 rebounds
Nov 21. vs. Regina Cougars L 75-60: 5 points (8/17 FG, 8/8 3FG, 2/2 FT) 4 rebounds, 2 steals

Honorable Mention:

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

The Victoria Vikes need to find a way to get Chris McLaughlin more touches, we would love to see what his productivity would look like at 17-19 shots per game. McLaughlin added two more double-doubles, bring his total to four in six games. The 6’10” senior is averaging 19.9 points, 9.5 rebounds per game and shooting an efficient 59.7% from the floor.

Nov 21. @ Saskatchewan Huskies L, 82-70: 16 points (6/7 FG, 4/4 FT), 12 rebounds
Nov 22. @ Saskatchewan Huskies L, 95-70: 19 points (9/12 FG, 0/2 3PT, 1/1 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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