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Top 10 CIS Men’s Basketball Performers: Week 6

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Week six (6) of the Top 10 performers is locked and loaded with bonafide talent and performances from across the country. Triple-doubles, double-doubles, assists, blocks and whole lot more on this weeks’ edition of the Top 10 CIS men’s basketball performers!

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

Just about the only thing slowing down Osuntola Jr. is his poor free-throw shooting (57-96 for 59.4%). The Windsor Lancers forward continues to dominate the opposition and leads the country in rebounding at 12.3 RPG alangside his 20.7 points per game ranking fourth in the nation.

Jan 14. @ Waterloo Warriors W, 79-74: 19 points (8/11 FG, 3/6 FT), 14 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks
Jan 15. vs. Laurier Golden Hawks, W, 94-87: 24 points (7/13 FG, 10/18 FT), 16 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 assists

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

We got the triple-double! After flirting with the rare feat all-season, Ogungbemi-Jackson delivered a 26 point, 11 rebound, 10 assist triple-double in a 95-84 W over the Lethridge Pronghorns.

Jan 16 @ Lethbridge Pronghorns W, 95-84: 26 points (7/14 FG, 4/7 3FG, 9/10 FT), 11 rebounds, 10 assists
Jan 17 @ Lethbridge Pronghorns L, 82-70: 15 points (4/10 FG, 0/4 3FG, 1/1 FT) 7 rebounds, 7 assists

Greg Morrow (G 6’3″, 185 lbs, 4th year) – Western Mustangs

The Western Mustangs perhaps the biggest surprise of the CIS season and Greg Morrow is large part of the Mustangs turn-around season. After going 10-18 the previous year Western (8-3) surpassed last years win total and find themselves atop of the OUA West division. Morrow poured in career-high 34 points in win over Laurier and added his second double-double the season. Morrow has upped his scoring average from 15.4 points per the previous year to 20.5 this season and has the Mustangs riding a season-high four game winning streak.

Jan 14. @ Laurier Golden Hawks, W, 75-69: 34 points (11/19 FG, 12/15 FT), 5 rebounds, 3 assists
Jan 17. vs. Waterloo Warriors W, 71-54: 19 points (7/14 FG, 5/5 FT), 12 rebounds, 4 assists

Brandon Brine (F 6’6″, 229 lbs, 4th year) – Lethbridge Pronghorns

Brandon Brine took matters into his own hands as the Lethbridge Pronghorns snapped a six-game losing skid behind a season-high 30-points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 5-of-8 from the outside. The Australian import has been consistent and is averaging 17.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 41.2 FG and 33.8% from downtown.

Jan 16. vs. Calgary Dinos, L, 95-84: 29 points (11/21 FG,  3/7 3PT, 4/6 FT), 8 rebounds, 2 steals
Jan 17. vs. Calgary Dinos, W, 82-70: 30 points (9/15 FG, 5/8 3PT, 7/8 FT) 4 rebounds, 2 assists

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

Mamadou Gueye broke-out off a mini-slump in big way with back-back 25-plus point games in 1-1 weekend split against a tough Manitoba Bisons squad. The Golden Bears will need this sort of output and production from their sophomore forward to if has any hopes of making any noise down the stretch of the season.

Jan 16 vs. Manitoba Bisons L, 75-69: 26 points (12/16 FG, 2/3 FT), 13 rebounds, 2 blocks
Jan 17 vs. Manitoba Bisons W, 90-73: 25 points (6/17 FG, 0/3 3 FG, 13/18 FT), 7 rebounds, 4 assists

Tychon Carter-Newman (G 6’5″, 200 lbs, 2 year) – Laurentian Voyageurs

Is there a better basketball name out there than Tychon Carter-Newman? Carter-Newman and his #North705 crew nearly pulled off an upset over McMaster in one of the toughest collegiate environments (Ben Avery Gymnasium) to play in Canada.

Jan 16. vs. McMaster Marauders, L, 83-80: 27 points (11/23 FG,  1/4 3PT, 4/5  FT), 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals
Jan 17. vs. Brock Badgers, W, 89-81: 24 points (10/20 FG, 1/4 3PT, 3/4 FT), 7 rebounds, 3 assists,

Osman Barrie (F 6’2″, 197 lbs, 2nd year) – St. Mary’s Huskies

Who says CCAA transfers can’t play in the CIS? Osman Barrie (Ottawa, Rideau Rams High School) and his partner in crime Achuil Lual (Ottawa) assaulted the Acadia Axemen to earn their names on our weekly Top 10 list. Barrie & Lual both transferred from Crandall Chargers of the CCAA’s Atlantic conference (ACAA) with Barrie earning conference player of the year and Lual earning second-team All-Conference honors and leading the Chargers all the way to the National championships. Osman ranked-up a 20-point, 17-rebound, 6 blocks double-double while Lual dominated inside with 24 points, 17 rebounds on 10-of-18 shooting. Quietly and without anybody really noticing Mr. Barrie is entering AUS player of the year discussions with his 18.4 points and 9.9 rebound per game for the improving Huskies

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Jan 13. vs. Acadia Axemen W, 89-75: 20 points (8/11 FG, 1/2 3FG, 8/14 FT), 17 rebounds, 6 blocks

Achuil Lual (F 6’4″, 215 lbs, 2nd year) – St. Mary’s Huskies

See above for more on Lual and his feasting of the Acadia Axemen this past weekend. Avid followers of CIS Basketball might remember the name Achuil Lual as his brother also named Achuil Lual played for the Axemen (2006-2008) and was a key contributor in dethroning Carleton in the National semi-finals, in one of the most epic CIS games ever played. So far so good for the younger Lual who is averaging 13.4 points and 9.3 rebounds for the St. Mary’s Huskies.

Jan 13. vs. Acadia Axemen W, 89-75: 20 points (10/18 FG, 1/1 3FG, 3/4 FT), 17 rebounds

Caleb Agada (G 6’5″, 200 lbs, 3rd year) – Ottawa Gee-Gees

Caleb Agada beat out some tough competition (Chris McLaughlin, Tommy Nixon, Scrubb Brothers, Japer Moet) this week to earn his name on back to back Top 10 performers list. Yes, the competition was rather soft but Agada played up to standard and shot the ball extremely well from the outside. Let’s face it, if Carleton is going to have two players in the first-team All-Canadian list why shouldn’t the currently number one ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees also have the same?

Jan 16. vs. Lakehead Thunderwolves W, 89-76: 22 points (9/13 FG,  4/5 3PT, 8/10  FT), 11 rebounds, 3 assists
Jan 17. vs. Guelph Gryphons W, 102-68: 20 points (5/6 FG,  1/1 3PT, 9/10  FT), 6 rebounds, 3 assists

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

Forget “Johnny Basketball” how about “Jonny Don’t Care”? Berhanemeskel is slowly creeping up on the 2014-15 CIS Men’s basketball scoring title. and if achieved, in our opinion his nickname should be changed to “Johnny MVP!”

Jan 16. vs. Lakehead Thunderwolves W, 89-76: 26 points (7/16 FG,  3/9 3PT, 9/10  FT), 5 assists
Jan 17. vs. Guelph Gryphons W, 102-68: 24 points (6/10 FG, 2/3 3PT, 10/11 FT) 6 assists, 4 rebounds

Honorable Mention:

Rohan Boney (G 6’4″, 190 lbs, 2nd year) – McMaster Mauraders

It’s natural to see why Rohan Boney is a fan favorite and valuable asset for the Marauders. The 6’5 sophomore plays limited minutes, guards multiple positions, can put the ball in the hole, cleans the glass, swats weak attempts at the rack, and if you don’t watch-out it might just be you kodak, youtube, poster time. (Yes that is Andrew Wiggins 22 watching Boney throw down a vicious two-hander (through contact) in his final high school in Canada). Since deciding to join the Mauraders Boney has racked-up 2013-2014 OUA West Rookie of the Year and is averaging 10.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1,8 blocks in 23 minutes of the bench for nationally ranked McMaster.

Jan 16. @ Laurentian Voyageurs W, 83-80: 17 points (4/10 FG,  0/1 3PT, 2/4 FT), 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals
Jan 17. @ Nipissing Lakers W, 83-53: 13 points (5/8 FG,  0/1 3PT, 3/4 FT), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks

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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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