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Top 10 Performers: 2011-12 BasketballBuzz CIS Men’s Basketball Week 1



Keeping up with our weekly tradition which began last year. We look back at the Top 5 Performers from the opening week of the 2011-12 CIS Men’s Basketball 50th anniversary campaign.

Justin King – Thompson Rivers Wolpack – CW
The second year guard from Las Vegas went to work on the nationally ranked UFV Cascasdes. King was all over the floor in the season opener with 20 points and game-high sixteen rebounds. The next evening he notched another double-double with 32 points and ten rebounds as the Wolfpack earned a series split at home. Expect to see King’s name here a few more times as the season continues.

Nov 4. vs. UFV Cascades, L, 93-79: 20 points (9/23 FG, 0/2 3FG, 2/3 FT) 16 rebounds, 3 assists
Nov 5. vs. UFV Cascades, W, 91-83: 32 Points (11/14 FG, 1/2 3FG, 9/10 FT) 10 rebounds, 2 assists

Jordan Baker – Alberta Golden Bears – CW
Fresh off a summer with international duty with Team Canada, Baker exploded for a 30 points and a career-high 24 rebounds performance in the opener as Alberta narrowly escaped the Bisons. He was effective again the following with 21 points and nine rebounds.

Nov 4. vs. Manitoba Bisons, W, 91-81: 30 points (12/18 FG, 3/5 3FG, 3/4 FT) 24 rebounds, 5 assists
Nov 5. vs. Manitoba Bisons:, L, 85-83: 21 Points (8/16 FG, 0/4 3FG, 5/5 FT) 9 rebounds, 4 steals assists

Kyle Coston – Trinity Western Spartans – CW
Don’t blame Coston for the Spartans slow start. Kyle kept the Spartans competitive in two games against Victoria Vikes and should continue to be amongst the top scorers and household name in the weekly top performers.

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Nov 4. vs. Victoria Vikes, L, 93-79: 20 points (6/16 FG, 2/7 3FG, 6/6 FT) 4 rebounds
Nov 5. vs. Victoria Vikes, L, 86-75: 27 Points (9/20 FG, 4/7 3FG, 5/6 FT) 9 rebounds, 3 blocks

Ryan Mackinnon – Victoria Vikes – CW
Was nearly perfect in the first-half of the Canada West opener, Mackinnon canned 6-of-7 three-pointers on his way to a game-high 28 points. Was held slightly in check the next evening but managed to score 17 points as the Vikes stole two key games on the Spartans home floor.

Nov 4. vs. TWU Spartans, W, 93-79: 28 points (11/18 FG, 2/2 3FG) 3 rebounds
Nov 5. vs. TWU Spartans, W, 86-75: 17 Points (6/9 FG, 2/2 3FG, 4/4 FT) 4 rebounds

Kevin Oliver – Manitoba Bisons – CW
The fourth-year 6’7 guard/forward had an outstanding start to the 2011-12 campaign. He racked up a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Bisons fell to Alberta in the first game. Was slightly off the mark in the second game of the series but his 15 points and five rebounds helped Manitoba pull off the upset.

Nov 4. vs. Alberta, L, 91-81: 24 points (9/18 FG, 4/8 3FG, 2/6 FT) 11 rebounds
Nov 5. vs. Alberta, W, 85-83: 15 Points (5/18 FG, 2/9 3FG, 3/3 FT) 5 rebounds

Honorable Mentions:
Tyler Fidler – Calgary Dinos
Emerick Ravier – Brandon Bobcats
Chad Kok – Thompson Rivers Wolfpack
Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson – Calgary Dinos
Zac Andrus – Victoria Vikes



Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada



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



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



Eddie Ekiyor Carleton Ravens Vs.Ottawa Gee Gees USports Basketball
Photo - Valerie Wutti

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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