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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


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Carleton Ravens and Syracuse Orange set to tangle once again



Carleton Ravens And Syracuse Orange Set To Tangle Once Again

Defending champions Carleton University Ravens will once again tangle with the Syracuse Orange in a marquee match-up between U Sports and NCAA powerhouses.

The Ravens will make their second trip to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 to wrap-up another jammed-packed 2019-2020 exhibition schedule.

The two schools first played back on August 23rd 2013 in Ottawa with Syracuse winning a thrilling 69-65 overtime victory as part of Syracuse’s Canada tour and the debut of Canadian point guard Tyler Ennis

The Orange also got the best of the Ravens, pulling-off a 88-76 win on November 2nd 2014.

The 2019-2020 will mark the debut season for new Ravens head coach Taffe Charles who takes over for Dave Smart who surprised the entire college basketball landscape by announcing his sudden retirement.

Montreal’s freshman Quincy Guerrier alongside junior point guard Howard Washington (Buffalo/NY) are the latest Canadian’s to suite-up for legendary player, turned hall-of-hame coach Jim Boeheim, who has been at the helm since 1976.

Boeheim is the king of getting Canadians in the NBA — having single-handily responsible for overseeing the growth of Leo Rautins, Kris Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Andy Rautins, and now Oshae Brissett and if it all pans out — potentially Guerrier as well.

Under the guidance of their own legendary hall-of-fame coach Dave Smart the Ravens played a Canadian record 59 games against NCAA teams – earning a more than respectable 41-51 record from 1999-2018.

The Ravens boasted an unreal and never to be broken 37-24 winning record against NCAA teams on Canadian soil but mustered-up only one victory in the USA — beating Providence 77-67 in October 28, 2017.

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Dave Smart steps down as Carleton men’s head coach after 14 national titles



Dave Smart Steps Down As Carleton Mens Head Coach After 14 National Titles
Photo: Edilson J. Silva

It’s the end of an era at Carleton.

The school has announced that Dave Smart, who built a dynasty that dominated Canadian university sport for nearly 20 years, has stepped down.

Smart has accepted a new role as the university’s director of basketball operations, Carleton said in a news release.

He will be responsible for “developing the men’s and women’s basketball programs and continuing to build a culture of sport excellence,” the release said.

“Smart will provide operational support, mentorship and technical leadership to the coaching staff of both programs, and he will work with the Department of University Advancement in fundraising and community development.

“He’ll also provide mentorship to other U Sports coaches in Carleton Athletics.”

Taffe Charles, who coached Carleton’s women’s program for 12 years and won a national title in 2017-18 will succeed Smart as men’s team head coach.

“It’s been a great run,’’ said Smart in a statement.

“Coaching is my second love, my first being my wife and children. I am very thankful to the university and I am looking forward to my new role.

“This gives me an opportunity to stay involved in basketball while having more time to spend with my family.”

Carleton Ravens Dave Smart Beats Wichita-State 100-75 CIS NCAA Basketball

Dave Smart leads Carleton Ravens past Wichita State Shockers 100-75. – August 8, 2016 – Photo: Edilson J. Silva/BasketballBuzz

Smart’s 19-year tenure at Carleton was one of remarkable dominance, with 14 national championships.

He also won a record number of coaching awards and has been active as a coach with Canada Basketball.

“Dave’s success on the court has given Carleton great national visibility and we are sincerely grateful,” said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president of Carleton University.

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“I wish Dave all the best in his new role where he will share his ‘playbook’ with all our Ravens programs.”

Charles played on Carleton’s men’s team from 1990 to 1995 and began his coaching career as an assistant in 1995; he then served as an assistant with the men’s program from 1998 to 2007.

Since returning to the women’s program in 2007, Carleton won four U Sports Final 8 berths, four OUA East titles, and two OUA championships.

Carleton’s women’s national championship in 2018 was the first in school history.

“I am truly honoured to be entrusted as the next head coach of the Carleton University men’s basketball program,’’ said Charles in a statement.

“I look forward to the challenge of continuing the high standard of excellence that has been set by Coach Smart, his coaching staff and the players.’’

Carleton said it has launched a national search for a head coach of its women’s program.

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