Week 11 was filled with amazing drama and some of the best performances of the 2011-12 CIS Men’s basketball season. Most of the names on this weeks edition have previously appeared on our weekly Top 10, with majority being well positioned to receive some notoriety in the upcoming annual BasketballBuzz awards announcements…
Jimmy Dorsey – Cape Breton Capers – AUS Jimmy Dorsey’s outstanding two-game explosion just about wraps-up the 2011-12 AUS Men’s basketball player-of-the-year conversation, and now opens up the debate of who should take the national award. The 49-point barrage ranks as the sixth greatest single-game scoring outputs in the Atlantic Coast.
Feb 11. vs. UPEI Panthers W, 111-90: 20 points (4/10 FG, 3/7 3FG, 9/9 FT) 12 rebounds, 12 assists, 2 steals
Feb 11. vs. Acadia Axemen W, 111-106: 49 points (15/30 FG, 8/14 3FG, 11/14 FT) 8 rebounds, 14 assists, 3 steals
Ryan Barbeau – Western Mustangs – OUA Barbeau turned it into high-gear and cashed in on career-high 46-point game. The OUA West player-of-the-year award is still up for grabs and Barbeau continues to make a strong case, and could win the award if the Mustangs somehow get into the playoffs.
Feb 8. vs. @McMaster Marauders L, 63-77: 20 points (8/22 FG, 0/9 3FG, 4/4 FT) 3 rebounds, 6 assists
Feb 11. vs. @Waterloo Warriors W, 105-102 OT: 46 points (14/30 FG, 8/16 3FG, 10/13 FT) 6 rebounds, 8 assists
Jamelle Barrett – Saskatchewan Huskies – CW The premier point guard man in Canada West has the Huskies rolling towards the playoffs and another Final 8 appearance in Halifax. Barrett continues to look more and more like the 2010-11 BasketbalBuzz CIS Men’s Basketball POY recipient and is a lock for All-Canadians honors once again.
Feb 10. vs. Manitoba Bisons W, 95-79: 37 points (10/23 FG, 1/6 3FG, 16/18 FT) 6 rebounds, 10 assists
Feb 11. vs. Manitoba Bisons W, 106-81: 19 points (6/19 FG, 0/4 3FG, 7/9 FT) 4 rebounds, 5 assists
Michael Lieffers -– Saskatchewan Huskies – CW As good as it gets right here from Lieffers. Two monster double-doubles to help solidify a spot on the all-conference list. Lieffers is averaging 17.8 points and 15.8 rebounds over his last-five games.
Feb 10. vs. Manitoba Bisons W, 95-79: 24 points (11/17 FG, 2/4 FT) 19 rebounds, 3 steals
Feb 11. vs. Manitoba Bisons W, 106-81: 18 points (9/11 FG, 0/1 FT) 19 rebounds
Lien Phillip – Windsor Lancers – OUA Phillip checks in with his best performances of the season notching season-highs in points, rebounds and field goal attempts.With two games remaining the former IMG Basketball Academy (Florida) prospect is a lock to lead the country in rebounds after falling just short last year.
Feb 8. vs. @Waterloo Warriors L, 85-90: 24 points (11/17 FG, 1/2 3FG, 1/4 FT) 19 rebounds, 2 assists
Feb 11. vs. Laurier Golden Hawks W, 77-69: 20 points (7/17 FG, 0/2 3FG, 6/7 FT) 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks
Tyler Fidler – Calgary Dions – CW Fidler concluded his final regular season of Canada West play with two top notch games, and has averaged 27.6 points and 10 rebounds over the Dinos last three games to help secure an improbably playoff berth.
Feb 10. vs. Winnipeg Wesmen W, 99-86: 30 points (9/13 FG, 1/1 3FG, 11/12 FT) 7 rebounds
Feb 11. vs. Winnipeg Wesmen W, 94-78: 26 points (9/14 FG, 2/4 3FG, 6/7 FT) 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Venzal Russell – Lakehead Thunderwolves – OUA Venzal Russell resurfaces with back-to-back double-doubles on the glass by pulling down a season-high 13 rebounds. Is anybody else buying the Venzal Russell sweepstakes for OUA West POY? The best player on a squad which has an overall record of 29-2.
Feb 10. vs. @Brock Badgers W, 82-73: 23 points (10/21 FG, 0/3 3FG, 3/6 FT) 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals
Feb 11. vs. @Brock Badgers W, 90-42: 16 points (6/13 FG, 1/3 3FG, 3/5 FT) 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals
Kamar Burke – UBC Thunderbirds – CW Burke is one those guys that does whatever it takes to win. The fifth-senior was the catalyst at both ends last week with a gorilla like double-deuce as the Thunderbirds inched closer to hosting the Canada West Final Four.
Feb 10. vs. Victoria Vikes W, 68-52: 17 points (10/21 FG, 0/3 3FG, 3/6 FT) 17 rebounds, 3 steals
Jordon Gauthier – Ryerson Rams- OUA Flying under the radar this season is Jordon Gauthier of the Ryerson Rams. The 6’3″, 210 lbs Guard has banged his way to three-straight 20-plus games as the Rams head into the final two games of the regular season looking to capture a second place finish in the OUA East.
Feb 10. vs. York Lions W, 89-85:25 points (10/18 FG, 5/8 3FG, 0/1 FT) 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Feb 11. vs. Laurentian Voyageurs W, 100-80: 23 points (8/17 FG, 4/6 3FG, 3/5 FT) 7 rebounds, 2 steals
Terry Thomas – St. FX – AUS It’s crazy to think that Thomas is only a sophomore and is already getting All-Canadian love. The 6’4 East Preston (Auburn Drive HS) representative is leading the X-men in points per game (18.6), rebounds (8.6), steals (3.2) and blocked shots (1.1) and is the top offensive rebounding guard in the country, with an impressive 3.3 per game. Michael Lieffers tops all players with a 4.4 average.
Feb 11. vs. Acadia Axemen W, 87-82,: 15 points (5/15 FG, 1/6 3FG, 4/6 FT) 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block
Feb 12. vs. UPEI Panthers W, 70-69: 13 points (4/11 FG, 0/2 3FG, 5/5 FT) 11 rebounds, 5 steals
Tim Hunter – Bishops Gaiters – RSEQ We dug extra deep to find this one but with two qualities wins against Quebec’s top dogs it was hard to ignore the fourth-year, 6’7, 180 lbs, forward. The Gaiters have won 3-of-their-last-5 and are eying a last minute playoff spot after enduring an 0-7 start to season. Hunter is averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds (both team-highs) and 2.5 assists on the year.
Feb 11. vs. Concordia Stingers W, 78-75,: 23 points (8/21 FG, 3/9 3FG, 4/8 FT) 9 rebounds, 2 assists
Feb 12. vs. UQAM Citadins W, 72-57: 13 points (5/10 FG, 3/7 3FG) 5 rebounds, 6 assists
Omar Shiddo: Soft-spoken assassin
It’s around 8:30 p.m. on a frigid Wednesday in the dead of winter, and Omar Shiddo is having one of his worst games of the season.
The fourth-year Western Mustangs guard, who has drawn comparisons to Damian Lillard for his clutch shooting, has just five points in the first half of a tight game against the Guelph Gryphons.
In the second half his game marginally improves, but there are a series of missteps — layups that don’t go down, jump shots that rim out and an occasional lack of motion without the ball.
Shiddo also gets hit with a technical foul after a physical bucket he felt should have resulted in an and-one, clapping back at two Guelph players who allegedly chirped at him during the play.
This is a far cry from the kinds of performance Shiddo is known for, and light years away from the 35-point outburst he had four days earlier in an 84-79 win over rival McMaster.
It doesn’t matter — not even remotely.
Western clamps down on defence in the second half and several teammates make big shots. Shiddo helps neutralize Guelph guard Malcolm Glanville, who had 11 first-half points and showed signs of catching fire.
Shiddo finishes with 12 points on 4-15 shooting, his second-lowest total of the year. Five other Mustang players players score in double-digits, including 27 points from sharp-shooting guard Eriq Jenkins.
Western pulls away and cruises to a 94-73 victory that’s as ugly as it is decisive.
“That’s a win, boys!” someone shouts emphatically as the team gathers for a post-game huddle in the cavernous, mostly-empty Alumni Hall in London, Ont. — Western’s home court.
“Guys on my team stepped up,” said Shiddo minutes later in an interview, his soft-spoken analysis tumbling out as quickly as he jukes opponents, like water over Niagara Falls.
“The second half was more of other guys doing their thing and me not having to do as much scoring, which I love to do. It’s all about team … we got a big win.”
Shiddo is unquestionably a leader — and on most nights, the most effective offensive weapon — on a Western team loaded with potential.
In his tenure, the Mustangs have been as good as they have been in a decade, with a legitimate chance to challenge for a berth in the U Sports Final 8 — Canada’s version of March Madness — in Ottawa.
“That’s our goal from the beginning of the year — trying to get to nationals,” said Shiddo, who grew up in Brampton, Ont., a hotbed that has produced several NBA players, including Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett.
“We think we’re a top-five team in the country,” said Shiddo. “We’ve just need to continue to play like it.”
Western is ranked outside the Top 10 nationally, but has the second-best record in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA), four points behind the Carleton Ravens.
They’re also first in the OUA West division, with a roster that skews relatively young: Seven of the 12 players are freshmen or sophomores.
Nikola Farkic, a 6-foot point guard from Waterloo, is team captain and Jenkins (Windsor, Ont.) is arguably its most reliable three-point threat. Veteran forward Julian Walker (Barrie, Ont.) anchors a front court with considerable promise, thanks in large part to lean, athletic second-year players Aaron Tennant (London, Ont.) and Ukasha Khan (Brampton, Ont.).
“A lot of stuff goes unnoticed on the stat sheet,” said Shiddo. “But we’ve got a full team and we’re 10 deep. Everybody plays their role. We’re not a team where it’s one guy.”
He’s right. This win over Guelph is proof enough of that. And yet in crunch time, Shiddo has a penchant for taking over games, Lillard-style, and making big shots.
It has become part of Western lore.
When Lillard puts a team on his back and wills it to victory in the fourth quarter, fans and media call it Dame Time. When Shiddo does this, it’s #Omellytime.
Shiddo showed hints of his #Omelly mentality early against Guelph. After Western fell behind 10-2 in the first quarter, his demeanor shifted from deferential to aggressive, pushing the ball up the floor and calmly making a mid-range jumper to cut the lead to six.
Minutes later, he drilled a three-pointer to make it 12-7, and attacked the basket for a layup that lingered on the rim but didn’t fall. His teammates took their cue and soon Western had its first lead of the game.
At the end of the first quarter the score was 28-28. At halftime Western led 47-46, and they never looked back.
“I’m not the rah rah type of — football type of leader,” said Shiddo. “I try to lead by example.
“Say what has to be said, and other than that just lead by example. It’s not how much you say, it’s about what you say.”
In U Sports, most teams are at the mercy of a Carleton dynasty that has won 14 of the last 17 national championships.
Western is a long shot to come anywhere near the title game this season, and Carleton is favoured to win it. When the teams meet for a regular-season tilt at Alumni Hall on Jan. 31, it will likely be for the last time.
Shiddo is nobody’s fool. He knows the odds are stacked against his team, even if he’s at his best and #Omellytime is in full effect.
His confidence is tempered with realism, but it’s still there.
“Against a team like that we’re not going to be up by one at half — we’ll probably be down by 20,” he said. “We have to play our perfect game.”
They will almost certainly not be perfect. They will almost certainly lose. And yet Omar Shiddo, the soft-spoken assassin, has a question for you.
“Why not shock the country,” he said, “and beat the No. 1 team?”
Carleton Ravens set records in 129-44, 85-point beat-down of York Lions
The No. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens improved to 16-2 overall and 8-0 in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference action with a 129-44 — 85 point beat-down of the York Lions to set a modern-day U Sports men’s basketball record, for most points scored and the largest margin of victory in a OUA conference game.
The Ravens’ 129 points is the most points scored in a (OUA) game and the third highest scoring output in historic programs’ 58-year history. Carleton routed the Fleming Knights (CCAA/OCAA) 130-78 in non-conference win on October 3, 2009. The 85-point win is the second largest margin of victory in team’s history — including CIAU, CIS, OUA conference, non-conference and games against NCAA teams.
According to historic records, and stats guru Martin Timmerman, the Ravens’ also hold the bragging rights for the most points scored and largest margin of victory in Canadian university basketball history. The all-time mark dates back to the 1964-1965 season with the Ravens’ beating the Ottawa Gee-Gees 144-52 — a whooping 92 point victory in the old Ottawa-St. Lawrence Intercollegiate Association (IAA) conference which was part of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU).
The OUA was formed on July 1st of 1997 in a amalgamation of the both the Ontario Universities Athletic Association (OUAA) and the Ontario Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Association (OWIAA).
The previous largest OUA margin of victory stood firmly at 81, 77 points respectively, dating back to two occasions involving the same two teams. January 15, 2011 — the Ravens pounded the now defunct Royal Military College (RMC) men’s basketball program with a 121-40 win in Kingston, Ontario. Two weeks later, on January 28, in Ottawa, the Ravens’ won by a easy 77 points, in a 101-24 cake walk victory.
The York Lions (7-15, 1-10 OUA) never had a chance — trailing 32-7 after the first 10 minutes and down 64-21 at half-time. The Lions allowed the Ravens’ to outscored them 35-15 in the third-quarter and were limited to just 9 points in the final 10 minutes — while giving-up an another 35-point-quarter.
Stanley Mayambo 17 points, 4 rebounds paced seven Ravens’ players in double-figures. Lloyd Pandi added 14 points, 2 rebounds. Aiden Warnholtz played a game-high 28 minutes off the bench and contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. All of Carleton’s players scored at least five points and attempted at least five shots with only one bench player logging less then 10 minutes of playing time. None of the Carleton’s starting five logged more than 19 minutes of action.
Carleton knocked down 45-of-77 (58.4%) field-goals, made 15-of-32 (46.5%) three-pointers and connected on a healthy 24-30 (80%) from free-throws — while limiting the Lions to just 14-of-62 (22.6%), 4-of-20% (20%) from downtown and 12-of-23 (52%) free-throws.
Carleton, currently on a four-game home stretch will take on the Nipissing Lakers before closing out the first semester with a highly anticipated showdown against nationally ranked and cross-town rival Ottawa Gee-Gees.
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