Below are the Top 10 performances for the final week of the first-half of the 2011 CIS Men’s Basketball season.
Jimmy Dorsey – Cape Breton Capers – AUS
Notched his first triple-double of the year after coming up just short a few weeks ago. He currently leads the nation in assists and is posting some salivating numbers, 20 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
Dec 2. vs. St. Mary’s Huskies W, 106-84: 19 points (7/13 FG, 1/5 3FG, 4/4 FT) 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals
Jeremy Dunn – ST.FX – AUS
Dunn put the X-men on his back and scored 15 of his game-high 35 points in the fourth quarter as St. Francis stayed unbeaten at the break.
Nov 29. vs. St. Mary’s Huskies W, 93-90: 35 points (10/18 FG, 5/10 3FG, 10/10 FT) 7 rebounds, 6 assists 2 steals
Warren Ward – Ottawa Gee-Gees – OUA
Another week, another appearance for Ward in the Top 10. The Gee-Gees captain has scored 20 points or more in 6 of the Gee-Gees first 8 games.
Dec 2. vs. Laurier Golden Hawks W, 77-76: 23 points (10/24 FG, 0/5 3FG, 3/4 FT) 5 rebounds, 2 assists 3 steals
Dec 3. vs. Waterloo Warriors W, 119-76: 27 Points (10/19 FG, 2/4 3FG, 6/7 FT) 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals
Kevin Oliver – Manitoba Bisons – CW
Oliver a fourth-year 6’7 guard/forward is enjoying a fine season and is a primary reason why the Bisons have remained in the hunt in a tightly bunched Canada West conference.
Dec 1. vs. Winnipeg Wesmen W, 99-80: 19 points (5/12 FG, 3/5 3FG, 6/7 FT) 12 rebounds, 6 assists 3 steals
Victor Raso – McMaster Marauders – OUA
Victor Raso, the son of longtime (18 years) Marauders head coach Joe Raso is the leading scorer on well-balanced defensive minded team that went 8-1 in the first-half.
Dec 2. vs. Toronto Blues W, 78-60: 19 points (7/11 FG, 3/5 3FG, 2/3 FT) 8 rebounds, 3 steals
Dec 3. vs. Ryerson Rams W, 86-73: 23 Points (6/14 FG, 3/8 3FG, 8/8 FT) 6 rebounds, 5 assists
Kale Harrison – Laurier Golden Hawks – OUA
Harrison followed-up where he left off last week and hit a sweet game winning three-pointer as the Golden hawks escaped Ottawa with a split.
Dec 2. vs. Ottawa Gee-Gees W, 77-74: 31 points (6/11 FG, 2/2 3FG, 7/8 FT) 4 rebounds
Dec 3. vs.Carleton Ravens L, 84-68: 10 Points (4/11 FG, 0/1 3-FG, 2/3 FT) 7 rebounds, 3 assists
Mike Hull – Laurentian Voyageurs – OUA
After a few mediocre performances the Voyageurs big men put forth two solid outings unfortunately it didn’t translate into wins.
Dec 2. vs. Guelph Gryphons L, 76-79: 21 points (9/14 FG, 0/1 3FG, 3/5 FT) 9 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks
Dec 3. vs. Lakehead Thunderwolves L, 95-99: 18 Points (7/18 FG, 4/4 FT) 8 rebounds
Mark Gibson – Brock Badgers – OUA
Two strong double-doubles for Gibson, a fourth-year Toronto native forward. The Badgers will need more contributions like these to ensure that they remain at top of the standings.
Dec 2. vs. Ryerson Rams L, 84-60: 15 points (6/11 FG, 3/7 FT) 11 rebounds, 2 assists
Dec 3. vs.Toronto Blues W, 95-55: 20 Points (9/15 FG, 2/2 FT) 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Jahmal Jones – Ryerson Rams – OUA
Jones has to be in the conversation for Top 10 point guards in the league. Dished out 11 helpers as the Rams upset the Badgers.
Dec 2. vs. Brock Badgers W, 84-60: 11 points (6/11 FG, 3/7 FT) 6 rebounds, 11 assists
Dec 3. vs.McMaster L, 73-86: 15 Points (9/15 FG, 2/2 FT) 6 rebounds, 8 assists
Lien Phillip – Windsor Lancers – OUA
The competition wasn’t all that last week, limiting his output, still Phillip managed to have his third straight game with 12 or more rebounds.
Dec 2. vs. RMC Paladins W, 89-51: 9 points (4/10 FG, 0/2 3FG, 1/2 FT) 12 rebounds
Dec 3. vs.Queens Golden Gaels W, 74-56: 17 Points (8/12 FG, 0/1 3-FG, 1/2 FT) 14 rebounds
Ryan Barbeau – Western Mustangs – OUA
Barbeau poured in six three-pointers on his way to scoring his 1000th career point.
Dec 2. vs.Queens Golden Gaels W, 85-64: 32 Points (10/17 FG, 6/7 3-FG, 6/7 FT) 6 assists, 3 steals
Dec 3. vs. RMC Paladins W, 89-51: DNP
Dave Smart steps down as Carleton men’s head coach after 14 national titles
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.”
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.
“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.
Kadre Gray wins second consecutive U Sports MVP
Laurentian guard Kadre Gray took his game to another level this season.
That’s saying something.
A year ago, Gray was the top Canadian university male athlete in any sport, the first Laurentian student to win the honour.
He led the country in assists, narrowly missed a scoring title, and — perhaps by default — also won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as men’s basketball player of the year.
“Kadre’s work ethic continues to shine bright,” said Laurentian head coach Shawn Swords in a statement.
“He is always looking for ways to improve and refine all aspects of the game.”
If there was any doubt, Gray stifled it in his junior season.
He averaged 31 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game en route to his second consecutive Moser trophy.
“It’s an amazing accomplishment to do it once,” said Swords.
“And now, to be named MVP twice, is truly a testament to his willingness to learn and improve.
“The Kadre effect has spread throughout our community as well. It is great to see him support our local youth and realize the positive impact he has on everyone.”
Gray received the 2019 Moser trophy Thursday at a gala in Halifax, N.S., ahead of the U Sports Men’s Final 8 tournament.
University of Calgary guard Mambi Diawara, Concordia guard Ricardo Monge and St. Mary’s University guard Kemar Alleyne were also finalists for the award.
Gray was simply a cut above. He posted gaudy stats with notable efficiency, shooting 48.8 per cent from the floor.
He was also a First Team All-Canadian and played with Canada’s national team in FIBA World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers against Venezuela and Brazil.
Gray was the only U Sports player to participate in the qualifiers.
Other award winners:
Rookie of the Year (Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy): Alix Lochard, UQAM.
Ken Shields Award for Student-Athlete Community Service: Tanner Graham, Queen’s.
Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Anderson, Carleton.
Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year): Dan Vanhooren, Calgary.
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