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UNB’s Javon Masters wins 2014 CIS basketball scoring title (27.4) shatters AUS records in remarkable freshman season

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It’s not often that a freshman leads the league in scoring at any level, NBA, NCAA, High SChool or whatever other league out there, so when a rare accomplishment as such happens, its important to pause, reflect, acknowledge it and give it its proper “buzz”.

The 2013-14 CIS Men’s basketball regular season has finally come to a close across the country and for some this marks the end of their careers, for others it means post season and a chance at Final 8 berth. For Javon Masters, it means just the beginning of what could be the start of a memorable career in the East coast of Canada for the Waterloo, Ontario native. Masters became the first player in recent memory (10-plus years) to lead the country in scoring with an absurd 27.4 points per game and in the process he broke some interesting Atlantic (AUS) conference records while leading the UNB Varsity Reds  to the playoffs for just the second time in the last eight years.

Masters strong first-half play helped push the Varsity Reds into the CIS Top 10 Rankings for the first time in school history thanks to a 6-1 conference start. If it weren’t for UNB’s second-half struggles (4W- 9L)  we would not only be discussing the scoring title, but the potential of a freshman not only leading the league in scoring, but also being named freshman and player of the year — a feat even more rare than then the one mentioned above and perhaps one never accomplished in any other basketball league known to mankind, at least to my knowledge.

Master’s kicked off the AUS conference season by scoring 22 points against the Dalhousie Tigers and never looked back, ringing two 40-plus point games in the first month of his collegiate career including a career & season best 44-points (4 points shy of season-high 48 by Alex Ratte of Laurentian) off the bench on the UPEI Panthers. The freshman connected on 20-of-26 free-throw attempts tying the AUS record for attempts in a game.  The 6’3 guard followed that up with a 42-point outburst on the Acadia Axemen, 10 days later while getting to the line 18 times.

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Masters ability to get to to rim with his superior speed and size helped him shatter the AUS single season record for free-throw made and attempts, making an incredible 270 shots from the line while attempting 314 for a ridiculous averaging of 15 attempts per game.  Owen Klassen of Acadia currently sits second in free-throws made with 142 and far distant from Masters’ incrible accomplishment.

in 20 AUS conference games the freshman racked up a total of 547 points, coming 28 points short of the conference’s all-time record for total points scored in regular season, former St. Mary’s Huskies Joey Haywood (Vancouver, B.C) currently sits at the top with 575 points.

The Varsity Reds finished 5th in the AUS standings with a 10-10 conference record, and will travel to Halifax, Nova Scotia to face the St. Francis Xavier at Metro Centre where Masters’ will look to continue his tremendous season.
UNB and the X-Men split the regular season series at 1-1 with Masters’ scoring 23-points in each contest.

The official CIS scoring record is held by Calgary Dinos Boris Bakovic (2006-2012) with 2319 career points (regular season + playoffs) and at this pace and baring any injury Masters could very well be on his way to smashing the all-time record when its all said and done.

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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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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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