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X-Men route stingers earn second straight shoveller championship, Konchalski nears 800 wins



In a battle of two Top 10 teams the ST.FX X-Men used a well balanced attack to defeat the Concordia Stingers 94-78 and earn their second-straight Rod Shoveller Memorial championship.

The small Antigonish school led 18-16 after the first quarter and broke-open a tight game by outscoring Concordia 33-19 after a long 20 minute delay (lights/electrical) in the second quarter and went to the locker room comfortably ahead at 51-35.

The Stingers struggled with the X-Men’s pressure and trailed by 19 points in the third-quarter before using a 7-0 run in the final period to cut the margin to single digits with 3:00 minutes left at 85-76.

High flyer Terry Thomas threw down three absurd dunks to fire-up the X crowd and was active on the glass with 24 points and 14 rebounds.

Will Donkoh torched the Stingers with 22 points and Shane Coupland added 20 for the X-Men.

The Stingers offense was led by Kyle Desmarais with 21 points highlighted by two spectacular dunks, a backdoor alley-oop and a one hand flush in transition. Evens Laroche had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Bol Kong returned to action after sitting out the semi-final game, the coaching staff is monitoring his progress slowly. Kong picked his spots and finished with 9 points, all coming in the second-half. He added 3 assists and was in the mix on the boards.

X-Men are now 15-0 and will resume conference play on Jan 6/7 at the Oland Center against the UNB Varsity Reds.

Concordia finishes the tournament with a 2-1 record and will resume RSEQ league play on the road against UQAM on January 4th.

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2011 Shoveller Tournament All-Stars
Warren Ward (Ottawa)
Will Donkoh (StFX)
Kyle Desmarais (Concordia)
Manok Lual (UPEI)
Ritchie Kanza Mata (DAL)

Thursday, December 29
UPEI 78 vs. ACA 64
StFX 74 vs. Ottawa 71
DAL 114 vs. RMC 50
Concordia 90 vs. SMU 87

Friday, December 30
Ottawa 76 vs. ACA 73
SMU 96 vs. RMC 45
StFX 78 vs. UPEI 69
Concordia 79 vs. DAL 75

Saturday, December 31
ACA 115 vs. RMC 27
Ottawa 92 vs. SMU 80
StFX 94 vs. Concordia 74 (Championship game)
DAL 74 vs. UPEI 66 (Bronze medal game)

Game Notes
ST.FX Head Coach Steve Konchalski earned his 799 career victory and is closing in on 800 wins. Konchalski surpassed Jerry Hemmings with 736 wins in November 2009 to become all-time leader. By comparison the other Coach K, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, became the NCAA’s all-time leader with 903 victories when he surpassed his mentor Bob Knight.

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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.”

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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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