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

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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)

Results:
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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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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