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Old 08-03-2017, 02:07 PM   #501
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The CCAA will host its own men's and women's Final 8s next weekend with the men hosted by Prince Edward Island's Holland College and women in Edmonton's Northern Alberta IT (NAIT), starting next Thursday

MEN
1. Sheridan Bruins (OCAA champs)
2. Nomades de Montmorency (RSEQ champs)
3. Vancouver Island University Mariners (Pac West champs)
4. Holland Hurricanes (ACAA champs/hosts)
5. SAIT Trojans (ACAC champs)
6. George Brown Huskies (OCAA finalist)
7. Lethbridge Kodiaks (ACAC finalist)
8. Mount Allison Mounties (ACAA finalist)

All times Canada/US Atlantic Time
VIU Mariners vs. George Brown Huskies 1pm
Nomades de Montmorency vs. Lethbridge 3pm
Holland Hurricanes vs. SAIT Trojans 6pm
Sheridan Bruins vs. Mount Allison Mounties 8pm

http://ccaa.ca/sports/mbkb/2016-17/r...7_mbb_matchups

WOMEN
1. Humber Hawks (OCAA champs)
2. Nomades de Montmorency (RSEQ champs)
3. Lethbridge Kodiaks (ACAC champs)
4. Holland Hurricanes (ACAA champs)
5. Dawson College Blues (RSEQ finalist)
6. Douglas Royals (Pac West champs)
7. MSVU Mystics (ACAA finalist)
8. NAIT Ooks (host)

Lethbridge vs. Douglas
Montmorency vs. MSVU
Humber vs. NAIT
Holland vs. Dawson

http://ccaa.ca/sports/wbkb/2016-17/r...7_wbb_matchups

Tim Micallef and Arash Madani will cover the men's and women's CIS Final 8s this upcoming weekend on Sportsnet 360 up in Canada.

Dalhousie and St. Mary's repping for Halifax this weekend starting Thursday night:
https://www.localxpress.ca/local-spo...final-8-553063
https://www.dal.ca/news/2017/02/28/d...source=twitter

Manitoba Bisons ready for McGill Thursday in Halifax:
http://www.cjob.com/2017/03/06/bison...DaHK-k.twitter
http://globalnews.ca/news/3291564/ma...ns-basketball/

Still very capable of winning and defending its 12th W. P. McGee Trophy despite being a #2 seed in Halifax:
http://ottawacitizen.com/sports/loca...ght-in-halifax
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Old 09-03-2017, 04:45 AM   #502
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My predictions

QUARTERFINALS
Carleton over Calgary
McGill over Manitoba
Ryerson over St. Mary's
Dalhousie over Alberta

NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
Carleton over McGill
Ryerson over Dalhousie

CLASSIFICATION ROUND
Calgary over Alberta
St. Mary's over Manitoba

5th PLACE
Calgary over St. Mary's

W. P. McGEE TROPHY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Carleton over Ryerson

When the Brock Badgers got snubbed in favo(u)r (as predicted) of the Calgary Dinos this past weekend by a committee made of CIS basketball coaches fro schools that didn't even make the Final 8. Even when the Badgers upset Ottawa for bronze last weekend. This piece offers theories why, but this should serve as another call for an expanded field:
http://www.brockpress.com/2017/03/br...final-8-berth/

Local basketball columnist in Halifax Chris Cocherane who also covers the NBL Canada's Halifax Hurricanes says the Carleton Ravens spectre/mystique in Halifax remains very strong as the team to be beat. But adds don't forget the pair of entertaining Halifax-based AUS schools in this. Goes on to say local fans are hungry for Final 8 basketball back in Halifax with strong ticket sales at the Halifax Scotiabank Metro Centre:
https://www.localxpress.ca/local-spo...halifax-555109

What's Halifax's own Saint Mary's reward for making it to the Final 8 in its backyard out of the AUS? Facing a very fine, athletic, long, and tough #1 seed Ryerson team that likes to shoot 3s in the QF. But the Huskies and its coach Jonah Taussig embrace the longshot underdog role Thursday night:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...bzR9-I.twitter
https://www.localxpress.ca/local-spo...final-8-555389

Another albeit briefer look into the Final 8 quarterfinals and into the snubbing of Brock a bit. Just as much, there's some talk again about whether or not to expand the field to 10+ in the face of all the internal and external challenges the CIS faces. May have to be cost-effective:
http://www.cisblog.ca/2017/03/basket...cgill-1-2.html

CIS' preview of the 8 teams in the Final 8 Nationals in Halifax with the schedules as #2 seed Carleton Ravens seek its 7th consecutive W.P. McGee Trophy and Saskatchewan aiming for its second consecutive Bronze Baby. Notice there's no fan practices this year. Livestreaming of all games in both the men's and women's Final 8s will be made available on TV1 for the men and U Sports Live for the women, respectively:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...leases/preview
http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...leases/preview
WOMEN'S FINAL 8/8 ULTIME Predictions in Victoria, British Columbia

QUARTERFINALS
Queen's over Cape Breton
Saskatchewan over Laval
McGill over Regina
Carleton over Victoria

SEMIFINALS
Saskatchewan over Queen's
McGill over Carleton

BRONZE BABY FINAL
Saskatchewan over McGill
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Old 30-03-2017, 12:46 PM   #503
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As we're getting into and heavily focused on the NCAA men's and women's tournament finals (at all 3 levels), the NIT, CBI, CollegeInsider Tournament, WNIT, and the WBI in the USA in the days ahead as we end March (no doubt they're HUGE deals here), time now to eagerly see what happened with the national college basketball tournaments that completed the 2016-17 CIS basketball season north of my border up in Canada that occurred earlier this month in Halifax, Victoria, Edmonton, and Prince Edward Island.

Back to Atlantic Canada in Halifax, where the appeal of national CIS basketball is apparently greatly appreciated than where it was last year at the other end of the nation in Vancouver. There that region's two teams in it--Dalhousie and St. Mary's--did well in the early going, much to the happiness of the Halifax natives AND boost the Halifax Scotiabank Metro Centre's attendance at the home of both the defending NBL Canada champs Halifax Hurricanes and the Subway AUS basketball tournaments. But with only one going deeper. Big story was, as always will Carleton, rebounding after another OUA Wilson Cup loss to Ryerson, carry on with another title with Dave Smart back as head coach, extending their Halifax Finals 8 winning streak? Will anybody beat the Ravens? Could it be the highly-regarded Ryerson Rams from Toronto with Roy Rana that just won the OUA Wilson Cup? Could hometown players DAL shock Canada and ultimately beat Carleton? Will McGill, banging on the door, finally get a breakthrough for Quebec? What about Calgary, Manitoba, and Alberta from Canada West? Let's find out...

Carleton's 5th year senior Connor Wood wins the CIS Men's Basketball Player of the Year Award in Halifax to add to his OUA Player of the Year award. Also winners during the All-Canadian Awards Gala were Ottawa guard Caleb Agada, Defensive Player of the Year; Laurentian guard Kadre Gray for the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (Rookie of the Year); Carleton’s Dave Smart as Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year); and Dalhousie foward Kashrell Lawrence for the Ken Shields Award (Student-Athlete Community Service):
http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...eleases/awards

Carleton Ravens and Calgary Dinos squared off in the first quarterfinal that Thursday afternoon in what was essentially a rematch of last year's W.P. McGee Trophy National Championship Game in Vancouver at Canada's west coast. Same as it ever was back then, the Ravens utilized their size inside to out-rebound and out-muscle the Calgary Dinos 85-69 while having three players each scoring 16 points:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/qf1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycT4Mkpzito

Montreal's McGill now getting really the hang of the Final 8s beating the normally offensive-minded Manitoba 63-53 in a tightly-fought second quarterfinal contest to advance to face the dreaded Carleton Ravens in the national semifinals by winning the glass cleaning and successfully guarding the 3-point line:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/qf2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VscbYl_okuE

Here's where the local Scotiabank Metro Centre attendance starts to come to play in a star-studded game. Bad news here is that things didn't work during the evening session with Toronto's all-powerful #1 Ryerson Rams and their explosive backcourt actually had to hold off a furious #8 St. Mary's Huskies late rally with hopes of the Halifax fans to rally around. Only to fall short 79-70, sealed in victory on the strength of six straight points from Ryerson guard Adika Peter-McNeilly:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/qf3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_blTQEP3XU

Halifax and the AUS did get some joy at the end that night with the bigger faves in the field with 3X AUS champs #5 Dalhousie winning--in front of a bigger crowd with yellow thundersticks banging and a loud student section--in a even closer game that was decided by some Tigers hustle plays/defensive efforts, big shots, and a last-second shot over the Canada West champs #4 Alberta 67-66 with Kashrell Lawrence and Ritchie Kaza Mata doin' it well and putting them on their backs for DAL against the likes of Alberta's Mamadou Gueye, Brody Clarke, Lyndon Annetts, and Austin Waddoups. Scotiabank Metro Centre exploded on this. Saw this game live on Bell's TV1:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/qf4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSOF9Hhqxe4

So my quarterfinals predictions here came as expected and as picked! That was easy.

Calgary's Thomas Cooper scores 30 points and grab 11 rebounds as the Dinos lead past Manitoba in a another Canada West matchup (though neither hoped to be here at this stage) during the first consolation semifinal the next day 92-84 for the right to play for 5th place and send the Manitoba Bisons back home to Winnipeg:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...eleases/conso1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPaDl2bRf5k

St. Mary's Huskies and Marquis Clayton's inspired play sent another prominent Canada West team back to the region in Canada West tournament champs Alberta in the second classification semifinal with a second half surge 98-93 in OT in what surely seals an ultimately disappointing end for the Golden Bears and for Canada West:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...eleases/conso2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnxlzlkf7Lg

No major glory forthcoming for Montreal's own McGill, finally with a breakthrough to advance, with hopes of nabbing one of the biggest upset in CIS basketball history. Carleton saw to that and keeps its Halifax Final 8 win streak alive with another display of that vaunted and feared firm Ravens defense 74-58 in the first semifinal Saturday night for another bid at keeping its national crown and add a 12th title (national semis and final come from Rogers SportsNet 360):
http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/sf1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tblGSWCnaj4

A thriller and instant classic semifinal between Toronto and Halifax represented to close out Saturday night. Ryerson and DAL. The Tigers got pumped after that big "home" win last night on Alberta. Could that success rabbit might come out of Dalhousie's magic hat again Saturday night from Lawrence and Kanza Mata to the delight of the hometown fans? Nope. Heartbreakingly close. 59-58:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/sf2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ESqfW4TqfQ

Not a game both teams prefer but there's pride at stake and hope to build upon for next season. Calgary goes back home claiming 5th place consolation final blow past beating the other local Halifax team St. Mary's and Marquis Clayton with a 3rd quarter surge 96-65. Clayton's final CIS game had 18 points in his hometown:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/5th
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdSuogzo6T4

27 4th quarter points was all that was needed to get the Dalhousie Tigers over that very tough loss the previous night to Ryerson and finally earn their first-ever national basketball hardware with bronze to cap off its best-ever season and being great hosts. McGill wished they were playing the final too. But it was the Tigers' day 69-63 with Sven Stammberger getting 20 points:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...eleases/bronze
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2e_DpI-BBs

That anticipated all-Ontario championship game and OUA Wilson Cup rematch that CIS basketball followers hoped for with Toronto, the Ontario provincial capital and Canada's biggest city, and the Canadian capital Ottawa going at it once more. Hoping for something completely different? Prepare for an major disappointment if that's what you were seeking in Halifax. The Carleton Ravens always shine on the big stage and got their revenge or redemption if you prefer for losing their second consecutive OUA Wilson Cup championship game for the Ravens' 7th title in a row and its 12th W.P. McGee Trophy alltime 78-69 to close out the season. Never trailed in this game even when uncharacteristically turning the ball over in the first quarter and showing Ryerson they got some ways to go following its championship debut (also contains starting at 1:00 on the YouTube link the women's Bronze Baby Championship report from Victoria. More on that later):
http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...releases/final
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puPkwHlV-ts
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Old 31-03-2017, 11:43 AM   #504
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So far I must say that I was pleased with my men's Final 8 predictions in Halifax. Didn't get into the classification and bronze medal predictions partly because I didn't take the time to study a bit more on the losing teams I predicted against each other. Teams were so evenly matched. For bronze, I predicted Dalhousie will finally gain some basketball silverware in the school's history being at home in Halifax to propel them over McGill. So here you go...

BRONZE MEDAL GAME
Dalhousie over McGill

Uh, as for my Bronze Baby predictions, things turned really bad and messed up when the defending champions Saskatchewan Huskies got defeated in Victoria by Laval. When you reflect on the 8-team field, it was a lot more unpredictable and wide open than the men. I knew Victoria wasn't going to advance as the weakest team in the group. But will the Bronze Baby stay in Canada West or return to Ontario with Carleton acting as the #1 seed for the first time ever or Queen's? McGill had a breakthrough in Quebec City two years ago. What will they do here?

The Cape Breton Capers gave the Queen's Gaels from Kingston, Ontario all they can handle until Queen's roared back in the 4th for the first quarterfinal win 60-51. Shooting was an issue for them:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/qf1

I should've realized Saskatchewan was without some key players from last season due to graduation--and that youth was going to cost the Huskies despite its #2 seed behind the Carleton Ravens. #7 Laval from Quebec City, the best team record-wise in RSEQ, was still fuming over that upset semifinal loss in Montreal's RSEQ Tournament to Concordia and took it out on the defending champs in a 10-point win by never relinquishing their lead all game. Should've realized this as the small Rouge Et Or were the #1 team in all of Canada for the majority of the season even with that seed. Striking a major blow for French-Canadian basketball:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/qf2

At least I was right in this quarterfinal stage with all but that one. McGill, another Quebec team hungry for that elusive national title after so many years of existence, knocks off the other Saskatchewan-based team from Canada West in the Regina Cougars 72-62 that was hard-fought on both sides. The Cougars refused to roll over and play dead for the Marlets:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/qf3

The Carleton women, no doubt inspired by the dominant men they live under the shadow of but making their own mark, had an early push from hosts Victoria but survived 77-66:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/qf4

Saskatchewan recovers to put away the Cape Breton Capers back to Nova Scotia and move towards the 5th place game in the consolation semifinals:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...eleases/conso1

Regina eliminates hosts Victoria, leaving them winless in a tough way to leave the tournament, in the other consolation semifinal and looks forward to another all-Saskatchewan women's basketball matchup for 5th. The Cougars put up 46 second half points in the CARSA. Too bad for fifth-year forward Jenna Bugiardini led the Vikes in scoring with 25 points and added six rebounds through 32 minutes and was also named Victoria’s Player of the Game. She leaves behind a big hole:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...eleases/conso2

Laval scores another blow for the French-Canadian basketball scene and making its first Bronze Baby final appearance in program history knocking off Queen's. Came out like a team possessed:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/sf1

A Carleton Ravens late 4th quarter push wasn't enough to win against McGill, thus ending any hope to emulate their basketball brothers in claiming their first Bronze Baby title (and ending Ontario's chances as a whole). Was able to shut down the Marlets in some ways but couldn't get the W. McGill was experienced and knows how to get to the final:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/sf2

Regina recovers 1st quarter deficit and presented to the now-former Bronze Baby champs Saskatchewan Huskies another valuable learning experience in claiming 5th place 79-76 during the all-Saskatchewan battle. Just a week before these same Huskies got the better of the Cougars for the Canada West title:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/5th

Another rematch for a conference title was for bronze with Carleton downing Queen's again just like a week prior in the OUA Critelli Cup Final as the champs of that to end things on a high note in Victoria for the Ravens:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...eleases/bronze

Would you believe that the Bronze Baby was going to make its way to Quebec regardless who wins this from McGill and Laval? It was Montreal vs. Quebec City. English ve. French. Nonetheless, this was an important point in the development of Quebec basketball. Amazing that McGill, with all those years of having basketball, never won one knocking on the door since 2014 while Laval is much younger with its program and being the best team for most of the season. McGill's experience powered a late rally for them using their size and rebounding skills to win 66-55:
http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...releases/final
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:25 AM   #505
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Oh wow. So the venerable New York Times sent David Waldstein, a former Mets and Yankees beat writer, up to Halifax to cover the CIS' Final 8 men's basketball tournament. Never mind if this is the first time the NYT covered this; the fact it did sent one coming from south of the border in covering this certainly means something to Canadians college sports fans. But if you were seeking analysis comparing the CIS basketball scene with the bigger and badder NCAA version south of the border, forget it. This is more in the realm of what's called a "human interest" story to introduce many Americans to it--plus it's honest. Few errors do exist--for example, there's 47 schools participating in CIS basketball out of the 56 members. Actually, it was even better than local newspapers using the Canadian Press or Postmedia feeds rather than sending a reporter on the ground covering the event, even when their hometown schools were competing. And that's saying something:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/s...ness.html?_r=0

And this is how the digital Local Xpress, a paper written by currently striking Halifax Chronicle-Herald reporters, covers how the New York Times' Waldstein got involved with the Final 8 up there. Waldstein notices the major difference laid on the 30-second shot clock up in Canada to the NCAA's 24-second (not long ago, the NCAA had a 35-second one) and how it reminds him of the Metro Atlantic Conference (MAAC) tournament:
https://www.localxpress.ca/local-spo...k-times-559134

If you've read and pay attention to this thread for a decade, you will know that the CIS basketball game is different than the NCAA's; it will never achieve multibillion dollar industry status. CIS' coaching, talent level, and facilities certainly is comparable to NCAA D1 mid-major conferences. There's plenty of room for improvement in the CIS and at least the talent gap isn't as wide across the Canadian conferences; there's no shame in supporting and learning about the Canadian college basketball scene. No need to compare it to the NCAA--that's in a different galaxy. Let's not forget the NCAA isn't exactly a corruption-free "paradise".

Local Express covers the Dalhousie Tigers closes a glorious era in a final curtain for Kashrell Lawrence, Ritchie Kanza Mata and Jarred Reid, all instrumental in three straight AUS titles for the Tigers along with Ryall Stroud, a senior transfer from Queen's, by winning its bronze against McGill at the Halifax ScotiaBank Metro Centre, roughly a mile from its campus:
https://www.localxpress.ca/local-spo...-redmen-559115

And when the Carleton Ravens won their 12th W.P. McGee title later that Sunday downing Ryerson:
https://www.localxpress.ca/local-spo...l-crown-559240
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CIS Canadian college basketball. Now on its 10th year here. Amazing how this garners some popularity here after a full decade. I do my bit to publicize the Canadian college game up there as much as I can--and I enjoy very much doing so!

Please don't forget the CCAA Final 8 that went on the following weekend from the bigger CIS versions. Didn't conduct predictions there because I don't know those schools as intimately enough. Some in the upper rankings are more successful than others. And unlike in the CIS game, multiple repeat champs hardly happen like Carleton in the men, and Windsor, UBC, and the since-departed Simon Fraser in the women.

First day of competition at Holland College in the quarterfinals saw Vancouver Island (VIU) knock off George Brown; the Nomades de Montmorency traded baskets with the Lethbridge Kodiaks in a tough game before the former came out on top; hosts Holland dispenses SAIT after initial struggles on both ends of the floor in the first half; and the Sheridan Bruins with Brian Owusu's 26 points and 7 rebounds convincingly defeat Mount Allison:
http://www.ccaa.ca/sports/mbkb/2016-...2017_mbb_day_1

Lethbridge Kodiaks win for the chance to get fifth place dominating on the disappointing George Brown Huskies with 37 points in the third quarter. After being behind in the majority of the first half, the SAIT Trojans fought with the lowest-seed Mount Allison Mounties in the second half for victory to get to 5th place. Up to the CCAA national semifinals, Montmorency displayed its solid defense and patient offense to win the day over the VIU Mariners. Holland may have blazed right from the start for their hometown fans, but Sheridan battles back like in the third quarter as both Montmorency and Sheridan face each other for tomorrow's championship. All on the second day:
http://www.ccaa.ca/sports/mbkb/2016-...2017_mbb_day_2

Unlike in the CIS, the classification losers get another game to avoid last place. That game saw George Brown, in its first CCAA Nationals appearance in 41 years, end on a winning note beating the now-winless Mount Allison Mounties for 7th place. Plus, there's bronze semifinals and not in single-elimination format form with losers tied for 5th. The Lethbridge Kodiaks couldn't contain Holland's force that was CCAA All-Canadian Trenity Burdine, much to the delight of the host's fans. Vancouver Island Mariners emerged out of a small deficit to halt the SAIT Trojans and its CCAA Player of the Year Usama Zaid. Hosts Holland ultimately later on in the day claimed bronze for the second consecutive time knocking off Vancouver Island for their fans, but Zaid didn't make things easy against the Hurricanes, who weathered the storm. But the national title belonged to the Nomades de Montmorency upsetting in a close game against the #1-ranked Sheridan Bruins--ruining a perfect season for them. Montmorency will host the men's national championship next year and gets to defend it on home court. Wouldn't rule it out then:
http://www.ccaa.ca/sports/mbkb/2016-...2017_mbb_day_3

Mount Allison hosts the 2018 CCAA Women's National Championship next March:
http://ccaa.ca/sports/wbkb/2016-17/r.../2018_WBB_host

But let's look back on this year's women's national championship up in Edmonton, the Alberta capital with three postsecondary schools I know of: Alberta, Grant MacEwen, and this year's hosts NAIT. Lethbridge onslaughts and cruises on poor 3rd seed Douglas. Cruising could also apply to the Nomades de Montmorency here too with their size and length in getting second and third chance points and their rebounding prowess on MVSU. Another top-seed CCAA school failed to win a championship, only at an earlier stage: 8th seed Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks displayed a "grim and consistent defensive effort" enacting a shocking upset win the undefeated #1 Humber Hawks from Toronto in a revenge for last season's national semis. Montreal's Dawson College impressed on Holland to cap the first day:
http://ccaa.ca/sports/wbkb/2016-17/r...2017_wbb_day_1

Three Mount Saint Vincent players--Rachel Beauchamp, Ellen Fallis and Sarah Jorgenson--had strong first half performances and were involves in launching a series of rallies in the second half beating Douglas. Top-seeded Humber picks up the pieces from that upset loss to stop Holland in the classification round. Lethbridge endured serious trouble from Les Nomades' length and size but fends them off well to victory for a trip to the championship. A lesser experienced Dawson team cans the NAIT Ooks' championship dream campaign:
http://ccaa.ca/sports/wbkb/2016-17/r...2017_wbb_day_2

Humber goes onto the bronze game with only Ceejay Nofuente and Mica Campbell-Johnson reached double scoring figures for the winners in the one-sided contest against Montmorency. Jordan Enns scores a last-second basket for the NAIT Ooks--even with Douglas still having time to heave a shot but harmlessly rattled out of the rim--and their bronze bid for another revenge match. MSVU finally wins 7th place to send Holland back to PEI. After being served up an upset from hosts NAIT Ooks in coming in as defending champs and undefeated, revenge was engrained in the Humber Hawks minds--and was more than ready with CCAA Player of the Year guard Ceejay Nofuente and her 31 points to deny the Ooks a medal. Lethbridge College from Southern Alberta capped an undefeated season that surely didn't suffer from a NAIT-like fate. The Kodiaks, and not to be confused with the Pronghorns in CW, had no issues versus Dawson College from Montreal:
http://ccaa.ca/sports/wbkb/2016-17/r...2017_wbb_day_3

So congrats to the Carleton Ravens, the McGill Marlets, Les Nomades de Montmorency, and the Lethbridge Kodiaks in winning their respective Canadian national championships this season!

A bomb got dropped as far as the OUA is concerned. Says that the OUA will move towards a two division format instead of the present four. Making it OUA West and OUA East. Where would the geographical dividing line in Ontario would be? Could it be London or the Niagara Region, perhaps? Surely the OUA schools from Toronto and Hamilton eastward will make the OUA East with the Ottawa schools and Queen's in Kingston and Nipissing up in North Bay. But things get uneven. Also, the playoffs would be within their divisions with one of the three OUA powerhouses--Carleton, Ottawa, and Ryerson very likely denied a spot in the Final 8 Nationals. Plus, the Final Four Wilson Cup format would get scrapped--and that, IMO, will be a serious step back for Canada's deepest basketball province and conference:
https://canhoopsca.wordpress.com/201...lite-programs/

Continuing in on this, there's been some talk from this division realignment of Ottawa possibly moving to the RSEQ and Ryerson even moving on to the NAIA or NCAA? If the Gee Gees move out to the Q, it will effectively scuttle the annual Capital Hoops Classic at the Canadian Tire Centre with Carleton. Not sure how the the RSEQ schools would react to having a powerhouse Ottawa in their conference (that includes lots of French-Canadian students attending there as well) from across the Hull River, despite a region that also includes Gatineau, Quebec. More next week.
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Old 19-05-2017, 04:33 AM   #507
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Tom Oliveri got sacked as York Lions head coach earlier this month. He took over when the great Bob Bain was nearing the end of his tenure and, during his one-year sabbatical at the time, Oliveri took charge. He did such a great job over a decade ago he was tipped as Bain's successor (a York link announcing this portion). A good guy BUT...you gotta recruit effectively AND win, especially when you're competing with Ryerson sitting as the class of not just Toronto OUA basketball but nationally and slightly better Toronto (to York). Given that York is such a plum job, so why not reel in someone from the best in Ryerson assistant Patrick Tatham? Roy Rana's right hand man showed he can run his own team almost two seasons ago with Rana on sabbatical. Tatham's gotta be high on the search list. Weird that there's no York press release announcing the firing. Just a deletion of his York online profile. Then again, firing is never an easy decision

Uhhh...according to a tweet from @SatbirSingh_ , Tatham moves further along the Golden Horseshoe to nearby Hamilton and will actually get to coach McMaster as previous coach Amos Connolly, who also endured recruiting issues, "re-assigned" to assistant or another capacity:
http://marauders.ca/news/2017/5/5/pa...ead-coach.aspx

Timing strikes as strange with York and McMaster played their final games a couple months ago. Why the delay and consequentially put the new coach behind the 8-ball in terms of recruiting? Makes no sense, especially with Connolly demoted. Whether a new person gets named right after the Final 8, or in May-July, you are putting the basketball team behind a "recruiting 8 ball" for several years probably. Coaches work on getting top notch guys well before Grade 12. Coaches are rarely ever the sole responsibility for the misfortunes of a basketball program, but it's much easier to ditch the coach than fix the organizational issues.

Then again, McMaster has been enduring some problems as of late with players making an exodus from the program and Connolly's recent recruits not turning out well results-wise. Causing major changes to be in store, leading to Tatham eventually taking over:
https://canhoopsca.wordpress.com/201...etball-active/


York Lions head coaching candidates from Canadian Hoops Talk posters "jspat" and "Bigsmoke", though Jeanty may not be interested:
Mike Degeorgio - Toronto
Aaron Blakely - Carleton
Osvaldo Gentry - Carelton
Mo Haidar - Western
Chris Cheng - Nippising
Jamie Campbell - Laurier
Muddy Trivedi, McGill
Borko Popic, Ryerson
Keith Vassell, Niagara College/Niagara River Rats

Just yesterday, Avery Johnson announces his Alabama Crimson Tide, including the 5th-best D1 recruiting class, will come to Montreal (McGill) and Ottawa (Carleton and Ottawa) this August:
http://www.cusn.ca/alabama-crimson-t...a-trip-august/

What's Ryerson has to do after its best season ever after falling short in a tough loss to the very good Carleton in Halifax considering the Rams beat the Ravens a week earlier again for the Wilson Cup. Without Peter-McNeilly and fellow starter Juwon Grannum as the toughest team for Carleton. And how it'll finally reach the summit in challenging the Ravens' national championship routine:
http://www.cusn.ca/carleton-beat-rye...moves-forward/
http://www.cusn.ca/carleton-dynasty-...ty-basketball/

Ottawa Gee Gees and head coach Jason Derouin get a very, very good transfer from McMaster in Connor Gilmore, ready to play in the 2018-19 season:
http://www.geegees.ca/en/sports/team...es-for-2018-19
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