Jr. Dinos Christmas Clinic 2005

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:22 am

The Jr. Dinos will once again be hosting a Christmas Clinic from December 27-29 at the University of Calgary for all of those interested. The clinic hours are:

December 27: 10:30am – 3:30pm
December 28: 10:30am – 1:00pm (Game Day)
December 29: 10:30am – 3:30pm

The cost of the three day clinic will be $100 while it will cost any Jr. Dino Club member from last season only $50. All clinic participants are responsible for their own lunches and snacks, and the campus food court is NOT open during the Christmas Holidays.

The camp will involve skill sessions including shooting, passing, rebounding, and overall offensive and defensive principles. Other features include prizes for the Top Perimeter Player, the Top Post Player, Best Defender, 1-on-1 Champion, and the Dino Award for Best player at the Camp.

To register, please email Jr. Dinos General Manager Matt Skinn at mjskinn@ucalgary.ca with the following information:

Jr. Dinos Member:

You can also call 403 220 3453 with any inquiries, and to register over the phone for the camp. You can also send the information to:

Matt Skinn
Dinos Basketball Office
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, AB
T2N 1N7.

Stay posted to www.dinosbasketball.com/juniordinos for upcoming information!

Dinos suffer tough loss to UBC

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:52 am

British Columbia 96 – Calgary 63

The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds completed a weekend sweep of the University of Calgary Dinos with a 96-63 win Saturday evening. After trailing 39-38 after twenty minutes, UBC took control early in the second half pulling away in the contest leading 53-44 with 15 minutes remaining and outscored their opponents 58-24 in the second half.

Unlike last evening when Pasha Bains controlled the game scoring 41 points, the Thunderbirds used a balanced attack Saturday evening with four starters hitting for double figures. Bains, Ryder McKeown and Jason Birring all had 20 points the Thunderbirds with Casey Archibald
adding 17. Archibald also hauled down ten rebounds and recorded eight assists.

Chris Wright led Calgary scorers with 20 points, 17 of which came in the opening half and rookie Ross Bekkering added a dozen.

UBC shot an impressive 44% from the field as compared to just 28 % for their opponents. In the second half UBC limited Calgary to 7-for-35 from the field while going 16-for-38 themselves.

The Thunderbirds also dominated on the glass hauling down 60 rebounds as compared to 45 for the Dinos with Bains and McKeown each recording 13 boards.

Wright paced Calgary with 10 rebounds who are 0-2 in Conference play while UBC is unbeaten in three games.

The Dinos next action sees them traveling to TCU and Southern Mississippi.

Dinos Drop Opener

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:50 am

UBC 97 – Calgary 89

The visiting UBC T-Birds shot the lights out in the Jack Simpson Gym Friday night. The ‘Birds were 59% from the field, and a sizzling 63% (12/19) from 3 pt. range. Pasha Bains, the 5th year transfer from Simon Fraser was 15/22 and notched 41 pts. on the game.

UBC burst from the gate and scored the first 10 pts. and held a 30-13 lead midway through the half. The Dinos steadied themselves with better defence and some inside scoring to narrow the gap to 40-31 at the half. Calgary, led by some sharp-shooting from Whit Hornsberger, who finished with 25 for the game, tied it at 58, and again at 73, but could never get in front of the visitors.

Bains and Jordan Yu, who had 17 pts. off the bench, hit timely shots to finish off Calgary, as the Dinos missed key free throws in the final 7 minutes. Rookie post player Ross Bekkering had a strong game for the Dinos in scoring 22 and snaring 7 rebounds to lead both teams. Calgary was 33/66 from the field, but only 7/21 from 3 pt. range.

The teams go at it again at 8:00 Saturday night at ‘The Jack”.


Dino of the Week, October 17, 2005

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:51 am

Cody Darrah is the Dino of the Week for October 17, 2005.

After sitting out for one season in order to transfer to the University of Calgary, Cody was thrust into the position of point guard for the Dinos due to injuries to both Whit Hornsberger and Josh Feist. Cody showed no signs of rust, and showed leadership and savvy in leading the Dinos to a 2-1 weekend record.

Against Cape Breton, Cody handled full court pressure for most of the game and finished with a team high 19 points, while adding 10 assists and 4 rebounds in 36 minutes of action. In the Saint Mary’s game, Cody once again displayed his all court game and shooting ability scoring 14 points, adding 7 assists and 3 rebounds to lead the Dinos to victory. Finally, against Acadia and despite of foul trouble early in the first half, Cody scored a team high 23 points, added 7 assists and 4 rebounds in 26 minutes of action helping to spur the team on to its 89-88 victory.

Next up for the Dinos are the McMaster Marauders and the Brock Badgers this weekend in Ontario.

Dinos Head to Ontario

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:42 am

After a successful weekend visit to the Maritimes, the Calgary Dinos once again hit the road this weekend to play OUA powerhouses Brock and McMaster. The team leaves Thursday for its games on Friday in St. Catharines, ON, and Saturday in Hamilton, ON.

The Dinos hope to return to full strength this weekend after playing last weekend without point guards Whit Hornsberger and Josh Feist, and without big man Sonny Khangura. Currently, Whit is nursing a strained hamstring, while both Josh and Sonny have ankle injuries. Despite the injuries, the Dinos played well in Nova Scotia finishing 2-1 losing to Cape Breton University, while defeating both Saint Mary’s and Acadia.

In Brock, the Dinos will be facing a team that reached the National Semi-finals just a year ago. The Badgers are led by the National Player of the Year, Kevin Steinstra, a 6’7″, 250 pound post player. Last year, Kevin averaged 19.00 ppg and 9.73 rpg to earn First team All-Canadian, OUA Player of the Year and CIS Player of the Year. The Badgers also have one of the best point guards in the country in Brad Rootes who is a savvy court leader, and a great outside shooter. Despite the losses of starters Morgan Fairweather, Kevin French, and Dustin Bianchin as well as post player Bronko Miscovic, the Badgers will once again be a force in the OUA.

As for the McMaster Marauders, this year marks the return of star guard Ben Katz. Katz missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury. Last year also marked the first time in many years that the Marauders did not make the National tournament. The Marauders display one of the quicker back courts in Canada with Justin Gunter and Martin Ajayi, as well as powerful post player Adam Steiner. The Marauders will be a tough test for the Dinos as the start of the Canada West season is quickly approaching.

Game times at St. Catharines and Hamilton are 7pm on Friday October 21, and Saturday, October 22. The Dinos open up the regular season next weekend at home against the UBC Thunderbirds.


Bekkering Makes Shot at Buzzer, Dinos Down Acadia

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 11:54 am

Calgary Dinos 89 Acadia Axemen 88

The Dinos were victorious with a last second 3 point shot by Ross Bekkering at the buzzer. Chris Wright led the scoring with 26 points and 8 rebounds; Cody Darrah had 23 points and 7 assists; Brian Finnis playing at his old school of Acadia netted 15 points while Ross Bekkering contributed 11 points–7 in the last 2 minutes–and 1 blocked shot.

The Dinos came back from a 39 – 33 deficit at the half and were trailing by 2 with 19 seconds left. Bekkering wound up and clinched the game with a long 3 pointer.

The Dinos finish the Maritime road trip 2 and 1. They return to Calgary on Monday and then head east next weekend to play Brock and McMaster.

Dinos Earn Win at SMU

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 11:52 am

Calgary Dinos 85 St. Mary’s Huskies 77

The Dinos had a hard working second game in Halifax. They dominated in the second half with good defense and won the half by seven.

Brian Finnis was high scorer with 20 points and 6 rebounds; Chris Wright contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds; while Dalbir Dosanjh added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Plagued with injuries, the Dinos have only 9 players traveling on this exhibition series. Josh Feist, Whit Hornsberger, and Sonny Khangura did not make the trip.

The third game in this series will be played in Wolfville against the Acadia Axemen on Sunday at 1:00 ADT

Dinos Open Season at CBU

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 11:51 am

Cape Breton Capers 81 Calgary Dinos 77

In the first game of their exhibition series in the Maritimes, the Dinos were down 9 in the middle of the second half. With a solid effort they rallied to take the lead by 3. With a couple of big hoops from the Capers and poor free throw attempts by the Dinos, they lost 81 – 77.

Chris Wright led the Dinos with 17; Cody Darrah netted 16 with 5 assists; and Robbie Sihota added 14. Score at the half was 41 – 39 for the Capers.

The Dinos drive back to Antigonish tonight and then are on the road tomorrow to Halifax where they play St. Mary’s at 7:00 p.m. EDT.


Habitat for Humanity 2005

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:03 am

Click Here! to check out a picture of the 2005-2006 Edition of the University of Calgary Men’s Basketball team helping out at Habitat for Humanity!


Dinos Email Updates

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 11:03 am

Our e-mail news files were lost in a tragic computer crash recently, and , if you wish to be included in our 2005-06 news list, we would ask you to send your e-mail address to … waynet5@shaw.ca.

If you are on this list you will receive same-day bulletins of game scores and Dinos News. Follow the Dinos through the upcoming season by registering yor e-mail with us now.

Wayne Thomas
Assistant Coach

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