11/30/2005

Dinos Defense Staggers, Horns Shoot Lights Out

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 12:30 am

Lethbridge Pronghorns 111 Calgary Dinos 74

Lethbridge was up 61 – 35 at the half.

The Dinos were blitzed by the Pronghorns fast break that ran past Calgary defenders for 61 points in the first half.

The second half saw little improvement as Lethbridge scored another 50. The Dinos porous defense allowed 11 Pronghorn 3-pointers and 3 players over 20 points for the game.

Calgary high scorers were Chris Wright with 15 and Brian Finnis with 13.

Next Dinos games at home against the Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4. Both games are at 2:00 p.m.

Dinos Look Strong, Beat Pronghorns at Home

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 12:29 am

Calgary Dinos 96 Lethbridge Pronghorns 80

Friday, Nov. 25

The Calgary Dinos big men came to play Friday night as the home-standing Dinos wore down the fast paced Pronghorns in an entertaining Canada West tilt at ‘The Jack’. Chris Wright led the points parade with 28, often against double team pressure. ‘CW’ also marked two
assists to his post partners.

Ross Bekkering, matched up against his older cousin Matt, was the dominant force on the boards for the Dinos in snaring 13 rebounds and blocking 3 shots. Ross also tallied 17 pts. for his finest performance of the season, thus far. Point guards Cody Darrah, who shot well (6/9 for 15 points) and Josh Feist ( 17 pts., 7 asst., 4 steals) also helped provide the spark for a late Dinos run in the second half.

The Calgary lead of 53-42 at half-time was down to 5 with 7 minutes left but a 12-2 run put Calgary in the clear. Lethbridge had Todd McLenaghan with 20 pts. and Scott MacKinnon with 22.

The teams travel to Lethbridge today for the 2nd of the home and home series 8:30 at the ‘Pit’ in Lethbridge.

Dinos To Face Pronghorns in Two Key Mountain Division Games

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 12:27 am

The Lethbridge Pronghorns are in town Friday night for the first of two weekend games with the Dinos. Calgary ( 1-5 in league play) travels to Lethbridge on Saturday in a rare home and home weekend set.

Lethbridge is 1-3 in Canada West play and look to be shaping up as Calgary’s competition for the 3rd play-off spot in the Mountain Division. If either team is to catch Saskatchewan or Alberta, they need to turn things around quickly.

The ‘Horns are led by high scoring 6th man Matthew Bekkering, who has been deadly from 3 pt. range in the early season. Their other scoring threats are wing Tim Whitehead, and guard -forward Scott McKinnon. Lethbridge like to speed up the pace on offense, and will play a
pressure 2-3 zone at the defensive end.

The Dinos are without guard Whit Hornsberger, who has decided his injuries are too much to handle the strain of practice and games, and is no longer with the team. The point guard duties are in the hands of Cody Darrah and Josh Feist. The scoring has been stepped up by
Brian Finniss and Lindsay Thouret, and, as usual, Calgary will look to Chris Wright to play a big role on the inside.

Dinos Fall To Bisons

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 12:25 am

Manitoba Bisons 96 Calgary Dinos 80

The defensive woes continued for the Dinos as they were drubbed 96 – 80 by the Manitoba Bisons. Calgary trailed 49 – 37 at the half and were in foul trouble for most of the game.

Calgary top scorer was Brian Finnis with 20. Chris Wright had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The Dinos return home for a single home game Friday November 25 against the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

11/16/2005

Dinos to Face Bisons on the Road in Conference Play

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:37 am

The traveling hoop show known as the Calgary Dinos takes to the road ( actually, the skies) again this week to face the University of Manitoba Bisons in Winnipeg. Both teams are winless in Canada West action thus far, and the Bisons will be hoping home court will give them an advantage.

The Dinos are trailing in the standings, but we are all aware that 16 games remain, and an 0-4 record can be turned around with a concerted effort by every team member. This past weekend saw some very positive signs for the Dinos:

– Ross Bekkering continues to show signs that he is a threat on a night to night basis in Canada West. His athleticism and activity on the boards will carry him through his rookie campaign.

– There is no real answer to Chris Wright in the post or when he has it going from the perimeter.

– Josh Feist continues to progress as he gets into the flow after missing early season action during injury.

– Sonny Khangura’s addition to the Dino lineup should bolster a somewhat thin front court.

The team hopes that a solid week of practice will help them as they travel once again to Winnipeg for two crucial conference games.

Dino of the Week – November 14, 2005

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:31 am

After two courageous performances on the road against arch Alberta Golden Bears, Chris Wright is the Dino of the Week.

Despite only playing 8 minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, CW had a terrific second half and overtime for the Dinos. Although the outcome was not in their favour (90-88 OT loss), the Dinos repeated went to CW down the stretch, and he came through. After going 0-1 from the floor in the first half, Chris finished 7-14 from the floor, 1-3 from 3pt. range, and 7-9 from the line to finish with 22 points in 32 minutes of action including a key three, and a monstrous dunk on Golden Bear Dean Whalen in the dying minutes of the game. Chris was also a monster on the boards grabbing a game high 14 rebounds.

The second game seemed eeringly similar to the first game, with Chris playing limited minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. Once he re-entered the game, Chris played very well scoring 14 points in only 21 minutes of action which included scoring 7 of 9 from the floor. Chris also grabbed 7 rebounds in the Dino loss.

The Dinos play at the University of Manitoba against the Bisons in two early season must win games.

11/9/2005

Dinos Face Two Big Early Season Games

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 11:45 am

It may be a bit early to characterize this week’s games with U of A as ‘must win’, but the two matches in Edmonton are, indeed, huge for both the Dinos and the Bears. Calgary (0-2) and Alberta (1-3) are both looking to get on track after a slow start.

The Dinos, who travelled to the Southern U.S. for two exhibition games last weekend, must now focus on their arch-rival, and try and even their league record with a pair of wins. Calgary must become more efficient on offense, and the team knows they need to cut down on costly turnovers. The defensive keys will be to limit Alberta’s 5th year post, Phil Sudol, and to stifle the 3 point shooting of Dean Whalen.

The Bears are strong in the post with 6’9″ Scott Gordon pairing with Sudol, and their back-court is led by 4th year point Tyson Jones. Alberta split with Lethbridge in Southern Alberta last weekend after losing two at home to Saskatchewan in week 1.

The Calgary line-up will be the same for the Bears series as we still await the return of Sonny Khangura, our 6’7″ , 270 lb post player, who is recovering from a severe ankle sprain. He is expected back for the games November 18 and 19 at the University of Manitoba.

Games are 8:15 both Friday and Saturday at the U of A gym.

11/1/2005

Dino of the Week, November 1, 2005

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:28 pm

Competing in his first regular season action in the Canada West Conference, Ross Bekkering is the Dino of the Week for November 1, 2005.

On Friday night, despite the 97-89 loss, Bekkering was the talk of the Dinos line-up. Showing his ability to rebound, score, and to handle the pressure himself bringing the ball up the floor, Ross was everywhere. Skying for rebounds, and hitting key jump shots, Ross finished the game 9-11 from the field for 22 points in only 25 minutes of action. Ross also finished 4-4 from the line, grabbed 8 rebounds, and added 1 block and 1 steal.

On Saturday night, Ross continued his strong play. Despite poor shooting from the floor, Ross made 8-11 free throws, and finished with 12 points in 26 minutes of action. Ross once again added 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block and 1 assist in an all around game.

This weekend, the Dinos continue to prep for Canada West League play when they travel to TCU and Southern Mississippi to play in two NCAA exhibition games.

Dinos Travel to USA for Exhibition Play

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 7:52 pm

An early season exhibition trip to Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas and Hattiesburg, Mississippi is on tap for the Calgary Dinos this coming weekend. The boys will play two NCAA Div. 1 opponents starting with Texas Christian University ( Fort Worth).

The purple clad ‘Horned Frogs’ are moving leagues this season. After having played in Conference USA with the likes of Louisvillle, Memphis, and Marquette, the ‘Frogs will switch to the Mountain West. The league includes Wyoming, New Mexico, BYU, UNLV, Utah, Colorado
State, San Diego State, and the Air Force Academy.

TCU had a strong season in 2004-05 with an 8-8 league record and went 21-14 overall. They had wins over Texas Tech, Marquette, Alabama-Birmingham, and Miami (Ohio). The Horned Frogs qualified for the NIT and advanced to the quarter-finals before losing to Maryland.

This year’s squad is without their high scorer Cory Santee, and their biggest 3 point threat, Marcus Shropshire, both of whom graduated last year. The press guide describes this years team as more physical and more inside oriented. TCU plays an up-tempo game, and the Dinos
will have to step up their defensive efforts to slow down this emerging team from Texas.

Game time is 2:30 pm in Fort Worth on Saturday, November 5.

The Second game will be the next afternoon in Hattiesburg, MS, which is 2 hours North of New Orleans, LA. The Dinos will have little rest between games, as they leave on Sunday morning, fly to New Orleans, then travel by road to Hattiesburg. The opponent will be the Universitry of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles of Conference USA.

The Eagles of 20004-05 were 11-17 overall and only 2-14 in their conference. Their last game of the season was a 66-64 home loss to TCU. The Dinos will be the first opponent of this 2005-06 season. This is one of two ‘warm-up’ games prior to their opening tournament in Alaska, the ‘Top of the World Classic’ in Fairbanks.

Southern Miss schedules in Football and other fall sports were effected by damage from Hurricane Katrina, but the campus is almost back to ‘normal’ and basketball will go as scheduled. The Eagles have only three returnees and will feature 3 freshmen including a 6’10”
Lithuanian centre, Donatas Visockis.

The Dinos will return home late Monday after travelling through Mississippi back to New Orleans.

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