Playoff Showdown!!!

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 2:27 pm

Friday night in Lethbridge promises to be an emotion -packed game as Calgary and Lethbridge vie for a playoff spot in the Canada West Central Division. The Dinos have won 3 straight, and come into this crucial contest having improved to 7-9 with a noticeable improvementin play during the second half of the season.

The ‘Horns won last Saturday at home against Saskatchewan, and have usually had one strong game each weekend. Friday’s home court is big for Lethbridge, who will look to the athletic leadership of Tim Whitehead and the streaky scoring of Todd McLenaghan to topple the Dinos.

Calgary has been riding the broad shoulders of rookie post Ross Bekkering, who is now the 3rd best rebounder in Canada West. His partner at the starting post spot, 5th year scorer (15.9 ppg) Chris Wright will also have to pound the glass if Calgary is to defeat the speedy Pronghorns. Josh Feist, who had 39 pts. and 14 assists in two games at Kamloops last weekend, is showing his explosive form at just the right time. Brian Finniss had 20 pts. in each of the two games vs. Thompson Rivers, and is set to lead the Dinos at both ends of the floor.

Game time in Lethbridge is 8:15 on Friday.


Senior Night Saturday

Chris Wright is the lone senior graduate for the Dinos this Saturday at the Jack Simpson Gym, where he has thrilled Calgary hoops fans for the past 5 seasons. A 2001 graduate of William Aberhart High School in Calgary, where he won two Senior City Championships, Chris has been a force up front for the Dinos since his rookie season. The Canada West all-star post man has been one of the league’s top rebounders and scorers with his enthusiastic style of play.

Chris is the captain of this year’s team, and has worked hard to bring together a line-up featuring several rookies and transfers. Chris’ effort when playing with nagging injuries has been a great example to his teammates. Former teammates and Chris’ parents Allen and April Wright will join in celebrating a sparkling CIS career highlighted by a Canada West Championship and a trip to the National Semi-Final in March of 2004.

This Saturday’s game could mark Chris’ last at ‘The Jack’, unless Calgary can run the table and catch Alberta for second in the Division. Game time is 8:00 Saturday vs. Lethbridge.

Dinos Complete Sweep of TRU

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 2:23 pm

Dinos 98 Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack 85

The Dinos had 4 players in double figures with Brian Finnis leading the scoring with 20; Ross Bekkering with 18 points and 14 rebounds while Josh Feist added 17 points and 8 assists. The Dinos got consistent play from everyone having 4 players in double figures. Once again, the Dinos were able to push tempo allowing Josh Feist to play in his element, and capitlized on 16 TRU turnovers.

The Dinos shot 50% from the floor and had 27 of 37 free throws for 73%.

They are now at 7 wins and 9 losses in league play.

The Dinos will play a home and away series against the University of Lethbridge that will most likely decide the last playoff spot in the Mountain Division of Canada West.


Dinos Take Wolf Pack in first of Two Game Set

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 2:18 pm

Dinos 89 Thompson Rivers Wolfpack 70

The Dinos were led by Josh Feist with 22 points and 6 assists and Brian Finnis with 20 points and 4 assists. Chris Wright contributed 15 points and 8 rebounds while Ross Bekkering led both teams with 11 rebounds. The Dinos pushed the tempo all game and were able to capitilize on 29 turnovers by the Wolfpack.

Score at the half was 43 – 32. The Dinos shot 47% for the game, but were only 25% from 3 point range and 21 for 31 from the foul line. The Wolf Pack were led by the inside outside attack of Greg Stewart and Sean Garvey. The Dinos strong play improves their record to 6-9 on the season.

Play continues Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in Kamloops.



Dino of the Week, January 24, 2006

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:20 am

After two great offensive performances, Robbie Sihota is this week’s Dino of the Week.

In two huge games against arch rival Univerisy of Alberta, Robbie was eager to prove he could play at the CIS level. With two sub par performances against U of A in Edmonton to start the year, Robbie definetely turned things around with his play at the Jack. In the first game, Robbie was the Dinos leading scorer despite the 84-67 loss. Robbie was a man on a mission easily penetrating and scoring against the Bears less athletic posts. Robbie finished the game with 15 points on 6 for 12 shooting from the floor, and 3 for 5 from the free throw stripe. Robbie also posted 1 assist, 1 block and 5 rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

Game 2 was the Dinos best all around outing of the season. As a team, the Dinos shot 53% from the field, 50% from three, and 71% from the free throw line. The Dinos had 5 players in double figures including Robbie Sihota who continued his stellar play on the weekend. Robbie finished the game with 10 points on 4 for 8 shooting, 2 for 3 from the foul line with 2 rebounds and an assist in 21 minutes of action.

The Dinos will travel to Thompson Rivers in Kamloops, BC for two crucial out of division games. Currently, the Dinos are tied with the Lethbridge Pronghorns for the 3rd and final playoff spot in the Mountain Division.



Classic Game at the JACK in Dino Victory

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:18 am

Calgary Dinos 92 – Alberta Golden Bears 87

In a classic ‘Battle of Alberta’ game the U of A Bears shot 52% from the floor including a red-hot 10/20 from 3 pt. range … and, they lost! The home-standing Dinos clicked for 53% of floor attempts and the same 10/20 on treys in a back and forth game which thrilled the
largest crowd of the season in Calgary.

The turnaround for the Calgary team from Friday night’s 19 pt. loss was incredible … they won the board battle 35-29 and displayed a fire on defense that has been absent in several previous games.

Rookie post Ross Bekkering showed the way with 19 points including a thunderous dunk in the second half. Ross also snared 8 rebounds, second on the team to Chris Wright’s 10 to go along with 16 points. Cody Darrah, the 3rd year transfer showed his old team some clutch
shooting as he was the high scorer for Calgary with 20.

Josh Feist had a terrific game at the point as he dished out 7 assists and notched 11 points of his own. Brian Finniss was strong at the defensive end, and set a personal record with 7 rebounds.

Calgary goes to 5-9 and Alberta drops to 8-6 in Central Division play. The Dinos have a very welcome bye next weekend, and won’t play until Jan. 27/28 in Kamloops vs. Thompson Rivers University, a team new to Canada West this year.


Bears pounce on Bad Shooting Dinos 82-67

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:17 am

Something about the Jack Simpson gym seems to inspire the Alberta Golden Bears. Their last three games in Calgary have seen the Bears light it up from the floor, and Friday night they poured it on against an under-manned Calgary crew.

Alberta, led by Dean Whalen’s 22 pts, shot 53% and swept the boards 51-26. These numbers proved deadly for the Dinos , who only managed 33% from the floor and 60% from the line. Robbie Sihota was the offensive bright light for Calgary in scoring 15 pts. and grabbing 5

The two teams go at it again Saturday, and the Dinos have to find a way to stop the scoring barrage in pursuit of just their 5th win in 14 games.



Huge Weekend Series Against U of A

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:39 pm

Whenever the U of A Bears and the Dinos get together, it is a big game, but this weekend is especially crucial for the playoff aspirations of the home-standing Calgary team. Alberta (7-5) sits in 2nd place in the Central Division, while Calgary is 4-8. If the Dinos are to make a serious run at playoff contention, they must step up this weekend.

Alberta split with the Univ. of Winnipeg in Edmonton last weekend, while the Dinos also split with Brandon. The Bears have veteran post man Scott Gordon coming off a hot game last Saturday as he scored 24 pts. Gordon averages 12 pts. a game to go along with 5.3 rebounds. In
the back-court the hot-shooting of Dean Whalen is Alberta’s main threat. Whalen averages 18.6 pts. , mostly from beyond the arc, and he adds 3.4 rebounds.

The Dinos seem to live and die with the efforts of 5th year post player Chris Wright who is scoring at a 15.7 pt/game clip with 7.9 rebounds. Back-court mates Brian Finniss (11.7 pts.) and Cody Darrah (11.5 pts.) are the other ‘go to’ scorers for the Dinos. Josh Feist will be called upon to step up his game and lead Calgary from the point guard spot. Feist is the assist leader with 3.4 / game.

The Dinos have suffered a rash of sickness and injury problems since the Christmas break, and two more players have gone down in practice this week. Greg Jobagy, 1st year post, suffered ligament damage in his leg, and Jeremy Odland is out with a foot injury. The flu and cold bugs seem to be attacking other team members, so we just keep our fingers crossed for Friday and Saturday.

Calgary and Alberta play at 8:00 pm both nights at the Jack Simpson Gym.


Dino of the Week, January 7, 2005

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 9:34 am

Brian Finniss is the Dino of the Week for January 7, 2005.

After a weekend split with the Brandon University Bobcats, the Dinos record improved to 4-8, but they were unable to capitalize on a great sweep oppurtunity. On Friday night, the Dinos came out flying lead by the great play of Brian Finniss. In the first half alone, Brian scored 16 points, most of them coming inside the paint, to lead all scorers. Brian also hit a key three point basket down the stretch of the half to give the Dinos a ten point lead going into the break. Things continued that way going into the second half. The Dinos wound up trouncing the Bobcats 92-71 while have 4 players in double figures including Brian Finniss, the high man with 22 points, and 3 steals in 33 minutes of action.

Saturday nights game was saw the Dinos come out flat in the first half. The team was unable to muster any consistent offence until the second half. Brian, who only had one point at the break, ended the night with 10 points in the Dinos 82-67 loss. This sets the Dinos record back to 4-8 overall for the season.


Brandon Bounces Back, Beat Dinos 82-67

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 9:25 am

With expectations high after Friday’s win , the Calgary Dinos took the court tonight with plans to get themselves right back into the playoff hunt in Canada West, but the Brandon Bobcats had very different ideas.

By beating the Dinos to the punch on every loose ball and important rebound, and by outt-shooting Calgary 54% to 37% from the floor, Brandon bounced back to take game two of the weekend set in convincing fashion. The Dinos , inexplicably, came out flat-footed, and immediately surrendered a 38-19 lead in the middle of the first half. Both Cody Darrah and Chris Wright, who had played so well on Friday, picked up two fouls in the early going and sat out much of the first half.

The only Dino who seemed to have a scoring touch was 1st year post player Robbie Sihota, who tallied 18 pts. and 9 rebounds. Ross Bekkering, his fellow rookie big man snared 14 rebounds, but only scored 7 pts. Wright was largely ineffective, finishing with 9 pts. and only 2 boards. Cody Darrah came back in the second half to finish with 13 pts. , but it was not enough to dig Calgary out of a 14 pt. half time deficit.

The Dinos inched their way back to within 5 points with 4 minutes left, but Brandon got a huge trey from Chad Jacobson, and quickly squelched any comeback attempt. All five Brandon starters finished in double figures, with Dany Charlery the high scorer at 22.

Brandon is now 5-7, while the Dinos drop to 4-8. Calgary continues their home stand with a pair against arch-rival U of A Golden Bears next weekend.



Dinos Win Big Over Bobcats

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 4:20 pm

Dinos 92 Bobcats 71

The Calgary Dinos capitalized on a bruising inside presence and an outstanding game from 4th year wing-man Brian Finniss to batter the Brandon Bobcats in Canada West play at the Jack Simpson Gym tonight.

Calgary (4-7) took a 45-35 lead at the half as Finniss rung up 16 points. In dominating the boards the whole game, the Dinos got 12 rebounds from freshman Ross Bekkering and 11 from 5th year captain Chris Wright, who also notched 17 pts. Bekkering (10) and Cody Darrah (15) also tallied in double figures for the home team.

Robbie Sihota (6 pts. – 8 rebs.) , Tony Dhaliwal (9 pts), and DalbirDosanjh (7pts-4 assts.) were particularly effective for the Dinos off the bench. Calgary shot 32/64 from the field, and 21/24 (87.5%) from the line. They out-rebounded Brandon 46-33.

Brandon (also 4-7) got 21 pts. from their longe-range bomber Chad Jacobson, but only shot 37% as a team from the floor and 14/27 (52%) from the line.

The two teams go at it again Saturday night in Calgary at 8:00 pm.



Player to Watch: Robbie Sihota

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:32 pm

Making the transition from High School to University play is not an easy one, but one that Dinos Freshman Forward Robbie Sihota is making look easier and easier. Gradually adapting to the speed, strength, and size of the Canada West Conference, Robbie looks to step up his game as the second half of the season begins.

Robbie joined the Dinos after an outstanding high school career at Lester B. Pearson in Calgary. Robbie led the Patriots to a berth in the City final, as well as the Provincial Consolation Championship. But I think Robbie would be the first one to tell you, he isn’t in high school any more.

Not able to simply rely on his athleticism, wingspan and talent, Robbie is learning to play at the CIS level. Defense being the priority every game, it is not only about blocking shots, but getting in the right position to make the team better on the their half of the court. And Robbie is quickly gaining experience and confidence, especially playing alongside the likes of 5th year Forward Chris Wright, and fellow Rookie Ross Bekkering. Both Sihota and Bekkering will lead the Dinos in the future, but much is expected of this talented pairing now.

Robbie finished the first half on a positive note against Saskatchewan. In game one, Robbie was solid scoring 9 points and grabbing 8 rebounds while adding 2 blocked shots in only 18 minutes of time. In the second game, Robbie was equally as strong recording 8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks and two steals. His weekend also included a huge two handed dunk driving past Saskatchewan forward and Canada West Player of the Year, Andrew Spagrud.

Robbie hopes to carry on this success into the second half of the season as the Dinos race towards the playoffs!

Dinos Set for Big Weekend Against Bobcats

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:19 pm

The Dinos have their work cut out for them as they enter the 2nd half of play in Canada West this weekend against the visiting Brandon Bobcats. Calgary (3-7) needs to turn things around, and Brandon (4-6) is a perennial powerhouse in the Great Plains Division.

The Bobcats have a new coach, former Lethbridge Pronghorn Barnaby Craddock, who has been assisting at the University of Winnipeg for the past several years, but they have a typical Brandon team. Quickness, ball-hawking, tough rebounding, and great team speed have
been the recipe for success at Brandon for over 20 years. They are led by Yul Michel, a veteran point guard who distributes the ball on offense, and is a league leader in steals.

The Bobcats also boast the league’s leading rebounder in Stevens Marcelin (9.5/game) as well as having three players averaging 15 pts or more per game…Adam Hartman – 17.3, Chad Jacobson – 17.2, and Dany Charlery – 15.8.

The Dinos will have a new face in the line-up for the rest of the season. Tony Dhaliwal, a 6’3″ point guard from Abbotsford, B.C. has been added to the game roster, and will see duty at the point as well as the shooting guard spot. Tony will add quickness and defense to the mix, and he has great floor sense in running the offense.

The Dinos have the top 3 pt. % shooter in Canada West … Cody Darrah is at 47% with Lindsay Thouret not far behind at 45%. Josh Feist and Robbie Sihota are back after illness kept them out of the line-up last week. With the loss of big Sonny Khangura to injury, 6’7″ Dalbir Dosanjh will get more time in the post in support of Chris Wright, Ross Bekkering, and Sihota.

Game time is 8:00 pm both nights at the Jack Simpson Gym.


Keeping you up to Date

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 12:16 pm

dinosbasketball.com will continue to strive to do it’s best to keep all of you Dinos fans up to date. As 2006 is finally here, and the Dinos fight to make the playoffs, stay tuned to dinosbasketball.com for all of your University of Calgary Men’s Basketball Updates.

The new year will bring:

More Stories, More previews, More player perspective, More Coach’s perspective, More Dinos of the Week!

If there are any comments or questions, or any where you would like to see dinosbasketball.com go in the new year, make sure to email Assistant Coach Matt Skinn at mjskinn@ucalgary.ca with all of your inquiries.

Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from everyone involved with the University of Calgary Men’s Basketball Program!

Road Warriors Finally Home, Eager to Start Conference Play

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 12:12 pm

The Dinos completed a 3 game tour of Montana last weekend with an 0-3 record, but some encouraging play from the 8 stalwarts who made the
trip. In a year where injury and illness seem to again be playing a bigger role than we would hope, the team has shown signs of improvement.

Led by Chris Wright, our 5th year captain, who has played withseveral nagging hurts for the whole season, the Dinos had their best game against a very tough Carroll College team from Helena. Wright led the team in scoring and rebounding, while throwing his body into the path of opponents in drawing charges in all three games.

Brian Finniss, a 4th year transfer from Acadia, displayed a nose for the hoop as he repeatedly took the ball inside to score from his wing position. Brian is the defensive leader on the perimeter, and he too plays through illness and injury to give the team big minutes every time out.

Cody Darrah, forced to play 35+ minutes per game at the point due to the absence (illness) of Josh Feist, showed flashes of brilliance in hitting outside shots and directing the offense. Cody looks more comfortable week by week as he settles in with the Dinos after a year off.

Keeping you up to date: it appears Sonny Khangura, who had been finding his stride, will be lost to the team for an undetermined time. He suffered a leg injury in the Carroll game. Tony Dhaliwal, a ‘red-shirt’ 1st year player from Abbotsford , B.C. played in Montana (He is allowed a tournament and 1 other game before he has to declare eligibility), and he looked sharp once he overcame some first game jitters at the point guard.

Calgary was missing: Robbie Sihota – flu, Josh Feist – throat, Jeremy Odland – holiday, Adam Ford – travel, Greg Jobagy – flu.

The Dinos face Brandon Bobcats this coming weekend, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm at the Jack Simpson Gym.

Dinos Finally Tire, Fall to UGF

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 12:09 pm

University of Great Falls Argos 101 Dinos 86

A tired and weary bunch, the Dinos hoped to have one final stay against the University of Great Falls, but simply had nothing left in the tank. Against a pressing and running team, the Argos simply were too much for the Dinos to hanldle. Chris Wright led the Dinos with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Brian Finnis added 19 points.

Great Falls were hot from the field shooting 50% the field and 48% from the 3-point line. With only 7 players, the Dinos ran out of gas and were hurt by 25 turnovers.

The Dinos will restart their Canada West conference action this weekend against the University of Brandon Bobcats. The Dinos host the Bobcats on January 6 and 7 at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium. Game Time is 8:00pm both nights.

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