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.

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