10/30/2006

Dinos Win Battle of the Border

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 1:53 pm

In their final pre-season tune up, the University of Calgary Dinos Men’s Basketball Team won the Battle of the Border tournament over the weekend with a 3-0 record against NAIA teams from Montana.

On the strength of a Robbie Sihota ‘double – double’, the host Calgary Dinos defeated the University of Great Falls Argos 76 – 67 to sweep three games with US teams and claim the first place in the ‘Battle of the Border’.

Sihota, who for the second straight game was the dominant force in a Dinos victory, scored 16 pts., grabbed 11 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots. Joe Schow continued his consistent hard work in the post in notching 18 pts. to go along with 8 boards. Josh Feist had another strong game at the point as he dished out 8 assists and made 3 steals.

In the other games Sunday afternoon the Lethbridge Pronghorns dispatched the Great Falls JV team 97 – 57, and the Alberta Golden Bears got by the Montana Tech Orediggers 78 – 69. For the tournament, both Alberta and Lethbridge finished 2 – 1, Tech and Great Falls were 1 – 2, the Great Falls JVs 0 – 3.

Tournament All-Stars ( one from each of the six squads) were:

Robbie Sihota – Calgary
C.G. Morrison – U of A
Matthew Bekkering – Lethbridge
Nate Bichara – Great Falls JVs
Shae Bradshaw – Montana Tech
Tyrone Witherspoon – Univ. of Great Falls.

The Dinos travel to Victoria for a game with the Vikes this coming Friday to kick off their Canada West schedule, then take a ferry across to Vancouver for a Saturday date with the UBC T- Birds.

10/25/2006

BATTLE OF THE BORDER OCTOBER 27-29

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 12:06 pm

The Dinos play host to the Battle of the Border Basketball Tournament this weekend at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium.

The Dinos Schedule is as follows:

October 27: 8:00pm vs. Great Falls

October 28: 8:00pm vs. Montana Tech

October 29: 3:00pm vs. Great Falls

The tournament is also hosting the University of Alberta and University of Lethbridge. U of L will play at 4:00pm on Friday and Saturday and 11:00am on Sunday while U of A will take the floor at 6:00pm on Friday and Saturday and 1:00pm on Sunday.

10/23/2006

1-2 Record at Huskiehoops.com Tournament

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 9:39 am

The Dinos returned home to Calgary Late on Saturday night following an 86-78 loss to the Brandon University Bobcats finishing up the tournament at 1-2. The Dinos finished up the three game tournament having also faced the Regina Cougars and the Saskatchewan Huskies. Brandon won the round robin tournament being played at the PAC in Saskatoon with a record of 3-0.

The tournament started off strong for the Dinos with a 82-61 victory over the Regina Cougars. The Dinos were led by 5 players in double figures. Cody Darrah scored a game high 19 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the floor in 31 minutes of action. Other double digit scorers were Josh Feist with 14, Robbie Sihota with 13, while Joseph Schow and Brian Finniss each added 12. The Dinos shot 49.5% from the floor, while shooting a blazing 11-20 from 3pt. territory. The Cougars were led by Jamal Williams’ 12 points and 9 rebounds.

The Friday night game saw the Dinos play against their familiar in division rivals, the Huskies of U of S. The Dinos stumbled their way to a 69-58 loss. With 21 turnovers, Calgary continued to supply the opposition with too many extra opportunities. A belated comeback allowed the Dinos to narrow the margin to only 11 in a game where the offense sputtered throughout. Cody Darrah and Robbie Sihota led the Dinos with 11 points each while Ross Bekkering had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Dinos shot 45% on the game and only 9 of 18 free throws. Saskatchewan was 48% and 8 of 9 from the foul line.

The Final Saturday night game matched the Dinos up against the very athletic Brandon Bobcats. With an injured Ross Bekkering, the Dinos came out slowly and were down 41-27 at the half. The Dinos came back outscoring the Bobcats 51 – 45 to take a final 86 – 78. Josh Feist led the scoring with 22 points and 6 assists; Cody Darrah added 18 while Robbie Sihota notched 15 and 8 rebounds. Calgary shot 47% for the game while Brandon was a hot 53%.

The Dinos see action again at home in the Jack Simpson this weekend as they host the Battle of the Border. Game times are 4pm, 6pm and 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 11am, 1pm, and 3pm on Sunday with the Dinos playing the late game each day.

10/18/2006

Saskatoon Bound

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 9:14 am

Laundry done, packing done, assignments … well, almost all done. The Dinos hit the road again Wednesday bound for Saskatoon and the U of S pre-season tournament. This is a ‘3 – movie trip’ , and Dean- The Candy Man- McCord has some suitably immature films on tape for the boys to dull the pain of this foray into the nether regions of Eastern Alberta and Western Saskatchewan.

We will make a stop in Hanna and have a 1 hour shooting practice at the high school before continuing on to Sasky. Calgary will face the hometown Huskies as well as the Regina Cougars and the Brandon Bobcats.

Following is the tournament schedule …

Thurs. Oct. 19

5: 30 Calgary vs. Regina
7:30 Saskatchewan vs. Brandon

Friday Oct. 20

5:30 Regina vs. Brandon
7:30 Calgary vs Saskatchewan

Sat. Oct. 21

5:30 Calgary vs Brandon
7:30 Saskatchewan vs Regina

10/15/2006

Dinos Schedule

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:41 pm

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Dinos Wrap up Ontario Road Trip with a Win

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:38 pm

In their third game in three days, the Dinos wrapped up their 3 game Ontario road trip with a 82-71 victory over the Guelph Gryphons. Josh Feist led the way for the Dinos with 30 points keeping the Dinos in the game during many dry spells while hitting a 35 foot bomb to beat the shot clock late in the first half. Ross Bekkering, improving every game after practicing only once with the Dinos before the road trip due to a broken finger, had his best game of the trip recording 16 points and 12 rebounds. Cody Darrah added 13 points including 3 triples.

Game one of the Dinos road trip saw the Dinos face the MacMaster Mauraders. The Mauraders pulled away to an early 20 point advantage, but the Dinos were able to narrow the gap to two points with 3 minutes left. Capitilizing on their possessions and free throws, the Mauraders pulled away at the end for the 85-78 victory. Martin Ayaji led the way for the Mauraders with 28 points while John Obravac added 18. The Dinos were led by 4 double digit scorers: Brian Finniss with 15, Jeremy Odland with 14, Joe Schow with 12, and Josh Feist with 10. Ross Bekkering grabbed 10 rebounds for the Dinos

The Dinos ran into a hot shooting Brock Badgers team in the second game of the road trip. The Badgers capitalized on 13 of 33 3 point field goal attempts to pull out the 89-78 victory. The Badgers were led by the scoring of Chris Keith and Brad Rootes who scored 27 and 18 respectively. The Dinos got a huge game from Joe Schow in a losing effort with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Ross Bekkering once again led the Dinos with 10 rebounds.

The Dinos are on the road again this weekend heading to the University of Saskatchewan to play in three more pre-season games. The Dinos face the Regina Cougars at 5:00pm on Thursday October19, the Saskatchewan Huskies at 7:15 on October 20, and the Brandon Bobcats at 5:00pm on October 21. Stay tuned for more Dinos results!

10/4/2006

Busy Fall Schedule for Dinos

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 1:23 pm

The Dinos basketball team will enjoy a family Thanksgiving weekend free of practice and classes, but will hit the ground running next week as they embark on a three week pre-season with 9 games, two long road trips, and finish with the ‘Battle of the Border’ which we host at the end of October at the Jack Simpson Gym.

On Wednesday, the 11th, the team leaves for Hamilton, which will be headquarters for our three game swing through Southern Ontario; games are Thursday, the 12th, at McMaster, Friday at Brock, and Saturday at Guelph. McMaster figures to be tough, as usual, with Coach Joe Raso featuring All-Canadian post man Adam Steiner with 3 other starters returning for the Mauraders. Brock has lost their CIS Player of the Year, Kevin Steinstra, and will rely heavily on shifty point guard Brad Rootes to help the Badgers remain competitive inOntario West play. Guelph Gryphons have a lineup heavy in 1st and 2nd year players.

On October 19-21 the Dinos will play in the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Tournament along with U. of Regina, Brandon U., and the hometown Huskies, who were the Mountain Division Champions in Canada West last season.

On October 27-29 Calgary will host three U.S. College teams from Great Falls U. and Montana Tech as they face the Dinos, U. of Lethbridge, and U. of Alberta. The Dinos open league play on Nov. 3rd and 4th when they travel to B.C. to face UVIC and UBC.

10/3/2006

Dinos Host Scrimmage

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:08 am

Mount Royal Cougars will visit the Dinos on Tuesday for a scrimmage to be held in the Red Gym with the start time at approximately 4:30 pm. The Cougars, defending ACAC champions, will feature experienced returnees and a couple of key recruits.

Coach Marc Dobell, in his 3rd year at the helm at MRC has guards Jeff Price and Josh Forster along with forwards Dawson Eden and Brett Kobe returning after providing significant contributions to last year’s success. Chris Armstrong has joined MRC after 1 year at the University of Lethbridge, where he saw limited playing time following a stellar career at Bert Church HS in Airdrie. Freshman additions include Jordan Hone, a scoring guard from E.P. Scarlett, and Hunter Jordan, a 6’5″ guard from Vancouver, B.C.

The Dinos will still be without the services of 2nd year forward Ross Bekkering, who is recovering for a broken finger and expected back in action sometime near the middle of October. Meanwhile, the Dinos will have a post rotation of four players …
Robbie Sihota- 2nd yr.
Sonny Khangura – 5th yr.
Joseph Schow – 2nd yr.
Chris Unsworth – 1st yr.

Henry Bekkering – red shirt- 3rd yr., will play mostly at the perimeter in this scrimmage, which will be his last action until next season. The transfer from Taber via Eastern Washington Univ. has to sit out any games for the 2006-07 season. The Dinos back-court will feature 5th year returnees Josh Feist and Brian Finniss along with 4th year shooter Cody Darrah. Jeremy Odland, 4th year wing man, has looked good in practice, and should be tough on Tuesday.

Red Gym – 4:30 pm – Tuesday, Oct. 3rd

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