11/21/2006

The Dunk Heard Round the ‘Jack’

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ross-bekkering-dunk1.jpg It was a usual night in the realms of the Jack Simpson Gymnasium on November 10, 2006. The University of Simon Frasier Clan was in town to face the University of Calgary Dinos in a Canada West Conference battle. The game featured two of the larger teams in the CIS each boasting a slew of tall and equally girth post players eager to leave their mark in the game. It seemed as though the game would be a war as each team played physically and challenged their opponent. And then it happened…

It started with Ross Bekkering, the 6’8″ gazelle like forward for the Dinos. He blocked a Clan shot under neath the Dino basket towards the sideline where Dino guard Jeremy Odland was able to scramble to pick up the loose ball. Rather than gather up the loose ball, ‘JO’ leapt off of one foot and threw an unthinkable, easily interceptable one handed pass up the floor aimed at Dino Floor General Josh Feist. On any other night, it was a play gone ary, but not this night. The pass scraped the sideline, as well as the Clan defender into the fair hands of Point ‘God’ Feist. Josh penetrated down the right side of the floor, with Sharp Shooting Cody Darrah streaking down the left. An easy decision right? Once again, not on this night my friends. Reaching the baseline, and surveying the situation at full speed, Josh unmistakingly shovelled a right handed pass backwards towards the foul line. While continuing under the hoop, Josh was in perfect view to see Ross Bekkering, who had hustled the full length of the floor, catch the ball just inside the foul line and take off. The sight of a defender would have caused most to double clutch or swerve around to the hoop, but on this crisp Fall evening, Mr. Bekkering decided to go right at the brave Clan defender. The photo tells the rest of the story. The Dino crowd and fellow Dino players exploded in excitement. The Clan faithful could merely ask for an offensive foul.

Oh yes, on this fair night, it was a moment that will long be remembered in the annals of Dino lore. On this night, it was the Dunk Heard Round the Jack!-MJS-

Dino of the Week, November 20, 2006 – Robbie Sihota

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The U of C Dinos faced the veteran Lethbridge Pronghorns this past weekend at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium in a pair of critical Mountain Division match-ups. The result: a split for the Dinos, and a log jam in the Mountain Division as three teams, U of S, U of A, and U of C all sit at 3-3 while U of L sits at 2-4. A major performer over the weekend for the Dinos was 2nd year power forward Robbie Sihota, this week’s Dino of the Week.

Robbie was in early foul trouble in the first match-up against the ‘Horns, but was able to use his playing time to the fullest. Robbie scored only 7 points in the first half, but exploded in the second half for 14 points to finish the game 8-12 from the field, 2-3 from beyond the 3pt. arc, and 3-4 from the free throw line for 21 points in only 19 minutes of action. Robbie also added 3 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal in a very efficient night.

Box Score November 17, 2006 vs. U of L

In the Dinos overtime loss, Robbie was once again a force in the paint. Robbie played a key role in the Dinos press and was huge on the glass. Despite a poor shooting night (3-11 from the field), Robbie finished 6-8 from the free throw line, and pulled down 10 big rebounds. Robbie finished the night with 13 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes of action.

Box Score November 18, 2006 vs. U of L

The Dinos finish up the first half of the season with 4 more critical Mountain Division games. This weekend, the Dinos travel to Edmonton to face the Golden Bears who are currently tied with the Dinos for first place in the Division. The Dinos, who are 3-1 in their last four games hope to make a splash as the Bears have lost 3 straight games.

Stay tuned to dinosbasketball.com for more updates.

11/19/2006

Horns Squeak Past Dinos

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A cold shooting night, and some late game heroics by the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns denied the Calgary Dinos a 4th straight home win on Saturday as the ‘Horns won a hard-fought game 78-75 in OT . Lethbridge caught Calgary in regulation after the Dinos looked poised for the win at 66-57 with 4:25 left, but lost opportunities and turnovers spoiled the party.

In overtime the Dinos took a 5 pt. lead, but, once again Lethbridge came back and clinched the game with tough hoops and a couple of clutch free throws. Josh Feist had 21 pts including a pair of spectacular driving layups to go along with 8 assists and 5 steals. Robbie Sihota had 13 pts. and 10 rebounds … Cody Darrah chipped in with 14 pts. and Joe Schow had 12 pts. for Calgary, as the home team shot only 36% from the floor.

Calgary (3-3) is at Alberta (3-3) next weekend.

11/18/2006

Dinos Pull out 91-85 Win over Lethbridge

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You’ve heard the saying that a game is a full 40 minutes of effort and focus; well, the Dinos, bright lads that they appear to be, have calculated that 20 should be sufficient. After all, why waste energy ?

Another first half better re-run on ‘The Space Channel’ as Lethbridge shocks Calgary with a 47-37 half time lead courtesy of some classic Swiss Cheese defense by the lead-footed Dinos. Once again, the Dinos see the light at half-time, or, rather, hear the thunder, and the hometown team comes to play in the 2nd half, quickly erasing the Lethbridge lead, and going on to a 91-85 win.

Playing a much more heartfelt defense, the Dinos out-scored Lethbridge 54-38 in the second stanza led by Robbie Sihota’s 21 pts, and Ross Bekkering’s double double of 15 pts. and 11 rebounds. Josh Feist turned it on in the second frame as well in racking up 14 pts., and 9 assists against only 2 turnovers. Joe Schow had 12 pts. and 2 blocked shots for a Calgary team that shot 55% from the field including 7/11 (65%) from beyond the arc. Calgary was good on 24/37 free throws while Lethbridge struggled with 10/21.

The Dinos will attempt a rare feat in tonight’s second game …to play all 40 of those minutes at full throttle. A waste of energy? No, a sign of a committed, motivated, and contending team !

Game time is 8:00 Saturday.

11/17/2006

Dinos Host U of L at the ‘Jack’

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Game Day vs. Lethbridge

Here are the likely top 7 for each team as the Pronghorns visit the Dinos tonight and tomorrow night …

Calgary: Robbie Sihota, Joe Schow, Ross Bekkering, Brian Finniss, Josh Feist, Cody Darrah, Jeremy Odland

Lethbridge: Scott MacKinnon, Todd McLenaghan, Matthew Bekkering, Bruce Carbert, Eric Gallie, Richard Steed, Ryan Anderson

Lethbridge has 4 fifth year starters, and this has to be their year to take a run at the Divisional crown. Scott MacKinnon is averaging 16 pts. per game and is dangerous inside and out, while Matthew Bekkering, a cousin to the Dinos Ross, is a streaky 3 pt. shooter. E.P Scarlett grad Richard Steed is an improving lefty point guard, and Churchill grad Ryan Anderson is an
athletic wing man off the bench.

The Dinos go in at 2-2, while Lethbridge is 1-3 after a loss to Simon Fraser last weekend, while Calgary beat both SFU and Trinity. The ‘Horns have played Calgary very tough historically, and they are capable of putting up big numbers . Calgary will look for two solid performance to get a lead on Lethbridge in the Divisional race. Game time is 8pm Friday and Saturday at the ‘Jack’.

11/12/2006

Dino(s) of the Week, November 13, 2006 – Ross Bekkering & Cody Darrah

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Recovering from a finger injury that kept him out of all of the Dinos pre-season training, followed by a wrist sprain early in the pre-season, Ross Bekkering recovered this weekend to become the co-Dino of the Week. Cody Darrah continued his consistent play leading the Dinos in scoring against SFU while making several key plays against the TWU Spartans.

Against Simon Frasier, Ross regained his form as one of the most dominant rebounders in the country, and showed the beginnings of his shooting touch. In the 84-66 win, Ross recorded 13 points on 4 of 7 shooting, including 5 of 8 from the free throw line, while grabbing a team high 10 rebounds and blocking 2 shots. He also recorded one of the most memorable dunks ever to be seen in the Jack Simpson gym as he ‘posterized’ a SFU Clan guard.

Cody recorded his second straight hot shooting outing against SFU recording 21 points on 5 of 12 shooting including 4 of 7 from the 3-point line, 7 of 8 from the free throw line while adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

The game against TWU saw the Dinos out to a cold start, but both Ross and Cody finished the game strong while handling the Spartan pressure. Ross finished with a team high 22 points while pulling down 13 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Cody finished the weekend strong scoring 19 points, while pulling down a career high 8 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists in a stat sheet stuffer.

The Dinos resume play this weekend at home against the Lethbridge Pronghorns for two critical in division games. Game times are 8pm on Friday and Saturday at the ‘Jack’.

WILD RIDE; Dinos Improve to 2-2 in League Play

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A wide-eyed clutch of Dinos wandered aimlessly onto the field of battle. The mile -a -minute Spartans proceeded to toss the bigger home team around like screaming kids on a circus roller-coaster. At the start of the first half, the woefully unprepared Dinos turned the ball over at a nauseating rate … first 5 possessions, 25 overall !

Parents covered the eyes of their younger children, as the action became x-rated and the carnage ended with Trinity Western up 51 – 33 at the half. Calgary couldn’t get the ball over centre with an armed escort, and the Trinity shooters had ripped the cords with 9 treys, while penetrating the porous Dinos defense at will. Calgary’s press breaker, Josh Feist , was having a night to forget, so we turn to Tony Dhaliwal, the little used back-up point guard.

Some might predict the result would be akin to throwing gasoline on a burning fire, but ‘T D’ fought fire with fire, as he led the Dinos on a blistering 40-11 run as Calgary caught and passed the Spartans in the first 5 minutes of the second half. The Dinos never looked back, and outscored Trinity 67 – 40 in that second frame to win their second Canada West game of the weekend by a 100-91 count.

The aggressive Dhaliwal wound up with 12 pts., 8 assists, and 0 turnovers in saving his more seasoned teammates. Ross Bekkering had 22 points and 13 rebounds … Cody Darrah counted 19 pts and 8 boards … Joe Schow notched 15 pts., 9 rebounds and 3 big blocks. Robbie Sihota with 14 and Jeremy Odland with 13 were also a big factor in the stirring comeback which had the Dinos fans on their feet.

It’s not an experience recommended for the faint of heart, but it’s one which will be remembered for its incredible action and stunning turn of fortune. As the Trinity foul total mounted, it was also one of the longest games on record as the Dinos went to the line a record 60 times!

Calgary faces the Lethbridge Pronghorns here next Friday and Saturday.

Calgary vs. TWU Box Score

Dinos Subdue Clan for First League Win

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The clash with the Simon Fraser Clan had every bit of the hammer and tong physical action as advertised, and the Dinos made the Burnaby crew pay dearly for a brutal 32 fouls, scoring 29 pts. from the free throw stripe and prevailing 84-66 for their first win in Canada West play.

Simon Fraser tried to throw their considerable weight around in an effort to intimidate the quicker Dinos, but the strategy backfired as the game wore on. With a 35-26 half-time lead, Calgary got timely 3 pt. shooting from wing-men Cody Darrah – 21 pts, and Brian Finnis – 14 pts. to pull away in the final 8 minutes. Ross Bekkering, rounding into form following an injury-plagued September and October, chipped in 13 pts. including a startling dunk off the fast break. Top rebounders for the Dinos were Bekkering with 10 and Darrah with 5.

Josh Feist had 8 assists and 5 steals to spark an offense that struggled for much of the first half. Calgary out-scored the Clan 49-40 in the very rough second frame. Calgary is now 1-2 and SFU goes to 1-4 in Canada West play.

Dinos Vs. Clan Box Score

11/8/2006

Dinos Christmas Clinic 2007

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2007 Boys Basketball Christmas Clinic

The University of Calgary Dinos Men’s Basketball Team and the Jr. Dinos Basketball Club are once again pleased to announce their annual Christmas Clinic and Skills Camp. This year, the camp will feature Coaches from the Dinos and Jr. Dinos programs, as well as current and former players from the University of Calgary Men’s Program.

The focus of the camp is to give all participants the chance to develop and continue their basketball skill progression during the 2-week Holiday Break, while continuing to have fun with the game of basketball. The camp is open to players of all skill levels with a pre-dominant focus on skill development. The camp has had tremendous success over the past several years, and should continue this season.

Camp Details:

Dates: January 2nd, 3rd, and 4th , 2007
Times: 9am-12pm each day
Location: Red Gym at the University of Calgary
Ages: Boys, Ages 12-17
Cost: $75.00

To register, please email University of Calgary Dinos Men’s Assistant Coach, and Jr. Dinos General Manager and Head Coach Matt Skinn at mjskinn@ucalgary.ca. The email should include the players Name, Age, High School, Phone Number, Email, and Address. You can also register by phone, at 403 220 3453, or reach Matt Skinn at any time with any inquries. Payments can be made by cheque or cash. All cheques can be made payable to the Jr. Dinos Basketball Club, and all payments should be brought to the first day of Camp on January 2nd, 2007.

Each player is reminded to bring a water bottle, and any snacks or lunch that may be needed during the sessions as most of the University facilities will be closed for the Holiday Season. Also, each player MUST BRING THEIR OWN BASKETBALL to the camp. Camp Registration will start at 8:15am on January 2nd, 2007 prior to the first Camp Session.

See you all there!

Matt Skinn
Asst. Coach, University of Calgary Dinos
GM/Head Coach, Jr. Dinos Basketball Club
mjskinn@ucalgary.ca
403 220 3453
www.dinosbasketball.com
www.dinosbasketball.com/juniordinos

11/7/2006

Dino of the Week for November 7, 2006 – Josh Feist

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Despite losing both games on the Coast of B.C. to Victoria and UBC, Josh Feist played strong and continued on his improved pre-season play to earn the first Dino of the Week honors for the 2006-2007 Season.

Against the University of Victoria, Josh posted strong numbers against a stingy Vikes Defense. Josh used his quickness and smarts on his way to 23 points and 6 assists playing 39 minutes. Josh made several key hoops and managed to play against many Vikes defenders.

Despite the loss to UBC, Josh continued his strong play posting 17 points, 11 assists and just 2 turnovers in playing all 40 minutes. For the weekend, Josh finished with 17 assists, and 6 turnovers in playing 79 minutes. His play will be crucial to the Dinos success this weekend as they play host to the Simon Fraser University Clan, and The Spartans of Trinity Western at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium on Friday and Saturday. Game times are 8pm both nights!

Stay tuned for more updates and results from dinosbasketball.com!

UBC Gets By Dinos

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The UBC T-Birds, ranked #2 in Canada, left little doubt on Friday as they manhandled the visiting Calgary Dinos 100-75 in Vancouver. The home club went on a 10-0 run in the middle of the first half to establish a 32-20 lead, and they never looked back.

Calgary got another good offensive game from Josh Feist as he chalked up 17 pts. and 11 assists and he was helped by Cody Darrah’s 16 pts as well as 12 from Jeremy Odland. The Dinos inside game, which had figured to be a plus in this game, was not up to the task, with Ross Bekkering fouling out in just 11 minutes of playing time, Robbie Sihota, cold in the first half, and finishing with only 8 pts. for the night, and Joe Schow tallying a meagre 5 pts. and committing 4 turnovers.

For the game, UBC shot 57% from the floor, while Calgary managed only 44%. The Dinos hit 9/21 three pt. shots, but UBC was better with 11/25. The T-Birds Casey Archibald led all scorers with 24 pts.

Calgary is now 0-2 and UBC goes to 4-0 in league play.

Calgary at UBC Box Score

Vikes Top Dinos

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The Calgary Dinos opened their Canada West regular season on the west coast with a 64-54 loss at the hands of the Victoria Vikings, who protected a 29 -17 half-time lead for the win. The Vikes are now 3-0 for the year.

Dinos shooters were cold and cashed only 18/52 attempts (35%), and were only 3/17 from the 3 pt. arc. josh Feist led Calgary scorers with 22 pts. as well as dishing out 6 assists. Robbie Sihota had 8 pts. and 10 rebounds. Josh Whyte and Jacob Doerkson led the Vikes with 13 pts. apiece.

Calgary heads to Vancouver on Saturday to play the UBC T- BIrds , who ran their league record to 3-0 with a resounding 101 – 63 thrashing of the Lethbridge Pronghorns.

Calgary at Victoria Box Score

11/2/2006

Dinos Face UVIC – Catch game on UVIC Radio

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The Calgary – Victoria game on Friday evening will be broadcast on Vikes Radio at 9:00 pm Calgary time ( Women’s game at 7:00 pm ). Check the following link.

http://vikes.uvic.ca/news/broadcast-info.php

Thanks to Bill Stockton for the timely tip.

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