1/29/2007

Dinos Cruise against TRU

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:45 pm

Calgary Dinos 100 Thompson Rivers Wolfpack 82

In a loosely played scrappy free for all, the Dinos had 5 players in double figures sparked by Cody Darrah with 20 points and 5 assists; Ross Bekkering with 18 points and 7 rebounds in only 15 minutes of play; Josh Feist had 15 points and 11 assists while Jeremy Odland added 14 along with 13 from Robbie Sihota.

The Dinos led by as much as 22 in the first half, but let the Wolfpack score 43 in the second half including a 13 to 2 run which made the game a 7 point difference with 8 minutes to go. The Dinos shot 53% from the floor and had 12 steals and only 12 turnovers.

Calgary’s record moves to 8 – 10 with 4 games remaining in regular season play. The Dinos stay on the road next week in Winnipeg with games against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen and the University of Manitoba Bisons.

70 Point Half Ices Victory

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:44 pm

Calgary Dinos 109 University College of Fraser Valley Cascades 76

Once again a second half explosion propelled the Dinos to a victory. The road win in Abbotsford moves Calgary to 7 – 10 in league play.

With the brown army of family and friends of Sonny Khangura and Tony Dhaliwal, and former Dinos, Surinder Grewal and Dalbir Dossangh in attendance supporting the Dinos, Sonny led Calgary with 24 points and 7 rebounds on 9 of 10 shots and 6 of 7 from the line. Ross Bekkering had 22 points and 8 boards; Robbie Sihota nabbed 11 rebounds; Cody Darrah added 16 points; and Josh Feist had 12 points, 7 assists and 0 turnovers.

The Dinos shot 59% for the game and held UCFB to 33% shooting. Calgary out rebounded the Cascades 51 to 34.

The Dinos go on to play in Kamloops Saturday night against Thompson Rivers University.

Road Weary – Road Wins

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:43 pm

Notes from the Road …

Thursday …

One of the more difficult times as a coach … Dan’s daughter Peyton is 3 years old today and Dan has to settle for wishing her a Happy Birthday with a phone call from the airport as we are about to leave for Abbotsford and Kamloops.

A very happy family reunion as the Dinos are treated to a wonderful Indian dinner by the Dhaliwal family in Abbotsford. Tony’s mum, dad, sisters, and brothers are joined by uncles, aunts, and cousins to welcome the team to Tony’s home in B.C. The food is great, and the warmth of Tony’s family is a joy to see.

Friday …

Prior to game-time, the Dinos enjoy the ‘late check-out’ ritual of stuffing 15 team members into 2 motel rooms for a 4-5 hr. period of rest or wrestling, depending on which room you happen to be in. Drive through a busy Abbotsford to the Mennonite Educational Institute ( high school ) Gym, which is the temporary home of the Fraser Valley Cascades.

In a scene reminiscent of several years ago, the Dinos hit the floor to the cheers of the “Brown Army’, about 150 relatives and friends of Tony D and Sonny Khangura. They have much to cheer as the Dinos feed an unstoppable Sonny K and he goes for 24 pts. , a personal best in Canada West play. Tony, who gets more minutes in front of the hometown fans, gathers up his troops for a family photo after the game.

Saturday …

The early morning hours see the Dinos wending their way by bus over the Coquahalla Highway, which is lined with 8-10 foot snow banks, but, fortunately, on this clear, crisp night, has a clear roadway. We pull in to the palatial Accent Inn in Kamloops at 2:30 a.m.

Beakfast for the coaches at 9:00 a.m. prior to watching more tape of tonight’s opponent, the TRU Wolfpack. Our waitress at The Whitespot is Jackie , another cousin of Ross and Henry Bekkering … they are everywhere!

We are greeted at the Thompson Rivers Gym by ‘Wolfie’ , the fuzzy wolf mascot for his Wolfpack … Sonny K suggests ‘B.B.’ as a better moniker, and Asst. Coach Matt Skinn would go with ‘Howell’ . Such are the inanities for discussion deep into a road trip.

Ross Bekkering, feeling somewhat fatigued from the travel, and suffering from a painful charleyhorse, offers a mere 15 minutes, but scores 18 pts. in that time. Thanks for coming out Roscoe! Josh Feist, in a larcenous mood, intercepts 9 TRU passes and leads the Dinos to a 100-82 win. Tony D mops up with the 100th pt. as his family, who drove up for the night, looks on.

Sunday …

Morning comes early as the groggy, sleep-deprived Dinos board the bus at 7:30 for the 2 hour ride to Kelowna and our West-Jet flight back to Calgary. We now have 4 days, almost to the hour, before we take off again for Winnipeg and our next two Canada West games.

1/21/2007

Energizing the Dinos – DOTW: Jeremy Odland

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:49 pm

It’s not necessarily the numbers that stagger you with 4th year Swing man Jeremy Odland, but the intagibles that are so valuable for his Dinos team. This weekend was nothing different. Whether asked to step in and guard bigger players, or guard smaller scorers, ‘JO’ is always there with his energy to help the Dino cause.

This weekend, Jeremy helped the Dinos to a 1-1 record after beating the Regina Cougars, and narrowly falling to the Brandon Bobcats. Against the Cougars, Jeremy was consistent off the bench scoring 9 points in 15 minutes of action while hitting on 2 three point bombs, grabbing 2 steals and helping out with a block.

However, Saturday’s performance, despite the loss, was the best of Jeremy’s career at the U of C. Jeremy was everywhere in leading the Dino second half comeback. In 28 minutes of action, JO scored a team high 20 points on 5 or 10 from the field and 10 of 13 from the free throw line. Even more impressive was his rebounding total: 12 including an astonishing 8 offensive rebounds which lead to his numerous trips to the charity stripe.

Jeremy will hope to continue his energetic play as the Dinos hit the road for 4 straight games. First to interior B.C. to face off against Thompson Rivers and Fraser Valley, then across the Plains to battle the Wesmen of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Bisons. Stay tuned for all of your Dino Action!

Close but…

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:40 pm

Bobcats Edge Ice – Cold Dinos

As hot as the shooting was in Friday’s win over Regina, so was it as cold as ice on Saturday in Calgary’s 82 – 79 loss to the Brandon Bobcats. At 34 % ( 23/68) , the Dinos had so many field goal attempts bounce of the iron, that catching the resilient Brandon team proved to be too tough a task.

Launching 27 three point attempts , Calgary only connected on 7 … 26 %. The Dinos cashed 26/37 free throws to keep the game close after trailing by as much as 14 in the first half, but a late surge could only tie Brandon with less than a minute remaining.
The 14 – 2 Bobcats got a game – winning 3 point shot from Adam Hartman, while a trey atttempt at the buzzer from Robbie Sihota went long for Calgary.

The Dinos got a stellar performance from 4th year wing man Jeremy Odland, who had 20 points and 12 big rebounds; ‘JO’ was tireless on the offensive boards, and was the driving force in the Dinos second half charge. Brian Finniss also notched a double – double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, but the inside game for Brandon proved too much, with the Dinos giving up 20 points off Bobcat put-backs, as the post duo of Hartman and Yuri Whyms feasted for 25 and 24 pts. respectively.

Calgary is headed on the road for the next two weekends, first to Abbotsford and Kamloops to play Fraser Valley and Thompson Rivers, and , on Feb. 2/3 to Winnipeg to face Manitoba and Winnipeg. The regular seaso wraps up on Feb. 9/10 with a pair of games with the Saskatchewan Huskies here in Calgary.

1/20/2007

Dinos Tame Cougars

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:05 am

Second Half Dinos Chase Away Cougars

At 38-36 Regina after the first half, the score flattered the lethargic Dinos, whose listless efforts baffled the assembled faithful. Luckily, a merry band of flag-waving students dressed in Dino gear appeared for the second half, and had to be cautioned for excessive noise by the refs.

Coincidentally, Calgary shooters found their eyes, and a 64 point barrage , including 10/15 from 3 pt. range torched the Regina pretenders for a 100-86 Calgary win.. Josh Feist, once again, led the way with a spectacular 25 pt., 14 assist double -double. Robbie Sihota, coming off an ankle sprain from last week made the best use of 14 minutes of action as he punctuated a 15 pt. effort with a nifty baseline move for a slam early in the second half. Ross Bekkering led the Dinos with 10 rebounds and added 12 pts. as Calgary snared 33 boards against 31 for the shorter Cougars. Long – range bombing was the Dinos salvation as the home team hit on 13/26 treys. Every player in the Calgary line-up hit the score sheet as subs came early and often.

Brandon On a Roll

Saturday’s visitors, the Brandon Bobcats, are running away with the Great Plains Division of Canada West, and they are serving notice of strength to challenge for national honours as well. Winners 78-69 in Lethbridge on Friday, Brandon comes to town having won 5 straight league games and 14 of their past 16 contests. They are led by hot-shooting guard Chad Jacobson, who is deadly from 3 pt. range.

The Bobcats are deep in talent with Danny Charlery, Adam Hartman, Yul Michel, and Yuri Whyms roundin g out a formidable starting five. They play a harassing defense, and lead the league in steals, usually converting to Brandon scores. At Christmas the Bobcats added Stevens Marcelin, last seasons rebounding leader, and a big post off the bench.

Game time is 8:00 pm at ‘The Jack’.

1/19/2007

Dinos Host Cougars

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 1:58 pm

Cougars Rely on Hot-shooting Guards

The Dinos Friday night opponents, the Regina Cougars have a couple of talented guards who are better from 3 pt. range than from inside the arc. Freshman wing man Jeff Lukomski has taken 118 treys and connected on 50 for 42%, while 2nd year combo guard Paul Schubach is even more deadly on 32/60 shots from outside. They are both 82 % free throw shooters.

Inside, the Cougars are smaller, but very tenacious on the boards. They out-rebound their opponents 629 – 567 over the season, and they take more foul shots … 398 – 278. That last stat may be because Regina is primarily a zone team and they protect against man-man fouls. The Cougars have shown a 3/4 court zone press and a 2-3 half court trap as well. Regina is 5-9 in Canada West play, which matches the Dinos to this point in the proceedings.

Calgary is still without Joe Schow ( 3 weeks – ankle ) and Robbie Sihota will be available for limited duty with his ankle sprain. Set to lead the Dinos this weekend is point man Josh Feist , who has been a force at both ends the last three games. He notched 27 in the Saturday game against Lethbridge last weekend .Josh continues to lead Canada West in assists … 6.0 per game. Ross Bekkering is the top rebounder with 7.9 per game. Calgary has 4 players averaging double figures in scoring …Josh Feist … 15 pts. , Robbie Sihota and Cody Darrah … 12 pts., and Ross Bekkering … 11.2 pts.

Game time is 8:00 pm both Friday vs. Regina and Saturday against Brandon Bobcats, the leaders in the Great Plains Division.

1/14/2007

Dinos ROBBED

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 2:33 pm

One Point Loss Hard to Swallow

The bare facts would lead one to appreciate a quality effort from a Dinos team depleted by the loss of post players Joe Schow and Robbie Sihota. Calgary’s cold shooting from the field allows the Lethbridge Pronghorns to catch the visiting team in the final minutes. A patch – work Calgary lineup plays a tough game on hostile turf against a veteran Lethbridge squad.

All of that may be true, but it’s gut-wrenching to try and console a 19 year old who feels he has cost his team a crucial game in an arena full of his friends, family, and heckling Pronghorns fans. Ross Bekkering played 17 minutes in a game where his presence would have seemed critical for the Dinos to have had a chance against the home-standing ‘Horns. In the first half he was on the court for all of 4 minutes before he was whistled for a 2nd foul. After leading for most of the second half, and with 35 seconds left, the Dinos were clinging to a 1 point lead and had the ball, working for a good shot. Josh Feist, who finished the game with 27 points, got off a tough jumper, which grazed the rim with 6 seconds … Bekkering went up top secure the rebound, his arm is hooked by Lethbridge’s 5th year captain, Scott McKinnon … Bekkering loses control of the ball as he is pulled to the floor … whistle … foul … Bekkering … McKinnon to shoot two at the far end with 2.2 seconds left.

The free throws are both good … Lethbridge 76 – Calgary 75, the fans go wild, the refs sprint off the floor, and the Dinos are left to try and choke down a very bitter pill. A great team effort is nullified by a terrible decision by, ironically, a Calgary official. Yes , we should have done this or that, shot it better, or a number of other things, but, simply put, an official decides a game on a questionable call with no time left on the clock.

Nonetheless, some gritty efforts in this game by the Dinos …
Feist penetrates the ‘Horns defense time and again, giving them fits the whole game. Brian Finniss, forced into an unfamiliar role in the post, battles on the inside for the best weekend of the season from the 5th year captain from P.E.I. Chris Unsworth, a rookie who has been sparingly used , logs 19 minutes , snares 5 rebounds, and goes 3/4 from the line. The smaller Dinos rebound by committee with Cody Darrah – 7, Jeremy Odland – 7, Feist – 5, Finniss – 5 helping Sonny Khangura – 5, Unsworth – 5, and Bekkering – 7 out – board Lethbridge 43 – 34.

Finnis scores 12, Khangura 11, but the result is a Lethbridge win and a return to a deadlock at 5-9 in the Divisional standings. The remaining schedule is a challenging one where Calgary plays 6 different teams over the next three weekends …

Jan. 19 – Regina at Calgary
Jan. 20 – Brandon at Calgary
Jan. 26 – Calgary at Fraser Valley – Abbotsford
Jan. 27 – Calgary at Thompson Rivers – Kamloops
Feb. 2 – Calgary at Manitoba
Feb. 3 – Calgary at Winnipeg

Sihota, at times an unstoppable scoring machine for Calgary, will likely miss a week or so, while Schow will nurse a high ankle sprain for the better part of a month. The upside of their hurts would be the emergence of some other players whose role now needs to expand in order for Calgary to compete in the final weeks.

The Dinos finish the regular season with a pair of home games against the Saskatchewan Huskies on Feb. 9 and 10.

Dinos Stun Home Horns

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 2:33 pm

The Dinos were winners over the Pronghorns 84 – 80 in Lethbridge Friday night. Calgary had 6 players in double figures: Ross Bekkering had 14 points and 11 rebounds; Brian Finnis added 14; Robbie Sihota and Cody Darrah each contributed 13; while Josh Feist potted 12 with 6 assists. Calgary led 44 – 41 at the half.

The game was plagued with fouls and the Dinos capitalized by going 27 of 32 at the foul line while Lethbridge was 12 of 21. It was a costly game for the already short handed Dinos as Robbie Sihota went down in the second half with an ankle sprain. Chris Unsworth stepped in and played a solid 10 minutes.

1/7/2007

Dinos Bomb Bears

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 1:57 pm

Night and day … in the first 10 minutes, Calgary had scored 14 points, looked tentitive on offense, and had point guard, Josh feist, on the bench with two fouls in the first 4 minutes. The Alberta Golden Bears where scoring inside, and it began to look like another frustrating outing for the hometown Dinos. Down 39 – 31 at the break, the boys decided to cue the comeback….

Final score … Calgary 89 – Alberta 77 … Calgary’s 58 point charge is ignited by Feist’s 19 pts., 4 steals, and notably more energized defense. Ross Bekkering dominates the glass for 13 boards to go with 12 pts., and Cody Darrah hits several clutch hoops on the way to 19 pts. Darrah also leads with 6 assists, and his work at the point in relief of Feist is a crucial contribution to righting the ship and averting a capsizing. His 7/13 shooting capped a solid weekend for the emerging floor leader.

Another key player was rugged Brian Finniss, who hit 12 pts. and played strong defense to settle the Calgary team down in the second half. His trey with 3 minutes left seemed to put the Dinos over the top on the way to their 4th league win ( 4 – 8 ). With the absence of 6’9″ post man, Joe Schow, the Dinos posts had to work by committee, and Sonny Khangura stepped up for 9 pts., Robbie Sihlota for 8, and Chris Unsworth in a relief role.

Calgary goes south next weekend for a pair of games in Lethbridge … the games will be played in the new U of L facility, which, mercifully, replace the old grey concrete dungeon.

With many games left to play, anything can happen in Canada West Basketball Action!

1/6/2007

Bears Drop Dinos

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 9:49 am

With all the apparent motivation in the world, the Calgary Dinos took the floor Friday night against arch-rival Alberta with a chance to get a positive start to the second half of the season. The Bears were, however, the team which looked far more energized as they took control of the contest from the opening minutes, as they quickly built a 19-6 lead. A late run gave the Dinos some hope, but Alberta buried key foul shots and broke Calgary pressure to prevail 90 – 82.

Time and again the porous Dinos defense allowed lay-ups and inside hoops as the Bears scored through Scott Gordon, their 5th year post, who notched 29 pts. Alberta won the rebounding battle 39 – 35, and their inside game stifled Calgary at both ends of the court. The Dinos relied on 10/26 three point shots to stay within sight of the Bears. Dinos foul shooting was 22/26, but not enough to close the gap sufficiently to put any pressure on Alberta.

Ross Bekkering had 21 pts. and 9 rebounds to lead the Dinos, while Cody Darrah found the range on 5/10 treys to score 19. Calgary drops to 3-8 on the season, while Alberta is atop the Canada West Mountain Division with an 8-3 mark. The teams play again saturday at 8:00 pm at the Jack Simpson Gym.

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