All For a Good Cause – Walk a Mile in her Shoes

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 11:24 am

n501050177_317920_3511.jpgThe 2007-2008 Dinos Men’s Basketball team appeared very comfortable in their shoes yesterday. High heel shoes that is as they “Walked a Mile in her Shoes” in support of the Calgary YWCA and the Cardel Emergency Housing Fund. Helping to raise awareness for a worthy cause, the boys took to downtown Calgary during Lunch hour on September 24 strutting their stuff in front of a large crowd oohing, awing and cheering the Dinos around the 1 mile track. Even Rex, the Dinos Mascot joined the team on Stephen Ave as more than 250 Calgary and Area men walked in the hope of raising $130,000. Along with the Dinos, the Calgary Stampeders and the Calgary Hitmen were in attendence.

The Dinos were the only team with full representation, thus earning them a spot on Global TV News at Noon, live and on location. The team would like to thank all of those who supported the cause and the team!

Make sure to check out the rest of the Dinos pictures in the Photo Gallery.

The Dinos take to the court this weekend as they head to Red Deer Alberta for a 3 game stint at the RDC Invitational Tournament vs. ACAC competition. Game times are 6:00pm Thursday vs. Concordia University College, 4:00pm Friday vs. Red Deer College, and 4:00pm Saturday vs. MacEwan.


Dinos 2007-2008 Roster

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 1:00 pm

16.jpg The Dinos Men’s Basketball team will feature a lot of new faces for the upcoming season. The Dinos feature 6 new bodies to accompany a returning 9 players to complete their 15 man roster. The roster will be increased by one once the CIS football season concludes as Dinos starting quarterback Jordan Flagel will also join the team as a red shirt performer. The Dinos have a great exhibition season scheduled featuring the Naismith Cup at the University of Waterloo, as well as travels to Montana, and Winnipeg at Christmas time. The hectic Canada West schedule features 12 home games for the Dinos this year, with 10 on the road, with the potential to host the Canada West Final Four for the Mountain Division Champion.

Here is a closer look at the Dinos (pictured above)(From left to right):
Back Row: 21 – Dustin Reding, 6’7″ F (RS), 15 – Henry Bekkering, 6’6″ G/F, 33 – Ross Bekkering, 6’8″ F, 24 – Tyler Fidler, 6’9″ G, 40 – Joseph Schow, 6’9″ F, 42 – Chris Unsworth, 6’8″ F, 31 – Robbie Sihota, 6’6″ F, 3 – Josh Lovestone, 6’4″ F
Front Row: 20 – Logan Armstrong, 6’4″ G, 22 – Cody Darrah, 6’4″ G, 14 – Brennen Fule, 6’2″ G, 5 – Jeff Price, 6’0″ PG, 12 – Andrew Champagnie, 6’1″ PG, 4 – Joel Bancroft, 6’1″ G, 13 – Jeremy Odland, 6’4″ G (not pictured, Jordan Flagel)


Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2007

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 11:20 am

walkamile_logo.jpg Hello Dinos Supporters,

This year, the Calgary Dinos Men’s Basketball team will be taking part in the event, Walk a Mile in her Shoes. The event is a fundraiser for the YWCA and the Cardel Homes Crisis Foundation to help women and their children find emergency housing. The event is to take place on September 24, 2007 at Noon on Stephen Ave.

The Dinos and the YWCA are looking for your support. If you are interested in helping the cause, you can go to www.walkamile.ca, and click on the Calgary Dinos Logo at the top of the page. Once you have clicked the logo, a team photo will appear a long with a button to click to help support the charity. Information regarding the charity and the event can also be found at the ‘Walk a Mile’ site. Any amount would be outstanding as the cause and the charity are outstanding. Plus, with the support we have already received at our ‘Battle of the Border’ weekend, we can help the YWCA and Cardel Homes reach their goal of $130,000! If there are any questions please feel free to contact Asst. Coach Matt Skinn at mjskinn@ucalgary.ca or by phoning (403) 220-3453. Thanks for any and all contributions and you are more than welcome to join us on September 24! See Everyone at Stephen Ave!


New Dinos Dunk Video – Summer Camp 2007 featuring HENRY and ROSS BEKKERING

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:33 pm

Our 2007 Summer Campers at the University of Calgary were treated with a Dunk Contest by their counsellors: The U of C Men’s Basketball team including Joe Schow, Tyler Fidler, Robbie Sihota, Ross Bekkering, and Henry Bekkering. Check it out!


Bekkering Makes Omaha Newspaper

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:06 pm

In a story outlining the Creighton Blue Jays trip to Canada, Steven Pivovar not only mentioned the success of their recent games, but the high flying exploits of the Dinos Henry Bekkering. The Omaha World-Herald Journalist listed Henry as number 4 in his top ten list of what the Jays learned in Canada:

4. Stinnett isn’t only player who can jump – P’Allen Stinnett wasn’t the only guy in Calgary with hops. The guy with the best leaping ability in Calgary played for the home team. Henry Bekkering, a 6-foot-7 forward for the University of Calgary, wowed the Bluejays with his high-flying antics. “The kid could jump out of the gym,” Dotzler said. Bekkering has a 42-inch vertical leap and legend has it that he once jumped over seven kids for a throw-down at a camp. His best dunk against the Bluejays came off a one-step baseline drive. “He almost hit his head on the rim,” junior guard Dustin Sitzmann said. Said Dotzler: “The kid was just unbelievably athletic. He could go to the NBA dunk contest and compete with anybody.”

Stay tuned for more high flying antics in the Dinos upcoming games, as well as video footage from The Dinos 2007 Summer Basketball camps which will be posted soon both here, and on youtube.com.


Creighton Blue Jays 5-0 for the Weekend

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 2:04 pm

CALGARY – Stifling defense, outstanding work off the glass, and second-half offensive struggles by Calgary propelled the Creighton Bluejays to a 97-78 victory over the host Dinos Monday afternoon in the Jack Simpson Gym. The win improves Creighton’s record to a perfect 5-0 at the 2007 Battle of the Border CIS vs. NCAA men’s basketball event.

Freshman centre Kenny Lawson Jr. (Oceanside, Calif.) led the way for the Bluejays with 22 points, while Dane Watts (Sr., Warrensburg, Mo.) added 18 and hauled down seven boards as Creighton outperformed the Dinos’ normally solid rebounding, especially in the second half. As a team the Bluejays brought in 42 rebounds, compared with only 30 for Calgary.

Two of the Dinos’ key offensive weapons were held in check by Creighton’s tight defensive play. Ross Bekkering (3rd year, Taber, Alta.) was held to only seven points and three rebounds, while Robbie Sihota (3rd, Calgary) went 0-for-6 from the field for no points in 20 minutes on the court.

Creighton raced out to an early 6-0 lead in the first minute before Calgary coach Dan Vanhooren called time out to settle the troops. The Dinos did settle down and kept pace with the Bluejays through the remainder of the opening quarter, heading into the second down 25-24. Jeff Price (3rd, Calgary) gave the Dinos a 26-25 lead early in the quarter, and solid shooting put the Dinos up 47-43 at the half.

Things began to unravel offensively for the Dinos in the third quarter as the Creighton defense gave them very little to work with and the hosts had all kinds of difficulty squeezing the ball off the glass on both ends of the court. Tied at 54-54 midway through the frame, the Bluejays went on a 17-4 run to end the third quarter – a deficit from which the Dinos would not recover.

Though the margin in the fourth quarter was smaller, Creighton still outscored the Dinos 26-19 in the final quarter.

Nick Bahe (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.) and Booker Woodfox (Jr., Lewisville, Tex.) joined Lawson and Watts in double-digit point totals for Creighton, with 12 and 15 respectively as the Bluejays spread out their offense. Henry Bekkering (3rd, Taber, Alta.) led the way once again for Calgary with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 8-of-11 from the line. Cody Darrah (5th, Edmonton) was also solid in a losing cause for Calgary, pouring in 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with five from behind the arc.

Calgary finishes the tournament with a 1-2 record following a pair of losses to Creighton and an entertaining 81-74 victory over Weber State Sunday night.


Dinos Score Big Victory over NCAA Conference Champion

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 9:14 pm

CALGARY – An all-out team effort by the University of Calgary Dinos led them to an 81-74 victory over the Weber State Wildcats Sunday night non-conference action at the Jack Simpson Gym.

After turnovers plagued the Dinos Saturday night against Creighton, the hosts were able to keep better control of the ball en route to the victory.

“We didn’t turn the ball over as much, and for us that’s the key,” said Calgary coach Dan Vanhooren. “Our effort both nights was excellent, and I think that says a lot about the character of the kids we have. We were a little more relaxed tonight, some guys shook the rust off, and I think we looked a little more comfortable out there.”

A balanced offensive attack coupled with a strong defensive effort gave the Dinos the lead after a tight first quarter and then held the Wildcats, who won the Big Sky Conference title in 2006-07, at bay.

“We gave up a couple 12-point runs to Creighton, and that puts you in the hole too far,” Vanhooren said. “We got up on them by 10 tonight and they went on a couple of four- or five-point runs, but they never really got further than that. I think defensively this team that we have is much better defensively than any team we’ve had in the last several years.”

Both teams got off to a tentative start, with Weber State taking a 7-2 lead midway through the opening quarter. Calgary clawed back to tie it up, and the teams headed into the quarter break drawn at 12.

The tight play continued through the first five minutes of the second quarter until back-to-back treys from Jeff Price (3rd year, Calgary) and Henry Bekkering (3rd, Taber, Alta.) opened up a lead for the home side, and Calgary took a 35-27 lead into halftime.

Calgary’s Robbie Sihota (3rd, Calgary) scored four points in the first 90 seconds of the third quarter to extend the lead, but the Wildcats began to fight back as guard Dezmon Harris (Sr., Fort Worth, Tex.) scored his team’s first eight points of the half. Arturas Valeika (Sr., Vilnius, Lithuania) cut the Calgary lead to two at 41-39, and the teams traded points through the rest of the stanza. Daviin Davis (So., Midland, Tex.) hit an impossible three-pointer at the buzzer, and Calgary led 55-50 after three quarters.

That clutch shooting from beyond the arc carried forward into the fourth quarter for Weber State as they again began to cut into the Calgary lead. Three straight fouls to Henry Bekkering brought the lead down to a single point, and Valeika gave the visitors the lead with 6:20 to play.

Foul trouble, however, began to catch up with the Wildcats. Ross Bekkering (3rd, Taber, Alta.) turned a three-point play on Valeika’s fifth personal foul of the night to give the Dinos the lead, and Calgary did not look back. Cody Darrah (5th, Edmonton) hit a wide-open three-ball in the final minute to go with 7-for-7 free throw shooting on the night to ice the win for Calgary.

Henry Bekkering led the Dinos with 18 points and seven boards while Sihota added 17 points. Price and Darrah added 16 apiece in a balanced attack for Calgary. Ross Bekkering led all players with 13 rebounds on the night. Harris potted 21 to lead Weber State in scoring, while Tyler Billings (Jr., Logan, Utah) contributed 15 and Valeika 14.

Both teams will see their final action of the 2007 Battle of the Border tournament Monday as the Wildcats take on the Saskatchewan Huskies at 10 a.m. before the Dinos hook up with the Creighton Bluejays in the tournament finale at noon.

Blue Jays get past Dinos in Entertaining Game at the Jack

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 7:24 am

CALGARY – The Creighton Bluejays and Calgary Dinos treated the 968 holiday weekend fans in the Jack Simpson Gym Saturday night to an entertaining basketball game, with the defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Bluejays coming out on top 85-77.

Turnovers plagued the Dinos throughout the affair, with 28 in total including 17 in the first half, and coach Dan Vanhooren knows his charges have plenty to work on before the Canada West season opens in November.

“We turned the ball over, and when you do that against good teams they’re going to run up the score on you at times,” he said. “They had two or three very consistent runs that put them up six or eight points more, and those are just off our own turnovers and our own mistakes. Hopefully even by Monday we’ll be able to correct some of those things and not turn the ball over as much as we did.”

The same two teams meet Monday afternoon to close out the weekend.

The most significant of those runs for Creighton came at the end of the second quarter. Calgary led 21-18 after 10 minutes and kept it tight through the first five of the second frame, but 10 turnovers led to 21 Bluejay points in the stanza compared to only 10 for the Dinos. Creighton took a 42-31 lead into halftime.

Creighton extended its lead to as much as 20 in the third before back-to-back threes from Jeff Price (3rd year, Calgary) cut into the deficit. The Bluejays managed to stay in front thanks to stellar efforts from Dane Watts (Sr., Warrensburg, Mo.), who finished with 21 points on the night, and Nick Bahe (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.), who added 15 on the night. Creighton led 68-51 after three quarters.

The Dinos turned it around in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bluejays 26-17 in the final frame.

The game marked the first chance for fans to see transfer Henry Bekkering (3rd year, Taber, Alta.) in a Dinos uniform along with recruits Price and Tyler Fidler (1st year, Calgary). Vanhooren was pleased with the performances of the three newcomers.

“Henry’s power and athleticism are huge, and we’ve got to get him the ball in positions where he can score a little more often. With all the guys we had in foul trouble it was difficult at times for us to get him where we wanted him. Jeff was awesome when he wasn’t in foul trouble, and it was nice to see Tyler hit a couple big shots and get a dunk here and there.”

Bekkering potted 12 points in his Dinos debut, while Price went 4-for-4 from the field for 11 points – all in the second half. Cody Darrah (5th, Edmonton) led the way for Calgary with 14 points, while Ross Bekkering (3rd, Taber, Alta.) opened the season with a double-double, scoring 13 points and hauling down 11 rebounds – including five of the offensive variety.

In earlier action, Creighton defeated Saskatchewan 87-82 after trailing 49-43 at halftime. Watts also led the Bluejays with 20 points in that contest, while freshman Kenny Lawson, Jr. (Oceanside, Calif.) also chipped in 20.

The second game of the day featured Weber State taking on Lethbridge. The Wildcats were all over the Pronghorns, holding Lethbridge to only seven points in the second half as they cruised to a 97-31 victory.

The 2007 Battle of the Border continues Sunday with four more contests. Weber State opens the day with a tilt against the Mt. Royal College All-Star team at 10:30 a.m., followed by Creighton vs. Lethbridge at 1 p.m. The Dinos play their second game of the weekend against Weber State at 5:30 p.m., and Creighton and Saskatchewan will close the day with tip-off set for 8 p.m.

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