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Ross Rebounds as Dinos Sweep Montana Series

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Oct. 20

Bekkering Brothers Maul Miners

The Dinos dynamic duo, Ross and Henry Bekkering gave the Montana Tech Ore-Diggers more than they could handle, as the brothers from Taber combined for 39 points and 22 rebounds in leading Calgary to a 73-67 win Friday night in Butte, Montana. Ross snatched a season high 18 rebounds to go with 16 pts., while Henry notched 23 pts. and added 4 boards.

Calgary was full marks for the win, and Tech’s only advantage came in 3 pt. shooting where they hit 10 of 27 and made a late charge, but were thwarted by key hoops from Henry B, and free throws from Jeff Price and Ross B. The Dinos look to have found a dependable floor leader in Price, who struck for 12 pts. and dealt out 3 assists; Price seems to have the toughness to play smart at crucial stages of the game.

Once again the Dinos dominated the glass 47 – 41, and newcomer Josh Lovestone was particularly effective coming off the bench, as the 3rd year forward had 4 boards and 7 pts. The powerfully built Salmon Arm, B.C. product is willing and able to do the important blue collar defensive and rebounding chores in relief of the starters. Cody Darrah had a sharp game as a distributing guard in leading the team with 6 assists.

Calgary travels 70 miles down the road this morning and will face the ever-tough Fighting Saints of Carroll College tonight in Helena.

Oct. 21

Dinos Stop Saints in OT

The Calgary Dinos left Montana Saturday night with the prospect of a 6 hour bus trip brightened by the 85-83 overtime win at Carroll College and the completion of a two game sweep of Frontier Conference teams on the weekend. Despite a rough shooting night and an injured ankle for star transfer Henry Bekkering, the Dinos edged the Fighting Saints in the extra frame after Jeff Price made two clutch free throws at the end of regulation.

Ross Bekkering again had an impressive double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and he was joined by Price who scored 13 and dealt out 10 assists. Tyler Fidler with 13, and Cody Darrah and Rob Sihota with 12 each also hit double figures for the Dinos, who had every player in the lineup play at least 9-10 solid minutes.

Calgary won the rebounding battle 35 – 30 as Fidler helped with 7 boards, and shot 47% from the field (23/49) vs. Carroll’s 40% (27/67) with the shot total difference created by 26 Calgary turnovers. The visiting Dinos drew key fouls from the Saints and cashed in 85% (29/34) from the line, while hitting 10/22 treys on a very good shooting night away from home.

The Dinos are at home for a single game on Saturday Oct. 27 against Whitworth College of Spokane this coming weekend, then start league play on Nov. 2nd and 3rd at the Jack Simpson Gym with encounters against perennial Canada West Pacific powers Victoria Vikes and UBC T-Birds.


Montana Tour 2007

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The Dinos head to Montana this weekend to take on Montana Tech on Friday October 19 at 8:00pm, and Carroll College on Saturday October 20 at 8:00pm. You can see all of the Dinos 2007/2008 Comics in the Photo Gallery.

Dinos Come up Short at Naismith Classic

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Here are some excerpts from the Dinos weekend action. The Dinos lost in OT to the U of T Varsity Blues in the Final of the 40th Annual Naismith Cup.

Oct. 13

Dinos Dump Warriors in Opener

Paced by Henry Bekkering’s 22 points and 8 rebounds, the pressing Calgary Dinos started strong and held off the host Waterloo Warriors for an 83-76 win in their opening game played Friday night at the Waterloo Tournament. Calgary took a 21-11 lead after one quarter, and held a solid 41-28 margin at the half, and controlled the Warriors for most of the second half.

Rob Sihota scored a double – double with 12 points and 12 boards, while rookie Tyler Fidler was impressive in his CIS debut with 16 points on 6/11 field goals including 3/3 from 3 point range. Ross Bekkering had 7 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out, and Cody Darrah notched 9 points for Calgary , who shot only 39% from the field, but 35 % from 3 pt. range. Henry B was a team – best 8/9 from the free throw line as the team shot 19/28 for 68%. Calgary out – rebounded Waterloo 55-47.

While Jeff Price had a tough start at the point with no scoring ( 0/5) and 4 turnovers against 2 assists, his back – up, 1st year guard Andrew Champagnie, came in to play 17 strong minutes scoring 7 pts, adding 2 assists, and making 2 steals. Waterloo employed the 3 – ball to reduce a 15 pt. Calgary margin with 2 minutes to play, but the Dinos dominated the game , for the most part.

The game was a little sloppy at times as Calgary recorded 26 turnovers and Waterloo committed 21.
The Dinos tip off against the McMaster Marauders in Saturday action, and complete the Waterloo Naismith Classic with a Sunday tilt against the University of Toronto Blues. Toronto blasted McMaster 80 – 57 in the 1st game Friday night.

Oct. 14

Team Win as Dinos Mash Mac

The Dinos enjoyed a balanced scoring attack as five players reached double figures led by 5th year guard Cody Darrah with 21, as they mashed McMaster Marauders 104-77 in their second game of the Naismith Classic hosted by Waterloo University.

Darrah was 5/9 from 3 pt. land, as the Dinos used a 2nd half outburst to bury the perennially strong Marauders 59-36 after holding a slim 45-41 lead at the half. Henry Bekkering notched 20 to go with 8 boards, despite playing only 18 minutes with foul trouble. Joe Schow was impressive coming off the bench as he scored 10 pts. and snared 4 rebounds, while Ross Bekkering scored 10 and had 5 rebounds before fouling out for the 2nd straight game.

Jeff Price played a stellar game at the point with 10 points, 5 assists, 4 boards, and 2 steals. Robbie Sihota led the team with 9 rebounds and scored 8 pts., and Tyler Fidler notched 8 , as well. All but one of the 12 Dinos hit the scoring column and everyone played at least 7 minutes Saturday. Calgary out-shot Mac 49% to $5% from the floor, $7% to 32% from 3 pt., and 78% to 55 % from the free throw line as well as dominating the boards 44 – 29.

Calgary faces the Toronto Blues in an afternoon game today to close out the tournament. Toronto looked good again in drilling Waterloo 76-53 in the other game Saturday.

Oct. 14

Blues Beat Dinos in Overtime

Not being able to control the other team at the defensive end, and committing too many turnovers will usually mean defeat for a basketball team, and, despite some hot shooting, the Calgary Dinos learned that lesson Sunday against the University of Toronto Blues. Toronto capitalized on a porous Dinos defense and numerous Calgary turnovers to edge the Dinos 96-92 in overtime Sunday in the final game of the Naismith Classic in Waterloo, Ontario.

Despite out-shooting Toronto 49% to 47% and out-rebounding the Blues 44-31, Calgary paid for the 26 turnovers vs. only 9 for Toronto as Calgary had only 69 shots while Toronto took 85. Henry Bekkering led the Dinos with 27 pts. and 10 rebounds, but it took Tyler Fidler’s 3 free throws with just seconds left to get the Dinos to overtime, as they overcame a 10 point deficit in the last 3 minutes of regulation. Fidler had 14 for the game, while Cody Darrah added 11, and Jeff Price had 12. Ross Bekkering had 13 points and 8 boards.

Toronto finished the tournament at 3-0, while Calgary dropped to 2-1. The Dinos next action will be this coming weekend with games at Montana Tech and Carroll College in Montana Friday and Saturday. The first home game will be October 27 vs. Whitworth College of Spokane.


Dinos Men’s Basketball 2007/2008 Vol. 1

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Stay tuned each week for the Dinos Men’s Basketball Comic Strip featuring the Dinos and their upcoming opponents. You can also check out all of the Dinos Comics in the Photo Gallery!


Dinos CIS Season Kicking off Next Weekend

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bb_henry_creighton.jpgThe 2007-2008 version of the Calgary Dinos Men’s Basketball team kick off their Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) schedule following the Thanksgiving weekend when they travel to the University of Waterloo to take part in the Naismith Cup. The team will be up against the host Waterloo Warriors, the McMaster Marauders, and the Toronto Varsity Blues.

The Dinos are eager to battle with their bolstered line-up featuring, as many are calling it, one of the top recruiting classes in Canada a long with the core of players who helped the Dinos finish their 2006-2007 regular season campaign strongly. Their returning players include 3 of their top 4 scorers from a season ago. 6’4″ G Cody Darrah enters his fifth year of eligibility, and third year with the Dinos after playing two seasons at the University of Alberta. Cody finished last season averaging 12.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 apg while shooting 42% from the 3 pt line and 87% from the FT line and will be a key to spreading the defense with the Dinos potent inside game. Also returning up front is starter and FISU games National Team member 6’9″ Ross Bekkering. Ross’ athleticism and strength improved this off season and and he should be one of the top posts in the conference during the upcoming year. Ross looks to improve on last season’s numbers which saw him post 13.2 ppg, 7.4, rpg, racking up 20 blocks and 23 steals while shooting 50% from the floor and 40% from 3. Ross is one of the best natural rebounders in the country and should be able to improve on his 4th place standing in Canada West from a season ago. The other returning starter is 6’6″ Robbie Sihota who is one of the most underrated players in Canada West. Robbie is a potent scorer from the inside and out and will be looking to improve on his numbers of 12.0 ppg, and 6.9 rpg. Robbie showed his offensive potential against Winnipeg last season scoring 29 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

The other key returning players for the Dinos who will see action in the rotation are 6’9″ center Joe Schow (7.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg) who missed most of the second half of last season with a high ankle sprain, 6’4″ wing and work horse Jeremy Odland (8.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg), and the 6’8″ meat hook Chris Unsworth (2.5 ppg, 1.7rpg) who showed great promise down the stretch last season and in the playoffs. Also returning is the consistent defender 6’1″ G Joel Bancroft, 6’4″ G Logan Armstrong who medical redshirted last year, and 6’7″ Dustin Reding who will red shirt this season with the club.

The Dinos newcomers are athletic, eager and all come from a winning pedigree. 6’6″ G/F Henry Bekkering joins the team after playing 2 years at Eastern Washington University which competes in the Big Sky Conference. Henry is a super athletic wing player who can get to the rim, post up, and consistently knock down the open jump shot. Henry will be counted on for his leadership, rebounding and scoring this season if the Dinos hope to make a deep post season run. Henry has already shown his ability to do everything as the Dinos beat his old conference champion Weber State in the pre-season. The other new comer who will find his way into the starting line-up is the 6’0″ PG Jeff Price. Jeff has been the Point Guard of an Alberta provincial Champion the last 3 seasons (1 4A Provincial High School, 2 ACAC Titles) and brings this attitude and commitment to the Dinos. Jeff is a great outside shooter, great ball handler, and pesky defender who will run the show for the Dinos this year. Last year, Jeff averaged 17 points, 6 assists per game as he was ACAC Player of the Year, ACAC Male Athlete of the Year, and CCAA All Canadian. The Dinos have also added 6’9″ freshman guard Tyler Fidler to the mix. Tyler joins the Dinos from Western Canada High School in Calgary, and has also seen action with Canada’s Junior National Team. Tyler averaged a triple double in high school last season and is a tremendous outside shooter, ball handler and passer. His ability to stretch the defense and cause mismatches will be a huge asset to the Dinos. Tyler won the city championships with Western last season but was ousted in the Provincial quarter finals despite a 52 point effort. The Dinos line-up will also feature 6’1″ PG Andrew Champagnie out of Ross Shepherd in Edmonton where he led his team to the provincial title in his grade 11 year and to the final in his senior season. Andrew has not played the past two seasons out of high school and with his added experience and quickness should provide depth at the guard spots. 6’2″ Combo guard Brennen Fule will also provide depth at the 1 and 2 spots for the Dinos this season. Brennen won a provincial title in his grade 10 year at Strathmore High School and collected a 57-0 record as the starting shooting guard with the Jr. Dinos. Last, but definitely not least, is newcomer 6’4″ F Josh Lovestone. Josh played last season at SAIT averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds and was also a member of the University College of the Caribou team that won the CCAA National Title in 2005. Josh adds toughness, rebounding and a great outside shooting touch to the Dino line-up.

Practice continues for now as the Dinos gear up for their pre-season schedule which also includes a trip to Montana to play Montana Tech and Carroll College of the NAIA, and a Calgary match-up with Whitworth College of Washington. The Dinos regular season opens up on November 2 and 3 at home versus the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia.

***Note: The Dinos played in the Sandman Invitational in Red Deer this past weekend. Without Henry Bekkering and Andrew Champagnie in the line-up the Dinos played hard, with rugged defense and improved every game winning all 3 match-ups against ACAC competition.

Game 1: Dinos 79 Concordia College 56
Top scorers: Ross Bekkering (18), Tyler Fidler (13), Joe Schow (10)
Top rebounders: Ross Bekkering (11), Joe Schow (9), Tyler Fidler (8)

Game 2: Dinos 75 Red Deer College 43
Top scorers: Ross Bekkering (17), Cody Darrah (14), Robbie Sihota (12)
Top rebounder: Ross Bekkering (10)

Game 3: Dinos 93 MacEwan 51
Top scorer: Tyler Fidler (18), Robbie Sihota (11), Josh Lovestone (11)
Top rebounders: Ross Bekkering (10), Josh Lovestone (8), Tyler Fidler (8)

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