12/4/2007

Henry Bekkering Named Canada West Athlete of the Week

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 2:57 pm

calg_bbm_hbekkeringhs.jpgMale: Henry Bekkering, Calgary (basketball)

Calgary standout Henry Bekkering put on a show for the home fans as the Calgary Dinos men’s basketball team wrapped up the first half of the season with a sweep of the Saskatchewan Huskies (5-5).

The 9-1 Dinos sit alone in first place in the Central Division. Bekkering, from Taber, AB, had 23 points each night and 13 rebounds over the weekend, leading the Dinos in scoring in both Friday’s 104-69 drubbing and a much tighter 83-74 win Saturday night.

He shot better than 56 per cent from the field over the weekend and averaged 32 minutes each night. A fourth-year transfer from Eastern Washington (NCAA Div. I), Bekkering studies social sciences at the University of Calgary.

12/2/2007

Dinos Sweep Huskies; 3rd Straight Divisional Sweep; 9-1 Atop Mountain

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 9:02 pm

henry.jpgGame 1: DINOS 104 Huskies 69

It was supposed to be a clash of Divisional contenders as the U of S Huskies, winners of 6 of their last 7 games with the Dinos, came visiting Friday in Calgary, but the ‘Dogs were sent away howling as the Dinos unleashed a 20-4 late 2nd quarter run and kenneled the visitors 104-69.

Up 49-34 at the half on the strength of Robbie Sihota’s 15 first half points, Calgary extended the lead to 73-49 after 3/4s, and rang up 31 pts. mostly with their bench in the final frame. Sihota finished with 17 and 7 rebounds, as Saskatchewan was outshot 57 % to 37 % on the night, and out-rebounded 40-24. Henry Bekkering was a force for the Dinos racking up 23 points and snaring 8 rebounds, while his brother Ross spent most of the night on the bench with foul trouble. ‘Saving myself for Saturday”, commented Ross, “All I care is that we win.”

Once again it was an impressive display of depth from the Dinos who have now won 6 straight and run their
Canada West record to 8-1, while the Huskies drop to 5-4. Impressive off the bench tonight were 1st year guards Tyler Fidler, with 10 pts, 6 boards, and 3 assists, and Andrew Champagnie, whose defensive quickness stifled Saskatchewan as AC counted 11 points, 3 assists , and 2 steals. Josh Lovestone and Joe Schow also kept up their positive contributions off the bench scoring 15 pts. and grabbing 5 boards between them. Jeremy Odland had 10 pts, and Cody Darrah hit for a quiet 8 .

Most of the Dinos damage was done inside as Henry Bekkering, Schow, Sihota, and Lovestone took it to a shell-shocked pack of Huskies off the glass. Calgary went to the line for 17/19 free throws against 13/23 for Saskatchewan. The Huskies got 19 points from 5th year guard Kyle Grant, who was shooting well, but ran into foul trouble early in the 2nd half. All-Canadian Andrew Spagrud was held to only 9 points and 5 rebounds, both well below his season’s averages.

These teams play again Saturday at 8:00 pm in their final game before the exam break.

BOX SCORE

Game 2: DINOS 83 Huskies 74

The Calgary Dinos sit atop the Central Division of Canada West Basketball after disposing of the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies 83-74 Saturday night for a pair of wins over the weekend in Calgary. It was not quite the total domination of their last several league encounters, but the Dinos again used their depth of big men to out-rebound (38-27) and out-chance (21/29 vs 6/13 free throws) the Huskies.

The real Ross Bekkering came to the fore with 15 pts. and 15 rebounds to spark the Dinos attack. “After sitting for most of the Friday game, I was fresh for this one”, chuckled Ross. His brother Henry had another strong game with 23 points and 5 rebounds, while Robbie Sihota wore the Sled Dogs out with his power inside, finishing with 17 points on 11/12 free throws and grabbing 5 rebounds. Jeff Price dealt out 6 assists, and Ross Bekkering had 5 , although Calgary sufferered through 15 give aways in the first half in taking a 40-34 lead.

The Huskies got 21 points from Kyle Grant including 5/10 from 3 pt. range, and the speedy Rob Lovelace counted 20 and added 5 assists. Big forward Andrew Spagrud was again held in check finishing with only 13 points and fouling out. Saskatchewan finishes the first half of the Canada West schedule at 5-5 in 3rd place in the Division, while the Dinos are 9-1, and up two games on 7-3 Alberta, with Lethbridge 0-10 in the basement.

The Dinos now take a break for exams and Christmas, resuming action at the Winnipeg Wesmen Tournament from Dec. 28-30.

BOX SCORE

A few notes on the Dinos as they enter the Christmas Break:

**The Dinos are the Top Scoring Team in Canada West Averaging 88.2 Points Per Game which also leads the Nation
**The Dinos Top the Canada West in Scoring Margin at +14.7
**The Dinos sit atop the Canada West in 3 pt. Shooting Percentage at 39.8%
**The Dinos are leading Canada West in Rebounding Margin at +10
**The Dinos are also currently leading the Canada West in Free Throw attempts (despite playing only 10 games to the Pacific Divisions 12) with 325 and are 2nd overall in Free throw shooting percentage at 70.8%

Individually…

The Calgary Dinos Front Court are all currently in the top 21 in scoring in the Conference. Henry Bekkering (9th-17.7), Robbie Sihota (18th-14.6), and Ross Bekkering (21st-14.4) make up one of the most dominant front lines in the country.

Ross Bekkering currently is 2nd in Canada West averaging 11.0 rebounds per game while Robbie Sihota ranks 8th at 6.9 per game.

Jeff Price leads the Canada West in Free Throw Shooting percentage (24/26) at 92.3% and is 2nd in 3 pt. shooting percentage at 50% (12/24).

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