1/29/2008

Weekend Wrap-up

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 12:18 pm

Jan. 29
By Wayne Thomas

Scoring Spree Nets Bekkering Athlete of the Week Honours

Henry Bekkering struck for a combined 72 points and 18 rebounds in Calgary Dinos victories over the visiting Fraser Valley Cascades (90-76) and the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack (117-100) last weekend, and for this he was chosen as the Canada West Male Athlete of the Week.

Henry is now averaging 20.7 points per game in league play, moving him into 3rd place in the scoring list behind Andrew Spagrud of Saskatchewan (22.2) and Erfan Najaspour of Winnipeg (22.1).

Trinity Western Forfeits Games

The CIS announced Monday that the Trinity Western Spartans would forfeit three games they had won this season because they had played an ineligible player in those games. Trinity Western discovered they had made an administrative error, and reported to CIS officials they had played transfer Lucas Goltz, Comox, B.C., who had previously played at Royal Military College.

Although Goltz had sat out the required one year after transferring, he did not complete the requisite number of credits to make him eligible. As a result of the ruling by the CIS, the Spartans drop to 3-17 in Canada West standings, with Fraser Valley (10-10), Thompson Rivers (3-17), and Lethbridge (2-16) now given credit for an extra win each.

A quick look at the Pacific standings tells us this change puts Fraser Valley back into a tie with Simon Fraser for the 3rd playoff spot, but the Cascades have a much tougher finishing slate than the Clan.

New Media Poll for CIS Hoops

In an attempt to drum up more talk around CIS Basketball, writers from media outlets across most of Canada, with leadership from Mark Wacyk of http://www.cishoops.ca, have started to publish a Media Poll of CIS Rankings. The first of these follows :

cishoops.ca Media Poll – January 29

Results of the first cishoops.ca Media Poll conducted January 27-28. There are a maximum 252 points in the poll. Points are awarded in
descending order – 12 for first, 11 for second, etc. – depending upon placement. (First place votes bracketed).
Below we compare the Media Poll to the CIS Coaches’ Poll.

CISHOOPS.ca POLL

1. Carleton (21) 252
2. Brandon 223
3. Calgary 205
4. Acadia 160
5. Toronto 148
6. Ottawa 146
7. U.B.C. 128
8. Cape Breton 119
9. Windsor 92
10. Laval 59

Coaches Poll for January 29, 2008

1. Carleton (16-0) / 516 votes / (1)
2. Brandon (16-2) / 470 / (3)
3. Calgary (15-3) / 414 / (4)
4. Acadia (12-2) / 388 / (2)
5. UBC (15-4) / 315 / (6)
6. Ottawa (13-3) / 308 / (5)
7. Toronto (13-3) / 260 / (7)
8. Brock (10-5) / 190 / (9)
9. Cape Breton (11-3) / 180 / (10)
10. Windsor (11-4) / 134 / (NR)

Pollsters for the CISHOOPS.ca poll include media from Brandon, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Halifax, and many others in the East. Let’s hope other media are added in the future; some may not have been contacted, and, in some cities, the media does a good job of ignoring CIS Sport.

For a complete list of Canadians playing professionally around the world, be sure to check out www.basketball.ca and it’s brand new website. They have a country list, as well as all of the Canadian players (male and female) who are playing. A great idea and great job by Basketball Canada and their new site.

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