2/10/2008

Dinos Split Series in Saskatoon

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 5:51 pm

Feb. 9
By Wayne Thomas

Huskies Rebound As Spagrud Breaks Record

The Saskatchewan Huskies roared back on Senior Night in Saskatoon behind behind 28 points and 11 rebounds from their 5th year forward Andrew Spagrud, who became the CIS’ all-time leading scorer, as the hosts prevailed 86-73. The Huskies lit it up from the floor with 59% shooting, and fellow 5th year star Kyle Grant also turned things around from Friday as he registered 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Saskatchewan started their 5 graduating seniors, and they all responded with fine games; Rob Lovelace with 12 and Mark Lynch, Sir Winston Churchill, Calgary with 10, joined Grant and Spagrud in double figures, while Jordan Harbidge scored 9. Calgary got 20 points from Henry Bekkering, 17 from Jeff Price, and 12 from Robbie Sihota, but the Dinos could never catch fire to threaten the red-hot Huskies. Calgary shot 43% from the floor, and 18/21 (86%) from the line, but turnovers and a 33-28 Saskatchewan edge on the boards also contributed to the 4th loss of the season for Calgary.

The Dinos finish at 18-4, in first in the Central Division, with Alberta 2nd at 16-6, and Saskatchewan 3rd at 12-10. Lethbridge could manage only 3-19 and their season is now over. The Huskies will travel to Edmonton next weekend to play a best of three series against the Golden Bears for the right to challenge the Dinos in the best of three Central Division Final to be played at the Jack Simpson Gym in Calgary
Feb. 22-24.

Feb. 8
By Wayne Thomas

Dinos Leash Lead ‘Dogs

Henry Bekkering and Tyler Fidler combined to shut down the two top offensive threats for the Saskatchewan Huskies for a total of 9 points in propelling the visiting Calgary Dinos to a 72 – 67 win in Saskatoon Friday night. Andrew Spagrud, averaging 22 on the season, and primed to set a CIS scoring record, was stifled by Bekkering and held to only 7 points, while Kyle Grant, another 5th year star for U of S, who had been scoring over 15 a game, could manage a paltry 2 pts. against the rookie Fidler.

In contrast, Fidler had one of his best games of the season, with 14 pts. on 6/7 shooting, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists, while Henry led all scorers with 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Jeff Price had 15 pts. including 10 from the foul line, and Robbie Sihota had 13 pts. and 8 boards for the Dinos, who moved to 18-3 on the season, while Saskatchewan dropped to 11-10 going into Saturday’s final league game.

The Huskies took a 10 pt. lead at the half as Troy Gottselig and Rob Lovelace led their scoring, finishing the night with 18 and 17 respectively. Price had to sit early in the half with a pair of fouls, and 1st year point Brennen Fule, Strathmore, AB. came in to play a solid 6 minutes to limit the damage. Calgary outshot Saskatchewan 20/26 to 16/23 at the foul line and 44 % to 42% from the floor.

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