Energizing the Dinos – DOTW: Jeremy Odland

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:49 pm

It’s not necessarily the numbers that stagger you with 4th year Swing man Jeremy Odland, but the intagibles that are so valuable for his Dinos team. This weekend was nothing different. Whether asked to step in and guard bigger players, or guard smaller scorers, ‘JO’ is always there with his energy to help the Dino cause.

This weekend, Jeremy helped the Dinos to a 1-1 record after beating the Regina Cougars, and narrowly falling to the Brandon Bobcats. Against the Cougars, Jeremy was consistent off the bench scoring 9 points in 15 minutes of action while hitting on 2 three point bombs, grabbing 2 steals and helping out with a block.

However, Saturday’s performance, despite the loss, was the best of Jeremy’s career at the U of C. Jeremy was everywhere in leading the Dino second half comeback. In 28 minutes of action, JO scored a team high 20 points on 5 or 10 from the field and 10 of 13 from the free throw line. Even more impressive was his rebounding total: 12 including an astonishing 8 offensive rebounds which lead to his numerous trips to the charity stripe.

Jeremy will hope to continue his energetic play as the Dinos hit the road for 4 straight games. First to interior B.C. to face off against Thompson Rivers and Fraser Valley, then across the Plains to battle the Wesmen of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Bisons. Stay tuned for all of your Dino Action!


Dino of the Week for November 7, 2006 – Josh Feist

Filed under: — Admin @ 10:14 am

Despite losing both games on the Coast of B.C. to Victoria and UBC, Josh Feist played strong and continued on his improved pre-season play to earn the first Dino of the Week honors for the 2006-2007 Season.

Against the University of Victoria, Josh posted strong numbers against a stingy Vikes Defense. Josh used his quickness and smarts on his way to 23 points and 6 assists playing 39 minutes. Josh made several key hoops and managed to play against many Vikes defenders.

Despite the loss to UBC, Josh continued his strong play posting 17 points, 11 assists and just 2 turnovers in playing all 40 minutes. For the weekend, Josh finished with 17 assists, and 6 turnovers in playing 79 minutes. His play will be crucial to the Dinos success this weekend as they play host to the Simon Fraser University Clan, and The Spartans of Trinity Western at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium on Friday and Saturday. Game times are 8pm both nights!

Stay tuned for more updates and results from dinosbasketball.com!


Dino of the Week, February 6, 2006

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 2:41 pm

After helping his team to a one game lead on the Lethbridge Pronghorns in their fight for the Final Playoff Spot in the Moutain Division of Canada West, Chris Wright is this week’s Dino of the Week.

Despite the loss at Lethbridge on Friday, Chris Wright came out determined to lead his team to victory. Playing aggressively in the early portions of the game, Chris made several Jump Shots to help the Dinos fight off the emotion that the home team Horns were playing with. Chris led the way for the Dinos shooting 8 for 17 from the field, grabbing 2 offensive rebounds and 7 defensive, while posting 16 points in 32 minutes of action. Chris also added an assist and a steal in the game which saw the Pronghorns hit a tough shot over an outstretched Dino defender with just 3.2 seconds left.

Saturday was the Final Regular Season home game for Chris Wright in a Dino uniform. The Jack Simpson Gymnasium was packed to bid Chris farewell. Chris did not disappoint the home fans. He posted 14 points on 4 for 8 from the floor and 8 for 10 from the free throw line in 25 minutes of action. This also included 3 key free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach for the Pronghorns. Chris was also a demon on the boards grabbing 11 including 5 offensive rebounds. The Dinos captured the game by a score of 76-71 to take a 2 point advantage over the Pronghorns for the final playoff spot in the Mountain Division.



Dino of the Week, January 30, 2006

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 12:58 pm

After a Weekend Sweep of the Thompson Rivers University Wolf Pack, Ross Bekkering is this week’s Dino of the Week.

Ross made an impact at both ends of the floor this past weekend in Kamploops, BC. Despite the presence of a 7 foot 2 post player on the ‘Pack, Ross dominated the glass and added some scoring for Dinos in their two wins. On Friday, Ross paced the Dinos with 8 points including going 6 for 6 from the free throw line. More importantly, Ross dominated the defensive glass hauling down 11 rebounds, while blocking 3 shots, dishing out 2 assists and grabbing 2 steals. The Dinos captured the game 89-70 on the first game of their road trip.

The second night was much of the same for the Dinos. They controlled the pace of the game, and utilized their speed and strength inside to get the second of two big victories. Once again, Ross dominated the glasss and contributed on the offensive end of the floor. Ross finished the game 6 for 9 from the field, and 6 for 9 from the free throw line for 18 points in 33 minutes of action. Ross once again dominated the glass grabbing 8 rebounds (more like 18 rebounds according to our stats) while blocking 2 shots, grabbing 2 steals and dishing out 2 assists.

The weekend also saw the re-emergence of Josh Feist who scored 39 points and dished out 14 assists while only committing 6 turnovers in over 70 minutes of court time. Brian Finniss also played great all weekend scoring 42 points while leading the Dinos to two victories. The Dinos have improved to 7-9 overall in the Canada West Conference and are only one game behind Alberta for second place in the Mountain Division. Catch the Dinos this weekend at the Jack Simpson Gym on Saturday night at 8:00pm. The night also marks the last regular season home game for Chris Wright who will finish his fifth and final year of eligibility this season. Chris has been apart of a Canada West Championship, and has been a Canada West All-Star.



Dino of the Week, January 24, 2006

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:20 am

After two great offensive performances, Robbie Sihota is this week’s Dino of the Week.

In two huge games against arch rival Univerisy of Alberta, Robbie was eager to prove he could play at the CIS level. With two sub par performances against U of A in Edmonton to start the year, Robbie definetely turned things around with his play at the Jack. In the first game, Robbie was the Dinos leading scorer despite the 84-67 loss. Robbie was a man on a mission easily penetrating and scoring against the Bears less athletic posts. Robbie finished the game with 15 points on 6 for 12 shooting from the floor, and 3 for 5 from the free throw stripe. Robbie also posted 1 assist, 1 block and 5 rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

Game 2 was the Dinos best all around outing of the season. As a team, the Dinos shot 53% from the field, 50% from three, and 71% from the free throw line. The Dinos had 5 players in double figures including Robbie Sihota who continued his stellar play on the weekend. Robbie finished the game with 10 points on 4 for 8 shooting, 2 for 3 from the foul line with 2 rebounds and an assist in 21 minutes of action.

The Dinos will travel to Thompson Rivers in Kamloops, BC for two crucial out of division games. Currently, the Dinos are tied with the Lethbridge Pronghorns for the 3rd and final playoff spot in the Mountain Division.



Dino of the Week – November 14, 2005

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:31 am

After two courageous performances on the road against arch Alberta Golden Bears, Chris Wright is the Dino of the Week.

Despite only playing 8 minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, CW had a terrific second half and overtime for the Dinos. Although the outcome was not in their favour (90-88 OT loss), the Dinos repeated went to CW down the stretch, and he came through. After going 0-1 from the floor in the first half, Chris finished 7-14 from the floor, 1-3 from 3pt. range, and 7-9 from the line to finish with 22 points in 32 minutes of action including a key three, and a monstrous dunk on Golden Bear Dean Whalen in the dying minutes of the game. Chris was also a monster on the boards grabbing a game high 14 rebounds.

The second game seemed eeringly similar to the first game, with Chris playing limited minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. Once he re-entered the game, Chris played very well scoring 14 points in only 21 minutes of action which included scoring 7 of 9 from the floor. Chris also grabbed 7 rebounds in the Dino loss.

The Dinos play at the University of Manitoba against the Bisons in two early season must win games.


Dino of the Week, November 1, 2005

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:28 pm

Competing in his first regular season action in the Canada West Conference, Ross Bekkering is the Dino of the Week for November 1, 2005.

On Friday night, despite the 97-89 loss, Bekkering was the talk of the Dinos line-up. Showing his ability to rebound, score, and to handle the pressure himself bringing the ball up the floor, Ross was everywhere. Skying for rebounds, and hitting key jump shots, Ross finished the game 9-11 from the field for 22 points in only 25 minutes of action. Ross also finished 4-4 from the line, grabbed 8 rebounds, and added 1 block and 1 steal.

On Saturday night, Ross continued his strong play. Despite poor shooting from the floor, Ross made 8-11 free throws, and finished with 12 points in 26 minutes of action. Ross once again added 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block and 1 assist in an all around game.

This weekend, the Dinos continue to prep for Canada West League play when they travel to TCU and Southern Mississippi to play in two NCAA exhibition games.


Dino of the Week, October 17, 2005

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:51 am

Cody Darrah is the Dino of the Week for October 17, 2005.

After sitting out for one season in order to transfer to the University of Calgary, Cody was thrust into the position of point guard for the Dinos due to injuries to both Whit Hornsberger and Josh Feist. Cody showed no signs of rust, and showed leadership and savvy in leading the Dinos to a 2-1 weekend record.

Against Cape Breton, Cody handled full court pressure for most of the game and finished with a team high 19 points, while adding 10 assists and 4 rebounds in 36 minutes of action. In the Saint Mary’s game, Cody once again displayed his all court game and shooting ability scoring 14 points, adding 7 assists and 3 rebounds to lead the Dinos to victory. Finally, against Acadia and despite of foul trouble early in the first half, Cody scored a team high 23 points, added 7 assists and 4 rebounds in 26 minutes of action helping to spur the team on to its 89-88 victory.

Next up for the Dinos are the McMaster Marauders and the Brock Badgers this weekend in Ontario.

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