Men's hoops digest: Checking around the country

The first weekend after Thanksgiving is where the pre-season tournaments really begin in earnest ... here's a sampling of what went down in men's basketball over the weekend.
  • Cape Breton scored a big upset, getting a 23-point, five-assist game from Tremaine Fraser to upset St. Francis Xavier 82-79 in the final of the X-Men's home tournament.

    Philip Nkrumah scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds for X in the final.

    UPEI's splendid soph, Manock Lual, put up 25 points in the Panthers' consolation-game win over UNB.
  • It looks like Nick Magalas put the U of T Varsity Blues on his back in their 90-78 win
    over Western in their final game of the McGill Redbird Invitational in Montréal: Thirty-three points, four assists. He outplayed the Mustangs point guard tag team of Matthew Curtis and Ryan Barbeau.

    Keenan Jeppesen, of course, is back at Western and he had 35 points, 11 rebounds for the Mustangs, who should be right in the thick of the OUA West. Their four guards shot 7-of-35 and still it was just a 12-point spread.

    McGill beat Western earlier in the tournament, by the way.

  • Andrew's additions:
    In other action in the McGill tournament, Queen's claimed the tournament championship [Mike Grobe,] with a 2-1 record and a +12 point differential. They beat McGill 71-67 in the final game and knocked off Toronto 77-65 Saturday, but fell 79-75 to Western Friday. Mitch Leger poured in 31 points against McGill and added 10 rebounds. He also scored 18 and 24 points respectively in the first two games and was named tournament MVP. Queen's guard Baris Ondul was also named to the all-tournament team, along with fellow guards Matthew Thornhill and Moustafa El Zanaty of McGill and Toronto's Magalas. Oddly, Western's Jeppesen was the only forward selected. McGill finished the tournament 2-1 with a +4 point differential, while Toronto and Western finished 1-2 with +6 and -22 differentials respectively. Queen's is back in action next week at the Laval Invitational, featuring the Rouge et Or, Carleton and the Waterloo Warriors [/Andrew].

  • Carleton got a good push in its final two games of the House-Laughton tourney in Ottawa, beating UVic 73-64 after a 73-60 verdict Saturday vs. Laval, which is adjusting to life after J.P. Morin.

    Stu Turnbull scored 32 points for Carleton in the UVic game, helping the Ravens roll with the punches after the Vikes ran off a 19-4 third quarter. Will they be calling him Big Shot Stu?
  • Memorial had three OUA East teams out to St. John's for a weekend. Ottawa went 3-0, including a last-second 83-82 win over Ryerson.

    The Gee-Gees have UPEI, Guelph and McGill in town for their home tournament next weekend in Ottawa.
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  1. Meanwhile, in Waterloo, the Warriors won all three games of the Naismith Tournament against York, Alberta, and UQAM. (It wouldn't be sporting to find out the last time they won three games in a row, so I won't.) Alberta actually lost twice, beating just the Lions. Not knowing offhand, but have they lost a number of players from last year? I would have expected at least two wins over the weekend, given that they weren't facing any top teams.

    And does anyone know if the Citadins always wear uniforms with no number on the front and what appear to be warmup shorts with the drawstring hanging out, or did they just misplace the equipment bag?

    The lady Warriors weren't as successful. Might be a tough year for them.

  2. Neate: A CanWest player to keep an eye on is UofS point guard Showron Glover from Fresno, CA. The UofS won't be any kind of powerhouse this year, but they are a lot better than many people expected, and Glover is the reason why. Coach Jockims has stated that their has never been a Huskie point guard as talented as Showron.

  3. A short piece on Glover is here and guess what, he's never seen snow before. Welcome to Canada.

  4. Hey, I sense some revisionism here. According to the CUBDL Digest and the Queen's Athletics press release, the Toronto-Western game at the McGill Invitational was for third place. Queen's beat McGill 71-67 in the final. Toronto and Western both finished 1-2, while McGill and Queen's finished 2-1 (but Queen's had a better point differential, giving them the title).

  5. @ Vic: Good referral ... again, M.W. would have had it weeks ago.

    @ Andrew: Revise away. I know Q's lost at least one game there; I didn't see anything on but I've been busy and I've had maybe 7 1/2 hrs sleep the past 2 nights.

  6. Added. Ouch, that sounds like my sleeping habits lately...