Basketball: Men's Top 10 tracker; Dinos trounced; Windsor loses at home

Saskatchewan slams Calgary by 19 points, and Queen's pulls the upset at Windsor:
  1. Carleton Ravens — Won by a combined 70 points over Waterloo (94-67) and Laurier (97-54) at home; travel to Lakehead and McMaster next weekend.

    Cole Hobin serving as a major catalyst in the Laurier gae (see the recap), while Kevin McCleery (23 points, nine rebounds in 21 minutes) and Kyle Smendziuk (19 in 18) feasted inside. Guard Willy Manigat, as Mark Wacyk notes, "played admirably on what had to be a very emotional day for the youngster as today was his father's funeral."

    Hobin might have had a bit to do with Golden Hawks star Kale Harrison being held to five points on 1-of-7 shooting.

  2. UBC Thunderbirds — Swept Thompson Rivers in a home-and-home (84-81 and 81-68) with Josh Whyte (20 points) leading the way as usual. They also went with a four-guard lineup vs. TRU and still came out ahead on the rebounds.

    Whyte's old-fashioned in the final 20 seconds broke the deadlock in Thursday's thriller in Kamlooops, while Nathan Yu had a big night to help bring the T-Birds back from a 12-point deficit over the final six minutes.

    It was a great effort for the WolfPack, especially Greg Stewart. Basically, these posts are just to give updates on how the Gonsager Neatedogs did in the MUBL.

  3. Calgary Dinos — Split a homestand vs. Saskatchewan (86-67 loss, 80-76 win). Ross Bekkering had a great bounce-back (36 points, eight rebounds, five steals) after being shut down Friday; he fouled out three Huskies starters.

    The Dinos were outplayed in every facet Friday. The Huskies, a fringe Top 10 team, who got a double-double from Troy Gottselig (13 and 13) and a big night from their new big, Michael Lieffer (12 and eight boards). Ross Bekkering was held to single digits; that does not happen often.

  4. McMaster Marauders — Won at Laurentian (81-68) and York (74-70), with Keenan Jeppesen scoring 20-plus each night. One wonders what could be read into York coach Bob Bain's quote about KJ: "He's in fifth year and played at Western. It's great to have a guy parachute in like that. He's a great player, though. I wish we had him." Using parachute as a verb, some would take that as pejorative.

    Tyrell Vernon (25 points) came up big vs. Laurentian on Friday.

  5. Dalhousie Tigers — Have another game vs. a ranked team next weekend (at Cape Breton) after being knocked off by St. FX.

  6. Windsor Lancers — Had a split weekend (beat RMC 118-57 on Saturday) after allowing Queen's 54% effective shooting in a 73-64 loss on Friday. It looks like Queen's denied Nigel Johnson-Tyghter (six points), while centre Mitch Leger (21 points, 10 rebounds) had his way with the Lancers.

  7. Toronto Varsity Blues — Two road wins by similar scores (68-62 at Brock, 64-61 at Guelph). Having just 12 turnovers and four double-digit scorers in a game that low-scoring speaks well for Mike Katz' team.

    U of T held the Badgers' diaper dandy Clinton Springer-Williams to 13 points on 4-of-13, while getting 17 rebounds from Drazen Glisic. Patrick Sewell was paramount in both games.

  8. Cape Breton Capers — Won only game 105-85 at UPEI, with Ryan Roper scoring 20 points off the bench; Paris Carter is also back from his broken hand and played 11 minutes. Have a highly anticipated Nov. 27 game vs. No. 5 Dalhousie.

  9. St. Francis Xavier X-Men — Should move up after trimming Dalhousie 83-71 on Sunday behind Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw's 30 points.

  10. Trinity Western Spartans — Split with UVic (62-59 loss, 83-76 win). Moser Award shortlister Jacob Doerksen had 35 points in the second game, when the Spartans went with a big lineup and got double-doubles from Tyrell Mara and Lance Verhoeff.

    UVic had a 27-3 edge in bench scoring on Friday. The Spartans won't really have depth until all their transfers become eligible in January, essentially.
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