You win some you lose some. That was the theme of the night for a busy Friday in the NCAA divison one basketball world. With some big time wins and career high scoring games from some Canadians, to a couple career lows, this Friday night had it all.
Talk about a first impression. Brampton’s own Dylan Ennis stole the show on Friday night, as his second game for Villanova was a big one. The second year transfer from Rice was able to post his second straight 14-point game as his Villanova Wildcats squeaked out a 63 to 59 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks and fellow Canadian Andrew Wiggins. Ennis went a perfect 3 for 3 from the land beyond and added four rebounds, two assists and one block. Villinovia will now play Iowa in Saturday nights championship game.
Andrew Wiggins simply did not perform to his full potential tonight. The Canadian superstar looked very uncomfortable, as he was only able to post 10 points on 3 of 8 shooting from the field. Wiggins had four rebounds and a block, but turned the ball over four times, including 3 uncharacteristic travelling violations. The usually quick footed Wiggins was slow a step today as he could duplicate his dominate Thursday night performance when he scored 12 points in the second half against Wake Forrest. Chalk this one up as a learning experience for the projected first overall pick in the draft.
Charleston was no match for Jordan Bachynski and his Arizona State Sun Devils as the talented seven footer scored 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-5 FT) added 3 boards and a block. Bachynski bounced back from a foul plagued game against Creighton where he only contributed four points, three blocks and 2 rebounds. His team went on to a 80 – 58 win over the Cougars
Manny Arop’s Indian State Sycamores bounced back from a loss on Wednesday, defeating the Alaska Anchorage 97-87. Arop enjoyed his best offensive output of the season scoring 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-6 3PT) in 26 minutes of play. He also added 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
Other Canadians that performed well were Emmanuel Addo who scored 11 pts in a 73-67 win over Texas A&M. Kaza Keane enjoyed his best game of the season win 9 points (3-5 FG, 1-2 FT) 2 assits and 2 steals in a 58 – 75 win over SONOMA ST. And finally Scarborough native and Detroit transfer Jason Calliste had his second back to back double digit game as he scored 15 points (2-5 FG, 1-4 3PT, 10-12 FT) in Oregons 85-62 win over Pacific.