Everyone has days were opportunity comes knocking at their door. Wednesday night was no different as a Canadians led his team to a oh so important signature win. Other Canadians also were playing well coming off strong performances during last weekend.
Starting off the nightly recap, Dwight Powell (Toronto, ON) has virtually stamped his ticket to the big dance in March. His Stanford Cardinals made a big statement on Wednesday handing the Connecticut Huskies their first loss of the season 53-51 on UCONN’s home floor. Powell struggled shooting the ball Wednesday scoring 10 points on just 4 makes out of his 18 field goal attempts (1-2 3PT, 1-4 FT). However, that did not stop the senior forward from grabbing 15 rebounds, dishing out 5 assists, blocking 4 shots and having 2 steals. Powell rose to the occasion stuffing the stat sheet against a very talented UCONN team.
Khem Birch must have read my last article. After imploring the Montreal native to start expanding his offensive repertoire (add link to previous article if you can) Birch posted a monster game. Besides posting his regular spectacular defensive numbers, (10 rebounds, 1 steal and 4 blocks) Khem was able to score a season high 16 points Wednesday as UNLV beat Redford 81-62. The Montreal big man was a perfect 6 for 6 from the field, and a near perfect 5-6 at the free throw line. After a slow start in their first 5 games (2 wins 3 losses), UNLV has won 3 of their last 4 .
Canadian’s Manny Arop (Edmonton, AB) and Grandy Glaze (Toronto, ON) squared off Wednesday night. Arop got the better of the individual performances between the two Canuks, but Glaze and his Saint Louis Billikens beat down the Indiana State Sycamores 83-66. Arop had a team high 16 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 3PT, 1-1FT) for Indiana State however Saint Louis was in control all night long. The Billekens jumped out to a seven-point lead in the first half and never looked back. Glaze only chipped in 2 points and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
Dejan Kravic (London, ON) followed up his first double digit scoring effort of the season with a near double double. The big man was able to score 8 points (3-7 FG, 2-3 FT) and grab 10 rebounds. Kravic’s Texas tech squad went on a 5-zip run in the last 3 minutes of the game but eventually fell short losing 69-71 agianst LSU.