As the college season wears on, we are finally starting to see what to expect from Canadian ballers. Although there are some new faces in the weekend recap, many of the same guys are coming through time and time again. With that being said, there is plenty of room for new talent to shine, and the weekend showcased many great individual performances, but also a couple Canadian tandems that are helping their team succeed.
Canadian brothers Tyler and Dylan Ennis (Brampton, ON) faced off against each other on Saturday. With both Villanova and Syracuse coming into the game undefeated, the Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season in a 62-78 loss. Older brother Dylan had a rough night (4 PTS, 2-6 FG, 0-4 3PT) and was never really a factor for Villanova. However, younger brother Tyler continued his impressive freshmen campaign scoring 20 points (6-14 FG, 0-2 3PT, 8-11 FT) for the third time this season. He also added 4 boards, 2 assists, and 1 steal. With the likes of Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Canada’s very own Andrew Wiggins highlighting a very talented freshmen group this season, Tyler Ennis has been able to quietly put forth a solid contribution in his own right. The 6 foot 2 point guard is averaging 12.8 points (42% FG, 40% 3PT) 3 rebounds and has 5 assists to 1 turnover ratio. Currently, Syracuse is the number 2 ranked team in the NCAA.
Khem Birch is rolling. His 12-point (4-9 FG, 4-8 FT) 10-rebound and 3 block effort helped lift his UNLV squad to an 83-64 victory over CS Fullerton. During UNLV’s six game winning streak Birch is averaging 12.5 points (60% FG) 8 rebounds and 3 blocks a game.
Jordan Bachynski once again showed us here an NPH why he is such a game changer. With Jahii Carson leading the Sun Devils offensively this season, Bachynski has put more of a focus on showing off his world-class defense. The seven footer’s 6 blocks were more than the entire UC Irvine combined (5 blocks as a team) and his 10 rebounds were also a team high. He also scored 9 points (3-9 FG, 3-6 FT) and Arizona State beat UC Irvine 74-61.
Daniel Mullings is finally back on track. After missing the last game due to injury, Mullings poured in a game high 18 points (7-10 FG, 0-1 3PT, 4-6 FT) as New Mexico State thumped South Alabama 64-82. Sim Bhullar also chipped in with 9 points (4-6 FG 1-1 FT) 4 rebounds and 1 block. After a 74-48 lost to Arizona the Aggies have won four straight.
Kevin Pangos scored an effortless 17 points as Gonzaga easily defeated Santa Clara 74-60. Pangos was efficient from everywhere on the floor making 5 out of his 8 field goal attempts, including 2 of 3 from downtown, and going a perfect 5 of 5 from the free throw line. He also added 2 rebounds, 2 assist, 2 steals and no turnovers in 35 minutes of action.
Nik Stauskas had 16 points (6-11 FG, 2-2 3PT, 2-3 FT) 6 rebounds and 4 assists in an 88-66 blowout victory over Holy Cross. The Wolverines start to the 2013-14 NCAA season has been anything but pleasant to say the least. Besides the fact that they have had a very difficult starting schedule (playing Stanford, Iowa State, Duke and Arizona in the first 2 months of the season) Mitch McGary is now out indefinitely as he will under go back surgery. Stauskas will have to put it upon himself as a leader to rally the troops and step up his play to a new level if Michigan is looking to make some noise this season.
Manny Arop is enjoying his best season of his NCAA career. The senior wing scored 16 points (7-11 FG, 2-4 3PT) grabbed 6 boards, dishes out 2 assists blocked 2 shots and had 2 steals in Indiana State 85-73 win over Belmont. Arop is shooting 52 percent from the field, 48 percent from three-point range and sizzling 91 percent from the free throw line.
In other action, Olivier Hanlan struggled as he put up 17 points (3-10 FG, 1-7 3PT, 10-14 FT)5 rebounds and 3 assists in a 50 -69 loss to the VCU rams. Hanlan registered a season high 7 turnovers. Grant Mullins also scored 17 (5-14 FG, 3-7 3PT, 4-4 FT) but his Columbia Lions fell short in a 65-59 loss to the St. John’s Red Storm. Mullins also struggled taking care of the ball turning the ball over five times.
Standford’s Canadian duo of Dwight Powell and Stefan Nastic was the best Canadian one two punch of the night. Powell scored 15 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3PT, 5-10 FT) added 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocks, while Nastic turned in 20 points (7-7 FG, 6-6 FT) 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks as Stanford defeated Cal Poly 62-79. Nastic’s 20 points were a season high and was also the second time in as many games that Nastic has hit the double digit mark in points.
Oregon’s Canadian duo of Richard Amardi and Jason Calliste also put in a strong performance on Sunday. Amardi scored 16 points (8-9 FG) had 5 rebounds 1 assist and 2 steals while Calliste came off the bench and scored 10 points (1-1 FG, 8-8 FT). Oregon improved to a perfect 12-0 and are currently ranked 12th in the NCAA.
A couple Canadians that did it all by there self Sunday include Jahenns Manigat who was able to find his stroke from deep Sunday. He scored 15 points (5-7 FG, 5-7 3PT) had 4 rebounds 2 assists as Creighton easily beat Chigaco State 90-58. Another Canuk flying solo was Dyshawn Pierre. Pierre’s double double streak is now at a career high three game as he posted 19 points (7-12 FG, 2-2 3PT, 3-8 FT) and 10 rebounds. After a heartbreaking buzzer beating loss to USC, Dayton took care of business beating Murray State 72-51.