ALBERTA 98- WINDSOR-93
The 13 annual Graham Construction Shootout began with a tight battle between Windsor of the OUA and the University of Alberta with Alberta CIS west edging out the Lancers in overtime 98-93.
Both teams struggled early to get things going offensively. After a low scoring first quarter key players started to heat up. Enrico Diloreto who finished with 35 points led the Lancers into an overtime finish that saw back and forth action between the two clubs.
University of Alberta guard Daniel Ferguson was not to be outdone finishing with a game high 44 points. A total of 17 points in the 4th and extra time.
A Matthew Cardoza tip in, with 1 second remaining tied the game and sent it into overtime.
“We let opportunities get away down the stretch” said coach Oliver (Windsor). Every team is missing a key player we just have to continue look for ways to get better”
University of Alberta coach Greg Francis agrees ” We were without one of our key players as everyone here in the shootout is’ Jordan Baker( Alberta)
Owen Klassen- Acadia, Micheal Lieffers- Saskatchewan Lien Phillips-Windsor all are representing Canada at the Pam Am Games. “Players stepping up is what this team is experiencing” says head coach Greg Francis U of A . Ferguson was in killer game mode for most of the game. Torrid shooting for the outside and middle penetration from the wing served to be the ante dote for success in last night win for the Golden Bears. Looking for the right combination down the stretch U of A bench boss inserted a Lyndon Taylor. Taylor scored 5 key points and was able to get to the free throw line during the stretch. ” We are looking for him (Taylor) to step up in those situation” Alberta takes on Acadia and Windsor plays University of Saskatchewan.
SASKATCHEWAN-84 ACADIA 69 The match up between the Huskies and the Axemen started out as it would between two undefeated programs. Tough hard basketball in the first three periods of play. The Axemen who are without All League player Owen Klassen (Pan Am) stayed close through to the 3rd period. Right out of the gate however the Huskie shooting guard Duncan Jones knocked down two 3 pointers that got Saskatchewan going. Playing without all League player Jammelle Barrett (injury) and Micheal Lieffers( Pan Am) the Huskies Head Coach Barry Rawlyk looked to younger players in this contest ” We for sure want our younger players to gain experience in preseasons games like this one” The Huskies started two first year players in Matthew Forbes and Nick Foth. Taking advantage of a situation is just what power forward Forbes did. Connecting on 8-12 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds the rookie looked very promising to say the least. ” WE have some size and depth in that position, with Micheal(Lieffers) being away there would be a situation for Matthew to step up” . The Huskies kept it interesting up until the 3rd period when Duncan Jones 20 Pt’s and power forward Nolan Brudehl 15 rebound got into sync. Acadia fought hard to withstand the surge from the dogs. Jonathan Tull led the way with 23 points followed by Anthony Ashe -14. “We needed to sustain there 3rd quarter effort” head coach Stephen Bauer explained. The Axemen dropped their first loss of the season to the Huskies and look to rebound against Windsor today at the second set of games at the Graham Construction Shootout this evening.