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U SPORTS – Standout performance from Cooper leads Dinos past Bisons

HALIFAX (U SPORTS) – A 30 point, 11 rebound performance from Thomas Cooper made the difference on Friday night as the Calgary Dinos topped the Manitoba Bisons 92-84 in the consolation round of the 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Men’s Final 8. 

“I think he moved the ball well early in the game and we didn’t try to attack the lane when it was loaded all the time,” said Calgary head coach Dan Vanhooren of Cooper’s performance. “It’s something that we’ve been trying to get him to learn and grow with so he’s prepared for his career later.” 

CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/index 

The Bisons started the quarter on an 11-0 run, shooting 5-for-5, including a trey from guard Justus Alleyn, who led the Bisons with seven points after the first 10 minutes of play. He also had three assists, including a no-look pass as Manitoba led by two after the first. 

Calgary countered with the combination of guard David Kapinga – who led all scorers with eight points in the quarter – and reserve forward Connor Foreman, who added four points and was a frustrating matchup inside. 

Manitoba duplicated their early success at the beginning of the second quarter, going on a 15-2 run in the opening four-and-half minutes. Guard AJ Basi led the way, going 2-for-2 from the perimeter. Reserve wing Malik Irwin added five points and three rebounds. 

The Dinos would keep pace however, finishing the quarter on a 21-5 run, to lead 43-42 at halftime. Guard Jasdeep Gill provided critical energy and accuracy off the bench, recording 10 points and two steals, while shooting 2-for-2 from the perimeter. 

Cooper found his rhythm in the third quarter, recording 10 points, including two treys as the Dinos extended their lead to as much as 13. Manitoba fought back with Alleyn and forward wing Keith Omoerah, who combined for 12 points, including a fade-away buzzer-beater trey from Omoerah which brought the Bisons back to within three entering the fourth quarter. 

Cooper contributed eight more points in the fourth quarter and the Dinos were able to ice the game at the line, en route to the eight-point win. 

Bisons head coach Kirby Schepp acknowledged the provincial rivalry postgame. 

“We have tremendous respect for Calgary and their coaches and program,” said Schepp. “And while there’s a rivalry – we’ve played a lot in the last couple years – it’s a good rivalry, a healthy rivalry. We can complete at a high level and it’s fun competing like that.” 

Calgary will now compete in the consolation final tomorrow at 8 p.m., while Manitoba is done for the tournament. 

STAT LEADERS

Official Boxscore: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/2017/boxscores_champ/20170310_dd8c.xml

MAN: 22-20-24-18: 84

CAL: 20-23-26-23: 92

Manitoba  

Points: Justus Alleyn (17), Ilarion Bonhomme (16)

Rebounds: Keith Omoerah (9)

Assists: Ilarion Bonhomme (6)

Player of the game: Keith Omoerah 

Calgary 

Points: Thomas Cooper (30), David Kapinga (18) 

Rebounds: Thomas Cooper (11) 

Assists: Max Eisele (4) 

Player of the game: Thomas Cooper  

    

SCHEDULE & RESULTS (All times AT)

Thursday, March 9

12:00 p.m. Quarter-final 1: No.2 Carleton 85 vs. No.7 Calgary 69 (TV1 webcast)

2 p.m. Quarter-final 2: No.3 McGill 63 vs. No.6 Manitoba 53 (TV1 webcast)

6 p.m. Quarter-final 3: No.1 Ryerson 79 vs. No.8 Saint Mary’s 70 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Quarter-final 4: No.4 Alberta 65 vs. No.5 Dalhousie 67 (TV1 webcast)

Friday, March 10

6 p.m. Consolation 1: Calgary 92 vs. Manitoba 84 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Consolation 2: Saint Mary’s vs. Alberta (TV1 webcast)

Saturday, March 11

1 p.m. Semifinal 1: Carleton vs. McGill (Sportsnet 360/SN Now) 

3:30 p.m. Semifinal 2: Ryerson vs. Dalhousie (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

8 p.m. 5th-place game: Calgary vs. W Consolation 2 (TV1 webcast)

Sunday, March 12

11:30 a.m. Bronze (TV1 webcast)

2:00 p.m. Final (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

About U SPORTS

U SPORTS is the national brand for University Sports in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit usports.ca or follow us on:

Twitter: @USPORTSca
Facebook: @USPORTSCanada
YouTube:  @USPORTSca 
Instagram: @USPORTSca

Snapchat: @USPORTSca

For further information, please contact:

Ken Saint-Eloy

Manager, Communications

U SPORTS

Cell: 647-871-7595

ksainteloy@usports.ca 

Alan Hudes 

Coordinator, Communications

U SPORTS

Off: 905-508-3000 ext. 242

Cell: 647-991-5343

ahudes@usports.ca

Angela Barrett-Jewers

Dalhousie University

Off: 902-494-2137

Cell: 902-220-0774

angela.barrett@dal.ca


Consolation SF#2: 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Men’s Final 8

Second-half surge from Clayton leads Huskies past Alberta in overtime 

HALIFAX (U SPORTS) – The Saint Mary’s Huskies got an inspired performance from guard Marquis Clayton, helping them top the Alberta Golden Bears 98-93 in overtime. 

After being held to just three first-half points, Clayton came alive in the final 23 minutes, including sinking the game-tying shot in regulation as well as six in the extra session. 

“Marquis was terrific in the second half,” said Huskies head coach Jonah Taussig. “He knocked down a lot of big shots for us and defended pretty well as well.” 

CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/index 

Huskies guard Theon Reefer established his presence inside early, getting to the line four times, while leading all scorers with seven points after the first quarter. Alberta countered with 7-foot-2 post Brett Roughead, who got the start in place of Brody Clarke. He went 2-for-3 from the field and had six points. 

Neither team shot particularly well in the opening 10 minutes, as both sides were below 40 per cent. The biggest factor for the Huskies was their ability to defend Alberta from the perimeter, as they held the Canada West conference’s best team from three-point range to just two treys and led by five after one.

Forward Mamadou Gueye brought his team back in the second quarter, thanks to his mid-range game. He would record 11 points, as the Golden Bears shot 61.1 per cent from the field and led by one at halftime. 

The Huskies began to get comfortable from the perimeter in the third, going 4-of-6. Clayton led the way with eight points – including two treys – as Saint Mary’s led by four entering the fourth. 

The Golden Bears would keep pace from three-point range, sinking three treys – matching their combined first half total. Guard Geoff Pippus was the catalyst with nine points, six of which came from the perimeter.

Clayton and Alberta’s Lyndon Annetts provided critical baskets for their team down the stretch in what was a very exciting fourth quarter.

Annetts would sink five-straight points to give his team a three-point lead late, but Clayton would send the game to overtime, cashing a game-tying three with just one second to play in regulation.

Clayton kept his hot streak going in the extra session. With the game tied at 89, he would sink two straight treys, which was enough to secure the win for Saint Mary’s. 

Despite the loss, Alberta head coach Barnaby Craddock was pleased with the way his team responded after suffering a heartbreaking loss the night before.

“It was a difficult loss for us to take (last night), but that’s the character of our guys to come back and bounce back and put their best foot forward and play hard and represent the program,” he said. “I thought they did that, and unfortunately we weren’t successful, but I definitely thought we competed with heart.”

Saint Mary’s now advances to the consolation final at 8 p.m. AT tomorrow, while Alberta’s tournament is over. 

STAT LEADERS

Official Boxscore: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/2017/boxscores_champ/20170310_jl7h.xml

ALB: 16-27-21-23-6: 93

SMU: 21-21-26-19-11: 98

Alberta

Points: Mamadou Gueye (20), Austin Waddoups (19)

Rebounds: Brett Roughead (15)

Assists: Mamadou Gueye (3), Brett Roughead (3)

Player of the game: Mamadou Gueye 

Saint Mary’s

Points: Marquis Clayton (24), Theon Reefer (20) 

Rebounds: Achuil Lual (7) 

Assists: Marquis Clayton (6) 

Player of the game: Marquis Clayton   

SCHEDULE & RESULTS (All times AT)    

Thursday, March 9

12:00 p.m. Quarter-final 1: No.2 Carleton 85 vs. No.7 Calgary 69 (TV1 webcast)

2 p.m. Quarter-final 2: No.3 McGill 63 vs. No.6 Manitoba 53 (TV1 webcast)

6 p.m. Quarter-final 3: No.1 Ryerson 79 vs. No.8 Saint Mary’s 70 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Quarter-final 4: No.4 Alberta 65 vs. No.5 Dalhousie 67 (TV1 webcast)

Friday, March 10

6 p.m. Consolation 1: Calgary 92 vs. Manitoba 84 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Consolation 2: Saint Mary’s 98 vs. Alberta 93 (OT) (TV1 webcast)

Saturday, March 11

1 p.m. Semifinal 1: Carleton vs. McGill (Sportsnet 360/SN Now) 

3:30 p.m. Semifinal 2: Ryerson vs. Dalhousie (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

8 p.m. 5th-place game: Calgary vs. Saint Mary’s (TV1 webcast)

Sunday, March 12

11:30 a.m. Bronze (TV1 webcast)

2:00 p.m. Final (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

About U SPORTS

U SPORTS is the national brand for University Sports in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit usports.ca or follow us on:

Twitter: @USPORTSca


Facebook: @USPORTSCanada


YouTube:  @USPORTSca


Instagram: @USPORTSca

Snapchat: @USPORTSca

For further information, please contact:

Ken Saint-Eloy

Manager, Communications

U SPORTS

Cell: 647-871-7595

ksainteloy@usports.ca 

Alan Hudes 

Coordinator, Communications

U SPORTS

Off: 905-508-3000 ext. 242

Cell: 647-991-5343

ahudes@usports.ca

Angela Barrett-Jewers

Dalhousie University

Off: 902-494-2137

Cell: 902-220-0774

angela.barrett@dal.ca


SF#1: 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Men’s Final 8

Ravens defence holds firm in 74-58 win over McGill 

HALIFAX (U SPORTS) – The Carleton Ravens’ vaunted defence made their presence felt yet again on Saturday afternoon in a 74-58 victory over the McGill Redmen in the first of two semifinals of the 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Men’s Final 8. 

The Ravens recorded six steals while holding McGill to just 37.5 per cent from the field. Offensively, U SPORTS Player of the Year Connor Wood led the way again, with 20 points, including four treys. Guard Jenning Leung led the way with 13 points for McGill. 

“We, for whatever reason, upped the intensity defensively,” said Ravens head coach Dave Smart. “Sometimes it helps when they’re a little bit into their bench and you up the intensity defensively and all of a sudden we get some stops, we got a couple turnovers and then we get out in transition.” 

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The Redmen kept pace with Carleton early, on the strength of Leung’s perimeter shooting. He went 2-for-3 from three-point range as McGill went up 10-9 just over halfway through the first quarter. 

The Ravens battled back though, getting seven combined points from guard Emmanuel Owootoah and forward Cam Smythe off the bench, and led 18-13 after one. 

Wood stepped up in the second quarter for Carleton, recording eight points while going 3-of-4 from the field. The Ravens also got to the line eight times and were in the bonus with over two minutes left to play, partially due to inside play from dynamic rookie Eddie Ekiyor. They entered halftime up 43-26. 

McGill had trouble penetrating inside against a long Ravens team, but they did keep pace on the boards, getting two rebounds from guard Dele Ogundokun – who also added four points in the second quarter.

The Redmen found a rhythm from the perimeter in the third quarter, sinking four treys to cut the Ravens lead to as little as eight. Carleton continued to battle inside however, with guard Kaza Kajami-Keane adding five points as the Ravens led 60-47 entering the fourth. 

Carleton used their depth in the fourth quarter, tightening up defensively while also winning the battle on the boards 14-8. Wood netted two more clutch treys, including a momentum shifting three-pointer with six minutes left that gave the Ravens a 14-point lead. Redmen forward Michael Peterkin provided energy inside, but it wasn’t enough to top a dominant Ravens defence. 

“We’re disappointed in the loss, but when you’re building a program, you’re building small steps…,” McGill head coach David DeAveiro said post-game. 

“It was important for us to go out in the second half and compete and try and make it a game and I thought we did that. We had it down to 10 or maybe nine at one time, but you can’t make mistakes – you give a couple offensive boards, then they throw it out and take threes.” 

With the win, Carleton now advances to the gold medal game tomorrow at 2 p.m. AT, with a chance at defending their national title. McGill will face the loser of Ryerson and Dalhousie for the bronze medal at 11:30 a.m. AT. 

STAT LEADERS

Official Boxscore: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/2017/boxscores_champ/20170311_bz4b.xml

CAR: 18-25-17-14: 74

MCG: 13-13-21-11: 58 

Carleton 

Points: Connor Wood (20), Kaza Kajami-Keane (16)

Rebounds: Eddie Ekiyor (6)

Assists: Kaza Kajami-Keane (7)

Player of the game: Connor Wood  

McGill

Points: Jenning Leung (13), Michael Peterkin (11) 

Rebounds: Dele Ogundokun (7) 

Assists: Dele Ogundokun (5) 

Player of the game: Dele Ogundokum 

SCHEDULE & RESULTS (All times AT)

Thursday, March 9

12:00 p.m. Quarter-final 1: No.2 Carleton 85 vs. No.7 Calgary 69 (TV1 webcast)

2 p.m. Quarter-final 2: No.3 McGill 63 vs. No.6 Manitoba 53 (TV1 webcast)

6 p.m. Quarter-final 3: No.1 Ryerson 79 vs. No.8 Saint Mary’s 70 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Quarter-final 4: No.4 Alberta 65 vs. No.5 Dalhousie 67 (TV1 webcast)

Friday, March 10

6 p.m. Consolation 1: Calgary 92 vs. Manitoba 84 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Consolation 2: Saint Mary’s 98 vs. Alberta 93 (OT) (TV1 webcast)

Saturday, March 11

1 p.m. Semifinal 1: Carleton 74 vs. McGill 58 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now) 

3:30 p.m. Semifinal 2: Ryerson vs. Dalhousie (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

8 p.m. 5th-place game: Calgary vs. Saint Mary’s (TV1 webcast)

Sunday, March 12

11:30 a.m. Bronze McGill vs L Semifinal #2 (TV1 webcast)

2:00 p.m. Final Carleton vs. W Semifinal #2 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

About U SPORTS

U SPORTS is the national brand for University Sports in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit usports.ca or follow us on:

Twitter: @USPORTSca
Facebook: @USPORTSCanada
YouTube:  @USPORTSca 
Instagram: @USPORTSca

Snapchat: @USPORTSca

For further information, please contact:

Ken Saint-Eloy

Manager, Communications

U SPORTS

Cell: 647-871-7595

ksainteloy@usports.ca 

Alan Hudes 

Coordinator, Communications

U SPORTS

Off: 905-508-3000 ext. 242

Cell: 647-991-5343

ahudes@usports.ca

Angela Barrett-Jewers

Dalhousie University

Off: 902-494-2137

Cell: 902-220-0774

angela.barrett@dal.ca


SF#2: 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Men’s Final 8

Rams hold on to beat Tigers 59-58 

HALIFAX (U SPORTS) – In a battle of two of the best defensive teams in the nation, it was the Ryerson Rams who came out victorious, holding on late to beat the host Dalhousie Tigers, 59-58. 

Down by one with 11 seconds left to play, the Tigers had a chance to steal the victory, however dynamic forward Kashrell Lawrence was unable to hit the last-second three.  

“We had a play called that we were going to do if we were down three, and with the noise, they couldn’t hear that we changed it,” Tigers head coach Rick Plato said post-game. It would’ve been a difference if (guard) Jordan (Aquino-Serjue) would’ve just taken the ball to the basket and at least try to draw the foul, because we were only down by one – we didn’t need a three.

“You could find one point or two points in a hundred spots in that game, I just feel so bad for our guys – it’s tough.” 

The Rams were able to hold Tigers seniors Kashrell Lawrence and Ritchie Kanza Mata to just 10-of-25 shooting from the field and also got an inspired fourth quarter from forward Filip Vujadinovic, who finished with 16 points and was a difficult matchup for Dalhousie forward Sven Stammberger down low. 

“(Filip) had a great game today, and really in many ways was the difference,” said Rams head coach Roy Rana.

“I said in the locker room, right now that the game ball goes to him. I think right from the tip in the first half, his energy ignited us and he made some big plays in the fourth quarter.” 

CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/index

Both teams flashed their muscles on defence early, recording a combined seven steals. Nether teams shot particularly well in the opening 10 minutes, however it was the Tigers who entered the second quarter up 16-9, thanks to a late 9-0 run which included a clutch trey from guard Jarred Reid. 

The squads combined for eight more steals in the second quarter in what was a back-and-forth, up-tempo 10 minutes of play. 

Guard Adika Peter-McNeilly went on a personal 6-0 run in the opening three and a half minutes, and had nine points overall to help give the Rams a 25-24 lead in the final minute. Dalhousie would battle back on the strength of Reid, who had four rebounds and two steals in the half, as well as a critical trey with 18 seconds to play which gave the Tigers a 29-27 halftime lead. Reid also led all scorers with 13 points. 

After being held to just two points in the first half, Ryerson guard Ammanuel Diressa started to find his shot, going 2-for-4 from the field, including a trey that gave his team an early third-quarter lead. 

Stammberger matched Diressa’s pace however, slamming home a dunk just over three minutes in to put the Tigers back in the lead. Stammberger would nail a three-pointer shortly after, and guard Ritchie Kanza Mata was able to drive inside the lane as the Tigers took a 42-40 lead into the fourth. 

Vujadinovic was the difference maker in the fourth quarter, finishing with 10 points. Every time the Tigers seemed to grab momentum, the physical forward was able to gain it right back.

With the win, the Rams advance to their first-ever national championship game and will face Carleton in a rematch of the OUA Championship, which the Rams won. Game time is 2 p.m. AT Sunday. The Tigers will face McGill for bronze at 11:30 a.m. AT Sunday morning. 

STAT LEADERS

Official Boxscore: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/2017/boxscores_champ/20170311_qdy4.xml

DAL: 16-13-13-16: 58

RYE: 9-18-13-19: 59 

Dalhousie 

Points: Kashrell Lawrence (16), Sven Stammberger (14)

Rebounds: Jarred Reid (8) Kashrell Lawrence (8)

Assists: Ritchie Kanza Mata (6)

Player of the game: Kashrell Lawrence   

Ryerson 

Points: Filip Vujadinovic (16), Ammanuel Diressa (15) 

Rebounds: Keevon Small (9) Adika Peter-McNeilly (7)

Assists: Myles Charvis (4) 

Player of the game: Adika Peter-McNeilly  

SCHEDULE & RESULTS (All times AT)

Thursday, March 9

12:00 p.m. Quarter-final 1: No.2 Carleton 85 vs. No.7 Calgary 69 (TV1 webcast)

2 p.m. Quarter-final 2: No.3 McGill 63 vs. No.6 Manitoba 53 (TV1 webcast)

6 p.m. Quarter-final 3: No.1 Ryerson 79 vs. No.8 Saint Mary’s 70 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Quarter-final 4: No.4 Alberta 65 vs. No.5 Dalhousie 67 (TV1 webcast)

Friday, March 10

6 p.m. Consolation 1: Calgary 92 vs. Manitoba 84 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Consolation 2: Saint Mary’s 98 vs. Alberta 93 (OT) (TV1 webcast)

Saturday, March 11

1 p.m. Semifinal 1: Carleton 74 vs. McGill 58 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now) 

3:30 p.m. Semifinal 2: Ryerson 59 vs. Dalhousie 58 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

8 p.m. 5th-place game: Calgary vs. Saint Mary’s (TV1 webcast)

Sunday, March 12

11:30 a.m. Bronze McGill vs. Dalhousie (TV1 webcast)

2:00 p.m. Final Ryerson vs. Carleton (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

About U SPORTS

U SPORTS is the national brand for University Sports in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit usports.ca or follow us on:

Twitter: @USPORTSca


Facebook: @USPORTSCanada


YouTube:  @USPORTSca

Instagram: @USPORTSca

Snapchat: @USPORTSca

For further information, please contact:

Ken Saint-Eloy

Manager, Communications

U SPORTS

Cell: 647-871-7595

ksainteloy@usports.ca 

Alan Hudes 

Coordinator, Communications

U SPORTS

Off: 905-508-3000 ext. 242

Cell: 647-991-5343

ahudes@usports.ca

Angela Barrett-Jewers

Dalhousie University

Off: 902-494-2137

Cell: 902-220-0774

angela.barrett@dal.ca


Consolation Final: 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Men’s Final 8

Third-quarter surge leads Dinos past Huskies HALIFAX (U SPORTS) – A 29-point third quarter helped the Calgary Dinos top the Saint Mary’s Huskies 96-65 on Saturday night in the consolation final of the 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Men’s Final 8. Calgary would shoot 75 per cent from the field in the third en route to the win. 

Calgary guard Thomas Cooper led all scorers with 28 points, while Saint Mary’s guard Marquis Clayton had 18 for the Huskies. 

CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/index

The Dinos were firm on the defensive end in the first quarter, holding the Huskies to just five field goals on 22.7 per cent shooting from the field and led by one entering the second. Saint Mary’s was paced by forward Achuil Lual, who was 4-for-4 from the line and had six points overall. 

Cooper got hot in the second quarter, scoring 12 of his team’s 16 points while going 5-of-8 from the field. The Huskies battled back, taking only their second lead of the game with just under three minutes to go, courtesy of guard Kemar Alleyne. They shot just under 54 per cent in the quarter and entered halftime up by four. 

The Dinos had five steals in the third quarter and capitalized in transition, with forward Connor Foreman the beneficiary on the offensive end. He recorded 10 points, including two emphatic dunks as the Dinos led by 12 entering the final 10 minutes. 

“We’ve scored a lot out of our defence all year and we’ve turned teams over quite a bit,” Dinos head coach Dan Vanhooren. “Connor (Foreman) just runs the floor so well and it was nice to see him get to the rim a few times.” 

The Huskies shot just 29.4 per cent from the field, but did get six points from forward Brent Martindale, who showed his hustle on both ends of the court.  

Calgary closed the game out with perimeter play. Forward Max Eisele and guard Jhony Verrone would sink early shots from downtown as the Dinos opened the fourth quarter on an 11-0 run. 

Despite the loss, Huskies head coach Jonah Taussig emphasized the importance of the journey his team took to get to the Final 8. 

“I just told my fifth-year guys to try and not remember those final 20 minutes and just to remember the ride and the journey we had as a team,” said Taussig. “Of all the teams in the country, I thought we had a pretty successful season and I want them to just remember that and just thank them for their time and commitment.” 

STAT LEADERS

Official Boxscore: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/2017/boxscores_champ/20170311_axqu.xml

SMU: 17-21-13-14: 65

CAL: 18-16-29-33: 96 

Saint Mary’s  

Points: Marquis Clayton (18), Achuil Lual (10)

Rebounds: Will Fiander (7) 

Assists: Will Fiander (2) 

Player of the game: Will Fiander    

Calgary 

Points: Thomas Cooper (28), Mambi Diawara (15) 

Rebounds: Thomas Cooper (8) 

Assists: Mambi Diawara (6) 

Player of the game: Thomas Cooper   

SCHEDULE & RESULTS (All times AT)

Thursday, March 9

12:00 p.m. Quarter-final 1: No.2 Carleton 85 vs. No.7 Calgary 69 (TV1 webcast)

2 p.m. Quarter-final 2: No.3 McGill 63 vs. No.6 Manitoba 53 (TV1 webcast)

6 p.m. Quarter-final 3: No.1 Ryerson 79 vs. No.8 Saint Mary’s 70 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Quarter-final 4: No.4 Alberta 65 vs. No.5 Dalhousie 67 (TV1 webcast)

Friday, March 10

6 p.m. Consolation 1: Calgary 92 vs. Manitoba 84 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Consolation 2: Saint Mary’s 98 vs. Alberta 93 (OT) (TV1 webcast)

Saturday, March 11

1 p.m. Semifinal 1: Carleton 74 vs. McGill 58 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now) 

3:30 p.m. Semifinal 2: Ryerson 59 vs. Dalhousie 58 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

8 p.m. 5th-place game: Calgary 96 vs. Saint Mary’s 65 (TV1 webcast)

Sunday, March 12

11:30 a.m. Bronze McGill vs. Dalhousie (TV1 webcast)

2:00 p.m. Final Ryerson vs. Carleton (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

About U SPORTS

U SPORTS is the national brand for University Sports in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit usports.ca or follow us on:

Twitter: @USPORTSca


Facebook: @USPORTSCanada


YouTube: @USPORTSca


Instagram: @USPORTSca

Snapchat: @USPORTSca

For further information, please contact:

Ken Saint-Eloy

Manager, Communications

U SPORTS

Cell: 647-871-7595

ksainteloy@usports.ca 

Alan Hudes 

Coordinator, Communications

U SPORTS

Off: 905-508-3000 ext. 242

Cell: 647-991-5343

ahudes@usports.ca

Angela Barrett-Jewers

Dalhousie University

Off: 902-494-2137

Cell: 902-220-0774

angela.barrett@dal.ca


Bronze medal: 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Final 8

Tigers top Redmen for first-ever medal at nationals 

HALIFAX (U SPORTS) – A 27-point fourth quarter helped the Dalhousie Tigers top the McGill Redmen 69-63 in the bronze medal game of the 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Final 8. 

Trailing by eight entering the final 10 minutes, the Tigers went on a 17-8 run, taking the lead for good with just under three minutes left to play. Dalhousie utilized an aggressive full-court press defence to force seven Redmen turnovers in the fourth quarter. 

Forward Sven Stammberger led the way on the offensive end with eight points in the quarter and 20 overall. Guard Jenning Leung was McGill’s leading scorer with 17 points. 

The third-place finish was the best result in men’s basketball history for Dalhousie, who finished fourth at last year’s championship.

“I’ve told them all along that we might not have the best accumulation of basketball players, but we’ve got the best team in my mind,” Tigers head coach Rick Plato said post-game. “They care for one another and I just wanted it for them…These guys are going away in their last university game as winners and they’re going to remember it for the rest of their life.” 

CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/index 

Despite turning the ball over six times in the first quarter, the Redmen did an effective job on the defensive end, holding the Tigers to just three field goals and 23.1 per cent shooting from the field. Offensively, McGill shot 50 per cent from the perimeter and led 17-13. 

The Redmen would take compete control in the opening six minutes of the second quarter, going on a 13-2 run. They won the battle on the glass as well, getting 10 combined boards from wing Michael Peterkin and forward Francois Bourque – who led McGill with eight points at the half. 

The Tigers got a strong surge towards the end of the half from Stammberger, who was able to penetrate into the paint, going on a personal 6-0 run, however the Redmen still led by seven entering half time. 

Dalhousie would go on a 14-6 run to start the third – taking their first lead since early in the first quarter. Stammberger was the catalyst once more, with six points, including a clutch three-pointer. 

McGill would battle back with an eight-point swing at the end of the quarter though, and led 50-42 after three. Leung was critical, with five points down the stretch, including a massive trey. 

Dalhousie utilized their signature hustle defence to frustrate the Redmen in the final quarter and steal the six-point victory, winning the game at the line towards the end. 

“Yeah, I’m disappointed with today’s outcome, but Dalhousie was a very good opponent today, they did a lot of things we couldn’t handle today,” McGill head coach David DeAveiro said postgame.  

“Their press changed the whole style of the game and we didn’t have an answer for it. It felt like they had seven guys on the court at times.” 

STAT LEADERS

Official Boxscore: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/2017/boxscores_champ/20170312_i2rh.xml

DAL: 13-12-17-27: 69 

MCG: 17-15-18-13: 63 

Dalhousie

Points: Sven Stammberger (20), Jordan Aquino-Serjue (10)

Rebounds: Jarre Reid (5) 

Assists: Ritchie Kanza Mata (5) 

Player of the game: Sven Stammberger 

McGill 

Points: Jenning Leung (17), Francois Bourque (14) 

Rebounds: Michael Peterkin (10) 

Assists: Dele Ogundokun (3) Francois Bourque (3)  

Player of the game: Jenning Leung    

SCHEDULE & RESULTS (All times AT)

Thursday, March 9

12:00 p.m. Quarter-final 1: No.2 Carleton 85 vs. No.7 Calgary 69 (TV1 webcast)

2 p.m. Quarter-final 2: No.3 McGill 63 vs. No.6 Manitoba 53 (TV1 webcast)

6 p.m. Quarter-final 3: No.1 Ryerson 79 vs. No.8 Saint Mary’s 70 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Quarter-final 4: No.4 Alberta 65 vs. No.5 Dalhousie 67 (TV1 webcast)

Friday, March 10

6 p.m. Consolation 1: Calgary 92 vs. Manitoba 84 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Consolation 2: Saint Mary’s 98 vs. Alberta 93 (OT) (TV1 webcast)

Saturday, March 11

1 p.m. Semifinal 1: Carleton 74 vs. McGill 58 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now) 

3:30 p.m. Semifinal 2: Ryerson 59 vs. Dalhousie 58 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

8 p.m. 5th-place game: Calgary 96 vs. Saint Mary’s 65 (TV1 webcast)

Sunday, March 12

11:30 a.m. Bronze McGill 63 vs. Dalhousie 69 (TV1 webcast)

2:00 p.m. Final Ryerson vs. Carleton (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

About U SPORTS

U SPORTS is the national brand for University Sports in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit usports.ca or follow us on:

Twitter: @USPORTSca


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For further information, please contact:

Ken Saint-Eloy

Manager, Communications

U SPORTS

Cell: 647-871-7595

ksainteloy@usports.ca 

Alan Hudes 

Coordinator, Communications

U SPORTS

Off: 905-508-3000 ext. 242

Cell: 647-991-5343

ahudes@usports.ca

Angela Barrett-Jewers

Dalhousie University

Off: 902-494-2137

Cell: 902-220-0774

angela.barrett@dal.ca


Gold medal: 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Men’s Final 8

Ravens gain redemption, beat Ryerson 78-69 for seventh straight title 

HALIFAX (U SPORTS) – The Carleton Ravens made it seven in a row Sunday afternoon in Halifax, defeating the Ryerson Rams 78-69 to claim the gold medal at the 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Men’s Final 8.

The win served as redemption for Carleton, who lost to the Rams a few weeks earlier in the OUA Championship game. 

The Ravens never trailed in the contest, utilizing their signature defensive style and aggressive play on the glass to claim the win. Forward Ryan Ejim led the Ravens with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Carleton Player of the Game Kaza Kajami-Keane had a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds). Ryerson guard Adika Peter-McNeilly led all scorers with 23 points in the loss. 

Head coach Dave Smart noted post play as a key factor – a different wrinkle in the Ravens’ traditional offensive look. 

“We got what we wanted down low, and then we got a couple open threes when they started digging,” said Smart post-game. “The fact that we had never really gone through the post all year, I don’t think they really had a plan once we started scoring down there.”

CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/index 

In rather uncharacteristic fashion, the Ravens turned the ball over five times in the first quarter, but Ryerson was unable to capitalize, shooting just 27.8 per cent from the field. All 13 of the Rams’ points in the opening 10 minutes came from a combination of Peter-McNeilly and Roshane Roberts.

The Ravens countered with strong inside play from Ejim and Kajami-Keane and entered the second quarter up 19-13.

There were very few second-chance opportunities yet again in the second quarter, as both teams played strong on the defensive glass. Peter-McNeilly and Kajami-Keane went back-and-forth yet again, however it was the Ravens deep bench that flexed their muscles, contributing 11 points as Carleton led 39-28 at halftime. 

The Ravens would go on a 15-5 run in the opening five minutes of the third quarter, and led by as much as 24. Ejim continued to battle inside, and guard Emmanuel Owootoah went 2-for-2 from the perimeter during that stretch. 

Ryerson would battle back however, cutting the Ravens lead to as little as nine on the backs of guards Myles Charvis and Ammanuel Diressa, who had a combined 12 points in the quarter – including one trey apiece. 

The Rams picked up their defence in the fourth quarter, narrowing the score to 72-66 with under a minute and a half left. Forward Adam Voll was instrumental in the surge, working hard on the glass and adding six points. 

Carleton would get a few key turnovers down the stretch however, icing the game at the line. 

“I just don’t think we were as good offensively as we were last week,” Rams head coach Roy Rana said post-game. 

“We made a run in the fourth to make it a game, and we just didn’t execute when we had our opportunities and they came back and made some big plays and that was the difference in the game.” 

Championship MVP

Kaza Kajami-Keane, Carleton

Championship All-Star Team

Connor Wood, Carleton

Kaza Kajami-Keane, Carleton

Adkia Peter-McNeilly, Ryerson

Connor Wood, Ryerson

Kashrell Lawrence, Dalhousie 

Jenning Leung, McGill

STAT LEADERS

Official Boxscore: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/2017/boxscores_champ/20170312_4v3a.xml

RYE: 13-15-23-18: 69 

CAR: 19-20-24-15: 78 

Ryerson

Points: Adika Peter-McNeilly (23), Adam Voll (12)

Rebounds: Adam Voll (9) 

Assists: Myles Charvis (3) 

Player of the game: Adika Peter-McNeilly  

Carleton

Points: Ryan Ejim (19), Kaza Kajami-Keane (15) 

Rebounds: Kaza Kajami-Keane (11) 

Assists: Kaza Kajami-Keane (4)  

Player of the game: Kaza Kajami-Keane 

SCHEDULE & RESULTS (All times AT)

Thursday, March 9

12:00 p.m. Quarter-final 1: No.2 Carleton 85 vs. No.7 Calgary 69 (TV1 webcast)

2 p.m. Quarter-final 2: No.3 McGill 63 vs. No.6 Manitoba 53 (TV1 webcast)

6 p.m. Quarter-final 3: No.1 Ryerson 79 vs. No.8 Saint Mary’s 70 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Quarter-final 4: No.4 Alberta 65 vs. No.5 Dalhousie 67 (TV1 webcast)

Friday, March 10

6 p.m. Consolation 1: Calgary 92 vs. Manitoba 84 (TV1 webcast)

8 p.m. Consolation 2: Saint Mary’s 98 vs. Alberta 93 (OT) (TV1 webcast)

Saturday, March 11

1 p.m. Semifinal 1: Carleton 74 vs. McGill 58 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now) 

3:30 p.m. Semifinal 2: Ryerson 59 vs. Dalhousie 58 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

8 p.m. 5th-place game: Calgary 96 vs. Saint Mary’s 65 (TV1 webcast)

Sunday, March 12

11:30 a.m. Bronze McGill 63 vs. Dalhousie 69 (TV1 webcast)

2:00 p.m. Final Carleton 78 vs. Ryerson 69 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)

About U SPORTS

U SPORTS is the national brand for University Sports in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit usports.ca or follow us on:

Twitter: @USPORTSca


Facebook: @USPORTSCanada


YouTube: @USPORTSca


Instagram: @USPORTSca

Snapchat: @USPORTSca

For further information, please contact:

Ken Saint-Eloy

Manager, Communications

U SPORTS

Cell: 647-871-7595

ksainteloy@usports.ca 

Alan Hudes 

Coordinator, Communications

U SPORTS

Off: 905-508-3000 ext. 242

Cell: 647-991-5343

ahudes@usports.ca

Angela Barrett-Jewers

Dalhousie University

Off: 902-494-2137

Cell: 902-220-0774

angela.barrett@dal.ca