SPARTANS HOST NO. 4 DINOS AND PRONGHORNS

Tyrell Mara

MENS BASKETBALL (CANADA WEST)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009
WEEKEND PREVIEW

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SPARTANS HOST NO. 4 DINOS AND PRONGHORNS

LANGLEY, British Columbia
–This weekend the Spartans will close out the fall semester with a battle with the No. 4 University of Calgary the Dinos and the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns. The Spartans come into the weekend at 3-2 after split with the University of Victoria Vikes. The Dinos are at 7-1 after suffering their first loss of the season against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The last time the Spartans and Dinos met was in the Canada West final four where Calgary dashed Trinity Westerns hopes of a national championship appearance with a 96-65 win. The Pronghorns at 4-4 enter this weekend after a sweep of the University of Manitoba Bisons. The last time Lethbridge and Trinity Western met was last January in Lethbridge where the Spartans won 80-74. The Spartans weekend split dropped them out of the CIS top 10 this week.

DINOS
Last week the Calgary Dinos hosted the Saskatchewan Huskies for a two game home stand.  The Dinos went 1-1 vs the Huskies with scores of 67-86 and 80-76.  Leading the way for the Dinos was fifth year forward Ross Bekkering (Taber, Alta.) who had 53 points in two games.  Bekkering also did well on the glass pulling down 14 rebounds over the weekend.  The weekend games marked the first time the Dinos defense had allowed 70 or more points in a game.

Calgary comes into Friday’s game with the No. 1 ranked offense in Canada West.  The Dinos average 85.9 points per game.  Leading Calgary’s on offence is Bekkering who averages 19.3 points per game fifth best in Canada West.  Also contributing on offense are fifth year forward Robbie Sihota (Calgary) and third year guard Tyler Fidler (Calgary) who are averaging 15.6 and 14.3 points per game respectively.  As a team the Dinos are averaging 15.3 offense rebounds per game fifth in Canada West.

The Dinos are tied at the top with the best defense in Canada West allowing only 66.8 points per game.  Tyler Fidler and Bekkering both lead the team with 11 blocks apiece.  Fifth year guard Jamie McLeod (Calgary) has shown active hands on the season as has a team leading 23 steals through eight games.  The stingy defense has also helped the Dinos gain a plus five turnover margin.

The Dinos have a very strong team both offensively and defensively.  They are in the top five in Canada west in most offensive categories.  The Dinos are not afraid to spread the scoring on offense.  They utilize both post and perimeter play effectively.  If the Dinos continue to play the way did starting the season they will be a tough match for even the best teams in the CIS.

PRONGHORNS

Last week the Lethbridge Pronghorns hosted the Manitoba Bison for a two game home stand.  The Pronghorns swept the weekend series with scores of 87-68 and 90-63.  Leading the way on offense was fourth year guard Randy Davis (Red Deer Alta.) who had 41 points over the weekend.  Fourth year guard Danhue Lawrence (Toronto) led the team on the boards with 22 rebounds over the weekend.

The Pronghorns have the sixth best offense in Canada West averaging 75.8 Points per game.  Leading the way for the Pronghorns is fourth year guard Jeffery Price (Calgary) who is averaging 16.8 points per game.  The Pronghorns have three other players averaging double figures.  Lawrence is averaging 13.1 points per game.  Fifth year forward Rob Cooper (Woodbridge Ont.) is averaging 12.5 points per game while Davis is averaging 10.3 points per game.  The Pronghorns are also the top offensive rebounding team averaging 17.6 offensive rebounds.

Lethbridge is currently seventh in Canada West for defence holding their opponents to 70.6 points per game.  The Pronghorns are second in Canada West averaging 4.6 blocks per game.  Fifth year forward Remington Stemier (Calgary) has 14 blocks on the year.  Lethbridge is fifth in Canada West in steals averaging 9.4 per game.  Price leads the team in steals with 22 steals on the season.

The Pronghorns have a very well rounded team feature a steady offence and defence.  Lethbridge has a balanced attack featuring four players in double digit scoring averages.  The Pronghorns will need to capitalize on their high steal averages and get points off turnovers if they look to be successful.

SPARTANS
Last week the Spartans hosted the University of Victoria Vikes for a fair of games.  The Spartans split the weekend series with the Vikes with scores of 59-62 and 83-71.  Leading the way for the Spartans was fourth year forward Jacob Doerkson (Abbotsford, B.C.) who had 59 points in two games.  On the boards it was fourth year forward Tyrell Mara (White Rock, B.C.) who pulled down 19 rebounds over the weekend.

The Spartans do not have a top ranked scoring average on the year but they have scored over 80 points in three of six games.  Leading the way for the Spartans on offence is fourth year forward Jacob Doerkson..  Doekson’s, who was named Canada West and CIS Athlete of the Week, is third best in all of Canada West  averaging 20.4 points per game. Also averaging double figures for the Spartans is third year guard Calvin Westbrook (Courtenay, B.C.) who is averaging 11.4 points per game.  The Spartans share the ball well on offense and average 14.6 assists per game, which puts them third in Canada West.

The Spartans have the fifth best defence in Canada West holding their opponents to 68.2 points per game.  Helping contribute to this success is their plus 8.6 rebounding margin.  The Spartans are not a high blocking team but fourth year forward Jason Keegstra (Vernon, B.C.) has three on the season.  Tyrell Mara and Jacob Doerkson are tied for the team lead with 8 steals a piece.

The Spartans will need to get continued production for Jacob Doerkson as well they need to continue their strong rebounding and steady defense in order to be successful this weekend.

AT A GLANCE
Spartans (3-2)
CIS Ranking not ranked
Last Week:     UVIC 62-59 L
        UVIC 83-71 W
2008 Conference: 17-6 tied for 2nd in Pacific
2008 CW Playoffs: 3-4 3rd
2008 CIS Championship: NA
Last CW Title: NA
Last CIS Title: NA

Dinos (7-1)
CIS Ranking: 4th
Last Week:    Sask 67-86 L
        Sask 80-76 W
2008 Conference: 17-5 1st in Central
2008 CW Playoffs: 4-0 (1st)
2008 CIS Championship: 1-1
Last CW Title: 2009
Last CIS Title: NA

Pronghorns (4-4)
CIS Ranking: not ranked
Last Week:     Man 87-68 W
        Man 90-63 W
2008 Conference: 5-17 4th in Central
2008 CW Playoffs: NA
2008 CIS Championship: NA
Last CW Title: 1986
Last CIS Title: NA

Last Updated: 2009-11-26
Author: Scott Stewart