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Archive for Saturday, September 4, 2004

Canada team capsules

September 4, 2004

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University of British Columbia

Game time/place: 2 p.m. CDT today, UBC's War Memorial Gym.

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia.

Coach: Kevin Hanson (fifth season).

Nickname: Thunderbirds.

Team tidbits: UBC had a 23-16 record in 2003-04, 12-8 in Canada West Conference play. The T-Birds earned a second consecutive trip to the national-championship tournament in Halifax, where they fell to York. ... A transfer from Simon Fraser, guard Chad Clifford, 22, played two years at St. Francis University in Pennsylvania. He can practice but not play in games this season. ... UBC beat Hampton, 75-66, on Aug. 18. Casey Archibald, a 6-4 guard, led the way with 24 points, while Marc Tasik, a 6-6 forward, had 15 points and four boards. ... Archibald is leading returning scorer (18.1 ppg). Other returning starters are 5-3 Karlo Villanueva (9.7), 6-7 Ryder McKoewn (10.6) and 6-3 guard Craig Rollins (9.0) The T-Birds went 0-3 against Division One schools last year, falling to SMU (88-76), Oral Roberts (80-61) and Creighton (83-62). ... UBC will meet UNLV at 9 p.m. Sept. 5, and Kansas State on Oct. 10, both at War Memorial Gym.

Langara College

Game time/place: 1 p.m. Sunday, UBC's War Memorial Gym.

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia.

Coach: Simon Dykstra (fourth season).

Nickname: Falcons.

Team tidbits: The Falcons won national titles in both 1998 and '99. At the time the Falcons were coached by Kevin Hanson, who now is coach at University of British Columbia. ... Squad went 13-19 last year and 7-11 in conference play. .... Coach Simon Dykstra played at Simon Fraser from 1985-90. ... One of top players is 6-foot point guard Paul Naka, a former UBC player. Returnees include 6-0 Ken Kuo, who averaged 13.9 ppg last season; 6-7 Mirza Havic (5.6 ppg); 6-4 Jason Alsop (1.6 ppg). Tallest player is Vlad Ruzic at 6-8. ... Guard Anthony Lao (6-4) sat out last season, but is back this year ... Players generally compete two years at the school. ... Langara will meet UNLV at 2 p.m. Sept. 6.

University College of Fraser Valley

Game time/place: 9 p.m. Sunday, Mennonite Educational Institute Gym.

Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Coach: Pat Lee (10th season).

Nickname: Cascades.

Team tidbits: The UCFV men's basketball team won the national championship last season and also in the 1999-2000 and 2001-2002 seasons. ... The team will include players from Fraser Valley, plus alums and players from Trinity Western. ... Squad went 28-11 last season and 14-4 in league play ... The team is leaving the Canada College of Athletics Assn. for the larger Canadian Interuniversity Sport League starting in Sept. 2006. ... Cascades will play UNLV at 1 p.m. Sunday, prior to the KU game Sunday night. ... The Cascades are bolstering their lineup with recent graduates, including standout 6-6 center Mike McLaverty, a first-team British Columbia College's Athletic Assn. all-star. Returnees from last year's title team include 6-5 guard Jamie Vaughan, 6-8 forwards Shane Heuring and Kyle Graves, 6-4 forward Jeff O'Brien, and 5-8 guard Lee Jackson.

Simon Fraser University/Burnaby Mountain All Stars

Game time/place: 12:30 p.m. Monday, West Gym.

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia.

Coach: Scott Clark (11th season).

Nickname: Clan.

Team tidbits: Simon Fraser went 18-18 a year ago, 13-7 in Canada West Conference play ... Former Clan and long-time Canadian national team player Peter Guarasci will join current SFU players and play for the Burnaby Mountain All-Stars ... SFU loses 41 points a game off its roster in Pasha Bains and Chad Clifford, who have transferred to UBC. "With Pasha, we knew he was going to transfer to pursue a graduate degree program. SFU's program required a high GPA and it was not an option for him," SFU coach Scott Clark said. "We had an understanding that he was returning. It was definitely a shock." ... Frosh guard Melvyn Mayott turned down scholarship offers in the U.S. to play for the Clan. ... Point guard Kyle Wilson is in his first year with SFU after playing at both UMass and San Jose State. The All-Stars split games against Hampton last month, losing 79-72, Aug. 14, then winning, 68-55, Aug. 19. ... Simon Fraser will also play host to Kansas State on Oct. 9 and Pacific on Oct. 8. In addition, the Clan will play UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on November 5.

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