Lucas Meyer, Dinos Communications Assistant
CALGARY - Execution may be the best word to describe the Alberta Golden Bears performance in the Canada West Final Four semi-final Friday afternoon, as their offensive and defensive schemes led them to an 83-70 victory over the Saskatchewan Huskies.
The two powerhouse programs played well from the start, with the Huskies getting off to a 16-7 lead with about four minutes left in the first quarter.
Alberta stormed back with a 12-2 run, leading by one going into the second.
The senior went on a personal 8-0 run, including an emphatic dunk as Saskatchewan would retake the lead at 33-31.
Like they did in the first through, Alberta finished the second strong once again, first with a three from second-team all-star Austin Waddoups, who then sent an alley-oop to 2016 all-star Mamadou Gueye, as the Bears took a 40-35 lead into halftime.
Alberta started the third in a flurry, with first-team all-star Brody Clarke making back-to-back layups and then Waddoups hitting one of his four threes to take a 50-37 lead.
On defense, Alberta constantly sent double-teams to Osayande, daring Saskatchewan to beat them from the three-point line, which they struggled to knock down.
In the fourth however, Huskies point guard Lawrence Moore hit a three and Clarke would foul out less than two minutes into the quarter with the score just 63-58 for Alberta.
Instead of giving up the lead, Alberta went on an 8-0 run and then disaster would strike for Saskatchewan as Osayande would foul out at the 3:39 mark and Alberta would cruise to the 13-point win.
Alberta won every quarter and Gueye was spectacular with 30 points and eight rebounds.
Five Huskies scored in double-figures, led by Moore with 19, but the team shot just 35 per cent for the game, including 9-38 from three-point territory.
At the other end, Alberta shot 46 per cent and were 12-30 from three, while also going 15-22 from the line.
Saskatchewan was just 7-9 from the charity stripe as they will now play in the bronze medal game at 3 p.m. MT Saturday and Alberta will play at 8 p.m.