Kamran Dadi; Dinos Communications
CALGARY – In a tough 64-59 loss against the MacEwan Griffins, the University of Calgary Dinos concluded their 2016-17 regular season with an 11-9 record Saturday night.
The Dinos finish ninth in the Canada West RPI standings and will face the Fraser Valley Cascades in a best-of-three Canada West first round series next weekend in Abbotsford, B.C.
The Dinos got off to a hot start early in the game as they allowed only 13 Griffins points in the first quarter and capitalized on key three point shots. The Griffins, however, would begin to swing the momentum in their favour as they went on a 7-0 run to start the second quarter. After a close third quarter, the Griffins were able to pull away from the Dinos with opportune jumpers. An over-reliance on the three point shot and an inability to stop key Griffins plays hurt the Dinos.
For the Dinos, Bobbi Jo Colburn and Erin McIntosh led the offensive charge with a combined 29 points. As a team, the Dinos made 19-63 field goals, 10-41 threes, 17 offensive rebounds, 19 defensive rebounds, 17 bench points, 11 assists, and 12 steals.
Despite tonight's loss, it was a celebratory night for the Dinos as they honoured 5th year centre Lauren Seabrook and team manager Jenn Le. Head coach Damian Jennings recognized and praised Seabrook and Le's contributions to the team. "Once a Dino, always a Dino," he emphasized.
Lead assistant coach Matthew Spencer reflected on their season and the path forward.
"It's been a season of ups and downs. Obviously, seven major injuries at one point was a major part of the story for this season. Even under those circumstances, we had some good wins," he said.
"Ultimately, we've put ourselves in a position where we're in the playoffs. You hit the reset button, you take what you can from the regular season, and move forward with what we expect is the healthiest line up we're going to get right now. We just need to defend the ball better and rebound the ball better. Those are two areas that have slipped recently."
The Dinos are scheduled to face the UFV Cascades in the first round of the Canada West playoffs on Feb. 17 in Abbotsford, B.C.
Photo by David Moll