U Sports Men’s Basketball Starting Five: November 18 – 24, 2019

Mayali
A big weekend from Jamal Mayali powered McGill to a pair of wins and into first-place in the RSEQ. (Source: McGill Athletics) (Header: Calgary Dinos Athletics)

SARNIA, Ont. — There are a ton of talented players from coast-to-coast who simply don’t get the attention they deserve.

Breakout performances often go unnoticed with the exception of regional coverage. Triple-doubles go without mention, as do 60-point scoring efforts or games that see players pull down more than 20 rebounds in a night. As Canadians, most people are fond of double-doubles, but most only focus on the ones they can drink from a cup.

We’ve decided to change that.

For the second consecutive year, The Starting Five is back. The goal is a simple one: highlight standout performances from the past seven days, bringing attention to deserving players and programs from across the nation.

From household names to up-and-coming talents, we will highlight five players from each conference on a weekly basis, calling attention to their stat lines from their contests, win or lose. Keep these players on your radar as the season unfolds, and the race for a National Championship heats up.

Here are the Starting Five selections from across the U Sports landscape for the week of November 18-24, 2019.

Starting Five: November 18 – 24, 2019

OUA

Tevaun Kokko – Ryerson Rams

24 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals in 99-54 win at Ontario Tech
23 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals in 82-73 loss at Queen’s

Calvin Epistola – Ottawa Gee-Gees

14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals in 100-75 win vs. York
24 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in 80-73 loss vs. Lakehead

Telloy Simon – Windsor Lancers

10 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 steals in 95-84 loss at Algoma
40 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block in 90-81 win at Algoma

Kadre Gray – Laurentian Voyageurs

31 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals in 97-85 win vs. McMaster
29 points, 6 rebounds,

Kemel Archer – Laurier Golden Hawks

24 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in 82-68 loss vs. Guelph
17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block in 74-73 loss vs. Western


Canada West

Keiran Zziwa – Manitoba Bisons

30 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in 96-91 OT win vs. Winnipeg
21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists in 77-71 win at Winnipeg

Tyrell Laing – UNBC Timberwolves

20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists in 78-76 win at Thompson Rivers
28 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 steals in 82-77 loss at Thompson Rivers

Adam Paige – Alberta Golden Bears

19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block in 103-78 win vs. Mount Royal
22 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals in 112-82 win vs. Mount Royal

Brett Layton – Calgary Dinos

23 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks in 112-74 win vs. Trinity Western
40 points, 20 rebounds in 110-86 win vs. Trinity Western

Carter Millar – Regina Cougars

18 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block in 93-89 OT loss at Saskatchewan
20 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block in 103-74 win at Saskatchewan


AUS

Xavier Ochu – Dalhousie Tigers

21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals in 94-75 win at Acadia

Avan Nava – StFX X-Men

26 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in 99-91 OT win vs. Memorial
16 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal in 102-85 loss vs. Memorial

Chris Spurrell – UNB Reds

34 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals in 91-69 win vs. Saint Mary’s

Cole Long – Memorial Sea-hawks

29 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in 99-91 OT loss at StFX
28 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assist, 4 steals, 1 block in 102-85 win at StFX

Elijah Miller – UPEI Panthers

30 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals in 83-70 win vs. Cape Breton


RSEQ

Jamal Mayali – McGill University

31 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks in 81-74 win at Bishop’s
18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in 90-77 win vs. Concordia

Nervens Demosthene – Bishop’s Gaiters

15 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal in 81-74 loss vs. McGill
15 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 steal, 1 block in 95-84 win at Laval

Vladimir Thomas – Laval Rouge et Or

20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in 82-74 loss at UQAM
17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks in 95-84 loss vs. Bishop’s

Frantson Demosthene – UQAM Citadins

13 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 block in 82-74 win vs. Laval

Adrian Armstrong – Concordia Stingers

16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in 90-77 loss at McGill


– T. Bennett

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