Written by: Jeremy Sawatzky, BU Sports Information

BRANDON, MB – Ranked number 1 in the country and winners of 13 straight games, the Brandon University Bobcats are looking to move one step closer to
a trip to Halifax and hosting the Canada West Final 4 championships.

Up first, however, is a best-of-three showdown with the Regina Cougars to

determine the champions of the Great Plains Division this weekend at the BU


“We have to be focused and will be ready to play from the first tip,” says

Brandon head coach Barnaby Craddock. “Regina has won this division the past

two seasons, and if we want to be the best, we have to knock off the

defending champs. They (Regina) are playing good basketball right now. We

need to be ready to go this weekend.”

The Bobcats have been victorious in all 5 meetings with the Cougars this

season, including a pair of wins three weeks ago. Since that weekend,

though, Regina has won 4 of 5, including an impressive series victory over

the Winnipeg Wesmen in the Great Plains Division semi-final. Brandon,

meanwhile, is rested following a bye week.

Dany Charlery, who topped the team with 16 points per game during the

regular season, leads Brandon. Adam Hartman delivered just over 15 points

per game, while three other ‘Cats also averaged double figures in scoring.

And with last year’s opening round upset at the hands of the Wesmen still

fresh in their minds, Craddock expects his team to come out firing on all

cylinders this weekend.

“We’ve been motivated since September by what happened last year,” noted

Craddock. “We felt we didn’t reach our potential, and that drives us on a

daily basis. But as far as basketball basics go, we’re just going to get out

there and play like we have all year.”

Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February

24, with game 3 – if necessary – scheduled for Sunday afternoon, February 25

at 3:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the match on Saturday, February 24, 2007, Brandon

University will honour Coach Emeritus Jerry Hemmings with a tribute night.

The evening will feature the unveiling of a banner designating Hemmings as

Coach Emeritus at 6:55 p.m. (attendees should be seated by 6:45).

Immediately following the game, a reception will be held in the Private

Dining Room (located on the ground level of McMaster Hall on the Brandon

University campus) that will feature speeches from BU representatives, as

well as others, honouring Hemmings' career.


For more information, please contact:

Rick Nickelchok, Athletic Director

Phone: 727 - 7405

Email: nickelchokr@brandonu.ca

Kelly Stifora, BU Communications Officer

Phone: 727 - 9762

Email: stiforak@brandonu.ca

Xanthe Burch, Athletic Clerk

Phone: 727 - 7375

Email: burchx@brandonu.ca

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