18th Annual Graham Shootout

The 18th Annual Graham Construction Shootout is set to take place October 20th-22nd. A great mix of teams from across the country are ready to take the court for what should prove to be an exciting three days of CIS Men’s Basketball.

The host University of Saskatchewan Huskies will be looking to continue their success at home in the 18th Annual Graham Shootout. The Huskies are champions of 6 out of the past 7 Shootouts and have won 8 overall since the tournament began in 1999. Head coach Barry Rawlyk (7th Year) is excited for his Huskies to take the court in front of the home town crowd for the first time of the 2016-2017 season!

The University of Calgary Dinos (Calgary, AB) are no strangers to the Graham Shootout. They will be making their 6th appearance at the Shootout and bring an overall tournament record of 9-6 and two Shootout titles with them. Veteran bench boss Dan Vanhooren will be looking for a strong showing at this years tournament after coming off a Canada West Championship and a silver medal at the CIS Final 8 last season.

University of Algoma Thunderbirds (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) are making their first ever appearance at the Shootout. The T-Birds will be looking to strongly represent the OUA and make a great first impression in Saskatoon under 11th year head coach Thomas Cory.

The Red Deer College Kings (Red Deer, AB) are rounding out the field for this year’s Shootout. The Kings will be making their debut at this year’s Graham Shootout. Red Deer, who competes in the ACAC, has been one of the top teams in college ranks under head coach Clayton Pottinger and are looking for a strong showing against CIS competition.

All of the action will take place at the PAC on campus of the U of S. Game times are set for 5:00 and 7:00 pm on Thursday and Friday evenings, with Saturday afternoon game times at 1:00 and 3:00 PM.

Huskies claim sixth title in a row

Huskie guard Andrew Henry (Josh Schaefer)

Huskie guard Andrew Henry (Josh Schaefer)

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies won the annual Graham Shootout championship Saturday with an 80-55 victory over the University of Victoria Vikes. It is the sixth consecutive year that Saskatchewan has claimed the title.

Saskatchewan (6-2) led wire to wire and jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead thanks to some hot shooting by the tournament’s most valuable player Andrew Henry, and some strong defense. Victoria (4-3) didn’t score its first field goal until a three-pointer by Reiner Theil with 5:33 remaining in the opening quarter. A three by Dadrian Collins just before the buzzer put Saskatchewan up 27-13 at the end of the first frame.

Patrick Pilato cut the Huskies lead to ten just a minute into the second quarter, but that’s as close as the Vikes would get. Another Henry three-ball with 1:46 to go before the half extended the lead to 41-23. The Huskies led 41-25 at the break. Continue reading