17th Annual Graham Shootout

The 17th Annual Graham Construction Shootout is set to take place October 15th-17th. 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 17th Annual Graham Shootout. The Huskies are champions of the past 6 Shootouts and have won 8 overall since the tournament began in 1999. Head coach Barry Rawlyk (6th Year) is excited for his Huskies to take the court in front of the home town crowd for the first time of the 2015-2016 season!

The Concordia University Stingers, (Montreal, QC) are no strangers to the Graham Shootout. They will be making their 4th appearance at the Shootout and bring an overall tournament record of 4-5 with them. First year coach Rastko Popovic will be looking for a strong showing at this years tournament.

Provincial rival University of Regina Cougars (Regina, SK) are making their first appearance at the Shootout since 2012 and 7th all time. The Cougars will be looking to improve their overall Shootout record of 8-13 under 3rd year bench boss Steve Burrows.

The University of Windsor Lancers (Windsor, ON) will be making their 4th trip to Saskatoon for the Graham Shootout and first since 2011. The Lancers have been atop the national rankings for the past few seasons. First year head coach Ryan Steer will be looking to continue the programs success on the hardwood and the programs first Shootout title.

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.

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