Thunderbirds roll into CIS final

NEATE SAGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:24 PM ET

Kamar Burke and the UBC Thunderbirds answered with authority at gut-check time.

The T-Birds’ lead was down to four points early in the fourth quarter when Burke, seconds after a big Ross Bekkering dunk for Calgary, threw down one of his own. On the next possession, Burke made a steal that led to an Alex Murphy three-point play in transition, part of a 10-point run which helped the T-Birds pull away for a 77-63 win over the Dinos in a rematch of the 2009 semi-final.

Burke had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. UBC veterans, such as CIS player of the year Josh Whyte (10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter) and Blain LaBranche (eight of his 10 in the fourth), helped close out Calgary. Murphy added 14 points, including a 30-footer at the halftime horn

The Dinos, who got 16 fourth-quarter points from rookie guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, were undone by foul trouble and poor shooting. Star Bekkering (13 points) played just two first-half minutes after getting two quick fouls, and three other starters picked up their second personals in the first 20 minutes. Robbie Sihota scored just six points on 3-of-16 shooting in his final CIS game, while wing Tyler Fidler was just 2-of-10.

The T-Birds won the battle of the second units in first half. Murphy hit two big shots sandwiched around a Dinos shot-clock violation to open a 34-28 halftime lead.


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