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Canada West Playoffs
Quarterfinal 6@3  2/3
F18 UBC 77 Calgary 74
F19 Clagary 65 UBC 58
F20 UBC 64 Calgary 63
                       SEMIfinal 1 Lowest at #1
                       F25 Lethbridge 79 Victoria 72
                       F26 Lethbridge 95 Victoria 69 
                                        FINAL at Highest  2/3
                                        M3 Lethbridge 85 Alberta 78
                                        M4 Alberta 93 Lethbridge 84
                                        M5 Alberta 82 Lethbridge 71 
                                        200 Champs: Alberta
                       SEMIfinal 2 Highest at #2
                       F25 Alberta 75 UBC 48 
                       F26 Alberta 75 UBC 48
Quarterfinal 5@4  2/3 
F 18 Victoria 69 Saskatchewan 62
F 19 Victoria 85 Saskatchewan 68

Great Plains Playoffs
Semifinal 3Wpg @ 2Man  2/3
M3 Manitoba 74 Winnipeg 68 
M4 Winnipeg 72 Manitoba 61 
M5 Manitoba 68 Winnipeg 65 
                           FINAL  at Higher  2/3 
                           M10 Brandon 86 Manitoba 76 
                           M11 Brandon 74 Manitoba 59
                           2000 Champs: Brandon Bobcats  
Semifinal 4Reg @ 1Bran  2/3
M3 Brandon 94 Regina 76  
M4 Regina 86 Brandon 75 
M5 Brandon 87 Regina 77 

Ontario West Playoffs
 Wed February 23    Sat February 26    Sat March 4
                    #1 Western  79 
                    #5 Lakehead 74 
#4 Guelph   57
#5 Lakehead 70
                                       #1 Western   69   McMaster Marauders
                                       #2 McMaster  74     2000 Champions 
#3 Brock    82
#6 Waterloo 67
                   #3 Brock     73
                   #2 McMaster  75
All games at home of higher seed... 

Ontario Championship
         Wilson Cup  March 11 at Ontario East Winner
         OUA West McMaster   67        Laurentian
         OUA East Laurentian 73      Ontario Champs

Ontario East Playoffs
Thu March 2             Sat March 4     
#4 Queen's    73
#1 Ryerson    69
                         Queen's     58
                             2:00           Laurentian Voyageurs
                         Laurentian  70       1999 Champs
#2 Laurentian 70
#3 Carleton   45 
     (Semis and Final at Laurentian) 

Quebec Playoffs
      Sudden-death Semi 3@2
Mar 2 McGill 70 Bishop's 68  
                              Finals Winner at #1
                              Mar 5   Concordia 92 McGill 87 
                              Mar 8   McGill 87 Concordia 74
                              Mar 11  Concordia 76 McGill 56 
                              2000 Champs: Concordia Stingers  

Atlantic Playoffs at Metro Centre
 March 10             March 11           March 12 
                   #1 StFX          81
                      6:00   G3
                      Acadia        60
2nd E  Saint Mary's 79
        6:00    G1
3rd W  UCCB         71
                                        StFX         68
                                          2:00   G5      StFX X-Men
                                        Saint Mary's 62  2000 Champions   
2nd W  Acadia       90
        8:00    G2
3rd E  Memorial     79
                      Saint Mary's  87
                      8:00    G4
                   #2 UNB           68

Attend: 4,500         Attend: 6,479      Attend: 5,309    Total: 16,788
Full Game Boxes... | G1 | G2 | G3 | G4 | G5 |

Tickets, Seating, Map
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2000 CIAU Final8
at Metro Centre

  Friday March 17     Saturday March 18     Sunday March 19      
1 Alberta 57      
  1:00 G1 Brandon 61  
8 Brandon 73    
        5:00 G7 Brandon 60  
4wc Western 90   TSN Live!    
  3:00 G2 Western 58
5 Laurentian 78  
        5:30 G10 StFX X-Men
3 StFX 82   TSN Live!   2000 CIAU
  7:00 G3 StFX 80     Champions
6 McMaster 79      
        8:00 G8 StFX 61
2wc Lethbridge 90   TSN Live!    
  9:00 G4 Lethbridge 75
7 Concordia 77      
  Alberta 78  
NOON G5 Alberta 68  
Laurentian 65    
      2:00 G9 Alberta
McMaster 93       Consolation
2:00 G6 McMaster 57 Champ
Concordia 77  
  Friday March 17     Saturday March 18     Sunday March 19  
  Attend: 12,591     Attend: 11,955     Attend: 8,391 Total: 32,938

Final Eight TEAM SHOOTS at Metro Centre
(I hour)
(normal morning sched)

Wild Cards
The six conference champions are automatically invited to the Final Eight. Each conference decides its winner in its own way, often based on tradition and the geography of the conference.

The Atlantic conference in 1999 returned to a 6-team single knockout tournament, as usual held at Halifax Metro Centre. It was not uncommon to see a #5 or #6 win the previous night then come out and flatten the #1 or #2 seed after sharpening their shooting eye in the Metro Center. GPAC in 1999 reverted back to its 3-team format from its 1998 experiment when all four teams made the playoff. Now they are back to four. WIth the addition of a 7th team, Canada West in 2000 began a new 6-team format with Quarterfinals.

Wild cards came about because of a need to make the national championship a fairer tournament. Using only the six conference winners creates an imbalanced draw. One conference champ may have to play 3 games to win the event. Another may reach the final with only a single victory. Adding two more teams creates a balanced, fair draw.

The last two teams accepted into the Final Eight are Wild Cards selected from the best of the remaining teams. This is done by a special CIAU committee who hold their final discussions and announce a decision on the Sunday evening prior to the Final Eight. Some conferences are still playing that afternoon, deciding their representative. The selection committee also seeds the teams into the championship draw. Contrary to popular opinion, the selection committee is not the same committee that isssues weekly polls over the course of the season. It is a brand new committee.

Teams must actually apply to be considered as wild cards. A top team that does not formally apply will not be considered. This dates from the old days when a team might not be able to afford or choose to travel to the championship, or simply chose not to play. But, since the Final Eight found a permanent home in Halifax 15 years ago, the tournament has generated more than enough revenue to help deserving teams get there. This reminds us of the situation years ago when the NCAA actually had to force its top teams to play in its own championship. They did much better financially by going to the NIT in Madison Square Gardens in New York. It took legal action to make the top teams play in the NCAA Championship.

An obvious choice for a wildcard is a team that has been winning all season, has been high in the rankings, has led its league, but is unexpectedly upset in a sudden-death playoff game. But, if four such dominant teams are upset in conference playoffs, the committee has a bad problem.

Less common is for 6 season-long favorites to win their conference berths in the Final Eight. Then, the committee must decide between the next cluster of lesser teams ranked 7, 8, 9, and 10.

Teams are chosen on merit. But where there is a toss-up the committee has the option to lean in the direction of selecting a wild card applicant from the home conference. It is felt this helps boost attendance and the revenue so necessary to maintaining the Final Eight as a prestige event.

Notes by 1999 Committee Member James Hillis:
Based on criteria laid out by the NABCC, teams that apply for a wild card berth are ranked 1 through 6 (or 1 through whatever) on each of the ten criteria below. Six points for 1st rank, 5 points for second etc. After all teams are ranked on all criteria, a tally is done. The low team on the list is dropped. The ranking occurs again. Low team is dropped again .....and so on until two remain. The process is purely objective, with no allowance for interpretation by the committee (one coaches' rep from each conference plus a chair). Thus, criticize the system if you will, but no basis for comments of politics etc. The process itself will be reviewed at the upcoming NABCC meetings.

The Voting Criteria
1. Final regular season conference record and standing
2. Playoff Performance
3. Games vs other conference champions (regular season)
4. Games vs other teams under wild card consideration.
5. Team results in the last 10 games of conference play.
6. Game results non-conference (vs CIAU opponents)
7. Game results non-conference (vs CIAU opponents outside of own conference)
8. Final CIAU top ten ranking
9. Total number of weeks as a top ten team.
10. Position in the top ten over last 5 weeks of the ranking


All Canadians 2000
        1999 Saxon All-Canadians
Danny Balderson - Lethbridge
Fred Perry - StFX
Micah Bourdeau - Western
Ted Dongelmans - Laurentian
Nick Maglisceau - Alberta
Steve Maga - McMaster
Patrice Lemieux - Bishop's
Earnest Bell - Brandon
Jonah Taussig - Saint Mary's
Spencer Holt - Lethbridge
Ramon McElmurray - Lakehead
Eric Zulu - Concordia
Bill Crowdis - Ryerson
Jamie Duncan - Brock
Dennie Oliver - StFX
    Mike Moser Award (POY) Danny Balderson - Lethbridge
    Saxon Rookie of the Year: James Kenyon - Saskatchewan
    Ken Shi4elds / TSN Award: Steve Maga - McMaster
    Stu Aberbeen Trophy as Coach-of-the-Year: Dave Crook - Lethbridge

Canada West
*Danny Balderson, Lethbridge
*Nick Maglisceau, Alberta
*Spencer Holt, Lethbridge
Courtenay Kolla, UBC
Allister Wilmott, Victoria
Josh Hall, TWU
Jody Glines, Saskatchewan
James Kenyon, Saskatchewan
Brad Gallup, Calgary
Brad Berikoff, Alberta
*James Kenyon, Saskatchewan
*Zaheed Bakare, UBC
*John Riad, Calgary
Ryan Reed, Lethbridge
Tyler Coston, TWU
Most Valuable Player: Danny Balderson, Lethbridge
Rookie-of-the-Year: James Kenyon, Saskatchewan
Coach-of-the-Year: Dave Crook, Lethbridge
*unanimous selection

Great Plains
Ernest Bell, Brandon
Ogo Okwumabua, Manitoba
Matej Maroti, Winnipeg
Greg Walker, Brandon
Steve Podwin, Regina
Chad Yarwood, Manitoba
Ashley Yeaman, Regina
Suk Singh, Winnipeg
Scott Goebel, Regina
Germaine Harden, Brandon
Joey Dominguez, Winnipeg
Most Valuable Player: Earnest Bell, Brandon
Rookie-of-the-Year: Ryan Dulder, Manitoba
Coach-of-the-Year: Jerry Hemmings, Brandon

Ontario West
Micah Bourdeau - Western
Steve Maga - McMaster
Ramon McElmurry - Lakehead
Jamie Duncan - Brock
Doug Doyle - McMaster
Geoff MacNeil - Guelph
Geoff Stead - Windsor
Jim Grozelle - Western
Ryan Dudley - Brock
Chris Brown - Western
Radhi Knapp - Laurier
Anthony Rizzeto - Windsor
Conrad Kreek - Waterloo
Aaron Giberson - Guelph
Darren Veira - Laurier
MVP: Micah Bordeau - Western
Rookie-of-the-Year Radhi Knapp - Laurier
Coach-of-the-Year Craig Boydell Western
TSN Award: Steve Maga - McMaster

Ontario East
Ted Dongelmans - Laurentian
Bill Crowdis - Ryerson
Jafeth Masuruka - Carleton
Kevin Gordon - Laurentian
Jon Reid - Toronto
Jan Michael Nation - Ryerson
Sam Gilbert - Ryerson
Mike George - York
Derek Richardson - Queen's
Ben Gorham - Ryerson
John Purdy - Queen's
Ryan French - York
Paul Larmand - Carleton
James Jefferson - Laurentian
David Tycynski - York
Jermaine Pendley - Laurentian
Player-of-the-Year: Ted Dongelmans - Laurentian
Rookie-of-the-Year: Ryan French - York
Coach-of-the-Year: Terry Haggerty - Ryerson

Patrice Lemieux, Bishop's
Eric Zulu - Concordia
Samuel Audet-Sow - Laval
Kirk Reid - McGill
Real Kitieu - Concordia
David Brownrigg - Laval
Mark Spence - Concordia
Domenico Marcario - McGill
Paul Stephens - Bishop's
Michael Kieran - Concordia
Player-of-the-Year: Patrice Lemieux - Bishop's
Rookie-of-the-Year: Samuel Audet-Sow - Laval
Defensive P-O-Y: Wayne Alexander - Concordia
Coach-of-the-Year: John Dore, Concordia

Fred Perry - StFX
Jonah Taussig - Saint Mary's
Dennie Oliver - StFX
Matthew Chapman - Memorial
Cory Janes - Saint Mary's
Mike Kierstead - UNB
Jeff Cotter - UNB
Mark Seaborn - Acadia
Randy Nohr - StFX
Jermaine Bruce, Memorial
Player-of-the-Year: Fred Perry - StFX
Rookie-of-the-Year: Jeff Saxby - Memorial
Coach-of-the-Year: Steve Konchalski - St FX

TICKETS ...2000 Prices
Metro Centre TIcket Office (902) 451-1221
Ticket Package Prices..............
.... Adult $36
.... Senior/Student $24
.... Youth (u-12) $12

Single Tickets
.... Adult $14
.... Senior/Student $10
.... Youth (u-12) $5
Tournament Pass (10 games)
.... Corporate $75
.... Adult $60
.... Senior/Student $45
.... Youth (u-12) $25

Admission for each Double Header
.... Adult $16
.... Senior/Student $11
.... Youth (u-12) $5


Lower Bowl halfcourt sections are 7, 8, 9, 21, 22, 23.
Corners are 6, 10, 20, 24.
.... There isn't a bad seat in the house.
One of the corners is designated No Alcohol.
Be sure to ask about it if you like to sip a
cold one while watching the games.

Metro Centre Seating

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Here is a simple seating plan of the Metro Centre. Use it to select your preferred locations before calling in to order tickets.

Some prefer watching basketball from the corners, like Sections 4 and 5.

Seating Rows:
Lower Bowl: A-S
Upper Bowl: A-V

Row V is quite high, yet still a good place to watch championship basketball in a full house.

Staying downtown?

For out-of-town fans going to Halifax, here is a little map that shows the locations of the major venues for the Tournament; the Metro Centre, and The Halifax Sheraton. It shows the location of downtown hotels near the Metro Centre. All are first-class.

(These maps are a couple of years old. Some names may have changed but the places are essentially the same. A pub or hoterl may have a new name, but odds are you'll find the same bartender there.)

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A secret to picking a good location is to study the pedways and tunnels, the coloured lines on the map. If the weather is bad, (it seldom is in Halifax) you will be mostly indoors, under cover.

You can stay at the Prince George, and be totally indoors for the three days of the tournament, by taking the tunnel to the World Trade Centre, then escalators up to the Metro Centre.

From hotels connected through Scotia Square you can now walk directly in to the World Trade Center and Metro Centre through a new tunnel under Duke Street, opened in 1996.

The passage from WTC to the Metro Centre is through an office corridor that may be shut down after hours. If it is closed, you can easily step outside and re-enter through a nearby door to continue on your way.

Don't ask about amenities. The hotels all have their own, and the area is crammed with eating and drinking spots. Check out Argyle and Grafton Streets to begin.

A block left on Granville Street is NS Sport Heritage Museum. Worth a visit, if you want to get outside and get some fresh air. While there you can shoot some baskets, play a bit of one-on-one, or shoot some pucks at a Tony Esposito.