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British Columbia Thunderbirds - 1996-97 Season

Head Coach:Bruce Enns (12th season)
Other staff: Ross Tomlinson (Assistant Coach), Maurice Sampson (Assistant Coach), Todd Kazinska (Assistant Coach), Simon Dykstra (Assistant Coach), Joey Dolcetti (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Dave Nelson (Trainer), Sean Mitchell (Manager)
League:Canada West

Summary of team record for the season

Conference RecordCIAU RecordOverall Record
W-LPctPointsPPGW-LPctPointsPPGW-LPctPointsPPG
11-90.5501682-159784.1 - 79.820-130.6062760-258883.6 - 78.422-130.6292915-273083.3 - 78.0

Player roster

NoPlayerPosHtWtEligHometownHigh School (Prior Team)
3John Dykstra Guard6-54Chilliwack, BC 
10Darcy Deutscher Guard5-102Vancouver, BC 
12Eric Butler Forward6-65Vancouver, BC 
14John Dumont Guard6-43Vancouver, BCVancouver College
20Gerald Cole Guard6-04Vancouver, BCVancouver College
22Jeremy Adrian Forward6-83Airdrie, AB 
24Brady Ibbetson Guard6-25Kelowna, BC 
32Nino Sose Guard6-43Bosnia 
40David Buchanan Guard5-104Langley, BC 
42Jason Ussher Forward6-101North Vancouver, BC 
44Curtis Mepham Forward6-73Pitt Meadows, BC 
50Joel Nickel Forward6-72Abbotsford, BC 
RSBeau Mitchell Forward6-6 Vancouver, BC 
RSSimon Orr-Ewing Centre6-8 Vancouver, BC 

Awards presented

Eric Butler Canada West Second Team All-Star
Gerald Cole Canada West First Team All-Star
John Dumont Canada West Second Team All-Star

Game results for the season

--- Non-Conference Games ---
DateLocationOpponentResult Comment
Wed Oct 23, 1996Vancouver, BCReginaWin97-82  
Sat Oct 26, 1996St. Catharines, ONBrockWin82-52  
Sun Oct 27, 1996Hamilton, ONMcMasterLoss59-72  
Wed Oct 30, 1996UnknownWinnipegWin103-74  
Fri Nov 1, 1996Montreal, QCGuelphWin71-59 Redbird Classic
Sat Nov 2, 1996Montreal, QCMcGillWin95-93OTRedbird Classic
Sun Nov 3, 1996Montreal, QCAcadiaWin84-73 Redbird Classic
Thu Nov 7, 1996Edmonton, ABTorontoWin104-88 Golden Bear Invitational
Fri Nov 8, 1996Edmonton, ABBrandonWin79-73 Golden Bear Invitational
Sat Nov 9, 1996Edmonton, ABAlbertaLoss65-74 Golden Bear Invitational
Sat Jan 4, 1997Vancouver, BCSimon FraserWin74-73 Thunderbird Invitational
Sun Jan 5, 1997Vancouver, BCCentral WashingtonWin81-69 Thunderbird Invitational
--- Regular Season Conference Games ---
DateLocationOpponentResult Comment
Fri Nov 15, 1996Calgary, ABCalgaryLoss97-112  
Sat Nov 16, 1996Calgary, ABCalgaryWin94-82  
Fri Nov 22, 1996Vancouver, BCVictoriaLoss82-100  
Sat Nov 23, 1996Vancouver, BCVictoriaWin80-73  
Fri Nov 29, 1996Saskatoon, SKSaskatchewanWin81-80  
Sat Nov 30, 1996Saskatoon, SKSaskatchewanWin90-80  
Fri Jan 10, 1997Vancouver, BCAlbertaWin91-68  
Sat Jan 11, 1997Vancouver, BCAlbertaLoss74-76  
Fri Jan 17, 1997Lethbridge, ABLethbridgeWin88-72  
Sat Jan 18, 1997Lethbridge, ABLethbridgeLoss96-111OT 
Fri Jan 24, 1997Vancouver, BCCalgaryWin116-83  
Sat Jan 25, 1997Vancouver, BCCalgaryWin84-75  
Fri Jan 31, 1997Victoria, BCVictoriaLoss67-84  
Sat Feb 1, 1997Victoria, BCVictoriaLoss70-79  
Fri Feb 7, 1997Vancouver, BCSaskatchewanWin96-44  
Sat Feb 8, 1997Vancouver, BCSaskatchewanWin85-69  
Fri Feb 14, 1997Edmonton, ABAlbertaLoss61-77  
Sat Feb 15, 1997Edmonton, ABAlbertaWin74-64  
Fri Feb 21, 1997Vancouver, BCLethbridgeLoss77-81  
Sat Feb 22, 1997Vancouver, BCLethbridgeLoss79-87  
--- Playoff Games ---
DateLocationOpponentResult Comment
Fri Feb 28, 1997Victoria, BCVictoriaLoss65-79 Canada West Semifinal (best of 3)
Sat Mar 1, 1997Victoria, BCVictoriaWin91-82 Canada West Semifinal (best of 3)
Sun Mar 2, 1997Victoria, BCVictoriaLoss83-90 Canada West Semifinal (best of 3)

Season scoring summary for league games only

PlayerGPMinsMpg3 PtField GoalsFree ThrowsReboundsRPGPFAToBlStPtsPPG
Curtis Mepham617529.23-1323.144-7162.09-9100.012-19315.2193124310016.7
Gerald Cole2052326.134-9237.084-19742.670-7988.614-28422.150643821727213.6
Nino Sose2034617.326-6540.079-15650.635-5464.812-23351.85327224921910.9
John Dumont2053126.64-1822.279-19141.432-5954.248-811296.56662544171949.7
John Dykstra2043221.624-6338.171-14748.328-3775.720-40603.03615231111949.7
Eric Butler2053226.67-1741.268-12355.349-6674.233-52854.2662828691929.6
Brady Ibbetson2042921.421-7328.849-12838.350-6576.914-45593.05567239101698.4
David Buchanan2056928.414-4332.652-13937.445-6173.810-17271.44467370151638.2
Jeremy Adrian1627317.11-425.040-7652.629-4269.022-20422.6381317651106.9
Joel Nickel141269.00-00.017-2958.69-1752.913-20332.4221541433.1
Jason Ussher3134.30-00.02-633.33-650.06-172.36100072.3
Darcy Deutscher11787.10-50.06-2227.37-1070.04-260.5134700191.7
* Team Totals204027201.3134-39334.1591-128546.0366-50572.5208-34855627.84683522664097168284.1