Sunday, 31 December 2006

Sunday's Game Results and Reports

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Game/Tournament Recaps from today

#3 St. Francis Xavier 79, Dalhousie 72 X captured the Shoveller championship with a comfortable win over the host Tigers, grabbing leads as large as 14 in the second half and pushing back a couple of late Dalhousie runs. Tournament MVP Tyler Richards had 19 points and 5 assists in the win for X, which got the ball inside and attacked the rim to the tune of 59% shooting from two point land (X was only 1-8 from 3). Garry Gallimore (14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists) got the X-Men off to a fast start scoring 6 of the first 8 points of the game as X got out to an early 10-3 lead and had a late steal and dunk to help X grab a nine point halftime lead. Christian (T-Bear) Upshaw also added 19 points while 6'10" center Neil McDonald finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Sullivan, who led Dal with 16 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds, gave Dal one of its few leads with a three with about 10 1/2 minutes left in the first half but it was catch-up for most of the game for Coach John Campbell's side. Dal was able to cut the lead to 6 a couple of times in the second half, the final time in the last 2 minutes, but X, despite going only 3-7 at the line in the final minute, was able to hold on for the victory. Dal was only 4-18 from the three point line and got 15 points and 8 rebounds from 6'8" center Germain Bendegue plus 13 points from Monte Francois, who went 0-8 from behind the arc on the afternoon. X hosts UPEI while Memorial visits Dal next Saturday as the AUS regular season continues. Tournament All-Stars: SMU - Aaron Duncan, Acadia - Paulo Santana, DAL - Andrew Sullivan, DAL - Monte Francois, StFX - Christian Upshaw; Tournament MVP: StFX - Tyler Richards X/Dal Box Score

Acadia 65, St. Mary's 61 In the bronze medal game of the Rod Shoveller Memorial in Halifax, veteran guard Peter Leighton knocked down 3 of his game-high 5 3's late in the game and in overtime, the last missle from downtown with 30 seconds left in the extra frame to give the Axemen the lead for good as Acadia edged the Huskies in another of the many barnburners this holiday weekend. Lake Superior State transfer Sean Berry hit his only 3 of the game with just over 3 minutes left in overtime giving Acadia a 4 point lead at 57-53 but then tournament All-Star Aaron Duncan knocked down back-to-back 3's of his own to regain the lead for St. Mary's. Leighton, who earlier had scored the last 6 points in regulation for Acadia including a three pointer with 11 seconds left to knot the score at 51, again answered from downtown giving the Axemen the lead for good in the overtime. Acadia had rallied from an 11 point halftime deficit with an 8-0 run off the start of the second half but the Huskies, led by back-to-back 3's from Sean Bouly re-established a 9 point lead with under 14 minutes to play, setting up Leighton's crunch-time heroics. Duncan led St. Mary's with 17 points (3-4 3's) and 7 boards while Paolo Santana again had a stat-sheet-stuffing day with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and went 8-12 from the foul line. Leighton finished with 17 points on 5-6 shooting from downtown. SMU/Acadia Box Score

Bishop's "Converse" Tournament at Lennoxville, PQ Courtesy of Eddie Pomykala and the Gaiters Sports Information Dept. Sunday, December 31, 2006

Using the Kazimir Borkowski tie breaking system (an elaborate mathematical system developed in Krakow, Poland) the Bishop’s Gaiters won the 3rd annual BU-Converse Classic tournament. Led by tournament MVP Andy Wright the Gaiters prevailed today over the gritty RMC Paladins 78-45. The Gaiters enjoyed a balanced attack with Jason Thorne leading the way with 13 points followed by Cam McDonald with 12 and Andy Wright with 10 points and 8 assists. The Paladins came out strong and took a 13-7 point lead early and had the Gaiters flustered with their crisp execution. However, Bishops' athleticism won out as the game progressed as the Gaiters ended the first half on a 30-11 run to grab a 37-24 at halftime. Leading scorers for RMC were tournament all star Paul Hungler with 13, hard working post Adam Asquini and Rich Whittfield had 10 points apiece... The first game of the doubleheader proved to be the most exciting of the tournament as Laval Rouge et Or withstood a torrid three point shooting barrage to come out with a 67-64 victory over UNB Varsity Reds. Laval led 37-23 at halftime and looked like they were going to run away from the game. Paced by freshman sensation JF Maheux’s 22 points and Jean Michel Leblanc’s 21 Laval showed great character and execution pulling off 2 wins without their All Canadian post JP Morin (the secret must be in having 2 first names!!). UNB showed that a Thom Gillespie team will not quit and had a stellar performance from Oliver Glencross 17 points and Adam Parent’s hard earned 13. Final Standings: 1. Bishop’s 2-0 +43 2. Laval 2-0 + 32 3. UNB 0-2 3. RMC 0-2. Tournament All Stars: MVP Andy Wright- BU, JF Maheux- Laval, Jean Michel Leblanc - Laval, Junior Nicolas – BU, Oliver Glencross- UNB, Paul Hungler- RMC.

CIS Schedule for Sunday, December 31st, 2006 (All Games Eastern Time)

Montmorency 95, Maine Fort-Kent 76 (Rod Shoveller 7th Place Game) Box Score
UQAM UQAM 82, Lee Academy 58 (Rod Shoveller 5th Place Game) Box Score
Acadia 65, St. Mary's 61 OT (Bronze Medal Game - Shoveller Classic at Dalhousie in Halifax)
#3 St. Francis Xavier 79, Dalhousie 72 (Championship Game - Shoveller Classic at Dalhousie in Halifax)

Laval 67, UNB 64 (Day Two – Bishop’s “Converse” Classic; Lennoxville, PQ)
Bishop's 78, RMC 45 (Day Two – Bishop’s “Converse” Classic; Lennoxville, PQ)

1 PM Carleton vs. Ancilla (Ind.) College at Broward CC, Fort Lauderdale, FLA
Notre Dame College (NAIA) 82, Windsor 64 (South Euclid, OH) Game Recap and Box Score

Also, Ottawa at Eckerd College Tritons (NCAA Division II program with 10-1 record thus far this season) played 3 20 minutes halves as both teams played their top rotation in the first half (Ottawa wins by 10) and then both teams substituted freely in the next 2 halfs (Eckerd won each by 3 points). No official stats other than the score were kept.

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