Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Wednesday's Results: X Falls at Cape Breton

StFX (8-5, 24 pts.) at Cape Breton (11-3, 32 pts.) 2 PT. GAME 6'5" fourth-year senior Eric Breland (pictured) had 22 points and 8 rebounds while 6'10" Dan White came off the bench for 12 points and 8 rebounds as the Capers won their third consecutive league game over the X-Men before 350 fans in Sydney. The win puts the Capers eight points ahead of X and ties them for first place with Acadia (Cape Breton has a game in hand on the Axemen). X hurt themselves with 18 turnovers including 6 by freshman Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw and X-Men also lost the battle on the glass 33-26 including allowing 11 Cape Breton offensive rebounds. Paul Blake added 11 including 3-5 3's for the Capers, which led by 10 at halftime. Garry Gallimore, Terrence Taylor and Tyler Richards each had 12 points for X while 6'10" Neil McDonald had 10 points/7 rebounds and 6 assists. X travels to UPEI on Sunday afternoon while Cape Breton travels to UNB on Saturday night.

Cape Breton 11-3 32 pts (6 games remaining)
Acadia 11-4 32 pts (5 games remaining)
St. FX 8-5 24 pts (7 games remaining)
UPEI 6-8 24 pts (6 games remaining)
SMU 6-6 18 pts (8 games remaining)
Dalhousie 5-9 12 pts (6 games remaining)
Memorial 4-10 8 pts (6 games remaining)
UNB 4-10 8 pts (6 games remaining)


8:00 pm Windsor (12-6) 66 at McMaster (11-7) 85 The Marauders avenged a 19 point loss (exact same score) in Windsor, using a 22-4 run midway through the second half to move to within a game of second place. Mac got big production from their three stellar fifth-year seniors, especially during the game-deciding run during which 6'4" John Obrovac hit a pair of big 3's, 6'8" Adam Steiner had 8 points and 5'9" Martin Ajayi had 6 and several sweet looks in transition. The Marauders actually led by 24 at 81-57 with 3:40 to play but the Lancers brought the game back to 19 as Kevin Kloostra (team-high 20 points) hit a 3 with 30 seconds remaining for the final points of the game, which could prove to be important for tie-breaking purposes. The Marauders shot 57% to jump out to a 5 point halftime lead and the teams traded baskets early in the second half as Windsor was within 4 at 52-48 after freshman Tyler Carey hit a turnaround in the lane with 13:52 remaining. But Mac freshman Jermaine DeCosta hit a three in transition, Steiner follow up a quick Kloostra miss on a three with a shot in the lane and 6'8" Joe Polizzi stole the ball and finished a return feed from Ajayi (26 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists) in transition to get the crowd into it and give the Marauders their largest lead at 59-48 forcing a Windsor timeout. Steiner (21 points, 9 rebounds) then scored 6 straight points and the route was on. The Lancers welcomed back 6'6" Greg Allin but suffered from collective foul trouble all evening as point guard Ryan Steer (7 points, 4 assists) was limited to 20 minutes before fouling out and 6'8" Greg Surmacz, averaging 16 points/10 rebounds per game, was limited to 6. Mac's victory throws the top of the OUA West into a scramble. Saturday, Mac visits Laurier while the Lancers host Western on Sunday afternoon.

Laurier (8-10) at Brock (12-6) 6'3" Mike Kemp and 6'7" Owen White led a huge Badger run midway through the second half as Brock broke open a tie game at halftime, building leads as large as 22 with 5 minutes remaining as the Badgers moved into a tie for first place after Windsor's loss, with Brock technically in first as a result of their earlier win at home - the teams meet in Windsor on the final day of the regular season. After a first half in which there were 18 lead changes, Kemp hit a pair of threes, White scored 10 points and the Badger "d" held Laurier to only 10 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half, allowing both coaches to empty their benches with about 3 minutes remaining. Chris Keith led all scorers with 24 points, including 16 in the first half and Kemp added 15 while holding Laurier leading scorer Matt Walker to 10 points, about 10 below his average. White, who has solved Brock's issues at the 5 spot, added a 14 point, 10 rebound double double. Brock star guard Brad Rootes, battling a severe charley horse, nevertheless scored 9 points and added 8 assists. The Badgers outrebounded Laurier 40-24 and ended up shooting 60.8% for the game. Brock hosts Waterloo on Saturday and then hosts Western next Wednesday while the Hawks host Mac on Saturday.

Waterloo (6-13) at Western (10-8) The Mustangs officially clinched a playoff and officially eliminated the Warriors with a relatively easy win during which Western had several double digit leads. Both teams shot under 40% and Western, after methodically building leads with solid offensive sets and good shots, missed opportunities to push the lead over 20, reverting to questionable shot selection but still was able to post the solid win. Jason Milliquet led Western with 14 while point guard Matt Curtis had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists including several nice dump offs to counter Warrior full court pressure. The Mustangs, only 2 games out of second place, face the top teams in the division in their next 2 games, beginning Sunday afternoon at Windsor.

Brock 12-6 NEXT: WATERLOO (Sat.)
Windsor 12-6 NEXT: Western (Sun.)
McMaster 11-7 NEXT: at Laurier (Sat.)
Western 10-8 NEXT: at Windsor (Sun.)
Guelph 8-9 NEXT: LAKEHEAD (Fri/Sat.)
Laurier 8-10 NEXT: McMASTER (Sat.)
Waterloo 6-13 NEXT: at Brock (Sat.)
Lakehead 1-17 NEXT: at Guelph (Fri/Sat.)

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