Tuesday, 6 March 2007

AUS All-Stars Announced

An article in this morning's Cape Breton Post highlighting native son Neil MacDonald from Sydney Mines MacDonald Hopes to finish career on high note

Here is an interesting piece written by a Sports Writer from the Brandon Sun who has a blog called "The Point After". The piece centers on the CIS Nationals present, former and future Goin' Dancin'

A Carleton article written by retired journalism professor Joe Scanlon that recently appeared on the basketball web site "Hooplife.ca" The Drive for Five is Alive

We received a nice note as a follow up to the piece on Acadia's graduating senior Jordan Sheriko - a story with a wonderful epilogue... "Hi There, yesterday Jordan Sheriko (Acadia) found out he got accepted in to Dalhousie Medical School....as announced by his very proud grandmother today to my office - brilliant future indeed-he really is an amazing young man. Looking forward to a wonderful weekend of basketball.
An AUS Mom"

Congratulations to Jordan on his acceptance and best of luck this weekend.

2006-07 Men's Basketball All-Stars Announced

March 6, 2007 (HALIFAX, NS) - Atlantic University Sport (AUS) is pleased to announce the 2006-07 men's basketball all-star and all-rookie teams as selected by the conference's head coaches. 6'5" Eric Breland of the first place Cape Breton CAPERS (15-5) joins 6'10" Neil MacDonald and 6'2" Tyler Richards of the second place StFX X-Men (14-6) on this year's Atlantic conference first team. Breland, a fourth year forward from Cooksville, Maryland, led the CAPERS in scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg) this season, including three double-doubles and six games where he scored 20 or more points. Breland had a season-high 32 points against UNB and also went a perfect 10 for 10 from the floor against St. Mary's in January. Eric was also a first team all-star last season and a second team selection in 2004-05. MacDonald, a 6'10" center from Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, posted a league-leading 11 double-doubles (points/rebounds) this season and led the entire conference in rebounding with 9.8 rebounds per game including a season-high 17 boards vs. Acadia in November. Neil also tied for the most blocks (1.95 per game), including 2 games with 5 blocks and another game with 6 blocks, all against Cape Breton, and also finished third in field goal percentage (55.7 per cent). This is the third time in his career that Neil has been named an AUS All-Star. StFX's Tyler Richards (Halifax, NS) was also selected after another solid season with the X-Men. Richards, also a first team selection last season, posted career highs in scoring (16.7 ppg), rebounding (3.7 rpg), assists (3.45 apg) steals (1.50 spg) and minutes played (33.85 minutes per game). Richards lit up rival St. Mary's at the Dalhousie tournament in late December, establishing his season-high of 32 points.

Rounding out the first team selections are Acadia's Paulo Santana and UPEI's Doug McKinney. Santana, a second year player from Toronto, has led the Axemen in scoring in both of his seasons in the conference. In 2006-07 he tied for fourth in league scoring with a 17.2 points per game average, was third in rebounding (8.9 rebounds per game), fifth in assists (4.55 apg) and he also led the conference in steals for the second consecutive year with 2.90 steals per game. Santana established his season-high with 33 points in a non-conference win against Ryerson in October and had 16 rebounds in a league win against UPEI. McKinney, a fifth year player out of Charlottetown, averaged 16.8 points per game to lead the Panthers this season and grabbed 7.4 rebounds per contest. Doug also finished fourth in conference field goal percentage (54.2 per cent).

First Team All-Stars:
Eric Breland, Cape Breton (4th year - Cooksville, MD)
Paulo Santana, Acadia (3rd year - Toronto, ON)
Neil MacDonald, StFX (5th year - Sydney Mines, NS)
Doug McKinney, UPEI (5th year - Charlottetown, PE)
Tyler Richards, StFX (3rd year - Halifax, NS)

Atlantic conference scoring leader Sean Thistle of the Memorial Sea-Hawks, two-time defending CIS Defensive Player of the Year Garry Gallimore of the StFX X-Men, and former league Most Valuable Player Sherone Edwards of the UPEI Panthers are among the list of players selected to the 2006-07 second team.

Thistle, a fourth year forward from Vancouver, had an outstanding season for the Sea-Hawks, averaging a conference-best 19.2 points per game. Sean also finished in the top 10 in rebounding (7.9 rpg - sixth), 3-point field-goal percentage (41.5 per cent - eighth), steals (1.50 spg - fifth) and blocked shots (1.15 - fourth). Gallimore, the 2003-04 Rookie of the Year now in his fourth season with the X-Men, averaged a career-best 17.4 ppg to lead StFX in scoring. Garry also finished second in free throw percentage (83.8 per cent) and third in 3-point field-goal percentage (47.5 per cent).

Edwards, the 2004-05 Atlantic conference MVP, ends his five-year career at UPEI as the Atlantic conference's third-highest scorer of all-time. His 1698 career points scored are second only to former Panther star Curtis Robinson's 2069 points and StFX's Fred Perry who recorded 1741 points in his five years with the X-Men. Sherone, a former two-time all-Canadian, averaged 15.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game this season which included nine double-doubles in league play.

Also named to the second team were Mark McLaughlin of the Saint Mary's Huskies and Paul Blake of the Cape Breton CAPERS. McLaughlin, a sophomore guard with the Huskies, finished second in league scoring with an 18.1 points per game average. Mark, the Atlantic conference Rookie of the Year last season who played more than 37 minutes per game this year, also led the Huskies in field goal percentage (52.7 per cent), free throw percentage (80.2 per cent) and 3-point percentage (42.5 per cent). Blake, a first team selection in 2005-06, scored 14.0 points per contest and added 5.8 rebounds per game.

Second Team All-Stars:
Sean Thistle, Memorial (4th year - Vancouver, BC)
Garry Gallimore, StFX (4th year - Ottawa, ON)
Mark McLaughlin, Saint Mary's (2nd year - Dartmouth, NS)
Sherone Edwards, UPEI (5th year - Toronto, ON)
Paul Blake, Cape Breton (4th year - Toronto, ON)

This year marks the first time for the selection of an all-rookie team in men's basketball. Among the first year players selected to the team are StFX's Christian Upshaw and Terrence Taylor, Cape Breton's Philip N'Krumah, Acadia's Andrew Kraus and Jonathan Cooper of the UPEI Panthers.

All-Rookie Team:
Christian Upshaw, StFX (Halifax, NS)
Phillip N'Krumah, Cape Breton (Brampton, ON)
Andrew Kraus, Acadia (Markham, ON)
Terrence Taylor, StFX (Dartmouth, NS)
Jonathan Cooper, UPEI (Toronto, ON)

The 2007 Atlantic University Sport men's basketball championship is scheduled for this weekend at the Halifax Metro Centre. All tickets for the 2007 championship are available through the Ticket Atlantic box office at 902-451-1221 or online at www.ticketatlantic.com. The tournament schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 8th
Quarterfinal #1: UPEI (4) vs. Saint Mary's (5), 6:00pm
Quarterfinal #2: Acadia (3) vs. Dalhousie (6), 8:00pm

Friday, March 9th
Semifinal #1: Cape Breton (1) vs. lowest remaining seed, 6:00pm
Semifinal #2: StFX (2) vs. highest remaining seed, 8:00pm

Saturday, March 10th
Championship Game: Semifinal Winners, 7:00pm

The 2006-07 men's basketball major award winners will be announced Wednesday, March 7th.

For further information, please visit AUS Web Site , or contact: John Keefe, Communications Manager, Atlantic University Sport jkeefe@atlanticuniversitysport.com. Much thanks to John and team for this release.

Article by Gordie Sutherland in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald AUS All-Stars Announced

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