Thursday, 29 November 2007

SMU Handles X

St. Mary's (4-2) 86, St. Francis Xavier (4-2) 70 6'5" Aaron Duncan (pictured) had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and was named Player-of-the-Game while 6'2" Mark McLaughlin had his own mini-run bridging the third and fourth quarters, finishing with 17 points, as the Huskies came up with a relatively easy win over X before 1,200 fans at the Tower in Halifax. The Huskies got out to an early lead that they extended to 10 by halftime and then got the lead up to as high as 19 before X made a mini-run to get it back to 10 in the fourth quarter. But that was as close as the X-Men got. Steady 6'1 point guard Mark Ross continue his fine play setting the table for SMU's array of scorers, handing out 9 assists while 6'7" Derrick Coleman had another steady 12 point/5 rebound effort for St. Mary's. X's 6'8" freshman center Islam Luiz Toledo (21 points on 9-10 from floor/12 rebounds) was double teamed inside from the very beginning with the tactic paying dividends for SMU almost immediately as the Huskies created some turnovers which led to easy, early scores. Toledo came alive in the second half, showing an improved low post game with a series of left-handed jump hooks and making a living on the offensive glass (6 "o" boards). After a quiet first half, 6'2" Tyler Richards (21 points overall, 17 after halftime) also played a role in the mini X run in the second half but it was not enough as the Huskies go into the holiday break on a winning note. 6'3" Dwayne Johnson added 12 points and 8 rebounds for X. Both teams are now off until after Christmas and will both participate in the Rod Schoveller Memorial tournament at Dalhousie.

No comments: