Sunday, 25 November 2007

Sunday Afternoon in the AUS

A light CIS schedule today as there are only three games, all in the AUS and all the second leg of two-game series.

Saint Mary's (3-2) 84, Memorial (0-6) 60 6'1" Mark Ross had 17 assists and the Huskies took a 47-22 lead into halftime and comfortably defeated the Seahawks. 6'2" Mark McLaughlin had 22 points while 6'6" freshman Luke Reynolds got some time and had his best game as a Huskie scoring 14 points and adding 6 rebounds. Shane Morrison and Aaron Duncan each added 12 for St. Mary's, which shot 63.5% from the floor.
Dalhousie (3-3) 84, UNB (0-6) 61 The Tigers once again got a strong effort from their front line, outrebounding the Reds 42-28 including 18 offensive rebounds to sweep the two game series in Fredericton. 6'7" sophomore Sandy Viet grabbed 8 offensive rebounds and finished with a 17 point/10 rebound double double while 6'1" Simon Farine again set the table, coming close to a triple double with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Michael Anderson led UNB, which shot only 28% from downtown, with 17.
#6 Acadia (5-1) 84, UPEI (3-3) 75 The Axemen scored 34 points to retake the lead in the third quarter and rode to a nine-point win at Charlottetown. With the Panthers up by 3 at halftime, Acadia stormed out of the gate in the third quarter as 6'5" Sean Berry had 23 points while 6'4" Luckern Dieu added 11 points/7 rebounds. Acadia won reasonably comfortably despite only 7 points and 6 rebounds from 6'5" Leonel Saintil, who played only 20 minutes. 6'2" point guard Andrew Kraus had a solid 9 point, 8 assist afternoon against only 1 turnover while James Burke made 3 of 7 from downtown to finish with 9 points. Brent Mclaren led UPEI with 23 points while 6'6" freshman Manock Lual added 14 points/8 rebounds. Report from Scott MacDonald of UPEI Panthers Basketball blog What a difference tempo makes. Last night UPEI was never able to get into an offensive rhythm, losing to the Axemen. In the rematch, the Panthers were able to get several key Acadia players in foul trouble early and forced the tempo of the game as they led for the first half. After losing the rebounding battle yesterday, the Green and White came out prepared to do battle on the glass and outrebounded the Axemen for the game 34-32. They also were able to spread the floor and shoot 49% from the floor in the game. Tied at 9 midway through the first quarter, Manock Lual scored in the paint on his older brother Achuil from Acadia to key a 6-0 run. Brent McLaren then made two free throws, and grabbed a defensive board and hit Jared Budd full court in transition to push them to 15-9. Acadia's James Burke hit a triple, which was answered by rookie Panther Vlad Farcas's turnaround jumper in the paint. UPEI led 17-12 at the end of the quarter. As the second quarter began, the young frontcourt of the Panthers found their way to the basket as Lual and Anthony McDougald were active on the glass and banging around the hoop. Lual opened the scoring, dropping two on his brother again, while McDougald was able to beat the 24 second buzzer with a jumper from 12 feet out. Andrew Black drove past two Axemen defenders on the baseline, and McDougald scored on a second chance putback effort making it 25-16. UPEI ran their switches and doubles on the dribbler and in the post to perfection, not letting Acadia get any easy hoops. McLaren hit a three with a minute remaining to push the Panther lead to 32-26, but Axeman Peter Leighton got open on the perimeter with 2 seconds left hitting a three of his own, making it 32-29 at the intermission. Acadia used a pair of hoops from long range to take a lead in the second half, but sophomore wing Jon Cooper was able to match them basket for basket. Cooper made two free throws tying it at 34 all, then slipped by defenders on the wing for a layup, then banged home a threepointer of his own to make it 39-38 Acadia. The Panthers continued to find Lual and McDougald inside, but Shawn Berry had a big quarter of his own as he led the Axemen charge. UPEI closed it to four on a hoop from Lual, and then UPEI's Tim Butler blocked a threepoint attempt of Acadia and found Lual on the other end to bring them back to two. Acadia went on a quarter ending run, and led 63-54 heading into the fourth. The story of the fourth quarter was the play of rookie Vlad Farcas, as he was a perfect 5-5 from the field to score 11 points in the quarter while also being active on the glass. Farcas and McLaren combined to do most of the damage for the Panthers as they shrank a 16 point Acadia lead down to just 7 late in the quarter. McLaren stopped the Acadia run with a three making it 70-57. Leonel Saintil scored a layup, then McLaren hit another from downtown. Farcas then scored the next 7 Panther points on a series of jumpers and a triple of his own. After Berry scored in the lane, McLaren hit another jumper cutting it to 78-69, then stole the next Acadia possession and found Vlad underneath for two, 78-71 with 1:38 left in the contest. UPEI was forced to foul, and Acadia made 1-2 from the line giving the Panthers a chance to sneak back in it, but UPEI had an offensive foul giving the ball back to the Axemen. Saintil then went to the line, and once again they were 1-2, grabbing their own offensive rebound. Again they went 1-2 from the line, with Farcas getting the defensive board. Jared Budd then found Farcas under the rim and he scored, followed by UPEI forcing a turnover. McLaren scored on a quick two, and it was 81-75 with just 24 seconds left. Acadia went to the line again and scored two. UPEI had several opportunities late but couldn't find the twine, ending the game. McLaren led the Panther attack with 23 and 5 assists, Lual scored 14 and took down 8 boards, Farcas went 6-6 from the field for his 13 points. Berry had 23 for Acadia, while Luckern Dieu had 11. The Panthers move into the XMAS break at 3-3.

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