Thursday, 22 November 2007

X-Men and Stingers Remain Unbeaten

#5 Concordia (2-0) 81, McGill (1-1) 62 The Stingers dominated the Redmen to remain undefeated in Quebec league play. Concordia outscored McGill 38-20 in the second and third quarters combined to lead by 20 entering the fourth quarter and cruised to the win. The Stingers got a tremendous team defensive effort and limited McGill to few second chances, allowing Concordia to control the tempo, which was important in light of Stinger foul trouble as 3 starters had 2 fouls in the first half. As a result, Coach John Dore went to his bench earlier and got excellent efforts from 6'3" Sebastien Martin, who had 18 points, and 6'1" freshman Decee Krah , who had probably his strongest effort as a Stinger, creating turnovers with his quickness and knocking down a pair of 3's as part of his 10 point effort after a slow start. The Stingers held McGill to only 8 points in the decisive second quarter, including only 4 points in the first 9 minutes of the quarter. 5'9" Levi Vann knocked down 4 3's as part of his 15 points for Concordia. The Stingers again played without 6'3" Dwayne Buckley, who had an x-ray taken of his injured knee earlier today. 6'8" Jamal Gallier was limited to 4 minutes in the first half due to foul trouble and then quickly picked up his 3rd foul early in the second half for Concordia. 6'3" Moustafa El-Zanaty led McGill with 19 points including 3-7 3's as McGill shot only 31.3% (5-16) from downtown and only 38.5% overall from the floor. The Stingers travel to Ste. Foy to meet Laval on Saturday night while McGill travels to Lennoxville to meet Bishop's, also on Saturday night.

St. Francis Xavier (5-0) 77, #10 Cape Breton (4-1) 71 Most early season forecasts had St. Mary's and Acadia as the co-favorites in the AUS and while that still may play out, it may be folly to sleep on the perenially-strong St. FX X-Men who remained unbeaten in AUS play with a solid six point win on the road in Sydney in front of jam-packed vocal audience of about 1,200. In a game of runs, 6'3" Dwayne Johnson's long, foot-on-the-line jumper from the top of the bowl with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the game allowed X to retake the lead for good and the X-Men turned up the "d" down the stretch for the win. X had opened the game on a 23-10 run only to watch the Capers begin their domination of "o" glass (19 offensive rebounds) to close back to within 2. A late X run enabled the visitors to enter the locker room at halftime up by 7 at 45-38. X quickly jumped the lead back up to 13 in the third quarter but Capers 6'5" forward Eric Breland (16 points, 9 rebounds) and emerging 6'7" sophomore Scott Jaspers-Fayer (11 points, 11 rebounds) got going on the offensive glass and with 5 minutes remaining, the Capers claimed a two-point lead and the momentum. But X adjusted defensively on the wings, limiting Cape Breton penetration and the Capers (4 for 17 from 3) could not adjust by making perimeter shots. St. FX got a sterling effort from 6'5" Terrance Taylor (pictured - 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists), who did a great job of making himself available when CBU double down on 6'8" Islam Luiz Toledo (10 points, 6 rebounds) and others, while 5'10" Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw knocked in 3 3's as part of his 15 point effort. 6'2" veteran Tyler Richards had a solid 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for X. 6'1" guard Mark McGarrigle finished with 11 points for Cape Breton but shot only 1 for 6 from 3 while 6'1" Chris Noddle and 5'10" freshman Tremaine Fraser each had 10 with Fraser turning it over 6 times - part of 19 CBU turnovers. The teams meet again on Saturday in Antigonish with the game being webcast on the SSN Canada network. Here is another game report from Allan Charters, father of Capers Head Coach Jim Charters: Well I guess you could say good things sometimes come to an end. The CAPERS did not play a strong game Thursday evening in Sydney. They trailed by 7 points at half, to a hungry STFX team, which went ahead by 15 points in the second half, before the CAPERS fought back to take a one point lead in the fourth quarter. The lead did not last however and the X-Men pulled away in the last three minutes and were full value for the win. Eric Breland led the CAPERS with 16 points and 9 rebounds, followed by Scott Jaspers-Fayer with 11 points and 11 rebounds, Mark McGarrigle with 11 points, Tremaine Fraser with 10 points and Chris Noddle with 10. All-Star Paul Blake returned for limited minutes and went 4 for 4 from the line and 0 for 5 from the field showing the rust from inactivity. The X-Men were led by Terrence Taylor with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Christian Upshaw with 15. The two teams will renew the rivalry in Antigonish on Saturday night at 8:00 pm and can be seen on Webcast through the STFX athletics website. Coach Charters was not pleased with the way the team played, “X played well and started well both halves and we were constantly fighting from behind. Once we caught up we never got close to the shots we wanted and we did not follow our game plan. We had a couple games like this in the exhibition season and survived but X is too good to play this way.”

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