Sunday, 20 January 2008

AUS: Two late missed layups seal Capers fate in one point loss to Axemen

#3 Acadia (17-4, 11-1) 64, #4 Cape Breton (16-6, 10-3) 63 In what was described as a "terrific" game, the Axemen held off the visiting Capers as Cape Breton forwards 6'4" Paul Blake and 6'5" Eric Breland each missed open layins with just seconds remaining to give Acadia a two-game lead atop the AUS. Cape Breton had the ball down one with 4 seconds left on the shot clock and 14 seconds remaining in the game but Acadia held, got the ball and called time out. After Acadia advanced the ball across the time line after the time out, Capers 6'2" Chris Noddle stole the in-bounds pass, drove toward the basket and fed Blake, who proceeded to miss a wide-open layup and Breland then could not convert on the follow up to allow Acadia to escape. Earlier, Acadia's 6'5" Sean Berry hit a tough baseline jumper to give the Axemen a four point lead with 1 1/2 minutes remaining but CBU's 6'2" Mark McGarrigle quickly followed with a three and, after a couple of possession changes, Noddle's steal set up the dramatic finish. Neither team had leads of more than 6 or so in the very tight and well played game. The game had some controversy as in the second quarter, Acadia's Peter Leighton was given credit for a three pointer that the Caper bench clearly saw as only a two. The officials stopped the game but did not overrule the original call. Later in the second, the Capers hit what appeared to be a three in transition but got credit for only a two. As a result of these two calls, Cape Breton coach Jim Charters has launched a protest, initiated by signing the official game sheet as such. It is not clear whether three pointers can be overruled after the fact as a result of a protest however Charters recalls that a few years ago an AUS game result was changed as a result of the score in the scorebook being recounted and an error found turning the result of a game around. 6'8" Achuil Lual, the fifth-year forward from Ottawa, led the way for the Axemen with 14 points, 11 rebounds including 6 "o" boards and was a force defensively, altering shots with his length and athleticism. 6'1" Peter Leighton knocked down 4 3's for 12 points while Berry added 13 for Acadia. Breland had 21 points and 9 boards for CBU while rival center 6'5" Leonel Saintil had only 8 points on 3-11 shooting but had 17 rebounds including 8 on the offensive glass as the teams combined for 39 "o" boards. 6'5" Philip Nkrumah added 11 points and 9 boards for the Capers before fouling out. Acadia's 6'1" Paolo Santana, trying to play the second of back-to-back weekend games on his painful ankle, scored only 5 points in 22 minutes. The teams meet again next Saturday in Sydney in what should be another tremendous CIS matchup. Box Score

#9 Saint Mary's (19-7, 8-4) 88, UPEI (6-17, 5-7) 85 6'2" Mark McLaughlin scored 32 points and the Huskies broke a late tie to overcome the Panthers at home. Both 6'8" freshman Manock Lual and 6'3" Andrew Black had double doubles in points and rebounds for the Panthers, who stayed in the game with 18 free throws in the first half and 18 offensive rebounds overall. Shakir Chambers also had a nice game for UPEI with 3 threes. Box Score

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