Saturday, 17 October 2009

X beats MUN 78-72 (Friday night)

6'8" Alberto Rodriquez had 18 points and 9 rebounds as the host X-Men overcame 28 turnovers, many unforced, and a 7 for 17 effort at the free throw line to outlast an improved Memorial Sea-hawks side. 5'11" Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw epitomized X's high-reward, high-risk efforts last night with 11 points, 7 assists but 7 turnovers. 6'3" freshman Jordan Clarke was solid again with 10 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Sea-hawks are much improved with the addition of tough, physical 6'4" wing Mike Helsby from Waterloo who came off the bench to score 20 points and add 5 rebounds while another newcomer 6'7" German import Ante Samodol, adds a physical presence inside for Memorial; he finished with 6 points and 5 rebounds. X welcomed back 6'5" Terrence Taylor, who suffered from concussion-like symptoms but was cleared to play last night after doctors discovered a sinus infection and were able to treat it. Taylor played only 3 minutes. Guards Charlie Spurr and Will Silver, sidelined last week in New Brunswick, also returned to the lineup. X coach Steve Konchalski, preparing for tonight's tournament championship against arch-rival Saint Mary's Huskies, admits that "we will need a much better effort tonight against a very good Saint Mary's team who has added Ryan DeWinter, which gives them more experience".

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