Sunday, 8 November 2009

Al Charter's Cape Breton Capers Report

Courtesy of Al Charters, Cape Breton Recruiting coordinator... The CAPERS opened their AUS regular season quickly taking a first quarter lead of 25 to 15 on Saint Mary's, following a smashing dunk by Phil Nkrumah a couple minutes into the game, which brought the large crowd to their feet. Newcomer Jimmy Dorsey led the way in the first half with 19 points going 4 of 4 from behind the arc as the CAPERS led 46-35 over a veteran Huskies squad. The CAPERS exploded in the third quarter for 34 points to take a commanding 80-54 lead highlighted by a big jam by Lasario "Bones" Burrows. The Huskies played a strong final quarter but could not get over the hump as the CAPERS won 94-80. Jimmy Dorsey led the way with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, Tremaine Fraser hit for 18 points and 6 rebounds, Scott Jaspers-Fayer hit for 11 points, and Phil Nkrumah had a solid all-around game with 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Saint Mary's Huskies were led by the 18 points of Joey Haywood, the 13 of Mark McLaughlin and the 10 of Ike Uchegbu.

Additional CAPERS Stats:
Chris Noddle 7 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
Lasario Burrows 7 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
Cameron John-Proctor 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
Al Alilovic 6 points and 2 rebounds
Mark McGarrigle 3 points and 3 assists
Ryan Roper 2 points and 4 assists

In game two the CAPERS battled the Huskies to a tied game with 2 minutes left, but poor execution and some big shots by Saint Mary's saw the visitors leave with a 80 to 75 victory. Despite CAPERS leads at half time of 43-38 and a 62-54 lead after 3 the Huskies exploded for a 26-13 4th quarter and earned the big win. Mark McGarrigle hit a big 3 to cut the Huskies lead to 2 points and almost connected on a tough leaner from behind the arc with 5 seconds remaining to send it to overtime, of which the CAPERS rebounded but failed to get another 3 point shot off.

Poor offensive execution resulted in the CAPERS shooting a weak 36% from the floor and 22% from the 3 point line. The CAPERS were led by the 16 points and 7 rebounds of Tremaine Fraser followed by Scott Jaspers-Fayer with 13 points and 5 rebounds, Jimmy Dorsey had 12 points and 8 assists, Chris Noddle had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, Phil Nkrumah had 8 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Lasario Burrows hit for 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds and Mark McGarrigle had 5 points. Joey Haywood led the Huskies with 23 points and Mark McLaughlin with 19 points and Ron Vanel with 10. The CAPERS have next weekend off and play next on the road on November 21st at PEI at 8pm.

Coach Charters' comments on the weekend were as follows: "We have not played well on either end of the court so far this season, our defense has gotten marginally better but our offense is a struggle. Saint Mary's took advantage of our weaknesses, shot well and hit some big shots. It is encouraging that we have had some success despite playing this poorly, but we need to turn things around in practice or it could be a long season."

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