Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Dalhousie 75, Acadia 63

6'3" Juleous Grant and 6'3" Alex Arthur keyed a game-deciding 16-4 run down the stretch as the Tigers won their home opener in front of a large, boisterous crowd at DalPlex.  With the score tied at 59 and 8 minutes remaining in the game, the Tigers went to work in transition and off the dribble against a wilting Axemen "d".  Acadia also hurt themselves with some questionable shot selection, settling for numerous 3's, and in the few occasions when the ball got inside, Acadia missed easy lay-ups - the Axemen scored only 8 points in the fourth quarter.  Grant scored six points in the run including a couple of strong takes to the rim in the context of the offense while Arthur had his strongest overall game as a Tiger.  As always, 6'1" Simon Farine chipped in with a solid effort, making sure Dal was efficient in the quarter-court and he helped ice the game after diving and retrieving a loose ball late after a scramble when Acadia still had a chance.

The Axemen controlled much of the first half, taking a five point lead late in the first quarter on the heels of some strong perimeter shooting including back-to-back threes by 6'2" freshman shooting Thomas Figliano and a stellar effort at both ends by 6'8" Owen Klassen, who scored inside and out and made life difficult for Dal penetrators into the lane with a couple of blocks and several shot alters.  Dal was able to mount a 9-1 run to end the half helped by some threes by 6'2" Peter Leighton who seems to be regaining his stroke after sitting out last season and of course Farine.  After a strong effort against Saint Mary's in the opener last Thursday, 6'6" Justin Boutilier struggled this evening with some air balls and questionable decision making.

...More stats to follow.

Juleous Grant had 16 points, Alex Arthur chipped in 14 points and Simon Farine 12 for the Tigers.  Acadia’s Owen Klassen led all scorers with 21 points and Justin Boutilier added 13.

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