Saturday, 1 January 2011

Axemen storm back from 24 down to defeat Laval

Acadia 85, Laval 80 Overtime  In one of the better games of the Holiday season, the Axemen came all the way back from a third-quarter 24 point deficit and pulled out a dramatic overtime win.  6'7" Owen Klassen shook off a 2 for 7 first half, finishing with 33 points and 14 rebounds as the Axemen dug in defensively (only 29 Laval points after halftime) and began making shots.  With Laval up comfortably by 18 at halftime, 6'6" Etienne Labrecque (13 points/8 rebounds) and 6'3" J.F. Beaulieu-Mahieux (22 points) hit back-to-back 3's to open the second half and seemingly the route was on.  But 6'3" Anthony Sears quickly answered with a 3 of his own, giving Acadia some momentum and then Klassen went off.  6'5" Justin Boutilier shook off a tough start to finish with 15 points including the game-tying runner with just over a minute to play in regulation and then five consecutive points including a three in overtime which gave Acadia the lead for good with just over a minute left in the overtime. 7'0" Kevin Crevant (10 points, 10 rebounds) had done a nice job sealing off the paint in the first half so Klassen went to work on the perimeter and was tremendous, hitting 4 second half 3's before fouling out in the overtime.  Sears also began taking away good looks for Beaulieu-Mahieux, who was the focus for Laval offensively after injured 6'4" Jerome Turcotte was not available for the game (in street clothes at the game).   6'5" freshman Hugues Ryan played only 14 minutes for Laval in a starting role in place of Turcotte and got into foul trouble before picking up his fifth in the second half.  Acadia get Dalhousie in the Shoveller semi-finals this evening.  Box Score

Dalhousie 79, Queen's 63  Tigers broke out to a 22 point first quarter lead highlighted by a 20-0 run to end the quarter with a dominant defensive effort, holding the Gaels to 10 first quarter points including two long, tough 3's with the shot clock winding down and then coasted to the victory.  6'4" William Yengue (18 points including 16 in the first half) was instrumental offensively getting himself to the rim early and the Tigers generally shared the ball very well.  Simon Farine led Dal with 19 points including 16 of his own in the first half when the Tigers shot 64.3% from the field.  6'3" Alex Arthur had all of his 13 points after the intermission in what became a sluggish game.  Dan Bannister and Tim Boyle each had 14 to lead Queen's, which turned it over 24 times including 16 in the first half.  Box Score

Much thanks to Jim Walker from Basketball Nova Scotia for maintaining a site with all Box Scores from the Shoveller tournament.

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