Sunday, 2 January 2011

Stingers take Bronze medal at 20th Shoveller

Led by a balanced scoring attack and stellar "d" that held Acadia to just 27% shooting on the afternoon, Concordia claimed the Bronze medal at the DalPlex in the 20th Rod Shoveller Invitational with an easy 75-55 victory over the Axemen.  The Stingers jumped out of the gate quickly and led by 20 early in the second quarter behind a balanced attack that included nice contributions from 6'7" freshman Zack Brisebois and burly 6'2" Frank Fiola.  Brisebois continues to show the maturity of an upper classmen and appears destined to be firmly in the Stingers rotation up front, eventually as a feature post.  Fiola is a strong, offensively-skilled player who takes on defenders physically getting to the rim and is learning to play within an organized offensive system.  Fiola had 7 points late in the second quarter when Acadia made their only true run of the first half, led primarily by illustrious 6'8" forward Owen Klassen (19 first-half points) who had a pair of long 3's, a two-handed dunk off an entry pass in the set "o" and several more free throws in a five minute stretch that got Acadia back to within 11.  But Fiola and 6'2" Decee Krah finished some slick one-on-one moves off which allowed the Stingers to enter halftime leading 44-28.  The listless Axemen trailed by double digits for virtually the entire second half in absorbing their second consecutive loss.

In other tournament action, Queen's knocked off Laurentian 71-68 in the seventh place game and Saint Mary's won their second straight, hammering Laval 93-65 as Miguel Pink went off for 31 points in the fifth-place game.

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