Saturday, 5 March 2011

AUS semi-final #1: Acadia 83, Cape Breton 81

6'3" Anthony Sears made a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining in overtime as the Axemen shocked the Capers, putting Cape Breton's Final 8 hopes in serious jeopordy.  Sears was fouled in the front court about 85 feet away from the Acadia basket by 6'3" Paris Carter who had just tied the game on a driving layup.  Looking for the game-changing steal, Carter knocked into Sears and the second-year guard made no mistake.  Earlier, Sears' driving and 1 layup gave Acadia the lead but Sears had two chances to clinch it on the line but went 1 for 4.  6'1" Jimmy Dorsey's drive to the rim at the buzzer came off and the Axemen and their throng of fans celebrated wildly on the floor.  Acadia won despite having 6'8" Owen Klassen fouling out early in the OT with 17 points and 5 rebounds.

The Capers looked to pull away late in regulation until 6'5" Justin Boutilier singlehandidly awoke the Axemen with 10 consecutive points midway through the fourth including a pair of long 3's that got the game back to within 1.  CBU continually settled for long 3's against Acadia's zone that the Axemen deployed virtually the entire game and when Tyler Lutton followed up a Klassen miss, the game was tied with about 2 minutes remaining.  One possession later, Alex McLaughlin gave Acadia their first lead of the game on a lay-in off a fine feed from Klassen who was doubled but Carter answered quickly, setting up the final possession of regulation on which Carter swatted a Boutilier driving lay-up attempt, forcing the overtime.

After Carter knocked down 3 3's in the first 12 minutes of the first half and Dorsey made his usual smooth takes to the rim to stake the Capers to leads as large as 10, the spunky Axemen finished the half on a 9-1 run led by Boutilier (4 points) who began to attack the basket and Lutton as Acadia got out in transition and to the free throw line.  Klassen was double and triple teamed the entire half by 6'4" AUS Defensive Player-of-the-Year Phil Nkrumah and later picked up his second foul in the first few minutes of the second quarter but still led Acadia with 7 first half points. 

Boutilier had 20 of his team-high 24 points after halftime and Sears added 14 with 7 coming in the overtime.  Carter finished with a game-high 24 while Dorsey had only 5 points after halftime and struggled with his shooting including missing a key free throw in the overtime.

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