Friday, 11 March 2011

UBC 96, Acadia 77

The Thunderbirds pulled away early in the fourth quarter by guarding the ball with much more energy and solving the Axemen zone inside to win going away.  6'3" Doug Plumb was instrumental in the run that put the game away with several transition scores and 6'2" Josh Whyte came alive with his usual array of acrobatic takes.  The game was tight through the middle of the third until the Birds took their largest lead at 8 65-57 on a turnaround in the lane by Kamar Burke.  Then Plumb went to work, ripping off at least 4 or 5 scores in a matter of a handful of possessions and suddenly UBC's lead swelled to 20.   6'9" Owen Klassen kept the Axemen in the game in the first half and showed off his varied skill set with some athletic takes and a strong power move slam off a spin that crowned Plumb.  But UBC's defense on the ball, missing for much of the first half - so much so that the Birds had to drop into a zone- picked up and Acadia was held scoreless for long stretches throughout the second half.

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