Monday, 16 January 2012

AUS: X loses second straight; Capers lead conference

UPEI 100, St. FX 76  The X-Men were hammered in Charlottetown as only 7 players got minutes with 6'5" Terry Thomas, 6'8" Bol Kong, 5'9" Marquis Clayton and 6'5" Shane Coupland all sitting out for up-to-now unknown reasons.  We have been in transit from a family funeral and have been unable to determine why X's lineup was so decimated today.  UPEI, bouyed by three consecutive 3's from Donathan Moss (18 points) late in the first, took full control with a 21-3 during a five minute span between the end of the first and start of the second period, stretching to a 20 point lead with 8 minutes left in the first half.  X never got it below 18 thereafter and Panthers built leads as large as 32 toward the end of the fourth to claim an important 4 points in the standings.  All 5 UPEI starters played big minutes as 6'6" Manock Lual led the way with 22 points while Terrence Brown added 20.  Box Score

Cape Breton 88, Memorial 84   Despite a gameful comeback attempt by the visiting Sea-Hawks, the Capers hung on to sweep 8 points from MUN at Sullivan Field House in Sydney this weekend.  After hammering the Sea-Hawks last night, CBU reeled off a 17-3 run to lead by 16 at 55-39 early in the third and the route appeared to be on.  But Memorial was resiliant, staying within 10 until Mike Helsby and Jason Shepherd went to work, to get the game back to 2 after Shepherd's 3 with 40 seconds remaining.  CBU was able to clinch it at the foul line but Helsby had one of the top fourth-quarter performances of the season with 14 of his 20 in the final frame including 2 3's.  Shepherd, who finished with a game-high 34 on 7-13 shooting from downtown, added 10 in the final frame as the dynamic pair scored 24 of MUN's 27 fourth-quarter points.  6'1" Jimmy Dorsey led the Capers with 28 points as CBU climbed into first place in the AUS with a record of 7-3. The fourth-year guard from Baltimore, MD also contributed with 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals.  6'5" Al Alilovic, who scored the final 7 points in the earlier Caper run that built the big lead, finishing with 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.  Julian Smith chipped in with 14 points and five steals in a winning cause.  Box Score

AUS Standings
CBU 7-3, 20
St. FX  7-2, 18
Acadia 4-4, 16
UPEI 7-3, 16
Dal 4-4, 14
SMU 5-6, 12
UNB 3-7, 12
MUN 1-9, 2

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