Playing without arguably the top offensive player in the AUS, 6’3″ Tyler Scott, who missed the game with a bout of the flu, UPEI bounced back from a listless start to dominate the visiting Capers 90-75 before a reasonably-sized crowd in Charlottetown. 6’6″ Brad States (28 points including 21 in the first half, 11 rebounds) and 6’1″ Lorenzo Parker (17 points/ 10 rebounds/5 turnovers, 4 of 8 from 3 in the first half) assumed much of the offensive aggressiveness for the Panthers, scoring 30 of the Panthers 42 first-half points as UPEI led by 10 at half.
Capers did jump out to an early 11-2 lead as Panthers shot selection and effort on the glass was listless but ended the game shooting just 2-16 from 3 point land and were out rebounded 48-29 including allowing 21 offensive rebounds – 6 by States as he could not be dealt with inside. Capers did switch into 1-3-1 zone in the second quarter to try to stem the tide on the glass but Panthers were not deterred as States continued to get free for put-backs. Seth Amoah had 19 points, 5 rebounds in 37 minutes for the Capers although many of those were well after the game had been decided.
The match, the first of two between the two teams this weekend, featured minimal offensive structure, continued quick transition at virtually every opportunity and consistently inconsistent efforts on the defensive end and on the defensive glass – teams combined for 31 “o” boards. One or two pass-and-shot possessions were common and shot selection generally left much to be desired in this run-and-gun affair.
Capers do feature a newcomer of note: 6’4″ freshman Tevin Bartley (Toronto Eastern Commerce/Allen Community College), who started and had 12 points. CBU did not start their all-AUS forward 6’8″ Meshack Lufile who had just 4 points and 6 boards in 12 minutes off the bench.