6’1″ Javon Masters hit several big shots down the stretch as the scrappy Varsity Reds held off Calgary 87-85 as the Rouge et Or Holiday tournament at Laval kicked off in Ste. Foy. UNB led by 5 after 3 quarters and held on late as the slick guard knocked down a big 3 out of time-out vs. Calgary’s zone and then sealed the game late with a clutch pull-up in another strong All-Canadian-esque performance by the high-end guard from Kitchener, Ontario.
Masters finished with 24 points – 16 after halftime – and 9 assists against only 2 turnovers to lead the Reds to a confidence-building win. 6’5″ Thomas Cooper led all scorers with 27 points while adding 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Calgary (11-5), which played without starting 6’6″ forward Lars Schlueter. The Dinos shot only 2 for 9 from downtown in the second half and simply could not deal with Masters down the stretch.
Sophomore wing Jesse Kendall had 4 threes as part of his 18 point performance to help UNB, which shot 7 for 15 from downtown after the intermission and made 17 of 21 free throws overall. Epitomizing UNB’s scrappy play was diminutive guard Matt Daley, who stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals despite going only 2 for 8 from the floor.
Jasdeep Gill went 3-5 from downtown off the bench for Calgary – the rest of the Dinos went a collective 4 for 17 as Calgary surrendered a 2 point halftime lead.
The host Rouge et Or battle #3 Ottawa Gee-Gees at 5:30 PM ET in the second game of the opening round of the tournament. Calgary and Ottawa face off tomorrow afternoon.