6’1″ Javon Masters had 12 of his game-high 29 points during a mid-game 30-14 run that broke the game open as the Varsity Reds defeated a listless Laval Rouge et Or 98-78 as Day 2 of the Laval tournament closed in Ste. Foy. Masters went 12 for 20 from the floor and helped take a 1 point game late in the second quarter to a 17 point lead midway through the 3rd.
Later, the Reds built leads as large as 27, aided by 5’9″ Matthew Daley, who finished with 20 including 5-9 shooting from 3. Daley also hit a pair of mid-court buzzer beaters ending the second and third quarters as UNB went 12 for 25 from downtown as a team.
Rouge et Or did not come close to displaying the energy they showed yesterday against Ottawa. Star 6’6″ wing Alexandre Leclerc finished with just 8 points and Laval allowed UNB to shoot 55% for the game with many coming on uncontested transition lay-ups as Laval as a group looked tired.
UNB is scrappy group – typified by Daley and under-rated post Mark Matheson (17 points, 9 rebounds) – that works hard defending, is a very good perimeter shooting team collectively and has that X-factor guy in Masters who continues to shine in transition and remains one of the top players in the CIS.
The Reds look to clinch the tournament championship tomorrow when they get a rematch against uOttawa Gee-Gees. Recall the two teams met in Ottawa at the Jack Donohue Memorial tournament with the host Gee-Gees winning 102-82 on Hallowe’en night.
Laval still has a chance to take the tournament title depending upon what happens when Rouge et Or meet Calgary to close the 3-day, 4-team event tomorrow late afternoon.