6’6″ Meshack Lufile continued his inside mastery against St. FX, scoring 34 points on 13-17 shooting while sharpshooting guard Jack MacAulay led a second half rally that helped Cape Breton pull away for a 97-80 win over the X-Men in Antigonish. Recall Lufile had 36 points the last time these clubs met in November. 6’5″ Kenny Jean-Louis fashioned his first triple-double of his career with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists to help the Capers win the first of a weekend home-and-home.
Capers threatened to blow X out off the top, scoring the first 9 points of the game and shooting 72% from the floor in the first quarter against a porous X zone that consistently allowed the ball to get inside to Lufile and veteran A.J. Geugjes (all 8 of his points in the first half). X-Men, who pulled out of the zone late in the first quarter, did recover off some fine play in transition from guard Tristen Ross (10 of his 13 points in the second quarter) and 10 first-half points from 6’7″ Kevin Bercy to draw to within 4 at 49-45 by halftime.
But MacAulay took over in the third and fourth; after starting just 1 for 5 from downtown, he knocked down 5 of his last 8 shots, scoring 19 of his 22 points after the intermission. X did hit 6 of their 15 3 point attempts but simply could not defend the paint early and then watched as MacAulay began stroking it. X drops to 1-8 on the season and with a road game at CBU coming up, their season is starting to slip away. Cape Breton improves to 5-5.