AUS: X keeps playoff hopes alive


ST. FX 95, Saint Mary’s 88  5’11” pg Davonte Provo flirted with a triple/double, scoring 12 adding 7 rebounds and handing out 14 assists as X-Men held comfortable leads for much of the game, to defeat Huskies and keep their playoff hopes alive.  The lefty jumped the passing lane a few times for some timely steals, read the ball screen well, finishing at the rim and finding teammates (assist total was aided by the comparatively-liberal X scorers table – but does not diminish how well he played).

6’0″ Crandall transfer Akil Charles had 19 to lead X and the lefty slasher has been a wonderful re-addition to X’s rotation after missing 7 straight games with a hand injury.  The native of Washington, DC, who as a second team ACAA All-Star averaging 20 ppg last season has averaged 11.0 ppg since returning from a hand injury and not surprisingly X is 3-1 in those games.  X also got a career high from Guelph transfer Daniel Passley who was aggressively getting the rim and even knocked down a pair of 3’s as part of his 18 points.

X was a tidy 5-10 from downtown and turned it over only 9 times all night.  Huskies got 22 and 7 from 6’5″ Theon Reefer but looked listless most of the night, especially defensively coming off their playoff clinching win at home over Dal on Wednesday night.

Tomorrow night’s home game against Cape Breton is the next in a series of must-wins for the X-Men.

Acadia 103, UNB 88   Axemen continued their impressive season with a decisive win at home against the V-Reds, busting out to a double digit lead in the second quarter to win going away in a game that was well decided in the third.  6’5″ Kyle Arsenault led a 3-point onslaught for Acadia going 6-11 from downtown, part of a game-high 27.  Shaquille Smith had 20 of his 27 after halftime.  6’1″ Javon Masters went off for 40 points including 12 in the first quarter alone but V-Reds made only 3 of their first 19 3’s and didn’t recover from a 10-0 Acadia run to start the second quarter that broke the final tie of the game.  6’8″ Erik Nissen did not start for the Axemen but did finish with 17 points in just 22 minutes.

AUS Standings 

Dalhousie 12-6, 34 pts. 2 games and 8 pts. left:  UPEI (4), at CBU (4)

UPEI 12-6, 34 pts. 2 games and 8 pts. left: at Dal (4), at UNB (4)

Acadia 11-7, 28 pts. 2 games and 8 pts left: SMU (4) at UNB (4)

UNB 10-8, 28 pts. 2 games and 8 pts left:  UPEI (4), ACA (4)

Saint Mary’s 9-9, 24 pts. 2 games & 8 pts. left:  at X (4), at Aca (4), at CBU (4)

Cape Breton 7-10, 18 pts. 3 games & 10 pts left: at X, DAL (4), SMU (4)

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Memorial 6-12, 14 pts. 2 games and 8 pts. left:  X 2 x (4)

St. FX 4-13, 10 pts. 3 games and 14 pts. left:  CBU, at MUN 2 x (4).

Saturday:  Cape Breton at X; UPEI at Dalhousie

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