AUS: “Miracle MacAuley”, Capers shock Dal at OT buzzer

Cape Breton 85, Dalhousie 84 OT  In Sydney, freshman reserve shooting guard Jack MacAulay, substituted in only for the final possession of overtime, hit the game-winning three from deep in the left corner as the buzzer sounded, clinching a playoff berth for the Capers and sending the bench and crowd pouring onto the court to celebrate into a wild frenzy with the Cape Breton native.  Capers trailed by 1 with 8 seconds left before Tigers 6’5″ forward Sven Stammberger was fouled, making the first before missing the second.  Capers grabbed the rebound, looking for a clean look and one did not materialize.  Miraculously, guard Seth Amoah found MacAulay in the corner with under a second to play and the freshman barely touched the ball – more like redirecting it into a hoop from long-range in a shot that will likely be remembered for many years in Cape Breton.  CBU was fortunate to get to the overtime as, down 3 on the final possession of regulation, 6’5″ Kenny Jean-Louis got himself to the top of the bowl, shot faked away a Tiger defender and then nailed a three to tie it and send it into OT.  Just prior to that shot, Tigers Jordan Aquino-Serjue had a chance to ice it but could make only 1 of 2.  6’2″ Kash Lawrence was dynamite inside all night for Dal with 30 points – 23 in the second half and OT – and his jumper from the elbow in regulation and lay-up in OT gave what appeared to be game-deciding leads in both situations.  But the resilient Capers prevailed coming from 12 points down late in the third quarter to clinch 6th place.  Tigers were just 11 of 21 from the foul line.

UNB 102, UPEI 87  5’9″ Matt Daley and 6’2″ Jesse Kendall stole the show in what was billed as the AUS MVP showdown between Panthers Tyler Scott and V-Reds Javon Masters as the Reds put themselves in position to clinch second place and a first-round bye in the AUS tournament tomorrow with a decisive win at home over UPEI.  UNB hosts Acadia tomorrow night and a victory in that 4 point game gets them second spot.  Kendall made 5 3’s in the first half as Reds built a big lead while Daley had 18 of his 23 points after halftime, adding 8 rebounds and 6 assists as the scrappy, competitive floor general continues to get it done.  Masters started slowly, finishing just 5 for 20 from the floor without making a three but had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists including several draw and kicks for Kendall.  Scott was saddled with 2 fouls in the first half and was never a factor in the game finishing with just 12 points and 6 rebounds on 4-15 shooting.  6’6″ Brad States attacked the rim with abandon from the perimeter and from the low block, drawing all kinds of calls – Reds were whistled for 31 fouls and States was 16-20 from the line, finishing with a game-high 28 points.  But Panthers trailed by as many as 29 at one point, finishing at 12-8, including just 2-7 away from the friendly confines of Chi Wan Young Sport Centre in Charlottetown.

Memorial 104, St. FX 84  In a game that MUN took a 20+ point lead early in the second quarter and led by as many as 29, Sea-hawks played very well but were nonetheless eliminated by virtue of “Miracle MacAuley’s” buzzer-beating three in Sydney.

AUS Standings 

** -Dalhousie 13-7, 38 pts. 

y – UPEI 12-8, 34 pts.

y – UNB 11-8, 32 pts. 1 games and 4 pts left:  ACA (4)

y – Acadia 11-8, 28 pts. 1 game and 4 pts left: at UNB (4)

y – Saint Mary’s 10-9, 28 pts. 1 games & 4 pts. left:  at CBU (4)

y – Cape Breton 9-10, 24 pts. 1 games & 4 pts left: SMU (4)


x – Memorial 7-12, 18 pts.

x – St. FX 4-15, 10 pts.

x = eliminated from post season

y = clinched playoff spot

** = clinched first round playoff bye

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