AUS: Bercy, Kordeiro James among heroes in X, SMU victories


St. FX 92, Acadia 90… In what was an emotional win for coach Steve Konchalski on the night the Acadia home floor was named after his mentor coach Stu Aberdeen, the X-Men got a buzzer beating lay-in from 6’7″ Kevin Bercy to hold off the Axemen.  Bercy finished with 26 points and 9 rebounds including the dramatic winner.  Acadia had rallied from a 16 point deficit with just 7 minutes remaining on the incredible heroics of 6’0″ third-year Bedford, N.S. native Nick De Palma, who exploded for 20 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter – in one stretch De Palma scored 13 consecutive points as Axemen rallied to tie it with 2 seconds remaining on a clutch 3 by 6’5″ Kyle Arsenault.  But Bercy bruised his way to the rim at the buzzer and X, which played with a short bench for the most part, came away with a program-lifting win.  Acadia also got 16 from 6’1″ newcomer Trevor Grant, a transfer from Holland College originally from Bahamas who was the ACAA Player-of-the-Year and a 1st team CCAA All-Canadian.  6’8″ Cameron Walker had an 18 point/12 rebound double double for X, which showed much resilience after falling behind by as many as 13 points in the first half, outscoring the home side by 51-32 during a 20 minute mid-game stretch.  Acadia hosts Carleton tonight while St. FX takes on Laval as the tournament continues today.  Box Score

Saint Mary’s 98, UNB 84… In what was a transition-filled, attack-the-rim kind of game with plenty of offensive excitement, 6’2″ true freshman Kordeiro James, from famed Vaughan C.I., made his first game as a Huskie memorable with 26 points – including 4 3’s – and 5 rebounds as SMU pulled away in the second half for a road victory on the first night of the Eric Garland Invitational in Fredericton.  Saint Mary’s took the lead for good early in the 3rd on a 3 by James, pulling to a double digit lead in the fourth.  UNB made a final run to get it to 4 with 5 minutes left in the 4th however James, 5’10” Marquis Clayton (18 points, 3 3’s) and 6’2″ Kemar Alleyne (21 points, 7 rebounds) all made key buckets to establish the final margin.  Both teams played without key pieces as SMU’s 6’8″ Osman Barrie remains injured and 6’5″ Theon Reefer also missed the game with a minor injury while 5’11” Javon Masters missed the game due to a minor arm injury that isn’t serious.  The Varsity Reds have several new faces, adding to their overall athleticism including a tremendous all-round scoring guard in 6’2″ Hess Mayele from La Cite College in Ottawa, last season’s OCAA East Player-of-the-Year, who almost had a triple double with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists.  Another transfer, Hamilton native guard Spencer Dawson (ex-UPEI) saw major minutes at the point in Masters absence and had 12 points while 6’4″ Sheridan (Wyoming) junior college transfer Jamaal Potopsingh, originally from Brampton via High Desert Prep, had 16 points and 6 rebounds.  The Garland tournament continues today as UNB hosts Bishop’s and Saint Mary’s taking on Maine-Fort Kent (NAIA).  Box Score

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