Saint Mary’s, Carleton capture tournament victories

Saint Mary’s (3-0) 82, Bishop’s (1-1) 66… The Huskies experienced veterans got on top of the younger Gaiters very early, jumping out to an early 25-9 lead and created 26 turnovers in an easy win to capture the championship at the 2016 Eric Garland Classic at UNB.  Last season’s team MVP, 6’5″ Brian Rouse came out flying, finishing with 21 points as Huskies played very well all weekend without 2 starters in 6’5″ Theon Reefer and 6’8″ Osman Barrie.  SMU led by as many as 25 midway through the fourth quarter before the benches emptied.

Carleton (3-0) 116, St. FX (2-1) 72… 6’4″ Connor Wood had 11 of his game-high 21 points in the decisive first quarter when the Ravens quickly established a 20 point lead while emerging 6’6″ wing T.J. Lall did another wonderful job defending, adding 7 of 12 in the first frame as Carleton tore through Wolfville to capture the Stu Aberdeen Classic tournament championship.  Ravens shot 13-25 (52%) from beyond the arc and 61% from the floor overall, setting a torrid tempo and making almost every possession difficult defensively for the improving X-Men.  6’4″ Joe Rocca came in off the bench late in the second quarter and immediately contributed to the offense, finishing with 17 points on 7-10 shooting including 3-4 3’s.  Coach Dave Smart rotated in players at will and interestingly today used a trio of forward combinations including Lall and 6’6″ Mitch Jackson, who also started; 6’6″ Ryan Ejim with 6’6″ Mitchell Wood and finally high-potential 6’9″ center Eddie Ekiyor with 7’0″ Cam Smythe in a possible preview of a Twin-Towers look that may come in handy when Ravens need to go big, possibly during their tour of the U.S. in late October, early November.  X hung in well and didn’t back down, but shot only 37% with 6’7″ Kevin Bercy leading with 15 points and 6 rebounds.  6’5″ dredlock-wearing Daniel Passley, a transfer from Guelph and a veteran that X Coach Steve Konchalski has identified as a key to having his team take that next step, knocked down a pair of 3’s off the bench and finished with 10 points.  Acadia (0-2) takes on Laval (0-2) in the battle for third place in the tournament with the game kicking off momentarily.


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