Riding a wonderful wave of emotion around their veteran iconic Head Coach Steve Konchalski and the naming of Stu Aberdeen court, St. FX X-Men get another level of opponent today in Wolfville, meeting #1 Carleton Ravens in the championship game of Acadia Aberdeen Classic. Over the first couple of days of the tournament, X’s core starters, who now have been together for 3 seasons, got back to the pressing, transition-oriented style that characterized the great X-Men teams of late 90’s and early 2000’s. Today’s match-up rekindles memorable X/Carleton match-ups at the CIS Nationals from that era. Carleton clearly will need to scheme for 6’2″ Tristan Ross, who has averaged 16.5 ppg in the first two games including going a scorching 7 for 9 from 3. Ravens held normally high scoring Laval and Acadia to just 62 points apiece while going 34 for 71 from 3 point land over the first two tournament games. Game time is Noon ET and is available on AUS.TV where the “partners” will do the call – both do an excellent job – some incorrect names and mis-pronunciations notwithstanding. Acadia vs. Laval follows in a game pitting a pair of 0-2 teams.
Bishop’s Gaiters had an impressive defensive performance last night, finishing the game on a 13-2 run to gut out a win over the host UNB Varsity Reds. Today the young Gaiters meet Saint Mary’s Huskies, who have won twice despite not having 6’8″ Osman Barrie and 6’5″ Theon Reefer in the lineup. Of course, the immediate emergence of big-time recruit 6’2″ Kordeiro James from Vaughan Collegiate has eased the load. Game time for Bishop’s vs. Saint Mary’s is 11 AM ET.
In a pair of late games last night, Winnipeg won again at Lakehead who was without Henry Tan while MacEwan, which took Alberta Golden Bears to the third game of their Best-of-3 playoff series last season, kicked off their CIS pre-season with a resounding home win over UNBC. MacEwan is a deeper team this season, losing only 6’6″ role player Ryan May from last season and features two key fifth-year honors candidates in 6’3″ Denzel James, a Canada West Third Team All-Star and 6’7″ Keith Gerdes, who had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists last night for Head Coach Eric Magdanz. MacEwan picked up a pair of key reserves in 5’8″ Adonis Monfort-Palomino, a second-year transfer from Calgary plus former ACAC Rookie-of-the-Year 6’4″ Ali Rasa an athletic wing.
Here is a look at today’s action:
11 AM ET
Bishop’s vs. Saint Mary’s at UNB Eric Garland tournament
Carleton vs. St. FX at Acadia Stu Aberdeen Classic
Memorial at York (non-conference exhibition)
Algoma at Nipissing (non-conference exhibition)
1 PM ET
Maine-Fort Kent (NAIA) at UNB (Eric Garland)
Holland College at Dalhousie (CCAA/CIS exhibition)
Sheridan College at Guelph (CCAA/CIS exhibition)
2 PM ET
Laval at Acadia (Stu Aberdeen Classic)
3 PM ET
Humber College at Western (CCAA/CIS exhibition)
5 PM ET
UNBC at Alberta (non-conference exhibition)