X-Men hold off late charge to defeat Thetford Prep

St. FX 82, Thetford Prep 77… 6’7″ Kevin Bercy had 17 points and 14 rebounds while 6’0″ freshman Hamilton, ON native Justin Andrew had 3 of his four threes after halftime as the X-Men held off a late charge that got the game to 1 late in moving to the semi-finals of the Capers Classic in Sydney.  X will take on Saint Mary’s in one semi-final tomorrow in a rematch of the championship game at last week’s St. FX Invitational which the Huskies captured.  6’0″ lefty Akil Charles had 7 of his 13 points in the final 10 minutes as X almost gave back an 8 point lead before Charles and Andrew hit back-to-back 3’s in the final two minutes to earn X the victory.  Thetford Prep stayed in the game on the strength of their two highly-rated prospects from Montreal:  6’1″ Alain Louis, a point guard rated #22 in the Class of 2017 by North Pole Hoops, who had 19 points to lead all scorers and 6’6″ Quincy Guerrier, a member of Canada’s U17 World Championship team that finished 5th in Spain this past summer, who came off the bench for 16 points.  X once again struggled from the free throw line, shooting just 14 for 24 (58%) and turned it over 20 times but showed enough resiliency for the victory.  In the final game of the first night of the tournament, host Cape Breton takes on Maine Fort-Kent, an NAIA school that has thus far put together a 2-4 record vs. CIS teams in this their third tournament in this case “east” of the border.  MFK went 2-1 at the Eric Garland tournament, defeating Bishop’s and the host Varsity Reds while losing to SMU.  The Bengals went 0-3 last weekend at the UPEI Mickey Place tournament losing to the hosts, Concordia and Dalhousie.


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