Dal survives in 2 OT’s, WolfPack hold off Lakehead

#5 Dalhousie (7-2) 83, Acadia (1-5) 81 in 2 OT’s… 6’2″ Jarred Reid gave the Tigers the lead for good with a three pointer late in the second OT and later Acadia’s 6’10” Erik Nissen, who dominated inside with 36 points and 13 rebounds, missed a pair of free throws with a chance to tie it with 5 seconds remaining as #5 Dalhousie survived against Acadia in a game played at the Scotiabank Center (formerly Halifax Metro Center).  Earlier, 6’3″ Ben Miller tied the game for Acadia with a buzzer-beating 3 at the end of regulation in a game with numerous dramatics.  Reid scored all of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter and extra frames, giving Tigers what looked like a comfortable six point lead with 1:45 left in regulation.  But Nissen got inside and Miller drilled his big shot setting up a pair of OT sessions during which Reid’s three gave Dal the lead for good at 82-79.  Dal played without the services of 6’6″ Sven Stammberger and 5’11” point guard Ritchie Kanza-Mata while Axemen were without their sharpshooting 6’5″ wing forward Kyle Arsenault.  Acadia started 6’7″ freshman Jerome Mugambi in his place.  Acadia has a game tonight in Digby, NS against Mount Saint Vincent Mystics (ACAA/CCAA).  Both teams will also prepare for AUS league play beginning next Thursday when Axemen host Saint Mary’s in home-and-home set on the first weekend of regular season play.

Thompson Rivers  (2-2) 71, Lakehead (2-4) 66…  6’8″ Volodymyr Iegorov had 12 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter, adding 8 rebounds as the WolfPack almost blew an early double digit lead but held off the Thunderwolves in a game played at UBC’s War Memorial Gym.  TRU open the game on a 15-3 run in the first 5 minutes but Lakehead brought their deficit back to just 34-29 by halftime.  Thunderwolves looked to turn it around after a dunk by 6’5″ Bakarius Dinkins (11 points) overall and after a pair of free throws by 5’11” Henry Tan, Lakehead had it back to a one point game heading into the fourth.  But Iegorov took over and TRU took a 6 point lead into the final minute.  Thunderwolves had one more push as 6’4″ Alexandre Robichaud hit his fifth 3 of the game to bring the deficit to 3 but TRU clinch it on the foul line.

“Defensively we didn’t execute the game plan tonight. Add one of the worst shooting performances of the year so I’m not surprised of the outcome”, commented Lakehead Coach Manny Furtado.  Lakehead was 23-66 from the field and 50% from the free throw line compared to TRU’s 75%.  Robichaud led Lakehead with 15 points while 6’0″ guard Mor Menashe had 13 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.  Dinkins and Tan contributed 11 and 10 points respectively… with thanks to Lakehead Sports Information.


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