UNB (1-2) 102, UPEI (1-2) 87… 6’0″ Javon Masters authored his first triple-double of the season with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists + 4 steals as the V-Reds jumped to an early double-digit lead and coasted to a comfortable win at home at the Currie Center. Masters got loose and to the rim in transition, grabbing boards and going coast-to-coast on several occasions to finish or find open teammates – he remains one of Canada’s best and most exciting transition players. UNB was efficient offensively, also playing through the post on many possessions and getting numerous open looks as 6’4″ Jamaal Potopsingh (19 points, 8 rebounds) knocked down three first half 3’s, all off nice offensive sets and 6’8″ Stephon Smith (16 points/7-8 shooting) was a strong decision maker in the post, getting the best of 6’8″ Dut Dut at both ends when it was still a game in the first half. The game was a whistle-fest, especially early as teams combined for 53 fouls (27 on the home side) and 65 free throws. However, UNB shot 36-68 (53%) from the floor and 41% from downtown, beating UPEI off the dribble and creating numerous open looks. UPEI opponents are averaging 95 points per game in the first 3 games of the season while collectively shooting 48.2% from the field. With UPEI already down 14, Panthers got some bad news as star 6’2″ guard Tyler Scott appeared to tweak his ankle or calf while getting fouled on a drive to the rim late in the first quarter. After taking his free throws and getting one more possession in, Scott came out of the game and did not return, playing only 9 minutes. Without Scott, Panthers put more decision-making in the hands of 6’1″ Shavon Gayle and the spectacular athlete flashed his outstanding skill set, finishing with 18 points and 6 rebounds including a highlight-reel, follow-up two-handed slam in the first half – Gayle’s future appears bright. 6’1″ point guard Amin Suleman, after getting off to a great start last weekend vs. X, shot just 2-9 for the game, while Dut had 17 points and 9 rebounds but got 14 after halftime when the game was already into double digits. The teams meet again this evening in Fredericton.
Acadia (1-2) 85, Cape Breton (0-3) 67… Axemen pulled away from what was a 5 point game early in the 4th as 6’3″ Ben Miller had 7 of his 16 points during a game deciding 11-3 run that pushed the lead to 13. Miller’s 3 started the run and 6’9″ Erik Nissen (25 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists) also aided the run. 6’5″ Kyle Arsenault added 24 points and 7 rebounds for Acadia, which was without rotation regulars 6’2″ Trevon Grant and 6’6″ Jerome Mugambi, out with injuries. 6’6″ Kenny Jean-Louis shot an efficient 9 for 14 and had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the hometown Capers, who continue to struggle with an injury-depleted roster. Veteran 6’2″ guard Seth Amoah fractured his finger and will not return until after the holidays while 6’1″ point guard Nico Brauner, expected to shoulder much of the decision-making load, is back in a boot until the end of November. 6’1″ DaShaun Lalor-Crooks, having established himself as a rotation regular, is out with a strained groin. Once again Capers lack of depth had CBU fade in the 4th quarter. CBU also shot just 46% from the line. The teams meet again tonight.
Also this evening in the AUS, Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie play the second game of their home-and-home at DalPlex while Memorial visits X in the first of a Saturday night/Sunday afternoon doubleheader.