Tigers give up big lead but win in OT

Dalhousie (16-5, 7-2) 84, Acadia (6-12, 4-5) 81 in OT… Tigers blew an early 20 point lead, survived a game-tying buzzer-beating 3 at the end of regulation and then two missed three-point attempts in the extra session to defeat the Axemen at DalPlex.  After, 6’3″ Ben Miller‘s game tying three sent the game into overtime, 5’11” Ritchie Kanza-Mata opened the extra session with a three pointer giving Tigers the lead for good.  Tigers had threatened to run Acadia out of the gym in the first quarter, applying full court pressure to create 7 first-quarter turnovers and using an active zone to disrupt the Axemen, building a 27-6 lead.  But Miller, with arguably his best game of the season (22 points, 6 rebounds) and 6’9″ Erik Nissen (22 points) helped Acadia bring it back, including ending the fourth quarter on a 10-3 run in the final 2 minutes to tie it.  The final regulation stretch was highlighted by a Miller “and 1″ with 33 seconds remaining plus his game-tying 3.  Kanza-Mata led Dal with 19 points and 5 assists while 6’2” Jordan Aquino-Serjue came off the bench for 16 points on 8-12 shooting.  6’6″ Sven Stammberger had a 14 point, 13 rebound double double.  It was the third win in three tries for the Tigers over Acadia with two now coming in OT.  The two teams meet again next Thursday night in Wolfville.  In between, each has a date with Saint Mary’s Huskies this coming weekend.

St. FX (12-10, 7-3) 96, Cape Breton (0-16, 0-9) 80... X-Men finished the first half with a 17-3 run in the final two minutes to pull away and defeat the Capers in Antigonish.  St. FX made four 3’s in the run including back-to-back treys by 6’1″ Tristen Ross – his only scores of the night – to lead comfortably at halftime before building third-quarter leads as large as 26.  Capers had come out of the gate with energy and purpose, leading 10-2 but X quickly recovered to with their third in a row at home in the new year.  6’7″ Kevin Bercy had 23 points and 9 rebounds while lefty Akil Charles had 16 including 5 straight early to get X-Men righted after CBU’s strong start.  Emerging freshman sharpshooter Justin Andrew made 3-5 threes for X and finished with 11 points.  6’5″ Kenny Jean-Louis slashed his way to a game-high 29 points for the Capers, who host UPEI Panthers at home on Friday night in Sydney.  X gets the Panthers the following night at home on Saturday.


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