UPEI (6-11, 4-7) 95, St. FX (12-11, 7-4) 94… For the second consecutive night, 6’2″ All-Canadian Tyler Scott rescued the Panthers, last night with arguably the most dramatic shot of his great career, a left-elbow jumper over a double team with under 1 second to play to cap an unlikely UPEI comeback and more importantly a must-win that keeps Panthers post-season hopes alive. On Friday at Cape Breton, Scott’s dramatics – 8 consecutive points including a clutch catch-and-shoot turnaround three from the left baseline – allowed Panthers to steal a game over the Capers. Last night’s shot came amid controversy as UPEI had been down 3 with just seconds remaining when X was called for a foul before Panthers had in-bounded the ball for holding Scott who was making a ball cut. The questionable decision resulted in referees giving Scott, who finished with a team-high 19 points, two free throws and the Panthers the ball back with 15 seconds remaining, setting up another super event in Scott’s tremendous career. X had taken a three-point lead on a run-out layup by 6’1″ Tristan Ross and a tough leaner in the lane by 6’3″ Julius Antoine. But Scott and the Panthers were not to be denied and the AUS playoff race got that much tighter. 6’7″ Kevin Bercy led X with a 23-point, 12-rebound double double.
UNB (7-7, 6-4) 89, Memorial (11-9, 7-4)… Another AUS all-time great 6’0″ Javon Masters had 21 of his 27 points after halftime as the Varsity Reds rallied from a 20-point third quarter deficit to shock the visiting Seahawks in the first of two games in Fredericton this weekend. After 6’9″ Vasilije Curcic (game-high 28 points but just 4 in the final quarter and a half) knocked down 2 free throws to give MUN at 53-33 lead, the Reds took off on a 23-7 run culminating in a Donnavan Hastings dunk to get the game back to manageable and then took the lead for good with under 5 minutes remaining. Also key down the stretch for V-Reds was 6’2″ Chris Spurrell who knocked down two huge 3’s while 6’1″ Hess Mayele set the table with 6 assists to go with 14 points and 12 rebounds. The teams meet again this afternoon beginning at 1 PM ET/ 2 PM AT.
In the other AUS game this afternoon, Saint Mary’s hosts Dalhousie in another battle of Halifax beginning at 3 PM ET/ 4 PM AT from the Homburg Center.