Tigers regain perimeter stroke in road route of Axemen

Dalhousie (17-6, 8-3) 101, Acadia (7-13, 5-6) 84… Coming off a series of outings where their outside shooting frankly failed them, Tigers shot a blistering 53% (18 for 34) from downtown and generally locked down the Axemen at key times defensively, especially in the first half when Dal broke to an 18 point lead, to win a key road game in Wolfville.  6’6″ Sven Stammberger had a season-high 28 points including 8 for 12 from three point land while 5’11” Ritchie Kanza-Mata continued to set the table with 12 assists and 7 rebounds, including a sweet ally-oop to 6’10” Sasha Kappos off middle penetration, who threw down a resounding two-handed dunk.  Kappos had another ally-oop slam as part of a bench crew that helped build Tigers lead to double digits and the long, offensively-skilled sophomore adds another dimension to Dal’s attack, although he still has plenty of work to do on the defensive end especially on the glass.  6’3″ Kashrell Lawrence was his effective self in and around the glass, finishing with his usual strength and knocking down the odd elbow jumper.  Dal shared the ball effectively at the offensive end, generally making the extra pass (25 assists on 37 field goals resulting in 57% shooting from the floor overall).  Axemen tried to stay in the game with a spectacular second half shooting display of their own, going 12 for 17 as a team from three-point land as 6’5″ Kyle Arsenault finished with 21 points including a perfect 4-4 from three after halftime.  6’9″ lefty Erik Nissen added 20 points and 6’2″ Trevon Grant added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists off the bench.  6’3″ Ben Miller sustained an injury that bloodied his nose early in the game and played just 18 minutes.  But in the end, Axemen could not overcome a 2 for 8 start from downtown and a double digit halftime deficit in losing their 4th straight this season at the hands of the Tigers.


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