AUS Weekend wrap-up: Curcic-less MUN sweeps St. FX

One of the more controversial plays of the entire season – not well reported here – occurred last weekend in Fredericton during the second Memorial at UNB game when a melee broke out between Seahawks 6’9″ Vasilije Curcic and a pair of Varsity Reds 6’9″ Stephon Smith and 6’7″ Donnavan Hastings in which punches were thrown, leading to the ejection of all three from that game.  As a result of the donnybrook and an unsportsmanlike foul earlier in the game, Curcic by league rules was suspended for both games this weekend at home against St. FX.  Fortunately for Memorial, the remainder of coach Peter Benoite‘s roster stepped up in the big man’s absence, most notably 6’1″ Ajax, ON native Austin Chambers with 21 points in the Saturday game and unheralded 6’3″ wing Kieran Hawksley who had 19 of is team high 29 points in the second quarter – Hawksley was 8 for 9 from beyond the three point line this afternoon – as MUN found back from an early 17 point deficit to sweep the weekend.  6’2″ Daniel Gordon came off the bench to score 20 of his 27 points in the second half as the Seahawks shot a blistering 13 for 23 from downtown as a team without their star forward Curcic.  Benoit was “proud of our guys who keep playing hard no matter what the circumstance”.   X got a fine weekend from 6’7″ Kevin Bercy including a 23-point, 18-rebound effort on Saturday plust 5 3’s in each game by 6’1″ Tristan Ross but it wasn’t enough as MUN won both games rather handily.  Seahawks get a bye next weekend before heading to Halifax for a pair of 4 point games at Dalhousie in what could well determine if one or both of these teams get a first round bye in the AUS tournament… Reeling X, now losers of three in a row, is also off next weekend before a four-point game at Saint Mary’s in two weeks… The Huskies won a pair of 30+ point home games against winless Cape Breton.  In the first game in which SMU fell behind by 10 early, 6’5″ Theon Reefer had 18 of game-high 25 in the first half and Huskies went 13 for 34 from downtown.  On Saturday, Capers again came out fast leading by 10 early but a dominant 21-2 run led by 5’9″ Marquis Clayton (24 points) allowed SMU to run away with it again…In what likely should be regarded as a mild upset, Hess Mayele‘s “and 1″ with 7 seconds remaining allowed UNB Varsity Reds to come from 4 down with under a minute remaining to top Dalhousie Tigers at DalPlex.  Reds got 23 points and 7 rebounds from 6’0” Javon Masters including 9 straight in the fourth quarter to allow UNB to come from 7 down with 7 minutes remaining.  After using their best three-point shooting effort of the season to win at Acadia earlier in the week, Tigers made just 2 of 12 from beyond the arc on Saturday night absorbing another home loss despite 21 points from 6’2″ Kash Lawrence.  UNB out rebounded the Tigers 40-27 and turned it over just 14 times to snatch a key road win.  Varsity Reds, now in top spot in the AUS with 24 points, host Acadia and Saint Mary’s next weekend in Fredericton while Tigers travel to Sydney for a pair of games at Cape Breton.

AUS Standings

UNB 8-4, 24 pts

St. FX 7-6, 22 pts

Memorial 9-5, 22 pts

Dalhousie 8-4, 20 pts

Saint Mary’s 8-5, 20 pts

Acadia 5-6, 14 pts

UPEI 4-7, 10 pts

Cape Breton 0-12, 0 pts



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