UNB 100, Cape Breton 74… Breaking to an early 20 point lead buoyed by a relentless transition attack, Varsity Reds dominated throughout in an easy win at Cape Breton to maintain their hold on first-place in the AUS. 6’0″ Javon Masters continued to add to his AUS career-leading point totals with 32 points and 9 rebounds, breaking down Capers in the open court and getting to the rim regularly. All twelve V-Reds who dressed hit the score sheet including UNB’s trio of Australian imports led by 6’5″ veteran Dylan Baker (7 points in 19 minutes), 6’8″ newcomer Cooper Wilks (7 points, 5 rebounds and just 3-9 from the foul line) and 6’1″ Daniel Pitcher who made two 3’s for 8 points as UNB shot a collective 22-41 from the floor (53%) before halftime to race to a 59-37 lead. It may have been worse had UNB not shot just 19-36 from the foul line. Capers, who played without 6’5″ Martin Campbell, their leading scorer, got 19 points from 6’4″ Paul Watson but simply could not stop the Reds defensively, especially when challenged in transition. The teams meet again this afternoon at 3 PM Atlantic time in Sydney.
Dalhousie 89, Memorial 82… 6’6″ Sven Stammberger had 15 of his team-high 22 points in the second half including 12 in the fourth quarter as the Tigers slowly pulled away from what was a three-point game late in the third. Stammberger took charge down the stretch with 6 consecutive points, aided by a strong third quarter from 6’2″ Ryan Harnett (14 points, 4 threes overall) and 6’6″ Alex Carson (16 points, 4-7 threes). Tigers jumped to a quick double-digit lead with an aggressive overplay “d” that created some turnovers and tough shots and Carson made two catch-and-shoot threes and it appeared Dal was off to the races early. However, unheralded 6’5″ Greg Manual began getting free inside off some scramble plays and clever Memorial offensive sets – the crafy forward had 9 first-quarter points and 13 of his 17 in the first half overall – while 6’1″ Davion Parnsalu came alive – suddenly the Seahawks had come all the way back to lead by two late in the second. But Tigers depth and talent wore down MUN as Dal remained within striking distance of first place UNB. Tigers played without 6’10” Sascha Kappos, out for the weekend with an ankle injury. Parnsalu finished with a game-high 24 points while 6’2″ reserve wing Daniel Gordon went just 4-17 from the floor for Memorial including just 1-8 from three for 11 points. The teams meet again this afternoon at 3 PM AT at DalPlex.
Saint Mary’s 86, UPEI 68… Huskies blew it open with a 19-2 third quarter run in what was a tight game for about 23 minutes in the first of two in Charlottetown. 6’3″ Kemar Alleyne had a game-high 22 points, adding 9 rebounds and 4 assists as SMU played without 6’8″ Osman Barrie, out with an ankle injury. UPEI came out of the gate flying, taking an early 10 point lead on the heroics of 6’0″ Amin Suleman who made his first four threes of the game en route to a 12 point first quarter. But Huskies adjusted defensively and rode the offensive heroics of 6’6″ Brent Martindale (13 of his 16 points before halftime including back-to-back catch-and-shoot threes) plus 6’1″ Nico Brauner (two threes from the left baseline off nice draw-and-kicks) to lead going into halftime. Alleyne, Brauner and Martindale – with another three – were the catalysts in the big run that decided the game. Suleman finished with 15 points to lead UPEI as Saint Mary’s shot 11-23 from downtown for the game. The teams meet again this evening.
In the fourth AUS game this evening, St. FX travels to Acadia in Wolfville.
UNB 9-1, 22 points
Dalhousie 7-2, 18 points
Acadia 7-2, 16 points
Memorial 4-7, 14 points
St. FX 4-5, 12 points
Saint Mary’s 5-4, 10 points
Cape Breton 2-8, 4 points
UPEI 0-9, 0 points