Tigers hold off Memorial in OT

Dalhousie 102, Memorial 94 in OT… Tigers blew a 14 point second-half lead, needing a late bucket from 6’2″ newcomer Xavier Ochu to send it to the extra frame before pulling away in OT to complete a two-game sweep at home over the scrappy Seahawks at DalPlex.  Ochu had two more baskets early in the OT and Tigers got after it defensively, keeping Memorial scoreless during a 2 1/2 minute portion late in the OT to remove any further dramatics from what was a tight, exciting affair.  After struggling in last night’s loss to the Tigers, Memorial’s dynamic 6’2″ wing Daniel Gordon almost single-handidly brought Seahawks to the brink of what would have been a major upset, scoring 20 of his game-high 35 points (including 5-12 from downtown) in the second half as Memorial actually led by six with just over 3 minutes remaining in the fourth with the upset brewing.  But 6’0″ Jordan Aquino-Serjue (23 points, 6 assists) helped key the comeback culminated by Ochu’s big shot in the final seconds of regulation.  As was the case last night, Dal jumped to an early double-digit lead on the heroics of 6’6″ Sven Stammberger, who made his first 4 threes and had 14 first-quarter points but finished with just 18; recall Stammberger hurt his ankle recently.  6’6″ sophomore Nathan Barker continues to build on what appears to be a solid U-Sports career with 20 points while scrappy 6’5″ forward Greg Manual (16 points 7-9 shooting, 6 rebounds) had two important finishes down the stretch, giving Memorial their final lead very late in regulation.  Ochu finished with 13 points – 9 in the fourth quarter and OT – and 7 big rebounds from the guard spot while 6’1″ Ryan Harnett again contributed off the bench with 14 points as the Tigers spent significant portions of the game, including down the stretch of regulation and the OT with a smaller lineup.  6’10” Sasha Kappos again missed today’s game with an ankle injury and coach Rick Plato started 6’7″ freshman Tyler Williams in his place after 6’6″ Kevin Duong got the call in the first five last night.  Dal moves to 8-2 in AUS play, winners of their last 4 regular season games and 7 consecutive including their victory at the Shoveller Memorial over the Holidays.

UNB 114, Cape Breton 93… V-Reds shot a ridiculous 59% from the floor, getting 37 points from 6’0″ Javon Masters in another comfortable win in Sydney over the Capers.  6’2″ Hess Mayele came out firing, making 8 of his first 9 shots and had 18 points in the first 15 minutes of play to stake the Reds to a 15 point lead.  Mayele finished with 20 in the game while a pair of V-Reds newcomers continue to get comfortable as 6’3″ Ogot Ogot had many of 16 points in the first half and fellow newcomer, Australian import 6’7″ Cooper Wilks added 10.  6’4″ Martin Campbell, who missed last night’s loss, stormed out of the gate with 11 early points to keep CBU close and ultimately finished with 37 points of his own to lead the Capers.

Tonight’s Games:  St. FX at Acadia, Saint Mary’s at UPEI.


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