Azusa Pacific 86, Toronto 66… Facing a long, athletic and hot-shooting team from California, U of T suffered their first loss in Taiwan, falling behind by 20 in the third quarter, dropping their championship semi-final game. Toronto was dominated on the glass 50-29 and turned it over 18 times to drop to 3-1 overall on their trip.
The Cougars, an NCAA Division II squad out of the Pacific West conference and a perennial post-season national tournament participant, employed 40 minutes of zone “d” and at least initially Blues prolific 6’0″ Evan Shadkami took full advantage with 15 of his team-high 18 points in the first quarter alone. Shadkami finished 5-9 from three in 28 minutes but the rest of the Blues shot only a collective 4-18 from downtown and Toronto gave up 18 “o” boards. Azusa Pacific meanwhile shot a tidy 13-32 (41%) from beyond the arc to lead by 10 at the half and pulled away shortly after halftime.
A pair of Toronto freshmen, 6’5″ Eli Mouyal (7 points in 11 minutes) and 6’3″ Jeremy Aibi (4 points, 5 rebounds in 17 minutes) made their first significant Varsity contributions.
We will have more on Toronto’s trip in the coming days.