Axemen climb men's basketball standings with weekend sweep

Axemen climb men's basketball standings with weekend sweep

The Acadia Axemen earned back-to-back victories over the Memorial Sea-Hawks in Wolfville this weekend, giving them a 5-5 record on the season to move up the AUS men's basketball standings.

The Axemen played to a 85-75 victory Saturday night which saw Acadia's Marcus Upshaw go six for eight from the field, two of three from three, and make both his free throw attempts to earn Subway Player of the Game honours. Ryan Munro led Acadia in points with 17, while Memorial's Deng Ring scored a game-high 19 points in the loss.

Acadia then earned their third straight win with a buzzer beater over Memorial Sunday afternoon. Brett Speedy was the hero for the Axemen in the win, hitting a three just in time as the shot clock hit 0. Speedy went 6 of 8 from three and had a total of 22 points, earning Subway Player of the Game honours. Cole Long led the Sea-Hawks with 24 points on the night, while Ring recorded a game-high 16 rebounds.

The Dalhousie Tigers visited the StFX X-Men in Antigonish Thursday night, earning their ninth straight victory with a 97-54 road win. Subway player of the game Keevan Veinot scored a game-high 18 points in the win, adding seven rebounds and dishing six assists. Azaro Roker scored 16 points for the X-Men and had nine rebounds.

The X-Men bounced back in a big way Saturday night, handing Dalhousie their first loss of the season. The game was close throughout the entire night, coming down to the final seconds with StFX earning the 78-77 win. StFX's Avan Nava finished as the game's high scorer with 25 points, including 18 from three-point range. He added six rebounds and earned Subway player of the game honours. For the Tigers, Veinot led the way with 19 points on the night, and also had nine rebounds, six assists and two steals.

The Saint Mary's Huskies swept their weekend games, defeating the UPEI Panthers in back-to-back games in Halifax. Friday night, Qyemah Gibson scored 27 points and Johneil Johnson added 21 to lead the Huskies to a 91-77 victory. Jamesley Jerome led the Panthers in points with 21, adding eight rebounds on the night. 

Saint Mary's then edged the Panthers 89-72 Saturday night, as Johnson scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Huskies to victory. Emmanuel Ndatuje led the Panthers in points with 16.

The UNB Reds earned a weekend sweep over the Cape Breton Capers in Fredericton this weekend. Despite trailing after each of the first three quarters, the Reds used a strong fourth quarter to grind out an 84-75 win Saturday night. Ibrahima Doumbouya led the Reds with 21 points on the night, while Marcus Masters followed with 17, and Chris Spurrell added 15. Osman Omar had a strong game in a losing effort for the Capers, putting up a game-high 26 points and three rebounds.

Sunday afternoon, the Reds scored 59 second half points in a come-from-behind 85-70 win. Spurrell scored 13 of his 17 points in that second half, earning Subway Player of the Game honours. Doumbouya led the Reds in points once again, posting 20 point and 11 rebounds for the double-double. Omar finished the afternoon with a game-high 21 points in the loss.

 

Scores:

Thursday, Jan. 9
Dalhousie 97 at StFX 54

Friday, Jan. 10
UPEI 77 at Saint Mary's 91

Saturday, Jan. 11
Memorial 75 at Acadia 85
Dalhousie 77 at StFX 78
Cape Breton 75 at UNB 84
UPEI 72 at Saint Mary's 89

Sunday, Jan. 12
Memorial 87 at Acadia 89
Cape Breton 70 at UNB 85

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