With wins over the StFX X-Men and Cape Breton Capers, the Dalhousie Tigers earned their 7th-straight victory and clinched an AUS men's basketball playoff first round bye.
The Tigers kicked things off at home Wednesday night versus the X-Men. After being down at the break, Dalhousie mounted a second-half comeback to take a 96-84 win. Dalhousie's Xavier Ochu finished with 20 points and 5 rebounds on 4-5 shooting from deep to earn the Subway Player of the Game honours. Avan Nava finished the night with a game-high 22 points for the X-Men.
In Sunday matinee basketball action, Tigers hosted the Capers at the Dalplex. The rebounding edge for the Tigers made the difference in this one and helped them to an 83-68 win. Alex Carson was on fire for the Tigers in the second half, finishing with 27 points, hitting from deep five times to earn the Subway Player of the Game title. Jason Callaghan provided a spark in the fourth quarter for the Capers to finish with 15 points on 5-9 shooting.
The Saint Mary's Huskies earned their fourth straight victory this weekend, allowing them to clinch a playoff berth. They topped the Acadia Axemen 84-65 Wednesday night in Halifax. Player of the game Travis Adams nabbed a double-double for the Huskies with 13 points and 13 rebounds on the night, while Marcus Upshaw posted a team-high 13 points, adding seven rebounds, four assists and a steal for the Axemen.
The Huskies then went on to top the Capers 81-78 in overtime Saturday night. Saint Mary's junior forward Sebastian Gray led the Huskies with 25 points on 10 for 19 shooting from the floor in the win. Cape Breton's Osman Omar paced all scorers with 30 points and recorded three steals and three assists in the loss.
The StFX X-Men bounced back from their loss to the Tigers to pick up four points this weekend, allowing them to move into second in the standings with a 10-7 record. They topped the UNB Reds 87-81 Saturday night, with the game coming down to the wire. StFX had a big game from forward Azaro Roker who posted a double-double with a game-high 24 points and hauled in 16 rebounds. Justin Andrew received Subway player of the game honours for his 22-point contribution in the StFX win. For the Reds, Marcus Masters was the top scorer with 19 points on the night and 10 rebounds for the double-double game.
The Reds split their games this week as they earned a 91-74 win over the UPEI Panthers Thursday night. Ibrahima Doumbouya led the Reds with a game-high 27 points on an efficient 10-of-16 shooting, adding 11 rebounds for the double-double. Elijah Miller had a team-high 17 points and four assists for the Panthers in the loss.
The Axemen snapped a six game losing streak Saturday with an 80-78 win over the Panthers. Forest Mahoney came up big for the Axemen in the fourth quarter, grabbing offensive rebounds and blocking shots when it mattered. He finished the game with 17 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks. His late-game performance earned him the Subway Player of the Game award. Elijah Miller scored 29 points for the Panthers to lead all players. Miller was named his team's player of the game.
Thursday, Feb. 6
UNB 91 at UPEI 74 (4-point game)
Sunday, Feb 9
Cape Breton 68 at Dalhousie 83 (4-point game)