Hoop Axemen off to strong start at Shoveller

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Klassen, Ashe lead the way with 19 points each in 88-74 win over SMU

Anthony Ashe

The Acadia men’s basketball team is off to a good start at the Rod Shoveller Memorial tournament at Dalhousie after an 88-74 win over Saint Mary’s Jan. 2 in the tournament opener for both teams.

Fifth-year seniors Owen Klassen and Anthony Ashe each had 19 points to lead the scoring for Acadia, which led 21-20 after one quarter, 46-36 at halftime and 72-59 after three quarters.

Klassen added 13 rebounds for a "double-double" and also had seven assists, two steals and a block in 32 minutes despite finishing the game with four fouls.

Ashe had five of Acadia’s eight three-pointers among his 19 points. Kyle Arseneault added 18 points in a strong performance, and Rhys Larry matched Klassen with seven rebounds.

Marquis Clayton with 18, Terrence Taylor with 15, Travis Adams with 14 and Riley Halpin with 13 scored in double figures for the Huskies.

Both teams shot well from the floor, Acadia 50.8 per cent and Saint Mary’s 46.3. The Axemen made four more threes, and won the rebounding battle 46-28, including an 18-9 advantage at the offensive end.

Acadia’s next game at the tournament is 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 against St. F.X.

Geographic location: Saint Mary

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