Hoop Axemen win Shoveller Memorial tournament

John Decoste
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Acadia ends up only undefeated team at 3-0

Tournament MVP Owen Klassen had 61 points and 29 rebounds in Acadia's three games at the Rod Shoveller Memorial tournament Jan. 2-4 at Dalhousie. The Axemen went 3-0 with wins over Saint Mary's, St. F.X. and Dalhousie to take the tournament championship.

The Acadia Axemen claimed the Rod Shoveller Memorial title, going 3-0 over the Jan. 2 to 4 Halifax tournament.

Acadia, the only team at the six-team event to go undefeated, opened with an 88-74 win over Saint Mary’s Jan. 2. The Axemen then scored an 85-75 win over St. F.X. Jan. 3, and completed their sweep with an 85-69 victory over Dalhousie Jan. 4. Acadia’s Owen Klassen was named the tournament MVP after scoring 61 points and hauling down 29 rebounds in his team’s three games.

In their opener, the Axemen led 21-20 after one quarter, 46-36 at halftime and 72-59 after three quarters. Klassen finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Anthony Ashe also had 19, including five threes, and Kyle Arseneault chipped in 18 points.

Marquis Clayton had 18, Terrence Taylor 15, Travis Adams 14 and Riley Halpin 13 and a team-high eight rebounds for the Huskies.

Acadia shot 50.6 per cent from the floor, made eight of 17 threes, and won the rebounding 46-28 in their first game action since late November.

The following day, the Axemen overcame a 24-20 deficit after one quarter against St. F.X. to lead the rest of the way en route to a 10-point win. Acadia won the second quarter 26-19 and the third 19-9. St. F.X. won the fourth quarter 23-20.

Klassen finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Axemen. Anthony Sears chipped in 15 points, but the rest of the scoring was spread around – Ashe with nine, Shaquille Smith and Rhys Larry eight each and Arseneault seven.

Kevin Bercy with 17, Alex Arthur with 15 and Jordan Clarke with 14 led St. F.X.

Acadia shot 52.3 per cent from the floor, including eight of 23 threes, and again had a convincing edge in rebounding, 41-25.

Acadia and host Dalhousie closed out the tournament Saturday evening. The Axemen went in at 2-0, and could claim the championship with a victory after Saint Mary’s topped previously unbeaten UPEI 94-85 earlier in the day.

The first quarter ended with the teams tied at 15, and Acadia took control by winning the second quarter 27-17. After the Axemen put the game away with a 20-11 third, Dalhousie won the fourth 26-23.

Klassen and Sears both finished with 15 points, Luciani 14 (including four threes), Arsenault 11 and Rhys Larry 10 along with a team-high nine rebounds.

Larry, in his first game action since the pre-season, had a solid tournament, collecting 21 points and 23 rebounds in three games off the bench.

Jarred Reid finished with 15 points and Simon Marr 10 for the Tigers.

For a third straight game, Acadia shot over 50 per cent from the floor, this time topping out at 52.7. The Axemen made 11 of 21 three-point attempts, and for a third straight game, won the rebounding, 36-27.

Tournament participants and fans were saddened to hear of the sudden death of Joan Shoveller, widow of Rod Shoveller for whom the tournament is named. Joan Shoveller passed away in hospital Jan. 4 after suffering a stroke the previous day.

Organizations: Tigers

Geographic location: Saint Mary

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