Axemen win 96-83; Axewomen prevail 73-66
The Acadia basketball teams were both clicking on all cylinders Friday evening in Fredericton as the Axemen and Axewomen both recorded wins over the hometown Varsity Reds. The Axewomen started the evening with a 73-66 victory and the Axemen completed the sweep with a 96-83 win.
In the women’s game, Abbey Duinker, playing some of the best basketball of her five-year Acadia career since Christmas, led the way with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists as the Axewomen finished strong, winning the fourth quarter 28-20 to erase a 46-45 UNB lead after 30 minutes.
Duinker was ably supported by Aprille Deus, who finished with 14 points, four assists and two steals, and Allie Berry, who had 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Emily MacLeod, back in the lineup after missing a game, had a strong performance as well with eight points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Rachel Cleary had 18 points, Katelyn Mangold 16 and Awo Farah 10 points and a game-high 16 rebounds for UNB.
In the men’s game, UNB won the first quarter 20-16 and the third 31-25, but Acadia captured the second 31-13 and also won the fourth 24-19 to prevail by 13. Owen Klassen had 20 points in the first half and finished with 36 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three assists and a steal. Kyle Arseneault also had a strong game with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The other three Axemen starters also scored in double figures – A.J. Simmonds with 13 and Anthony Ashe and Anthony Sears with 12 points apiece. Arseneault, Ashe and Simmonds each had a trio of three-pointers.
Javon Masters had 36 points for UNB, a total that included five threes, and Will McFee added 20 points for the V-Reds.
The Axemen improved to 11-3 on the season with the win, and solidified their hold on first place in the AUBC. UNB fell to 8-6 with the loss.
The Axewomen improved to 5-9 with their victory, while the UNB women dropped to 3-11.
Acadia and UNB are right back at it tomorrow afternoon, with the women playing at 1 pm. and the men’s game following at 3.