Dal sweeps Acadia in regular season hoops finales

John Decoste
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Tigers win women’s game 62-46 and men’s contest 75-62

The Dalhousie Tigers got the best of the Acadia Axemen and Axewomen in the university basketball regular season finales for all four teams Saturday, Feb. 22 in Halifax.  

Dalhousie won the women’s game 62-46, then completed the sweep with a 75-62 win over the regular season champion Axemen.  

Neither game had any bearing on the final standings. The Axemen, who finished the season with a 15-5 record for 44 points, had already clinched first place, while the Tigers, who ended up tied for seventh at 6-14 for 16 points, had already been eliminated from post-season contention.  

The Axewomen final season record of 5-15 mirrored the Axemen result. The Acadia women finished tied for seventh with 12 points, and did not qualify for the post-season. The Dal women ended up fifth at 10-10 for 24 points.  

In the women’s game, Dalhousie won three of the four quarters – Acadia took the third quarter 14-9 – to prevail by 16. Tessa Stammberger led the Tigers with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Courtney Thompson added 17 and Shaylyn Field 14.

Abbey Duinker led the Axewomen with 17 points and seven rebounds in her final game in an Acadia uniform. Allie Berry added 11 points and eight boards, and Maire Burke had a team-high 11 rebounds.  

In the men’s contest, Acadia won the third quarter by a narrow 21-20 margin, but Dal captured the other three to win by 13, holding off a late Acadia surge.  

Kashrell Lawrence led all scorers with 21 points off the bench for the Tigers. He was supported by 15 points from John Traboulsi, 14 from Simon Marr (in his final AUBC appearance) and 12 from Jarred Reid.  

Owen Klassen finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Axemen, who also got 15 points and a team-high five assists from Anthony Sears.  

Klassen, Sears, Anthony Ashe and Lauchlan Gale all saw their final regular season action for Acadia, which played without starting point guard A.J. Simmonds who was injured during the Feb. 20 meeting between the teams in Wolfville.  

The Axemen move on to the AUS Final Six this coming weekend in Halifax, where they will have a first-round bye along with second-place Saint Mary’s.   The quarter-final match-ups Friday will feature Cape Breton against UPEI and UNB taking on St. F.X. Acadia will meet the lowest remaining seed in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Organizations: Dalhousie Tigers

Geographic location: Acadia, Halifax, Wolfville Saint Mary Cape Breton

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