Disappointing end to hoop Axemen season as Acadia drops semifinal to St. F.X.

John Decoste
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Conference MVP Klassen finishes with 36 points, 12 rebounds in final Acadia game

The Acadia basketball Axemen season came to am unexpected end Saturday evening at the hands of the St. F.X. X-Men.  

Trailing 52-37 at halftime, X won the third quarter 29-13 to turn a 15-point deficit into a 66-65 lead after 30 minutes. St. F.X. then won the fourth quarter 27-24 to hold off the regular season champion Axemen 93-89.  

Will Donkoh had 20 of his team-high 31 points in the second half for St. F.X., which shot 55.6 per cent in the second half and 53.7 per cent overall. Jameel Williamson added 19 points, Julius Antoine 12, Kevin Bercy 11 and Jordan Clarke 10.  

Conference MVP Owen Klassen led all scorers with 36 points and added 12 rebounds five assists and two blocks for Acadia.   Kyle Arseneault added 23 points, 16 of them in the first half. Anthony Sears finished with 11 points and Anthony Ashe 10.

Klassen, Sears, Ashe and Lauchlan Gale all played their final game in an Acadia uniform Saturday night.

“It’s a tough way for it to end,” Gale said following the game. “There’s not a whole lot else we could have done.”  

Gale, who graduated a year ago but returned for one last season with the Axemen, said, “those are my brothers in there. We’re a team. We’ve won as a team, and we’ve lost as a team.”  

Asked what he felt the Axemen could have done differently, head coach Steve Baur said, “take care of the ball a little better." Acadia turned the ball over 20 times. 

"It was tough. We put ourselves in a bad spot defensively. It’s hard to defend in transition," he added. 

"St. F.X. shot the ball well, but a lot of it was momentum from us turning the ball over.”

Even though Acadia had “too many turnovers,” the X-Men “deserve credit. They did a nice job. They took the game away from us.”'  

Baur termed it “a disappointing finish for us, especially coming as it did at the end of an era. I’d like to have had a different ending for our graduating players.

“We have a lot of guys leaving us that have meant a lot to Acadia," he said, adding it was especially tough because“this was my first recruiting class, and now they’re graduating.”  

"(We) had the potential to do so much more” this season, Baur said. 

“It’s not at all like we envisioned it ending.”  

Geographic location: Acadia

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