Casey Fox had a team-high 25 points for the basketball Axemen in an 87-71 loss at Dalhousie Feb. 3. Despite his team having lost nine straight games, coach Steve Baur acknowledges, in terms of making the AUBC playoffs, with eight regular season games remaining, “our destiny is in our own hands.” J.DeCoste
BY JOHN DECOSTE
Kings County Advertiser
The Acadia basketball teams remained “0-for-2010” in conference play following losses Feb. 3 at Dalhousie, the Axewomen losing 72-64 and the Axemen dropping an 87-71 decision.
The losses were the ninth in a row for both Acadia teams, the Axewomen dropping to 3-11 and the Axemen to 4-9.
In the women’s game, Acadia, playing without regular starter Sondra Medley, who hurt her shoulder the previous weekend against SMU; trailed 22-16 after one quarter and 44-37 at halftime. Dal also won the third quarter 19-11 and, though Acadia won the fourth 16-9, the Axewomen still trailed by eight at the final buzzer.
Alise Brown, continuing what would likely be an MVP season if she played for a team with a better record, finished with a game-high 30 points. Jasmine Parent also had a strong game for Acadia, scoring 10 points and hauling in a team-high eight rebounds. Belicia Bella-Ashe added nine points and five boards in 19 minutes of play.
Positively, Acadia finished with 23 offensive rebounds (five of them by Parent) and committed just 15 turnovers to Dal’s 23. “Alise continues to play at an MVP level, but we just aren’t strong enough right now to beat anyone,” coach Bev Greenlaw said Feb. 4. “The kids continue to work hard” but, with Medley joining Keisha Brown on the sidelines, “we lack scoring. “Jasmine continues to perform effectively and efficiently, and Belicia is showing flashes of the promise she has, but we don’t have much depth.”
At the same time, “team spirit remains high despite our string of losses, most of which have been by single digits. We’re taking care of the ball, but we’re having trouble scoring and keeping other teams from scoring.”
In the men’s game, Acadia trailed 21-20 after one quarter and 39-23 at halftime, lost the third quarter 24-18 and the fourth 24-20.
Casey Fox finished with 25 for the Axemen, Anthony Sears had 15, Alex Traikov 12 and Owen Klassen chipped in eight points and nine rebounds.
Acadia narrowly won the rebounding battle 41-40, but also committed 22 turnovers to just 10 for the Tigers. “We’re in a tough part of our schedule, and it’s been challenging for sure but, at the same time, we feel we’ve played all these top teams tough,” coach Steve Baur said Feb. 5. “In fact, playing the best teams, game after game, has been a positive experience for us.”
Baur feels, in terms of making the playoffs with eight regular season games left, “our destiny is in our own hands. “Despite our recent schedule, the games we were able to win early were games we had to win.”
The Axewomen hosted Memorial for two games this past weekend (the split in the schedules is a result of the women’s schedule finishing sooner; the Axemen will still have four games left when the women finish).
Next action for the Axemen will be Feb. 13, when both Acadia teams host St. F.X. for the fourth and final time in the regular season.