By John DeCoste
Cape Breton University’s men are unbeaten no more after Acadia scored a 73-49 win Feb. 16 over the Capers basketball team.
With the victory, the Axemen improved to 14-3 on the season and clinched second place in the standings and a first-round playoff bye. The Capers fell to 16-1.
Acadia’s player of the game Anthony Sears finished with 18 points, Sean Stoqua 16 and Brad States 11 points and 11 rebounds for Acadia, which led 18-16 after one quarter, 33-25 at halftime and 48-34 after three quarters.
Shaquille Keith led Cape Breton with 15 points. Acadia defence, led by a solid performance from Tyler Scott, held high-scoring James Dorsey to just 10 points in 39 minutes, but Dorsey did finish with a team-high 10 rebounds and four assists.
The win completed the night’s sweep for the Acadia teams.
The Axewomen improved to 13-4 on the season by holding on for a 65-57 victory. Cape Breton led 16-15 after one quarter, but Acadia won the second quarter 13-9 and the third 26-9 to lead 54-34 after three quarters.
The victory was marred by the loss of senior Lindsay Harris to a knee injury two minutes into the third quarter. After the game, Lindsay was recognized as the team's only graduating player. Accepting a gift while leaning on crutches, she received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd in attendance
Surprisingly, the Axewomen played their after Harris’ exit.
Kristy Moore finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, Abbey Duinker had 12 points and nine rebounds and Rita Sibo 12 points and eight boards. Harris had 11 points and nine rebounds before leaving the court.
Prior to the men's game, Lauchlan Gale, Tom Filgiano and Kyle Jennex were recognized as graduating Axemen players.
Acadia and Cape Breton meet again Feb. 17 in Wolfville. The women play at 2 p.m. and the men at 4 p.m.