By John DeCoste
The Acadia basketball Axemen used a strong fourth quarter to score a come-from-behind 75-70 victory over the visiting Memorial SeaHawks Saturday evening in Wolfville.
Trailing 65-59 after 30 minutes, Acadia won the fourth quarter 26-15 thanks to a strong team effort.
The Axemen took their first lead of the quarter, 71-70, on a basket by Owen Klassen with 1:01 to play. Klassen then added three free throws and A.J. Simmonds one in the final minute to close out the victory.
Acadia led 15-12 after one quarter and 35-32 at halftime before Memorial took a 46-44 lead with four minutes left in the third quarter, a quarter the SeaHawks won 23-14.
Klassen earned Player of the Game honours with 17 hard-earned points. Shaquille Smith added 16 in a strong all-round performance that also included a team-high nine rebounds, three assists, a steal, two blocks and a perfect 7-7 from the foul line.
Anthony Sears and Kyle Arsenault added 11 points each for the Axemen, who played without Anthony Ashe. Lauchlan Gale contributed eight points and five rebounds for Acadia, and was one of the keys to the fourth-quarter rally.
Davion Parnsalu finished with 18 for Memorial before fouling out. Caleb Gould and Vasilije Curcic added 12 apiece and Daniel Foo 11.
Acadia improved to 6-2 with the four-point win, and was temporarily part of a four-way tie for first place. Memorial fell to 0-7 with the loss.
The Axewomen were not as fortunate in their game, dropping a 65-50 decision to the SeaHawks. Memorial put the game away with a 24-16 fourth quarter. Kelia Pond led all scorers with 16 points for the SeaHawks, while Abbey Duinker was Acadia's Player of the Game with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Memorial improved to 3-4 with the victory, while the Axewomen fell to 2-6.