Owen Klassen contributed 38 points to Acadia’s two weekend wins, all of them hard earned against a physical Memorial defence. – John DeCoste, www.kingscountynews.ca
The Acadia men’s basketball team was alone in first place in the AUBC at the start of the week after sweeping a pair of weekend games from the Memorial SeaHawks in Wolfville.
After scoring a come-from-behind 75-70 win Jan. 11, the Axemen led the entire game Jan. 12, completing the sweep with an easier 94-61 victory. Both wins were worth four points in the standings.
The Axewomen split their weekend games with the SeaHawks, winning 56-50 Jan. 12 after losing 65-50 Jan. 11.
Jan. 12 action
In the men’s game, Acadia sprinted out to an early 17-1 lead and held a 21-5 advantage after one quarter. The Axemen won a closer second quarter 24-21, good for a 45-26 lead at halftime. Acadia put the game away with a 32-18 third quarter, and a 17-17 fourth left the Axemen still up by 33 at the final buzzer.
Acadia shot 47.1 per cent from the floor, hitting eight threes and 20 of 26 foul shots, and winning the rebounding battle 55-43. Memorial, in contrast, shot just 29.9 per cent.
Owen Klassen finished with a game-high 21 points for Acadia in only 18 minutes. Shaquille Smith added 20 points; Anthony Sears 17; Gianmarco Luciani 12; and Kyle Arseneault eight and a game-high seven boards.
In the women’s game, Acadia, trailing 31-25 at halftime, won the third quarter 18-11 and the fourth 13-8 to come away with a six-point victory.
Abbey Duinker led the way for the Axewomen, recording a ‘double-double’ of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Also turning in strong performances were Aprille Deus, who finished with nine points, and Chanel Smith and Emily MacLeod with eight points each. Smith, who was in the starting lineup Jan. 12, added nine rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Jan. 11 action
Although the Axemen trailed 55-49 after three quarters, they finished strong, winning the fourth quarter 26-15 and the game 75-70.
The Axemen took a 71-70 lead on Klassen’s basket with 1:01 remaining. Klassen then added three free throws and A.J. Simmonds one to close out the victory, while Acadia held Memorial scoreless at the other end.
Klassen led a strong team effort with 17 points. Smith added 16 in a strong all-round performance that included a team-high nine rebounds, three steals, a block and a perfect 7-7 from the foul line.
Sears and Arseneault added 11 points apiece for Acadia. Lauchlan Gale contributed eight points and five rebounds, and was one of the keys to the fourth-quarter rally.
In the women’s game, Memorial clinched the win with a 24-16 fourth quarter. Duinker was Acadia’s Player of the Game with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Axemen improved to 7-2 with the two four-point wins, and took over sole possession of first place in the AUBC with 20 points. UNB and Saint Mary’s also had seven wins, but only 16 points.
The Axewomen had a 3-6 record following the four-point win Jan. 12 and were tied with Memorial and UPEI for fifth place with eight points.
Both Acadia teams are back in action Jan. 17-18, when they host UPEI. The women’s games are at 6 p.m. and the men’s games at 8 p.m.
See a slideshow of photos from the weekend action HERE.