Hoop Axemen remain first following weekend split

John Decoste
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Owen Klassen outmuscles a UPEI defender or two.

The fact that some games are worth two points and others four often makes for an interesting regular season in the Atlantic Universities Basketball Conference.

On Jan. 20, four points separated the top five teams on the men’s side of the AUBC.

Acadia was first at 8-3 for 22 points after splitting a weekend series with UPEI. The Axemen won 89-73 Jan. 17, then dropped an 88-80 decision Jan. 18.

UNB was also at 8-3, but for 20 points. The V-Reds missed a chance to be alone in first after a weekend split at Memorial in a pair of four-point contests.

St. F.X., UPEI and Saint Mary’s were all tied for third with 18 points. Due to the unbalanced schedule, the X-men were at 7-4 after 11 games. UPEI was at 6-6 after 12 games, and the Huskies were at 8-4, also through 12 games.

On Jan. 17, Anthony Sears led all scorers Jan. 17 with 32 points for the Axemen. Kyle Arseneault added 20 points, Gianmarco Luciani 15, and Owen Klassen 13 points and 14 rebounds in 26 minutes after getting into foul trouble.

The following day, the Axemen got 59 of their points from four players: Klassen had 17 and 10 rebounds; Sears and Shaquille Smith 15 each; and Arseneault 12 and 10 boards.

The Axemen had a pair of key four-point games this week, Jan. 22 at Saint Mary’s and Jan. 24 back in Wolfville against Cape Breton.


Axewomen split

The Axewomen also split their weekend games with UPEI, winning 62-60 Jan. 17 and losing 58-50 Jan. 18.

Aprille Deus earned Player of the Game honours Jan. 17 with 13 points, nine of them on three-pointers; four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Abbey Duinker led the Axewomen with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Darcy Zinck finished with 15 for UPEI.

On Jan. 18, UPEI won three of the four quarters en route to a 58-50 win. Duinker had 12 points and 15 rebounds and Allie Berry 10 points and 13 boards for Acadia.

The split left the Axewomen at 4-7 on the season, in a three-way tie for sixth place. They had the same two opponents this week as the Axemen, Wednesday at Saint Mary’s and Friday at home against Cape Breton, with both games worth four points.

See a slideshow from the Jan. 17 game here

Geographic location: Saint Mary, Cape Breton, Wolfville

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