The Acadia basketball Axemen solidified their hold on top spot in the AUBC by sweeping both games of a weekend series from UNB in Fredericton.
The Axemen won 96-83 Jan. 31 and 83-64 Feb. 1 to improve to 12-3 on the season and drop the suddenly-cold Varsity Reds to 8-7. After the weekend games, Acadia had won four straight, while UNB had dropped four in a row.
Owen Klassen led the way Jan. 31 for the Axemen with 36 points, including 20 in the first half and 11 rebounds. Acadia won the second quarter 31-13 (for a 47-33 halftime lead) and the fourth 24-19.
Kyle Arseneault added 17 points and 10 boards for the Axemen. A.J. Simmonds had 13 and Anthony Sears and Anthony Ashe 12 each as all five Acadia starters scored in double figures.
On Feb. 1, Acadia shot 46.8 per cent from the floor in the 19-point victory. The Axemen won three of the four quarters, losing only the second.
Klassen, with 19 points, Ashe with 17 (including a trio of three-pointers) and Sears with 14 all scored in double figures, and Arseneault also had a strong game with nine points and a team-high nine boards.
Split for Axewomen
The Axewomen and UNB split their two weekend games, with Acadia prevailing 73-66 on Jan. 31 and UNB 64-49 on Feb. 1.
The Axewomen scored 28 fourth-quarter points Jan. 31 to erase a 46-45 UNB lead after 30 minutes. Abbey Duinker, playing some of the best basketball of her five-year Acadia career, finished with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists.
She was ably supported by Aprille Deus (14 points, two threes) and Allie Berry (12 points, eight rebounds). Emily MacLeod returned to the lineup and contributed eight points and six boards.
The Axewomen have had troubles all season putting together two good games in a row, and Feb. 1 was no exception. Acadia shot just 23.9 per cent from the floor in a 15-point loss. Duinker had 13 for Acadia, while Maya Macatumpag added 10 points.