Overtime loss for hoop Axemen, women unable to defeat Saint Mary's

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The hoop Axemen’s four game winning streak came to an end Feb. 10 after a 106-101 overtime loss to Saint Mary’s.

Acadia took an early 7-2 lead, but Saint Mary's responded with an 8-0 run. Acadia had 11 turnovers in the quarter compared to three for the Huskies and trailed by three points at the end of the first. The news wasn’t all bad for Acadia, with Owen Klassen drawing cheers from the crowd with a one-handed putback slam.

The defence on both teams was strong in the second and Acadia limited Saint Mary’s turnovers significantly, but were unable to contain Boyd Vassell, who scored nine points in the second frame and 35 on the night, earning him the player of the game for Saint Mary’s. The Huskies maintained a three-point advantage, 38-35, at the end of the second.

Acadia scored 35 points in the third quarter and took a 70-63 lead. Anthony Ashe added 13 points in the quarter and finished with 16 on the night, while Klassen added 11 in the third alone. Klassen finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, earning a double-double and Acadia's Player of the Game honours.

Acadia saw their lead slip away in the fourth, trailing by three with seven seconds remaining in the game. Coming out of the timeout, with four seconds on the clock and well beyond the distance arc, Kyle Arsenault’s three-pointer forced the game into overtime. 

Acadia missed some crucial free throws and could not overcome 32 turnovers in the extra quarter, resulting in 37 converted points for the Huskies. The Axemen fell 106-101 as overtime expired.

Arsenault finished the game with 16 points and added 10 rebounds in the loss, while senior forward Anthony Sears chipped in 18 points. 

The Axemen will play Saint F.X. on Feb. 14, then head to Cape Breton for a Feb. 15 matchup.

Axewomen lose 75-60

Despite a strong start, the Axewomen fell 75-60 to the CIS No. 2 ranked and undefeated Saint Mary's squad Feb. 10.

Abbey Duinker led the Axewomen with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the loss and was Acadia's Player of the Game.

The game opened up with a 7-2 Saint Mary's run, but Acadia tightened up the reins on defence and kept the score close. Duinker added eight points in the first and Acadia trailed Saint Mary's by just two points heading into the second frame.

Three costly turnovers with two minutes left in the second quarter resulted in a 12-3 Huskies' run that stretched the lead to 40-28.

Acadia played a strong fourth quarter, only allowing Saint Mary's to score 13 points in the final frame, but the damage had already been done and fell 75-60. First year forward, Emily Macleod, played a strong game for the Axewomen, scoring 11 points on 5-8 from the field.

Despite shooting 2-8, Maya Macatumpuag got to the line six times, scoring nine points, grabbing four boards and five steals.

Acadia heads to St. FX on Feb. 14 for a four-point game before continuing on to Cape Breton to play the Capers Feb. 15. 

Geographic location: Acadia, Saint Mary, Cape Breton

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