After eking out a 74-73 win Feb. 14 at St. F.X., the hoop Axemen completed the sweep with a 68-56 win over the Capers Feb. 15.
The two four-point wins improved Acadia’s season record to 14-4 for 42 points, and allowed the Axemen to both clinch first place and secure a first-round playoff bye.
St. F.X. led 73-72 with three seconds remaining when Davonte Provo went to the foul line for two shots. He missed the first, then tried to deliberately miss the second but failed to hit the rim, giving Acadia back the ball on the sideline.
Owen Klassen’s ‘Hail Mary’ in-bounds pass was deflected into the hands of a wide-open Shaquille Smith who scored the winning basket with 0.1 seconds left.
Smith, Klassen and Kyle Arseneault all finished with 12 points for Acadia. Klassen added a game-high 13 rebounds, while Smith hauled down 10.
The next day in Sydney, Acadia won the second quarter 19-10 and the third 23-15 en route to a 12-point victory. Anthony Ashe led the way with 18 points, including five of Acadia’s 10 three-pointers. Klassen added 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Meshack Lufile and Sean McCormick had 14 points each for the Capers, with McCormick adding a game-high 21 rebounds.
The Axewomen were not as fortunate in their weekend games, falling 69-65 to St. F.X. and 87-54 to Cape Breton to drop to 5-13 on the season. With two regular season games left, the Axewomen will not qualify for the AUBC playoffs.
Abbey Duinker scored 24 points against St. F.X. and added 25 points and 11 rebounds against Cape Breton.
With two regular season games left, Duinker was averaging 17.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, and was third in the conference in both categories.
Rachel Savage with 11 points and Emily MacLeod with 10 also reached double figures in scoring against St. F.X., while MacLeod had nine against the Capers.
Acadia hosts Dal Feb. 20 at 6 and 8 p.m., then meets the Tigers again Feb. 22 in Halifax to wrap up the 2013-2014 regular season.