CIS men’s basketball roundup: Huskies top X-Men to earn AUS title; Redmen overpower Gaiters, claim second RSEQ title in a row

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StFX 72 SaintMary’s 81 Final BoxScore
AUS final

Source: AUS Communications

HALIFAX, N.S. – The No. 2-seeded Saint Mary’s Huskies are the2014 Subway AUS men’s basketball champions having defeated thefourth-seeded StFX X-Men 81-72 in Sunday’s final in front of 3,668fans at the Halifax Metro Centre.

First-year StFX forward Cameron Walker scored 12 of the X-Men’s15 first quarter points with hard-nosed play in the paint, makingsix of his seven field goal attempts.


Saint Mary’s was getting production from all over in the firstquarter. Championship MVP Harry Ezenibe continued his strong playon the glass for the Huskies, battling down low with StFX’s bigmen, earning crucial extra possessions which ended up being thedifference down the stretch.

Walker kept the X-Men in the game early on, providing amuch-needed post presence with 14 points at the break on 7-of-9shooting. The rest of the team struggled from the floor shooting acombined 5-of-26 for a 19.2 field goal percentage.

All 10 Huskies that played in the first half put up points,paced by Theon Reefer with six and Marquis Clayton and Boyd Vassellwith five each, to help Saint Mary’s to a four-point lead at thebreak.

StFX continued their trend of strong starts to the second halfwith a scoring run that gave them the lead midway through the thirdquarter but Saint Mary’s rallied back with a run of their own whichstarted and ended with three pointers from Jeremy McAvoy.

Saint Mary’s held onto their four-point lead heading into thefourth quarter, 56-52.

Both teams went blow-for-blow in the fourth quarter with SaintMary’s trying to push their lead and StFX trying to pull off yetanother come-front-behind victory.

Jordan Clarke, Kevin Bercy and Will Donkoh took it hard to thepaint in the final minutes, forcing their way to the free throwline, trying to keep StFX’s title hopes alive.

Saint Mary’s put it away in the last two minutes with bigdefensive stops leading to fast break opportunities for MarquisClayton and a Theon Reefer slam dunk, giving the Huskies a 12-pointadvantage with just 1:44 remaining.

Saint Mary’s Theon Reefer was named the Subway Player of theGame while Harry Ezenibe took home championship MVP honours. Bothplayers were named to the championship all-star team along withStFX’s Donkoh and Bercy and AUS MVP Owen Klassen from Acadia.

Reefer and Ezenibe led the Huskies in the win with 14 pointsapiece while Ezenibe also collected 10 rebounds and one block in 33minutes of action.

Walker had a game-high 16 points for the X-Men in the loss.Donkoh contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal anda block in 39 minutes.

Saint Mary’s now moves on to represent the Atlantic conferenceat the CIS Final 8 men’s basketball championship being hosted byCarleton University March 7-9 in Ottawa, Ont.

Bishop’s 47 McGill 73 Final BoxScore
Finale RSEQ

Courtesy of Laval University Sports Information

QUEBEC CITY – The McGill Redmen left no doubt about theirintention Sunday afternoon at Université Laval PEPSgymnasium, easily defeating the Bishop’s Gaiter 73-49 in themen’s final of the RSEQ University Basketball ProvincialChampionship and putting their hands on a second banner in arow.

Already up by 15 points after the first quarter, the Redmen werenever troubled in their quest for a seventh title in their history.For a second year in a row, McGill defeats Bishop’s in theRSEQ final. It is also a perfect weekend for McGill University inQuebec City as the Martlets claimed the women’s bannerSaturday evening.

As for the Gaiters, who were looking for a first crown since1999, they could not find the solution to beat the Redmen, who werealso successful in four regular season meetings againstBishop’s this year.

“I thought we shot the ball extremely well today. Wetalked about two things before the game : rebounding and not givingany second opportunities, not turning the ball over so they get aneasy score and we did a pretty good job in these twocategories,” said Dave DeAveiro, McGill’s headcoach.

“I don’t think we executed our game plan really wellin the first half. We also missed a lot of good shots, easy shots,inside, while they shot really well. It was hard for ustoday,” thought Rod Gilpin, Bishop’s bench boss.

The Redmen came out as a team who was hungry for a secondstraight crown. With the game tied 7-7 midway into the firstquarter, McGill’s offense started to hit the target withregularity, especially from outside the three-point line. TheRedmen were five for five from downtown in the first ten minutes,and they were up 24-9 after the first frame.

Bishop’s found its rhythm in the second quarter, netting10 of the first 16 points. The outside shot came back to haunt theGaiters though, with Vincent Dufort adding his fourth three-pointerof the half with 1:19 to play. At the break, McGill had acomfortable 40-23 lead.

McGill kept it going in the third. Bishop’s was successfulin only 30% of their shots, while McGill’s percentage was of54%. The gap widened and seemed insurmountable, with the Redmen up64-32 after 30 minutes.

As it is often the case in this type of game, the Gaiters hadone last gasp in the fourth frame, scoring the first ten points ofthe period. The hill was too steep at this point, and McGillcruised to the win.

With 18 points and four hits on five tries from downtown,Vincent Dufort was selected player of the game for the winners.Onnex Blackwood received the same honour for Bishop’s.

The 2015 edition of the RSEQ University Basketball ProvincialChampionship will be held in the new facilities at Bishop’sUniversity.

STAT LEADERS

MCG: 24-16-24-9: 73
BIS: 9-14-9-15: 47
Boxscore: Stats BISHOP’S-McGILL

McGill
Points: Vincent Dufort (18), Simon Bibeau (11), FrançoisBourque (10), Dele Ogundokun (8)
Rebounds: François Bourque (12), Vincent Dufort (7), ThomasLacy (5)
Assists: Simon Bibeau (4), Dele Ogundokun (4)

Player of the game: Vincent Dufort

Bishop’s
Points: Mike Andrews (13), Matt McLean (8), Onnex Blackwood (8),David Belanger (5)
Rebounds: Mike Andrews (8), Matt McLean (5), David Belanger (4)
Assists: Jona Bermillo (4), six players tied at 1

Player of the game: Onnex Blackwood

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