CIS men’s basketball Sunday roundup: Cougars hand Cascades first loss of the season


Feb 01, 2015

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StFX 70 Memorial 76 Final Box Score | Recap

Courtesy Memorial Athletics Communications

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Memorial men’s basketball team claimed their first weekend sweep of the season with a 76-70 victory over the StFX X-Men at the Field House on Sunday afternoon.

It was the Sea-Hawks that were on the board first, making a 6-0 run in the first minute of play. However, the X-Men were quick to catch up and when the opening quarter came to a close the home team was up by only one point, 18-17 over the visitors.

In the second quarter Memorial began to pull away from StFX, out-shooting them 28-13. The X-Men began to find themselves in foul trouble and Memorial was solid from the free-throw line, making eight of 10 attempts. Going into the half the Sea-Hawks led 46-30.

The second half saw the X-Men come back strong. In the third quarter StFX out-shot Memorial by 11 points (21-10) to finish out the frame only five points behind the Sea-Hawks who held a 56-51 advantage.

The last quarter was tightly contested between the two teams. Fourth year Sea-Hawk, Caleb Gould (Aurora, ON) led the quarter with 8 points, all of which were from the field. As a result Memorial out-shot StFX by only one point but it was enough to solidify their lead and take the game by six points.

Gould had a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds leading the Sea-Hawks. The Subway AUS Player of the Game, Vasilije Curcic (Kragujevac, SER) had 13 points and as many rebounds in the win while contributing five assists.

Davonte Provo (East Preston, NS) led the X-Men with 15, and teammate Cameron Walker (Dallas, TX) provided 14 of his own and 11 rebounds.

The X-Men had 26 fouls in the game compared to the Sea-Hawks 11.

The Sea-Hawks improve to 5-9 on the season while StFX falls to 4-11 with the loss. Memorial moves into sixth position in the AUS after sweeping the pair of four-point games.

Memorial will be off to Halifax next weekend for games against the Saint Mary’s Huskies on February 7 and 8. The X-Men host the Huskies for a two-point game on Wednesday, February 4.

UFV 72 Mount Royal 74 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Mount Royal Sports Info

Calgary- The Mount Royal Cougars take a close win 74-72 against the undefeated University of the Fraser Valley Cascades. The Cougars were led by fifth year Awet Abraha and guard Manok Akwl.

The Cougars battled hard in the first quarter after a tough game last night, taking an early lead courtesy of Manok Akwl who brought in seven points. The Cougars are leading the game 17- 15 against Cascades at the end of the first.

In the second quarter, the Cougars continued to play well against the best team in the Explorer division. Mount Royal put up another 21 points, while the Cascades just couldn’t keep up only pulling in 15 points of their own. The Cougars finished the first half leading UFV 38-30.

After half, the Cascades started to gain some momentum, scoring 22 points in the third. Despite the strong play of UFV guard Manny Dulay, it still wasn’t enough to get past the Cougars who continued to lead the Cascades 58-52 at the end of the third.

The fourth quarter was intense, as an early push by UFV had both teams trading leads. With only a minute left and the game tied 72-72, the Cascades took three fouls to push MRU into bonus. Awet Abraha and Derek Wolf both scored a foul shot a piece making it 74-72.

Despite two strong plays by the Cascades, the Cougars managed to outlast a 13.6 second push to hand UFV their first loss of the season.
With the win MRU improves to 7-9, while UFV drops to 15-1.

The Cougars travel down to TRU to face them on February 6 at 8 p.m., while UFV will be travelling to UNBC to face them on Friday at 8 p.m.