FREDERICTON, N.B. — The UPEI Panthers will have wait a little longer before clinching a playoff berth after dropping a 76-66 decision to the UNB Varsity Reds in Atlantic University Sport men’s basketball Saturday.
The Varsity Reds started off strong, opening up an early lead but could never get more then two or three points ahead of UPEI.
The Reds opened up a comfortable lead in the second quarter, as the Panthers could not buy a basket, being outscored 17-4.
UPEI showed some resiliency, rallying in the third to make it a 10-point game and cutting the lead down to single digits in the final quarter.
The Panthers sprung back to make it a four-point game late in the fourth, but the Reds held on for the win.
Jon Cooper led UPEI with 18 points, Terrence Brown had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Manock Lual had 13 points and Aaron Robbins added 10.
William McFee led the Varisty Reds with 18 points, while Alex Desroches had 16 and Andy Wright aded 11.
Cape Breton and Dalhousie sit comfortable in the top two spots in the AUS standings and St. F..X. is solidy in the third place.
After that, things get very tight.
UNB (8-9) sits in fourth with 20 points, Saint Mary’s (6-11) and UPEI (7-11) are tied for fifth with 18 points each and Acadia sits in seventh with 12 points.
Acadia has Memorial at home for its final action of the regular season in pair of four-pointers.
UPEI is off next weekend but finishes the season the following weekend against top-ranked Cape Breton, which is ranked fifth in the country, and St. F.X., which is ranked eighth in the country, on the road.
The UPEI Panthers’ quest for a win continues in Atlantic University Sport women’s basketball.
The Panthers, winless in 18 games, dropped a 98-78 decision to the UNB Varsity Reds on Saturday.
Despite their record, the Panthers have been competitve this season and they proved it against the eight-ranked Reds (13-4), being tied in the third quarter.
After being behind 30-21 in the first quarter, UPEI outscored the Reds 20-13 in the second to be down only 43-41 at the intermission.
UPEI was red-hot from the outside, nailing 13-of- 26 shots from the three-point line, as both Amy Gough and Jenna Jones were 4-for-6.
Midway through the third quarter, the teams traded three pointers and UNB was on top 59-57, but UPEI couldn’t overcome the Reds’ potent offensive attack.
UNB, ranked first in scoring in the nation with an 84.8 points per-game, had six players hit in double figures.
Gough finished with 25 points, Jones had 16 and Nakita Newman added 11.
Gough and Jones are strong candidates to make the AUS all-rookie team.
UNB’s Claire Colborne, the current rookie-of-the-year front runner, scored 21 points.
Colborne, from Alberta, is second in the country with a 20-point-per-game average.
Leah Corby added 19 points and Emma Russell had 13.
The Panthers are off next weekend and will play at Cape Breton and St. F.X. the following weekend.