The UPEI Panthers weren’t satisfied with sweeping the UNB Varsity Reds in weekend Atlantic University Sport (AUS) men’s basketball action.
After winning Friday night, the Panthers defeated the Reds 95-77 on Saturday to even the season series 2-2. The Panthers held quarter leads of 22-18, 40-34 and 72-47 and increased the advantage to 29 two minutes into the fourth quarter.
“It’s huge,” Geoff Doane said of the double-digit victory. “We had to win by 15 in order to make sure we got the tie-breaker.”
If the two teams are tied in the standings at the end of the season, the Panthers (8-6) would finished ahead of the Reds (8-5). The Panthers are tied with Saint Mary’s for second place with 22 points with UPEI having played one more game. UNB is two points back.
Doane said the point scenario added tension to the end of the game.
“You have to focus the whole time. You can’t let up at all,” said the fourth-year forward from St. Margarets Bay, N.S. “You have to play the whole game, 40 minutes, and our team did that today.”
Doane led the charge with 24 points, including 13 in the first half, and seven rebounds.
The team gate out of the gate in the third quarter strong, outscoring the Reds 32-13.
“In halftime we said we were in control, but we were missing our shots, some easy layups, some easy free throws,” Doane said.
Ellis Ffrench added 14 points while Deontay (D.J.) Smith had 12 and Donathan (Donnie) Moss 11 points and nine rebounds. Smith added five boards, four dimes and three steals and two blocks.
The large lead allowed the Panthers to get some of its young guys, including Mahad Mohomed and Stefan Vujisic, on the court.
“I think it’s great,” coach Tim Kendrick said. “The only time you can get game experience is in games.”
Points in the paint 30 34
Points off turnovers 18 18
Second-chance points 13 12
Fastbreak points 2 10
Bench points 30 9
Field goal percentage 45.7 33.7
Three-point percentage 32 18.2
Free-throw percentage 65.7 88.2