Acadia sweeps UPEI basketball teams

Jason Malloy
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Acadia’s Lindsay Harris beats the pressure applied by UPEI Panther Amy Gough, left, and Tamara Tompkins late in the second half Friday night at UPEI.


Victory was within reach Friday night for the UPEI Panthers women’s basketball team, but they could not pull it out, losing 75-63 to the sixth-ranked team in the country.

The Panthers entered the fourth trailing by four, but Acadia scored six straight points and never looked back.

“We’re playing the defending conference champion, they’re No. 6 in the country and we’re in the game right up until the fourth quarter,” coach Greg Gould said.

“I think we missed some easy shots. It’s hard when you get good scoring opportunities and don’t take advantage of them.

“If we make some shots, we win the game.”

The Panthers fall to 1-4 while the Axewomen improve to 5-0.

For photos from the women's game click here.

“I think we’re not as experienced in winning. We just have to learn to finish,” said second-year guard Katelynn Donahoe. “We’re right there, we just have to learn to close out the game.

“We’re right there and we know we’re doing the right things we just have to take another step.”

This is not the Panthers team that went 2-18 last year.

“We have established ourselves that we’re going to be a team that’s going to be hard to beat,” Gould said. “Now we just need to get some wins.

“We’re knocking at the door, it’s time to kick it down.”

Emily Nkosi led a balanced Axewomen attach with 18 points while Lindsay Harris added 17. Abbey Duinker had 14, Kristy Moore 13 and Rita Leila Sibo 10 as all Acadia’s starters scored double digits and played more than 30 minutes. Nkosi added 15 rebounds while Duinker had 12 as Acadia won the battle in the paint with a 55-30 rebounding edge.

Jenna Jones led the Panthers with 15 points while Nakita Newman added 11 off the bench. Amy Gough added nine while Danielle MacDonald and Tamara Tompkins each had eight.

Donahoe had five points but her contributions were big on the defensive end, limiting Moore, the conference’s top scorer, to 13 from her average of 27.5.

“Katie Donahoe did a fantastic job guarding Kristy Moore,” Gould said.

The team wraps up the first semester Saturday, Dec. 1 in Halifax against Dalhousie.

Men

Jonathan Tull lit up the UPEI Panthers for 35 points to lead the Acadia Axemen to an 86-79 victory.

The third-year guard from Ajax, Ont., was 14-for-20 from the field and six-for-eight from downtown.

“He’s really improved his game. I have to give credit to the kid,” said coach Tim Kendrick. “The thing on him from last year and even before was he didn’t shoot the ball very well. He’s obviously worked on that.”

The Axemen improved to 5-0 while the Panthers fall to 3-2.

For photos from the women's game click here.

Anthony Ashe added 20 while Owen Klassen had 15 as the three accounted for 80 per cent of the team’s points. Klassen added 17 rebounds.

The Panthers led by one at the half but the Axemen won the third by eight and never looked back. The Axemen led 57-56 with 2:27 to go in the third but closed the quarter on 6-0 run.

“We made some mental mistakes at the start of the third quarter that cost us, where we gave up three straight threes to Ashe,” Kendrick said.

“Mentally we have to get tougher. It’s one thing to make a mistake, it’s another thing to make three in a row.”

Terrence Brown had 26 points, including going six-for-10 from behind the arc, to lead the Panthers. Deontay Smith had 17 while Geoff Doane and Joe Kendrick each added nine. Doane also had nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.

“We’re right there,” Kendrick said. “We just have to get a little better all around. We have to get better and we will.”

Acadia shot 50 per cent from the field compared to the Panthers’ 35 per cent.

The Panthers close out the first semester Saturday, Dec. 1 in Halifax against the Dalhousie Tigers, who upset the St. F.X. X-Men Friday in Antigonish.

Organizations: Panthers, Dalhousie Tigers

Geographic location: Halifax, Ajax, Antigonish

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