UPEI women drop close game to Cape Breton squad
© Guardian photo by Nigel Armstrong
UPEI Panthers’ Geoff Doane passes the ball during Friday night’s Atlantic University Sport men’s basketball game against the Cape Breton Capers in Charlottetown.
By Charles Reid
Close and not even close marked the UPEI Panthers men’s and women’s basketball teams return to Atlantic University Sport action against Cape Breton University on Friday Charlottetown.
The women Panthers lost a 67-65 squeaker to the Capers, but the men Panthers outgunned the Capers in a 98-68 romp.
Both games were worth four points in the standings.
With the results, the women dropped to 4-5 and have lost three straight games.
The men went to 4-5 and sit in a three-way tie for third place, four points out of first place.
Panthers 98, Capers 60
UPEI shut down the Capers big men, played swarming defence and, while Cape Breton shot just 37 per cent from the floor, cruised to a 38-point win.
Cape Breton centre Meshack Lufile scored 12 of the Capers first 14 points, but was stifled the rest of the game and finished with 17 points and six rebounds. Power forward Arild Geugjes had just six points.
All part of the plan, said UPEI’s Geoff Doane. The fourth-year forward had 13 points and eight rebounds, all when the game still counted. He spent the fourth quarter on the bench while the reserves mopped up.
“We knew that they excel with their big men. That was our game plan, to out-rebound and out-produce their bigs,” said Doane. “We came out with good energy. We had a good week of practice and everyone was ready to go. A good win for sure.”
The Panthers shot 43 per cent from the three-point line, many coming late in the game when the contest was over. Deontay Smith was 4-for-5 from the three-point stripe while Jayden Nordin went 4-for-8 from long range. Nordin led all scorers with 18 points and Smith chipped in 17. Doane led all rebounders with eight.
Lee MacQuarrie had eight points for Cape Breton, which shot 16 per cent from the three-point line and 82 per cent from the free throw line.
UPEI led 24-14 after the first quarter and 45-23 at halftime.
The Panthers tangle with Saint Mary’s today in Halifax. Game time is 8 p.m. It’s a four-point game as well.
Capers 67, Panthers 65
The Panthers started sluggish and couldn’t get over the hump, despite twice coming back from a seven-point deficit, in a close game that saw five ties and six lead changes.
The Panthers were down seven points with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter, but clawed back to within one point at 64-63, thanks to a Danielle MacDonald three-pointer with just under two minutes remaining.
But Cape Breton's Keisha Lespoir hit a two-point shot and Alison Keough, who finished with a game-high 23 points and 15 rebounds, connected on one of two free throws to keep the Panthers at bay.
“It took us awhile to get in the game, but once we did our defence picked up and fed our offence,” said fourth-year Panther guard Amy Gough, who did her part with 11 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. “We just couldn't get our layups to fall.”
MacDonald led UPEI with 21 points while Darcy Zinck chipped in 13 points.
Cape Breton had a 14-9 lead after the first quarter and a 31-29 edge at halftime.
UPEI shot 31 per cent from the floor and 65 per cent from the free throw line, and led in points off turnovers (22), second chance points (nine), fast break points (12) and bench points (24).
The Capers dominated in the paint, thanks to Keough, and finished with a 44-26 points edge from inside.
They shot 45 per cent from the field and 54 per cent from the line
UPEI plays Saint Mary’s today in Halifax in another four-point game. Start time is 6 p.m.