Panthers looking to knock off defending AUS champs tonight

Jason Malloy
Published on January 7, 2017

Milorad Sedlarevic, right, blocks Hugh McLarty during UPEI Panthers practice earlier this week.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The mountain is steep but not insurmountable for the UPEI Panthers men’s basketball team.

UPEI is seventh in the eight-team Atlantic University Sport conference after a disappointing first half that saw the team go 2-6 for four points. With half of its remaining 12 games worth four points, it controls its own destiny, but the team needs wins.

There’s no easing back into the second half with defending Dalhousie, the defending AUS champs, coming to town tonight for an 8 p.m. contest sporting a 5-2 record and 12 points.

“I wouldn't want to have it any other way,” Panthers guard Tyler Scott said. “There’s a lot of ball left . . . . It’s not over yet. We’re still fighting.”

The team defeated first-place Memorial to end the first semester and went 2-1 at the Shoveller tournament in Halifax a week ago.

“We’re in a hole. The only way out of the hole: climb,” head coach Tim Kendrick said. “What we’re talking about is climbing rung one at a time. . . You can’t win six games by winning one.”