CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The UPEI Panthers are in the win column.
The men’s basketball team swept the Cape Breton Capers for the first two wins of Darrell Glenn’s Panther coaching career during weekend Atlantic University Sport (AUS) play in Charlottetown.
“I’m really happy for the guys because they’ve worked really hard,” Glenn said Sunday. “The first one is behind us and then we got the second one so our focus again, like it was (Saturday) night, is how can we get better?”
The Panthers held quarter leads of 21-16, 34-32 and 57-47 en route to a 77-71 win on Sunday. Both teams are 2-12, having earned their two wins against each other.
“I love winning,” said Panthers guard Logan MacDonald, who had 11 points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal in the victory. “It feels good to get our first two of the season. Now it feels like the floodgates are kind of opening and I’m looking forward to games in the future.”
D’Adrian Allen led the Panthers with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Amin Suleman, Milorad Sedlarevic and Bryce Corless each chipped in 10.
Indiana Rotondo and Aaron Hayles each had 14 points for Cape Breton while Paul Watson had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
With six games remaining, including four four-point games at home, the Panthers are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. They host Memorial (4-10), one of the teams they are chasing, for a pair of four-point games this weekend.
“If we win those two, anything can happen,” MacDonald said. “We can go on a run and take it right into the playoffs.”
Sedlarevic led the way in Saturday’s 71-63 victory, while Moshe Wadley and Allen each had 12.
UPEI led 15-13 and 32-30 through the first two quarters, but went to the fourth trailing 45-44. They outscored the Capers 27-18 for the win.