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Cape Breton Capers crowned 2013 AUS basketball champions

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HALIFAX – After trailing for the majority of the game, the Cape Breton University Capers battled back in the fourth quarter to defeat the Acadia Axemen by a score of 83-75 and claim their first AUS men’s basketball title since 2009-10. The win  secured a spot for the #2 ranked Capers in the CIS Final 8 next weekend in Ottawa, Ontario.

Capers star, Jimmy Dorsey was named the tournament MVP after a spectacular performance at Halifax Metro Centre on Sunday afternoon. Dorsey (who was named AUS MVP for the second consecutive year earlier in the week) had 30 points, 8 assists, 4 steals and made all of his 16 free throw attempts to lead the Capers to victory.

Although Dorsey stole the show, the depth of head coach, Matt Skinn’s roster was on full display in the AUS championship game. Freshman, Kayon Mayers sparked a fourth quarter comeback for the Capers with a pair of huge steals, and added 13 points to the team’s offensive attack, while fellow freshman, Shaquille Keith and Meschack Lufile each contributed 12 points for CBU.

For Acadia, their star big man, Owen Klassen was a beast through the first three quarters. It seemed like every time Cape Breton would be ready to make a run, Klassen would  come up with a big play to keep the Capers at bay. However, he was shut down late in the fourth quarter and couldn’t help the Axemen to reclaim the lead over the Capers. Klassen finished with an impressive 24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocks in the loss.

The first half of play saw little action as both teams struggled offensively. Klassen’s presence in the paint on both ends of the floor was too much for the Capers to handle and Acadia took a 35-31 lead into halftime.

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The third quarter was back and forth and saw an increase in action,  with Acadia carrying a 58-54 lead into the final quarter. Anthony Ashe’s friendly roll off of a three pointer in the middle of the fourth quarter put the Axemen up five and it seemed like everything was going Acadia’s way.

However, down 64-59, the Capers put together a 11-2 run to give them a 70-66 lead and force an Acadia time out. The run was sparked off a Cedric Kasongo three pointer which  was the result of some great hustle from Cape Breton native, Kelson Devereaux. The three was followed by steals from Kayon Mayers and Sean McCormick that led to points for CBU.

From there, the Capers didn’t look back thanks to some clutch shooting from Dorsey and Acadia point guard, Sean Stogua fouling out.The “Orange Army” stormed the court in celebration of their Capers taking home their fourth AUS title and putting the axe to Acadia.

The Capers will likely keep their #2 ranking going into the CIS Final 8 next weekend, where they will join Carleton, McGill, UBC, Ottawa, Lakehead, Victoria and likely Acadia. The final seedings have yet to be determined but keep your eyes locked on Basketball Buzz for the latest.

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Dave Smart steps down as Carleton men’s head coach after 14 national titles

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Dave Smart Steps Down As Carleton Mens Head Coach After 14 National Titles
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It’s the end of an era at Carleton.

The school has announced that Dave Smart, who built a dynasty that dominated Canadian university sport for nearly 20 years, has stepped down.

Smart has accepted a new role as the university’s director of basketball operations, Carleton said in a news release.

He will be responsible for “developing the men’s and women’s basketball programs and continuing to build a culture of sport excellence,” the release said.

“Smart will provide operational support, mentorship and technical leadership to the coaching staff of both programs, and he will work with the Department of University Advancement in fundraising and community development.

“He’ll also provide mentorship to other U Sports coaches in Carleton Athletics.”

Taffe Charles, who coached Carleton’s women’s program for 12 years and won a national title in 2017-18 will succeed Smart as men’s team head coach.

“It’s been a great run,’’ said Smart in a statement.

“Coaching is my second love, my first being my wife and children. I am very thankful to the university and I am looking forward to my new role.

“This gives me an opportunity to stay involved in basketball while having more time to spend with my family.”

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Smart’s 19-year tenure at Carleton was one of remarkable dominance, with 14 national championships.

He also won a record number of coaching awards and has been active as a coach with Canada Basketball.

“Dave’s success on the court has given Carleton great national visibility and we are sincerely grateful,” said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president of Carleton University.

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“I wish Dave all the best in his new role where he will share his ‘playbook’ with all our Ravens programs.”

Charles played on Carleton’s men’s team from 1990 to 1995 and began his coaching career as an assistant in 1995; he then served as an assistant with the men’s program from 1998 to 2007.

Since returning to the women’s program in 2007, Carleton won four U Sports Final 8 berths, four OUA East titles, and two OUA championships.

Carleton’s women’s national championship in 2018 was the first in school history.

“I am truly honoured to be entrusted as the next head coach of the Carleton University men’s basketball program,’’ said Charles in a statement.

“I look forward to the challenge of continuing the high standard of excellence that has been set by Coach Smart, his coaching staff and the players.’’

Carleton said it has launched a national search for a head coach of its women’s program.

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Kadre Gray wins second consecutive U Sports MVP

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Laurentian guard Kadre Gray took his game to another level this season.

That’s saying something.

A year ago, Gray was the top Canadian university male athlete in any sport, the first Laurentian student to win the honour.

He led the country in assists, narrowly missed a scoring title, and — perhaps by default — also won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as men’s basketball player of the year.

“Kadre’s work ethic continues to shine bright,” said Laurentian head coach Shawn Swords in a statement.

“He is always looking for ways to improve and refine all aspects of the game.”

If there was any doubt, Gray stifled it in his junior season.

He averaged 31 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game en route to his second consecutive Moser trophy.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment to do it once,” said Swords.

“And now, to be named MVP twice, is truly a testament to his willingness to learn and improve.

“The Kadre effect has spread throughout our community as well. It is great to see him support our local youth and realize the positive impact he has on everyone.”

Gray received the 2019 Moser trophy Thursday at a gala in Halifax, N.S., ahead of the U Sports Men’s Final 8 tournament.

University of Calgary guard Mambi Diawara, Concordia guard Ricardo Monge and St. Mary’s University guard Kemar Alleyne were also finalists for the award.

Gray was simply a cut above. He posted gaudy stats with notable efficiency, shooting 48.8 per cent from the floor.

He was also a First Team All-Canadian and played with Canada’s national team in FIBA World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers against Venezuela and Brazil.

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Gray was the only U Sports player to participate in the qualifiers.

Other award winners:

Rookie of the Year (Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy): Alix Lochard, UQAM.

Ken Shields Award for Student-Athlete Community Service: Tanner Graham, Queen’s.

Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Anderson, Carleton.

Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year): Dan Vanhooren, Calgary.

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