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.
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.
Carleton Ravens set records in 129-44, 85-point beat-down of York Lions
The No. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens improved to 16-2 overall and 8-0 in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference action with a 129-44 — 85 point beat-down of the York Lions to set a modern-day U Sports men’s basketball record, for most points scored and the largest margin of victory in a OUA conference game.
The Ravens’ 129 points is the most points scored in a (OUA) game and the third highest scoring output in historic programs’ 58-year history. Carleton routed the Fleming Knights (CCAA/OCAA) 130-78 in non-conference win on October 3, 2009. The 85-point win is the second largest margin of victory in team’s history — including CIAU, CIS, OUA conference, non-conference and games against NCAA teams.
According to historic records, and stats guru Martin Timmerman, the Ravens’ also hold the bragging rights for the most points scored and largest margin of victory in Canadian university basketball history. The all-time mark dates back to the 1964-1965 season with the Ravens’ beating the Ottawa Gee-Gees 144-52 — a whooping 92 point victory in the old Ottawa-St. Lawrence Intercollegiate Association (IAA) conference which was part of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU).
The OUA was formed on July 1st of 1997 in a amalgamation of the both the Ontario Universities Athletic Association (OUAA) and the Ontario Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Association (OWIAA).
The previous largest OUA margin of victory stood firmly at 81, 77 points respectively, dating back to two occasions involving the same two teams. January 15, 2011 — the Ravens pounded the now defunct Royal Military College (RMC) men’s basketball program with a 121-40 win in Kingston, Ontario. Two weeks later, on January 28, in Ottawa, the Ravens’ won by a easy 77 points, in a 101-24 cake walk victory.
The York Lions (7-15, 1-10 OUA) never had a chance — trailing 32-7 after the first 10 minutes and down 64-21 at half-time. The Lions allowed the Ravens’ to outscored them 35-15 in the third-quarter and were limited to just 9 points in the final 10 minutes — while giving-up an another 35-point-quarter.
Stanley Mayambo 17 points, 4 rebounds paced seven Ravens’ players in double-figures. Lloyd Pandi added 14 points, 2 rebounds. Aiden Warnholtz played a game-high 28 minutes off the bench and contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. All of Carleton’s players scored at least five points and attempted at least five shots with only one bench player logging less then 10 minutes of playing time. None of the Carleton’s starting five logged more than 19 minutes of action.
Carleton knocked down 45-of-77 (58.4%) field-goals, made 15-of-32 (46.5%) three-pointers and connected on a healthy 24-30 (80%) from free-throws — while limiting the Lions to just 14-of-62 (22.6%), 4-of-20% (20%) from downtown and 12-of-23 (52%) free-throws.
Carleton, currently on a four-game home stretch will take on the Nipissing Lakers before closing out the first semester with a highly anticipated showdown against nationally ranked and cross-town rival Ottawa Gee-Gees.
Kadre Gray career-high 51 points keep Laurentian Voyageurs unbeaten
Kadre Gray scored a career-high 51 points as the Laurentian Voyageurs (4-0) stayed unbeaten with 107-77 win over the Algoma Thunderbirds. The reigning two-time U Sports Most Valuable Player (MVP) torched Algoma — shooting 17-for-24 (70.8%) from the floor and burying 9-of-15 (60%) triples including 8-of-12 (66%) from the foul line — adding 9 assists and 2 steals in 32 minutes.
Gray scored 14 points in the opening quarter and added 11 more in the second-quarter to finish the half with 25 points as Laurentian trailed the Thunderbirds 51-46. The former Rookie of the Year (2016-17) added to his count with 10 more in the middle frame helping Laurentian rally to take a 74-69 lead.
The Toronto, Ontario native doubled-up the Thunderbirds in the fourth quarter — scoring 16 points in 10 minutes as Laurentian outscored Algoma 33-8 to run away with the game.
Gray has been on a tear to start the 2019-2020 U Sports men’s basketball season pouring 40 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists in a win over the Bishop Gaiters just four days ago. The two-time first-team All-Canadian also racked-up 25 points against the Western Mustangs and 19 points in the preseason opener over the Waterloo Warriors.
Gray is currently averaging 33.7 points per game, slightly higher than the league-leading 31 points per game a year ago. Gray’s previous career-high was a 48-point game in 101-81 win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves on November 3rd 2018.
Kadre Gray on pace to become U Sports All-Time Scorer
With two years of eligibility remaining and currently sitting at 1549 career points the Laurentian guard is on pace to surpass UNB Reds standout Javon Masters to become the all-time greatest scorer in U Sports basketball men’s history.
Masters had 1608 entering his junior year and scored 799 in his final two campaigns to finish with 2407 career points — surpassing Ryerson’s Boris Bakovic’s 2319 total points. Kadre Gray scored 620 points in 20 regular season games last year alone and should he come anywhere near that pace this year and opt to return for a final fifth-year he could shatter the mark.
The four-year stand-out guard is coming off a stellar season and opted to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft and will once again look to make his mark on Canadian University basketball.
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