WOLFVILLE, N.S. (from Acadia Athletics) — Extending their win streak to three games, the Acadia Axemen tightened the race for the Atlantic University Sports men’s basketball pennant with an 80-68 win over the first-place UNB Varsity Reds on Friday.
UNB continues to lead the AUS with a 10-2 record. The Axemen are tied for second place with the Dalhousie Tigers at 9-2.
Leading 45-41 at the half, the Axemen pulled away from the visitors in the third quarter, assuming a commanding 66-50. Shooting guard Nick DePalma (Bedford, NS) posted 12 third-quarter points, including three timely three-pointers.
Player of the Game Ben Miller (Winnipeg, MB) added 11 points in the third frame flurry.
“The shooters were making their shots tonight, especially in the second half. Nick De Palma got going, and the ‘bigs’ were really great to me, making it easy out there for me,” said Miller, following the game.
Miller scored a game-high 22 points, while teammates DePalma and Erik Nissen (Quispamsis, NB) listed 15 and 12 points respectively.
UNB’s Javon Masters (Kitchener, ON) had a team-high 19 points, and newcomer Ibrahima Doumbouya (Calgary, AB) posted an impressive game of 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Axemen host the UPEI Panthers on Saturday, while the Varsity Reds head to Halifax to take on the Dalhousie Tigers. Both games are scheduled to begin at 8 pm AST.