WOLFVILLE, N.S. (from Acadia Athletics) – The Axemen basketball team got back on the winning track with a definitive 92-63 win over the visiting Cape Breton Capers after dropping two 4-point games to Saint Mary’s.
The Axemen currently sit second in the AUS standings with three games remaining in the regular season.
Down 20-17 after the opening quarter, the Axemen out-played the Capers in the second frame by a score of 27-11. Erik Nissen came to life and posted nine points in the second quarter alone. Nissen finished the game with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Trevon Grant’s two three-point baskets at the 6:48 and 5:57 marks of the second quarter gave the Axemen a lead that would hold for the remainder of the game.
With a 44-31 lead at the half and 63-41 after three quarters, the Axemen pushed the lead to a game-high of 32 points with 4:24 remaining in the game.
The Axemen had 40 points off the bench that included Subway Player of the Game Ben Miller’s team-high 16 points. Nissen and Mitch Tempro each had 15 points, and Nick De Palma added 12 points. Six Axemen posted double-digit scoring.
“It was a good win. We played double overtime yesterday versus Saint Mary’s so it was good to get a great start so everyone could play,” noted Trevon Grant in a postgame interview. “Coach has been instilling the idea to share the ball more and face the floor more, and it will make everybody’s job easier.”
Martin Campbell led all scorers with 24 points for the Capers. Off the bench, Grant Dickinson added 12. Paul Watson recorded 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists.
The Capers were less than perfect from the floor, shooting 29 per cent and pulling down only 37 rebounds compared the Acadia’s 53.
The Axemen improve to 13-4, while the Capers drop to 2-15.
The Axemen host Dalhousie next Thursday, Feb. 15 in Acadia’s last home game of the season. The Capers will look for wins against Saint Mary’s next Friday and Saturday in Sydney, N.S.