© — Photo by Erica Roberts/St. Francis Xavier University
MUN rookie guard Davion Parnsalu drives to the basket against the St. Francis Xavier X-Men in the teams' Atlantic University Sport (AUS) men’s basketball game Sunday in Antigonish, N.S. Parnsalu had 20 points and six rebounds in an 82-74 loss.
Memorial men, women swept in Antigonish
The game was in their hands and then, all of a sudden, it was taken away.
The Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s basketball team had an 11-point lead over St., Francis Xavier X-Men in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference play Sunday at Antigonish, N.S., only to have the host team rebound for 82-74 victory.
MUN (1-11) fell 85-65 Saturday. The Sea-Hawks play host to Cape Breton Capers next weekend at the Field House.
“They (St. FX) chipped away at us. We just didn’t make the plays we needed to make,” said MUN coach Peter Benoite.
“I thought we played extremely well the whole game. We controlled it and played solid, but we didn’t make the plays down the stretch.”
Benoite said the team got contributions from a lot of players but “we needed someone to step up late in the game when the X-Men were coming on.”
The bottom line was an inability to get a stop.
“When you give up 29 points in the fourth quarter, it’s hard to win,” said Benoite.
Rookie Davion Parnsalu led Memorial with 20 points and six rebounds Sunday.
“I was really pleased with him,” Benoite said of Parnsalu’s effort.
“He played very well and basically controlled our offence in both games.”
Caleb Gould netted 19 points with seven rebounds for the Sea-Hawks. Vasilije Curcic added 18 and Kieran Hawksley scored 11.
St. Francis 85, Memorial 65 (Saturday)
Gould led MUN with 14 points, one more than Parnsalu. Curcic and Hawksley each score 11. Noel Moffatt had six points with seven rebounds.
The St. Francis X-Women defeated Memorial 71-65 Sunday after beating the visitors 78-64 Saturday.
The double loss dropped MUN to fourth place in the team standings on a 5-7 record.
“We had a shot a both games,’ said MUN coach Doug Partridge.
“It was a four or five-point game Saturday night before they hit back-to-back threes to break it open in the fourth.
“We were a little unfocused Saturday and we didn’t take care of the ball well enough. Sunday, we had the focus, but there were other factors,” he noted without elaborating.
“It was close with two minutes to go Sunday. We had the ball we just needed to be a little more solid. I really can’t say anything other than that or I’ll get in trouble,” added Partridge.
Megan Robinson was MUN’s top scorer Sunday with 15 points and eight rebounds. Sandra Amoah sank 13 points with six rebounds, while Sydney Ezekiel scored 13 with four steals.
St. Francis 78, Memorial 64 (Saturday)
Amoah led MUN with 13 points and eight rebounds. Kelia Pond contributed 11 points and Lindsay Taylor netted seven.
The Lady Hawks play host to second-place Cape Breton Capers next weekend at the Field House.