Sea-Hawks men’s playoff hopes dashed by Tigers
Memorial men’s and women’s basketball teams split their weekend Atlantic University Sport (AUS) games against the Dalhousie Tigers in Halifax N.S.
Both teams won Saturday night only to be pummeled Sunday.
In women’s play, Dalhousie defeated Memorial 73-48 Sunday after the Sea-Hawks had pulled out a 68-61 victory Saturday.
Sandra Amoah led MUN (8-8) Sunday with 15 points and five rebounds. Lindsay Taylor scored seven points.
Courtney Thompson paced Dal (8-8) with 16 points
Kelia Pond paced MUN’s win with 17 points. Sydney Stewart chipped in with 14 points, one more than Amoah. Chante Clarke sank 10.
“We played with tremendous energy Saturday night and zero energy Sunday,” was how Memorial coach Doug Partridge described the difference in the two games.
In assessing the team’s two-game weekend performance, Partridge said you have to divorce it from the recent two games and look at in an overall season perspective.
Partridge said while the team was flat Saturday, they’ve only played a couple of flat games the entire season.
“It’s not unusual to play some flat games, expecially with a young team,” noted Partridge. “It’s unusual that we’ve only played two.”
“We burned a tremendous amount of emotion and energy in winning Saturday’s game,” explained Partridge.
“They were up by eight points with seven minutes to go and we played a tremendous last seven minutes to win the game and certainly that also contributed to us not quite being able to summon the energy Sunday.”
Partridge also pointed out Dal has a veteran team with three fourth-year players and they obviously had incentive to come back and win the second game on their home court. Pond is MUN’s only fourth-year.
“For us to have gone into their gym and beaten them (Saturday) is a good accomplishment,” said Partridge.
“I’m not happy about (Sunday), but I’m not devastated, either.”
The Lady Hawks, who are in a third-place tie with St. Francis Xavier X-Women on 22 points each, will play host the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers this weekend at the Field House.
Memorial’s playoff hopes were dashed with Sunday’s 73-50 loss to the Tigers after the Sea-Hawks had pulled out a 66-61 victory in the series opener Saturday.
With four games remaining — including two four-point games — the most points MUN can finish with is 20 which would leave them tied with Cape Breton and UNB and only if those team failed to pick up any points over their last games. Both UNB and Cape Breton, who are tied for fifth place, have the tiebreaker over MUN. CBU beat MUN four times while UNB and MUN split two games, but UNB outscored MUN in the series.
“We needed to win today (Sunday) to give ourselves a fighting shot at getting into playoffs,” said MUN men’s coach Peter Benoite.
“Unfortunately, we were not able to summon the same effort and energy we had the night before. It’s disappointing as I thought we could get the weekend sweep. But we just didn’t have much offensively (in the second game). Dal responded well from the first game, hitting more shots and scoring in transition on us,” Benoite noted.
Caleb Gould sank 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Sea-Hawks to finish with 30 points and 23 rebounds in the two-game series and the effort didn’t go unnoticed by the coach.
“I thought Caleb had a fantastic weekend. He was doing everything in his power to try and give us a shot to win,” said Benoite. “In the end, we just didn’t have enough as a team and we were not able to rally behind his effort.”
Alpha Kisusi also tossed 15 points for the Sea-Hawks, while Davion Parnsalu scored 13.
Jarred Reid was tops for Dal with 17 points.
Gould was also MUN’s top scorer in Saturday’s game with 15 points and a dozen rebounds. Vasilije Curcic and Parnsalu each scored 13 points. Curcic also had 10 boards. Kisusi added 11 points.
Ritchie Kanza Mata led Dal with 15 points.
The Sea-Hawks play host to the UPEI Panthers this coming weekend in St. John’s.