Crucial eight points on the line against UPEI in AUS men's basketball
Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s basketball coach Peter Benoite would obviously like to see his team produce the same effort it got in beating Dalhousie Tigers 66-61 last Saturday in Halifax.
MUN (2-14) lost the second game of that series, but third-year Caleb Gould had a solid two games with a total of 30 points and 23 rebounds.
“I thought Caleb had a fantastic weekend,” said Benoite.
“He was doing everything in his power to try and give us a shot (last Sunday). In the end, we just didn’t have enough as a team and were not able to rally behind his effort.”
Gould is MUN’s second leading scorer with 11.4 points per game.
“Caleb has turned himself into a very effective player in the league,” noted Benoite. “It just goes to show what commitment and effort in the off season can do for a player.”
Meanwhile, Benoite noted second-year Vasilije Curcic, the team’s leading scorer (15.4 ppg), struggled in last Sunday’s game with just two points in 26 minutes of court time.
“Perhaps it was just one of those games a lot of young players go through,” said Benoite.
“It was unfortunate as he is obviously a focal point of our offense and when he is struggling to score, we have difficult time putting enough points on the board.”
Meanwhile, the Panthers own a 10-7 record and will be looking to sweep the eight-points series in order to take a run at first-place Acadia Axemen.
Only eight points separate fourth-place St. Francis from Acadia which has 34 points, six more than UPEI and Saint Mary’s.