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Sea-Hawks smoked again in dropping 18th straight game

Leonel Saintil of Acadia Axemen goes one-on-one with the Memorial Sea-Hawks' Grant Harvey in AUS basketball at the Field House Sunday afternoon. Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

A slightly better effort still fell well short as Memorial Sea-Hawks went down to defeat for the 18th straight time this season in Atlantic universities men's basketball Sunday. And, once again, it was in embarrassing fashion.
Former Sea-Hawk Leonel Saintil scored 23 points for the second straight game as Acadia Axemen crushed the Sea-Hawks 120-51 before a sparse crowd at the Field House.
MUN set some sort of school - and perhaps conference - record for futility in losing by 69 points in back-to-back home games this weekend. Acadia trounced MUN 113-44 Saturday night.
Saintil was much less demonstrative Sunday afternoon than he was on Saturday night when he slammed dunked a couple of times as if to add an explanation point to his baskets against his former team and coach.
Saintil also had eight rebounds Sunday, giving him 270 on the season and adding to his conference record which he set Saturday.
The Ottawa native, who played his first two AUS seasons with MUN before transferring to Acadia, believes his team can do some damage again this season in the AUS playoffs and is capable of making some noise at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) level as well.
Acadia, 17-2 and ranked third in the country, has clinched first place in the AUS standings with 46 points, six more than Cape Breton.
"We've got the players," said Saintil, "but you can have as many good players as you want, you still have to go out and play.
"We have the foundation. We have the coaching. We have everything in place. We just have to come out every night and give 100 per cent."
Saintil said he had been looking forward to coming back to Memorial all season, but he holds no grudges.
He said he did get a little time to talk with former Sea-Hawk teammates Rob Grant and Mark English while he was in town.
"We just reminisced about the good times we had when we played together," he said.
Saintil, who came into the weekend games with an 18.3 points-per-game average, sat out the final quarter as he did Saturday night.
Peter Leighton led Acadia with 28 points.
Grant Harvey was tops for MUN with 18 points and five rebounds.
jbrowne@thetelegram.com
REBOUNDS
MUN's final games of the season are set for 8 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Field House against St. Francis … Score table official Danielle Williams was told to "stop eating" by referee Jim Walsh prior to the start of Sunday's game. Williams was scoffing down a hot dog like it was her last meal … Memorial shot 28 per cent Saturday night, including 16.7 per cent in the first half, and 35 per cent Sunday … Acadia out-rebounded MUN 40-17 with 18 steals Saturday night … The Axemen are one of the most tattooed teams in the conference. At least four players have visible tats ...

Organizations: Field House

Geographic location: Acadia, Ottawa, Cape Breton

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  • Tim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    The basketball community deserves a much better product to support (on the men's side). In terms of media coverage, this team deservedly gets less than the women's team AND visiting teams. really speaks to the disconnect between the team (represented by the coach) and the community, outside of close family and friends.

    There is no reason why at the university level, in such a small conference, a team should lose by an average of 30 points per game. That is the stuff of high school point spreads.

    Looking at the first year players, one may wonder if Aughey has grown bitter over the criticism of out-of-province recruiting, and instead has purposely drafted players who, while competitive among their old peers, fall far short of the going level of talent in the AUS.

    In the seven years I've been following this team, there has been more turnover than what takes place at McDonalds. In this situation, it is clearly the coach who should be held accountable. Time for a new coach with a new philosophy who can build a relationship between himself, the players, and the local basketball community.

  • Jane
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    It doesn't matter if Aughey recruits players from outside the province or not. Most of the players that were recruited out of province over the years are no longer playing with MUN because they couldn't put up with the way Aughey handles, not only his team as a whole, but most of all his players.

    The men's Seahawks team had/has many skilled players on the roster whether they were/are from Newfoundland or outside the province. A coach should be able to recognize the skills and talents of each player on his team and use them to their fullest potential. Aughey is not capable of this.

    Hats off to the boys on the roster this season- it can't be easy to drag your butt to practice day in and day out when the season is going like it is. These players do it because they are dedicated to their team and the program. Keep it up guys- the hard work will eventually pay off.

    Dan Aughey is the problem. I find it funny that you go on and on about him not being the issue when you havent even met him. Have you ever even been to a game?

  • Danielle
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    hahaha....didn't think you'd have the courage John! hahaha...nicely done :)

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Time to get rid of Todd Aughey.

  • Dan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    I have never meet Aughey so I can't speak for his personality. However, regardless of what they may have claimed, it should be remembered that most of the players who left the MUN program in recent years did so because of a lack of playing time. You have to remember that a lot of the imports only went to MUN because they figured they'd be the big fish in a small pond. When they learned that things here are not as backward as they may have expected and found out that MUN actually had other guys who could play, they sulked and eventually walked out. Saintil obviously didn't have a problem with playing time but for him it was a case of million dollar body, ten cent head . He was very young when he played at MUN and seemed immature on the floor. I imagine he was even worse off the court. He needed to get cut/quit as a sort of wake up call and I expect that regardless of where he'd started he'd have worn out his welcome and had to transfer elsewhere before he grew up. Let's not forget that quite a few decent players had issues with Glen Taylor's coaching too. I agree that Aughey should move on because of the cloud hanging over the team but it isn't entirely of his doing.

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Dan, Aughey's coaching may not be a problem but he is. How many players have left and or gone public with their concerns about him? It's time for him to move on.

  • Jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    You can't really make excuses for or try to defend what will probably be an 0 - 20 season. If you want to talk about Aughey being at a disadvantage for recruiting because of our location, then why not mention the fact that Aughey hasn't even been able to recruit the best players in Newfoundland, some of whom are enjoying success at other programs (Chad Warren and Dave Joyce at X). As well, the grils team would seemingly have to deal with the same disadvantage, but they don't have any problem recruiting some of the best players in atlantic canada, and even then, they manage to find success with a roster that consists largely of hometown players. Also, how can you claim Todd would be winning at CBU or Acadia? Coaching at a different university won't change Aughey's personality, which is why he's had so many problems with his players at MUN. To say that many people have left because of playing time is somewhat naive and inaccurate. While some players certainly have left for that reason, many more have left the program because they could not tolerate Aughey's inability to interact and deal with players on a basic level. While Leo may have been somewhat immature when he first arrived here, most 18 year old athletes living away from home can fall into that category, yet other coaches around the country don't seem to be crippled by this issue. Aughey isn't a bad person, but that doesn't get it done on the basketball court. It's time for him to move on and for someone else to take over this program.

  • Carl
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Time for Todd to go. Coaching may not be the issue, but he is. Total all-around jerk.

  • Dan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Aughey's coaching is not the problem, it's the recruiting. If Aughey were at Acadia, Cape Breton, X, Dal etc. he'd be winning. Similarly if you put a Jim Charters or Les Berry at Memorial, they'd be struggling too. During the last number of years, Newfoundland teams have been getting destroyed at the national tournaments so naturally a team built with Newfoundland players will not be able to compete against teams loaded up from Ontario and the US. Ironically, the Telegram writers were among the first to complain when Aughey started bringing recruits in from out of province in his first season claiming that he was doing so at the expense of Newfoundland players. Well, during the last number of years we have seen what a roster of Newfoundland players can do.

  • Tim
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    The basketball community deserves a much better product to support (on the men's side). In terms of media coverage, this team deservedly gets less than the women's team AND visiting teams. really speaks to the disconnect between the team (represented by the coach) and the community, outside of close family and friends.

    There is no reason why at the university level, in such a small conference, a team should lose by an average of 30 points per game. That is the stuff of high school point spreads.

    Looking at the first year players, one may wonder if Aughey has grown bitter over the criticism of out-of-province recruiting, and instead has purposely drafted players who, while competitive among their old peers, fall far short of the going level of talent in the AUS.

    In the seven years I've been following this team, there has been more turnover than what takes place at McDonalds. In this situation, it is clearly the coach who should be held accountable. Time for a new coach with a new philosophy who can build a relationship between himself, the players, and the local basketball community.

  • Jane
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    It doesn't matter if Aughey recruits players from outside the province or not. Most of the players that were recruited out of province over the years are no longer playing with MUN because they couldn't put up with the way Aughey handles, not only his team as a whole, but most of all his players.

    The men's Seahawks team had/has many skilled players on the roster whether they were/are from Newfoundland or outside the province. A coach should be able to recognize the skills and talents of each player on his team and use them to their fullest potential. Aughey is not capable of this.

    Hats off to the boys on the roster this season- it can't be easy to drag your butt to practice day in and day out when the season is going like it is. These players do it because they are dedicated to their team and the program. Keep it up guys- the hard work will eventually pay off.

    Dan Aughey is the problem. I find it funny that you go on and on about him not being the issue when you havent even met him. Have you ever even been to a game?

  • Danielle
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    hahaha....didn't think you'd have the courage John! hahaha...nicely done :)

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Time to get rid of Todd Aughey.

  • Dan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    I have never meet Aughey so I can't speak for his personality. However, regardless of what they may have claimed, it should be remembered that most of the players who left the MUN program in recent years did so because of a lack of playing time. You have to remember that a lot of the imports only went to MUN because they figured they'd be the big fish in a small pond. When they learned that things here are not as backward as they may have expected and found out that MUN actually had other guys who could play, they sulked and eventually walked out. Saintil obviously didn't have a problem with playing time but for him it was a case of million dollar body, ten cent head . He was very young when he played at MUN and seemed immature on the floor. I imagine he was even worse off the court. He needed to get cut/quit as a sort of wake up call and I expect that regardless of where he'd started he'd have worn out his welcome and had to transfer elsewhere before he grew up. Let's not forget that quite a few decent players had issues with Glen Taylor's coaching too. I agree that Aughey should move on because of the cloud hanging over the team but it isn't entirely of his doing.

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Dan, Aughey's coaching may not be a problem but he is. How many players have left and or gone public with their concerns about him? It's time for him to move on.

  • Jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    You can't really make excuses for or try to defend what will probably be an 0 - 20 season. If you want to talk about Aughey being at a disadvantage for recruiting because of our location, then why not mention the fact that Aughey hasn't even been able to recruit the best players in Newfoundland, some of whom are enjoying success at other programs (Chad Warren and Dave Joyce at X). As well, the grils team would seemingly have to deal with the same disadvantage, but they don't have any problem recruiting some of the best players in atlantic canada, and even then, they manage to find success with a roster that consists largely of hometown players. Also, how can you claim Todd would be winning at CBU or Acadia? Coaching at a different university won't change Aughey's personality, which is why he's had so many problems with his players at MUN. To say that many people have left because of playing time is somewhat naive and inaccurate. While some players certainly have left for that reason, many more have left the program because they could not tolerate Aughey's inability to interact and deal with players on a basic level. While Leo may have been somewhat immature when he first arrived here, most 18 year old athletes living away from home can fall into that category, yet other coaches around the country don't seem to be crippled by this issue. Aughey isn't a bad person, but that doesn't get it done on the basketball court. It's time for him to move on and for someone else to take over this program.

  • Carl
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Time for Todd to go. Coaching may not be the issue, but he is. Total all-around jerk.

  • Dan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Aughey's coaching is not the problem, it's the recruiting. If Aughey were at Acadia, Cape Breton, X, Dal etc. he'd be winning. Similarly if you put a Jim Charters or Les Berry at Memorial, they'd be struggling too. During the last number of years, Newfoundland teams have been getting destroyed at the national tournaments so naturally a team built with Newfoundland players will not be able to compete against teams loaded up from Ontario and the US. Ironically, the Telegram writers were among the first to complain when Aughey started bringing recruits in from out of province in his first season claiming that he was doing so at the expense of Newfoundland players. Well, during the last number of years we have seen what a roster of Newfoundland players can do.