Saintil, Acadia take Memorial to school

Sea-Hawks smoked again in dropping 18th straight game

John Browne
Published on February 18, 2008
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.
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 ...