Memorial Sea-Hawks teams may both be in the bottom half the standings in their respective Atlantic University Sports basketball conferences, but any hopes Memorial has of improving its lot over the rest of the 2018-19 season has to be buoyed by the fact both the men’s and women’s teams feature some of the AUS top scorers.
The Sea-Hawk men (2-3), coming off a home-court sweep of the Acadia Axemen over the weekend, are led by Nathan Barker (23.4 points per game), who continues to lead the league in scoring. And now, first-year forward Emmanuel Ring (16.3) and veteran guard Daniel Foo (15.4) have moved into the top eight in AUS scoring.
All three players are Newfoundland products. Barker and Foo are out of Corner Brook Regional High School, while Ring attended Prince of Wales Collegiate in St. John’s.
As for the Memorial women (3-3), senior Sydney Stewart (19.5) is third in scoring in the conference, while Haillie Nickerson (15.7) and Sydney Ezekiel (15.3) are both among the top seven.
The Sea-Hawks play their final games before the Christmas break next weekend in Sydney, N.S., where they take on the Cape Breton Capers.
These will be the first four-point games of the season for Memorial. Four-pointers are assigned to matchups where Memorial only plays another school twice in the season.
The Lady Hawks could be in for a particular test in Cape Breton, since the first-place Capers are undefeated through five games.
On the men’s side, the Capers (1-5) are last in the AUS.