Tigers romp Axemen 87-68 at Varsity Showdown
The men’s B-ball Tigers rolled to an 87-68 victory over the Acadia Axemen at the first annual Varsity Showdown, held at the Scotiabank Centre on Saturday, Jan. 30. The four-point win gave the Tigers a 10-4 record on the season and left them tied with UPEI for first in the AUS.
“It feels really good,” said Tigers Head Coach Rick Plato on picking up the win. “Since Christmas we’ve been doing a good job. Will (Yengue) is starting to get his game together and Ritchie (Kanza Mata) hit those three big threes in the fourth quarter.”
The Axemen started the game hot hitting their first three shots from downtown and found themselves up 11-9 early. From there, the Tigers tenacious effort took over the game.
Sean Dodds made a layup to give the Tigers their first lead at 13-11 and then made a three to put the Tigers up 16-13 and they led the rest of the way.
The first quarter ended with the Tigers up 21-16.
The game slowed down in the second but the Tigers were able to build their lead on the back of two threes from Sven Stammberger. They won the quarter 15-11 and took a 36-27 lead into the half.
The Tigers exploded in the third as seven different players scored in the frame. Kanza Mata and Cedric Sanogo led the way with 5PTS each, as the Tigers took the quarter 25-21 and carried a 61-48 lead into the fourth.
Kanza Mata was lethal in the final quarter dropping 16PTS in the frame to cement himself as player of the game.
“It feels really good,” Kanza Mata said about the win. “They got the last win against us and we wanted to just come out and have a better game and we executed.”
The big performance by Kanza Mata led the Tigers to a 26-20 score in the fourth, as they picked up the big four-points with the 87-68 win.
Coach Plato was happy with how all his players preformed.
“It was a team effort,” Plato said. “We did a good job defensively, they’ve got a great shooting team we spent all week getting ready.”
Kanza Mata finished with 23PTS and 7AST. Stammberger added 16PTS 7REB. Dodds came of the bench with 11PTS, while Sanogo and Kashrell Lawrence chipped in with 11PTS each. Nine Tigers in all scored at least a point in the game.
Tigers fall 73-65 to Sea-Hawks
The men’s B-ball Tigers dropped a 73-65 affair to the Memorial Sea-Hawks in the second game of a road trip to St Johns N.B on Sunday, Feb. 7. The loss dropped the Tigers to 11-5 on the season. They are still alone in first place in the AUS with 30 points.
The Sea-Hawks took the first quarter 21-14.
The Tigers were able to respond in the second winning the frame 18-9 to take a 32-30 lead into the half.
The third quarter went to the Sea-Hawks 20-12. They kept it going in the fourth taking the final frame 23-21 to secure the win.
Sven Stammberger led the Tigers with 15PTS and 8REB. Jordan Aquino-Serjue and Kashrell Lawrence each added 11PTS.
The Tigers are back on the court on Friday, Feb. 12 at the Dalplex as they take on the Cape Breton Capers in a four-point game.
Tigers beat Sea-Hawks 83-78
The men’s B-ball Tigers continued their torrid 2016 with an 83-78 win over the Memorial Sea-Hawks on Saturday Feb. 6 in St Johns N.B. The win gave the Tigers an 11-4 record on the season and left them all alone in first place in the AUS.
The Tigers exploded out of the gate to take the first quarter 29-17. Sven Stammberger led the way with 10PTS in the frame. Jarred Reid came off the bench to add 8PTS and Ritchie Kanza Mata chipped in with 7PTS.
The Sea-Hawks battled back taking the second 21-20, the third 24-20 and the fourth 16-14 but the Tigers were able to protect their big lead for the win.
Kanza Mata had another monster game with 23PTS, 11REB and 8AST falling just two assists shy of a triple-double. Stammberger finished up with 18PTS and 6REB, while Reid had 14PTS and Cedric Sanogo dropped 12PTS.