CBU and St. FX re­new hoops ri­val­ries tonight

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY GREG MACVICAR

terms of post play,” said Char­ters. “They have a lit­tle bit more of an in­side pres­ence in terms of pen­e­tra­tion. We can’t let them have un­con­tested three-point shots. And that be­ing said, if we can make them miss, we have to re­bound the bas­ket­ball.”

He said to­day’s matchup will be a great preview of the level of play hoops fans can ex­pect when the CBU men host the AUS men’s cham­pi­onship, March 12-14 at Cen­tre 200.

Capers women’s head coach Fabian McKen­zie joked Tues­day night that, with all the in­ter­est sur­round­ing the men’s game, he didn’t even know the women were play­ing tonight. He added that the men’s game de­serves the hype.

“Our sea­son’s kind of de­cided as to where we’re go­ing to fit,” McKen­zie said of the women. “ We’ve al­ready de­ter­mined our seed in the play­offs. So it’s not as big that way.”

The first-place CBU women (18-1 for 50 points) have clinched a first-round bye in the AUS cham­pi­onships, hosted by the Capers at CBU’s Sul­li­van Field House, Feb. 26-28.

That’s not to say the Capers’ matchup with the No. 4 X-Women won’t be ex­cit­ing.

“Any­time ‘X’ and Cape Bre­ton meet, it’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing,” said McKen­zie. “They’re an ath­letic team, they press a lot, they at­tack the rim a lot, they re­ally put some pres­sure on you.”

Tonight’s action at the Sul­li­van Field House will see the women play at 6 p.m., fol­lowed by the men at 8 p.m.

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