Capers top­ple X-Men from the ranks of un­de­feated

Women Capers women have lit­tle trou­ble in their victory over X-Women


SYD­NEY — The St. FX X-men bas­ket­ball team is no longer un­de­feated.

The No. 1 Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity Capers men’s bas­ket­ball team picked up a big four points as they edged their pre­vi­ously un­de­feated peren­nial ri­vals from Antigonish by a score of 85-82 in At­lantic Uni­ver­sity Sport play at CBU’s Sul­li­van Field House, Wed­nes­day night.

In ear­lier women’s play, Kar­men (Turbo) Brown, in her fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son home game, scored 21 points to lead the Capers to a 74-59 de­feat of the X-Women.

In their fi­nal home game of the reg­u­lar sea­son, the Capers held a 23-15 ad­van­tage af­ter one quar­ter, but the X-Men poured it on in the sec­ond quar­ter, cut­ting CBU’s lead to seven points at half­time, 43-36.

The third quar­ter was the low­est-scor­ing 10 min­utes of the match, with the Capers lead­ing 6154 head­ing into the stretch.

The fourth quar­ter was full of ups and down, with the X-Men storm­ing back with key three­p­oint shots and tak­ing a six­point lead, 69-63, their first lead since early in the first quar­ter.

But CBU’s Paris Carter scored eight-con­sec­u­tive points to put the home side up 71-69 and pace their late come­back.

With the score 85-82 in favour of the Capers, a forced three­p­oint shot by St. F.X.’s Jeremy Dunn at the buzzer would have tied the game, but he missed.

Lead­ing the CBU men were Carter with 21 points and six re­bounds, Jimmy Dorsey post­ing 19 points and eight re­bounds, and Phillip Nkrumah chip­ping in with 11 points and seven re­bounds.

The X-Men were paced by Chris­tian Up­shaw with 21 points and five re­bounds, Jeremy Dunn record­ing 20 points, and William Sil­ver fin­ish­ing with 10 points.

“It was a re­ally crazy game,” said Capers head coach Jim Char­ters. “I think the hype kind of af­fected both teams a lit­tle bit. Both teams had bad stretches that were longer than nor­mal this time of the year. But in terms of en­ter­tain­ment value for the fans, it was awe­some for that.”

The No. 1 Capers (17-1 for 48 points), who host the AUS men’s cham­pi­onship, March 12-14 at Cen­tre 200, are slated to play two more road games, in­clud­ing a re­match with the No. 2 X-Men (15-1 for 40 points) in Antigonish, Feb. 26.

“For the re­turn match-up, we need to be more con­sis­tent at the of­fen­sive end of the court,” said Char­ters. “And be able to get the shots we want over a longer pe­riod of time.”

Capers Mark McGar­rigle, Chris Nod­dle and Ryan Roper played their fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son home game for CBU, Wed­nes­day.

On the women’s side, Brown added eight re­bounds. Her team­mate Kari Everett fol­lowed with 20 points and 10 re­bounds. Kelsey Hodg­son, also in her last reg­u­lar sea­son match at the Sul­li­van Field House, was good for seven points and nine re­bounds.

Pac­ing the X-Women were Kris­ten Jones post­ing 17 points and 12 re­bounds, Ashley Stephen added 13 points and seven re­bounds, and Came­sha McKen­zie chipped in 10 points.

“ Things started to go well for us af­ter the first quar­ter,” said Capers women’s head coach Fabian McKen­zie, re­fer­ring to the 12-6 ad­van­tage St. F.X. held fol­low­ing the first 10 min­utes of play.

“But once we set­tled down, we were able to get into some rhythm and some play­ers stepped up and had a huge game for us. Kar­men Brown was out­stand­ing, Kari Everett was out­stand­ing.”

Wed­nes­day’s game was the last of the reg­u­lar sea­son for the No. 1 Capers (19-1 for 54 points), who host the AUS women’s cham­pi­onship at the Sul­li­van Field House, Feb. 26-28.

Greg MacVicar - Cape Bre­ton Post

Al Alilovic of the Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity Capers men’s bas­ket­ball team, right, and William Sil­ver of the St. FX X-Men vie for the ball dur­ing At­lantic Uni­ver­sity Sport action at CBU’s Sul­li­van Field House, Wed­nes­day night. The Capers won, 85-82.

Greg MacVicar - Cape Bre­ton Post

Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity Capers women’s bas­ket­ball team player of the game Kar­men Brown, right, heads to the hoop, guarded by El­yse Hnatiuk of the St. FX X-Women in At­lantic Uni­ver­sity Sport play at CBU’s Sul­li­van Field House, Wed­nes­day evening. Brown scored 21 points to lead the CBU women to a 74-59 victory over their St. F.X. ri­vals.

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