Fill­ing the bas­ket

Na­tion­ally ranked Pan­thers, Storm play tonight in Char­lot­te­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Fred MacDon­ald Fred MacDon­ald’s col­umn ap­pears ev­ery Satur­day in The Guardian. He can be reached at fid­dlers­facts@hot­mail.com.

The na­tion­ally ranked UPEI Pan­thers men’s bas­ket­ball team meets se­cond-place Dal­housie tonight at 8 p.m. on cam­pus.

The Pan­thers have loads of of­fence as Tyler Scott leads the con­fer­ence in scor­ing at 26 points per game while Brad States is third with a tick below 20 each out­ing.

Dut Dut, Lorenzo Parker and a rapidly de­vel­op­ing Milo­rad (Mickey) Sed­lare­vic pro­vide the Pan­thers with tal­ented depth that coach Tim Ken­drick never had be­fore.

Slick point guard Zach Ush­er­wood is a great ad­di­tion while Jake Ken­drick and an im­pres­sive Amin Suleman, my favourite, will be look­ing for min­utes in the back­court where play­ing time now be­comes a mi­nor prob­lem. It’s an is­sue of­ten as­so­ci­ated with a first-place club but one Ken­drick doesn’t mind hav­ing.

In other bas­ket­ball ac­tion tonight, the highly en­ter­tain­ing Is­land Storm meets the first­place Hal­i­fax Hur­ri­canes at 7 p.m. at the Eastlink Cen­tre.

The Jan. 15 game was a thriller as ex-Storm stand­outs Bran­don Robin­son (28 points) and Adrian Moss (10) helped Wind­sor to a late lead, but the Storm ral­lied for the ex­cit­ing win.

Brian Ad­di­son was a stand­out for the lo­cals, as he bagged 30 points in the 107- 102 win, while fan-favourite Nick Evans sank 24. Nova Sco­tia na­tive Terry Thomas looked great, as did Rashad Whack with 14 each. The Storm is 4-6 on the sea­son while Hal­i­fax is 7-3.

Hockey

The Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders play the Acadie-Bathurst Ti­tan Sun­day at 2 p.m. at the Eastlink Cen­tre in an im­por­tant Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League tilt.

The lo­cal club dumped Saint John 5-4 in over­time Thurs­day night and goal­tender Ma­son McDon­ald was very sharp, as the Is­lan­ders were out­shot 49-25. Our club has enough scor­ing to make this se­cond half in­ter­est­ing. The Is­lan­ders en­tered play Fri­day 12th over­all (43 points) and only six points back of No. 10 Vic­to­ri­av­ille, which would mean a much-more favourable play­off matchup. It can hap­pen.

Foot­ball

The Su­per Bowl is just a few weeks away and I heard re­cently from a cou­ple of lo­cal ex-grid­iron stand­outs. At the race­track the other morn­ing, Shane Dowl­ing was ask­ing me why all the fuss about con­cus­sions.

Shane said, “Gary Kennedy and I hit more guys head-on when we played for those tough Ed Hil­ton-coached At­lantic con­fer­ence Pan­thers in 1978-79 and noth­ing hap­pened to us.”

That’s an in­ter­est­ing take on the mat­ter.

Har­ness rac­ing

In lo­cal har­ness rac­ing, the se­cond last card of the sea­son goes to­day at 12:30 p.m. at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park.

Red-hot driver Corey MacPher­son is win­ning races in bunches and to­day he has Best Risque from Post 6 in the open mares and Idealic Life from the same post in the $2,100 co-fea­ture for open pac­ers.

It looks like Corey is be­ing hand­i­capped but great to see he’s fully re­cov­ered af­ter some health is­sues.

Ja­son Ryan has moved from New York to On­tario and has five or six in to go this week­end at Flam­boro. Trainer James (Fri­day) Dean is still in On­tario, as USA bor­der boys are get­ting strict, no Green card, re­sults in not be­ing able to work in the USA. I am told Fri­day will be ap­proved shortly to train in Florida.

At Wood­bine tonight, one of the top At­lantic Sires Stakes three-year-olds from last sea­son, Proven De­sire, races in the $20,000 class for James MacDon­ald.

At Yonkers tonight, Jimmy Tak­ter’s Not Afraid is the favourite in the $32,000 open trot.

At the Mead­ow­lands, the top class goes for $16,000, sur­pris­ing since the han­dle is usu­ally in ex­cess of $3 mil­lion.

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UPEI Pan­thers guard Tyler Scott led the coun­try in scor­ing at 29.6 points per game be­fore Fri­day’s ac­tion.

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