Cat fight

Ken­drick look­ing for Pan­thers to re­spond af­ter loss to Dal­housie

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON MAL­LOY

Tigers sweep Pan­thers in AUS bas­ket­ball.

Tyler Scott missed a shot in the dy­ing sec­onds as the UPEI Pan­thers lost 79-78 to the Dal­housie Tigers Satur­day in At­lantic Univer­sity Sport (AUS) men’s bas­ket­ball ac­tion.

“That’s what we drew up,” head coach Tim Ken­drick said. “Great ex­e­cu­tion on that play, we just missed the shot.”

Kens­ing­ton’s Sven Stamm­berger had 17 points to lead the Tigers while Kashrell Lawrence had 16 points, in­clud­ing a cou­ple of key buck­ets late, and Ritchie Kanza Mata also added 16.

“We’ve played a lot of close games here, lost them all, this is kind of like, for us, get­ting the mon­key off our back,” said Rick Plato, who is in his third sea­son as the Tigers bench boss.

“It was a great win, a four­pointer, against a re­ally, re­ally well-coached team. They have all sorts of tal­ent. I know they’re dis­ap­pointed, but I know they’ll be there when it mat­ters.”

Scott had a game-high 23 points while Bradley States added 20 and seven re­bounds. Dut Dut had seven points and 10 re­bounds, but was only 3-for-11 from the field. Lorenzo Parker, com­ing back off in­jury, was 2-for10 from the field.

Ken­drick cred­ited Dal­housie, the de­fend­ing con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons, for play­ing well, but said the Pan­thers se­cond quar­ter was one of its worse in a long time.

“I just didn’t think we played well enough to win that game,” Ken­drick said. “They beat us to­day. We’ll take a crack at them later on.” Scott went to the bench af­ter pick­ing up his fourth foul with 7:32 left in the fourth quar­ter and the game tied 69-69.

“We had been com­plain­ing all game about (play­ers) hold­ing his jersey and grab­bing his jersey,” Ken­drick ex­plained. “When the guy grabbed his jersey that time, he just kind of shoved him off and that’s the one that got called.”

The move to get Scott out of the game was to pro­tect him from get­ting his fifth foul and save him for the fi­nal min­utes. Scott re-en­tered the game with 3:49 re­main­ing and the Pan­thers trail­ing by one.

Each team hit 39 per cent of their field-goal at­tempts. UPEI hit seven three-point shots com­pared to Dal­housie’s four. UPEI went 13-for-20 (65 per cent) from the free-throw line.

UPEI led 22-20 af­ter the first quar­ter but trailed 47-40 at half­time. The game was tied 64-64 head­ing to the fourth.

It was the Pan­thers first home loss since UNB beat UPEI 96-75 on Jan. 24, 2015. Dal­housie im­proved to 9-4 while UPEI is 9-3. By win­ning Satur­day’s four-point game, the Tigers tied the Pan­thers for first place.

Ken­drick said the key is how you re­spond at times like this and he ex­pects a great week of prac­tice be­fore the team hits the road Fri­day to play the Cape Bre­ton Ca­pers.

Women’s bas­ket­ball

Kens­ing­ton’s Tessa Stamm­berger had 19 points and nine re­bounds to lead the Dal­housie Tigers to a 73-68 vic­tory Satur­day over the Pan­thers in AUS women’s bas­ket­ball ac­tion.

Ains­ley MacIn­tyre added 14 points while Christina Brown and Diedre Alexan­der both scored 10.

An­ge­nay Wil­liams scored a game-high 23 points off the bench for the Pan­thers while adding nine re­bounds, three as­sists and three steals. Jane McLaugh­lin scored 14 points and hauled down nine boards while Katie Donahoe scored 12, Ta­mara Tomp­kins 10 and Anne Kiberd nine.

UPEI made 15 of its 17 free throws while Dal­housie was 17for-22. Dal­housie held quar­ter leads of 14-13, 35-24 and 49-47.

The Tigers im­proved to 4-8 and gained four points in the stand­ings while the Pan­thers are 3-8.

Men’s hockey

The Saint Mary’s Huskies scored three third pe­riod goals to de­feat the Pan­thers 4-2 Satur­day in AUS men’s hockey ac­tion.

The game was score­less af­ter 20 min­utes. UPEI de­fence­man Derek Ry­ck­man scored 1:57 into the se­cond pe­riod and Chad Labelle made it 2-0 for the vis­it­ing Pan­thers mid­way through the pe­riod.

For­mer Sum­mer­side Western Cap­i­tals for­ward Mitchell May­nard scored short­handed 1:25 later to cut the lead in half.

Bradley Greene tied it 26 sec­onds into the third pe­riod, Ger­rard Grant scored the win­ner three min­utes later and Stephen Ma­cAulay iced it with 32 sec­onds left.Brock Beuke­boom, Mar­cus Power, cap­tain Ma­son Wil­gosh and Cole MacMil­lan had as­sists for UPEI.

Marc Ter­ri­ault stopped 19 shots for the win while Matt Ma­ha­lak made 26 saves in the loss.

The fourth-place Huskies im­proved to 12-7-2 while the fifth­place Pan­thers are 10-9-2.

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UPEI Pan­thers for­ward Tevin Sut­ton-Stephen­son goes hard to the rim Satur­day against the Dal­housie Tigers.

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UPEI Pan­thers guard Anne Kiberd, right, goes in for a layup dur­ing At­lantic Univer­sity Sport women’s bas­ket­ball ac­tion Satur­day against the Dal­housie Tigers.

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