Kendrick looking for Panthers to respond after loss to Dalhousie
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.
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.
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.
UPEI Panthers forward Tevin Sutton-Stephenson goes hard to the rim Saturday against the Dalhousie Tigers.
UPEI Panthers guard Anne Kiberd, right, goes in for a layup during Atlantic University Sport women’s basketball action Saturday against the Dalhousie Tigers.