Ready to run

Pan­thers look­ing to pres­sure ball, score in tran­si­tion at CBU

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The UPEI Pan­thers will look to push the pace to­day when they play the Cape Bre­ton Ca­pers.

The teams play to­day at 8 p.m. and Sun­day at 4 p.m. in At­lantic Univer­sity Sport (AUS) men’s bas­ket­ball ac­tion. The teams were sup­posed to play Fri­day and to­day, but the games were pushed back a day due to a storm.

“I think we’re go­ing to have to be able to get out and run,” said Pan­thers head coach Tim Ken­drick.

“They’re not only tal­ented; they’re big,” he added. “Our front line is re­ally go­ing to have to play” big.

For­ward Kenny Jean-Louis leads the Ca­pers in scor­ing at 15.6 points per game while cen­tre Me­shack Lu­file av­er­ages 14.8. Fresh­man guard Jack Ma­cAulay, of Char­lot­te­town, av­er­ages 9.4 points in nine games this sea­son, in­clud­ing five starts.

The Pan­thers swept the Ca­pers 90-75 and 109-88 in midNovem­ber, but Ken­drick said he ex­pects a dif­fer­ent-look­ing Ca­pers team tonight. Cape Bre­ton is 6-5 for 16 points while UPEI is 9-3 for 24 points.

“Lu­file is play­ing very well for them. Jean-Louis is play­ing very well for them and their sup­port­ing cast is play­ing much bet­ter. They’re tough to scout be­cause they’re fairly deep.”

Tyler Scott and Bradley States lead the Pan­thers at 27.7 and 19.5 points per game, re­spec­tively.

UPEI en­ters the game a bit banged up, plus a cold has been go­ing through the team the past week or two.

Ken­drick said it looked like most of the play­ers will dress tonight ex­cept Stefan Vu­jisic ( foot) and Hugh McLarty (con­cus­sion).

The Pan­thers women’s team has a tough matchup in the post this week­end in Syd­ney, N.S.

Ali­son Keough is third in the con­fer­ence in scor­ing at 19.5 points while av­er­ag­ing a con­fer­ence-best 10 re­bounds per game.

“She’s one of the best play­ers in the league,” said Pan­thers head coach Greg Gould. “Keough is a tough one-on-one (matchup). When she gets the ball in the high post and at­tacks, she’s very, very good.”

Jane McLaugh­lin is ex­pected to see a lot of time against Keough this week­end when the teams meet to­day at 6 p.m. and Sun­day at 2 p.m.

Han­nah Brown av­er­ages 7.1 points and 4.5 re­bounds while be­ing a phys­i­cal pres­ence in­side for the Ca­pers.

Gould said the Ca­pers run a lot of of­fen­sive play off screen ac­tion and it will be im­por­tant for the Pan­thers to fight through the screens.

“They’re a good team. They’re well coached. They run good stuff. They’re very ath­letic, but they’re beat­able,” Gould said. “I think any team in this league is beat­able on any given day, but we’re go­ing to have to play well and it al­ways starts on the de­fen­sive end.”

The Pan­thers are led of­fen­sively by An­ge­nay Wil­liams (15.4 points per game), Anne Kiberd (13.3) and Katie Donahoe (11.8).

Cape Bre­ton (7-4) has 18 points while UPEI (3-9) has eight points.

Each of this week­end’s games are worth two points. The Ca­pers swept both games from the Pan­thers in Novem­ber, win­ning 74-65 and 65-59.

JA­SON MAL­LOY/THE GUARDIAN

Dut Dut, left, makes a shot dur­ing Thurs­day’s UPEI Pan­thers prac­tice as Lorenzo Parker, cen­tre, and Lo­gan MacDon­ald take part in the drill.

Wil­liams

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