Give and take on the court

Week­end split for the Ax­e­men and Ax­e­women

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY THEODORE GIESEN

It was Mi­nor Bas­ket­ball Night in Wolfville and fans were en­ter­tained in both games, de­spite a loss by the Ax­e­men.

The ac­tion took place Satur­day night.

The de­fend­ing AUS cham­pion Ax­e­women de­feated the win­less StFX X-Women by a score of 94-76 in a game worth four points in the con­fer­ence stand­ings.

The Ax­e­women fell be­hind dur­ing the first few min­utes of the game. Coach Len Har­vey saw the op­por­tu­nity to call for a time out and ad­just his team’s play be­fore the game got out of hand.

Three-point shots were not work­ing well for the Ax­e­women and Har­vey ad­vised his play­ers to take the open lanes to the bas­ket in­stead.

Within a few plays, the Ax­e­women were on their way to a 10point run that would close out the first quar­ter 24-17 Aca­dia.

The Ax­e­women found their groove with quick passes and easy layups dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore get­ting com­fort­able enough to go for the longer shots.

Lanae Adams shot four for six from three over the game, posted 19 points, han­dled in eight re­bounds, and added two as­sists. Her per­for­mance earned her Aca­dia’s Sub­way Player of the Game.

Aca­dia ended the first half up 43-32, shoot­ing 15 for 30 from the field and mak­ing nine of 10 of their free throws.

The X-Women started to wear down by the third quar­ter and did not chal­lenge Aca­dia for the lead for the re­main­der of the game.

It was not un­til the fourth quar­ter that the X-Women saw points come off the bench. The XWomen only had five points not from their starters, show­ing their lack of depth. The Ax­e­women took ad­van­tage of this weak­ness and kept a fresh lineup on the court all game.

Adams pointed out af­ter the game the Ax­e­women score by com­mit­tee and work­ing on their de­fense will be a pri­or­ity dur­ing the break.

“Our team is very ver­sa­tile. Pretty much every­body down the line of the bench can score. Of­fense is not a big thing, we def­i­nitely have to work on our de­fense and stay un­der con­trol,” said Adams in a post-game in­ter­view.

Two evenly- matched teams came into the men’s game that fol­lowed, look­ing to im­prove on their record be­fore the De­cem­ber break.

The first quar­ter set the stage for this close matchup and saw the X-Men lead by only one point into the in­ter­mis­sion - 22-21

Aca­dia man­aged to make nine of their 18 at­tempted threes but shot only 12 of 38 as a whole from the field. The op­po­site was true for the X-Men, who shot 18 of 43 from the field but only made three of 14 of their threes in the open­ing half.

With the X-Men ahead 45-41 at the half, the tides slowly started to turn on the Ax­e­men in the third quar­ter. Down 71-59 go­ing into the last frame, the Ax­e­men strug­gled to shrink the StFX lead.

“First half we stuck to the game plan for the most part with only a few mis­takes here and there that cost us some points on both ends. The sec­ond half, un­for­tu­nately, we got away from our strengths and credit to St. FX for play­ing a good game and con­vert­ing on more plays,” noted Aca­dia head coach Kevin Duffie af­ter the game.

X-Men for­ward Azaro Roker lead the at­tack in the sec­ond half of the game, in­tim­i­dat­ing the Ax­e­men with mas­sive dunks and fierce blocks. Stand­ing 6’6”, Roker was a force to be reck­oned with against any de­fender that tried to stop him. Roker would fin­ish with 14 points, 14 re­bounds, and four blocks.

The X-Men grabbed the four­point game with an 89-75 win and im­proved to 3-3.

X-Man Daniel Pass­ley posted 21 points, 15 re­bounds, three as­sists, and two steals. For his im­pres­sive dou­ble-dou­ble, Pass­ley was named the Sub­way Player of the Game. Team­mate Thomas Le­gal­lais recorded 16 points in­clud­ing two for five from the three-point line.

Nick De Palma was a con­stant for the Ax­e­men in the loss, record­ing a team high 16 points and was four for six from the dis- tant arc. De Palma was named Aca­dia’s Player of the Game. Ju­nior Moaka-Ma­tia and Rowan Pow­ers added 13 points each. Trevon Grant recorded a game high 14 re­bounds and added three steals in an im­pres­sive de­fen­sive ef­fort.

Duffie was pos­i­tive fol­low­ing the game, de­spite the loss. “We now look ahead to the sec­ond half and con­tinue to build on the fun­da­men­tals and grow our team iden­tity and get ev­ery­one on the same page. For­tu­nately for us, there is a lot of bas­ket­ball left in the sea­son and we have a group that isn’t afraid to put the work in.”

The Ax­e­men and Ax­e­women are back on home court Jan. 5 against the Dal­housie Tigers.

PETER OLESKEVICH PHOTO

Port Wil­liams, N.S. na­tive Ha­ley McDon­ald is guarded closely by X-Wo­man.

PETER OLESKEVICH PHOTO

Ju­nior Moaku-Ma­tia drives to the net in the open­ing half vs. StFX.

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