Basketball teams have big weekend at St. FX
The Memorial men's and women's basketball teams had an exciting Sunday with both teams earning splits against St. FX. The men's basketball team caught fire in the fourth quarter with a 16-0 run putting them in position to secure a big 80-76 win while the women used their defensive intensity to defeat St. FX 80-75.
Sea-Hawks catch fire in fourth to earn big win in St. FX
Memorial 80 St. FX 76 (boxscore)
The Memorial Sea-Hawks men's basketball team used a dominant fourth quarter to upset the St. FX X-Men 80-76 on their home court Sunday afternoon in Antigonish. Memorial outscored St. FX 30-19 in the fourth quarter to earn the comeback victory.
Memorial opened the fourth quarter down 57-50 but they went on a 16-0 run in the opening five minutes of the final quarter to put them in control.
St. FX upped the pressure in the final moments but Noel Moffatt, Vasilije Curcic and Ryan Wood each made big shots to secure the Memorial win.
Curcic led the Sea-Hawks with 22 points and 8 rebounds while playing the entire 40 minutes. Moffatt had the best games of his varsity career with 20 points and 6 rebounds. He also hit three three-pointers.
The Sea-Hawks shot 50% from the floor in the win and a blistering 57% from three-point distance. They improved their free throw shooting over Saturday by hitting 10-13 from the line.
Memorial coach Peter Benoite was very happy with his team's effort.
He said, "The guys deserved the win today. The worked extremely hard and played very well. It was a big win."
Will Donkoh had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead St. FX.
Memorial is now 1-13 on the season with four points. St. FX fell to 6-7.
Sea-Hawks up the intensity in fourth to earn victory
Sunday Memorial 80 St. FX 75 (boxscore)
The Sea-Hawks women's basketball team held on for a narrow 80-75 win over St. FX on Sunday afternoon at the Oland Centre in Antigonish. The game was tightly played throughout but the Memorial defence was the difference in the fourth quarter.
At the half the score was St. FX 39 Memorial 38.
Grace Fishbein was the player of the game for Memorial with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Sandra Amoah was also big for Memorial with 15 points and 12 points.
Megan Robinson was a sparkplug for Memorial in the win with 10 points and 4 rebounds off the bench. Robinson had two three-pointers and did a good job handling the St. FX pressure late in the game.
Lia St. Pierre had 20 points to lead St. FX.
Memorial improved to 6-8 with the win. They are now in fifth in the AUS. St. FX are now 7-6 and in second place in the conference.
Saturday St. FX 84 Memorial 78 (boxscore)
St. FX led for most of a tightly contested AUS women's basketball game on Saturday night, earning a 84-78 win over Memorial.
Turnovers plagued Memorial in the loss as they had 25 changes of possession compared to only 13 for St. FX.
Both teams had hot outside shooting in the game, with each team shooting over 40% from three-point distance. The X-Women shot 45% hitting on 5-11 while Memorial shot a 41% 7-17.
The halftime score was St. FX 39-37.
Kiley DeLong led the X-Women with 20 points and 8 rebounds in the win.
Memorial had four starters in double figures led by Ally Forsey with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie Sandra Amoah was also effective with 10 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.
Saturday St. FX 94 Memorial 73 (boxscore)
The St. FX X-Men used a dominant first half to propel them to a 94-73 victory over Memorial in AUS men's basketball Saturday night in Antigonish.
The score at the half was 52-19 but the Sea-Hawks showed their character by in the second half with 54 points in the final two quarters.
Tyrell Vernon was on for St..FX, scoring 23 points on 10-14 shooting in win.
Sea-Hawks rookie Vasilije Curcic had 27 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. Noel Moffatt had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Sea-Hawks struggled from the free throw line going 6-20 from the line.