Basketball Home Openers This Weekend
Sea-Hawks basketball returns to the nest for the first home game weekend of the young season as the Sea-Hawks play host to the Capers.
This weekend the Memorial women's basketball team will be looking to find their first win of the season against their rivals, the Cape Breton Capers. Memorial (0-2) lost both games in a road trip to Saint Mary's last weekend. Cape Breton have yet to play a regular season game.
Last year the Capers beat Memorial in Sydney in the only two times the teams met. Cape Breton finished last season 15-5 in the regular season before losing to Acadia in the AUS final. The Capers, a perennial championship contender, won the AUS banner in the previous three seasons.
Memorial will be looking for the home court advantage this weekend. The Field House is known league-wide as a difficult place to play and Memorial is counting on the support of the home fans to get things going on Saturday night.
Coach Doug Partridge will be looking for his players to bring a new level of intensity, particularly on defense, this weekend.
The team is banged up with a couple of key players battling injuries. Ally Forsey is doubtful this weekend for Memorial after injuring her knee against Saint Mary's. Amanda Martret who has earned an expanded role this season is also doubtful for the Sea-Hawks.
On a positive note, Grace Fishbein will be in the Memorial lineup after playing late in the preseason and last weekend at Saint Mary's.
The injuries mean that minutes will be available in the post and at the point guard positions. This means an opportunity for other players to take on larger roles. Athletic rookie Sandra Amoah will be a new face to watch in the Memorial lineup as she adjusts to the AUS game.
The Sea-Hawks shot poorly in Saint Mary's and home fans can expect a better effort this weekend.
Cassie Cooke is a player to watch for the Capers. She is one of the most prolific scorers in the country having led the nation in total points last season. She was the AUS player of the year and a CIS All-Canadian last year.
Game times are Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 11:05 a.m. Prior to Sunday's game a Ceremony of Remembrance will take place to pay respect to our veterans.
The Memorial men's basketball team will play their first home games of the AUS season this weekend at the Field House against the Cape Breton Capers.
The Sea-Hawks men's basketball team will be searching for their first win of the season after a pair of losses in their opening weekend in Saint Mary's.
Last season the Capers defeated Memorial in their only two meetings of the season. The Capers finished last season 11-9 in AUS regular season play.
Fans of Memorial basketball will see a number of new faces in the lineup this season. The team has some added size up front which should result in limiting second chance opportunities and keeping the battle on the glass close. Of the 12 players on Memorial's active roster nine are 6'3 or taller.
Benoite will be looking for young players to take advantage of the opportunity of having regular playing time early in their varsity careers. Rookie Alpha Kisusi has improved since joining the team as a red shirt last season from Tanzania. Kisusi led Memorial with 14 points last Sunday in a loss to the Huskies. Sophomore Caleb Gould will be taking on an expanded role this season for Benoite. The hardworking 6'5 forward will be an important player for Memorial on both ends of the floor this season.
Benoite says the team will be working to reduce turnovers and create a more efficient transition defense this weekend against the run and gun Capers.
This weekend the challenge for Memorial will be to contain one of the countries leading scorers in Jimmy Dorsey. The Capers guard was the AUS most valuable player last season after leading the conference in scoring. Last February he set a conference single game record with 49 points against Acadia. Caper rookie forward Shaquille Keith is also a highly touted prospect who will be a player to watch this weekend.
Game times are at 8pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday at the Field House.