18 • Jan. 29, 2013 • Issue 18 • Volume 146
Acadia is too much for basketball teams Julie McLaughlin Sports Reporter
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Walking into the Acadia gym can be a daunting task. Knowing you are about to face the number six team in the country can be even more intimidating. UNB men’s basketball team experienced that this weekend. Traveling to Wolfville to play two games, the Varsity Reds had a tough weekend ahead in the hopes of gaining a win. On Saturday, they were defeated 85-69 and on Sunday 74-64. It took Acadia a minute and a half to put the ball through the net, but once they did, they never slowed down on Saturday. UNB’s Will McFee hit a three pointer to open the game with a lead, but unfortunately, the team would never hold another lead. Acadia went on a 16-2 run that UNB simply could not answer. The
team began to close the gap towards the end of the first quarter, but the lead that Acadia put up was just too much for this squad, which is still without starter, Dan Quirion. In a turn of events, UNB went on an 11-2 run to start the second quarter and caught the home team off guard. Fighting hard to get the game within their reach, Acadia snapped back and took the game back. UNB went into half only down six points. UNB kept the game close through the beginning of the second half, but they were never able to score enough and stop Acadia from scoring. No matter how close the game got, they could not overcome the deficit and lead. Somehow, this game turned tables quickly; heading into the fourth quarter, UNB was only down eight. They fought hard during the first part of the final quarter, getting to within two
points around the eight-minute mark, but then Acadia came to life. Acadia scored 29 points in the final quarter to secure the win over the visiting team. “We have to defend Owen Klassen down low better, as well as the 3-point shot better. That was our undoing going into the fourth quarter, when it was only a two-point game,” reflected coach, Brent Baker. “Our ball movement and perimeter shooting by Jordan Irvine and Will McFee were the things that were working for us tonight,” said Baker. Sunday’s game proved to much closer as the defence was much better, but Acadia came out on top once again. The Varsity Reds host the Dalhousie Tigers Friday night at 8 p.m. at the Currie Center, during UNB’s Think Pink weekend.
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Despite their best efforts, neither of the basketball teams could find a win against Acadia. Sarah Badibanga / The Brunswickan Julie McLaughlin Sports Reporter In Wolfville, Nova Scotia, the Varsity Reds women’s basketball team took on the Acadia Axewomen. Having faced this team in Fredericton at the start of the season, this was not going to be an easy weekend for the visiting team. On Saturday, they were defeated 90-64 and on Sunday 64-51. In what was reminiscent of so many games this season for this 2-10 team, it was a close game through the first half, but then broke down in the third and fourth quarters. The first quarter actually had UNB leading for about four minutes before Acadia took control. The visiting team looked like they certainly could hold their own against this 9-2 team. Only down three points at the end of the first, the game was still manageable. The second quarter was similar to the first, with even scoring across the board for both teams. UNB was within two points at about the four-minute mark in the quarter, but Acadia con-
tinued to score and was up five at the end of the first half. Back to back three pointers by Colleen Daly and Claire Colborne, got the Reds within one point, and a jump shot by Katelyn Mangold put UNB ahead. Unfortunately, Acadia went on a 12-1 run and the lead was short lived for UNB. Acadia never looked back after taking this lead, and the Reds could not regain their footing. “In the third quarter, we had some costly turnovers that allowed them to score in transition and gain momentum that we could not stop,” said point guard, Tilly Ettinger, on the turning point of this game. “[I’m] not sure what went wrong tonight. It was a four-point game with just over two minutes left in the third quarter. The 10-0 run by them at the end of the quarter did not need to happen. That started our unraveling,” said head coach, Jeff Speedy. Acadia opened the fourth and final quarter with nine unanswered points, extending their lead to 21 points early in the quarter. The Reds fought hard
offensively, continuing to score and trying to keep themselves in the game, but they could not stop this offensive powerhouse. This team has struggled with their defence throughout the season, and this game was a prime example of what happens when you cannot stop a team from scoring. Acadia scored 29 points in the final quarter, while UNB only scored 15. Colborne was named player of the game for UNB, with 19 points and a game high nine rebounds. Colborne believes it is about playing to their potential, when asked about what she and her team need to improve on for the remainder of the season. “Performing to our potential; on the defensive end, we need to keep the ball in front of us, and on the offensive end, it’s about executing our plays,” said Colborne. The Reds host the Dalhousie Tigers Friday night at 6 p.m. in what is the first event of UNB’s Think Pink weekend.
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