Burrows and Tigers get wins over Woodswide and Capers, Gibson and Huskies open season victorious


Tribune Sports Reporter


THE 2021-22 Atlantic University Sport men’s basketball season tipped off on October 29 and several Bahamians were active for their respective programmes in opening weekend double headers.

Shamar Burrows and the reigning AUS champion Dalhousie Tigers won both matchups against Diangelo Woodside and his Cape Breton Capers while Qyemah Gibson and the St Mary’s Huskies also opened the season with a pair of wins.

Burrows had a pair of double doubles in the Tigers’ wins. In the opener, he finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in the Tigers’ 63-54 win over the Capers on the road at Sullivan Field House in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Woodside finished with five points and three rebounds for the Capers.

In game two, Burrows finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two assists in the Tigers’ 70-68 win and was named the Subway Player of the Game.

Woodside finished with six points and eight rebounds in just 17 minutes.

Burrows scored six of the Tigers’ final 10 points down the stretch to gain the late edge in what had been a back and forth contest for much of the night.

He continues his marked improvement in his third year with the Tigers’ programme.

In his first season with the Tigers, Burrows averaged just 3.3 points per game in 19 games off the bench. He improved those numbers in his second season with the programme when he appeared in 20 games with six starts.

He averaged 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free throw line.

Woodside is in his first season with the Capers programme after spending year one with the Mount Allison Mounties.

The Tigers continue their schedule against the University of Prince Edward Island (November 5 and 6).

Gibson struggled offensively after a dominant preseason, but the Huskies had two comfortable wins over the Acadia Axemen.

He finished with six points and five rebounds in the Huskies’ 77-57 win. He shot just 2-11 and 1-6 from three-point range.

In game two, the third year forward had nine points on 3-10 shooting (1-5 from three point range) and four rebounds in his team’s 90-81 win.

The Huskies will host the New Brunswick Reds in next weekend’s matchups, November 5-6.

In his first year with the programme, Gibson averaged 5.9 points in just over 10 minutes per game as a reserve.

In his second year with the Huskies, he started all 20 contests and played just over 31 minutes per game He led the team in scoring and was seventh in the league at 15.4 points per game. Gibson was also eighth in rebounding at 6.5 rebounds per game. He was also named a Second Team AUS Tournament All-Star.

The regular season concludes on Saturday, February 19.

The 2021 AUS championships will be hosted by the AUS conference office at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is scheduled for February 25-27, 2022.


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