Canadian U-Sports teams in late season push for final playoff standings


Tribune Sports Reporter


THE St Mary’s Huskies are still streaking while one Bahamian national team standout had her usual leading performance in the final home game of her collegiate career.

Canadian U-Sports basketball programmes continue to wind down their regular season as teams make their late season push for final playoff standings.

Qyemah Gibson had one of the best games of his debut season for the Huskies and they continue to be the hottest team in U Sports basketball with their 20th consecutive win.

In the first win of the weekend sweep, Gibson finished with 18 points in the Huskies’ 113-65 win over the Memorial Seahawks. They completed the sweep with a 91-71 win in game two. The Huskies (20-0) are the top ranked team in the AUS.

They travel to Fredericton to take on the 2nd place UNB Reds to end their regular season next week.

Leashja Grant and the nationally ranked No.8 Lakehead Thunderwolves concluded their regular season with a 98-65 win over the Brock Badgers.

In her final home game at Lakehead, Grant finished with 18 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. Grant and fellow graduating senior Karissa Kajorinne were honoured in a post game celebration.

The Thunderwolves ended the season on an eight-game win streak and with an overall record of 20-4.

Lakehead won every quarter, finishing the first up 20-13, extending that lead out to 49-31 at the half, and dominating the final two quarters to the tune of 49 points to the Badgers’ 34.

Lakehead, the OUA West second seed, next plays the winner of Windsor (3) and Laurier (6) at home in the Thunderdome at 7pm on Saturday, February 23.

“We are looking forward to our home playoff game,” Thunderwolves head coach Kreiner said. “I think our team is primed and ready to go.”

Jordan Wilson, Shamar Burrows and the Dalhousie Tigers won their final regular season home game in thrilling fashion with a 78-70 overtime win over the UNB Reds. The Tigers improved to 13-6.

Trevon Grant and the Acadia Axemen split the weekend series with the UPEI Panthers.In game one, Grant was one of four Axemen in double figures and finished one board shy of a double double with 12 points, nine rebounds and two steals in a 90-78 win.

In game two, Grant finished with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists in a 91-85 loss.

The Axemen fell to 6-14 on the season.

Azaro Roker returned from injury and was limited to just 18 minutes in his St FX X-Men’s 104-99 loss to Cape Breton.

He finished with three points, two rebounds and two blocked shots.

The X-Men are also 6-14 on the year.


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