On Saturday, Nov. 1, the UNBSJ men’s basketball team played their season opener at home against Mount Saint Vincent University.
The boys came out of the gate fired up, starting with a 9 – 0 run capped off by a three from Nick Huggard to force MSVU to take the first timeout. The Seawolves continued to play with intensity and focus finishing the first quarter up by four, 17 – 13.
Not long into the second quarter however, MSVU got hot, and UNBSJ cooled down. MSVU gained the lead and went on to outscore UNBSJ by 20 in the quarter. Unfortunately the Seawolves were unable to respond to the run, they fought hard but the hole was simply too deep to get a hold back in the game.
It was a loss by 29 but a fight to the end, the Seawolves fall 81 – 52 to MSVU.
Andrew Robart showed excellent defense, racking up five steals. Liam Sipkema and Marcel Boudreau had a nose for the ball, leading the team with five rebounds each. Marcel Boudreau also led the team in points with fifteen while only taking eight shots.
The coaches of the Seawolves had a few remarks regarding the game and the team’s upcoming game against Mount Alison University.
Andrew Naismith, the Seawolves’ Assistant Coach, said the following, “Well it’s obviously tough to lose, especially at home. We’re a young team obviously with ten rookies on the roster and we start four, so we are going to have our growing pains, especially at the beginning of the year. Gave us a chance to see some more things that we need to work on this coming week to prepare for the game next weekend against Mt. A.”
Alan Rivers-Bowerman, another Assistant Coach for the Seawolve’s men’s basketball team, said, “We get off to a good start with our shots falling. MSVU started hitting some shots and turned us over leading to easy baskets on run outs. Looking forward to next week we will have to do a better job taking care of the ball and running through our sets with patience. Mt A is a team we will be battling for a playoff spot for so it’ll be a big game!”
Peter Vincent, the Head Coach for the Seawolves, was optimistic, “I felt we had a great start and played a good first Quarter but couldn’t sustain the energy we had. We got away from the things we were doing well and that caused a slip in our level of play the rest of the way. We are a young team with lots left to build on but we still see this as a positive start!”